About Us

Clare Associates Ltd is based in the Tamar Valley in South-East Cornwall, handy for Plymouth, West Devon, Launceston and Tavistock. Founded in 2002, we have considerable experience of business, internet technologies and online marketing, and are Google Partners.

We can come up with ideas and solutions for your business problems in a clear, easy to understand way that avoids jargon. Our approach is to work with you to discover what your organisation needs, and use our experience to work out a solution that fits both your needs and your budget.

Clare Associates Ltd provides solutions that can help you achieve more than you expected, whether by building a website or a pay per click Adwords campaign, by helping you use website visitor statistics to understand how to increase sales, or by reporting on business risks and competitor strategy. We are committed to helping you build your business in the long term.

You can see details of our recent projects here.

Give us a call on 01822 835802, or email us – we’d love to discuss your project with you.

Clare Associates are members of the FSB, Launceston Chamber of Commerce and the Tamar Valley Tourism Association, and are fully insured.

Victoria Clare

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I started out as a marketer, working for a major national Internet Service Provider in the 90’s and then presenting internet training courses for small businesses at the University of Liverpool.

I worked on search engine optimisation campaigns from internationals to one man bands. After a while I found I spent so long trying to get developers to implement my promotion ideas that it was quicker to learn to program. 😉

I’ve built a lot of websites – php/MySQL driven mostly – as part of a team, and on my own. I know my way around server logfile analysis, Google Analytics, DNS and email.  I provide technical backup to a number of sites where the owners are happy to work on their own ideas, but want someone to call in from time to time. I am also quite happy developing new technology ideas for larger organisations.  I am a member of the Drupal Association.

My goals? To be honest with all my customers and collaborators, do work that benefits my customers, and price my time fairly.

Mark Poles

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In many ways, my career path has been unusual. I qualified as a chartered accountant and spent the first few years of my career as an auditor, moving to a Big 4 firm when I finished my exams in 1997 – so far, so ordinary. But somewhere along the line I became a Google Qualified Advertising Professional and a Google Analytics Qualified Individual, I worked in sales then risk management, I ran a Europe-wide quality review programme, worked in recruitment and then training. I advised big businesses on sustainability issues and small businesses on risk and strategy. I helped colleagues to develop their skills and I helped clients to improve their businesses.

Accounting qualifications plus marketing qualifications is an unusual combination, but to me it makes perfect sense. It’s all about having a breadth of skills and experience to advise clients.

While some of my clients have been large multinationals, most of my career has been spent serving middle-market and owner-managed businesses. That’s where the fun happens, where a consultant can really make a difference. Making a difference is what gives that buzz. I like to think I’ve made a difference for my clients. And I’m very proud of the “You’re Hired!” competition – my idea and one that, by improving their employment skills, has made a real difference to the prospects of young people across Plymouth.