Category Archives: Business

Company Branding

Let’s face it, company branding is a pretty important part of business; we need to get it right! So many of us neglect it, not allocating time to that important question; what does my brand/business stand for?

When I think of branding and brand development I think of a company logo (or name), a website (its images and content), social media activity, the people behind the products or services on offer, company values and end-goals. Branding is combination of these important elements – add them all together and this is how a customer perceives you.

I believe a strong brand identity will provide a company value beyond physical assets. Its worth a time investment, something us business folk should step back & review every so often…

Our Mission

Here at Tidy Design our mission is simple; to deliver a return on investment, be it for our customers or the staff we employ, working together we will do better. Each day we set out to offer our customers a quality service, the goal being to leave a long lasting and positive impression. Happy customers result in repeat business.

Thanks for stopping by, if you have any questions or feedback then please post them below.

Mike

Out with the old…

It’s been a busy period here at Tidy Design. After several years being based in Old Portsmouth we’ve decided to move on to a more fitting web dev environment.

We’ve said goodbye to the seaside view and quirky Royal Naval Club building and replaced it with the brand new high tech offices at Pure Offices in Port Solent. It’s a very different feel from what we’re used to but the modern furnishing, high speed broadband, and opportunity to expand makes it a welcome transition.

It’s not only the move that’s been keeping us busy. Website updates, redesigns and software projects (Yes you read that right, Tidy Design do more than just web development) have been making sure the new office is filled with tapping keyboards. Some of our latest redesigns include The Queen’s Hotel Portsmouth and TEG English language colleges, be sure to take a look! On the software side of things Jonno has stepped up to the plate taking over the development reins on ASSIST-CKD, our Kidney Research UK project in partnership with the NHS and is doing a fantastic job.

Unfortunately as our focus has been placed on clients our own website has become slightly neglected. Not anymore though, we will be dedicating some time to this and soon you’ll find a fresh website with a updated portfolio so you can see all of our current up to date projects. Keep your eye out for our new website launch which will be coming soon…

Luke

Why HTTPS?

As a start in a 2017 effort to update and revamp TidyDesign.com, we have upgraded to HTTPS, the security-concerned friend of HTTP.

HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol, and it denotes the set of rules computers use while communicating in HyperText (web pages) over the web. That HTTP’s rules underpin the web can be seen in the typical URL – “http://website.com”. The prefix to that address denotes the protocol in use.

You may have noticed that more and more sites over the past decade are labelled with a different prefix – “https://website.com”. This denotes that the site is accessed over HTTPS; or HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS adds security concerns to HTTP’s base ruleset, ensuring that all transferred data is encrypted, undamaged and travelling to an authenticated recipient (in other words, HTTPS helps ensure that you are actually browsing Amazon.com, not someone pretending to be Amazon).

For the modern web, HTTPS is important. There’s no way around it. HTTP doesn’t concern itself much with secure communication, because the original purpose of the web was just to share textual information. The modern web, by which we trade personal details millions of times a second, requires a more secure underlying ruleset. When you’re sending someone your credit card details to make a purchase, you’re going to want that to be encrypted – it’s as simple as that.

There are reasons other than adapting to industry standards to upgrade to HTTPS, from SEO to simple consumer reassurance. Google ranks secure sites higher than insecure sites by default, so upgrading is a good first-step for getting to page one. Consumers are becoming more aware of security concerns on the web, too – largely thanks to that green padlock you see next to secure web addresses in the browser – and are less likely to provide any details over an insecure connection. The sound theory is that if you provide a secure connection, your customer is much more likely to contribute to your business with confidence.

Implementation of HTTPS for a domain involves purchasing a certificate from a Certificate Authority, and some server configuration. Those certificates verify domains as being owned by the people who claim to own them, facilitating the green padlock your users will see. Here at Tidy, we’re happy to provide this service and set up secure connections, moving the web forward and growing your business – just give us a call, or send us an email.

Jonno

A Crazy Few Months…

Evening all, it has been a while! Tonight I thought it a good idea to write a quick blog post, something to say “hi, Tidy Design is still here!” and “thank you clients old and new, you have been keeping us very busy!”

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Since I last sat down and wrote a blog post so much has happened, it is hard to know where to start. We have designed and launched several new sites, worked with Kidney Research UK to develop some life changing software, taken on a few new NHS projects, recruited, processed hundreds of website updates and celebrated a Christmas / New Years!

Christmas 2016

Finding the time to write new blogs posts and update our website (portfolio page) has been difficult, but this is something we are working on so please stay tuned – thank you for visiting.

We Are Recruiting!

Attention all web designers / developers based in Portsmouth, we are looking to recruit a full-time individual to join Team Tidy!

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Our office is located at the Royal Naval Club in Old Portsmouth. Here we create bespoke websites for amazing clients.

Over the past couple of months our business has evolved, we therefore need someone enthusiastic and motivated to help us take Tidy Design to the next level – Does this sound like you?

If you are a competent web design / web developer with good knowledge of CSS, HTML, JS, jQuery, PHP and MySQL then we want to hear from you this summer – please send rosie@tidydesign.com your CV / cover letter / portfolio today!

New Solent Fire Website

A few weeks ago Solent Fire contact us to discuss their website, it was pretty dated and required a complete re-design. Working with Solent Fire we put together a couple of design concepts, these soon evolved into the new website, please see below:

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We hope you like the look and feel of SolentFire.co.uk, Tidy Design is delighted with the end result. We are now discussing the next phase of website development, please stay tuned…

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Finally, it was great to receive such positive feedback from Solent Fire on this project, thank you so much for choosing Tidy Design.

A Busy First Quarter!

Hard to believe the first quarter of 2016 is already over – a massive “thank you” must go out to all our clients, you have kept us very busy!

All in all it has been an eventful three months for Tidy Design; we have started to work with several new clients, we have seen lots of repeat business, we have been interviewing, growing as a company and working very hard to deliver a quality service day in day out…

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Doors certainly do open when you work hard; word of mouth is by far the best form of advertising (sorry Google) as this year has shown. From working with Portsmouth NHS two years ago we have now started to work with Wessex Strategic Clinical Networks, liaising with NHS trusts in Bournemouth, Dorchester, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Poole and Southampton…

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Yup, a busy first quarter!

Thank you for having us…

Yesterday evening we travelled up to London to attend an Eleven Magazine exhibition in association with The Architectural Review hosted by KPF;

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Top: Eleven Magazine // Bottom: London Snaps & Tidy Blayne

It was great to hear such positive feedback on the website, meet people from AR (The Architectural Review) and get a mention from Andrea (Eleven Magazine, Editor in Chief) when he did his speech.

If you are interested in architecture, design, travel or innovation then please check out the Eleven Magazine website, the stories and articles they post are very cool – keep up the good work!

Thanks again for having us, although we didn’t get to stay for the after party (maybe next time) we did have fun and meet some interesting people.

Networking in London

Later today Tidy Design will be heading to London. One of our clients “Eleven Magazine” is hosting an event in association with The Architectural Review, showcasing the work from a recent competition they organised…

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We can expect lots of networking in Covent Garden this evening, luckily we have our new business cards – thank you for the invite guys!

Tidy Goals for 2016

A slightly belated Happy New Year! Last week was pretty hectic; lots to map out and catch up on following the festive break… Throw in a couple of meetings, a few new enquiries and lots of web work; it was “all systems go” at Tidy Design HQ in Old Portsmouth…

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So, week one of fifty-two is almost over (says Mike, blogging away on a Sunday evening)! Here at Tidy Design we have some big plans for the New Year ahead, nothing too crazy, a healthy mix of client work, a new in-house project and some intelligent business development.

Rewind twelve months; I am delighted to say we grew as a company throughout 2015 – This was down to our amazing clients, their on-going business and kind recommendations, new enquiries and that all important ingredient, ‘hard work’.

Although growth is great, we are by no means perfect! We do a lot of things very well, but we could become far better. Throughout 2016 our goal is to be more streamlined, efficient, energetic and driven – Improvements can always be made in life and business, we do not plan to stand still!