Box UK designs, develops and delivers high-performance web applications and sites for innovative and disruptive clients across the globe. Our enterprise software development solutions are designed with architectural principles based around robustness, scalability and extensibility in mind to serve both business and user needs, now and in the longer term.
We use a variety of modern, well-supported programming languages and technologies, alongside proven libraries and tools, to aid development efficiency and speed. Our development process is based on leading coding standards and good practice, and underpinned by our proven Agile framework to give you end-to-end visibility and total trust in what we do.
Our large-scale, enterprise platforms are typically built using Hexagonal Architecture principles, breaking the application down into two key layers, the domain layer and the application layer.
Supporting service independence, while enabling two-way communication through custom-built APIs, this innovative approach to web design provides a flexible and scalable solution that is fast to develop, easy to maintain, and reduces long-term costs.
Our multidisciplinary, full-stack development team draws on decades of experience to help businesses achieve measurable returns from their digital investment and deliver against the goals of any digital transformation strategy they may have in place.
Acting as strategic partners to a roster of enterprise clients from our headquarters in the capital of Wales, offices in central London and on-site as part of embedded teams, we service clients across the UK – in major cities like Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool and Leeds – as well as working internationally with global organisations targeting multiple regions and territories.
Specialising in high-traffic, mission-critical software platforms and complex multi-system integrations, we’re also proud to work with leading technology providers to guarantee the quality of our solutions, playing an active role in the Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, WordPress VIP and WP Engine partner communities among many others.
Each project will be assigned an embedded QA analyst to lead quality and testing activities, helping increase shared understanding, and reducing the chance of rework being required. Furthermore, a test-driven development approach ensures the design and delivery of robust applications, and automated testing is used to target areas of particular interest and/or historical fragility.
A rigorous selection process ensures we use only the best and most appropriate technology to help you achieve your goals – drawing on a variety of modern, well-supported technologies alongside proven libraries and tools to aid development efficiency and speed.
And, with a tech stack that’s continually reviewed, evaluated and updated, you can be confident that your software is future-proofed – able to scale, extend and integrate to support long-term growth and profitability.
Frameworks and libraries commonly used on projects are those designed to provide an overall structure to the codebase, often in an Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture, or to provide an Object-Relational Mapper (ORM).
We typically deploy our PHP projects to AWS.
We use Microsoft’s Azure service for hosting .NET projects.
We also deploy our software to Google’s Cloud Platform.
Over 100,000 medical professionals worldwide rely on the information delivered through the British Medical Journal’s Best Practice Application to inform their clinical decision-making.
Keeping speed and accessibility front-of-mind, our software engineering team rebuilt the app from the ground up – reducing the time required to download it and its contents by 70% and reducing storage by 60%, as well as making the experience of finding relevant information intuitive, fluid and, crucially, fast.
Thanks to a programme of bespoke software development, RS Components can serve its 750,000-strong engineering community more efficiently and effectively than ever before.
Box UK’s team of website designers and developers delivered a new online platform featuring a wealth of value-add features and functionality that has helped RS Components drive increased member engagement, collaboration and satisfaction – as well as safeguarding their position at the heart of a vibrant, global community.
With a track record of delivering award-winning software solutions spanning more than two decades, the Box UK development team has a depth and breadth of experience that means they’re perfectly placed to support organisations from across a wide range of industries and sectors including:
"In conjunction with OKdo, Box UK effectively manages our development roadmap and coordinates all testing and deployment, giving us total confidence in the performance of our global solution."
IT Delivery Manager, OKdo.com
A leading project management methodology with its roots in software development companies, Agile is famed for its lean framework that minimises risk and maximises flexibility. Incorporating techniques such as Continuous Delivery, it provides a set of guiding principles based around regular customer feedback and responsiveness to change that ensures features with the most value are delivered first for the greatest business gains.
The significant advantages of Agile over traditional software development approaches were highlighted in the latest edition of Version One’s State of Agile report, with 71% of respondents citing accelerated software delivery as a key driver of Agile adoption, 63% reporting an improved ability to manage changing requirements, and over 50% saying it helps improve productivity.
As an award-winning bespoke software development company, Box UK has a proven track record of success when it comes to passing on the recognised benefits of Agile to its clients. By working in two-week sprints development plans can be continuously revised and improved, making it perfectly suited to handling constantly-evolving requirements, and through the use of Agile Box UK has helped organisations significantly speed up their time to market, eliminate waste and better meet the needs of their users. Further examples of our Agile development projects can be found on the Our Work page.
If you want to build an ecommerce website, there are a number of options available. Off-the-shelf solutions can provide the features and functionality required to serve a multi-channel, multi-lingual and multi-currency ecommerce offering, including built-in templates that support rapid delivery. These online stores may however require additional development to implement more complex custom functionality, or to configure your solution to work with any additional integrations you may have (for example, Enterprise Resource Planning or Product Inventory Management systems).
You can also work with a bespoke software development company to create a custom ecommerce platform. A bespoke solution gives you all the flexibility you need to integrate with any existing systems, create the look and feel you want, manage your full product range, and introduce elements such as sophisticated personalisation. As these can add time and cost to your development project, it’s important to carefully review your requirements at the outset to identify the most suitable solution for you.
You may want to combine off-the-shelf and bespoke elements to create your solution, for example as part of a headless infrastructure, to support your specific needs and objectives.
We take a robust approach to ensuring the security of our software development solutions, evidenced by our ISO:27001 and Cyber Essentials accreditation. At the outset of every engagement, a project-specific security plan is documented, implemented and tailored to comply with the client’s specific security requirements.
Our software engineers apply the principle of least privilege as standard across environments/applications, to ensure the highest baseline security standards across all Box UK websites and applications. The risk of information corruption or loss is mitigated by providing access based on specific users and servers, and through the implementation of security controls including disc encryption, encryption in transit and secret handling.
Ongoing project risks, including security considerations, are monitored and addressed as part of our ISO 9001:2015-compliant risk management process. This helps minimise disruption to delivery by enabling potential risks to be identified at the earliest possible stage, and preventative and corrective actions employed across both parties to avoid and reduce any impact.
The software developed by Box UK for a client will be owned by that client, providing all contractual requirements agreed collaboratively at the outset of the project are met. This covers the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) relating to the software deliverables defined in the project scope.
For third-party IPR requirements, Box UK will seek to work with the client to ensure legal requirements are understood to allow necessary access or ownership. Obtaining and maintaining and relevant licences, etc. will be the responsibility of the client, unless agreed otherwise in the statement of work.
Box UK’s IT consultants and systems engineers have a proven ability to deliver, support and monitor large-scale technical solutions across a range of different hosting environments, with 300+ non-production virtual servers currently in use for project work.
We tailor hosting solutions to meet client-specific security, traffic, scalability and content delivery requirements, and have built fault-tolerant, secure, automated hosting that leverages physical, cloud or hybrid infrastructure as appropriate.
Cloud solutions deployed for our clients include those built in Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, and within these we’ve implemented zero downtime deployments, monitoring, security-update patching and disaster recovery, to provide a seamless service for end-users.
Our team are also skilled at supporting clients in moving to their new hosting solutions, defining bespoke cloud solutions and migration plans to ensure a smooth transition with minimal risk or downtime.
In a custom software development project, your solution will be built from the ground up to serve the specific needs of your business and your users. When working with off the shelf software, you will be choosing from and implementing pre-built systems, using existing templates and functionality to create your solution.
Both tailor-made software and off the shelf solutions offer their own range of benefits and drawbacks, as well as different situations where they may be better suited than the alternative.
For example, custom software is tailored to your exact needs, meaning that you get the features and functionality you require and – importantly – don’t bloat your systems with unnecessary additions. It’s worth considering custom software development if your solution is particularly complex, for example requiring multiple integrations, or when you need to safeguard ownership, support levels and your long-term roadmap. Tailor-made software can also support innovation and experimentation, where existing solutions are not available.
Where you need basic functionality delivered quickly, off the shelf software can provide a convenient solution, and can also help reduce administration overheads for standard processes. These solutions also typically require less budget than a custom software system, so it’s important to consider the value your solution will deliver back into your business, and assess your options accordingly.