I have been enjoying building websites for 20 years.
Having trained in website design in 2002, I built up a website portfolio and established a good customer base whilst living in the Isle of Man, and then in Sheffield and the rest of the UK since 2005.
My background is in economics and working in public service. With degrees in economics from Sheffield and Manchester I worked as an Economic Adviser 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 website design and photography.
My aim is to make a real difference to businesses’ profitability by creating websites that promote 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 projects with value for money, with a focus on getting things right first time. I never sell anyone something that they don’t need. I work to ethical working practices that ensure a great customer service, and develop 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 Manx Shop Fronts to document contemporary working life in town centres, and preserve it for future posterity. I’m now adding a longitudinal element to areas initially covered a decade ago with some “ten years on” projects.
Who do I build websites for?
So far… I’ve built websites for: Holiday cottages (lots) and their professional body, local authorities (eight), a university research department, a roofing company, a kite aerial photography expert, 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 (four), outdoor theatre, a marquee hire company, a carpenter, an author, a group campaigning for EU membership, campsites (three), 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 with multiple cafes, a personal trainer, a solar panel installer, a playgroup (Manx language), a vodka bar, a chamber of trade, local heritage groups (two), friends of a church, a map maker, an accountant, an orienteering club, a business coach, a singer songwriter, a Viking festival, a religious walking group, an energy advice centre, a community space and events centre, and a website designer (me!).