An introduction to Wits-End Wizardry, a web design CIC started by University of Worcester Graduate.
Based in Worcester, www.witsendwizardry.co.uk is a professional website design company utilising the advanced internet skills of Asperger adults, in a co-operative-based social enterprise specialising in both commercial and not-for-profit organisations.
University of Worcester graduate Richard Lampitt is the leading developer of Wits-End Wizardry, with over 17 years’ experience of crafting websites: qualified to degree level, with developed skills in web content management, SEO and social media. His co-founders Stuart Moore and Peter Flagg have played key roles in the development of this new micro-enterprise. In addition to setting up Wits-End Wizardry, Richard has also run training courses in web design made possible by Big Lottery Funding. The aim is to enable other people with Asperger’s to gain skills and open up the option of self-employment for them. The course is to be followed by two further courses training more advanced skills. David Kimbrey, another member of ASPIE, has supported Richard in running these sessions.
Julia Micklewright of ASPIE says “Asperger intelligence is rarely recognised in the conventional workplace. WITS-END WIZARDRY is based on the successful miEnterprise mutual model of supported self-employment through micro-enterprise. These talented IT and web design professionals are free to concentrate on their creative abilities under the umbrella of our CIC (Community Interest Company), which will provide support services such as marketing and accountancy. An innovative addition is the psychological support which will run alongside. Small and medium-sized organisations will benefit from bespoke but competitively priced high quality website design and other IT services.”
The team of website designers handcraft sites using open source software; enabling clients to manage their own website content easily and without further expense. From entry level sites through social media connectivity to full commercial functionality, plus optional maintenance and support, each design package is tailor-made to the customers’ unique requirements.
The company launch was held the University of Worcester’s City Campus with local supporters and Worcester City MP Robin Walker making a sort speech.