Exhibition stand ideas for beginners

If you are new to exhibition booth marketing or are a seasoned veteran of these shows you may have some questions on what the best ideas are when it comes to exhibition design and build strategies to maximise your marketing efforts. This article will share with you 5 different ideas to use when you are creating your booth. Follow the suggestions below to maximise your branding and marketing impact at the next convention your organisation attends.

Panasonic Trade Show in Las Vegas

Panasonic Trade Show in Las Vegas. Image credit: GDS.it


This is a new trend that works very well. Including such things as games and contests at your exhibition stand can help stimulate attendees and get them interested in your brand. By using gamification you can encourage people to visit your booth, which will naturally lead to conversation, gaining contact information, engaging attendees and creating a memorable experience. You could even generate direct business contacts and sales using this method so try it.


This is a great strategy that has worked for a very long time and will continue to do so. You can offer competitions in the form of people giving you their contact information in exchange for a prize or reward like a dinner for two at a restaurant. When people are encouraged to join a contest you can speak with them, they will have more engagement with your stand and will remember you and your brand that much more.

Photo Booths

Using this strategy brings a more fun and dynamic atmosphere to your booth. Choosing the best exhibition design and build is integral and adding a photo booth can be a great viral marketing technique. You can invite people to have their photo taken and ask them to add a caption that relates to your brand. You can go further and ask attendees for permission to tag their photos on social media giving you further exposure online.

Q&A Sessions

By choosing to host a question and answer session at your booth or even using an infomercial can maximise your time at the show. You can do an information session two to three times a day. It is a good idea to make them informative, educational, fun and memorable while referencing your brand and products. Have people give you their business cards or contact information after the show or even offer them discount coupons on products or services.

Utilise a workplace or relaxation station

Trade shows are incredibly busy and have a tendency to drain the energy of attendees. You can incorporate a relaxation area at your booth or even a work area where people can plug in their smartphones, computers and other devices to get things done. By offering a workstation or place to relax people will naturally go to your booth which can lead to conversation and engagement with leads and customers.

Maximise your results at the next trade show

When you follow these strategies as mentioned above you will have better success. These are proven methods that are employed by many organisations and you can benefit from them too when used.

Filing Your UK Tax Return the Right Way

Get to grips with HMRC’s self-assessment scheme

We aim to enlighten you on how to properly file your tax return forms for the United Kingdom. Many people see this as an unwelcome and challenging task, however, we will give you suggestions and pieces of advice to get it done easily. It is required that you file your taxes by January 31 for the previous tax year according to law and if you miss this time period you could end up facing fines.

To avoid any unnecessary problems it is important to file as soon as you can. You will need different forms and paperwork associated with employment, any possible income associated with rental properties as well as any paperwork related to being self-employed and associated costs. You can choose to do your taxes on paper or you can use the Self Assessment tool available at the official HMRC website. Keep on reading as we show you the different details and information you need to file your taxes for last year properly without the risk of any fines or penalties.

A P60 will show all your earnings for the given tax year. Image credit: OSCP

If you decide to file your tax return using the paper method you will be responsible for asking for any extra sections you may need such as foreign paperwork, offshore paperwork, business paperwork and others. If you worked offshore at any stage, especially aboard a vessel which sailed outside of British waters, you are advised to consult specialist seafarers tax accountants.

The usual basic paper tax return includes 8 pages however the HMRC may include additional pages you will need to complete that are based on certain types of income or financial gains and other things that relate to you as an individual and how the tax laws apply to you. If you are self-employed then you would need to ask for extra pages for information that relates to your business income and expenses. If you generate your income through offshore work there will also be specific forms you will have to ask for. You may however, qualify for seafarers earnings deduction.

If you choose to file your tax return on paper it will be up to you to ask for specific sections that may be applicable to you. If you would like to file on paper you can visit the official HMRC website to download paper tax forms and other documents you may require.

If you have filed your previous tax return through paper then the HMRC will postal mail your paper tax return. However, if you have chosen to use the online method then the HMRC will send you an email telling you to log in to your self-assessment online account to file your taxes. If you do not receive an email or any paperwork it is best to go directly to the HMRC website to download the paperwork or you can call the helpline phone number which is: 0300-200-3310. The staff on the support helpline are directed to help you and will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have in terms of filing your taxes and any specific information you may need including getting additional forms or other specific needs.

Certain types of offshore workers may qualify for income tax reductions. Image credit: The Triton

You can also choose to use the HMRC website to file your return online. You will need to signup for the Self Assessment tool at their website. You will first need a Government Gateway account to access the website. You can easily signup for a Government Gateway account. You just have to contact the HMRC and they will send you a Unique Taxpayer Reference by postal mail and it will also include an online service activation code to register for the HMRC Self Assessment tool to file your taxes online. You will have only 28 days to register yourself on the HMRC Self Assessment Tool website before the codes that you are sent through the postal mail will expire and become invalid. If you miss the 28 days to register then you will be required to ask for another Government Gateway account and online service activation code to be mailed to you.

To file online you will need your PAYE information and all financial records that include money that you have earned and costs you have accrued throughout the year. The online tool is rather easy to use and is not very complicated. You just have to fill out the forms and answer questions and enter your financial information and the website does the rest of the work for you. You have to be sure that you include all details and keep a hold of all your financial records just in case if the HMRC needs to look at your tax return closer. Be sure to file on time to avoid penalties as well.


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5 Must Have’s for the Perfect Garden Office Building

Create Your Ideal Timber Office Space

When it comes to work, there is a lot of things that need to be accomplished throughout the day. The very first task of almost every worker is the daily commute to and from the office. You wait for transit on freezing cold platforms or maybe you drive your own car only going inch by inch slowly overwhelmed by traffic. You may have realised that you could probably get more work done from home. You can avoid the daily commute and rat-race entirely by setting up an office at home. Within this specialised article, we will share with you the benefits of creating your very own garden office space at home. It is both a sensible and very realistic option that will take you away from the daily grind of distractions and hassle.

By building a garden office you will only be limited by your creativity, size of land available and the environment. You may have a shaded area, a sunny area or semi-shaded depending on your home. You will have to make the most out of the natural environment to make it as comfortable as possible for work. Below we will list certain things you need to use if you are planning to build your very own garden office.

Solar panels provide a cost-effective source of free energy. Image credit: Off Grid Quest

The very first thing that you will require is a source of electricity. You can always run a cable from your homes main power supply and have it reach your office. You can install circuits to run the lighting and sockets but in general, we recommend you hire a qualified electrician. You may run into the issue of splitting the power between your home and garden office. We recommend you get a second power supply that connects directly to your home garden. Another option you will have is to use solar panels or wind power. At first, they will be costly but after a few years, you will see the savings in not having to pay for your office’s power bill. You can also charge the price of the solar panels as a business expense for tax deductions.

The very next thing your garden office will need is a reliable internet connection. There are a few options available to fix this situation. The very first option is to use a WiFi connection from your home. However, the signal will have to be able to transmit through the house, through the walls of the house and as many meters necessary to reach your modem. If you use this route you may not always have a reliable signal and it can be dropped easily due to the distance the signal needs to travel. There is another option we suggest which is to run a network cable from your home internet router to your garden office. We suggest you install this at the same time as when you install the electric connection. You need a strong internet signal to conduct business. Your last option would be to use an internet power plug which picks up the wifi signal and boosts it.

A WiFi extender could be a simple way to get internet access to external buildings. Image credit: Amazon

You will also need to develop a method for providing heat and lighting in your garden office building. Your office should be built properly and be insulated professionally to keep the hot outside in the summer and the cold outside in the winter. A good choice for heating includes floor heating. It takes up barely any space and can be put on a timer to adequately heat your office as needed. Other options include electric panel heaters as well as oil-filled radiators. When it comes to lighting you will want to maximise the usage of natural light. Using natural light promotes energy and lowers the chances of fatigue.

A big factor when owning a garden office is keeping it secure. Your office should utilise door and window locks and be covered by insurance. You should also have locks on your filing cabinets and password protect your computer. If you use a wireless internet signal be sure to use a well-encrypted password and also think about installing an alarm system in your office for added protection from break-ins.

A garden office is not complete without the needed hardware. You will need a desk that is big enough to hold a computer, paperwork, keyboard and a phone. Try to find a desk that utilises a lot of shelving so you can maximise space and efficiency. Lastly be sure to purchase a comfortable chair. You will be spending a majority of your time sitting in front of your desk which is why you need something that is incredibly comfortable that you will enjoy using for hours upon hours. Also, other accessories you will need are such things as a lamp, paper shredder, filing cabinets, artwork, plants, a coffee maker and reception area.

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How to upgrade an old kitchen with quartz worktop overlays

Transform your kitchen with a cost-effective worktop solution

Kitchen counters are subjected to a great deal of accidents and misuse. Be it various spills and stains from wine, juices, and sauces, as well as heat from pots and pans and countless scratches made with knives or other kitchen utensils and tools – it is normal for kitchen counters to end up looking rather shabby and worse for wear after some years. Despite regular cleaning, some problems may still remain, and the only solution would be to install a new counter. The good thing is that there is no need to replace the whole kitchen just to have a new kitchen counter. All you need to do is install quartz worktop overlays and you would have managed to get rid of defects as well as benefit from the advantages of quartz and its beautiful modern look.

A Quartz Countertop Overlay Goes on Quickly & Cleanly. Image credit: CSS Blog

As the name itself implies, overlays are basically laid over the existing countertop, and so there is no need to remove it either. Thus it is a mess free and relatively quick process. This is what makes quartz worktop overlays a very popular route to spectacular kitchen transformations.

There are many professional companies who will be able to offer this service. A company representative will come over to your house so as to check the kitchen countertop dimensions and layout.  Cardboard templates will generally be made of the existing worktops. Based on these measurements a quote will be provided and so you will be able to know a rough estimate of the cost of installing countertop overlays.

Quartz is a durable and hardwearing material and it is also easy to maintain. Since it is a non-porous material, there is the additional benefit that it can easily withstand staining, and thus that is why it is ideal as a kitchen countertop. In fact it is considered to be much more resistant to stains to other materials used for kitchen countertops such as marble and granite. Besides, it will not harbour bacteria, and is thus very hygienic.

Typical bacteria found on porous kitchen countertops. Image credit: Skeptic North

Once the quartz counter overlays are made to measure for your kitchen, then it is all about installing them. Being overlays you would not have to worry about removing the old countertops as these will be basically laid over them. In the area where there is the hob, you would need to have a fitter take care of the disconnection and subsequent reconnection of the hob. The quartz counter overlays will be simply glued into place by the fitters. A seamless result will be aimed for and in most cases with quartz it is possible.

In no time you will be able to upgrade your kitchen with new quartz worktop overlays. The cost is quite affordable when compared to how much it would cost to install a brand new kitchen, and to make things better, the project is relatively quick to complete and mess free too. Old countertops are generally responsible for making your kitchen look somewhat shabby, and so with quartz worktop overlays installed onto the current countertops you will be able to get the new look you wanted while also getting rid of the defects that had emerged on the old countertops.

What To Look Out For When Buying Running Shoes For Overweight Women

Getting the perfect footwear partner for heavier runners

Being an overweight woman means that you often, most of the time, have difficulty in getting shoes and clothes that fit well. More pressure is felt in the knees, feet and back so you should have the best shoes whether you are walking or running. There are very different types of running shoes, but when choosing one to buy, you should make sure that you get the right running shoes by considering the size and style that will give you maximum support. Wearing the right running shoes that are designed to meet your needs ensures that you have no discomfort and don’t get any injuries while you a running whatever distance.

The following are things to look for when buying running shoes for overweight for women:

Adequate cushioning

Cushioning in the regular shoes that other medium weight women wear might not give the kind of cushioning that you need because your body puts more pressure on your feet than an average person. Adequate cushioning will help prevent plantar fasciitis, flat feet or even heel spurs.

Foot pronation

Most overweight women over pronate, i.e. their feet roll inwards, so it is best to get motion control shoes that will offer a considerable amount of cushioning and pronation support.

Shoe Insole to Correct Overpronation. Image credit: Price Comparison Guru

Arch support

Most overweight women have flat feet due to the excess pressure to the feet so it is advisable to pick running shoes that will correct and support this condition. Ensure that there is more cushioning in the heel and forefront so that the feet can assume a running or walking position and offer stability.

Thick insoles

Running shoes should have a thick insole so as to provide more cushioning no matter the surface and should be comfortable to your feet. You may also need a removable orthotic insole for extra support and they also solve problems that are caused by wide feet. You may remove the insoles if you require to create extra room for your feet. A thick sole also reduces the friction and offers excellent traction for the feet.

The HOKA One One Clifton 3 is one of the most cushioned running shoes for women with its extremely thick heel and sole. These running shoes offer a huge level of comfort for the bigger lady.

Get the correct size

The shoe should be of a proper size for your feet and if you have wider feet, then pick a pair of shoes that is wide enough. It is best to fit the shoe before buying because different shoes have different sizes so assuming will cause you to have a shoe that is too narrow and the size too. The shoe should fit properly so that you don’t have to put excess pressure on the inside of your feet and getting wider shoes will allow the feet to have more room when they expand when running.

Breathable and waterproof material

Shoes should be made of mesh which is light and allows free flow of air so as to avoid excessive sweating of the feet and development of foot fungus when moisture builds up. Water proof material means that it will absorb moisture if you are running on wet ground or cold weather. The inner lining should be soft so that it doesn’t the ankles and feet.

Shoe Type vs Terrain

Before buying a pair of shoe considers what kind of terrain you will be running on. Different shoes have different features that are designed for different trails. For example, get a shoe with adequate grip on the outsole if you will be running on harsh terrain and not on the track and this will reduce the chances of you slipping and hurting yourself as you run.

Proper alignment

A good shoe will support the heel and flex the toes so that it allows the maximum traction and comfort while running. The shoe should be light too, so that one is able to stabilize the ankles and feet while running.

HOKA One One Clifton 3 Ladies Running Shoe. Image credit: HOKA One One


If you are going to be running rough terrain, then it is easier for the shoes to wear and tear faster than for a person running indoors. The more miles you run, the more you reduce the shoes performance and increase your chances of getting hurt. Choose a high-quality shoe that will serve you for a long time before getting replaced.

There are different designs and shoe colors, but before choosing the style of the shoe, look at the desirable features. The cost varies, but a good quality running shoe will be a bit expensive, but worth the investment that you will make.

Don’t assume your shoe size when choosing a running shoe so it is best to visit a running shoe store and get your fittings done so that you get a shoe that meets all your needs. Carry your running socks so that you get to fit the shoe while wearing the socks hence get a perfect fit.

How to board your loft space with MDF sheets

Keep clutter out of sight by boarding your loft space with MDF

Do you seem to be running out of storage space? Have all your closets and shelves been occupied with stuff, and there are still several things which are left outside, making your home look untidy? What you might never have considered is that there could be spaces in your home which could be put to good use when it comes to additional storage space. For instance, if you have an empty loft, you could easily turn it into a useable storage space. Boarding your loft is really simple and affordable. If you would like to learn how to board your loft with MDF sheets, simply keep reading.

Tongue & Groove Boards. Image credit: BPS Access Solutions

Tongue & Groove Boards. Image credit: BPS Access Solutions

Just imagine how many things you can get to store in your loft. All it takes is the proper linking together of the loft boards. As you know, loft boards are constructed with a sturdy tongue and groove system so they can be linked to each other really easily, so as to form a solid floor where you can store a great deal of things.

Standard boards are available in these sizes normally: 240cm x 60cm, or 122cm x 32cm. The thicknesses are generally 18mm and 22mm. Prices for such boards are really affordable. Calculate how many you will be needing and you will surely be able to find them at your local stores.

Before starting the job, bear in mind that loft boarding is a rather fiddly job, since you will be working in a cramped area, and you will need to go up and down the ladder several times. So you may wish to have someone help you a bit so as to render the job a bit easier. Also, make sure you have all the tools at hand, including a drill, an electric screwdriver, a jigsaw or circular saw for cutting the loft sheets, a hammer, a tape measure and a pencil. Put on gloves, overalls, and most importantly, a dust mask. It is best to set up a temporary work platform which will prove very helpful and safe as you work.

You will need to measure the area which you intend to board out. Basically, all it takes is multiplying the length of the loft by the width, so as to decide how many boards you will need to buy. Make sure to add some extras just in case.

Before you start laying the boards, you need to check the depth of the insulation. One of the best options is to build a raised floor above the insulation. In that way you will be able to board directly on to the joists, and you would be on the safe side in case of building inspections. The idea is to always make sure that you put as much insulation as you can beneath the boards. If you will be boarding directly on to the joists, it is only an option is you are absolutely sure that you won’t be running the risk of interstitial condensation. In that case start by placing the first board across the joists.

For best results and strength, the boards should be laid in a staggered pattern. In this way the neighboring joints will be able to line up. Some cutting may be needed in case of overhanging. Every time you will be sliding the board into position with the first board, and you will need to make sure that the tongue and groove construction is well connected so as to form a join. Attach that part with two or three screws.

Raised Loft Boards. Image credit: LoftZone

Raised Loft Boards. Image credit: LoftZone

You will keep moving part by part until you compete the whole run of boards. In cases where you find some resistance for them to slide well, it is best to lay a small block of wood along the edge of that board and tap it with a hammer. In such a way you would also be reducing the chances of making any damage on those board edges that could be a bit more vulnerable. It is best to wear gloves as the edges may be quite sharp. Any infill pieces will need to be filled. Should there be any light fittings in the way, just cut that panel so as to give access to the light, and then use a removable infill panel should it be in the middle of a board.

This could seem to be a time consuming job, but at the end of the day it is more affordable to do it yourself since it is rather straightforward. In time, as you complete the job and start storing things in your loft, you will surely come to appreciate the convenience of having done this boarding in your loft.

10 Interesting Facts about Star Constellations

Think you know the constellations? Think again!

You may already know that the 88 constellations we use today were only established in 1922 by the International Astronomical Union, but what you may not know is that some of these constellations have histories dating back to 3000 BC and even earlier. In fact, some cave paintings in Europe that date back about 10,000 years clearly depicts patterns of stars that are recognizable even today. Here are some more facts about the constellations that you may find interesting, astonishing, or worth knowing.

Most constellations are very old

Although the Greek astronomer Ptolemy is credited with cataloguing 48 constellations early in the 2nd century, many of these constellations were “borrowed” from depictions of complete constellations scratched into stone and clay tablets by the ancient Babylonians about 3 000 years ago. Available archaeological evidence suggests that the Babylonians created their constellations in a relatively short period, from about 1 300 BC to around 1 000 BC.

Most constellations consist of unrelated stars

While 87 of the 88 constellations consist of stars that are physically unrelated, Ursa Major is a notable exception to this rule. Most of the stars in this constellation belong to the Ursa Major Moving Group, a relatively large group of stars that share a common origin, velocity, and motion across the sky.

There are actually 89 constellations

While most sources state that there are 88 constellations, there are in fact 89, because Serpens is split into two distinct parts- Serpens Caput (the head of the snake), and Serpens Cauda (the snake’s tail) to the west and east of Ophiuchus respectively.

There are 13 zodiacal constellations

Although only 12 zodiacal constellations are recognized, the constellation Ophiuchus, which according to some sources should be the 13th, also lies partially on the ecliptic, but the Sun spends only 13 days crossing it. This is significantly longer than the Sun spends in some other astrological signs, but to get out of this conundrum, some astrologers claim that astrology is not based on twelve astrological signs or constellations, but the four seasons instead. Thus, 12 signs divided by 4 seasons gives a neat answer, and no pesky 13th sign to account for.

Ophiuchus is a violent constellation

Image credit: NRAO/AUI and Yurii Pidopryhora, NRAO & Ohio University

The image above shows the combined effects of about 100 supernova explosions on the gas and dust within the constellation. This bubble of gas blown high above the plane of the Milky Way galaxy is one of the largest known but being about 30 million years old, its walls are now starting to collapse, causing the vast amount of dust in the bubble to fall back into the Milky Way galaxy. Note that this image is greatly enhanced with false color to make the structure visible in optical light.

Some “constellations” consist of dust clouds

The Great Rift is a series of gas and dust clouds within the Milky Way that is best seen from the southern hemisphere, and which form the basis of “constellations” to some cultures. For instance, some Aboriginal peoples from Australia see an emu in the shape of parts of the Great Rift. Look at the image below and see if you would have recognized an emu if it were not for the line drawing.

Image credit: Museum of Victoria, Scienceworks

The Sun does not belong to any constellation

Because the 88 constellations are contiguous and therefore cover the entire celestial sphere, every visible object in the Universe can be placed within a constellation, with the exception of the Sun, which has not been assigned a “home” constellation.

The constellations live in families

The 88 modern constellations are divided into 8 distinct families, with each family sharing some common characteristic such as proximity to each other in the sky, shared historical origin, or mythological theme. Below are the families and the constellations that belong to them.

  1. The Ursa Major Family
    Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Draco, Canes Venatici, Boötes, Coma Berenices, Camelopardalis, Lynx, Leo Minor, Corona Borealis.
  2. The Zodiac
    Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer.
  3. The Perseus Family
    Perseus, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Andromeda, Pegasus, Cetus, Auriga, Lacerta, Triangulum.
  4. The Hercules Family
    Hercules, Sagitta, Aquila, Lyra, Cygnus, Vulpecula, Hydra, Sextans, Crater, Corvus, Ophiuchus, Serpens, Scutum, Centaurus, Lupus, Corona Australis, Ara, Triangulum Australe, Crux.
  5. The Orion Family
    Orion, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Monoceros, Lepus.
  6. The Heavenly Waters
    Delphinus, Equuleus, Eridanus, Pisces Austrinus, Carina, Puppis, Vela, Pyxis, Columba.
  7. The Bayer Group (Constellations named by Johann Bayer)
    Hydrus, Dorado, Volans, Apus, Pavo, Grus, Phoenix, Tucana, Indus, Chamaeleon, Musca.
  8. The Lacaille Family (Constellations named by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille)
    Norma, Circinus, Telescopium, Microscopium, Sculptor, Fornax, Caelum, Horologium, Octans, Mensa Reticulum, Pictor Antlia.

The constellations are not fixed

Since all stars possess proper motion, meaning that they move across the sky as seen from earth, the shapes of the constellations are constantly changing, albeit very slowly. In one case in 1992, the constellation Aquila lost the star Rho Aquilae as it moved across the border from its own constellation into the neighbouring constellation Delphinus.

Sagittarius contains the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy

In 1954, investigators from Australia used a purpose-built radio telescope to search for the exact centre of the galaxy. Their investigations turned up an extremely energetic point radio source in the constellation Sagittarius (later dubbed Sagittarius A) which upon closer examination turned out to be the rotational centre of the galaxy.

Nowadays, you can observe a large part of the constellations by using an over-the-counter telescope or even a good pair of binoculars – there’s some great value kit available out there from brands such as Skywatcher Telescopes who have a range of budget and entry level telescopes and binoculars at affordable prices. So if you fancy taking a look at the constellations above yourself, whether you’re a seasoned stargazing pro or a novice telescope user, there’s always something to see and find up there!

Understanding the Aspects of an Arboricultural Consultancy & Its Purpose

When Saving a Tree is More Important Than a Development

Trees are a crucial part of our environment. They are known for the oxygen they provide – but also the protection against diverse weather and climate conditions. Arboriculture is a word related to the cultivation of trees and shrubs. In other words, this is a study of individual trees, shrubs, vines and other perennial woody plants and measures how these plants grow and respond to cultural practices and their environment in the very end.

Arboriculture has been a growing industry and one of the many environment-related industries that includes consultancy. Speaking of, there are many arboricultural consultants primarily working towards protecting the trees and ensuring a better future for us.

Image credit: Askham Bryan College

Tree Surveys & Reports

Nowadays, every manager of land which includes trees has a duty of care to ensure that these trees remain in a safe condition and discharge that duty inspections should be carried out at the appropriate intervals. Such surveys may range, but the information that is recorded can be used to create a database and monitor the tree safety, providing an invaluable management tool.

Trees & The Environment

When it comes to trees and the care for them as a part of our environment, the protection of trees under threat comes at first place. The tree-related environmental impact studies are also a growing trend – but the bottom line is that protection of trees on or near development sites should always be a practice. Apart from the intrinsic beauty of trees and the great contribution they make to the landscape, they can significantly benefit our physical environment. Therefore, veteran trees should be not listed out of the environment and their presence should be continued in the landscape.

Trees & Their Development

The development of trees is another aspect behind the study of arboriculture. There are pre and post-site layout tree surveys which are a standard in the UK nowadays. Through those surveys, the management and protection of trees on development sites is advised – and their involvement in cases of subsidence and heave or other structural problems is investigated.

Trees & The Law

Finally, there are tree preservation orders and trees found within conservation areas. Assistance can be provided whenever any tree related matters become the subject of such formal procedures or litigation. Cases like these may range from advising on technical details through to representing clients or providing a full expert witness service to the Courts that deal with the matter.

From all the arboricultural aspects mentioned above, we can conclude that advice and direction are more than needed in order to satisfy all the arboricultural management and planning objectives. After all, this is the entire point of arboricultural consultancy. Some of the aspects (disciplines) in this practice include tree surveys, management plans, mortgage reports, tree risk management etc. The bottom line is that every advice, report and management plan can be tailored to meet the particular requirements.

What to Expect When Hiring an Office Fit Out Firm

Bring practical design into your commercial space

When it comes to interior décor, many people wrongly think that it is something that should only be done in houses. However interior design goes beyond residences, as there are also business establishments and offices that need to be properly decorated and nicely laid out. This is where an office fit out firm comes into play with office interior design.

As reputable interior design company will specialise mainly in office décor and fittings. Most established firms will have a team of designers who are highly qualified in this field and have plenty of expertise from various types of corporate clients who availed of these office interior services. The first step is to carry out a thorough consultation with the client where the designer will be better able to assess particular interior design tastes, as well as any specific needs and preferences. The budget is another factor you should naturally discuss to avoid disappointment!

Plan, design & implement!

Once this consultation is finalized, the interior design team will then start planning the overall office design. The key is to make the best use of the space available, so as to improve efficiency and effectiveness in this place of work. The office interiors team will place this factor at the forefront of each and every decision because ultimately the interior décor does not only have to be aesthetically pleasing but also functional.

Based on this, the designers will then proceed to other factors which will have to be taken into account such as the design of the furniture that will be placed in the office, the color of the walls, the flooring, and of course, the layout.

Let the project manager take the strain

Office interior service providers offer customized interior design packages for all kinds of offices, and so regardless of the size of your premises, they should be able to see to it in a personalized manner. They should have service level agreements with many companies that offer products and services required for office interiors at discounted rates. So will see that your office is properly equipped with ergonomic furniture, accessories, window treatments, flooring and anything else you may have wished for. A certified team of contractors should take care of all the installations as well as ensure that everything is carried out to industry standards from start to finish.

The team will take care of all the scheduling, contracts and logistical coordination so that finally the project will be completed in a way that satisfies your original requests and the estimated completion date.

So if your commercial space is looking tired or lacks inspiration, let an office fit out team tun your office into a professional looking and functional one. They’ll see to every aspect of your office interior so as to strike just the right balance between inviting surroundings and a practical setting that encourages your employees to feel at home even though they are away from home. With such a feeling, your staff will be performing more efficiently and this will result in higher turnover for your business.

Which Kent SEO firm is right of you?

Deciding which search marketer is the best fit for your business

Every type of business that is online needs a relative level of search engine exposure. Whether small or large, each organisation will have differing aspirations in terms of the scale, type and reach they require to maintain a level of success.

A small local business for example has no need to be found on global searches when all that’s required is a solid level of local search prominence through authority citations and high quality directories. Large companies on the other hand, need a far wider footprint and thus, demand a strategy that encompasses a wide range of marketing channels to ensure brand awareness and product offering is at the forefront of searches around the globe. Possibly in multiple languages too.

Unsurprisingly, budgetary requirements between these two sizes of business will be hugely polarised so the type of SEO agency they can approach for help will also differ accordingly. A smaller, local business in the county of Kent for example, would be extremely unwise to get delusions of grandeur and approach a large international advertising agency; not unless they have desires to empty the coffers fast and go broke!

It’s horses for courses as the expression says so if you have a local need, then speak to a localised specialist. Kent is packed full of search marketing agencies yet their approach and statuses differ quite dramatically from town to town. Some agencies boast of large corporate clientele that is great for their egos, but if you run a small humble business, you do not need to be paying the higher rates that the big boys are used to. You can get just as good results with a Kent SEO Firm that specialises in local and national search for small enterprises and offers an affordable solution to a very common problem. Getting found on Google’s local searches!

Believe it or not, but specialist search engine optimisation firms for small business is becoming ever popular. It’s a common misconception in the internet industry that the big pay days can only be found if you acquire larger clients. But is that really true?

The lifeblood of the UK economy is in small business, not big business and the stats back that up. An agency that focuses on just a handful of larger international blue chips is taking a much greater risk in the sense that the majority of their turnoff is sourced from just a few income streams. Nothing worse than having all your eggs in one basket!

A SEO agency that has a wide ranging clientele of SME’s and local businesses will have multiple income streams and also have a far greater level of experience in working with differing type of businesses all across multiple industry sectors. With that in mind, they would appear to be a far more stable business that is less likely to be there one day and disappear the next because they’re looking after so many clients, they’re a far safer bet financially.

So if you run a small business in Kent, it’s not bad to think small in terms of your marketing partner. Sometimes self-importance can influence us as business people to make strange decisions that are not based on pragmatic, practical thinking but is in fact, just puerile ego massaging to satisfy our unrealistic ambitions, rather than thinking which firm will deliver the best results for me at this exact moment in time. Don’t get sucked into that way of thinking.

If you run a business that needs local exposure, it’s perfectly acceptable to think locally in finding an internet marketing partner. Big is not always necessarily better so head out to some meetings, get to know some search marketers in your town or city and start supporting local business. It’s win-win all round.