Selecting your new website partner.

Helping you appoint a web development agency that understands your mission and that your staff love to work with.

Picking a new web agency is difficult. They all look good and they all look the same.

So, how do you know who to trust, who’s going to give you value for money, and who you’re going to like working with?

It starts with being clear about the purpose of your website. Why does your organisation need one, and what do you need it to do? How’s it going to serve your beneficiaries, clients, volunteers and partnerships?

These are basic but important questions. Acting as a trusted expert and impartial advisor, I help charities and social enterprises to figure out what you need and how to find the right partner.


Learn how to select your perfect web development partner

  • Comprehensive four-stage process
  • Key points to include in your brief
  • Outline project plan
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Which organisations have I helped?

Groundwork UK had recently launched a new WordPress website to serve the organisation’s Trusts and projects across England and Wales. Their relationship with the web agency had reached a crunch point and they wanted another supplier. Following my rigorous process, they appointed Wholegrain Digital in 2020.

Better Start Bradford had reached the end of the road with their website and their web agency. Trust had broken down. They knew they needed a new website and another agency but they didn’t want to end up in the same place. Working closely with me they appointed Studio Republic in 2022.

"Aspire engaged with Ned to help ensure our 'Team Oxford' project was able to engage with its audiences via digital platforms. His contribution has been exceptional"

Paul Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, Aspire

"Ned’s recent work on our website and CRM system has helped provide a strong base from which we can start to implement our new strategic plan and achieve our business growth targets."

Mike Ormerod, Head of Central Services, BDSIP Ltd.

"Developing a new website can be a daunting prospect: how much is it likely to cost, how do you find a reputable developer, what does a good brief look like, how long will it take?

Ned helped us find answers to these (and many more) questions, and accompanied us throughout the development our new site from starting the brief to launch day.

It’s a joy working with Ned: he’s very organised, flexible in his approach, and his communication style is clear, measured, and never ‘techie’ or jargonistic. I highly recommend working with him."

Grainne Slavin, Senior Communications Officer, Better Start Bradford

"Everyone needs a Ned Wells! His support has been absolutely invaluable; his knowledge and skills in digital media, communications and CRM systems have helped us shape and form solid foundations for a project that began with very little in place."

Hannah Mackie, Volunteering and EDI Manager, Aspire Oxfordshire

Photo of Michelle Thompson from Better Start Bradford"Ned has been so supportive to our small comms team in developing our new website, and with wider digital marketing activities. He has helped steer us through all the development work, adding insights and expertise that we could not do without, and asking questions we wouldn’t have thought of. It’s a real pleasure working with Ned and he has been key element to the success of our new website."

Michelle Thompson, Communications Manager, Better Start Bradford

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