Dec
12

Knowall It wish their clients festive season greetings

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 Computing. Without 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.

Dec
11

DIY Marquees wish their customers a very happy festive season

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!

Contact Spencer by clicking here Pop up Marquees

Dec
10

How to be a great escort!!

Look Good, Feel Good!! How to be a great escort.

The key to being part of Dukes of Daisy team as a companion is presentation. You don’t need to be Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie! However it’s important to always present yourself well on paper, in pictures and particularly in person - put your best foot forward!

The old saying ‘First impressions are lasting impressions’ is so true in this industry as you need to ensure your clients feel comfortable and relaxed in your company. Providing a service as male escorts is especially challenging as the ladies immediately size you up and have to put their trust in you.

male escorts bathWayne is Tall friendly with a nice smile , GSH guy , confident and witty , love meeting new people

The rent a man London service offered at Dukes of Daisy is professional, discreet and affordable. We ensure that our clients feel confident, relaxed whilst having a good time. The great thing about choosing a companion from Dukes of Daisy is that you can choose the exact person you would like by viewing the hundreds of on-line profiles and choosing the person who attracts you the most by either their looks or their attributes they describe about themselves.

Rent a woman London is a perfect way to get a date without being in a relationship, especially if it’s for a year-end work function.

brazilian escorts London Jo is a beautiful Brazilian-born mature escort in her 40s.Charming, feminine, sophisticated, down on earth, happy personality and with a good sense of humour, artistic, her open-mindedness and the fact she’s a true conversationalist make her a great companion. Jo enjoys to travel, to paint and to design jewellery . She’s a strong and independent woman who knows how to behave in different situations.

Dec
09

Lodge Brothers make a difference in peoples lives

Robert Lodge is area manager for the newly opened Cobham Branch of Lodge Brothers. Funeral Directors Cobham have wasted no time in getting involved in the community and showing the caring ethos indicative of members of staff throughout the Lodge Brother branches. If there is a need within the community Lodge Brothers recognise the need to get involved and put all their effort into making a difference.

They are currently collecting stamps to help with Leukaemia sufferers.

Lodge Brothers of Cobham Needs your Help Collecting Stamps for Leukaemia Care

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Leukaemia Care is a national blood cancer support charity. We are dedicated to ensuring that anyone affected by blood cancer receives the right information, advice and support.

Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, Leukaemia Care make every day count.

Support Leukaemia Care today by sending your recycled stamps to Lodge Brothers in Cobham.

Claire Nightingale, our Branch Funeral Arranger has been collecting stamps for a while and was only too pleased to learn that the collection of stamps she has been storing could be put to good use for Leukaemia Care, for every 1KG of stamps collected £20 is generated for Leukaemia Care.

Claire now offers the challenge to the residents of Cobham to bring in their used stamps and support this great local charity. Get in touch with them today and see how you can make a difference.

Lodge Brothers can be found at 3 Hollyhedge Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3DQ. Tel 01932 450360

Lodge Brothers would like to take this opportunity to wish all their clients a very happy festive season!

Dec
04

Hiring a marquee is the most fun & affordable way to have a party

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!

If you live in South East of London, Marquee Hire Surrey will be able to assist with your hiring needs.

Nov
22

Set the blue print for your company with RUMM

RUMM leaders in Energy Management Software and services. Is your company doing their part in saving energy by reducing energy consumption and being aware of the impact of energy saving on the environment? Ensure energy reduction in manufacturing is a priority within your company.

You might be wondering what sets RUM apart from their competitors and why you would consider RUMM, I will tell you why its RUMM’s superior energy management software called IBASS 4?

RUMM IBASS 4 enables the user to interrogate the database that hold the ½ hourly consumption profiles for visualisation, analysis, alarming and reporting on all the data stored. It is RUMM’s proprietary energy management software suite and forms the framework upon which RUMM delivers its energy management services.

IBASS is configured as part of the sub-metering installation process to accommodate the sub-metering system profile to complete the aM&T system.

IBASS is a software suite that enables the visualisation of consumption profiles, constructs user defined reports and targets energy consumption using advanced analysis and alarming. It has been developed by Energy Managers for the end-user energy management perspective so that it is intuitive.

It is the primary tool used by RUMM’s energy account managers to offer energy management services for customers. Our customer’s utilise the power and flexibility of it too. It’s a product that has attracted interest from the “big 6” utility suppliers.

RUMM IBASS 5 – Launched into the market in July 2014, IBASS 5 is the smart phone and tablet enabled version of the IBASS product it has many additional features including a new look and feel, with dashboards and KPI reporting which continues to keep our offering ahead of the marketplace.

An example of the new version IBASS 5 screens is given below:

IBASS 5 KPI normalised Energy Management Software (IBASS)

RUMM IBASS 5 will have cutting edge dashboards and KPI reports with data available for mobile devices. It is being built using the latest .NET technologies. The .NET Framework 4.5 and ASP.NET MVC 5. This helps provide a sophisticated, scalable application that is based upon known standards and offers compatibility across a range of devices from desktop web clients to roaming IPADs.

It is a pure SaaS model and provides multi-threaded simultaneous concurrent web browsing from anywhere in world.

IBASS 5 mobile Energy Management Software (IBASS)

Mobile Enabled IBASS 5 Screenshots

Screenshot Example – Menu Options in Tablet Format

IBASS 5 menu Energy Management Software (IBASS)

Screenshot Example – Dashboard/KPI Reports to Mobile Devices

IBASS 5 KPI mobile Energy Management Software (IBASS)

Nov
13

Allow Knowall IT to take care of your IT systems

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 FREE 35P PER GB
ADDITIONAL STORAGE – 1T – 2TB FREE 30P PER GB
ADDITIONAL STORAGE – 2TB – 3TB FREE 25P PER GB
ADDITIONAL STORAGE – 3TB + FREE 20P PER GB
DATA ONLY CLOUD

Cloud Computing

MONTHLY                  MONTHLY PER USER

2-9 USERS                               £15

10 – 24 USERS                        £14

25+ USERS                              £12

HYBRID CLOUD OPTION         FROM £75

Oct
20

Buying a party tent with DIY Marquees has never been easier

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.

Oct
19

Innovative style and creative edge: design your dream home

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.

Oct
18

I heard you were looking for me…

Finding the right partner to go to a work function or a wedding can be difficult if you do not have a regular partner to go along. Be in control of who you meet by rent a woman or rent a man service offered from Dukes of Daisy.

Daisy Lane understands only too well how tiresome and stressful it can be in a relationship with a busy lifestyle and having to find a balance is sometimes difficult. Daisy decided to start Dukes of Daisy for this very reason, thus ensuring their companions are carefully selected on key qualities sets Dukes of Daisy apart from any other ‘escort agency’.

Dukes of Daisy offer a non-sexual companion service to ensure you have an unforgettable and thoroughly enjoyable evening. They have a broad variety of Companions that can cater to any taste or event you have in mind – from dinner dates, theatre, weddings, work, social events and more.

Dukes of Daisy aim to keep their clients happy by ensuring strict protocol so everyone has a great time together.

Some of the benefits of using their service:

  • You’re in control of who you meet
  • You’re in control of where & when the date happens
  • You’re in control of what happens on the date
  • You’re in control of the role your Duke will play on the night
  • Total Control means you get exactly what you want

With hundreds of Male Escorts you can choose attributes that you prefer by scrolling through the online profiles.

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