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It’s been a few months since our last post, so here’s an update of recent events at Brighter*IR towers (… including new team members, many new client projects, and a major technical implementation)!

Ramona Tapi

Ramona Tapi joins front-end team …

Originally from Romania, Ramona had early passion and love for architecture, but after tasting the power of programming she moved to the UK in 2010 to study for her Degree in Software Engineering at the University of Wales.

During her time at university, she won 2nd prize in the fourth BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium in 2011 (featuring over 100 women from 35 universities), and 1st prize in a photography competition supporting women studying science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM).

Following her degree, Ramona became a Front-End Developer for a global PR firm in 2014, where she gained direct experience of public companies and corporate communications. She subsequently worked for a couple of other agencies to further her front-end skill set, paying particular attention to emerging technologies, processes and workflow.

Ramona’s interests outside of work largely revolve around the often combined hobbies of travelling and photography, but she’s also a secret Chess master!

Catarina Hedqvist

… and Catarina Hedqvist joins as back-end developer

Originally from Sweden, Cat moved to the UK just a few weeks ago and we’re pleased to welcome her to the team!

Cat’s interest in digital began back in ’96 when she taught herself HTML to build small websites for fun, but her formative years were largely spent studying gemology and working in the jewelry sector. She attended the Institute of Media in 2013 where she was selected for an internship in system development, where she was exposed to frameworks including Symfony2 and AngularJS.

Cat subsequently moved into various back-end roles where she was able to design and implement complex systems for the recruitment and education sectors. Her clear focus on MVC frameworks, UX and scalability provided the perfect foundation for her role with Brighter IR!

Cat’s interests outside of work revolve around all things geek, from online gaming to being a Trekkie and everything in-between. And, true to her geographical origin, she’s a metalhead.

Continued development on our IR tools platform

Our Polaris platform, which powers the delivery of our suite of market-data driven tools and services, continues to evolve and mature and we’re pleased to have recently completed its migration onto a fully scalable, resilient and robust infrastructure with Amazon Web Services.

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Polaris is now servicing hundreds of clients with over 1000 individual URLs between them. Some of these tools are integrated into every page of the websites they were designed for, and the platform averages above 100 concurrent users requesting data at any given time, although we see spikes much higher than this! We’re adding clients at a fantastic rate too, so we spent a lot of time redesigning the server infrastructure to ensure the impressive page speeds we’ve become known for.

Highlights include:

  • Intelligently load-balanced and scalable
  • Speedy static content delivery via our new CDN
  • Zero-downtime deployment and application management
  • Automated backups & robust, secure database operations

Corporate website for
Beowulf Mining (LSE:BEM | SDB:BEO)

Working in partnership with the team over at Blytheweigh, we recently delivered a new corporate website for Beowulf Mining, a Nordic focused, multi-commodity exploration and development company with assets in Sweden and Finland.

Beowulf’s previous website was built using our favourite content management system – WordPress – but following a careful critique, we identified a number of ways to improve the site in the next iteration.

The new website is modern, clean, easy to navigate and includes a comprehensive look at the numerous projects the company operates across Sweden and Finland, including customised Google Maps to plot individual contract areas, helping stakeholders visualise geographic reach and scale.

Beowulf Mining Plc

Corporate website for
Jersey Oil and Gas Plc (LSE:JOG)

Jersey Oil and Gas (JOG) is a British independent North Sea focused upstream oil and gas company, driving shareholder value through creative deal making and operational success.

We began working with JOG in 2017 following the delivery of our IR tools for their previous website, before we were invited to pitch for the redesign later in the year.

Their previous website was developed a number of years ago, and like many websites of a similar age, it wasn’t responsive (meaning it wasn’t optimised to work well on mobile or tablet devices), something we were keen to remedy.

The project also saw us focus on making the site easier to navigate, improve the typography and readability, and crucially – make the site easier to manage and maintain. We also improved the search engine optimisation (SEO), beefed up security and integrated an external news feed from proactiveinvestors to keep stakeholders informed and updated on news and progress.

Jersey Oil and Gas Plc

Corporate website for
Hadrian’s Wall Capital (LSE:HWSL | HWSC)

Hadrian’s Wall Capital was established in 2010 to provide investment advisory services in the credit markets. Their core experience lies in secured and structured credit, including equipment finance, SME finance, commercial finance, infrastructure, corporate finance and commercial/residential real estate.

Hadrian’s Wall Capital became a client mid-2016 following the delivery of our automated share price and regulatory news tools. We took over the support and maintenance of their pre-existing WordPress powered website early in 2017, before embarking on a complete redesign which went live in April 2018.

Not every WordPress site is created equally, and the previous website was limiting in terms of content placement and functionality. We rebuilt from the ground up to remove these restrictions, and in the process took the opportunity to evolve their visual identity and layout to improve levels of communication and communicate the investment proposition.

As a Main Market listed fund with content aimed at specific geographic jurisdictions, parts of the new site sit behind a legal disclaimer. We also developed a dynamic transactions section to help stakeholders follow the company’s progress, alongside a more general media section for industry news.

Hadrian's Wall Capital Plc

Corporate website for
Redde plc (LSE:REDD)

Redde is the market leading support services group specialising in accident management support, legal services, fleet management and policy fulfilment services.

Redde’s previous website was created over 5 years ago, and in what is by now a familiar story, it was not optimised for mobile or tablet devices. A brief look at their analytics today tells us nearly a third of all visitors are coming from mobile, so we hope it was a worthwhile exercise!

As a FTSE AIM UK 50 constituent, Redde’s site naturally generates more traffic than some of our smaller AIM-listed clients, and the company was keen to increase the levels of market data available within the investor section to keep stakeholders informed and encourage repeat visits.

The team at Redde also understood the benefits of moving away from the proprietary technology used to support their old website, combined with a willingness to manage day-to-day edits in-house to reduce ongoing maintenance overheads. Various operating divisions were already using and benefiting from WordPress as a technology, making it the obvious choice for the new group website, a move that we hope will protect their investment for many years to come.

Redde Plc

Dynamic user-centric portal for
Progressive Equity Research Limited

Progressive Equity Research is a private company providing market analysis, competitor evaluation and insightful equity research for UK listed companies in every sector. The new website went live in May 2018 acting as a primary destination and distribution portal for retail and institutional audiences alike.

We began the process by reviewing Progressive’s underlying business requirements, primarily to quickly and easily publish new research on their clients, including an archive of nearly 400 publications spanning many years, combined with the needs of their users who consume the content, to architect a dynamic solution that’s firmly centered on their research coverage.

We also restructured the way the company thinks about the content they create by delivering four separate but closely linked content types – Analysts, Research, Companies and Sectors. This interlinked taxonomy allows Progressive to easily publish new content, add new team members, or list new clients at the press of a few buttons. It also makes life easier for the end user with multiple intuitive ways to navigate and digest content.

Progressive also produces detailed financial models for the clients they cover, so we developed a dedicated CSV import function to speed the process up and provide granular control to edit each table before it’s published.

Last, but by no means least, the new site features dedicated user registration, login and account management functions, access to PDFs by logged in users only, and synchronisation with external mailing lists.

Progressive Equity Research Limited