Gateshead Business headlines itself as “The place for Gateshead businesses to learn, share and trade”. They provide a range of services to its members, all designed to help them develop and grow.
Newcastle web design agency, Urban River, responded to a brand and website creation tender opportunity advertised by Gateshead Council and were chosen as the preferred supplier for the contract.
The first phase of the project was to create a brand identity for the forum. Once the brand identity was finalised, the second phase of the project required web design agency Urban River to create a brand new website.
The main purpose of the website design for Gateshead Council was to provide a platform that will support smaller businesses across the Gateshead. Style wise the website needed to be fresh looking with identifiable landmarks from across the borough, with a professional feel that businesses would feel comfortable registering on.
The website needed to have a fully manageable content management system so that it can be updated with ease and speed and it also needed to have the capabilities to extract user data.
Web Design Newcastle Agency Urban River created a website that provides a central place for small businesses in Gateshead to identify other businesses that they could work with, supply or purchase from. It keeps businesses informed about what is going on in the borough and any upcoming events. It also provides some free advertising opportunities to members and business support advice on a range of topics such as recruitment, growth, investment and funding.
Businesses have the opportunity to become a member by submitting information about their company, a logo, contact details and link to their website. There is a filter system on the site, so when a business enters its details it is also able to choose up to 2 business sectors that they feel they fit into and can select up to 10 key words that best describes their services. This information is then utilised in the member’s area of the site which enables businesses to search for other businesses listed.