Sussex Web Design Agency - Building Mobile, Ipad & Smart Phone Responsive Websites
Chichester & Brigton Based Website Design & Development Company
We are only satisfied when you are and you will see that in our dedication to your project. Call freephone 0800 0337824 & talk to one of the Mays web design agency team about any of our services including bookkeeping, caricature design, company formation, business cards, infographics, graphic designs, cashflow forecasting, credit control, paye & tax returns, vat services & year end accounts.
Accountancy isn’t just about compliance; good accounts provide valuable data on how to improve business performance. The right accountant will save more money than they cost by tightening financial practices, advising on tax regulations and highlighting the most profitable areas of the business. We offer added value and responsive accountancy services that save time, money or other resources so, just like web design, choosing an accountant is all about return on investment. The ratio of what you will pay to what you will gain is vital in selecting an appropriate accountancy service so check out our fee rates and see how you can benefit.
Did you know that over 27 million business cards are produced every day? That’s an awesome statistic that showcases the popularity of business cards with entrepreneurs and companies around the world. By ensuring that the design of your card is clean and stylish, your contact details are clear and the card quality is good, we deliver a modern service that means your business card will be kept rather than discarded. We have excellent experience of providing attractive cards to high demand sectors such as management consultancy, real estate, sales, insurance and law.
Caricatures are popular around the world so they are worth considering if your business wants to appeal overseas as well as in the UK. For example, did you know that Indian caricaturist S. Jithesh has his own celebrity caricaturist stage shows? And that caricatures have featured in such high profile publications as Time and in exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York? As a recognised and well developed art form, caricatures can offer a unique web design feature that lifts the popularity of your online presence.
Limited companies offer a number of advantages over sole trader or partnership status. There is, of course, limited liability of members if things go wrong and there is added protection around the company’s name. However, it’s the area of tax where limited companies can offer a number of financial benefits, using the corporation tax rather than personal income tax systems. All local business owners should take legal advice on what is best for their circumstances but we can provide a cheap and efficient paperwork service should you decide to go ahead.
At the moment, around 150,000 new URLs are being created each day and the UK is one of the busiest for new domain names (.uk). Prices for domain names can vary enormously and obviously popular ones can cost a fortune. For example, the domain name insure.com attracted a price of $16 million! Of course, getting the right domain name for most small businesses is a pretty straight forward process and certainly won’t break the budget, thanks to our assistance.
It’s estimated that 70% of any person’s inbox is non-personal – that is, company marketing messages, social media updates, etc. As there is so much competition for people’s attention, our web design agency can help you to manage effective email marketing campaigns in addition to setting up your business email accounts. This means that you will get maximum value from your email facilities and use them as a resource rather than just an operational process.
Great graphic design is essential to inspiring branding and marketing. It’s used to create logos, labels, brochures, newsletters and covers in just about every industry. It’s estimated that at least half of all UK businesses will use a graphic design agency or similar service at some point so it’s important that they get value for money and return on their investment. We can help transform your inspiration and ideas into innovative and beautiful images that fit your company’s image and increase the length of the average website visit.
The conversion of details into a visual representation will make the data more accessible to more people. 90% of the information transmitted to the brain is visual so we’re obviously more comfortable dealing with pictures and images. How has this translated to online searches? According to Google, infographic search volumes have increased by an amazing 800% in the space of two years. Our inspirational infographics can transform dull figures and facts into an interesting information resource that’s more likely to be read and shared.
GoCardless is the most popular online direct debit provider in the UK and we like to use it because it can be integrated with a number of invoicing software programmes and with our clients’ websites. It’s ideal for those who offer services that can be paid by monthly retainer or in instalments and the fee structure is low enough to make it accessible to small businesses who want to provide flexible payment options. We can build a GoCardless system into any website that we create and we often leverage our expertise in content management systems such as Wordpress and Joomla to devise user-friendly payment options.
According to PayPal, businesses can increase their sales by up to 26% if they add its Express Checkout facility on their websites. When you consider that around 110 million people around the world use PayPal, it’s clear that including it in your ecommerce website build will help to assure customers that they can buy easily and safely from you. Because we’re committed to offering exceptional value for money, we don’t charge any extra to integrate PayPal within our website designing packages.
SagePay is worth considering because it’s partnered with over 3,000 ecommerce platforms and shopping carts. This gives online retailers the assurance they need that their payments system will work seamlessly on their websites. The company offers its payments solution to tens of thousands of businesses in the UK, including some famous brands, and we have successfully integrated it into the websites of small and large retailers alike. Best of all, the merchant account service from SagePay is free to add and is paid for by a manageable monthly fee. This gives you access to the company’s 3D Secure service that gives customers peace of mind and allows you to check identities.
At one point, WorldPay was owned by RBS but was then sold to a capital management company when RBS was forced to dispose of some of its assets. However, WorldPay continued to use the bank’s IT system until it was able to establish its own datacentres. The company has an amazing 500,000 businesses around the world using its payment solutions, which is why we view it as a reliable, secure and speedy option for small businesses. In fact, WorldPay won Best Merchant Acquiring Project at the Payments Awards in 2013 for its efforts to improve the experiences of international customers.
The growth of Pinterest indicates how popular photos are on the internet. Photo sharing on Facebook is hugely important, with a Harvard Business School study suggesting that 70% of all activity on the site revolves around photos. It’s clear that images have the capacity to engage people far more than text so the photos you select for your website must be appealing, customer friendly and high quality. Don’t rely upon lower resolution images that aren’t relevant to your business; use our Photoshop service to resize and improve so that your website is visually dynamic. We’re sure our quotes will please you.
An SSL certificate is a small data file that facilitates a secure connection between a web server and the browser. Any organisation that uses SSL certificates will be able to use the padlock and https protocols, telling visitors that the information they are about to enter is safe. It’s an essential for all ecommerce websites but it’s also important for businesses that want to capture personal details for other reasons. According to SSL Shopper, 43% of browsers will leave a website if a security alert pops up so paying insufficient attention to website security can cost in terms of traffic, customers and conversion rates. By using our proficient SSL certificate services, you will achieve this security without having to worry about the technical issues associated with it. We have the knowledge to advise you on exactly what kind of certification you need for your website and provide you with an affordable solution.
If you think marketing videos are the preserve of big business, you could be missing out on many opportunities. Research from comScore suggests that 45% of internet users watch at least one online video each month. In addition, 90% of online shoppers said that they found videos on the retailer’s website helpful in making decisions to buy. There is general research available to support online retailer thoughts that products with videos sell more than those without. On top of this, there is always the prospect of having your video go viral, which means that it will be shared by thousands or even tens of thousands of times across social media sites. While we can’t guarantee this, we can certainly provide advice on the features that will increase the video’s chances of being shared and offer amazing video production values to promote your business.
There is a mindboggling array of website templates available and they can offer a sensible solution for cash strapped start-ups to launch their local businesses online. However, we believe that website templates need to be considered carefully and our team of web designers can minimise the disadvantages from which template websites can sometimes suffer. We can help prevent your website from looking like others based on the same template and recommend CMS templates where more customisation is possible. This can offer you a budget friendly website that will deliver for your business.
Websites for sale
Buying a readymade website can be a neat solution for businesses with little time or money to invest. According to website Startups.co, the new entrepreneur’s priorities revolve around bringing money into the business and increasing sales. Buying a readymade website created by our web designs expert allows you to start promoting your company and winning customers right away.
SMEweb.com reported in 2012 that small businesses in the UK increased their use of freelancers – that is, they outsourced some of their activities – by 134% over the previous year. This trend started during the recession, when small businesses had to cut costs by using outsourced support such as virtual assistant services in order to survive. However, keeping costs to a minimum in any trading environment makes sense, which is why we have delighted small business clients with our reliable and value for money administrative support.
Some studies suggest that 20% of all new business is generated over the phone but that 80% of prospective customers won’t call back if they only get a voicemail facility. We think it’s even more important that a major customer is able to talk to someone if they have a complaint. Our ereceptionists are experienced in dealing with difficult phone calls and will give confidence that the problems will be resolved. In addition, our fair and transparent prices ensure that you are in full control of the costs and can monitor how much of a difference a virtual ereceptionist can make to business performance.
Virtual office services offer home and small businesses the chance to use a respectable business address across their letters, websites and marketing materials. A virtual office address can also be used for Companies House purposes, although the residential address still needs to be provided (but not for public access). One important exception in terms of correspondence is your banking arrangements. To comply with money laundering regulations, you must provide your home business address for bank statements. For almost anything else, however, we can act to the outside world as your office base.
Virtual phone numbers
Even though emails and social media have transformed the way we communicate, how you manage company phone calls is still an important element of running your business. The number(s) that you use and how you respond to calls can have a big impact on customer retention so we believe that our virtual phone number installation service is a good return on investment. In fact, a report from Which? suggests that UK businesses could be losing out on millions of pounds of sales by using high cost mobile numbers or higher rate landline numbers for customer services activities. A high proportion of people simply can’t afford to use higher priced numbers so our virtual phone number service will give them the confidence to use your company.
Financial records can incorporate a bewildering array of documents such as invoices, receipts, bank statements, utility bills and online payments and they’re needed for an equally impressive number of purposes. These include management accounts, cash flow forecasts, VAT returns, bank loan applications and tax returns. No wonder small business owners are increasingly turning to online bookkeeping services to ensure that their figures are correct and produced at the times they’re needed. We can record your financial transactions on a spreadsheet or using one of our popular bookkeeping software platforms.
The Forum of Private Business estimates that late payments cost UK companies £20 billion each year and that small businesses are owed an average of £39,000 at any given time. Worst still, 25% of businesses go under as a result of late invoice payments. Make sure that your business doesn’t become part of these statistics by ensuring that its credit control practices are tight. Our effective credit controllers are highly experienced in securing payments as quickly as possible and knowing when to escalate a particular problem.
While outsourcing is still a relatively new concept to small businesses, payroll is one of the business activities that has been hived off to third party providers for decades. There have always been penalties slapped on businesses for late or inaccurate filing so arranging for it to be undertaken by payroll specialists such as ours spares them the responsibility and the headache. Even for a modestly sized payroll, you would need to know how to manage issues such as maternity pay, paternity pay, adoption pay, SSP and auto enrolment pension deductions. Outsourcing your payroll can actually save more money than it costs and give you back more time in your week where you can generate revenue.
VAT services differ from bookkeeping because they require more advanced accountancy knowledge around exemptions, rates and thresholds. HMRC is under pressure to pursue businesses who fail to comply with its regulations so it makes sense to obtain professional advice on when you need to register under the VAT system and leave the accountancy work to experienced personnel. We have the expertise to account accurately for all transactions in your sales and purchase ledgers and ensure that returns are submitted before the required deadlines. You definitely don’t want to pay more than you should in relation to your VAT returns and our services will guarantee that you submit the correct payment, and not a penny more.
The rules on PAYE returns changed on 6 April 2013. These required businesses to send PAYE information in real time – that is, on or before the day you pay your employees. That’s a lot of stress for small business owners who are juggling a lot of other responsibilities at the same time. If you don’t have the time to manage the Full Payment Submissions, you can turn to our payroll experts. They will be happy to ensure that the correct salaries, deductions and start/leave dates are sent to HMRC. Our software is fully RTI-compliant and designed to provide a proficient service.
Income tax was first implemented within the UK by Pitt the Younger to help fund the war against Napoleon and the highest rate was a dizzying 99.25%, during World War II. These days, the system for the self-employed can seem pretty complicated and it’s not everyone who is comfortable with entering their tax return calculations online. (Although you can submit by post, the deadlines are earlier.) Our tax return services are ideal because they remove the worry about getting the figures right but our approval process means that you maintain control over your tax affairs.
There are 3.1 million businesses registered with Companies House and 75% of annual returns were submitted electronically using the web filing software available. Naturally, we prefer to complete annual returns online because it’s quicker and the associated fee is cheaper. Companies House for England and Wales generally issues at least 10,000 late filing penalties each month, which tells us that lots of business owners would benefit from outsourcing their annual return work to us. Avoid this risk by handing over your web filing obligations to us.
Year end accounts
Most registered companies have a year end of 31 March, although businesses are free, within certain parameters, to have the year end date of their choice. For example, you could choose a date within your quieter trading period or when stock levels aren’t so high. Alternatively, you could determine what tax payment schedule is best for your cash flow. If you need advice with this, we’re happy to help as part of our year end accounts service. We can provide quotes at any time in your financial year.
Cash flow forecasting
There are a number of options that business owners can use if their cash flow is difficult such as asking for deposits or milestone payments, offering discounts for early settlement and undertaking credit checks on new clients (particularly if the project is a big one). However, you won’t know if these tactics are worthwhile unless you know where your cash flow levels are headed. Our cash flow forecasting packages give you valuable information which you can use to plan the company’s finances for the year ahead. We are also able to prepare forecasts at short notice if they are required for business plans to obtain funding, grants or credit terms.
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SEO Web Design & Development For Small & Large Businesses Plus Corporate Customers
SEO web design is all about on page search engine optimisation. Your website needs to stand out from your competitors. Effective website design is not just about creating a lovely looking website, with good copy and excellent graphics. If you don’t market it by using search engine optimization (SEO) techniques, then your website won’t be doing much for your business; you need your website to work hard for your business!
If your website isn’t SEO designed, how will customers find you?
As a business, you need to make the best of every opportunity to market your products or services; the Internet offers a wide range of marketing opportunities. And don’t forget, it’s not just about marketing your website, it’s also about making sure your website is recognised by your customers. To draw potential customers to your website, search engine optimization (SEO) is a must! Whether you are based in Arundel, Bognor Regis, London, Worthing, Sussex, Hampshire or Surrey you need your customers to be able the find your website.
Our Website Designers Specialize In Search Engine Optimization Friendly Sites
SEO website design services can seem like a minefield with jargon being used frequently to describe some basic functions. For example meta tags; these we are a told help push your website up the search engine rankings. Meta tags are hidden and live in the header of the HTML document. Its function is to supply additional information about the document and they are not visible to the reader. It’s important too that meta tags are included on every page.
Search engines also use page headlines and sub-headings to index your website; so it is beneficial to include your keywords in what are known as H1, H2 and H3 tags. These H tags are given more weight by search engines than page content. They also work in decreasing order so in other words, H1 is more important that H2, and H2 more than H3. It’s a big mistake not to use H tags and we believe that rather than using keywords randomly, that short sentences or tag lines work better. Using H1 tags is a brilliant way to add emphasis to your website’s keywords so we make sure they will be included in your search engine optimisation strategy.
Keywords are important including them in your meta tags as this can improve your search engine ranking. For example, if the meta tag was “Mays Web Design” AND in the text on the pages, then the search engine will recognise that “mays web design” is an important theme.
But there’s another critical step with keywords that isn’t always appreciated - keyword research. To do this, we need to think like potential customers would, identifying what words and phrases they would use to find products or services that you sell. Keywords are used by search engines to make your webpages more searchable and page descriptions only need to be a sentence or two to describe what the page is about. Unless your keywords and descriptions are accurate and correct, then nobody will find your site.
You can’t afford to let potential customers surf by your business so getting your SEO web design right is essential.
Ecommerce Solutions Using Joomla, Wordpress & Drupal
Ecommerce is the term given to buying and selling goods or services online whether this is banking, retail shopping or investing. So what makes a brilliant ecommerce website? The answer is simple and one which we will be able to help you with - ecommerce websites (i.e. those with ‘shopping carts’ or baskets) need to be sleek and easy to use.
The ‘functionality’ of the shopping cart is the key. Shopping carts or baskets or trolleys need to show all the essential information to the consumer, such as price, quantity, VAT or other taxes, discounts etc. Consumers need to trust the purchasing process so recognised security certificates (SSL) and payment processing is important. We use trusted open source content management systems such as Joomla and Wordpress.
Customers need to feel that they can trust the website they are buying from. Having a shopping cart that clearly shows the checkout process is one way of doing this. Customers like to be able to make changes to their shopping carts or baskets. The consumer likes to feel in control of their order at all times. But any changes they make, the cart needs to update quickly and efficiently. If customers have to work hard to change their order before purchase, they are likely to visit one of your competitors. In fact, if a consumer has to wait more than 8 seconds for a page to load or re-load, they are likely to go elsewhere.
Using The Right Ecommerce Software Including Magento, Zen Cart & Many Others
We believe that any ecommerce web design needs to offer several key things; firstly, simplicity is key although visual appeal is great, it can cloud the page. Customers like a clean, sleek look at the point where they are making their purchase. But thumbnail images of products help customers find what they are looking for, and also serve as a reminder of what they are buying.
Effective ecommerce websites show customers where they are on a website, in other words ease of navigation. Customers also want to know the number of steps involved in the checkout process and where they are in the buying process. Too many ‘steps’ turn potential customers away.
Customers need prompting, reminding them what they need to do and where they need to go. Prompting is a similar principle to ‘calls to action’, used on printed marketing material.
Ecommerce websites also need to be tested and this process needs to be repeated so that you have an idea of what the customer experience is like when using your website, which is why we use Magento, Joomla, Zen Cart, Drupal & Wordpress among others.
We understand that choosing the right web design agency is a must when looking to create a sleek & professional ecommerce website. We offer great web design packages at competitive prices and understand that you need practical and powerful ecommerce websites, with easy to use shopping carts (for you and your customers) which is why we offer our web design development services at a fair price and quick & easy to use solutions.
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Our Internet Marketing Services Include Pay Per Click (PPC), SEO, Trust & Brand Building
It’s a fact that the World Wide Web is a crowded place with 255 million websites and you need to make your website stand out from your competitors. But with over 21 million websites added to an already crowded market place, just how do you do that?
The theory looks simple – all you need an effective Internet marketing strategy. You can, of course, create this yourself but May’s Web Design agency are a experienced internet marketing company in marketing your website, having worked with several clients from a variety of business backgrounds creating bespoke website designs & improving our clients web prescence.
Virtually everything can be done on line these days; finding a flat to rent, watching films, buying furniture, ordering a take away, the list goes on and on! So knowing that the web is a crowded place you need to make sure you have a visibility there. We make sure that your business is visible to a larger community.
An effective marketing strategy will take into account ways in which you can bring new customers to your business but you can also now stay in touch far more effectively with returning customers. You can publicise future events, market offers for products and services and keep a loyal database of customers coming back for more. Marketing can take the form of many guises including organic SEO ( search engine optimization ) . Gaining trust & brand awareness - this can involve becoming members of accredited professional bodies, PPC ( pay per click advertising ) using google adwords or bing. Social media promotion on platforms such as facebook, twitter & you tube videos. Content wrting is also essential in promoting your business.
Seeing as there are approximately 2 billion Internet users worldwide, people can now access the Internet and buy or order a huge variety of goods or services. You need to make sure that your website and Internet marketing strategy gives you the leading competitive edge. By working with our experts here at May’s Web Design, you can be sure that you reach as wide a market as possible.
No matter what your business, you need to make sure you have your website keyword optimised. By understanding and harnessing these keywords, your website will be pushed up the ranking. This will direct more traffic to your website and more traffic, means more potential customers. May’s Web Designs can act as consultants for your online presence, making sure you turn a potential customer to an ‘earning’ customer.
Your online presence needs to be consistent. Customers like to feel when they land on your pages that the company they are possibly about to purchase or order from, is a dynamic & trusted business looking to expand and improve. And don’t forget, people are now accessing the Web in other ways – the advent of smart phones for example, mean that people are now almost permanently connected to the Web. You’ll need to make sure to tap into this continuous stream of social media. May’s Web design can also help you with this.
The Internet means that no matter where your company is based, whether that be in the wilds of Scotland, in the tourist hotspots such as Bournemouth or up and coming business areas such as Bristol, you can be confident by working with MWD that your website will work hard for your business.