We help small businesses and freelancers create and develop an online presence through websites, blogging and social media.


FirePress Media is a small digital company operating out of north Manchester. Failsworth to be exact. Right on the border with Oldham.

It’s powered by a team of two and endless cups of coffee.

If you run a business, you must embrace the power and popularity of the internet. It’s the place people turn to for everything – from a local service to an obscure antique. Everything is online.

If your business isn’t, how will people find you?

The road to developing an online presence is littered with conflicting advice, obscure tips and jargon. We’ll help you make sense of it all. Without selling you products you don’t want or services you don’t need.

Our goal is to help you get started online or improve your current situation. We do this through the various services we offer and our blog, which we update regularly.


WordPress is at the core of our business. We use it to build websites and blogs for our clients and ourselves. We also offer WordPress technical support and management services.

If we build a website or blog for you, we’ll be there to help you when you need it.

Everything else revolves around your website: social media, blogging, content marketing, AdWords.

They all come together with one goal – generating business.

What our clients say:

Ross Bradley – Snoop Hoggy Hog Ltd

After searching for some time for a suitable business to oversee the creation of our new website, we decided we’d go with FirePress. We’d spoken to many potential suitors but Stephen seemed the most knowledgeable, and more importantly, he seemed the most genuine.

From the initial brief to the day we went live, it was a seamless experience and we really can’t recommend them highly enough.

Above and beyond what you’d expect – 5 stars.

Dom – All-Star Academy

I was looking for a WordPress website for my business and came across Stephen on Gumtree (Manchester). He was very friendly and advised me accordingly. He gave me all of his time, never rushed me and fully understood what I wanted, and as a result I now have a successful business with a fantastic website.

I have continued my relationship with Stephen, he maintains my site on a monthly basis and always gives me advice in order for my business to grow. I would recommend everyone to have a website built by him, he has a passion for building websites and it’s clear to see by the work that he does.

Uzma – Fatima Women’s Association

As a long-standing organisation we strongly felt we needed a website to get up to date with technology. We saw the website coming together and are extremely happy with the end product.

Stephen was extremely patient with our women and no task or change to the website was too big. He has great communication and listening skills. He was very committed, reliable and a great trainer.

All the tasks were finished to a high standing and every request was completed on time.

We at F.W.A would recommend FirePress for all your website needs in relation to cost, quality, delivery of training and professionalism.

Ian Curry – Vaguely Interesting

Stephen has been providing me with excellent technical support for over a year. I run a website using WordPress. I love the freedom WordPress gives users, but I am a complete novice when it comes to the mechanics of the program. I’ve had problems with no longer being able to post, with upgrading and backing up the website.

Stephen has been extremely responsive, often resolving issues within a matter of hours of an initial email.

Urgent requests have been handled with additional speed. Stephen has been able to solve all of my issues and have done so quickly and at extremely reasonable rates. Stephen explains the problems and the solutions in simple, plain English and has been happy to go through different options.

All in all I have been extremely impressed and satisfied and I have no hesitation in strongly recommending Stephen/FirePress.

Andrew Norris – Digital DJ Tools

I’ve known Stephen for 10 years, 5 of which were spent working as close colleagues in one of the UK’s leading SEO companies (he was my manager).After we had both left, we’ve continued to work together on several other web-related projects. He has extensive knowledge of the WordPress platform and its plugins and is always quick and eager to respond to any questions/queries about this. He’s helped me many times with matters relating to WordPress and SEO.

Stephen has a terrific eye for detail, especially when it comes to page formatting and grammar/spelling, and can always be counted on to be trustworthy, reliable and professional.

Juliet Davies – Blogger

Stephen has been helping me for a few years now to host and publish websites and tutoring me in WordPress. He has the patience of a saint!I could not be the blogger I am today without his help, and the support of Carole too.

Nothing is too much trouble and I never feel silly asking what must seem the most basic of questions.

I would highly recommend Stephen and Carole for all your internet requirements.

The Team

headshot-150x150Stephen Duckworth has a background in search engine optimisation and worked for a major UK online marketing company between 2003 and 2007. He started building websites in 2000 and discovered WordPress in 2006. When it comes to websites, he believes in simplicity and putting the end-user first.

Away from work, Stephen enjoys family life, photography, movies, reading and football.

carole-twitCarole Wilkinson is the editor of several sites. She works with guest writers to produce and publish new and unique content. She has a graphic design background and for 16 years worked for a major university in Manchester. Carole enjoys being a mother, family time, days out, travelling, photography and picnics.