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The Wedding Details Not To Be Missed

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

You know what you’re wearing, what you’re eating, and who’s reading what at your ceremony, but none of that matters if you have no way of getting yourselves (and the wedding party) to the wedding site (a great task for the groom). These 6 tips for hiring wedding cars in London will get you ready to roll:

  1. What It Costs17

You’re likely to be charged by the hour for prestige cars for hire in London and you may be required to contract the cars for a minimum amount of time. A 15 to 20 percent gratuity may also be added to your bill. The parking service bill should also reflect a 15 to 20 percent gratuity charge. In this case, make sure guests know not to tip.

  1. Ways to Save

Stick with your standard six-person town car instead of a stretch limo — the former is actually a limo, just not as long. Leave out the TV, full bar, and sunroof. Or, let bride and groom get a ride and have the wedding party carpool it.

  1. Parking Protocol

Having your reception at a hotel, restaurant, banquet hall, or special events facility? The site manager may be taking care of parking arrangements and staff. If not (or if you prefer to hire an independent service), here are some guidelines: Valets are attendants that physically park cars for guests upon arrival, retrieve them when guests leave, and staff the parking area for the duration of the event. Non-valet attendants direct traffic, hold signs, point you towards available spaces, and staff the area. Figure five valets (or three or four non-valets) per 100 guests. The parking service manager should check out the location to determine the number of attendants needed before quoting a price. And keep in mind that meage to non-existent parking facilities, massive guest lists, and complicated locations will require more manpower and add to the cost.

  1. Guest Issues

Think transporting guests from ceremony to reception isn’t your bag? Better hope all your guests are driving. Picture 150 people fighting for cabs during a conveniently timed, post-ceremony thunderstorm. Look into hiring a bus or a couple of minivans if you think this could happen. You also need to consider the distance between ceremony and reception. If the ceremony ends at 4:30 and the reception space (20 minutes away) won’t be ready until 5:45, you risk having guests arrive while the space is still being prepared. Those early birds will have to make their own fun, which, trust us, doesn’t look good on you. Try to time everything just right. Call the reception site to change the start time, if necessary.

  1. Paparazzi Shots

Have your photographer ride along with you. Those glamorous in-car shots (pre- and post-ceremony) are fast becoming a new classic.

  1. Be Prepared

We can’t say it enough: prepare a call sheet with names and all pickup/drop off addresses and times, so that you can call to confirm these arrangements with the car company the day before the wedding (or on that morning). The drivers should have this information well in advance, as well as detailed directions to the ceremony and reception sites. Also, make sure that everyone getting a ride has a copy of the directions stashed in their pocket or purse, with an emergency contact number in case the driver gets lost.

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The Wedding Details Not To Be Missed

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

You know what you’re wearing, what you’re eating, and who’s reading what at your ceremony, but none of that matters if you have no way of getting yourselves (and the wedding party) to the wedding site (a great task for the groom). These 6 tips for hiring wedding cars in London will get you ready to roll:

  1. What It Costs

You’re likely to be charged by the hour for prestige cars for hire in London and you may be required to contract the cars for a minimum amount of time. A 15 to 20 percent gratuity may also be added to your bill. The parking service bill should also reflect a 15 to 20 percent gratuity charge. In this case, make sure guests know not to tip.16015033864_b09db3a6d9_o

  1. Ways to Save

Stick with your standard six-person town car instead of a stretch limo — the former is actually a limo, just not as long. Leave out the TV, full bar, and sunroof. Or, let bride and groom get a ride and have the wedding party carpool it.

  1. Parking Protocol

Having your reception at a hotel, restaurant, banquet hall, or special events facility? The site manager may be taking care of parking arrangements and staff. If not (or if you prefer to hire an independent service), here are some guidelines: Valets are attendants that physically park cars for guests upon arrival, retrieve them when guests leave, and staff the parking area for the duration of the event. Non-valet attendants direct traffic, hold signs, point you towards available spaces, and staff the area. Figure five valets (or three or four non-valets) per 100 guests. The parking service manager should check out the location to determine the number of attendants needed before quoting a price. And keep in mind that meage to non-existent parking facilities, massive guest lists, and complicated locations will require more manpower and add to the cost.

  1. Guest Issues

Think transporting guests from ceremony to reception isn’t your bag? Better hope all your guests are driving. Picture 150 people fighting for cabs during a conveniently timed, post-ceremony thunderstorm. Look into hiring a bus or a couple of minivans if you think this could happen. You also need to consider the distance between ceremony and reception. If the ceremony ends at 4:30 and the reception space (20 minutes away) won’t be ready until 5:45, you risk having guests arrive while the space is still being prepared. Those early birds will have to make their own fun, which, trust us, doesn’t look good on you. Try to time everything just right. Call the reception site to change the start time, if necessary.

  1. Paparazzi Shots

Have your photographer ride along with you. Those glamorous in-car shots (pre- and post-ceremony) are fast becoming a new classic.

  1. Be Prepared

We can’t say it enough: prepare a call sheet with names and all pickup/drop off addresses and times, so that you can call to confirm these arrangements with the car company the day before the wedding (or on that morning). The drivers should have this information well in advance, as well as detailed directions to the ceremony and reception sites. Also, make sure that everyone getting a ride has a copy of the directions stashed in their pocket or purse, with an emergency contact number in case the driver gets lost.

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Why You Need Good Transport Management

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

4854351838_c63ddbcf2d_bIt’s easy to see why more and more companies without specialist transport departments are choosing to outsource transport management to fleet management companies. You’re essentially buying much-needed expertise to keep your fleet operating efficiently, but without having to recruit and pay for full-time in-house staff.

But while outsourcing your transport management may be the best solution for your business, you need to make sure you do it right. Most importantly, if you use goods vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes gross plated weight, (with a few exemptions) you will need an operator’s licence.

Choosing the right provider, therefore, is as much about legal compliance as it is about getting the service you need. To help you, we’ve compiled our top five questions to ask fleet management companies before you use them.

A good transport management company will help you keep legally compliant, whichever sizes of commercial vehicles you use. As well as helping you stay on top of MOTS, they can assist with arranging checks of safety-critical components if your vehicle’s general use subjects it to greater wear and tear, and even help you document legal requirements such as your daily vehicle checks. One of the best ways to cut your transport overheads, including fuel and tyres, is by using new technology that monitors driver behaviour.

This gives you information on how often drivers accelerate fast, brake harshly, exceed the speed limit or corner too sharply. The most modern systems allow you to ‘gamify’ driving techniques and will create automatic league tables of your best to worst drivers. You can use the data to reward good driving, train the drivers who need help, and reduce your SMR (service, maintenance and repair) costs. Telematics systems allow you to plan the most efficient routes for your drivers, cutting down on journeys in which vans are empty and helping deliveries to take less time overall. A good transport management company will give you access to technology of this kind, increasing visibility and control while helping you to save money and increase your bottom-line profits.

Good transport management companies like transporture.co.uk will offer comprehensive maintenance schedules, ensuring that your vehicles are in the best possible working order and minimising the time they spend off the road. Ideally look for a provider who will offer you flexibility such as mobile maintenance services for minor maintenance and repair work, and will also provide a complementary like-for-like replacement vehicle if one of yours is off the road for any reason. Economies of scale should keep your maintenance costs as low as possible. While better routing and driver behaviour are fundamental to saving both time and money, it’s always a good idea to ask fleet management companies what else they can do to save these resources. The more proactive they are, the more ideas they will have – from helping you modernise your transport management processes to offering vehicle modifications at a low monthly cost (such as via flexible rental options)

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How Much Does A New Kitchen Cost?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

The cost of getting a new kitchen can escalate easily, running into thousands depending on what materials you go for and which company you use. But choosing carefully and using a few money-saving tricks could cut your final bill considerably. Map out your current kitchen layout (or empty kitchen if you plan to start from scratch) on graph paper using metric measurements, as this is what kitchen manufacturers use.

Central to the design of your kitchen are your storage requirements. Assess your needs – what do you need to store and how much storage space will you therefore need? What do you use regularly and what do you use less often? Of the things you use regularly, where would make most sense for them to be stored? For example, if you like to try new recipes and experiment with spices, having cookbooks and a spice rack to hand near the hob would be useful. Or if you’re a seasoned baker, storage for baking utensils and ingredients might be best placed by the area where you’ll do most 3917791802_12b36a3172_opreparation. Once you’ve thought about what you want to store and where it makes most sense to place things, have a think about the different types of storage available: kitchen islands, open shelves, pull-out units, corner storage racks, hooks, freestanding units such as dressers, floor-to-ceiling cupboards, plate racks and wine racks (built-in or freestanding).

Look out for sales to grab a bargain kitchen – post-Christmas and pre-Easter are usually good times to buy.  Websites like diyluxurykitchens.co.uk can help you find the design you want. Once you’ve found a company you like, if it can’t reduce the price any further, ask whether it will include the sink or certain appliances for no extra charge.  Avoid giving a company more than 25% deposit before everything is delivered. If you’re able, pay at least £100 of the deposit on your credit card. This will give you extra rights, should you encounter problems later on. Check the payment schedule before signing any contracts for products and fitting. You can also buy a second-hand kitchen at a bargain price, but it’s vital to check it all fits well and that care has been taken to avoid damaging the kitchen when units are removed from another building. Whether you get a new kitchen or a second-hand one, if it’s from a big brand, it’s worth checking how highly its customers rate it.

If you decide to buy all new appliances, a typical list, including a washing machine, built-in oven, hob, cooker hood, dishwasher and fridge freezer, will cost from around £1,500, if you choose budget Best Buy-rated appliances. Installation is an extra expense on top of the kitchen itself and could be anything from £250 for pre-assembled units up to around £1,000, depending on the size of your kitchen and what’s being installed. Your kitchen’s plumbing, electrical wiring and waste water pipes also have a bearing on the overall cost. The more pipework and wiring you need to move, the higher the cost of your kitchen improvement will be. So if you can keep the layout of your old kitchen, the cheaper the installation will be.  Many kitchen companies offer an installation service, at extra cost. We asked customers to rate the firm they used for installation, including the speed and quality of installation, the amount of mess made and the communication with their installer. Overall customer scores ranged from 84% to 56%, so it’s worth taking a look at our guide to kitchen brand installation to find out how your preferred company scored.

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A Handy Guide to Children & Carpet Care Comments Off on A Handy Guide to Children & Carpet Care

A Handy Guide to Children & Carpet Care

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

Is There a Need For Hiring Professional Carpet2Our carbon footprint is so important these days, and this trend toward safe chemicals that do not harm the environment is great for families that include small children. Many safe regular cleaning products are being sold at supermarkets and used by professional carpet cleaners. Chemicals that were eco-friendly used to be hard to come by and now they’re far more readily available. Being able to buy environmentally friendly cleaning products means that you can now get top quality safe chemicals that will be good to both the earth and to your children, at a fraction of the cost of years gone by. You can fight dust mites and other allergens without draining your bank account every time you need to clean the house and companies such as magic-carpet.net are full of knowledge about which products are the best to use. Everyone knows that having children around can make housework difficult, especially if those children are under 5 or at the crawling baby stage. When you perform your regular cleaning routine in your home, you may be leaving behind all sorts of dust mites and other allergens that can have a negative effect on your children’s health, especially crawling babies.

Having children that crawl tends to go hand in hand with them putting their hands or toys in their mouths. You’ve got to use safe chemicals to deep clean your carpets and you will be increasing the cleanliness of your home while protecting the health of your little ones. There are many companies who clean carpets with safe chemicals. So many carpet cleaning chemicals get the job done right but they are not all child friendly and that can be a problem with little ones in the home. Generally children have sensitive body systems and are more vulnerable to harmful chemicals in their environments than are their parents.

Children are brand new and not used to the poisons in the air in the same way grown-ups are as they’re still relatively new with vulnerable immune systems. While deep cleaning is really important in order to keep your home free of the dust mites that can stir up allergies in your kids, it is important that you only use safe chemicals. Make an effort to only use products that will not cause harmful effects, even when used frequently. When you are hiring a carpet cleaning company, make sure that you discuss all of the products being used during the cleaning process. You need to know the names of the chemicals that you use so you can make sure there are no allergens in the bottles that your children wouldn’t breathe in. You’ve got to make sure that the chemicals used are correct.

Make sure you don’t stay quiet; ask any and all questions that pop into your head during the cleaning process and make sure children are not in the room while you clean.

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Reasons To Hire A Contractor

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

In today’s unpredictable business world, permanent roles are not always suitable for the needs of an organization.  Increasingly, companies are relying on contract or interim employees to augment their teams during periods of organizational change. Sometimes there is foresight to these changes such as busy season or project implementation, but there are also situations where employees are terminated or leave for other reasons, and employers are left in a pinch, needing talent immediately.

Here are six scenarios that demonstrate why you may want to consider MA general contractor:USED (4)

  1. One-off, short-term projects

Companies often find themselves struggling with a lack of resources or skills for projects that may be one-off or short term. This can include undertakings such as IT or systems implementations, compliance requirements for new legislation or policy, and process/efficiency evaluations, among others. A contractor provides you with a more flexible arrangement to complete these projects without needing the commitment of a permanent employee.

  1. Financial advantage and risk mitigation

Contract workers often result in cost savings to organizations. While they may earn a higher wage, you will often save on costs such as taxes, benefits, training and development, redundancy payouts and vacation pay that ultimately end up being more costly in the long-term. In addition, you can protect your organization from unforeseen legal issues and costs as most contractors maintain their own liability insurance.

  1. Leaves of absence

Employees may go on leave for a number of reasons, such as parental leave, a sudden illness or sabbatical. Upon these departures, you may be required to bridge a skills gap or cover responsibilities for a certain period. It is helpful to utilize a contractor in these circumstances, as they can cover off a predetermined timeline or can be used for an indefinite period until you find a more permanent solution.

  1. Fill an immediate need

Imagine that you are in the middle of developing your budget and your CFO suddenly leaves. Contracting with an interim CFO is a great way to assist in this type of situation for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they are experts at entering an organization at difficult times. They have experience dealing with new processes, cultures and teams at a moment’s notice. Secondly, their productivity is instant as they are trained experts in their field and are used to navigating various systems and procedures. Hiring interim support not only helps fill the immediate need, but also gives the organization time to critically think and assess their next move.

  1. Specialized knowledge and expertise

As an organization, you may come across situations where you require specialized knowledge in a particular functional area. Whether it be, specialization in compensation, labour relations, project management, systems integration or technical experts in fields such as engineering, or geology, there are a variety of individuals with specific expertise that are available for contract or interim positions.

  1. Mentoring or coaching

Many companies are faced with an aging workforce and as their businesses have grown, have neglected effective succession planning at the leadership level. In many cases, organizations have strong technical talent willing to take the next step, but have not yet mastered the strategic skills required to take on leadership roles. The use of an experienced interim professional with both a functional and mentoring/coaching mandate may be beneficial to the long-term success of organization. Furthermore, these individuals can be utilized in technical development and performance management scenarios.

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