Test solutions for the software industry

Competitive × Effective × FAST

Part of the Codebase community


Where are we?

Our main office is located within CODEBASE in Edinburgh which is the UK’s largest tech scaleup incubator. 

Who are we?

Founded in 2011 by industry veteran Nick Barrett, Proper QA is a quality assurance provider for the tech industry specialising in QA testing of apps, games, websites and interactive media. Our testers go through a rigorous induction and training program before being assigned to projects that best suit their natural skill sets. 

What do we do?

We provide independent QA software testing on iOS, Android, Windows, Consoles and VR. We tailor the testing to fit your requirements: no two projects are the same. 

We can provide the testers, the hardware, the bug database, the test cases, the focus groups, or any combination of these. 

What do we test?

We have the facilities to test a wide variety of tech but we specialise in mobile, PC, and browser based projects. We have an extensive inventory of handheld iOS and Android devices, along with a PC compatibility lab that can cover all operating systems & browsers, and PS4/XB1 test kits too.







Argyle House, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 9DZ


We cannot thank you enough for saving the day. We need a Proper QA clone to come live in the USA!
— Megan Boniface – Reloaded Productions
Thank you all so much for coordinating the testing! It is a huge relief to me to be able to rely on actual QA experts
— Louise Ross – Fireside
You guys have been an absolutely essential and valuable part of this project and we’re looking forward to working with you again. If only every company was so focused on goals and easy to work with
— Brian Baglow - TeamRock

Testing doesn't need to be a headache


With our bespoke testing solutions you can be confident that you'll be releasing the best version of your content that you can.

Test Tools: We can provide you with our acclaimed test case management solution Test Angel

As software continues to increase in complexity, particularly in the games industry, the sheer volume of tests you need to execute against that software becomes a big logistical hurdle. Additionally, the technical compliance requirements set out by the platform owners (Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and Apple) are expanding significantly and becoming increasingly complex. Ensuring a game is tested thoroughly and is compliant without having a central repository for tracking, monitoring and planning the test approach, has always been a pain-point. We have addressed this by developing our tool: Test Angel.  Licences are available for a nominal annual fee.


Get in touch to arrange a demo and a free trial

Scoping Consultancy: Need to know what resources you'll need?

Knowing how much QA effort your product needs is considered by some a black art. Proper QA can take the pain away, accurately modelling what your product needs in order to succeed. We can assist you in scheduling the test effort so that it best supports your development cycle. We can answer your questions…

How many testers? 

How long for? 




How best do you prioritise the test focus?

QA Management: Don't want to outsource?

Proper QA can recruit and train your QA team to meet any requirements. Whether you need an embedded QA team to support development, a publishing QA team to get you through compliance & certification or a team to translate and localise your product, Proper QA can help set it up fast and manage it sustainably. We can manage every aspect of your QA operation:

     •   Recruiting staff for all QA roles (full time or contract staff)

     •   Training and mentoring

     •   Performance management and tracking

     •   Coordinate multiple teams across global locations 

     •   Establish reporting systems, tools, automation, pipelines, etc.


Our standard day-rate is £166 per QA tester

We offer a discounted "start-up package" for new teams and indy developers

We offer a discounted rate for fellow Codebase residents

Placements and Recruitment: We can hire, train and place permanent or contract staff in your company. The standard rate is 15% of their first years salary payable within 30 days of them accepting the role. 

(All prices are subject to VAT)