Former computer science student, Nick Butler, is doing his bit for the local economy. Having set up his own company, Ireland Website Design, in 2010, the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) graduate now employs two people and is giving a third some very valuable work experience.
Nick, a computer science graduate from WIT and a former student of Tramore CBS, created his first website www.tramoresurfshop.com for his family’s business while still in secondary school. Following this, he went on to WIT where he spent three years studying and gaining his qualification in Information Technology. After graduating, Nick gained valuable experience, working his way around Australia for a few years before returning to Ireland in 2010.
Nick did not want to become another unemployment statistic and decided to set up his own business, Ireland Website Design, which is a full service marketing, web and graphic design agency. After only a few months in operation Nick recruited his first employee, Abby Wood from the UK, who is now the company’s resident Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and copywriting specialist. Abby is also studying Arts at WIT, majoring in English with a minor in Psychology.
From there, the company grew quickly and Andy joined the team in October 2013. Like Nick, Andy is a graduate of both Tramore C.B.S and Information Technology at WIT and has become a valuable asset to Ireland Website Design in the short time he has been with them.
The most recent member to join the team is James Murphy, who is currently studying for a BSc (Hons) in Entertainment Systems at WIT. The enterprising young student approached Nick as he needed to gain relevant work experience as part of his course work. James said, "Working at Ireland Website Design is a great opportunity for me to practice and further hone the skills that I have learned in WIT and also to see how I can use these skills outside of the classroom.”
The company provides local businesses and entrepreneurs in the South East with a one-stop-shop for all their online solution needs and has worked on a number of high profile projects over the past few years including the Irish Post Medieval Architecture Group, the Irish Academy of Management, Wedding Mooch, Weigh and Slim and Unique Aquatics Fitness.