The Genesis of Genesis

Genesis Forwarding Services is an international, independent freight forwarder founded in the UK in 1986. Genesis has operations throughout Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and the USA supported by a network of carefully selected partners globally which meant the website had to work for many languages and cultures but be easily administered by the UK headquarters. The focus was functionality and ease of use while projecting the forward looking, forward thinking ethos of the company.

Visitors can go to the shipping aids section to work out their volumetric weight, view transit times, shipping schedules, they can view real time world clocks, request a quotation or access country profiles. Everything on the website is directed at the customer and their business needs.

The website is now live but will be launched to the press and a wider public audience in the next few weeks.

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Pear Tree Studios

After many months of logistics planning, sleepless nights, box juggling and swearing we have finally settled in our new location…Canterbury, in the garden of England. Along with the new house we bought some land which includes a wonderful Pear orchard. Planning is going ahead for our new eco-friendly (and solar powered from next year) office next to our pond near the orchard. Hopefully, in late October, Pear Tree Studios will be fully insulated and operational ready for the winter.

An e-commerce website that’s feature rich, easy-to-use and doesn’t cost the earth?

To compliment our high-end bespoke e-commerce solutions we are now offering an entry/mid-level package for our clients that want to get serious about selling their products online.

We provide one of the most advanced, and accessible e-commerce shopping systems in its class. It features a powerful online Content Management System (CMS), enabling you to update your shop from anywhere. Your new e-commerce site will be built using web standards, enabling your shop to achieve better search engine rankings with pages also loading faster than with non compliant software.

This fantastic system, including all the features below, starts from only £2,500 (plus monthly hosting costs of £10 – £30). The basic system includes Paypal as the payment gateway but other systems such as Worldpay or Protx/Sagepay can be integrated at an additional cost.

Key features and benefits


• UK DDA aware
• Section 508 aware

Payment Methods

• Credit/Debit cards
• Credit/Debit cards over the phone
• EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer)
• COD (Cash on delivery)
• Cheque

Payment Gateways

• Sagepay
• VeriSign PayFlow Pro
• Authorize.Net
• PayPal
• WorldPay
• SECpay
• Barclays

Postage & Packing

• Postage by weight
• All orders have free postage
• One rate for all orders
• Postage based on percentage of total sale
• Postage charged on a per item basis
• Set special codes to use on products
• Postage charge based on range of total order
• Setup special rates which users can select before checkout
• Create tracking numbers
• Notify customers of shipping

Shopping Promotions

• Membership points
• Discount codes
• Gift certificates
• Gift wrapping
• Site promotions
• Sale items
• Volume discounts

Product Pages

• Downloadable products
• Automated image re-sizing & compression
• Standard options
• Custom options
• Manufacturer association
• Attach (cross sell) products & articles
• Powerful search engine
• Postage & packing estimates
• Customer reviews
• Product Enquiry Form
• Wish List
• Stock control
• Backorder splitting
• Complete/Incomplete orders
• Number of products per page
• Create product packages
• Create product lists

Whether you are launching a new business, are an off-line company looking to sell online or an existing e-commerce company requiring an update – we can help. Contact us now for more information and a chat about how we can help your business get serious about selling online.

Crisis Action

Every now and again we do something that gives us an extra warm glow! This month we stepped out of our box and had a hand in helping others around the globe in less fortunate situations. By creating the website for Justice4Darfur we gave Crisis Action an online platform to raise awareness and create a central hub for other organisations to be a part of their campaign that, in turn, will hopefully allow more pressure to be put on the Sudanese authorities.

Crisis Action is an international, non-profit organisation which aims to help avert conflicts, prevent human rights abuses and ensure governments fulfil their obligations to protect civilians.

We’ve also done some old fashioned print work for Crisis Action.


Simplisys needed a small CMS powered website that was easy to update and keep fresh while providing a solid foundation to build on. Content was key to the site as each product and service had many pages of vital information. Our own in-house CMS system was used to keep costs down and give Simplisys the flexibility they have been used to with their other internal CRM systems.

Specialising in Service Delivery, Simplisys offers fully featured, easy to use, helpdesk, service desk and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions.

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k:c design will be working closely with BAFTS to improve their websites for suppliers of fair trade products in the UK. BAFTS will be re-branded and the website improved over the next few months.

The British Association for Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS) is a network of independent fair trade shops across the UK. We promote fair trade retailing in the UK, seek to raise the profile of fair trade on the High Street and provide a point of contact and communication for the exchange of ideas amongst our members.

It’s going to be Eazzee!

We’ll be working very closely with the guys at Eazzee helping them create an online business. We’ll be more than just a design company, we’ll be involved in every aspect of their online business and we have some great ideas for the future. We’ve recently got the second stage of the main site up and running and we’re continuing to make improvement’s and add functionality. Next on the list is a major addition to aid Eazzee customers in creating and owning their own Eazzee style shop!

Eazzee was established to provide the most comprehensive range of corporate clothing, workwear and personal protective equipment available. We are passionate about providing unrivalled quality of customer service and our experience guarantees your peace of mind.

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Solar powered website

With the launch of the new site and brand we’ve taken a big step – to try and be a greener, eco-friendly web design business. First on our list was hosting and we’ve come up trumps with AISO. This website is now hosted on a server completely powered by natural energy. Of course, just having a eco-friendly website doesn’t make us a green business, but its a good start and in conjunction with other practices we’re putting in place should all help to take us down the road to having a true environmentally conscious workplace.

We are the only hosting company going beyond just clean energy. We have gone beyond just making sure our electricity is environmentally friendly…

From the AISO website…

AISO.Net is a reliable and responsible green web hosting company. We have made a strong commitment to help fight pollution and preserving our natural resources. Solar panels run our data center and office, not energy credits. Solar tubes bring in natural light from the outside providing light during the day. AMD Opteron powered servers use sixty percent less energy and generate fifty percent less heat. These are just some of the ways AISO.Net is becoming the world’s most responsible green web hosting company.

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David Hicks

David travels all over the world (His passion for travelling is well known, as a recent comment pointed out…”For ***** sake! What about some of your own garden!”) to feed his love of photography and his images are outstanding. The website compliments his imagery by giving the photographs space to breath and create a gallery feel with plenty of white space.

Macromedia Contribute was used as the content management system allowing David to update the site after every trip. We had a few teething problems with David getting to know the application but now he’s an expert, probably due to the amount of trips he goes on!

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Vanshack are one of the leading vintage VW specialists in the country. They wanted a site that would develop their strong brand and allow them to update content and images.

The Vanshack brand is used across a wide range of ventures including the VWV Racing Team so the website needed to develop the brand in a new direction to keep things fresh and exciting. The website is used as a communication tool and needed to be easily updated by the guys at the shack to keep customers up-to-date on news and new projects.

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The K4i portal was evaluated and we consulted with The University of Manchester team on best practices and possible ways forward. Documentation was created which incorporated amendments recommended by the Knowledge Bank development team, and feedback from learners on the usability of the system as well as accessibility and user interface recommendations from us.

The main bulk of the project was focused on converting the site design to CSS, enhancing the user interface to make it more user friendly, adding accessibility features, making sure all compatibility issues were consistent across all major browsers and that the site degraded gracefully in older browsers.

We also did some major work on the way content was presented to the user and also a whole range of illustrations and Flash animated diagrams to enhance the visual content of the modules.

We recently developed a new e-learning system for the UK textile industry called the Knowledge Bank. This system required top-quality interface design work, complex interactive medical animations, technical illustrations and a full multimedia showcase website. The wide range of design expertise that k:c design has to offer enabled us to get the material we needed from a single source, with every piece of work carried out to an exceptionally high standard. They have been extremely easy to work with, creating innovative designs that fitted the specifications perfectly. The medical animations are now being used to showcase the project at conferences, and there is no doubt that k:c design’s work has made a significant contribution towards the success of this project. We will certainly be using their expertise again in the future.

– Nicola Holt, Technical Editor, William Lee Innovation Centre