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Birthday fun in the name of Cherry D

Charity... Cherry D... geddit?!I’ve found my next addiction:  live auctions! 

Last night Lisa and I joined Cherry D for their 4th birthday celebrations, where salty daiquiris and sumptuous vol-au-vents prepared us for a hugely successful charity auction. 

Although we were keen to bid on a number of items, we soon found ourselves slightly out of depth amongst what appeared to be a sea of seasoned bidders. 

Cherry D had persuaded Richard Madley to preside over the event, an auctioneer experienced both at exciting the crowd and making them eager to part with their cash.  Items donated ranged from the bizarre to luxurious - a ghostly tour of Clifton, a hot air balloon ride and a weekend for two at one of Europe’s most exclusive hotels being just 3 of the 15 lots called.

Over £3,100 was raised in less than an hour but more importantly, many of the charities that Cherry D have helped over the past 4 years were given an opportunity to talk about their recent developments.   Cherry D have clearly made an important impact on Bristol’s 3rd sector, providing practical business skills to people passionate about their respective causes.

Click here to find out more about Cherry D and the charities they support.

Created on Thursday November 29 2007 02:43 PM


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Our very own blog!

The tireless dedication we lavish on our lucky clients often means that amendments to our own web site take a back seat. Which is why I am so pleased to announce the final arrival of the Focus blog! 

We hope to pack it full of insightful comment and general ramblings regarding the wide world of web development; feature good nights out and the fun things we get invited to; it may even go so far as to supply cake recipes!

The main objective of starting a blog, however, is to create a dialogue between us, our clients, our competitors and just about anyone that happens to be visiting our site.  Comments can be added to any post - and we promise to answer any questions posed.


Feedback on general issues can still be sought via our 'Contact Us' page but go have a look at the blog first!

Simon Newing
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Created on Wednesday November 28 2007 12:00 AM


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We're pleased to announce the launch of our new blog

team blog!So after a bit of head scratching, articulating and discussion in the office, we're pleased to announce the launch of our new blog, which we hope will give you all a bit more of an insight into all things Focus New Media - what we're up to, what we like and don't like and some of our thoughts and opinions on things that are going on in the world.

Technically, the blog hasn't been an issue. Most of the chat's that we had centered on the sort of things that we want to publish. It's tricky - stuff needs to be relevant and of interest but with that personal and informal touch. So we decided to keep our news page for announcements, project wins and company developments - and our blog for a bit of playground gossip.

Whilst we're hoping for the whole FNM team to come on and have their say, there will be four main contributors to the blog. Amy, our account exec, will have plenty to say about us, all the work we're doing for various charities and the world in general. Account manager Lisa will no doubt be filling us in on all the networking events she manages to invite herself to. And myself, MD Simon, who's rantings may range from Google's latest products to the search for decent offices in Bristol. The fourth contributor we hope will be you - through our 'comments' facility you'll be able to give us your thoughts as well.

So fingers crossed you'll find our blog a bit different and that it fulfills it's purpose - letting you have a sneaky peek at us 'behind the scenes'. Please do get in touch with your comments, we'd love to hear from you.

Simon Newing
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Created on Tuesday November 27 2007 10:03 AM


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Vote for walking & cycling

Online voting has begun for The People's £50 million lottery giveaway, a national competition designed to find the project  most likely to change peoples quality of life.

Sustrans project Connect2 was established on the belief that everyone should be able to choose a form of transport that neither impacts negatively on the environment or the health of their family.  While Britain's obesity crisis worsens every year and the damaging effects of our carbon-hungry lifestyles becomes clearer to one and all, Connect2 strides leagues ahead of the competition as the only scheme to directly address these issues.

To get an unbiased look at all four contestants - and more importantly, to vote - go straight to The People's £50 Million website, where details on each project can be viewed before you make the final decision. 

 

Simon Newing
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Created on Monday November 26 2007 12:00 AM


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Saintly Shelter Solutions

Two Saints have launched their first ever website today - just in time to give homeless people in the south extra support during the cold winter months.

Providing an extensive support service online will help the housing association to achieve its key aim: to assist people to make the life changes that will enable them to find and keep a home and to reintegrate with society. 

More news will be up shortly but in the meantime take a look at the site here.

Simon Newing
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Created on Thursday November 01 2007 12:00 AM


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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
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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
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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 

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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
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Created on Thursday August 09 2007 12:00 AM


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