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 offering web design in Dorset & Dorset SEO and WordPress development. We also now offer iPhone & Android screen repair and iPhone & Android battery replacement in Dorset too as well as computer repair in Dorset.
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 such as web design in Poole etc, gave their team more flexibility and then to take away greed, gave all of it’s profits back to the community!
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.
5 years later – 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 as well as providing web design in Poole and other website services. 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.
Late 2019 the group expanded, adding a high-street head office in Gillingham, North Dorset. It makes us an accessible part of the community. We offer web design in Dorset as well as web design in Poole & Dorset SEO and WordPress development. Our high street location allows us to now also provide computer repair in Dorset and iPhone & Android battery replacement and iPhone & Android screen repair too at some of the cheapest rates available in Dorset.
Due to rapid growth and social distancing guidance, another high-street office in Gillingham was added. It serves as our Tech Repair centre. The Tech Bar will be our YouTube studio and will now house our 3D printers.
Chris is a serial social entrepreneur who has devoted the last 10 years to trying to make the world a better place. He recognises he’s a small cog in a big wheel, but actively lives by the mantra of:
“Be the change you want to see in the world”
He’s an experienced marketeer, software developer and a proven problem solver. Notable achievements include:
Opened in December 2019, Superhero HQ on Gillingham High Street has become the head office of the entire group. An office, makerspace and superhero shop has made us a big part of the community.
Directly opposite Lidl, you can’t miss our vibrant signage and digital video signs! Come in for a freshly ground coffee while we discuss your new project.
Honest Tech Group always aims to be a remote agency as it allows us to save you up to 70% on your web project, but a selection of our team are based from the Superhero HQ allowing you the best of both worlds and allowing us to provide affordable web design in Poole, SEO and Dorset website design as well as App development. We now also provide computer repairs in Dorset as well as iPhone screen repair and iPhone battery replacement in Gillingham, Dorset.
As the owner of a busy agency, Chris wears many hats. He must adapt to market changes and customer styles - he is ``Chameleon``. With a marketing diploma, a dozen programming languages and 15 years experience under his utility belt, Chris is the leader of the Superhero Web Agency.
Adam is our Creative Director and everything he touches turns to gold! He touches every project before it even starts and performs final sign-off to ensure that all our websites are godly!
Emma is our resident comic book expert! Who better to source the products in our store? She keeps us organised, ensures web orders reach people on time and plays a vital role as our cheerleader, motivating us all throughout the week.
I swear Aaron never sleeps! A member of our web development team with a focus for ticket support where everything is often considered urgent. Aaron spreads his hours out allowing him to be more responsive to tickets when needed the most.
Scott is our Tech Bar Manager and resident fixer. From smartphone screens to laptop hinges and everything in between.
Bekka is our resident artist. Her animal illustrations are inspiring! She delivers the same perfectionism in her logos and graphic design work too.
Gitesh holds down the fort while we're all sleeping, providing out of hours support via our ticket system. WIth 8 years experience and a broad range of skills, he's the ideal guardian.
David is a great all-rounder - great design flair mixed with superb development skills. When he's not helping you with your site, he joins Chris & Josh in building custom Gaming PCs for the store.
Josh is our hardware specialist and resident video editor. When he's not helping people with their sites and videos, he's fixing computers out the back.
Viraj is a PHP developer that specialises in API integrations. He pulls in data from third parties just like gravity pulls matter into a black-hole. With 10 years freelance experience, he's already integrated most of the common APIs, so efficiency is a core strength.
Our R&D Specialist Hugo has over a decade of experience in R&D for the Motorsport and Aerospace industries. There's little he doesn't know about electronics and as a result, he's our king of prototypes!
Nidavellir may be where Thor's hammer was forged, but Mark is making some seriously powerful copy on his laptop! Mark has a natural flair for copy-writing and Pay Per Click advertising that converts visitors into customers.
Dave is our SEO specialist and an experienced coder, keeping up with new developments as they occur and building new innovative strategies to get you the number 1 spot - Numero Uno!
Simon is our resident App developer. With experience in both Native and Hybrid app development and over 8 years website development experience, Simon can cover the server side of your app too.
Mikey is our trainee Tech Hero. He's early in his career, but don't let that fool you!
Our core team are backed up by a network of freelance specialists, from animators and app developers to integration specialists and even special effect artists. This means we always use the right person for the job when providing web design in Poole, SEO Dorset and website design nationwide.