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“56 Degrees were tasked with transferring our data heavy, Python based website to WordPress. We were impressed by their attention to detail and patience throughout this complex migration. The project was a huge success and we are delighted with the results.” Martin Sims, PolicyTracker

Web developers creating, migrating and redeveloping websites for great brands, business and agencies.

 

Our experienced team will work with you to ensure your microsite, website or ecommerce project is handled with technical know-how, attention to detail and great customer service.

Based in London, we are specialists in 3 specific areas of web development

  • Creation
  • Migration
  • Re-development

Whether you are starting from scratch or looking to make changes to an existing site, we can help make the process smooth and swift.

We’re highly competent in a broad range of tech, from WordPress and WooCommerce to JavaScript applications and bespoke solutions using Laravel, so you can have the solution that best suits your needs.

Working with your own preferred agency or bringing our own design partner to the project, we’re proud to bring to life the visions of brilliant creative designers.

 
$5,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2010
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London, United Kingdom
headquarters
  • Delta House Studios
    London SW17 0BA
    United Kingdom

Portfolio

Key clients: 

GiffGaff Studio, Budweiser, ZAK, Hamson Barron Smith, Chelsea in Bloom, Kettle Chips, Resort 12

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Resort 12

Resort 12 is a rehabilitative sanctuary in the tranquil settings of Chiang Mai in Thailand, providing support to the LGBT community undergoing addiction and trauma treatment.

Our role was to develop a bespoke website for the resort, that would show off its extensive facilities and provide detailed information for guests.

Developed to show off its luxurious settings, with wellbeing at its heart, we created a

front-end that could accommodate its content-rich material. This includes a FAQ section, blog and scrolling information, as well as communication forms for getting in touch.

The ambitious task took a team of developers 3 months to complete to the highest standard.

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Chelsea in Bloom

Every May, Chelsea in Bloom returns to London as one of the highlights in the spring calendar. 

We were asked to develop the website for Chelsea in Bloom 2018, to bring the event to life.

Working in collaboration with a creative design team, we took their cue to create a pretty, stylish and eye-catching design, appealing to its high-end clientele. This involved creating four main sections for navigation, each

providing gallery space to show off the floral displays on show.

Designed to be functional, responsive and easy enough for the client to update on a regular basis, the website has blossomed into a happy extension of the event itself.

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Hamson Barron Smith

Hamson Barron Smith are a building consultancy that strive for innovation and quality, in strategic hubs throughout the UK – from London to Leeds.

We were challenged to develop a website with the capability to show-off their portfolio of work, while attracting prospective clients.

Our team of expert developers designed several pages to house their content. This includes a cascading gallery of case studies that

can be easily accessed. The website also shows off their credentials and skills, in the custom-built services page.

Using WordPress we also developed a news section, allowing the client to keep their website fresh and up to date with blog entries and latest news.

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ZAK

Working with ZAK Agency is a great example of how we can add-value to projects and collaborate with existing ideas.

ZAK are an independent creative agency focused on a millennial audience. They have a strong and clear direction of who they are and who they want to attract.

As such, they put together an outline of how they wanted their website to look. We then helped bring this to life with our team of experts,

converting their ideas into a fully functional and fully responsive website.

A team of two developers worked in partnership with the agency on this seven-month project, to deliver an inspiring website that perfectly reflects their core values.

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Budweiser – Renewable futures

Proving that even beer can be ‘green’, much-loved lager brand Budweiser approached us to showcase their commitment to renewable power. Our role was to bring their story to life, especially around their promise that every drop of Budweiser will be brewed with 100% renewable electricity by 2025.

A dedicated developer was assigned the task of building an informative and interactive microsite in a month.


The

result is a slick site with a ‘live’ global map, showing each converted factory around the world. Functional and informative, the microsite is an extension of the Budweiser brand and its dedication to social responsibility, as a forward-thinking brand.
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GiffGaff Studio

We were approached to help build a promotional web application allowing GiffGaff's community members to upload fun pictures to share with friends.

Always excited to rise to a challenge, this had the added pressure of a tight deadline and quick turnaround!

In less than ten months our development team produced an agile solution, for a somewhat complex application. The team designed a playful online application

with templates and tools allowing photos to be uploaded, customised and shared.

The campaign was a great success, and crucially, was delivered on time and on budget to meet the client needs.

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Web Dev for Brand & Content Consultancy

"They are passionate about what they do, and this comes through in the work they produce."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Oct. 2018 - Jan. 2019
Project summary: 

56 Degrees developed several websites for a brand and content consultancy, each with different requirements. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Keith Osborne
Creative Director & Co-Founder, Brand & Content Consultancy
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

56 Degrees was able to provide excellent work to the client. The team is professional and trustworthy as they deliver products with impeccable quality without missing any deadlines. They gained positive feedback from stakeholders.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We’re a strategic brand and content consultancy. We create work that looks great and delivers results. We call them beautifully effective ideas. I am Creative Director and Co Founder

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire 56 Degrees, and what were your goals?

We have worked with 56 Degrees on a number of website build projects over the last 3 years. Our requirements differ from project to project.

SOLUTION

How did you select 56 Degrees and what were the deciding factors?

Initially via a recommendation. Then a conversation to understand more about the business and approach to projects.

Describe the scope of work in detail, including the project steps, key deliverables, and technologies used.

Each project begins with a kick off call to discuss wireframes and creative visuals. We talk the team through our thinking and then collaborate with them to see how we can build upon what we have. They bring invaluable technical insight, interrogate the requirements. And then offer up a number of solutions for discussion.

How many people from the vendor's team worked with you, and what were their positions?

Company founder Jakub M. tends to lead projects, with support from a number of developers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any measurable outcomes of the project or general feedback about the deliverables?

The standard of work is excellent. The first pass of each project is always impeccable. I have only ever received positive comments.

Describe their project management style, including communication tools and timelines.

Professional, open and honest. Never missed a deadline.

What did you find most impressive or unique about this company?

The team are meticulous. They are passionate about what they do, and this comes through in the work they produce.

Are there any areas for improvement or something they could have done differently?

None at all.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

WordPress Web Dev for Property Development Company

“They worked really tight deadlines and managed to get everything done.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - Oct. 2020
Project summary: 

Partnering with a creative consultant, 56 Degrees designed and developed a website to support a third-party client through a rebrand. They also migrated legacy information while preserving SEO.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Alex Johnson
Creative Consultant, byfire.co.uk
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client lauded the new site for pushing the bar in terms of design. 56 Degrees managed to draw from the client’s history while updating the feel, which helped the product stand out from its competitors. In addition to their technical skills, the team was personable and built lasting connections.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a creative consultant at byfire.co.uk. I work with various businesses, providing design services specifically within brand strategy and creation.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 56 Degrees?

We were doing a full rebrand for a project management consultancy based in London. It involved a complicated website migration to a new WordPress site, so we asked 56 Degrees to come on board and handle the development.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

56 Degrees developed a WordPress site from scratch for our client. Using our branding work as a basis, they came up with a few site designs to choose from. We selected the direction with the client, and 56 Degrees built everything else.

They were also responsible for migrating our client’s information from their previous site while preserving SEO. We actually didn’t know how to give them that information to transfer, so it was great that they were able to take that whole process off of our hands and sort it out. 

What is the team composition? 

I worked with two people: there was the managing director who also did development in the background and a designer.

How did you come to work with 56 Degrees?

Before I had my own clients, I used to work for design studios. One of those studios used 56 Degrees for their web needs. I ended up meeting their managing director once or twice and thought that he was the kind of guy that you could have a laugh with.

Years later, I realized that I needed external support for my project. Since I had the budget to include 56 Degrees, I reached out to include them. 

How much have you invested with them?

The project cost about £12,000–£14,000 (approximately $15,500–$18,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

I started talking to them about the project in September 2019, but we weren’t able to start development until the client and I nailed down the requirements. The actual work lasted from January–October 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

56 Degrees really pushed the bar with the website. They struck the right balance between honoring our client company’s heritage and making the branding a bit more modern. Our client has said the design work has been a breath of fresh air compared to other websites in the sector.

How did 56 Degrees perform from a project management standpoint?

They were great at keeping up to date, turning things in on time, and self-management. In some cases, they even managed me, too. I’m not sure if they used any project management tools internally, but we communicated through the standard channels.

What did you find most impressive about them?

It’s really the relationship that we’ve built. Working with 56 Degrees is like having an extension of my own team, not just professionally but personally as friends. That’s a really nice thing to have. With other developers I’ve worked with, it can be hard to talk with them, so we stay at arm’s length. I’ve never gotten that feeling with 56 Degrees.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Overall, the project went pretty well, so I only have nit-picky comments. The first was that they took a little bit longer than I would’ve expected to get an initial quote to us. That was an important factor in getting the client to agree to bring them on and checking our own costs.

The other was that they said they would deliver three design directions but only presented two. Now, they did explain why, and the client and I were both fine with it. However, we would’ve preferred it if they let us know ahead of the presentation.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Sit back and enjoy the ride. If you don’t know anything, they’re quite eager to fill in your knowledge gaps, which is really nice.

5.0
Overall Score It was perfect across the board. The only things I could fault them on didn’t really bother me at all.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They worked really tight deadlines and managed to get everything done.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The amount that they actually charged us compared to what I thought it would be was phenomenal. It took a lot of worry off of my mind.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them 5–6 times, so they’ll be getting calls from my peers.

E-Commerce Dev for Branding Agency

“They always have really good input from a holistic perspective about our client’s business concerns and objectives”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Nov. 2019 – Ongoing
Project summary: 

56 Degrees serves as the agency of record for a branding and marketing agency, helping them develop custom web solutions based in WordPress that incorporates the client’s work for their third-party customers.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Luke Lobley
Creative Director, Herman Honey
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The final products delivered by 56 Degrees are incredibly high-quality in their functions and unique in their designs, receiving positive feedback from everyone who interacts with them. Their team is dedicated to their work and brings a wealth of expertise to bear for every customer.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a branding agency that works on a variety of brand experience issues, from naming, to marketing strategy, to content creation. I am the creative director.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 56 Degrees?

I work closely with their team to provide web development to our clients as components of that work.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Their team helps us to incorporate the design and branding work that we do into completely new or refreshed websites. It is not unusual for them to build the products from scratch, and they often use WordPress as the base CMS so that the clients are able to continue managing everything after they take over.

One of the key projects that they helped us to deliver was a new site for a rehab facility in Thailand that caters specifically to LGBTQ individuals, and therefore provides them with unique treatments that speak to their unique experiences.

56 Degrees helped us to represent that approach and to find partners that had good creds working for LGBTQ brands as well as LGBTQ models and writers, which we were really proud of. They’ve helped us to deliver the same attention to detail and excellent quality work for a number of clients, including the rum brand ecommerce website that we are in development for right now.

How did you come to work with 56 Degrees?

I was introduced to them through another web developer

How much have you invested with them?

Our clients pay 56 Degrees directly, and the projects usually come in around £6,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them about seven years ago, starting around June 2013 and continuing to today.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Anecdotally, the feedback that we receive is always extremely positive. Anything that they’ve built, people think looks absolutely incredible. The current site is working very well leading up to launch, and we’ve never had any issues with resolving problems or challenges to make sure that we are able to launch our products smoothly and successfully.

In the work with the rehab center, they ended up taking the work that we did with 56 Degrees and using it to inform their rebranding efforts across their numerous other individualized treatment programs, which we saw as a really positive sign. We were also able to obtain some really high-profile endorsements, in part because of the quality of work that their team provided.

How did 56 Degrees perform from a project management standpoint?

They always deliver on time and within budget, so I’m very satisfied with their performance on that front. We use Envision to communicate and keep track of all our milestones for the work, and they have done a great job of keeping us up to date throughout the process.

 I’m not a terribly technical person so having the 56 Degrees team to help answer questions and move our strategy forward when we might not otherwise be able to has been a huge asset. They always have really good input, not just on the website but from a holistic perspective about our client’s business concerns and objectives and how the website can facilitate those.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their team understands what our demands in terms of the standard of quality are going to be, and they are prepared to achieve them. Everyone who works there is very down to earth and professional, so we have no problem introducing them directly to our clients and trusting their communication to flow directly back and forth without any issues.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Ask them if they have any examples of the type of site that you want to build. The earlier you get their input, the better informed you will be to approach the rest of the process, and the more they will be able to understand your vision and deliver exactly what you are looking for.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We’ve never missed deadlines for our projects, and they usually have incredibly fast turnarounds.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I’ve worked with web developers who are at least double the cost and no better quality.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They are my go-to partner for any web project.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Their team is pretty much the only one I recommend.

Web Dev & UI/UX Design for Branding Agency

"They aren’t a studio that cuts corners — they invest effort in making sure that every detail is right."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2017 – Ongoing
Project summary: 

56 Degrees provides web development and UI/UX design services to a marketing agency. They've developed residential, commercial, and corporate sites. Features include interactive maps and inquiry forms.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Creative Director, Design & Branding Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team's robust code is complemented by UI/UX expertise. Clients offer positive feedback about the websites, which spurs business growth in desirable areas. They are reliable specialists who take a creative, yet practical approach to their projects. Their task management style is a strength.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the creative director of a brand and marketing agency in New York City. We create brands to help our clients sell, lease, or engage in a place or district.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 56 Degrees?

We hired 56 Degrees for development support and assist us as a studio to provide a quality product for our clients.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The 56 degrees team provided website development for multiple projects throughout our studio. At the same time, they brought UI/UX skills and knowledge as well. They’ve worked on a wide variety of projects spanning residential, commercial, destination, and corporate websites. These websites have included animations, interactive maps, newsletters, subscriptions, and client portals.

56 Degrees helped create a comprehensive district website that was heavily programmatic and informative about the destination. They had to think about how a user could learn more about the district, while also engaging with it as a tool to know what was going on in the area. When you’re working on a district, the site must tell a solid story about the area that informs it and the team helped us bring this vision to fruition by helping us shape the delivery of the content including the district's history, building overviews, neighborhood stories, and set up subscription service. 

What is the team composition?

Jakub (CEO & Founder) is our go-to point of contact. The other specialists are named Tomasz (Frontend Developer) and Radek. 

How did you come to work with 56 Degrees?

We were looking for a reliable, detail-oriented vendor who could take on the practical and creative sides of our projects. 

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve invested substantially with him and his team.

What is the status of this engagement?

We originally started working with the team in 2017, and we’re still working with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

The work they’ve provided has been very well-received by our clients. We’ve received larger corporate projects because the clients have seen key projects that we’ve done in the past executed successfully. A lot of the work 56 Degrees has helped us achieve has also been celebrated and awarded, by both website inspiration sites as well as the design industry. The work has also helped to get our brand name out there.

The large district project they worked on received excellent feedback from the client, but also from other clients. This site propelled us into getting similar work in the destination arena, which was an area we were looking to grow in. It was comforting (from a client perspective) to know that we could successfully handle a project of that size.

Also, they’ve helped us manage our entire portfolio of websites, making sure they were all built correctly. It’s now easier to rework aspects of the site due to their clean code.

How did 56 Degrees perform from a project management standpoint?

They are fantastic. They are always there to address our questions and concerns. Even though there’s a time difference, we’ve been communicating seamlessly. They are committed to getting the work done right. 

We have started to use Asana, and it’s making our lives easier. It makes the process easy and straightforward. The team is very responsive on Asana and they update it accordingly once any task has been resolved.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They can balance the rational and emotional aspects of website design and development. They’re a developer who is skilled with code, but can also put on a design hat when required. They aren’t a studio that cuts corners — they invest effort in making sure that every detail is right.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I’d love for them to have a presence in the United States. I’d also love for them to have an additional designer that we could quickly turn to for quick questions. But, overall, I can’t speak highly enough of their team.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

You should know what you stand for. Understand you're expectations because as soon as those are communicated with their team, they’ll respond accordingly. Come to the table with an open mind, but also know what you’re trying to achieve.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    If there are scheduling issues, they are always communicative and let us know if there are reasons why they cannot deliver.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    From a New York perspective, getting that quality of design and development from their team is impressive.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Dev. for Cottage Rentals Company

"It is impressive how they can translate our artistic vision into a digital format."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Dec. 2017 - Apr. 2018
Project summary: 

56 Degrees developed the backend of a WordPress website for a vacation rental company. They included customized features such as an online booking function. 

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Ollie Thomas
Founder & Creative Director, Studio Bartlett
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The 56 Degrees team strives to meet deadlines without compromising the quality of their work. Customers can expect to work with detail-oriented developers that can translate a creative vision into a functional web platform. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the owner of a design company, Studio Bartlett. We work with companies on the more creative aspects of their business, including assisting with UX/UI and web design.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 56 Degrees?

My business focuses on the design aspect, but I wanted to find a regular partner I could work with to provide backend development support for projects. I hired 56 Degrees to build a website for a Welsh cottage rental business.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

My studio did artwork and design which we then handed over to 56 Degrees. They took our designs and turned them into a fully functional WordPress website that included a booking engine for the cottages. 

What is the team composition?

My primary point of contact is Jakub (Founder & CEO, 56 Degrees). He also has a team of developers working with him. 

How did you come to work with 56 Degrees? 

I received a recommendation from a colleague. Initially, I just had 56 Degrees do a few small projects for me to test them out. They performed really well so I decided to bring them on for larger development assignments (i.e. the cottage rental website). 

How much have you invested with them?

The development of the cottage rental site cost about $3,200. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working on the cottage website in December 2017, and the site launched in April 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

We got positive feedback from the owner of the cottage rental business. The website launched nearly two years ago and there haven’t been any issues with its functionality. 

How did 56 Degrees perform from a project management standpoint?

Jakub has excellent project management skills. He’s fostered a strong relationship with me. Our communication is very seamless. We primarily keep in contact through email and phone calls. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

It is impressive how they can translate our vision into a digital format. A lot of other developers aren’t as detail-oriented when it comes to the aesthetics of a site. They’re thorough in their process so it doesn’t take a lot of revisions to get the desired end result. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don’t think so. 

Do you have advice for potential customers? 

Make sure to be diligent with mapping out what you want the site to be like and they will deliver.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Even when I have set really tight deadlines, they always strive to deliver.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I can always get them on the phone if I need to.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

CMS Migration & Update for Spectrum Management Company

"They're the kind of people who work with you to make sure things are going to get done."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. - Sept. 2017
Project summary: 

An information services company hired 56 Degrees to switch their CMS platform to WordPress. 56 Degrees also integrated a multitiered subscription model with Salesforce.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Martin Sims
Managing Director, PolicyTracker
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

56 Degrees successfully changed the CMS platform to WordPress without clients noticing the change. Their subtlety produced financial benefits for the client. They were easy to work with, and they accomplished their tasks on time.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the managing director of PolicyTracker, an information services company that does research and training about spectrum management.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 56 Degrees?

I hired 56 Degrees to work on our website. I was using an out-of-fashion CMS and needed to upgrade to a new one. The project was an exercise in taking all the content from one format and transferring it into another CMS.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

56 Degrees migrated content from our old CMS to WordPress. People subscribe to our website to access content, and there are multiple levels of subscription. 56 Degrees had to manage this aspect of our CMS and integrate the entire backend of our website with Salesforce.

What is the team composition? 

I think they had one person who was more customer-facing and another more technical contact. There seemed to be a split between the customer interface person doing more of the design work and the coder in the background.

How did you come to work with 56 Degrees?

I believe I did some searches.

How much have you invested with them?

The project was roughly £10,000 (approximately $13,000 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

This project lasted from April–September 2017, but our work with 56 Degrees is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

56 Degrees did a really good job. We were hoping to give people exactly the same experience and have them not notice that the website had changed. I think we accomplished this but managed to add a subtlety with our subscriptions that will produce financial benefits for us.

Our main goal was to transfer our CMS to a new system that won’t become obsolete as our old one did. I think we achieved that and made the site easy to use.

How did 56 Degrees perform from a project management standpoint?

When you explain a project that you understand to someone else, you realize how complex the project actually is. They dealt with that and my ever-moving goalposts quite well.

We communicated over a task management platform, which led to most tasks being done approximately on the timescale I wanted. If they were late, it was probably more my fault then theirs. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very familiar with WordPress, which was great for us. They got it to do everything we wanted. The team was also very easy to get along with, and they did things on time, too.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, nothing springs to mind. They’re a smaller company, so they could possibly work quicker if they had 20 more people. But they also wouldn’t be the same company if they grew.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They’re very good at listening to what you need. You should spend time explaining your requirements, and then they should be able to grasp the project quite well.

I also think they’re good designers. I didn’t use much of their design capabilities because we didn’t need it for this project. But I’d take advantage of that strength if you’re a more marketing-type website.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I think they probably missed a few deadlines, but, then again, it's likely largely my fault.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're a very good value for the money.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They're the kind of people who work with you to make sure things are going to get done.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Site Migration & E-Commerce Dev for Glass Blower

“When I work with them, I know I don’t have to stress about the little things, because they’ve got it covered.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sept. 2019 – Ongoing
Project summary: 

56 Degrees migrated a glass-blowing artisan’s website to WordPress and developed e-commerce features using WooCommerce. Flexible, they’re implementing additional features and development is ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Brad Roberts
Founder & Managing Director, Bad Machine
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The project is ongoing, but 56 Degrees always works closely with their partners to meet requirements. Their team is very detail-oriented, which reduces project stress and ensures a top-notch product.  Proactive, they anticipate challenges and fix problems as they occur.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the Founder and Managing Director of Bad Machine. We’re an SEO and online advertising company. We also offer ancillary services like web design and development, and normally work with third parties to help deliver those.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 56 Degrees?

One of our existing clients specialized in high end and bespoke hand-blown Venetian glass from Murano. We started marketing for them and found some limitations in their CMS and site. As we audited their site performance, we found that their internal team was delaying our project’s progress. So, we talked to our out partners about bringing on 56 degrees to deliver and effective solution.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’ve helped us move the CMS to WordPress. They also used WooCommerce to develop payment portals, so our partners can sell their art online. They established a user journey and created a roadmap at the beginning of the project so we had guidelines going forward.

What is the team composition?

Jakob is our main point of contact, and we work with two other team members.

How did you come to work with 56 Degrees?

We had an existing relationship with 56 Degrees prior to this project. We were working out of a coworking space, and our office neighbors recommended them. We had coffee and they made an introduction for us. The meeting went really well, but we slowly built our relationship. 56 Degrees worked on some smaller projects for us at first, so I would get an understanding of how we would operate and handle complicated projects. Now I’m happy to put them on larger and more important projects.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent £15,000 on this project alone.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began the project in September 2019 and it is ongoing.  

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

The project is ongoing, but based on our previous experience, we’re confident in 56 Degrees’ ability to meet our client’s requirements. They’ve earned our client’s trust, and I think they’ll be relieved when they have a fully functioning site. Our client has requested some additional features, which have delayed project completion, but they’ll have access to the platform and will be able to collaborate on improvements soon.

56 Degrees is always good about delivering a trusted CMS and will implement necessary fixes before launching. They’re preemptive and will step forward to prevent any issues. They require content ahead of time and identify snag points before they occur. Then, they address them with the client. We will be examining exactly what the client wants to upload so we know that the site can support it.

How did 56 Degrees perform from a project management standpoint?

We use InVision to visually see what we’re working on. We also use Google Docs for collaborative road mapping and checklists, and typically communicate via Google Hangouts. They’re also responsive over email, text, and WhatsApp. Of course, more in-depth conversations are done in-person.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very detailed. When I work with them, I know I don’t have to stress about the little things, because they’ve got it covered. We have an established history so they know what I’m going to pick up on. They also have a lot of experience, so they know what to look for. This makes communication much easier.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing comes to mind.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would encourage people to look into how they can enhance their site’s performance. Web design and development is a continual investment, and 56 Degrees can make a big difference on a budget.

5.0
Overall Score They’re able to listen and have honest conversations.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Expectations are high. Obviously, delays can occur, but they’re marginal.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They work hard and the pricing seems fair.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Nothing is too much trouble. They’re happy to listen and level-up.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They’re trustworthy, dependable, and are willing to fix anything if you’re unhappy.

UI/UX Site Redesign for Design Agency

"They take creative license as a designer by suggesting good looking options and more slick functionalities." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
July – Nov. 2018
Project summary: 

56 Degrees developed a website using an existing redesign scheme. They were also responsible for migrating data from an old website onto the new platform.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, UK
Graphic Designer, Branding & Design Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Industry feedback has been positive, focusing on the site’s intuitive navigation system. 56 Degrees provided streamlined communication and original ideas that improve client concepts rather than replacing them. Customers can expect a consistently high quality.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a graphic designer at a branding and design agency. We specialize in interior architecture design and branding and brand identities.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 56 Degrees?

We had a previous website that was quite content and copy heavy, so we wanted to simplify the site with a clean and sleek user journey.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They advised and guided in ways we couldn’t have provided ourselves. They redesigned the web structure and transferred our data onto the new site. We created a new design in-house and they developed it.

What is the team composition?

Jacob (Founder/CEO, 56 Degrees) was our main point of contact. We’ve worked with two additional employees as well.  

How did you come to work with 56 Degrees?

They were recommended by a previous employee and passed his name on after he worked with them at a previous company. I met them and they seemed to be able to advise us in ways we needed. They also seemed they be hands-on, which I wanted. I’d never done a project like this before.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together on the website from July–November 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

We’ve seen a rise in statistics of where we’re getting traffic from. The website has definitely had a positive impact. The feedback we’ve been getting in the design industry has been positive, focusing on the customer journey and UX. They say it’s quite easy to navigate.

How did 56 Degrees perform from a project management standpoint?

We had constant communication through Jacob. He managed communication with other people. They always updated us on what they were working on, so we knew what was happening.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were very flexible and saw it as a collaborative project. They wanted to be part of the process as we do. It’s one of the main reasons I enjoy them. They can see my vision and advise us in the right way. Sometimes you need an outside company’s advice to be able to realize the things you see in your mind. They take creative license as a designer by suggesting good looking options and more slick functionalities.

Finally, they were very reliable. They’ve become our go-to company for web design. We’ve also used them on projects with some of our clients. We trust them to get the job done well and to our standards.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We wouldn’t keep going back if we weren’t happy. We’re happy with everything.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re always met every deadline we’ve wanted to achieve.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They paid really great attention to detail.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We’ve already done so and will again.

WordPress E-Commerce Web Dev for Glass Processing Co

"56 Degrees has been a good mechanic, putting products together."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2012 – Ongoing
Project summary: 

56 Degrees managed full-stack development of a WordPress e-commerce website for a glass processing and installation company. They integrated features and direct web processes for a newly acquired company.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
James Blake
Owner & CEO, Fitted Mirrors & Glass
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

56 Degrees delivered a successful website to generate revenue, which has resulted in a significant return on investment. The team has been accessible and addressed challenges quickly to ensure downtime has been negligible. A skillful partner, they continue to provide cost-effective solutions.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the primary owner and CEO of a glass processes company. We do manufacturing and retail. Basically, anybody in the UK who wants a mirror or a table of a certain size, we’ll produce it and deliver it to them.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 56 Degrees?

We wanted a good online presence to sell products through the web. Our product’s unique because it’s not several products but one product that changes size.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We developed a straightforward, e-commerce website. We took a straightforward WordPress package and built the platform. I wanted a simple site with two or three pages maximum to create an immediate UX, which 56 Degrees was able to produce. Jakub, another designer, and I came up with a lot of designs but 56 Degrees produced all the functionalities.

With my new company, I’ve put Jakub in charge of the web operations and he’s going to have insight into the old company as well. He’s my go-to resource for Internet, Stripe, and PayPal features.

What is the team composition?

I’ve worked with Jakub (CEO and Founder, 56 Degrees).

How did you come to work with 56 Degrees?

A colleague recommended Jakub and it’s been a good relationship ever since. I like to change service providers every five or six years to work with teams that have different ideas and capabilities. When I work with anyone, I explain that preference.

How much have you invested with them?

I’ve spent about £5,000 (approximately $6,500 USD) per year.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in early 2012 and I’ll be working with them in some capacity until the day I drop.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

His websites have generated about half a million pounds a year, so 56 Degrees has provided good value. The work Jakub has done has had an enormous impact. He produced the website, which is the main focus of the company; off that, everything else is spun.

He has been a part of the most important component of the business by far. Also, he suggests ideas, establishing an ongoing conversation. From that, we develop web components. If I phone him at seven o’clock on a Sunday morning, he’ll pick up the phone and make a change.

He’s always got a backup somewhere ready to go live almost instantly. The amount of downtime I’ve lost because of the product’s absolutely minimal. He protects you well.  

How did 56 Degrees perform from a project management standpoint?

No developer has ever been on time because there’s always something else I add into the mix. Simply because I trust him so much, he’s been flexible. Jakub has always been communicative by telephone and e-mail. There’s no issue on the project development front.

What did you find most impressive about them?

56 Degrees has been a good mechanic, putting products together. If something’s complicated, it’s quite often no the actual mechanics of putting it together, that’s the problem but the structure beforehand such as loops on loops within websites. They’re not really his problems but problems that we’ve created for him to solve. Give Jakub a project that’s logical and he’ll complete it.

Are there any areas they could improve?

He could have fewer clients and be quicker. I’d like a bit more of his time. I’d like tasks to be done tomorrow rather than in two weeks but that’s impractical sometimes anyways.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Listen to him on the logic side of a project. You’re in a safe pair of hands. Quite often with these projects, the logic behind a task challenges development. Generally, Jakub has solutions for most challenges. If he doesn’t, he’ll find it.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    56 Degrees definitely doesn't overcharge.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

E-Commerce Platform and Web Design for Wine Importer

"We are making progress as we wanted to when this project was first launched."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2018 - May 2019
Project summary: 

56 Degrees redesigned a website and built an e-commerce platform. Their team integrated existing systems and added necessary functions, such as an online store for customers. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Sales, Wine Importers
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new site has expanded the reach of the company. 56 Degrees delivered quality work within a moving time frame. Their team was responsive and receptive to feedback.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We import fine wines in to the UK from Europe & the US and sell to private clients in the UK. I am part of the sales team and manage the e-commerce platform.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire 56 Degrees?

We hired them to redesign our website and build our first e-commerce platform. They also had to integrate with our current internal system for stock and invoicing.

What were your goals for this project?

To expand our selling opportunities and to reach out to a new client base. We wanted to modernise our website and provide a platform for customers to learn about our producers and the regions we cover.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Having given 56 Degrees a rough idea of the kind of site we wanted, we then met with them to see their design ideas. We did the same with three other vendors. For us, a website and e-commerce site that was simple to use and a platform to display our high-quality images and wines was important to us. Two of us were involved in the process of choosing a vendor.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

56 Degrees were responsible for designing and developing the e-commerce project. They also had to integrate with our existing system. Our system developer provided documentation and guidelines on the information that they needed to ingrate with. We needed the ability to buy under different circumstances, delivery to different destinations, messaging functions and a fully functional store whereby customers could see prices based on external factors.

What was the team composition?

Jakub - led the project from the start to finish. Robert - mainly involved in the production/development. Ollie - design work. I don't believe the size of the team changed over time.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

We've been able to access another sector of the wine industry that we weren't involved in before. We are making progress as we wanted to when this project was first launched.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

56 Degrees managed the work using Asana - we found this very helpful as a central workspace and we will continue to use with them going forward. There were few issues. If any, it was us causing delays from our side.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their ability to work with our moving timeline. 56 degrees were also very reactive to any changes that we needed within a short time frame. They were able to understand our instructions and requests. We found their responsiveness very helpful especially as we are a small business ourselves.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Checking developments were correct before communicating with us. We had a few occasions where developments had been done but weren't working or displaying correctly. These would have been spotted easily if the developer had checked his work on completion.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer