All about bespoke software/database developers

We only do one thing now: we are dedicated to developing bespoke databases (sometimes known as bespoke software) for businesses and organisations of all sizes. From a tree surveyor using an iPad, up to an international company turning over £14 million across 3 sites.

Martin Bridges (aka originally traded as Animart Designs over 30 years ago as a design consultancy. Martin did the usual progression through project management, departmental management and company management. He’s even had ‘proper jobs’ (as his mum was wont to say). So he’s worked with/in/and for sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and PLCs. Covering many sectors – services, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, wholesale and farming to name a few! His ability to transfer and apply the knowledge garnered from previous projects, businesses and sectors being the main benefit he consistently brings to new clients – along with developing their database system.

Any way as projects became bigger, the amounts of data that needed moving around and coordinating also grew. In the early days of desktop computers (as far back as the 70s, youngsters!) spreadsheets were often used to track projects, customers, quotes, cash flows, projections, budgets, quantities etc.

As those demands became more complicated, spreadsheets revealed their limitations. His first thought every morning became ‘There must be something better!?’. FileMaker relational database software was suggested. Thus he started to create bespoke databases and handwritten software to cope with each project’s unique criteria. What a relief. Bespoke software was more flexible, adaptable and more useful/powerful than any spreadsheet as existed back in those days; and it’s still the case this day!

Discrete solutions handling just one project were often developed to make the whole department run more efficiently by all staff using one central source of info. Whole business systems have then been developed when Directors appreciated the difference that a bespoke database could make. Animart Designs therefore specialised and morphed into Animart Databases.

Custom-written databases
Custom written databases just automate what you are already doing. There is no learning of new processes involved. This creates the main difference between off-the-shelf software and databases that are written for your company specifically. You can have complete confidence in using your data, in the way that you have always used it – only more so. What a database does, is to bring increased efficiency to working. Once the data is in place, it can be used in many ways, processing orders, to creating relevant and useful reports etc. Every department in any organisation can be improved. Labour and costs can be saved and growth encouraged. New and relevant features can be added when and how you want and need them!

Having a bespoke database from a professional database developer is like having 10 experienced office managers turn up to work one day and making everything go with a whiz! Procedures that previously have taken days are achieved by a single click of the mouse. Overhead costs are reduced dramatically. Computerisation is one of the firmest of foundations for any business to build upon.

Animart Databases changed its name to and now works closely with others who specialise in different IT disciplines: networks, cyber security, internet access, web based applications, search engine optimisation etc, as well as apps written in other code bases such as ASP, .net, PHP, SQL, Json, etc. The outcome? A holistic seamless IT system!

Contact Martin Bridges on 01934 782651 or 07940 514351 for a free consultation. He’ll be happy to discuss how a customised solution can benefit you. is a vetted member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, an organisation of approved database development consultants.

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