Create Leicester

27 April 2023

Accessible Design & Development @ Octopus Energy

On Thursday 27th April 2023, we will be hosting the next Create Leicester event at LCB Depot! We have an exciting evening lined up as we welcome Ashley Firth, Global Director of Front-end Development from Octopus Energy.

Register here now – All Eventbrite registered guests will be provided ONE FREE drink token to be redeemed at Gray’s on the night.

Talk Title

Accessible Design & Development @ Octopus Energy

In a few short years, Octopus Energy has gone from a small, unknown challenger energy supplier to an award-winning tech unicorn, with a global brand and millions of customers. This talk will cover how they brought inclusive tech and experiences to the regulated energy space, through the setup and global rollout of the pattern libraries for their retail and SaaS brands – Octopus & Kraken.

About Ashley

Ashley Firth is the Global Head of Front-end Development at award-winning energy supplier Octopus Energy. Since the company’s formation, he and his teams have worked with customers to understand their needs and use technology to make the most inclusive energy supplier possible. His book Practical Web Inclusion & Accessibility reached number one in the Amazon technology charts, and guides people through a range of access needs and the barriers users often face, and provides practical advice on how your sites can help rather than hinder. Away from Octopus, he acts as a consultant to government bodies and private companies to help them improve their approach to accessibility.


6:00pm – LCB Depot open

6:30pm – Introductions

6:35pm – Talk

7:00pm – Break & Networking

7:30pm – Q&As

7:55pm – Outro

8pm – End

Who’s it for?

Create aims to bring together the digital design community in Leicester and Leicestershire.  The events are open to all with an interest in improving the digital design environment in our city. Perfect for anyone starting out in the industry or for professionals looking to expand their knowledge from digital leaders.

Create Leicester is supported by 20iAniccaCiteEffect DigitalHerdlCGIFibrehopInsight Consultancy, and

Bar Sponsor: The Agency Works

Education Partner: De Montfort University

Partners: LCB Depot & Bulb Studios