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DBS Launch Franchise Site

DBS partners with five different franchisors in the UK and have been working in the wings with Oven Wizards to give their website a brighter, cleaner and more modern feel.

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Oven Wizards are building a reputation as the UK's most trusted oven cleaning company. Franchisors John Graham and Mark Abbott have made Oven Wizards the UK's fastest growing oven cleaning franchise which operates in over 60 territories.

"I just want to say thank you to DBS for their hard work in re-designing our fresh, new website and the SEO work that goes on behind the scenes," said franchisor Mark Abbott. "The Oven Wizards website and it's excellent rankings in search engines are crucial to the success of our franchisees."

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Happy Christmas Jumper Day!

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The DBS team are feeling festive today and all taking part in Christmas Jumper Day! Here’s a photo of us all in our Christmas jumpers. Enjoy!

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Christmas in Navenby

Navenby & Cliff Villages Business Network hosted their first ever "Christmas in Navenby" event on Thursday 8 December.

Members of the business network purchased an impressive christmas tree and Red 10 from the world famous Red Arrows was on hand to switch on the lights. The village high street was packed as local businesses remained open until 8pm.

DBS opened its doors to friends wanting a homemade mince pie with brandy butter and a glass of sherry.

"After founding the Navenby & Cliff Villages Business Network almost 2 years ago I've been really pleased to see it grow and put on such a fantastic event." said DBS director David Clarke. "The current co-chairs, Luke Daniels and Mindy Arora, did a fantastic job in organising the event."

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Santander Renew Lincoln University Support

In 1996 Emilio Botín, Chairman of Santander decided that the bank should be amy santanderuseful to the communities in which it operates. With the conviction that the University is a vital cornerstone of development and progress, Santander Universities began its activity in Spain.

As the division began to grow so did its global outreach; eventually expanding into more than 20 countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Portugal and the UK. So far, Santander Universities has donated over €1 billion in the shape of scholarships, mobility grants, support for special projects and academic and non-academic awards.

At a local level, Santander has a fantastic relationship with the University of Lincoln where they fund projects, scholarships, and graduate internship schemes. DBS's Amy Wallis joined the Lincolnshire online marketing company through the Santander scheme and she was invited to speak at the Santander contract renewal event.

During her presentation, Amy commented "The Santander internship scheme has been a great opportunity for me. It has allowed me to get my foot through the door of a successful company like DBS. I would recommend the Santander scheme to anyone. The commercial experience gained is invaluable."

Amy is pictured here with Senor Luis Botin of the Santander Universities Division.

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Timely Success!

IMG_20161119_115518Time For You held a successful AGM at the Northampton Marriott on Saturday 19th November with over 160 franchisees in attendance plus six members of the DBS team.

As one of the UK's largest domestic cleaning franchises, Time For You continue to grow and dominate the market. They have recently expanded their franchise operation into Australia and Norway.

DBS developed the Time For You website and at the AGM they unveiled a fresh, updated design which will be rolled out in the new year.

"DBS has always had a great business relationship with Time For You" said DBS director David Clarke. "We're really excited about the new website and systems that DBS has built to handle Time For You's expansion into Australia and Scandinavia."

Time For You director Sam Stawarz commented: "DBS give our business great support - not only do they look after our website and content marketing but also the online marketing for over 50 of our franchisees."

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£4 million Grant For Lincolnshire SMEs

14570355_629240177284562_894069469275717183_nBusiness Lincolnshire has unveiled a new grants programme for SMEs who are looking to grow their business.

£4 million of EU funding has been earmarked for Greater Lincolnshire.

One of the areas that Business Lincolnshire is keen to pinpoint is how to make Lincolnshire SMEs more digitally capable which could include developing a firm online marketing strategy.

"If you can demonstrate that investment in your company will create new jobs or significantly increase your turnover you may be able to access a grant to part fund the activity" said Toni O'Brien, a Business Growth Adviser with Business Lincolnshire.

"This is brilliant news for Greater Lincolnshire SMEs" commented DBS director David Clarke, "I would urge all DBS's Lincolnshire clients to have a short chat with me about their growth plans and I can then quickly pass you on to Toni O'Brien to see if your firm can access the £4 million funding".

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DBS's Back To School Experience

DBS Parents Evening 3We recently held our first ever Parents & Partners Evening at our offices in Navenby.

The aim of the evening was for team members to share what they do at DBS Internet Marketing with parents, partners and family and show what makes DBS different.

"When you think about it, you probably spend more time with work colleagues than with your partners or close family," explained Director, David Clarke. "It's natural that you talk about work at home and I wanted people to able to put a face to the name."

Mums, dads and partners were invited to sit down for a one to one with David who talked about how team members are getting on and where DBS is going.

DBS Parents Evening 1"While trying to avoid sounding like a headmaster it was important to me to give feedback to parents and partners about how proud I am of the DBS team and how important our people are to us," said David Clarke.

Guests were treated to a buffet and Prosecco. The youngest person attending was Alex, the two and a half year old son of Online Marketing Manager James Hopkins. The first thing he said to his dad the following morning when he woke up was “Hello Daddy, I had a lovely day yesterday at work with all your friends. Let’s do it again!”

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Julie’s 15 years at DBS

Julie DBS new squareOur General Manager, Julie Priestley, has reached a fantastic milestone, having worked at DBS for a decade and a half this month.

Julie joined DBS in October 2001 and has seen the company change and grow from a print based Yellow Pages marketing company to a web design, internet marketing and social media business.

Julie was promoted in February this year to the position of General Manager. She also manages DBS’s pay per click advertising and retargeting accounts along with our printed marketing clients. She is a Google Adwords Professional and a Bing Ads Accredited Professional. 

Speaking about Julie, DBS Director David Clarke said: “Congratulations to Julie on her 15th year at DBS along with a heartfelt thank you for her loyalty, integrity and hard work.”

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50 Wizards Spotted in Stratford-upon-Avon

IMG_1462Oven Wizards are building a reputation as the UK's most trusted oven cleaning company. They recently held a well attended annual conference in Stratford-upon-Avon with DBS as guests of honour.

Franchisors John Graham and Mark Abbott have rapidly taken the number of Oven Wizards franchises in the UK to over 50.

DBS developed the current Oven Wizards website but they are working in the wings on a new version of the website that will have a brighter, cleaner and more modern feel. The prototype design was well received at the conference.

IMG_1454During the conference DBS director David Clarke spoke to the franchisees about the online marketing strategies that are driving customers to ask Oven Wizards to do the job most people hate. Matt Rayner, James Hopkins, Julie Priestley and David were on hand to hold twenty minute 1:1 workshops where franchisees got to grips with the latest online marketing techniques.

"I just want to say thank you to Team DBS for giving up their Saturday to be with us," said franchisor Mark Abbott. "The feedback from the franchisees was that they found it useful to hear from DBS."

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Web project manager Matt completes 8th year at DBS

SWP-16-1200_129Our Web Project Manager, Matthew Rayner, is just completing his 8th year at DBS Internet Marketing.

Matt originally joined the company on 20th October 2008 as part of our team of Internet Marketing Specialists.

He has always had an underlying passion for web design and development so the next logical step was for him to transition and step up into the role of web project manager at DBS.

He constantly tries to better himself by regularly keeping abreast of web industry specific news and updates, and is always eager to learn new skills and loves to find new ways to increase productivity.

Matt came on board shortly after completing his degree in Business Studies at the University of Lincoln, where he took a particular interest in the E-commerce based module in his third year.

In his spare time he occasionally plays guitar, although his fingers struggle to keep up. He enjoys keeping up with the latest technological advancements, tinkering with anything that’s remotely computer like and is a keen, unrelenting bargain hunter. He recently bought his first house with his partner, and enjoys carrying out DIY work on it at the weekend.

To find out more about Matt and to connect with him on social media, please visit http://www.dbsinternetmarketing.co.uk/our-team/10/matthew-rayner/

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Find out what happened to Julie

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DBS General Manager Julie Priestley took part in the Pretty Muddy Race for Life on Saturday 1st October to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The 5km obstacle course run took place at the Lincolnshire Showground, and was the first of its kind to take place in Lincolnshire.

Speaking after the race, Julie said: “I find these events really inspiring – to see so many women of all different fitness levels coming together for such a worthy cause. Thankfully the weather was perfect, and looking across the field it was just a sea of pink, with lots and lots of people taking part. We all got very muddy, and it was hard but fun. But for me, the Race for Life isn’t about the event itself, it’s about the cause.”

Julie decided to take part in the Race for Life shortly after her uncle was diagnosed with cancer at Christmas. Sadly he lost his fight with the disease just before Julie took part in the event. Many families find themselves in the same situation as Julie’s, as it is now estimated that 1 in 3 people in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime, so even if you don’t have it, there is a very high chance that someone close to you will at some point.

Cancer Research UK pioneers life-saving cancer research to help beat cancer sooner .They are the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. They fight cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it to save more lives. But they need help to keep doing so, as they are entirely funded by the public.

Julie has so far raised a fantastic £380 for this incredible charity, but is aiming to raise £1,000, so still has a long way to go. If you would like to help beat cancer sooner there is still time to make a donation, and any amount, big or small, would be very much appreciated. Donating is easy and can be done online via Julie’s JustGiving page here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Pretty-Muddy-Julie

Some photos of Julie taking part on the day are included below!

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DBS General Manager visits Lincoln’s International Bomber Command Centre

imageJulie Priestley, General Manager at DBS, was delighted to pay a visit to the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln on Thursday 15th September as part of the Business Women’s Link group (BWL).

The site which sits on Canwick Hill aims to gather and conserve the history and heritage of the Bomber Command. It features the tallest memorial construction in the UK - a 31.09m spire which is the actual wingspan of a Lancaster Bomber. It also houses a commemorative Wall of Names which currently includes 27,296 names of servicemen with plans for further names from across the UK, Europe and the Far East to be added.

Once finished the centre will include a peace garden and the lottery funded ‘Chadwick Centre’, named after the designer of the Lancaster Bomber. This will house resources, artworks, exhibitions, shops, multimedia suites, corporate entertainment and a restaurant.

Commenting on her visit, Julie said: “The work and detail that is going into the centre is amazing. It is such a beautiful site for the memorial. What better way to commemorate all those young men who died serving to protect us. I can’t wait to visit again once it is completed”.

During the Second World War Lincolnshire was known as “Bomber County’ as it was the Headquarters of 1 and 5 Groups and was home to a third of all the UK’s stations, with many well known-operations beginning here. Over 125,000 men served in the aircrew of the Bomber Command during the Second World War and sadly less than 70,000 of them returned.

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Julie getting “Pretty Muddy” to raise money for charity

Julie DBS new squareEarly next month DBS General Manager Julie Priestley will be taking part in Pretty Muddy, a 5K obstacle course run.

The event will take place on Saturday 1st October at the Lincolnshire Showground.

Julie is taking part to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. Entirely funded by the public, they are fighting cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it to save more lives. It is currently estimated that 1 in 3 people in the UK will be develop cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Commenting on the run Julie said: “I decided to take part in this event just after my uncle was diagnosed with cancer at Christmas. He is now in the latter stages of cancer and we don't expect him to be with us much longer. Please help me raise money to put an end to cancer, any donation is much appreciated.”

Julie is aiming to raise £1,000 to help beat cancer sooner. Donating is easy and can be done online via Julie’s JustGiving page here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Pretty-Muddy-Julie

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DBS's Amy Scoops International Business School Award

P1000024It was a big day in September for Amy Wallis who joined DBS Internet Marketing on a 3 month graduate internship scheme.

Not only did Amy graduate with a first class degree in Advertising & Marketing but she also received a prestigious award.

The Lincoln International Business School Award for "Best Student in Advertising" was presented to Amy prior to her graduation by Dr. Craig Marsh, Pro- Vice- Chancellor and Director of the Business School.

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DBS welcomes new Lincolnshire based client

James and Bob - EtatronDBS is very pleased to be starting work with a new client – chemical dosing experts Etatron GB.

We will be providing Etatron with a wide range of online marketing services.

Our Online Marketing Manager James Hopkins (left) went to meet Etatron’s Managing Director Bob Bayliss last week to learn more about his business.

Based nearby in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Etatron are suppliers of a wide product range comprising of dosing pumps and equipment, including chemical holding tanks and agitators/mixers that are suitable for all industries and applications.

They are the UK and Ireland branch office of Italian dosing pump manufacturer Etatron D.S. Chemical dosing is a vital process in a wide range of industries including water treatment, the leisure industry, food processing and agriculture.

DBS is very much looking forward to working with Etatron GB.

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Nottingham Company Revamps Website

DBS has re-launched an image rich website for long standing client Blindfolded.

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The revamped site is a full width design that automatically resizes itself to fit any device it's viewed on such as a smart phone, tablet or PC.

Nottingham based Blindfolded are the area's premier blind/awnings manufacturer and installation specialists.

"Blindfolded has been with DBS Internet Marketing since 2004. We're really happy with the new website which lets us edit our pages and upload images to our gallery whenever we want to," said Peter Feghali, Managing Director.

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SMEs can win business from local search right now!

Most people are familiar with the page layout when they make a search on Google.

There are 3 types of listing which are also shown on the graphic:

1. pay per click

2. mapped

3. organic

 

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Pay Per Click and mapped listings dominate the page.

If you manage to nab the #1 organic spot on Google your prospects have to scroll all the way down the page to get to you.

There's no doubt that Pay Per Click advertising is effective but it comes at a cost whereas mapped listings are free.

 

How do I get a mapped listing?

Google compiles mapped listings from data it holds.

Google scrapes its mapped listing data from several places.

One key place is your "Google My Business" page.

The best way to give Google accurate information is for your business to claim your Google My Business page and make sure all your details are correct.

 

What are the common mistakes businesses make with their Google My Business pages?

Your mapped listing will have a red "blob" which appears on Google maps:

 

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Make sure it's in the right place. It's not uncommon for business to be shown in the wrong place.

Many businesses claim their Google My Business page successfully but then fail to edit it fully. You can easily add your address, phone number, opening hours and images.

 

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How can I get my business to rank highly in the mapped listings?

We've seen improvements in ranking for clients who:

· have a fully completed Google My Business page

· post on their Google My Business page regularly

· ensure that reputable directories have the exact same information as on the Google My Business page

· ask their customers to leave reviews 

This might seem like a lot to do but the rewards are free traffic.

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DBS Internet Marketing Employee Learns To Fly

SWP-16-1200_130DBS Internet Marketing employee Chris Coleshaw recently completed his certification as part of social media network Twitter’s ‘Flight School’ learning programme.

The course which is run through an online hub aims to provide staff at internet marketing agencies with the necessary expertise and insight to leverage impactful campaigns for their clients. Modules cover content planning, budget allocation, management and custom audiences.

"The Twitter Flight School taught me advanced techniques for getting more out of Twitter for our clients - I really enjoyed it" said Chris, who joined DBS in 2013.

According to recent estimates 44% of UK users of the popular micro-blogging platform follow brands and companies to stay up to date with their latest special offers and promotions.

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Fireplace site relaunched by DBS

DBS has looked after the W&H Supplies website for 8 years and has recently worked with them to upgrade their website.

The improvements include:

  • widening the site as we all use wider monitors now
  • adding a slideshow so that all W&H's products can be easily viewed at a large size
  • making the site mobile responsive so that it adjusts itself to fit perfectly on any device it's being viewed on such as a smart phone, tablet or PC

"I really love the new website. DBS turned my ideas into reality!" said Charly Wright, General Manager of W&H Supplies.

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Happy Birthday James!

IMG_7038James Hopkins turns 32 years young today and all at DBS wish many happy returns.

DBS's online marketing manager is taking a well-earned day off on his birthday and is spending time with his family.

We held the customary "cake and candles" ceremony slightly early so that he wouldn't miss out.

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DBS beyond the boundary

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Dan Atkinson of DBS took part in Wright Vigar's Cricket Evening at Sleaford Cricket Club on Wed 27 July.

He was supported at the successful event by James Hopkins, Julie Priestley and David Clarke.

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Happy Birthday to DBS Director David Clarke!

WebHere’s wishing a very Happy Birthday to DBS Director David Clarke!

The team enjoyed birthday cake in the office this morning and David will be celebrating this evening with a visit to a Japanese themed restaurant. 

“I’m being treated to dinner at a Japanese Steakhouse where sushi and teppanyaki is prepared and cooked in front of you!” said David.

Find out more about David Clarke here.

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4 business problems that social media can help resolve

Social media was at one time the wild child of internet marketing with many of its critics unsure about how it could work in a commercial context. Today however the likes of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have more than proven their credentials as one of the best ways to tackle the myriad of problems that SME’s can face.

1 - Low website traffic

There can be many reasons why your website isn’t getting enough traffic and often it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what is going wrong without seeking out the opinion of experts.

It could be that your website is slow, you aren’t using Pay-Per-Click campaigns to compete for the top spots on Google, you haven’t got a blog yet or perhaps you aren’t utilising social media to its full extent.

clip_image002Social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ have millions of users and even if you are not engaging them using videos, photos and written content your competitors most certainly will be.

Remember, sharing informative content, incorporating links and running targeted ad campaigns can all increase traffic to your website and help you make more conversions in the long run.

2 – Poor customer retention

It’s much easier to retain customers than it is to win new ones and social media can be a great feather in your cap when it comes to customer retention. The best companies are on hand to answer any queries that customers might have and provide exceptional customer service at all times, turning your followers into loyal customers and advocates of your business. Seeing your content on social media also helps to create and maintain brand awareness, so that when a customer needs a product or service that you are offering, yours is the first name that springs to mind.

3 – Immeasurable success

Let’s face it; it can be difficult to know whether you are getting your money’s worth with traditional forms of advertising. However, when it comes to social media advertising everything is made simple. You can see exactly how much traffic is being driven to your website and how much each click is costing you.

4 – No time for Market Research

Market research can be costly, but if you can build up an audience on networks like Facebook and Twitter then you can get some very interesting insights into who your customers are, including information about their location, age, gender and general interests. All of this can then be used to make your advertising campaigns even more effective.

It’s important to note that while advertising on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn is priced competitively, without day-to-day management and a clear strategy in place you can easily waste your hard-earned marketing budget.

Please contact David Clarke of DBS on 0800 988 8366 for a free, non obligation discussion of your needs.

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DBS launch another legal website

Lace Law, based in Newark, Nottinghamshire turned to DBS Legal Websites for a new website, web hosting and SEO:

http://www.lacelaw.co.uk/

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DBS specialises in web design and marketing for solicitors and law firms and are an Investors in People company and Google Partners.

DBS was recently ranked in the UK Top 10 web designers for law firms.

All our legal websites fit perfectly on iPhones, smartphones, iPads, tablets and desktop screens.

None of our work is outsourced - our team of 8 works in our UK based offices.

Click here to view our legal website portfolio.

In our experience advertising and marketing duties are usually heaped on an unsuspecting partner who is then expected to maintain their caseload and still find the time to deal with marketing activity. Alternatively, the baton is handed to a practice or marketing manager who all ready works under pressure.

Our philosophy is quite simple -we do all the work but you stay in charge.

We offer law firms a free 2 hour brainstorming session on how we can take your website to the next level and drive more clients to you.

Please talk to David Clarke on FREEPHONE 0800 988 8366 or 01522 811688 for a free no obligation discussion of your needs.

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Greenfrog Entertainments Treats DBS

We had a very nice surprise at DBS when Jonathan Worthington of Greenfrog Entertainments Ltd sent the team a fantastic treat from Hotel Chocolat.

Jonathan came to us before Christmas as he wanted to improve the online marketing for his Bouncy Castle Hire business that covers Mansfield, Lincoln and Nottingham.

The speedily devoured chocolates came with a card to DBS that read:

"All your team have been amazing over the past 6 months. Our phones ring each day with new sales enquires and my business is starting to grow. I would like to say thank you to everyone for all their help so far -  Jonathan"

Dan Atkinson who helps to manage Jonathan's account commented: "It's always great to hear we are helping our clients' businesses to grow but receiving such a thoughtful gift was a special surprise."

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DBS launches Facebook Marketing video

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Dan Atkinson of DBS has just created our very own in-house 90 second Facebook Marketing video.

The short video shows UK businesses how to harness the power of Facebook by targeting your ideal customers in your perfect geographical area.

To find out how DBS can leverage the power of Facebook advertising for your business talk to James Hopkins of DBS Internet Marketing on FREEPHONE 0800 988 8366

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Thomas celebrates 5 year anniversary at DBS

IMG_6967DBS Web Developer Thomas Hounsell has been with DBS for 5 years.

Thomas joined us straight from college after studying for a BTEC National Diploma in IT.

The DBS team celebrated with Thomas by enjoying some cheese and biscuits this afternoon.

To find out more about Thomas and to connect with him on social media, please visit http://www.dbsinternetmarketing.co.uk/our-team/3/thomas-hounsell/

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DBS launch website for Lincolnshire manufacturer

DBS has designed and developed a new website for United Fillings.

The company’s core business is the supply of quality cushion interiors to the furniture upholstery and soft furnishings industry.

There are currently 150 people working within the company across the three sites at the Falcon Mill in Billingborough (Headquarters), Kestrel Mill in Billingborough and Goodwin Mills in Long Eaton.

DBS called upon the services of commercial photographer Stuart Wilde for the imagery used in the website.

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Graduate Amy joins DBS

clip_image002DBS has forged close ties with the University of Lincoln through both their Employability and Mentoring schemes.

Amy Wallis, a former University of Lincoln student, has just completed her final exams for her BA (Hons) degree in Advertising and Marketing and has joined DBS on a 3 month graduate internship scheme.

Amy has already spent time at DBS during university breaks.

"We were impressed by Amy after her spells of work experience with DBS" explained DBS director, David Clarke, who went on to say: "Graduate Internships really help to solve a big problem for graduates. Most employers prefer to hire someone with commercial experience. Internships are a great stepping stone for freshly graduated students as it helps them to transition from university life to a permanent career placement by gaining invaluable commercial experience."

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David's Cancer Research Trek Smashes £3k Target

Donations have continued to come in via David Clarke's Just Giving page at:

https://www.justgiving.com/David-Clarke-Everest-Base-Camp

So far £3184 has been raised online including Gift Aid and a further £202 has been donated offline. The current total stands at £3386.

"I'm bowled over by everyone's generosity and really thrilled to have exceeded the target I wanted to raise for Cancer Research. A big heartfelt thank you to everyone involved with my Everest Base Camp efforts - especially Ian Taylor Trekking and the team of Sherpas and Yak driver who were amazingly kind and helpful." said DBS Director, David Clarke.

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DBS Server Upgrades Tuesday 24 May

imlogo-vertical-with-fb-paddingDBS will be carrying out upgrade work to its internal servers on Tuesday 24 May and it's possible that we may not be able to send or receive emails for a period of time.

Please note that the upgrades to our internal servers will not affect you if you use DBS to host your website and/or email.

If you have an issue which requires urgent attention on Tuesday 24 May then please call the DBS team on 01522 811688.

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Happy Birthday to Julie!

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We’d like to wish a very happy birthday to DBS General Manager, Julie Priestley!

Julie will be celebrating by hosting a birthday party this evening, and will then be heading off with her partner Chris for a holiday in Rome, Italy.  

“We are really looking forward to seeing the Colosseum, the Vatican and enjoying the fine food and wine of Rome,” said Julie.

Have a great holiday, Julie!

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Happy Birthday to Dan!

A very happy birthday to our Internet Marketing Specialist, Daniel Atkinson, who turns 29 on Sunday.

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Dan will be spending a long weekend exploring the Northumberland National Park and will be hiding behind a scarf on Saturday at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland AFC scrap for survival against Chelsea.

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David reaches Everest Base Camp

Big congratulations to David who reached Everest Base Camp on Monday 2nd May.

The party got the opportunity to explore Base Camp, take in the stunning views and see the edge of the icefall which is the start of the climbing route for the world’s highest mountain.

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At their highest point the trekking party reached 5400 metres and the acclimatisation process was key to their success.

David challenged himself to this trek and is hoping to raise £3000 for Cancer Research UK. He has been overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who has helped him raise 48% of his target so far.

If you’d like to make a donation please visit David’s Just Giving Page.

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David gets closer to Everest Base Camp

Now that David and the rest of the party have acclimatised they can continue their ascent to Everest Base Camp stopping off at villages along the way.

Below is an image of the route that is ahead of them.

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Huge thanks to everyone who has helped David reach 44% of his £3000 target.

If you’d like to make a donation please visit David’s Just Giving Page.

At the time of writing they had just reached Dingboche at 4360 metres / 14,307 ft.

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David is trekking to Everest Base Camp for Cancer Research UK, please visit David’s Just Giving Page if you’d like to make a donation.

Cancer touches most people's lives.

With your help we will beat it sooner.

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