Local economy, Richard Branson, web design and Coca Cola

Local economy, Richard Branson, web design and Coca Cola

It’s not unusual to be working on exciting projects but when one of your projects is put in line for the likes of Richard Branson to review, it gets the staff motivation pumping that much higher.

Whether it’s building mobile apps which I discussed last month, or fuelling our development team with Coca Cola and Red Bull to get the very best out of their creative abilities and the long hours they put in to produce incredible results — as a local Derby-based business we are always looking to the future and how our web team producing mobile responsive ecommerce sites, tie in with the marketing team and can continue to push local businesses forward and help the local economy.

This year we added a digital marketing team within our business with social media and online advertising operating as a perfect combination to our ecommerce clients. We are actively looking to grow each team within the company.

It’s no surprise that as a fast growing digital agency here at iBox we get to work on some incredible projects for some fantastic clients across the country who have one goal in common — to improve their online businesses in this digital era. That said our biggest pain point is finding the talented individuals to join our team as there is a severe lack of web designers, developers and high quality digital marketers in the local talent pool.

As a result we focus heavily on internal training and looking at recruiting with a more open mind than most when it comes to educational background. So that we can continue to grow our team as we expand our strong web and software development teams we need to in this era look towards not just who has a piece of paper stamped with a degree qualification but who is making waves and developing ideas of their own, who is putting together their own online projects and have a drive for success.

Saturday mornings I run Code Club in Derby which teaches a class of 9–11 year-old children to code and how to build games. This is merely the start of what I believe as a employer and local business we can give back to the community.

With ambitious growth plans to expand the team over the next 12 months coupled with a great order book of new contracts we are looking to next tackle some of the problems in our industry closer to home with a number of projects which will be announced over the coming weeks.