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We were first invited to meet with South Yorkshire Police Federation back in 2009, after a client recommendation. The Police Federation were looking to have a public facing website designed and developed that could also be used to communicate with their members, the Police Officers and staff of South Yorkshire.

This was a quite a special opportunity for Chameleon and looking back - the start of our working relationships with many Police Federations to this day not mentioning the Home Office.

The South Yorkshire Police Federation had been (unknown to us at the time) looking to engage the services of a local web design agency for several months. Due to the nature of their organisation and data sensitivity the Federation needed to be 100% sure that they selected the right partner, one they could trust. It was also paramount to the Federation that the selected web agency would house web development with the ability to design websites and not just utilise off the shelf solutions that many agencies do - they had also set a requirement for a custom CMS (content management system) with the added ability to provide secure managed web hosting, for obvious reasons.

As one may guess, the project to design, develop and produce the SYPF website and CMS became a reality and to this day, they are still using the same website and Content Management System that we created for them.

During the creation of the SYPF website, other creative services were called upon and Chameleon were equipped to provide these, e.g. professional photography. It was agreed that the Federation website should include photo’s of South Yorkshire: Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley - as well as imagery of Police in action.

The website banner images were captured and continue to set the theme of South Yorkshire locations and Policing to this day.

Jumping forward now to January 2012, The South Yorkshire Police Federation started to become aware of Cloud computing. Their in-house database management system was becoming tired and they had concerns how future proof it was and whether a newer more modern system would improve productivity.

Chameleon were tasked to carry out a complete analysis of the current database management system (which took 6 weeks) and compile a proposal for a web based system considering ‘future proofing’ as a key ingredient.

Around this time, well between 2010 to 2012, Chameleon had been working on a web based database management system for a division of the Home Office (DVI) Disaster Victim Identification. This had been an extensive project worked at the highest level of security for nearly 2 years. We had learned so much during this period and consequently we felt that we had positioned ourselves strongly to take on a similar project for South Yorkshire Police Federation.

Our solution to these stringent demands became what we know today as ‘Mantis’ – Chameleon’s unique cloud-computing database system developed in-house by Chameleon, to help Police Federations manage every aspect of their membership databases.  

Mantis is now in use with multiple UK and Scottish Police Federations - and the cloud technology seamlessly and securely connects multiple users, across multiple computing platforms including mobile devices.

With Chameleon’s in-depth training and support, the user-friendly system performs flawlessly. And, thanks to our ‘future-proof’ web development, the system will continue to work brilliantly long into the future.

We hope by reading this case study, you can appreciate the creative expertise and marketing versatility on offer by a Doncaster and Retford design, web and marketing agency like Chameleon Creative Communications. 

So if your business would like to Stand Out from the competition, Ask Chameleon how we can help. We’ll explain for free, and in plain English. There’s no hard-sell. And best of all, the benefits can be impressive. To learn more, contact Chameleon.


"From the beginning Chameleon demonstrated a clear and highly professional understanding of our needs, took control of the project and delivered a first class website, on time and within budget. The care, attention to detail and ongoing support we have received has been truly excellent and we will continue to use their services for many years to come".

Jim Lucas, Joint Branch Board Secretary, South Yorkshire Police Federation

We discovered Chameleon Creative when our business was going through a transitional period. We needed to re brand, we had an idea of what we wanted but no idea how to implement it.

Craig and his team were true professionals, we knew right away that they were the people we wanted to work with! Chameleon Creative have developed a new brand ...

Katie Margereson - Business Development Director

"We have been working with Chameleon for over 10 years. For us it's important to work with a company that understands our need to be constantly innovating.

It's also important for us to be able to work with people that can handle the full package, our website, the branding, online event updates, magazine adverts, event brochu...

Chris Hoey - Managing Director

Chameleon have made every project during the past 8 years extremely enjoyable and always value for money. Most recently, the design and creation of our new responsive website. 

It was a challenging project but Chameleon constantly kept us updated and took control from the initial design concepts, through to the content and photograph...

Neil Bowles - JBB Chair

"It was amazing how quickly Craig and his team at Chameleon were able to understand our corporate structure and philosophy here at SES Group and provide us with first class marketing advice.

Chameleon have created a brand design for us that truly reflects our identity and reputation for delivering innovative engineering solutions wit...

Dave Gascoigne - Group Commercial Director

"The essence of our business is trust, and in discovering Craig and his team, we feel we have found someone that we can trust. To mark our 140th year in business, we knew we required a modern, creative, technology advanced partner and Chameleon’s great enthusiasm and common sense has made it much easier than we ever imagined"...

Brian, David, Doreen & Sue  Butterfield - Company Directors

"The ability to stand outside a company and see the potential, ideas and vision is a unique skill.

Combining experience and communication, marketing strategies are built with confidence and a professional attitude. Chameleon 'grasp it' and deliver from the very beginning".

Paul Munby - Director

"Chameleon have given us fresh new branding, stationery, product labels and packaging, signage and a superb e-commerce website. 

Finding Chameleon was one of the best things I have done in a long time".

John Barclay - Managing Director

"I just want to say a big big thank you and look forward to working with Craig and the Chameleon team for many years to come.

They’ve met every deadline, no matter how last minute our demands have been which shows fantastic commitment and customer service.

Chameleon... a forward thinking creative agency with fresh ideas...

Lee Edwards - Restaurant owner

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