Local Business Week

Local Business Week

Welcome to the Platform81 local business hall of fame

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It’s Local Business Week and we’re celebrating by showcasing some of the amazing clients we work with here at Platform81. Local businesses are a crucial part of the country’s economy and we’re dedicated to helping them grow. Through an award-winning combination of web design, development, digital marketing, and SEO, we can put your businesses on the map. From the local pub all the way to your very own estate-agents, we hope you’ll see some familiar faces in the Platform81 Local Business Hall of Fame!

The Midway is a contemporary eating and drinking venue in Stockport and the Platform81 team love coming here for a mid-week pub lunch. We designed and developed a brand-new website for The Midway that reflected the modern look and feel of both the menu and venue. We also manage the business’ social media accounts, creating mouth-watering content to showcase the best of what The Midway has to offer.

Being a local lad, I have had the pleasure of dining in the Midway numerous times and I was delighted when I found out I’d be developing their website. It’s really rewarding to see the Midway’s website delivering great feedback but more importantly, great results

- Oliver Southward, Web Developer

Griff Services are renewable energy specialists. They provide and maintain solar panels, solar power battery storage, electric vehicle charging points, and LED lighting for commercial and domestic clients. Our Design and Development teams created a dynamic new website for Griff Services and our Digital Marketing team provides regular blog content and on-going social media management.

I love creating and curating content for Griff Services as renewable energy is something I am passionate about. I enjoy the challenge of finding new and exciting ways to creatively communicate Griff Services’ values to an audience

- Bridie Daniels, Digital Marketing Coordinator

Self Storage Stockport offer 24/7 personal and business storage solutions tailored to each customer’s individual needs. Self Storage Stockport came to us at the end of 2018 looking for a brand-new website. We created a vibrant, information rich resource for their customers with a built-in storage estimator that provides a personalised quote at the click of a button. We create a variety of exciting and engaging content for both the Self Storage Stockport blog and social media accounts.

After seeing the design and development of this bold, vibrant and navigable website, I knew creating social media and blog content for Self Stockport Storage would be equally as exciting

- Jenny Byrne, Digital Marketing Apprentice

Mutual Financial is an independent financial advisor with a focus on delivering tailored advice in simple, jargon-free terms. The Platform81 team designed and developed the Mutual Financial website with navigability in mind, focusing on a linear journey where the user can access all the information they require regarding the services on offer before being directed to the ‘contact us’ page.

It was important for us to create a brand-driven website which gave Mutual Financial the online edge over their competitors, whilst keeping the company’s corporate ethos intact. Through the combined skills of our development team, we managed to merge the two perfectly to represent Mutual Financial’s professional services effectively online.”

- Oliver Southward, Web Developer

Giggle Knickers is a company owned by Anne Davidson and Judith Balcazar, which provides discreet, eco-friendly and feminine knickers as an alternative to disposable pads for women with sensitive bladders. The Platform81 team have worked with Giggle Knickers from the very start of their journey, providing the business with web design and development as well as product branding, outreach, and public relations services.

It was great to work with Anne and Judith on the launch of their business venture. Not only was it exciting to be involved right from the get-go, but it was fun to have the freedom to talk about such a taboo subject across social media and through their blog content.

- Amanda Childs, Head of Social Media

Dabinett is an independent chartered surveyor delivering professional property advice and specialising in clients with complex requirements. We designed and developed the Dabinett website with a focus on showcasing the business’ work. This was achieved by using modular case studies on the home page which link through to the wider projects page.

I enjoyed working on Dabinett as the design was unique compared to others in their field and was a challenge to get working across all channels. We wanted to make the website stand out from the rest and UX/UI was a big part of this.

- David Beecher, Lead Web Developer

Bennett Staff Bureau is an award-winning recruitment agency in the North West. They specialise in the office, industrial, and catering sectors, working with both employers and jobseekers to find the perfect people for the job. We designed and developed the Bennett Staff Bureau website to make job hunting as easy as possible for the user by implementing an internal search engine directly on the home page.

I enjoyed this project as it was a little different than previous sites I have worked on due to the fact that the company had a pre-existing jobs system that they needed incorporating into the new site. This, combined with ensuring that the user interface was simple and clean, made the project really engaging for me as a developer.

- Chris Lunt, Web Developer

Recreational Coatings are sport and gym flooring specialists with over 30 years’ worth of industry experience. They offer everything from consultations and installations all the way to cleaning, maintenance, and aftercare. We provided Recreational Coatings with expert web design, development, and copywriting services, creating a new-look website optimised for information delivery and ease of access.

Writing copy for the new Recreational Coatings website was an interesting process as I had to familiarise myself with the client and its products in a short space of time. Once I got stuck in, however, the new copy came very easily and I was able to generate a clearer, more concise voice for the brand.

- Bridie Daniels, Digital Marketing Coordinator

Home Estate Agents is a trusted estate agent providing “all your property needs under one roof”. From sales and lettings to mortgage advice and solicitor’s services, Home Estate Agents are the go-to property service. Platform81 provided web design, search engine optimisation, and web development for Home Estate Agents, integrating the website with a third-party property software system known as Vebra. This allows the client to upload new properties and edit existing information without having to navigate to the back-end of the website.

We worked closely with Home Estate agents to implement an SEO strategy that would increase their Google ranking. This was achieved through a combination of improved meta descriptions, implementing keywords throughout the site, and updating links with the relevant terms to increase search engine value.

- Fiona Gunning, Digital Account Manager

San IT is a Manchester based IT support company working with small and medium sized businesses to make the most of what technology can offer. The IT support company took advantage of Platform81’s web skills, entrusting us with the design and development of their website. Following this we provided them with search engine optimisation services to ensure they were reaching their intended audience.

From behind the scenes work, such as updating meta tags, to front-end changes that the user can interact with, such as adding social plugins for easy-share content, we implemented a wide variety of strategies to help San IT rank in the top five Google results for various search terms related to IT support in the local area.

- Puneet Babbar, Senior SEO Executive

Beam Fieldwork is a qualitative and quantitative fieldwork agency supporting the market research industry. An all-female fieldwork powerhouse founded by Amy Middleton, the business provides services across a range of industries from media and technology all the way to travel and fashion. We here at Platform81 designed and developed the Beam Fieldwork site and support the Beam team by providing regular blog content, social media management, and events coverage.

No day is the same within the research industry and that’s something I enjoy about working on the BEAM Fieldwork social media accounts. Creating conversation with other online users comes naturally with the variety of topics and really is an interesting thing to be a part of.

- Jenny Byrne, Digital Marketing Apprentice

  1. M. Hughes & Sons is a fruit and veg delivery service based in Llandudno, North Wales. A family-run business that started in 1956, M. Hughes & Sons wanted to take their business to the next level by going digital! As a result, Platform81 created the retailer a brand-new website and helped them build a social media presence from the ground-up. We now provide the company with on-going social media management and other digital marketing services such as blog posts and a monthly newsletter.

I knew from day one M.Hughes & Sons had so much potential, especially for social media. Working with the team there really is like being an extension of their business as they trust or expertise implicitly and we get to create fun and engaging content, week in week out!

- Amanda Childs, Head of Social Media

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