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Chartered Surveyors in York and Scarborough: Charters-Reid Surveyors Ltd

Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Jim

York chartered surveyors Charters-Reid Surveyors Ltd are amongst the best established and most highly rated chartered surveyors in York and the surrounding area. The company offers a range of service including property valuations, home surveys and services relating to commercial properties.

Read about other businesses in York and across North Yorkshire.

Image Retouching from Photo Retouching Specialists

Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Jim

Image retouching specialists Blink Retouching offer a photo retouching service from their base in the UK.

With a wealth of experience in the high end image retouching sector, Blink Retouching work in a number of areas, including lingerie and swimwear retouching for clients including Marks & Spencer; editorial image retouching; and advertising photo retouching. Other areas of expertise include interiors photography retouching; fashion photo retouching; editorial image retouching and automotive photography retouching.

To read about some of our other clients, see our portfolio.

Heat Logs, Wood Pellets and Firewood in North Yorkshire

Posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by Jim

Semlyen IT became Castlegate IT in 2011.

We keep this blog  in order to provide links back to our client’s websites.

Renewable Wood Fuels is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of a range of domestic heating products including Agrol Wood Pellets and Agrol Heat Logs.

Heat logs are a clean, convenient and natural alternative to traditional firewood.  Heat logs are ideal for wood burning and multi-fuel stoves.

We are drawing to the end of a super project for Dalby Firewood, suppliers of Logs in North Yorkshire.  Dalby have commissioned a fantastic responsive e-commerce website.  With bespoke shopping cart, customer accounts and full administration system. More on that soon!

Check our Portfolio for more examples of our work.

Mezzanine floors: going up!

Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2013 by Richard

Mezzanine floor manufacturer Storplan Racking Ltd, based at Full Sutton near York, has grown to become one of the country’s most respected mezzanine floor manufacturers and storage equipment specialists. Castlegate IT has been working with Storplan on their corporate website, giving it some SEO treatment to improve their organic Google rankings.

Industrial mezzanine floors can provide valuable additional space in a warehouse or yard situation, but Storplan also provide innovative mezzanine floor solutions in more picturesque settings such as a recent project in a grade-2 listed dove cote. Storplan devised a 3-tier mezzanine floor solution to turn the dove cote into a luxury holiday let.

Although the main part of the business is mezzanine floors, Storplan also manufacture Industrial Staircases, Handrails, Pallet Racking, Shelving, Garment Hanging, Security cages, Mesh Partitioning and Screens, Lockers & Staircases and Mezzanines for Retail spaces. All of these areas needed to be considered in the SEO plan for the site.

Initially, we did some keyword research which identified key phrases to focus on. These were used to describe page content in the title, descriptions and H1 headings, and allocated to landing pages. This phase resulted in some terms rising in the rankings by as much as 8 pages. A second phase has concentrated on optimising the text. It was important that this was done sensitively, to maintain the quality of the content. With many of the phrases now on page one of Google, the project is showing great results.

New ecommerce sites: Nut Free Chocolate and Walking Holidays

Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 by Gemma

E-commerce: not so much the future as the present. A lot of our work has been in helping small businesses, especially local businesses, to start trading online. Here are two of our latest -

The Nut Free Chocolatier

As you might guess, this site offers nut free chocolate for sale online. It’s not only for people who suffer from allergies to nuts, but also offers a range of chocolates for young children who are having potential allergens kept out of their diet. They also organise nut free chocolate parties and even nut-free chocolates for weddings and corporate events.  The contemporary and somewhat mouthwatering design was by Zynsk Digital. The system integrates with the Mals shopping cart system – our favourite budget shopping cart.

Nut Free Chocolate

Discovery Travel.

Discovery Travel have been trading online for a while, but they badly needed a better-looking and easier-to-use site from which to sell their walking holidays in Europe. The website is another one of our highly-customised WordPress sites, completely content managed, with a sophisticated catalogue of holidays. Each holiday can have maps, galleries and booking information stored, which are presented in an elegant tabbed layout.

The booking process for the various activity holidays – not just walking but also cycling holidays in the UK and Europe – is pretty complicated. As well as all the different permutations of travellers in different types of room, there are so many other possible customisations to the holidays that Discovery Travel needed to have completely free control over the price of each individual booking. So we built them a two-stage payment system – pretty much automated in taking the deposit but then totally flexible when it comes to the balance payment. The payments were taken using the WorldPay on-line payment gateway.

walking holidays

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