Cardiff-based IT consultancy and software development firm DevOpsGuys Limited (DOG) is targeting £100 million turnover over the next five years and new job creation after receiving £1 million funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial.

The business was set up in 2013 by the current managers, James Smith and Stephen Thair. James and Stephen saw an opening within the market to build an IT Development and Operations (DevOps) business from the bottom up, by using the skill set of the two founders in IT development and IT operations. The company recently won an award for ‘Creative and Digital start-up of the Year’ at the Wales Start-Up awards.

DevOpsGuys Limited exceeded its initial target of hiring 40 employees over 24 months and now has over 70 staff members and consultants. The company’s main customers are government departments and blue chip clients, including Admiral Group PLC,, BAE Systems, DEFRA, Nokia, Fitness First, Waitrose and Travelodge. Significantly, DOG has recently won a new contract with the DVLA worth £10 million over the next two years.

The funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial will allow the business to focus specifically on high-growth and help target new contracts.

James Smith, CEO and Joint Founder of DevOpsGuys Ltd said: “The last three years have been extremely exciting as we have grown from a start-up company into a successful business. The funding and support from Santander has allowed us to hire new members of staff and grow as a business by targeting new contracts while fulfilling existing agreements.”

Ashley Charlton, Relationship Director, Santander Corporate & Commercial said: “DevOpsGuys is a fantastic example of how entrepreneurial spirit can translate into commercial success. James and Stephen have combined their individual experience in IT development and operations over the past 25 years and utilised a gap in the market for their skillset. We are confident they will achieve their growth plans and look forward to seeing what is next for this dynamic business.”


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