We can hardly believe how fast this year has gone. It seems like only yesterday I was writing 2014's end of year blog. Looking back, it's hard to imagine how we managed to fit everything in that we did this year and amazing to see how much the company has evolved because of it all.
February saw our CEO, Boydlee, visit Dhaka for the Digital World 2015; you can read more about it here. During this time, Hannah was asked to speak at NorDevCon where she gave an informative talk regarding the issues that you may face as a designer, how they may affect your business and what you can do to avoid them.
In March, we visited the RBTE expo in Olympia. Here we met some amazing business people. These types of events are great to discover inventive entrepreneurs who come to us with innovative start-up ideas that we can help evolve and develop from the ground up. Which is why we then took part in Meet the Buyer in Norwich. Here we were able to meet with representatives from small businesses and large corporations. We were then able to choose a select few companies to have a short meeting with pitching our company and discuss potential business opportunities.
Towards the end of March, we welcomed a new member of the team, Steve, who has a keen eye for testing the products we build. He has become a great asset to the company and is a real pleasure to work with.
Over the following months, we worked on some incredible projects and were also able to see the organisations and teams that we have sponsored and supported strive to achieve the best they can. Torque Racing from Sprowston High School came 5th at the National Finals in March. SyncDevelopHER has made a huge impact on the local community. Founder, Vickie Allen, worked hard to organise the first SyncDevelopHER Awards event. We were delighted to be given the opportunity to sponsor the apprenticeship award and attend the event. You can read more about that here. Vickie then partnered with our front-end developer, Emma Woodhouse, to launch Code Club, a local initiative that teaches young people aged 12-18 how to code. The first course, an Introduction to HTML and CSS, will be held every Saturday morning, commencing 16th January 2016 for four consecutive weeks. During this time, students will be learning the fundamental principles of design and development, whilst developing their own version of the Code Club website, with the opportunity to replace the existing site with their product! There are still spaces available for the course, so if you would like your child to get involved in the tech industry and boost their CV, please get in touch or sign up here.
In September, we were all extremely excited to see Boydlee and Hannah tie the knot, which was the most amazing wedding full of handmade treats such as the 20+ quilts all created by Hannah in the months leading up to the big day.
In October, I completed my Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship which you can read more about here.
November was the most hectic of all because we moved office! We are now located in a listed building dating back to the Tudor era. It is bursting with character and has been a brilliant upgrade from our old office; we are still not used to standing on the balcony looking across the beautiful park every day!
Overall it has been a fantastic year for us and we can't wait to see what 2016 brings! So from all of us here at Tipsy & Tumbler, Merry Christmas! We hope you all have a wonderful break and a very Happy New Year.