Sponsors 2014

Conference Sponsors 2014

The Agile on the Beach Team would like to thank all sponsors for their generosity and support.

Unlocking Potential


Unlocking Potential provides inspiring events and support for business owners and entrepreneurs. We help harness your focus and drive to pursue a new opportunity, overcome a business challenge or explore a new way of doing things. Our team will work with you to really refine what steps you need to take.

Thanks to Unlocking Potential and their teams for their ongoing support of the speakers at Agile on the Beach

Grow Cornwall – Oxford Innovation

Copy of Oxin Logo 4colour Oct 2008Oxford Innovation supports and develops high growth businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  We are pleased to support Agile on the Beach through our Coaching for High Growth programme in Cornwall which offers intensive coaching and assistance for up to 30 days to high growth potential SMEs and individuals looking to start a business.

The team of experienced coaches has a range of board level business and sector experience gained from facing similar challenges to those now faced by participants on the coaching programme. The team brings a new perspective to a business and helps with specific issues such as growing businesses through a step change, refining business models, identifying new markets, sourcing new technologies, extending geographical reach and building teams. The coaching team can also support a range of issues from developing a business plan and securing ignitefunding to identifying new markets, building a team and developing new products and services.

Ignite Cornwall : Business Start Up competition

Oxford Innovation also manages three highly successful Angel Investment Networks that link investors with entrepreneurs seeking funding from £20,000 to £2 million.  www.oxin.co.uk

Ag_Inov_Logo_TMThank you to Oxford Innovation for sponsoring the conference for the 4th year and for Belinda’s time and support to organise and promote the conference through the Agile Innovation project part of Grow Cornwall

Belinda Waldock will be hosting a lunchtime session in 2014 as part of the Business stream of speakers


Falmouth University

FalUni2014Thank you to Falmouth University for providing our venue, food and refreshments and campus accomodation at a reduced cost to both the conference and its attendees.

Falmouth University is a vibrant and forward-thinking specialist arts institution that is a key player in the national and international creative scene. Our justifiable international reputation for excellence in Art, Design, Media, Performance and Writing has grown from over a century of nurturing original thinking, supported by highly talented and professional staff.


Plymouth University

plymenterprisePlymouth University’s mission is to advance knowledge and transform lives through education, research and innovation, working in partnership to drive social inclusion, economic prosperity and sustainability. This partnership approach firmly connects us with our communities, maximises impact and delivers outstanding mutually beneficial outcomes.

Mike Westwood will be hosting a lunchtime session this year at the conference


Cornwall College

cornwallcollegeCornwall College is one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the UK.We are committed to enriching the lives and creating new opportunities for our community.

Our mission is: “To provide learners with a high quality experience, celebrated through vocational and academic achievement, personal development and employability.”

Enterprise and employability are at the centre of all of our programmes and we pride ourselves on giving our learners access to the best advice and help. We want you to gain experience as well as knowledge.  http://www.cornwall.ac.uk/

dbs_code_logo_blkDBS Code – Agile Training , Computer Science Qualifications and code for schools project in Cornwall www.dbscode.co.uk


ibmpos_blackIBM is a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries. Today IBM UK has around 20,000 employees, bringing innovative solutions to a diverse client base to help solve some of their toughest business challenges. In addition to being the world’s largest IT and consulting services company, IBM is a global business and technology leader, innovating in research and development to shape the future of society at large. IBM’s prized research, development and technical talent around the world partner with governments, corporations, thinkers and doers on ground breaking real world problems to help make the world work better and build a smarter planet.  http://www.ibm.com

IBM will be hosting a lunchtime session at this years conference

IBM and the IBM logo are trademarks of International Business Machines Corp., registered in many jurisdictions worldwide.


riverbladelogoThank you to Riverblade for their continued sponsorship of the conference this year

Riverblade is a UK based Independent Software Vendor (ISV) and Microsoft Partner specialising in developer tools and bespoke software solutions within the defence, engineering, broadcast and marine sectors.


Anna Jayne will be hosting a lunchtime session again in 2014 as part of our Software Craftmanship Track

Software-Strategy_300Software Strategy : Allan Kelly


Thanks to Allan for his vital role on the Agile on the Beach committee, organising the call for papers and speaker liaison and his committment to supporting the software sector in Cornwall.

Specialising in helping companies that produce software to sell or to provide a business service. Typically my clients are companies in the ISV or SaaS space but I also work with corporate IT departments on occasion.

Past clients have included: Virgin Atlantic Airways, Merrill Lynch, lastminute.com (part of Sabre Tavelocity), BBC, Fugro, Thompson-Reuters and many others – a longer client list with case studies can be found on the Software Strategy web-site.

Allan will be speaking at this years conference in our business track

 Head Forwards

HeadforwardsThank you to Head Forwards for supporting this years conference.  Thanks to Toby Parkins who sits on the AotB committee as a director of Agile on the Beach.  Dedicating his valuable time to ensuring the success of the conference, plus Toby often tweets for the conference

Headforwards is a software development company whose primary aim is to create and deliver custom software with our clients focusing on the business value it brings.

Using both agile philosophy and process understanding, we bring together effective software development teams that are not only flexible in developing software that meets business requirements, they also continuously strive to do so in better and better ways.

LearningConnexions_LogoLearning Connexions is a dedicated training and learning & development consultancy. We specialise in high–end training for developers, leaders and all types of software professionals. We deliver both public and private courses covering everything from Agile methodologies to technical courses in a variety of programming languages. We want all of our delegates to have a learning experience; our philosophy is to provide “practical, applicable knowledge” delivered by the best instructors in the world with excellent customer service.


TargetprocessFullColorTargetprocess is the Agile Visual Management software that focuses on visualisation and freedom – supporting Scrum, Kanban, XP and any mix of processes and work practices.

The company was founded by Michael Dubakov in 2006 and has grown from day 1 into a successful young enterprise with incredible craftsmanship spirit, best working conditions and a passion for creating a solution for easy work visualisation and management in environments of any complexity.

Over 6000 teams in 50+ countries use Targetprocess every day, including companies such as Sony, Intel and Microsoft, and thousands of successful startups.


Target Process will be delivering a Lunchtime session in the Bonus Track room

adaptagilityAdaptagility is an Agile Training and Consultancy company based in the UK. We provide high quality Agile training and coaching services to companies and individuals working in software.

mckenna consultants logo light backgroundMcKenna Consultants are a bespoke software development company based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire near Leeds, Bradford and York. We specialise in a broad range of technologies for windows, web-based and mobile applications, including apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.

We strive to make sure that we deliver the right solution for you and your business. Quality is driven through our approach to software development. We implement Agile software development which we means we’re flexible, intuitive and always close to our clients. Our unique approach also means that we are able to start work on your software quickly, delivering fast and regular into your business.


Nick McKenna will be delivering a lunchtime session at this years conference


clearvisionClearvision help software teams and IT Programs implement tools and processes that bring high quality software to market faster, while driving down associated costs.
Clearvision have offices in the UK and USA with a global customer base that includes the leaders in banking, insurance, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, government, defence and telecoms.

Francis Clark

Thanks to Francis Clark who provide accountancy services to the conference

Our history and roots in the South West and our passionate client focused service make us the firm we are today.

It is thanks to the dedication of our partners and staff that we have grown steadily since our inception in 1919 to become the largest firm of Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisors in the region and it is our commitment to the communities in which we work that has delivered our success as a multi-award winning firm.

INR Star


Thank you to INR Star and Sullivan Cuff for supporting this years conference.  Thanks to Mike Barritt who sits on the AotB committee as a director of Agile on the Beach.  Dedicating his valuable time to ensuring the success of the conference.  http://www.inrstar.co.uk/

INRstar is the UK market leader for Clinical Decision Support Software (CDSS) for anticoagulation management and currently underpins over 2,000 anticoagulation clinics in both primary and secondary care.

Sullivan Cuff Software is a leading developer of clinical decision support software. We believe in continuous improvement and dedicated customer support to ensure that our software delivers meaningful benefits to patients and healthcare professionals.


mpad – Graphics and Branding


Thank you to mpad for their creation of fantastic graphics and artwork to help promote the conference

MPAD is an established and vibrant communication agency that takes pride in producing effective, beautiful and tailored communication solutions.

We are pleased to confirm that Rachel Picken, Director of MPAD will be speaking at Agile on the Beach 2014 as part of our Business track in our additional lunchtime sessions.

Rachel Picken will be speaking at this years conference on her experience of Agile in PR

mac_sky_logoWe would also like to thank Mackerel Sky who manage and co-ordinate the conference for us.  Their efforts ensure the conference runs like clockwork through their expertise in event management, marketing, planning, logistics and more

We work on a vast range of events; from creative festivals to conferences to corporate dinners and everything in between!

We know each event is unique and we ensure that your event matches one vision – yours.

Our services are tailored to your needs. We don’t believe in pre-made packages – every event is different and should be treated that way.

We can offer a range of services – to help in one bit or every part of the event. It’s up to you.




UKNETWEB – Web Site Development and Hosting


Thank you to UKNetWeb for providing a new website for 2013 and its hosting.

At UKNetWeb we are a strategically led, technically focused, web design and development company based in the heart of Cornwall.  We are pleased to provide Agile on the Beach with a website solution.

Delivering a range of websites and web based systems to clients throughout the UK and beyond, we are well placed to aid businesses of all sizes reach their full potential online.
UKNetWeb have been championing Agile for a number of years simply because it achieves better and more realistic outcomes. We are more than happy to take people through a brief 1-2 hour induction into how Agile works, how it compares with other methodologies, and how to use it as a project owner to achieve more than previous traditional project management approaches




Business Cornwall | News and Information for Businesses in Cornwall

Cornwall’s only dedicated business news website and magazine. All the latest business news, information and advice on one dedicated site

techbritanniaTech Britannia

We are delighted to have TechBritannia on board as ‘in kind media sponsors’ for the 2014 conference. Rose, founder of TechBritannia will be helping to spread the word about Agile on the Beach by supporting our Public Relations activities during the conference.

 Flying the flag for British Technology

Autumn 2014 sees the blossoming of TechBritannia, a platform for the British Tech community. Starting with biotech, cleantech and information technology, it will look at the past, present and future of Britain’s colossal role in the world of technology.

The bedrock of TechBritannia will be a hard-hitting and lively news site looking at all aspects of technology from academia (from five year olds to PhD researchers) and startups, to government and large enterprise – and will even highlight our tech-expats and the growing number of overseas students and startups that see Britain as the go-to place to find mentorship, investment and inspiration.tbSample page

TechBritannia is a new platform for British technology businesses and technologists. Focused initially on being a news-site it will create a powerful technology-focused community with events, awards and other platforms to support British tech.

Methods & Tools – media sponsor

Methods & Tools - Media sponsor

Thank you to Methods & Tools for their help in raising awareness of the conference as a media sponsor

Methods & Tools is a free software development magazine on Software Testing, Project Management, Agile, Scrum, UML, Requirements, Programming (Java,.NET, Ruby, Ajax), Databases, CMMI, Open source Tools, Software Development Jobs


PRIMAPrima Bakeries


Offering us a great deal to deliver hot fresh pasties at this years pre-conference gathering for those arriving the night before the conference!

Prima Bakeries Cornwall UKPrima makes all the items you would expect of a Cornish bakery: Cornish Pasties, Saffron Cakes, Hevva Buns and Cream Tea Scones as well as some you might not: Handmade Pizza Bases, Quiches, Paninis and Triple Choc Brownies! We produce over 200 different product lines on a daily basis including many different types of handmade bread and rolls, a range of delicious pasties and savoury items as well as cakes and confectionery. From Cherry Flapjack to Chocolicious Cake, Sausage Rolls to Meat Patties and Farmhouse Loaves to Yeast Buns, we have something for everyone.



Technology Books, Tech Conferences, IT Courses & News

O’Reilly spreads the knowledge of innovators through its technology books, online services, magazines, research, and tech conferences. Since 1978, O’Reilly has been a chronicler and catalyst of leading-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and galvanizing their adoption by amplifying “faint signals” from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, O’Reilly has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.


seasaltWith offices overlooking Falmouth Bay to St. Anthony’s lighthouse, every day we’re inspired to design garments that speak about the place in which we live.

We employ over 200 people and our team includes a diverse range of talent, including everything from accountants, graphic designers and fine artists, to logistics experts, textile designers and pattern cutters.

Being a Cornish success story is something we’re very proud of. You can find our 20 shops in Cornwall, Devon, Guernsey, the Isles of Scilly, West Sussex, Somerset, Stafforshire and, most recently, Dorset . We also supply around 350 stockists across the UK, including select John Lewis and Fenwick stores.




blueskyeventsBased in St Agnes Cornwall, the team at bluesky will be supplying a stretch marquee for the IBM Agile on the Beach party this year



firetextFireText makes effective SMS marketing easy indeed – whether you’re brand new to text message marketing or a seasoned hand.


Of all forms of digital communication, a text message is the single most likely to be read. In fact, 98% of all texts are opened.

FireText is a UK-based team of developers, problem solvers, marketers, tinkerers, all working around the clock to offer the most powerful text marketing platform…for you!

The brilliantly simple-yet-powerful online platform allows you to send & schedule SMS text messages in seconds. Messages can be individually personalised with a click of a button, including 6 different fields. Links (URLs) can be tracked using our SMS tracking tool & full delivery reports can be instantly viewed and downloaded. Contacts can be uploaded & managed with ease or pulled directly from 3rd party software. Gain new leads in response to your marketing campaigns by allowing your customers to easily text a keyword on our shortcode.

Whether you’re brand new to SMS marketing or a texting pro, FireText offer outstanding support and advice to guide you through your campaign.

www.firetext.co.uk | 01326 620 000

European Regional Development Fund



About ERDF Convergence

Oxford Innovation Coaching for High Growth programme and the Unlocking Potential project are financed by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Convergence European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.  For more information: www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding or www.erdfconvergence.org.uk

Sponsor AOTB 2014

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September 7, 2014