A Scottish entrepreneur has launched a company to offer affordable web and database solutions, using UK project management and teams of software developers based in Eastern Europe.

Cloud Street Ltd, founded by Paul Midgley – previously a senior manager with leading travel website cheapflights.co.uk – is using developers in Poland to create interactive and searchable sites, backed up by powerful data management systems.

“Unless a company has an in-house software development team, its options are to work with a UK agency or to outsource to lower-cost programmers in Asia or Eastern Europe,” says Midgley, 38.

“ UK developer costs are rising, but small and mid-size businesses can find it difficult to access and manage the low-cost option. After all, dealing with a development team hundreds of miles away, who may speak little English and are in a different time zone can be a nightmare for non-specialists.”

Midgley however, has spent many years working with overseas development teams and has wide experience of coping with the pitfalls.

“You can find fantastic programmers in Eastern Europe”, he says, “but I’ve seen organisations fail to get value from them as they underestimate the time and experience needed to manage an outsourced development team”.

Cloud Street offer a ‘best of both worlds’ combination of UK project management and a development centre in Wroclaw, Poland.

“With our ‘managed outsourcing service’, we’re providing a full package of internet expertise, project management experience and low programming costs. It’s an ideal option for organisations that want bigger online impact from their budget”

It’s often marketing staff who want to make more of their website – but they can find it daunting to approach the nuts and bolts end of a new system. Part of Cloud Street’s role is to be the bridge between the business and the technical teams. “We can work with clients with any level of technical expertise – from IT Director to Marketing Manager via Chief Exec” explains Midgley. “Companies get better results when they can tap in to both business and technical expertise.”

Background

Paul Midgley was born and educated in Aberdeen, and then the University of Glasgow. After working as an IT manager in London, including a long spell as Head of Development at Cheapflights.co.uk (UK's leading travel price comparison website), Midgley has recently returned to Scotland with his wife and young son. Based in Stirling, Cloud Street Ltd services clients in Scotland and London.

The name ‘Cloud Street’ was inspired by Midgley’s love of paragliding: “Whenever I’m not in the office I’m out on the hill. A street (or row) of fluffy clouds is a great sign for a flying enthusiast – it maps out the most efficient route, so you can take off and really get somewhere.”

www.cloudstreet.co.uk

Contact

For more information or to arrange an interview call Mary Walford on 0845 643 0851 or email at mary.walford@cloudstreet.co.uk

Published on: 12:00AM on 27th September 2007