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Find out more about how we work with businesses, the latest tech and innovation, and what we’re doing in the community.

A day in the life of Rocketmakers Commercial Lead Evan Rudowski

Tuesday, 13th April 2021

Ned Vaught

Company Storyteller

Evan Rudowski wears two hats at Rocketmakers: he is the head of business development, and he is the “implementer” of the Entrepreneurial Operating System, or EOS. We caught up with him recently and asked him to tell us what he does on a typical day.

A Day in the Life of a Rocketmakers Project Manager

Saturday, 10th April 2021

Sara King

Project Manager

The life of a Project Manager’s is mostly focused on organisation and the administration of different projects. I tend to have 2-4 projects running at the same time, which means there can be a lot of multi-tasking or juggling of tasks - from reporting on budget spent and remaining to reviewing client feedback on a recent set of wireframes.

The top tech tools that have got us through lockdown

Friday, 9th April 2021

Izzie Hensby

Marketing Intern

Over the last 12 months we’ve been sharing our top tech recommendations within the Rocketmakers team. With lockdown coming to an end we've realised these gadgets and apps will be useful long after lockdown. We’re not experts in this department we thought it was high time that we shared the best bits that we have discovered and loved during lockdown from office gadgets, collaboration tools and environmentally friendly apps.

Scaling Rocketmakers: Evolving into a hybrid organisation

Wednesday, 31st March 2021

Richard Godfrey

CEO

Before March 2020, remote working was never a significant part of Rocketmakers’ company culture. We have always encouraged people to set their own schedules, and take days off when they need to, but spending time together, in person, in the office, was always central to who we were.

A day in the life of a Rocketmakers Senior Developer

Monday, 15th March 2021

Adam Walker

Software Engineer

My typical work day has changed a lot since I joined Rocketmakers twelve years ago. I was originally hired as a very junior developer, but as my skills and abilities have grown my role has changed dramatically. I’m now mostly focused on guiding the early stages of new projects, exploring new technologies, and providing support to others.

Introducing Valerie Thomas - NASA success story

Thursday, 11th March 2021

Izzie Hensby

Marketing Intern

This International Women's Day, we thought we would introduce you to four women who played a crucial role in historic space expeditions. Over the course of the week, each day we have been shining a light on different female figures who each played their unique part in NASA’s work.

Introducing Margaret Hamilton - NASA success story

Wednesday, 10th March 2021

Izzie Hensby

Marketing Intern

This International Women's Day, we thought we would introduce you to four women who played a crucial role in historic space expeditions. Over the course of the week, each day we have been shining a light on different female figures who each played their unique part in NASA’s work.

Introducing Mae Jemison - NASA success story.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021

Izzie Hensby

Marketing Intern

This International Women's Day, we thought we would introduce you to four women who played a crucial role in historic space expeditions. Over the course of the week, each day we will be shining a light on different female figures who each played their unique part in NASA’s work.

Helping the crew to stay mission-fit

Tuesday, 9th March 2021

Ned Vaught

Company Storyteller

Rocketmakers has extensive experience building software to support wellbeing, but our commitment to wellbeing actually permeates practically every aspect of the company. It began with Rocketmakers’ founders who were keen to have a company culture which was supportive and understanding from the start.

Introducing Nancy Roman - NASA success story

Monday, 8th March 2021

Izzie Hensby

Marketing Intern

This International Women's Day, we thought we would introduce you to four women who played a crucial role in historic space expeditions. Over the course of the week, each day we will be shining a light on different female figures who each played their unique part in NASA’s work.

From vision to reality

Thursday, 18th February 2021

Ned Vaught

Company Storyteller

Taking an entrepreneur’s initial vision and turning it into a reality is something Rocketmakers excels at. A great example is the Innate Mood app. Innate Food founder Elsa Valentine approached Rocketmakers with an idea for expanding her healthy lifestyle business with a digital tool for supporting mental health. Her concept was an app for recording moods and emotions in video journals, which would provide users with insight into their emotions in future.

A 3-Step Process To Beat Those Bias

Friday, 12th February 2021

Holly Burn

UX Designer

As a UX designer, I am constantly making decisions about how things should work, and what goes where. This is REALLY important - making correct decisions during UX design is crucial for a project’s ultimate success. Before making all of these decisions I have to gather lots of information. This means lots of research, interviewing end-users, conversations with the design team, and regular meetings with the client.

Going green at Rocketmakers

Thursday, 11th February 2021

Vince Cox

Software Engineer

The world of tech is often seen as the hero that will swoop in and save us all from the onset of the climate emergency. The phrase, “think of how many trees you’ll save by going digital and not using all that paper!” oft-uttered in the past by curmudgeonly office managers, exemplifies this attitude.

Health and wellbeing tech - from consumers to elite athletes

Monday, 8th February 2021

Ned Vaught

Company Storyteller

Using technology to make the world a better place has always been central to everything Rocketmakers does. This means that any project which helps people to be happier and healthier gets our full attention. Our work in this sector has spanned the gamut, from consumer-facing wellness apps, to helping the world’s top athletes reduce the occurrence of injuries.

How our UX designer found her dream job

Tuesday, 26th January 2021

Ned Vaught

Company Storyteller

Designing an excellent user experience (known in the industry as “UX”) has always been a priority for Rocketmakers. Software can be extremely innovative and well built, but it only becomes game-changing when it squarely meets a user’s needs. In July 2020 Rocketmakers added even more firepower to its design team with our newest dedicated UX designer, Holly Burn. We decided to catch up with Holly to learn more about her, what her first six months at Rocketmakers have been like, and find out why she thinks UX is so important.

Early stage funding for startups in the South West

Tuesday, 12th January 2021

Briony Phillips

Scaleup Lead

With more and more people turning to entrepreneurship in the recent months, the topic of access to funding and finance has never been hotter. As the host and convenor of the Quarterly Investment Briefing since 2017 I have seen a gradual shift in the volume of people seeking equity funding for early stage businesses - read on to hear my thoughts on the early stage investment scene.

Software to create sustainable homes

Tuesday, 12th January 2021

Ned Vaught

Company Storyteller

Since its founding, Rocketmakers has always sought out projects which can make the world a better place - especially when it comes to the environment. One way technology can help is through systems which improve the sustainability and efficiency of utilities, from energy to gas to water. We have recently partnered with four clients from this sector, and are looking forward to working with more in years to come!

Seven resources for diverse start-ups looking for investment

Monday, 14th December 2020

Izzie Hensby

Marketing Intern

At Rocketmakers, we are proud to promote diversity within the start-up companies and entrepreneurs that we work with. Sadly we see firsthand the difficulties that female founders and mixed-founder groups face when attempting to raise investment. In fact, just one in three British entrepreneurs are women and less than 1% of UK venture funding goes to all-female teams.

Rocketmakers Christmas Break

Monday, 14th December 2020

Briony Phillips

Scaleup Lead

2020 has been a jolly busy year for the Rocketmaker's crew - we’ve welcomed 10 new people into the team, we’ve introduced new processes and approaches to help us with the transition to remote working and we’ve welcomed plenty of new clients and projects too.

Life beyond startup

Monday, 14th December 2020

Ned Vaught

Company Storyteller

Briony Phillips spent much of her childhood in Bath, and took the chance to move back to the South West after a career change in 2016. Since then she has been active in a huge range of initiatives and organizations right across the sector, from the Leaders Collective she founded with Ben Shorrock of TechSPARK, to designing and delivering the Quarterly Investment Briefing to help local investors network, share and learn.