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Month: November 2018

The Best Children’s Christmas Parties

Get in the festive spirit with Marky Mark Entertainment

Great music, exciting music, and some festive treats are all the ingredients you need to throw a fantastic children’s Christmas party

Christmas is all about the parties, but if you’ve been roped in to arranging a children’s Christmas party, you may be feeling the strain. Children’s parties have moved on a lot in recent years and expectations are a lot higher – at the very least your guests will expect there to be some organised games and entertainment.

If you’re looking for a festive children’s entertainer in Kent or the surrounding areas look no further than Marky Mark Entertainment.

Discos with a difference

With many years of experience as a professional party DJ, including DJing at successful kids’ club nights, Marky Mark specialises in children’s discos. But these are not your ordinary, bog-standard discos with cheesy tunes and a few flashing lights.

When it comes to what’s hot and what’s not, Marky Mark has his finger firmly on the musical pulse. As well as playing the latest tunes that are firm favourites in the playground, Marky Mark will also play a classic mix of party tunes and choreographed dances (think Gangnam Style and The Macarena), as well as throwing in some Christmas songs to get your party-goers in the festive spirit.

And if that’s not exciting enough, you could liven things up with one of Marky Mark’s Glow in the Dark parties. Hugely popular with the over-nines, these discos with a difference combine a traditional disco experience with neon paints and UV lights to help your guests get their glow on. You could even up the fun factor with extras such as a bubble machine, dry ice, or a very seasonal snow machine.

Party games

The music may be great but you need a little more than just a good disco if you want to keep the energy up and your guests entertained. Luckily, Marky Mark is also able to deliver in this area. Little party guests can enjoy a whole host of fun activities, including magic shows, balloon modelling and puppet shows. Meanwhile older children are catered for with exciting party games, including boy vs girl competitions, disco dance championships, the mummy game, limbo, and lip sync battles. They can also exercise their vocal chords with karaoke and Marky Mark’s very own version of the X Factor.

And don’t think about sneaking off while the games are going on, as adults are most definitely encouraged to join in the fun.

Festive treats

When you’re organising your Christmas-themed children’s party, don’t forget to include those festive treats that will make your event extra special. Marky Mark Entertainment has all those little extra touches covered, from face painting and popcorn to candyfloss and custom sweet cones. As it’s Christmas you could even ask Mark if he’s able to arrange a visit from Santa Claus himself – a special touch that is sure to delight your young guests.

Organising a children’s party needn’t be difficult, and hiring in professional entertainment can really help to take the stress off. As well as offering a comprehensive children’s entertainment service, Mark and his employees are all DBS checked and fully insured so you can be sure that your party, and your little ones, are in safe hands.

How Van Graphics Will Help You Beat the Competition

5 great reasons to brand
your company vehicles

With branded vehicle wraps
you can turn your company vehicle from something that’s purely functional into
one of your most powerful marketing tools.

Many business owners view their
company vehicles as purely functional, something that gets them and their
workers from A to B. However, by applying branded graphic wraps to your company
vehicles, you can turn them into powerful marketing tools that will help your
brand to stand out from the competition.


Branding your company vehicles is a
really effective way of boosting your company’s visibility and increasing your
reach. Unlike some other forms of advertising, your branded vans are not
restricted to just one location, and the mobile nature of this marketing tool
means that you could potentially reach audiences who would otherwise have never
heard of your business. Research has shown that branded vans receive up to
60,000 impressions every day, and if just a tiny proportion of these turn into
paying customers, your business will be well on the way to success.


Effective marketing is all about
standing out from the crowd and making an impact, and well-designed branded van graphics can certainly help
you to do that. There are millions of vehicles on UK roads every day and it’s
easy to get lost amongst the crowd. However, unlike a plain white van, a
colourful, striking vehicle wrap will help you to grab people’s attention and
stand out from other road users. For maximum impact, opt for a bold yet simple
design that can be easily understood, even when you’re moving at speed.


Branding your company vehicle also
offers a great opportunity to establish your credibility as a business. When
designing their vehicle wraps, many traders include the logos of the
professional bodies they are affiliated with, such as Gas Safe, Trust a Trader,
NICIEC, and the Federation of Master Builders, to name a few. By prominently
displaying your professional affiliations, potential customers will view you as
a company that they can trust, making them more likely to choose you over one
of your competitors.


More traditional forms of
advertising often come with restrictions – from print sizes and formats to
television ad timings and billboard placement – and these can impact on how,
where and when you communicate your key messages. This can be frustrating as it
often means that your marketing is not as effective as you would like it to be.
In contrast, fleet vehicle branding gives you almost complete control over your
marketing, and you are free to exercise your creativity to produce a branded
vehicle that has the greatest possible impact.


One of the great things about fleet
vehicle graphics, from a business owner’s point of view, is that they offer a
fantastic return on investment. Vehicle wraps are relatively inexpensive to
apply and, by turning your vans into permanent moving billboards, they can
offer your brand increased visibility all day every day. When done well,
vehicle wraps can last for years, and with experts claiming that vehicle
branding is more effective
than any other form of advertising at increasing brand recognition, it
certainly seems like a sound investment.

Fleet vehicle
branding is a really effective promotional tool, particularly for smaller
businesses with a limited marketing budget. So what are you waiting for? Get
branded vehicle graphics and take your business to the next level.

How Independent Mortgage Brokers Get You the Best Deal

Buyers Cashing in On Specialist Advice

Last year, independent mortgage brokers
saw a 23 percent increase in revenue as more buyers chose to seek specialist
support in finding the best deal.

Through all
the financial turmoil of the past decade, the UK’s housing market has remained
largely healthy. In part that is down to the fact that whatever happens in the
world, people will always need places to live. However, it also proves the old
adage that there is no safer investment than in bricks and mortar, as more
people than ever have decided to become private landlords and dip a toe into
the buy to let market.

This is
particularly true in the thriving commuter belt locations around the south east.
But speak to any mortgage broker
in Chelmsford
and you will be told that the way people buy houses
today is quite different to the situation prior to the 2008 financial crisis.

Everyone wants the best deal

On the face
of it, it sounds obvious. A mortgage is one of the biggest financial
commitments you are ever likely to make, so it is natural that you will want to
shop around and evaluate all the options before signing on the dotted line. So
what has changed?

It is not so
much down to the attitudes of borrowers as it is of lenders. Back in 2005, you
could walk into whichever high street bank you use for your current account,
spend 20 minutes with a mortgage advisor and come away with what is probably
the best deal in town. Whether you went into Barclays, Lloyds or Santander
would have made very little difference.

Of course,
this was back in the days of higher interest rates and easy credit. The 2008
crisis might seem like a distant memory, but the financial services sector is
still living through its effects. Suddenly, if you walk into three high street
banks, you will be offered three very different deals. Make your fourth port of
call an independent mortgage broker, and you will see all three again, plus
several more options. Suddenly, the increased use of brokers seems far more

More complex borrower needs

In reality,
it is not just the financial service sector that is still bearing the scars of the
credit crunch
. Even the best of us suddenly found that those credit
and store cards came back to haunt us, and just like reputation in the world of
commerce, a credit score is something that can be damaged in an instant, but
takes years to fully recover.

Those who
were not caught out and came through the hard times with their savings intact
still faced challenges as to how to put those savings to good use. These were
the ones who were most likely to turn to the buy to let market.

What both
categories have in common is that their mortgage needs are not straightforward.
Specialist and complex mortgages, whether they are for people with poor credit
or those looking to buy to let, are the domain of the specialist brokers.

The economy might be on the up, but with global
trade tensions and Brexit getting ever closer, who knows what’s around the
corner? One thing is certain – whatever the financial landscape, and whether
your own fortunes are good, bad or indifferent, to get the best financial deal
on property, it pays to talk to an independent expert.

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