From Castlegate to Walmgate: York tech company expands into new home

Castlegate crew in their new home
8 Jul 2015 @ 2.46 pm
| Business

It may be called Castlegate IT but the digital company can now be found on Walmgate.

Formerly based on the York street which gave the company its name, Castlegate IT has moved into a ‘bigger, brighter’ office in The Enterprise Complex on Walmgate, next door to Italian eatery Il Paradiso del Cibo.

Managing director Jim Semlyn founded the company in 2005, as Semlyen IT Consultants. It now employs a team of nine web developers, along with a designer, a copywriter and an administrator.

The relocation to Walmgate comes at a time of expansion for Castlegate IT, who are seeking to add a junior web developer to their ranks.

High profile projects

The firm have worked on a number of high profile projects for York clients, ranging from the council’s York Open Data project to a suite of websites for York Museums Trust.

Director Andy Reading says the company specialises in WordPress systems for smaller clients while “our favourite projects have seen us build complex bespoke web applications, one of which is in use world-wide by large multinationals”.

Proud to be a York company

Company founder Jim Semlyen said the move came at the right time:

We had ten great years at Castlegate, growing from a one-man-band until the point where we were packed like sardines into the biggest room in the building.

Despite the firm’s growth they’re not forgetting their roots, and projects with local bioeconomy organisation BioVale and the University of York are in the pipeline.

Director Richard Lane comments: “We’re keen to expand our client base nationally and perhaps even globally but we’re proud to be a York company.”