• Farmison & Co

    Farmison & Co win Business Website of the Year at the Harrogate Advertiser Series Business Awards 2016

    This weekend I got the news that Farmison & Co has won ‘Business Website of the Year’ at the Harrogate Advertiser Series Business Awards 2016. Farmison & Co, based in Ripon, sell the finest heritage meat from their now ‘award-winning’ website and deliver it to the door of it’s customers. At the beginning of 2015,… Read more »

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    A successful launch for Rob Blake Associates

    Quick client summary: Rob Blake Associates are experts in building scalable and highly-available web applications on AWS (Amazon Web Services). Previous successes A few years ago, I had the pleasure of working with two local entrepreneurs who were working on software that had the potential to significantly disrupt and change the sector it was being… Read more »

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    A rescue story for Caring for Cats

    Quick client overview: Caring for Cats is an award-winning, independent cat rescue and rehoming charity based in Market Weighton, near Hull. A small charity in need of rescue Earlier this year, after reading about how I helped a similar charity overcome their problems, Caring for Cats contacted me to see if I could help them…. Read more »

  • Fairfax House

    Fairfax House undergoes essential works

    Quick Client summary: Fairfax House boasts of being England’s finest Georgian town house. Saved from decay and certain ruin by the York Civic Trust in 1982-84, Fairfax House is now a thriving museum that transports you to the splendour of city-living in Georgian York, the centre of polite society. Project background It was a familiar… Read more »

  • SquareSpace to WordPress for GroupBC

    SquareSpace to WordPress conversion for GroupBC

    Recently I worked with a great company called GroupBC who provides data driven BIM software for it’s corporate clients. Having worked with the Head of Marketing at GroupBC in the past, I was the go-to person to help them solve a few problems they were experiencing. What the company had was a great looking website… Read more »

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    A Gorgeous makeover for Gorgeous Cottages

    Quick client overview: Gorgeous Cottages hand picks the finest luxury holiday cottages in Yorkshire. The website allows visitors to search, research and book the cottage of their choice and communicate directly with the cottage owner whilst being protected by the Gorgeous Cottages promise. Intro Gorgeous Cottages, founded by Managing Director Christina Brion, required a full… Read more »

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    Time to find a bigger Fishpond

    Quick client overview: Fishpond.ie is Ireland’s definitive casting resource that connects budding and experienced actors with casting opportunities in TV, film and stage roles. Intro Recently, well towards the end of 2015, I was contacted by a client who was looking to relaunch their website and required an experienced UI/UX designer to work alongside their… Read more »

  • CVC Digital Marketing Services

    CVC Digital Marketing Services

    Recently I created a new brand identity and one-page website for a local digital marketing specialist based in Harrogate, called CVC Digital Marketing Services. Having worked with Carly in my early career, and having the fortune of being her ‘other half’, I can personally and professionally endorse Carly for the high levels of service and… Read more »

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    My Lunar Eclipse Experience

    It’s 3am and the big event is in full swing. By 3:40am, it’s pretty hard to see the moon as it hides behind the shadow of the Earth. Come 3:50am, I think I’m done and head inside to bed. The big event, for me at least, was over. The blood-red eclipse wasn’t too impressive to… Read more »

  • NDA’s – I’d say 90% of the work I complete is locked and hidden behind one. Boo!

    — The Floating Frog (Gary Hartley)
  • theholidaylet

    The Holiday Let gets a summer refresh

    During my agency days I worked on a great project called TheHolidayLet.com with another freelance chum of mine. They’re basically an independent holiday lettings website with over 5,000 private holiday lettings worldwide. On the website you can search for lettings, enquire and book direct with the lettings owner. The business has developed, and time has… Read more »

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    Stamp Duty Overhaul in #AutumnStatement and How it May Affect You

    Today the chancellor George Osbourne announced his political #autumnstatement in front of a raucous crowd in the House of Commons. Being a home owner, and actively looking at buying a home at the moment, I was interested to hear if stamp duty was going to be part of the statement and if any kind of… Read more »

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    Google Confirms Mobile-Friendly Labels on Mobile Search Results

    If your website isn’t already optimised for mobile traffic then a new update to Google’s mobile SERPs may make you consider changing that quickly. From today, and over the next few weeks, Google will be globally rolling out Mobile-friendly labels that will show next to each result and show if the site is mobile friendly… Read more »

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    My journey as a forced landlord and going self employed

    New house, new start Back in 2006 I bought my third house, after previously selling my previous two that I part owned with an ex partner. It was nicely positioned on the A64 and allowed me to commute to and from work in Harrogate. The journey, depending on traffic and any accidents (that were very… Read more »

  • oo000oo I have a new website. It’s been a long time coming but we’re there!

    — The Floating Frog