Nottingham Jobs

Nottingham Jobs

Nottingham’s award winning employment and skills service for employers and jobseekers in the City.

In this site we bring together the services of a number of partner organisations. This involves getting relevant job adverts distributed to the right people, and also signposting people towards additional support services.

The way we built the site was intended to help the client move forward conceptually: progressing the degree of backwards compatibility, increasing the usage of cutting-edge approaches to the code. Using the technical side in this way formed a great platform to encourage discussion focused on the future.

 

The site has defined areas for job seekers and employers and helps clarify the range of services on offer, thereby making them more accessible.

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Nottingham Jobs
Derbyshire Dales District Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

A new year, a new site for our local district council. We worked with Tor Studio to develop this custom Joomla theme, and helped the Council develop and migrate their content and functionality.

The result is a beautiful site, which really pushes the boundaries for local government. 

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Derbyshire Dales District Council
First Steps Database

First Steps Database

 

This colossal app is an interface for information. It collects data about service users and their progress so that First Steps can continuously monitor and improve the support they offer.

The app is for use by staff, and the goal for the design was to encourage consistent and coherent use of the system, which ultimately improves the quality of the data collected. A few features include:

  • Comprehensive data management for individuals;
  • Monitor and record activities such as counselling sessions, email support, volunteering and much more;
  • Events scheduling and attendance management;
  • Integration with external newsletter providers and ad-hoc mailings within the system;
  • Bespoke evaluation forms on a per-event/activity basis allowing monitoring over time, for each activity, or more widely across the service;
  • A fully-featured reporting system with some very smart features;
  • Extensive logging and tracking of changes and usage of the system.

The app is built on a slick and solid stack of modern technologies. We are really proud of this custom database development.

  

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First Steps Database
Thrive

 

This site for Thrive at Work is bold and serious. It is aimed at employers and emphasises the impact of childhood trauma on survivors' lives.

Survivors often face difficulties getting or maintaining work or careers, so Thrive helps employers offer confidential and specialised support.

We hope the website will contribute to improving people's lives.

 

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Thrive
South Western Regional Library Service

South Western Regional Library Service

Like sitting and reading a great book, this site is calm, clear and satisfying.

SWRLS needed to advertise their services and events as well as giving member organisations access to resources.

The site is managed by staff with little time so it had to be easy to add content so that there was no barrier to it getting out there.

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South Western Regional Library Service
The Care Group

The Care Group


We built this large, robust and elegant information management database for The Care Group.

They manage accommodation for refugees and migrants in the Kent region. With such a large and ever-changing tenant base across many properties the app helps them:

  • keep track of who and where tenants are;
  • monitor conditions and repairs needed;
  • track utilities usage and billing;
  • coordinate maintenance providers;
  • track invoicing and costs of repairs and maintenance;
  • provide detailed reports of activities for their contractors;
  • keep staff safe with an emergency support feature that utilises GPS and sends text/SMS messages.

The app is fully responsive — meant to be used in the field — and is built with some cool current technologies like PHP 7.1 (on Laravel), RequireJS, Composer et al. It is easy on the eye too, which helps encourage staff to keep the data up-to-date.

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The Care Group
Mondo Foundation

Mondo Foundation

We have worked with Mondo for years now, and we have really enjoyed helping them with this latest move forward.

They are dedicated to maximising the amount of funding that goes directly to projects on the ground, so there is a push to reduce the amount spent on marketing and administration. We helped customise and implement a Wordpress site here, which has really helped the current team who were already familiar with its interface.

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Mondo Foundation
My HemiCheck


This superb tool lets sufferers of Hemiplegia (or their carers) generate a report for their employers or education provider which describes the impact of their condition and any practical or personal support should be in place. Hemiplegia can have very wide-ranging symptoms and so cannot be described at anything other than an individual level.

The app is built to be very clear to use — a number of the users will have difficulties with comprehension, concentration or interaction. It was very well received at their launch event and has helped many sufferers since.  

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My HemiCheck
Futures for Business

Futures for Business

This single page site is the first step for a new branch of the Futures organisation. It promotes the professional services side of their business and therefore is aimed at employers and larger organisations. 

We helped Futures put this together under a very tight deadline. Watch this space — there is much more coming! 

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Futures for Business
Wheels to Work

Wheels to Work

Wheels to Work is a national scheme to offer support getting to work, education or training. This is often in the form of a moped training and loan, funding for a bike or help with public transport.

We built this site for the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and County Durham schemes. It is light, fluid and takes you on a journey through the information available.

Hover over a couple of the little arrow-circles — a lovely little interaction like this can really help to lift a site experience for users.

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Wheels to Work
Goddards Consultants

Goddards Consultants

We love working with Goddards, and we hope they feel the same. Their ethos and aims really make us want to help them communicate their vast range of skills.

This website was built to give an overview of the impact of some of their services. It is clean without being clinical, smart but not showy.

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Goddards Consultants
Intrinsic Earth

Intrinsic Earth

 

This project is set to change the world. No, really. It is something that we truly believe in. The website element is just getting started to support this social movement.

We will be generating a network of people around the world who contribute to a knowledgebase of evidence. This will help to quietly lead change at a global level. Go on — take a few minutes to read the site and see what is going on!

 

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Intrinsic Earth
HGI (Harrington Generators)

HGI (Harrington Generators)

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HGI (Harrington Generators)
HARCVS
HARCVS
South Derbyshire DC Intranet

South Derbyshire DC Intranet

We developed a revamped intranet for the whole Council. In addition to bringing a touch of style and flavour to the user experience, the emphasis of the project was the information architecture – how to get people to what they want most easily.

Tor Studio provided initial design work. The team at the Council did all the heavy lifting of sorting through the giant pile of old content! We used Joomla as a platform for the system and implemented customised widgets to provide great searching, filtering and content management.

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South Derbyshire DC Intranet
Career Mark

Career Mark

This is a fully responsive, vibrant, fast and targeted website that attracts new members and provides a comprehensive set of resources for existing award holders.

We brought the branding in line with its parent organisation, Futures, and at the same created a distinctive look that echoes the values of the award scheme the site is for.

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Career Mark
Advice Links East Staffordshire

Advice Links East Staffordshire

The ALES project provides a single point of contact for accessing advice and support from the Citizens Advice Bureau and its partner organisations in East Staffordshire.

Our website is a simple information source on the public side, but there is an area for partners to discuss Social Policy issues, conduct referrals, access resources and more. And it’s all wrapped up in a pretty, responsive shell!

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Advice Links East Staffordshire
Doing Good Leeds

Doing Good Leeds

Doing Good Leeds is the name given to a newly combined group of organisations, led by Voluntary Action Leeds, to deliver a consistent voice for the third sector and greatly clarify access to information and services.

Features include user-generated content (news, events, jobs etc) plus extensive partner organisation features including volunteer centre opportunities and service provider feedback.

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Doing Good Leeds
Futures

Futures is one of the leading employment and skills organisations in the East Midlands. It provides and brokers advice and guidance to young people, individuals and organisations. It arranges apprenticeships and runs the Career Mark quality award.

The new website is fresh and bright (much like the futures of its beneficiaries…), and beautifully responsive. It provides functionality for applying for apprenticeships online and integrates with a CRM system.

After launch, new applications have been of a higher quality, reducing admin time in chasing things up

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Futures
Innovage

This project leads on from our other work with Sheffield University, with a goal to share information about research across Europe into innovations in active and healthy ageing.

The website is crisp and clean, capturing the feel of both academic research and the people-centred subject matter.

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Innovage
Achieve

Achieve is a coaching “system” that combines an online learning platform with face-to-face and remote interactions between tutors and learners.

There are a million an one features within the Moodle platform, like individual learning logs, tutor feedback mechanisms and forums. The real challenge here was to provide great features whilst removing as many barriers as possible to allow those less familiar with IT to participate fully.

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Achieve
Peak Business 4 Community Action

Peak Business 4 Community Action

PB4CA is a “brokerage” platform that enables community groups to post requests for support to which business providers in the region can respond and offer help. The system analyses support requests and suggests potential business providers. 

The site includes mapping, discussion and communication, social media integration, and a secure members' area.

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Peak Business 4 Community Action
Modes

The new website for Modes Collections Management Software represented a huge step for this small company with a big reach. Their product is used by museums and large organisations nationwide, and the new site serves as a platform for sales and support for existing customers.

The administration area includes some custom built applications for managing licences, user accounts and invoicing. Members can access extensive support documentation and downloads as well as software upgrades and a support forum.

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Modes
Our Food Plan

Our Food Plan

“Our Food Plan” is a Big Lottery funded pilot programme that involves developing a toolkit for local authorities to help them build a Food Plan for their area with contributions from a range of stakeholders.

Our job was to disseminate the toolkit through a central website and to implement individual web sites for each LA, which can be created on-the-fly as new authorities come on board.

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Our Food Plan
MondoChallenge Foundation

MondoChallenge Foundation

The latest site for Mondo Foundation helps them develop their established brand and allows potential clients and funders to explore a wealth of information about their international development work without being overfaced.

We have introduced a few CSS3 goodies in a backwards-compatible way, and the CMS has been customised to allow non-web-savvy users to make easy content updates.

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MondoChallenge Foundation
EHMA Feasibility Study

EHMA Feasibility Study

Working with a site title that is 123 characters long was always going to be a challenge! However, we believe the design handles the in-depth content in a friendly and accessible way.

This is our first larger site that uses the new HTML5 elements. We created a document repository with tagging capabilities, and some nifty integration of external news feeds.

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EHMA Feasibility Study
Rural Action Derbyshire

Rural Action Derbyshire

Derbyshire Rural Community Council rebranded in 2010 to RAD (Rural Action Derbyshire). They needed a website that reflected their dynamic approach without losing the attachment to the warmth and rurality of the local area.

We created the new brand and the website. The site runs on MODx; offers text-only versions, print-only styles; private members areas; and some other nifty bits and bobs.

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Rural Action Derbyshire
ERA-AGE 2

The minimalist design of the ERA-AGE2 website reflects its academic research-led clarity and coherence. The database explorer provides an easy to browse and search interface to a complex list of research centres, projects and programmes across Europe.

A media repository, rss news feed, text-only version and some social integration complete this site that we're really proud of. 

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ERA-AGE 2
Community Directory Derbyshire

Community Directory Derbyshire

This is the public-facing side of the regional shared database project we have completed. The directory provides a searchable list all of the community-based organisations (e.g. charities, local and voluntary groups) across Derbyshire, and people can manage their own details online.

We introduced a clean and uncluttered feel to the site whilst still providing advanced functionality.

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Community Directory Derbyshire
FUTURAGE

The FUTURAGE project aims to develop a roadmap for ageing research in Europe. The project brings together scientists, stakeholders and the general public from many countries in order to share priorities and foster engagement. The website needed to be fresh, clear and cross-compatible for the target audiences.

The site runs on a heavily-customised version of the content management system MODx. The site conforms to WCAG-AA accessibility standards and offers text-only versions, print-only styles and live translation options.

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FUTURAGE
Coach House Studios

Coach House Studios

The Coach House is a great restoration project in the centre of Wirksworth. The space provides a home to many local groups and practitioners, from yogis to songwriters.

The website captures the cool, calm and collected feel of the building and the people that run and use it.

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Coach House Studios
Ashbrook Roofing

Ashbrook Roofing

With Tor Studio

It has been a pleasure to work with a client that is so involved and informed. Together we have created an ecommerce experience that can honestly say it is built for the customer.

A simple one-page checkout process, easy shopping basket management, quick reordering, printable product sheets and stock management are just a few of the features we have developed with the help of an Opencart platform.

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Ashbrook Roofing
New Dynamics of Ageing

New Dynamics of Ageing

This University of Sheffield-based research programme has two main audiences: researchers in the field of ageing, and older people themselves. The site had to communicate the findings of loads of research projects.

The design was quite a challenge given the different needs of the main target groups. We believe we have struck a balance between pushing the boundaries of what research sites look like, whilst maintaining clarity and ease of use.

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New Dynamics of Ageing
Derbyshire Dales District Council

Derbyshire Dales District Council

With Tor Studio

The DDDC website needed a revamp. The design work was completed by Tor Studio and we delivered all the development work of this large-scale Joomla site.

The result is a modern site that provides easy access to services and information, but also adheres to strict accessibility guidelines and other local authority site requirements.

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Derbyshire Dales District Council
Ecommerce sites (various)

Ecommerce sites (various)

With Tor Studio

 

We often provide development support to Tor Studio, and in the past year this has included a handful of ecommerce sites. They are tricky beasts to get right, both technically and from a business development standpoint.

We have dabbled with Magento, but find Opencart a much more flexible solution that enables greater customisation.

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Ecommerce sites (various)
Other sites (1)

Other sites (1)

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Other sites (1)
Other sites (2)

Other sites (2)

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Other sites (2)
The KSA Partnership

The KSA Partnership

I have worked closely with KSA for a number of years now. They are a management consultancy group based in North East England. I have helped them with a recent refresh of their brand and this included a complete revamp of their website.

We have used four colours to represent the different fields they work in. These colours run throughout the site and associated business cards and literature.

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The KSA Partnership
Village Aid

Village Aid

Village Aid is an international development charity working in West Africa. They really needed a website that reflected their work, but also increased their fundraising capacity. You can buy ethical gifts and gift certificates on the site, as well as finding out how to get involved with forthcoming events.

The site has full content management functionality so they can update pages themselves without having to shell out on a web designer's time!

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Village Aid
20|20 House

20|20 House

Recent legislation requires all new developments like 2020 House in Leeds to produce a Residential Green Travel Plan, which aims to promote and encourage the use of sustainable or environmentally-sensitive transport, for example car sharing/pools, pedestrian and cycle routes and bus usage.

This website makes the information easily available to residents, and also provides a central point for further information about the development.

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20|20 House
Jane Ford

Jane offers singing tuition in the North East of England. She also performs regularly in a group singing classical and renaissance pieces.

This is one of our earlier sites, but we include it here as it shows a distinctive representation of her love of all things mediaeval. It runs on the platform of Boulder Content - a light-touch content management system.

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Jane Ford
Doppio Tempo

Doppio Tempo

Euan Moseley creates exciting new compositions for piano and other instruments. The site is based on the concept of the emergence of melody and rhythm from the written music. The use of line against simple background colours distinguishes each composition.

The site is multi-lingual, with translations in French, Russian and Chinese. It also offers audio samples and you can purchase musical scores and CDs online.

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Doppio Tempo
Jo Hume

Jo is an artist and art education consultant. She produces dynamic abstract works on a large scale. She also runs training courses and produces educational materials for schools.

The site is intended to showcase her work, but also to highlight the flavour of Jo's approach, using lively colours and simple, bold structures.

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Jo Hume