delivering complex, scalable web solutions

MTR Design is a Bulgarian software development consultancy with proven track record in delivering complex, scalable web solutions.

We are a 14-person web development shop with substantial experience in Python, PHP and Javascript development specialised in building complex, scalable web solutions. Our engineers are very experienced (besides our core technologies we have done occasional gigs with RoR, Lua, and lately Go), and most of them are working together for more than 5 years, and some - even more than 10.

 
$10,000+
 
$50 - $99 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2005
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Sofia, Bulgaria
headquarters
other locations
  • 3 East Point, High Street, Seal
    Sevenoaks, KEN TN15 0EG
    United Kingdom

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Our clients range from mid-sized businesses to large corporations such as Pfizer, Exxon Mobil, Channel 4, Danone, The Telegraph, Nuffield Health, River Cottage, etc. We are working with a number of digital agencies, and we are also acting as development partners of a number of funded startups with industry domains such as the Energy Market, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, Social Media, Professional Networks, Travel Industry, Medical and Census Data, and Business Intelligence.

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CMS Dev & API Integration for Musical Theater Group

"They're a proactive development team."

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

MTR Design provided CMS development. The team worked on PHP and Java. They also implemented integrations for social media, ticketing, and e-commerce. Their team also added logo design, layouts, and branding.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Peter Jones
Co-Founder, Stagefaves
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

MTR Design supplied content automation. Their team created social media feeds and relevant content. The combination of technical design and talent was very effective. They had high-quality service and were instrumental in building the website and setting it up for the future. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

StageFaves is a unique and pioneering concept in community building, dedicated to the musical theatre sector. It brings together Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram handles and feeds for leading West End and Off-West End actors and actresses, shows and theatres in one place, as well as tickets to West End shows and other relevant digital links, biographies, agent contact details and fan fun. Plus, we offer the UK's only extensive, performer-centric UK musical theatre merchandise shop.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire MTR Design?

MTR was appointed to design, build and host the Stagefaves CMS and website. Services provided included architecting the website from wireframes provided, layout and brand design as well as all coding and API integrations.

What were your goals for this project?

The site needed to be fully integrated with various social media, ecommerce, ticketing and ecommerce platforms as well as be intuitive to use by performers and fans.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I have used MTR on numerous occasions for different web development projects as have always delivered a high quality service at a great prices and deliver on time.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

A project brief and wireframes were provided to develop the Stagefaves platform and website. MTR used Basecamp as their project management and collaboration tool, which worked well. MTR provided designs for Stagefaves.com page layouts, logo and branding. MTR design and built the CMS and database from scratch in PHP/Java, implemented the API integrations for each social media, ticketing, merchandise ecommerce and content feeds. MTR host the Stagefaves website on their dedicated servers.

What was the team composition?

The team had 3-4 people working on the project that included coding, site design and branding/page designs.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Stagefaves is unique in the theatre sector where is provides a single point of access for fans to view all social media feeds, read relevant content and buy theatre tickets and merchandise. The content automates the linking of content to specific performers making it easy and resource light to manage.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The MTR team are brilliant to work with. They're a proactive development team and felt like they were our in-house team. If there was a better solution to the ones that we had asked for, they would discuss and implement. Communication was excellent on all fronts with regular Skype calls with sprints being updated on Basecamp.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

MTR have a combination of techical and design talent that is difficult to find. We were initially only going to contract them to do the site tech design and build, but when we say their creative designs for the brand and website, we added that to the project. They are incredibly reliable and produce neat, high quality code. It was important that we could bring in our own CTO/coder to take over the daily management and future build requirements of the website and MTR made this very easy.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I don't think MTR could have done anything more to improve their quality of service or what they delivered. They over-delivered on what was briefed and will definitely be using them again. I am always recommending them.

5.0
Overall Score An excellent design and development agency and feel like they are my in-house tech development team when I work with them
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Very good project management and scheduling. Project delivered on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    MTR pricing is great and they always over deliver.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Clean and clear coding and fantastic creative design. Excellent project management and communication.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I am always referring MTR to my clients and contacts.

Software Development for Freight & Logistics Company

"I honestly cannot recommend them enough."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

MTR Design provided front-end development services for a freight and logistics company. Working in React, the team built a SaaS platform for freight booking systems and CRM. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Australia
Robert Hufton
Product Owner, Shipeedo
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The development was delivered in a timely manner and met the requirements of the internal team. MTR Design invests in the success of their clients, producing high-quality deliverables through a collaborative process. The team is hard-working and dedicated.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Product Director of a Global Freight and Logistics company

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire MTR Design?

Front end development using React

What were your goals for this project?

Pick up the broken pieces of a Front End development team and help create a robust and globally successful SaaS platform for freight booking systems and CRM. System included Order management, driver allocation and invoicing.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Came highly recommended by a senior Microsoft BI partner.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The platform we designed was (and still is) a complex API feed connecting various freight carriers ranging from TNT to localised services. The entire system is hugely complex and required rapid system services to provide quotes, delivery reports, driver activity (including exceptions) and customer relationship management tools. MTR were hired to liaise with product owners and back end development teams. We used MTR because of their expertise in streamlining the whole UX to API solution.

What was the team composition?

Project coordinator, Senior front end devs (experts in React) and various mid-level devs all highly competent at building what we the product team created in prototypes.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Previous team got it all wrong. They didn't understand both the complexities of the UX or the API requirements. MTR did. Moreover, their ideas from certain senior devs provided better solutions than we could think of and in my experience, this is the mark of a first rate FE dev team. The app is now working extremely efficiently enabling the company to delivery product and grow components.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Very well. Structure was sound and needed little management. We set Sprints and they delivered on target.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I honestly cannot recommend them enough.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No. MTR designs lead by Milen are a first rate Front End development team. 

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

Custom Web Dev. for Online Advertising Platform

"Our server management and programming costs have gone down while our profits have gone up."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Feb. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

MTR Design developed an advertising platform from scratch using multiple technologies, including ReactPHP, Python, and MySQL. Currently, they are working on optimization and mobile development.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Director of Business Development, Optimal Fusion
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform developed by MTR Design has become this company’s leading service. The team’s innovative work has attracted multiple Fortune 500 companies, and they continue to develop and optimize the platform for faster performance speeds.

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 director of business development at Optimal Fusion. We are an online advertising boutique specializing in connecting advertisers with consumers. We work with both Fortune 500 and smaller companies.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with MTR Design?

We used to have an old advertising platform that was not always efficient and had limited capabilities. We decided to build a brand new platform instead of fixing the old one, and the time we had to do so was very limited.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I worked closely with MTR to develop our new online advertising platform from scratch. 

MTR has managed everything including the database, front- and backend coding, and optimization. That platform was originally built using Python, PHP, and MySQL. They have helped us continuously develop the platform for two years now, adding more features, more power, and new innovative solutions to allow the platform to work seamlessly. Recently, MTR recommended switching to ReactPHP and Lua, both of which have helped us process more data and run the platform more efficiently. They also use AWS-Managment for server upgrades each week, and are getting ready to develop an SDK in order for our platform to work in mobile applications.

What is the team composition?

I work closely with the head of MTR and a lead programmer. I have also worked with server developers and am getting ready to begin working with a mobile developer as well.

How did you come to work with MTR Design?

A friend of our CEO recommended them before I joined our company.

How much have you invested with them?

We have spent around $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our company began working with them in February 2014, and I still work with them every day.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The platform MTR helped us develop is currently being used by thousands of websites and has attracted top Fortune 500 companies. We have more than 6 million clicks a day and are now also entering the mobile app world.

How did MTR Design perform from a project management standpoint?

I experience amazing communication with them. We use Basecamp as our project management tool, and I have personally developed a close relationship with their programmers. They are very responsive even after hours. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

MTR has taken on the initiative of further optimizing the platform before we even asked them to. Recently their CEO told me they had an idea to help get the platform running quicker and, after I gave them my approval to work on it, they delivered an update two weeks later that has us running 10 times faster. All of this has been done at a very reasonable price, and in fact, our server management and programming costs have gone down while our profits have gone up.

The relationship I have developed with MTR is really amazing and based on my experience what I would describe as the ideal relationship between teams.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. I think the team is doing great in all fields.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Not particularly. I would advise a company to know what they want when they are developing a project. MTR will deliver even if a company has no idea what they are looking for, but the more knowledge one has the faster the results. 

5.0
Overall Score I do not give out fives easily, but MTR truly deserves it.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They are very fast and always deliver on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were kind enough to adjust the cost of certain things for us.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I strongly recommended them.

Front-end Dev for Online Services Platform

"The software hasn't needed constant readjusting, so it’s been a very satisfactory experience."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Apr. 2011 - July 2013
Project summary: 

Building from a previous vendor’s work, MTR used PHP to develop the frontend and backend of a website aimed at gathering and analyzing user feedback. Design work and site maintenance rounded out the engagement.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
CEO, Online Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Consistent site performance and stability and a satisfied user base speak for themselves. Beyond being technically savvy, the MTR team puts customers at ease, engendering trust and a sense that they will deliver creative, on-time 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 work for an online technology platform that gathers feedback and insights from groups by asking open-ended questions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with MTR Design?

The main challenge was how to create a software platform that allows many people to give feedback and also produce a concise view of that group through a self-regulating system.

We needed help to create a PHP frontend for the software to allow for user participation and interaction, as well as with the administration of the system on the backend.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They mainly did development work but also did some design work on digital assets throughout the system (e.g., buttons).

MTR was involved right from the beginning of the development of the frontend, which needed to plug in to an API created by another contractor. As far as system administration, the development started in 2011 and continued through most of 2012.

After that, MTR was involved on more of a maintenance level. They participated in some additional development sprints, as well as the installation of the system in a couple of client locations.

What is the team composition?

My main point of contact is Milen [Owner, MTR Design]. Over the entire engagement, there’s been 5–6 people assigned to the project.  

How did you come to work with MTR Design?

They were recommended to me by a business contact who'd used them before and was very happy with their work.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together around April 2011. The project was finished around July 2013, but there's been continued involvement for support and maintenance.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The feedback has been largely very positive, with a high level of user satisfaction. I’m also satisfied because there's been hardly any downtime, there haven’t been any catastrophic issues, and there have been only a few minor issues. The software hasn't needed constant readjusting, so it’s been a very satisfactory experience.

How did MTR Design perform from a project management standpoint?

My limited experience with their project management interface was absolutely fine.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The team at MTR is very professional. Not just coding, but they’re natural problem solvers and technicians. I always had the feeling of being in very good hands.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing jumps out.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Spend time talking and planning with them before they start to code. They know what they're doing so if they query something or push back on a topic, listen to what they have to say.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I can't remember them not hitting a deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'm very likely to recommend them.

MVP for Professional Coaching Platform

“We were impressed by their ability to solve problems.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

MTR Design built the first version of a platform that features training videos. The team also designed and developed the frontend of the website. They continue to provide maintenance and enhancements.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Cardiff, United Kingdom
CEO, Training Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

MTR Design communicated well, sending regular updates that helped keep the project on track. Aside from project management, they also excelled at finding solutions.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We are a tech startup that produces and offers e-learning videos to individuals, companies, and universities.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire MTR Design?

MTR built our first initial minimum viable product (MVP). They continue to help us with monthly maintenance work and other developments.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal was to have an MVP that would help us secure new clients and further support their learning needs.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

They were recommended by one of their previous clients.

Describe the project in detail.

They designed, developed, and launched the entire backend system for us. They also designed and built our frontend website.

What was the team composition?

We dealt directly with two members of their team.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What outcomes or results can you share that demonstrate progress and/or success?

The project was delivered within budget and on time.

How effective was the project management?

The project management was effective. MTR uses a system called Basecamp, so we had good communication with our account manager. We were in regular contact with the team, who sent us updates. We always felt that they listened to us.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

We were impressed by their ability to solve problems as well as their communication.

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