“Radikls created a holiday booking system which gave us an advantage in the market and was asignificant factor in the £1.4million sale of our business.”
ex Cottages Direct
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.
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.
Radikls Launches Monthly Newsletter
You would have noticed that maps are appearing at the top of the first page of Google search results. We’ve extended our Introductory Newsletter Special Offer for another month to get your business found easier.
PHP - Person to Help Portfolio
With the success of a business portfolio absorbed each year over the last 3 years Radikls now needs a PHP developer to support the increase of clients requiring updates to their websites. The 3 business purchases have seen more PHP clients than ASP clients, so to support this growth go to our Vacancies to see the details or if you are a one man web company go to Opportunities to see if you are interested.
Radikls net Ecommerce company
Dorset Web Ltd purchased a company based in Kent called Waterside Designs. The company specialised in building and supporting clients for Ecommerce websites. Clients included Tatty Bumpkin who were recently on BBC Dragons' Den programme. Other clients include Frank Bruno, a Titanic Memorabilia website and a fabulous wedding jewellery website www.ayedo.co.uk .
The client portfolio of 70 clients is based all over England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia.
How We Can Improve YOUR Internet Marketing Seminar
Dorset based greenmessage and Radikls recently hosted a FREE seminar aimed at helping businesses to maximise their profile using the Internet to great effect. The event held at AFC Bournemouth in conjunction AFC Business was well attended and from the feedback forms received "very informative and extremely beneficial".
greenmessage discussed all of your e-marketing needs, including how to maximise your sales potential from your regular e-mail campaigns, keeping your clients happy and increase your company's profile and presence in the marketplace.
Radikls explained how they can help your online marketing succeed and improve your web traffic. Their talk focussed on your website Hot Spots; News an Special Offers using Net-Inform, CMS systems, RSS Feeds, Videos, Blogs, Forums, Search Engine Optimisation and linking.
Should you wish to discuss further any element of the seminar or wish to arrange a convenient appointment please contact us.
Should you wish to take advantage of the seminar special offer; 50% or £100 per annum discount (Usual RRP £199 per annum) Net-Inform self-updateable News and PR 'Lite' Content Management System. Offer valid ONLY until 30th April 2010. Please contact us using the email address printed upon the FREE Radikls coffee coasters given away the seminar.
Radikls.com to the rescue
Radikls 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 Radikls, 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 Radikls' 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 Radikls' 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.
Resolve Clinic Growing in the Credit Crunch
The end of summer 2008 saw the opening of the eagerly anticipated Resolve Clinic on Howard Road in Bournemouth, offering the latest in laser skin treatments using award-winning equipment. Resolve technicians use the Intense Pulse Light Laser system, state of the art laser technology as seen on Channel 4's 'Ten Years Younger', to provide stunning results to clients.
Resolve Clinic has used the Search Engine Optimization Company Radikls to help grow the existing client base. Fantastic results have been seen through achieving page 1 placements on most search engines. Business has doubled since using www.Radikls.com to expand the business. Now Resolve clinic is easy to find on the internet and 70% of their business comes from the website.
To crack the credit crunch, Resolve is offering 0% finance alongside competitive prices and special offers to both new and existing clients, proving themselves popular with locals.
'We have had a very pleasing start since opening our doors and have had fantastic feedback from our clients,' said Resolve Director Karina Hamblett. 'Ultimately, we believe in great customer service and think this will help to see our business grow and grow.'
Resolve Clinic offers the following treatments;
- Hair removal
- Thread vein removal
- Skin rejuvenation
- Acne reduction
- Pigmentation removal
- Wrinkle reduction
- Teeth Whitening
- Skin Peels
Sales increase by 40% on the net
Body in motion is a centre for excellence in Physiotherapy, Sports Massage, Rehabilitation and Personal Training based in Christchurch Road, Bournemouth.
Owner and Chartered Physiotherapist, Anne-Marie Samuel has found that keeping the website up to date and fully optimised for the search engines has been invaluable to the business success.
Anne-Marie says "having Radikls manage our website has been invaluable to the growth of our business. We are receiving over 40% of our new business through the website and we are at No. 1 in the major search engines. Our patients often remark that the website was one of the best in our sector when they were looking for treatment."
For further information visit bodyinmotion.co.uk
Regency Hampers - PR
'Regency Hampers', the Cheltenham based luxury food hamper specialist, again saw the number of it Christmas deliveries soar for the 6th successive year. With late deliveries being in the news during the Christmas build up, Regency we able to maintain its 99.9% successful delivery schedules.
'Regency Hampers' are an e-trader and rely on their complex web based back-office systems, developed and maintained by Poole based web developers Radikls, for their successful operation. "Our web system organises our stock control, delivery schedules and the release of hampers from our distribution centre", says Neil Perkin MD of Regency. "With a substantial part of our turnover being generated at Christmas, it is imperative that we had the support of Radikls during this busy period. As many of our hampers include perishable food elements it is imperative that our hampers are scheduled for delivery that meets the customers requirements but also minimises transit time with the courier, so that our produce arrives in first class condition".
Radikls staff was on hand to respond to any queries and make proactive checks within the system to ensure that all reporting was 100% accurate during the busy festive period.
Radikls added a number of developments to the e-commerce website prior to the Christmas season including a sophisticated fraud control module, "with our hampers costing over £100 we needed to reduce our exposure to deception, and our new fraud control module did just that".
With further developments planned to the website and back-office systems by Radikls during the coming months, next Christmas looks like being busier than ever for hamper specialist.
Expansion for local internet solutions business
Radikls have expanded their business by purchasing another internet solutions company called Perfect Page. Perfect Page based in Weybridge Surrey, specialise in content management systems and has been trading for 10 years. Perfect Page currently has 85 clients and expected turnover for this year is 70k.
Managing Director Tony Raybould says "we already have several clients in London and the home counties so it is a natural progression for us to acquire a business in Surrey.
Some of the new clients include an exclusive hotel, Gallaher Ltd, a hotel group and the charity Beating Bowel Cancer.
Despite the talk of a credit crunch we are extremely busy. Our clients are realising how essential it is to upgrade their websites and be part of the on line sales boom. Being top in Google can be far cheaper than other forms of advertising."
New site for Friends of Forest Holme
For the past few months, Fundraising Co-ordinator Debra Dennett has been working closely with Dorset Web Ltd, to design a dedicated web site for Friends of Forest Holme, the charity which supports the palliative and hospice care unit in Poole. Debra said "The new and improved website is a great tool for all our valued supporters to use for regular updates on our fundraising activities, corporate support, latest news and events diary. We hope that visitors to www.friendsofforestholme.org.uk will find the site easy to use and informative".
Tony Raybould, Managing Director of Dorset Web Ltd said "We are proud to be sponsors of Friends of Forest Holme. As a local business we are working for Friends of Forest Holme for the next 3 years in providing website design, search engine optimisation and updates to the site. The events page can be updated in-house to keep everyone up to date with our net-inform.co.uk content management tool. Other clients recently subscribed to using this product include, The Isle of Purbeck Golf Club, Wyvern Cargo, The Illusionists and Ringwood Brewery."
Carrington Club launches new website
The Carrington Club, which is probably Dorset's leading networking club, has launched its new website. The website built by radikls.com keeps members and guests up to date with its regular meetings and social events and also helps to promote the members by their own business services and products. The new site also allows members to build up their social networking and relationships by identifying the clients they work with and recommend member suppliers. Each member can also update its details and the system allows them to email each other. For a free invitation to come along as a guest, contact email@example.com
Radikls £10,000 Target Fundraising Website
Radikls, a leading local Internet solution provider, have launched a new website www.london-marathon.org.uk aimed at raising over £10,000 for local Dorset charity, "Round Table Children's Wish", who help make come true the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses.
3 members of the Radikls team have entered this year's 2008 London Flora Marathon. Business Manager Mark Bradley and Lead Developers Tim Birch and Brian Barnes are deep into their training regimes for the race being held on Sunday 13th April. The runners have pledged to raise nearly £5,000 in return for RTCW guaranteeing their marathon places but hope to boost that figure to over £10,000 through the website.
The website developed by Radikls enables companies of all sizes, entrepreneurs, local businesses and large multinationals to purchase one or more advertising blocks from just £50. The blocks are used to build the front page of the website, redirect traffic to the advertising company website, raising their own search engine profile and help the team reach this magical target for the charity.
Julie Atherton, from "Round Table Children's Wish" commented " the website is a great idea and allows donors to show their association with a nationally respected charity and help make children's wishes come true".
Motor home selling made easy
B. Miller and Son car dealership are enjoying the benefits of using a new system designed by local internet business Radikls.com. The updatable system allows for control of their own web site including managing of new stock and sales of vehicles, including B. Millers large range of motor homes, commercial vehicles and cars.
Andrew Miller, Managing Director of B Miller and Sons says "I am not very technical with the internet, but I found the new system from Radikls very easy to use, and I can make my own changes of vehicles with photos and specs very quickly".
The system is available for any car dealership business on a yearly licence to keep costs down. Further information can be obtained from bmillerandsons.co.uk and radikls.com.
And it's goodnight from him
Open all hours - that's the new Ronnie Barker website which has been launched with help from a Dorset firm.
Poole-based Radikls.com has created the Ronnie Barker DVD site and secure order system for partworks magazine publisher GE Fabbri.
It's the latest success for Radikls which has helped GE Fabbri to boost sales from 25per cent to 55per cent in their three-year partnership.
Radikls managing director Tony Raybould said:
"www.RonnieBarkerDVD.com is the latest of more than 15 GE Fabbri websites that use our secure ordering system."
"The system is now being upgraded to take into account users' comments - there are always improvements that boost sales and create a better online shopping experience," he added.
Ferrari's I'll take two please
Ferrari fans are collecting intricate scale models of their beloved sports cars with help from a Dorset firm.
Poole-based Radikls has assisted in the launch of Ferrari Collection, a new magazine from London publisher GE Fabbri.
Each fortnightly issue comes with a 1:43 scale model of an iconic Ferrari, including competition models, production cars and single-seater Formula 1 racers.
Radikls has created and also manages the accompanying website for the magazine title.
All orders are taken securely through the company's online payment interface.
Managing Director Tony Raybould said it had been a challenging project.
“Deadlines are always frantic due to the nature of ensuring the licenser and the publishers are completely happy.”
Radikls Business Manager Bites Off More Than He Could Chew!
It takes a long time for the fairies to find their new home as Karen Cutler the 'Fairy God Mother' behind the name JUST ADD FAIRIES discovered when she wanted to bring some from Australia to Christchurch.
Karen finally made her own wishes come true when she unlocked the door to their new home in Wick Lane, Christchurch on the 10th February after months of preparation. Karen when visiting Australia in 2006 conceived the idea but it took a while to find an ideal Fairy location and then to create the perfect magical environment for both children and adults!
The Fairies had some help settling in, firstly from Chris Milner of Cogent Training with training and marketing strategies and invited them to the BNI Dolphin Poole Chapter breakfast meeting at Discovery Court. It was there that they met Richard Llewellyn from Effusion Design who created their business cards and stationary, Barrie Loring from Concrete Enhancement who gave positive business advice and Adrian Ford from Homefix Computing who provides ongoing IT support, even Fairies need computers these days. They also met Mark Bradley from Radikls.com, our very own website design business manager, who are creating the www.justaddfairies.co.uk website.
On the opening day, 2CR were invited to broadcast the event live to the local area and the BNI team were happy to get involved, only Mark bit off more than he could chew! The passing motorists, public and listeners of 2CR were a little startled by his deep "fairy" voice and appearance as the "Tooth Fairy" in a white tutu, wings and sparkling silver head band complete with springy stars! When asked where the Tooth Fairy came from, no one could believe Mark was from their website company and that it was all part of the service!
Karen's vision is now turning into reality with the help of BNI and Radikls. She said, "The day was amazing and everything flew off the shelves! We have had a huge interest in the children's parties and also enquiries from businesses wanting to use our Fairies to market their events - something that we are very interested in promoting".
We would like to wish Karen and Just Add Fairies all the success she deserves for 2007 and many years to follow.
Clients Rallye round to support Dorset Web 10th anniversary
As part of Dorset Web celebrating their 10th year in business they supported the annual Sunseeker Rallye event at Somerley House. On a beautiful day the guests saw 2 of the stages which resulted in local Poole driver Marcus Dodd winning his 5th title of the rallye. The event was in aid of one of Dorset Webs' clients Round Table Children's Wishes www.rtcw.org.uk
Dorset Web are celebrating reaching their 10 year anniversary.
Dorset Web was one of the first web design companies to set up in Dorset, clients quickly spread to counties outside the area and particularly in London. It then became necessary to find a more corporate identity and the name Radikls was formed. The interesting spelling of a word now widely used by the media was formed from the initials of the 2 business partners and their children i.e. Raybould, Anthony, Dunnet, Ian, Kathryn, Laura, Stephanie.
Managing Director Tony Raybould says 'we have grown organically over the years, designing literally hundreds of sites. Our clients are in 20 counties in the UK, plus in the USA, France and now Australia.As part of our celebrations we are running a competition to help 3 businesses.
The first prize will be for the best idea for an ecommerce web site which we will build, carry out search engine optimisation and update the site. We will work as a mentor and support partner with the winner on a commission/partnership agreement.
The second prize will be a website optimisation and search engine placement service for a year.
The third prize will be a redesign of a website.
To apply we would ask people to email us with details about their ideas and which prize they are applying for, or go to the competition page. Apply to www.dorsetweb.co.uk/competition or write to us at the address on the web site.
Dorset web company helps launch James Bond Cars
In the last quarter, Radikls.com have been involved in the launch of 10 new partwork publications.
Working for Eaglemoss & GE Fabbri, Radikls have been designing the web sites, developing the secure ordering and back issues areas of collection magazines for the past 3 years for these London publication companies.
Tony Raybould of radikls.com said 'we have been extremely busy meeting all the publication deadlines for launch of the magazines, which have to be ready to coincide with the TV advertising.'
New titles include "Tracy Beaker DVD"; "Charmed" & "James Bond Cars".
Grist Legal Raise Their 'Big Wig' Status
Grist Legal Recruitment has recently undergone some radical improvements to their website. Having been established since 2002 as legal recruitment specialists in the placement of Solicitors, Legal Secretaries and support staff, it was of the utmost importance to have the highest 'big wig' profile possible.
Refreshing website content, implementing an all-new behind-the-scenes user-friendly administration area and increasing visibility within search engines were the three main areas of attack or should that be defence. The promotion of legal community partners and client testimonials would also help maintain their position as one of the South coasts most comprehensive independent legal recruitment consultancies.
Turning to Radikls.com, a Dorset based Web company and providers of their personnel recruitment site, they embarked upon a 2 month journey which unbeknown to them would result in an extra 50% website visitors in the first month of use, or putting it simply, 2500 more prospective clients than August of last year.
Brenda Morland, Grist Legal Recruitment Office Manager said, "the site is fantastic, better than we'd envisaged, it is much easier to update the content and it looks superb". "Radikls and Dorset Web have delivered just what we wanted and more".
RADIKLS GOES DOWNUNDER!!
Ian Dunnet (pictured with his wife Val) emigrated to Perth, Australia with his family last September to set up Radikls.com.au. Supported by Tony Raybould and the team at Radikls.com in the UK, Ian has already gained 15 customers in the Australian market. Some of the businesses include; Transmin (a Nationwide supplier of mining equipment and heavy industrial systems), Marine and Offshore Global ( an International Safety Training Company for the Oil and Gas Industry) along with three of their subsidieries, Fleet Fitness (suppliers of gym equipment to the commercial and residential markets) even a Winery (Vineyard to the rest of us) based down in Pemberton, near the well known Margaret River wine growing area. The support may well pay extra dividends with a possible partnership between Radikls and Queensberry IT to supply software to the tourism hospitality markets in both UK and Australia looming on the horizon.
Ian commented that " Life in Australia is generally more relaxed with a strong emphasis on leisure and family time, but business here is still very focussed and we work hard to get and keep our clients"
Warning - Domain Name Scam and Hi-Jack !
Some of our clients are receiving letters from the Domain Registry of America. DO NOT respond to these letters as they are a scam to transfer your domain name to their control. They ask for payment well in advance of the due dates and if paid the name moves to an American server away from your current UK service with ourselves which will mean your email will go down and your web site will disappear!
Also we know of companies that call you to tell you of names available that you might want and that you must book them straight away otherwise they will be lost. If you are concerned about any of your existing names or would like to check availability of other names please give Libby a call on our freephone 0800 068 058 9 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Midsomer Murders move to France
Following a successful relationship with London-based magazine publishers GE Fabbri, and local outsourcing contact centre, Database Factory, Radikls.com were awarded two prestigious French web design contracts. As a result of their collaboration, 'Inspecteur Barnaby' (a version of 'Midsomer Murders') and 'Dora l'Exploratrice' ('Dora The Explorer') were born. Pierre Viala from the French agent said, " as a result of Radikls successfully designing the English versions of the website it seemed the natural choice for them to be awarded the French versions. The process was managed to time and we are very happy with the results.
Following the success of Dora The Explorer DVD in France, this is now being launched in the UK and Radikls will be designing the site and providing the secure ordering system for this.
Magic Of The Web Is No Illusion
Dorset twin illusionists Gary and Paul Hardy-Brown landed a nine-month starring role at Alton Towers after a local firm worked its magic on their website.
The twins were signed up for England's largest illusion show 'The Magic of Ice, Circus of Illusion' after Alton Towers' bosses spotted their website.
It had been optimised with the search engine marketing expertise of Dorset Web. MD Tony Raybould said: "Whilst most people now realise the importance of having a website, some still don't realise that a site needs to be properly marketed on the Internet. You can have the best and funkiest site in the world, but it's completely wasted if the design is 'non search engine friendly' and no one can find it. Gary and Paul realised the need to invest in professional search engine expertise and it quickly paid off."
Daily Echo, Thursday January 26, 2007.
To celebrate the re-launch of Ringwood Brewery's e-commerce web site, around 30 of Internet company Dorset Web's clients enjoyed an evening tour of the Ringwood-based brewery.
Managing Director Tony Raybould commented, "Dorset Web was looking for a corporate event with a difference and taking clients on a brewery tour seemed a rather unusual way of getting everyone together."
The evening commenced with a guided tour of Ringwood Brewery, demonstrating the brewing process from start to finish. This was followed by a beer tasting session in the onsite bar and a visit to the Brewery's souvenir shop where beers including 'Old Thumper', 'Bold Forester' and 'Bondoggle' were purchased, as well as items of breweriana.
To round off the evening a visit to the Inn on the Furlong pub in nearby Ringwood, for supper and yet more local beer followed. Ringwood Brewery offer tours most days and evenings. For more details visit their web site at: www.ringwoodbrewery.co.uk
Salamander Web Boost
Dorset-based Salamander cookshops are celebrating increased profits from Internet orders since the redesign of their website.
Salamander, which has shops in Wimborne, Shaftesbury and Sherborne, has boosted its online range and restructured the website to allow users to browse by product category or brand.
The new site was built by Poole-based Dorset Web. "High street retailers are looking at the web as an alternative to expanding through traditional outlets," said Dorset Web Director Tony Raybould. "Lower overheads and a wider catchment area are just some of the advantages."
Daily Echo, Wednesday February 9, 2005.
Database's solution is lovely jubbly
Only Fools and Horses fans can now subscribe to the official magazine online thanks to Poole-based radikls.com. The company has secured a long-term partnership with the Database Factory of Ringwood to deliver online subscription services for its top clients. "radikls.com has been able to provide a reliable and effective solution," said Database Factory technical manager Kevin Clark. "We can now process more subscriptions without having to worry about cleaning information between one system and another - saving time and money whilst redirecting errors."
Database's solution is lovely jubblyOver the last six months, radikls.com and the Database Factory have delivered a number of subscription websites including Lord of the Rings and Stargate magazine, which have generated more than 5 million subscriptions.
Daily Echo, Wednesday November 24, 2004.
Lord of the Rings in Dorset
Lord of the Rings success in Dorset has been accomplished as website generates over 20,000 subscriptions in the first three weeks of operation worth an estimated £1.2M in revenue.
Poole based internet Development Company Radikls.com teamed up with distribution house Database Factory of Ringwood to help magazine publisher's process on-line subscriptions and to handle direct distribution.
"Internet sales using the system developed by Radikls.com exceeded both our original targets and our expectations" said Managing Director Charles Smee of Database Factory. "More of our clients are looking seriously at the internet as both a sales and communication channel."
Consultant Michael Hancock of Radikls.com commented "Publishers in the past have considered the Internet a threat to sales however the opportunities to provide additional content and interactive services not available in the magazine add value and can help drive sales."
The companies are currently working together to win contracts to replicate their success with other fantasy and science fiction titles which are due to be released in the next couple of months.
For further information visit www.radikls.com or call 0800 0 68 0 58 9
The website is www.lotr-models.co.uk
Lee Peck welcomes Michael Hancock of Radikls.com to a champagne reception in front of the Boss Swap Cameras.
Boss Swapping in Dorset
Wimborne based Decomatic (UK) Limited, a plastic carrier manufacturer, was one of the companies to take part in the filming of Boss Swap, a television series to be broadcast on Tuesday the 27th of January, on Channel 4 at 9pm, where Managing Directors change places for two weeks and run each others companies.
Acting Managing Director Lee Peck (who runs an advertising agency) got to work changing the presentation of Decomatic on the first day of his arrival. Among the first things to change was a new website by Poole based Dorset Web, a division of Radikls.com. The challenge was to completely change their website in two days.
Lee Peck (L) welcomes Michael Hancock of Radikls.com to a champagne reception in front of the Boss Swap Cameras.
Michael Hancock, from Radikls.com, agreed to take up the challenge. "Ensuring that new photography was commissioned was the key to breathing new life into Decomatic's website", said Michael. "Often what separates a good site from a poor one is the quality of the photography and copy - many companies try to cut corners in this area, especially with the promise of DIY digital photography. However, the creative process involved including the photographer's skills are what makes the difference."
Radikls delivered the new site on time to a host of comments like, "WOW" and "500% better than before" at a champagne reception held to launch Decomatic's new image.
Dorset Businesses Lose Thousands
Currently Dorset businesses that advertise in magazines and local press are missing out on thousands of opportunities every day - claims Libby Raybould from Poole based Dorset Web Limited.
Mrs Raybould said "Although companies spend thousands of pounds in printed advertising they are missing out on the opportunity to advertise their website address."
In a study carried out last month by www.dorsetweb.co.uk only sixty percent of businesses sampled that had a website advertised the fact in their printed advertising. More disturbingly on telephoning the companies only one in three receptionists knew their own company website address.
"We have found from evaluating our clients' website statistics that those who advertise their website make a dramatic impact on the number of visitors to their site. Said Libby "I would strongly recommend that companies advertise their website as much as possible both to their clients and their staff".
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Tony Raybould & Ian Dunnet of radikls.com
Driving E-business Reform
Poole Based Radikls.com launched an executive car club this month with a great new way of promoting its members' businesses. Why not have a number plate that goes to your website!
Tony Raybould said "We wanted to tell people about our company and thought that stickers or signage would not look right on our vehicles. It was at the same time that we were looking for private plates for the vehicles that I looked into the link between web addresses and number plates."
"It is a great way to be seen. These days most people are aware of private plates, ours catch attention. We have had numerous e-mails saying what a great idea it is." Said Mr. Raybould.
"We wanted to set up a Car Club for like minded business executives. For a small fee we are offering to provide advice on what to do, buy the domain name and point this to your current website".