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UK first for Tees Valley internet company

Date 30 May 2007

One of the North East’s leading internet companies has become the first in the UK to be accepted into the Guild of Professional and Commercial Web Designers. Darlington-based Geo-net Solutions is now a full member of the new body which has been set up to establish UK-wide industry standards for businesses providing internet services and to offer customers protection and quality assurance.

The Guild works as an industry symbol similar to the Corgi seal used in the gas industry and, apart from global standards that many people are unaware of, is the first of its kind in the UK. Working closely with Regional Development Agencies and the University of Teesside’s School of Computing, the Guild has developed a seal which brings benefits to both its members and their customers. Internet firms must implement the standards in such a way that business users understand the benefits of using a registered member, knowing that each one carries the correct insurance and can actually deliver what is required to a recognised standard.

Peter Bulloch, Managing director of Geo-net Solutions, said: “A standard such as this that ordinary business people can clearly understand is long overdue. A website is now far too important a business decision to be left to chance and any sensible buyer would seek the assurance of an independent third-party such as the Guild.”

Stuart Davies, speaking for the Guild, said, “We are delighted to welcome Geo-net as our first registered member. They are a forward thinking company who work closely with clients ensuring quality and standards are maintained at all times.”

Businesses wishing to learn more about the standards set-down by the Guild and web designers wishing to apply for membership can do so through their website at

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