2021 marks our 20th year in the software development business, developing websites, web applications, databases and mobile apps.
With a degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and 8 years’ experience in database development, Brian Horisk had just returned from three years working in New Zealand. He was looking for work in IT when a friend asked if he had any experience building websites. The friend’s publishing company needed someone to build a new database-driven website, but couldn’t find anyone qualified.
Brian had built his first commercial website in 1995, but because web technology and best practices change quickly, he spent some time ensuring he was up to date with the latest technology before starting work in the last week of January 2001.
That project led to others of increasing size and in 2004 that friend – Iain Leslie – joined the business. We have grown organically since then, building and training a small team of full-stack developers who work together to build user-friendly, secure, and reliable systems for our clients.
We started off working at home, then got an office, then got a bigger office – and now we’re all working at home again. We have a wide client base in the UK and Ireland and now have some international customers.
As the technology world has changed, so have we – very few systems now work alone so our systems integrate with third-party systems via interfaces or APIs. Many are now cloud-hosted, adapting to reap the benefit of scalable and serverless hosting. Where appropriate systems are designed to be mobile-first, or developed as mobile apps.
When he started out, Brian only had plans to be a freelance developer. Now he and Iain have built a web development company trusted by both small business and large public and third sector organisations to deliver and maintain business-critical systems over the long term.
What will the next 20 years bring?
What do Horisk do?
We work with businesses and organisations of all sizes across all sectors. We develop business critical systems for many purposes including
Who do Horisk work with?
Our current clients include specialist e-commerce retailers ChektAhora and InmunoChek; small businesses like Loch Leven Equine, Beyond Adventure and Transvercia; training organisations iTrainScotland and SSERC; tech companies like Cyan Forensics; universities including The London School of Economics and University of St Andrews; charities like the Scottish SPCA, DAPL, Rape Crisis Scotland and Helm; public sector bodies including Scotland’s Charity Regulator (OSCR), Scottish Procurement, Historic Environment Scotland and National Museums Scotland.
What do our customers say?
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