I have been enjoying building websites for nearly 20 years.
Having trained in website design in 2002, I took a career break from the civil service and built up a website portfolio and established a good customer base in the Isle of Man. I spent three wonderful years living in Peel in the Isle of Man and, even now back in Sheffield, it’s still my second home.
My background is in economics and working in public service. With degrees in economics from Sheffield and Manchester I worked in the civil service in the Employment Department, Education Department and Business and Innovation Department. I worked on economic appraisal and research and evaluation of active labour market policy, and education policy.
I combined civil service and website work for a number of years, but in 2010 devoted all my working time to web design and photography.
My aim is to make a real difference to businesses’ profitability by creating websites that promotes them effectively to as wide an audience as possible. I most enjoy working for small businesses, and, as an owner myself of a small business, I understand the importance of working efficiently and economically to minimise costs. I use my consultancy and project management skills from 21 years as a government policy analyst to quickly assess business requirements and to deliver them with value for money, and generally getting things right first time. I never sell anyone something that they don’t need. I work to ethical working practices that ensures a great customer service, and develops clients’ trust so that nearly all my business comes from word of mouth, and always has done.
Adventures in photography: Combining my interests in photography, web design and social history I have set up archivephotography.co.uk to document contemporary working life and town centres, and preserve it for future posterity. I’m looking forward to extending this project to other areas, and by adding a longitudinal element to areas already covered.
Who do I build websites for?
So far… I’ve built websites for: Holiday cottages (lots) and their professional body, local authorities (several), a roofing company, a garden office builder, a music teacher, a language teacher, a campervan converter and rental agency, B&Bs (lots), a farmer and a long distance walking farmer, a truck driver, a dentist, a quilt maker, a plumber, music festivals (two), a house builder, an estate agent, local communities, charities, a museum, a library, GP surgeries, a poet, a walking tour guide, a driving tour guide and their professional body, a piano tuner, a genealogist, Buddhist meditation groups (two), politicians (three), outdoor theatre, a marquee hire company, a carpenter, an author, a group campaigning for EU membership, campsites, artists (three), a photographer, a carpet fitter, an Alexander teacher, a counsellor, a blacksmith, a cosmetic treatment company, a craniosacral therapist, a fish supplier, a catering company, a personal trainer, a solar panel installer, a playgroup, a vodka bar, a chamber of trade, a local heritage group, friends of a church, a map maker, an accountant, an orienteering group, a business coach, a singer songwriter, a Viking festival, a religious walking group, and a website designer.