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Insights are an opportunity for us to share our thinking about technical, business or community aspects relating to Magma and hopefully you too! We love to share everything that we discover, experience and apply.

Mostly we all love to learn. So what could be better, than to learn from others who have already had an experience and learnt from it? In this section, we share our learning and insights and some of those from selected others. We hope you find them beneficial and useful as part of your continuous learning as well.

Industrialist Andrew Carnegie said,

“The only irreplaceable capital an organization possesses is the knowledge and ability of its people. The productivity of that capital depends on how effectively people share their competence with those who can use it.”

We wholeheartedly agree with Andrew, but we take it one step further and share our knowledge and experience outside of Magma as well. The intention is to help others, but also to present you with more stories about us, what we do and our experience. Quite frankly, it’s a ‘win/win.’

If you do find our musings interesting and helpful. Why not swing by every so often, and check out what we have posted up and see how our insights might benefit you or someone you know?

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Industrial Revolution

[caption id="attachment_9129" align="alignleft" width="225"] Quarry Bank Mill, Industrial Revolution[/caption] Recently I visited Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire in the North of England. The estate is…

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Agile Business Conference
Agile Business

[caption id="attachment_9116" align="alignleft" width="225"] Euston[/caption] This week Carrie and Priscilla from Magma, attended the Agile Business Conference 2018 in London. They set off from Preston…

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Apprentice Software Engineer
Apprentice Software Engineer

  Apprentice Software Engineer at Magma Starting a new job is almost always an exciting but nervous time, but moving into a new job whilst…

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Student Placement
Student Placement

  The phone rang and on the other end was a student from a UK University called Molly. She spoke to Jeremy (CEO) at Magma…

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human response to change
Human Response to Change

The human response to change is fascinating and unwieldy. We should not be surprised in the slightest that people respond to change in many different…

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The Map is not the Territory
The Map is not the Territory

I recently re-discovered my love of audiobooks. When I am driving or running they almost feel like a guilty pleasure to enjoy whilst wasting time…

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Women in Tech
Women in Tech

I have recently been to two events that were 'Women in Tech' events and I have thoroughly enjoyed them both. I enjoy meeting new and…

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Software PHPNW Conference
Software Development Conference PHPNW17 Manchester

Our Software Development Conference PHPNW17 Manchester is suitable for Employers, Team Leaders, and Software Engineers who wish to upskill and increase their PHP and software…

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IT and software: the often overlooked deal breaker

How many organisations do not fully consider software implications when buying or selling a company? Mergers and acquisitions pose a massive challenge for any IT…

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Software: Risks and rewards of your company’s software

Custom-built software needs to create business value, and the higher its quality, the more value it creates. Quality has many components, including reliability, scalability, functionality,…

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Hidden risk of cyber crime for older software

Many of today’s businesses rely on old software, written in code from a time before today’s cyber crimes existed. Your applications could potentially be written…

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Digital Strategy

  Magma are specialists in bespoke software development, enterprise level system architecture, web development & managing legacy software that is no longer fit for purpose.…

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Search and Social Media Marketing
Search and Social Media Marketing

Search and social media marketing skills were identified as one of my continuous development objectives as part of my work appraisal. I spent some time…

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Software Development & Maintenance Partner
Digital Disruption

Digital Disruption is one of those buzz phrases that you hear a lot at the moment at events and seminars. The phrase means different things to…

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Software Code Review
Is Legacy Code limiting your Business Growth?

One of the most difficult challenges currently facing IT Managers and Directors is the maintaining and upgrading of legacy systems, it has been estimated that…

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mergers and acquisitions
75% of Mergers and Acquisitions Fail Due to Unsuccessful Software System Integration

Many organisations do not comprehend the potential software implications when buying or selling an organisation. IT infrastructures pose a huge challenge during mergers and acquisitions,…

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Liam: One of the UK's youngest Zend Certified PHP Engineers
I Became One of UK’s Youngest Zend Certified PHP Engineers

My name is Liam Walder; I’m 18 years old and I work at Magma Digital. I first joined the team when I was 16 –…

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Software Security Audit
We’re doing the triple & supporting our PHP community

We take pride in supporting the PHP community. With a busy up and coming schedule this year, we are supporting: PHP South Coast, WeCamp and…

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PHP Benelux16 Conference Blog

Setting off to the Conference PHP Benelux16 On Thursday 28th January bright and early on a crisp Manchester morning, Jeremy set out from the airport…

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Digital Strategy
Five Key Social Media Trends in Journalism

Cision – a global communications software company – recently hosted a webinar with the BBC’s assistant editor of social news Mark Frankel. Mark oversees the BBC’s…

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PHP Benelux 16 Conference

On Thursday 28th January bright and early on a crisp Manchester morning, Jeremy set out from the airport for #PHPBNL16. Again this year he was…

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

It's that time of year again where we reflect on the past 12 months and plan for the next year. Where has 2015 gone? We feel…

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Business of the Year win for our Managing Director

Friday proved to be a very lucky afternoon for our Managing Director, Priscilla, and the Magma Digital team. Priscilla and some of the team joined…

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Magma Digital, PHP Consultancy, Manchester – We Have Arrived!

It has happened, we are here in Manchester and the next chapter for Magma Digital has begun. The systems are up and running, the refurbishment is…

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Sandra, Clair & Mark Join Our PHP Development Team!

Yet again we have another fantastic announcement. The past few weeks have been continuously exciting at Magma Digital, with our recent announcement of our move to…

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Manchester….Here we come!

It’s official! Magma Digital is delighted to announce the relocation of its production office to Manchester - the UK’s 3rd predominant Digital City. Magma Digital provides…

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We’re doing the Triple, Supporting 3 PHP Community Events

Many software agencies take pride in supporting their communities and Magma Digital are no different in the way that they support PHP Community Events. It…

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Introducing Melissa & Alister to our team

This year is proving to be another exciting and busy year for us. We've stopped to draw breath to let you know some great news.…

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We’re hiring & now opening a Manchester office

This April, we are celebrating our 'super sweet sixteen.'  This isn't the only thing we're celebrating though; we're opening a second office in Manchester too!…

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How I Became One of the UK’s Youngest* Zend Certified PHP Engineers

My name is Liam Walder; I'm 18 years old and I work at Magma Digital. I first joined the team when I was 16 –…

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Zend Certified PHP Engineers Logo
We Have 1% of the UK’s Top PHP Engineers

Magma Digital are delighted to announce that we have two newly qualified Zend Certified PHP Engineers. Liam and Chris are the latest PHP Engineers to join the…

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Creating and Championing a Creative Culture

Creativity. A nebulous, almost intangible part of life that is increasingly important in many aspects of business: creative leadership, creative communications, creative strategy and the…

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DPM:UK 2015 – A Review by our Project Manager, Sarah

Following an early morning train into Manchester and a battle through the completely unexpected snow, Colette and I arrived at the Comedy Store for DPM:UK…

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Five Key Social Media Trends in Journalism

Cision – a global communications software company – recently hosted a webinar with the BBC’s assistant editor of social news Mark Frankel. Mark oversees the BBC’s…

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Magma Digital Sponsors PHP South Coast

A new collaboration between three PHP user groups on the south coast (PHP Hampshire, PHP Brighton and PHP Dorset) has emerged. They have joined forces to…

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Observational Learning: Lessons from Tiger Woods

Last year, Magma Digital embarked upon a journey of discovery and enlightenment with the BIBAs Academy. Facilitated through a partnership with the Lancaster University Management…

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Happy New Year: Magma Digital’s Plans for 2015

The new year is upon us. Christmas trees are coming down and its time to put the festive frivolity behind us. It's back to business…

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SME Manufacturers Plan to Grow in 2015

The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) produce a quarterly "barometer" report, which has the remit of collecting the views, opinions and business results of English manufacturing…

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Introducing Matt, Our New Technical Lead

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Matt Cockayne as technical lead. Matt arrives with a wealth of experience, particularly from…

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Inspiration from Innocent’s Sustainable Business Model

As part of Magma Digital’s involvement with the BIBAs Academy, we have the privilege of attending some wonderful workshops and masterclasses at Lancaster University’s Management…

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Athletes Teach Business

Athletes teach Business Crossfit is a sport that was explained to me, as a mixture of constantly varied functional exercises including: Gymnastics, Weight Lifting and…

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The Lancashire Business Awards 2014

Last night saw the hotly anticipated Lancashire Business Awards take over the elegant Stanley House Hotel, for a night of celebration, networking and entertainment. Arranged…

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Congratulations to John on his Guinness World Record!

Over the past 24 hours, John Gillmore from BBC Radio Lancashire, has been attempting to beat the Guinness World Record for the most live interviews…

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Our PHP Developer Alan Won A Coding Competition

Last weekend, the Hack Manchester event took place at the Museum of Science and Industry. The event is essentially a 24 hour coding competition, with…

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The Start of Our Journey With The BIBAs Academy

It still amazes me that Magma Digital won two awards at this years BIBAs ceremony. We were extremely proud to win the 'Employer of the…

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PHPNW14 – A great conference once again!

Last week the PHPNW14 Conference took place from 3rd-5th October at the Manchester Conference Centre, hosting over 400 delegates.  The PHPNW Conferences aim to improve…

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Meet Barry, Our New Director of Operations

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Barry Johnson as Director of Operations. Barry has previously held senior roles at some of the largest…

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Another Award Win at the E3 Business Awards

The E3 Business Awards, hosted by 1 Events Media, recognise the most successful and innovative businesses from all sections of the North West region. The…

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We’re Double Winners at the BIBAs 2014!

After months of anticipation since we were announced as double finalists in May, the BIBAs 2014  awards night finally arrived on Friday! The event, facilitated by the North…

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The Skills Gap in the Manufacturing Industry

This is our final blog in the introductory series on manufacturing in the UK. We have covered the successes from times gone by and the revolutions that…

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Kerry Celebrates 5 Years at Magma Digital

Kerry joined the company as a fresh-faced design graduate all the way back in 2009. She has been a loyal member of the team and…

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Current Trends – Revolutionary Inventions of Today

In the previous blog in this manufacturing series we went through the top 10 British inventions, as voted for by the public. Now, we would…

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The Top 10 British Inventions

As part of our manufacturing series of blogs, we would like to commemorate the key role that Britain played in creating significant inventions, such as…

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The Manufacturing Industry in the UK

On the 25th June, some of the Magma Digital team attended the Make It Britain Conference, which was organised by EEF (UK manufacturing trade body)…

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Jeremy has been crowned “Perfect Boss” by Carling!

As some of you may know all too well, Jeremy likes to talk. Well, unfortunately he now has another thing to brag about... Let us…

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Jeremy is going to be a coach at WeCamp!

In case you aren’t familiar with WeCamp, it is a five day project orientated technology event focusing on PHP and Jeremy is one of four…

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Magma Digital Supports The Foxton Centre

The Foxton Centre is one of our favourite charities. The local charity has been heavily involved with supporting the disadvantaged people of Preston for the…

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Magma Announce Speakers at Two Technical Conferences

Magma Digital always encourages its staff to take part in public speaking, as contributing to the transfer of knowledge in our communities is very important…

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Technical Investigation
The Prouse of Incorrect Association Names

While working on a Symfony project recently, I ran into a rather frustrating bug that required some delving into the depths of the Symfony2 framework…

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The PHPNW14 Conference is Live!

We are over the moon to be able to share the news that the PHPNW14 Conference has been announced for the 3rd – 5th October at…

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Double finalists in the BIBA Awards. Second year running!

The Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAs) are Lancashire’s biggest and best business awards, dubbed “the one they all want to win.” The event, organised by…

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Drum roll please… The birthday competition results are in!

As we enter the final week of Magma’s 15th birthday month, the time now comes to announce the winners of our competitions. First and foremost…

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Birthday competitions, not one but two!

You may have heard that we are celebrating our 15th birthday this month, we are pretty excited about it! To mark the occasion we thought…

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Milestone alert. It is our 15th Birthday!

In 1999 when the internet was just becoming widely available Jeremy saw the potential for an internet based business and began laying the foundations for…

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PHP North East 2014 – Reflection

Last Tuesday all of the Magma Developers and Project Managers made the trek up to Newcastle for the annual PHP North East (PHPNE) conference. We…

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Magma Sponsors the PHP North East Conference 2014

PHP North East (PHPNE) is a one day event that takes place today in the stylish Tyneside Cinema, a beautiful Grade II listed building. There…

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The Lancashire Business View Red Rose Awards 2014

Last Thursday night ten members of the Magma team got suited and booted to attend the annual Red Rose Awards hosted by the Lancashire Business…

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Software Due-diligence for Mergers & Acquisitions
25 Years of the Web

Today, we mark 25 years of the web. This is of particular importance to Magma Digital, as the Computer Scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee's creation has…

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International Women’s Day – Celebrating the Achievements of Women

With International Women’s Day approaching tomorrow, Magma want to join in the global celebrations and recognise the importance of the day. Since the early 1900’s…

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Magma Digital Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 2014

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is now upon us and we want to help celebrate it and highlight its importance. Key aims for the week include…

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Key learning points from the Technology for Marketing & Advertising Conference

The Technology for Marketing & Advertising (TFM&A) conference is the UK’s largest marketing, media and advertising event.  Magma thought it would be rude not to…

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Manchester Digital Talent Day – Steph’s Story!

In our last blog post we mentioned that Magma would be attending the Manchester Digital Talent Day and we are happy to report that we…

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Magma will be scouting at the Manchester Digital Talent Day

Tomorrow is the day that all you bright young things have been eagerly anticipating. It is the day where you will have the unique opportunity…

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A Q&A with Jen on the PHPBenelux Conference

Magma Digital attended the PHPBenelux Conference again this year, with Jeremy and Jen being the lucky members of the Magma crew that travelled to Antwerp,…

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Here comes another Zend Certified PHP Engineer!

At Magma we are all about professional development and a key part of this is ensuring our high calibre Software Developers are at the top…

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We’re triple finalists for the Red Rose Awards 2014!

Magma are still relatively new in the business awards scene with this only being our second year of entering the  Red Rose Awards. It has…

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Jeremy’s Invitation to be an International Technical Speaker

Magma Digital takes a great amount of pride in supporting the technical communities in which we are involved. We give our support in a number…

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We are sponsoring the Red Rose Awards!

Hark your minds back to March last year and you may remember us singing the praises of the Red Rose Awards. We wrote an excellent…

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Jeremy Talks On Open-Source Software vs. Proprietary Software

On the 11th December, Ltd hosted a round-table event to debate the topic of open-source software (OSS) vs. proprietary software. Our very own Jeremy…

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Job Success For Our 17 Year Old Web Developer Apprentice!

It is with tremendous pride that we announce that our Apprentice Web Developer, Liam, has successfully completed his Apprenticeship program. He has now been awarded…

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New Year, new PHP Web Developer job?

If any of you were at the PHP North West Conference 2013 and heard the opening keynote by Lorna Mitchell and Ivo Jansch, you will…

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Our Christmas jumper day

We are all about embracing the festive spirit at Magma and yesterday we really got into the swing of it! It was our Christmas jumper…

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And the lucky chocolate winners are…

At Magma Digital, we have been indulging in some festive fun and many of you will have noticed that we have been running a Christmas…

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Cotton Court Christmas party in aid of Derian House

Last Friday, nine members of the Magma Digital team attended the Christmas party organised by Cotton Court in aid of Derian House. Derian House is a Lancashire…

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Our constant growth continues

Magma Digital has been in a perpetual state of growth as of late and this trend shows no sign of abating. We recently expanded our…

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Magma Digital’s Christmas Competition Begins Today!

Ever since the delightful brown beans of the cocoa tree were discovered, man has been enchanted by the wonderfully smooth flavour of cocoa. The Mayans…

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Magma flows in a new direction

Over the last few months Magma Digital has evolved quite considerably, both in size and structure. We have taken time to analyse our clients' needs…

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We’re Downtown Lancashire’s ‘Employer of the Year’ 2013!

When we heard that we had been nominated in the Downtown Lancashire Business Awards 2013 for 'Employer of the Year' and 'Digital Agency of the…

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Why we’re excited to be growing

After the recent additions of Rick and Keith at the beginning of September, we have continued with our 3 year growth plan and recently employed…

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Why We Love our Communities and PHPNW13

Over the years, we have written blog posts describing our support for the communities with which we are involved. We want to make the web…

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Our latest additions to the Magma family: Keith & Rick

For many of you who follow Magma Digital news, you may have realised that we are continuing to grow at a constant rate. Less than…

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Time Travelling in PHP

For the August PHPNW User Group, I decided to take to the stage to present a lightning talk. The idea behind lightning talks is a…

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Double Take at International Web Conference

The past few years have proved to be exciting times for the team at Magma Digital and this is something that doesn't appear to be…

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A Hat Trick Success for Magma’s Interns

Magma Digital are proud of their commitment to developing the skills of the team and relish in the opportunity to share their successes with you.…

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We’re Double finalists in the BIBA Awards 2013!

We have experienced a number of new and exciting adventures over the past 18 months, one of which is delving into the previously unknown world…

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ZCE Success for Another Magma Web Developer

We are delighted to announce that Alan, one of our PHP Web Developers, has passed the Zend PHP 5.3 Certified Engineer exam and has received…

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We’re Hiring PHP Developers – Again!

It has only been two months since we introduced you to Brian, Simon, Jen and Steph. Even after our recent successful recruitment drive, we are…

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Magma Grows Again!

Many of you may remember our blog post from August 2012 introducing you all to our newest recruits. Well, only 6 months later here we…

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The Lancashire Business View Red Rose Awards 2013

Recently, we have begun to realise that what we do at Magma is something quite special. This came to light at the end of 2012 when…

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National Apprentice Week 2013: Apprenticeships Deliver

This week the United Kingdom has been celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2013. At Magma Digital we were eager to be involved in this week to…

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New Adventures in Web Design Conference 2013 – Part Two

My previous blog was the beginning of a two part blog on my recent travels to the New Adventures in Web Design Conference in Nottingham.…

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New Adventures in Web Design Conference 2013 – Part One

I recently had the fantastic opportunity of attending my third New Adventures in Web Design Conference, in Nottingham. This conference holds a special little place in…

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Magma Digital Sponsors and Attends the PHP Benelux 2013 Conference

Once again, the Magma Digital team were out in force as three of our PHP Developers (Jeremy, Adrian and Alan) travelled to Antwerp, Belgium to attend the…

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Google Analytics & Social Media Monitoring

On 31st January, Jeremy presented a talk on Google Analytics & Social Media Monitoring. Online presence is becoming a significant part of all our businesses.…

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Our Drinks, Nibbles and Networking

Last night, we held a Christmas gathering to celebrate  the past year and raise our glasses to a prosperous 2013. It was a pleasure to meet our…

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PHPNW Usergroup Meetup – November

The 6th November saw the return of the monthly PHPNW meetups after having been put on a one month hiatus for the conference. I spoke…

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Lancashire Business Awards 2012

When we received the news that we had been nominated for Lancashire Small Business of the Year and that Jeremy Coates our MD had been…

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Hack Manchester 2012

Back in October, I spent a weekend with many other developers at Hack Manchester . Hack Manchester (part of Manchester Science Festival) is a 24 hour coding event, where 45 teams…

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My First Month at Magma Digital Ltd

I had heard nothing but good things about Magma Digital before I began my apprenticeship here and when I joined, it didn't fail to impress.…

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TEDx Salford

The TEDx Conference in Salford on 21st October 2012, was my first experience of TEDx offline. I've seen a few of the talks online but…

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PHPNW12 – 5 years of being a Sponsor

It is an honour of ours to have sponsored this years PHPNW12 and previous PHPNW conferences. The conference was established in 2008 and has quadrupled…

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Top Pitch

The CIM Pitch is a National Competition that involves all studying members at university, it encourages budding Marketeers to shine. In a team of three,…

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Barcamp Blackpool 2012

It was our pleasure to sponsor and attend this years Barcamp Blackpool, you may remember our previous blog about sponsoring the event. With 5 of the…

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MADE : The Entrepreneur Festival

This year we decided to attend MADE, The Entrepreneur Festival which took place in Sheffield on 19-21 September. The festival has evolved over the last…

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Symfony Live London

We have a lot of experience with technologies such as Zend Framework, WordPress and Drupal, and we are always keen to explore other systems. Symfony…

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Our time at #BrightonSEO

With tickets being snapped up in under an hour, Brighton SEO is the place to be for anyone working in or with SEO. Magma Digital were…

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Lancashire Business Awards : We’ve been nominated…twice!

It's always a great feeling to be recognised for your achievements, so to be nominated for two awards is fantastic! We are happy to announce…

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Magma Digital at the Preston Guild Cake City Challenge 2012 #SquareFood

The team at Magma Digital Ltd strongly believe in supporting the communities we are involved in. As a Preston based company we had the pleasure of being…

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Magma Digital Speaking at PHPNW

At this months PHPNW User Group, two of our developers took to the stage to present two of the seven lightning talks. The aim of…

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Introducing our newest recruits!

As always change is a constant and here at Magma Digital, this rings true as ever. The Magma Digital team has seen considerable growth over the…

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Jeremy Elected as Member of Manchester Digital Council

We are delighted to announce that Jeremy, our Managing Director, has been elected as a member of the Manchester Digital Council. From a 13-strong candidate…

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Why you should talk to our PHP developers at parties

Our development team have a considerable advantage over other normal web development agencies. After working here for a short while, they stop being a PHP…

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Magma Digital at LAMP and Beyond

Web development has an ever-changing landscape with new technologies emerging every day. Choosing which technologies to adopt and invest in can be a daunting task,…

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Marketing Week Live

I recently travelled down to the Kensington Olympia Exhibition Centre, London to attend 'Marketing Week Live!'.  The conference was organised by Marketing Week, a magazine…

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Creative placeholders: Part One

Lorem ipsum has long been the standard text generator for Designers & Developers, who use it to get a feel of the layout, graphics, font…

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simple scriptable popups in GNOME

As you may or may not already know, we're into Phing here at Magma Digital. You can fire off all sorts of complex tasks and…

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We have been awarded Recommended Agency Status

We're delighted to announce that Magma Digital Ltd has officially been awarded Recommended Supplier Status by the Recommended Agencies Register (RAR) following a rigorous review…

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The Magma Approach – What to Expect From Us

No one wants to deal with people who are all talk and no substance. At Magma Digital we listen hard, think big and talk straight. We've…

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Warrington Business Expo

On Friday 27th April, we were exhibiting at the Warrington Business Expo at the De Vere Village Hotel in Warrington and we thought we would write a…

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SSHFS and Meld : Compare Remote Files Easily

If you'd asked me two years ago to compare a local file to one on a remote server, I would've simply SCP'd the file down…

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We’re Hiring Apprentice Web Developers!

Do you have an unforgiving passion for the web? Would you like to make a career out of your passion? Magma Digital Ltd are proud…

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Celebrating 13 Years in Business

This week, we celebrated our 13th year in business. Happy Birthday Magma Digital! We began back in 1999 and when Jeremy was setting up the…

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The Whisky Web Ticket Competition Winner is…

Last week, we announced that we were giving away one free ticket to Whisky Web with two nights B&B. Magma Digital Ltd strongly believe in…

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Win a Free Ticket to Whisky Web

The Competition Six of the Developers at Magma Digital Ltd will be heading up to Whisky Web on the 13th and 14th of April 2012 in…

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Jeremy Selected as a Speaker at phpDay 2012

We are pleased to announce that Jeremy, our Managing Director, has been selected as a speaker at another International PHP Conference. This will be his…

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The NHS story continues

Governing Council Priscilla Coates, Director at Magma Digital Ltd was inducted today into a voluntary position of Governing Council member for our local NHS Foundation…

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Our Developers are ZCE PHP 5.3 Certified

Jeremy, Adrian and Michael successfully passed the Zend PHP 5.3 certification exam and received the official credential of their expertise in PHP technology. The Zend…

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Linux server performance investigation toolkit

Following on from a talk I gave at PHPNW last year, here's a summarised version of the tools and approaches we've used to track down…

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Magma Digital in the Spotlight – An Interview with Jeremy

Jeremy Coates, our Managing Director, recently had an in-depth conversation with Karen Hands, a Teamwork coach from Thought into Action Ltd which was recorded and is…

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PHP Benelux 2012 – a synopsis

We recently published a blog on how Jeremy Coates, our Managing Director, was one of the speakers at PHP Benelux 2012, an International Conference in Antwerp, Belgium on the…

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Getting an ETA on a MySQL import

In the first of what will hopefully be a series of regular technical blog posts, I'll discuss a little tool which has helped remove the…

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Magma Digital Celebrates 1 year on Winckley Square

This week the team at  Magma Digital are celebrating 12 months of being based in our new premises on Winckley Square, Preston. For all those…

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PHP Benelux, will we see you there?

As many of you may already know, Magma Digital strongly believes in supporting the web community and promoting best practice within our wider industry. That's why we…

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Preston Codejo

This week saw the Magma Digital Offices transformed again into the Preston Codejo. The second Monday of every month, Magma Digital hosts a Coding Dojo…

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We’re Hiring

For some, Winter can be a typically miserable season; the weather is dark, it's usually raining and generally it's cold. However this year, all is…

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Find your core, tone your fingers & eat cake!

Know your Core You will hear us go on about having a ''firm foundation'. Well, in a nutshell this firm foundation is in part made up…

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Sticky Content, in an Online World!

  Learn 6 ways to make your website more sticky! Travelling business men waking up in hotel baths full of ice, missing a kidney We…

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Where is the responsibility? – Find out at ‘Preston Social’ Tues 25th Oct

"With the news that a father in Northern Ireland is suing Facebook over suggestive photos of his 12 year old girl posted on the site, the question…

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PHPNW11 Through the Eyes of a Marketing Student and PHPNW Newbie.

On Saturday 8th October I joined 400 others in Manchester at the Mercure Manchester Picadilly Hotel for PHPNW's 4th annual conference. For me, it was…

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Magma Digital Hits New Milestone

As always change is a constant and here at Magma Digital, this rings true as ever. After the upheaval of an office move earlier in…

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What’s Magma Digital got to do with Two Black Labs and an NHS Programme Director?

At the end of summer 2011, we saw more additions to the Magma team. Directing business development, Priscilla Coates has now joined us bringing with…

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Magma Digital Just Loves Getting Stuck In

Well, it's that time of year again where PHPNW is creating a great deal of buzz among the Web Developer Community as its conference approaches.…

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Does Success look Lean?

Does organisational success depend on how well you: design, implement and improve processes? A process can be defined as an activity or a series of…

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Phing presentation at PHPNW

Last week I gave an hour long presentation at the PHPNW user group in Manchester about 'Phing' the PHP project build system. Here at Magma…

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Celebrating 12 years in business

This week has seen the twelfth anniversary of the company, yes we started back in 1999. Happy Birthday Magma! The internet was quite different back…

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Growth and development

We've had a quite a few great changes here at Magma Digital in the last couple of months. January saw us go through the upheaval…

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Dear All, We hope you've had a great 2010 and are already ahead with your preparations for the approaching Christmas season. This year…

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Barcamp Blackpool Sponsorship

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="202" caption="Barcamp Blackpool"][/caption] Barcamp Blackpool is fast approaching again, it's on this Saturday, 3rd July 2010, and promises to be a great…

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New staff and a new name

It always seems like there's a lot of things to post, perhaps we'll just have to post more frequently! We have recently undertaken a big…

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Changed blog software from Serendipity (s9y) to WordPress

This blog has been neglected far to long / often, partly because things are always so busy and partly the company and my personal twitter…

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YuuGuu on Linux x86_64 (64bit) CPUs

Here at Solution Perspective we use YuuGuu quite a lot, especially with some of our clients, for remote screen sharing and to check out that…

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PHPNW08: Post PHP conference blast

On Saturday 22nd November I was in Manchester at Manchester Central (formerly GMex) for the first UK PHP conference outside of London: PHPNW08. The conference…

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Solution Perspective Media Supports PHP North West Conference 2008

Solution Perspective Media is proud to announce that it is supporting the first annual PHP Conference in the North West, phpnw08 on 22nd November 2008.…

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Catch up, social networking, new staff …

It's been ages since I've blogged, partly since I've continued to keep up with, which is a little like blogging but in text message…

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777 file permissions not a solution for those without knowledge

Got a call today from one of our customers suppliers, a marketing company, who were trying to upload some blog software and wondered why their…

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Traffic alerts via Twitter mashup with optional SMS

As a recent fan of twitter (you can follow me if you like) as a short (read text message length) form of blogging, I was…

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We’re hiring

In case you've not noticed on our main site, we're hiring - a PHP web developer (OOP).

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Conference experience

I'm currently sat in the PHP London 08 conference and just thought I'd post a note. I'm currently listening to Rob Allen enthuse about the…

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phplondon08: Conference approaches

I'm now looking forward to the 3rd annual UK PHP conference this Friday. I went to the conference the first year it ran and it…

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GeekUp Leeds: YUI Javascript Evolved?

We've started to use the Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) a lot here at Magma and so I was intrigued when the Leeds branch of GeekUp…

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New Staff – again!

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…

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XTemplate updates

For those interested in PHP and Templating, I've released some updates to the (excellent - no bias!) PHP XTemplate, one of the major new features…

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IP 1000A ethernet driver Fedora 7

Discovered today that a previously working ethernet driver for the IP1000A chipset stopped working when upgrading to the latest Fedora 7 kernel ( When compiling…

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Access all Areas! The life of a Business Analyst

Being a business analyst in a team with developers and designers there are interesting times when structure competes with creativity.I was reading a book by…

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Beryl window manager and Java blank windows

If like me you're using the Beryl window manager for linux (extremely cool eye candy) and have misbehaving Java applications that don't show windows properly,…

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Just an intro for those who know us already as Co-Comp Ltd, well we're still that as a legal entity but we're now going by…

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Cool Firefox plugin

Just discovered a new Firefox extension plugin today - ScribeFire (formerly performancing) which lets you create and edit blog posts direct from within the firefox…

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Netgear Wireless Access Point woes WN802T

I've been having issues with Netgears WN802T wireless access point - there's a full rant on Netgears' forums about it - I'll see what comes…

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Suspend / resume finally working Acer Ferrari 4005WLMi

The day has finally come, my laptop finally suspends and resumes correctly under Fedora Core 6 - it's mostly got part way through the suspend…

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New Staff

We've just taken on a new member of staff Rachel Williams as a designer / coach. This action should help out lots round here -…

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VMware need to re-run every reboot on linux

I found using VMware server or workstation on udev based linux kernel (2.6.x) hosts, that I had to re-run the script after every reboot…

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Yum upgrade FC4 to FC5 dbus session failure

Just solved an issue on a machine upgraded via yum from FC4 to FC5 tha had been bugging me for ages. The symptoms were that…

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Online banking HTML output to QIF, import to Grisbi

Had an issue in extracting info from our online banking facility into something a little more useful. I had decided on Grisbi (available for Linux…

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Segmentation fault using RPM

I've got a CentOS 4.2 machine (x86_64 variety) that usually runs very sweetly, with hindsight, the adage if it ain't broke don't fix it comes…

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Kernel Parameters after FC4 to FC5 upgrade (via yum) on an Acer Ferrari 4005WLMi

I recently decided to upgrade from Fedora Core 4 to Fedora Core 5 via yum upgrade. Everything seemed to go well, however there seemed to…

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Well I tought it was about time I started one of these blog things! So here it is. A place where my musings and notes…

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Lancashire a Leading Force in IT

Lancashire is a leading force in IT according to Preston businessman and entrepreneur Jeremy Coates who runs the successful Internet and Business consultancy – 'Co-Comp…

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Preston Business still going strong after 6 years

Preston based Internet and Business Consultancy "Co-Comp Ltd" is this week celebrating their 6th Birthday and commemorated this milestone by cheerily blowing out their birthday…

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