New ‘Coronavirus Restart Grant’ announced

As we start to have some restrictions lifted and with businesses starting to reopen, things are finally starting to look up! The government has announced the 'Coronavirus Restart Grant' to help support businesses through these times so that they can grow and recover from the effects of the pandemic. This blog post will give you an overview of these new measures. What is it? This scheme supports...
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Budget 2021: what it means for your business

On Wednesday 3rd March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his new annual budget. This blog post will summarise the key points and new changes to schemes in relation to businesses. Recovery Loan Scheme This is a new scheme that ensures that businesses can continue to access any loans and types of finance after existing COVID-19 loan schemes close. Businesses of any size can use the scheme. Finance...
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[Position Filled] We’re recruiting for a part-time New Business Specialist (working from home in the Swindon area)

Are you a sales whizz? Worked in customer service, retail, or hospitality and have a good grasp of web technologies? We're recruiting for a part-time New Business Specialist to help introduce more businesses to O'Brien Media! The New Business Specialist will focus on outbound sales and relationship building with new cold and warm prospects that have shown some interest in our service offering....
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The route out of Lockdown: reopening of businesses and venues

Like all of us here at O’Brien Media, you have probably been following all the news regarding the latest lockdown. On Wednesday 24th February, the government published their official guidance detailing the steps in which the UK will progress from this lockdown. This blog post will summarise each of the steps and the key points that each involves in regard to the reopening of businesses and...
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WordPress now powers over 40% of the world’s websites

The world's most popular CMS continues to grow and new data from W3Techs has revealed that 40 percent of the web or two out of every five websites now use WordPress. While there are plenty of WordPress alternatives including Shopify and Squarespace, WordPress is still in a league of its own. This is because, in addition to the sites powered by WordPress, an ecosystem has been built up around...
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Which shops can open in lockdown and what are the rules?

Non-essential shops are currently closed as part of a national lockdown to combat coronavirus although they are currently allowed to open for click and collect, although from Saturday, Scotland will follow Northern Ireland in restricting this service to essential retailers. Which retailers are allowed to open? Any retailer selling "essential" goods and services may stay open to the public as...
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We take our security responsibilities to you and your business seriously

Our professional web design team not only has over 15 years of experience developing websites and digital marketing solutions for small businesses and multi-nationals we're also registered with various professional bodies and follow best practices when it comes to data security and safety. We don't just enter the safety of the data we hold about you, but also the data you hold about your...
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Google Suggests Permanent URLs for Black Friday & Cyber Monday Pages

Google shared the advice that website owners should be "using permanent URLs for Black Friday pages rather than creating new URLs for each annual sale" as part of it's set of best practices for Black Friday and Cyber Monday pages, along with five additional recommendations, which we've included below. Here’s more on the benefits of using recurring URLs, and a rundown of Google’s other advice...
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We’re here to help you & your business through lockdown

With the first day of this new national lockdown (5th November 2020) upon us, I wanted to let you know that, as during the previous lockdown, we will be here to help you and your business, club, or other organisation through these difficult times. If you haven’t already updated your website to provide information to your customers, members, or visitors then we can help you do this – either as...
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A quick refresher about O’Brien Media

We’re an award-winning website design company with offices in Swindon, Wiltshire, and Shoreditch, London. We provide a range of website and web application design and development solutions to businesses and organisations across the UK. Our professional web design team has over 15 years of experience developing websites and digital marketing solutions for small businesses and...
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