Tech team hits the heights

A Lancashire tech specialist celebrated a record quarter and its 20-year anniversary - all in the same week.

Magma Digital, an award-winning software and consultancy firm, based in Buckshaw Village, works with some of the UK’s biggest blue-chip firms.

The company was founded in 1999 by Jeremy and Priscilla Coates and has grown from a start-up operation to a business employing more than 20 staff.

In the last year, the company has seen record growth, with turnover for the previous quarter up 201 per cent and turnover expected to hit £1.3m by the end of the year.

Co-founder Jeremy said: “We are absolutely delighted to say that this is our 20th year as a firm, we’ve gone from a small, entrepreneur start-up to one of the country’s tech leaders in co-creation of software.”

He added: “The icing on the cake is we’ve had an incredible quarter for our 20th year as well, with sales up by 201 per cent.  In fact, the 20th year as a whole looks set to be our best yet.”

Magma Digital employs some of the country’s top “Zend” qualified PHP software engineers and is recognised in the industry as a specialist in the field of business consultancy and transformation, twinned with bespoke software development. 

The firm works with clients including the DHL Supply Chain, Canal and Rivers Trust, Datix & Vita Cellular Foams.

Jeremy is also one of Lancashire’s leading voices on the tech and digital sector, working with local colleges on the launch of T-Levels, a skills-based alternative to A-Levels.

And he is also one of the founders and director of Digital Lancashire, a community interest company dedicated to accelerating the digital economy in the county.