Local company, Wibble Web Design & Development has been nominated for a DANI award – Northern Ireland’s premier digital industry awards for its work on the revamp of the Ring of Gullion’s new website. The website revamp was part of The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership, a Heritage Lottery Fund programme to conserve and enhance some of the region’s most treasured landscapes. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are managing the £1.4 million programme. The scheme aims to engage people with the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and surrounding landscape.
The website is nominated in the ‘Not for profit’ category and went through a stringent shortlisting process to be chosen for the nomination. In the next stage the project will face tough competition in The Mac Belfast and the Oh Yeah Centre.
Paudie Fearon, owner of Wibble Web Design was delighted with the nomination. “For a new, local business to, firstly, win the tender for the project and then to be nominated for such a prominent award is amazing. We are up against some tough competition but are extremely pleased that the hard work put into the project has been recognised with the nomination”
Chairperson Councillor Naomi Bailie said, “The new Ring of Gullion website was launched earlier this year and it has been a resounding success. It’s absolutely great for the district to have such an asset, and to have a great website to raise awareness. This site, and the work carried out by the Ring of Gullion team ensure the area is protected and growth is sustainable.”
Visitors to the site have sky rocketed; currently the site is experiencing over 25,000 sessions a month, up from around 500! Early numbers suggest visitors to the area are up, attendance at events is up, and feedback from local business, community groups and other stakeholders is extremely positive.
Des Murphy, Chairperson of the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme said, “Wibble were a pleasure to work with. All targets set out in the terms of reference have been met and many new features of the project have proven to be a success, the site hosts interactive maps, downloadable audio trails, beautiful photo galleries.”
Darren Rice, Manager of the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme said, “We are delighted with the new website, the traffic it receives and the feedback we have received so far. However, we aren’t going to sit back just yet; we have a few new pages to develop including our online shop for a local arts collective, a new learning zone and a few surprises too.”
The black tie awards ceremony takes place on 18th September in Derry and representatives of Wibble, the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme, Newry, Mourne and Down Council and Heritage Lottery Fund will attend.