Happy 2018

So, firstly Happy New Year to you all. Hope you had a pleasant Christmas and enjoy spending January at the gym trying to balance the books.

Whilst we did manage to get a few days well deserved rest, we had a team get together over the holiday to discuss our aspirations for the new year, personally and for the company. It would be unfair to name names, however, I am sure that I can share a few of our own goals and objectives.

“I will get fitter”

“I will stop breaking mobile phones”

“I will modestly cut down my chocolate intake”

“I am not too old to still skateboard”

Moving on to our aspirations for Relyable, we start the year with one of our most interesting projects to date, the redesign of the London Taxidrivers’ Fund for Underprivileged Children (LTFUC). The LTFUC celebrate their 90-year anniversary in 2018 and we are pleased to be working on the redesign of their new website. This is a big move for the charity, who are looking to embrace more technology from their website to increase their audience and deliver a more pleasant user experience with new and improved ways of donating.

It is always nice to work with start-up organisations; we have one coming live soon for a personal trainer. Nick Lockwood delivers one to one and online personal training and working with him has certainly motivated the team to reduce the Relyable chocolate pile!

Having done quite a lot of work over the years in the sports and leisure sector, we are currently discussing a couple of really nice projects in the field of martial arts.

Throughout 2017 we were doing quite a lot of work relating to the incoming Global Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which arrive in May 2018. This is a big challenge for many organisations who now have to take a very serious look at how their client data is captured, stored and processed. We are looking forward to being very busy working with clients on compliance. If this is something you are currently looking at for your business, please give us a call to discuss.

Whilst there is much uncertainty surrounding much of the retail sector, we continue to see a rise in new ecommerce businesses. Simplified frameworks like WOO commerce make it easy and affordable for new businesses to start selling online and the technology now makes good user experiences and journeys. We think that this year some of the big names will struggle, Maplin’s and Toys R Us are two that spring to mind. We hope that entrepreneurial wisdom will kick in and the unfortunate victims of retail are balanced by the continued popularity of pop up and temporary shops.

We look to grow the team this year. Our plans are to take on both a junior developer and designer. Rather than raise the bar unnecessarily, as many organisations are to secure emerging talent, usually for little or no return (ah, the famous internship that has become so popular), we want to offer a real opportunity for a couple of people with the desire to develop their skills.

We have a couple of projects bubbling away which involve mobile application development, so we look to furthering our experience in the application arena this year.

In the past we have been so busy managing other clients’ social media that we have not done any of our own. We have, however, seen companies lose a lot of money without a lot of gain through social media, so our advice to you is to make sure you know what you are doing before you start spending that marketing pot.

Oh and the Relyamobile will make its entrance to the streets of England this year. Keep an eye on our blog page for more details.

So, here’s to a year of unpredictable weather, an even more unpredictable economy and the potential of me turning up to meet you on a skateboard.

Wishing you all health, wealth and happiness from all of us here at Relyable.