International digital agency Dept is growing its UK team across its studios in Manchester and London.

The Netherlands-headquartered firm has a UK staff of 135 after welcoming 13 new employees in the past month.

The UK headcount is up more than 100 per cent when compared to April 2018, while Dept is planning to recruit several more staff in the coming weeks.

Following the acquisition of e3creative in January 2019, Manchester has become Dept’s main UK hub.

“Dept is growing at a rapid pace across the globe, entering new countries and expanding our existing teams. The UK plays a key part in these growth plans, especially in the North West,” said Dept UK managing director Jasper van de Luijtgaarden.

“Manchester has an incredible talent pool that we’re tapping into, and our office move to Bridgewater House this summer underpins our ambitions of reinventing digital, providing a creative base to innovate and fuel new developments.”

The new staff members are across Dept’s development, UX, marketing, management and design teams.

Adam Bee joins the firm with a decade of experience designing for digital platforms including senior creative roles at Manchester’s premier boutique agencies. Bee was most recently lead designer at Don’t Be Shy.

“e3creative and Dept were on my radar for quite some time. The work they’re producing for global brands like Sony PlayStation and O2 is incomparable across the industry and definitely sets the benchmark locally,” he said.

Dept was founded in 2016 in the Netherlands and has grown into a network of 17 agencies across the globe, most recently acquiring Boston’s Rocket Insights in March.