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Take Your Family And Pets Abroad For Winter

Get Relief From Your
Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms

Need to see some sunshine this
winter, but worried a long vacation abroad is too much upheaval for your pets?
Find out how easy it is to take them with you.

1 in 5 Brits
experiences Seasonal
Affective Disorder
, also known as SAD. This condition is known to
begin in early autumn, causing a lack of energy, disruption of sleep patterns
and a change in appetite. It gets progressively worse during the coldest,
darkest months of the year – usually in the New Year, but then symptoms can
disappear completely over the spring and summer seasons. One solution to
dealing with SAD is to move abroad to a warmer climate during the winter, then
return for the summer – an arrangement known as mouseholing
between home and abroad. Those with pets can simply take them along as part of
the family. Read on for advice on how to do so.

Preparation

Cats and
dogs are perhaps the easiest pets to transport abroad, although it may be
possible to take other animals such as rabbits and rodents with you as well.
Always check the regulations of the destination you’re travelling to, so that
you can be sure of the specific requirements.

In most
cases, you will need to begin by visiting your vet so that they can carry out a
health check of your pet, and administer any necessary vaccinations. These will
then be recorded in your pet’s passport. Your dog or cat will also need to have
an ISO 11784 compliant, 15-digit pet microchip, so that it can easily be
tracked.

Travelling Abroad

If you’re
planning on mouseholing to Europe for the winter, then you have a number of
options for your pet travel. Your dog or cat can travel with you by car, ferry
or Eurotunnel which means that you’ll be able to stay together with your furry
friend, eliminating any distress. Many owners find it’s a good idea to make
sure that their pet has had a decent stretch of their legs before the journey
so that they don’t have too much energy built-up before the trip.

Of course,
if you’re travelling further afield or just prefer to fly by plane due to the
convenience, then it’s also possible to have your pet take a flight to your
destination instead. You can fly on the same plane, but it’s important to note
that your pet won’t be allowed in the cabin, they’ll be safely housed below in
a container in the hold area of the aircraft.

Returning To The UK

When you
know that you’ll be coming back to the UK within a few months, it’s important
to make sure that everything is in place so that your pet can return easily
without needing to be in quarantine. Those pets who don’t follow the stringent
government pet
travel
rules, will be required to stay in quarantine for up to 4
months. To avoid this lengthy residency, your pet will need a rabies injection,
a pet passport or ‘third-country official vet’s certificate’, a microchip and
usually proof of tapeworm treatment. It’s also imperative that your pet arrives
back in the UK no more than 5 days before or after your own journey.  

Pet travel
is so much easier than it used to be thanks to the introduction of the pet
passport system – no longer do you need to feel confined to the UK if you can’t
afford lengthy boarding facilities. So, if you can’t bear the thought of
another winter dealing with your SAD symptoms, then why not move your family
and pets abroad until the sun shines once more upon the UK?

Raise Cash for Christmas

Turning your unwanted items into money
for your seasonal spending

Christmas can be an expensive time of
year, so planning ahead is always worthwhile so as to build a handy fund ready
for your seasonal spending rather than plundering your bank account or putting
it on credit cards or loans. There are various ways to raise some cash ready
for the festive season, and the sooner you start the more even modest amounts
will mount up.

Save, sell and earn

These are the three basic ways of
generating some money. Here are some ideas:

Selling

You may well have equipment and other
items sitting around gathering dust that you no longer use, so why not turn
them into cash?

Perhaps that coffee making machine
that seemed a good idea at the time, but you never seem to use could go? Maybe
there’s some clothes cluttering the wardrobe you never wear that might make
money?

You might have some old tech equipment
you’ve never got around to disposing of? Old mobile phones and tablets can be
converted into cash on sites like Gumtree or from specialist companies who buy
mobiles for cash.

How about older camera equipment you
no longer have much call for? You may have some very capable but seldom used
film camera equipment sitting doing nothing.

You may even have older digital
equipment you’ve replaced with a newer model, or perhaps find your digital
camera gets left behind more often than not because the camera on your
smartphone does the job of taking photos so well? Specialist buyers of
photographic equipment can answer the ‘how to sell my
camera
?’ question, and
the process is likely quicker and easier than selling on eBay or similar.

Be ruthless

When deciding what you could sell be
ruthless as you search through cupboards, drawers, the garage and loft; instead
of gathering dust your old gear could be gathering cash for you.

For example, with clothing a good way
to decide what to get rid of is to ask yourself if you’ve worn a given item in
the last six months (aside from maybe a very special dress or suit). If not, put
it to one side ready for sale.

Selling options

Ebay is the obvious choice for selling
your old stuff but check that selling and postage costs don’t eat into your
profits. Free alternatives include sites like Gumtree or Facebook marketplace.

Save money

Saving money is another way of
generating cash for Christmas. While perhaps cutting down on everyday expenses
such as visits to the coffee shop is one way to save, there’s no need to do
without little treats completely. Perhaps restrict yourself to one shop bought
coffee per day if you’re inclined to have more than one and resolve to put the
saved money to one side.

Bills and expenses – if you haven’t assessed your everyday bills lately, then
a session checking you’re not paying too much for your energy, mobile phone,
broadband and maybe car and household insurance is worthwhile.

By following
advice from known money saving experts
and checking that your current suppliers are still
competitive you could make some very useful savings. Why not channel the money
you save into your Christmas fund?

While you’re at it check out cash back
sites if you haven’t already; here you can get money back on many purchases
you’d have made anyway. This could be especially useful if you do decide to
switch supplier when you’ve checked your utility bills as above; for some you
can buy their service through a cash back site.

Earn money

There are umpteen ways to earn a
little extra online but be careful and check options out carefully. Some online
‘opportunities’ can at best take forever to earn even a few pounds from while
others are seeking to part you from some of your money in sign up fees and so
forth – the very opposite of what you’re trying to achieve.

Some online activities such as taking
surveys
, mystery shopping
or using
certain smartphone apps

may not make you big money but can add a little extra to your Christmas pot
whilst combining them with other activities. For example, completing a simple
online survey can be done while watching the television or on a train journey

Another obvious way to earn is to
either take on some extra work or maybe do a little overtime if the possibility
exists. Do guard against overdoing it though; you wouldn’t want to spend every
waking hour working, but maybe a few extra hours is feasible and if you’re
strict about putting this extra money into your festive fund it’ll soon add up.

Give up

Not so much the idea of saving for Christmas
but quitting expensive habits where possible. Smoking is an obvious one and if
you can kick the evil weed into touch the money you save could possibly pay for
your Christmas on its own such is the expense of smoking.

If you can’t quit completely then
turning to vaping is worth a go; you’ll save drastically compared to the cost
of smoking, and it’s certainly a step in the right direction from a health
point of view.

Whatever
method – or combination of methods – you adopt you’ll enjoy the festive season
all the more knowing you prepared for it financially rather than worrying about
the expense.

5 Reasons To Keep Your iPhone 6 Plus

Why it’s worth hanging onto your iPhone 6 Plus or buying
one used as Apple’s 2014 phablet still has a lot to offer if you don’t need the
latest in mobile tech.

Apple’s original phablet still has
plenty to offer so why change?

The iPhone 6 Plus with its 5.5 inch
screen was a significant release when it appeared back in September 2014. It
marked Apple’s first foray into the ‘phablet’ phone at a time when many
couldn’t imagine Apple going beyond the more compact smartphones they’d
released up to that point.

Since then, four new versions have
appeared in successive years with another on the way later in 2018, but your
trusty 6 Plus is still worth hanging onto as is buying one used if a good value
large screen phone appeals.

So why keep your 6 Plus?

Here are five reasons:

1. Cost of replacement

Inevitably, buying a replacement phone
will cost whether you opt to buy a new one outright or go down the contract
route with a subsidised handset.

While some people will always want to
have the latest model, the canny buyer waits until new releases genuinely offer
new features and facilities worth splashing out for. Even then it’s possible to
save money in that buying a model one or two releases behind the latest version
will offer both big savings and new features if coming from a markedly older
handset.

A good example (if you don’t already
own one of course) is buying a refurbished
iPhone 6 Plus
if
you’d like a larger screen and aren’t too concerned about other, newer
features. Your wallet will thank you in that they’re currently available for
under £180 so making a huge saving on a new version, or even a used example of
a newer release such as an iPhone 7 or 8 Plus.

2. Backward compatible with software
releases

A key benefit of the Apple mobile
environment is the way the company deals with updates and new versions of its
iOS operating system.

When updates or new versions of iOS
are available, users of compatible phones are notified via their handset
immediately and can download the new software. The company make their updates
backward compatible with many older iPhones: at present, the latest iOS release
is compatible with handsets dating back as far as 2013 so including the models
released a year before the 6 and 6 Plus.

3. Cheap running costs

Sticking with an older phone or buying
one means you can avoid expensive contracts involving subsidised phones and pay
for just what you need from your tariff.

Some people pay for more data and
minutes than they’ll ever use just to increase the subsidy on an expensive
phone. If you already own a 6 Plus or buy a used one, then you can select a SIM
only deal that suits your needs and so offer much better value for money.

4. Accessories still compatible with
your handset

One annoyance sometimes when upgrading
a phone is having to buy cases, chargers and other items all over again to fit
the new model you now own.

Sticking with a handset that’s giving
you faithful service means you won’t be spending money on accessories apart
from the odd replacement. Such is the mobile aftermarket you won’t need to
worry about these items becoming unavailable as time passes; you’ll be able to
buy a case for your 6 Plus for a while yet.

5. Built to last so why change?

Apple’s build quality is legendary
throughout its product range, and the iPhone is no exception, so a well looked
after 6 Plus looks good and performs well.

It still offers modern technology, and
such is the way Apple engineer their products – for example a screen that,
while not a pace setter in terms of spec, works very well thanks to its high
standard of construction – you don’t feel you’re using an obviously older
phone.

The 6 Plus has a decent camera, a
fingerprint sensor for quick and easy unlocking of the phone and some apps,
good battery life thanks to a larger battery than in the standard size iPhone
6, and a bright and very detailed display.

New releases not always offering big
changes

Also, while the 6 Plus has been
replaced every year since its launch as mentioned earlier, not all versions
have represented a huge leap over the 6. Phone makers often routinely change
handsets annually and it’s not always the case that huge leaps forward are made
with each release.

Your phone is up to date if it meets
your needs

Even those immersed in new equipment
such as tech reviewers would
say the 6 Plus from 2014 has a lot to offer
. While tech manufacturers will change their ranges
frequently, you’re not going out of date if your handset or other tech
equipment continues to meet your requirements.

Avoiding Downtime with a Business Refurbishment

Call
in The Professionals for Your Painting Job

If
your business premises needs decorating, save on any downtime by calling
Spectrum Painters.

Most
business owners will find themselves in this position at some point. Your
business premises is looking a little tired and dated, and redecoration is
something that you need to invest in. However, any kind of office refurbishment
means that the day to day running or your business could be affected. If you’re
thinking about tackling some of the work yourself, then wait. By hiring a
professional team of decorators, you could avoid expensive downtime and have
your business space looking like new in no time at all.

An
experienced team

By
booking with Spectrum Painters, you’ll be able to secure the services of the
best commercial painters and decorators Suffolk
has to offer. They have a huge variety of experience in the industry, and have worked
on both big and small projects. So whether you are a small store needing a
fresh lick of paint or you have a few offices you want to fully refurbish,
they’ll have the right team for the job.

Flexibility

Whether
it’s big or small, any kind of painting job has the potential to disrupt the
normal rhythm of a business. It may mean that you have to close a shop to
customers or your office team can’t come in, so a day is wasted. At Spectrum
Painters, they understand that you’ll want to keep disruption to a minimum.
They are really flexible with times, and will be able to come to an arrangement
that suits your opening hours.

You’ll
be free to run your business

It
goes without saying that if you were to try and tackle a painting job yourself,
your full attention wouldn’t be on the running of your business. So by letting
someone else take care of it, you’ll be able to dedicate yourself to the jobs
that matter. Your decorators will always consult you and keep you updated
throughout the project, but will tackle all of the messy, difficult jobs so you
don’t have to.

Health
and safety

Health
and safety is so important in the workplace, and if you aren’t a trained
painter and decorator you might not be as familiar with all the different rules
and regulations. So if something were to go wrong with you at the helm of a
painting job, it could have serious repercussions. The skilled professionals at
Spectrum Painters have undergone extensive health and safety training, and will
carry out their work in full compliance with current guidelines.

Always
hire local

It’s
always better to hire a local firm to take care of your painting job. Spectrum
Painters have been based in Ipswich for some time, and have built up a great reputation
with local businesses. By hiring a local painting and decorating company,
you’ll be able to count on them reaching you in a timely manner every day. They
will have a passion for helping other local businesses to succeed and look
great too – and that’s something you can’t put a price on.

Start the transformation today

As you can see, it’s much better to call in the professionals in order to keep disruption to a minimum. Not only will the job be completed more quickly, but it will be finished to an incredibly high standard too. So if your work space needs a few coats of paint, get in touch with Spectrum Painters today.

5 Reasons To Keep Your iPhone 6 Plus

Why it’s worth hanging onto your iPhone 6 Plus or buying one used as Apple’s 2014 phablet still has a lot to offer if you don’t need the latest in mobile tech.

Apple’s original phablet still has plenty to offer so why change?

The iPhone 6 Plus with its 5.5 inch screen was a significant release when it appeared back in September 2014. It marked Apple’s first foray into the ‘phablet’ phone at a time when many couldn’t imagine Apple going beyond the more compact smartphones they’d released up to that point.

Since then, four new versions have appeared in successive years with another on the way later in 2018, but your trusty 6 Plus is still worth hanging onto as is buying one used if a good value large screen phone appeals.

So why keep your 6 Plus?

Here are five reasons:

  1. Cost of replacement

Inevitably, buying a replacement phone will cost whether you opt to buy a new one outright or go down the contract route with a subsidised handset.

While some people will always want to have the latest model, the canny buyer waits until new releases genuinely offer new features and facilities worth splashing out for. Even then it’s possible to save money in that buying a model one or two releases behind the latest version will offer both big savings and new features if coming from a markedly older handset.

A good example (if you don’t already own one of course) is buying a refurbished iPhone 6 Plus if you’d like a larger screen and aren’t too concerned about other, newer features. Your wallet will thank you in that they’re currently available for under £180 so making a huge saving on a new version, or even a used example of a newer release such as an iPhone 7 or 8 Plus.

  1. Backward compatible with software releases

A key benefit of the Apple mobile environment is the way the company deals with updates and new versions of its iOS operating system.

When updates or new versions of iOS are available, users of compatible phones are notified via their handset immediately and can download the new software. The company make their updates backward compatible with many older iPhones: at present, the latest iOS release is compatible with handsets dating back as far as 2013 so including the models released a year before the 6 and 6 Plus.

  1. Cheap running costs

Sticking with an older phone or buying one means you can avoid expensive contracts involving subsidised phones and pay for just what you need from your tariff.

Some people pay for more data and minutes than they’ll ever use just to increase the subsidy on an expensive phone. If you already own a 6 Plus or buy a used one, then you can select a SIM only deal that suits your needs and so offer much better value for money.

  1. Accessories still compatible with your handset

One annoyance sometimes when upgrading a phone is having to buy cases, chargers and other items all over again to fit the new model you now own.

Sticking with a handset that’s giving you faithful service means you won’t be spending money on accessories apart from the odd replacement. Such is the mobile aftermarket you won’t need to worry about these items becoming unavailable as time passes; you’ll be able to buy a case for your 6 Plus for a while yet.

  1. Built to last so why change?

Apple’s build quality is legendary throughout its product range, and the iPhone is no exception, so a well looked after 6 Plus looks good and performs well.

It still offers modern technology, and such is the way Apple engineer their products – for example a screen that, while not a pace setter in terms of spec, works very well thanks to its high standard of construction – you don’t feel you’re using an obviously older phone.

The 6 Plus has a decent camera, a fingerprint sensor for quick and easy unlocking of the phone and some apps, good battery life thanks to a larger battery than in the standard size iPhone 6, and a bright and very detailed display.

New releases not always offering big changes

Also, while the 6 Plus has been replaced every year since its launch as mentioned earlier, not all versions have represented a huge leap over the 6. Phone makers often routinely change handsets annually and it’s not always the case that huge leaps forward are made with each release.

Your phone is up to date if it meets your needs

Even those immersed in new equipment such as tech reviewers would say the 6 Plus from 2014 has a lot to offer. While tech manufacturers will change their ranges frequently, you’re not going out of date if your handset or other tech equipment continues to meet your requirements.

Marketing Tips for Plumbers

7 ways to boost your
plumbing business

From engaging on social
media to branding your company vehicle, there are some simple steps you can
take to help market and grow your plumbing business.

In order for your plumbing business to
succeed you need to grow your customer base, and for this you need to dedicate
some time and resources to marketing your services. This can seem daunting if
you have little to no marketing experience, but there are some simple steps you
can take to help you grow your business.

Build your brand

First and foremost you need to turn
your plumbing business into a brand – a recognised name that is at the
forefront of people’s minds when they have a plumbing emergency. Creating a
brand is not just about designing an eye-catching logo (although that’s
certainly part of it); your branding should inform every element of your
business. Think about what you offer and what differentiates you from your
competitors, define your target audience, and create a unique voice – then use
these elements to build an engaging and memorable brand

Go digital

Digital communications channels offer a
myriad of marketing opportunities for small businesses. Creating a clear,
easy-to-navigate website which showcases your services is really important so
that potential customers can find you online. This doesn’t have to be a really
expensive project – just a small website of 4-5 pages should be sufficient for
your needs.

Social media offers another effective
way to engage with your target audience. Try to think creatively about the type
of content you want to post. Running contests and offering discounts to social
media followers can help you to expand your reach, while posting videos
instructing people on how to deal with common plumbing problems can help you to
build trust and brand recognition.

Harness your fleet

As a plumber you more than likely have
your own van (or a several vans if you have employees), so it makes sense to
use your vehicle to your advantage with fleet branding. This simply
involves applying decals or graphics to your company vehicles, turning them
into moving billboards for your plumbing business. It’s a great way to increase
your visibility and, with up to 3,000 impressions per hour it’s one of the most
effective forms of visual marketing.

Local business listings

To increase your chances of being found
by potential customers it’s important to get your company listed in local
business directories. Printed directories may not be used much these days but
online business listings such as Yelp, Google and Yell.com are a really
effective way of increasing your visibility and building your reputation as a
trusted business.

Radio ads

If you have the budget you may want to
consider promoting your services via a radio advertisement. These days it’s
overlooked as an advertising medium by many businesses, but radio advertising offers immediacy,
frequency and significant reach, and, importantly for a small business, it can
be surprisingly cost effective. An engaging and memorable advert on a local
radio station will help you to reach your target audience and get your name out
there without breaking the bank.

Community engagement

Getting involved in the local community
is a great way to build your reputation and get your name in front of potential
customers. Consider supporting an annual event or sponsoring a local sports
team for an easy and effective way to foster good feeling and potentially win
new business.

Word of mouth

By far the most important and effective
marketing tool for small businesses is word of mouth referrals. One negative
review can have a big impact on your reputation, so always go the extra mile to
ensure that your customers are happy with the service they receive. Be sure to
ask your satisfied customers to leave a review on social media and online
business listings so that potential customers view you as a plumber they can
trust to do a good job.

Marketing may can take time and effort but it is
imperative to the success of your company. Of course, you don’t need to try all
these things at once. Instead think about carefully about your business, your
resources and your target market, and decide what will work best for you. Even
taking small initial steps on your marketing journey can have a big impact,
helping you to successfully grow your plumbing business.

Give Your Building Project The Perfect Finish

Thorough painting and decorating can
make all the difference

After all the work and planning that
goes into a building project whether a renovation of a home, the construction
of a new commercial premises, a new extension or a refresh of a buy to let property,
it’s easy to overlook the difference a thorough, considered and professional
painting and decorating job can make.

As it’s often the last job before
completion of a project, the temptation is to get it done as quickly and maybe
as cheaply as possible – but with a bit of thought, planning and expert help
your new project can be transformed from merely ‘good’ to ‘great’.

Decorating options

Sometimes, especially if a building is
to perform a functional role such as an office or a buy to let property, it’s
tempting to treat the decorating as a bit of an afterthought or at least with
little imagination. A few tins of magnolia from the local DIY centre slapped on
is often the sum total of some people’s efforts.

With the decorating techniques
available today, not to mention a
multitude of paint colours and types
, it’s easy with the right help to create a visually
interesting look for that new office, extension or renovation.

Design help

Firstly, consulting home and decor
magazines can give you some ideas for colour combinations and styles for
certain rooms. Often a certain colour scheme can transform the look and feel of
a space; certain shades can make a tiny, darker room look a lot larger and
airier and two-tone styles can make a hallway look more interesting.

What about your commercial premises? A
flat dove grey shade everywhere is certainly functional, but why not think a
bit more imaginatively and create a space that helps project a specific image
and feel for your business? It certainly makes for a more stimulating working environment
and will likely make a lasting impression on your clients and other visitors.

Painting and decorating is a specialism
and experts exist to take it on as a project; for example a search for ‘commercial painters Ipswich’ gives you professionals with experience of decorating a
variety of spaces who can advise and execute a style to make the most of your
building project.

There’s also the matter of painting in
hard to get to areas such as at height and near hazardous areas; tasks that
professional painters and decorators are geared up for.

What will painting and decorating
experts offer?

Drawing from their experience, they
can point to a portfolio of various completed projects to help you decide on
something suitable. Maybe you’ve enlisted an interior designer? If so their
ideas on colour combinations can soon be made reality by your professional
decorators.

They’re used to working to an agreed
budget, know where and how to source good quality yet value for money
materials, are proficient in working in difficult to reach areas, and can
project manage so the task is completed smoothly and on time with good
communications at all times.

It’s a weight off your mind and well
worth the extra small effort to enlist the help of professionals to add the
finishing flourish to your building project.

A Stunning Show Car Is All About The Finer Details

Cleaning is a bit more than a bucket
and sponge for a gleaming show car

There’s car cleaning, then there’s
valeting, then there’s detailing – and here is where making a car look as good
as possible leaves the traditional Sunday morning bucket and sponge and quick
leather off firmly behind. Preparing a car for show is very much all in the
detailing.

A specialism

Most people can clean a car, and most
people can probably clean, vacuum and polish or wax a car’s bodywork, too.
Beyond this, preparing a car for show or just generally making it look its best
is very much a specialism best left to experts who not only know what they’re
doing but use the latest in car care materials and equipment to achieve this.

For example, for those looking to get
their old, new or classic car in tip top condition in the capital or beyond
this car detailer in
London
offers the latest
in state of the art car care methods.

If you’re looking to show your car,
the standard of detailing is so high you’ll likely need a pro who can
accomplish the following to get your car in the right condition to show it off.

What detail is required for the
ultimate show car?

Inspection – a detailer will firstly have a good look all-round the
car to assess what needs doing.

Assess paint thickness – using clever measuring equipment, a detailer will
measure how thick the paint is across various parts of the car to ascertain how
much polishing (as some involves the removal of a small layer of paint to do
its job) can be done.

It also provides clues as to whether
the car has had body and paintwork repair work done since original manufacture.

Wash and decontamination – a thorough wash is carried out and any deposits and
particles removed.

Claying – a clay bar (looks like a bar of soap) is used to remove
finer contaminants and provides a clean surface for the paint protection that
will be applied to adhere to.

Paint enhancement – swirl marks and scratching is removed by a gradual
polishing out; this will enhance the paintwork and provide a ‘mirror’ like
finish eventually. It may take the detailer two or even three days for this
part.

One detailer specialising in very high-end
performance cars even uses a forensic evidence microscope as used by the police
and costing thousands of pounds to detect the tiniest and most superficial of
bodywork scratching.

If required, this process will be
repeated this time using finer grades of polish to enhance the paintwork
further.

Another option you may be advised to
choose is having a ceramic coating to protect the paint and make it easier to
remove contaminants in the future. Is it worth it? This leading
motor authority website

says it is.

Wheel washing – they’re cleaned both front and rear (brake dust and
other contaminants are removed) using softer brushes and then sealed for
protection with a durable wheel coating. This prevents buildup of brake dust
build up on the inside of the wheels.

More

Detailing can offer even more than the
above depending on what is required. For example, if leather upholstery needs
restoration this can be undertaken along with, of course, a thorough cleaning
and vacuuming of the rest of the interior – nowadays much can be done by a
detailer as opposed to having to call in a specialist to perform a retrim.

What about under the bonnet? Your
gleaming show car could be let down if the engine bay looks a bit mucky and
dirty, so an engine bay detailing would be in order.

The same applies to the wheel arches;
dirt behind the wheels will let the side down so removal of the wheels and full
clean of the arches is another service likely required to get your car to
‘showing’ condition.

Ask for advice

Your chosen detailer should be able to advise on what would be required to get your car to show standard and provide a quote for the various elements involved. For showing your car off, the devil is very much in the detailing

Branded Outdoor Gazebo for Events

Stand out from the crowd with a customised
printed gazebo

Standing out at a crowded event can
be difficult, but a branded outdoor gazebo can help you to boost your brand
visibility and win new customers.

Exhibiting at an outdoor event can be
a really effective way to build awareness of your brand and win new customers.
However, exhibitions can be expensive, both in terms of money and staff time,
so in order to see a return on your investment it’s important to stand out from
the crowd and make the most of the opportunity.

One way to do this is with a branded
outdoor gazebo.

Marketing tool

Made from durable, weather resistant
material, such as vinyl, PVC or polyester, outdoor gazebos come in a range of
shapes, sizes and specifications and, with the right graphics, can act as a
really effective marketing tool for your organisation. With custom printing you
can choose what you want to display on the gazebo, whether that be your company
logo and slogan, a key marketing message, images of your products, or a
combination of different elements. You may even wish to supplement your gazebo
with pop up banners, flag displays or A-board displays for maximum impact.

Before you start designing, make sure
you have a clear idea of your target audience. This will help you to design a
shelter that has the maximum impact on the right people. It’s also important
not to overcrowd your gazebo with lots of text and graphics. The best designs
are bold, simple, eye-catching and, most importantly, consistent with your
overall brand.

Professional image

In business, as in other areas of
life, first impressions are incredibly important and potential customers will make a judgement
on your brand within the first few seconds of encountering it. With this in
mind, it’s vital to always project a professional image, and a well-made,
professionally designed gazebo will really help to position your brand in the
best possible light. Conversely, a cheap-looking, poor quality gazebo will
reflect negatively on your company, so don’t be tempted to skimp on costs with
a substandard product.

Easy and durable

On the practical side of things,
outdoor gazebos are easy to set up and take down at the end of an event,
meaning that staff are not left struggling with complicated equipment. What’s
more, quality gazebos, such as those supplied by Big
Value PVC Banners
are
highly durable, enabling you to reuse them at subsequent events and get the
maximum return from your investment.

Weather protection

Outdoor events in this country are
often at the mercy of the elements. And one of the additional benefits of the
outdoor gazebo is that it can help to protect your staff, your merchandise, and
your customers from the infamous British weather, offering both respite from
rain showers and shade from the sun. What’s more, if the weather proves
unpleasant you’ll likely find that people seek shelter under your gazebo,
providing you with a captive audience of potential customers.

With
a relatively low outlay and opportunity for multiple uses, a branded outdoor
gazebo is a cost-effective marketing tool that can help you to maximise your
event presence, boost your brand visibility and, ultimately grow your business.

With a relatively low outlay and
opportunity for multiple uses, a branded outdoor gazebo is a cost-effective
marketing tool that can help you to maximise your event presence, boost your
brand visibility and, ultimately grow your business.

What Happens to Scrapped Cars?

A Look Behind the Scenes at a Modern
Scrapyard

Almost two million cars are scrapped in the UK every year.
Exactly what happens to them?

Last year, the Society of
Motor Manufacturers and Traders reported sales of just over 2.5 million in
2017. At the same time, they are reporting a year-on year increase of 600,000
cars on the UK’s roads. It doesn’t take a mathematical genius to work out that
this must mean around 1.9 million cars are going out of circulation every year.
But just where are they going, and what’s happening to them?

If you’ve ever needed to
shop around for a scrap car quote, you probably picture a scrapyard as
being piled high with old cars slowly rotting away. A few yards like that still
exist, but in the main, today’s car scrapping business is quick, efficient,
clean and environmentally friendly. Let’s find out more.

Who can scrap a car?

Today’s car disposal
industry is highly regulated. Scrap yards just don’t operate out the back of
farms anymore. When it goes for scrap, a car has to be taken to an Authorised
Treatment Facility (ATF). This is a site that has gone through all the
necessary environmental and regulatory checks to confirm it can dispose of the
vehicle and their constituent parts safely and responsibly.

At the ATF, the vehicle is
stripped of all hazardous materials and of any parts that can be reused or
reconditioned before what’s left is crushed and recycled.

Removing the hazardous materials

The first step is called the
Vehicle Depollution Process. Here, the most hazardous components and materials
are removed, including the following:

  • Lead-acid
    battery
  • Tyres
  • LPG
    tank if fitted
  • Air
    bags
  • Seat
    belt tensioners
  • Fuel,
    oil, coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, etc.

The batteries and tyres are each sent to their own
reprocessing centres where they go through specialist procedures to be recycled
– these are what is known as closed loop processes – old batteries are used to
make new batteries and old tyres make new tyres.

ATFs are limited to the amount of tyres they can store at any
given time as the constitute such a serious fire hazard. If tyres catch fire,
they can burn for days, a fact that Essex residents living close to Rayleigh
will know all to well following the massive
blaze
at an
unlicensed tyre storage facility back in 2015 that caused chaos and disruption
in the area.

Next to go is the catalytic
converter. This comes into contact with a variety of unpleasant pollutants, but
it also contains precious materials such as platinum and rhodium. Recycling the
“cat” is another specialist job.

Getting rid of what’s left

With the pollutants safely
removed for reprocessing, what’s left of the car goes into a baler to be
crushed. All the metals, plastics and fibres are separated out and sent to
their own individual recycling centres.

Scrapping a car is a serious
job that needs to be done by professionals. Done correctly, it provides
valuable resources that go straight back into production. But in the hands of
unlicensed amateurs, it can result in dangerous cars and components being
reused, and environmental damage that can take decades to be put right.

The industry is
regulated for a reason, so if you need to scrap your old car, always use a
professional.

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