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Some people go to Tiffany’s for a little trinket

Others go to DBLO Associate architects for a little trinket that is a bit more bespoke.

Local firm DBLO Associates architects Clapham designed the staircase as part of its refurbishment of a top-floor flat in a Georgian terrace on Redcliffe Square, Kensington – a stone’s throw away from the yellow brick townhouse completed by TDO earlier this year.

It connects the two-bedroom property’s renovated roof terrace with a landing at the top of the main stairs, which the architects re-clad in timber as part of the project.

Read more about dblo Associate architects Mayfair latest projects:

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dblo Associates believe that the quality of our surrounding have a direct influence on the quality of our lives, whether in public, the work place, or the home. dblo associates is an organisation dedicated to creating and enhancing value through design. They are experts in commercial and residential design.

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Lodge Brother pride themselves on the quality and standard of memorials

Brentford Says Final Farewell to Flight Lieutenant Owen Burns – Battle of Britain Veteran

 

Lodge Bothers funeral directors Surbiton and Funeral Directors Twickenham have had the privilege of conducting hundreds of funerals and memorials for some of Britain’s most loved people. They recently conducted a private funeral service for Flight Lieutenant Owen Burns.

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Local resident Flight Lieutenant Owen Valentine Burns, who was an air gunner on Bristol Blenheims during the Battle of Britain – making him one of Churchill’s ‘The Few’ – has died at the age of 99.

Owen was born in Birkenhead on 20th November 1915 but moved to Brentford in 1983 where he joined Deborah, also from Birkenhead, who subsequently became his wife.

Owen, who was just a few months short of his 100th birthday, when he died on 30 June 2015, had volunteered for the RAF on 3 October 1939, joining up as a wireless operator/air gunner.
Owen joined 235 Squadron, a Coastal Command Squadron assigned to Fighter Command to replace losses incurred during the Battle for France and flew with them throughout the Battle of Britain.

On 11th September 1940 he was one of 6 Blenheims escorting 6 Albacores of the Fleet Air Arm to Calais to torpedo the German fleet. On arrival they were greeted by anti-aircraft fire and then attacked by 25+ ME 109s. Fortunately the attack only lasted a few minutes, it is presumed because the Messerschmitts were low on fuel returning from an attack in SE England but only 3 Albacores and 4 Blenheims made it back. (This is an official entry in Lord Dowding’s Diary).

On 14 February 1941 Burns’ Blenheim was caught in an enemy raid while returning from a night patrol over the North Sea. The aircraft crashed on landing as the flare path lighting the airfield had been extinguished. The observer was killed and the pilot spent a year in hospital, but Owen escaped with a broken collar bone – could the date Valetine’s Day be significant?

In January 1945 he was appointed Gunnery Officer for 19 Group, Plymouth and a month later he became PA to Air Officer Commanding Air Vice Marshal CBS Spackman. Owen left the RAF in March 1948.

After the war Owen worked in the North West of England for a whisky company before coming to London after his retirement. He became involved in Battle of Britain activities and as recently as 10 June 2015, Owen and Deborah attended a tea for members of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association hosted by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

He was also recently presented to Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at the opening of the new visitor centre ‘The Wing’ at the National Memorial to ‘The Few’ in Capel le Ferne, Kent in March.

Owen died peacefully on 30th June 2015 in hospital after a short illness and is survived by his wife Deborah, his 6 daughters and his son.

Click here Funeral Directors Cobham for more information on how Lodge Brothers can assist you.

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DIY Party Tent Range are excellent 2-season marquees

Do you need help with buy party tents? Are you looking to buy marquee party tent that’s durable, affordable and safe? Speak to the experts in marquee sales for their professional advice. They will advise you on the best party tents to buy.

The term party tents generally refers to structures that are lighter weight than average marquees. Party tents are made using PE material in weights of 90gsm (grams per square metre) in the basic models up to 240gsm in the heavy duty party tents. There is a similar range of different quality framework ranging from 20mm pipework in lightweight models up to heavy duty 38mm steel pipe in heavy duty party tents.

If you’re looking for a good quality party tent marquee then look no further than DIY Marquees – we offer a wide variety of different models starting at our light weight and easy to erect party tent range up to our commercial marquees designed for the marquee hire industry. Whatever your requirements we have the party tent marquee for you.

The following table shows the available sizes in our Classic range of marquees. Size guides can vary greatly, this is due to the variety of ways a marquee can be used. For example a 6x12m marquee can seat 70-80 people at round tables but if you allow for buffet tables and/or a dance floor then the capacity is reduced.

 
Size of Marquee (width first) Capacity seated Capacity standing
3x2m DIY Party Tent 4-8 4-12
3x4m DIY Party Tent 6-12 9-18
3x6m DIY Party Tent 12-20 15-30
3x8m DIY Party Tent 12-24 18-35
3x10m DIY Party Tent 15-30 20-45
3x12m DIY Party Tent 18-40 27-60
4x4m DIY Party Tent 8-15 10-22
4x6m DIY Party Tent 12-24 18-35
4x8m DIY Party Tent 12-30 18-45
4x10m DIY Party Tent 15-35 18-55
4x12m DIY Party Tent 20-48 25-70
6x6m DIY Party Tent 15-40 20-60
6x12m DIY Party Tent 30-80 40-120
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RUMM is a specialist energy management company

Don’t leave your energy saving measures half finished

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By Andrew Diplock, Managing Director, UES Energy

There are numerous actions that can be taken in the quest for Business energy reduction reducing costs and lower carbon emissions. Energy management plays a key role but it’s also important not to overlook the other end of the process – the steps you take before that precious energy even reaches you; that is, the deal you sign up to and the way you manage energy purchasing.

To do this thoroughly and professionally requires a fully integrated energy strategy that includes the energy purchasing cycle.

Unfortunately, this is often overlooked – sometimes because such measures as incorporating energy management products are more tangible, but often because buying energy cost-effectively is complicated.

There are numerous variables, enormous volatility in prices and an endless array of contract options. But while this may be daunting, getting it right can deliver major savings and significant competitive advantages.

The three aspects of buying gas and electricity that make them different from most other products or services you purchase are the timing of the purchase, your company’s appetite for risk and the skills and knowledge needed to get it right.

Timing
Timing is crucial because market prices fluctuate quickly and massively. Some changes are foreseeable, such as seasonal demand, while others, such as unrest in the Middle East, can sometimes be totally unforeseen and could send energy prices soaring in hours.

Consequently, you must clearly understand markets and the forces driving them and constantly monitor them to both take advantage of opportunities as they arise and avoid being caught flat-footed.

Risk
Different businesses have different appetites for risk and this has a profound influence on energy purchasing. Most contracts are either “fixed term” or “flexible”, the latter giving a degree of control over prices and potentially make savings – but at greater risk.

To find a contract with the right level of risk for your business you need to know the options available for Business energy reduction UK.

Skills and knowledge
Finally, if you are responsible for energy procurement you must be familiar with the myriad of different opportunities provided by energy suppliers and negotiate with them to get the best deals.

In all these things, familiarity, experience and industry knowledge are crucial. Energy purchasing has become an increasingly specialist full-time role and an industry of experts has grown up to operate between energy suppliers and business users. Companies like UES Energy constantly monitor market fluctuations and the full spectrum of suppliers’ contracts to help clients find the best options.

Premium airline seating manufacturer Contour Aerospace (now part of Zodiac Aerospace Group), were one company who saw the value in working with energy professionals and following great results from RUMM on their energy management, turned to UES Energy for advice for their energy purchasing.

Finance Director Alison Baker said: “(UES Energy) approach to energy procurement focuses on avoiding unnecessary cost and their advice on the timing of contract placement is backed up with detailed market intelligence. Their quality of service is reassuring and a stark difference to our previous energy broker.”

For more information on how professional energy consultants can help you purchase and manage your energy efficiently and effectively, click here Energy Reduction in Manufacturing.

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Summer bliss with Marquee Hire

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Marquee Hire London have been very busy this summer with events, wedding marquee and parties, Marquee Hire have been creating amazing event spaces, hiring marquees across Surrey and Sussex, helping our clients have amazing parties and solve sometimes challenging conundrums.

Marquees hire Surrey have seen an increase in events and large functions with people capitalising on the great British summer weather, hosting parties in gardens and parks.

So, without disappearing, we thought we would update you with a snippet of what we’ve been doing!

If you’re want a little more gossip on the latest happenings, please follow us on twitter

  1. Back in April, we were delighted to provide a marquee for AP McCoy’s final race at Sandown Park. Discover.
  2. How do we do, what we do? Check out our latest time-lapse video from an event we supplied the winter marquees and infrastructure for back in November, watch here.

Our team has extensive experience in creating bespoke marquees to solve almost anything our clients choose to throw at us. In addition to this, we work to strict health and safety procedures ensuring that even our bespoke work is delivered not only to our high standards but also delivered in a safe working manner. Our accredited member status of the marquee hire industry body (MUTA) is testament to this.

 

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DIY Marquees raising marquees to new heights

We love DIY Marquees blog posts, they are not only informative but make an interesting read from the experts who have been in the industry for many years; having tried and tested every area of marquee for sale business.

I found these interesting articles especially for those that would like to set up their own small marquees for sale business.

Why are most marquee linings ivory?

In the UK marquee industry now just about all professional marquee linings are ivory, this has come about from years of experience and customer feedback not just from us but from all lining manufacturers in the country.

From a customer’s point of view ivory just adds a touch of class to the marquee, if you have two lined marquees side by side one with white and one ivory customers choose ivory every single time – whether they go for flat/shaped, pleated or ruched is personal opinion and another matter altogether!

From a hirers point of view ivory is much lower maintenance than white, marks and creases show up far more on white than ivory. It also ages better than white – we used to have 10 year old ivory linings right next to brand new ones without any issue. Try putting  a 10 year old white t-shirt next to a brand new one and see the difference!

The only down side to ivory used to be there were many many different shades of it from different material suppliers in the marquee lining industry, fortunately in the last 10 years or so everyone has settled on a similar shade generally referred to as mid-ivory.

That’s why 99% of professional marquee linings are ivory now.

Especially for marquee companies for sale

Check list for completed marquees

Its good practice when you’ve finished a marquee (and before the event) to have a check list, one copy for the customer and one for you.

What goes on a check list is entirely up to you but here’s some suggestions:

  • Sign to say that they are happy with the marquee. It won’t cover you completely, they may find something and call you back but it does help to have a paper trail should anyone try to take action against you after the event (I’ve never heard of this happening but it’s simply good practice).
  • Sign to say that all furniture is there (by sign I mean one signature for everything)
  • Sign to agree to take responsibility for all of the equipment (unless you have separate insurance/damage waiver).
  • Sign to say they have been shown how to use any marquee heating and/or lighting.
  • A note to say where any equipment can be plugged in (and not to plug in anywhere else)
  • A note asking for any decorations around the marquee not to be attached using staples or non-removable tape.
  • A note mentioning no metalwork should be removed and side panels only removed if good weather.
  • A note asking for pets (dogs) not to be allowed in to the marquee. There were a couple of occasions I can remember finding presents from the family dog, they were not pleasant experiences!

It’s also good practice to have the emergency contact number on the bottom.

Note this is a check list for the customer (they have a copy, you have a copy) which may be separate from your own erectors check-list, something the team leader might fill in ensuring everything meets the required standards. Flooring is well fixed down, all straps are done on the outside of the marquee, no lighting or heating could come in to contact with PVC/lining, furniture all laid out, dance floor laid flat etc etc.

For those who are starting out this may all understandably be a bit of overkill. If you’re in charge and just putting a 6x6m shell of a marquee then that’s fine. The above should always be the aspiration though, as you get bigger, as your equipment becomes more diverse, the jobs become bigger and when more of the responsibility is delegated to others having check lists is simply good practice.

Some see setting up a marquee hire business as very easy. Others see setting up any business as a potential headache. At DIY Marquees we work very hard helping people set up marquee hire companies by taking a lot of the stress and worry out but promoting good practices so they can thrive in the long term.

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Get your business on the cloud today!

Knowall’s Infrastructure as a Service provides businesses Computer Support in Kensington with access to their own highly available and scalable enterprise-class virtual data centre. Knowall will provision Windows virtual machines as an on demand service out of our tier 3 data centre.

This gives businesses the opportunity to expand their IT quickly when additional resources are needed in a secure cloud environment. This solution also works incredibly well for business continuity and setting up disaster recovery solutions.

Some of the Benefits of Hosting Applications in the Cloud

Data is secure and disaster-proof with data backups performed daily and stored in multiple data centres for added resilience.

Key Advantages include:

  • Easy Deployment – get up and running quickly with minimal set up and low up-front investment, no need to set up server or employ local IT staff.
  • High Performance – the solution runs only on high performance Enterprise server technology with a deep pool of resources to ensure fast access to the software.
  • Anytime Anywhere Access – flexible access on any device (PC, Mac, tablet, smartphone) from any location at any time.
  • Eliminate Hardware Costs – no need to invest in servers and third party licensing.
  • Save on IT Resources – no need to invest in and manage local IT staff as everything is managed by us at the data centre.
  • Simple to scale – simple to grow solution without worrying about server capacity and software licensing.
  • Automatic Backups – all data securely backed up at the data centre daily and replicated to a second data centre for added resilience.
  • Enhanced Security – centralised secure data storage in ISO27001 certified data centre.
  • Always Available – built in redundancy to ensure the applications are available 100% of the time.
  • 24 x 7 Support – fully managed by UK based help desk, available 24 x7.

Contact Knowall by clicking here Hosted Exchange London.

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Read how RUMM have helped save millions with Energy Consumption

       

RUMM have an excellent track record that has taken them to greater heights with their Energy Management Services and Systems. RUMM offer a first class world renowned service and are committed to business energy reduction. RUMM take their commitment seriously with expanding to the USA, opening up world class offices. I found this recent case study by which RUMM have assisted Doncaster, Blaenavon achieved excellent results in reducing energy consumption and savings.

The Client

Doncasters is a leading international engineering group. It manufactures precision components and assemblies for the aerospace, industrial gas turbines, specialist automotive fasteners and petrochemical markets. Doncasters excels at working with alloys and metals that are difficult to shape and form.

The Brief

With an energy bill of £1.4million at the Doncasters’ Blaenavon site, RUMM was asked to look at ways of reducing energy consumption thus improving profits. The main focus of this was to design and install an automatic monitoring and targeting system (aM&T) to monitor consumption.

The Method

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RUMM installed an aM&T system which provided Doncasters with half hourly data in order to identify those areas where savings could be made.

To ensure everyone was able to understand how the system worked and where the plant was using excess energy, the RUMM team worked closely with the incumbent energy team, in order to identify how electricity and gas were being distributed and the key areas in which they were being used.

The Results

By evaluating opportunities for savings within the thermal efficiency field, and optimising ‘waste heat’ to minimise temperature dissipation, RUMM was able to bring energy consumption down by 27%, giving the Blaenavon plant a saving of £1million over 2 years, against a 40% increase in sales.

This success contributed to Doncasters receiving an Energy Management Award. Such was the success of the work in Blaenavon, Doncasters also asked RUMM to install its energy management solution at four other plants in the UK. Since installation, a total of £3.6million has been saved in energy consumption costs, equating to 11,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Why it worked

Using RUMM’s technology and energy management expertise allowed Doncasters to clearly identify those areas of high energy consumption and focus its efforts in order to set specific objectives that reduced energy consumption. As well as looking at existing manufacturing methods, the company was able to test, prior to installation, proposed new systems to evaluate future energy consumption.

“The service we have had from RUMM has been first class. Such was the project’s initial success, we installed at a further four sites and continue to look at other sites where RUMM’s intelligent monitoring can be used”

Group Energy Manager, Doncasters

Do you need help in reducing energy consumption and therefore save money? Would you like your company to achieve excellent results in Energy Reduction in Manufacturing?

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Hire a marquee for your wedding from Marquee Hire Surrey

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Marquee Hire Surrey have very informative blog posts on their site, if you are thinking of hiring a marquee they are definitely the people to contact. Our company was wanting to hire a marquee for a large corporate function and we did not know where to turn. Marquee Hire came highly recommended so we contacted them and they gave us brilliant service from beginning to end.

 

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT LAYOUT FOR MY MARQUEE?

When considering marquee layouts, and what seating to choose, there is a large amount of choice available; a certain aspect will be dictated by the type of function and whether it is a fully seated, part seating, or standing function.

Whilst we stock a wide variety of furniture, it is key to consider what atmosphere you are trying to create in your marquee, so that the furniture can be used to help add to this.

For fully seated functions we would recommend either 8 guests sat at 5ft round tables or 10 guests sat at 5ft 6″ round tables, allowing a 3x3m space for each table. We also stock 6ft round tables to seat 12 guests, however these are suited for more formal functions, as due to the size it makes it much harder for guests to speak to each other across the table. For top tables, for more traditional events such as weddings, we have long tables (4ft or 6ft long), and oval tables to suit a varying number of guests. Of course, like all of our marquees and events, none of this is set in stone, we can fine tune the furniture and marquee to suit your finer requirements.

For an informal function or part seated buffet using a range of table sizes works very well. It also breaks down the structure to create a more informal atmosphere. 3ft round tables work particularly well. We also have a variety of other seating available for hire including cubed seats, sofas, poseur tables; which can all add to the atmosphere, and create another area in the marquee, please feel free to browse the furniture we have available.

We are always happy to draft table layouts for our clients or to show other corporate events, private parties or weddings we have helped create in marquees, so do feel free to drop us a line if would like some assistance, or just a friendly chat about your event.

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dblo London architects “believe” in architecture

Change your life by designing your dream home, perhaps you are not sure where to start? Dblo Associates Architects are the right people to speak to with their innovative design skills and professionalism you won’t go wrong.

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

The team of residential architects London are 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.

Residential Architects Chelsea private houses and developer led mixed-use schemes and commercial interiors, including office and retail schemes are the main architectural commissions they work on.

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

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