Heartbleed bug update

Heartbleed bug update

10th April 2014

Advice for Refractiv customers using MySiteAdmin, WordPress and Google Apps concerned by the Heartbleed bug.
Refractiv tailor makes a move into cloud computing for Marble Fashion

Refractiv tailor makes a move into cloud computing for Marble Fashion

28th February 2014

Women's fashion brand Marble has chosen Leeds-based Google expert Refractiv to take it into the world of cloud based computing. Combining this cutting edge technology with Marble's on trend fashion expertise enables Marble to stay in front of the market.
Refractiv is 'growing' in the right direction

Refractiv is 'growing' in the right direction

22nd January 2014

Leeds based Cloud technology provider and Google Apps™ Premier Reseller Refractiv has expanded into a new office at the Round Foundry Media Centre to cope with rising client demand.
Double boost for Refractiv's expansion

Double boost for Refractiv's expansion

12th December 2013

Leeds based Cloud technology provider and Google Apps™ Premier Reseller Refractiv, has appointed a Finance Director and a Marketing Executive as part of its exciting growth plans.
We love Zendesk!

We love Zendesk!

15th November 2013

The Refractiv helpdesk is underpinned by Zendesk, a beautifully simple piece of cloud based customer service software.
Refractiv expands UK sales team

Refractiv expands UK sales team

14th November 2013

As part of a major growth initiative in the UK, experienced business development specialist Steve Riddlestone has joined Refractiv.
Moon website is a triumph of style and substance

Moon website is a triumph of style and substance

12th November 2013

Leeds based Abraham Moon, a British designer and manufacturer of fine quality British 100% wool fabrics used by luxury furnishing and clothing brands worldwide, approached Refractiv to create a contemporary and exceptionally stylish website.
Refractiv writes the Script for tomorrow's educators

Refractiv writes the Script for tomorrow's educators

7th May 2013

Refractiv, one of Yorkshire's leading IT services providers, hosted a training session on the potential of Google Apps Script at the two day Google in Education North of England summit last weekend.
Plugging the gApps

Plugging the gApps

29th April 2013

Refractiv celebrates a year of its innovative Google Apps tips website at Buy Yorkshire 2013
AccentHansen open their doors to Google

AccentHansen open their doors to Google

19th April 2013

AccentHansen, part of the HansenGroup, have over 40 years experience of designing, manufacturing and installing steel and glass doors in the UK and beyond. With the help of Refractiv, a leading UK Google Apps Reseller, the Manchester based steel and glass door specialists, have switched to Google Apps almost overnight, reducing costs and supporting a number of their 'lean business' initiatives.
Google Apps succeeds in clinical trials

Google Apps succeeds in clinical trials

19th March 2013

Formedix, a leading provider of clinical trial automation software and consultancy services, has recently made a successful move to Google Apps for Business.
Recruitment group Randstad Chooses Google Apps

Recruitment group Randstad Chooses Google Apps

17th January 2013 - by Google Enterprise Blog

Our look at Worldwide Gone Google Stories from the Google Enterprise Blog. Randstad, the Netherlands-based global provider of HR services and the second largest staffing organization in the world explains how Google Apps means their 29,000 employees can do things that weren't possible before.
Ford Dealership drives into the Cloud

Ford Dealership drives into the Cloud

17th December 2012

Refractiv recently helped Ford Main Dealer, Paynes of Hinckley, transform their e-mail and internal communication by implementing Google Apps for Business.
More than just beer in Prague!

More than just beer in Prague!

29th November 2012

The Czech Republic is famous for its beer production and consumption but in October it hosted an altogether more mind expanding event.
Google introduces larger Hangouts

Google introduces larger Hangouts

16th November 2012

A Google Hangout is a great way to collaborate with colleagues face to face, and now you can invite even more people into one.
Virtual Language Keyboards in Gmail

Virtual Language Keyboards in Gmail

11th October 2012

Google have launched a new languages feature in Gmail. Users can now type in up to 75 languages on a series of virtual keyboards.
Google bar updated

Google bar updated

15th June 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

The new Google bar has started rolling out to all Google Apps users, introducing a cleaner look and more screen space.
Gmail is now available in Welsh

Gmail is now available in Welsh

7th June 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Google have announced that Gmail is now available in Welsh and Latin American Spanish, bringing the total number of supported languages to 56.
The Roche Group goes Google

The Roche Group goes Google

30th May 2012 - by Google Enterprise Blog

Our look at Worldwide Gone Google Stories from the Google Enterprise Blog. The Roche Group, a leader in research-focused healthcare with combined strengths in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, is using Google Apps to combat platform interoperability issues.
New Research Pane in Google Docs

New Research Pane in Google Docs

16th May 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Google Docs has received a nice improvement, a fact finding pane that allows users to conduct research using a Google Search inside a Google Document.
Every silver lining has a cloud

Every silver lining has a cloud

14th May 2012 - by Ian Weatherhogg, Chief Technical Officer

I was chatting to a key client today who hasn't yet embraced Google Docs. He said "We're power users of Word and Excel, so it's really not going to happen."
See what it's like to go Google, in 1 minute

See what it's like to go Google, in 1 minute

10th May 2012

The latest Google blog includes a short video perfectly summarising why so many companies and individuals are choosing Google Apps to improve their business and personal lives.
D-Link connects employees with Google Apps

D-Link connects employees with Google Apps

8th May 2012 - by Google Enterprise Blog

Our look at Worldwide Gone Google Stories from the Google Enterprise Blog. D-Link, a global leader in providing network connectivity solutions to small and medium businesses, is using Google Apps to connect it's workforce in over 90 offices worldwide.
Johnston Press aims high with Google Apps

Johnston Press aims high with Google Apps

4th May 2012 - by Google Enterprise Blog

Our look at Worldwide Gone Google Stories from the Google Enterprise Blog. Johnston Press, a leading local newspaper publisher in the UK, has just announced a bold plan to transform its sales operations - with a little help from Google Apps for Business
Google Drive: the newest member of Google Apps

Google Drive: the newest member of Google Apps

24th April 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

The rumour mill has been rife recently about Google Drive, a cloud storage solution built right into Google Apps. We've not been allowed to talk about it, but now the covers are off and Drive is Live.
March is packed with events

March is packed with events

13th March 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

The Refractiv team are preparing for a busy March full of presentations, seminars and exhibitions. Check out our Events section for more details.
Evocutis website gets new skin

Evocutis website gets new skin

1st March 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Evocutis plc, an AIM-listed leading dermatology company based in Wetherby, West Yorkshire approached Refractiv to create a modern website to reflect the company's new branding and improve communications with customers and licencees.
A note about Google's new privacy policy

A note about Google's new privacy policy

1st March 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

As you may have heard, today sees the launch of a new, simplified Google privacy policy. This policy does not affect Google Apps for Business users, and nothing has really changed, but it's worth exploring further.
Google Apps Tips

Google Apps Tips

25th February 2012 - by Ian Weatherhogg, Chief Technical Officer

We were sharing Gmail tips with each other recently and lamented the fact that we didn't all know all the nifty tricks and hints. It left us thinking - wouldn't it be brilliant if there was a site full of tips across all areas of Google Apps, that we could share and discuss with each other and with the wider Google Apps community?
Connect Yorkshire migrate to Google Apps

Connect Yorkshire migrate to Google Apps

17th February 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Connect Yorkshire, a not-for-profit company that helps businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber with debt/equity funding, has switched from Microsoft Office 365 to Google Apps for Business.
Google Docs Styles Improved

Google Docs Styles Improved

10th February 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

The new Styles feature in Google Docs lets you customise the look of headings and text in your document directly from your toolbar.
We're exhibiting at Venturefest Yorkshire 2012

We're exhibiting at Venturefest Yorkshire 2012

27th January 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

On Wednesday February 8th Refractiv is exhibiting as part of the Innovation Showcase at Venturefest Yorkshire. We'll be showcasing our cloud solutions, including Google Apps and advanced websites, to entrepreneurs and other visitors.
Liquid Accounts switch to Google Apps

Liquid Accounts switch to Google Apps

23rd January 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Liquid Accounts, market leaders and specialists in Online Accounting Software, has made the transition from Microsoft Outlook 2007 and an internal Exchange server to Google Apps for Business.
Launching the bigger picture

Launching the bigger picture

12th January 2012 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Snap Galleries has recently launched a new publishing arm, Ormond Yard Press. Refractiv has created a new page on the Snap website using some interesting techniques to showcase the first of a planned range of ultra large format hardcover photo books.
Google sets out plans for 2012

Google sets out plans for 2012

22nd December 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Amit Singh, Vice President, Google Enterprise has blogged today about the roadmap for Google Apps moving into 2012. Focusing on three key areas: cloud, mobile and social, Amit shares his thoughts on plans for next year.
Google Apps Seminar showcases collaboration

Google Apps Seminar showcases collaboration

29th November 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Last week Refractiv hosted an Executive Briefing on Google Apps for Business. The turnout was excellent and we'd like to thank all who came.
A new look for Google Docs

A new look for Google Docs

25th November 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Google have rolled out the new design for Google Docs, to match other improvements we have reported recently.
Comment on our new design

Comment on our new design

9th November 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

It's often the case for web design companies that your own website seems to be a poor relation to ones you develop for clients. That's why we're happy to be able to brag about our new website update. Let us know what you think!
Transforming business with cloud computing

Transforming business with cloud computing

26th October 2011 - by Ian Weatherhogg, Chief Technical Officer

This article was published in September as part of the techmesh techbytes monthly column on the Business Desk website.
Google Apps gets offline capability

Google Apps gets offline capability

17th October 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

We've waited a while for it, but Google has finally launched an offline version of Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs. We're already putting it to good use.
Exciting new website for Delta Fire in Australia

Exciting new website for Delta Fire in Australia

5th October 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Refractiv is pleased to announce the launch of another website in co-ordination with FireBrand Communications. The new website is for Delta Fire (Australiasia) Pty Ltd, specialists in high-hazard fire protection.
We're exhibiting at the techmesh EXPO 2011

We're exhibiting at the techmesh EXPO 2011

29th September 2011

The exhibition, which is being held at the Royal Armouries on the 13th October, is organised by techmesh, the region's only dedicated IT & Telecoms member network. Come and visit us on Stand 28.
Google Docs gets Page Numbers and Count

Google Docs gets Page Numbers and Count

22nd September 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Google Docs users have long been able to add page numbers when printing documents or saving as a pdf. However, the ability to add a page number and count directly into a document - so that they could be seen on screen - was missing, until now.
Chamber Google Apps Briefing well received

Chamber Google Apps Briefing well received

16th September 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Refractiv hosted an Executive Briefing on Google Apps and cloud computing for the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce this week.
Top ten reasons to trust Google Apps with your data

Top ten reasons to trust Google Apps with your data

31st August 2011 - by Ian Weatherhog, Chief Technical Officer

One of the main reasons behind a company move to the cloud is security and reliability. It also happens to be the main objection. So Google have put together ten reasons to trust them with your data.
Google improves Apps interface

Google improves Apps interface

25th August 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Recently we've seen some really professional improvements to the look and feel of Google Apps. Further evidence that cloud-based systems are constantly evolving, without the need for expensive upgrades.
Google Voice lands in the UK

Google Voice lands in the UK

4th August 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Since hearing about its impact in the USA, we've been waiting with bated breath for Google Voice here at Refractiv. The latest Google blog has just announced its imminent arrival.
ITV joins media companies that have 'Gone Google'

ITV joins media companies that have 'Gone Google'

1st August 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

The latest Google Enterprise blog announces the decision of ITV to switch from Microsoft to Google. It's worth recounting the press release as it perfectly summarises how Google Apps can transform the way a business works.
Embed Google Documents in Web Pages

Embed Google Documents in Web Pages

12th July 2011 - by Ian Weatherhog, Chief Technical Officer

Using Refractiv's powerful content management system, MySiteAdmin, your website's content can now be dynamically powered from Google Documents and Spreadsheets.
Two New Websites for Cotswolds AONB

Two New Websites for Cotswolds AONB

7th July 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

The Cotswolds Conservation Board has unveiled two brand new websites for rural skills courses and activities across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Google Apps vs Office 365 - Google Response

Google Apps vs Office 365 - Google Response

27th June 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Microsoft has now launched Office 365. In their latest blog Google have shared their perspective, and it's well worth summarising.
The new EU Cookie Law - update

The new EU Cookie Law - update

26th May 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Further to last month's look at the new EU e-Privacy law, yesterday the Information Commissioner's Office announced that website owners would have a year to comply.
Five ways to build links to your website

Five ways to build links to your website

5th May 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Link building is crucial to SEO, it's how Google and other search engines gauge who likes and respects your website. Take a look at our top five ways to build these important links.
New Financial-i Website Goes Live

New Financial-i Website Goes Live

10th March 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Financial-i, the voice of the global transaction banking business, has launched an updated version of its popular website - www.financial-i.com.
Give your newsletter the rock n roll touch

Give your newsletter the rock n roll touch

9th March 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

We'd love to have the time to read all of our web customers' newswires, but sadly we only get the chance when we're helping to debug or fine tune their templates. However there's one newswire we all subscribe to - Snap's.
5 of the best webmaster add-ons for Firefox and Chrome

5 of the best webmaster add-ons for Firefox and Chrome

18th February 2011 - by Luke Barratt, Web Developer

There are a multitude of add-ons for Firefox and Chrome. So many in fact that it's easy to waste hours trying some of them out. To save you time, these are 5 of the best for webmasters - in my opinion.
To catch-all or not to catch-all, that is the question

To catch-all or not to catch-all, that is the question

11th February 2011 - by Ian Weatherhog, Chief Technical Officer

A "catch all" email address is a mailbox that is configured to receive emails sent to addresses that do not exist in your domain eg ain@refractiv.co.uk. There is debate about the usefulness of a catch-all address, but is it right for your business?
5 ways to improve your email campaign results

5 ways to improve your email campaign results

4th February 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

A well managed email campaign or monthly newsletter can drive traffic to your website and produce vital online or offline sales. Maximise the effectiveness of your next campaign with these five tips.
Social networking for businesses

Social networking for businesses

28th January 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Is social networking just a fad or something your business should take seriously? Below I'll explain a little about the 3 platforms you probably should have a presence on, the opportunities they present and let you in on a few tips to get you started.
GMail is 46 times more available than Microsoft Exchange

GMail is 46 times more available than Microsoft Exchange

20th January 2011 - by Ian Weatherhogg, Chief Technical Officer

In 2010, Gmail was available 99.984 percent of the time, for both business and consumer users. Google's aim for 2011 is to improve that to 99.99 percent and make GMail as reliable as the dial tone on your landline.
Kick off 2011 with quality landing pages

Kick off 2011 with quality landing pages

14th January 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Online and offline advertising often invites potential customers to visit your site - with a click, a typed in URL, or a Google search. Guiding those prospects to a carefully crafted landing page that's tuned to their needs will yield significantly more returns than simply sending them to your homepage.
Here's to 2011

Here's to 2011

6th January 2011 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

It's that time of year again, a time for reflection on the past and a look into the future, yes it's wish list time! Here's what the team at Refractiv would like to see in the year ahead.
Keep staff working with cloud computing

Keep staff working with cloud computing

6th December 2010 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Last week wasn't great here in Yorkshire with levels of snow most of us had not seen before, but Refractiv maintained productivity with the help of cloud computing.
New Look for Nav-Mat Website

New Look for Nav-Mat Website

3rd December 2010 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Southmid Limited, sole UK distributors for the Bracketron range of in-car solutions for Sat-Navs and electronic devices, has launched its new-look website designed by Refractiv.
New PAT Technology Website Goes Live

New PAT Technology Website Goes Live

22nd November 2010

PAT Technology, a Canadian company offering air management systems to the printing industry, has recently launched a new website designed by Refractiv.
Visualise your Google Analytics data

Visualise your Google Analytics data

3rd November 2010 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

In-Page Analytics is a visual tool that can really help you understand visitor activity
techmesh EXPO a Success

techmesh EXPO a Success

5th October 2010 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

The techmesh EXPO at the Royal Armouries in Leeds was a great experience for us, thanks to all those who visited our stand.
Purex goes google

Purex goes google

3rd September 2010 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

Fume extraction specialist Purex International switched to Google Apps with Refractiv.
Refractiv attends techmesh Sheffield

Refractiv attends techmesh Sheffield

8th July 2010 - by Mark Williams, Senior Consultant

The latest techmesh collaboration and networking event took place on the 30th June in Sheffield, and some of the Refractiv team went along.
Refractiv Joins Google Apps Authorised Reseller Program

Refractiv Joins Google Apps Authorised Reseller Program

29th June 2010

As an authorised reseller of the Google Apps™ suite of communication and collaboration tools, Refractiv can provide a full range of services to smooth your transition to Google Apps from legacy email and office solutions, including Microsoft Exchange and Office.
Refractiv at techmesh EXPO 2010

Refractiv at techmesh EXPO 2010

22nd June 2010 - by Refractiv Sales

Refractiv is exhibiting at techmesh IT & Telecoms EXPO 2010 in Leeds this September. Visit our stand to learn about Google Apps, see some of our best sites and have a demo of our powerful content management system.
School Uniform Specialist Expands Web Presence

School Uniform Specialist Expands Web Presence

17th June 2010

Clive Mark Schoolwear, specialist in school uniform and sportswear, has launched a new website with the aim of supplying high-quality schoolwear on the internet at the lowest price.
Digital Marketing Workshop a Hit

Digital Marketing Workshop a Hit

15th June 2010

Our SEO and internet marketing workshop is a handy guide through the unfamiliar world of search engine optimisation.
Happy MMX

Happy MMX

1st January 2010

From us all at Refractiv, a very happy New Year to all our customers and partners.