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Sinstar given honourable mention for design

After entering one of our most recent designs for various awards, we were thrilled this morning to hear that Sinstar Clothing had received an honourable mention on the Awwwards website.

This prestigious label is given to websites that achieve a high score in the user votes on the website, which is voted for by fellow industry and design professionals and gives us greater visibility with an entry in the Honourable Mentions sectiion, which can be found at

If awarded a high enough score, the site will then go on to be placed in a queue to appear as Site of the Day and will also be included in the popular Awwwards book, “The 365 Best CSS Websites Around The World” – fingers crossed!

Drapers reports on new Gola website

Just yesterday, Visualsoft launched a new responsive VS3 website for international sports brand Gola, which today featured in the prestigious Drapers publication.

The new online store, designed and developed in house by the Visualsoft team, includes a host of features to enhance the customer experience, including an innovative responsive design template which means it offers an optimal viewing experience across varying devices, platforms and browsers. This approach to web development meets the needs of a growing number of shoppers that are regularly browsing and buying via smartphones and tablets.

As well as adapting to the scale of the viewing device, the online store has also been built with streamlined functionality suitable for touch screens, and includes a range of innovative features.

Speaking of the recent launch of, Drapers reported ”Sports footwear brand Gola has overhauled its website, bringing all four collections under one umbrella for the first time ever. The site went live on May 10, featuring the full Gola Active, Outdoor, Ativo 5 and Classics ranges”.

”With digital partners Visualsoft working on the technical side, the website has also been given a fresh look and responsive design that will automatically adapt itself to fit whichever device is being used to access the site”.

Donna Hill, PR and marketing manager for Gola also said ”Gola’s new responsive design website will enhance customer’s online experience allowing them to view the site in the optimum resolution regardless of the device they use”.

For more information on the range of eCommerce services offered by Visualsoft, including Web Design, Web Development and Responsive Design, contact us today.

Inta Audio sings our praises

Visualsoft Director Richard Bendelow received a pleasant surprise today which gave the whole team an unexpected boost.

In similar fashion to Glamorous Amorous, Chapmans and Ornamental Trees, another one of our clients has contacted us to praise our efforts.

In an email to Rich, a spokesperson for Inta Audio sang the praises of our team for the hard work we put into designing and developing his company’s website. The spokesperson said: “Inta Audio was launched with Visualsoft one year ago today and through design and technology this has helped to create the image that we wanted and we are very happy that we chose Visualsoft for our web projects.

“On behalf of all the team here at Inta Audio I would like to thank you, the design team, programmers and the tech support team for making this possible. We look forward to working with you to take our business online to the next level.”

From everyone here at Visualsoft HQ, thanks for the kind words

For more information on any of our eCommerce Solutions please contact Visualsoft e-Commerce today on 0870 766 1092.

Ornamental Trees would recommend Visualsoft “in a heartbeat”

As we come to the end of another busy week here at Visualsoft HQ, the whole team received a great boost today ahead of the Bank Holiday.

A fortnight ago we launched the brand new Ornamental Trees eCommerce website. In no time at all, the website has already become a finalist in The Good Web Guide’s 2010 Website of the Year Award. If that news wasn’t great enough, our day got even better as we received some glowing praise from the company.

A spokesperson for the Herefordshire based company revealed that before choosing Visualsoft, Ornamental had spoken to over 15 website companies, but having now worked with our team, they would recommend us in a “heartbeat”.

The spokesperson explained: “My choice of provider had to offer high standards of design at an affordable price and offer a no-jargon service that I could relate to. Visualsoft’s team seemed enthusiastic and interested in my project. Also, Visualsoft offered the best value for money.”

We are always pleased to see that we have another satisfied customer, and it is great when a website starts to make an immediate impact for the company. This is exactly what has happened with Ornamental Trees.

The spokesperson added: “This website has had a great impact on our company already. Supplying us with a new look, a new online presence through social networking and giving our staff a boost in knowing that things are on the up. We hope to continue to improve our online identity and keep on top of our website with Visualsoft’s help.”

Glamorous Amorous ‘over the moon’ with website redesign

Everyone here at Visualsoft HQ were delighted to see the postman turn up with a sack full of thank you cards this morning.

Whilst we always put plenty of hard work into every website we build, it is always a great feeling to see our efforts praised by clients, and today it was the turn of Glamorous Amorous.

As reported on this blog last month, we were proud to receive a pat on the back from Chapmans Furniture after the launch of their eCommerce website and we were equally pleased today to discover that Glamorous Amorous were ‘over the moon’ with their new site.

After launching their website redesign last week, Glamorous Amorous sent cards of thanks to our Website Designers, Directors, Quality Assurance Analyst and our Project Manager which left them all grinning like Cheshire Cats all day.

One card, sent to Director Richard Bendelow, was particularly touching. It read: “I absolutely love the site. Thank you so very much for making it happen.

“The whole experience has been brilliant – your team are outstanding. The positive and can do approach that you and the company have is mind blowing – just fantastic.”

Visualsoft Director Tim Johnson commented: “Receiving praise like this really spurs us all on and it is a massive confidence booster.”

Thanks very much for the kind words.

Chapmans ‘delighted’ with website redesign

Visualsoft received a big thumbs up this week from one of the North’s top destinations for home interiors.

Earlier this month we launched the brand new website for Chapmans Furniture. The website redesign included features such as newsletter system, product filters and image zoom.

Days after the completion of the website, Visualsoft were chuffed to receive a message of gratitude from Chapmans. A spokesperson for the company wrote: “John Chapman and all the staff would just like to say how delighted we are with our new website. Thanks for all your help.”

“It’s a great feeling for our efforts to be praised – a lot of hard work goes into the websites we produce; it’s nice when this doesn’t go unnoticed” said Director Tim Johnson.

Charles Clinkard nearly doubles pre-tax profits

As reported in the today’s press, Visualsoft client and shoe firm the Clinkard Group has nearly doubled its pre-tax profits despite the recession.

As reported in today’s edition of The Journal newspaper, Clinkard say it is confident of further progress thanks to its eCommerce website courtesy of Visualsoft, even though the retail market remains challenging.

The Stockton-based business, who recently hired our award-winning team of website designers and developers to build them a VS3 version Charles Clinkard website, reported pre-tax profits of £1.23m in the year to January 30th, a huge increase from the £666,000 from the previous 12 months. Turnover was up from £31.6m to £32.1m.

A spokesperson for the group told The Journal: “The business has performed well in a difficult trading environment and recorded a further increase in turnover. The retail website which has just completed its fifth full year’s trading continues to produce excellent results. In the coming year, the retail climate will continue to be challenging but we are confident of further progress.”

The family run firm started life as a single shop in Middlesbrough in 1924 and is now one of the largest independents in the UK and is headed by Charles Clinkard, whose grandfather founded the business. Clinkard now has more than 35 shops and a top notch eCommerce website.

To read The Journal article on Clinkard in full click here.

Visualsoft announce launch of new website

Visualsoft today launched their exciting brand new website.

The launch see’s the Stockton based eCommerce company keeping one step ahead of all other competitors, with the new site designed to be much more user friendly for our clients.

The new site also demonstrates the company’s determination to move with the times and shows clients that we are never content and always looking to improve our own performance as well as their own. 

The innovating site has been designed by our award-winning website designers.  The team have listened to clients’ feedback, added some exciting new additions and with some fantastic state-of-the-art designs, created one of the most dynamic eCommerce websites around.

Director Dean Benson said: “Visualsoft are now much more focussed on eCommerce, and this is reinforced around the new site.  Visualsoft is re-branding itself around eCommerce and this is a really exciting time for the business.”

Visualsoft provide eCommerce services for companies looking to take their business online.  By providing services such as eCommerce, logo design, website design, website redesign and search engine marketing they have proved to be one of the leading and most effective eCommerce companies in the world. 

With several of our designs receiving worldwide recognition, clients can be assured that they receive a site that’s visually stunning.  Our comprehensive Content Management System and eCommerce solution continues to help clients generate revenue and maximise return on investment.  We also use our multi-fascia technology to enable multiple websites to be controlled via a single admin.

Visualsoft play a vital role in improving your online presence.  Our search engine marketing services include maximum exposure using a number of strategies, including Social Media, SEO, Pay-Per-Click and Affiliate MarketingVisualsoft provide all of these amazing web solutions under one roof from their head office on Portrack Lane in Stockton-on-Tees.

Visit the innovating new site at

eCommerce Redesign

eCommerce redesign, also known as eCommerce redevelopment, is a service offered by Visualsoft to help take eCommerce clients to the next level in their site/online business development.  Many Visualsoft eCommerce redesign customers began their eCommerce business with ‘off the shelf’ software, which is severely limited as these stores have to facilitate a wide range of customers and businesses.  Both site design and functionality suffer through the software not being built specifically towards your business/product offering.

At Visualsoft, we offer eCommerce redesign/redevelopment services which are completely bespoke and tailored specifically to meet the current and future needs of your business online.

To take your website to the next level, look no further than Visualsoft; our consultancy is free, and even if you decide not to utilise our eCommerce redesign services, people often go away buzzing with new ideas.  Feel free to contact us, or browse through our website redesign portfolio to see how our services have benefited other businesses.

eShop Design

eShop Design is more commonly referred to as eCommerce Web Design. eShop Design by Visualsoft allows you to sell products online, and typically forms a business with low overheads in comparison to a retail outlet.

Whether you’re interested in selling products online, or you’re using an eShop that is limiting your growth, we’re the people to speak to!

At Visualsoft we believe in providing bespoke eCommerce solutions that are tailored to your specific business needs, rather than trying to fit your company around an ‘off the shelf’ platform. ‘Off the shelf’ software is great if you’re on an extremely limited budget, but you will soon find yourself outgrowing the site and needing an eShop Design from a knowledgeable team of eCommerce experts, such as those here at Visualsoft.

Touch Retail choose Visualsoft

Touch Retail, based in Stoke on Trent have chosen Visualsoft for website redesign services. Touch Retail, provide EPOS, Stock Control, eCommerce and Accounting Services for retailers.  Although they specialise in the fashion sector, they provide powerful and reliable solutions for a range of market sectors.

Website redesign for Touch Retail will allow the company greater online presence.  The company will look to the website as a launchpad for its latest technologies, including live eCommerce website feeds from stock control, to maximise online order fulfillment.

At Visualsoft, we offer Touch Retail EPOS Integration for clients wishing to either expand their store online, or for those wishing to move to EPOS supplier.  A current client of Touch Retail undergoing eCommerce web design / website redesign with Visualsoft is Unique Menswear.

For further information on website redesign, or to learn more about Touch Retail’s live website feed please contact us.

MAP Electrics choose Visualsoft

MAP Electrics have chosen Visualsoft to redesign their corporate website.  MAP, whose clients include Virgin Media, Audi and Caterpillar have approached Visualsoft for a web site solution which will emphasise the quality of their brand.

A multi-functional organisation employing a wide range of qualified personnel, MAP Electrics strives to provide a comprehensive range of high quality services, at reasonable prices, to public and commercial clients.  Since its formation in 1993, MAP Electrics has grown both its team and its business, offering voice and data services, wireless LAN, cable television, intelligent office and home systems,electrical plumbing, heating and ventilation installations.

From its headquarters in Stockton-on-Tees in the North East of England MAP Electrics employs more than 650 full time staff in 12 offices throughout the UK.

To view further examples of website redesign, please view our website redesign portfolio.  If you feel that your business could benefit from website redesign services by Visualsoft, feel free to contact us.

Visualsoft client Van Mildert picks up three prestigious Drapers awards

Visualsoft client Van Mildert was celebrating today after picking up several accolades at last night’s Drapers Awards 2009.

Van Mildert, who received a website redesign courtesy of our award-winning website designers and developers, picked up three of the coveted prizes at the 19th annual award ceremony which was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on Park Lane, London.

Despite being in the midst of some of the toughest trading that the fashion sector has experienced for years, there are still many success stories, and Van Mildert is certainly one of them.

With stores based in the Metro Centre, Durham, Darlington, Harrogate and York, Van Mildert has prospered over the last year and these awards signify the hard work by everyone within the company.

Van Mildert’s Gateshead store was the first to be recognised when it picked up the Menswear Retailer of the Year award. Its Darlington store was next up, picking up the Young Fashion Retailer of the Year prize.

The biggest accolade for Van Mildert, whose eCommerce website can be found at, came later on in the evening when it won the coveted Independent Retailer of the Year award.

Visualsoft are delighted to see our clients work get recognised, and from everyone on the team, we would like to congratulate Van Mildert on their success.

W.H. Watts & Son website redesign goes live

The website redesign of W.H. Watts & Son was launched today.  Established in 1903, Middlesbrough based W.H.Watts & Son Ltd is a family firm and have been keeping customers happy for over a hundred years. W.H.Watts pride themselves on their commitment to their customers and in the consistent quality of service they offer as well as complete security, satisfaction and value for money with all of their baby products.

The company approached Visualsoft with the aim of growing their business online and accelerating website sales.  Visualsoft developed a bespoke eCommerce solution to suit the needs of W.H. Watts, providing a powerful platform from which to build internet presence and to increase rates of customer conversion.

Features of the W.H. Watts website include brand profiles, Google Checkout integration and a wishlist facility.   The wealth of new features, coupled with the aesthetically appealing and simple to navigate website redesign allow an immersive shopping experience for the user.

If you feel that your website could benefit from website redesign, or if you feel that your business could benefit from being online, feel free to contact us. Our eCommerce consultancy is free and you will inevitaby learn about new possibilities and opportunities for your website through taking the time to speak to us.

Have to Love choose Visualsoft for website redesign

The Newcastle based fashion boutique, Have to Love, have appointed Visualsoft to redesign their eCommerce website. The store, which won best new business at the Drapers Awards 2007, stocks famous brands such as Disney Couture, American Retro and Galliano.

The current Have to Love website is a perfect example of a site requiring a website redesign. In effect, the site has outgrown its platform and the ability to boost sales. To further build sales, an eCommerce web design solution with greater flexibility will be implemented to ensure a pleasurable shopping experience for the consumers.  All aspects of the current site are being redeveloped, with a keen focus on a user friendly, secure and trustworthy shopping experience.

The launch of the new Have to Love Website is expected early September 2009. For more information on eCommerce Redesign, contact Visualsoft. Our consultancy is free!

Business Link Funding

Visualsoft : As listed on the North East England Service Provider Register (NEESPR)

Visualsoft are approved suppliers and registered consultants on the North East Service Provider Register (NESPR), which means we have an excellent working relationship with organisations like Business Link and welcome any eCommerce businesses or retailers looking to sell online who would like to utilise our services and expertise with support from Business Link Funding.

The criteria for web design grants is changing at the moment. Please contact us to find out the latest information.

Credit crunch opportunities for forward thinking businesses

Although the ‘Credit Crunch’ is effecting many businesses Nationwide, here at Visualsoft, we are pleased to announce the introduction of two more programmers to our quickly expanding team.  The new acquisitions will help facilitate ongoing demand for eCommerce web design services offered by Visualsoft.

The eCommerce industry remains an area of high growth; opposing declining high street sales.  Supporting statistics state that by 2020, over 40% of retail transactions will occur online.  More businesses are seeing the opportunities allowed to them through Visualsoft’s eCommerce web design services and are getting their businesses online.

To find out how we could facilitate the growth of your business online, please contact us.  Even if you are currently selling online, we could look to maximise the potential of your eCommerce site through our website redesign services.

Alternatively, if you feel that your skills could benefit the Visualsoft development team, feel free to apply for any positions advertised in the Recruitment section of our website.