Three start-up companies from Falmouth University’s Launchpad programme have been shortlisted for this year’s Tech South West Awards.
Community seed sharing platform Plotty is up for the Sustainable Tech award. Codices, which develops tools for online broadcasters to make live interactive gameshows, and visitor distribution app Data Duopoly are up against each other in the Innovation category. Codices is also in the running for the Best Start-up award.
Codices CEO and founder Tim Edwards said: “We’re delighted to have been nominated for the Best Start-up as well as the Innovation Award among some of the top businesses in the south west.
“At Codices, we’re pushing the boundaries in entertainment, delivering cutting-edge interactive show formats to millions of viewers each month. It’s great that our talented team are getting the recognition they deserve.”
The winners will be announced at a digital Tech South West Awards ceremony on Thursday November 26.
Cornwall-based digital marketing agency 3WhiteHats has been named among the top five places to work in the UK.
Campaign Magazine, one of the UK’s leading media publications, has ranked 3WhiteHats in 5th place for ‘Best Places to Work 2020’ overall, as well as number three on its list of the ‘Best Small Places to Work’. They are also the highest-ranking non-London agency to make these lists.
3WhiteHats specialises in SEO, paid search, social and web analytics; delivering marketing campaigns for national and international brands.
With its HQ in Falmouth, and satellite offices in London and New Zealand, the agency boasts a range of enviable workplace perks.Employees are treated to harbourside sea views and a private beach where the team are able to have lunch, swim or use company paddleboards.
The agency also operates flexible working hours, offers an extra day’s holiday every year, home-cooked team lunch on Fridays, and an attractive training budget. To reward employees after five years’ service, they are treated to a travel voucher and the option to take a six-month sabbatical.
All of these benefits have led the agency to be listed within the Best Places to Work 2020.
Entering its 11th year, 3WhiteHats has been bucking the trend of a challenging trading climate by expanding across all departments, thanks to a series of major pitch wins.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised in the top rankings for the best agencies to work for. Since we started out in 2010, we’ve worked really hard to build an agency that not only delivers the best work for clients, but is also the best place to work for all our teammates. It’s been a big team effort over the years and I couldn’t be happier for us to be recognised alongside other top UK agencies.”Tom Telford, Managing Director, 3WhiteHats
Find out more about 3WhiteHats and why they are thriving in Cornwall.
Cornwall’s fastest-growing tech company, Bluefruit Software, has just become the first tech company in Cornwall to change to an Employee Owned business with the formation of an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). Employees are now the principal shareholders in the company, with a 51% stake and a say in governance. The EOT’s board of trustees has two non-director employees on it, who will be working on decisions that affect all their colleagues.
In the year ended April 2019 annual revenues grew by more than 30%. Bluefruit Software has also been recognised at the 2019 Cornwall Business Awards as Cornwall’s Growth Business of the Year, and as Cornwall’s Best Place to Work, and also at the Tech South West Awards in November as the Best Tech Workplace in the South West.
With a desire to hire Cornwall based talent and to support the community in growing skills and roles for the local tech sector (through working with local schools and colleges, and involvement with Software Cornwall and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Digital Skills Partnership), it’s clear that Bluefruit is committed to Cornwall and Cornish jobs.
The move to an EOT was seen by Bluefruit Software Founder and Director, Paul Massey, as a way to enshrine the parts of the business that helped the company’s impressive growth: its people-led culture. According to Paul Massey, “We’ve found time and time again, that by empowering our people to make the right decisions for themselves and their work that we get a better result for our clients than if we didn’t. It was important that we found a way to preserve this and ensure the business would be around 10, 20 or even 30 years from now. Something that your typical Silicon Valley or London based tech startup doesn’t care about.”
Becoming an Employee Owned business is a big step for a company that has grown from 39 people in 2017 to 71 in 2019. With such growth comes growing pains, but the Bluefruit Software’s board have worked determinedly to guarantee that the company doesn’t lose its soul. A soul that’s very much at home in Cornwall, with everyone hired in the past two years already based in the duchy.
“We’re offering a place of work that’s unique in not just Cornwall but tech companies worldwide,” explained Bluefruit Software Director, Caitlin Gould. “There’s a real problem with businesses saying that they’re empowering their people, but they’re not. And that leads to high turnover in a sector that’s hurting for lack of talent.”
“We have an employee turnover rate of 4%—the tech industry average is 23%1. When you look at the growth we’ve had from being people first, it makes sense to protect that. This is not only great for our people; it also provides stability to our customers.”Caitlin Gould, Software Director
Read Bluefruit’s full growth story here – and if you are interested in finding out more about the tech sector in Cornwall get in touch with our team.
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