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Sustrans Connect2 shortlisted for TV vote

Sustrans Connect2 shortlisted for TV vote

Connect2 has now officially been named as one of the four projects set to go head-to-head this December in a live TV vote, competing for £50 million of lottery money. This will be the largest amount ever awarded by the Big Lottery Fund – and if victorious, Connect2 will use the money to improve local travel in 79 communities across the UK by creating new walking and cycling routes for the journeys that people make everyday.

We have been working with Sustrans throughout 2007 to give them the web presence necessary to reach all communities involved with Connect2. The 79 schemes are spread throughout the UK so the website acts as the key focal point for all its supporters, helping to maintain the intimate community feel that such a widely-spread initiative could easily lose.

The photo gallery we recently added for them has been eagerly used by many supporters, images uploaded by members of the general public ranging from the amusing to just plain odd!

The competition is now on, so show your support and find out more by visiting the Connect2 website. Online voting begins on Monday 26th November. We will also be focusing on the project in our next edition of Focus On.

See the site at www.sustransconnect2.org.uk

Simon Newing
Simon

Created on Tuesday October 23 2007 12:00 AM


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Victor Ubogu's blog goes live

Just in time for the Rugby World Cup, we've added a blog to the VU Limited web site. Headed up by ex-England and Bath rugby international Victor Ubogu, VU Ltd are specialists in providing unique experiences at premier sporting events worldwide.

The blog will give Victor an opportunity to give his thoughts on the tournament itself, including England's chances of retaining the trophy, and his views and experiences away from all things rugby. Some fellow England players - from past and present - may also be making some guest postings.

Focus New Media have been working with VU Ltd for over two years now, and are currently putting the final touches to a web based customer relationship management system that will be used by VU sales staff for managing bookings, payments and customer accounts.

Simon Newing
Simon

Created on Sunday October 21 2007 12:00 AM


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Focus on industry's leading light

We've just redesigned and rebuilt the Coldharbour Systems website, providing them with an attractive and accessible interface, and a tool to manage their clients effectively online. They have been given complete flexibility over site content and maintenance by using our content management system, Carbon.

An important feature of any rebuild is to rewrite the language – or code – in which the website is written. Computer languages advance at such a pace that websites can end up speaking old-fashioned, clunky and slow dialects within two years of their production. This affects how high the site appears in search engine indexes – more eloquent websites are positioned higher and therefore receive far more exposure. It must also be accessible to as wide range of users as possible in order to meet recommendations from W3C and the UK Government.

We gave Coldharbour Systems the tools to do all this and they seem very happy with the results: 

"Focus have provided a comprehensive consultative approach to the re-design and development of this web site. They have provided credible recommendations and suggestions to help produce what we believe is an extremely high quality and informative site. Excellent technical skills mixed with high standards of project and account management have culminated in a very successful implementation.
We are now able to manage the content and structure of the web site through the use of Focus' Carbon content management system as well as being able to monitor visits and referrals to the site through their Urchin statistics portal.
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Zoe Page, Business Development, Coldharbour Systems 

Simon Newing
Simon

Created on Thursday October 11 2007 12:00 AM


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BANES choose Focus New Media

We're really pleased to have been chosen by Bath and North East Somerset Council to design and develop a new web site aimed at promoting positive activities for young people.

We've already started working closely with the project team, including young members of the community who are helping us to create the initial design and architecture of the new site and focus on what's important for the target audience. The site, designed to both promote activities and allow feedback on them to be collected, allows BANES to meet a Government issued directive that forms part of the 'Education and Inspections Act 2006'.

Lisa Lee, Account Manager at FNM adds:
"The internet represents a great medium for helping councils meet the objectives of the Act, it has become central to the lives of teenagers and integrates easily with other new technologies such as emails and SMS text messages."

The new web site is due for launch during the third quarter of 2007.

Simon Newing
Simon

Created on Thursday August 30 2007 12:00 AM


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Next generation Connect2 web site 'live'

As part of the build up to the upcoming Big Lottery Funds "Living Landmarks" programme, we've launched a new web site on behalf of Connect2, a nationwide project managed by Sustrans, the UK's leading sustainable transport charity.

The new web site features a number of additional sections and functionality, including a Photo Gallery which allows the creation and display of albums and photographs by members of the public, a new 'eCards' facility that lets web site visitors send scenic images to their friends and colleagues and 'Ask John': a chance to send a question directly to John Grimshaw, Chief Executive at Sustrans.


Connect2 is one of six projects competing for a single grant of £50 million from The Big Lottery, with the winning project being decided in December 2007 by public vote on national television, and the new site is a core element in generating support and exposure for Connect2.

Simon Newing
Simon

Created on Thursday August 09 2007 12:00 AM


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