Our Social Impact

We take our responsibilities to our team, our communities, and our planet very seriously. Whether it’s our relationships with clients, addressing our environmental footprint or, supporting people and places close to home. We’re committed to doing business with transparency and honesty

Keith and Chris - Bloc Digital Directors
The Bloc Basics: be open and accountable, be honest, be collaborative and be proactive.

Making a Difference Together

We want to make sure as many communities and individuals as possible get their voices heard and their messages across with impact. This is why we work hard to share industry knowledge, advances in creative visualisation techniques, and to promote wider access to digital technologies.

We have freely donated our skills, tech, and time to a number of charities and organisations…

Derby Ram Trail – interactive AR walking tour app and design collateral across web and print. 

Sherwood Observatory – branding, CGI, and environment visualisations to support the Observatory’s ‘National Heritage’ public funding campaign.    

Treetops – creative design strategy and creation of Christmas fundraising campaign for online and print.     

Global Vent – product visualisation and PR animation of a Covid-19 fast response ventilator for an international collaboration of scientists, engineers, and healthcare professionals.  

School Wellbeing – digital student handbook created for Ashcroft Primary School’s wellbeing programme ‘The Harmony Pledge’. The programme aims to help develop character competencies and valuable life skills within children, encouraging traits such as: being safe, happy, and healthy, being a fundraiser and being respectful, etc. 

Parkinson’s UK Derby Branch – brand identity design and social media content support. 

Our Environment

Digital technology is at the core of our business. Whether it’s for our own use or for our clients, we’re constantly looking to harness it and develop solutions that can help deliver sustainability goals. Virtual and immersive technology works to reduce the need for travel – data analysis visualisation and digital twinning making operations more efficient by reducing waste materials – and the digitisation of paper-based training courses to online eLearning reduces paper usage. These examples are just some of the changes we’re delivering.   

As a digital-first company, we know our operations, energy use, and resources contribute to global climate change and, as we continue to grow as a business, our environmental impact and responsibility grows too.

Just some of the things we do:

  • We are active in carbon off-setting under a local sustainability tree planting initiative.
  • Since joining the initiative in 2019 we have offset our annual electricity use each year.
  • It was important to us that 100% of the trees were planted locally in the East Midlands – so we could counteract that ‘environmental footprint’ as close to the source as possible.
  • To reduce our business mileage impacts we have recently purchased our first all-electric car.
Keith Cox carbon offsetting
Our Co-Founder Keith Cox supporting the local off-setting initiative.

Our People

Respect, integrity, and collaboration are at the core of how we act as a company and the values which connect us as a team. 

Diverse and equal: the strong Bloc team is both created and built on the talents and attitudes of our people – regardless of who they are, their backgrounds, or how they identify.  

We are strengthening our forward-looking, safe and open work environment, and continue to build a culture that acknowledges the wider lives and responsibilities we may have beyond the four walls of the office.  

  • Increasing our female representation across the organisations with nearly 50% occupying senior positions.
  • Investing in continuous staff development to broaden skills and career opportunities.  
  • Creating a range of routes into industry – through apprenticeships, graduate placements, and supporting parents returning to the workforce.  
Ranica Brown, Digital UX Degree Apprentice and UX / UI Designer.
Celebrating the talent of the Bloc Digital team.
virtual reality
Alex Collyer, Apprentice Web Developer experiencing virtual reality.

Our Community

We want Bloc to play a positive role in our society. We focus on promoting activity and supporting the busy, important, and enriching work of many groups/organisations within our region.   

Football Team – shirt sponsorship for Littleover Dazzlers.

Rainbow Hospice – fundraising contributions. 

Tech share – donating our older tech hardware to local schools and nurseries.  

We don’t just work with our communities as a business, our employees also support great causes too. We’re incredibly proud of our staff and we celebrate their achievements and commitments – helping them to help others.

Here’s just some of the great things they’ve been up to…     

Dan’s Marathon – running the London Marathon in order to raise money for the Stroke Association.

Mandy’s Daughter’s Hair – donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust – enabling a real hair wig to be gifted to a young person or child who has lost their own through cancer or other treatments.

Keith’s murals – donating his time and artistic talent to create lasting wall art for charities, hospices and schools.

Ashley’s White Collar Boxing – taking part in charity boxing matches to raise money for Cancer Research UK. 
 

Investing in Our Future 

We’re devoted to inspiring young minds and developing next-generation talent. As an innovative company we’re always looking to the future – and believe it or not, it’s not just about the tech…  

Our proactive recruitment helps retain regional expertise and skills, also promoting Derby’s position as a centre for innovation.     

Over the last 7 years we’ve welcomed:  

  • 19 Graduates 
  • 6 Year in Industry Placements  
  • 6 Apprenticeships  
  • 4 Internships 
  • 3 PhD students  

For more than a decade we’ve developed a broad STEM (Science Tech Engineering and Maths) outreach programme: 

  • 50 secondary school work experience placements  
  • 5 ‘Hands-on Tech’ activity STEM sessions in primary schools   

It’s both rewarding and fulfilling to support and nurture up-and-coming talent, with many of our interns, apprentices, and placement students returning as full-time colleagues.