I-COM Appoints Ravi Bhalla as New Managing Director

Say hello to our new Managing Director, Ravi Bhalla! Read our latest press release about Ravi's new role and some exciting changes at I-COM right here.


Manchester based digital marketing firm I-COM has announced the appointment of new Managing Director Ravi Bhalla at the start of 2024.

Ravi took over the role in January 2024 from Mike Blackburn who had held the role since 2006. Ravi himself is a founding member of the I-COM team and moves to the Managing Director role from his previous position as Technical Director. In his new role as MD, Ravi will be working closely with the agency’s management team, focusing on client success and growth and creating a strong business for all shareholders.

I-COM is a full-service digital marketing agency based in the heart of Manchester, specialising in all aspects of digital marketing and web design with a portfolio of clients across the UK. In 2019, after several successful years, I-COM transferred ownership of a majority shareholding in the agency to an Employee Ownership Trust.

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From left to right: Emilia Gonzalez, Ravi Bhalla, Dan Beardshall, David Wash, Mike Eccles, and Kate Smith

Ravi Bhalla said: “Having worked with Mike for such an extended period of time it has been a pleasure to watch the business grow. It is to his huge credit that I-COM stands as one of the leading and longest-running full service agencies in the city. I am extremely proud to be taking on this role and feel that the business is in a position to go from strength to strength. I would like to thank Mike for his nearly two decades of service to I-COM and also to the wider team who allow us to continue to deliver the fantastic results that we achieve for our clients.”

Mike Blackburn said: “As founder of the company Ravi is perfectly placed to lead the I-COM team to new heights. I have immensely enjoyed working with him over the last 18 years and I am excited to see where he leads the firm. His dedication and commitment to the company means that there is no doubt in my mind that he will be a resounding success.”

Mike Blackburn remains a member of the board at I-COM as he begins to make the transition towards eventual retirement.


Founded in 2004, I-COM is an award-winning agency working with a broad range of clients, both based in the UK and internationally. With a full-service offering, the agency provides an extensive range of web-design, web-development and online marketing services, including digital marketing, SEO, social media marketing and pay-per-click (PPC) management.

For all press enquiries, please contact Sam Brunt at sam.brunt@i-com.net or phone 0161 402 3170.