Dorset Web News
Annual Showcase and Networking Event at Minterne House, Dorchester
Radikls Director, Tony Raybould, and his team joined with Buy Dorset members in the beautiful grounds of Minterne House for the third Annual Spring Garden Party Showcase to celebrate and promote local business in Dorset.
Tony, Founder of Dorsetweb, commented “A fantastic day was had by all as the sun made an appearance for the first of the events. We enjoyed meeting with fellow Dorset businesses and ensuring that we help each other to keep small, local businesses operating successfully. Templar Wines and the delicious homemade paella from Edeli Iluminada were an excellent supplement to the afternoon”.
Guests were given a private tour of the popular gardens by Head Gardener Ray and Lord Henry Digby himself, President of Buy Dorset, where rare Rhododendrons were in full bloom and work to complete a Chanel-inspired perfumery garden is underway. The enjoyable afternoon of networking was complimented by a mesmerising armour piercing display by Long-Bow World Champion, Joe Gibbs, over the lake.
YURT SUCCESS IN THE FIRST YEAR
As more holiday makers are looking for the luxury end of camping, Mark and Caryl Ralph of Caalm Camp in Shaftesbury have found they have hit a niche market. Setting up last Spring, a lot of time was spent sourcing and trying out the best Yurts for our UK climate, and then fitting them out with luxury furnishings including cosy wood burners. None of the usual dash to a drafty toilet block as the ’facilities’ are equally luxurious private wet rooms with under floor heating, and a large lounge come function/ meeting room. Bookings are on the increase and the website is marketed and monitored by Tony Raybould of Radikls.com.
Owner Mark said "Tony’s guidance in setting up a user friendly website but with great emphasis on the optimisation is paying off with our enquiries and bookings. To be number one in Google with our vital key words is where everyone wants to be".
The Yurts are available for weekly, weekend or midweek bookings, for group bookings, or corporate events or conferences, for more information go to www.dorsetyurtcampsite.co.uk
A local Japanese style winter break!
A unique Japanese experience awaits those that stay at Hellbarn Cottages in North Chideok. Owned by Shige and Diana Takezoe, the four barn conversions offer a relaxing away from it all winter break and the chance to experience Shige cooking a fantastic Japanese dinner.
The website has been managed by Dorsetweb as one of their longest clients in 15 years of trading and most of the bookings are through the website. Visit hellbarn.co.uk for more information.
A -TONIC FOR DORSET BUSINESSES!
Poole based Dorset Web have recently made a further acquisition in Dorchester. Web development company Atonic has been running for 12 years and in that time has established a large client base in food and holiday businesses in West Dorset. Atonic also runs 5 county directories covering Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Hampshire with over 15,000 businesses registered.
Tony Raybould MD, says 'Dorset Web are now looking to revamp the Dorset directory first and to help local companies you can add your business free now at www.dorset-info.co.uk'
DOES YOUR WEBSITE NEED A NEW YEAR LIFT!
As one of Tony’s longest standing clients, The Twins Gary and Paul Hardy-Brown have recently launched their new website www.thetwinsfx.com.
TheTwinsFX are one of the leading companies operating primarily in the field of visual special effects. The team combine personal service, innovation, engineering expertise and an unrivaled dedication to excellence. They deliver exceptional effects and turn ideas into reality, Making the impossible....... possible, for film, television and theatre productions worldwide.
Twins Worldwide have premiered a number of ground breaking effects this year including a fully animatronic flying Dragon. The Dragon has a wing span of over 10 metres and stands over 3 metres high. Their effects can also be seen in the UK’s Tour of “All the fun of the fair” starring David Essex, the effects were highly acclaimed in last year’s run in London’s West end. All this, as well as being part of the creative team for Jeff Wayne’s “The War of the Worlds” arena tour, which toured major arenas around the UK and Europe. The effects supplied by the team had never been attempted in arenas before. Twins Worldwide have also supplied special effects for ITV’s Paul O’Grady “Live”, which have received outstanding reviews. Twins Worldwide have also been working with the BBC to bring “Dr Who” to the Stage with Dr Who Live “The Monsters are coming” arena tour! Their piece de resistance was making the Supreme Dalek levitate over the heads of the Stadium audience!
The Team have had the pleasure of working alongside stars such as Brad Pitt, Polly Walker, Gwyneth Partlow, Ewan McGregor, Angelica Huston, Amanda Holden, Booby Davro, Jason Fleming, David Essex, John Barrowman, David Hasselhoff, Jack Palance, Harry Hill, Michael Mcintyre,, Stefanie Powers, Jason Donovan, Paul O’Grady and even Orville to name but a few.
For a free consultation on how to expand your business through your website, Tony can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or 01202 259187.
Kitchenhams and Radikls celebrate 15 yrs of working together
Tony Raybould from Radikls recently met Grahame Austin from Kitchenhams to celebrate 15 yrs of working together.
Over this time Tony has looked after the marketing of Grahame’s website and has used his photography services for the business and some clients. To celebrate this long term relationship Grahame presented Tony with an aerial photograph of Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island which hangs in Tony’s office.
‘Radikls built my first website for my photography business and have continued to manage and develop this over the last 15 years. It is good to work together on projects and promote each other in Dorset.’
Grahame has many beautiful aerial photographs of the area and can be contacted through kitchenhams.co.uk.
Buy Dorset Event
Buy Dorset held its latest event at The Norfolk hotel on Richmond Hill. There were 40 attendees who had a great evening.
Radikls Celebrates 15 Years of Business
The staff of Radikls recently held their annual beach barbeque and this year it was extra special as they celebrated 15 years in the web business. Originally started as Dorset Web, the business has become known as ‘Radikls’ as Managing Director Tony Raybould gradually expanded the business outside of Dorset. Tony says ‘We had to find a new name to cover all the areas of the UK and with purchasing new businesses in the Surrey and Sussex areas we came up with our brand name of Radikls which is in fact made up of all the initials of the family, including my ex business partner Ian who decided he couldn’t stand our British weather anymore and emigrated to Australia 5 years ago.
The web business has grown considerably since we started trading, in the early days we had to convince clients it was a good idea to buy their company domain names. It has been very satisfying helping businesses to start up, nurturing them along and helping them expand into gaining business through their ecommerce sites.’ Tony can be contacted through Radikls.com or 07748802462.
Dorset Web Launches new Blast Cleaning site
One of our latest website launches is for blast-cleaning.co.uk.
Cleaning Consultants (Contractors) Ltd is a specialist blast cleaning company based in West Sussex. Blast cleaning is the process used for paint stripping, rust removal or cleaning or profiling surfaces.
The company has two distinct divisions. In-House work, things you bring to in to the works and a Mobile Division, where they come to you if you are in Surrey, Sussex or Hampshire. The In-House Division caters for classic car and motor bike restorers, homeowners, hobbyists, agriculture, industry, anyone in fact that requires paint, grime or rust removed from practically any surface.
Dorset Web sponsors Hospice 10k event
Dorset Web have agreed to sponsor the website for the Bournemouth Pier 10k event for 2011, 2012 and 2013. Poole’s three hospices - Julias House, Friends of Forest Holme and Lewis Manning have teamed up to organise the event. The 10k run starts from Bournemouth Pier this year will also have a 5k and kids run and is looking to attract all the family(under-16s must be accompanied by an adult) and is open to both serious runners and fun runners. Go to www.hospiceevents.org to see how you can register and help.
Dorset is in Kent?
Dorset Web Ltd have purchased a web company based in Kent. Waterside Designs is a Whitstable based company that had been run part time by a local businessman who now needs more time for other ventures. The client base includes clients like Aye Do a Scottish wedding ecommerce website, Tatty Bumpkin a franchise promoting yoga classes for children and organic clothing, Frank Bruno official website which includes a memorabilia section and an ecommerce site for Titanic Online selling autographs and memorabillia.
Taking to the skies
Airport Coordination Limited selected Dorset Web for its new online service called www.slottrade.aero SlotTrade helps airlines wishing to buy, sell, lease and swap scarce airport slots. It is open to all airlines to join and trade, and for interested parties to join and access slot trade information. Dorset Web created the logo, website design and system behind the concept.
Dorset Web to the rescue
Dorset Web under the trading name of Dorset Web Ltd, has recently acquired another Internet business based in Brighton, East Sussex. The business had sixty clients and helped turnover increase by around £30k per annum.
This follows the successful acquisition last year of Perfect Page based in the Surrey area.
Tony Raybould, Managing Director, says ‘By offering to buy small companies that not only have static growth, but are losing clients, we can come in and stabilise the client base, enhance their service and give them a better return on their investment and the owner is given a golden handshake to go and pursue their new career.”
C’est Magnifique! Juste Parfait
Fine French foods suppliers Ballancourt have had to move to bigger and more efficient storage premises.
Husband and wife team, David and Michelle Marshall, founded this family run business in 2003 having lived in France for over 30 years selling British food to the French and Belgians. Having turned their business plan upon its head, they moved to Dorset and now assisted by their son Jean-David, supply delicatessens, farm shops, butchers and other independent retailers all over Great Britain and Ireland with a superb tasting quality selection of pâtés, terrines and rillettes.
They approached Dorset Web, their Internet solutions provider requesting assistance with their online marketing strategy and more specifically the task of increasing the numbers of site visitors and improving visitor to enquiry conversion.
Over the past eighteen months since implementing Dorset Web search engine optimisation programme, visitor numbers have increased 10 fold! Rising from just 40 per month viewing 43 pages up to 375 per month viewing a massive 773 pages, and they’re still climbing.
During the same time period David verified that sale enquiries have increased by 90%. Google (73%) and Google Images (22%) are now providing 95% of their inbound search engine referrals.
David commented, “We can directly attribute Dorset Web search engine optimisation knowledge to our ever increasing site visitor enquiries and we’ve moved to a warehouse and office which allows us to optimise stock rotation, maximise turnover per square metre and accommodate the amount of sales we’re experiencing”.
Visit the site at www.ballancourt.co.uk.