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Partner testimonials

Here at Bad Dinosaur we’ve had the pleasure of working with a wide range of innovative people with great ideas. Here are some of the things they’ve got to say about working with us. All edits to testimonials made solely for the sake of clarity and coherence.

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Our overall experience of working with Bad Dinosaur has been very positive. The team have been flexible, fast to respond and keen to work together to develop solutions to make Tutlings meet our requirements. Bad Dinosaur's flexibility in doing further work on the software has been really helpful, and the team have often been able to suggest sensible solutions to our problems that have worked well for us and for the software. Using [Tutlings for Universities] dramatically reduced staff time dealing with the logistics of our department's tuition offering. Our no show count saw a huge reduction and the extensive reporting features have allowed us to identify hotspot areas where students are needing the most help. We highly recommend it for any institutions looking to save time and money!

Eilidh Harris, Student Developer, University of St Andrews
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A great company that I would highly recommend. The team make it an easy journey and they delivered our project beyond our expectations.

Elliott Smith, Co-founder, Love Your Employees
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Bad Dinosaur gave us the confidence that this project would be a partnership where we would create something together that is valuable and helpful for Muirfield Riding Therapy.

Michelle Sutton, Chair of the Board of Directors, Muirfield Riding Therapy
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Working with Bad Dinosaur is always a pleasure. The team are professional and approachable and always willing to go the extra mile. Bad Dinosaur is unique in that it offers a personal service tailored to your needs. The booking system we had developed for us reduced everyone's workload and allows us to spend more time doing what we do best - delivering programmes and courses. It also helps keep everything together, reducing the risk of human error. This is really important in our business of working with young people where we cannot afford to make mistakes.

Chris Moonie, Director, Mackenzie School of English
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Working with Bad Dinosaur has been a fantastic experience. From the outset, the team went the extra mile to understand our industry, its challenges and the solution that we wanted to create. They have worked with us collaboratively and pro-actively, assisting us with solutions in a way that has added real value. Our app has developed from a Bundle app to a more comprehensive, end-to-end collaboration app. We are continuing to respond to our users’ needs, and we have many more ideas that we can’t wait to implement with the support of the team at Bad Dinosaur!

Zaakira Allana, Founder & CEO, BundleCorp
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Our overall experience of working with Bad Dinosaur has been amazing - painless, professional, creative and cost-effective. We were blown away by the progress made by the first co-design meeting - the MVP approach really allows you to concentrate on the final product and not the process. The user interface session with Lindsay was the most helpful part of the co-design process, because it allowed me to imagine the journey for the typical user. Working with Bad Dinosaur is allowing us to properly penetrate the market with confidence, and we are 100% satisfied with the speed and quality of their cost-effective service. I would absolutely recommend Bad Dinosaur to others. Russ and the team have a rare ability to see the issues and opportunities that may escape others.

Anthony Horrigan, Director, Staffmetrix
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Bad Dinosaur were responsive to our needs. The team were quick to respond and come up with ideas and suggestions for finding the smoothest path through our project at the least cost and time.

Stuart Smith, Director, Cheetah Advanced Technologies
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I've been working with Bad Dinosaur for just over a year and I can highly recommend their services! My project is a start-up app providing budgeting tools for property buyers and investors. I spent over 12 months developing (what turned out to be) a concept website myself but this endeavour soon stretched my programming and algorithmic skills beyond their limits! I shelved the whole thing for about six months but thankfully decided to pick it up again, this time accepting that I needed specialist support. Enter Bad Dinosaur! I talked with a number of developers before opting for Bad Dinosaur. Knowing that some of the logic and algorithms were always going to be challenging I knew I needed a developer to convince me of their credentials in this area. None of the other companies came even close, compared to how reassured I felt after my first sit-down with Bad Dinosaur. The team were very quick to understand the concept and buy into the project. I was immediately impressed and have not had cause to feel otherwise in the meantime. Bad Dinosaur take a very pragmatic and modular approach to projects. I was involved in every step of the planning process, including capturing deliverables as "user stories" to keep things focussed on function. The UI/UX designs were delivered to a high standard very early on, allowing us to prioritise the complicated maths. On this point I cannot praise Kyle and the team enough. They made short work of some very difficult coding logic and have always been open and receptive to making changes. We've just completed a third phase (or "Sprint") to arrive at a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) ready for users to try out. Bad Dinosaur were on hand to assist in setting up the live production environment, which was also very helpful for someone with little experience in this area. I continue to choose Bad Dinosaur as my project grows. Part of the original design spec was to ensure that progression to native apps was possible later on, and I look forward to taking those next steps with the team. I've been able to discuss pretty much any idea for the future of my app with Bad Dinosaur and have found them extremely insightful, Kyle especially. I find this personable approach reassuring at times when I lack direction myself, often feeling a little daunted as a start-up! In terms of costs, I'm a small start-up and I'm very satisfied with Bad Dinosaur charges. Based on my initial search for developers, I found Bad Dinosaur to be competitive (for my particular needs). Everything was agreed upfront with transparency, and was then delivered to the quoted price with no surprises. I would certainly consider Bad Dinosaur good value for money with a very clear and fair pricing structure. Overall, from intuitive interface design, through to managing complex logic sequences and offering general business tips, I am extremely glad to have found Bad Dinosaur and cannot recommend them highly enough!

Paul Bellis, Founder, Budgerty
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Working with Bad Dinosaur was great! They were a dynamic team with big ideas. They were always happy to help us with the digital development of Archiheads and were a great help in our grant application processes. Our first meeting was great, as we were able to map out lots of ambitious ideas. This helped us define some of the overall and future prospects of the project. Bad Dinosaur has a team that is small and friendly, and extremely well-rehearsed in their respective fields. This made the development process easy, fast and a delight.

Costa Cambanos, Co-Founder, Archiheads
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'Fantastic friendly team which we have enjoyed working with. Looking forward to to or next phase'

Stephen Roberts , CEO , Sentry SL Ltd
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The team at Bad Dinosaur are outstanding and I could not recommend their work more highly.

Scott Maclean, Managing Director, Green Tourism
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I was close to going with a big gym software company but my unique business model didn’t fit with the software, there were so many things I had to bend on in the end I decided it was easier to keep doing everything myself. Then Bad Dinosaur built me Fitbizzle and it has changed my life. Simplified everything and saved me so much admin time. Would highly recommend to any small business.

Amanda Brindley, President, Fitbump
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The thing that in my mind sets Bad Dinosaur apart from other companies is their use of MVPs and rapid prototyping. Most web agencies, freelancers and small software houses will get a brief and build a full product with a huge number of features and functionality that is not needed. Bad Dinosaur took the time to digest my ideas, thoughts, wireframes and deliver an MVP that added value to the client and my business. I believe Bad Dinosaur are tackling a problem I've experienced on 100's of web-based projects over my 11-year digital career. The team also helped me win my first paying customer by building the prototype and delivering an excellent live product demo to two stakeholders who were equally impressed. You could say that Bad Dinosaur helped me start a commercial business. On the surface it looks expensive paying for a freelance developer, but I feel I got good value for my money.

Ryan Falconer, Founder and Director, Skillstep
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It has been fantastic to collaborate with Finlay Muir and the team at Bad Dinosaur as they helped bring our vision to life, moving a traditional print report to an online web app.

Susie Hull , Account Director, Honest Ideas
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It's been great to see myTOT evolve from a concept to a functioning platform. With the support of Bad Dinosaur, we were able to quickly convey, mobilise and build a functioning Marketplace whilst building strong relationships with the Bad Dinosaur team. Having been warmly received by the market, we look forward to the next phase of work with Bad Dinosaur as we strive to build our users a unique shopping community.

Kirsten Bell, Co-Founder, myTOT
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The workshop for me was absolutely amazing. I have always been a supplier, so I have rarely been a client of anyone for anything, but I found this process truly amazing. We sat down, the four of us, for a few hours and talked through the various paths and ideas for the project. Everything was always transparent, consistent, and I could see immediately that their approach was exactly how I like to work.

Caroline England, Founder, Featherbed Tales Ltd
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What sets Bad Dinosaur apart from other companies is that they listen, ask questions, understand, stay focused and put things plain English. Bad Dinosaur have built my baby and have breathed life into my idea, so I now have something to show the world.

Deborah Labi, Founder, Have You Got
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Haelo now has a software MVP which can be taken to market which instantly sets the business apart from most other consultancy companies. I found the MVP service good value for money as my expectations were exceeded. I am already engaged in project number two, and intend for Bad Dinosaur to be my partner of choice for all future software development.

Mick O'Connor, Founder, Haelo Consulting
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Absolutely fabulous agency, and now working with them for my 3rd start-up business. Great team and above all else they are a pleasure to work with. Thoroughly recommend them.

Colin Ware, Co-Founder, ChargerBill
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We liked how Bad Dinosaur worked through the initial quote with the brainstorming session, it was very useful to clarify what we actually wanted and needed, and understanding what was possible. The proposal and quote was laid out well, and clear to understand. The regular progress and feedback meetings were very useful and the team were generally quick to respond to queries. Bad Dinosaur shared good advice and guidance with us throughout the process, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend Bad Dinosaur to others looking to build an app.

Katie Moorman, Radiographer, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
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Bad Dinosaur provided an excellent, friendly and professional service. The team went above and beyond of what was required for our project.

Pawel Jancz, Director, NUMBERTELLING
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My ideas were quickly turned into a practical set of costed development milestones which were delivered on time. I'd recommend Bad Dinosaur to anyone who needs to build an application that can be scaled easily once the business concept is proven.

Graham Watson, Managing Director, Advanced Engagement
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I was an absolute novice when it came to building an app over a year ago. I found Bad Dinosaur and instantly fell in love with the name. Once I had used their services and met the team, it was not long before I fell in love with the company too. There has always been someone on hand to explain the more technical things and importantly, the team has a very design-led approach which was extremely important to me as I was designing an app that needed to be cheerful and happy as well as functional. Today we have the trundl app and we are very proud of what Bad Dinosaur as our developers have helped us achieve for our members.

Hilary Mines, Founder, Trundl Ltd
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The word I would use to describe my overall experience of working with Bad Dinosaur would be 'inspiring'. We thought we knew exactly what we wanted, and they helped us understand what we needed and how to achieve it.

Susan Scurlock MBE, Founder and CEO, One Dot All
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When we first approached Bad Dino our first impressions of the team was that they are very knowledgeable, experienced and friendly. This was a driving factor in selecting Bad Dino to develop our app as we wanted to work with a company that understood what we needed for our product. Those impressions were proven correct during the development of the app and continues to hold true as we move into the next phase of our development.

Gordon Paterson, Lead Electronics and Software Development Engineer, FreeFlow Technologies Ltd
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We worked very closely with Bad Dino on our PWA paying particular attention to the the layout and functionality. Doing this saved extensive and costly rewrites and ensured we built longevity into the product.

Gary Giles, Founder, Ogel
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Bad Dino have been fantastic to work alongside, the team know the project inside out. The workshop and initial concept meetings are invaluable allowing ideas to bounce around to find unique solutions. Taking ideas from a development and functional perspective and turning them into real life workable solutions. The app has helped us grow the business massively, reducing admin time, increasing productivity and allowing the team to focus on what really matters, the swimmers in the pool.

Ewan Kennedy, Company Director, Stepping Stones Play Services Ltd
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Bad Dinosaur took the time to understand our mission upfront and translated that into a technical design that could help us test our hypothesis with real customers quickly. At the first co-design meeting, it was great to see the service taking shape at this milestone and it was a good opportunity to reassess the direction and priority of work still to be done with the time we had left. In the co-design process it could be frustrating at times not to be involved with all the discussions that take place when building a product like this, as ordinarily I'd be very close to the team and technical/UX discussions - that way you understand the trade-offs. Saying that, I know that in such a short space of time the 'doing' is the most important thing, and I've had to sit on my hands a little bit for fear of becoming a hinderance. As a perfectionist I've been reminded that it's better to go out and learn from customers than it is to perfect something they don't want, so it's been a lesson for me in process and product management which I don't have much experience in. Without our digital service we couldn't start to help businesses and customers work together to create better off-line experiences. Bad Dinosaur have helped us deliver the first piece of that puzzle which is incredibly exciting. I would recommend Bad Dinosaur to others - I think they are a great partner for startups looking to go out and prove a business model.

Tom Harries, Founder, Vocal