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

Our Sponsors

PHPNW16 wouldn't be possible without the kind generosity of our Sponsors contributions and for this we are highly thankful to the organisations listed below.


Hosting and colocation firm UKFast puts the heart in 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.

We’re big enough to deliver and small enough to care – we’ve achieved a £34 million turnover but remain wholly owned by the family that founded us in 1999. We’ve spent 17 years developing a team of 250 extraordinary people and a portfolio of products that we’re incredibly proud of. Our technology allows the baggage carousels at airports to work, packaging for pharmaceuticals to be printed correctly and armed forces to communicate with their loved ones at home.

With more than 500,000 domains and 5,000 clients, UKFast is responsible for the internet fortunes of some of the world’s biggest brands and most exciting startups. From day one, our focus on customer service has been the driving force behind our growth and it continues to set us apart from other providers in our industry.

We’re also obsessed with innovation – we spent £5million on it last year. Our R&D team benefit from the Google 80/20 rule, spending one day out of five on development and building their own products. In 2013 UKFast launched eCloud, the largest available cloud in the country, representing a £12 million investment in enterprise-grade technology and a support promise that is unrivalled in the industry.

As well as providing exceptional hosting solutions, we also have a highly-competitive Partner Programme which, amongst other benefits, allows you to generate 10% monthly-commission payments on referred business.


Deploy is part of the aTech Media group which provides a range of online tools for small businesses & developers. Deploy facilitates the deployment of code from Git, Mercurial & Subversion repositories to servers using FTP or SFTP. It’s excellent for deploying most PHP websites and our easy to use web interface makes it easy to use. It keeps track of deployments, allows deployments to be scheduled, code to be rolled back if it doesn’t work and deploy to multiple environments (production & staging).

Magma Digital Ltd

Magma Digital Ltd are PHP experts who not only initiate and complete new projects but also relish the challenge of adopting existing or failing projects. We apply our skills, abilities and confidence into all our projects to create world-class web applications that will meet the needs of SME and Enterprise organisations alike. No matter what troubles clients have, we can help you solve them!

Magma Digital have been instrumental in organising the PHPNW events and conferences since their inception in 2008. Our motivation to getting involved in PHPNW is that we strongly believe in supporting the local web community and promoting best practice within our wider industry. We hope you have a great time at the conference and look forward to meeting you during the weekend. Don’t forget to come and say hello at our stand.

Royal London

Royal London is the largest mutual life, pensions and investment company in the UK, with Group funds under management of £93.8 billion, around 9.1 million policies in force and 3,080 employees.

Founded as a Friendly Society in a London coffee shop in 1861, Royal London started out with the aim of helping people avoid the stigma of a pauper’s grave. Since then we have been helping people help themselves and are committed to delivering the best value for customers and putting our members first. Our vision is making mutuality meaningful by becoming the most trusted and recommended provider of pensions, insurance and investment products in the eyes of our customers.

PHP is central to providing an integrated customer experience across our many systems and platforms and we’ve been developing PHP solutions for 15 years. We’re currently growing our development team in Wilmslow as we embark on a an exciting new phase of systems integration and modernisation.


Sainsbury’s is more than just groceries. Today, our extensive profile spans Tu Clothing, Sainsbury’s Bank, and Sainsbury’s Entertainment, with streaming movies & TV, music, eBooks and magazines. Historically, we’ve always used off-the-shelf products to support these, and outsourced our development.

However, in the increasingly fierce retail market, we need to be able to adapt and innovate in quicker and smarter ways. Over the last two years we’ve undertaken a Digital Transformation program, growing our internal engineering and development capabilities, and moved to developing our own products where they can bring us a competitive advantage. By building our in-house teams, we can create bespoke solutions, that embody Sainsbury’s core values, and are tailored to our colleagues and customers.


While on this journey, we’ve introduced new ways of working into our teams, adopting agile methodologies coupled with a DevOps culture. There’s a strong focus on writing high-quality code, using continuous delivery pipelines and TDD. In addition to enterprise technology, we’ve made a move to more modern tools such as PHP 7, Node.js and Go. We’ve had huge success growing two development teams in London and Coventry. In February this year, we opened our third digital hub here in Manchester, where we are looking to hire developers to help build great apps and services in the Sainsbury’s Digital Team.

Txtlocal Ltd

As developers, you are the artists, the thinkers and the builders of this age. We offer you the power to code and communicate. No matter the language, our fully functioned API will provide you with seamless integration into your application.

In 2005 Alastair Shortland created the Textlocal platform from his 2-bedroom house in Malvern. Since then over 165,000 users have sent more than one billion text messages. Whether it’s a restaurant or retailer boosting loyalty with special offers, a dentist delivering appointment reminders or a courier providing tracking information; the range of uses is vast.

The Textlocal SMS platform gives developers the opportunity to build amazing tools that provide instant and effortless alerts and communications. SMS offers businesses dynamic and interactive features such as the ability to insert website links, attach files, forms or vouchers.

Visit us at our conference exhibition stand to hear Alastair talking about how he turned lines of code into an award winning business.


Ampersand is an award winning ecommerce agency based in Manchester helping established retailers build better online stores.  We are passionate about retail and improving the online experience, working closely with our customers to design and build seamless multichannel experiences. Ampersand focus on technical strategy, solution design and integrations across multiple retail systems.  We architect lasting multichannel retail solutions and build ecommerce websites that drive sales across all channels. Ampersand understand it isn’t just about a good looking website, that should be the bare minimum, it’s about scalable solutions that integrate across the whole business, improving the shopping experience across all channels.

Our experienced team of developers, creative thinkers and ex-retailers have a passion for turning complex requirements into elegant, reusable solutions and building future-proofed multi-channel retail systems.

Ampersand have supported the PHPNW conference for the last 6 years as part of our mission to contribute and be a part of the community we work in.



In a world where digital is redefining business, choosing the right technology partner is fundamental for companies that strive to achieve their goals.

Inviqa is the technology partner leading global organisations trust to put their business first. A specialist in content management systems and ecommerce, Inviqa helps pioneering brands to engage, convert and retain their customers through digital innovation.

Inviqa has offices across the UK and Europe and employs more than 200 professionals including software engineers, business analysts, project managers, and designers. We’re always on the lookout for new talent, so come and meet our team at our PHP NW 2016 booth or contact careers@inviqa.com to learn more about roles at Inviqa.


Sky Betting & Gaming

Sky Betting and Gaming; An award winning Times Top 100 company to work for; a leading player in the UK online betting industry. Our passionate Frontend tech teams are building bleeding-edge web applications within a challenging, collaborative and fun working culture. We’re committed to providing a leading user experience to our customers, pioneering technology like React/Redux, Radium, WebPack/Gulp, Babel, Express.js and many more.

We work closely with our UX designers and product owners to understand our customers’ needs. We’re a strong community, encouraged to show and talk about our latest work.


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