Some of the biggest names in marketing services, management consultancy, accounting, legal and technology services are using blur’s online marketplace to win new business.
The number of large agencies and consultancies registered with the business services marketplace blur has risen dramatically with over 2,000 joining in the past 12 months.
In the last 12 months alone, the marketplace has received more than $225m of marketing, IT and management consultancy projects including many big tickets briefs from global brands such as Tesco, GE, Amazon, Argos and Caterpillar which have contributed to a running total of $350m.
Jon Hogg, blur’s Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Our marketplace is now widely recognised as an important new business tools for agencies and consultancies of all sizes. With more and more large companies putting out tenders through blur, we have attracted many top tier service providers.”
blur now boasts approaching 60,000 service providers across the globe, offering the full range of consulting, technology, accounting and legal services. Of these, close to 3,000 are considered to be “enterprise level” with more than 50 employees.
“One of the common misconceptions is that online intermediaries only deal with small budgets and small suppliers. Whilst this may have been true a few years ago, this is simply not the case anymore,” added Hogg.
The largest brief to be pitched through blur’s marketplace was a $17,000,000 sponsorship project for We Are Wales Pro Cycling.
The business, headed by entrepreneur Philip Letts, now has service providers in 145 countries and is taking in around 75 new briefs a week. Jon Hogg said that clients and service providers were attracted by the ease and speed of on-line pitching and the fact that the entire process can be handled from their desk or through a mobile app.
“A tender process that may have taken weeks or even months can be reduced to a few days,” he added.