I build and maintain web sites for the UK small business, from my base in Cheddar, Somerset, UK. Using WordPress and e-commerce software, my emphasis is on clear navigation, usable and uncomplicated design, with every effort made to ensure a good natural search engine position over time and to keep costs as low as possible. My services include web site and blog maintenance, hosting and email provision, setting up discussion forums and other add-on features where required. I still maintain a number of HTML sites as well as creating web shops and WordPress sites. For some clients I also manage a Google Adwords campaign, Twitter or Facebook pages, and carry out search engine optimisation work.
New small business web sites
If you are looking to set up a first web site for a small business I can create a starter web site from £320 + VAT, this includes £150 + VAT set-up plus two years’ domain name registration, the first year’s web hosting, and initial set-up, design, and filling out of the content for up to 10 pages. This would be a web site you can then maintain yourself and I would show you how to do that as part of the set-up.
I have been “on the net” since the mid-90s, initially doing intranet pages for large UK companies, and an independent professional web designer since 2001. Previously I worked in IT quality assurance and my initial introduction to business computing was as a COBOL programmer. This business has been running since 1995, and has customers from all parts of the UK but these days mainly the West Country. Some moved their design and/or hosting to Kaywebs after a bad experience with a previous design house or internet service provider.
And some also sought makeovers of sites that were created for them years ago “by a bloke they knew” and not touched since, to improve visitor and conversion rates. Others ask me to take over existing sites and maybe remove excessive Flash animation or irrelevant graphics, improve their search engine position, add new functionality or just aid general site accessibility and page loading times. The vast majority of my clients are small shops, consultancies, healthcare providers, artisans, accommodation providers and other small-scale traders or home-based businesses. In the past, some were directed to me via the now-defunct Business Link.
I receive many requests for “first” web sites, for companies that are looking to e-commerce stores to improve the financial situation of their existing bricks-and-mortar venture or to tie their web site in with existing printed literature and corporate identity. Clients will often ask me to take input from their own copywriters or graphic designers and I’m more than happy to do that. I also provide fair and impartial advice on all web-related matters, including the latest social networking and marketing topics, to fully support your web presence.
Since 2004 I have created and maintained the local web site Cheddar Village providing local news and information to tourists and residents, and supporting local initiatives in our community of around 5000 people. Also I am supporting the new Bristol Pound local currency which is available from September 2012. The currency is designed to promote trade amongst small independent retailers in the Bristol area. Find out more at the Bristol Pound web site.
I have an upper second class BSc (Hons) degree and also a Professional Diploma in Business Management.