Showcases / A digital string in Shetland’s bow

Mesomorphic managing director Barnaby Mercer. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland NewsMesomorphic managing director Barnaby Mercer. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

A LERWICK based software development company is celebrating its recent successes with the launch of a brand new website, which has just gone live at

Whilst Mesomorphic’s managing director Barnaby Mercer is quick to admit that a new website for an IT firm is hardly worth mentioning, Mesomorphic feels the time is right to mark the occasion by showing the local community how far they have come since it’s incorporation in November 2015.

Operating from its office in the Gutters’ Hut at Lerwick’s North Ness, the company develops bespoke software solutions tailored to companies both locally and on the mainland.

That may sound expensive and exclusive but, according to Barnaby, it is often cheaper and certainly more efficient than buying ‘off the shelf’ software and adapting it to individual requirements.

Users often find that with off the shelf products, they need to pay for additional changes to meet their needs. They also have to deal with support centres off island and deal with convoluted maintenance contracts.

“We are keen to establish good working relationships with our clients, which often extend past the point of deployment,” he says

Furthermore, the company wants to become a driving force behind efforts to establish a technology hub here in Shetland, attracting talent to the isles while also nurturing local skills development through contacts with schools, colleges and employment services.

“We use technology to solve problems. We want to help Shetland and Shetland businesses operate more efficiently; helping to make the best of the resources we have,” the director of Mesomorphic explains.

“We would like Shetland to become a name for software development, just as it is for wool or traditional music, and that way add a new string to Shetland’s bow.”

Mercer’s journey began when he landed a contract to develop software aimed at helping distinguish fake products from branded ones, thus working towards protecting consumers from counterfeit and dangerous goods.

While that project had global appeal and implications, it clearly demonstrated the level of skill and commitment available to local clients.

Quoting just one example, Mercer said Mesomorphic has been working with Sandness based wool broker Jamieson’s of Shetland to implement a system that compliments their internal processes.

“It’s the human relationship, not the relationship with your computer, that matters,” Barnaby continues. “We have a set of skills that other people need.

“But the most important thing is that we have a way of working that makes sense to people and that they enjoy working with us.”

Business development manager Maria Bell adds that the company has come a long way in just two years. We are keen to share our successes to highlight the emerging technology industry in Shetland.

As such, their new website developed by local firm Hot Gecko Media, using photos by Ben Mullay of The Camera Centre, is the perfect shop window for the company to communicate with clients old and new.