30th September*,
1st & 2nd October
Manchester, UK

Introducing our first 7 sponsors for PHPNW16!


Now that the conference team are in full swing organising PHPNW16 for you guys, we thought it would be a great time to let you know some more about some of the sponsors. By the way, we still need some more sponsors, so please do share the conference link with friends, colleagues and managers. As a community-led conference, we solely rely on sponsors to make this happen.

As you may know, this is our ninth consecutive year of running the PHPNW conference and the ninth time it will be a sell out hopefully. Every year we are so proud and happy to see the incredible and overwhelming support for it from the community and the sponsors. This year we will welcome an anticipated 550+ delegates, speakers and sponsors so it will be our biggest conference yet.

Sponsors can choose from a variety of sponsor packages to suit their requirements. As always we have a mix of packages with a variety of budgets. Get in touch if you want to talk with us! So, let’s get back to introducing the current wonderful sponsors, who have already signed up and are now working with us on the conference. First up is our Platinum Sponsor;


  • UKFast – Platinum Sponsor

The award-winning, managed hosting provider UKFast.

Based in Manchester, here in the North West, the family business was started by two people in 1999 and their team is now over 250-strong. The two founders, CEO Lawrence Jones and wife Gail Jones, are as active in the business today as ever. For the past six years, they have been recognised in both the Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Companies to Work For’ and the ‘Best Workplace’s list.

As a company, they offer their clients dedicated servers, cloud hosting, and colocation services in highly secure UK data centres. UKFast are one of the UK’s leading hosting and colocation providers, managing and operating the UKFast data centre complex, with over 30,000 sq. ft. of enterprise-grade ISO-certified facilities.

UKFast puts the heart into hosting, connecting businesses with their clients 24/7/365 by custom-building its own data centres, filling them with best-of-breed technology and connecting them to the internet at the fastest speeds possible.  To see more, visit www.ukfast.co.uk


  • Magma Digital Ltd – Gold Sponsor

Magma Digital are a software development agency. Through Jeremy’s involvement with the PHPNW User Group, they have helped support the PHPNW Conference since its inception. Established in 1999 by Jeremy Coates the award-winning company based in Manchester and Lancashire has gone from strength to strength.

Magma Digital specialise in developing new business critical systems, adopting inefficient legacy code and providing technical consultancy. Magma Digital works with clients to improve business processes, maximise their efficiencies and increase bottom line profitability. To see more, visit www.magmadigital.co.uk


  • Sainsbury’s – Gold Sponsor

Sainsbury’s is more than just groceries. Their extensive profile spans Tu Clothing, Sainsbury’s Bank, & Sainsbury’s Entertainment, with streaming movies & TV, music, eBooks and magazines. To support these sectors and be able to adapt and innovate in quicker and smarter ways, Sainsbury’s have undertaken a Digital Transformation program which supports the growth of their own in-house development team.

Sainsbury are committed to meeting customer demand, whether that means an enhanced experience on their website; easily accessible information via mobile devices; or innovative apps that engage and excite. Right now they have 1,200 stores and 160,000 colleagues all working together to meet customers’ needs. But it’s their Digital & Technology department that’s driving their business forward like never before. To see more, visit http://www.sainsburys.work/


  • Deploy – Gold Sponsor

aTech Media is a small, but perfectly formed internet software development company. They specialise in Ruby including frameworks including Ruby on Rails. They develop fast, reliable and secure applications for both technical and civilian audiences. Their clients range from software developers and internet service providers to schools and churches.

One of their products called Deploy, is a deployment service which takes code from a Git, Mercurial or SVN repository and uploads it to their FTP or SFTP server. It’s ideal for publishing PHP sites quickly and easily, as well as keeping track of what’s being deployed, where it’s being deployed to and handling extra deployment actions. To see more, visit www.deployhq.com


  • Textlocal – Gold Sponsor

The once modest mobile phone has evolved into the most powerful and effective communication device in existence. Since 2005, Textlocal has been helping businesses address their communication challenges, using its market-leading business mobile messaging platform – Messenger. The platform has been built on the principles of efficiency, integration and ease of use, along with some really useful services including forms, attachments, vouchers and campaign management tools to measure effectiveness. We will continue to innovate and build out new mobile services in Messenger that meet real business needs.

In October 2014, Textlocal was acquired by IMImobile, a global mobile technology company. This has enabled us to build out our international footprint, leveraging IMImobile’s integration with mobile operators across 60 countries. Their ethos is simple. A complete dedication to exceeding customer expectations and this has been highly commended by industry experts. To see more, visit www.textlocal.com


  • Sky Betting & Gaming – Silver Sponsor

Sky Betting & Gaming is purely an online business, that brings the excitement of Sports Betting, Casino Games, Poker and Bingo to a rapidly growing number of customers in the leisure betting market.

As a company, they are very proud to have been named on of the UK’s best 100 companies to work for in 2016. This year, they also won a special learning and development award, for their ‘Tech Ninja Fund’ that gives their new tech and digital starters £1,000 to invest in their own development. Keeping busy in 2016, they have also launched their Software Development Academy for the smartest graduates. To see more, visit www.skybet.com


  • Shopware – Bottled Bar

Shopware have 54,000+ customers. They deliver what they describe as, one of the most remarkable eCommerce platforms on the market. They say the sophistication of their system lies in the ability to effortlessly support vibrant ecosystems. To see more, visit https://en.shopware.com/


So there you have it. Our first seven sponsors and a huge thank you to all of them. We really could not do this without them!

Please do ask your managers, companies and associates if they would like to sponsor the conference.

The sponsor pack can be viewed or downloaded by visiting:  http://conference.phpnw.org.uk/phpnw16/sponsors/sponsorship-packages


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