Wheal Media Limited is closing down...

1 July 2018

I guess that I've always had a passion for technology and so it was no surprise when, nearly ten years ago, I found myself intrigued by an advert on Apple's website. It said, "If you could build an app, what would you build?". At the time, the entire concept of apps were alien to me (after all it wasn't long since Apple had released the iPhone). I had recently started learning programming at sixth form college and so I thought, how hard can it be? From that moment, I was determined (and I mean really determined) to build an app.

The first stumbling block was that I needed a MacBook. I think it's fair to say that my parents didn't exactly think that buying a MacBook (which was no where near as popular back then) was a good use of my savings. What I needed, was a proper excuse to build an app. By complete coincidence, the following day, my college asked whether I wanted to undertake the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ); this is basically a major project which can be undertaken on virtually any topic. I'll never forget my teacher's face when I announced that I would be building an app. After a lot of debate (I think the exam board had to get involved), I was given permission to build an app and bought a MacBook.

The next problem was that the Apple Documentation wasn't really written with a college student in mind. I therefore had to resort to YouTube tutorials and spent days struggling to install and setup everything. By the end, I thought, I can make better tutorials than these. And, to cut a long story short, I did. Wheal Media was born!

I started making video tutorials and then went on to create a personal blog with written tutorials. This later went on to become MyTechBlog which, at its peak, was receiving tens of thousands of views per day. (MyTechBlog was recently sold to a third party and I no longer have any involvement with the site).

A few months after I started writing blog posts, a family friend saw my website and asked whether I could build them one. I agreed and slowly, over time, Wheal Media's client base organically grew. Over the years, Wheal Media has been privileged to work with some amazing clients and on some great projects. The highlight has to be the building of the University of Portsmouth student intranet site (MyPort) which is used by tens of thousands of students daily.

It certainly hasn't all been plain sailing; there's been failures along the way (anyone remember AppWheal?) and having to represent Wheal Media in the High Court certainly wasn't part of the business plan!

Over the past year, my attention has been diverted to other projects - especially Group Hub (which is a separate limited company). I also now have a full-time job and therefore my time is extremely limited. Based on this, I have taken the difficult decision to close Wheal Media. The company will formally cease trading on 31st August 2018.

So, what happens next? Wheal Media has already been in contact with its clients and is pleased to announce that Polar Digital, a Portsmouth based website development company, has stepped in to take on Wheal Media's clients. I am currently working with the Polar Digital team to ensure a smooth transition.

That just leaves me to say thank you to everyone who has supported Wheal Media throughout the years. I wish you all every success in the future.

Yours sincerely,
John Wheal
Managing Director of Wheal Media Limited