Blog 53

Andrew Daniels, MD

We wish you a Merry Christmas; we wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a merry Christmas and an Appy New Year!

On behalf of everyone at Degree 53, we want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

As a start up agency we have had an exceptional year, we have prospered through the good times and we've learned a lot on the way. This is purely down to our hardworking team and fantastic clients. Let's take a look back at our top 5 highlights of 2014...

degree 53 team wearing christmas jumpers

Company growth

In our first year operating as a fully independent digital agency, to meet business needs and growing client requirements we expanded our team. Since September last year, our team has more than doubled – we've grown from 25 to 57 members of staff this year!

Diversified our client range

Outside of our work with our key gambling clients, we have recently delivered projects for clients across various industry sectors including banking (The Co-operative Bank), fashion (YrStore), music (Lyroke) and leisure (Knutsford Gym). To see case studies of the projects we have been working on see Our Work section.

What have we delivered?

Fuelled by some good old, Yorkshire Tea from start to end this year, we have proudly delivered 24 mobile applications across iOS and Android, 4 responsive websites, 2 mobile sites as well as an internal system for The Co-operative Bank.

man holding up large bags of Yorkshire tea

Behance Portfolio Review

We recently sponsored the Manchester Behance Portfolio Review event at The Sharp Project. The event attracted students, professionals and design enthusiasts from the Manchester community and kicked off with an inspiring talk from Brendan Dawes. Following the talk, the attendees split into groups to showcase their current design portfolios and gain feedback from industry professional designers. The event gained excellent feedback and was a great opportunity to give something back to the design community.

people in groups talking about design

Most importantly we have been recognised

What is extremely humbling is the fact that we have been acknowledged for our achievements. This year we have walked away with not 1, 2, 3 but 4 awards:

  • Big Chip, Best start up 2014 award
  • The Prolific North Awards 2014, Best Newcomer
  • E3 Business Awards, New Business Start Up of the Year
  • Andrew Daniels was awarded the, Digital Media Creative Professional of the year at the 2014 MYTA awards

The team at the E3 awards

You may also be interested in our recent posts, as we take a look back on Top 10 Technology Highlights of 2014 and Technology to Look Out For In 2015.

Special thanks to Nielson Reeves photography for our staff photograph!

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