Seagrass Work Portfolio
Some examples of our work
We can help supply the technological knowledge and experience you need to improve or start your business and to help make more effective use of your existing staff and systems.
Seagrass has been developing networked software and online solutions since 1999 for various business sectors including education, training, information, financial and recruitment. Here's some examples to illustrate the types of business we have dealt with:
The UK's most comprehensive Legal Directory (powered by Litework) - Specialists in the recruitment of Solicitors, Barristers, Chambers, Experts, Courts, Police, Prisons, International Law Firms, Government, Legal Suppliers & Services, this website was designed by Hallmark's own designer and built by Seagrass to their specification.
Now using Magento and re-branded with a premium theme and custom images and coding, (see here).
Still using os-commerce and re-branded by us, Elite Dance Supplies has been relaunched as Economy Dance Wear. (see here).
Created a basic ecommerce solution for a company selling childrens costumes. Uses osCommerce to take online payments and handle the orders. (see here).
Authentic indian cuisine, Mahmaan is Derbys most exclusive and exciting Indian Restaurant and we should know as we often eat there. Wordpress is becoming increasingly more popular as a website framework, again Wordpress has allowed us to make a simple but professional website, fully updatable and (via Wordpress plug-ins) boasts a Google map including driving directions, a booking enquiry form, the ability to post special offers and various search engine marketing tools to assist the marketing. This allows Mahmaan to run their business, and grow/promote their website with ease. (see here).
A company with an online store offering gourmet coffee beans, consumables and ingredients to consumers, restaurants, bars and workplaces. In addition they sell and lease commercial coffee machines around the UK. Since marketing a website is as important as building it, and since these days keeping costs down are more important than ever, the approach was once again to use Wordpress, allowing the website and online store to be fully managed by Aromatic themselves, combined as ever with guidance from us.
Frigiliana Apartment is a holiday/apartment leasing website, offering various types of apartment for holiday letting or long-term leasing, in the beautiful village of Frigilina (appox. 1 hour from Malaga, 10 mins from Nerja). This website was created using Wordpress, a "free" open-source blog system that allows websites to be fully updatable whilst ensuring they look professional (with the use of off-the-shelf themes) and "importantly" very search-engine-friendly (though the use of friendly urls, style sheets and well formed html). This is a very cost effective way to produce a professional (and successful) website without incurring large up-front costs.
Leading specialist healthcare recruitment agency offering locum and permanent jobs throughout the UK. Website was originally launched in 2002 and since updated and modernised. (see here).
Skilled-jobs.co.uk is a unique site offering a job-board (Litework driven) to Skilled Workers including Builders, Plumbers, Electricians, Site Leaders and Engineers.
Powered by Litework Recruitment Software, a London-based Consultancy offering global opportunities for lawyers of all levels.
Provides a way for German endowment policyholders to get up-to-date information including a current valuation. The site is geared towards a German market hence it is completely written in German.
Our client, European Financial Resource Ltd is based in the UK and has been investing in Second Hand / Traded Endowment Policies for over 20 years and has been a Seagrass client for over four and a half years.
Following on from the success of TACK IQ (2004), TACK International commissioned us to write a second version of this software which has now been released.
TACK IQ 2 brings a much more modern look to the software, has a simplified menu system and lots of new features including more integration with MS Outlook, more interaction, better reporting and numerous small improvements to various screens. (see here).
Created a basic ecommerce solution for a company selling ballet/dance wear. Uses osCommerce to take online payments and handle the orders. (Note: Site now re-branded as Economy Dance Wear, see above).
Added a back-office database to handle communications between clients and partners. Uses the bulksms.co.uk service to send SMS Text Messages to staff when prospects register on the website.
Also added a facility to track/produce useful marketing statistics about the website which may be emailed to the owner or stored in a database. The feature uses a technology called ajax which allows (amongst other things) facilities such as this to be added to plain html web pages. (see here).
Updatable (CMS) web site. Professional website for small training consultancy. Owner can login and create/modify news items. Site has also been optimised and marketed for search engines. (see here).
Subscription based business intelligence service focussing on the 15,000 companies that most influence the UK economy. Uses PHP and mySQL to provide a maintainable and powerful online service, offering facilities to users such as downloadable reports, online payments, subscriptions to email alerts and saving search parameters as favourites.
The system comprises a back-office control panel where finanical, contact and other important data is uploaded and news items are input by editors. And, the website itself where this information can be viewed and downloaded by members. Incorporates many time-saving features such as usage reports, spell-checkers, mass-updates/deletes and editing of prices / subscription packages. (see here).
Created in partnership with Relish Multimedia. This online shop is powered by an off-the-shelf ecommerce package called oscommerce. Using bespoke php and some off-the-shelf contributations we heavily customised oscommerce to enable photographs to be uploaded, product pictures to change dynamically to match colour choices, added a numerous minor features such as discount coupons, complex shipping charges and order status tracking.
Implemented a system to ease the process of booking, recording attendance and reporting on individuals or groups. This system was also developed using ASP.NET(c#) and a Jet(Access) database. Staff can enter C3 forms, after which letters to parents and detention dates are automatically processed.
If pupils miss a detention, further action is automatically booked into the system and letters and registration slips produced where approriate. The system signifantly reduces the amount of time that needs to be spent re-arranging detentions by automatically allocating dates according to certain definable parameters - e.g. room size, notice required for parents and priority. (see here).
A new client's website needed an updatable and searchable property database, including images, virtual tours and multimap integration. The system we implemented allows administrators and agents to upload their properties and enter details and even specify custom fields which can then be searched and viewed by visitors.
The whole system is written in PHP/mySQL and is template based and incorporates a Content Management System (CMS) so practically every part of the site is configurable by the client.
A forward thinking local secondary school that has introduced pioneering methods of teaching based on individual learning plans was struggling to cope with the amount of administration involved. Seagrass was brought in to look at how many of the processes involved could be automated and to remove duplication of effort.
A system was developed using Microsoft ASP.NET(c#) and using a Microsoft Jet database which takes information from the main school system SIMS.NET and then provides a web based interface where teachers, tutors and pupils can all login and contribute to their plan. Teachers can write their reports and make future subject level suggestions and then tutors can go through the recommendations with the pupil and build a personalised pathway.
As always, this state-of-the-art system was developed and delivered successfully, within the quoted timescales and budgets. (see here).
This is a web based system written in PHP and using mySQL for Surveyors. The system handles everything from creating quotes, using daysheets to plan site and office daily activities, online time booking including reminders and vehicle and equipment contract management and servicing.
This system was commissioned to replace a paper based system which was too time consuming and difficult to use. On logging in, every surveyor is presented with a unique homepage putting the essential information in front of them, such as the jobs they are working on, outstanding timesheets and vehicle usage.
Various websites created to market financial services and offer online quotations and calculators for life insurance, equity release and pension transfers. Site is template based and written using PHP.
One of our clients, an international training company, required a piece of software to complement one of their Sales/Management courses for Key Account Development. The software is for Key Account Managers and is sold as part of the course run by TACK International Ltd (see here). The software consists of a series of screens which prompt the Account Manager to Research critical information about their client(s). Then a number of Analysis tools are provided such as Power Grids which allow an entire account to be visualised graphically in terms of Influence and Authority - ensuring the Account Manager is talking to the right people.
Also provided are Strategy and Tactical planning tools to enable better use of the information learned. In addition, the software also provides a means of collating all the information and documentation on a Key Account in a single place. The software was written in c# to run on the Microsoft Windows platform using .NET and utilises the Microsoft Jet database engine - A future internet/intranet enterprise version is planned based on Microsoft ASP.NET technology.
Written using opensource solutions php and mysql. This website allows endowment policyholders to enter their details. The details are then checked for accuracy and used to produce a financial report, including an actual predicted maturity value (based on the latest bonus rates from Life Companies).
Developed for a card shop as a website add-on to allow customers to enter birthdays and other events. The customers would then be emailed or texted reminders in time to buy cards and presents.
This mini-project required an online database for managing the advertisements (size/colour/layout/etc) for a number of printed magazines. The user interface consists of a scaled view of the magazine page layouts which can be clicked and then edited. The database allows several editors and/or designers to work on the same magazine concurrently.
Basic, professional looking website with updatable news section (php) for a service that can help anyone buying a house in France.
Another mini-project. A client had an access database from which reports had to be regularly sent to its clients and raw data to be sent to call centres. We designed a utility that would execute a database command and then email the resulting data to a mailing list at regular intervals.
Written in Microsoft Access, this database was produced in about 18 months and is a complete system designed for a law firm to enable them to deal with Market Makers and Investors who buy and/or sell Endowment Policies. Included in the database is an easy to use Mail Merge system enabling Fee Earners to create their own letter templates. Key Features Included issuing Deeds, Powers of Attorney and Clear Title / Full Title Checks. Handling Gearing, Portfolios, Batches and Tranches of Traded Endowment Policies (TEPs). Issuing / Registering charges, deeds and direct debits with life companies. Generating reports for banks and clients and Auditing.
This is an online website builder (or content management system) using Microsoft .Net, ADO and SQL Server technologies. The project was self-funded and involved considerable work in programming graphics; file transfer and xml web services.
One of the biggest Market Makers (Buys and Sells Endowment Policies) in the UK commissioned Seagrass to write a database system. Its purpose was to completely automate the processes involved in buying and selling endowments. It involved some very complex database relationships and algorithms and financial calculations all running on a Windows 2000 Web Server. As it was a web application, the users required nothing to be installed on their computers (just Internet Explorer). The finished project was a resounding success and so user-friendly that they required virtually no training.
A critical business system running on Symantec's Q&A for DOS was desperately in need of a new platform to tackle a number of issues including millennium bug, hardware stability and performance. Time was of the essence and so a project was undertaken to write a conversion utility which would migrate the data to Microsoft Access format and the forms (including all programming) to compiled Visual Basic. This turned out to be an extremely efficient way of upgrading Q&A databases, although new applications are now appearing such Lantica that are providing a modern alternative to Q&A.