Jan
21

Raising marquees to greater heights

I meet a lot of people looking to start up a marquee hire business, it is one of the best parts of my job. A lot of people who come in to see me have never worked for themselves and see it as quite an aspiration position. Often the decision has been made to work for themselves long before the idea of marquees came around. And to be honest working for yourself is great, you do have to go in to it with your eyes wide open though and this is something else I often find myself discussing with potential marquee customers.

The first, most important point when starting a new business is having your close family on-board. Getting a business off the ground takes a lot of time, energy and work which would only be rewarded in the medium-long term. It is very difficult to do without the support of those around you. The last thing you want is for your start-up business to seriously affect your relationship (especially if you’ve married in to a family of solicitors and QC’s!).

The pro’s and cons of starting up your own marquee DIY Party Tents for sale or Pop up Marquees for sale for example  (or other) business:

Pros:

  • Greater flexibility
  • Greater job-satisfaction. Not just because the work you’re doing is for yourself rather than some else or an organisation but because most marquee work is making people happy
  • Potentially greater financial reward (it depends on what job you’re giving up of course)
  • Greater involvement in all parts of the business. You may have had a job in marketing but in a start-up you’ll be involved/responsible for every different part of the business.

Cons:

  • Greater responsibility
  • Less financial security (the rewards are potentially greater but there is always the risk of the business not taking off).

And in-between both is a certain blurring of your work/life hours. You can often do non-work things during work time but then you’ll often have to do work related out of hours.

Working for yourself or working in a small business can be a culture shock but ultimately a move most people view well worth it.

A good friend of mine went from working in a huge multinational to a small start-up business. On the second day he was shocked to be told to drop everything as a photocopier had arrived downstairs (they were on the 5th floor) and everyone had to go down and lift it up the stairs. But this is what happens in a small business, everyone has to be prepared to be involved in any part of the business (manual handling or otherwise).

We are always happy to discuss any ideas you may have in starting up your own marquee hire business (or even helping an existing one), we have a lot of experience both in having done it ourselves and in helping many many others over the years.

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Jan
20

Bespoke Memorials & Headstones from Lodge Brothers

Lodge Brothers funeral directors throughout the UK including funeral directors Woking and funeral directors Englefield Green are so committed to the community they found Christmas an exceptionally exciting time to celebrate with the community sharing poems, candle light services, remembrance services to ensure your loved ones are not forgotten, I found some interesting articles which demonstrates their commitment and support including their dedicated staff.

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Helen Kempster Celebrates 10 years of Service at Lodge Brothers

Helen Kempster, the Funeral Arranger at Chertsey branch, recently celebrated a decade of service with Lodge Brothers. Helen joined the Company in December 2004, and after three months training she took over the running of the branch in Chertsey. Over the years she has become a well-known member of the local community.

After 37 years’ service working for HSBC bank in the city of London, Helen retired and sought a new direction. She now lives in Hampshire and so has a 45-minute commute to Chertsey, but makes the trip daily to support her families in their ‘hours of need’.

“This is the best job I have ever had,” Helen explains, “and Lodge Brothers funeral directors Chertsey are a super company to work for. Here’s to the next ten years!”

Another interesting articles about Lodge Brothers Funeral Directors Ashford held their annual Christmas Memorial and Thanksgiving Service recently.

The service, which took place at St Matthew’s Church on Sunday 14th December, was attended by over 180 people who have experienced bereavement in recent months. They came along to remember their loved ones, give thanks and light a candle in a moving hour-long service led by Father Stuart King and arranged by Lodge Brothers’ District Manager, Richard Leachman.

St Matthew’s Church choir sang, ably led by organist Philip Buckmaster, and local musician Robert Goodhew played a beautiful piece on his saxophone.

Afterwards, refreshments were served by Lodge Brothers’ staff.

“This service is always a highlight of our community’s Christmas” said Mr Leachman. “To remember those we have loved and lost is particularly poignant at this time of year. Many people thanked us with tears in their eyes, grateful for the opportunity to keep alive the memory of their loved ones, for no-one is ever truly gone while there are those who remember them with thankfulness in their hearts.” “It was such a fitting end to a long life well-lived”.

Jan
19

The Travelling Souk have wonderful unique gifts for babies

Are you all shopped out after Christmas and need a gift for someone specials birthday perhaps having walked from one end of the high street to the other? Just had Christmas you might be on a tight budget but would like to get a good quality, unique gift ideas?

Look no further, once you start shopping online with The Travelling Souk you will soon be sold of their fabulous unique gifts.  They have the most exciting gift ideas, the latest gifts available, suiting any budget. You can shop to your hearts delight as there is so much shopping you can do from the comfort of your home … for all under one roof.

We found the most precious unusual baby gifts these wind up bath toys will delight your little with squeals of joy at bath time (which usually can be a stressful time for mums) from sellers whom are carefully selected as well as their products, many of the items you find on the Travelling Souk you will not find in the high street shops. With an excellent source of sellers and products they treat each client with good customer service making you want to return to shop time and time again.

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Jan
16

dblo London architects

Architecture is one of humanity’s most visible and long-lasting forms of expression. Most historic civilizations are identified by their surviving architectural relics, like the Pyramids of Gyza, the Golden Pavilion in Japan, or the Taj Mahal. The history of the discipline spans as long as humanity – from Classical to Rocco to Art Nouveau.

No wonder there is much emphasis on choosing architects, the best in the business as they have the very power to change the world. What sets dblo Associates apart from the rest? These are a powerful team of individuals passionate about creating and enhancing value through design. The combined knowledge and passion these individuals have makes them a valuable asset to any project they are working on.

dblo associates architects Knightsbridge work covers architecture, interior design and development. Working as a studio, allows dblo architects Chelsea flexibility to expand and contract to suit workloads and to draw on the wider expertise of our associate studios across London.

Jan
15

Have you been let down and need a date?

Every person needs a Duke on their arm or a Daisy to make them feel special, especially when an important function or party is coming up. There is nothing worse than going on your own and spending the time watching other people have fun.

If you don’t have a date what should you do? Don’t worry help is at hand … why not rent a friend from Dukes of Daisy! Their professional escort service is one of a kind, exclusive and very professional. There are no strings attached or awkward moments with them as it’s a professional arrangement that suits both parties.

There are hundreds of beautiful men and women who are available as a friend for hire. You can scroll through their profiles and decide on who you would like as a date by reading their attributes and seeing their profiles.

Jan
14

Body, mind and spirit

Mal Weeraratne British pioneer and London’s longstanding practitioner in Human Sexuality

Mal Weeraratne is the Founder of Tantric Journey – School of Sexual Healing and Awakening in London.

Mal Weeraratne has treated almost over 3000 clients globally from various spheres and Mal Weeraratne has yet a growing clientele solely through word of mouth. Clients from different walks of life choose Mal Weeraratne’s Tantric massage therapy to elevate themselves from the haunting chains of deeply seated issues that bounds one to incessant self-deterioration.

Mal Weeraratne taps into the most fragile of issues to clear and cleanse emotional clutter. Mal Weeraratne takes his stance through confidence and in depth know-how knowledge.

Mal Weeraratne has almost two decades of experience and vast research knowledge in Human Sexuality that has made Mal Weeraratne the helm of Tantric knowledge for other practitioners. A frequently called upon personality in the Spiritual and Human Sexual study realm Mal Weeraratne has been able to provide astounding input and revolutionary healing to the unanswerable.

Jan
13

Reduce energy consumption and save money

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Find Out How the Future Might Look In Manufacturing

RUMM are passionate about Reduce Business Energy Consumption and excited about being an event partner at Mitsubishi’s Future Manufacturing Event held at Sheffield University on March 17th. The ‘Future Manufacturing Event’ is a combination of seminars, exhibitions and one-to-one contact with experts and is intended to appeal to anyone working in manufacturing, engineering or automation and interested in where manufacturing and technology are today and where they will be in the near future.

The seminar programme is split into two parts – one concentrating on Energy Solutions the other Industry 4.0 (the internet of things). RUMM are contributing to the Energy Solutions Seminars but will be very keen to gain any new insight to emerging technologies that will help our own technology developments.

We will be delighted to invite existing and prospective customers along to this timely event. Please click here RUMM energy management services if you would like any further information or if you would like us to arrange a free invitation.

Jan
12

The Largest selection of marquees for hire in the UK

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What were the top 10 Christmas reads and podcasts for entrepreneurs?

Do you find it difficult to switch off from business over Christmas? We asked our Small Business Network members to recommend the best podcasts or books for entrepreneurs. Take a look at our top 10 for something to dip into over the festive break:

1. The Bottom Line with Evan Davis, BBC Radio 4

The Dragons’ Den and Newsnight presenter chats to business leaders in a round-table like scenario. This recommendation came from Nick Levine, chief accountant at LimeGreen Accountancy. Levine said: “Business podcasts can act as a really useful way to motivate yourself. I find out about business podcasts through recommendations on Twitter, searching the business section of the iTunes podcast directory and through recommendations from other business podcasts.”

2. The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries

Daisy Hatami, founder and director of Indiecana, has this book ready for her holiday relaxation. She says: “I’ve heard many of my entrepreneurial friends talking about The Lean Startup. I’m interested in reading it because I’ve recently launched my latest business venture.” Read this if you’re looking for advice on ways of cutting the unnecessary from your business.

3. The Referral Engine, by John Jantsch

Lindsey Collumbell, director of Bojangle Communications, suggested this book in which marketing expert Jantsch explains how to create new customers from existing customers by the power of their positive referrals. “I regularly dip into it when I have a few spare minutes, such as on a train, or waiting for a meeting to start. There’s always a snippet of something I can learn and apply to my business,” says Collumbell.

4. Making it: Women Entrepreneurs Reveal their Secrets of Success, by Lou Gimson and Allison Mitchell

Nicky Chisholm co-founder of the Mumpreneurs Networking Club, has high praise for this title. “I read this when I need a pick me up,” she says. “It’s an easy read and has lots of different examples of women-owned businesses – it lives on my bedside table.”

5. Shape up your Business, by Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker

Written by the co- founders of Notonthehighstreet.com, this title is a follow-up to their best-selling book, “Build a business from your kitchen table”. They offer wide-ranging advice on improving your small business and maintaining a work/life balance.

6. The Ultimate Guide to Writing and Marketing a Bestselling Book – on a Shoestring Budget, by Dee Blick

This was recommended by both Sara Guiel (Chisholm’s business partner) and Paul Lancaster, content and social media specialist at Sage One. Guiel says Christmas is “an ideal time to read it and make new year plans to write a book for your business”. Lancaster (also a published business writer) says: “This book is full of great advice for a first-time author”.

7. Silicon Real

A weekly podcast showcasing London’s tech scene. You can explore an archive of more than 50 episodes, with host Brian Rose interviewing successful business leaders such as Tom Valentine, co-founder of Secret Escapes, Clare Sutcliffe, co-founder and CEO of Code Club and Emily Brooke, CEO and co-founder of Blaze.

8. StartUp

This US export is on-trend with the current popularity of storytelling podcasts. It follows Alex Blumberg, who has previously presented on This American Life, as he starts and grows a small business. Each episode comes in the form of a lesson learned, for example, “How to value your startup,” and “How to name your company”.

9. Will it make the boat go faster?: Olympic-winning strategies for everyday success by Ben Hunt-Davis MBE and Harriet Beveridge

Thom Gibbons, business development director at Callmaster Mobile, recommended this book by Olympic rower and gold medal winner Hunt-Davis MBE. Gibbons explains its premise: “When training for an Olympic race, the team involved have to be so focused on their task, they would ask about every single part of their life and training, ‘will it make the boat go faster’ if the answer was yes, even by a split second, they continued to do it, if the answer was no, they stopped it immediately.” Gibbons applies this idea to running his business.

10. Confessions of an Advertising Man, by David Ogilvy

James Morris, managing director of Marquee Hire who supply, winter marquee says this business classic has been on his bookshelf for years. “I have read it in parts before. However, this is definitely on hit list for reading thoroughly through the festive period,” he adds.

Jul
24

Every Daisy needs a Duke!

Are you tired of going to the movies alone or daunted by the thought of going out on a date on your own when others have partners. Do you long for company on a weekend getaway or work function? Have you thought about renting a date? Perhaps you would like to rent a man for a special occasion?

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Dukes of Daisy have the perfect professional service to meet these needs. They offer a reliable, affordable and friendly companion service. You can rent a friend as easy as a few clicks of a button. They have a large selection of men and women with many different looks and qualities to choose from are in a sporty, serious, fun loving or active person there is someone for everyone.

Getting a duke or Daisy is simple. Select the person you would like to be your companion, book the date and time and the person will then be yours for the occasion. No strings attached just a good fun companion is sometimes all one needs to make us feel more confident and less lonely.

Jul
23

Marquee Hire offers one of the largest selection of quality marquees in London

We were trying to plan the perfect party and had no idea where to start until a colleague recommended we speak to Marquee Chichester whom they had used in the past.

At first we were a little hesitant as we didn’t just need to hire a marquee we needed big ideas to pull this function off. We were so surprised as they have professional party and function planners who shared their thoughts and ideas as well as being able to organise decor and catering all under one service. What a pleasure it was, we will definitely be using Marquee Hire in the future.

Don’t have any regrets… click here Marquee Farnborough to speak to the experts in function hire and planning throughout the UK and let your imagination run wild with possibilities.

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