Blimey it's March already?!

Roughly a 4 minute read from Alex

24 Mar 2011

Firstly, yes we're still here! It's been such a crazy start to the year that we've been neglecting our little old blog a little (cue violins) so apologies to our regular readers. Don't worry though we've got some exciting news & launches lined up for the next couple of weeks, so should have posts a plenty!

So, for now, I'll just give you a little round-up of the year so far and taste of what's to come:

We've expanded

There are now 8 of us in the office, an increase in 3 since the end of last year. The expansion followed various account wins and the desire to give us a bit more capacity to work on a few internal projects we've been neglecting for too long. Firstly Tom came on board to add his talents to the design department and he's already been applying his graphical skills to great effect on some upcoming launches. He was closely followed by Christian, who redressed the studio imbalance by becoming the 3rd member of our development team and who's already well at home waist deep in code and even dabbling in a little Photoshop! Lastly, just a few days ago, Erin nabbed herself the last seat in the office adopting the joint role of studio manager and usability guru which will see her making sure that we stay nice and organised whilst continuing to deliver sites which are easy to use whilst still looking great. She also brings baked goods to our production meetings, which has already won her a few hearts. We'll get everyone's mugshots up on the website as soon as we find some time, so for now, you'll just have to close your eyes and picture all their lovely little faces!

*Edit* - I've just realised I never mentioned Durham starting last year as well! Well no time like the present eh? Durham is our amazingly talented senior developer who has been doing some pretty awesome stuff for us since he took on the role. He's also named after a caravan (fact!) just in case you were wondering, though I don't think he's ever had a Gypsy inside him....

New work

We're really excited to have some great new projects in the pipeline. Firstly we have the re-design of the existing Strada website, which is due to launch imminently so follow us on Twitter if you want to have a first peek. This will then be followed up later in the year with full re-designs for the Café Rouge and Bella Italia brands too, which will keep us nice and busy.

We've also won 4 new accounts, Clarion Solicitors, a top Leeds-based law firm, and Bubbleology - a brand new and exciting London tea concept that's going to popping up right in the heart of Soho. We can't mention the other two, as they're still top secret, but suffice to say we're equally excited about them.

A Pocket Diner update

Now being used by over 500 UK restaurants and generating a whopping 300,000 page views per month, Pocket Diner has been going from strength to strength - which is really great news, and proves that the future of mobile browsing is indeed looking to be as hot as predicted. The big news though is that we've now teamed up with Livebookings, Europe's leading online reservations booking company, and re-branded the service to 'Pocket Diner by Livebookings' - a relationship which we're certain is going to flourish - But we'll do a separate blog post dedicated to this very soon!

...and that's about it for now. We'll have more stories soon, so we'll see you back here then!


Alex is co-founder of Engage. With an awarded background in design and development he now concentrates the majority of his time on moulding the future picture of Engage's development, paying particular attention to the intricate balance of culture, growth and doughnut consumption.

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