I've been programming computers since the early 80s (I was six years old). I made my first website in 1994. I have a degree in Software Engineering, and 20 years' experience in the industry.
I set up Uniq Code Ltd in 2011 to undertake freelance and contract work. It's just me - I'm the sole employee. I only take on a couple of jobs at a time, which means I can offer you a far more personal and tailored service than a large consultancy could. If your needs are unique, you need Uniq Code!
When I started in the industry, there wasn't much prior art on the web - we had to write almost everything from scratch. That isn't the case anymore: now there's a wealth of resources out there, from simple templates to advanced frameworks to full-blown applications, but it's of very variable quality - and it's only the starting point.
Efficient and cost-effective development requires the knowledge to be able to choose the best starting materials, and to adapt and integrate them to meet the specific requirements. There is no substitute for wide-ranging experience.
I'm honest with my clients; if I'm not the right person for your job, or I'm too busy to take it on, I'll say so. Visual design is not my forte, so for briefs involving that I work alongside a fantastic designer: Loren at New Forest Web Design.