JamRock Design is a web design agency in Lancaster specialising in creating professional websites for businesses, and providing online marketing services such as SEO and social media marketing to help them make the most of their online presence.
For 2017, this involves an exciting new project designed to help small-medium sized businesses get online: JamRock are offering website design and build completely free of charge. This means that small companies can get a professionally built website and only pay the monthly hosting costs, the idea being to eliminate the prohibitive upfront design costs that can keep businesses offline.
At the same time, they’re keeping the hosting costs down, allowing business owners who are overpaying for their existing site to get a brand new one without doubling up on design costs. Managing Director James Cummisky describes the thought process behind the project and what the JamRock team hope to achieve:
“It’s always great to work with other small businesses, and to see them flourish – so this new endeavour is all about being a strong force behind the creation of a more vibrant business community, across the country but particularly in our home city. Having grown JamRock from the ground up I know what it’s like to be the little guy, so now I’m giving something back to the business community that has supported me.
The simple truth is that businesses do better once they get online, so our Free Website campaign is really just looking to get more local companies onto the playing field. Studies have shown that more than 50% of small businesses have no website at-all, and that’s a lot of business owners missing out on contacts and revenue. I think I speak for all of JamRock when I say how pleased we are to have grown our team over the past few months to a point where we can now design and build free websites free of charge.”
The project has already taken off in a big way, with dozens of business owners rushing to get their hands on the free sites, and a lot of companies starting to benefit from their new online presence. The team are finding that there is also a strong educational element, as they are also helping businesses determine whether they need an online presence: a surprising number of smaller companies and sole traders avoid setting up their own website, despite the fact that a website helps connect with customers, build trust with the audience, and show off examples of previous work.
So far, the JamRock team are really pleased with the great response – but add that there’s a lot more to come. “We hope this is just the beginning of JamRock’s role in supporting the development of our local business community. It has been incredible to watch the area has pulled together over the past 12 months, and it will be wonderful to see how this can continue throughout 2017.”
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