Staffordshire technology entrepreneur delivering SMS service around the world

Trio of Staffordshire young pioneers delivering over a million SMS messages for businesses all over the world

Local web developer and technology entrepreneur, Ben Harrison, has defied the odds to successfully launch a global SMS messaging business that services clients in the UK, Sweden, Turkey, Brazil, Italy, Yemen, Chile and many more.

Working out of a self-built log cabin in his back garden, based in Little Haywood, Staffordshire, Ben and his team are a real example of how non-traditional career paths can often turn out to be the most lucrative and rewarding.

Supported by two long-time friends of over 10 years, Harrison, 26, has declined local grants to entirely self-fund his business, Textplode, which he registered 3 years ago and launched officially in 2015 after years of hard work and development.

The SMS platform is responsible for sending over a million messages for their global client base, helping companies increase sales and provide better engagement with customers. With an estimated 8 billion mobile devices in use worldwide – there’s certainly a huge amount of scope for future growth.

Speaking about his achievements, a modest Harrison commented: “I haven’t set out to become the next [Facebook CEO] Mark Zuckerberg or anything like that, but I’m ambitious and I work hard to develop successful businesses. Textplode is a really exciting development for us because of it’s potential. Although we’ve already sent over a million messages we’re constantly adding new features to the platform to make it more client-friendly and more efficient so that our clients continue to get great results.”

What makes the Textplode story more remarkable, however, is that all this has been achieved by three local college drop-outs who have learned their craft by being self-taught and using a mixture of experience and online research to hone their skills.

Not only that, but Harrison, Dan Collins, 28, and Shane Deakin, 27, have developed Textplode in their spare time alongside the running of Harrison’s primary web development enterprise (and income source) Web Optic.

Ben has no plans to vacate the log cabin he and his team currently occupy and with Textplode set for a strong end to 2016 it seems like bigger things are to come from the Staffordshire trio in years to come.

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For further press information please contact Ben Harrison on +44 (0)1543 225919 or email

For information on Textplode please visit

For information on Web Optic please visit

Web Optic Limited, Barn 2B South Courtyard, Dunston Business Village, ST18 9AB 



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