Jan
16

Save energy the RUMM way!

RUMM would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and looks forward to continue helping clients achieve even further energy savings throughout 2013!

RUMM offers Energy management Wales,  Energy management UK and surrounds.

Read about some of our clients energy reduction and savings:-

General Electric…Year on year energy savings increase from 5% to 21%. Equated to a reduction of 2,685teCO2 emissions and savings of £500k…

Kautex…EMS system on target to achieve a 56% reduction in electricity usage and a 34% gas reduction.

Doncasters…£3.6 million savings. An integrated aM&T system that identified savings within the thermal efficiency field and optimised waste heat.

RPC Group…14% reduction in Specific Energy Consumption and £120k savings in first year using a range of measures from aM&T to the simple installation of lighting timer switches.

Celtic Manor…£20k savings identified following identification of high base loads using RUMM’s intelligent software and implementing staff energy awareness training.

UWIC Tennis Centre…Rapid reductions with an immediate saving of £4,100, a projected 20% saving over the year and an ROI in just 9 months.

Monier Group…Savings of £12,000 in first two months alone, using RUMM’s integrated aM&T and software solutions to identify opportunities for energy reduction…

Aug
12

How to become a male escort

A friend recommended I rent a friend from Dukes of Daisy as I needed an active and adventurous companion to accompany me on a weekend away.  Dreading the thought of going away with other friends on my own I decided to give it a go.

I chose Duncan aged 41 as he described himself as active, caring and similar interests to me and the kind of person I would like to spend time with.

Why not become a male escort ?

I highly recommend Dukes of Daisy as the person Duncan turned out to be was the exact person described to me. There were no hidden agendas, no expectations so I felt relaxed from the outset. He was sociable, polite and the best thing about Duncan is that he really knows how to treat a lady and make her feel special. He was easy to talk to as he is well educated and knowledgeable of world affairs.

The next occasion was a wedding and I needed a partner, I didn’t hesitate to book Duncan again and to my delight he’s a great dancer so lots of fun was had by us.

I rent Duncan from Dukes of Daisy on a regular basis as I have got to know him and feel comfortable and confident with him to partner me to any function.

Feb
06

Heavy duty marquees for sale

Recently came across the most helpful site when looking to buy a commercial marquee, considering it’s a commitment deciding to go in the marquee business I decided to ‘snoop’ around DIY Marquees website to get an idea of the ethos and reliability of the company. DIY marquees has an excellent reputation in the industry, however, I was intent on doing my own research.

The first thing I noticed going on the blog posts is the transparent way in which each post is written thus showing that the owners of the business are open, honest, passionate and willing to go the extra mile to ensure their customers have all the knowledge they need thus making a success of their business.

I came across this special post that I wanted to share as this sheds light on the history of the company.

The first marquees sold by C & D King Ltd

DIY Marquees is part of C & D King Ltd, a company that has been manufacturing for over 30 years. Originally the manufacturing of clothing was bigger than marquees but over the years the balance has reversed.

Over Xmas I found some photographs from the early years.

This is c 1983 and we think the first marquee built by us. A lot of work for a 3x6m!

c 1983 First marquee

This is c 1984. The marquee in the background is likely to have been the 3rd or 4th one we built/sold (a bit different to the thousands we have sold since!).

Fair1984

Circled top left is Mary who had just joined after leaving school. Mary is now head of production and responsible for much of the smooth running of the company. Bottom right is lil’ ol me. Also featured are my brother, mother & grandparents. Quite the family company!

So if you are thinking of buying a heavy duty marquee look no further than the experts in heavy duty marquees for sale.

Dec
18

Renew your mind and body with a Yoni Vaginal Massge

Image result for tantric journey imagesDo you struggle in the area of intimacy or sexual dysfunction? Perhaps you have many of the symptoms of blockages.

These are topics that are often a taboo or ignored as one might feel embarrassed and think you are abnormal or that it’s a secret that you can’t tell anyone.

Going on a tantric journey with Tantric massage London Image result for tantric journey imageswill address these issues you might have and enhance your relationships with your spouse or partner. You will become liberated and free your mind of these worries. Experience the freedom with the Tantric Journey and your life will never be the same again.

Learn the art of sexual healing and awakening by attending Tantric Workshops London and feel liberated and free by engaging in yoni massage London or engaging in some Tantric treatment for men or women or couples. Often in a relationship there is a struggle in the sexual side of the relationship and with Tantric therapy you can once again learn to enjoy each other the way nature intended.

Tao is the Chinese version of Tantra which dates back many 1,000’s of years based on similar principles.

Recent research has shown following benefits from the results of Tantric Journey practices:

  • Contribute to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain and enhance the production of endorphins, making people more relaxed, healthy, and happy reducing tension and stress
  • Improve circulation to sexual organs and regulate menstrual cycles in women
  • Increase fertility
  • Improve body detox process to prevent cancer
  • Improve body immune system and self-healing mechanism
  • Increase levels of Oxytocin hormones to bond with the partner

Dec
17

Best Christmas turkey recipe

Hi, and welcome to the weekend. It’s going to be a very busy one as all our Cicchetti restaurants are fully booked! Tonight I will be going to London to see all our fantastic customers and maybe even have a little Prosecco with them, as tomorrow I will be visiting Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park London with my children to see Santa.

Chefs get asked the same questions around this time of year and it normally involves how to cook a turkey. This week’s book, Christmas, by Gordon Ramsay has the answers plus this alternative lunch.

So if you don’t fancy turkey why not try pan-fried duck breast which marries very well with the orange and the cranberry sauce then the Christmas bombe. This is a must buy book for Christmas, full of fabulous recipes. We’ll have some more festive ideas for you next week. Ciao!

Best turkey recipe and more….

Gordon Ramsay, alternative, Christmas, lunch, recipe, UploadExpress, Aldo Zilli

Pan-fried duck with spiced orange and cranberry sauce

4 duck breasts, about 225g each

4 juniper berries

Pinch of caraway seeds

1 tsp allspice

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the spiced orange and cranberry sauce:

100ml ruby port

100g fresh cranberries

Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange

½ cinnamon stick

1 star anise

300ml chicken stock

1-2 tsp cranberry or redcurrant jelly, to taste

30g butter, diced

SERVES: 4

PREPARATION: 20 MINUTES

COOKING TIME: 20 MINUTES

Lightly score the skins of the duck breasts with a sharp knife. Using a pestle and mortar, grind the juniper berries, caraway seeds, allspice, 1 tsp salt and a few grinds of pepper to a powder. Rub the spice mix all over the duck breasts and leave to stand for about 10 minutes.

Lay the duck breasts, skin side down, in a dry heavy-based large frying pan and gradually turn up the heat. Fry for 5-10 minutes, until most of the fat has rendered and the skin is golden brown.

Turn the duck breasts over and lightly brown the other side for a couple of minutes, or until they feel slightly springy when pressed. Remove from the pan and leave to rest in a warm place while you make the sauce.

For the sauce, pour off excess fat from the frying pan and place over a high heat. Pour in the port, stirring to deglaze, and let it bubble for a minute. Add the remaining ingredients, except the butter, and bring to the boil.

Let it bubble until the liquid has reduced by two-thirds and thickened to a syrupy consistency. The cranberries should be very soft; squash a few with a wooden spoon, leaving the others whole. Add any juices from the resting duck. Taste and adjust the seasoning and add a little more jelly if desired. Finally, add the butter and shake the pan to incorporate it as it melts.

Slice the duck breasts on the diagonal and fan them out on warmed serving plates. Spoon the sauce around the duck and serve with parsnip purée and creamed cabbage with thyme if you like.

Dec
15

Access your data anytime, anywhere with Cloud Computing

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
14

Lodge Brothers wish all their client a very merry festive season

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
13

Siemens HV Turbo from IBS

IBS are proud agents in the US & UK for many products such as new Siemens Turbomachinery Blowers and hold the largest range of new, reconditioned and service exchange HV Turbo in stock ready for immediate dispatch. They also provide a full service and maintenance service for Siemens HV Turbo Blowers.

IBS 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.

Each member of this innovative team ensures they continually strive to give of their best and collectively ensure their clients experience excellent service with no unnecessary downtime.

With the holiday season firmly on our doorstep IBS want to remind their clients of their commitment to you and the Site Visits and Support you may require. Their team of experienced engineers provide on-site services and technical/sales staff available to provide telephone support.

Emergencies

For site emergency situations, during working hours, they have a turnaround time of 4 hours to respond based on distances up to 100 mile radius from our nearest available engineer. Our offices are open from:

8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday

8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Friday

IBS would like to wish their customers and future customers a very happy holiday season and looking forward to your continued business in 2016.

Dec
12

Rent a friend from Dukes of Daisy

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
10

dblo Associates residential and commercial London architects

dblo interior residential architects UK have grown from strength to strength over the years as architects Chelsea and surrounding areas. Their dedicated team have proven their excellence in design work by the various awards and recent ISO 9001 architecture accreditation received.

dblo architects Knightsbridge are passionate about enhancing lives through design ensuring each project undertaken is completed exactly according to the clients requirments.

dblo Architects are very pleased to announce the following:

DBLO ACHIEVES ISO 9001 REGISTRATION FROM

THE BRITISH ASSESSMENT BUREAU

London based Architects Practice DBLO Associates Architects has achieved the internationally recognised ISO9001, establishing it as one of the leaders in its field.

This independent assessment was conducted by the leading Certification Body, the British Assessment Bureau and demonstrates DBLO’s commitment to customer service and quality in delivery.

DBLO has now earned the right to display the coveted British Assessment Bureau ISO 9001 certification mark to demonstrate its conformance to the standard.

ISO 9001 was first introduced in 1987 and requires organisations to demonstrate that they do what they say they do and that they have a quality management system in place to ensure consistency and improvement; leading to high levels of performance and customer satisfaction. Certified organisations are committed to continuous improvement and are assessed annually to ensure progress is being maintained.

DBLO has shown that it has good service reliability and process controls which means lower costs for its customers!

DBLO Partner said, “We are particularly pleased to have achieved ISO9001 certification as it underlines our commitment to our clients and our focus on quality.  Not many clients get to see their suppliers’ ‘back-office’ activities.  This recognition demonstrates we can provide a quality solution from quotation to delivery.”

The benefits of registration to the ISO9001 standard include:-

  • Streamlining an organisation’s procedures.
  • Bringing consistency to an organisation’s service delivery.
  • Reducing cost and rework.
  • Improving an organisation’s management practices.
  • Enhanced status.
  • Competitive advantage.

Partners at DBLO have over 15 years’ experience within the Construction Industry and the practice has evolved steadily from its formation in 2001. As well as having projects published in Dezeen, It was recently shortlisted for ‘Best Project By A Small Practice’ in the 2015 Blueprint Awards.

Dec
08

It’s your wedding day in every way

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!

Dec
06

Thank you for visiting The Showmans Show 2015

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

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