Changing the world in small ways with technology

Tech product development

If you have an idea for a tech product that you know will change lives, we can help you get it over the starting line. You bring the ideas and the expertise in your field, and we'll build the technology you need to get your product to market.

Fish Percolator differs from other software firms in our approach: we're with you all the way. Our software is designed to be scalable and maintainable, and we can empower you with the tools and skills you need to keep your product alive once you start hiring your own developers.

Project work is negotiated in fixed-price iterations with no hidden costs.

Business efficiency consulting

Are your team spending 100% of their time on work in their job description, or are they stuck in email hell or doing repetitive menial tasks?

Perhaps tech can help! Let's find out what is slowing your employees down and where existing or custom tech can help to bring the team back up to full speed and happiness.

The first meeting is always free - we love hearing your stories and we're happy to share free ideas you can implement yourself.

Real human interaction

Fish Percolator is a business run by real people with interests beyond the tech sphere. If you think your other suppliers don't come with enough Twin Peaks or Kate Bush references, maybe it's time to look this way.

We're passionate about making a difference and so of course accessibility, diversity and inclusivity are core to everything we do.

And we're part of the creative community at Duke Studios so we are friends with dozens of small businesses that can cater to all your creative needs.

 
$5,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2015
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Leeds, United Kingdom
headquarters
  • Duke Studios, 3 Sheaf Street
    Leeds , WYK LS10 1HD
    United Kingdom

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Noiiz, Leeds City Council, Improve Your Accent, BML Creative, Pecan Deluxe

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Noiiz

Noiiz is a Leeds startup that is revolutionising the world of music production by providing access to a vast catalogue of sounds & presets for a single subscription price. It's been featured in Music Tech Magazine, Sound On Sound and more, and has thousands of regular users.

We've been working with Noiiz since the very beginning, bootstrapping their

technology with the Rails web app that powers their main catalogue. Now they have their own development team and we've been working closely with them to develop features and enhancements, and consulting on the best ways to scale the platform.

Some of the technical features we've introduced to Noiiz include:

  • A search & filtering engine for the catalogue featuring PostgreSQL tsvector technology.
  • Deep integration with Stripe for recurring payments.
  • Quota management for users on different subscription plans.
  • An in-browser audio player with waveform display.
  • "Infinite" scrolling on most pages.
  • Administration interface with spreadsheet upload functionality for adding new sounds to the catalogue.
  • A jobs worker that handles the background processing of sound metadata.
  • A variant user interface that is integrated directly into their DAW plugin.
  • A comprehensive test suite which now has over 800 test cases.
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Careview

Careview is a project developed by the Urban Sustainable Development Lab, of which Fish Percolator is a member. This Rails-based mobile web app allows citizens to report instances of neglect in the built environment, which are aggregated together into a heatmap. The intention is to help

frontline services identify socially isolated citizens, testing a hypothesis that these two things are connected.

Careview uses the user's phone geolocation to allow the reporting of this information in a single click, on a large colourful heart on the home screen.

The project was funded by a grant from NHS England and is being developed in collaboration with Leeds City Council. A major evaluation in Leeds, involving researchers and frontline staff resulted in successful funding from the European Space Agency. Careview is now operating in three cities in the UK and poised to expand to the rest of Europe.

Some things we developed for Careview include:

  • Runs as a PWA on compatible devices, meaning it can be installed as though it was a mobile app.
  • Geolocation - it uses your phone's current location to add data to the heatmap.
  • A custom Google heatmap for presenting the data in a usable and anonymised way.
  • Very small data footprint so it can be used by users on restricted data plans.
  • Verification system when users sign up for a new account.

Careview is currently operating in three cities in the UK, but please do ask for a demo if you'd like to see it in action and maybe consider using it for your city.

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Commscanner

Commscanner is a new venture from Leeds branding legends BML Creative. Organisations with complex marketing campaigns can create unique short URLs and for each channel (whether print or digital) and then track the performance - and value for money - of each channel in one dashboard.

We built the technology for Commscanner using Rails and a very highly

customized installation of Active Admin, which gave us a headstart on implementing the core features in a very short space of time. It also features:
  • QR code generation
  • Data history capture and graphs
  • PDF report generation (using Prawn PDF)
  • Multi-tenancy with a dedicated short URL domain name for each tenant

If Commscanner sounds good for your business, you can sign up for a trial on their website.

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Improve Your Accent Online Course

The Improve Your Accent online course is the digital syllabus from 2017 Freelancer of the Year winner Luke Nicholson.

We built all the technology for the course, including a sophisticated backend that allows Luke to add and edit content.

Because this is a specialized subject, the course could not be built with off-the-shelf

e‑learning technology, and so it was a great fit for Fish Percolator. The course technology features:
  • A progressive web app experience, where the frontend is loaded into the user's device and feels "native"
  • Integration with Braintree for payments and subscriptions
  • IPA transcriptions that can be turned on or off
  • Integrated audio players with speed controls
  • Integrated video players
  • Various different types of guessing games
  • Click-for-audio vowel and consonant charts
  • Integration with Demio for live classes
  • User bookmarks and progress recording
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Tailormade by Pecan Deluxe

Tailormade by Pecan Deluxe is a unique web and mobile (PWA) app, made for Pecan Deluxe, one of the world's major creators of confectionery for food manufacturers.

It helps food designers to capture their inspiration whenever it strikes by providing them with a Pinterest-style 'mood board' for

things like the colour, taste and shape of the ingredient they want designing.

Tailormade is a fully responsive app that works equally well on desktop or mobile, and includes the following features:

  • Image upload from your device or directly from the web
  • Automated image resizing and rotation
  • Masonry-based tiling of images
  • Printable briefs with a dedicated printer stylesheet
  • Sharing between members of the same organisation but access restricted to members of other organisations

Tailormade was made in only 2 weeks of development time.

Reviews

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Software Dev for Strategic Branding Agency

"The level of response, friendliness and depth of knowledge Fish Percolator have is truly exceptional."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
July - Oct. 2018
Project summary: 

Fish Percolator built and designed an analytics and measurement software application for a strategic branding agency. The provided advice and insight throughout the process.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Leeds, United Kingdom
David Holloway
Chief Brand Architect, BML Creative Ltd
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The software created by Fish Percolator has been very well-received by many parties. They had great communication skills and used tools to better the workflow. Communicating through different methods, their response rate was superb.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the owner at BML Creative – a strategic branding agency based in Leeds. We help manufacturers, engineers and industrial businesses to grow, by creating meaningful brands that give a lasting competitive advantage.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Fish Percolator?

We hired Fish Percolator to build a new software application for us called Commscanner. Commscanner software is analytics and measurement software designed to help reduce waste and inefficiency in public sector communications by enabling organisations to prove value for money in the communications work they carry out.

What were your goals for this project?

We needed to build a fully functioning version of the application as quickly as possible while adhering to best development practice. We also had to do this within a very limited budget. Our goal was to produce a version of the software that we could start to trial with our clients.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We met with four different suppliers and had detailed discussions about the project. After the meetings, each supplier submitted a proposal explaining how they would tackle the project and how much it would cost. Fish Percolator were on our wavelength from the start and provided a strong proposal at a reasonable cost.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The project was a full software design and build. We provided a UI design that was sent to Fish Percolator for review. From that, we agreed on a phased approach to the project, starting with the most critical features. we then reviewed that on completion and after trials were carried out, agreed to work for the subsequent phases. Fish Percolator was superb throughout the process. They provided excellent advice and expert insight throughout the process, making the very complex accessible through clear explanations. Their working methodology was second to none and the final output, superb.

What was the team composition?

Fish Percolator consists of one individual, the excellent Quinn Daley.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The Commscanner Software is still in early trials, but it has been very well received by many parties. We are hoping to roll it out into full production and continue development of the project with Fish Percolator over the coming months and years.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

All communications was carried out through phone, email and Slack. Fish Percolators response rate and clarity of communication was superb.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The level of response, friendliness and depth of knowledge Fish Percolator have is truly exceptional.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Great people are always in high demand, but Fish Percolator are unquestionably worth waiting for.

5.0
Overall Score Give them a try, you will not be disappointed.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Everythign always delivered on time once a deadline agreed.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Excellent value-for-money.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Cannot fault them.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would recommend Fish Percolator to anyone looking to develop a custom software application.

Web App Development for Government Health Agency

“Working with Quinn and Fish Percolator was fantastic, like a breath of fresh air for our organization.”

 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Fish Percolator is providing full-stack app design and development services for a government health agency. They focused on usability and providing backend management to ensure all resources are up to date.

The Reviewer
 
5,001-10,000 Employees
 
Leeds, United Kingdom
Jon Hindley
Advanced Health Improvement Specialist, Leeds City Council
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The development and maintenance work provided by the Fish Percolator team exceeded all of their client’s expectations, both in terms of quality and value for the money they paid as a civil service organization. The team was helpful throughout the process, taking time to explain technical concepts.

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 an advanced health improvement specialist for the Leeds City Council, which is a part of the UK government. We deal with health promotion, protection, and wider determinants of health ranging from poverty, postcode, and parentage to employment and education in specific neighborhoods.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fish Percolator?

One of the problems we have in the UK is that there are millions of people who are lonely and isolated living alone in their homes. There’s lots of academic, peer-reviewed evidence to tell you what to do when you find them, but there’s very little written about how you go about finding them if they’re isolated in their houses.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Fish helped us develop an app to try to present a solution to this problem. The theory behind it is that there’s usually a link between neglect in the built environments of vulnerable people’s households and the citizens that live there.

We wanted to give community development workers the capability to just tap on our app, and by doing so confidentially create a heat map of ideal places for us to knock doors and distribute leaflets to see if anyone is in need of help or support.

They developed a mobile application that would deliver this capability on people’s smartphones, as well as a website that we can access to have that information on a computer as well. They also loaded the about section of the app with animated videos that tell you what it’s for and how to use it. We have the capability to keep all of those resources up to date on our own.

What is the team composition?

Quinn (Managing Director) was the main software architect, but they also brought in animators and designers to the project who all supported the project for really good rates because of the civic nature of the project that we were working on.

How did you come to work with Fish Percolator?

Originally, we found out about them through an urban sustainable development lab. We had an original developer who was an academic, and then they left so we brought their Quinn’s on to help us build out the rest of the architecture and features.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around £10,000 (approximately $12,400 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

I believe the project started around March 2015 and our maintenance and upgrades for the app are still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have been incredibly satisfied with the UI/UX of the application. It is easy to use and looks great, so it met with universal appeal among our workers, which was an important achievement for us. Because of the broad diversity of our audience of users, being able to cater to them in terms of usability was an essential component of the project and something they absolutely nailed.

I’m reliably told that most health apps last about six months, and this has been going since 2015 and has been rolled out across cities in the UK. We’ve also been able to secure more funding as a result of the app’s success, which has helped us to add even more features as we go.

How did Fish Percolator perform from a project management standpoint?

For the most part, we communicated through face-to-face meetings, email, and text. We would use Skype occasionally when they were in America, but no matter what we were using they were always incredibly communicative.

Quinn was also very patient and gentle with us because we don’t have the level of expertise that they do but they always made it easy for us to learn how to use it and keep it up to date. They were able to make sure that we understood everything that we needed to.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Working with Quinn and Fish Percolator was fantastic, like a breath of fresh air for our organization. They worked quickly, but beyond that, the technology their team designed was easy to use across generations. Since not everyone is technically literate, it was important that the app be usable while also able to provide the wide range of services that people might need in those kinds of situations.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don’t think so. We work within a big bureaucracy for good reason, but because of that, things do take an inordinate amount of time, and Fish Percolator was able to cut through all of that and deliver this solution perfectly and quickly as well.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Take a moment to explain your real goals for the product or application, and what you want it to achieve rather than how you want it to look. They are able to look holistically and then drill down to the details, so starting with that big picture is going to help you arrive at a kore optimal final result in the end.

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

Web App Dev for Sound Library Platform

"Their entire approach to software development is extremely accomplished."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Feb. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Fish Percolator provided MVP development for a web platform. They built the backend with Ruby on Rails. Their team also built a full API and a frontend with Vue.js. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Leeds, United Kingdom
David Rose
Director, Noiiz
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Throughout the project, Fish Percolator has vast knowledge and industry experience. The product development and testing-based project management were effective. The approach and process improvement have been impressive. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Noiiz develop sound libraries and software applications for music producers and distribute these via their subscription based web platform. I'm the founder/director.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Fish Percolator?

We hired Fish Percolator to build our web application. Initially a quick prototype MVP, it has since expanded into a full stack platform that we continue to develop to this day.

What were your goals for this project?

Initially we wanted to test the concept of providing unlimited royalty free samples for a subscription. Since then, we've been expanding on this concept.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We spoke to many developers for the position and Fish Percolator clearly stood head and shoulders above those we spoke with.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They built our back end infrastructure in Ruby on Rails, which serves subscribers audio samples and enables them to audition them, download and interact with them. Since then, they have gone on to build a full API that we use to develop additional applications with, including a new frontend developed in Vue.

What was the team composition?

Quinn from Fish Percolator initially built the entire full stack prototype, along with input from product management, design and in some cases another junior developer.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Fish Percolators vast knowledge and industry experience clearly shone through from the outset and not only did they help us build a superb application, they also helped us improve our approach to product development in general, which is hard to put a price on.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Fish Percolators project management process revolves heavily around testing, which gives a clear source of truth for us as the client and Fish Percolator. This ensured we didn't make wild assumptions and were able to adjust scope continuously to ensure we delivered working software early enough to get critical feedback from our customers.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their entire approach to software development is extremely accomplished and as a team we've learned a lot from them.

Are there any areas for improvement?

As with all large scale projects, there have been many learning processes along the way, but with Fish Percolator on board these have been rapid and resulted in positive outcomes.

5.0
Overall Score Hands down the best agency we have ever worked with.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Very well organised and delivered on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Although they can't be described as cheap, the value gained in the long term pays for itself many times over
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality of our app speaks for itself.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already have, many times!

Web Dev for Accent Coach's Application

"They displayed clear passion for the project."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Dec. 2018 - Mar. 2020
Project summary: 

Fish Percolator developed an e-learning platform for language improvement. They were responsible for functionality including slowing down and speeding up audio and playing various kinds of video.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Luke Nicholson
Owner, Improve Your Accent
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal stakeholders are pleased with the final results, and they praise Fish Percolator for their ability to realize the initial vision. They were communicative throughout the project and used their technical expertise to suggest product optimizations. Customers can expect a committed partner.

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 Improve Your Accent. I help non-native English speakers improve their communication skills. I help people sound more British so people understand them more easily in their work and social lives.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Fish Percolator?

They created an online learning platform from scratch to help with this.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I planned out exactly what I wanted. Then we had a couple of meetings, and we worked in phases from December 2018. Now, the project is in a usable stage and is live. The user logs into the platform and chooses their native language. Then, they’re guided through various lessons using references to their native language that tell them what they need to study. There are functions to speed up and slow down audio, as well as play different types of videos – they created all that stuff.

They gave advice on the design. I employed a separate illustrator to design the platform. The platform itself is a Nuxt application that uses Ruby on Rails.

What is the team composition?

I worked with Quinn (Managing Director, Fish Percolator) only.

How did you come to work with Fish Percolator?

Both Quinn and I were in the finals for UK Freelancer of the Year. We started a hobby-type project for free after this.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent £24,500 ($30,400 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from December 2018 until March 2020. The project is live, but there’s still a fair bit of stuff I’d like to do with Quinn to improve it.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The final project is exactly what I envisioned in the beginning, and I’ve been getting pretty good feedback from users about the UX.

How did Fish Percolator perform from a project management standpoint?

They always responded to emails very quickly. Quinn is very detailed and easy to work with. I would highly recommend them. We had Google Hangout meetings every couple of months, but otherwise, we exchanged emails almost every week.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Quinn went above and beyond with a lot of the stuff that we did. They’re perfect to work with. They respond to emails quickly and have great attention to detail. Throughout the process, they pointed out things I hadn’t thought about from a technological perspective that were really helpful. They displayed clear passion for the project and gave me a demo after each phase detailing what changed and how it worked.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could have had fewer clients so they could have prioritized me more! That’s a marker of success, though.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Quinn gave me a discount because of our previous relationship.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer