Fire Fighters Issue Safety Plea Ahead of Bonfire Night

bonfire night - fire safetyEmergency services in the UK wish that their safety messages concerning Bonfire Night on November 5 are remembered.

Each and every year, the bonfire season is also the season the where emergency personnel has to deal with numerous incidents that are caused by the irresponsible use of fireworks.

Last year, firefighters in Swansea had to attend to several such incidents.  In one case, fireworks had been put through the letter boxes of a home and in another serious incident firework rockets went through the window of a home.

Now, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging the public that the insured celebrate this coming bonfire night safely. The best this a is when people go to the officially professionally organised fireworks.

The Rescue Service is pointing out that those fireworks are usually not only safer but also more entertaining and cost-effective as compared to private firework displays.

“No matter what you do go this coming bonfire night, remember that safety is the key for a safe and successful the member fifth” says fire service arson reduction manager Will Bowen.

If you want to learn more about fire safety you can see Ansul, the website of Argos Fire Ltd. There you can read all about modern fire safety devices such as smoke alarms and fire detectors.

E Invoices and How They Can Help Your Business

There are still numerous businesses in the United Kingdom who may conduct their entire invoicing process the old-fashioned, traditional way. However, electronic invoicing can be a great alternative for those businesses because it can help them to save considerable time and money rather easily.

electronic_invoiceWhat issues do e-invoices address and how can they help you save time and money?

The biggest problem with the old-fashioned invoicing process is the time it takes.

Businesses normally go about this that they print out their invoices and mail them to the supplier with postal mail. The postal mailing process alone results in a delay of several days from the creation of an invoice until it can be processed.

In addition to the processing time for conventional invoices there is also a likelihood for mistakes since the paper invoice data will usually have to be entered into an accounting system.

E invoices can address both of those issues.

Your paper invoice is being converted into a digital format which makes it possible to send and receive it instantly. The common comparison of electronic invoicing to email is therefore more than justified.

In addition to a greatly sped up process, errors are eliminated since it is no requirement to manually transfer paper invoicing data any longer. All your invoicing data are stored centrally in one place which makes management and organisation of invoices a lot easier.

Electronic invoicing doesn’t require any big financial investment nor will it require any type of special equipment to take advantage of it. With e invoices, business now have a very affordable way to improve their entire invoicing process.

How the Chilly Summer Effects Businesses in UK

This had been the chilliest summer in Great Britain in the last three years. The low temperatures with plenty of rain impacted numerous businesses in the United Kingdom.

For instance, clothes retailers suffered due to lower sales of summer clothing while low-cost airlines saw increased demand. Many businesses that deal with the outdoors such as camp sites reported decreased bookings due to the weather while indoor businesses could profit at the same time.

This past bank holiday was the wettest holiday weekend of the last 50 years in certain parts of the United Kingdom such as Hampshire, Guernsey and Dorset. The nation’s South West with its many otherwise popular destinations saw more than three times average rain in the last month.

Prof Julia Slingo, one of the U.K.’s top Chief scientists to the press: “No one can deny that we have had a pretty disappointing summer with a lot of unsettled weather and only a few warm spells, especially through July and August. Our weather has been dominated by low pressure over and to the west of the country that has brought us periods of heavy rain from the south – what we call the Spanish plume.”

Looking at various businesses in the United Kingdom, high streets saw their worst month in at least five years. Many potential shoppers choose to spend their holiday abroad instead.

This was also the fourth month in a row where closing sales dropped down 5.5%. This year is considered the worst summer in six years according to new numbers published by accountancy firm BDO

A spokesperson of BDO added that the strength of the British pound had likewise been a factor why many Britons choose to travel outside the UK this year.

On Export Management Software

The shipping business sure has its unique share of challenges. Compared to some other business types, the import and export of goods requires a lot of organizational skills, careful attention to every single detail from the initial order process up to the delivery of your goods to your customers.

Talking about the shipping goods, the international shipping business has it in particular difficult. There are many restrictions in various countries in regards to what goods are allowed to be imported and then of course there are the various shipping costs that are naturally never the same.

I have found that export management software helped me big time when I started out with my own shipping business several years ago. I remember the hassles I had when I tried to do several tasks manually are literally  wasted a good portion of my time on such inefficient things.  This was before Jerry told me about expert management software when I was over at his company  on a search how to improve things in my own.

Based on my own experience I can recommend that you look into expert management software if your company deals with shipping goods, in particular internationally. It’s a rather small investment but the pay-off is more efficiency and less mistakes in your shipping process!

Start-Up Tips for Entrepreneurs

On one hand this is a great time if you want to become an entrepreneur, on the other this is not always easy especially if you don’t have a lot of experience and help. By definition, an entrepreneur does most things by him/herself and this means also that you will likely have to educate yourself on a variety of topics if you want to be successful.

You can start out by reading those essential start-up tips for young entrepreneurs over at

It goes over some of those often made mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Why is this so important today?

Did you know that more than 20% of the youth in the UK have a business idea at some point in the lives? Now add the fact that the unemployment rate in our nation is still rather high, one reason that many folks to become entrepreneurs because they feel this as being the better option as compared to looking for employment in a difficult economy.

Because of so many now striving to become entrepreneurs, those tips sure are essential. So if you play with the idea to become an entrepreneur you may want to check out this list too!

For Some Businesses The Means Of Transport Can Be Critical

camper van for your jobThere are certain types of businesses where the means of transportation naturally will play a very critical role.

In some cases, the success or failure of a particular business may entirely depend on this.

The most obvious examples for this would be businesses such as taxi cabs, delivery services or any other type of business where you would have to reach a client or whatever destination reliably.

If you were to encounter any type of unforeseen problems with a car or transport van, it’s usually not only that valuable time is lost but almost always would such problems with transportation mean a loss of money too.

Four other types of businesses, the importance of how they get around is not that obvious but that does not mean that the reliability of their vehicle would be less important. Let’s just take a few random examples: think about a freelance journalist who needs to haul his camera and other equipment to where the action is or think about a professional sports man who might have a carload full of valuable sports equipment to take around.

For freelancers and similar occupations that often need reliable transport that you look into a campervan. Unless you company would pay you costly hotel stays (which for a freelancer is hardly the case), a campervan does not only allow you to get to everywhere you need to fast but likewise can help you to save a lot of money.

A campervan is the ideal vehicle when you need to be somewhere for a day or two. It’s perfect for events such as festivals or reporting about the latest happenings for your website or newspaper. Modern camper vans will provide everything you need to make a short stay like a mini holiday.

If you’re still new to camper vans, the good thing is you don’t need to jump all in and buy an expensive van right away. You can always hire a camper van such as one from VW camper van hire Devon and then make a decision which type of camper van would be right for you and your job.


How The UK’s Housing Market Recovery Helps Retail Sales

uk-retail-salesRetail sales in the United Kingdom went up more than expected this February. Compared to January, sales in the UK increased by 0.7%.

When compared to the previous year, retail sales beginning of this year had been 5.7% higher.

Industry analysts attribute the boost in retail sales to the current recovery in the nation’s housing market.

With more homes naturally come more purchases of things such as furniture  or home decorations.

While retail sales saw a good increase, the average store prices in the UK fell for the eighth consecutive month. Prices in February were down by 3.6% as compared to 2014.

As per the latest statistics published by the ONS, non-food stores saw the biggest increase in sales. The best gains had been in household goods, furnishings and decorations.

How Ergonomic At Work Can Help Boost Your Productivity

workplace-ergonomicsSeveral decades ago, no one knew about ergonomics let alone the many benefits of it, especially if we’re talking about ergonomics at the workplace.

Only in recent times, last but not least with the help of several scientific studies it has been shown that ergonomics have a significant, positive impact on many aspects of work life.

Let us start with the obvious health benefits of ergonomic office furniture.

Health issues such as back pains, wrist pains, eye strain, headaches and many more can most of the time be attributed to non-ergonomic workplaces. In some cases it may be that a desk has not the right height, your computer monitor’s position may require you to constantly look up or look down, the computer keyboard or mouse may not be optimally placed, resulting in constant strain during work.

At some point, all those factors can add up leading to some or all of the above health problems.

With better physical health and well-being also comes more motivation and productivity. No one can work at his/hers most efficient when the work otherwise causes pain and discomfort, no question.

Better ergonomics have shown not only to boost our physical health but can also help to keep stress levels down along with various other benefits for our mental well-being.

So what can you do if you think that work could profit from better ergonomics?

If you are a business owner, the best thing you can do is to start with a professional workplace assessment. A workplace assessment simply spoken means that experts will take a look at workplaces and workstations to assess those in terms of optimum ergonomics. After the assessment, you will get a report that contains everything that needs to be done to get the workplace up to standard with modern ergonomics. Most of the time, companies that provide workplace assessments can help with that too.