Digital Southend Working Group

A collaborative group of advocates and activists, helping to develop and promote Southend as a leading location for the digital and creative sectors.

Local Events

Google Digital Garage – Writing for Social Media
Thursday 23rd November 1pm – 2pm
at Twenty One, Southend
Book here.

Google Digital Garage – Understanding Google Analytics
Thursday 23rd November 3.30pm – 4.30pm
at Twenty One, Southend
Book here.

Southend Digital Professionals monthly meetup
Thursday 7th December 7pm – 9pm+
at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB
Networking and a Talk – “Artificial Intelligence Ethics”
(over 18s only due to sponsored beers)
Booking and more details here .
Meetups continue on the first Thursday of the month.

Monthly Makerspace meetup
Sat 16th December 11am – 4pm
at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB
More info click here.

Tech Fest
Sunday 4th March 2018
Details tbc.
Inspirational event for all ages and abilities – showcasing local tech companies, hardware/software projects, interesting talks and skills workshops. See photos from last year.
Contact us if you would like to take part.

Southend on Sea Linux User Group
Monday evenings 7pm-late
at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB
Drop in meetup for Linux uses with occasional events.



Blatella – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
City Fibre – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Cultural Engine – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Digital Exploration Trust – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Echo Changes – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Essex Employment and Skills Board – Website,  Facebook,   Twitter , LinkedIn …
Focal Point Gallery – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Metal – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
My Town Southend – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Olympus Keymed – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Onecom – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Primary Image – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
South Essex College – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
South Essex Teaching School Alliance Trust – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Southend Borough Council – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Southend Tech – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
The Hive – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
University of Essex – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Ventrica – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …

Contact us if you would like an entry added or edited. Please include a short description, website, social media and email address if required.



Points of discussion :

Skills and Education: Bringing education at all levels closer to businesses in the digital and creative sectors, supporting placements, internships and apprenticeships, product development and research together with local tech events (such as Raspberry Jams)

– Communication between all of the players working in the Digital Tech sectors including business to business networking, links between academia and business….making sure everyone knows what is going on and sharing successful stories

– Place Making and Branding: Collectively telling the story of how Southend is emerging as a digital and creative tech centre, supporting this through promotions/branding (as other areas have done including Silicon South) and linking to wider quality of life offer in Southend

– Sharing information on infrastructure improvements that can underpin a strong digital tech sector

– Helping Southend Council and other partners to develop proposals, programmes and opportunities (including Smart Cities) that may bring in funding to support the development of digital tech in the area (a specific example of the Thames Estuary Production Corridor was shared by Metal at the meeting)

– Identifying, in partnership with Southend Council, opportunities for local micro and SME businesses to engage with innovative uses of ‘Big Data’ and secure contracts and commissions on digital projects and programmes (local supply chains)

– Communities and Social Benefit: Ensuring that our charities have the digital capability to thrive and that our citizens are supported to gain the benefits of digital technology

Your Code in Space

“Your Code in Space” workshops
Monday 23rd October 12pm-4pm
at The Hive Enterprise Centre, Southend, SS2 6EX

Teams 14yrs and under are guaranteed to have their code run in space !!





The Python code which will be run on the code is here :

Teams code the Raspberry Pi computers and sensors on the International Space Station using beginner Python coding (no experience of Python necessary, suitable for ages 7yrs+).

Bring a friend if you can or form a team on the day.
Bring a charged laptops if you can, although you may be able to use another team member’s if you don’t have one. (Tablets/smartphones will also be helpful.)

Parents must accompany children and we are looking for volunteers to help mentor.
Adults are welcome to attend and observe and/or take part in the coding – but can’t have their code run in space or enter the competition.


Also, teams 19yrs and under can enter a competition to run a space science experiment which is eligible for a Bronze Crest Award. (Experience of Python programming needed on the team.)

Facilities and room hire sponsored by The Hive Enterprise Centre and Enterprise4Good as part of Southend #TechCityonSea.

See Tim Peake showing the Astro Pi computers on the International Space Station last year :



Southend Code Club

Aged 8-14yrs ? Learn to make games, animations and apps using coding languages like Scratch, Python and Sonic Pi.

Code Club UK is a nationwide network of educators and volunteers who run free coding clubs for young people.

See here for details of local events.

Southend Digital Professionals

Southend Digital Professionals is a monthly event for those who work in tech-related jobs, or those interested in all things tech!

Thursday 7th December 7pm-9pm
The Old Waterworks, Southend

7.00 pm – Arrival
7.30 pm – Announcements and introductions
8.00 pm – Networking
9.00 pm – Suggested departure.
Book Tickets

Strictly over 18 years old.
Primary Image, WordPress specialists based in Southend and London, are supplying beers and light refreshments for these meetups.

Future dates: Thursday 4th January 2018

The format of our events will normally include an update on what’s happening locally in Southend and Essex, followed by either discussions or talks on different technology subjects. We will cover topics such as computer software, website design, cloud and internet technologies, hardware, Raspberry Pi, and much more.

The agenda is open to you! If you have any ideas for talks, we’re especially keen to hear from you.

Join us at Southend Digital Professionals to broaden your tech knowledge, as well as meeting new people from your local area!

Book Tickets

Location and Facilities

We are also looking for people to do talks of around 15-25 mins. Please contact via Eventbrite if you are interested.

Projector, power sockets and wired/wireless internet are available.


Thursday 2nd November, The Old Waterworks, Southend
Talk – Artificial Intelligence Ethics” – Andy Lewis, SimulSystems Ltd




Book Tickets


Southend Coding Evening #5 for teachers, Raspberry Pi mentors, Code Club volunteers

Please book below for the fifth Southend Coding Evening for Teachers, Raspberry Pi mentors and Code Club volunteers which will take place at :

The Old Waterworks
North Road
Southend on Sea
(50 m south of the BP garage on West Road)

On Thursday 6th July from 6pm to 9pm.

An opportunity for teachers, Raspberry Pi mentors, Code Club volunteers and industry professionals to come together to discuss computing education in an informal and friendly environment.


Chelmsford Raspberry Pi controlled art installation

Artist Victoria Button, and Southend Tech participants created an art project installation at the High Chelmer shopping centre in Chelmsford.

Live data from various council Smart City IoT pollution monitoring sites around Chelmsford was obtained via the internet. The Raspberry Pi uses that data to control DMX lights which project through four ‘leaves’ made out of squashed plastic bottles. The colours change from white light (no pollution) through to red light (lots of pollution).

There was a talk at the Chelmsford Raspberry Jam and Cambridge Raspberry Jam about the project.

Here is a video of Southend Tech and Victoria’s talk at the last Cambridge Raspberry Jam (photos are below) :

Microbit Library loan scheme

Micro:bits are now available to borrow from all six libraries in Southend on Sea as easily as borrowing a book. Thurrock and Essex Libraries card holders can also reserve Microbits via the shared catalogue.

The Micro:bit Education Foundation has kindly chosen to donate micro:bits to Southend Tech, from their sponsorship scheme, including 60 micro:bits for Southend Libraries to trial a micro:bit loan scheme.

Southend Tech will support and promote with workshops at libraries, other venues and technology events.

Library Workshops

Microbit drop in workshops
Thursday 1st June
Leigh Library 10.30am – 12.30pm
Southchurch Library 2pm – 4pm
Westcliff Library 4.15pm
Find out how to use Microbits and borrow to try at home.


See for more dates and locations or contact us.

Launch at Southend Raspberry Jam

We launched the Micro:bit lending scheme in Southend at the Southend Raspberry Jam #11

David Whale from the Microbit Education Foundation took part in the keynote talk to explain the scheme, we had two beginner micro:bit workshops (PXT by @duck_star and MicroPython by @rareblog) and there were lots of micro:bit projects being shown.


What’s in the kit

This is the very first micro:bit which was borrowed by a member of the public and brought to the Raspberry Jam. There’s a micro:bit, usb cable to connect to a computer, batteries and instructions. It is the equivalent of the retail “Microbit Go” which costs £15.

Just head on over to to start learning and coding the micro:bit.

Help, I’m not sure where to start

There will be organised workshops and drop in activities around Southend and Essex where you can learn about using the micro:bit.
See for more dates and locations or contact us.

About the national scheme

The Southend Libraries loan scheme is part of a trial being led by Amy Hearn at Kirklees Libraries and also involves Coventry, Newcastle and Blackpool Libraries.

Feedback on what works will be shared to roll the scheme out nationally at a later date.

Amy will present the scheme and latest updates at the SCL conference in June.

Tales From the Front Line – Micro:Bits in Libraries


But I’ve already got a Micro:bit

Why not try using the radio feature to get micro:bits talking to each other. For those who want to experiment with building something more ambitious, you can borrow up to 14 items.

OK, I’m hooked and I’d like to do more

There’s a thriving community of people doing coding and electronics in Southend and Essex who’d love to help you get involved.

See for more dates and locations or contact us.

Zbit:connect, who we see at loads of events, has kindly donated an add on board to get us started with more advanced electronics.



Southend Pioneers Competition Make It Outdoors

Sat 3rd June 2017 – 11am – 4pm
Sat 24th June 2017 – 11am – 4pm
at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB

Theme: Make it Outdoors

Pioneers are also invited to attend the next Southend Raspberry Jam on the 20th May where they can meet potential team mates and show their projects.
Saturday 17th June Focal Point Gallery is holding a “working with cameras” day.

Build a game or app using Raspberry Pi, Microbit, Scratch, Python, mobile phone, HTC Vive, laptops, 3D printer or any other kind of tech, hardware or software you may have.
Share on social media using the hashtag #makeyourideas and make a video showing your project.
Bring your own laptop, tech and ideas or hack some of our projects and kit.

Entrants will receive ongoing local mentoring, a chance to demo their projects at our Raspberry Jams and invites to more advanced workshops like cyber security, AI, games development.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation will select winners based on their video who will be invited to a digital making camp in London, have their projects professionally filmed, turned into resources and published.

See the last #makeuslaugh Pioneers competition entrants videos, projects and code.

Don’t forget to come along to the next Southend Raspberry Jam on the 20th May and take part.

Southend Web designers

Listings of 83 Southend web designers, web developers, PPC / SEO consultants, Social media marketing, digital marketing agencies in the South East Essex area including Leigh on Sea, Shoeburyness, Rochford.

Southend Digital Professionals monthly meetup
Thursday 2nd November, 7th December etc 7pm – late
at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB
Drinks sponsored by Primary Image.
Book: 2nd November (over 18s)


Silkstream – professional web designers in Southend who ran a workshop on html at a Raspberry Jam and runs which has written reviews of the Raspberry Jams.

Primary Image – an established marketing agency, to ensure your business is portrayed in the best possible way. Sponsoring drinks for the Southend Digital Professionals meetups.

Flow Media – Design, developement, hosting and support.

Cahill Brand Web Development – builds bespoke websites, php development, seo, social media, logo and branding.

Bang Graphics – Web design and development, website and email hosting, social media management, branding and logo design.

All Things Scene – the Essex marketing agency that works to make your business profitably seen.

The Web Design Company – provides a personal 1 to 1 personal website design service which caters to all budgets and clientele throughout the United Kingdom. Award winning web design in Southend, Essex & London.

Grow Local – Web design, logo solutions, seo, digital marketing and pay per click.

Revive Digital Media -a team of creative professionals based in Southend, serving growing businesses in the South East.

Morsoft – Southend web design company

Eden Creates – Web design and development, hosting in Southend.

Designs Online – Website design, Ecommerce and Search Engine Optimisation.

Storm Creative – Creative digital marketing agency.

Southend Websites – modern mobile friendly, Google friendly, responsive website design.

Big Idea SEO – seo services, social media and content articles.

Ryde Digital – design and build clean, functional websites.

Paperback Website designs – responsive website, online shop and SEO marketing.

Site Street – website development and hosting scripting and digital marketing.

Cobain Media – an independent Digital Marketing agency located in Essex, specialising in Digital Marketing communication.

Design Thing – website design, one page hosting, e-commerce websites.

Web Essex – web design, SEO, marketing.

Phase Two Web Design – Website design, development, programming and SEO services in Southend.

Osca Websites – Responsive websites, SEO, PPC, SEM marketing.

Freelance Pixels – Beautiful website design.

Weave a web – provide web solutions to a wide variety of business sectors in the UK. We are based in Hockley, Essex so predominantly cover the Southend, Chelmsford, Basildon and Brentwood areas.

Grow Creative company – Website design, content developement, social media strategy, marketing.

Jon Fortis – web design and development, php and search engine optimisation services.

You know who design – web design and development, apps and copywriting.

Jai O’Hanlon – a frontend website developer with a passion for digital strategy.

Pearshape Multimedia – web design, graphic design, systems and seo.

Measured Designs – webdesign, app development, WordPress and Magento.

Shout Voice – independent creative design and marketing agency offering online and offline marketing.

Bulldog Digital Media – lead generation, pay per click, search engine optimisation, digital RP and infographics.

SoS Web design – an innovative web design agency producing custom websites in Southend-on-Sea, Thorpe Bay, Rochford, Shoeburyness, Westcliff and Leigh-on-Sea.

Lollipop Local – inbound marketing, traffic and leads.

Myles Bradley – SEO consultant, with consultation, training and pay as you go services.

Forefront Digital – implements creative, full service media and marketing solutions and successful media campaigns.

Add-com – a professional web design and advertising agency which supplies website design, programming and promotion.

George Papatheodorou – Digital marketing consultant, paid advertising, inbound marketing, results driven strategies for startups and small businesses.

Best of Noise – Web design and SEO in Southend on Sea.

We are Grace – Web designers and branding.

76 Marketing – Google Adwords, social media management, reputation management, training.

Internet Buff Web Designers – Affordable, search engine and mobile friendly websites backed up with a wealth of online marketing experience.

MKX design – Whatever type of website you need Content Managed (CMS), E-commerce or HTML, we develop accessible, compliant, search engine optimized (SEO) websites to ensure your site will work as well tomorrow as it does today.

Areoff – Webdesign, print, analog, photography.

Big Red Design – offer a wide array of IT and design services, including accessible Web design, Web & Email Hosting, Computer Support, Internet Security, Wireless Networking, Broadband Advice, Graphic Design.

OneBaseMedia – Website design, branding and marketing.

Antenna – a small, industrious design studio based in Leigh on Sea, Essex specialising in crafting clean, elegant and easy to use websites built to the highest standards and industry best practices.

Design Freak – specialise in mobile friendly websites, website design, new media presentation, SEO marketing and film production.

Swan Creative – specialise in design, branding, web, digital marketing, signage and print for local, national and international businesses.

Jon Stanton Web designer – websites, search engine friendly, database driven websites, content management systems, WordPress sites and video.

New Targets – Web designers.

Phuse Webdesign – webdesign, logo design and E-commerce websites.

Cotton Web Design – a freelance web designer specialising in providing complete website packages, hosting and ongoing support with a wide ranging IT background, including programming and testing, host websites and full ongoing support.

Elless – websites, marketing, promotion.

Prime Creative – offers branding and online marketing services.

Creativei Media -mobile resonsive websites, mobile app developement, social media, search engine optimisation and Google pay per click advertising.

Greybox Creative – based in Leigh on Sea, Essex, and supply a full creative graphic design support service delivered across multiple mediums.

07 Heaven Design – provide conversion focused user-experience and inbound marketing.


Measured Designs -create stunning websites for businesses who want to flourish online.

Atom Creative Media – specialise in creating beautiful, responsive websites and dynamic brands for you and your business.

Design Thing – Bespoke, affordable, mobile friendly website design.

Best SEO in Essex – Our approach is to find out what services a business provides, learn about the locations they operate, who their competitors are. Once we accumulate this information we are able to put together a plan for our clients, that includes time frames and costs laying reasonable expectations given their marketing budgets.

Once alterations to their website have been concluded and we move into the on-going link building phase, we maintain a relationship with our clients on a monthly basis. Discussing how progress has been made, what will happen in the months going forward and what they should expect. We make sure that we explain to each and every client that SEO marketing is a long-term evolving marketing approach for any business, that yields more results the longer they maintain that strategy.

For those clients wishing to get immediate traffic and business we do offer Adwords management as part of our packages, which will drive targeted traffic to their website once a campaign has been set-up and is running. However, they are then competing with a number of other small businesses within their niche and paying Google larger sums of money than they would if they had primarily used SEO as their marketing strategy.

Internet Buff – Affordable, search engine and mobile friendly websites backed up with a wealth of online marketing experience.

Wirefish – provide professional web design and development, ecommerce, content management (CMS) and search engine optimisation (SEO) solutions, for small business in Southend-on-sea, Leigh-on-Sea and Essex. We offer wide range of design packages for a wide range of clients. We have affordable packages as well as more complex professional ecommerce and social networking sites. All our web sites are built to our high standards and are responsive for mobile and tablet. We are always at the end of the phone to discuss your requirements.

Six Red Squares  – an Essex based creative design agency, specialising in a wide range of creative services, including graphic design, website design and development and Online Marketing, branding and design for print and has a highly skilled design and development team with a solid management infrastructure, which ensures we deliver outstanding work on time and on budget including full knowledge in developing PHP, WooCommerce, Jquery, Ajax, Joomla, MYSQL, CodeIgniter, WordPress, OpenCart, BigCommerce, Drupal, Concrete5, ModX, Expression Engine, Laravel, 3DCart & SocialEngine and HTML5, CSS3, Mootools, Json and Angular JS.

Essex Web designers and SEO companies

Essex Web Studio – Web design based in Canvey Island.

Impact Media – WordPress specialists for businesses whose website is critical to their success

Seo company essex – local SEO company optimising websites to deliver leads.

karubu – Benfleet web design improving business performance.

IRC Direct – specialise in bespoke website design, development and search engine optimisation.

Bird SEO – Basildon SEO consultants.

Nash Graphics – Basildon digital marketing agency.