Supporting purpose-led or eco/sustainable small businesses, and charities, by offering pay-as-you-go or ‘done for you’ ethical website design, development and SEO

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Do you want to build a new, more impactful website?

Accessible and Sustainable Website Design To Suit Your Business and Your Budget

An organisations’ website must be their wisest investment; it’s a business asset, and a professional modern website will help you stand out in a competitive market. We build our websites so they are effortless to edit, and develop in the future but also as sustainable and inclusive as possible.

We believe websites should grow as your business does without having to start from scratch, and we build with ethical values so we won’t oversell services you don’t need, whilst considering accessibility and sustainability to help you spend responsibly.

We have a range of ‘pay by the hour’ services as well as ‘done for you’ packages to suit a range of budgets.

Do you want help with an existing website?

Increase your sustainability, add accessibility, upgrade your site, improve the style, increase traffic and conversions, or simply get some help…

We can help you improve, tweak and develop your website to increase traffic and attract more sales. Or, to improve the functionality and make your life easier, and help make your website more ethical and accessible.
Does your site need to be more user friendly, cleaner, simplified, or look more professional? Or do you have a big (or small) problem which needs fixing? We can take a look at it for you and provide a quote to help get it sorted, plus we will never try to hard sell something you don’t need. We’ll never sell you something you don’t need and we’ll be offer a range of solutions to suit your budget.
We also offer monthly website care and maintenance subscription packages to make looking after your website more stress-free – we’ll do it all for you if you want us to!

Do you want help to be found on Google?

Expert Keyword Optimisation and other Search Engine Help

If you already have a website but you don’t get many enquires, or you get traffic but you don’t get conversions, we may be able to help by taking a look at what could be the root issue and creating a strategy plan.

If your business website needs some help (aka optimisation) to be ranked higher on Google and other search engines, then we can help!
It may be technical aspects like displaying on mobiles and tablets properly, ensuring your site doesn’t have broken links or making your website faster and safer. Or it could be more content based help with keyword planning, design or marketing ideas.

Perhaps, you need help with aspects like increasing visibility locally, reaching out for backlinks, keyword research or competitor analysis. We can provide both training and mentoring, one-off overhauls, or on-going monthly packages; but without blinding you with science or charging you the earth.

Do you want training for your business or charity?

Bespoke website, and SEO training, and small business mentoring

Our qualified trainers can provide either one to one or group, bespoke training in a variety of digital subjects like WordPress or other website platforms, CRMs, Google Analytics (including GA4), digital tools, or the ins and outs of improving your SEO and accessibility.
Training usually takes place online or at a location to suit you – and we hold a variety of group sessions throughout the year, in and around Manchester.

One to one training sessions can be booked by the hour or in blocks of courses and we will tailor each session to your needs. We also offer on-going mentoring, for those who want help whilst they learn over time.

We are super nice, straight-talking, no-nonsense, professional, creative, experienced, flexible, oh! and….we’re a purpose-led small business striving for sustainability and inclusivity, too!

Suzi Brown, Founder of The Smart Bear Digital
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Impact-driven, Sustainable and Inclusive website design, without any hidden charges

Why choose The Smart Bear Digital?

The Smart Bear is a business website design and development company based in Urmston, within the borough of Trafford, Manchester. We’re a small team so you’ll always know your point of contact and we pride ourselves on being honest and trustworthy. We understand how scary it can be in a ‘techy’ world where the experts try to blind their clients with science; so, we cut the fluff – avoiding using jargon and endeavour to explain everything in plain English.

Our mission is simple, we want to help facilitate small businesses, B Corps, charities, and not-for-profits to be more ethical and sustainable, whilst looking better and working better online – and our ethos is to never oversell, confuse people with redundant technical jargon, or over-complicate the process.

We know how to design impactful websites using platforms like WordPress, and Shopify, and we’re here to help create good looking sustainable and accessible websites of a professional standard; but at an affordable price by removing anything unnecessary, or anything not required by the client. We feel there is a huge gap between the prices of big-client-big-budget web agencies, and the little guy who wants to be more responsible but who are on a tight budget and working hard to make their organisation work. And, as we work independently (we’re a small business too!), our overheads are kept low and we can pass these savings on.

We keep our website designs clean, simple and functional whilst also retaining a modern feel, making them easy for the client to edit and develop themselves instead of being tied to using our services if they don’t want to.

We specialise in helping like-minded entrepreneurs achieve their goals. Combining our decade plus of website experience with newer developments such as search engine optimisation/marketing – and mobile first responsive websites – so our clients obtain a business website which helps to grow their business or organisation.

Our values are the heart of everything we do so if this sounds like a company you want to help to build your new website or modify/rebrand an existing website, then book in for a free consultation to find out how we can help.


Our subjects cover accessibility, website design, WordPress, blogging, content creation, digital sustainability, building your first website, maintaining websites, websites on a budget and much more!


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Suzi was fantastic from start to finish and understood exactly what my requirements were and even came under budget! For a small business it can feel quite daunting investing in parts of our business we’re unfamiliar with so trust is paramount. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Suzi at the smart bear!
I recently had my website updated and re-freshed. It was a huge job, which was well overdue and one I had been putting off for ages. Suzi completely simplified the process and took 100% of the hassle, worry and stress away from something I had been dreading !!!She is thoughtful, knowledgeable and really listens. She never over complicates and holds your hand so you don't feel daft asking the questions which you struggle with but you know she has nailed.Thanks Suzi, for a fab website, a stress free process and a working relationship I am happy to have found xxx

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