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June 2006 Newsletter

Hi , and welcome to our June roundup newsletter. The office is currently gripped with World Cup fever, so we thought we would do our bit for the lads with some serious patriotic styling. ENG-GER-LAND!

This month's features >

Technology workshop a success

Leisureshack Success

September Fun Day!

Studio 2 Website Revamp

Countesthorpe College

Web Awards for Buffalo Socks

Partner Spotlight: Aurora Tech

New Projects

Latest ProHelp Project

Top 10 Tips Download

Chamber of Commerce Dinner

 

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  Technology Workshop a Success

We would like to thank everyone that attended our technology workshop earlier this month, at the new Marriot Hotel in Leicester.

Hosted by ourselves, RDC Communications and Aurora Technology, the aim of the free seminar was to educate our clients and other interested parties in a number of issues including "Choosing a Web Design Partner" "Voice Over IP" and "Virtual Private Networks".

Holding two sessions during the day, the event was a great success with over 30 businesses attending.

It was great to meet you all, and look forward to seeing some of you again at our event in September…


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  September Fun Day!

Keep this date in your diaries – on Sunday the 24th September, Studio 2 will be holding a big outdoors bash in rural Markfield.

The focus is definitely on fun, and we will be inviting our clients, friends (and their kids!) to what we hope will be a memorable day out. The details are still be finalised, but expect a barbeque and bouncy castle for starters!

More details over the summer!

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  Case Study: Countesthorpe College

Countesthorpe College is a 14-19 Specialist Technology College in the South Leicestershire Area offering a broad and balanced curriculum at both GCSE and Post 16 level including: GCSE, Advanced, and Vocational courses.

Studio 2 worked with the College to completely redevelop their existing website giving it a more interesting and approachable look, for would be students interested in learning more about the College’s facilitites, along with existing students and their parents to log in to secure information areas.

Also created for the website is a flash College Virtual Tour to walkthrough all the departments, and an interactive zoom map for easy directions to the college!

"We are absolutely delighted with our new College website. It is exactly what we wanted and will help significantly to promote the College and to provide a wealth of up to date information. Feedback about the site has been very positive. Many thanks to Studio 2 - excellent work!"
Brian Myatt, Principal

www.countesthorpe.leics.sch.uk

 

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  Partner Spotlight: Aurora Technologies

Aurora Technologies are a local company, committed to providing the best in "Needs Based IT Solutions and Service" to businesses in and around the Leicestershire area.

With a thorough understanding of the technologies and issues involved in setting up and maintaining computer systems and network infrastructures, from simple multi-user networks to more complex multi-site systems, Aurora have the expertise to design, procure, install and support a company's complete IT solution.

To find out more about how Aurora can help you and your business, visit their website www.aurora.uk.net or give them a call on 08450 099 099

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  Latest ProHelp Project

ProHelp is a national network of 1,000 professional firms who give their time and expertise for free to community groups and voluntary organisations.

This month we have just taken on our third new ProHelp project - LineOut, A Leicester Independent Film and Video Association set up to promote, educate and inspire local community members on filmmaking, as well as allow LineOut members to contact, network and discuss all aspects of the filmmaking process.

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  Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner

A quick mention to our clients and contacts who joined us on the Studio 2 table at The Chamber of Commerce Gala Dinner on May 23rd.

The event was a thoroughly enjoyable evening including dinner, wine and a guest speech by Bryan Jackson, the Chairman of the East Midlands Development Agency.

However it's success was in the main part due to the company of our guests so thank you again to - David Barre of Bond Street Saab, Roger Collings of RDC Communications, Greg Lennox of RAL Displays, Libby Nockles of Bikram Yoga, John Southgate of POS Direct, Barrie Stephen of Barrie Stephen Hair, Mark Stonier of Falcon Marketing and Brian Taylor of Taylor's Estate Agent.

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  LeisureShack: New Site Sales Success

Leisureshack is the online arm of Leicester based Parkers "The Parts People", and had been running a reasonable profit with their current site, but felt so much more could be achieved.

As featured in March's newsletter, Studio 2 worked with Parkers to completely redesign the site, both in the look and feel, but also how the whole site worked and was managed.

Now, three months post launch, we are pleased to report that sales have gone absolutely through the roof. Comparing sales figures from May 05 to May 06, online sales have increased by over 1000%.

"The sales figures tells it all... a good move on our behalf"
Steve Storey, Parkers "The Parts People"

www.leisureshack.co.uk

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  Studio 2 Website Revamp

Since launching our new corporate identity and branding two years ago, we have had nothing but praise for our site, but felt the time was right to update the content, and adjust our messages slightly.

Not to mention bringing us better in line with the latest web build technologies and disability guidelines.

If you haven’t visited recently, take a look –
www.studio2online.co.uk



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  Web Awards for Buffalo Socks

One of last month's site launches - Buffalo Socks, has now been featured on two "best sites on the web" sites for its creative design and funky approach to the world of sock manufacturing. Hoorah!

www.buffalo-socks.co.uk

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  New Projects

The Wellbeing Clinic based in Nottingham has been helping people since 1991 with a range of therapies – both for businesses and individuals. We will be developing a corporate website for Wellbeing.

PAL International are the world’s leading brand and manufacturer of chefs’ headwear, hygiene workwear and disinfectant wipes. PAL are looking to add a new range of features for their new site including buying online.

Featherstone Education are a book publisher specialising in educational books for Adults who work with young children. An old Studio 2 customer, Featherstone began working with another partner last year but have since returned to us having found that Studio 2's level of service cannot be matched elsewhere! We will be developing a new e-commerce website for them so watch this space ....

"Studio 2 designed our first website several years ago and it has worked well for us. We returned to them for our new site because we have been impressed by their consistent high standards of service and reliability demonstrated over a long period."

Phill Featherstone, Director, Featherstone Education

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  Top 10 Tips Download

Based on our seminar at the Technology Workshop, we have produced for you to download as easy PDFs, the top 10 tip sheets for:

• Top Ten Tips for choosing the right website design partner
• Top Ten Tips for writing a successful website design brief

These are completely free to download, and may be of use if you are in the preliminary stages of developing a strategy for your own website!

http://www.studio2online.co.uk/web-tips.php


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Cathedral Chambers
2 Peacock Lane
Leicester
LE1 5PX

Tel:
0116 2425811
Fax:
0870 837 0087
Web:
www.studio2online.co.uk