10 years of Calm

Teesside-based digital software agency Calm Digital is turning 10 and is celebrating a decade in business with a healthy client base, new contracts and an expanding office – but what’s to come? Joanne Barrett finds out…

If there’s a software problem in need of a solution, you can bet your bottom dollar that the clever folks at Calm Digital can find it.

It’s what the Middlesbrough-based leading software and web company thrives on – and its brand of specialist expertise, coupled with energy, drive and determination, has earned Calm a rapidly expanding client list that takes in some of the world’s biggest names.

If we threw monikers like the World Health Organization, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Toyota, Lindt chocolate, Butlins and global network communications brand SES Networks into the mix, you’ll get the idea.

But it’s not just nationally and internationally that the Middlesbrough firm is making its mark.

Calm has cemented itself firmly on the North-East map in the past decade with clients closer to home. Redcar Racecourse, Tees Mutual, Wilton Centre and developing an e-learning platform for Sage Gateshead are just a few of the recent ‘wins’.

Put simply, the firm, based in Boho One in Middlesbrough’s thriving digital quarter, custom design and build medium to complex web and software solutions to help firms tackle whatever issues they may face.

It might be developing software to help with production planning; apps or web-based marketing tools to drive sales, revenue and customer engagement; implementing e-learning programmes and tools or developing future-proof and flexible helpdesk and conferencing software.

Whatever the brief, client aims and needs come first. And with a talented team of 12 technical, design and developer experts, the company can support everyone from medium and large multi-national corporates to start-ups in need of help and advice.

Launched in 2009, Calm has five directors: Philip Allick, Helen Stewart, Danielle Bloom, Andy Murphy and Daniel Askwith.

2018 saw a 25% growth in terms of turnover and, as a result, Calm has increased the size of its business development team, website division and software expertise.

It has been a fast ten years for director Danielle, who is very much looking forward to what the next decade will bring.

To mark the anniversary, she says, Calm has relaunched its own website and expanded its office within Boho One.

“Our focus recently has been on larger software projects for clients and that has been really exciting,” says Danielle.

“The majority of our work lies in bespoke development for clients. That sounds expensive but it isn’t, necessarily. As their digital partner, it is about building and executing exactly what our clients require to help them both run and grow their businesses and products.

“We have yet to meet a client that we haven’t found a solution for.”

Providing that special tailor-made service is what makes Calm unique, she says, and is what drives the company forward.

“Our services have naturally developed. While we still provide all the traditional web services, we now have a team of specialists that are streets ahead in software creation and delivery knowledge.”

Recently, new websites have been built for the likes of The Poultry Club of Great Britain, a new intranet for Tees law firm Endeavour Partnership and a new production planning system for Stockton-based commercial body manufacturer, CPD Bodies.

Calm has also developed a clever Advent Calendar Online tool to help clients including Lindt, Holiday Pirates, DFDS Seaways and Wasps Rugby Club drive user traffic.

Looking ahead, Calm’s future is certainly bright.

“2018 was an amazing year for Calm and we’re delighted to have a portfolio of impressive work delivered and underway,” says Helen Stewart, director in charge of business development.

“Our websites are proving to be more than worth the investment and our software team is developing outstanding solutions every time.

“Our future looks healthy, our team expands on a monthly basis and, most importantly, we are taking great strides to be an international service provider.”

So raise a glass to many happy returns.


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