As usual things are busy round here, however, things are getting better since we’ve added two new staff again. Firstly at the beginning of last month, Phil Wastell joined us as a Web Developer and has already started to have direct impact on my over-heavy work load. Phil already knows quite a bit of PHP, xHTML and CSS and is starting to get his head round the approaches we use on top of those technologies such as OOP, Zend Framework and YUI. Additionally, at the beginning of this month, Emma Parker joined us, initially on a part-time basis, as an Account Manager – this should over time help us to keep in touch with our clients more, so if that’s you, expect to be hearing from Emma in due course.
Alongside our own clients we continue to service other firms in the New Media sector, especially where they don’t have the high-level technical skills in-house to deliver application level projects. This has recently resulted in a situation where we’ve signed an out-sourcing deal with a local marketing and design house. We now undertake their high-end projects on behalf of their clients – they get to provide best-of-breed approaches to them and the code developed is sound internally rather than creating a bunch of maintenance headaches as previously. For us it means we drive the direction of the code used and know things are backed up properly and we can keep the version control of the sites developed under a tighter reign. I’ve got a meeting next month that may result in a similar approach by an SEO / Accessability company from the South – so you never know, might be announcing more growth soon 🙂