Chamber Websites

High Quality, Low Cost Website Service

As part of your membership fee, Halton Chamber of Commerce is able to provide a high quality, professionally-developed website, the cost of which would normally be £350 but, as a member, you will automatically receive a £200 voucher towards the cost (businesses who are part of the Astmoor and Halebank Business Improvement Districts will receive the website FREE through the BID project).

Our objective is to make it easier for businesses in Halton to make those first steps onto the web; to provide a mechanism through which they can get sound business advice and support about how to present themselves on the internet and get help in making realistic assessments about what the web can do for them.

In providing this service our members are free to concentrate on running their businesses rather than getting sidetracked by the technicalities of learning, building and running websites - one which will have no hidden costs, or have over-sold features businesses do not need.  Similarly, we want to help our members avoid falling into the legal pitfalls, such as not owning their own domain names.

We have chosen to partner with SkillZone Ltd to deliver this project.  SkillZone is a local company, Chamber member, and has been supplying website servicdes to local businesses since 1998.  The company has an excellent track record in website management and production which is focussed on business needs.

The Website Package

Before SkillZone build anything they will meet with you to make sure you have agreed clear business objectives for ;your side with measurable outcomes and a realistic level of interaction.  We want your website to work for you; we don't want it to feel like you are working for your website!

SkillZone will then draw up a plan so you know exactly what content and images you need to get together.  They will also advise on social networking, search engine optimisation (SEO) and website promotion.

Your website package can consist of any of the following elements:

  • Domain name register in your company name, and adequate web space
  • Ten email addresses
  • A contact page with the name, address and phone data, an embedded map to show how to find you, and a photo of your shopfront or office to make you more recognisable
  • A gallery of up to 16 photographs which you can update yourself at any time
  • An interactive front page with either news, a diary or a combination of the two as needed, which you can update at any time
  • Three static pages of text and images, of reasonable size
  • Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin links
  • Comprehensive traffic reports availabile online at any time

If you prefer, SkillZone can provide a video gallery instead of a photo gallery.  You can also add extra pages such as customer-managed price lists or booking forms but these will be at a small additional cost.

Costs

We have negotiated a very special price of £350 plus VAT for this package, which also covers the first year of holsting.  Members of Halton Chamber will, however, receive a voucher for a further £200 discount off the price, making the total cost an unprecedented £150 plus VAT.  (Business who are part of the Astmoor and Halebank Business Improvement Districts will receive the website FREE through the BID project).

Site Hosting and Management

SkillZone will host and manage the site for you for 12 months.  You will be able to keep the front page and gallery up to date yourself and SkillZone offer a full update service at a reasonable cost for other pages if you need it.  At the end of the year, you can renew the hosting contract at a special guaranteed price of £275 plus VAT per year.

Quality Assured

SkillZone Ltd has more than 15 years experience of building websites that work.  Their impressive portfolio of work is here.  All their websites are:

  • Perfectly presented on smart phones and tablets
  • Compliant with W3C guidelines in terms of accessibility to blind and sight-impaired visitors
  • Constructed using code which degrades gracefully (i.e. works on old computers and old software), is functional at all screen settings and works on both PC and MAC computers
  • They have numerous testimonials from satisfied customers, which can be seen in their portfolio.

Terms and Conditions

All websites will have a discrete footer somewhere which carries small logos for "Members of Halton Chamber of Commerce" and "Website by SKILLZONE".

All website owners will be required to abide by SkillZone Ltd's Acceptable Use Policy.

If you would like to take advantage of this service, please contact Nicola Holland

 

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