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About us

We are &Element, a team of developers, designers and creative people working from all around the world for clients with a flare for innovation. We enjoy taking on new projects and working closely with clients to build every aspect of their digital business.

Our passion lies in building beautiful software and designs that empower our client’s users to make their lives easier. With a heavy focus on UX and design, we take special care to add value to all the work we produce.

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Company Mission

Our Mission Today
Using React.js, UX and Digital Strategy to solve our client's big technical problems.

We offer a full-service creative approach to provide complete solutions to our clients, letting them focus on their own business, knowing they can rely on us to build, deploy and manage their online technology.

Company Vision

Where we want to be in the future
To become the authoritative voice on building large-scale architecture, dashboards and SaaS platforms.

Focusing on UX, digital marketing, JS-based web development and combining with IoT and Artificial Intelligence to provide unparalleled technical deployments to medium and large-sized businesses.

Company Values

Strategic Value

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We focus on maximising value delivered to our clients, working as a team to solve the client’s needs as a priority, and always thinking of ways to further demonstrate and improve value.

Innovative problem solvers

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Finding bespoke alternatives to the status quo by encouraging creative and critical thinking to drive new ideas, and working as a team to solve big problems for our clients.

Authoritative and inspiring

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Become the leading voice on our core services both online and through speaking to clients, ensuring that our tone is inspiring, trusted and backed by facts.

Friendly and positive

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We provide a friendly and relaxed atmosphere that harbours great ideas shared between the team and our clients; we succeed together.


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We foster a culture where our team's excellence is our customers' trust. By consistently delivering superior work, we reinforce &Element's promise of reliability.

Company History


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The company was founded by Luke in 2015 but it become his rimary focus in 2017.

First hires

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The University of Suffolk supported us in hiring a number of interns such as Ryan, Reuben and Zoe in the early days.


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The company was exclusively working in PHP, SCSS, Bootstrap 4 and handlebars from 2015-2018

First projects

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Back in 2017 the first project was WS Training and SkipperMyBoat, WS Training is still live today.


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Ryan introduced the company to React.js in 2019, by that time we had already been using Node.js for a while.

Innovation Centre

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We moved to Colchester at the end of Sept 2021 into F13, by November we have to F2, Sept 2022 we moved to S9.

Who we are

We’re a close-knit team of individuals from around the South East of England, all with a passion for innovation. We work together with one goal in mind, to create software that improves people’s lives.

Luke Brown

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CEO and Full Stack Developer

Since the start of this decade, Luke has been a full-stack freelancer developer and systems administrator. In 2015, Luke founded Element Softworks, determined to build a reliable name for anyone in need of digital services locally and across the globe.

Joseph Methven

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Overseeing and directly impacting all creative design aspects (such as graphics, wireframes and UX) in any team is no easy task. Thankfully Joe is here with his wide knowledge of UX/UI and design spreading across over 100+ projects to help bring to life our clients' dreams.

Reuben Westrop

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Lead Designer

Reuben, our Head of Design, focuses on working with our clients to build beautiful brand identities for their companies and projects. His creativity builds from the client’s requirements onto his designs, ready to inspire the development team to make beautiful and engaging websites.


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Full Stack Developer

Since an early age, Jacob has been developing software and is now our Full Stack Developer and specialist in the Python programming language and machine learning. He has an aptitude for problem-solving and developing efficient code.

Darryl Frost

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React.js Web Developer

Originating from an IT technician background, Darryl is now heavily involved in the Web Development tech stack. He works daily with clients to develop bespoke React.js dashboards for a number of start-ups, alongside building our own internal digital solutions.

Abigail McNaught

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Marketing Coordinator Abigail joined the team to assist with managing the social media profile and SEO portfolios for our clients and our brand, alongside assisting our clients in their brand management.

Nathan Carter

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React.js Web Developer Our rising talent Nathan joined last year as an apprentice and quickly has been learning and building React.js TinaCMS websites and developing frontends for some of our biggest dashboards.

Sam Campbell

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Full Stack Developer With a flair for UI-focused development, Sam joined the team to help us unlock potential in working on simplifying our client’s existing complex dashboards and turning them into a UX dream.


A selection of our favourite projects

Trusted and award winning

We’ve been working as a team for over a decade with hundreds of projects under our belt and multiple challenges and awards we have won. If you would like to learn more about our testimonials and awards click below.

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Ricky Brownlee

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Creative Building Design Ltd

We needed a new redesign for our website to keep our online presence active. The &Elements team came into our offices, and we worked together on the requirements for the new website. A few days later, they came back with the design prototype, which after we approved we got our site up and running a couple of weeks later and it even works on mobiles now. Thanks guys!

Ruth Paton

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University of Suffolk

We reached out to &Element to help us create the branding strategy for Entrepreneurs Forge, which is an immersive development programme designed to help personal resilience and economic recovery and growth in Suffolk. The team worked with us through many research sessions to build a brand that delivered to exactly how we wanted.

Peter Cochrane OBE

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Ex-CTO of BT

There is nothing like a change of career for creating a tidal wave of disruption; and after decades of leading industry, I was ready for a change. This needed capable hands and minds, but serendipitously, I met Element Softworks! After working with them over 2 months we created my new brand and website. Luke and his team are the best I have ever worked with, and therefore come with my full support and highest recommendation.

Want to learn more?

We’re ready to help your dreams become a reality. Let’s make your next Web Development project a success.

We focus on people

Our great ideas wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of the people behind them. We are proud to offer extensive benefits and an environment that allow people to thrive at what they do best.

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Colchester, Essex


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