Louisa Dunbar, who grew up and lived in Henley for 20 years and started her web design business OrangeGrove here has been nominated in the 3rd annual UK Blog Awards in two categories – Digital & Technology and PR, Media, Marketing and Communications. OrangeGrove is now based in Earley and specialises in web design for restaurants and boutique hotels.
Louisa’s big break came when asked by Beth and Tom Kerridge to design the website for The Hand and Flowers and then shortly after, The Coach, which enabled her to transform from freelancer to business. From there OrangeGrove has worked on some incredible projects including helping former ‘The Apprentice’ winner Yasmina Siadatan with her website for Tipsy Bean in Caversham.
Of being shortlisted for the award, Louisa said,
“After all the hard work and research that has gone into putting the blog together, just being up for these awards and in such good company is extremely exciting. As a woman in the web design industry, I’ve always felt massively outnumbered, so to be recognised for my work, means a whole lot.”
The motivation for starting the blog was to offer valuable and actionable advice for restaurants and boutique hotels, to help them increase visitors and direct online bookings through their websites. These industries have suffered considerably from the dominance of directories such as Opentable and Booking.com, and the blog aims to help them overcome this.
The judges for the categories include web and blog industry experts, including columnist and broadcaster Olly Mann, communications director Mat Sears, silver Olympic medal winner and presenter Heather Fell, and Inbound owner Dan Holt.
From now until 10am on the 19 December fans can vote for OrangeGrove at http://blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2017/entries/grove
From there the top 8 shortlisted blogs from each category will be judged by the experts based on their design, style, content, marketing and usability, with the winners announced at an awards ceremony on the 21 April 2017.