Custom Made Jewellery Is the Most Personal Gift

Custom Made Jewellery Is the Most Personal Gift

Bespoke jewellery is the ultimate in a personalised possession

Jewellery is one of the most personalised items people ever buy or have bought for them; rings, bracelets necklaces or pendants and specific stones are but a few ways of expressing individuality and of course marking special events in life such as engagement or marriage.

A way of personalising these possessions even more is custom made jewellery where an item is a one-off piece made especially for the wearer.

What does custom made jewellery offer?

In short, it’s the ultimate in personalisation. A ring, locket, bracelet, necklace, pair of cufflinks or other items can be designed to suit the wearer down to the last detail – and they’ll wear it in the knowledge that their piece of jewellery is a one-off; no-one else has one quite like it.

It’s possible in bespoke jewellery design to create something completely new and original using a winning combination of traditional craftsmanship along with modern techniques such as 3D modelling.

How wonderful for a newly married couple to know that their rings are specially designed to suit and fit them. It’s something that they’ll wear for a lifetime and maybe pass on to their children and grandchildren, so it’s a powerful gesture for a couple to present each other with their own, crafted bespoke piece of jewellery.

Copying an heirloom

Another way custom jewellery can benefit is in creating an item of jewellery in the image of a family heirloom or style of a ring, bracelet or similar that can’t be bought ‘off the shelf’ anywhere.

For example, a family heirloom may be too valuable or even fragile to be worn so why not have an exact copy of it made? Custom jewellery experts can create an exact replica from the original or, if this isn’t possible, from photos to enable an old family ring or necklace design to ‘appear in public’ rather than be permanently consigned to a safe or vault somewhere.

Another idea is in the case of old jewellery that is otherwise unwearable or doesn’t look right but has a particular stone the wearer would like to have incorporated into a new ring, necklace or similar. This could be possible in the hands of an experienced custom jewellery expert.

It’s almost like having vintage jewellery – often considered a sound investment – but with the added advantage that it’s wearable and can be enjoyed year round.

How custom made jewellery is created

It starts usually with a consultation with the customer and jeweller where designs are discussed. Modern 3D technology can show designs on a screen and if it’s a piece of jewellery based on an existing item – such as a family heirloom – the jeweller can take these and ‘copy’ the design or base an item of jewellery on design cues from the original if this is preferred.

Budgets and timescales are agreed on; sometimes items are needed at relatively short notice, so this is taken into account along with advice given on what is possible given a certain timescale and budget.

What jewellery items can be custom made?

Most ‘personal’ jewellery can be made to order including:

  • Earrings
  • Wedding, engagement and eternity rings
  • Other ‘special’ rings such as coming of age
  • Pendants
  • Necklaces
  • Lockets
  • Cufflinks

Limited by imagination

Creating your own bespoke jewellery with the help of experienced professionals opens up a super opportunity to present a loved one with something personal to them. The chance to wear a ring that fits them perfectly with the design of their choice, or wear a necklace based on a much-loved family heirloom affords a unique experience and one that will last a lifetime.

Marketing Advice for Delivery Services

Marketing Advice for Delivery Services

5 marketing tips to help boost your brand

From encouraging referrals to branding your delivery vans, effective marketing is critical if you wish to succeed in the crowded courier service market.

 

It can be difficult to stand out in the crowded delivery service market, particularly when it contains several big-name brands. In order to succeed you need to continually grow your customer base, and effective marketing is the key to achieving this.

 

Make a plan

Before you begin any marketing activities it’s important to first create a marketing plan. Sitting down and clarifying your objectives, key selling points, target audience, main competitors, strengths and weaknesses, and key performance indicators, will ensure that any marketing you do is strategically planned and targeted. This in turn will help you to achieve the biggest impact for your delivery business.

 

Use social media

Social media enables companies to engage directly with potential customers for little to no cost, making it a perfect marketing platform for small to medium-sized businesses. Create a business page on Facebook (and potentially LinkedIn if your customer base is made up of other businesses) and regularly post engaging content that your customers will find interesting. To boost your visibility further you might also want to consider investing in Facebook advertising.

 

Alongside your social media activity you should also consider writing a regular blog. It’s a great way to engage directly and informally with your target audience, and studies have shown that it’s a proven way of generating leads and winning new business. Try to create posts that directly address your customers’ needs in order to build trust.

 

Harness your fleet

One of your most effective marketing tools could be sitting outside in the car park as you read this. Commercial vehicle branding, whereby decals or graphics are applied to your company vehicles, has been proven to significantly increase visibility and boost brand recognition. As a delivery service, your vans are a core part of your business so make the most of them by covering them in your branding and turning them into moving adverts for your company.

 

Explore direct mail
Contrary to popular opinion, direct mail is far from dead. It may be somewhat of an old school marketing method, but it can still be really effective when done well, with one report revealing that 40% of consumers go on to do business with a new company after receiving direct mail. What’s more, in a world full of digital marketing, a printed flyer dropped through the door can really help your message to stand out from the crowd. Keep costs down and add a personal touch by getting your drivers to deliver the mail.

 

Encourage referrals

Research has shown that word of mouth is a key driving factor in up to half of all purchasing decisions. Referrals play a particularly vital role in the success (or otherwise) of small businesses and they should be an important tool in your marketing arsenal. In order to benefit from word of mouth marketing you need to provide an excellent service, so always make sure you put your customer at the heart of what you do. You can also encourage customer referrals by offering a referral bonus scheme whereby existing customers are rewarded for successful referrals, perhaps by giving them a free or discounted delivery for every friend who uses your services.

 

There are lots of marketing options out there to help you grow your delivery service company. Whichever methods you choose, don’t forget to measure and evaluate your activities on a regular basis to make sure they are having the desired effect. That way you can continue with the marketing methods that have the most impact, helping your delivery business to go from strength to strength.

Digital SLRs Will Never Be Replaced By iPhones

Digital SLRs Will Never Be Replaced By iPhones

Apple Has Yet to Produce A Decent Camera Phone Rival

Why you’d be crazy to give up on using a digital SLR if you want to capture some quality images.

The popularity of the iPhone continues to soar, with Apple earning approximately 80% of the global smartphone profit in 2016. The iPhone manages to combine a phone, a computer, a word processor and a camera all in one neat gadget that fits in your pocket, so there’s little surprise that so many consumers are loyal to the brand. In comparison, sales of Nikon and Minolta cameras have decreased, with some believing that the rise of the iPhone has caused the death of the camera industry.

But the truth is that digital SLRs will always be superior to smartphones – here’s why.

Quality Is Key

If you’re looking to snap a funny picture of your dog, work colleague or mother-in-law, and share it with the world on social media, then of course the iPhone has its uses. And there’s no denying that the latest iPhone X model has a nifty camera built into it. But for those moments you want to capture where you’re looking for a high-quality image to be the end result, a digital SLR is the only way to go. Let’s face it – you wouldn’t expect your photographer to use their iPhone on your wedding day, would you? Nor would professional sports photographers rely on their smartphone to snap the winning World Cup goal or the final stage of the Tour de France. The bottom line is that pixels talk, and iPhone photos are largely much too pixelated in comparison to a quality digital camera.

Ability to Swap Lenses

The iPhone X model has shipped with vertical dual rear cameras, and companies such as Olloclip provide add-on lenses that clip onto the smartphone, but they’re just not as flexible as interchangeable lenses on a digital camera. When you’re shooting, you need the ability to select your kit based on the type of situation you’re photographing. If you’re taking action shots, then you’ll require a zoom lens to get up close and personal; whereas if you’re shooting a stunning panoramic view from the top of a mountain then a wide-angle lens is your best choice. Can you use your iPhone to take pictures of either of these examples? Sure, but the photo won’t be as crisp as if you’d used a quality SLR model. If you try to use your iPhone to zoom in closely, then the result is often too pixelated. It might be good enough to share on Facebook, but not to print off and frame on a canvas for your living room wall.

Proper Composition

One of the selling points of the iPhone – its portability – is also a disadvantage when it comes to taking photos. When you’re holding your smartphone out in front of you to try and frame the perfect shot, it’s quite clunky to hold using your thumbs and index fingers. But additionally, due to the fact that you’re holding it away from your body, it’s not easy to gain a good impression of how all the different elements of your shot will fit into the picture. A digital SLR allows you to use the viewfinder for extra precision so there won’t be any surprises once you start snapping.

If you’re not satisfied with the pictures that your iPhone is taking, then the answer isn’t to upgrade your smartphone. Instead, have a browse of Worldwide Camera Exchange to find a quality SLR that suits your budget.

Will Brexit Affect Temperature Controlled Transport Costs

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Kuehl speedBrexit and Cold Chain Logistics

When Brexit comes into effect next year, companies using temperature controlled transport could find themselves facing increased costs and logistical headaches.

On 23 June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union. This was a momentous decision which is expected to have many social, political and, crucially, economic ramifications both for members of the public and for UK businesses.

One industry which is expected to feel the impact of Brexit is the freight logistics sector and, in particular, those companies exporting goods which require temperature controlled transport.

Temperature controlled transport is a critical component of many supply chains. Perishable items such as frozen food, seafood, fresh produce and pharmaceuticals need to be transported at a low temperature in order to reach their end destination in peak condition – failure to do so results in spoiled goods, disappointed customers and lost revenue. Refrigerated freight enables companies to do this efficiently and effectively and it is an important part of the so-called ‘cold chain’.

Currently this area of business contributes £97 billion to the UK economy per year but there are fears that when Brexit comes into effect next year, the sector could find itself battling rising costs and reduced efficiencies.

Increasing costs

There are a number of ways in which Brexit could affect temperature controlled transport costs. One of the key outcomes of Brexit will be that the UK no longer has free trade with the rest of the EU. This means that movement across country borders is likely to be slower as additional paperwork will need to be processed and new rules followed, which will ultimately impact on logistics efficiency. Time is of the essence when it comes to transporting temperature sensitive goods and any significant customs delays, if not properly planned for, could result in spoiled goods, wastage and lost revenue. New trade duties and tariffs are also a strong possibility in the wake of Brexit.

In addition to this, a weakened pound could increase the cost of fuel, while restrictions on EU migrants could potentially lead to a driver shortage, which in turn will help to push up wages, and therefore operating costs, across the sector.

Opportunities and innovation

However, while Brexit could pose economical and logistical challenges for the cold chain, some experts predict that Britain leaving the EU could also result in new opportunities for the sector. For example, a rise in the price of fuel could encourage the manufacture and use of commercial vehicles that use alternative fuels. With the cold chain being increasingly criticised for its carbon emissions, this could be a welcome development.

Furthermore, by reviewing their operations and introducing efficiencies and back-up measures, such as new fleets, more effective tracking systems and additional storage facilities, transport companies can mitigate any potential problems caused by Brexit, helping them to keep costs down and remain competitive.

Another possible boost could come from businesses that currently make-do with standard freight, but will need to use cold transport if prolonged delays become a common occurrence.

With so much of the Brexit details yet to be finalised, it’s difficult to predict with any certainty how it will affect the temperature controlled transport sector. There are sure to be changes, but how much impact these will have on costs and performance remain to be seen. What is certain is that those companies who are willing to embrace change and innovate will be best placed to weather any Brexit-related storms and thrive in the new trade environment – however that may look!

The 5 Elements Needed For A Winning Business

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business team meetingHow To Ensure Your Startup Will Survive The First Year

Follow these business startup tips which will mean the difference between surviving and failing that first year of operation.

With the number of British startups at an all-time high, it’s more important than ever to achieve business success in your new venture. 660,000 companies launched in 2016, marking an increase of more than 50,000 from the previous year. But with ongoing concerns that 8 out of 10 startups will fail within the first twelve months, how do you make sure your organisation falls within the successful 20%? Incorporate these five essential elements into your strategy to make sure you’re still going strong beyond the first-year anniversary.

A Clear Business Focus

It’s important to identify the focus of your business from the outset. Whilst some entrepreneurs will have created a brand-new product or piece of tech to solve a typical consumer problem, many successful ventures take an existing business model and simply improve it. You’ll need to conduct thorough research of your competitors, learn what they’re offering and then go one step further to make sure your service or product stands out from the crowd.

Building Your Team

Your business is only as successful as the people that work for it. Putting together a great team is a key area of focus when you’re starting out. Your business plan and the vision for what you want to achieve, should include the roles that you’ll need to recruit for and the skillsets that you’ll require from your employees.

But a successful team isn’t about individuals. No matter how impressive a person’s career history is, you’ll also need to invest time in team building, to make sure that your employees work together towards your business goals.

Networking

Even if you’re going it alone, contacts are still important in the business world. The difference between success and failure can sometimes come down to who you know. This doesn’t mean that you need to break bread with your rivals, but it will likely be advantageous to build up a network of fellow entrepreneurs, perhaps on social media or by attending industry events. Such contacts can be useful to share ideas with or perhaps turn to for professional assistance in areas where you lack the required skills.

Mucking In

Delegation is an important part of running a business. It allows you to entrust various tasks to your employees which will free up time for you to focus on other areas of the business. However, when you’re a startup, it simply may not be possible to delegate the menial jobs when the company is in its infancy. Therefore, it’s important that the senior staff in your organisation are willing to muck in and get their hands dirty. By doing so, not only will you save money, but by getting involved in the basic operations of your venture, you’ll have a great understanding of your internal processes and know where improvements could be made.

Perfecting Your Pitch

One thing that all businesses have in common, is that they all need to sell something to make money. Whether you’re promoting a service, a product or even a web page, you’ll need to get the attention of your target audience. Sales is an area that requires a concentrated effort right from the birth of your business. You need to know what you’re selling inside out; learn how to perfect your pitch and put your best sales team together to do so. They need to be confident at presenting, whether it’s one-on-one or to a board of directors.

Now that you know which areas to concentrate on, it’s time to readdress your startup strategy. Make sure everything is in place before you launch, or if you’re already up and running, then take immediate steps to course correct and ensure a successful business in 2018.

What to See and Do in Hertfordshire

What to See and Do in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is a county in southern England, bordered by Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Buckinghamshire. Read all about what to see and do in the stunning county!

 

Things to see and do in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is brimming with exciting things to see and do, so you’re guaranteed to discover something wonderful on your visit to the beautiful hidden gem of a county that is Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire – or ‘Herts’ as the locals like to call it – is just north of London and has an array of attractions and destinations that can be reached in as little as 20 minutes by train from the capital. Immerse yourself in the stunning countryside and incredible cultural sites in no time at all!

Hatfield House, just 21 miles of north London, is a stunning Jacobean House with gardens set in a spectacular countryside setting. Here you can explore the 400-year-old home and stroll through the impeccably tidy and brightly coloured gardens.

Paradise Wildlife Park is a family-run animal park located in Broxbourne in Hertfordshire. Meet exotic animals including lions, tigers and meerkats at the most visited tourist attraction in Hertfordshire for a fantastic family day out.

For those who love Harry Potter, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is the perfect place for touring the real film sets, props and costumes and learning all about the special effects and tricks used in the popular films. You can drink Butterbeer and buy wands – so it’s the perfect place for Harry Potter fanatics!

Where to stay in Hertfordshire

When planning your trip to Hertfordshire, you can be rest assured that you will be sleeping soundly and enjoying spectacular food and drink at West Lodge Park, Hertfordshire’s finest country house hotel.

West Lodge Park is a five-star country retreat hotel in Hertfordshire, catering for weddings, celebrations, special events and much more. The country hotel is situated in 35-acres of stunning grounds, so you can breathe and soak up the tranquillity whilst strolling round the grounds, or when enjoying afternoon tea in the terrace bar. There are 59 luxury en-suite bedrooms, all of which have been individually named and decorated.

Enjoy luxurious fine dining in the Mary Beale restaurant, where breakfast, lunch and dinner is served, made from locally sourced and fresh ingredients from the area. West Lodge Park serve mouth watering dishes served in a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for a meal out or special occasion. A range of afternoon teas are also served here for everyone to enjoy.

Where to eat in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire have a number of fantastic restaurants, from Italian bistros and Turkish eateries, to family-run cafes and classic British spots – so you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to eat out!

The Greyhound in Hertfordshire is a pretty country pub, serving elevated pub classics and daily specials to reflect the seasonally-available ingredients. St James Restaurant is a modern, British restaurant with some European inspired dishes, including mushroom soup with truffle oil and roasted lamb rump with rosemary scented shepherd’s pie.

 

There’s so much to see and do in Hertfordshire, so when will you be visiting?

Hybrid Generators Aid Aircraft Maintenance

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aircraft engine repairUS Air Force Trials New Type of Power Generator

Hybrid energy is becoming increasingly common in the automotive industry. Could it be the next big step in mobile power generation?

There is a well-worn saying in the US Air Force that you can’t have air power without ground power. And at Edwards Airforce Base, this is a fact that becomes immediately obvious. The immense military base is home to the US Air Force Test Pilot School, the Air Force Test Center, NASA’s Flight Research Center and numerous other facilities.

Anyone who is fortunate enough to be granted a tour of the 308,000 acre facility will notice that the only thing that outnumbers the planes is the diesel generators. They are literally everywhere, and to get each plane in the air and doing what it needs to do to protect the nation relies on having a reliable source of power at ground level.

Hybrid power

Where better, then, to put a new generation of power delivery systems through their paces? Last month, a team of researchers from Air Force Materiel Command led by Senior Master Sergeant Jason Tilley of the Aerospace Ground Support Equipment Working Group arrived at Edwards to try out the new Hybrid Flightline Generator Technology Pathfinder and see how it performed in the field.

The generator uses a conventional diesel engine in combination with a bank of batteries. This means the engine is smaller, and the unit is quieter, lighter and runs for longer without the need for refuelling.

Real world simulations

The idea of the trial was to provide some real-world simulations and see if the new type of generator would be as successful in practice as it had been under lab conditions. For this reason, the Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) crew were fully involved in the tests. These are the people who use generators day in and day out during aircraft maintenance, so they are in the perfect position to assess the new technology.

Positive feedback

The conclusions from the trials are still being assessed, but the general feedback from both the researchers and the AGE crews who took part in the trial was positive. Convenience is a key factor, particularly in an environment where engineers are likely to be working under pressure. The new generator weighs in at just 4,300 lb (around two metric tons), less than half the weight of its predecessor.

AGE crew were also impressed by the reduction in noise and smell from the Hybrid. Being able to hear what is going on around you is important in any industry. But for US Air Force ground crews, it could be critical. Sergeant Tilley remarked: “One drawback to current diesel generators is that they’re loud; hearing conservation is a benefit with the hybrid generator.” He went on to add that when they work all day around the current diesel generators, maintenance crew members: “lie down at night and still hear the engine running in their heads.” The fact that the hybrid generator has lower emissions also means staff do not conclude the day with their clothes smelling of smoke.

On the whole, the trial was considered a success. The developers are now working on the next steps towards a production model that will revolutionise power generation in the US Air Force and potentially, beyond.

The Differences Between Architects and Draftsmen

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drawing boardDiscussing the differences between architects and draftsmen to help choose the right one for help in a construction project. Architects design while draftsmen draw.

Knowing how the two professions differ to help choose the right one

The casual observer may think architects and draftsmen amount to the same thing – they both design buildings and produce drawings – but it’s not as clear cut as this. There are, however, differences between the two professions although the boundaries can be blurred depending on the services draftsmen in particular may offer.

Designing a building

Before it can be built a building first has to be designed.

A given building, whether an extension, a total new-build house or commercial property, has to be taken from a general vision and converted into a full design complete with detailed drawings. These are then used to gain the necessary planning approval and act as the blueprint for the constructors in actually building it.

In broad terms an architect will handle the process of creating a detailed design from consultations with the customer, and the draftsman will provide the detailed and scaled drawings.

In some cases, architects work in conjunction with draftsmen and each does their ‘design or draw’ role to produce the final design on paper, and some may enlist companies offering architectural drafting services.

That said, the demarcation between these two roles can be blurred:

  • Some draftsmen will also provide design services – indeed the term ‘building designer’ is used by some draftsmen to describe their services and is generally becoming more common
  • Some architects produce their own drawings and plans

Architects design while draftsmen draw

In many cases the architect will not only work with the client to produce a design, they may well take over much of the design concept itself; many customers who have a notion of the type of building they want will defer to an architect to bring their ‘wish list’ to fruition. Certain buildings may be referred by the architect who designed them; for example there’s the ‘Norman Foster designed London Gherkin’ along with other famous buildings and areas in London and other parts of the UK and around the world defined by the architect.

For clients with more fixed design ideas the architect may sometimes challenge them as in saying ‘have you thought of this idea?’ or illustrating how some preferred design elements may need changing or dropping altogether depending on specific circumstances.

Following completion of the design the draftsman will produce drawings based on the architect’s blueprint. As said above, architects can produce their own drawings but it’s often felt architects are specialists in design while draftsmen are specialists in producing the final drawings.

Training

This fundamental difference is reflected in the training for both professions. Architect training takes around seven years with usually a five year university course followed by a further two years’ on the job training in an architect’s premises.

The university part of the training will concentrate on many design principles and include subjects such as design history and contract law.

Draftsmen’s training is considerably shorter – around two years to study a drafting diploma at a technical college or similar – with some on the job experience to follow. That said, draftsmen can come into the profession in different ways including those from construction related backgrounds or maybe an architectural environment without having officially qualified as one.

Which to use?

This depends on your circumstances and how far down the road you are in the process.

For some basic house extensions following very closely the existing design of a property, then drawings from a draftsmen may be perfectly sufficient to present to your local authority’s planning department and your construction people.

On the other hand, if you require full design serves then an architect will be the more appropriate choice. They can also, in many cases, see the whole project through from initial concept to completion by performing a project management role if this is required.

Replace Your Old Banger This Spring

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Old banger ready to be a Scrap car How to dispose of your old banger in a quick, easy, environmentally friendly and profitable way using a specialist car disposal company in one day or even less.

Give your old faithful an honourable retirement and make money

It may finally be time to bid farewell to your old motor; it’s served you well and by now probably doesn’t owe you anything but perhaps the ravages of time are ultimately catching up with it. The good news is moving it on these days can be quick and convenient and also profitable as money can be made on your old wheels.

Goodbye to the scrapyard

Time was when disposing of a very old car with no real sell on value could be something of a time consuming chore. You’d have to get it over to a scrapyard – especially awkward if it was a non-runner – and then be at the mercy of their price offer. If you didn’t think it was a fair price then you’d have the hassle of taking your old motor away again.

That’s thankfully a thing of the past with the advent of car disposal companies who make the process quick, easy and maybe even profitable for you.

The efficient way of car disposal

Whether your car is too old to keep on the road in terms of repair costs being uneconomical, or it’s simply reached the end of its life, then environmentally friendly disposal is expected as part of the EU’s ELV (End of Life Vehicle) Directive. This lays down ground rules for the way vehicles should be broken down and disposed of.

A specialist car disposal company is registered with relevant environment agencies and connected to a fully authorised treatment facility so as to enable the proper disposal of your car. They also take care of notifying the DVLA your car has been scrapped and will issue you with a COD (Certificate Of Destruction) as proof.

Vehicles in all sorts of condition and types are usually considered, so even if you have a non-runner rotting away in a shed or a field somewhere there’s no reason not to dispose of it.

Various models of cars, vans, commercial vehicles and even motorbikes can likely be handled by your car disposal company and the process is extremely quick; your vehicle could be bought and taken away by the company with the money in your account all on the same day you approach them.

The process

Disposing of your car is simple:

  • Visit the disposal company’s website and enter your registration number and check the correct vehicle comes up
  • A price will appear once you’ve added a few extra details and preferably uploaded a photo
  • If you’re happy with the valuation, contact the disposal company to arrange the sale of your vehicle to them
  • They will arrange to come and collect your vehicle often the very same day; if it’s a non-runner that’s no problem as they’ll remove it on a flat bed truck
  • The company will pay you immediately direct into your account

Other details

You’ll need to ensure the V5C (registration document) and all keys and locking nuts (for alloy wheels if applicable) are present. If it’s a non-runner and all keys have long since been lost, the disposal company can still take your vehicle but do notify them in advance.

If you haven’t got the V5C then this can be overcome but you’ll need to prove that you are the owner of the vehicle.

The disposal company will pay you by bank transfer that will clear funds into your account before the vehicle is taken. They can’t pay cash as this is illegal for the payment of scrapped cars.

Disposing of your old wheels in this manner is quick, easy, profitable and environmentally friendly.

Plan the Best Outdoor Summer Fete This Year

Plan the Best Outdoor Summer Fete This Year

The traditional summer fete has become an important date in the school calendar – not only as a social event for a local community and school, but as a major fundraising opportunity. You don’t need to be super adventurous, but there’s no escaping the need for careful planning and a team of parents, teachers and volunteers to help out.

Selecting a date and venue

Choosing the right date and planning an exciting programme of events is key. Consider the timing of other school activities, such as exams or sports days, and events in the wider community, such as football matches or festivals.

Once you’ve chosen a date, break down the tasks based on what you want to achieve and who is responsible. You will then be able to set milestones indicating when planning needs to be finished. While the venue for a school fete is the school grounds, it’s important that it has a wet-weather capability. This usually means a large indoor space such as a stadium or hall.

Fun and games

Hiring a childrens entertainer essex to entertain children throughout the day is a great attraction to have at a summer fair! Professional children’s entertainers will have a range of services to offer, including discos, face painting and party games.

Fun games and plenty of activities to suit all ages make for a memorable and profitable event. Perhaps a local celebrity or town official can make an appearance at the summer fete? Which is one way to help attract a crowd!

Food and drink

If you’re attracting a lunchtime crowd, why not have a BBQ serving hot dogs, burgers and jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings? Outside caterers may be interested in providing refreshments at your event for a share of the profits – and great advertisement for local companies, too!

If your school obtains a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) from the council to serve alcohol, you could have a beer or Pimms tent for the adults, and a mocktail stand and pick n’ mix sweet stall for the kids.

Stalls

It’s important to make sure there’s something for everyone. Colourful games and stalls will attract the most attention, and hopefully make a lot of profit too. Include stalls such as a lucky dip, tombola, coconut shy and hook a duck – all games that adults and children can have fun with! Include plenty of refreshment stands too, alongside face paint and glitter tattoo stations.

Promoting the event

After all the planning you have put into the event, ensure you advertise and promote the summer fete well so that people will attend. Use banners, flyers, social media or local newspapers, as all are excellent ways of advertising your event.

Hold a prize draw or raffle to encourage people to sell tickets to parents, family members or work colleagues. It’s a great way to promote your event and draw in the crowds.

Gather enough volunteers to help out at the summer fete too, to help the day run smoothly!