About Us


Who are we and what we do?

DCSL GuideSmiths designs and builds intelligent, cost-effective and intuitive web applications, cloud systems, desktop applications and mobile apps that help streamline processes for businesses well as create new revenue streams for start-ups and established businesses alike. With offices in Farnborough (Hampshire), London, Manchester, Madrid, Seville and Bucharest, DCSL GuideSmiths is the UK’s leading bespoke software development company, with a fully in-house 250+ team of expert software developers and technology professionals specialising in both Microsoft and the MEAN stack.

Our History

DCSL GuideSmiths started its life in 1994 as Direct Communications Software Limited, a “one stop shop” for business computing, including IT services, website design and software development. In 1997, current CEO, Nick Thompson, at the time a 17-year-old computer studies student, joined the business as an office junior, initially working on Saturdays whilst still attending college  time. Deciding to make a career of it, Nick learned on the job and became an expert software developer. By 2003, Nick was keen to make a success of the business and together with DCSL’s original founders, Andrew Millington & Chris Crawshay, formed a subsidiary company – DCSL Software Ltd. Starting with just two employees, the business grew to 12 people over a 10 year period and established itself as a highly capable software house specialising in Microsoft technologies. 

In 2013, Nick took full ownership of the business through a management buyout, where he quickly employed a large team of developers and managers to meet the growing demand for software development. By 2020, the company had grown to 130 team members, winning multiple awards along the journey and was ready for the next stage in its growth. Meanwhile, in 2014, GuideSmiths was founded by Glenn O’Grady. Attracting blue-chip clients from across the UK and Europe, the company grew rapidly year on year, and in 2017 a Spanish office was set up and merged into the group. By 2020, it had grown to over 120 employees with a global client base. Having secured a multi-million pound investment from Queen’s Park Equity, in 2021, DCSL Software completed its first acquisition and merged with GuideSmiths to become DCSL GuideSmiths, where the group now has over 260 employees in multiple countries across Europe, and is seen as one of the UK’s leading software development firms.

Our Vision & Mission

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With over 15 employess and a great diversified team, we are pleased to help you and certain of doing so successfully.


Our team and Firm counts a strong Tech background, with over 3PB of cold market business intelligence, giving us bleeding edge competivity in the market segment.