Dept wins gold at UK Dev Awards

Mellissa Flowerdew-Clarke
Mellissa Flowerdew-Clarke
Marketing Director UK

Dept achieved a podium finish at the 2021 UK Dev Awards, scooping the award for ‘Best Deployment of a CMS’ for its work with St. James’s Place wealth management (SJP).

Dept beat stiff competition from CTI digital and kitty to take home the top prize, which recognises the exceptional work Dept’s technical team has delivered for SJP.

SJP is Britain’s largest wealth management firm, delivering services through thousands of independent businesses (Partners) operating under its umbrella. SJP turned to Dept to build them a centralised solution for managing content at scale across thousands of sites, whilst allowing Partners to express their own voice. Dept applied its expertise in large scale content management to develop a solution that meets the complex requirements of SJP’s large organisation.

Dept took a headless approach, implementing SDL Tridion to provide flexible, multi-site management at scale. A separate system was built to manage dynamic data, and Salesforce CRM was also integrated. SJP now has a strong technical architecture and base platform built in .NET. The digital framework supports the future of SJP’s Partnership programme, with a strategy to scale up its Partners alongside the business. It adds strength to its brand with unification across its entire digital estate, as well as ensuring compliance.

Dept’s technical solution enables SJP to manage +5000 websites from a single content management system.

Brian robinson, UK managing director, said, “Dept and SJP have worked together for over two years on this solution, and it’s one of the largest and most complex projects Dept’s UK team has ever undertaken. We are extremely proud of the solution we have delivered; it’s proven to be a game-changer for SJP, saving them time, money and accelerated their digital business to ensure that they, and their Partners, are future-ready.”

Other winners included Dept’s client bright horizons, who won B2B website of the year for The Parental Leave Toolkit; an online platform for both managers and individuals to supporting and coaching them through parental leave and return to work .


Mellissa Flowerdew Clarke

Marketing Director UK

Mellissa Flowerdew-Clarke

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