2020: A review of the year

14 December 2020 | Blog

After a year unlike any other, we are looking forward to the festive break but also wanted to take some time to reflect on the last 12 months.


In January, we were excited to launch our new branding! This included a new logo and website to reflect our aspirations as a business. We wanted a clean, modern look in line with our vision and approach. You can read more in our ‘KLOC launch new branding and website!‘ blog from January.


As experts in bespoke software development, there are a number of questions we are frequently asked so we decided to publish a series of blogs to answer them. We covered topics such as how bespoke software could help your business, is bespoke software expensive and how to choose a development partner.


The country entered its first lockdown in March, which was a huge adjustment for everyone. KLOC immediately implemented its working from home policy and was able to operate as normal with all staff working remotely. We had previously offered our staff homeworking on an occasional basis but had never experienced the entire operation being home-based, however we were pleasantly surprised by the results! You can read about our experience in our ‘KLOC and the COVID-19 lockdown‘ blog.


Fitbit launched an activity challenge in April to help people keep active while staying at home during the Coronavirus lockdown. KLOC were happy to be involved by developing a bespoke platform that would fully integrate with their existing activity tracking infrastructure, manage large numbers of participant registrations and provide activity reporting for two competing teams.


With businesses still adjusting to working from home, we published a blog with our advice on how to improve remote working for your business. We wanted to use technology to help businesses operate successfully and even implement home working as an option for staff who have been unable to in the past.


With so many people adversely affected by the pandemic, KLOC decided to use the money saved on office supplies during lockdown to donate food and household goods to local charity initiative, The Lambourn Junction. Find out more about the Lambourn Junction here.


In July we published an update on how we were managing with staff working from home. We have experienced increases in productivity and efficiency and are grateful to have seen so many upsides during an otherwise challenging time.


Working in an office looked likely to be different for quite some time with social distancing restrictions and limits on personal interaction. Technological changes needed to be put in place as well as physical ones and we believed software solution could play a large part. We published a blog on how software solutions can help to re-open offices.


In September we published a new case study about a project we worked on with Team Teach to develop a fully integrated and mobile responsive website. You can read the full case study here.


We speak to many companies who use Excel spreadsheets to manage various areas of their business but, as their requirements evolve, they outgrow the capacity and capabilities of these spreadsheets. KLOC have years of experience developing solutions to replace Excel spreadsheets and legacy software systems. We published a blog in October where we discuss the risks of relying on spreadsheets and the benefits of replacing them with a bespoke solution.


The country entered its second lockdown, but this time we still had all the measures in place from March, so it was a much easier transition. KLOC continued to operate as normal and were pleased to complete projects such as a bespoke motorsport app for Race Shocks UK. We also published a new case study about an innovative recruitment app we developed for Hercules Site Services.


Finally, we want to with you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that you have come through 2020 in good shape and that 2021 will bring a with it a return to a something more normal. We look forward to helping you to adapt to whatever that turns out to be!