Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Existing Client ... Brand New Product Line

SunSeeker Doors has designed and installed reractable glass doors since 2003. Starting with slimline aluminium bi folding patio doors and extending the range to include UltraSlim and Frameless Glass Doors. As an appealing convenience to customers, they also offer horizontal slatted blinds encapsulated within the doors' double glazed units, as an optional extra.

Added to their list of optional extras in a new product line... Roller Shutters!




When ordering SunSeeker Doors (or windows*) you can now include roller shutters, available in a range of colours. They can keep the sun at bay on early sunny summer mornings and can close off the dark night views without the need for curtains. Many people feel safer at night with shutters fitted and feel that the house is more secure, less inviting to intruders, when they are away.

*Note that all Doors can be specified as windows and still include the optional extras of blinds and/or shutters.

 Take a look at the Roller-Shutters page of their website for further information.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Kent-based independent Driving Tuition

We have produced websites for two independent driving instructors based near Maidstone in Kent. The latest one is JimGermaneyDrivingTuition.co.uk. Jim supplied the main photograph and we designed the website around it. Here are a few screen shots:
Home page logo, menu and banner image
mobile version
Gallery page featuring successful pupils

The website is built with WordPress, a CMS (Content Management System) which means that with very little training, most businesses will be able to log in and edit the information on their website, add images, write news, etc..

Several years ago, The BPc hand-coded an HTML website for Dawn Driving Tuition. We dedicated a blog post to designing the logo. We hear from Dawn now and then, if tweaks are needed to her website. In fact, it was Dawn who recommended The BPc to Jim Germaney Driving Tuition.

Visit TheBPc.org.uk to see a selection of our clients' websites and let us know if you'd like us to build one for you.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Family Business: Accounting Services, Herts/London

It was a long time in development, but finally the clients agreed on a website style, provided the written content and selected the visual impact that suited the company.

SJ Accounts Solutions is headed by the founder, Steve Anderson, and includes his wife Julia and his brother Rob amongst the staff. Based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, and at the heart of their London client base, SJAS provides a range of accounting services for both small and larger companies.



The BPc delivered the SJAS website to the client's exact requirements. We have not yet performed SEO on the content as the client has deferred this service, together with adding a news page or social media. We provide a personal service to each client's preferrences, e.g. website design, SEO, updates as required or training for client updates.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Your car, van, fleet will Keep on Running with WGC mobile mechanic

Matt Freeman is a mobile mechanic based in Welwyn Garden City, serving Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. Recently, his new website was launched, developed by Herts-based Professional Solutions and basic SEO added by The BPc who also wrote a couple of posts to kick-start his blog. This includes an insight into the importance of a regular oil and filter change.

As a mobile mechanic, Matt will come to your car or van to fix the problem - like a personal AA/RAC service. But he provides other auto services too - see his website for a full list.

In particular, Matt Freeman Autos can assist owners and other mechanics with removing diesel injection systems that have become seized, using specific equipment that he has invested in. If any mechanics in Herts and surrounding areas require Diesel Injector Removal at a fraction of the cost of purchasing the equipment required, contact MattFreemanAutos.com.


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Waiting for Signoff & Work in Progress

Just because we haven't posted links to our recent work doesn't mean that we haven't been busy... Quite the opposite. We have one completed website design for an Accounting company that has been awaiting sign-off for a few weeks - but you know how busy they are over December/January. We also have website design work-in-progress for an investment company, a financial services supplier, a mobility service and driving school - so watch this space!

As you may know, we collaborate on websites that are being designed by other companies. Currently, we are assisting with user-friendliness and content for a self-help site that is in development.

We often work with webite designer Professional Solutions  who has just completed changes to an established website for an existing client, upgrading from static HTML to WordPress CMS and ensuring that it's responsive for mobile devices and tablets. It now passes the Google 'Mobile Friendly' test and has been passed over to The BPc to work on optimising the content and other aspects of SEO to return it to page 1 of Google search results, where it used to be after we last refined it.


The site is Classic Wedding Car Hire of Hertfordshire. Their services cover Herts and surrounding counties (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex plus Middx, Berks & Bucks) as well as north, north-east and north-west boroughs of London. Their chauffeur-driven wedding cars are immaculate and range from classic, vintage and veteran to quirky and modern, such as:
  • 1928 Ford Model A 
  • 1935 Vintage Rolls Royce Phantom 
  • 1949 Rolls Royce Wraith 
  • 1951 Rolls Royce Wraith 
  • Hummer Limousine 
  • Rolls Royce Phantom 
  • Stretched Limousine 
  • American Stretch Lincoln Town Car 
 Fabulous cars - visit the website and take a look!

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Website Designs for London 'City-based' Property Investment & Legal Services Clients

Website designed for clients over this summer included two London-based companies, the BPS Property group and Smith-Hamilton Law.

From the image screenshots (below) of the home pages, it's clear to see that each design is different, though both are built using the WordPress Content Management System.




The Property Investment website design has a white background and the banner image is an animated gif (a mini-movie), as can be seen if you click the screenshot to visit the website. The background on the Smith Hamilton Law website is a large image with an overlay for the text box.

Before we design a website for a clent, we discuss the main purpose of the site (a reference point for existing contacts, a marketing tool for more contacts or sales, an information hub, etc.) and try to gain an insight of their design expectations by asking them to identify other website designs that appeal to them. This will usually include competitors' sites and websites that we have designed for other clients. An idea of available budget is always useful, too.

 We also enhanced the logo design for both these clients.

We're fully booked this side of the new year but please get in touch if you'd like to discuss your website or social media plans for 2017.

email bee* @thebpc.org.uk
*no asterisk, no gap!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Promoting Mental and Physical Health

Recently, we've been engaging with two busy entrepreneurs who run their own businesses with an interest in the well-being of clients.


Belinda is a certified psychotherapist based in North London who has helped people to cope better with a range of issues, including relationship difficulties, work-related stress, anxiety, depression and more. Sometimes these feelings are triggered by a recent incident that happened way in the past, such as a suppressed childhood trauma, and sometimes the pain may be more recent, such as losing a job or a loved one. Increasingly, carers are seeking counselling, as is well documented.

For people who are unable or unwilling to visit the therapy room - perhaps they live remotely or are agoraphobic - psychotherapy counselling is available via Skype or FaceTime. This can be a life-line for some.

The BPc was asked to suggest improvements to the website and related social media to help reach more people.

Adrienne has been teaching back pain management for a number of years and is building a network of fully trained assistants to help cope with demand. With a new website under development, she is planning her marketing and social media strategy (that's where we come in) ready for the launch early in 2017. We'll keep you posted and tell you more about the programme nearer the time...

Keeping good posture and light exercise is good general advice for physical health.

Mental and physical health often go hand-in-hand as, when one begins to struggle, it can lead to other difficulties. Problems such as eating disorders and self-harming may begin psychologically then have a physical impact and, in reverse, a loss of physical ability through long-term illness, disability or getting older can lead to depression. It's a tough topic to face alone.


Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The Power You're Supplying - It's Electrifying!

class II bathroom lights
Bathroom recessed downlighters (C2)
Those annoying laws that get passed for our health and safety are difficult to understand for a lay person so it's in our best interests to call an expert. In this case study, a family home had been extended and the local Hertfordshire council required the relevant certificate from a suitably qualified, certified electrician.

If you can't get a recommendation for a tradesperson from someone you trust, you then have to trust yourselves to choose wisely by careful research. Many people begin with their favoured social media, usually Facebook or Twitter, with Twitter casting a more immediate and wider net to capture suggestions.

If that fails, it's a case of comparing all local search results, checking reviews and sometimes reading between the lines. In our case study, KBR Electrical (Herts.) was contacted; the brief was to ensure that all electrical work was passed in accordance with the rules prevalent at the time the work was done. The older part of the house would have been exempt but the old fuse board had been replaced by a new one, therefore the whole house was subject to testing, not just the extension.

The lighting circuit in the older part of the house was not an earthed installation, requiring some modifications: re-wiring would cause considerable disruption so KBR's owner/electrician put forward alternative compliant suggestions. These included ensuring that the lights on the unearthed circuits were replaced with ones that are specifically manufactured and tested for non-earthed systems, known as class 2 or II.

The clients were delighted with the service in terms of timely response and consideration for both budget and minimising disruption. The local planning department issued the appropriate certificate the following morning.

That's why returning clients say... You're the one that I want! www.KBRElectrical.com

unearthed lighting - transformer led

unearthed lighting

bulkead unearthed lighting


www.KBRelectrcal.com

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Safety at Work - as easy as ABC

Workplace safety applies to all companies, whatever their size. Employers must ensure that all staff, contractors and volunteers under their care must know how to work safely without risk to themselves or others. The management has to provide clear instructions regarding safe working practices, with information and adequate training as appropriate.

Depending on the work environment, basic information or instructions may be all that is required. The best way to demonstrate that health and safety practices are being taken seriously is to provide training via a specialist who is geared up to cover all aspects on your behalf, e.g. relevance, effectiveness, feedback. Keeping training records will help you to identify when refresher training might be needed.

Our client ABC WorkSafe has a long and successful history of providing high quality training courses at reasonable cost throughout the southern half of the UK. They have launched a 'Business Special' to suit most companies with at least a handful of staff.

Three certificated 'Work Safe' courses, each two hours long, which cover the main topics for First Aid, Manual Handling and Fire Safety - 12 people per session.

ABC WorkSafe will deliver basic Safety at Work courses for your management and staff in just one day.
  • Our Fire Safety Awareness Course is suitable for everyone and essential for those with Fire Warden or Fire Marshall responsibilities:
    • basic fire safety principles for the workplace
    • identify fire hazards and how a fire develops
    •  evacuation procedures 
    • use of fire extinguishers. 
  • Our Manual Handling Training Course
    • creates awareness of the risks related to the incorrect undertaking or supervising manual handling
    • raises the level of understanding risks and thus helps avoid work-related injuries. 
  • Our First Aid Course provides essential basic knowledge, not just for work but everywhere. The training session will include:
    • emergency response skills, e.g. CPR
    • Life-saving skills! The DO and DON'T essentials while waiting for medical professionals.
A full day for all three courses for a maximum of 12 people per session includes course manuals and a certificate per attendee for each course attended.

ABC WorkSafe courses include: First Aid, Fire Safety, Food Safety, Manual Handling, Health and Safety and Care.

A specialist will be able to assist with a review of particular training needs of inexperienced new recruits, young people and those who may be less able plus additional training for health and safety representatives.

Still in doubt? Give them a shout! Build your team of potential life savers!