🍾 A story 20 years in the making 🎉

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Watch the video we've made about our journey 📽️

It all started in a Lincolnshire village 💿

We’ve come a long way since we were founded in Ian Hargreaves’ conservatory in 1999.

We started by developing CD-ROMs for the FA using Macromedia Director and Fireworks and building websites.

Then we bought a second-hand trailer and used it to support our clients at tradeshows.

We began to grow and evolve 🏠

After the business outgrew Ian’s home, we moved to our own office in Louth in 2002.

From there we got really good at creating high-quality eLearning content, building websites that looked great and did lots of clever things and travel all over Europe delivering audio-visual support.

We even managed to develop (and then sell) software.

We got (very) good at creating content 🏢

By 2013 we had to move to a bigger office so we could create more high-quality content for our growing list of clients.

And earlier this year we won an award for Innovation in Education and Training!

What the team were doing in 1999 🎊

Back when Ian Hargreaves was busy founding the company in his family home in Tetney 20 years ago, the First Media team were doing all sorts…

Avril Gladwin

Avril Gladwin

Avril was working for Nor Cargo in Grimsby as a junior developer, after completing a degree with the Open University.

Shell Shaw

Shell Shaw

Shell was in Year 8 at school and officially became a teenager.

Kieron Boswell

Kieron Boswell

Kieron had just turned 7-year-old and liked to play cowboys and Indians and develop his love of Pokémon.

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

Jack had just started secondary school in Cleethorpes and was enjoying watching Grimsby Town compete in Division One.

Nathan Boon

Nathan Boon

Nath was at secondary school in Louth and spent his spare time playing with his decks and dreaming of becoming a superstar DJ.

Sam Needham

Sam Needham

Sam was just a few months old after being born in early 1999.

Danny Blow

Danny Blow

Danny had just graduated from University and had a job in Electronics Boutique in Freshney Place, Grimsby.

Richard Pipe

Richard Pipe

Rich had just left school and was starting to develop an interest in computing after his Mum and Dad purchased their first PC.

Luke Symons

Luke Symons

Luke was either on the football field or sat in front of the TV playing the original Sony PlayStation.

Rosetta Ridley

Rosetta Ridley

Rose was 8-years-old and spent a lot of her time with brother and cousins.

Amy Selby

Amy Selby

Amy was at Primary School in Tetney and loved to feed her pet rabbits.

Shane Traill

Shane Traill

Shane was 18 and had just finished his A Levels at Franklin College. That year he went to his first festival V99 with the Manic Street Preachers headlining.

The night we partied like it was 1999 🍻

In November 2019 we threw a special party to celebrate our 20th anniversary with the team and everyone partied like it was 1999 all over again…

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