In the space of four years, immersive technology firm Bloc Digital has driven a rapid expansion, acquiring two new companies and more than doubling its workforce to 51. Guidance, funding and talent from the University of Derby have played an integral part in Bloc’s success.
Founded 20 years ago, initially to create 3D visualisations of aircraft engines for Rolls-Royce, Bloc Digital is now one of the UK’s leading immersive digital technology studios, delivering cutting-edge digital visualisation.
Director and Founder Keith Cox explains when the turning point came: “We have always had an eye on the future. We were doing well and had big plans for an in-house R&D project. Then a meeting in 2016 with a member of the University’s B2B team opened up opportunities to advice and funding.
This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 in England.