Training Course testimonials
Wembley Click and Park
"IRUN worked with me to launch my business online. There is still more work to be done on the website, but the flexible platform that it is built on means that we will be able to expand the website’s functionality easily in the future. In the meantime, the website is working! We are taking bookings and are pleased to say that the website paid for itself very quickly. The investment was very worthwhile."
Adam Hopcroft, Owner
"The initial visit from John Minchell (IRUN Shrewsbury) was a turning point for our charity and how we provide information and support to our members and clients.
The knowledge, enthusiasm and professionalism of the IRUN team is inspiring and they took the time to understand the specific needs of our company and what was required in a cost effective manner. We now have a website that is easy to update and link to our CRM system. We get the majority of our job applicants through our website now which has saved us money on postage.
We are really pleased that we now have a professional and interactive website. – Thank you John!"
Erika Elliot, Operations & Finance Manager
Blake Consultants Ltd
"As a consultant offering business support services, be it finance, marketing, event management or business strategy, it is vital that I gain an understanding of website optimisation and how to fully utilise the internet to attract prospects and turn them into leads and clients. The seminars are well presented and informative, there is ample time for questions and the delivery has been faultless."
Julia Blake, Director
Holiday Inn Express Folkestone
"Regular meetings and email communication ensured that both the hotel and IRUN are producing the best of results and together the creative partnership has produced the second generation website to ensure future success."
Joseph Albanese, General Manager
Telford & Wrekin CVS
"I wanted firstly to see how online training worked and it proved to be an interesting experience that I would be happy to repeat. It was also the first training I have had which was specific to website promotion.
On this occassion, I was the only person on the workshop which made the experience more one to one with the trainer. This allowed for more detailed discussions into the specific needs of the Voluteer Centre and also allowed time to clarify some of the subjects covered. Some of the subject matter went over my head but I felt that I have picked up some very useful tips on promoting the Website."
Beverly Harris, Volunteer Centre Manager
"Thank you for an excellent workshop on website promotion; it was very helpful in the broad range of topics covered and in the thoroughness of the subject. I feel I've not only consolidated my existing knowledge and understanding of website promotion, but also developed and enhanced it which can only be good news for a company like Essential Hotels that is primarily website based! It has given me added impetus to keep persevering with the likes of the company blog and twitter. I look forward to joining up with the subsequent workshops in the future."
"I thought the workshop was interesting and informative. Very good to refresh, discuss and be reminded of the topics, even if you are a seasoned user of web-related technology.
I have a few action points that I am going to implement shortly and that I am confident will bring good result, although I have a very limited budget.
The workshop made clear the importance of having a professional website and gave good pointers on how to do that – you can then decide to implement as much or as little as you like, depending on time and budget.
The free workshops are also a great chance to implement the basics if you are just starting up and learn what you can do yourself, or where is best to get professional help."
The Lemon Tree
"I’m delighted with our new website; so many people comment on how easy it is to navigate and that it looks fab… our menus are constantly changing and it’s great to know that our website can reflect up to the minute information… and it’s so easy to use I can do this myself!
I would also be completely lost without the help of Cary Dennis, our IRUN TMS Consultant. Cary’s expertise in marketing for the hospitality industry has been invaluable, both at the time of our re-launch and ongoing. She is constantly challenging me with new ideas and concepts but the benefits to our business have been outstanding. "
Colette and Carmine, Managers
Orwell Engineering Ltd
"In the last 6 months, Orwell Engineering has gone from a company with minimal marketing collateral to one with a fully content managed website, a CRM system for keeping in contact with clients and a state of the art digital catalogue which has really put us ahead of the game. The team at IRUN has advised us every step of the way, and helped us get the best return on our marketing investment. The marketplace is still very difficult, but I feel that we are much better equipped now to make the best of it."
Nick Dixon, Managing Director
First to Buy
"We needed to increase the volume and quality of site visitors so that we could improve our chances of finding cars in what is a very competitive market.
Irun helped us to put together a new website, advised on and helped to write the copy for each of the main pages and advised on keywords for our Google Adwords campaign. We had tried previous companies who had made similar promises and not delivered, they all seamed more interested in getting you more clicks for less money but did not recognise the importance of the correct type of click ( a customer who costs you £1.50 per click but is serious is worth far more than 3 customers at £1.00 who are just surfing).
Irun Kingswood brought an understanding of not just click increase at reduced costs but combined this with a marketing strategy that targeted active customers so not only did we have an increase in clicks, but we found a proportional increase in enquiries linked to those clicks, Irun Kingswood also helped us hone our website to target more specific areas and a better quality of enquiry which has not only brought our cost of conversions down from £17 each to on average £12 but has increased profitability as due to a smaller collection area and a better class of vehicle being collected our profit margin per car has increased. We were also given training on how to alter our web site content, the Irun package makes this very easy and allows us to very quickly adapt to any changing market conditions.
We are delighted with the results and have now had to move our business to a much bigger garage and storage complex to handle the increase in cars and therefore business."
Ryan Clarke, Director
David Winter - BBC Presenter, Writer & Author
"I spoke to good friend of mine, Julie Dunwell at IRUN Solutions and in no time I was the proud owner of a site that is simple to use, I think it looks great and it does exactly what I wanted it to do."
David Winter - BBC Presenter, Writer & Author
“I just wanted to say thank you for the advice that you gave me last week. I am now approaching each call with ‘Forward Progression’ in mind. Yesterday I had a call with a prospect and the outcome was a firm order for a software license and 5 days consulting. This morning I was on a support call with an existing client, and at the end of the call I could see that he was still struggling and suggested that he books me for 2 days to come and work with him on the issue (another 2 days consultancy sold)!”
Theunis Viljoen, Managing Director BIOLAP Ltd
"I was not sure what to expect from an on-line workshop on Website Promotion and so was pleasantly surprised to find a very personal approach. Unexpectedly - for IRUN and for me - I proved to be the only participant and so I benefited from IRUN’s adaptability and a session tailored to my needs and interests.
As a Management Consultant and Business Coach often working alone, it was useful to have the opportunity to discuss issues with someone outside my normal network. An informal approach meant I felt able to ask basic questions and clarify my understanding, whilst also receiving helpful tips and wrinkles, and subsequently some useful follow-up reference materials.
I look forward to joining another IRUN workshop so that I may also benefit from the contributions of other participants."
Kate Ward MSc MBA CMC, Director & Principal Consultant
"My company, used to spend 30 hrs per month doing marketing emails via Outlook, and getting modest results that we couldn't track properly. Since meeting Paul Bourdillon of IRUN Business Intelligence we’ve started using IRUN's InTouch CRM (Customer Relations Management) system. We have saved so much time, and increased direct response business by 47%, just from our email marketing. This method, plus networking and word of mouth are our only marketing channels.
- We now spend only one hour per month on email marketing (saving 29 hours per month of admin time!)
- We have had regular enquiries from our campaigns, and these have led to 47% increase of actual new business
- We can create higher quality email campaigns,
- We can send to all our contacts, or just a targeted selection from the database,
- We can now see who is reading our emails, and follow up those who are interested,
- We manage it ourselves, thus saving on outsourcing costs,
- But we know IRUN can help us if backup services are needed
- InTouch costs just £17.99 per month + VAT
We are happy to recommend IRUN's InTouch system as a low-cost, high impact CRM solution for small to medium size businesses."
Andrew Thomson, Director AKE Cleaning
Fallowfields Country House Hotel
"Having met scores of “consultants” over the years, all claiming to achieve amazing results, none have ever been convincing enough – until IRUN. What IRUN offer is an approach to the business which is not a “one off fix” it is a template upon which our business will grow in the future. Immediately it became obvious our investment with IRUN today would provide instant as well as long term pay back in years to come. But an approach alone is not enough; it needs to be backed by impressive people, people with energy, drive, ideas as well as the vision and ambition to succeed. This really is the bottom line to IRUN’s appeal for us and, why we decided to trust IRUN with our business future.
It’s early days but we are really enjoying the process and already starting to enjoy results, we look forward to the weeks, months and years ahead……with IRUN."
Anthony Lloyd, Proprietor
Kathryn Anthony Opticians
“IRUN understood the challenge of positioning my business within a highly competitive local market. Results to date have been encouraging and I look forward to extending the focus into other niche markets.”
Diamond Floorings Kent
“Having seen firsthand the benefits of applying good Search Engine Optimisation rules to my website there is no doubt in my mind that IRUN’s services are well worth the investment. I cannot stress enough how important Internet Marketing is to all companies and have no hesitation in recommending Paul Bourdillon’s services. Paul is totally professional and I look forward to working with him in the future.”
Trevor White - Founder & Managing Director
Martek Contracts ltd
“I am the marketing manager here at Martek Contracts Ltd and currently in the process of redeveloping three websites. www.martek.co.uk
Fantastic 1 hour seminar on copywriting for websites! Helpful and useful information conveyed in a way that doesn’t interfere with your working day – has left me inspired, thank-you IRUN."
Kirsty Carnell - Marketing Manager
“Although we have customers all over the country, with the www.powertools-search.co.uk website we can reach a wider audience and plan to expand our business through the internet. It is early days but we are already receiving large number of hits on our website. We are very happy with our website and the excellent service we have received from Mukesh Shah of Irun Harrow.”
Nimesh Patel, Robert Samuell Power Tools Search
Wilco Roof Racks
"My experience of IRUN has been one of a professional and efficient service. On the rare occasion that something does go wrong, the IRUN support team are relentless in resolving the problem as soon as possible. IRUN are not web designers, so if having a pretty website is more important to you than making money, they are not for you. If however you are looking for a company which has ground away the unnecessary and costly components of web design, and left a system which quite simply, will pay for itself many times over, no matter how big or small your company may be, then I am confident you will be delighted with the exceptional service IRUN provides."
Robert Williams, Sales and Marketing Manager
"Working with Karen has been very rewarding. She listened to what we wanted the website to achieve for our company and proposed a solution which was totally in line with our needs and budget. Karen made the whole process very easy and the result is a new website which looks fantastic and showcases our services perfectly. We are pleased to be continuing our work with Karen and look forward to developing our online marketing strategy further."
The Talbot Inn
"IRUN is very straight and direct in their approach which I appreciate. Lynne and her team have been absolutely fantastic with the delivery of their package of services, as well as providing a level of ongoing support, which is second to none. Although it is very early stages for the whole marketing solution I am very excited to see how it progresses."
Trevor Johnson, Landlord
"Karen is a wonderful person to work with. She provides excellent advice, keeps you fully informed of developments, and gives you immense self-confidence. We all really enjoyed working with her and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend IRUN Newbury."
Maria Davies Morgante
"We were recommended to use IRUN Solutions by a friend who had already had a positive experience working with you – Mark Baker. We were on a tight time limit with a specific deadline to meet to launch a new website and needed to have the design and upload complete by this time. By your attentiveness, helpful suggestions and support we met the deadline and the website looks great! We look forwards to our climb up the rankings with continued excellent customer support from Lynne, Julie and the team."
Dr John Manlove
Triple M Copywriting
"A big thank you to Lynne Jones for your input while developing the website for my copywriting business. Everyone I had contact with at IRUN understood the business’s marketing strategy and how to apply it to the internet.
The design of the administration system is user friendly, demonstrating you are clearly specialists in this field, especially Andrew Allen who has patiently guided me through it during numerous over-internet meetings.
I’ve had my fingers burnt in the past with other website designers, so it has been a real pleasure to work with IRUN developing a website I feel accurately represents my copywriting business."
The Mirada Partnership Ltd
"We looked long and hard to find a solution for our website needs. IRUN fits the bill very well and provides us with total control over our website, and I mean total, not just the parts that a web company give you as a back office access....and all at a very reasonable cost. I would strongly recommend seriously looking at the IRUN options for any website you plan to develop."
John Ryder, Partner
"I felt I ought to write to you with my congratulations!
The Maecenas Web Site is up and running and working beautifully. Your personal care and unfailing attention has made this an extremely smooth process, thank you.
The IRUN team at head office have also been fantastic. Their creative input and ability to understand our somewhat demanding (if unusual) needs have been an inspiration. The care and attention they have given and the understanding they have displayed to a not very web site conscious business has given us a tool far beyond the limits envisaged by our original request.
We are now into our own site administration and again the ease with which we are able to use and manipulate it is remarkable. I wouldn't hesitate recommending IRUN to anyone. It really has been an easy and eye opening experience.
Once again, many, many thanks."
Gemelli Childcare Vouchers
"We have been working with Robert for just one month so far (October 2008) and things have moved at a pace – which has been fantastic for our business and we are already starting to see results. Robert has done some great work on the copy for our literature, adverts, e-mails and correspondence in a format which is producing better results than previously. Work has also been done on our website and we are already starting to see Gemelli Childcare Vouchers move up the Google rankings for several phrases in what is a highly competitive area. Robert has certainly worked tirelessly to improve the results in our business."
Heather Start, Director
Gemelli Childcare Vouchers
Scottish Procurement Services
"Tom Donaldson provides a good professional service. Having had him as my mentor and then working with him on my website and internet marketing, I know I can trust his judgement implicitly."
R J Langman Insurance Brokers
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent service you (Paul de Ridder of IRUN Docklands) and IRUN have given us whilst setting up our new website. We are extremely excited by the new site and the ease with which it has all gone together. Your assistance has always been first class and I look forward to working with you on future projects."
Roy Langman, Chairman
Southampton City College
"IRUN provides a clear and efficient service. Frank Marsh looks after our interests and if we have problems, he deals with it. The IRUN CMS is a highly flexible product backed up by good technical people."
Julian Willans, Marketing Manager
The Coombe House
"Karen didn’t impose her ideas on us. She gave us suggestions and helped us choose what we wanted for the website. She was very cooperative and helpful."
Wembley Parking Services
"I would not hesitate in recommending both IRUN and Mukesh. I am highly impressed by the level of technical support, and the quality of my new website is outstanding. It was a pleasure to do business with Mukesh and IRUN, and I thank them for their hard work."
Jamma de Samba
"IRUN’s superb team helped me through the problem and my email was restored that day. Being able to have that level of communication with people is really important. When you need something to be done quickly, and knowing you have that team of people always there for you is fantastic."
Brook Natural Health Centre
"Everyone at IRUN Solutions has been very helpful. They are always available to speak to and any problems that have arisen have been dealt with straight away. Also any queries have been very patiently answered! We like the fact that we can edit our site at any time and changes are updated immediately. We would certainly recommend IRUN Solutions to colleagues and friends!"
Sebastian and Elise Gwyn-Williams
"If I wanted to recommend a system to business colleagues, that would help to collate simply all their essential customer information and assist in running a professional sales campaign, then In Touch/IRUN would be the one."
Alan Enright, Editor
"I was sceptical to start with as to whether I needed a website, but now I am so pleased that I contacted IRUN; the team have been most helpful. I got my website up and running in no time. It is so easy to use, even for a real novice like myself. My new website is going to be a great way to keep in touch with my patients new and old."
Claire Wall, Registered Osteopath
St Clements Osteopathy and Massage
"I knew I needed a website to publicise my osteopathy and massage practice but didn’t know where to start; I was then introduced to IRUN by a fellow osteopath. IRUN recommended I use its WebBuildPRO system to build my site, and after a bit of help, I did just that! My site is now live and I am very pleased with it - I love the flexibility of being able to alter the site whenever I want to without having to involve a web designer.
Although the site has only been live for a short time I have already noticed an immediate increase in business, and, as my site is listed on page 1 of Google for ‘Oxford osteopathy’, I hope this will continue."
Tom Bedford, Registered Osteopath
The Nice Cream Company
"I found the Search Engine Optimisation workshop really useful and have already started to implement a lot of the ideas that were discussed and covered in the workshop. It was reassuring know that a lot of the ideas I wanted to implement for our site were sensible and should help increase our rankings within Google. I now feel that when I sit down with our web designer he won't be blinding me with science and I will have an understanding of what I need and what is acheivable. Fingers crossed it saves us some money in the long run!"
Nicola Jewell, Director
The Pain Relief Centres
"My objective is for the website to help me increase my business by 25% in the next 3 months. Perhaps I am being optimistic, but I think with Rob’s expertise this is achievable. Ask me again in a few months time, because I would love to be able to give you the facts and figures. It will make for a far more powerful testimonial than simply saying I would recommend Robert Umpleby and IRUN to anyone in need of Internet Marketing support."
Dr Chris Pickard
"I would definitely recommend IRUN Solutions. The faultless service has greatly boosted my confidence and skills, and the finished product represents Cirencester friendly’s modern and dynamic approach to communication and sales."
The Transport Manager
"IRUN has given us a superb cost effective, efficient service. In fact, I am so pleased with the service; I have recently recommended IRUN to a business client. I should have done this years ago!"
Paul Jacobs, Managing Director
"I knew I needed to change my website to make it work for my business. I was receiving very few enquiries through the old site and my business offering had changed which needed to be communicated to potential clients. I have found the WebBuildPRO package very easy to use and I was able to build my site with only minimal training. I am able to make updates whenever I want to and have only required assistance on more technical amendments. Andrew Allen and his customer service team are excellent – nothing is too much trouble for them."
Helen Lawrence, Managing Director
IPC Windows, Plastics & Glass Ltd
"Thanks to Karen Chapple’s skill and understanding, our website is now attracting more customers. The phones have been busier too, which means increased sales."
Ian Griffiths, Managing Director
"Wow! What can I say about IRUN that will reflect the finesse and elegance of the software and the caring and attentive support staff? When I was introduced to IRUN by a friend I was sceptical about how easy and flexible the software would be to use. I was wrong! I have been able to do everything that I wanted with my websites at an unbelievably low cost. I have been able to create two robust websites and have them up and running in days rather than months, which I have previously experienced.
To add to the already positive experience I have of working with IRUN, they offer FREE online training seminars to support you in developing your website and marketing to maximise your return on investment. My business is about delivering high stakes presentations skills mentoring and training and these short seminars are of a very high standard. Even more, the support staffs are magnificent. Andrew Allen is the most caring and attentive IT expert I have ever come across. I have incredibly high standards and he has exceeded my expectations on EVERY occasion! I would highly, highly, highly recommend IRUN to all businesses no matter what their stage of development. Check them out for yourself. I promise it will be worthwhile!"
B J Shelving Ltd
"IRUN Banbury’s service has been excellent; Bob and Ann are very helpful and professional. They weren’t pushy at all and I would certainly use them again for other things. The digital brochure is so easy to update and at very low cost: it’s not a lot of money for what you actually get. "
BJ Shelving's digital brochure
Verbatim Call Centres
"Karen is totally professional. She invests time in understanding the client’s business and dedicates herself to maximising online marketing opportunities. I would highly recommend any SME to speak to Karen Chapple of IRUN Newbury if they want to get the best out of their website."
Graham Hill, Founder and Joint Managing Director
ODonnell McKenna Solicitors
"We were looking for a simple website to let people know where we are and what we do. A colleague mentioned that he had seen IRUN and we had a look… We’ve found the package easy to learn, flexible and professional looking. It’s important that we can update the site ourselves without having to contact a web developer. IRUN allows us to do that. The support has been second to none and we would strongly recommend IRUN. "
Ian McKenna, Partner
The Ultimate Shine
"I am very pleased with my website and from my point of view the whole experience with IRUN and AGM has very been good. My main aim now is to work on the site’s optimisation so that it gets a high ranking from the major search engines. With IRUN and AGM’s help I’m sure I will achieve that. I would definitely recommend the IRUN package to other businesses looking for a cost effective website solution."
Tony Molloy, Managing Director
"IRUN Solutions delivered exactly what they promised. With friendly, knowledgeable staff listening to our requirements and delivering the required solution, I have no hesitation in recommending them to my own customers who do not as yet have a website of their own. They have an excellent product that they deliver with a business understanding that I found very refreshing."
Colin Chung, Proprietor
Dr Mehrassa Farjad
"Andrew Allen has been fantastic in working with me to recover my website which had initially cost me a fortune to develop. So he has saved me time and money and I am grateful for that."
Dr Mehrassa Farjad, Authorised Civil Marriage Celebrant
"I would like to thank IRUN for the work they have done on the hosting and marketing of my website. The results have been amazing and very satisfying.
Using the IRUN Web Build Program has given my website a far more professional, attractive appearance than it had previously. This together with your search engine optimisation has resulted in a dramatic increase of traffic to the site which is converting to quality leads and real work.
I am very excited about using the IRUN InTouch email marketing software, it is easy to use and so clever in the information it feeds back after an email campagn has been sent. The back up from you and the rest of your team during the set up process was exceptional. It will be making up the hub of my marketing for the business in the future.
Finally I would like to thank you for your very personal and supportive approach to my account. You have been incredibly helpful from the start and have delivered the service and information I needed in a way that a very non-computer person like myself has been able to understand."
"I operate as a consultant to the small-to-medium business sector and have previously used the IRUN package to build a relatively straightforward website to promote my consultancy practice. However, with the Equineweb.com website I needed to build an eCommerce site to enable me to sell polocrosse equipment via the internet.
With some trial and error, I managed to build the site on my own, with no training, and got everything working so that visitors can now purchase goods online, easily and securely.
Through my experience of the IRUN package, I am now able to demonstrate to my consultancy clients how easy it is to build a website, even one with a complex eCommerce function.
The website has only just been launched so it is too early to evaluate its performance. However, in the next few weeks I will be promoting the site to all my contacts, using its newsletter function. From this I hope to gain some valuable Christmas trade, as well equipment sales prior to the new polocrosse season, which starts in April 2008.
Most people don’t think they can build a website themselves, but I have shown that they can."
Bangladeshi Youth Movement
"Paul de Ridder of IRUN Docklands built the Bangladeshi Youth Movement website and it is looking excellent so far."
Cheryl Graser Skincare and Beauty Clinic
"I am delighted with my website; I can manage it myself and can easily change content on a daily basis if necessary. I also enjoy the local support of IRUN-Newbury who support me on a monthly basis to ensure my website gets found by people looking for my services."
Cheryl Graser, Proprietor
Combe Garden Design
"I think you provide an excellent service which enables a small business, such as my own, to develop a good working website.
There is a huge difference between the new website that you have helped me to develop and the old one. Already I have got business, worth about £3,000, as a direct result of the recent changes.
There seems to be a very genuine will to help in your company, Andrew Allen in particular has been very patient in explaining the technicalities of the software and he always gives me the impression that nothing is too much trouble. He phones or emails back promptly and if he says he’ll do something he does it straight away.
The software is reasonably straightforward to use and the thing I like most about the whole system is that I can be in control, so, if I take a good photo of a garden in the morning, for example, it can be on the website that same afternoon. I really do like the ‘hands on’ feel of the whole thing.
The seminars that you run have been extremely informative and I have learnt a good deal about design, marketing and website optimisation as a result. Again, there is genuine will to help people succeed in their various business ventures and we all end up chatting together about how we might best proceed.
After putting much of the advice into practice my ranking on Yahoo went up to the number one position for ‘Garden Designer Oxfordshire’ and from page eight to page two on Google. I’m sure with your ongoing support that the ranking will continue to rise, so I’m looking forward to being number one and staying there! I expect I could have paid a lot of money for a web designer to achieve the same result, but it is very satisfying to know that I’ve done it myself.
Which leads to my final point because the very best thing about IRUN as far as a small company is concerned, is the unbelievably low cost. I know that you are anxious to keep businesses with you for years to come, but at £10.00 per month, the service that you offer is very good value for money and now that I’m up and running the time input should be minimal.
So, many thanks again for your help and I would have no hesitation in recommending you and indeed have already done so."
Sheena Patterson, Owner
"When I decided to change the way I sold my jewellery, one of first priorities was to make sure I had a website to advertise my new shop. IRUN-WebBuildPRO was the obvious choice as I was familiar with the package after building the website for my previous company, Oceans Apart.
Although my computer skills are improving, I am still immensely impressed with how quick and easy it is to build a really professional website using the IRUN-WebBuildPRO package. It is incredible value for money at less than £10 per month.
At the moment I am using my website to make people aware of the shop, what we sell, where we are and when we are open. I have also included a section where customers can register their details to receive up to date information on new products and special offers.
As I only opened my shop in December 2007, I want to keep everything simple and straightforward at the moment. However, as my business grows I will definitely use IRUN-WebBuildPRO to develop my website further to sell my products online."
Tamsin Beard, Owner
Go-Kart Party Gloucestershire
"After our previous bad experience, we were decided to try the IRUN-WebBuildPRO package as it offered a do-it-yourself option. We felt this was better value for money and therefore did not feel we were being ripped off.
All contacts we have made with the team at IRUN have been excellent. We have found Steve and Andrew very supportive and nothing has been too much trouble. Compared to our previous experience the level of integrity has been very high."
Aidan and Mel McLoughlin, Owners
Chapman, Robinson & Moore Chartered Accountants
"We had for some time been concerned that our existing website did not properly reflect the professional image we wished to portray, and was of little practical use to us as a marketing tool due to the lack of control we had over it.
We had looked at various options to rectify this but the all seemed expensive in terms of both time and money in relation to the benefit we would get back. A big issue for us was also to have control of our own site, which many of the options we looked at simply did not allow. We then met with Steve Darnell of IRUN and although we are actually discussing a separate business issue, the IRUN concept came up during conversation.
We were initially sceptical, given our lack of success to date in finding a solution, but it soon appeared that this could actually be exactly what we had been looking for. Steve kindly gave me a trial of the product and we were very impressed at just how quickly we were able to start actually building the site.
In a fraction of the time than we had expected we had a new website that satisfied all our criteria, especially as we had complete control over it. Furthermore, the cost of achieving this was a fraction of what the other quotes had been.
In addition to building our website we attended a free online seminar on search engine optimisation. We found the session very interesting and useful, and explained the subject in readily understandable language. We certainly feel that such training is a real value-added service.
We now have a great website and have full control over its content – all achieved without any previous website experience! We would not hesitate to recommend IRUN."
Tony Hobbs and Alan Sowden
"Congratulations on a job well done! This website project involved a great deal of work but it was completed on time and within budget. From the initial discussions right through to completion, Bob was always available and gave us solid business advice throughout.
We continue to work with IRUN Business Intelligence in the ongoing development of the site and really appreciate the support they have given us. I have no hesitation in recommending IRUN Business Intelligence to any business that wants to get the best out of their website investment."
Alan Palmer, Sales & Marketing Director
"IRUN has been cost effective, as well as simple to use. You don’t have to be a programmer to use the software. With the WebBuildPRO package, you can be up and running within a day."
Stuart Humphrey, Sales Director
Telford and Wrekin CVS
"The workshops we are accessing are to support a project we are working on. We are a registered charity, I attended a workshop here in Telford organized through the Local Chamber of Commerce, and delivered by one of your colleagues.
We then bought the same workshop in, for the rest of our staff, and hence became aware of your on line workshops.
Our project is about supporting the voluntary sector to become more internet savvy, particularly regarding fund raising. However, this is also a new area of work for us, so there is a lot of research involved as to what “training” is out there, and ways of accessing it.
I am encouraging other members of the team to access the workshops, that I think will help them understand more about making our web site etc work for us.
The two I have accessed so far, are easy to understand, clear, and do not require a computer head. I understand why it is worth doing these things, ie the analytics. The Pay Per Click, we can get for free as a charity, under Google Grants.
With the Government promoting Social Enterprise, these skills will become more necessary
Capital Chorus - West London Barbershop Harmony Club
“Nearly half of all our new members now come via the new website, and analytics indicate the frequent use of the site by members as well as by the public at large”
Paul Gordon, Membership Secretary of Capital Chorus
Wynsdale Business Solutions
"I was recently introduced to IRUN's free workshops by Paul Bourdillon and I have found them to be an invaluable resource.
It is so true that "you don't know what you don't know" and the two courses which I have taken part in so far have certainly proved this theory to me.
The structure of the courses, along with the PowerPoint presentations are very clear and easy to follow, and the interaction with the presenter ensures that you understand the content fully.
I have recommended these courses to a number of colleagues and have booked every Thursday morning out in my diary now to make sure I catch them all."
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