Community PHP

Magma has long-standing relationships with a diverse set of technical communities. Significantly we play a key role in organising one of the largest annual PHP conferences, hosted in Manchester, ‘PHPNW’. Magma’s CEO Jeremy Coates founded the PHPNW user group which meets monthly in Manchester and brings together a community of software engineers, web developers, and others. The objective of the user group is and always has been, to improve the technological skills and best practice of the community.

Community – PHPNW User Group

The PHPNW User Group was born out of Jeremy’s passion for all things development and his dedication to maintaining the capacity and capability of the community, especially within the North West. Many contributors, volunteers, members and speakers make up the richness that is the PHPNW community. The user group meets once a month, in Manchester city centre on the first Tuesday of every month. Attendees benefit from a variety of speakers and subjects as well as the networking opportunities that the community offers.

Community – PHPNW Conference

The annual conference is held during the month of October each year in Manchester, UK. Following nine sold-out and highly successful conferences; we are this year celebrating our 10th annual conference at


The PHPNW conference attracts over 500 delegates, with top speakers, and influential industry sponsors, many of whom travel from around the world to join the community and speak. We firmly believe that the conference should be an educational and advantageous experience for all delegates. The conference is a not-for-profit community conference. This is a core principle of the user group and remains central to what we do. We fully immerse the delegates into a pool of in-depth teaching of topics related to PHP; presented by an array of industry leaders and speakers from around the world.

See some of our previous and current sponsors below, if you would like to join them as a sponsor this year please visit this link and let us know, you will be supporting a great community!

Some of the other communities that we support include; Codejo, Barcamp Blackpool, Manchester Digital, PHP South Coast, PHP Benelux and WeCamp.

These communities benefit Magma Digital and others through free (open source) software, providing a platform to exchange ideas with other thought leaders regular meetings with like-minded people.

Magma Digital are firm believers in the next working generation, offering young, motivated individuals the opportunity to join our team through apprenticeship schemes, work experience and placements.  Our CEO Jeremy Coates often speaks at numerous universities and colleges across the North West, sharing his knowledge and experience within the technical industry, inspiring young students to enter the software industry.

“Since day one of work with Magma, we have found them to be professional, efficient and highly competent” – Jenny Tomkinson, Digital Communications Manager, Juvela.