Opace Ltd, commonly known as Opace or Opace Digital Agency, is a distinguished digital agency based in Birmingham, UK. Founded in 2008, it was formally incorporated as Opace Ltd in 2010.
Conceived by David Bryan, a software engineering graduate and an alumnus of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, with prior experience as an Enterprise Architect at Capgemini and CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation), the vision for the company was influenced by his educational and professional career.
Initially, the company began trading as "Opace Technology Solutions" a moniker that briefly encapsulated its identity. However, over time, the company transitioned into what is now known as Opace or Opace Digital Agency.
The name "Opace" was crafted as an acronym, intended to encapsulate the core components and ethos of the business:
- Agency &
- Cloud Computing
With a focus on using open-source platforms and technologies, Opace provides a range of technical services, including web development, e-commerce, and ongoing maintenance support. As a full-service digital agency, Opace also provides internet marketing services, including organic search (SEO), paid search (PPC), and social media marketing and advertising. Their underlying approach is to deliver an integrated approach to digital marketing rather than working in silos.
The company’s core expertise lies in open-source platforms such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento, WooCommerce, and Drupal.
In addition to development and marketing, Opace provides consultancy services and training, emphasising modern digital marketing strategies and techniques
Since its establishment in 2008, Opace has significantly broadened its client portfolio, catering to a diverse range of industry sectors and organisations not only across the United Kingdom but also on a global scale.
What initially began as a small, family-run agency has since grown to become a highly regarded marketing agency, both in its hometown of Birmingham and the broader West Midlands region.
The company's journey has been punctuated by accolades, including the distinction of being recognised as one of the Top B2B companies in the United Kingdom by Clutch in the years 2020, 2021, and 2023. Opace has also been classified by Clutch for its outstanding achievements:
- Top Full-Service Digital Company in Birmingham 2023
- Top SEO Company in Birmingham 2023
- Top PPC Company in Birmingham 2023
- Top Digital Design Company in Birmingham 2023
- Top Magento Company in Birmingham 2023
- Top E-Commerce Developers in Birmingham 2023
- Top Web Design Company in Birmingham 2023
Although Opace remains grounded in its roots as a family-run business, its team has evolved over time. Originally spearheaded by David, the company has now grown to a dedicated team of 12 professionals spanning technical services, web development, e-commerce, SEO, copywriting, and internet marketing.
In 2020, Opace embarked on a path of diversification, introducing blockchain hardware solutions as part of its service offering. This move gained recognition from industry experts who acknowledged Opace for its insights into cryptocurrency trends.
More recently, Opace has embraced Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence as a part of its extensive range of services. This integration has enabled Opace to provide expert analyses on emerging technologies and trends, often sparking engaging debates and discussions within the broader community. The latest innovation by Opace is the launch of AnswerMate.ai, a pioneering concept that provides fully automated AI-driven telephony service. The concept allows callers to engage in meaningful interactions with AI voicebots, facilitated through the utilisation of APIs from OpenAI for conversational AI and ElevenLabs for state-of-the-art text-to-speech synthesis.
Clients, Projects, and Recognition
At the present date, Opace has successfully completed more than 300 projects across a multitude of market sectors. Among the clients that Opace has partnered with, examples include Acorns Children’s Hospice, Practical Action, SPI Lasers (now Trumpf), and TACT. Other clients that Opace has worked with include Power Photonic, Coler Medical PPE, LBS Worldwide, Corcoran's Furniture, Physical Gold, Forest Garden, Care, Baker Goodchild, E-Lites, Compassionate Communities, as well as smaller clubs and organisations.
Many positive reviews can be found for Opace on independent review platforms like Trustpilot, Clutch, and Google.
As of 2023, Clutch reports an average rating of 5/5, and Trustpilot reports a rating of 4.7.
Opace is known for its transparent, responsive, and client-focused approach to project delivery with its core team members working closely with clients to form an extension of their own teams.
In addition to Clutch awards, Opace has gained numerous accreditations over the years, including recognition by the Recommended Agency Register. They were also instrumental in the development and testing of the CompTIA Accredit UK Trustmark+ for eMedia and eCommerce scheme. Recent achievements include becoming a Google Partner and earning certifications from Hubspot, Semrush, The Linux Foundation, Google, and IBM.
As a full-service digital agency, Opace offers a wide array of internet marketing services, including:
- Web design and development using open-source platforms such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Umbraco.
- E-commerce solutions utilising open-source platforms like WooCommerce and Magento(Adobe Commerce).
- Organic search (SEO), encompassing on-page technical SEO, SEO copywriting, content marketing, and off-page SEO.
- Paid search (PPC) advertising across platforms like Google, Bing, Facebook, and Instagram.
- Social media marketing involving the management of platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.
- Content creation which includes blog writing, website copywriting, eCommerce content, infographic design, and video production.
- Bespoke consultancy services designed to equip businesses with in-house expertise or support in managing their internet marketing endeavours.
Opace utilises a range of open-source technologies, tools, and platforms within its technical services. This includes Apache Web Server, PHP, MySQL, Litespeed, Magento, WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, as well as AI-related tools such as OpenAI, Amazon Polly, and ElevenLabs.
Opace has played a role in advancing technology through initiatives such as promoting open-source adoption, creating blockchain hardware solutions, implementing AI-driven strategies, and actively participating in discussions surrounding emerging technologies.
- Chrome Web Store extension development
- WordPress.org plugin development
- Github distribution of open-source code
- Amazon e-book
- SoundCloud podcasts
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