November – Lightning talks

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Join us in November for our last meetup of 2016! We have three great talks on front end and design.

We'll be at the Bean enCounter on Wednesday 17th August. As always we have free food and a drink waiting! We'll be there from 6pm with talks starting at 7pm.

The North Walls car park is likely to be closed. This is the car park we normally recommend, just off the dual carriageway where the new Morrisons is going.

There is still plenty of free parking available around Stafford. We recommend Broad Street (, next to Wilkos, which is operated by the Council and is free after 6pm. Alternatively, there is lots of street parking on Eastgate Street (,+Stafford+ST16+2LZ,+UK/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x487a717c007d3f0d:0x6885a951f24bf04a?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiDltfl-5rMAhVsDcAKHa9sAncQ8gEIIzAB) and the surrounding areas which is also free after 6pm.

Thanks to our sponsors for this event – iWeb ( and TopCashback (


18:00 - 19:00 - Food, drink and general chit-chat
18:50 - 19:05 - Intro
19:05 - 19:20 - James Kinsella - Auditing Your Site: 7 On-page SEO Essentials To Look For
19:20 - 20:00 - Martyn Hoyer - Breaking down the wall with agile design
20:00 - 20:30 - Break
20:30 - 21:00 - Trevor Adams - Open discussion


Breaking down the wall with agile design
Martyn Hoyer ( - Ticketmaster

We've discussed in the past "the wall" between designers and developers. It seems we're all agreed that we need to communicate and collaborate but that can often be unfeasible.

This talk aims to adjust the mindsets of both parties and help to pre-empt and mitigate some of the common issues that arise.

Auditing Your Site: 7 On-page SEO Essentials To Look For
James Kinsella - TopCashback

We’ll cover 7 of the most common and critical factors of your pages to look for from an SEO perspective, as well as how you can get started running an audit on your site today. A big focus on SEO, some best practices for designers and a few things for your developer to think about.

Discussion Session (Lean Coffee)
Trevor Adams (

Our interpretation of Lean Coffee (, a fast paced open discussion. Using sticky notes, during the break people will post up questions or talk topics. You will have the opportunity to vote for the sticky notes that you find the most interesting. We'll then open the floor for a short discussion on each topic.

Food/dietary requirements

The Bean enCounter lay out a nice buffet-style spread for us. There's probably enough to make this your evening meal. There is a good selection of food including plenty of vegetarian options. If you’re vegan or have any questions or concerns, just ask the staff at Bean enCounter on the night. They’ll be more than happy to advise on what’s suitable or put something together for you.