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target-market-100219345Nowadays, there are many affordable and easily reachable ways of marketing a small business. More and more platforms are being created to help small business owners on limited budgets achieve marketing success. However, the downside of having so many platforms is getting confused about how to use each site to its maximum ability.  Not being able to use different marketing platforms properly could result in losing business and effectively losing money.

Everything you used to be able to get from resources such as the yellow pages is now available online. And for business owners who may not be too comfortable with the internet, marketing online may be a bit daunting at first, as well as confusing.

Hopefully this blog wil help you in gaining a better understand about the different platforms available to small business owners to help market your companies. This blog will offer information for topics such as online marketing, social media marketing and mobile marketing.

Commercial Kitchen Duct Cleaning

When you are operating a kitchen on any commercial premises such as restaurants, hotels or factories you know that the kitchen equipment will be used constantly bringing the problem of a build up of dirt in kitchen ducting.

Commercial kitchen ducting cleaning companies have the necessary equipment and skills to provide these commercial kitchen owners with the appropriate duct cleaning services to ensure the equipment runs efficiently and safely.

APT is a company based near Cardiff in South Wales who provide kitchen ducting and extraction cleaning services and here is what they say about their service on their website …

Hygiene in the food industry, whether in catering preparation or food manufacturing and processing plants – is paramount. APT’s trained and experienced commercial kitchen cleaning teams efficiently eliminate the progressive build up of grease, oils and grime on less accessible surfaces such as canopies, light fittings, walls behind equipment and ceilings, which if left, can create unacceptable health and safety risks to your staff and customers alike.

All high level structures in a food manufacturing and commercial kitchen environments require some form of maintenance cleaning or industrial kitchen cleaning to remove potential contamination, debris, pest harbourage, micro issues and bacteria.

Kitchen extract

Kitchen extract cleaning is an absolute and they must be cleaned at  regular  periods to avoid serious fire hazards. The filters are unable to eliminate all the grease from cooking. Our dedicated team of commercial kitchen cleaners have first hand knowledge of extraction cleaning; they are fully trained thus giving you the assurance that the task will be complete to industry standards.  We can help you assess when and how often to have your extractors cleaned. You will not need to remember about it as we will simply place you on our ‘recurr’ list, call you before and book the appointment in.

Video Discussing Commercial Kitchen Cleaning Products & Chemicals

Soda Blasting Cleaning & Restoration Services

Soda-Blasting

Soda Blasting

Architects and other professionals are always looking for safe cleaning and restoration services which is why soda blasting has become so popular.

Unlike some of the previous, very aggressive solutions, soda blasting is eco-friendly whilst at the same time very effective for removing paint, grime, moss, algae, graffiti, and other substances that build up on the outside of buildings.

It is even more important to control the cleaning methods used when restoring buildings and in this article you can see why more people use soda blasting companies these days …

The APT Eco precision Blast System is revolutionary. It is an environmentally friendly, non-destructive, non-abrasive, chemical free cleaning process using specially formulated granules of natural bicarbonate of soda and controlled amounts of compressed air.

The APT Eco precision Blast System is by far the quickest, safest and most cost effective method used to clean and remove decades of build up from pollution, residues and coatings from virtually any surface without damaging the substrates.

Blasting soda is an extremely friable material that has micro fragmentation on impact, literally taking away surface materials without damaging the fabric of your building or surface.  Soda particles fracture into smaller particles on impact thus providing a thorough cleaning action while softening the impact on the substrate. [Soda Blasting Article]

Video Demonstrating The Cleaning Power of Soda Blasting

 

 

Cleaning and restoring the outside of buildings has to be done in a cost effective manner and using a system such as soda blasting to ensure no damage occurs due to aggressive cleaning.

 

Botox Treatment To Combat Sweating

Botox-Treatment-For-HeadachesIf you’re feeling embarrassed about constantly sweating, then maybe now is the time to try and get your excessive sweating treated. You may not be aware that you can now use botox to stop sweating.

The chances are that you haven’t heard about this method of treating excessive sweating. But as this blog, written for laserase Wales states, botox is being used to treat excessive sweating…

Botox Treatment For Sweating

Excessive sweating is an actual medical condition that is called hyperhidrosis. This is when the sweat glands in the body produce more moisture than they usually do on the normal person….

Botox Laser Treatment:

Finding The Right Botox Clinic

Botox_treatmentNow that you’ve decided to go ahead with laser botox treatment, it’s important that you find a clinic that offers the best service. This is something you may have overlooked when researching into different botox methods.

To help save you some time, I’m going to draw your attention to this post by Laserase Wales. This blog found on their site gives you a detail guide of what you should be looking out for when deciding upon a botox clinic

Botox Clinics

When a patient is considering having botox treatment from a specialised clinic, it is important to check that the clinic is a suitable place to receive treatment. Patients should ensure that the clinic that they go to for botox treatment is fully certified and is specialised enough to ensure that the best possible treatment is received…

Botox Laser Treatment

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt As Much As You Think?

tattoo_removal_3When you finally decided that you were going to get your tattoo removed and you decided to do it by method of laser tattoo removal, you may have started to worry about laser tattoo removal being painful. You might have probably asked a 100 people the same question, doe laser tattoo removal hurt?

Luckily for you, Dr Neil White from Laserase Wales has written an in depth blog with as much information as you would need to help you understand about the procedure of laser tattoo removal and if it hurts or not…

Does Laser Tattoo Removal Hurt

When some people get a tattoo, there is a chance that in the future some will grow to regret ever having it done and want it to be removed. But the actual task of getting the tattoo removed may be one that you are dreading, making you unsure as to whether to go ahead with the tattoo removal treatment. Maybe the thoughts going through your head are preventing you from getting your tattoo removed.   So the burning questions are: does laser tattoo removal hurt? Does laser tattoo removal leave scars? Does tattoo removal even work? This article from Laserase Wales answers these questions to help assure you that a laser tattoo removal treatment is the most effective treatment to remove unwanted tattoos…

He has also recorded a video blog to discuss laser tattoo removal…

 

Is Laser Tattoo Removal As Expensive As You Think?

Tattoo_removalThere is a high chance that you know someone with a tattoo. There may even be a chance that you know someone who is looking to get a tattoo removed due to the fact they regret having it. Options such as laser tattoo removal have become a popular way of removing a tattoo. This is mainly due to the effectiveness of the laser and the results it produces.

Despite this fact, people are still unaware of the benefits of laser tattoo removal. They also worry about the cost of laser tattoo removal. In this blog, Dr Neil White goes into more depth of about using laser treatment as an option…

The Cost of Laser Tattoo Removal

If you have a tattoo that you now regret, then you are likely to be looking at ways in which you can get the tattoo removed…

Laser Tattoo Removal

Why do SME’s need an Employee Handbook?

employee handbookMost business have a set of policies and procedures which cover topics such as Health & Safety, Diversity and Equality and Social Corporate Responsibility; but having a set of outdated documents that no-one ever sees is not deemed best practice.

For many business owners, putting together a comprehensive employee handbook that covers all relevant and important policies and procedures can seem like too much trouble. They hope that what they already have in place will suffice even as the organisation grows. This approach is fine until the business is faced with an employee issues, which could end up going to a tribunal.

It’s therefore safer and far less risky to have in place a comprehensive handbook that is developed by a professional human resources agency, like hchr, and given to and signed by every employee. It’s about managing the risk and not putting your successful business in jeopardy.

Implications

The implications of not having an Employee Handbook are as follows:

• If you don’t have a complete set of robust and relevant policies and procedures, then past and present actions will tend to become the company policies. The chances are that many of these practices could be deemed discriminatory due to a lack of consistency. This means that the business is susceptible to law suits and claims as employees have not had official notification of your polices.

• Employees have a right to know what the organisation expects of them in terms of behaviour and conduct. If the policies and procedures are not communicated to them, then the business cannot expect employees to behave at work in the ways they are expected to.

• It is particularly important to set what constitutes a breach of contract or what actions are likely to lead to a disciplinary hearing. By having a grievance and disciplinary policy in place you are protecting your business from potential costly lawsuits.

• All policies should be well written and understood by managers and supervisors so that they can lead by example and communicate the content effectively to other employees. Having an effective communication process in place is as effective as having a properly developed handbook.

Professional Approach

The most efficient and professional handbooks are those that are written by a professional HR consultant with a percentage of input from the business owner to ensure that the policies are relevant to that particular organisation and business sector.
Even if you only have one employee, you will still need a set of written policies and procedures, even if they are simple, one-page documents on your company headed paper. A good starting point is to cover key areas such as: hours of work and attendance, holidays, sickness, payroll, environmental, diversity and health and safety. These should also be signed by the employee to show that he or she has understood the organisation’s expectations.

As an organisation grows, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that the correct policies and procedures are in place, preferably in the form of an employee handbook, to protect all parties.

As a note of caution: an employee handbook is important to a business of any size as it is the most effective tool available to allow business owners to communicate the organisation’s policies and procedures in order to reduce any future liabilities.

 

What is the benefit of setting up a Community Interest Company

CIC companiesCommunity Interest Companies(CIC’s) are exactly that; companies that have the interest of communities at their heart rather than that of making a profit.

Today, the number of CIC’s is increasingly rapidy across the UK with more than 9,000 registered as of March 2014.

Criteria that determines a CIC

A CIC is determined by the following criteria:

* All assests owned by the CIC are held in an  asset lock which are then used for the good of the community.

*There are stringent limitations which apply to dividend and interest payments made to shareholders to ensure a profit can be made, but the main focus is still to ensure benefits to the community in which the CIC operates.

In general, CICs vary in size from a multi million pound turnover organisation through to a smaller ‘kitchen table’ organisation.  They are often referred to as social enterprises and can operate as a company limited by guarantee or a company limited by shares.

Legal Structure

People who set up a CIC have the benefit of working within a simple, legal structure to help their community.

All CIC’s are regulated in the same way as any other company and are governed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skill – BIS.

In 2009, the government launched the CIC Associaton to help to grow and monitor these type of community enterprises today and for the future.

Commenting on the growth in CIC’s across the UK, the CIC Regulator says, “The CIC model has come a long way in ten years and I am delighted not only that we are well on the way to having 10,000 CICs across the UK by the end of this year”.

 Sectors

Traditionally, most CIC’s tend to be set up to support third and voluntary sector organisations but more recently private sector organisations are going down this route, particularly those working in property and energy services.

For example,  Warm Wales-Cymru Gynnes is A CIC that has been established for more than 10 years, the longest established CIC company in Wales.   During that time, the organisation has delivered energy saving benefits to Welsh Communities instead of passing profits to its shareholders.

National Grid

The CIC was originally set up by the National Grid as part of a strategy to meet its corporate responsibility to the Government at a time when the issue of fuel poverty was high on the political agenda.

The principal motivation behind Warm Wales’s work from the very start was to bring partners together with a budget, using whatever sources were available, to deliver cost effective, tangible, fuel poverty relieving measures to Welsh communities.   Where households in need fell outside the scope of other funding schemes, the company provided the money so that all were included.  The company track-record of managing projects totalling £40 million for improvements to nearly 60,000 homes demonstrates how well this commitment has been achieved.

 

 

 

Importance of having a schedule of dilapidations for a commercial landlord

DilapidationsDilapidations is a fact of life in a commercial leasehold property.  As an area of Landlord & Tenant law, dilapidations, as a concept, has been around for hundreds of years allowing the courts to put to test everything from the meaning of repair to valuing the impact of disrepair, and an awful lot in between.  In recent years, the volume of dilapidation claims has been on the increase, but so too have the efforts of those professionals who deal with them in promoting transparency and fairness; the objective being to reduce the number of claims proceeding to litigation and eliminate fraudulent abuse of the process.

The current economic environment  is, of course, a major contributor to the recent uptake in claims, but the trend has been shifting for much longer than this, as landlords have seen it as an end-of-lease ‘bonus’ and tenants have become more savvy about curtailing their otherwise open-ended liabilities.

Over the last few decades, the length of commercial leases has diminished.  The traditional ‘institutional’ 25 year leases, without an option to break mid-term, are all but gone.  These leases have been superseded with 3-10 year terms, usually with an early option to terminate by way of a break clause.  This, of course, is at the behest of nervous tenants who don’t want to over-commit when the longevity of their business cannot be guaranteed.  It also works for those few tenants in the fortunate position of anticipated expansion and not wishing to be saddled with a property they will soon outgrow.   The frequency of dilapidation claims has therefore increased against the general backdrop of falling lease terms and the prevalence of break clauses giving tenants an early opt-out.

However, the economic downturn over the last few years has become a more significant catalyst for the volume of dilapidation claims in circulation.  Struggling tenants who had the foresight to sign a lease with a break clause are opting to use this lifeline now more than ever.  This is much to the detriment of the landlord who perhaps had naively assumed a consistent income stream over the full term.  Those impecunious tenants without the luxury of a ‘get out of jail’ card only have the option of proposing a surrender, which will invariably be at the mercy of the landlord’s terms.  If the tenant is viewed as a strong covenant, then few landlords in the current climate will be agreeable to a surrender unless the deal on the table is too attractive to refuse, and where there is another suitable candidate waiting in the wings.

On the other hand, landlords are faced with a more awkward decision when a tenant they see as a ‘man of straw’ neither has the funds to table a persuasive surrender proposal, nor the means to continue paying rent to the end of the lease term.  If they disappear, the landlord will be left to do some wound licking as a dilapidations claim will be a futile exercise and the landlord will then need to employ a professional organisation such as APT-ICC to the work on their behalf.

 

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