There’s less than a week to go before The SPARKies Awards Party at Komedia. Where we’ll honour the greatest and best in Bath tech. After our previous roundup of the Best App nominees, here are the finalists in the award for The Biggest Success Story of last year.
Back in 2006 James Burfield set up a web design agency starting with one client. The company now has over 250 clients and employed seven new staff in a bumper year for the company. Burfield Creative now boast clients including Talon Engineering, Procserve, Off The Record, Cotswold Archeology and Suzuki Apico to name but a few. Olympic athlete Jason Gardener is also a client after starting a new career as a public speaker and sports consultant – his website is designed to showcase his achievements as well as promote his motivational speaking, team-building and athlete management services.
Deep Blue Sky
Digital agency Deep Blue Sky has doubled in size during 2011 increasing its reputation for innovation and technical excellence along the way. Deep Blue Sky makes extensive use of the very latest web standards and delivery platforms to bring new and exciting products to market, not only outward-facing websites and mobile apps, but also business applications and integration tools. Deep Blue Sky was chosen to design and develop the hugely successful twiDAQ, a free fantasy stock exchange game powered by social media where participants can ‘invest’ in any celebrity, politician, sporting hero or friend. Other work in 2011 included sites for Langley Waterproofing and Room for Romance as well as a multi-lingual catalogue website for the world-renowned workwear brand Dickies.
Eduserv may be a charity, but it’s one of Bath’s enduring tech success stories and 2011 was no exception. The company had a 17 per cent growth in turnover in 2010/11 and grew staff numbers by nearly a fifth. The company has secured funding to build a community cloud infrastructure for UK universities and colleges in its UK data centre. Its Education Cloud is now being used by over 20 UK universities. The company also won an e-Gov award and a Sitecore Site of the Year award for its redevelopment of the NHS Direct website. The symptom checker tools are now integrated with not only its CMS but more importantly its call centre. During 2011, the organisation also won a number of high profile web development and hosting customers including Scottish Water, NHS24 and the British Red Cross.
Picochip is one of the bigger names on the Bath tech scene. Since 2001 Picochip has grown from a kitchen table in Sydney Street to offices above Bongy-Bo, and become a major supplier of wireless technology to companies like Cisco, Samsung and Alcatel-Lucent. Over 100 4G networks around the world rely on the company’s tech for 3G and 4G networks and it has now been selected for S K Telecom for the next generation network. Its femotcell products are with consumers in 13 countries in the form of Vodafone’s SureSignal device. However, the big story of the year was the company’s sale to Mindspeed for between $52-76 million. The company is now the headquarters of Mindspeed’s Wireless Business Unit.