Put on your party shoes and dance the night away

It’s the season of celebrating and no better way to celebrate than with a Year End Party! Are you having a work function this festive season and not sure what to do or where to have it? Perhaps you want a themed party or something different than the usual meal out? Marquee Hire have the perfect solution, why not hire a pop up marquees and pick a theme, dress code and décor?

This was a great day!

Marquee Hire have years of experience in the entertainment and corporate arena and specialise in large events. They will assist with the type of marquee or part tents required right down to the finer details of the event. They will give you the most practical and honest advice about what is most suitable thus ensuring be it a wedding or a corporate event will be successful.

Marquee Hire Sussex will assist you with the finer details such as the layout of furniture and equipment in the marquee which requires careful consideration.

Their vast knowledge and years of expertise will guide you through the options to ensure you achieve the optimal use of space and flow of guests.

Areas of consideration include:

  • Arrival/entry
  • Formal seating
  • Soft seating
  • Table types (we stock a large variety of tables types including round, oval, poseur and trestle)
  • Chill out area
  • Dance floor
  • Bar areas
  • Outside areas

From the team at Marquee Hire we wish our customers a very merry festive season!

 

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Knowall IT wish all their clients a very merry festive season

Knowall IT are very pleased to announce the winner of the Innovation in Business award at the West London Business Awards Dinner. Celebrating excellence is their dedicated team whom collectively have made this possible. A well-deserved win for the experts in the IT industry with their innovative technology which includes Private Cloud ComputingWithout their team of professionals who are committed to their work as well as their customers Knowall would not have achieved this prestigious award.

What is Knowall IT success?

“Our success is built on the development of long lasting client relationships, by providing; a client focused, hands on and personal approach, whilst striving to deliver technologies and solutions that exceed our clients’ expectations”

Now you might be wondering what cloud computing means?

“Cloud Computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer”

Benefits of Cloud Computing in your business:

  • Employees become more productive with easy single logon access to any of the applications they need at any time, from any device.
  • An uncompromised user experience that seamlessly moves with them and changes to fit the device they prefer to use.
  • Your company is safer. Applications and Data are stored in a secure purpose built Tier 3 ISO certified UK data centre. If a device is lost or stolen you and your employees can rest easy as the data and applications do not live on the device.
  • Built in Redundancy – all our solutions have multi-site redundancy with 99.99% SLAs including automatic offsite backups.
  • Limitlessly scalable - Scale up or down to meet the changing needs of your business.
  • Simple subscription model means your monthly expenses are predictable without the capital expense.

Click here for more information on Infrastructure as a Service - IaaS London

Knowall IT would like to take this opportunity to wish their clients a very merry festive season, we look forward to working with you in the New Year.

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Happy festive season from DIY Marquees

 Spencer King owner of DIY Marquees share  some interesting ideas, news and advice on  his blog, he has been passionate about  Marquees for many years and with all the  experience he has had with starting his own  business he is very happy sharing his  knowledge and expertise especially with  passionate individuals wanting to start their  own business. Whether its marquee lighting or whether you need advice on buy party tent Spencer is you man.

Spencer has thanked everyone for visiting their  stand at this year’s Showmans Show.

     Showmans Show 2015 – review

“Thank you to everyone who came and visited our stand at The Showmans Show 2015. I grew up on stands at various outdoor shows and as I’ve said previously The Showmans Show is so much better organised and so much more exhibitor-friendly than any other show we have exhibited at it is a joy to be a part of.

The atmosphere among the marquee hire trade in general is so much more positive and upbeat than just a few years ago.

Our newly designed demi-marquees seemed to go down very well, they are based on a concept we developed years ago but it’s nice to at last produce a more polished model. The deluxe version will be available early 2016 with a commercial model to follow.

The best part of the show is meeting people. Whether it’s meeting new start-ups with the energy they bring or existing customers that we have dealt with for years. There are also a number of past customers who pop in having moved on to the bigger machinery-erected structures that intimidate and impress me in equal measure!

Thanks for visiting us, I hope to see you at next year’s show.

Spencer “

Read this excellent blog on Selling used marquees by a man called Ben Dawson who has written a really interesting blog post on Linkedin: Selling used equipment – marquees especially

‘For those who don’t know Ben he’s the man who set up curlew.co.uk which is simply the place to sell second hand marquees or associated equipment. He’s a very, very knowledgeable person on marquees and I can only agree with all the points he makes’.

How much is a second hand marquee worth?

I’m often asked how much a marquee is worth.

The simple answer is as much as someone is willing to pay for it.

There are many factors that you should consider; here are a few…

Who made the marquee

There are a few factors that I’ve got to take into account.

1) Unknown manufacturer (The customer has no way of knowing the quality of the marquee frame or covers)
2) They will not be compatible with existing stock (Roder, Tectonics and Custom Covers).
3) I don’t know how much they cost new so may assume they are cheaper that they really are.

Imagine you were buying a car, which would you buy… a BMW, or a car made by Guangzhou Automobile group (China). There is no question. They may or may not be of equal quality, however, I know which one I would buy.

Again using the analogy of used cars a second-hand 10 year old Ford keeps more of its value than a BMW. Possibly because there are more cheap spare parts for a Ford or more people want a cheap run-around than a big old gas guzzling luxury car.

Still, considering buying cars, people will pay much more for a car from a main dealer than a back street garage. And again less if the car is sold privately.

Profile Size

The same width of marquee can be made with different sizes of profile.

It makes sense to have one profile for different number of widths of marquee. This means that for example you can have a 12m marquee on a small profile that is one third of the weight of the heavy profile.

Generally heavy profiles are more expensive to buy new and you receive less money when you sell them second hand.

This is because the heavy profile requires more material to make however is less attractive to a smaller marquee company who generally prefer marquees that are easier and quicker to put up. As well as much easer to transport.

Condition is King!

As an item gets older apparent age is more important that it’s actual age, for example if something is 10 years old and looks new then it will be worth more than a new marquee that looks 10 years old!

This also applies to how you present your marquee for sale. If the photos look like they are from a wedding magazine your marquee is worth much more than if you can’t be bothered to stack the marquee neatly and it looks like you are looking at scrap parts.

Timing

The price should be based on the price you can buy the equipment NOW not the price you bought it for.

So if prices rise or fall with inflation or exchange rates so do second hand prices.

There is more demand leading up to the summer season than just before Christmas!

However it’s just after Christmas when I get the most people looking at the website. However many of them take time to get into the buying mood. I have always said customers have to smell the chocolate of Easter eggs before they buy marquees. However Marquees do sell all year round. And if your marquee is not on the site customers can’t buy it.

Service

In my experience the marquees that sell quickly are the ones where the vendor offers just a little bit more….

For example

  • Help with delivery
  • It will be cleaned before we sell it to you
  • Advice on using the marquee
  • Training in the correct erection of the marquee
  • Complete installation
  • Ongoing support running the business
  • Offer to take back the marquee if they are not happy with it

The last item on this list may seem extreme. However customers are averse to taking risks, often you will not be able to see the condition of the marquee until you have bought it.

When I was selling marquees I used to give this following offer. “If you don’t like the marquee when you put it up for the first time, just give it back in the same condition that you bought it in and I will give you a full refund, less the price of a hire” In 15 years of selling marquees I never had one come back (however all my marques were in as described condition)

Depreciation

I have made the following table.

This assumes you lose 25% of a marquees value as soon as you have bought it. Then 10% per year….

Some sizes of marquees hold their value better than others i.e. 9M wide marquees hold their value better than 3m x 3m marquees.

The age something looks is more important than it’s actual age. (if your kit is 2 years old but looks 10 it’s only worth 26% of it’s original value!)

Conversely – If your marquee is 15 years old, and you have looked after it and it still in a 4 year old condition, then it’s still worth 50% of what you bought it for!

Depreciation table - -25.00% Then -10% per year
Price 100 £1,000 £2,000 £3,000 £4,000 £5,000 £6,000 £7,000 £8,000 £9,000 £10,000
Years
0 75 £750 £1,500 £2,250 £3,000 £3,750 £4,500 £5,250 £6,000 £6,750 £7,500
1 68 £675 £1,350 £2,025 £2,700 £3,375 £4,050 £4,725 £5,400 £6,075 £6,750
2 61 £608 £1,215 £1,823 £2,430 £3,038 £3,645 £4,253 £4,860 £5,468 £6,075
3 55 £547 £1,094 £1,640 £2,187 £2,734 £3,281 £3,827 £4,374 £4,921 £5,468
4 49 £492 £984 £1,476 £1,968 £2,460 £2,952 £3,445 £3,937 £4,429 £4,921
5 44 £443 £886 £1,329 £1,771 £2,214 £2,657 £3,100 £3,543 £3,986 £4,429
6 40 £399 £797 £1,196 £1,594 £1,993 £2,391 £2,790 £3,189 £3,587 £3,986
7 36 £359 £717 £1,076 £1,435 £1,794 £2,152 £2,511 £2,870 £3,229 £3,587
8 32 £323 £646 £969 £1,291 £1,614 £1,937 £2,260 £2,583 £2,906 £3,229
9 29 £291 £581 £872 £1,162 £1,453 £1,743 £2,034 £2,325 £2,615 £2,906
10 26 £262 £523 £785 £1,046 £1,308 £1,569 £1,831 £2,092 £2,354 £2,615

 

Spencer and his team would like to wish all their customers a very happy holiday this festive season and looking forward to doing business with you in 2016!

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Play your part in energy consumption and savings

RUMM renowned for their innovative energy management services using Automatic Monitoring & Targeting to reduce business energy consumption.

Read a case study by RUMM on one of their clients -  RPC Containers who had a 14% reduction in Specific Energy Consumption (SEC) in the first year.

The Client

The RPC Group is Europe’s leading manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging. With just under 50 autonomous sites in 12 countries, the company employs in excess of 6,500 people.

The Brief

RUMM was asked to investigate energy usage at RPC’s Llantrisant plant and provide solutions and suggestions for reducing the annual energy bill.

The Method

The installation at RPC was carried out in two stages.

Following the completion of the aM&T system, where 17 meters were installed across the site, a benchmarking exercise then took place in order to identify where energy was being used and equally where there was opportunity for savings.
RUMM and RPC then engaged in an energy management partnership to achieve savings. This included regular weekly meetings to discuss options that could save the company money.

The main areas targeted were chippers, high and low pressure compressors, dryers, leak detection, lighting and chillers. Site analysis was carried out based upon production output, and thus specific energy consumption (SEC) was analysed and this was benchmarked to fully understand energy consumption characteristics

The Results

As a result of the measures put in place; energy consumption in the first 5 months was reduced with specific energy consumption reducing by 14%. This equated to a £120k saving in the first year alone.

Why it Worked

The key for the success was the commitment from RPC to control costs and the close working Partnership with RUMM. The general manager was committed to the project and encouraged the whole company to make it a success.

“RUMM pushed us, the staff responded and with a target of a 17% reduction in 2 years, we achieved more than 10% in one year alone. The actions ranged from monitoring and targeting specific areas, to simply installing time switches on lighting – but the savings were there.On behalf of RPC Llantrisant, I have no hesitation in recommending RUMM to reduce your energy consumption.”

Manufacturing Manager, RPC Containers

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Private Cloud Computing

Private Cloud Computing

Private Cloud London

Get your business on the cloud today with Knowall IT cloud based solutions to meet client’s needs and budget. The benefit of being on the cloud are incredible especially utilising Knowall IT’s dedicated servers. This solution removes the requirement for onsite server hardware and IT resources, allowing your business to concentrate on the areas that matter most while having complete confidence in your IT.

Knowall IT’s completely tailored private cloud solution delivering all of your IT requirements to your business on a scalable fixed cost per user. Read more about Private Cloud Computing. 

Cloud – Application & Data
Application & Data Cloud allows for the storage and delivery of data, email and applications. What this means in practice is there is no need to install applications on your PCs, MACs or mobile device. Applications can be delivered via Desktop shortcuts or via a Hosted Desktop… Pricing Below

Cloud – Data Only

Data Only, combines the storage of data and email. Allowing for access to your data & email from any device anywhere… Pricing Below

Hybrid Cloud Option
Hybrid Cloud, is best suited for HQ office environments, typically 10 users +, with limited bandwidth. The Hybrid Cloud option allows for local data storage on the clients site, which is then replicated to the Cloud… Pricing Below

 APPLICATION & DATA CLOUD

Cloud Computing

MONTHLY

MONTHLY PER USER

2 – 9 USERS

£29.33

10 – 24 USERS

£25.33

25 + USERS

£21.33

HYBRID CLOUD OPTION

FROM £75

Components:

  •  Microsoft Office 2010
    • Word
    • Excel
    • Outlook
    • Power Point
    • Publisher
    • OneNote
  • 2GB email storage per user
  • 50GB Shared Data + Additional 10GB per user
  • Data backup and resilience across 2 data centres
  • Websense Anti Spam
  • Secure Access via Knowall’s Web Portal
  • File & email restoration services
  • 24/7 Support
Additional Components

SETUP PER USER

MONTHLY PER USER

SAGE

£37.50

£9.00

VISIO

£37.50

£12.50

BESPOKE CLIENT APPLICATION EG. ACCOUNTS OR DATABASE APPLICATION

POA

FROM £7.00

ADDITIONAL STORAGE – UP TO 500GB

FREE

0.40P PER GB

ADDITIONAL STORAGE – 500GB -1TB

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ADDITIONAL STORAGE – 1T – 2TB

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ADDITIONAL STORAGE – 2TB – 3TB

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25P PER GB

ADDITIONAL STORAGE – 3TB +

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DATA ONLY CLOUDCloud Computing

MONTHLY                  MONTHLY PER USER

2-9 USERS                               £15

10 – 24 USERS                        £14

25+ USERS                              £12

HYBRID CLOUD OPTION         FROM £75

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Keep your vacuum loader in good health!

IBS know how important it is to keep downtime to a minimum they offer a FREE VACUUM LOADER HEALTH CHECK to ensure your vacuum loader unit is always in tip-top shape and fully functional.

Using certain industrial equipment such as lutos blowers and vacuum pump is a highly specialised job and requires specialised skill and experience which is why IBS are one of the best service providers in the industry.

They are constantly monitoring advances in industrial blower technology and tailor their service to provide support for the newest and oldest machines thus affording industry valuable maintenance cost cutting opportunities.

Industrial Blower Services or better known as IBS have a wide range of products and years of experience serving the many industry sectors such as Industrial, Utility, Manufacturing, Road Tanker, Municipal and Commercial sectors of the market.

IBS are proud UK & US agents for:

Blowers   Vacuum Pumps  On Site Services

Robuschi Liquid Ring Vacuum Pumps

Blackmer Sliding Vane Vacuum Pumps

KPT Blowers (representing the SR range)

Elmo Rietschle

HV Turbo

Zephyr

Howden Compressors

Sulzer

Hoffman

always in tip-top shape and fully functional.

Using certain industrial equipment such as lutos blowers and vacuum pump is a highly specialised job and requires specialised skill and experience which is why IBS are one of the best service providers in the industry. They are constantly monitoring advances in industrial blower technology and tailor their service to provide support for the newest and oldest machines thus affording industry valuable maintenance cost cutting opportunities.

Industrial Blower Services or better known as IBS have a wide range of products and years of experience serving the many industry sectors such as Industrial, Utility, Manufacturing, Road Tanker, Municipal and Commercial sectors of the market.

IBS are proud UK & US agents for:

Blowers Vacuum Pumps On Site Services

Robuschi Liquid Ring Vacuum Pumps

Blackmer Sliding Vane Vacuum Pumps

KPT Blowers (representing the SR range)

Elmo Rietschle

HV Turbo

Zephyr

Howden Compressors

Sulzer

Hoffman

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Celebrating the Queen’s Reign

Lodge Brothers are not just funeral directors they are a team of passionate individuals who do so much for the community and ensure they embrace every occasion with enthusiasm and passion.

    

They recently celebrated the Queen’s record breaking achievement as longest serving monarch of Great Britain. The different branches of Lodge Brothers decorated their windows with colourful patriotic displays and joined in the celebrations. Lodge Brothers funeral directors Surbiton went all out and their display included press cuttings, flags and collages. Such a wonderful tribute in honour of the Queen.

Then Rugby World Cup got underway at the end of September hosting their opening ceremony and game at Twickenham. Twickenham has been buzzing with flags, bunting and celebrations and shop windows are decorated with all sorts of colourful displays. The shops in the high street joining in and businesses in the town preparing festivities for the Rugby World Cup. Lodge Brothers joined in the fun by putting on a fun and festive rugby display.

Some exciting changes have been happening within Lodge Brothers – Paul Bye has been appointed as the Surrey Commercial and Operations Manager for the Lodge Brothers Group based in Byfleet, West Byfleet, Addlestone, Woking, Cobham and Guildford. Paul brings with him his vast experience within the Funeral Profession where he has worked his way through the ranks, obtaining his Diploma in Funeral Directing in the process. We wish Paul every success in his new position.

Susan Areington has been appointed as a new funeral arranger. Susan has been looking after the families at Lodge Brothers Englefield Green since the branch opened several years ago and has helped arrange a wide variety of funerals within the local area. Susan is also a resident of Woking and this local knowledge and experience is what we have been searching for to continue the high standards previously experienced by clients of Lodge Brothers, Woking. We wish Susan every success in her new position.

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Tantric Journey – Body, mind and spirit

Meet Mal the founder of Tantric Journey and read how Tantric Journey can change your life!

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The Tantric Journey Tantric Workshops London teaches what a Yoni Massage in London is. The Tantric Workshop in London is ideal for Tantra teachers who wish to know the ancient art of Yoni Massage in London. The Tantric Journey is welcoming to the newest client who has very little Tantra knowledge.

The Tantric lessons London teaching the working of the Tantric Journey Yoni Massage in London takes through the client from the basics to the in-depth knowledge of this ancient art. The Workshop touches on topics about Female Arousal Disorder, Female Orgasmic Disorder, Vaginismus.

The Tantric Journey objective is to spread awareness about the nourishing benefits of Tantric Massage London. It aims at preaching knowledge on the ancient art of Tantra and Taoism and how the practice can help rebuild lives and benefit the upcoming generation to live a spiritually enlightened life. This generation will have lower rates of crime, hatred, substance abuse, healthier relationships, happiness, inner peace and be coveted by love.

The Yoni massage taught by the Tantric Journey Tantric therapy London will teach men to value and respect women. This will lead to less gender violence, Discrimination and lesser hate crimes. The Tantric Journey yoni massage is about submission by the female which creates deep trust and in turn a sense of liberation and it creates a sense of responsibility in the male partner.

Tantric Journey is beneficial to many lives as it concentrates on making partners happier and fulfilled. The practice of a Yoni Massage in a relationship teaches each partner the role that is required to be played by each respectively. It can heal both partners by redirecting them to a positive state of life.

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Learn the Art of Emotional Release through Tantric – Tao Bodywork

Emotional Detox Through Tantric – Tao Bodywork – November’15

For men, women and couples

This is a dual practice with your partner. Here you will learn the skills to peel off (like peeling layers of an onion) the layers of negative emotions such as shame, fear, mistrust, sadness etc to open the body very quickly, clearing stagnant energy channels and help release emotions and how to move positive energies throughout the body.  If you are a single person, we may be able to find a partner from our database (subject to availability)

 

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The Showmans show 2015

THE SHOWMAN’S SHOW 2015

DIY Marquees specialise in marquee Lighting and buy party tent and just had notification that we will be on stand 262 Avenue Eat this year’s Showmans Show. Come out of the entrance marquee, turn right and then first left – we’re halfway up on the right as usual and opposite the excellent Arcotherm (well worth a visit for marquee heaters). Please do pop in and say hello, we’ll be launching our new range of demi-marquees as well as exhibiting our always popular walkways and other marquees including Pop up Marquees.

The marquee hire business I built up got to a sufficient size that I could not be on site for every job. We would be running several teams of erectors with me and another site foreman running between each site. I turned up one afternoon to find a team nearly finished. The marquees were up, the flooring and linings were fitted and they were just setting up the furniture.

The quality of finish was excellent. They proudly stated the only thing left was the walkway to the house “and they’re easy”. Walkways are easy to erect, indeed our current model of walkway is the easiest one we’ve ever designed. They are not easy to erect if you don’t leave enough space for it – as this team had done!

The lesson to learn from this is when connecting marquees to houses always always start building from the house outwards. Build the walkway (or one of our demi-marquees, details coming soon) first and then butt the main marquee(s) up to it. That way you know you’ve allowed enough space or know you’ve got to do some adapting to make fit before you get too far in to the build. As for the job in question it was solved using a hacksaw and PVC welding to still give an excellent job but it turned an early-finish day in to a late night one for everyone.

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Dedicated team of interior residential architects UK

Founded in 1999 dblo Associates architects Clapham architectural and development practice have dedicated partners with wide experience and knowledge across various sectors within architecture, master planning, interior design, project management and property development.Architects Fulham are based in West London making it convenient to service most areas in and around London.

The team interior residential architects UK is dedicated to creating and enhancing value through design and grounded in sound commercial principles. They believe the quality of the built environment has a direct impact on the quality of people’s lives. Simply put they believe in architecture.

Dblo Associates develop strong relationships with their clients, enabling them to achieve their business objectives.  They are grounded in sound commercial principles, believing that projects should deliver quality, cost-effectively and on schedule.

Designing your dream home and not sure where to start? Chat to Dblo Associates about their innovative design skills and make your dream a reality.

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