Independent Network, the Veka group members’ organisation, has unveiled an online tool enabling members to create their own websites from templated options, free of charge and requiring only minimal technical knowledge.

Founder member Goliath Homeworld is the first member to go live with a new website, working with Veka’s digital marketing team and the Independent Network team, to create a site that allows their customers to view their range of products, book appointments, offer online finance options and use Independent Network’s online visualiser.

The organisation says that, with 81% of people performing online research before making a large purchase such as new windows and 61% of mobile searchers more likely to contact a local business if their site is mobile friendlyit identified an area where member businesses were struggling to effectively develop their online opportunities.

Head of partner programmes Karen Lund said: “The new system, has three template options to choose from – and through our consultation process with members we have been able to produce a back-end system that easily integrates with our members’ needs and crucially all the websites are fully responsive.

“The new system also means existing website content can be transferred across and they have been designed with the purpose to turn each visitor into a lead.”

Goliath internal sales manager Georgina Hancox added: “Last year showed us how important it is to have the right website, a website that is easy to navigate and meets the needs of our customers. Working with Independent Network and VEKA has enabled us to easily deliver an online offering that reflects our brand that has been built over the last 30 years on trust, efficiency and commitment. Our new website now represents our brand and values  perfectly.”

Now joining Goliath with new websites include Eddisbury Construction, Cambs Windows & Home Improvements, Qualplas Ltd and Waterside Windows Ltd.