35 years and counting for pioneering Swindon web company
DMJ Computer Services is 35! A Swindon based web development company, created right at the start of the computing boom, is a phenomenal 35 years old!
DMJ Computer Services, headed by Martin Jarvis set up the business in 1985. In the first instance, offering programming and software development services. Martin jokes that he’s been programming “for as long as Bill Gates”.
Under Martin’s stewardship, DMJ has evolved. It now specialises in end-to-end website service for small businesses. From web design to hosting and aftercare, Martin’s service, based in offices in Chiseldon, runs the gamut.
The firm has worked on hundreds of websites. Clients include dog walkers and a chateau owner, a professional football club and a design agency which brands international airlines.
Weathering the storms
The company has weathered many storms including recessions in the 80s, 90s, 2008. And now the economic fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic, to become a strong entity with a loyal client base across the UK and more than eight other countries.
“We recognised back in the early Noughties that many smaller companies were not benefiting from quality website services because they couldn’t justify the ad hoc consultancy fees charged by specialists. Nor were they able to justify the expense of employing their own in-house staff,” said Martin. “We launched a boutique website service, aimed at delivering the quality service offered by larger companies at an affordable cost.”
Early interest in computing
Martin, who grew up in Swindon had an interest in computing from his teenage years. He began his career in 1978 as a computer programmer. He worked first with a factoring company, before moving to Burmah Castrol and then on to Intel.
At the age of 25, with a young family, he decided to leave corporate life and set up DMJ Computer Services.
“It was a risk, but when you’re in your twenties it doesn’t seem like a risk. I suspect it’s a lot braver to do this when you’re in your fifties,” said Martin. “I wanted to get a better deal for my family and the gamble paid off.”
DMJ Computer Services then concentrated on project work, including programming and software development for a range of businesses, including PHH and BMW.
The Millennium didn’t bug Martin
In the early Millennium, Martin steered DMJ towards web development for smaller business. He began building websites from scratch and then becoming an early adopter of WordPress, created in 2003 as a blogging platform.
“I was looking at a way to build websites smarter. I predicted that all businesses were going to need a website. And, at the same time, I realised that not every business was going to be able to afford the cost of a bespoke website. WordPress provided the perfect solution for my clients.”
As well as web design, DMJ offers hosting and support packages for website. Martin hosts the websites on servers based in West London, in premises powered by 100 per cent green-source renewable energy.
Martin is now expanding DMJ’s website support packages. His offerings will include a premium website spam protection product, with more benefits to come during 2020.
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