About Accent

A Little History

Accent was established in 1990 by Managing Director Geoff Somner, offering a computer-based artwork service to design studios – at a time when only a few of the larger agencies actually owned computers. Equipped with a Macintosh II FX, an 80Mb hard disk and a 14” colour screen, the stage was set!

The company grew, moving to offices in Upper St Giles then to St Benedicts Street in 1992. Accent diversified into computer training, took on its first members of staff, and began to offer a complete design service working for the likes of Kettle Foods and Greentours, who are both still clients to this day.

In 1997, with its commercial restrictions lifted, the Internet kicked down the door of the world. Accent was one of the first companies in Norwich to foresee the opportunities and begun offering a web design service to clients. The team continued to grow, as did the portfolio of work, now to include database-driven websites and bespoke software systems, winning contracts with the likes of the Norfolk Constabulary and the Learning & Skills Council.

Through the noughties and beyond, the list of specialisms expanded to include mobile app development and Accent took on larger and more prestigious projects for clients such as Agency Express, the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners and KLM UK Engineering. To reinforce that expansion Accent’s longstanding technical guru Dave Fuller was made a Director of the company in 2014.

Accent moved to new offices at the Old Church off Riverside Road in 2018, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, moved to a remote working structure. In October 2021 we moved to join the thriving innovative business community at our current home of The Enterprise Centre at UEA.

Meet the Team

As for today’s Accent team? Well, we work hard, and we play hard, look here, check out pics of us wearing silly hats! We’re such kooks… then again, maybe not. It’s not quite ‘us’. What ‘us’ is though is a tight knit and extremely competent team of highly qualified and experienced analysts, designers, developers and programmers. We haven’t done the exact maths on it, but our combined years of experience is easily into triple figures.

As a team we’re all invested in Accent and the ideals it holds. There are no hierarchies here. We work open plan and we’re always ready to greet you and have a chat (well, remotely at the moment). We collaborate on every detail of a project and we work best with clients that are looking to work with us every step of the way.

Geoff

Managing Director

Dave

Technical Director/DevOps

Craig

Lead Programmer

Stuart

Programmer/Systems Architect

Brenton

Creative

Nick

Senior Developer

Karen

Office Manager

Abdul

Front-End Developer

Reza

.NET Developer

Niroshan

.NET Developer

Join the Team

When Geoff started Accent back in 1990 he had a simple mission statement for the business… ‘To be a collective of skilled individuals working on great projects, delivering great work to great clients.’

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