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ICANN Domain Verification

Tuesday, February 11th 2014 | Short URL

Recent changes to ICANN's (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) policies mean that some domain name owners will be required to verify their contact details via their domain registrar.

If you are required to verify your details you will receive an e-mail notification from your domain name registrar. Please be aware of any possible fake or spam e-mails imitating this request and always make sure that the e-mail is from your domain registration company.

Domain Suspension

You will be required to verify your details within 15 days of being asked to do so. Failure to do this within the 15 day timeline means that your domain will be suspended. Your domain registrar is obliged to make the suspension until your details are verified.

If your domain is suspended your site will not be available online and you will see a message like this at your web address (will vary depending on domain registrar):

ICANN Domain Warning

If we are the e-mail contact for a client's domain then we will carry out this verification on their behalf.

To find out more please see ICANN's information about verification of contact details.

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Climate Gardens - New Website!

Thursday, November 7th 2013 | Short URL

We recently launched this gem of a site for Climate Gardens, the organisation raising awareness and understanding of the effects of climate change on our gardens, parks and green spaces.

Climate Gardens home page

Climate Gardens on mobileOur commission involved initial consultation and site planning, copywriting support and creation of of a visual brand in-line with the existing logo. As well as design of responsive layouts, full HTML5 coding of all templates and implementation of the content management system.

More pictures of this project and features of the website can be found in our portfolio.

We provided training and support on writing and preparing online content for our client's audience as well as how to use the content management system.

climategardens.co.uk is powered by renewable energy via our Green Hosting service.

 

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Special birthdays, great greenness and inspiring movies

Thursday, October 31st 2013 | Short URL

Once again our clients continue to amaze us with their brilliant work and projects. Here's our latest...

Client News Roundup

Planetary Collective successfully met their Kickstarter target to create their feature length documentary. Check out the trailer, its incredible!

Climate East Midlands is on the hunt for good examples of low carbon schools to feature in new case studies.

Ethical Weddings shares some slow beauty tips to help green brides feel great.

Dummy Jim the movie was featured on BBC2's See Hear programme, available on iPlayer.

Lee Goater's fun, interactive exhibition of graphic art 'Faces, Anatomy of Autonomy' was opened in Leeds. You can also download the app 'Make a face' (available for iOS and Android). Here's the little face I made.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust sells vintage items from 1963 to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Leeds Parent Partnership Service launches a new support group for those who care for a child with special needs or a disability.

Creative Nottingham celebrate their 4th birthday. We are proud to have been their hosting sponsors for the past 3 years

Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve's volunteers are interviewed on BBC Radio.

Fifi Bijoux reports on her Fairtrade Gold Conference speech in October.

Wayfarer Furniture launched in September - A furniture design and manufacturing company inspired by sustainability, urban lifestyles and cutting-edge technology.

We launched a brand new multi-lingual website for LifeMosaic who work with indiginous peoples all over the world, supporting them to make informed choices and getting their voices heard.

Climate Gardens is another new website developed by Make Hay. Climate Gardens has partnered with the RHS and Abundance to encourage understanding of climate change on our parks and gardens.

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Another Domain Scam

Wednesday, December 19th 2012 | Short URL

Unfortunately there's another domain scam doing the rounds via e-mail. We've been bombarded by them here.

I'm sure you would be able to tell that these renewal notices are fake but we just wanted to let you know about them to make sure. Here's what they look like:

Domain renewal e-mail

If we have purchased domains on your behalf we will always contact you directly to let you know that your renewal is due, at least 30 days beforehand.

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Changes to Domain Renewals

Monday, October 15th 2012 | Short URL

This is a notice for clients for whom we have registered and continue to renew domain names on their behalf.

Our domain registrar has let us know that they are implementing some changes to ensure renewal of domains run as smoothly as possible, lowering the risk of domain suspension and downtime. So, they will now request domain renewal payments 7 days in advance of the expiry date. As you already know, our terms and conditions say that funds are required by us at least 14 days in advance of the expiry date, otherwise we can't be responsible if your domain name is lost, suspended or bought by someone else. Therefore, in light of these changes, we will continue to send your renewal reminders at least 30 days in advance and request that payment is made 14 days before domain exipry.

We know that you, our lovely clients, pay promptly anyway and so I hope that these changes won't affect you too much and that our early reminders will still provide plenty of time to prepare your renewal payment. If you have any questions then please don't hesitate to contact us.

Thank you

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Client News Roundup Spring to Summer 2012

Wednesday, June 6th 2012 | Short URL

As you may have noticed it has been a while since the last client news roundup. We're moving these to quarterly editions so that we can share even more news in one go. Here's what our clients have been up to this spring and early summer....

Welcome to New Green Hosting Clients

Artsmix - Connecting people through creativity and providing opportunities for artists.

Made by - The 3D design new practice degree show 2012.

Army Ornithological Society - The organisation for military birders. Look out for their new website coming soon!

Anvil Collective - A design collective profiling the work of 5 designers.

More client news...

Wildlife in the City encourage budding creative writers to send in their poems about homes for wildlife.

Cycling for All's parent organisation Wheels for Wellbeing celebrate being picked by National Lottery Awards as one of the top 10 national sports projects. With voters' help they're hoping to reach the top 3!

Cherrygorgeous launch their brand new range of eco wedding stationery, 'Indian Summer'

Cherrygorgeous Indian Summer wedding stationery
Image © Cherrygorgeous

Climate East Midlands announces winners of the 'Business in the Community' annual awards.

Ethical Weddings interviews jewellery designers using Fairtrade gold and couples who are wearing it, one year on from the launch of 'Fairtrade and Fairmined'.

Nottinghamshire Widlife Trust celebrates the successful winning of a grant from the charity Mind, to help fund the Idle Valley nature reserve and their Ecominds project.

Climate Change Gardening reports on the eco credentials of Chelsea Flower Show 2012.

Dragonfly at Foxglove Covert Local Nature ReserveFoxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve are always spotting and recording brand new species to the reserve. This one was also their first dragonfly of the year!
Image © Foxglove Covert LNR

Ask Iris teams up with Eden Hall Day Spa in Notts to give one lucky reader a relaxation day. The prize draw closes on 31st July.

Greenhouse PR were delighted to be nominated for the 'Ultimate Eco Blogger' award presented by Find Energy Savings.

Barnes and Adams announce the production of their first 2012 batch of Tyndale Gold cider.

Your news

Remember if you're one of our Make Hay web design, Green Hosting or Make Mail clients you can share your exciting news here too. Send it over to us anytime, just get in touch!

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Wildlife in the City - New website

Friday, April 20th 2012 | Short URL

Here is our latest website, Wildlife in the City, designed and developed for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

Wildlife in the City website home page

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust asked us to create a fun, interactive web presence to get people involved in Nottingham City's green spaces and nature reserves.

Wildlife in the City website maps

At the website visitors can find out about the latest news and events right on their doorstep, as well as get involved in local wildlife sightings and surveys.

Wildlife in the City species page

The site is a learning tool too, providing fascinating facts about various species that can be found in the city and guides on how to attract them to your garden. Ask the Wildlife in the City team a question at the website and get your answer published online,  watch videos, check out the photo galleries and download activity sheets. You can also sign up for free text alerts and the e-newsletter so that you don't have to miss a thing.

Here's what Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust said about it:
We are thrilled with our new Wildlife in the City website... The result was exactly what we had asked for, and more. The website is great - many have commented on how simple the site is to navigate, and how engaging it is. Make Hay's excellent advice and guidance made sure that we ended up with more than we expected, with interactive elements and excellent features... We would not hesitate to recommend Make Hay to other customers

Read the full testimonial and find out more about the Wildlife in the City website in our portfolio.

Wildlife in the City runs on our wind-powered Green Hosting too!

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Client News Roundup February 2012

Monday, March 12th 2012 | Short URL

Where did February go? Not that we're complaining because spring is finally here! Hope you enjoy our latest client news roundup:

Welcome to new Green Hosting Clients:

Cycling for All - An online resource for anyone who thought they couldn't cycle.

Sustainable Saltaire - Creating a more sustainable, successful future for the community.

Polar England - Representing recreation as an artform. Sports products by Factory Design.

More client news...

Fifi Bijoux, luxury ethical jewellery store is highlighted in TV's 'The Wedding Fairy' e-book, promoting fair trade gold.

Factory Design celebrate once again on winning two design awards. The DBA effectiveness award and another for innovative material use. Congratulations guys!

Creative Nottingham share their roundup of upcoming visual art exhibitions in Notts.

Green Talk announce Sir David King as the keynote speaker at the Green Talk 2012 event this summer.

Playing basketball, using wheelchairs

Ask Iris gets ready for 'Any-Body Month'. A chance for anybody to try paralympic sports and activities for free.

A creative Foxglove Covert volunteer makes films of wildlife at the nature reserve.

Climate Change Gardening announces plans for their new project Climate Gardens, making a difference in green spaces in 2012 and beyond.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's Cow Appeal gains support from Olympic Storyteller.

Peregrine falconAttenborough Nature Centre announces launch of NWT's 2012 peregrine cam. Also, buy your very own cuddly peregrine from the Attenborough Nature Shop.

Ethical Weddings welcomes latest addition to their team. Awwww, congratulations Katie, Jamie and big sister Polly!

Climate East Midlands publishes their 2012 Climate Week programme taking place 12th - 18th March.

Gertie & Mabel get great reviews from their customers.

Images above © Ask Iris and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

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Client News Roundup January 2012

Tuesday, January 24th 2012 | Short URL

Strictly speaking, this is a round up for December too but its still fab to see what you, our lovely clients, have been up to. Here's your new year news roundup....

Andy Pooley from Broxtowe collecting his certificateClimate East Midlands' local authority partners win Carbon Trust awards.

Ethical Weddings shares top 12 wedding tips for 2012.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's friendly robin photograph wins National photography award.

Climate Change Gardening shows us how getting rid of our lawns can help the climate in 2012.

Foxglove Covert LNR volunteer video shows a day in the life of volunteering at the nature reserve

Ask Iris share their list of top iPhone Apps to support pupils with Autism.

Fifi Bijoux, add ethical opal and pearl designs to their luxury Jewellery collection.

Creative Nottingham review the Lowry exhibition at the Djanogly Art Gallery

Just So Festival offer volunteers the opportunity to attend this year's event for free!

Greenhouse PR share 6 home improvement tips to save energy and lower your bills

Rob at The Social Business tell us his plans and advice for reducing energy use at home.

Polar England launch their new online shop by Factory Design, "representing recreation as an art form"

This is news from just a handful of our clients. We know you're all doing great work out there so drop us a line and tell us your news so that we can share it here!

Photograph © Climate East Midlands

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Festive break and opening times

Monday, December 12th 2011 | Short URL

Christmas is nearly here and we'll be taking a break to join in the festivities and recharge our batteries.

We will be closed from 5pm on Friday 16th December to 9am Tuesday 3rd January.

Emergency support arrangements

Green Hosting support helpdesk iconIf you have an emergency hosting support request during that time, please use our online support helpdesk to send us a message. It will be useful for you to note the website address of the helpdesk just in case you need it: makehay.zendesk.com

Please don't send us an urgent e-mail to our usual addresses as we won't receive your message until we're back in January. For all non-hosting enquiries, e-mail us as usual and we will reply when we return from Christmas break.

Thank you!

Finally, we'd like to say thank you for your custom this year and in previous years and we look forward to continuing to work with you into 2012 and beyond.

Have a peaceful and happy holidays and a great New Year!

Vicky & Jez xx

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Client News Roundup October 2011

Thursday, October 20th 2011 | Short URL

Happy Halloween! Here are lots of treats and no tricks from our clients this October...

New Green Hosting Clients:

Angels HousekeepingAngels Housekeeping - Cleaning and domestic services for older people in Leeds.

Chinese Calligraphy Society of Europe - Promoting the skills of Chinese calligraphy.

Douglas Lee Dental Practice - A caring family dental practice.

Marumi - Creations inspired by Viennese and Japanese art of cake making.

In other client news...

Climate East Midlands launch a series of workshops to support local councils to implement carbon management plans.

Ethical Weddings gives an interview to Environmental Protection magazine on how to reduce your carbon footprint at the altar.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust needs moo! They are looking for support to raise funds for a herd of grazing cattle.

Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve enjoyed a day of spooky Halloween activities.

Halloween pumpkin at Foxglove Covert

Seal Protection Action Group reports huge reductions in Scottish seal killings

Creative Nottingham introduce their new guest blogger from Nottingham Hackspace

Hanna's Orphanage covers school volunteers, droughts in Ethiopia and fundraising in their October newsletter

Factory Design continue their winning streak. They've now won the DBA Design Effectiveness Award!

Just So Festival are delighted to share the great family reviews of this year's event.

Cherrgorgeous gives us inspiration for Autumn weddings ideas.

Orbis Marketing shares their expert advice on blogging best practice.

Greenhouse PR tells us about 5 interesting green products that run without electricity.

Grasslands Trust trustees publishes new book 'Wildflower Wonders of the World'.

Photographs above © Angels Housekeeping & Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve

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Client News Roundup September 2011

Wednesday, September 28th 2011 | Short URL

It's that time again! Here's what our web design and Green Hosting clients have been up to in September...

New Green Hosting clients:

Planetary Collective - Filmmakers and visual media creatives working with cosmologists, ecologists, philosophers and futurists to inspire people to look deeper.

Marie Krag Therapy - Psychotherapist and counsellor with a specialised interest in working with the field of universal energy.

In other client news:

Ethical Weddings celebrate National Cupcake Week by listing their top 10 cupcake companies.

Cupcakes

Leicestershire Support for Carers announce set up of new local carers' support groups.

Climate east Midlands ask for your help to shape support for climate change adaptation.

Green Guardians awards logoNottinghamshire Wildlife Trust are looking for nominations for their Green Guardian Awards 2011.

Creative Nottingham publish a special feature from their sponsors - That's us!

Grasslands Trust have published new free advice leaflets on how to create and manage wildflower meadows.

Just So Festival have put together a photo gallery of this years' event and launch their photo competition.

Cherrygorgeous create DIY wedding stationery options for crafty couples or those on a budget.

Greenhouse PR talks about Estethica, London Fashion Week's eco hub

Cycle Hire UK gets involved in our 'Meet our clients' feature

If you're one of our clients and have exciting news you'd like to share here on our blog then do get in touch.

 

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Meet Our Clients… Cycle Hire

Monday, September 12th 2011 | Short URL

Cycle Hire use our Green Hosting to provide an online service to help get more people on their bikes. Meet our client...

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work.
We launched our website in June 2011 with the aim of making it easier for people to hire bikes. As regular cyclists ourselves, often travelling around for work and fun, we recognised the need for a simple-to-use online directory bringing together all the information about cycle hire companies across the UK.

Cycle Hire UK

How is your business different to that of others in your industry? How do you stand out from the crowd?
We like to think that our website is about as user-friendly and intuitive as you could hope to be, and a lot better than anything already out there.

How would you say your work is ethically and / or environmentally responsible?
We have an environmental policy that clearly sets out our aims for minimising the impact of our business on the environment. So as well as hosting with Green Hosting, we look at everything else we do in association with the business with the aim of making it as ethical and environmentally responsible as possible.  Added to this, the whole business is about encouraging people to cycle more for recreation and as a utility transport option, so by making information on hiring bikes more accessible, we can help this happen.

What motivates you to do business this way?
As well as running this website, we both work full-time for a sustainable transport charity, so these issues are very close to us. We want more people to cycle because it's good for their health and better for the environment, both locally and globally.

How do you communicate your positive work with clients and potential clients and how do they respond?
Working within the cycling sector, many of our current and potential clients are aware of environmental and ethical issues. So our policy is readily available through our website and approach and beliefs are transparent. Response from clients has been positive and our environmental / ethical credentials have also helped to open doors in the way we have publicised and promoted the business.

Do you see your work as part of a movement of ethical business?
We see our work as helping people to live a healthier lifestyle, with the added benefit of supporting businesses with environmental benefits. We therefore consider ourselves part of a network moving in the same direction.

Share your top 3 tips on how other businesses can work more responsibly.

  1. Having a 'day job' aside from this project means we don't have to put profit above service, so we can afford to offer excellent value to our clients and follow our principles in sourcing our support services like hosting, banking, promo materials, etc. Not everyone is in this position of course, but it certainly helps!
  2. Be transparent and celebrate your achievements, but make sure you are consistent as people can spot 'green wash' a mile away
  3. Choose who you bank with carefully as where you put your money can undo a lot of the good work you do yourself.

How do you see the future of your business and what are you most excited about?
Our aim is to have every cycle hire provider in the country listing their services with us. We're about a quarter of the way there after 3 months, so give us a year and we'll have achieved this aim!

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your work?
If there are any Green Hosting clients who would like to work with us, please get in touch (contact through www.cyclehireinfo.com). We are particularly keen to hear from businesses who have a service they can offer to our clients, that we can help promote as a special discount. We already work with a couple of like-minded businesses in this way and would like to develop this aspect of our service further.

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Client News Roundup August 2011

Tuesday, August 30th 2011 | Short URL

They say that August is traditionally a quiet month but that's not the case for our busy clients. Take a look at what some of them have been up to...

Support for Carers are beginning a new project to help carers find and set up support groups in Leicestershire.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust launch the new nature reserves smart phone app

Climate East Midlands publish the new guide and online resource to help local communities get involved in planning for climate change.

Planning for Climate Change image

Ethical Weddings share news of upcoming green wedding events this autumn

Attenborough Nature Centre - By popular demand ANC are running wildlife photography courses this September

Foxglove Covert welcomes their new Deputy Reserves Manager to the team

Transition Vert interviews Fred Bass, 'King of Energy Savings Lights'

Anna Guyer from GreenhouseGreenhouse is profiled in The Ecologist Green Business section, August edition.

Factory Design are nominated for a D&AD award for their superlight aircraft seating design

Second Wednesday's next web industry social event will enjoy a talk from web designer, author, speaker and creator of New Adventures in Web Design, Mr Simon Collison.

GreenTalks now have all of their videos of green talks online

Images above © Climate East Midlands and Greenhouse

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Client News Roundup July 2011

Thursday, July 28th 2011 | Short URL

Here's the latest from a few of our web design and Green Hosting clients:

Newly launched websites using Green Hosting:

Clarendon Press - Environmentally friendly printing services in Gloucestershire.

Planetary Collective - A collective of filmmakers and visual media creatives working in partnership with cosmologists, ecologists, astronauts, philosophers and futurists to wake people up to their place in the cosmos.

Ideas that Change Lives - Ideas to help people to live independently

In other client news:

Foxglove Covert celebrate their annual open day with many activities for children and adults and a grand opening of their wheelchair accessible hide by Professor David Bellamy.

Professor David Bellamy at Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve
Picture above © Foxglove Cobert LNR

Gertie & Mabel get their lovely products in the glossies again. This time their beautiful 'Happy Glow' tea light holders have been featured in the August edition of Vogue.

Climate Change Gardening confirms that our urban gardens can help combat climate change.

Vintage at Southbank Festival posterLondon Insight are looking for experienced organisers to  help put together an exhibition of visual art by contemporary Buddhist teachers and practitioners.

Ethical Weddings tells us about eco bride workshops taking place at the 'Vintage at Southbank' festival on 29-31st July

Campaign Whale share news from the Internataional Whaling Committee meeting.

Cherrygorgeous' Tea & Cakes poster is picked up by Laurence Llewelyn Bowen for a cup cake garden party theme and featured on ITVs This Morning

The Social Business attends the launch of a pioneering eco village in Leeds.

If you're one of our clients and would like to share your news here on our blog, do get in touch.

 

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Meet Our Clients… pickIT

Monday, June 20th 2011 | Short URL

We are very happy to welcome pickIT to Green Hosting at the celebration of their 1 year anniversary. Meet our client pickIT...

1. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work.
pickIT is an IT Training company providing high quality, bespoke training solutions with an environmental and ethical twist.

pickIT logo

2. How is your business different to that of others in your industry? How do you stand out from the crowd?
pickIT offer learning solutions to enable your company to provide training that is online, accessible and adaptable to the needs of your staff whilst reducing costs and the environmental impact of your company.

3. How would you say your work is ethically and / or environmentally responsible?
pickIT has committed to give upto 10% of its profits to charities each year. In 2011 our chosen charity is Save the Children.

pickIT also has an Environmental Operating Statement with some Green Operating Values, Guiding Principles and a Green Contract which we ask clients to sign and adhere to whilst working with pickIT. These were created by ecoConcierge who I can strongly recommend to help companies find their “Green” way of working.

Pratish Kotech pickIT4. What motivates you to do business this way?
Since my volunteering days with VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) in Papua New Guinea, I have realised I need to give something back as I am lucky enough to be able to do so. Having fundraised through marathons and giving time to voluntary organisations in the past, now having my own company I can build my commitment and values into the company from the offset.

5. How do you communicate your positive work with clients and potential clients and how do they respond?
Hopefully through our website, word of mouth and also twitter we hope to start communicating this message across and work with clients with the same principles as us, as well as encourage other clients to start thinking this way.

6. Do you see your work as part of a movement of ethical business?
We hope so. I think people are realising we need to work for something we believe in rather than to just pay the bills and luckily I have always felt this way and now have the opportunity to fulfil this.

With regards to training people are trying to find ways to save money, and online and elearning solutions provide this as well as being carbon friendly with no travel involved!

7. Share your top 3 tips on how other businesses can work more responsibly.

  • make your printers print double-sided by default!
  • ensure your PCs and more importantly monitors/screens are switched off each night – you can get software to do this for you automatically – contact us to help you with these top two!
  • give time to your staff to volunteer, help communities and small voluntary organisations

8. How do you see the future of your business and what are you most excited about?
We want to really get involved with ethical and green companies and help them deliver their services with more efficiency by training their staff. We hope to build a good core green client base from which we can continue to build on the values of the company.

I am just excited full stop! Setting up a company is a great adventure in its own right and I hope to really work with some great companies in the future!

9. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your work?
We want to really help companies save the environment and save money! From creating a simple online guide on how to print duplex; to creating complete learning solutions for implementations and projects using webex and web conferencing tools saving on the training costs as well as the companies carbon footprint.

Visit our website and find out more and help us to help you work better, greener and cleaner…!
www.pickit.co.uk

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Client News Roundup May 2011

Thursday, May 26th 2011 | Short URL

It's that time again! Check out what some of our clients have been up to.

Newly launched websites using Green Hosting:

Barnes & Adams - artisan apple products & cider

Green Talk - Short talks, big ideas from leading thinkers and doers on climate change, energy and food security and the natural world.

Bradford Personalisation - a network of organisations that are actively involved in developing services that people who receive support from Adult Social Care could buy with an Individual Budget

Client News

My Climate Change Garden asks "How green is Chelsea Flower Show?"

The much anticipated 'Dummy Jim' film is underway. This is a great story, set in a cold place, guaranteed to warm your cockles.

Dummy Jim

Car Free Walks share their top tips for cheaper train travel

Greenhouse PR introduce their brand new blog editor

Those Gertie & Mabel ladies have done it again, with a feature of their Soda Boxes in Country Homes Magazine

Ethical brides & bridesmaids can find out where to get *that* famous 'P Middy' dress via Ethical Weddings

Just So Festival magazine article imageJust So Festival named the 'Best Family Festival' by Green Parent Magazine - well done guys!

Help Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust receive their share of a £35K grant. Also see our NWT news story about tripled website visitor numbers.

Creative Nottingham asks if being creative makes us happy

Transition Vert provide a beginner's guide to recycling

The Sustainability Centre share their inspirations from the South Downs Green Fair

Book now for the Scottish Ecological Design Association EGM and Sustainable Communities Event on 3rd & 4th June

Images above © Dummy Jim & Just So Festival respectively

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We have a winner!

Monday, May 16th 2011 | Short URL

We have a lucky winner of our Green Office Week competition prize - one year of free Green Hosting.

An e-mail has been sent to to tell them the happy news so if you entered our competition then check your inbox now. It could be you!

Once we've got them all set up with their new Green Hosting account we'll announce the winner here.

A huge thank you to everyone who took part and everyone who helped us spread the word about our Green Office Week celebration.

xx

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Win one year of free Green Hosting!

Monday, May 9th 2011 | Short URL

Today is the start of Green Office Week. To celebrate we've decided to help one of you green up your business with one year of free green website hosting worth £120!

For a chance to win this prize all you need to do is sign-up to our free e-newsletter using the form below.





Sign-ups during green office week (that's Monday 9th to Friday 13th May 2011) will enter our prize draw. On Monday 9th May we will randomly select one lucky winner!*

The prize hosting account is our Zephyr hosting package, free for one year.

We will contact the winner via the e-mail address provided via the above form.

All of our usual Green Hosting terms and conditions will still apply. For more details about Green Hosting visit www.green-hosting.co.uk.

Good luck!

*This Green Hosting prize is eligible only for:

  • a website not already hosted with us at Green Hosting.
  • website technologies compatible with Green Hosting. Please check hosting account specification against your website requirements before entering this prize draw. We cannot be responsible for incompatabilities between your website technology or requirements (e.g. disk space, bandwidth etc) and our hosting specification and there is no alternative prize if this is the case.

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Green Office Week

Friday, May 6th 2011 | Short URL

Did you know that next week is Green Office Week? Well, we would advocate making moves for a greener office all year round but this a good time to think about how to save energy, reduce waste and purchase greener products.

Green Office WeekThe organisers of GOW are encouraging businesses up and down the UK to take action in their offices, tackling a different area each day of the week.

Here at Make Hay & Green Hosting there are various things we do to try to make our office greener. We're always learning and looking to improve but here's a run down of GOWs suggestions and the things we do in those areas:

Monday

light bulb image

GOW say 'Act on Energy - Encourage measures to reduce energy consumption in your company'.
What we do - First of all, we use a renewable (wind powered) electricity provider to power our office, we're not using a fossil fuel source. We don't want to waste that wind power though, so we only switch on equipment that we're using. At the end of the working day computers, lights, laptops and printers are switched off and have a well-earned rest. Where we can we try to buy energy efficient IT components, such as 'green' storage hard drives and we always use low-energy light bulbs. Our websites are also powered by the wind because our hosting servers use renewable energy too. We provide this green website hosting service to our clients, as you may already know!

Tuesday

bicycleGOW say 'Act on Transport - Encourage measures to reduce your company's environmental impact through travel'.
What we do - We're very lucky that our business doesn't require lots of travel. Our office is home-based, so there is no daily commute, polluting the city and we can liaise with our clients most of the time via e-mail, telephone and other methods online. Sometimes we do need to meet up with clients face to face and we will use both public and private transport to do this. If we're heading to London for example then we'll use the train but for clients in more remote places we'll drive. To help counter some of the impact of our car use we use a green motor insurance company who offsets 100% of our carbon emissions through forestry projects throughout the UK.

Wednesday

waste binGOW say 'Act on Waste - Encourage the 3Rs: reduce/reuse/recycle and benefit from the cost-reductions'.
What we do - Due to the nature of our work, which is carried out digitally for the most part, we do not need to buy much materials and really have minimum waste moving through the office. However, we try to re-use or recycle office resources as much as we can. Non-confidential paperwork is either re-used to make notepads or recycled. Confidential paperwork is shredded and recycled but sometimes composted.  Non usable electrical items are taken to our local e-waste recycling centre and printer ink cartridges are also recycled via charities such as Age UK. Tea bags and coffee grinds from staff drinks are composted too.

Thursday

shopping bagGOW say 'Act on Purchasing - Encourage a review of purchasing habits and switching to eco-friendly office products'.
What we do - We use the Green Stationery Company to buy recycled office products such as pens, folders, paper etc. Publicity materials are printed on FSC certified paper with vegetable based inks. The printer we use partners with a carbon offsetting project in the UK to plant a tree for every order we make. For computer equipment we try to purchase low-energy products as much as possible and from companies with positive eco-credentials and we look to accreditation organisations like Gooshing to find out about this. We recognise though that this is probably the trickiest part of the office to green-up as no IT supplier is perfect and we need to make sure we have secure and reliable equipment to provide a good service to our clients.

Consideration of the supply chain goes both ways for us as we also have an ethical policy which outlines the types of organisations we will and won't supply our services to.

Friday

gift bagGOW say 'Act on Opportunity - Everyone that took part got that Friday feeling by sharing their successes with colleagues, the media and others involved in GOW. It was a celebration of UK officers being greener.'
What we'll do - We'll be running a special competition all week, in which one lucky business can win Green Hosting for their website for a whole year! Watch this space on Monday for more details.

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Client News Roundup April 2011

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011 | Short URL

Well, with all of the recent bank holidays and festivities our April round-up has been slightly delayed. Where did April go anyway? If you have exciting news to share let us know. Here's the latest from some of our fab clients...

Vote for Climate Change Gardening in the 'One Small Step' business competition. Climate Change Gardening provides information and inspiration about gardening in a changing climate, helping to preserve gardens in an uncertain future. Winning this competition would help founder Debbie Anderson develop her business further so that gardeners may access more advice and support resources such as videos, expert knowledge, green gardening products and local climate data. Gardeners will also be able to share experiences of their gardening challenges online. Voting opens on 30th May but you can find out more and send Debbie messages of support at her Climate Change Gardening competition entry page.

Climate Change Gardening

Attenborough Nature Centre are making plans for an exciting new phase of developments at the reserve which was originally opened by Sir David Attenborough in 1966. Can you help them by giving your views on the suggested developments in their online survey?

Ask Iris is looking for footballers with cerebral palsy in support of the Notts FA's search for new squad members to represent the East Midlands in the National Cerebral Palsy Football structure for the 2011-12 season

Bradford Personalisation launches their new website, hosted by Green Hosting. A network of organisations involved in developing services that people who receive support from Adult Social Care could buy with an Individual Budget.

Climate Conversations during Climate WeekClimate East Midlands reflect on the success of their climate week events in March across the East Midlands.

Ethical Weddings asks 'is the Royal Wedding green?'

Creative Nottingham tells us about local art events over the coming months with an ethical theme.

Notts PPS opens a new drop-in service for parents of children with special educational needs.

SESC announce the Big Venture Challenge award. A competition for social entrepreneurs to win up to 150K

Images above © Climate Change Gardening and Climate East Midlands respectively

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Client News Roundup March 2011

Thursday, March 24th 2011 | Short URL

Here's the March edition of our client news round-up. If you're one of our lovely clients and you would like to share your news here, just get in touch.

My Climate Change Garden celebrates Climate Week with a post-a-day on things you can do in the garden to combat climate change.

Foxglove Covert and their volunteers prepare for the massive task of extending the nature reserve's lake.

The lake at Foxglove Covert LNR copyright Foxglove Covert

Ethical Weddings marks Fairtrade Fortnight with Fairtrade wedding offers and ideas on the blog.

Gertie & Mabel's Esmerelda document boxes featured in the March 2011 issue of Living Etc Magazine.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's  Idle Valley launches its Ecominds Project to help improve the mental health and wellbeing through conservation, food growing and wildlife gardening.

London Insight says thank you to everyone who raised funds which helped buy a vehicle for Khuphuka, the HIV and AIDS project in South Africa

Cherry Gorgeous, experts in eco-chic wedding, birth & social stationery helps readers find a green wedding supplier and launch their new website!

Cherry Gorgeous green wedding suppliers copyright Cherry Gorgeous

Creative Nottingham searches for 'golden nuggets' of creative news in Nottingham.

Factory Design are proud to announce that they were winners of the Design Week Awards Industrial Product Design - Congratulations chaps!

Greenhouse PR meet their Eco Hero, Kate Andrews, founder of Loco2

Colbha Consulting considers a green business dilemma and how they tackled it.

Photographs above © Foxglove Covert LNR & Cherry Gorgeous respectively.

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Meet Our Clients… Car Free Walks

Friday, March 18th 2011 | Short URL

Meet another of our great Green Hosting clients...

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work.

Car Free Walks is a website for people who love walking but want to reduce their impact on the environment. We offer 100s of free, easy-to-use walking guides that show you the best places for a walk that buses and trains can take you in the UK. The project was the brainchild of Tim Woods, a freelance editor specialising in sustainability and development, who met business partner Gary Shipp through a mutual love of the outdoors. Patrik Germann brings the IT and application design & development skills to the team.

The Car Free Walks Team

How is your business different to that of others in your industry? How do you stand out from the crowd?

The whole project is a good old fashioned ‘labour of love’ - we all work full time as well as running the website and writing articles and publications to support our work. So we stand out because we don’t make any money!

How would you say your work is ethically and / or environmentally responsible?

We set up the project because we wanted to help encourage people to think about the way that they travel to get ‘outdoors’, and we wanted to show there is an alternative to reliance on private transport and all the negative impacts that reliance on cars can create. We also wanted to relate this to wider environmental issues, helping people to make the connection between their lifestyle choices and the implications for the natural environment that they enjoy.

What motivates you to do business this way?

As the project is a not for profit venture, we are free to make decisions based on our ethics rather than compromises due to economic decisions. Quite a lovely position to be in!

It’s been wonderful to see our project grow. The number of visitors to our site has increased steadily, and we’ve started to forge links with some major national organisations that are helping us to promote what we do. So the reward is more in a sense of achievement than anything else.

How do you communicate your positive work with clients and potential clients and how do they respond?

We like to wear our hearts on our sleeves so our beliefs and passions are a common thread throughout our website and publications. However we also are conscious not to alienate people by being preachy or self-righteous as there’s fewer better ways to turn people off.

Do you see your work as part of a movement of ethical business?

We are pleased to have built up some great relationships with similarly minded businesses and organisations, where we try to trade skills, knowledge and support, rather than exchange money. This seems to be working really well and means we can continue to operate the project on a very small budget.

Share your top 3 tips on how other businesses can work more responsibly.

  1. It’s always easier when you aren’t trying to make money!
  2. Be consistent and honest and don’t oversell your achievements
  3. Avoid ‘green wash’  - it’s so transparent!

How do you see the future of your business and what are you most excited about?

Our website re-launch, and some important new partnerships with a few large NGO’s should see the number of visitors increase sharply over the coming months. We hope this momentum will be sustained and the whole site will grow, both in size and popularity. At the same time we are hoping to start writing more articles and features for magazines and newspapers about car-free walking, with the potential to diversify into producing publications of our own.

Find out more at www.carfreewalks.org

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Meet our Clients… Opulent Ethics

Tuesday, March 15th 2011 | Short URL

Opulent Ethics uses our Green Hosting service for the website they created about their ethical jewellery...

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work.

We are Opulent Ethics, an up and coming ethical jewellery company. Our jewellery is produced mainly in 100% recycled UK silver, Fairtrade or recycled gemstones and some Oro Verde gold (pre-fairtrade certified gold). We blog about current ethical jewellery issues and trends. Our vision for the future is to to bring ethical jewellery more into the mainstream and to increase the ethical jewellery consumer base.

Nepenthes silver pendant with peridot stone copyright Opulent Ethics

How is your business different to that of others in your industry? How do you stand out from the crowd?

The jewellery industry is one of the worst industries for its impact on the environment and people. Opulent Ethics tries to limit this impact by carefully sourcing our materials.  We use recycled metals and stones, are working towards becoming licensed to use the new Fairtrade and Fairmined gold and also spend time researching and using new materials such as vegetable ivory. Alongside this we combine traditional hand skills with new technologies in our work.

We stand out from the crowd with our innovative designs and by being fully transparent in every part of our business. We are constantly striving to improve our ethical credentials.  

How would you say your work is ethically and / or environmentally responsible?

All the materials used in our jewellery are carefully sourced to ensure that they are recycled, from the UK (for a low carbon footprint) or adhere to Fairtrade and Fairmined principles. Printing is kept to a minimum but when done, all advertising materials are printed on FSC certified recycled papers. Our packaging is recycled and recycleable. Opulent Ethics lend our name to various campaigns which work towards improving the lives or environments of areas affected by the jewellery industry. And to top it all off we now have a wind powered website!

What motivates you to do business this way?

Whilst travelling across Africa and Asia we saw how hard life was for some people. Just being able to support and feed their families is a struggle and this life below the poverty line is totally incomprehensible to many of us. Supporting Fairtrade work means supporting not just the worker but their local community as the Fairtrade premiums are put into improving health and education infrastructure in the local community. Opulent Ethics is motivated by the idea of helping establish and promote trade which works towards improving the lives of workers. Opulent Ethics also support programmes such as the Green Gold programme as it works to re-establish the natural eco-system of an area which is mined. This is done as an on-going process so that indigenous plants and crops are established in the area providing an additional source of income.

How do you communicate your positive work with clients and potential clients and how do they respond?

Ethical jewellery is still relatively unknown so many people simply want to know the cost implications for our business. Once we explain that for recycled silver there is no price difference and the premium from Fairtrade materials is a reasonable amount which works towards making grass-roots improvements within communities our consumers respond positively.

The Opulent Ethics blog is becoming more established and recognised within ethical jewellery circles. We have had very positive feedback about articles that we have researched and written. We hope that the Opulent Ethics blog will also become more widely read by non-ethical jewellers.

Sakura Silver Bud Bracelet copyright Opulent Ethics

Do you see your work as part of a movement of ethical business?

We definately do see our work as a movement of ethical business. Ethical jewellery is still in its infancy but there are many up and coming future deveopments. With the recent release of Fairtrade and Fairmined gold came the projection that Fairtrade and Fairmined gold will account for 5% of gold sales within the next 15 years. This will amount to a massive amount of revenue over the period. It will also, hopefully, bring about changes in other parts of the industry. Ethical jewellery is an exciting industry to be in at the minute.

Share your top 3 tips on how other businesses can work more responsibly.

  1. Be transparent about what you do. No-one expects companies to be able to work 100% ethically from the start but being honest about what you are and aren't able to do and how you are working towards making on-going improvements builds trust with your customers.
  2. Start small. Trying to change everything at once would be expensive and disruptive. Set yourself targets for making small changes over 1 year or 5 years. If you are office based this could be to limit printing, use 100% FSC certified papers or changing to soya inks. In a jewellery studio you could swop harmful chemicals for natural alternatives.
  3. Put the time in to research and find more responsibly sourced products for your business. It can take a bit longer and cost a bit more but as consumers are making more informed decisions on their purchases your business will stand out from the crowd.

How do you see the future of your business and what are you most excited about?

Opulent Ethics is excited about the future and are hoping to see ethical jewellery become more of a mainstream product with less consumers having to ask what it is. We are also hoping to see ethical jewellery become more established in high street stores. The ethical section of London Fashion week is sure to help this happen. Opulent Ethics is most excited about establishing relationships with our consumers and seeing them return to the brand over time.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your work?

Opulent Ethics' jewellery ranges are very different and unique. Our classic Sakura Range is based on Japanese cherry blossom and is quite classic. We also have a range produced using laser cut vegetable ivory. This is a world first and can't be found anywhere else. We are constantly designing and producing work so please keep popping back to see what we have been up to lately. You can also keep up to date with what we're doing through the Opulent Ethics blog.

Find out more at www.opulentethics.com

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Client News Roundup February 2011

Thursday, February 3rd 2011 | Short URL

We love what our clients do and so we like to talk about them. Here's the latest news from a few of them:

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust launch their wildlife photography exhibition at The Museum of Nottingham life.

Gertie & Mabel get their Danish ribbon featured on the cover of Not on the High Street's latest catalogue. Well done ladies!

Gertie & Mabel's Danish Ribbon

Social Enterprise Support Centre begin their annual search for the most dynamic and innovative social enterprises with their Social Impact Award.

Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve open their new outdoor classroom and science station.

Winkworth Farm give guided tours of their beautiful green venue and grounds at their 2011 open days.

Winkworth Farm, green venue for weddings and corporate events

Unscene Production Company release the trailer for their latest short movie thriller 'Peanut'.

London Insight Meditation's - Director appears on Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

Just So Festival - 2011 festival tickets are now on sale. Take your family on a journey of the imagination.

If you're one of our web design, Green Hosting or Make Mail clients and have exciting new to share, let us know!

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Beat the VAT with Green Hosting

Friday, December 17th 2010 | Short URL

Green Website HostingAs you know the UK VAT rate is due to increase in January 2011 to 20%.

If you’re currently paying for your Green Hosting on a monthly basis, why not switch to an annual subscription now and pay the 17.5% VAT rate until December 2011?

If you’d like to arrange the switch, all you have to do is contact Vicky at hello@green-hosting.co.uk before 20th December and we’ll deal with the rest.

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Special Offer for 10:10 Participants

Monday, September 27th 2010 | Short URL

10:10 Global Day of DoingIf you are involved in 10:10 – the excellent project to cut carbon emissions by 10% in a year – you’ll know that 10/10/10 is the global day of doing.

So, to celebrate the day and help others lower their carbon emissions we have a special offer!

Businesses or organisations registered to take part in the 10:10 project get 10% off their Green Hosting subscription! With Green Hosting your website is powered by the wind, not fossil fuels.

How to Claim the Green Hosting offer

  1. Your business, organisation or personal project must be registered with 10:10 and displaying the 10:10 logo on the website you’ll be hosting with us.
  2. Sign up before the end of 2010 and we’ll get things set up for you. Simple as that!

Questions? If you have any questions then just shout up!

Please note: that this 10:10 Green Hosting offer applies to annual hosting subscriptions only and must be taken up before midnight on 31/12/10. Our usual hosting terms apply too.

Find out More

To find out more about Green Hosting visit www.green-hosting.co.uk

For more on the 10:10 Project www.1010global.org

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New Green Hosting Support & Terms

Wednesday, September 8th 2010 | Short URL

This is important information for any of our clients whose websites use our Green Hosting service.

We have a brand new and more comprehensive support service in place should you need any help with getting started and managing your Green Hosting account.

In our new support section on the Green Hosting website we’ve provided some useful answers to common queries. If the answer you’re looking for isn’t there we have a helpdesk system where you can request support from the Green Hosting team. If you need to request support for your Green Hosting account, please use this system: http://makehay.zendesk.com/tickets/new

Check it out at www.green-hosting.co.uk/support

There is more information on our website about what type of support we provide for Green Hosting and how but if you have any questions please do contact us.

Updated Terms & Conditions

The new support system is in effect right now as well as our updated Green Hosting Terms & Conditions. Please take a little time to pop over to the website and read these terms
www.green-hosting.co.uk/terms.html because they apply to all of our clients using the Green Hosting service.

As you’ll see they have been re-written with less legalese and more clarity, which we think is important so that everyone understands the terms they are agreeing to.

Thank you

We also just want to say a big thank you to all of our clients using our Web Design, Green Hosting and Make Mail services. When we look at all of the amazing, positive things you’re doing we are so pleased to be a part of it.

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Meet our Clients…Fifi Bijoux

Wednesday, April 28th 2010 | Short URL

Ethical jewellery label Fifi Bijoux runs their website on Green Hosting

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work.

Vivien Johnston at Fifi BijouxVivien Johnston, Director and founder of Fifi Bijoux. I set up the brit brand in 2006 to offer consumers jewellery made exclusively from ethically sourced materials; fairly traded gold, platinum and silver mined without mercury or cyanide.  The jewellery is crafted in London by master goldsmiths. Our diamonds and gems also come from ethical sources, small scale co-operative mines where possible and carefully selected mining and cutting projects which practice exemplary social and environmental responsibility standards.

How is your business different from that of others in your industry? How do you stand out from the crowd?

Fifi Bijoux is a design label, we show at London and Paris Fashion Weeks and have been readily accepted by the fashion press. It’s a luxury product; with the unique new luxury of known provenance of all our materials. Our customers are a mixture of hip ethical shoppers and fashion-forward trend setters.

Sex on the beach pendant by Fifi Bijoux

How would you say your work is ethically and / or environmentally responsible?

We take great care to partner with mining programmes which demonstrate a strict code of conduct for social standards, including no child labour, fair advancement for all workers, living wages to employees or co-operative projects which invest back into the communities where possible. Environmental standards are tough and they have to be. Standard mining practices rank 2nd in the world for environmental damage and the consequences to water sources, fish, flora and fauna, as well as local communities who depend on these for their food sources can be devastating.

Gold workers

Fifi Bijoux was founded on the principle of maximising the positive impacts for the local communities.

What motivates you to do business this way?

Precious stones - Fifi BijouxI experienced the lack of transparency in the typical jewellery business model and saw that the value chain was heavily weighted after export of rough or unrefined goods, meaning a raw deal for the producers. The extreme problems in the jewellery industry have been well documented; a lack of traceability in the supply chain ultimately allows for conflict situations and for corruption to flourish. The film Blood Diamond shows the civil war which was funded by diamonds in the 1990’s; but similar atrocities occurred as recently as Nov 2009 in Zimbabwe when Mugabe’s troops murdered miners in the diamond fields. The DRC and Cote d’Ivoire remain volatile.

At worst, diamonds and precious minerals remain an easily smuggled hard currency. At best, mining companies who do actually fulfil high standards of CSR remain invisible and often lumped together with the worst offenders because of the lack of traceability. I think consumers should be able to make informed choices, especially on something as precious and sentimental as an engagement ring for example.

How do you communicate your positive work with clients and potential clients and how do they respond?

The press have been kind and have shown great interest in Fifi Bijoux and my business model. I meet with private clients and work on design briefs with them, I also design ready to wear collections which are sold on-line and through our stockists. Currently, we have around 30 stockists across the UK and also export to France, New York and Australia.

Do you see your work as part of a movement of ethical business?

Yes, most certainly.  I see forward thinking business and sustainability being critical to the global economy.

Acorn Pendant and the Entebbe water tower - Fifi Bijoux

Above image: Little Acorns – 10% profits to Child Sponsorship Project, Entebbe, Uganda

Share your top 3 tips on how other businesses can work more responsibly.

Know your supply chain. Use your purchasing power to make ethical choices. Accept that ‘being ethical’ is about making a journey; you have to start somewhere and don’t be discouraged if certain things elude you to begin with. Companies like Make Hay didn’t exist 10 years ago; but now boast a very lively client list and provide a green choice for business.

How do you see the future of your business and what are you most excited about?

We launched our own on-line boutique last year and it’s going from strength to strength. Export is also growing, so we hope that Fifi Bijoux will develop its international reputation in the next few years as well as the UK has received our designs.Diamond Ring by Fifi Bijoux

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your work?

We have just launched a silver collection and a collection of 18ct gold engagement and wedding rings.

Visit the Fifi Bijoux website at www.fifibijoux.com

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Meet our Clients… Bloom Psychology

Monday, April 12th 2010 | Short URL

Bloom Psychology logoIn the first of our interview features we are very happy to introduce one of our lovely Green Hosting clients, Bloom Psychology. Find out what motivates them to help people discover their ideal career and how they stand out from others in their field.

So please give them a very warm welcome…

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work.

We are Rob and Amelia, co-founders of Bloom Psychology.  We’re psychologists who help people make and deal with change.  We realise this may sound a bit vague, but for example we do a lot of work with people wanting to identify their best career.

Both of us made a career change ourselves (I was a management consultant and Amelia a TV Producer) so this has real meaning for us.

We also help leaders who want to improve their performance at work, Mums who want to return to work, people who want to improve their health and wellbeing, and teams that wish to work more productively together.

We think that the barriers to change are usually in the mind, so we use psychology to help people understand what’s going on and act more consciously towards what they really value.

How is your business different to that of others in your industry? How do you stand out from the crowd?

Bloom Psychology speaking at a conferenceThis may sound like a cliché, but our values really do set us apart.

Psychologists are all about evidence, and having proof for what you say.  So being evidence based is a key value, because otherwise it’s difficult to make an informed decision.  Another key value is to be remarkable, that is, we want to do work with people in a way which is inspiring and energising.  We want to ‘bring psychology to life’.

We always work in the direction of someone’s strengths – ensuring that the change we make is authentic.

Finally, we gave up our jobs to do something that makes a difference.  I remember too many jobs as a consultant which simply did not need doing.  The client was being sold something they didn’t need.  We don’t want to be like that, it has to be about more than profit.

All this doesn’t mean that we’re perfect, but it does mean that we try to do the right thing through what we do, not just what we say.

How would you say your work is ethically and / or environmentally responsible?

For the ethical stance, see above.  We want to look back on this adventure and know that we stood for something beyond just success in the market.  For example, we do cut price work for people on low incomes, pro bono work for good causes, and we also help businesses work out how they can change employee and consumer behaviour towards environmental issues.
But for the environment – other than using Make Hay and using public transport we think we could do a lot more!  Any ideas from your readers?

What motivates you to do business this way?

Because if we can’t look back on our work, knowing we really did our best to take a stand for what we believe in….then really what’s the point?  We see a lack of real leadership in this country with too many people looking after only their own interests.  We want to stand for something more and set an example.

Ironically, we think that doing this will bring us more meaning and fulfilment and we reckon we’ll be more successful because people can see we mean it.

How do you communicate your positive work with clients and potential clients and how do they respond?

Bloom Psychology - The Bloom WordleWe’ve just completed an e-brochure of our services for organisations and we also have a great newsletter, Bloom Vine.

We also have a Blog, where we try to give as many career change exercises and resources away for free.  We also feature an inspiring series of people who’ve changed careers on our Blog.  If any of your clients would like to be featured please get in touch!

Follow us on Twitter, here. And finally we have a rather nice website, hosted by Make Hay!

Do you see your work as part of a movement of ethical business?

Yes.  Organisations have the power to change the world.  But it will take small businesses and their consumers to lead the way, it will take us to show them how it can be done.  It’s all about being authentic to a set of values beyond mere profit.  If this sounds wishy washy to anyone, there’s strong evidence that organisations that operate in this way also outperform those that don’t.  Quite simply, people want to trust the people they work with.

Share your top 3 tips on how other businesses can work more responsibly.

Clearly, we all have a responsibility to think about the resources we consume.  Making this the default setting in your life (think ‘Nudge’) by making good habits easier is key.
But we have only 1 proper tip.  Most people make decisions automatically, almost on auto pilot.  But this means we tend to make choices based on short term comparisons – how’s he or she doing, am I missing out?

Our tip is to identify the things that are really important to you in terms of values.  Then to live more consciously in pursuit of these.  Money is not a value, it’s the values that it buys you (think about security, freedom, status) that really matter to people.

How do you see the future of your business and what are you most excited about?

Right now, we’re trying to bring the cost of our career services down by introducing a brilliant online career decision making tool called CareerStorm Navigator (see pic).

Bloom Psychology CareerStorm Navigator

Bloom Psychology working in Abu DhabiIn terms of our work for organisations we’re looking forward to delivering more of the services which we are good at – employee engagement, change management and coaching.  Our recent clients include Directgov, the School of Life, The Arts Council and working out in the desert for the Abu Dhabi Civil Service (see pic)!

In terms of our own development, we are pioneering the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in our work.  This is a new, evidence-based way of helping people deal with change and stress which is incredibly effective in helping people identify and make progress towards the things they value most.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your work?

We don’t love it all the time.  Seriously, running your own business isn’t about becoming happier, which many people think it is.  Since starting, we’ve been more stressed, more tired, more anxious and every day we face new challenges and frustrations.

But the difference is we know that we’re doing something that matters.  We’ll have no regrets…and there’s no happier thought than that.

Visit Bloom Psychology at www.bloompsychology.co.uk

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VAT rate change reminder

Monday, January 11th 2010 | Short URL

Happy New Year! We hope 2010 is proving to be productive and prosperous for you so far.

This is just a little reminder to our Green Hosting clients, who pay for their hosting service on a monthly basis, about the change in VAT rate from 1st January 2010.

You should have received an e-mail directly from me about your Green Hosting subscriptions. If you have not received my e-mail or have any questions about your Green Hosting subscription please do get in touch.

Thank you to all of our clients for your continued custom and support!

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Midlands Green Pages launches

Wednesday, October 28th 2009 | Short URL

Midlands Green Pages logoGreat news for the good people of central England. Newly launched this week is the directory of midlands eco businesses large and small, the ‘Midlands Green Pages‘!

At Midlands Green Pages you will find green services and products of all kinds from jewellery, gardening and woodland burials to training courses, weddings and B2B.

Of course, being a Midlands based business Make Hay is included. We are also very happy to provide our Green Hosting service, run on wind power, for this exciting new website.

If you run a green business in Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands or Worcestershire add your listing to get involved.

www.midlandsgreenpages.co.uk

Midlands Green Pages is run by Kate, founder of the national eco directory GreenFinder

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Client News Roundup Dec ’08

Friday, December 19th 2008 | Short URL

Well, this year is nearly over and its flown by in a flash. I thought it would be good to finish up this year with a  ‘Client News Round-up’ and tell you about some of the clients we’ve been working with this month.

Introducing….

Lovely new web design clients

C8TER - professional catering using local and organic food

C8TER

Professional caterers C8TER needed a brand new website and a way to communicate how they feel about good quality, locally sourced and organic food. So that’s what we did. C8TER is also hosted on our wind powered Green Hosting

Check them out at www.c8ter.co.uk

Seal Protection Action Group

Seal Protection Action Group

‘SPAG’ work to protect seals and their environment across the UK and overseas. They needed a fresh new look and a content management system to keep visitors up to date with their news and campaigns. SPAG also uses our Green Hosting

Visit them at www.sealaction.org

Green Hosting clients…

Queens of VintageQueens of Vintage

A daily glossy online magazine for vintage lovers everywhere
www.queensofvintage.com

Earth Media

Earth MediaA production company based in Uganda specialising in wildlife documentaries and conservation films
www.earthmedia.co.uk

Make Mail clients…

Green Rocket

Green RocketPR agency Green Rocket helps companies with an authentic green focus communicate their message. Our Make Mail newsletter system  helps them to communicate with their clients.
www.greenrocketgroup.com

ScotsCare

ScotsCare logoScotsCare, the charity for Scots in London, uses our Make Mail newsletter system to keep visitors up to date with year-round news and events
www.scotscare.com

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Client News Round-up: Sept ’08

Friday, September 19th 2008 | Short URL

I’d like to apologise to our readers for the recent silence on the Make Hay blog. The only reason for this is work, work and more work which means that we’re getting the opportunity to collaborate with more amazing, ethical businesses and individuals.

So, less about us and more about them. Here’s our latest client news round-up:

Introducing…

London Insight Meditation

One of our latest web design creations, launched just this week is the London Insight Meditation website. London Insight offers a programme of events based in the insight or vipassana meditation tradition. With a group of leading teachers, they explore the application of authentic Buddhist teachings in London city living.

They now have a brand new look website plus visitors are able to book online for their events, listen to talks and find useful resources. There is also a new blog to keep you up to date with all their news.

Check them out at www.londoninsightmeditation.org.uk

Susan Davies Life Coaching

Our latest Make Mail (e-mail marketing) client Susan Davies is an expert in personal development and life coaching. Her services include addiction recovery, emotional freedom technique, spiritual mentoring and personal, professional, couples and family coaching

Why not sign up to her newsletter to find out more? Also, see her testimonials page for an impressive read!

Visit: www.susanscoaching.co.uk

Greenmystyle.com

Now using our Green Hosting, powered by the wind, Greenmystyle.com is a place to find and share discoveries, reviews and tips about fashion, beauty and home style done the kinder way.

Now there’s no excuse not to keep up with the latest in eco style with Greenmystyle.com’s daily updates. Take a look at their directory too!

Check it out at www.greenmystyle.com

Leonora Speaking at Sustainable Event

Green Hosting and Make Hay web design client Leonora Oppenheim is playing a big part in a major event this autumn. Leonora works as a Sustainable Design Consultant and will be speaking at Grand Designs Live in Birmingham.

The Grand Designs LIVE event will feature several ‘Grand Seminars‘ focusing on environmentally friendly building and design. Running from 10th to 12th October these seminars will include talks on reducing the negative environmental impact on self-builds, the eco credentials of prefabricated houses and furnishing your home with eco interiors. Leonora will be speaking in the ‘Best Eco Footprint Forward’ debate.

Allthingseco Directory Helps Passion Debate Biofuels

Green Hosting client Allthingseco are working alongside radio station Passion for the Planet to encourage debate on biofuels. As there are so many views on the pros and cons of biofuels Passion will be bringing in experts to discuss the issues from different perspectives.

An online poll is available for you to give your opinion on the subject. Visit the Allthingseco website at: www.allthingseco.co.uk/econews-september08.php to find out more.

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Client News Round-up: Aug ’08

Thursday, August 7th 2008 | Short URL

Here’s the latest from a few of our clients…

Wind Powered Websites

Now using our Green Hosting, powered by the wind:

Natural Nursery Blog

Natural Nursery Blog
News and updates on green products, activities and baby and family stories.
www.naturalnurseryblog.co.uk

DEA Services Wimbledon
Domestic energy assessing and home energy assessing services in Wimbledon.
www.deaserviceswimbledon.co.ukGrasslands Trust

Grasslands Trust
A national charity protecting grasslands and wildlife-rich meadows.
www.grasslands-trust.org

Pledging for Change
Affiliation and promotions for business who are seeking change.
www.pledgingforchange.org

Pure Design at Eco Fashion Show

Pure DesignOur lovely Green Hosting clients Pure Design will be taking part in in the Eco Fashion Show and Party in London on Tuesday 12th August at Club for Climate.

Items will be on show and available to buy from some of Pure Design’s designers and many more.

By special invitation from Pure Design you can recieve 25% off the entrance fee for the show. Download the invitation flyer to find out more.

For further details visit Pure Design’s blog and to book tickets go to www.eco-fashion.co.uk

Baby Boo Organic goes international

Baby Boo OrganicBaby Boo Organic became one of our Green Hosting clients earlier this year. Recently I was very pleased to hear news of their international success. Here’s what they told me…

“Since the lunch of Natural and Organic range of baby bath care products, Baby Boo Organic has been inundated with calls and emails from stockists from around the world. We have had interest from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Australia, USA, Israel, Hong Kong and Singapore….Here in the UK we have had very positive feedback from two major pharmacy chains in relation to stocking the Baby Boo Organic range.

We have had 54000 hits on our website since the launch of our products in April 2008.”

www.babyboo-organics.com

Make Hay & Green Hosting clients: Get in touch and tell us your latest news. We’ll share it here on Make Hay, The Blog

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Client News Round-up: July ’08

Monday, July 7th 2008 | Short URL

Here’s the latest from a few of our Make Hay clients…

Eco Directory & Radio Station Aim to Reduce Landfill

Allthingseco and Passion for the PlanetLong term Green Hosting client and Make Hay friend Allthingseco has teamed up with the UK’s only green radio station Passion for the Planet, to help people all over the UK reduce, re-use and recycle and keep their waste out of landfill.

Together the two companies have developed a comprehensive directory of ways you can pass on your unwanted items, recycle computers, find a new home for your furniture, give paint to a group that needs it and much, much more.

You’ll find information on ink cartridge & mobile phone recycling schemes, local council recycling initiatives, business recycling details and resources to enable businesses to donate their unwanted stationery to local Scrapstores.

There are also details of Charity Shops across the country as well as swapping and auction sites. The directory also includes a list of places to buy recycled goods.

Visit the directory at: www.allthingseco.co.uk/directoryresults.php?category_id=15

The Big Blue ‘R’ Goes Green

DK Rumsby & Co LtdMake Hay web design clients and chartered certified accountants DK Rumsby & Co Ltd have gone green! Actually, its nothing new to them they have been using ethical and environmentally friendly practices for years. The only difference now is with their new website, they can tell everybody about it.

DK Rumsby and Co Ltd practice 100% paper recycling in their offices, are building up their electronic systems to save even more paper, support international and local charities and campaigns and work with ethical and eco clients. They also have an ethical policy and are comitted to ensuring good quality work kept within the family business, not outsourcing to lower paid workers.

DK Rumsby & Co Ltd – www.rumsby.com

Keep up the great work guys!

Bloom Psychology Research

Bloom PsychologyGreen Hosting client Bloom Psychology is an innovative psychology consultancy specialising in career management, professional and personal development, and employee well-being.

They work with individuals and organisations to help them bloom and their work is underpinned by strong ethical principles.

Rob at Bloom Psychology is currently undertaking a piece of research on the concept of ‘meaning’ at work. He is examining what causes people to experience their work as meaningful, and what benefits this produces both for the individual themselves and their organisations. Bloom Psychology is then using the results to help people to create a more meaningful experience for themselves at work.

Why don’t you help Bloom Psychology with their reseach? Click here to take the survey and help Bloom Psychology with their research. The survey allows you to stay completely anonymous and no identifying questions are aked.

Bloom Psychology – www.bloompsychology.com

ScotsCare’s Willie Docherty Runs Loch Ness Marathon

ScotsCare\'s Loch Ness MonsterMake Hay web design and Green Hosting clients ScotsCare are supporting their chief executive Willie Docherty in his Loch Ness Marathon run this October.

ScotsCare is a charity working with vulnerable Scots living in London and donations from Willie’s run will help them raise £100,000 towards grants for children whose families live on low income or income support.

Visit the ScotsCare website to find out more and to donate online. Keep an eye on Nessie’s chart to see how their fundraising is progressing!

ScotsCare – www.scotscare.com

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