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Hastings based web design agency, The Rye Agency, has teamed up to work with a national magazine and Apple. Mixmag are the world’s largest dance and electronic music magazine, established in the UK in 1982. They approached The Rye Agency to design and develop a new website and integration with Apple News, Facebook Instant Articles, and Google AMP.

The Rye Agency, in Robertson Street in Hastings, was one of the first agencies outside the States to have access to the Apple News platform.

Working closely with Mixmag and Apple’s offices in London and California they produced a bespoke integration between the Mixmag’s website and Apple News. Mixmag’s website is powered by software called CraftCMS (Content management System) for which The Rye Agency are seen as one of Europe’s leading experts.

Mixmag’s Apple News integration was referenced on stage at the 2016 Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Although The Rye Agency manages large websites for well known brands like Mixmag; Mary Portas Pilot Love Ashford; Rocksound; and North London Cares, they spend the majority of their time and resources working with local companies making affordable websites to help boost Hastings’ digital economy.

“2016 has seen a seismic shift in how the web works and what people are expecting from it. Platforms like Apple News, Facebook Instant Articles, and Google AMP are taking people away from traditional websites – and new devices like smart TVs and wearables are changing how we interact with the web at a fundamental level. The rise of these new technologies is rapidly changing how people use the Internet,” said David Roder, Director and Founder of The Rye Agency.

“As a town we’re starting to see real improvements – with the re-opening of the pier, new businesses opening up, and world-class spaces like the Source Park. We need to make sure our town is growing in the digital space too if we’re going to be able to compete in today’s economy.”

To help grow the local digital economy, The Rye Agency is holding a free workshop for local businesses to share expertise which business owners can use to improve how they use the web. The event will be hosted at The Creative Media Centre, Robertson Street, Hastings on Tuesday the19th July 2016. Entry is free but places are limited. Businesses interested should reserve their place by contacting David Roder at The Rye Agency.

For further Information contact David Roder, David.roder@rye.agency  01424 559 689 / 07974 941393

The Creative Media Centre in Hastings has a brand new brochure which highlights the services they offer.

cmc brochure

It has been nearly 10 years since the Creative Media Centre opened and the brochure showcases what some of the existing companies here feel about the offices they work in.

The centre is for start-ups, freelancers and existing companies who wish to have their own office, desk space or even have a virtual office. Other perks of the centre include the meeting room hire which can be used for board meetings, interviews, training or even seminars; bureau services; networking events and business support services.

Hastings is about more than just the seaside and historical attractions (although it great that we have them here), it has become a great location for businesses of all sizes as it offers a strategic location at a lower cost.

The brochure gives information on how your business could benefit from being located here. It also features new photographs by Chris Parker Photography, showing why the Creative Media Centre is a vibrant and inspirational place to base a business.

Want to read the brochure? Well head over to our property section here where you can view it in browser or download it.


Mcphersons are pleased to announce that they have increased their space at the Creative Media Centre in Hastings.


The new area will be used primarily for client meetings and will allow multiple meetings to take place simultaneously. Hastings continues to be very important to Mcphersons, who have had offices in the town for many years.

Says Mark Finch, Director at mcphersons “This is why the Creative Media Centre is such a good option for local businesses. We have tested the water and found that the location and set up works well so we will continue to expand. It is simple and easy to add space with no disruption to clients.”