Canary Dwarf is the website design and development consultancy run by Marc Hindley.
It dates back to 2000 when Marc was working in the local newspaper industry.
The quirky name comes from the analogy of his work on a smaller scale to what was happening when national newspapers moved lock, stock and barrel from Fleet Street to Canary Wharf in the Docklands area of London.
He was involved with newspapers such as The Oban Times and Highland News with setting up and training in the new technology which replaced lead typesetting.
In 2005, after many years as a production journalist, he started Canary Dwarf as a web services agency. He continued to work with local newspapers and developed 12 websites for Scottish Provincial Press before becoming web editor at the publishing group.
Canary Dwarf is a small consultancy that has established a reputation for honest, practical advice that works. Just read our testimonials.
Awards and recognition
In 2009, when most people thought a tweet was just a noise that birds make, Canary Dwarf won the first Golden Twits award for use of social media for its news aggregator Moray Firth Live. We proudly beat off competition from 40 shortlisted entries including Channel 4. If you think that was a long time ago, we were already in our third year of using Twitter. Early adopters are us!
Customer service is very important to us. We’re one of the first businesses in Moray to be WorldHost accredited, having completed training for this world-class standard. So you can expect to be cared for from beginning to end.
Today, Canary Dwarf is recognised as one of the leading providers of website and marketing services in Moray. The business is owned by Marc and Susan Hindley, and operates from a private office in Forres, Moray.
Marc has worked in newspapers and media for more than three decades, working his way through all departments – typesetting, advertising, editorial, photography. He’s even owned and edited his own newspaper. He was instrumental in the launch of 12 newspaper websites while at Scottish Provincial Press in 2000, and went on to be group web editor.
He combines these skills today to bring a cohesive approach to online marketing. It is this multi-pronged attack that serves to differentiate the service Canary Dwarf can offer. By combining skills learned from a variety of media both online and offline, he can guide you and your business through the maze that currently exists.
He has accreditation from Google in search marketing and has completed the Facebook Blueprint training for business page marketing and advertising. He’s also recently become a qualified drone pilot, so he can take your business to… wait for it… another level.
He holds the following credentials:
- Google Adwords Certification (x2)
- Facebook Blueprint Marketing certification (x34)
- Hubspot Inbound Marketing Certificate
- Worldhost Customer Service Certificate
- Certificate of Practical Flight Assessment, Certificate of Competence in Remote Pilot Theoretical Knowledge/General Airmanship Syllabus
Susan is not only Marc’s wife, but his right hand man (or should that be woman?).
She manages the office, the diaries, and the paperwork, and has built a genuine following on Twitter for her tips and insights.
She doesn’t like spiders, which is a bit strange for someone who works on the web.
Russell joined us in 2012 and is the ‘third man’ at Canary Dwarf.
He’s never missed a day and often the one we turn to for inspiration. He makes great tea and coffee and is loved by customers and staff.
In his spare time he likes to cool down and relax, and always jumps straight into action when customers arrive at the office.
We still haven’t managed to convert him to WordPress though – the plugins aren’t compatible!