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How to Avoid Summer Festival Risks

Posted on June 11, 2015

Summer is the season of fun and merry-making—a time when people love to go out of their homes, bask in the sun and make the best of the good weather, and enjoy time with friends and family. What makes this time of the year even more spectacular is the summer festivals: Glastonbury, T in the Park, High Definition Festival, you name it. They say “summer” so emphatically that every year people look forward to the next one even while the leaves are just starting to fall. Improve Logistics On the other hand, summer festivals often present a logistical nightmare for organizers. Two particular problems stand out: wiring layouts and taking care of litter. I’ve had a lot of...

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Engineers Day - Awareness Day June 4th

Posted on June 04, 2015

June 4th sees the recognition of Engineers Day and provides the ideal opportunity for schools, institutions and businesses across the UK to promote engineering related activities. Engineering in the UK The UK is currently facing the biggest shortage of engineering skills of the last years, according to Engineering UK. Every year, the UK is set to face a shortage of over 81,000 people with engineering skills at all levels, covering the construction, electricity and civil sectors. Given the situation, the UK is trying to double the number of entrants into engineering across all levels of qualification. While engineering still represents a male dominated career with less than 10% of women...

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Be in Charge With our Laptop Charging Lockers!

Posted on May 22, 2015

There’s nothing worse than being on your phone, laptop or tablet and it running out of battery! Whether you are at work, school or the gym, laptop charging lockers are a revelation for those of us who are always on the go and might not be at home long enough to get a fully powered battery on our electronic devices. Considering technology plays a huge part in our lives today, the majority of people need and depend on devices such as mobile phones and laptops in order to carry out work and personal duties, even when they are on the go. Millions of businesses today use laptops, and keeping them safe and secure from damage should be a top priority. It should be a great comfort knowing that day o...

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National BBQ Week, Fire up the Grill!

Posted on May 20, 2015

It might just be a pleasing coincidence, but this upcoming bank holiday (25th May) falls on the same day that National BBQ Week in the UK begins. In my opinion, the second bank holiday that we are fortunate enough to have in May officially signals the start of summer; we are heading towards the middle of the year and finally some warm, sunny weather is paying a more frequent visit! With this in mind, it might be time to start considering, particularly if you are a business owner of a pub/restaurant or outdoor area, whether you need to whip your beer gardens in to shape and dust off the BBQ for some bank holiday fun in the sun. This year marks the UK’s 19th National BBQ Week (yes this has been a thing for the past 19 years!) commencing between 25th May and 31st M...

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The Nottingham Post Business Awards 2015 – Winners!

Posted on May 15, 2015

Last night we were invited to attend the Nottingham Post Business Awards at the East Midlands Conference Centre. “The Nottingham Post Business Awards aim to celebrate success, recognise achievement and highlight the innovative people and companies in Nottinghamshire who are putting our region on the map.” To find out more about these awards, visit their website. The final nominees listed within thirteen different categories were selected from hundreds of entrants, so it was a huge compliment to find out we were amongst those chosen to attend the awards. As nominees in the Retail Business of the Year category, we were very excited to be a part of the night, which was thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. Our...

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National Walk to Work Week!

Posted on May 11, 2015

Around this time of year, it’s probably likely that half of us are well in to a new routine in terms of fitness and healthy eating, but the other half of us are either still set in our old ways, or had tried to alter them slightly for the New Year but unfortunately gave in to temptation somewhere along the line! Having said this, if you are looking for a good opportunity to take on a new challenge in a bid to become fitter, National Walk to Work Week is perfect for those of us who still need a bit of encouragement when it comes to exercising. Starting today and continuing all week until 15th May, National Walk to Work Week is inspiring those of us in particular who might sit at a desk all day to e...

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Fifty Shades of Grey? Cable Ties all the Way!

Posted on February 18, 2015

Unless you don’t have access to the Internet, or a TV, or the radio… In fact unless you’ve been living under a rock in recent times, you will probably be aware that the new movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, was released in cinemas over Valentine’s Day weekend. In case you happen to be unaware of the movie and its plot, Fifty Shades of Grey was actually released in 2011 as a trilogy of novels. The genre of the novels are ‘erotic romance’, with the storyline tracing the relationship of a college graduate named Anastasia Steele and a young, successful businessman named Christian Grey. The book became a best-seller around the world with regards to its explicit content and references to BDSM, ha...

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted on February 14, 2015

Love it or loathe it, it's Valentine’s Day once again. The one day of the year where couples all around the world can celebrate their love for each other, whilst the single ones amongst us either eat their body weight in ice cream or go out with fellow singletons in the hope to try and forget the meaning of the day! Whichever group you fall in to, the majority of people probably all have the same thought process for Valentine’s Day – why do we need this day to declare our love for our partner? Well although the answer on most people’s minds is probably somewhere along the lines of ‘we don’t – it’s a money making holiday’, we nevertheless continue to buy cards, chocolates and flowers to celebr...

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Buying for Bars and Restaurants – Are You Prepared?

Posted on February 09, 2015

Whether it’s a birthday, engagement, anniversary or just a general special occasion, certain industries can constantly feel the effects of being extremely busy all year round. Restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs in particular will probably be packed (even more than usual) this upcoming weekend as dozens of couples walk through the doors hoping for a special evening filled with delicious food and drinks on Valentine’s Day! Having said this, it is surely beneficial to prepare yourselves and your staff in the best way possible, certifying that your areas used for preparation are fully stocked and organised and your customers are aware of all the available facilities aro...

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Labelling Hazardous Storage – GHS

Posted on February 04, 2015

The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, also known as GHS, is an internationally recognised system that conforms to consistent criteria regarding the classification and labelling of chemicals. Chemical classification is extremely important; it helps you to be aware of how the chemicals you are supplying could potentially harm you, others around you and the environment. If you are unsure about the legislation regarding the labelling requirements of chemicals you may be handling and supplying, visit the HSE website for more information. Understanding GHS The GHS was created by the United Nations, after development began...

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Advantages of Lockers for Students

Posted on January 28, 2015

Surprisingly lockers have great advantages for students that you wouldn't even consider without reading into it. Currently Christmas seems like a distant memory to all those children back at school, sat in class counting down the days until the next half term, but as teachers you may want to consider these benefits for your pupils before you write-off the new lockers suggestion. Some of the great benefits for having lockers include: Security The obvious advantage and the main reason for putting lockers into place, is for the security they offer to pupils. Having a lockable area for your valuables is a brilliant way to keep your belongings safe and secure. Making sure...

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Is it a Blue Monday for You?

Posted on January 19, 2015

We’re just over midway through January now, New Year greetings are officially over and normal life appears to have been fully resumed. However, today, Monday 19th January has officially been dubbed ‘Blue Monday’. Apparently, today is the day when the entire population feel a bit miserable, the weather’s dreary, New Year’s Resolutions become undone, and the infamous January blues have officially set in after all the hype of the festivities. It is also probably the week before most people’s paydays since Christmas and it has been a long month after paying for all those Christmas presents. Blue Monday was supposedly first discovered by Dr Cliff Arnall – who reinforces that all of these factors contribute si...

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