Training providers in the UK have been criticised recently for advising people struggling to find work to take fast-track courses to become plumbers. In reality, the training offered on such courses tends to be inadequate or entirely irrelevant, leading to disappointment, debt and no additional income. In some cases in Scotland, trainees discovered they were paying to complete a course that doesn’t even exist.
There has been a lot of talk recently about the popularity of private tutoring for school students in the UK, especially in areas like science. Before you start looking at the benefits, it’s important to consider where you’re likely to find an appropriate tutor, how far you’ll need to cast your net to find success. For example, finding a recommended private science tutor in Sheffield may be a realistic goal if that’s close to you, whereas looking within your immediate local area if you live in a much smaller town or village might be more difficult. Fortunately, using local offline resources isn’t your only option – you can easily search online for the best option, find reviews and figure out the best option for you or your child.
It makes sense that tutoring is an attractive prospect for parents who want their children to do better in school, especially with subjects like science. Plenty of emphasis is still placed on biology, physics and chemistry teaching in the UK, with two or three GCSEs being offered for most students. Preparing for SATs, GCSEs, AS and A2 exams can be stressful for students, and perhaps increasingly there are reports of those students not feeling supported by their main school system. This is even the case for private schools, despite five-figure annual charges for the parents of pupils attending many of these institutions. Continue reading “How a Private Tutor Can Enhance Your Child’s Science Skills”
Net curtains have been used for hundreds of years when decorating rooms. Compromise is a key thing with these curtains. The best net curtains will be the perfect balance between all your requirements: offering privacy without blocking out the light, looking attractive on a low budget, and adding some subtle detail to your interior design without overwhelming your main features. There is a wide variety available today, from the standard cheap net curtains to made to measure ones. Here’s a quick guide to help you choose between different types.
Firstly, measure your space and make sure you’re going to have enough material to actually cover the window. If you fail at this point it doesn’t matter what design you go for, it’s never going to look classy. You might use just one panel of net curtain but it normally makes it much easier if you stick with tradition and have a pair that can be opened and closed at the centre. Another common rule is to use a curtain twice the width of the actual window, so when the fabric is hanging it looks simply relaxed rather than stretched or too excessive. Continue reading “How To Incorporate Net Curtains in Your Home”
If there’s one thing for sure in retail, customers love to have things made easy for them. If you can streamline and simplify a process, it’s normally more profitable to do so. Pound shops take this to the extreme – a single price for every item in the shop. Most of these items would cost much more elsewhere, so how do they do it, and why are we suddenly surrounded on all sides by these discount-focused retailers?
The question of how is an interesting one, as you may know if you’ve taken an interest in any documentaries about what goes on behind the scenes of these massive retail chains. Pound shops and similar clearance stores get their products from distributors of wholesale household items at low prices, so they can sell them on for a profit even at surprisingly low prices.
Buying in bulk is of course the key to getting massive discounts off the final recommended retail price. That means it’s vital that the bosses at these stores know exactly what they’re doing – huge shipments of the wrong product can spell disaster on these narrow margins. The decision-making process behind what appears on the shelves of your local pound shop is probably surprisingly complex, involving extensive calculations, focus groups and years of experience. Continue reading “The Rise of the Pound Shop”
Summer is the ideal time to host a barbeque, especially with plenty of friends and family to join you. In fact, you can get away with it for much of the year as long as it’s not raining. People may blame the weather for not having a BBQ regularly, but often they’re hiding a secret – garden shame. It doesn’t have to be a nightmare preparing your garden for an outdoor party, though. In fact, just a few easy steps should get you completely ready to host the BBQ of the summer!
1) Tame the lawn
If your garden consists mainly of grass then you’re perfectly suited to a BBQ party. You just need to get it under control so it’s comfortable for people to walk around on – wading through knee-height vegetation to get to the food isn’t ideal, plus in the summer you can expect insect bites all round. Cutting the grass neatly can make an incredible difference, and probably only takes about half an hour maximum for a large lawn.
2) Fix up paintwork
Fences, gates, decking, seating and even your garden shed probably need a new coat of paint every few years at least. If the paint is looking a little tired, this doesn’t even have to take long to get sorted. Pick out a brand new colour and freshen up your garden furnishings with bright colours if you feel you need an extra bit of excitement in the garden. Continue reading “Get Your Garden BBQ-Ready”
Many people dream of starting their own business in the food sector, or opening a branch of an already-popular restaurant franchise. You will definitely need a sizeable chunk of money to kick-start your new investment, and a broad selection of skills too, but one piece of vital infrastructure needs to be in place: a commercial kitchen! But how straightforward is it to get professional food preparation equipment installed in your place of business, and how can you make sure it’s all maintained correctly? Here are some points to consider.
Plumbing, gas and electricity – A major consideration is the piping and wiring needed for your kitchen to function. You may need to look at boiler installation services if this isn’t already set up. Everything has to be done to a very high standard to comply with regulations for commercial catering businesses.
Floors and walls – The finish of the room’s surroundings will affect how easy it is to attach and install all the fixtures of your kitchen, plus this will affect cleaning later. Tiles, wood, metal, concrete and so on all have different properties and present different challenges. Continue reading “How Easy Is Installing a Commercial Kitchen?”
Father’s Day is often overlooked, but it’s an important holiday and a good opportunity to make someone aware of how much you appreciate them, which is always something we can do more. Even if you haven’t planned far in advance, you can still make this Father’s Day one to remember by thinking it through carefully. Many people get stuck thinking about all the potential options and have no idea how to plan, but you can follow just a few simple steps.
1) What makes your dad happy?
Personal preference will of course dictate how you can make someone’s day enjoyable and special to them. Whatever your dad’s favourite activity might be, this will often form the basis of a great Father’s Day – you just need to take care of all the practical arrangements.
2) How can you fit your plans in?
Hopefully on Father’s Day everyone will be at home, since it always falls on a Sunday. Still, parents tend to have a lot to do at weekends! Think about everything your dad does and see what you can help out with in advance, and this will ensure you have time to relax and have some time for your Father’s Day activities, whether it’s going out somewhere or just having some family time. Continue reading “Last Minute Father’s Day Planning”
Create Isolation Points
Cooling your entire home is a mammoth task and it is a move that will greatly increase your electricity bills. There is no need, however, to cool your entire property during the day if you will not be using all of it. For most people the vast majority of the home will be unused throughout the day, so paying large amounts to cool the whole property is unnecessary. By creating areas that can be isolated by closing an insulated door, you can make it so that you need only cool one room instead of trying to reduce the temperature of the other 90% of your home that you are not using.
For those who love natural beauty and enjoy the outdoors, a nature excursion vacation is a great place to start. These vacations typically involve lots of physical activity and time outdoors, so prepare accordingly with comfortable shoes and plenty of climate-appropriate apparel.
For those able-bodied enough to endure hikes and climbs, a nature excursion can reveal some truly stunning vistas no matter where you travel.
Many people go on vacation on their own, free of any guidance, winging it all the way. However, some people prefer to have some structure to their vacation in order to see everything they want to see and to have things like transportation taken care of.
Guided tours are great if you want to maximise your time. They can also show you local insider secrets that most unguided tourists may miss.
Computer support for businesses is available at a reasonable price. They will help when problems arise and also help you set up a secure network to minimise the chance of something going wrong. Here are some things every business owner should understand about network and computer security:
Your People Are Your Biggest Risk
Information does not get stolen on its own. It is stolen by people. Whenever there is a security breach and the police are involved, who will they question first? The staff of the company. Innocent actions and premeditated crimes are just two of the ways your staff can put you at risk. It is important to screen and monitor employees, and teach them the proper way to use your network, computers and security.
Total Security is Impossible
The only way to keep a computer secure is to turn it off and unplug it from the internet. If Sony can have their Playstation network hacked, you know there is little chance of keeping your company totally secure. The majority of emails in circulation are spam, and the majority of websites on the internet have malicious intent.
You should consider finding some good life insurance in order to protect your family from the loss of income if you, or your partner, pass away unexpectedly. For a relatively low cost you can make sure that your children are protected against any debts you might have such as a mortgage or any personal loans. While it is not nice to think of your death as anyone’s profit, you still need to think of your family’s survival.
Planning Your Own Funeral
You should also be planning you and your partner’s funeral well in advance and consider inquiring about funeral cover. A funeral can cost a small fortune, and if you have not saved or insured yourself then someone will still have to pay for the costs involved. Even funeral plots are becoming increasingly in demand and therefore more expensive as space in cemeteries is at a premium.
Ensure That Everyone is Safe
The first thing to do, in the event of a traumatic event in the workplace, is to ensure all staff members – and clients – are safe. Next, call the appropriate organisations, such as the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Be forthright with your staff, and let them know what is going on. This will quell rumours from spreading around the workplace. Address any concerns that your employees may have immediately, and make sure to follow guidelines and company rules if there are any.
Set Up a Critical Incident Response Plan
Traumatised employees need help straight away. If the trauma did not occur in the workplace, ask what the employee plans to do outside of work hours, if he or she has support, and offer help.
Expect a wide variety of reactions from your staff. Some may:
- Express anger, disbelief, denial, or depression.
- Be in shock, or have angry outbursts or uncontrollable crying.
- Appear numb or unaffected.
- Experience confusion, forgetfulness, distraction, or irritability.
These reactions may be immediate, short-term, or ongoing.
Here are some practical ideas for cashing in on your awesome new website:
1. Sync with Your Marketing Strategy
A great website with appealing website design is an essential starting point for your overall marketing strategy. Once you have your business website set up, you could look at integrating your site into your marketing strategy. Start looking into different ways to promote and get the most out of your website, such as:
- Traditional marketing – Your business might use traditional marketing tools, like radio ads, print ads, or direct mail marketing. If so, these should reference your new website with a link. In cross-referencing your offline and online marketing materials, your business leverages your marketing channels for greater impact.
- Internet marketing – Using paid Internet advertising is another way to direct more relevant traffic to your website. Other types of Internet marketing include e-Newsletters, guest blogging and social media advertising.
- Search engine optimisation (SEO) – Your business can enhance organic search results by using SEO techniques, so that more potential customers can find your website. Like paid advertising, SEO targets specific customers with the use of keywords or phrases.
Planning a dinner party is lots of fun and a great way to spend time with friends. You can make it as fancy as you like and you can even have a theme! If you are planning to entertain, here are a few dinner party theme ideas to make your party sparkle.
Hawaiian Luau Party
Hawaiian Luau dinner parties are fantastic ideas for summer and entails lots of grass skirts, bikini tops, Hawaiian shirts and bare feet. Use lots of flowers and lays for decorations and you can also hand them to your guests as they arrive!
What to serve? Lots of dishes featuring sweet potatoes, salmon, mangoes and pineapples. Don’t forget the tiki torches – or the cocktails!
Rustic Dinner Party
A perfect dinner party idea for winter, a rustic dinner gathering is all about simplicity and tradition. Use candles to create a warm and cosy feel in your home and if feasible, use wooden furniture to produce that ‘rustic’ feel. Dried, hanging herbs make great decorations, as do small potted flowers and plants.
What to serve? Cheese and wine are excellent rustic options, but if you are going the full three-course meal, consider doing soup as an entree, a roast with vegetables for main and a traditional cake for dessert. Yum!
One of the most common office ailments is suffering from an RSI, or repetitive stress injury, which as the name suggests results from doing the same activity repetitively over a long period of time. RSI’s typically affect the wrists, hands, shoulders, elbows, knees, back or ankles, and can come as a result of heavy lifting, repetitive motion, constant stress, awkward positioning, or holding one part of your body immobile for extended periods of time.
RSI’s can be extremely painful and ultimately debilitating, with the best approach to them being ensuring that everything from the tools you use to the way your work area is organised, is done with the health of your body in mind, and also that you have health insurance coverage for any RSI’s you may develop.
Lower Back Pain
One of the worst things that you can do for your body is to spend extended periods of time sitting, so it is no surprise that office workers regularly develop lower back injuries. Having a well supported office chair is key, as is making sure that you are sitting with your feel flat on the floor and your legs uncrossed, because without a good chair and correct posture, it is only a matter of time before your back starts to have problems.
Having a well supported bed and pillows can also help a lot, as it will allow your body to recover from the hours of sitting, and can prevent a small strain in your back from becoming something far more serious.
However enjoyable this process is for some people, it can be difficult to know when you should stop! Giving a gift to close friends makes sense, but areas such as the workplace can be substantially trickier. If you buy gifts for your boss, or for close co-workers, does this mean you need to buy something for everyone?
Rather than leaving you to sort this out for yourself, we’ve put together a few suggestions as to how you might best be able to work through the sometimes tricky tradition of gift-giving.
Also known as Kris Kringle, this is possibly the best-known of the various gifting traditions. When participating with a Secret Santa, you are provided with the name of a co-worker, friend, acquaintance etc. who you need to purchase a gift for. Likewise, another random person is provided with your name, to get a gift for you.
The people involved need to keep the name they’ve been given a secret, of course—otherwise, the purpose is defeated. This can potentially lead to a great deal of fun, as the people involved may not know each other particularly well and need to figure out what to get other people, without giving away too many clues.
NB: It’s wise to set a few ground rules. There should always be a Secret Santa price limit (e.g. no more than £10 spent) and there should probably be a few ground rules laid out about what constitutes “funny” as opposed to “completely inappropriate.”
It is amazing how often you use your joints in an average day, so it is no surprise that by the time a person gets to old age, arthritis becomes an issue. Almost everyone will experience some kind of pain or discomfort in the joints of their hands, feet, ankles, shoulders or some other joints in their body. Those who used their hands for work are often the most seriously affected. Various remedies are available, ranging from massage to creams to acupuncture. Some treatments can be expensive, so having good health insurance can prove to be essential.
Eyes weren’t meant to last forever, and no matter how many carrots you have eaten in your life, chances are that your vision will start to fail as you age. As your vision grows worse, you will need to keep replacing your prescription, which is definitely not cheap, making your optometry bills among the biggest expenses that you will need to cover.
London is one of the UK’s largest cities, and there are plenty of activities on offer for any visitor. With a little forward planning, you can have a great night out. Just remember—have fun, but drink responsibly. You don’t want the night to be so big that you don’t remember it!
Make sure that you’ve got somewhere to stay for the evening! Don’t forget that the many hotels, hostels, etc. will all be filling up far in advance of Christmas. Don’t think that you’ll be able to wing it on the night, or you’ll likely end up on the street. If your group is planning to stay on in London for a few nights, it may be worthwhile booking some serviced apartments.
It’s also important to note that some places will have a “no parties” policy, so it’s probably best not to expect festivities to continue once you’re back at the hotel. Still, that doesn’t mean that you can’t crack open a Christmas hamper and enjoy a few treats before bed.
London is well known for having some of the best restuarants in the world. Boasting over 50 Michelin starred restuarants, you are guaranteed to find the most exquisite menu’s on offer.
When you join a company for employment the first thing that will happen is that you will be given a company email address. This is a testament to the importance of having a company domain for your emails. Having a email@example.com style email address is far more professional than using a name@yahoo style email address and the change will be reflected in your business success. It is also important to ensure that you can achieve compatibility with all clients and companies. It is thus important to be prepared to convert from lotus notes to outlook and vice versa as this program will provide you with a far greater flexibility and allow you to cater to a wider range of company clients.
When working for yourself, it is important to recognise that there is no support mechanism supporting you. You will literally be working alone and taking on the full responsibility of all that a business entails. One of the key elements of this is securing yourself during sickness or injury. In a company there would obviously be a period of time over which sick pay would be provided and your tasks would be covered in the interim. In a small business, however, the consequences are far greater because you will lose your income and also lose your customers because they will necessarily need to find alternative means to complete the jobs whilst you are sick. For this reason it is vital to get comprehensive income protection insurance so that you can guarantee an income even if you are sick or injured and unable to work.
No matter if you build a new home or renovate your current one, it is better to have greater accessibility to your electrical system. There are many reasons why you would want to have accessible electrical wires, and there are plenty of ways that you can make it happen. The following are some considerations for you to make when it comes to the electrical wiring in your home.
Benefits of Making Your Cabling Accessible
When fuses keep blowing, or electrical equipment doesn’t operate properly, you will ultimately want to check the electrical wiring in your home to identify the problem. Unless your wires are highly accessible, however, then this will suddenly become a very tedious task. Not only that, but if you want to maintain, upgrade, or replace existing electrical components in your home, you will need to have easy access to them.
Easy access to electrical panels is also important for the safety of employees, construction workers, or even your own family members, so they should never be blocked or inaccessible. In fact, in a workplace, obstructing electrical panels – such as behind a shelf or table – is actually a violation of Health & Safety regulations.
Lay Out an Electrical Plan
To ensure your electrical wires and panel remain accessible, it’s important that you make a detailed electrical plan for your home before you start renovating or building. Choose a site where the panel is least likely to be disturbed, such as in a closet or basement – but that is easy to access. Consider how you will route the wires through your home, so that they end up at the panel itself, and take note of where any switches, power points, or other devices will be located.
If you’ll be staying in portable buildings throughout the duration of the remodelling or building of your home, then you will also want to devise a plan for how you will direct some electricity from your home to your temporary dwellings.
There are some things in everyone’s life which just aren’t necessary. Whether it’s spending £30 instead of £50 on a manicure, or buying a £3 coffee each morning, there are areas in everyone’s life where they can cut back without sacrificing their standard of living. Certain expenditures like school supplies for your children are essential, but you may have to start buying plain pencils instead cartoon character stationary for example.
Stop losing money
You may think that you don’t lose money but the average Brit is unable to account for £59 a week. This expenditure on ‘unknown items’ adds up to over £3,050 a year! Most people blame it on unexpected supermarket spending and nights out, but it’s very important to keep track of every cent in this climate. A somewhat painful but necessary process is the tracking of your family outgoings. Sitting down with your partner and honestly reviewing where your money is going will almost certainly make your realise a disproportionate area of spending which can be easily rectified.
How Is An Ad-Hoc System Different?
When you are accessing the Internet at home or in your office you will generally do so via an access point, which will mean your computer and data are protected by at least a basic level of security, encryption and IT support. However when you access ad hoc networks such as free public Wi-Fi, you are essentially bypassing any access point and connecting straight to other computers and devices, which while being a great way to get on the Internet, can leave your important data vulnerable.
A big danger of using an ad-hoc IT system is that you may be providing viruses or malicious software with a direct path into your computer and networks, exposing your entire system to all kinds of damage. You can at least somewhat protect yourself by providing a higher level of anti-virus protection for your computer, but you will still be opening the door to just about any kind of virus any time you are on an ad-hoc system.
The Impact of Mobile Sales
It used to be the case that you needed to visit stores/businesses in person to inquire about products, pricing and delivery, as well as make the purchase. However, in today’s digital world, people are increasingly relying upon their mobile device to do everything, from banking, scheduling, socialising, and shopping.
Today’s society is all about convenience. People lose interest easily and quickly, so providing them with easy ways to not only find your business but also make purchases from you is of crucial importance. In fact, a large number of people say that the one device they cannot live without is their smartphone.
Whether consumers shop or just browse your e-commerce site using their smartphone or tablet PC, it makes sense to optimise your website for mobile devices. There is just such a growing demand here that a company is going to end up missing a large number of potential customers if it doesn’t recognise this trend and take advantage of it.
Does the idea of generating your own energy appeal to you? Generating your own power can help the environment while helping you cut your energy bill.You’re probably already aware of the various renewable energy options, but did you know you can sell excess power back to energy companies to reduce your energy bill and even make a profit? Here’s how you can generate your own power at home, a quick outline of the feed-in tariff system, and how to know if you’re eligible.
Generating your own power at home
Power is the one resource we just can’t seem to get enough of at home. Essential appliances, the latest gadgets, basics like heating and cooling — these things could be mereluxuries to dream about if we didn’t have access to plenty of electricity, gas, solar, or other energy sources.
If your electricity bill seems to be climbing by the month, perhaps you’ve considered installing your own solar panels or otherwise generating your own energy at home. You can generate power to augment your existing power supply or even to become completely energy self-sufficient.
One thing’s for certain: generating your own power will save you on energy costs over time and free up more funds for your monthly car payment or home-loan repayment.
Social media offers a fantastic opportunity for businesses to get to know their customers and vice versa, and by making your business a familiar presence on social networks it will be a lot easier to come across as more transparent and therefore easier to trust. You should still be using SEO marketing, flyer distribution, flash mobs or whatever else to drive traffic to your website, but when paired with the familiarity created through social media marketing, it can mean those customers driven to your site arrive already familiar with who you are, and therefore are a little more trusting.
Social media offers one of the best ways to get feedback from your customers, as it is a whole lot quicker and easier for them to send feedback via their mobile devices than it would be to fill out a survey and send it via regular post. The better you can encourage and harness your customer feedback, the more likely you are to be able to keep them happy, so make sure you are using social networks to keep your finger on the pulse when it comes to your customer satisfaction.