Sheffield digital learning company celebrates 15th birthday

DESQ, the boutique Sheffield digital learning production company, is celebrating 15 years of trading.

Founded in 1998 by David Squire, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and former college lecturer, the last decade and a half has seen DESQ grow from a one-man band to employing over 25 staff and evolve into one of Sheffield’s most innovative and creative cutting-edge SME businesses.

Over the last 15 years, DESQ has delivered key transformational digital learning and training programmes for major brand name clients including the BBC, BP, ASDA, Channel 4, Food Standards Agency, the British Council and Lush. DESQ’s work has also received numerous awards including a BAFTA for a series of learning games it produced for Channel 4.

David said:

I’m immensely proud of Sheffield and stand by the ‘Made in Sheffield’ banner. It’s a great place to base a creative business. There’s an understated energy about people from Sheffield. We’ve worked with a whole bunch of talented creative companies and freelancers from Sheffield over the years and will continue to do so.  Why would we leave the seven hills of Sheffield?

David started DESQ after being seconded to the BBC while a college lecturer at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology. At the BBC he was tasked with conducting a feasibility study using the broadcaster’s wide-ranging online content for adult learning. The Learning Journeys pilot that followed was such a success it is still used as a BBC Learning strategy today. The success prompted David to leave teaching and set up stall as a digital training provider, creating absorbing learning experiences.

David added:

My vision for when I started DESQ has never wavered. I passionately believe that learning can change lives and started the company with the belief that marrying the right technology with engaging content delivered in a way that interacts and engages with the audience is the key to learning success. So far, our approach has resonated with clients but we don’t plan to rest on our laurels.”

The technology evolution has not shown any signs of slowing down and DESQ is in a great place to move one step ahead of it, delivering innovative and flexible learning solutions that enable our clients and learners to engage with learning in a dynamic way.

We bring a wealth of experiencing in solving corporate learning problems with creativity and flair and are looking forward to extending our reach in this market to make another great fifteen years.

DESQ has recently delivered two prototypes for the BBC’s Digital Fiction Factory beating over two hundred other ideas to be green lighted. The projects, Perspectives and The Bigger Picture, develop new digital formats for broadcasters and TV companies to extend viewers experience.

David Squire
David Squire


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