A unique approach to traditional British folk music
"We needed a website to launch our new band, we had a limited budget and high expectations. From our first meeting I felt that Sarah was fully engaged in the project, she listened to our needs and interpreted them in a truly empathetic way. The process was a delight, with regular updates regarding her progress and a genuinely motivational tone to her communication. We could not be happier with the results. Thank you Sarah."
Audio memoirs and business podcasts
"I love working with Sarah. She is everything you could wish for in a web designer: organised, hardworking, incredibly personable and very good. She understood the brief and was able to adapt as we went along. She has an eye for detail but also adds creative flair. Creating our new website has been an incredibly happy and stress free experience."
Bespoke garden design
"Sarah came to us via a personal recommendation with the brief of upgrading our website. She swiftly understood what we needed and her intuitive grasp of our brand made the process straightforward and un-stressful. Thanks to her clear thinking, strategy and workable timelines we quickly felt confident of being in good hands. Sarah’s ideas were constructive and her communication at all times was exceptional. We are grateful for the training plan afterwards on how to update the site ourselves. Despite a complex brief, she has transformed the website in a short space of time and left the company in a much stronger position. Bottom line she is a pleasure to work with and we hope to continue the relationship as it is clear that it would be difficult to find someone better than her."
Patrick on Parkinson's
A blog about having Parkinson's
"I have Parkinson’s and I wanted to share my experiences to help others in a light-hearted way. I also like writing.
Sarah designed and built this beautiful site and blog for me. I love it and it’s going well. She taught me how to edit it myself and I'm getting the hang of it. She designed and built my photography website too, which is also fab.
Give her your next project - she is brilliant and lovely."
Fleur Melville Therapies
Alternative therapies in Bristol
"I absolutely love my website. Sarah made the task of building it easy and stress free. She was efficient, practical, creative, patient and grounded throughout the whole process. Always one step ahead in her planning and communication, she enabled me just to produce the content and sit back and watch the process unfold.
Sarah is extremely approachable; any questions I had, however basic, were met with enthusiasm and clear answers.
We had a collaborative experience, my input was always taken into consideration and I felt very much part of the creative process. I can’t thank her enough. Anyone who gets to work with her is lucky to have found her!"
"I'm more than happy to say a few words about Sarah and her work. We have managed to create a website that is state of the art for my particular industry. In a few short months I have provided Sarah with my content and experiences which she has more than matched with her know-how and can-do attitude. I endorse Sarah McDougall without reservation: you can recommend her to your friends."
Patrick Mills Photography
"From a rough layout on a scrap of paper Sarah worked her magic. I was looking for a simple site to show off my photography which I could then content manage. Sarah quickly brought my vague ideas to life: the process was easy, we discussed various design options and the site was live within two weeks.
Sarah proffered useful advice throughout, translated technical mumbo jumbo into English and sorted the complicated domain transfer, hosting and email issues with no fuss. I love the site, my work is displayed beautifully in an easy to navigate fashion. Sarah is great to work with, she gets the job done - brilliantly. Thank you."
The Mindfulness Walking Academy
Mindfulness with optimal walking technique
“Setting up a new business is daunting. Setting up a new business on your own seemed like a step too far. But then a friend recommended working with Sarah to develop my new website. I loved her from the very first (zoom) meeting. She is everything that all her testimonials say and more. She is super efficient, creative, encouraging, empathetic, generous with her time, solves problems constantly and with it all, she is just plain lovely. The whole process has been a joy and has enabled me to hone my offering, have total belief in what I am doing and the end product is a website that I love and truly reflects the ethos of my new business.
I really cannot recommend Sarah more highly. I will miss our meetings and her calm guidance, but her input to my new business has been invaluable. Thank you so much Sarah, you’re amazing.”
Women of Achievement Lunch
Supporting small Scottish charities to make a big difference
"I can’t recommend Sarah more highly. I have very few technical skills or artistic vision but she took our vague brief and built the most beautiful website.
Sarah’s level of service is amazing, she was so generous with her time and really cared about our project, always going the extra mile to make it perfect.
The whole process was such fun and I will miss our regular chats. Sarah - thank you so much!" Marina Novis, Chairman 2021
The Good Coaching Company
High performance business training and coaching
"Sarah was highly recommended by a friend so I knew I was in safe hands from the start. I wanted a website that I could be proud of and that was a true reflection of my work and brand, not an easy brief as I had had many failed attempts over the years.
Sarah worked her magic to create a beautiful website that is beyond what I ever thought possible. Not only do I love the end result but she also took the pain out of the whole process and held my hand at every step; advising, encouraging, collaborating, and coaxing me all the way to the finishing line. I cannot recommend her highly enough – an absolute joy to work with!"
David Benson Hon. RWS, FRSA
"We wanted a website for my exhibition in Edinburgh which would be easily understandable and navigable by octogenarians like me and numerous contemporaries with an equal terror of the digital world. This feature became more essential when Covid put paid to the gallery showing and we therefore became totally dependant on the website. The online show has proved a great success with numerous comments about the excellence of the website and ease of use. All credit goes to Sarah who has been a delight to work with."
Katinka Blackford Newman
"Sarah has an extraordinary talent in showcasing her clients' work so that their websites really stand out. She cares deeply about what she does, has great attention to detail, is super organised and is a delight to work with. I cannot recommend her highly enough."
Deborah Jackson Brown
"Having decided to start my own styling consultancy I contacted Sarah to build the website for my business. My deadline was extremely tight, just three weeks to create, edit, and launch.
I am very un-confident with technology but Sarah’s patience and kindness reassured me at all times. Her calm knowledgeable manner seamlessly steered me through each stage. She liaised closely with me and the photographer and speedily understood the style and look of what we both wanted and I'm absolutely delighted with the results.
I would highly recommend Sarah, for professionalism and also the brilliant enthusiasm she brings to her job. It was a pleasure working with her and the results were amazing, Thank you Sarah!"
"Sarah McD built my website and she did an excellent job. I bloody love my website. Sarah didn't just build my website, she imparted a wealth of sound business advice along the way. I'd definitely recommend Essmacdee, she's easy company, knowledgeable and a fantastic listener. Many thanks Sarah, for a quality job at an affordable price."
TV Producer and Director
"Even though I'm a media professional it's very difficult to create a website designed to big yourself up. Sarah took all of the fraught and awkward issues away from me. It was simple and straightforward, but really effective. Most importantly, when you're putting your career in someone else's hands, Sarah is 100% trustworthy, and even for a control freak like me, it was a joy. I can't recommend more highly collaborating with someone who has real integrity."
A musical theatre company
"We needed an online presentation of our theatrical proposals with a private area that's password protected for investors only. The site looks great and has saved us a lot of time, having all the necessary material in one place for our collaborators to view easily from anywhere."
Really Good Films
Short form documentary film-makers
"Having worked with Sarah for years we knew her as an incredibly efficient problem solver and when we asked to her to build our site for us, her creativity and insight into our business was a great asset. We’re a new business and she was encouraging, enthusiastic and flexible which was great.
We’d both very much recommend working with Sarah, she has answers to questions you didn’t know you had, offers you great choices without overwhelming you, and delivered in a timely and creative way."
"I’d needed a website for my artwork for some time, which became urgent as an exhibition loomed, and Sarah was recommended to me by a friend. She was unbelievably quick, efficient and accommodating and very enjoyable to work with. I’m delighted with my website and working together we got it up and running in good time."
"I'm a photographer and Sarah designed my website. I immediately felt comfortable with her, she helped me organise my mountains of photographs, she was really patient, empathetic to my creativity, encouraging and great fun. The whole experience was far less tedious than I expected. Sarah also taught me how to update it so I can add new work whenever I like. It was so worthwhile making a new website as I have doubled my client base. I highly recommend Essmacdee!"
Kensington Gardeners' Club
A local community group
"Sarah made it a breeze to get a good website! I'd had a mental block about starting on the project but Sarah led me through it, gathering the information she needed and doing the serious donkey work. KGC members all delighted with the result. Once we get used to the standard version of the site we may, with Sarah's help, go in for all singing and dancing enhancements. THANK YOU Sarah."