Hello, I’m Caroline Hagan, founder of Blueocto Ltd.
A bit of history…
I studied Graphic Design at Newcastle College, and Design, Multimedia and Graphics at the University of Sunderland. I taught myself how to code and during my spare time, which led me to study Web Applications Development at the Open University. Throughout employment, as a Designer and Developer, I’ve worked on a wide range of web projects.
I left my job as a Front-end Developer and went self-employed in 2013, and set up Blueocto as a limited company in 2015. I’ve helped a wide variety of small to medium sized businesses to get started and grow online, from engineers to photographers, solicitors to massage therapists.
How I can help you
I primarily work with sole traders or very small businesses who often are not able to afford to work with bigger agencies. I believe high-quality web design and development should be available to everyone, not just larger or more established companies. I’m passionate about working one-to-one with clients and work hard to quickly grasp any issues facing your business to find a creative solution. I enjoy thinking outside the box, especially when tackling web design and development projects from scratch to ensure that your site stands out from the crowd.
Some areas of work that I do, include;
- Responsive web design and development
- Developing new websites/upgrading existing websites
- Setting up domains, web hosting and email addresses
- Optimising for mobile, performance and SEO
- 1-2-1 training on popular platforms such as WordPress
- Idea generation for your business moving forward
Digital services include creating email campaigns (using MailChimp Expert and Campaign Monitor) and social media (branding and set-up on a variety of platforms including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+).
Because I love to be busy
As well as my web work, I’m a voluntary Administrator of The Inspire Network, a North East Networking group for women with over 7,000 members (I organise the North Tyneside branch meetings). I also run North Tyneside SME’s Facebook group. I’m an admin for Foursquare (now known as Swarm) and enjoy working on side projects such as Newcastle Tots – Things to do with pre-schoolers in the North East.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with these great clients;
Derwentside District Council
Durham Gilesgate Sixth Form/Sports Centre
Durham City Council
Stockton Borough Council
Blue Chip Safety – see the project
Crowther Engineering Limited
Global Runway – see the project
Richard Silver Solicitors – see the project