NXT Digital Solutions celebrating 10 years. It all started back in 2001. Scott Agass and Richard Matthews were, at the time, the leading designer and developer at 247 New Media in Southampton. They looked after clients such as NTL and HP and between them developed some really creative, cutting edge web tools, and viral marketing games.
Scott Agass leading on design and Richard Matthews on technical development – a perfect partnership was formed and they decided to take the leap into the unknown and start their own business. Next New Media was born.
In the beginning, Scott and Richard luckily managed to pick up previous 247 client accounts and began their own style of creating innovative digital web applications, websites and games.
The company was initially based from Scott’s house and Richard worked from his bedroom or kitchen or conservatory depending on the weather. In the early years, the client base growth was nurtured slowly and organically, all won through client recommendations. Having acquired and developed a growing client base and having built a portfolio of business tools, websites and online flash games, the company started growing sustainably. Next New Media acquired clients such as Hewlett Packard, BBC, Sky, Konami, Event Insurance Services and Digital One for ongoing development and digital web support.
Initially the company was inspired by two key elements. Design being a pivotal part in everything created. The company mantra was: “professional, consistent design and planning should be at the centre of everything delivered for clients”. Our second inspiration was the expansion and growth of Adobe Flash. Richard and Scott championed the use of the software, creating games and ground breaking applications. The company created a portfolio games website called GamesArcade.Net which still hosts over 20 free online flash games that Richard and Scott have designed and developed themselves. The site also still receives over 1 million unique visits per month.
With a growing client base, support contracts and maintenance agreements in place, the company recruited three new staff in 2008 to support more clients and expand the company’s knowledge base. Having grown organically and carefully (and saved up enough cash in the bank without borrowing), the decision was made to invest in an office and recruit a sales/marketing professional to grow the client base and grow the company.
In December 2010 the business was re-branded and became NXT Digital Solutions. The general consensus was that “New Media” had become a bit “old hat” and it was time for a fresher look and feel for the brand. This also created the opportunity to be creative with the company design and brand concepts and in December 2010, NXT officially became a new business resident in Guildford, opening our offices right in the city centre.
18 months on and the business is flourishing. We have 25 key client accounts across business sectors such as; events, insurance, manufacturing, finance and IT. The team has grown to nine full time members of staff (three with the name Richard!) in Guildford and we have an exciting year ahead with new tools and client projects going live. Stay posted by following us on Twitter: @NXTDS