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Near real time stock data import
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 16 November 2015

artist-papers-2.jpg We have recently implemeted a real time stock data import system for our latest web project "Artist Papers ".

The system picks up a stock report as a csv file generated by our customer's Sage system, processes to check for inconsitencies, and updates the stock indication on the website. Included in this system is a waitlist function whereby customer's can ask to be notified when out of stock items become available.

Artist Papers
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 07 December 2011

Calling all artists! This is a great product from Artist Papers!

So what's this ad for Artist Materials doing here? Well we are currently constructing an affiliate marketing sytem for one of our client's websites Artist Papers. The link below is an example of a link that an affiliate would be able to embed into their own website, blog, email or on social networking sites. The link includes their affiliate id so that any purchases made as a result of a customer clicking on the link generate commission for the affiliate.

Sample affiliate links -

this drawing paper is great, buy some here!

This is a full link to sequential art bristol

This is a lonk with Google campaign only

This is a link with Google campaign tracking and affiliate id


estm helps Maverick get Romantica
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 11 February 2011

estm has been assisting Maverick Theatre Company producer Nick Hennegan with a fundraising scheme to revive his "Romantica" radio show for Valentines day. The show, with music and dedications for those romantically inclined, attracted millions of listeners to Birmingham's BRMB in the 1980's from muli million pound studios in Aston. But now in the 21st century the show's revival will be broadcast via the internet, from Nick's laptop, on a shoe string!

estm's Ian Edwards says ".. it's been great fun helping Nick set this up, and it's no less a challenge given that he is in London and I am in Shropshire, but hearing his first test transmission took me back to the excitment of those early days." 

The first "Romantica" for more than 20 years will be broadcast...

Saturday 12th/Sunday 13th February 2011: 11pm to 3am and repeated

Monday 14th February: 8pm - Midnight.

For more info on Maverick theatre go to

To hear the show go to

 OR - Paste this link into your web browser - (may require Quicktime)

email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with your dedications and donations to support Maverick Theatre (and to get your dedication on-air) can be made here

Ian Edwards awarded PRINCE2 practitioner
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 25 January 2011

After many years of managing projects of varying shapes, sizes and complexity Ian Edwards, estm's owner and MD, has gone back to school and passed the PRINCE2 Practitioner's exam.  PRINCE2 is a structured project management method developed by the Office of Government Comerce (OGC). This strengthens the project management offering from estm and broadens the range of services on offer.

New website launch
Written by Ian Edwards   
Friday, 16 July 2010

We've recently launched a new website for artists - specialising in the supply of Strathmore® Artist Papers. The site enables artists to purchase specialist Watercolour PaperDrawing Paper , Bristol Boards , Illustration Boards,  paper for charcoal,  pastel and marker pen.

Other papers include no-reproducible blue lined paper for cartoonist and graphic artists, tracing paper and bound sketch and drawing books.


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New segments to standard
Written by Ian Edwards   
Tuesday, 02 March 2010

Ian Edwards, managing director of Shropshire based estm, is pleased to be working with AccreditUK to assist in the development of the final three segments to the Accredit UK certification for ICT companies. Ian says "the Accredit UK standard is divided into six segments representing different areas of ICT services. Within those segments are a number of specialisms. This means purchasers of ICT products and services can easily find companies with the specialist skills they require who have demonstrated their capabilities to independent assessors". Ian will be working with 8 candidate companies who are piloting and contributing to the devlopment of the new segments.

The new segments are due for launch in April 2010. IT companies interested in developing their bsuiness through the AccreditUK standard are invited to contact Ian at estm for an informal chat about the benefits of the standard and what certification entails.

estm Business Link "Approved Supplier"
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 30 April 2009

As further recognition of our professionalism, estm has been selected as an approved supplier by Business Link West Midlands.This brings with it the possibility of funding for certain types of project. For more information and to find out if you might be eligible please contact us.



Ian Edwards awarded CITP
Written by Ian Edwards   
Tuesday, 28 April 2009

BCS Chartered IT professional logoestm's Managing Director Ian Edwards has been awarded Charted IT Professional status by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Insititue for IT. CITP is the hallmark of a true IT professional and takes into account practical experience and career achievements as well as formal qualifications. According to the BCS "...Achieving CITP status demonstrates that you practise IT to the highest professional standards."

estm awarded Accredit UK IT Consultant certification
Written by Ian Edwards   
Sunday, 23 November 2008

estm Accredit UK ICT Consultancy presentation estm Information Systems, an independent ICT consultancy in the West Midlands, is one of the first six businesses to be certified in the latest quality standard from Accredit UK - Business ICT Consultant. The new standard is a quality mark for IT Consultant firms in the industry. This segment is the third area of the IT industry to be recognised by Accredit UK.

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estm partners with Accredit UK
Written by Ian Edwards   
Monday, 17 November 2008

accredit-logo.jpg estm is proud to have partnered with Accredit UK as a provider of assessor and consultancy service. 

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