Consult and Design are absolutely delighted to have won Technology of the Year at the Sunderland Portfolio Business Awards ceremony held at the Stadium of Light.

The annual event recognises the best businesses in the city and the Consult and Design team were winners alongside some of the city's most successful businesses including leading travel business, Hay's Travel and successful online retailer Andrew James.

The award was presented to the team by Stephen Plews, MD of North East Press, Publishers of the Sunderland Echo in recognition of their achievement in growing the successful technology company in the city. Consult and Design provide state of the art web solutions and are building a reputation at home and abroad as leading Drupal experts, employing Drupal software solutions for clients from UK local authorities to international e-commerce businesses to NGO's operating across 43 countries.

Over the last year, Consult and Design have made a significant contribution to the open source, Drupal community, supporting the local user group, managing the first DrupalCamp North East, which brought more than 60 leading developers to the region, and contributing to the management of DrupalCon Europe which saw more than 2,400 developers from 64 countries attend in Amsterdam.

Managing Director, David Van der Velde said, "One of the major successes of North East business in recent years has been the rise of a successful technology sector. This award recognises the contribution Consult and Design have made to that success. We are delighted to have won this award. It's great for the team, who have been working so hard to make our clients successful and it's great to raise the profile of Sunderland in the technology world.

"Over the next year, we are planning to continue growing the business as well as providing training and support to the Drupal community."

David van der Velde

David Van der Velde


David founded Consult and Design way back in 1999 when the internet was held together by string and sticky tape. He takes care of business development and making sure all the i's are dotted and t's crossed.

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