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School friends give Helmsley web presence
11:32am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
HELMSLEY has been put on the “online” map thanks to the efforts of two former York primary school friends who set up in business following redundancy.
Blue Box Support has designed and launched a new website for the Helmsley in Business group, with the site already ranking number one for the search term Helmsley, and seeing a 50 per cent increase in visits between July and August.
Chris Garnett, chairman of the Helmsley in Business group, said: “We are delighted with the website Blue Box has designed for us as it is so important to have a strong digital presence.
“You can’t rest on your laurels, thinking that because people have visited before, they always will.
“A website and a social media presence really are a necessity nowadays.”
Before setting up Blue Box Mr Kildin, who lives in Nawton, previously spent nine years on attachment with the Army for the Ministry of Defence, followed by a further nine years with DEFRA.
After moving to IBM, working with major clients such as Jaguar-Landrover and Boots, Mr Kildin took voluntary redundancy in 2011.
At that time he contacted his old friend Mr Cooper, who lives in Wigginton.
After working as a butcher’s boy and windscreen fitter, he has eventually settled on a career in IT. Spotting an opening in the market for IT support services in the area, Blue Box was set up – the name chosen because of Mr Kildin’s love of the famous Doctor.
Mr Kildin said: “It was a huge step for both of us but one we’re so glad we made.
“We are very proud of the work we have done for Helmsley in Business and we hope with the ongoing support we are providing, their businesses and the town itself will continue to flourish.”
Future plans for Blue Box include putting together a package to offer to schools relating to online safety, in order to make children aware of the dangers of life online, and what to do if they are being cyber-bullied.
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