Choose Your Children’s School Wisely

Did you know that the majority of successful doctors, politicians and lawyers in the United Kingdom had attended a private school? Several studies found out and confirmed once again that private education can provide students a significant advantage.

What makes private schools different to state schools?

One major advantage of private schools in the UK is that classroom sizes are average a lot smaller as compared to public schools. Less students means that teachers can focus better on each individual child. Fewer students per class also means less stress and more motivation, this can apply for both, teachers and students.


Private schools are often those schools where extracurricular activities that can range from sports to music and arts, class excursions and many more have a higher priority as compared to those schools in our public education system. More extracurricular activities offered in a school can help students in many ways. Activities such as sports can actively help with the development of social skills, while activities such as excursions and day trips can help children to learn culture, language and history.

In the past, private schools in the UK had been something merely available to the wealthy elite. Times have fortunately changed. All private schools in UK will cost a fortune any longer, this means that more families can now take advantage of a higher education standard for their children.

Recently, the government of the United Kingdom pledged more support for our public school system. UK wants to support state schools with more funding in order to get states schools up on the same level as private, independent schools. Whether this will be successful remain to be seen. As for now, a private school is still the best option when you want best education for your children. Prep schools Hertfordshire has more information about the various benefits of Britain’s private schools.


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.

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.