Delightful December

December 2018 Review

Here's our end of month review for December...

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Wayne

What was your most challenging project to work on this year?

Difficult to pick one as I tend to be in and out of dozens of projects every day. It’s been our busiest year with lots going on, so keeping on top of everything has been my biggest challenge!

What area do you think you made your biggest improvements?

Learning to take a step back to move forwards.

What was your highlight of 2018?

Being accepted on to the Strategic Business Growth Project, more on that below… From a personal perspective, how good was that summer!? About 10 weeks of glorious sunshine, a great World Cup, a great holiday in Rhodes and a special mention for Lollapalooza Festival in Paris which was full of laughs!

What was your favourite song of 2018?

If it has to be from 2018… Lovelytheband – Broken

Describe your year in three words

“It’s Coming Home”

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

I feel like I could write a book here. If I had to choose one thing, it would be to invest your time in the good people, and don’t let negativity ruin your aura.

What have you done this year that you would recommend to anyone?

I haven’t done anything ‘bucket list’ style this year, so I’d say just keep being yourself.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?

Yes. I’m not usually one for ‘let’s wait ’til New Year’ because if something needs doing – you just do it, but there’s a lot happening in 2019 that I’m excited for.

I have to work more ‘on’ the business, not ‘in’ the business. So I’ll be concentrating on spending more time with staff and clients. From a personal perspective, setting a training schedule which I stick to and stop using work as an excuse for not going to the gym!

What are you looking forward to in 2019?

So much! Firstly (and I have to say most importantly), I get married in 2019 and I can’t wait for the big day and the honeymoon!

From a business perspective, we move into a new office over Christmas which allows us to expand further. We’ll have new people joining us and we’re focusing on recruiting the right people with the experience to come in and instantly improve the business and the service that we offer to our clients.

Twilo has been accepted on to the Strategic Business Growth Project via Leeds Enterprise Partnership. Only 4 out of 10 applications are accepted, mostly down to the ambition of the business as I understand it, so I’m excited to get started in the New Year and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. Twilo is now three years old, with the help of the Strategic Business Growth Project I’m looking forward to planning the next three years and seeing it through with the team.

Simon

What was your most challenging project to work on this year?

A client had come to Twilo about a feed based website, multiple feeds were used to create a huge catalog of products for this website. I think this was the most challenging Project this year as each feed had its own datatypes and methods to collate data.

What area do you think you made your biggest improvements?

I think that my most improved area is in code readability. This is how easy code is to understand from another programmers perspective, at the beginning fo the year my code could be quite difficult to read and would take a while to get your head around.

What was your highlight of 2018?

A huge Weeping Willow in the garden got blown over.

What was your favourite song of 2018?

Sometimes – Gerry Cinnamon.

Describe your year in three words

Hectic, Varied, Busy

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

If you’re going to do something then take your time and do it right.

What have you done this year that you would recommend to anyone?

Go Ape near Keswick.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?

Get outside more often and be more productive.

What are you looking forward to in 2019?

Buying my first commercial property.

Joke of the Month

Who is Santa’s favourite singer?

Elf-is Presley!

Matt

What was your most challenging project to work on this year?

A couple of the most work intensive projects I’ve had this year we the larger eCommerce stores with 10,000+ products. Structuring those products and categories in a user friendly format was quite a challenge! The biggest creative challenge I’ve had was working on an innovative and non-conventional website for an architects. The client wanted something much more unusual, and the main challenge was developing the concept into functioning website that felt great to use.

What area do you think you made your biggest improvements?

This year I have really embraced the use of Sass, which is a type of supercharged CSS which has much more features. I’ve really stepped up my use of variables and mixins, which along with saving me time and hundreds of lines of code, also makes stylesheets more intuitive and flexible.

What was your highlight of 2018?

A very close call between the amazing summer watching England at the World Cup, and swimming with Manta Rays with the Dive Sibaltan team in Palawan, Philippines.

What was your favourite song of 2018?

DJ Koze – Pick Up.
Clear winner for this one, must have listened to it 100 times.

Describe your year in three words

Sun, Sea, and Leeds United

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

Learning to Scuba Dive, I’m now a PADI qualified diver.

What have you done this year that you would recommend to anyone?

Taking a long weekend away in the countryside in England. I had a really amazing few days in a cabin in the beautiful woodlands of Yorkshire. We also used it as a tech break, no phones or internet, and felt amazingly refreshed for it.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?

No resolutions as such. My aims for the year will be to keep pushing myself to do more of the things I love to do, learn new skills where I can, and enjoy life.

What are you looking forward to in 2019?

I am lucky enough to be going from the icy depths of the English winter, to the sun kissed beaches of Goa in India in February, so I’m hugely excited about that.

Amy

What was your most challenging project to work on this year?

Something I’ve found difficult while working at Twilo was to get the correct content for our social media pages, the information I was posting was too technical and didn’t get much engagement from followers or anyone else.

What area do you think you made your biggest improvements?

I feel that I have improved with the posts I write for client’s social media pages, because they now get more engagements and interactions then they did when I first started doing them.

What was your highlight of 2018?

A big highlight of 2018 was getting the apprenticeship at Twilo. Another was attending my boyfriend’s first movie premier.

What was your favourite song of 2018?

Panic at the disco’s whole album.

Describe your year in three words

Fun, Interesting, Busy

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

Something I’ve learned this year is that it’s important to be yourself and not to care too much of what others think of you.

What have you done this year that you would recommend to anyone?

I haven’t done anything really exciting but I’d recommend everyone to take a weekend break to a log cabin, it’s super cosy a great way to spend time with the family.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?

Getting fit and starting the gym, but I say that every year and it’s still to come.

What are you looking forward to in 2019?

I’m looking forward to getting away to New York for New Year’s Eve and the start of 2019 and also booking things for the rest of the year!

Photo of the Month
Santa Sighting!
And to end, here's something cool we've seen this month...

Dortmund, Germany has the largest Christmas tree in the world.

The tree stands 46m (150ft) high and weighs 40 tons, takes 4 weeks to build and is illuminated by an unbelievable 48,000 lights. It’s put together using 1700 small Christmas trees which are grown in a specialist forestry. It is surrounded by 300 stalls and is seen by 2 million people a year!

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