We recently had an impulsive (and rash) idea to sell the family home here in Bradwell, Great Yarmouth. This web designer Great Yarmouth had itchy feet, again.
Our son has left home and we feel the house is no longer the same, since he went (or was sent) to university.
Our heads had been turned by the thought of living in Norwich city centre. I’d gone as far as writing the listing, getting a professional photographer and friend in (Matthew Clarke) and launching it with my other business interest, Nest in Norfolk.
Web Designer Great Yarmouth or Norwich?
I’d also started researching Norwich web design as a search engine term.
I had romanticised visions of being perched in a city centre apartment. Balcony doors ajar, whilst I knock out affordable WordPress websites for start ups, SMEs and the like.
Firstly, however, this vision was scotched by an impromptu trip to Norwich at night. The article I penned on LinkedIn caused consternation and approval in equal measure. I called it, you see, a Jekyll and Hyde city.
A fine city by day and not so fine at night, to be tactful.
You can find the article on my open LinkedIn profile here – unless, of course, I’ve blocked you.
Why we changed our minds
Unlike so many people who are now spouting “leave means leave” we decided to stay here in Great Yarmouth, because actually we like living here.
I don’t hold with the Brexit mantra that a vote was binding in 2016 – when we saw openly, for instance, what city centre life was like at night, we did a volte face.
Never mind that all four in the household voted for it; the two adults decided to revoke the move and stay in Bradwell.
Firstly, it’s actually a great place to live – near Gorleston and Great Yarmouth.
Secondly, crime and anti-social behaviour seems non-existent.
Finally, I’m established locally as a copywriter and web designer; daughter goes to high school nearby and wife works close to home too.
Great Yarmouth is under-rated
Now don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want to live in Great Yarmouth’s town centre. I don’t want to live in Norwich city centre. Its appeal faded on a midnight wander. Norwich is a great city in lots of ways, but as a place to live?
Great Yarmouth has some wonderful suburbs. Belton, Burgh Castle, Bradwell, Caister, Filby etc are all great places. We spent 8 happy years in Gorleston. That is a much under-rated town too.
We have beaches. The countryside is empty and vast. The pace of life is slow. The quality of life is excellent.
We were, of course, daft, with hindsight.
Great Yarmouth has been good to me
My friend Matthew, for example, said this. He’s right too. Great Yarmouth has been good to me, as a place to live and make a living.
Firstly, I’ve designed websites for many big companies and individuals based here. I get asked constantly to do more for local firms as a reputable and affordable web designer Great Yarmouth.
For example, I designed local websites for:
- Fairway Lakes at Caldecott Hall
- Dabbrook Engineering on Harfreys
- 3 Sun Group on the other side of the A47
- Envision CAD and Envision Engineering
- Crespire Creations on Bells Road, Gorleston
- Electro Tech on Beacon Park
- Nest in Norfolk
- Social 100
- St Nicholas Nursery in Great Yarmouth
- Old Hall Hotel in Caister
- Deja Brew Café in Gorleston
- Fishergate Apartments (in Norwich)
- Makers Café in Norwich
- JS Swimming Pools (for Danny in Gorleston)
Why would I sacrifice all this? Why would I give up this network of connections I’ve developed locally?
To go all northern, it was bloody daft.
Web Designer Great Yarmouth at your service
I am a fickle type, you know that perhaps.
I do have a varied career since going self employed. For example, as an estate agent, then writer, then web designer. But I will say this.
Norwich is a 35 minute drive away. We intend to stay in Bradwell. I plan to please more local companies with writing, estate agency and web design services from my home office.
An office kitted out with desk, chairs and cabinet from other local friends: Olly, Tom and Danny from Pink Office on Beacon Park.
If you are looking for a graduate copywriter, an affordable WordPress web designer, a social media manager, contact me today.
Because, despite this declaration of intent, next week, next month or next year, I may have another madcap moving idea.
So be forewarned!
If you need a web designer Great Yarmouth, get in touch.