A couple who started a new web design business said they were encouraged to see more small businesses establishing their online presence.
Darwen-based Stephen and Stephanie Ashcroft set up their own web business – ‘Fruity Llama’ – during the pandemic and produced websites for a range of local and regional businesses.
Stephen said more and more small businesses are investing in web services.
He said: “I come from a design background and Stephanie comes from an e-commerce background and it has worked really well so far.
“With the global pandemic driving more consumers to buy online, it’s clear that a digital presence is critical to small business success.
“We provide a design and build service that will help small businesses establish their online space faster, with designs that work as well as they look.”
The company has produced websites for local businesses including Heritage Envelopes, The Brookside Hair & Beauty Salon, Vincent & Valerie Skincare, Bestpac UK and S Dawes Weaving.
Stephen said it was important for businesses to invest in something that suited their business.
He said: “My advice would be to invest in a properly designed website. You get what you pay for in this business.
“You will get a good return on your investment. A good website can make a huge difference to a business.
“Plus, having a visually appealing website means nothing if visitors don’t like it.”
Currently, the pair work alongside a number of remote-based designers.
Stephen said: “At Fruity Llama, we use our range of experience and technical skills to help local businesses rank higher on Google.
“Our search engine optimization will ensure that your website attracts more customers to support your growth and sales, much more effectively than conventional approaches.”