That was a bit of a cheeky introduction we know, but we really believe in ourselves and what we can do for you, plus, positivity is a bit infectious!
Clone is one of the most experienced, professional and honest website design, development and interactive agencies in the south west of England. We specialise in helping small to medium sized businesses fully realise their brand potential through a mixture of online and offline services.
If you’re looking for beautiful design, website development, branding, marketing or good old fashioned business development advice then take a look at what we have to say for ourselves and get in touch! You’ve really got nothing to lose.
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Technical Director Carl Pettitt was given his first computer (a ZX81!) at the age of 10 and has been creating computer applications and
websites ever since, way before the dot.com boom and even whilst Apple was still in its infancy - Carl is anything but wet behind the ears.
When it comes to digital, we can assist you in the whole process from initial strategy through to creative design, provision of content and full project management. Below are just some of our services - If you don’t see what you need, just contact us and ask. We’re confident enough to say we can do it.
We have 20 years of experience designing and building small 5 page ‘information’ websites, large corporate sites
with satellite microsites, through to e-commerce and interactive websites. We pride ourselves on creating sites that are beautifully
designed, beautifully coded and at a reasonable price for our customers.
You could call us the ‘Robin Hood’ of the web development sector, saving you from the greedy agencies and their large overheads, as well as the ‘cowboys’ who like to churn out sub-par websites for pennies.
Speak to us before you speak to your ‘mate’s neighbour’ about your next website requirement - we promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
As the name suggests, Content Management Systems (‘CMS’ for short) give you the ability to create and manage your website's content.
Over many years we’ve worked with small, off-the-shelf systems through to the biggest (ugliest?) Enterprise level systems and decided that the only way to offer our clients a truly user-friendly experience was to develop our own in-house system, “Control”.
Each installation of Control is customised to your website making it simple and intuitive to update your content. So simple in fact, that we only charge a very small fee to update your website for you if you don't have the time.
Take a look at your local high street next time you’re out and note how many empty units and
“gone into administration” high street brands there are. It’s a sad fact that people aren’t spending on the
high street. Is this largely due to the convenience and assurance of online shopping these days? Perhaps it is!
If you are selling a tangible product or service, then Clone can build or integrate e-commerce functionality into your website. Security and accuracy are paramount to our e-commerce systems as is the whole online purchasing experience for your customers. We integrate with all popular payment systems and can even get your e-commerce website ‘talking’ to your internal accounting software (eg. Sage).
For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Wordpress is one of the world’s leading
open-sourced blogging platforms, which has also been known to masquerade as a CMS!
Supported by a large community of developers, many businesses (particularly those looking for full blogging functionality in addition to their standard web pages) are turning to Wordpress as their platform of choice.
We have many years experience developing Wordpress websites with fully customised themes, plugins and widgets and can make recommendations as to whether or not Wordpress is the best solution given your requirements.
Yes, we also build ‘Responsive’ websites, the ability for the site’s layout to change depending on the size of the
Some feel that this is a stop-gap solution while mobile device resolutions catch up with their larger desktop counterparts, but maybe there is a legitimate argument for displaying content appropriately on smaller screen sizes? Enabling your website to be responsive to all sizes of browser is a great way to ensure that your clients can easily access your content on the go, if they are that way inclined.
Go ahead and try it out - if you’re not viewing this on a mobile device already, resize your browser window to see how it works.
Ahh.. SEO - Search Engine Optimisation, the “black and secretive art”. Or that is what some people would
like you to believe!
We however like to ensure that every website we build has every chance of being easily found on all major Search Engines. There are no tricks or expensive programs to employ. We simply code using the best practices and techniques to help your website get ranked based on its own merits - and by using GOOD CONTENT.
Whilst others might try to charge you for the privilege, Clone promises that SEO comes as standard for all of our website projects. Otherwise it'd be a bit like selling a burger without the bun, wouldn't it?
In addition to traditional website development, we’ve also been known to produce mobile applications for iOS
(iPhone/iPad) and Android mobile devices.
From addictive games to productivity applications and corporate branded apps, we can help you plan and design whatever you need, or want! Application development is a great way to take your brand to another market and can be used as a fantastic viral marketing campaign.
If you do have an idea, we’ll happily advise as to whether or not we think it’s a good one. We don’t like to build upon app ideas that won’t provide you with a good market response rate - we’re honest like that.
Once we’ve developed your website for you, you’ll need somewhere to store the pages so that everyone around the
world can see them on the internet (this is called ‘website hosting’) and you’ll of course want email addresses
for you and your staff.
Every website project we develop is stored and managed on secure world-class servers situated on the backbone networks of the internet (so it’s fast).
Because we manage our own servers, we can also provide all manner of email accounts and features to suit your requirements. Our servers are always reliable and easily accessed should any problems arise - not that they really ever do!
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Effective branding gives your organisation a leading commercial edge - raising awareness, driving sales, and increasing market share.
Clone can help re-brand your company or strengthen your existing brand to achieve a stronger hold on your market. From logos to business collateral, internal and external communications, right down to the way you answer your telephones, we’ll demonstrate that branding and subsequent design is part of a much bigger picture than most ‘creative types’ would have you believe...
Looks mean everything in business. A polished business style exudes professionalism; funky designs show your company is
creative and open to new styles of business.
How your visual identity is presented is as important as your business offering. We can help you hone your visual identity into one you love through the use of logotypes, typefaces, photography, design language and corporate styles (explained simply, the fonts and colours you use to keep your identity consistent).
If this all seems a bit much and all you want at the moment is a simple logo to get your fledgling business off the ground, we can do this with style and flair too.
We’ve designed for a diverse range of clients from butchers to bakers and candle-stick makers (ok, so we’ve yet to
design for a candle maker, but you get the idea).
Graphic design for printed materials and collateral is quite different from designing for the web and we can say this because we are talented at both. Working from your brief (we even have someone who can help you get this down on paper if needed) we can design anything you’d like from creating a brand to designing a brochure, icons, signage, vehicle livery and corporate uniforms.
We also have a vast collection of friends, quite obsessed with graphic design so we know our creative juices will never run dry!
At the start you wrote (or at least had in your mind) a business plan, but organic business growth and unpredictable
economies meant that idea you started with isn’t necessarily where you ended up. If you want to get back on track or
take full advantage of your current market, a dedicated strategy, sympathetic to your business processes, abilities and budget
is important no matter the size and scale of your company.
Past clients who have employed our marketing strategies have enjoyed business growth, greater customer retention and a marked improvement on their bottom line, and on several occasions our activities have helped steer businesses to successful sale!
We’re so passionate and full of ideas when it comes to successful marketing, we’ve even opened a dedicated marketing and strategy arm of the business, so if this is all you’re looking for right now, check out Boost Response.
With any new branding, re-design or marketing strategy undertaken, there is a certain element of ‘adoption and
acceptance’ of this new style required by all staff and corporate partners. Sometimes this shift in business style
can be difficult to integrate and manage.
We can help you define the profile of the “company behind the brand” formulating effective procedures and making decisions on communication matters, minimising any discrepancies between your desired identity and habits previously adopted. In layman’s terms - we’ll get you and your employees singing from the same hymn sheet.
Carl’s strong professional experience and history at a consultant level and Alena’s marketing and communication talents will help you introduce all changes seamlessly and effectively.
Your business stationery is one of the most important (and easiest) ways to make a great first and continued impression
upon your clients and business associates.
If you want letterheads, compliment slips, business cards, brochures and flyers that will “Wow!” the recipient, then you’re in the right place because we can produce these also.
Think about all of the paperwork that is processed in your company on a daily basis - Does it reflect who you are as a business? Is it easily identifiable as part of your brand? Even daily consumables such as carbon copy receipts can masquerade as a simple and fast-track way to increase repeat business from your customers. Make sure it is beautifully designed and you can’t go wrong!
With a history (going back quite a few years now) as a paper merchant, Carl knows a thing or two about paper stock,
printing processes and finishing so can fully manage the purchase of your business stationery and printed collateral from concept to
delivery, or oversee a simple print run of a previous design.
We have a number of great partnerships with reputable printing firms around the country (even one in Australia!); we know they deliver on time and most importantly know their stuff when it comes to producing great quality work - You’ll come to learn that this is something we are real sticklers for!
After trading on reputation alone for almost 10 years, EPS tasked us with bringing their brand up to date to reflect their position as industry leader in temporary electrical installation for the events industry. They have since sold the company to an international Plc.
This private numberplate enthusiast approached us to create a new brand identity and website under which to trade on a professional level with his industry peers. The website features a custom 'Plate-Viewer' app which allows customers to view their desired number plate on a photo of their own vehicle.
Wiltshire based speciality foods home delivery service, Wiltshire Country Fayre contacted us to create a consumer-friendly, locally recognised brand and to grow their online presence. We are currently developing their website ordering facility which boasts over 800 products.
This Cheltenham based freelance Personal Assistant asked us to create a new brand, suite of stationery and website. The owner of the business wanted a dynamic identity that would give them the confidence to approach large organisations on a professional, polished level.
As well as working with many small to medium-sized businesses, over the past 20 years we’ve also had the privilege to work with some of the largest and best known brands in the world - We’re not boasting, but we think it is pretty cool.
Work for these clients has included branding, design, website and application development, multimedia presentations, ecommerce systems and good old fashioned consulting.
Clone Studios was founded in 1992 in Sydney by two demoscene enthusiasts, and started out as a multimedia and motion graphics design house. Today based in the UK (but retaining its global presence too), we work with many clients in a diverse range of sectors and services.
If you are a small to medium sized business that could benefit from our years of experience without all the confusing technical speak and sales patter and simply want an accomplished, no-nonsense partner then you’ve just found us!
Carl has over 20 years experience in designing and developing websites (although you wouldn’t think he was THAT old to look at
him). He is an honest guy who prides himself on his integrity as well as his technical and professional abilities. Always
taking a consultative approach, he’ll tell what you don’t need as much as what you do.
Alena thinks that Carl is a bit of a geek, and a bit too obsessed with Apple products.
Alena’s specialism is Marketing, Strategy, PR and copy writing. For the last 10 years she has worked with clients in
FMCG, service, leisure, utility and technology markets. She provides copy-writing and marketing services to many of Clone’s
clients and assists Carl with some administrative tasks.
Carl wonders if there’s anyone in the world that reads as much as Alena does, and why she only wears about 10% of the shoes she owns!
If you have read about what we do and like the sound of us, or just know instinctively that we’re your kind of people then please get in touch. We can honestly say that we look forward to hearing from you.
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If you’d like to pin us down to a location then we live and work in Gloucestershire in the UK, but we think big and work with global businesses so please don’t discriminate based on our location! We can’t help it if we’re a bit partial to a pretty county! ;)
Plus, we’ve got our inter-nation working schedules down to a fine art, just ask our friends in Australia, New Zealand, America, Morocco and Scandinavia.
If you want to see our faces then there is always Skype. Isn’t modern technology wonderful?