Hairy Lemon enjoys luck of the Irish

A Canterbury web development house is enjoying the luck of the Irish by winning contracts across Europe, the US and Australia.

A Canterbury web development house is enjoying the luck of the Irish by winning contracts across Europe, the US and Australia.

And in true Irish fashion, Hairy Lemon Web Solutions is carrying out work in Christchurch for a government agency that aims to create jobs in the republic.

Director Graham Dockrill says the two-year-old company of seven staff has enjoyed “strong relationships” with web-hosting company Digiweb Ireland for 18 months and this has given it several contracts. The relationship began when a New Zealand client mentioned the Kiwis to the Irish company.

Hairy Lemon is working on a site for a regional development company involved in incubating businesses in Ireland. “It’s a bit like selling sand to the Arabs, to be sure,” says Dockrill.

Other Irish projects have included a memorial website and a craft site for the retail and wholesale sectors; and an online music site for the intellectually handicapped.

Dockrill says Irish jobs total about 5% of the company’s business, but the proportion is growing. “There are two big advantages for the Irish. We can still charge a good price, and because of our weak dollar they still get a bargain. With turn of service, they can give us graphics over the internet late in their day and by their next day it is in their server,” he says.

Hairy Lemon has also signed an agreement with an Oregon company to produce a database which will allow the US gun community to trade and discuss guns. The site will involve 500 to 600 hours of work, beginning next month. Hairy Lemon says the company approached it after seeing a smaller local collector’s weapons site it had made.

Similarly, satisfaction with a site for Buller District Council has led to an order for a 100-page plus site for Reefton Development Council, which is due to go live next month.

The company is also producing an academic website for Canterbury University called Get Connected, plus a multimedia CD Rom system for an Australian educational institution.

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