Blog 53

degree 53 birthday
Well, this is definitely not the way we usually spend our birthday after months of lockdown and amid a pandemic, but here we are. Happy birthday to us!

It’s our 7th birthday, and this year has been our toughest year (hasn’t it been for all?!) in terms of taking care of our team and business, whilst everything has been so uncertain around us. However, we feel incredibly fortunate that we’ve been able to continue growing, continue producing high-quality work for our clients and retain all our permanent employees, as well as hiring a bunch of new ones.

A new era

This year, we made a big change in our company. Our founder, Andrew Daniels, launched Sharp Gaming, a brand new, high-end online gambling platform which grew out of Degree 53. To focus on the platform’s development, Andrew stepped away from running Degree 53. This meant new leadership for us, and we’re delighted that Richard Wagstaff became our new Managing Director.

Formerly, Operations Director, Richard has been with the business for 8 years, ever since we were a mobile division at Betfred. He’s done a fantastic job developing the business, leading our strategy and taking care of client relationships, so we’re in really good hands.

Growing a strong team

We’ve hired 14 new team members over the past 5 months whilst working remotely, which is amazing and we’re grateful we’ve been able to create so many positions. This is due to exciting additional projects with our clients, as well as new business wins. In addition, we’ve continued to develop the careers of our outstanding team with internal promotions and made two of our long-serving team members Bav Patel and Peter Stringer, Technical Directors - Web & Infrastructure and Mobile respectively.

We’re really happy we’ve created such a fantastic team and expanded our capabilities, which allows us to help our clients deliver exceptional digital products.

Expanding our portfolio

We wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for our clients. Over the last year, we’ve been working towards growing our reach. As a result, we’ve been working with lotteries around the world, sports betting operators and suppliers health & wellbeing providers, as well as financial institutions. We’ve kicked off major projects across North and South America, Africa and Europe, with smaller ones in Asia and Australia which means we’ve pretty much covered nearly all the continents. There are lots of new clients and projects that we can make a difference to, and we’re really excited about sharing our work in the future.

There are also lots of other exciting projects with our existing clients as we keep expanding their digital offering. We’ve enjoyed being on this journey with them, seeing how their products have developed over the years and how many great things we’ve built together.

We really hope things will change for the better in the next year and we can’t wait to get all our team together. Usually, we’d be celebrating our birthday with a huge party. But for now, we’ll celebrate online and book in the party when we are able to do this.

Once again, we’d like to thank all our clients, partners and employees for working with us and creating awesome products together!
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