Dec 22 2016

Merry Christmas from Chris, Matt and the team at S8080!

S8080 Christmas animation
The team at S8080 would like to say a huge thank you to every one of you for your support in 2016.

This year the team have decided to throw down some festive shapes in our animated Christmas extravaganza. For those of you looking for dance inspiration, be sure to keep an eye out for Simon and his signature moves.

We hope you all enjoy your Christmas break, we’ll see you in the New Year.

Click here to watch the full video on YouTube

Dec 16 2016 wins Silver in this year’s Digital Experience Awards

uk digital award has won another award! The site has won a Silver award in this year’s Digital Experience Awards.

The site originally won the Masters of Marketing Award for user experience and design in October this year.

GoConstruct provides online interactive tools to help people find out more about a career in construction. We are very proud to be playing such a major part in the site’s continuing growth and success.

Oct 13 2016

GoConstruct wins the Masters of Marketing User Experience and Design award


We are very proud to announce that has won the 2016 Masters of Marketing User experience and design award. GoConstruct won the award after being shortlisted along with Guardian Travel and Gu puddings websites.

The site was launched to encourage people to consider a career in construction. We worked closely with CITB to create a site that would inform and entertain a diverse audience by utilising a range of interactive tools including a career profiling tool, a series of interactive construction sites and a personality quiz.

The site has had extensive usability testing to give the best possible user experience. The campaign has been a huge success with over 450,000 unique visitors. To check out the site for yourself click here.


It’s been a privilege to work on the site and we are currently working with CITB on more major projects, watch this space!


Jun 6 2016

Haringey Council. Tottenham Regeneration website


Haringey Council has ambitious regeneration plans for Tottenham, with schemes underway to address local people’s priorities for more job opportunities, better housing and improved transport links.

As the programme’s momentum grew, a separate website was needed, away from the main council site, with distinct sections of content for investors and developers, residents and local business audience groups.

The Haringey Council digital communications team had done a lot of thinking around the shape of the IA and the types of content they needed to fulfil their aims and provide a user centred experience. They had decided on the open-source Drupal CMS (with demanding security requirements) and had a well-considered creative brief prepared for our alignment sessions. A perfect start to the project!

Here’s how we designed and developed the council website

  • Evolved their initial Information Architecture (IA) and key user journeys
  • Developed a wireframe paper prototype
  • Created design routes – homepage and lower level pages with rapid prototyping to arrive at the final designs
  • Built accessible and adaptive page templates
  • Set up and configured the core Drupal CMS and implemented the site structure, glueing in the templates and developing the workflow for their publishing team
  • A news system was integrated and XML feeds to display events were set up
  • MailChimp newsletter functionality was embedded
  • Content was loaded and checked and our QA team tested the site ready for soft launch
  • One of our project managers and a Drupal developer spent a day with the Haringey team, training them to use their new Drupal website
  • The site was made live and the Haringey team have a 12-month support contract to help them with Drupal upgrades and site improvements

You can see Haringey Council’s Tottenham Regeneration website at


What makes Open Source systems such good value for local government websites?

  • Free – no licence costs for the CMS software
  • Agile and moveable – you are not tied into your web development agency
  • Vast (and fast moving) open-source development communities
  • Modular systems – thousands of 3rd party extensions to further keep costs down
  • Regular security updates by a highly active community
  • Proven functionality – tried and tested by the likes of No.10, The Whitehouse, Heinz…
  • Fully featured – whatever functionality you want on your site, the chances are that there’s already an extension for it

If you’d are considering an open source CMS for your organisation, take a look at our information on Drupal and Umbraco, or contact us for a friendly chat or email



May 24 2016

S8080 help Nottingham City Council with new Umbraco website

Nottingham city council Umbraco website homepage
When Nottingham City Council appointed us via G-Cloud, we were delighted to learn that they had chosen Umbraco, the open-source CMS, to develop their new online self-service platform.

As an agency, our public sector clients tend to request either Drupal or Umbraco. The Council had spent time during their discovery phase investigating the suitable platforms for a large, busy local government website and Umbraco matched their requirements exactly.

Channel shift is becoming increasingly important for local government as digital transformation strategies are being realised in order to improve customer access to council services. Umbraco (and Drupal) are both powerful and flexible enough for the most demanding council and open source means they don’t pay a single penny for the software. This frees up budgets for the important stuff: user experience (UX), engaging designing and robust, secure functionality.

Nottingham city council Umbraco website mobile

As well as the obvious cost benefits of digital self-service, modern local authority content management systems allow a mobile first approach. This means users can undertake online transactions like arranging waste collections or making planning applications using their phones or tablets as well as their laptops and computers, making life easier for users and the Council. From the outset, our brief was to create a “great looking”, user-friendly, customer centred experience that could stand up against the very best local government websites in the UK. Here’s how we designed and developed the Council website:

  • We co-designed a clear top-task focused homepage
  • We broke down the content into compartmentalised areas to simplify the information
  • The Council’s brand colours were used consistently for content hierarchy
  • We developed a user-friendly column based dropdown navigation
  • The site was designed to be extremely accessible and fast to use
  • The CMS platform was specifically designed to enable the Council to add their own micro-sites
  • The mobile first templates we developed and tested across multiple devices
  • Our Umbraco technical developers Implemented Nottingham City Council’s preferred search solution provided by Funnelback
  • We created a suite of content blocks in which to build the content pages
  • We made it super easy for the Council’s in-house team to further develop the site by componentising and templating the functionality so it can be updated separately
  • We set up the server architecture and deployed the website which  is hosted on Microsoft Azures’ scalable cloud hosting platform
  • We will be providing ongoing maintenance and support, but typically 3rd level technical Umbraco expertise, so the day to day support on the website will be handled by Nottingham City Councils IT team

To find out how your organisation can use an open-source content management system for customer centred digital transformation, take a look at Umbraco and Drupal – two extremely capable and extensible CMS’s.


Nottingham city council Umbraco website screens




May 20 2015

S8080 becomes a Rackspace Preferred Partner



S8080 has joined the Rackspace® Partner Network to provide our clients with a portfolio of Hybrid Cloud solutions.

We’ve been working with Rackspace for a number of years, hosting our larger client’s Drupal, EPiServer and Umbraco websites. We’ve been impressed by their service and flexibility, especially when we’ve thrown complex problems at them, so we’ve decided to make our relationship formal.

Rackspace is a leading provider of hybrid clouds, which enable organisations to run their workloads where they run most effectively — whether on the public cloud, a private cloud, dedicated servers, or a combination of these platforms.

Contact Matt or Chris for more information.

Dec 11 2014

Merry Christmas from S8080



2014 has been another wonderful year. We’ve done some incredible things with our clients. From playing a part in helping Welsh Government deliver what is probably the world’s most comprehensive and engaging business information, guidance and advice website through to the hugely successful #Vampireenergy Halloween campaign that helped the Dept. of Energy and Climate Change show thousands of consumers how easy it is to save a pile of cash. The Prime Minister even tweeted it!

Our EPiServer experience continues to attract attention at the very highest levels with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists being launched (thank you guys!) and continuing exciting developments working with the exceptional CITB team.

We also took part in the Swansea Bay 5K (warning – photos of sweaty, puffing developers!), we moved offices and had a number of talented people join our exceptional team.

We are very lucky to work with so many enthusiastic clients who are committed to improving the way people can interact with their organisations using the internet; it makes every single day interesting and rewarding.

The whole S8080 team would like to sincerely thank every single one of our clients for your support this year

We hope you enjoy your Christmas break and we’ll see you in 2015.

Chris, Matt and the S8080 team

Jun 24 2014

Matt’s Dragon Ride for ARUK


We’ve been working with Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) for a year or two now. We’ve designed and built their Dementia Blog and their intranet. They are a great team to work with and they run their wonderful organisation with passion and great enthusiasm. As you may know, Matt is a very keen cyclist and last week he used his legs to raise a whole pile of money for ARUK.

Matt took part in the UK’s most prestigious cyclo-sportive event, the Dragon Ride. He completed the 95 mile Dragon Medio Fondo route across the Welsh Mountains in 5 hours 41 mins and came in 158th out of 1822 riders – inside the top 9% of riders!

95 miles is a very long way on a bike, but throw in 2000 metres of climbing and that’s one hell of an achievement!

The photo shows Matt 55 miles in, on the notorious Devil’s Elbow climb, which reaches a gradient of 20% at points. Take a look at this YouTube video and ask yourself if you could still smile after cycling up that!

Matt raised over £600 for ARUK – a cause very close to his heart. This was more than he had ever hoped for. If you would like to support Alzheimer’s Research UK, please visit Matt’s JustGiving page.

Jun 11 2014

Swansea Bay 5K

Team S8080 took part in the Swansea Bay 5k race last night.

After a day of rain, the weather was thankfully kind for the event and the five elite athletes, all in peak physical condition, put in a good run, beating their various target times that ranged from 20 to 30 minutes.

Although most of us were pretty wrecked and hobbling after the effort, the curry and Carlsberg helped.

Well done guys! Same time next year?



ash1     simon



Jun 6 2014

World class cycling venue

Matt and I are very keen cyclists. Not one of the recent rash of MAMILs that you see tearing around country lanes on a sunny Sunday. We’ve been at it for decades.

We are very lucky to have Lee Valley Regional Park as a long standing client and they recently took control of the VeloPark in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This incredible venue saw Team GB take 9 medals, including 7 gold, in the London 2012 Olympics.

Earlier this week, we visited the Olympic Park for one of our regular account meetings and had a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the VeloPark. This was a pretty cool place for a meeting, even if you are not a cyclist, but for us, it must rate as the best meeting venue we’ve ever visited!


Take a look at the iPad friendly interactive map we developed for Lee Valley, showing the Velodrome, mountain bike trails, BMX track and the 1 mile floodlit road circuit.


This job certainly has its perks – next time, we are definitely booking a track taster session before we hit the M25 for the journey home! A big thank you to the Lee Valley team for a good day!


Dec 17 2013

Move over ‘Selfie’, here’s the S8080 ‘Elfie’.

We’ve had another exciting year working on some wonderful projects. We would like to thank you sincerely for your support during 2013. The S8080 team and our clients have done some pretty amazing things together this year. Every single day is interesting and rewarding. Here’s to an equally exciting 2014!

We would like to point out that no elves were harmed during the making of this email…no really, we checked with our Elf & Safety Advisor!

By the way, we are looking for a talented graphic designer to join us, so if you know anyone who wouldn’t mind dressing up in a daft costume for next year’s Christmas card, please send them this link!

Click to see a larger version.


Oct 31 2013

The S8080 team are in high spirits

A very happy Halloween to everyone

Once again, the team got together to delight you with our spooktacular annual Halloween photograph. With everything from a headless designer, Dalek, phantoms, demons and a mad axeman or two, S8080’s ghoulish team are ready for the witching hour this evening.

Just make sure you choose ‘treat’ rather than ‘trick’ when we come knocking!

Click here for a larger view – if you dare

Happy Halloween

Jun 25 2013

Tour de Gower

With the Tour de France only a few days away, on Sunday, a group of intrepid S8080 web developers, web designers and project managers became ‘le peleton’ for the day. Well, sort of.

A wide variety of bikes were pulled from sheds, tyres were pumped up, chains were oiled and we took part in the South Wales Bike Ride, a series of routes ranging from 12 to 46 miles.

The weather was kind(ish), everyone made it and all enjoyed. A few of us were hobbling on Monday morning.

Well done guys!





Apr 22 2013

Is a web design company a healthy place to work?

S8080 certainly is!

We have just won a national workplace health and well-being award backed by Welsh Government, basically, the Corporate Health Standard for SME’s.

s8080 web design company health award

As we have an ‘ISO’ in place for team welfare (OHSAS 18001), a lot of the requirements were already in place including regular display screen assessments (the whole team have new twin flat screen monitors), health and safety training, workplace ergonomics and a modern and pleasant working environment right on the sea front.

But it’s the other stuff we do that makes the difference to our digital agency…

  • Friday treats, where we provide hyper-healthy snacks alongside the ever popular muffins and pain au chocolat
  • Hand sanitiser on every desk that helps keep colds and bugs at bay
  • A humidifier running during the winter months to keep the air comfortable
  • Our office is on a Sustrans cycle route
  • A few of us started the ‘Couch to 5K’ running programme
  • We’ve entered a sizable team to take part in the BHF Gower Bike Ride this summer
  • Fresh fruit and veg brought in to share by the gardeners in the team (yes, there are quite a few of us!)
  • But we do still have the occasional Domino’s pizza day too 😉

s8080 digital agency bike rideWe are generally a healthy bunch of web designers and developers, with a good mix of sport and fitness interests including cycling, running, mountain biking and surfing. But as all of our team are 30 plus, it pays to keep expanding waistlines and illness at bay – and we have almost non-existent illness absence, so it’s working!

After a period of consultation and guidance, we were assessed by the Workplace Health team at Public Health Wales and awarded the Bronze standard Small Workplace Health Award, with the Silver standard to hopefully follow later this year. We’d like to say a big thank you to Rhian and Val from Public Health Wales for their knowledge, encouragement and enthusiasm.

You can contact them at or telephone  08456096006.

It’s valuable to S8080 on many obvious levels, but most importantly, the whole team feed in with ideas and opportunities to do fun stuff together rather than just a drink after work.

Picnic on Pen y Fan anyone?

Update 7th May…


Mar 1 2013

Happy St David’s Day

The team at S8080 wish you all a very happy St David’s Day – Wales’ national day. Treat yourself to a bunch of daffodils for your desk and knock up a batch of Welsh Cakes.

The persistent winter rain seems to have stopped for the moment and the mornings and evenings are getting lighter. It looks like spring is finally with us. A wonderful time of year.

Our good friends at asked us to help them celebrate St David’s Day by creating a little interactive and iPad friendly fun. Visit their interactive home and learn more about Wales.

s8080 ipad interactive home

Dec 17 2012

S8080 and the Government Procurement Service – supplier for web design, web development and consultancy

S8080 and public sector clients

S8080 spent 10 years on the Central Office of Information (COI) digital roster designing and developing websites for some incredible clients – this helped us start long term relationships with clients including Ministry of Justice, Welsh Government, NHS, Cabinet Office, Department of Energy and Climate Change and No10 Downing Street..


COI maintained a number of rosters with some of the best commercial web design agencies in the UK. These rosters were created in accordance with UK government and European Union (EU) rules on procurement and accounting. The agencies went through the full, rigorous Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) tendering process, which can take many months. UK government departments that made use of COI for procurement were able to use the resulting pre-existing OJEU approved contracts, obviating the need for a new OJEU tender for each new project, thereby saving considerable time and cost.

This means is that most COI rostered web design agencies were seen to be a very safe and experienced pair of hands. During this time, we achieved ISO 9001, 18001 and 14001, IL2 pan-government security accreditation and Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) Security Clearance. We gained experience working across many government departments at all levels, delivering user experience and information architecture, website design and development and creative campaigns. Those 10 years helped shape S8080 into the website development agency it is today.

COI closed in March 2012 and will be missed by agencies and clients alike. We had the pleasure of working with some wonderful people and made some very good friends.


Government Procurement Service – web design and web development supplier


But there is a new way of doing things via the Government Procurement Service (GPS).

“Government Procurement Service is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office. Our overall priority is to provide procurement savings for the UK public sector as a whole and specifically to deliver centralised procurement for central government departments”.

Business as usual – Framework Number RM1707

S8080 have been Government Procurement Service approved supplier from the start, as the COI contracts were transferred to GPS, this is via the framework Number RM1707 which is divided into four lots:

Lot 1: Digital Strategy
Lot 2: Digital Design, Development and Delivery
Lot 3: Specialist Digital Media Solutions and Services
Lot 4: User Experience Evaluation and Analytics Services

Agile Route to Market

GPS also administer the new Agile Route to Market (ARM) framework.
The Agile Route to Market provides public sector organisations with an easy route to market for sub OJEU / lower value projects (up to £100k). S8080 have also been chosen to be part of this framework for the following lots:

Lot 3.1: Web Strategy, Planning, Creative, Build and Implement
Lot 3.4: Email Strategy, Planning, Creative, Build and Implement
Lot 3.6: Visability & Eye Tracking

“This route provides easy access for suppliers, including small agencies and sole traders, reducing the cost and time burden on suppliers when competing for government business.”

Easier for our clients

Although it’s not a replacement for COI and isn’t trying to be, the Government Procurements Service and Agile Route to Market frameworks make public sector procurement easier when looking for a very good web design, digital marketing and web development company to work with.

Take a look at some of the public sector (and private sector) clients we have worked with over the years.

Dec 14 2012

Happy Christmas – 11 more sleeps

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas. It’s been a wonderful year for us, lots of new clients, great projects and new team members and to celebrate, here a bit of Christmas silliness for you! Click it to see a larger version (if you dare).

s8080 Christmas team photo 2012

Dec 7 2012

Apple’s 12 Days Of Christmas App Launched

Apple has launched this years ’12 Days of Christmas’ app, and it is now available to download for free from the iTunes app store, the app will let you download free content to your iOS device from the 26th of December.

Apple releases the 12 Days of Christmas app every year, and from the 26th of December there will be a free download each day, which will include music, games, TV shows and more.

Via Geeky Gadgets


Dec 5 2012

From Silent Night to Slade…

Our very good friends, Technocamps and Software Alliance Wales are holding a FREE Christmas Lecture for the whole family…


From Silent Night to Slade…Christmas tunes transformed by technology 
Tuesday 11th December 2012, 6.30 – 9.00pm
National Waterfront Museum, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3RD

Join Physics and Music guru Wendy Sadler, founding Director of science made simple – the award-winning social enterprise that offers science shows to schools and families across the UK and overseas to find out lots of unusual ideas on how you can make music at your Christmas party this year.

Before the age of digital recording, families used to sit round the fire and make their own music, but now we can use machines of all kinds to improve the process and help those of us with a less musical ear enjoy the auditory joys of Christmas music.

Join us on a tuneful tail of how technology has transformed the ways we make, record and modify sound. From the basics of how we generate sound with our voices to the way computers – and even phone apps – can help you sing in tune.

•    6.30pm Registration
•    7.00 – 8.00pm Wendy Sadler, Director of Science Made Simple
•    8.00 – 9.00pm Buffet

Booking you place
The event is free to attend, but you’ll need to book your place. Click here to book your places.

This annual Christmas lecture, held in association with ITWales’ major projects, Technocamps & Software Alliance Wales and BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, is FREE to attend and open to all ages, however advance booking is required, as numbers are strictly limited.

Nov 1 2012

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