Having set up shop in the UK just a month ago, Straker Interactive has landed a deal with the London Borough Council of Barking and Dagenham.
The borough council, which governs about 170,000 people, will use Straker’s Shado web development system to develop a web portal. The deal is worth about $50,000.
Straker managing director Grant Straker (right) says two English universities are also close to signing up for Shado.
About 50 web developers attended the launch of Straker Interactive’s UK office, held at New Zealand House in London. As a result of the launch, Straker says, the BBC has requested a meeting with the company.
Straker says the company could have gone to Australia, but while the effort to set up in the UK isn’t any greater the returns are potentially three times as high. He has found that New Zealand case studies and reference sites are well accepted in the UK. New Zealand users of Straker include Fisher & Paykel, Unitec and Southern Cross Health Care.
“One of the things that we have learned since being in the UK is that it is a lot more standards-focused, especially when you’re dealing with the government, than New Zealand.”
As a result of the move into the UK Straker Interactive has had to ensure that Shado is XHTML-compliant (so that all HTML code is also XML-compliant) and comes up to the Dublin Core meta data standard for how meta tags are presented.
Straker says the company is bidding for about 30 jobs in the UK. There have also been inquiries from Spain, Switzerland and the US.