The West Midlands town of Stafford is not generally considered huge, the town’s population numbering a relatively modest 55,700 – according to the 2011 census – and the wider borough estimated in 2011 to have a population of about 130,900. However, the town makes up for its relatively small size with the beauty of its many historical buildings, including the Elizabethan Ancient High House, Stafford Castle and St Chad’s Church. Such buildings can, perhaps surprisingly, hint at the merits of the web design Stafford services provided by Rake Mark.
Beautiful buildings in more ways than one
Of course, though, all of the aforementioned attractions have more than just their beauty to recommend them. The Elizabethan Ancient High House, for example, is a museum with regularly changing exhibitions, while Stafford Castle has a visitor centre with audio-visual displays and hands-on items. St Chad’s Church, meanwhile, hosts “Timewalk”, a computer generated display which relates the journey of history and mystery within the church. Crucially, however, many people would be unlikely to look inside these attractions if it weren’t for their exterior aesthetic appeal. Now, here is where we begin to explain the relevance of all of this for Rake Mark’s web design Stafford services…
Attract more customers for your business with a well-designed website
Your business could offer many amazing things to many people; however, if few people are even tempted to learn about your business to learn about such amazing things, such things could be – at least to some extent – pointless. This begins to explain why your company could benefit hugely from Rake Mark’s web design Stafford services. If your company has a well-designed website courtesy of our web design Stafford services, more people who could benefit from your company are likely to stay with and peruse that website to learn about your company.
What a couple of weeks it’s been at Web Design Staffordshire HQ.
A large number of new customers joining the Rake Mark Web Design family, an explosion in enquiries and a major project deadline looming. The deadline was yesterday. We met it. Last night we celebrated. This morning I woke with a slightly fuzzy head.
The point of this blog is just to let anyone know if they have been waiting for a response since late last week that,
1. I have spent today getting up to date with all my correspondence and open help desk tickets so you should now have been contacted and your query looked into. If you haven’t then you need to call in.
2. I’m sorry.
Sincerely I am so sorry. I have been essentially locked in a cupboard for the last week and a half. I haven’t taken many calls and I haven’t written many emails. I did take a few hours off on Sunday (snooze in the back garden listening to Test Match Special) but apart from that it’s been all hands to the pumps.
And this is the double edged sword of running your own business, where 16 hour days are not uncommon. If you’re quiet then you wish you were busy and if you are going a bit mental working all hours you start to dream of Sunday morning lie ins and having just a few minutes more looking after your current customers.
Getting Back to Normal At Staffordshire Web Design!
So I haven’t written a blog, haven’t posted in Facebook and went through over 30 comments on the blog today. So if you were wondering why you hadn’t received a response to a blog comment then now you know. New web design blogs will now be written, tweet web design tips will continue and Facebook updates shall be entered.
Next week we’re taking a breather, looking forward to the (very) long jubilee weekend and coming back ready for the orders we still have to fulfil.
Earlier this year, we registered the name ‘rake mark’ for our family run website design business, established and registered as a limited company in 2006. As part of that process we needed to do some research into the legal bits and pieces associated with that registration.
What Trade Mark Symbol Should I use?
According to the IPO ( Intellectual Property Office ) there is no legal requirement to publically Identify your trademark, however if you choose to do so, using the ® Symbol or the abbreviation “RTM” (for Registered Trade Mark) is also recognised to show that your trade mark is registered. To use either of these identifiers the mark can be registered somewhere other than in the United Kingdom.
Using either the ® symbol or the abbreviation when your mark is not registered would be breaking the law under Section 95 of the Trade Marks Act 1994.
However, contrary to common belief using the ‘TM’ is not indication that your mark is actually registered, only that it is being used as a trade mark. The symbol ‘TM’ has no legal significance in the UK.
We created a couple of ® Symbols for our own use and thought we would share so feel free to download for your own Marks.
Rake Mark Website Design in Stafford - photography by Sarah Brassington
We have been asked recently where our company name came from, so we have uploaded a page on our main rakemark.com website but also thought a quick blog article would give you all a good insight to our brand and company.
Rake Mark is a website design company based in Stafford, Staffordshire and is owned by Philip and Sarah Brassington. The web company started out it’s days about five and a half years ago, trading under the name of ‘Sapientia Media’ (which is Latin for wisdom) but we soon discovered that the name was being used by other companies so we set about finding our very own brand and what was to become one of our USP’s (Unique Selling Points).
We had thrown around dozens of ideas but nothing had really made us think ‘Yes, that’s the one’, until that is, we visited the bottle nose dolphins of Florida. It was whilst on this holiday in early 2006 we were fortunate enough to swim with these creatures and where we found out about the “rake marks” on their skin.
So what exactly is a Rake Mark?
Rake Mark’s are sets of parallel scratches/scores in the skin of a dolphin; these arise when dolphins fight, play and flirt with each other and are common especially in wild adult male dolphins.
These marks are usually shallow enough to fade with time as new layers of skin grow, but show clear evidence that the dolphin’s are meeting and interacting with other dolphins.
As these marks are created by the scraping of teeth on skin they are not uniform in any way and each and every dolphin will carry a different set of marks, making them individual and unique.
Rake Mark Affordable Website Design
Individual and unique, is how we feel about our company and the services that we provide. We firmly believe that quality website design is achievable at an affordable cost to you, making it an effective part of your business marketing plan.