At the start of the year, there was a lot of anticipation about how we would mark our 20-year Anniversary.
Rebranding was the main focus - which has been a huge success - but Jellyfish events, hackathons, Tough Mudders, new offices, new teams, company videos, fundraising for charity and a lot more have been some of the highlights so far.
But last night was the 20 th celebration, and what a great evening it was. For the first time in a long time, it gave me a moment to sit back and take in what we’ve achieved as a business. It’s amazing when you think about it.
It has been one hell of a journey with its share of highs and lows, but I wouldn’t change a thing. (Well, maybe a couple of things…)
But as the fuzz of one-too-many-beverages wears off this morning, I can reflect on what’s been a challenging but fantastic 20 years in business, and toasting many more to come.
I was not around when Client Server first opened its doors in October 1999—or more accurately, opened DK’s spare bedroom door—but as I approach my 15 th year here and 9 th as a co-owner, it’s amazing to see how far we have come.
When we started, we were one team, recruiting for one technology for one client.
Since then, things have changed beyond belief:
- We now have 81 staff and growing
- 16 Technical Teams covering most technology verticals
- 3 offices, London, Esher and Sydney, as well as a European desk and plans to expand further afield in the UK and hopefully the US at some point next year.
I’m proud that the core of our business—our staff, our clients and our values—still remains the same. Our vision is clear and as strong as ever and all of this while offering the best service, helping people and businesses achieve their goals.
Looking around the room last night highlighted what amazing staff we have—no, what an amazing team WE are.
Culture and company DNA is a hard thing to hold onto as you scale, but looking at the some of the amazing people we have, I’m buoyed by what promises to be a journey of success and growth. I can’t wait to share it with them.
We have a lot to look forward to and so many things I want us to achieve. I think the futures bright, the future’s Client Server.