Spindogs – Elwyn Davies and Liam Giles
Based in sunny offices in Cardiff Bay, Spindogs is the creation of Product Design graduates Elwyn Davies and Liam Giles. From website design and management, to SEO and App development, Spindogs is reaping the rewards of the growth in the online media market.
Liam and Elwyn praised their UWIC lecturer, Roger Griffiths, for the advice and direction he gave them during a business planning module within the course: “Roger pushed us to seek advice on how to start up a new business, and to find out what business support was out there.” The module ultimately lead to the pair launching Spindogs in the Spring of 2004.
After graduation, Elwyn and Liam worked hard to make the most of the help available to start-ups in Wales. Through CODA, Graduate Enterprise help, and RCT Objective 1 funding, they were able to find a premises in Abercynon. They soon discovered that their Product Design skills were best utilised in the web design world, initially using an off the shelf development product but quickly developing their own bespoke CMS offering greater flexibility for the business and the client. The first Spindogs employee is now its Technical Director, and as well as retaining staff, they also have great client retention. They put this down to being honest with customers about what can be achieved within budget, and then delivering on their promises.
Elwyn and Liam attribute their upbringings to their continued success; they both come from self-employed parents with numerous successful businesses under their belts. “We knew it was going to be hard work” they said, “but you have to see it as a challenge not a chore.”
Both Elwyn and Liam now spend a lot of time talking to students, through the Dynamo Role Model scheme run by WAG.
To read more about Spindogs, check out their website: http://www.spindogs.co.uk/