We are passionate about developing high-quality, innovative websites, web apps and mobile applications. We are problem solvers and solution finders. We care about creating things that look great and are highly usable, but more importantly that achieve a tangible business goal or solve a business pain.
We constantly keep on-top of what is happening on the web and in marketing to make sure that we are proposing the best possible approach to our customers. This allows us to be extremely flexible with what we are able to do, but to also deliver projects that are great value for money. If you would like to see what we are capable of then view our capabilities page, or if you would like to see some of our recent work then have a look at our portfolio.
We have put together a cost breakdown around the topics discussed and assumptions we have made regarding your web development or mobile app direction. At this stage we outline all of the project deliverables and cost against each item. At this stage the project is still fluid and it is expected that new features may be introduced and the proposal subsequently reworked.
Once you are happy that the proposal matches your vision and objectives, we pull our terms and conditions along with any supporting information into it to make a contract document. This ensures both us, and yourself, are as clear as possible on what is going to be completed, at what cost, and by when. The project can then begin once both sides have signed the contract and the initial deposit has been paid.
At this web design phase of the project we consider your vision, and have a creative discussion with our designer(s) to try and ensure our perception of how to achieve this vision is clear. We then create an image mock-up of how the concept design will look and feel. At this point the designs are still open for revision, and we may have experimented with some design elements that break convention. We will have another meeting to discuss changes and iteratively rework the designs until we reach a point of sign off. Once this is achieved the concept design can be considered complete and won’t change.
Now with the concept agreed, the remaining page styles for use within the website can be created. This process is similar to the concept phase but it focused around the structure of each page, rather than the overall colour scheme & concept layout etc. Again, once each page has been signed off we can progress with the next stage of the project.
Now we take the front end pages and pull them into the content management system of choice. This involves deciding which pages will use which theme, and which sections of each page should be editable (and how). This is often the longest part of the process where we work independently with little need for review until we are complete. This section also encompasses the creation of any bespoke features. Sometimes this will be a common CMS such as ModX but sometimes you may need a more specialist framework to support more custom requirements such as developing a login portal or automatically creating digital documents.
Once the site is built into the content management system, we will populate it with some initial content or dummy content so that you can see the site as it will be when it is in action (minus it being fully compiled with content). There is a client review at this phase where we ask you to make a bulleted list of anything that differs from what you were expecting, this is a quality assurance process to ensure the site has been user tested before it goes live.
Once you are happy with the build, we hand over the site to you to populate it with any content that hasn’t been included in the budget for site creation/migration. The objective here is to use this stage to get familiar with the content management system and receive initial support from us whilst you are less familiar with it. We can then migrate all content and cost for this accordingly, however most of our clients opt to do this internally both because it is often cheaper, but also because it acts as a great training exercise. You may have some additional change/feature/bug fix requests at this stage.
There is a degree of initial aftercare built into our project pricing to ensure you are comfortable and happy with your end product. If you feel you would need prolonged support on a retainer basis, then we can discuss the number of support/sundry hours that you would require per month and charge for this at hour hourly rate. Alternatively you can pay for support, or for the development of additional requirements on an as-needed basis at our hourly rate.
The founder and Managing Director of Scorchsoft. Andrew first registered the business in 2010. Other than running Scorchsoft his experience includes: 4 years as a web development freelancer; Being a project manager for eLearning development within Roll-Royce Plc; And having a first-class Computer Science with Business Management degree from The University of Birmingham.
He likes to get to grips with the inner workings and motivations of a business in order to most effectively position projects. His computer science degree combined with his ethos and experience give him a rare combination of technical expertise and strategic business know-how.
In addition to having the best dance moves, Mike is also the mover and shaker when it comes to our project work. Mike oversees our resource using the latest tools such as MS Project, Jira and Toggl to ensure that projects are delivered on time and to budget.
Mike is also heavily involved within process improvements within Scorchsoft, and has already had a marked impact on the business since starting in mid-2016.
As our Senior Developer it would be an understatement to say that Parminder is truly passionate about the latest web technologies but also around how to approach a problem in the best way possible. He is a big influence when it comes to defining what techniques we should be using as well as improving our day to day development processes.
In addition to supporting and coordinating the technical direction of our projects Parminder is also a highly motivated and productive developer who is motivated by interesting and challenging projects both front and back end.
As our web developer Steven excels when it comes to creating interactive AJAX driven web apps. He has a good understanding of fundamental design concepts which enables him to relate the visual aspects of a project and it's design to the web programming that actually supports its delivery.
Coding aside Steven has great interpersonal skills and is able to have discussions around technical topics in terms that are easy for even our less tech-savvy clients to relate to.
With a background in Mathematics Audrius has a very logical way of thinking which makes him suited to problem solving topics.
He is capable at working within a range of different content management systems such as Wordpress and Drupal as well as having a strong knowledge of working within back-end development frameworks such as Yii.
Since working for us Audrius has grown particularly fond of more front-end development tasks such as mobile responsive coding and creating interactive elements of projects.
An expert when it comes to visuals and graphic design. Darren really shines when it comes to constructing stunning branded graphics that are in line with the vision and identity portrayed by our clients.
Darren always keeps on top of the latest front-end coding frameworks, tricks and trends (e.g. bootstrap, responsive design, flat design systems) and applies this to the graphic design approach. This means that visuals are created with the technology that is going to support them in mind. Give him some creative freedom and he never fails to surpass expectation.
Martha is a wizz when it comes to developing a strong brand, and has direct experience working for some of the UK's most well known high-street chains.