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Recession survivors: here are 12 recommended agencies founded in the last big downturn

By June Archbold | Product Manager

December 5, 2022 | 4 min read

With recession looming in many markets, we take a look at 12 Recommended agencies who had their start during the 2008 financial crisis.


These agencies were founded back in the last large recession / Unsplash

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This week, we looked back at agency founders who started their businesses back in the last big recession, between 2007-2009. To continue that conversation, we’ve looked at the 12 agencies that come endorsed by clients, and were founded back in that period. Below, you’ll find their office locations and the size of their teams.

Agency Number of staff Location(s)
Circus PPC Agency 13 Leeds, London
Fluro Ltd 15 Marlow
GottaBe! 10 Dublin, London, Southampton
Kinura LTD 10 London
Loom Digital 15 Bristol
Madison 17 Brighton
NERDS Collective 16 London
Noisy Little Monkey 13 Bristol
Nu Image 11 Norwich
People Activation Ltd 15 Manchester
Polaris 8 London, Maidstone
SO Marketing 17 London, Stoke On Trent

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