A Dorset Web Agency with a difference
In 2014 the team at Novus Digital, were sent a text message just before Christmas saying that they wouldn’t get paid. A few put their heads together and Chris Ryu (former Technical Director) founded “The Honest Agency.
It was an instant hit!
The secret to it’s success was simple, the team thought back to what was wrong with previous agencies they had worked for or hired and tried to flip the issues on their heads. This resulted in an agency that charged less for the work, gave their team more flexibility and then to take away greed, gave all of it’s profits back to the community!
Unfortunately, it gave too much back and started to face cash-flow problems in 2018. It had founded an educational non-profit arm and opened a STEM education centre in North Dorset (read more below) and while other funding fell through for the centre, Honest stayed true to its word and kept putting money into the centre to keep the children’s activities going. This along with a medical emergency resulted in Honest’s customer service levels dropping and so urgent action needed to be taken so they didn’t become what they set out to destroy.
Dorset Tech was born
Chris teamed up with another agency owner (more on that soon) to agree a 1 year plan to merge 2 agencies as the Honest Tech Group, sharing resources and overheads, but cover 2 very different catchment areas. Both would be social enterprises sharing the original ethos of The Honest Agency, but rather than engaging in lots of community programmes to give back, we’re focused on helping start-ups and non-profits succeed.