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DIRECT CONNECT CONTINUES TO ACQUIRE SALES OFFICES WITH PURCHASE OF FLORIDA ISO

CHANTILLY, VA, March 15, 2016 — /EPR NETWORK/ — Direct Connect today announced that it has acquired another payment processing sales portfolio, Merchant Processing Solutions (MPS) in Fort Lauderdale, FLA.

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This transaction is part of Direct Connect’s commitment to growth through acquisition and is the company’s sixth acquisition since being recapitalized by The Beekman Group in 2015.

MPS provides merchant services to more than 500 restaurants and retail businesses across the United States, with more than $100 million in annual processing volume.

Owned jointly by Yamilet Strauss, Claudia Mosley and Diana Lizarazo, the independent sales organization (ISO) is a perfect fit for the Direct Connect business model: it is an active retail ISO acquiring merchants on the First Data platform, but it needed the financial and technological infrastructure and support to compete in today’s rapidly-changing payments infrastructure.

“MPS has grown successfully because of their people, and their top-down commitment to providing service and support to customers,” said Matt Clyne, Direct Connect’s CEO. “Direct Connect adds financial strength and stability, state-of-the-art technology and highly experienced human resources to the mix, making for an unbeatable combination and assured growth for MPS.”

Clyne said Direct Connect purchased five companies in 2015 and has already laid the groundwork for three more acquisitions in the first half of 2016. Direct Connect continues to actively seek out sales offices with low attrition and a commitment to the highest levels of service and support.

ISOs interested in investment capital or acquisitions opportunities are invited to visitwww.directconnectps.com or contact the company at 800.747.6273.

“We intend to be a very active buyer in the marketplace,” Clyne said.

About Direct Connect
Based in the Dulles Corridor of Northern Virginia, Direct Connect provides innovative technology and payment processing services to businesses across the United States and Canada, including retail, restaurant, government contractors and service industries. Through a robust partner program, Direct Connect works with financial institutions, non-profit organizations, associations and software developers to incorporate payment solutions and enhance customer service. With a 20+-year history and more than 25,000 merchants in its portfolio, Direct Connect was recapitalized in 2015 by The Beekman Group, a New York City-based private equity firm positioning us well to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry.

Contact-Details:
Nancy Drexler, Acquired Marketing
ndrexler@acquiredmarketing.com
917-743-5258

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Leading Personal Property Evaluation Expert Allan Baitcher Provides Aon Insurance Wealth Managers the Tools for Success

The United States’ most recognized appraisal expert, Allan Baitcher, was recently the keynote speaker at an Aon Insurance corporate meeting. At the conference, Mr. Baitcher spoke to wealth management experts about a bank of portfolio strategies, including how wealth managers can provide assistance to clients with artwork or collectibles.

Mr. Baitcher encouraged Aon Insurance’s wealth management experts to maintain current appraisals, as well as to keep their clients’ insured valuables as part of a photographic inventory. “Specifically, items having a value of over $5,000 should be individually appraised and updated on a regular basis,” Mr. Baitcher encouraged. Since market trends are on the rise for antiques, art, and collectibles, annual appraisals should be conducted, and regular updates to appraisals should also be performed.

At the conference, Mr. Baitcher explained to wealth managers the importance of keeping their clients’ collectibles and valuable personal property in a wealth management portfolio rather than leaving those items as stagnant assets.

About Allan Baitcher
With over thirty years of experience as a professional appraiser, Allan Baitcher has gained national and global recognition as a valuable member of the appraisal field. In addition, Mr. Baitcher is one of the United States’ leading experts in personal property documentation and insurance.

As a world leading auctioneer, Mr. Baitcher looks forward to hosting the Share Our Strength auction at the Georgia Aquarium on May 8, 2014. The annual event features culinary creations from nationwide chefs. Share Our Strength has raised millions of dollars globally in an effort to provide food for the needy and end childhood hunger. Mr. Baitcher has hosted this event for the past ten years, and is proud to contribute to the fight to end childhood hunger.

Mr. Baitcher will also chair the live auction at the Lake Lanier Pirate Poker Run July 17-20, 2014. Truly an incredible event for an extremely worthy cause, proceeds from the poker run and live auction will benefit children in need. One of the preeminent poker runs in the South, the Lake Lanier Pirate Poker Run is attended by people from all over the United States.

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Allens Hire teases Event Colour Schemes using Pantone’s Colour of the Year

Allens Hire, a leading UK provider of catering equipment and furniture hire, has revealed a series of table setting colour scheme recommendations based around Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2014.

Pantone is a colour communications specialist and over the years the company has become a world renowned authority on colour. Every year, Pantone awards its colour on the year, based on in depth research of global cultural and design trends. The organisation considers everything, from art, films and sport to new technology and popular destinations around the world.

This year, they have chosen Radiant Orchid, a vibrant shade of purple as their colour of the year. In honour of their decision, Allens Hire has put together three very different colour schemes, for table settings and events, which all make use of radiant orchid in different ways.

All three colour combinations were revealed on the Allens Hire blog. The first mixes radiant purple with chocolate, grey and black to create stark or minimalist tones; the perfect complement to Allens Hire’s collection of Anthracite dining chairs with black seat pads.

The second variation is a much more regal affair, combining the radiant orchid with red, lavender and pink. The William Edwards Fresco collection of fine china works seamlessly into this tasteful table dressing. A ruby water jug infuses the whole scene with a shot of passion and colour.

Finally, the third combination is full of summer freshness. The radiant purple colouring combines well with olive shades and darker greens, along with yellow and even turquoise to infuse even more colour into the setting. Perfect indoors and out, this colour scheme includes the use of Allens Hire’s purple rimmed plates and lilac matisse linen napkins. Both are right on trend for 2014’s colour palette of the moment.

Read more, right here at the Allens Hire blog and discover more high quality event furnishings and catering equipment hire at http://www.allenshire.co.uk.

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PlagiarismExamine declares war against plagiarism

PlagiarismExamine launches its plagiarism checking service. The company has combined the best features of all the checkers available online and turned them into a brand-new detecting system.

Company officials expect the product to be of a great help to those in need of plagiarism detection. The checker’s audience includes, but is not limited to: students, teachers, content writers, bloggers, webmasters, journalists, copywriters, internet marketing companies, education establishments and lawyers dealing with copyright protection.

About PlagiarismExamine

The service was created by the team of dedicated young IT professionals with their own vision on how should plagiarism be detected. It took a lot of time to analyze all the algorithms present on the web to develop a fresh one that could beat the quality provided by competitors. At this moment there are only two checkers able to compete with PlagiarismExamine. However, they are not able to offer even a half of features PlagiarismExamine users get:

1) Plagiarism check depth. You can decide how deep should we dig. The only thing to keep in mind is that Premium quality is logically a bit more expensive than Standard.
2) Turbo speed of check. When saying «turbo» we mean turbo. An average plagiarism scan takes 10-15 seconds.
3) Plagiarism reporting system. You get results in a convenient form of a report, with all the matches featured and given as hyperlinks. On the left you are able to see all the links to the sources, or you can click on the featured part right in text and be redirected to the source from there. Not to mention the ability to receive reports right to your email address.
4) Full privacy. We do not store texts being submitted. You are the only person who can review reports. Please beware of the services that save your texts, as they might use it for their own profit by publishing them online.
5) Try before you buy. Do not pay to the services that ask you to pay before actually using the system. We give you an opportunity to try the service first, without any limitations in features.
6) Affordable pricing. Prices start at 10 cents.
7) Loyalty program. Up to 20% bonuses and discounts.

Why is PlagiarismExamine not free?
This is the most common question the company receives. Please read the answer given by one of the company’s officials:
«We would love to make plagiarism checking process free, but that is impossible due to the following reasons: 1) the company has to pay salaries to all the employees who keep the service up and running. This includes support desk, webdevs, IT crowd etc; 2) administrative costs on hosting, servers and office itself; 3) the company cooperates with the most popular search engines — Google, Bing and Yahoo — that charge for every check that is made by the customer. Sorry, but we cannot make it free.»

How it all works? 
The plagiarism checking process at PlagiarismExamine is super simple. Just follow these steps:
Upload your text (from file or by pasting)
Confirm that you would like to start a check (the system calculates the number of words and the price automatically)
Get results (review report and see if you have any troubles with authenticity)

Find more information on the company’s website – plagiarismexamine.com. Happy checking!

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GPS and Associates Launches new International Background Checks

Godrej Profile Screening doing business as GPS and Associates is a pioneer in the background screening industry. GPS has expanded its services to conduct background checks in India. Chief Executive Officer Andrew Gomez said, “A good number of engineers and other professionals come to our country from India and it would be prudent for companies hiring these individuals, to do their due diligence”. Although India does not have a very organized system or a central registry of crimes or arrests, we have made inroads by researching the respective police departments at the city and town level, and we are able to conduct accurate criminal searches. The kind of information our clients obtain from the applicant becomes crucial in obtaining accurate and timely information.”

The company has obtained contracts with several technology and background screening companies to verify applicants that are migrating or coming here on a work visa. Although the GPS is known for it’s fast and accurate turnaround in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam, GPS aims to do the same with searches conducted in India.

GPS was established by Andy Gomez in 1990 and incorporated first in 1992. GPS was one of the first companies to conduct international background checks while doing a lot of Pre-employment background checks right here in the U.S. In a recent speech to Human Resource managers ,CEO Andrew Gomez stressed the importance of knowing who is being hired. He said ” It is vital for all human resource personnel to make certain that due diligence is a integral part of the hiring process, companies need to conduct criminal background checks for loss prevention and other forms of liabilities. International searches are crucial this day and age”.

GPS does private investigative work for law firms, banks, insurance companies and employers

CEO Andrew Gomez stressed the importance of knowing who is being hired. GPS is known for it’s fast and accurate turnaround in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam, GPS aims to do the same with searches conducted in India.

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Entrepreneur Goes From Living in His Truck, To Making a Deal in ‘The Den’

 Entrepreneur Anthony Jones successfully closed a deal with two Dragon’s Den investors on the November 20, 2013 airing of the show. Jones, thrilled at the outcome, explains how he lived out of his half-ton truck when he first started, to build the business literally from the ground up.

“I remember waking up from the sound of the engine running in my half-ton truck at 5am after a night of sleeping in the back seat. I would park every evening at the local truck stop and I would prepare the back seat with the two “large doggy pillows” that I had scrambled for the cash to purchase, (my reason for the doggy pillows was that they are packed with hay and insulation so not to create dampness and humidity,) lay down my sleeping bag, put on my sweatpants, hooded sweater, 2 layers of socks, turn up the radio and fall asleep. When I woke up, I would climb into the front seat and drive to the local YMCA, use the facilities, shower, gym and bathroom – I would get cleaned up and would head off to work. I would buy food that didn’t have a shelf life and would only eat when I needed because I was more worried about having enough money to purchase fuel to stay warm…that was my priority. After a long day’s work I would repeat the same routine.”

Jones is no stranger to business, in fact, prior to starting “Hunky Haulers” he successfully ran a commercial sub-contracting construction company at the age of 19, with $600 to his name. By the time he was 29, they were up to $20 million in labor contracts ($300 million in labor and supply signed contracts to fulfill.) As a result, Jones moved his operations outside of Canada and set up his business in the United States. Unfortunately, in the fall of 2008 when the recession hit, Anthony had to liquidate this business in order to ensure he could make payroll due to uncollectable receivables. By January of 2009, he had to lay off over 200 union men and women employees and start from scratch.

“When I lost my business in 2009 after the recession – I remember thinking, now what? Now it’s going to get hard, what do I do? I started Hunky Haulers in March of 2011 based on an idea to be in a business that would allow me the opportunity to serve the community and give back, I wanted to create something that changed the way people looked at the service industry – the way the service industry looked at the community and the way we empowered businesses, people, churches, charities, ideas, sports programs – around us” said Anthony Jones, CEO of Hunky Haulers. “When I received the email from the producers of CBC’s hit show – Dragons Den, I immediately was excited but was nervous and scared because I didn’t know how I could afford to get there –I mustered up the courage, the little money I had and started driving, didn’t look back and the rest is history. The most important thing that I learned from this experience is that EVERYTHING that is most important to you – that matters the most, WILL fit into a half ton truck, everything else in life is trivial…”

About Hunky Haulers
Hunky Haulers® offers a full-service Clutter Cleanup Crew that has an edge on the market.

They aren’t your average junk removal company; they don’t look at their community neighbor’s items as “junk.” There are memories associated with every item, so they like to consider what they do as “Clutter Cleanup” and creating a fresh start for these items. They offer a NO OBLIGATION on-site free estimate and are proud to be able to give our customers 100% satisfaction and service at more than 15% – 20% cheaper rate than their competition.

Hunky Haulers® corporate culture and policies are centered around social awareness and being a community leader. They work with a number of local, national and international charities.

About Dragon’s Den
Launching a business is no small task. No matter how big an idea you think you have, it still takes a lot of work and a ton of cash. Enter the Dragons’ Den, where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts and products to a panel of Canadian business moguls who have the cash and the know-how to make it happen. They’ve all been there themselves, so you better not enter the Den unprepared. It takes more than passion to convince these boardroom barons that your idea is worth their investment. The Dragons are ruthless and rightly so – it’s their own personal money on the line.

DRAGONS’ DEN is filmed at CBC and airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) and encores Sundays at 9 p.m.

If you are interested in speaking to any of the Dragons or host Dianne Buckner, please feel free to contact Erin Richards at CBC, (416) 205 7994, Erin.Richards@cbc.ca.

Contact Details: Website: www.hunkyhaulers.com
Toll Free: 1-855-438-4865
Direct: 604-355-4865
anthony@hunkyhaulers.com
Mail: Suite 205 – 17750 Hwy10
Cloverdale, B.C. V3S1K4 Canada
The Hunk Quarters: Suite 469 – 604 Columbia St.
New Westminster, B.C. V3M1A5 Canada

For more information about this topic, Hunky Haulers Corporate Giving Strategies, or to schedule an interview with Anthony Jones, CEO of Hunky Haulers, call (778) 549-3419 or email Marco Pasqua, Director of Corporate Giving and PR at marco@hunkyhaulers.com

 

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Finally! An All-In-One Website For Your Next DIY Dog House Project!

Paul Stevens, or as he is otherwise known to by his friends as “The Canine Craftsman” has released his inaugoral product in the DIY sphere, “The 48hr DIY Dog Kennel System”.

This a step by step system that provides a one-stop-shop for all of those people iching to build their furry friend a dog house. Inluding 7 detailed videos and 40 dog house and dog run plans, Paul is adament even a novice will have their first dog house completed within 48hrs.

Paul, once an accountant, always a dog lover and now an inspired DIY enthusiast spent countless weekends outdoors with his brother, a carpenter by trade, developing what they call their best collection of dog houses and the easiest method to construct them.

The 48hr DIY Dog Kennel System is an online based package that can be accessed 24/7, all around the world so that no matter what country you are in or what time it is, you can access every bit of information that you need to complete your project.

“The great thing about this system is that even a novice can build a 5 star rated structure to provide their pooch with a safe and comfortable enironment”

Paul Stevens, Founder – The Canine Craftsman

As a result of implementing The 48hr DIY Dog Kennel System Paul believes that anybody wanting to create a comfortable and protective environment for their dog will now be able to accomplish this feat for a minimal cost, far less than the potential costs associated with purchasing one brand new.

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Do Not Get Stuck In A Spin

Are you finding yourself constantly getting stressed about your commercial laundry repair service? Is it so bad that it is actually beginning to affect your business or are you worried that you have only just got to by so far and escaped any major problems, which may have otherwise lost you business?

If so then it is time to give Laundry 365 a call. This is a company that recognises just how important it is that your commercial laundry machines keep running 24 hours a day seven days a week, and Laundry 365 know that you need somebody there yesterday in the event of a problem.

This is why you will be pleased to learn they offer what they believe to be an industry leading standard when it comes to carrying out repairs and servicing of your commercial laundry machines. Accordingly Laundry 365 offers a 365 day a year out of hours service as well as critical weekend and emergency cover to ensure that your commercial laundry machines are not broken down for any more time than is necessary.

Not only that, Laundry 365 have a rapid response team to handle repairs from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, besides the normal out of hours and weekend service they offer. Going beyond this you will be very pleased to know they offer an industry leading 95% first time fix rate. This is a statistic, which leaves many of their competitors trailing in their dust. This is helped by the fact that Laundry 365 carries a massive range of spare parts for a very wide cross section of machines, even ones that they do not sell from new. They will never turn you away just because it is a machine they do not sell.

Indeed there should be no commercial laundry machine from any manufacturer that laundry 365 is not able to repair, from washing machines, hydro extractors, tumble dryers, rotary ironers, flatwork finishers, drying cabinets and presses – if you try out their commercial laundry repair service you will find that there is actually nothing that they cannot help you with.

All of Laundry 365’s engineers are highly trained in all aspects of commercial laundry repair and servicing, and their gas safe engineers are trained to work on your machines whilst minimising the impact to your business and to your clients business. Laundry 365 feel safe in backing their statement that no matter how big or small the repair is, and no matter what the manufacturer of the machine is, that with their highly trained servicing staff combined with the huge range of spare parts they hold, they will be able to repair any machine in a very timely manner.

For peace of mind all of laundry 365’s in-house repair team are all Corgi and gas safe registered, as well as being BSI 17th edition qualified electrical engineers.

So if your current commercial laundry repair service is troubling you and you feel you are being constantly let down or would simply like a higher level of service and more peace of mind overall, then maybe it is time to give Laundry 365 call to discuss your commercial laundry repairs and servicing requirements.

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White Owl Messaging: Messages From Beyond The Grave

The  White Owl Messaging service is being used by many Baby Boomers and as an effective  “Grief Support Tool” by health care agencies and social workers. It allows the individual to continue to share in special life events that they will not be alive for. These messages and gifts can be delivered for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings or any special occasion the client requests. Customized ordering allows for “One time delivery”, “Multiple year delivery”, and for special life events that currently do not have a known delivery date. For unknown delivery dates the client uses the “Add a guardian” to the product. This appointed Guardian then enters that delivery date in when it becomes known: Ideal for graduations and weddings! For those who find the messages offensive and do not wish to receive these messages, the company has provided a way the individual can “Opt Out”.

White Owl Messaging understands that this service is very personal for the client and the recipient, they have put together a broad  catalog of  gift ideas that closely align that represent your personal relationships. You will find items to suit all types of relationships, interests and budgets.

With this unique service you can have your messages, gifts, and that last round of drinks at your favorite pub to be shared after you pass. The client can place orders years in advance, their account remains dormant until notification of their passing is received, at which time the account is activated. This lets those you leave behind feel they have a way to stay connected, and know they are loved in a manner that is unique to your relationship. This service is a story that ties the old fashion values of family and love to the modern technology of the internet. It is also something everyone wishes they had.

White Owl Messaging founder  Marianne Turner-Marken says that it is the relationships she has formed over the years that inspired her to create White Owl Messaging. Her work as a SpecialtyPediatric/Hospice nurse in Arizona’s San Tan Valley also played a role in this decision. The work showed her the need for these kinds of connections when a family loses someone. But it was running across a letter written by her mother years before she died that told her just how important it is be able to reach out to those we love to help them heal. It was to lay the foundation for how she could help others do it as well.

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PosePrints Wins the Red Tricycle “2012 Totally Awesome Awards” for “Most Awesome Creative Card Suppliers”

Where do the busiest and best parents go to get the skinny on what to do, see, eat, and buy? In 2011, 25 million readers weighed in on that question at the 2011 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards, which showcases the “best in parenting brands, products, services and restaurants” of several major metropolitan areas. And for the 2012 Awards (over 6,000 businesses participated), PosePrints snatched the “Most Awesome Creative Card Suppliers” award away from such arch-competitors as Shutterfly, Minted and Tiny Prints, with a whopping 206,650 votes.

PosePrints started as the creative brainchild of Jen Moss (a self-taught artist) and her mother (a financier). Their mutual love of homemade crafts and aversion to pre-fab stationary developed into a line of distinctively whimsical and customizable stationary, magnets, business cards and notepads. What makes their line stand apart is the vibrancy of Moss’ art and the near-infinite variations on each theme you can customize to your likeness. Whether it’s a thank you note, birthday invitation, or a wedding program – the better-than-your-average-avatar caricatures you can create (custom: eyelashes, hair accessories, bling, and more), make the party happen before the party itself.

Magazines for savvy brides and parents can’t gush enough about PosePrints’ offerings. “My one stop-shop for all my stationary needs”, raves Manhattan Mom Blog. “Sure to make your guests accept with pleasure,” enthuses Bridal Guide Magazine . Though some of PosePrints’ competitors have been at the stationary game longer, PosePrints won the day because they’ve come up with a winning model: singularly custom invitations and gifts so charming they can (and do) double as gifts.

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Another £400m Into RBS’ PPI Compensation Fund, Says Missoldppiclaims.info

The Royal Bank of Scotland has earmarked an additional £400m to cover the cost of compensation and refunds relating to mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI), says leading PPI Claims Company Missoldppiclaims.info.

The nationalised bank has released figures for the last quarter showing a pre-tax loss of£1.26bn, a proportion of which is due to the allocation of a further £400m to its PPIcompensation fund. In a move echoed around the banking industry in recent months, RBS now has increased its total PPI allocation to now stand at £1.7bn. However, it is unlikely to be the end of the compensation claims for the beleaguered bank.

Its recent computer problems resulted in significant numbers of RBS, Natwest and Ulster Bank customers being locked out of their accounts for days, a mistake which has cost£175million so far with a further £50m of compensation put aside.

RBS is also part of an investigation by regulators in the UK, US and Asia – including the fraud division of the US justice department – over the part it played in the manipulation of the LIBOR inter-bank lending rate. With settlement negotiations imminent, the fines that could potentially be applied RBS believe could have a “material” impact on the company.

Despite the problems, RBS showed operating profits for the third quarter increased from£650m to £1bn, while bad debt fell by £159m and staff costs were 5% lower due to a 7% reduction in staff.

Stephen Hester, chief executive of RBS, said: “The extraordinary challenges which RBS faced following the financial crisis are being worked through successfully. The five year restructuring plan is now in its later stages with important work still to do, including an emphasis on dealing with reputational issues now that the bank’s safety and soundness has advanced so well.”

A spokesperson for leading PPI Claims Management Company, Missoldppiclaims.info said: “It’s good to see RBS recognising its responsibilities towards customers that were mis-sold PPI policies, in particular the responsibility to put customers first and treat them fairly. This can be seen in its decision to increase lending to its business customers even though there was a downturn in loan applications, but it would be good to see a similar helpful response to borrowing for its non-business customers with personal loans and residential mortgages.

The reputational issues Mr Hester refers to are likely to be industry criticisms that RBS customers play second fiddle to the short-term interests of shareholders and staff. As a result, RBS has relaxed its lending position towards its small and medium (SMEs)businesses, which has led to a an increase of new lending by 3% since the second quarter despite a 25% drop in SME loan applications due to the Olympics and doubts over the stability of the UK economy.

Analyst Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “There is no doubting the immensity of the task RBS has faced in executing its turnaround plan, nor indeed the progress made so far.”

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Johnson, Morgan and White says that the holidays are recovery time

Recovery firm Johnson, Morgan & White (JMW) reminds business debt holders that the holidays are often a boon for more than just retail sales. Many businesses see much of their annual profits coming in during this time of year and are more willing to work with recovery efforts.

Johnson, Morgan & White CEO and President Robert G. Cooper says that consumer spending the trickle-down effect it has on many businesses, not just those in retail and supply, can mean a higher likelihood of debt recovery this time of year.

“Many businesses have had a rough year this year,” says Cooper. “A slow economic recovery, lackluster consumer spending, and political strife have all been bitter pills to swallow for many businesses in Boca Raton, Florida, and the nation. The good news is that the holiday season is often when many business, from retail to supply to services and more, will see big income spikes. This can mean a good chance for debt recovery as those businesses try to clean the slate for the new year.”

Last year, Johnson, Morgan & White collections were up, despite a less amenable economic outlook, and speed of recovery – the time from first contact by a collector and payment – was nearly double in the fourth quarter.

“Most creditors can expect a higher chance of recovery this time of year,” says Cooper. “It is, however, a delicate process and outstanding debt that has not been collected can often be better serviced by a discreet, professional third party. This often saves business relationships and speeds up collection times.”

The holidays aren’t just a time to celebrate with friends and family, they can also be a time to lift the worries of debt and look forward to a new year.

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123Print offers assistance to growing SMEs

Online business card and stationary specialist 123Print is lending a helping hand to SMEs looking to expand in the current economic climate.

The retailer has expressed the importance for SMEs (small and medium enterprises) to focus on being proactive within their individual markets in order to achieve success. 123Print believes it can greatly assist SMEs looking to secure their place in the market thanks to its personalised printing service, which can be used by businesses of all sizes thanks to its affordable rates.

It is now more important than ever for companies to portray themselves to clients and customers in a professional manner, and with assistance from 123Print this can be possible without having to break the bank. The retailer is able to provide its own customers with a chance to invest in high-quality stationary products such as business cards, stamps, address labels and pens that can help to secure their business name in people’s minds.

Having a concise corporate image can also help in these tough economic times, and so having stationary and other items printed with a clean and clear brand image will ensure customers and clients feel confident in a business’ abilities. Research has also shown that when companies give away branded promotional items to clients they can give their brand a positive boost, seeing a good amount of growth as a direct outcome.

Mark Seekins, Managing Director, of 123Print said: “At 123Print we believe in helping our customers to achieve their goals by providing them with an excellent printing service. Whether our customers require low-cost 123 Print business cardswedding invitations or easy-to-use postcard printing, we are on hand to help.”

123Print has an easily navigable website which clearly offers all of their services, so customers will be able to quickly purchase the items that they require. Not only this, but 123Print also has a range of free design templates which can be used by SMEs without any art designs already in place, however these templates can be personalised accordingly.

If customers do have any difficulties when browsing and buying on the website, 123Print has a free online web chat facility that will give customers instant access to assistance.

To find out more about 123Print’s services for SMEs, visit the official website.

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The Divorce Handbook Helps Reduce Legal Fees and Stress

Donald Baker’s book, The Divorce Handbook: How to Put the Worst Behind You – Quickly, Fairly, and Finally is a comprehensive guide to the emotional and legal struggles of divorce. The first three chapters are available for free at bakerandbakerlaw.com

About The Divorce Handbook
The Divorce Handbook covers topics of concern for someone going through divorce – from custody and support questions to property division guidelines. Baker has simplified the process so that divorce need not be needlessly painful—or expensive.

“Going through separation and divorce is a traumatic, life-altering experience. It’s difficult enough from an emotional standpoint,” Baker explains, “On top of everything else, there are grave and consequential issues and decisions you must face which will affect the rest of your life. It’s critical that you obtain good legal advice.”

While many assume that a book written by a lawyer would hold only legal advice, much of the advice is how to approach the emotional conflicts that are likely to come up in separation. For example, the author reveals how to explain divorce to children so that they do not feel they are at fault. Baker’s goal with the book, above all, is to make divorce as smooth an experience as possible: “I sincerely hope that you find this booklet useful, as many thousands already have.”

To learn more about Baker & Baker, visit http://bakerandbakerlaw.com.

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Force 8’s New Range Opens New Doors for Customers

Force 8, a leading home improvement website based in Stockport, has once again shown their dedication to creating innovative products by releasing a range of arched doors.

These doors are different to others on the market because customers can get all the benefits that a traditional composite door offers whilst adding a level of style by choosing an arched door frame.

Dennis Sumner, Managing Director of Force 8, commented;

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve our levels of customer service and offer our loyal customers something extra.

Not everyone wants the traditional styled door which is why we wanted to introduce these arched doors to the market.”

Force 8 has a “design your door” feature on their website and this has proved to be popular amongst the thousands of people who visit the website each month. With the addition of the arched door frames, customers now have a wider choice when it comes to choosing the perfect design for their front or back door.

Composite doors are renowned for their qualities including increased security and now with a new style, many customers can add a unique style to their home.

Force 8 offer 12 different door types including Twin Arch doors, 6 and 9 Panel doors, Half Arch, Twin Vertical, Half Glazed and many other types. For customers and suppliers, this means that there is plenty to choose from and Force 8 hopes to consolidate their position as a leading home improvement company by adding to its existing product range which includes composite bi-folding doors.

With showrooms in Stockport and Altrincham, you can see for yourself what great products are available. Pop down to your nearest showroom today and start making some great changes to your home by adding a Force 8 composite door or maybe some triple glazed windows.

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Surrey Wedding Photographers Update Website

Surrey based wedding photographers Matt and Brenda Foden have just launched an updated website with a brand new design, in keeping with the current trend for vintage style weddings.

The site, which has been rebranded to the new name Foden Photography, features a simple yet ‘warm’ design. According to co-owner, Matt Foden, ‘We wanted our new site to reflect the current trend for vintage weddings. Hence, whilst the site has a simple layout and navigational structure, it also has a very ‘cosy’ and ‘warm’ feel to it, as you can see from the textured background, and vintage font. We decided to make the change based on feedback from many customers that so many sites that they visited were ‘cold’ and ‘sterile’. For us, it’s really important to convey the warmth and personality of our brand identity, and this new site really achieves this. We are delighted with the outcome.’

Matt and his wife Brenda have also taken the opportunity to change the name of their business from ‘Matt Foden Photography’ to ‘Foden Photography’. According to Matt,‘When I started the business, 4 years ago, I shot weddings on my own. But for the last 2 years Brenda has shot with me, and has been an integral part of the business. We simply had to change the name of our business to reflect this.’

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LoanAdvances-PaydayLoans Reports Spike in New Applications and Reapplications

Loan Advances-Payday Loans has reported a significant rise in the number of loan requests that have been processed and approved over the last 2 years. This was the main gist of the performance report which was presented by Donna Millstone, Division head for short term loans and debts.

In a year to year comparative performance review, the company has posted a 74 percent increase in the number of payday loans that have been processed and approved, and of this number, nearly half of it is comprised by reapplications.

Millstone attributes these positive performance indicators to the strategic positioning by the company in the highly competitive market for subprime payday lending service which was anchored on topnotch customer support and high approval rates.

In a related development, QEC Money, an independent think tank that advocates consumer welfare and proper money management, has reported that the demand for payday loans and other similar short term loans has grown by nearly 60 percent over the last 6 months of the current year.

According to a reliable source within the group, this dramatic jump in the demand for short term loans is a clear indication that an increasing number of Britons are feeling the pinch and are constantly searching for ways to keep their heads above water. “In most instances, they have opted for a pre-payday quick fix,” the unnamed source explained.

LoanAdvances-PaydayLoans.co.uk has had a remarkable 37 percent approval rate since its entry into the subprime lending market. The loan requests are normally approved in less than an hour and borrowers can rely on a quick transfer of funds to their bank accounts. In addition to this, the company has also proven its mettle in providing fast and professional support and assistance to its clients for a wide range of concerns and issues.

“We adopt a cutting edge processing and referral system and we have a solid track record when it comes to our response to loan request of potential borrowers,” Millstone added. Known for its uncompromising advocacy for responsible lending practices, the company has continually endorsed applications and been transparent around costs for appropriate short term need for cash of prospective clients.

Millstone is quick to add that despite the criticisms and negative reports on this subprime lending service, it remains to be a popular and highly
proven financial tool for a significant number of Brits who are going through short term cash crunches.

“Our company and other providers of payday loans and cash advances are actually servicing the cash requirements of the segment of the market that is not actually served by banks and other similar lending entities,” Millstone explained.

Unlike banks and other similar lending institutions, www.loanadvances-paydayloans.co.ukis taking a different tack and assesses loan requests based on the monthly income of potential borrowers. The amount of loan provided by the company will not exceed that which can be paid back by the applicant within the specified payment period.

The demand for payday loans is expected to continue to rise until next year and the company assures its clients that it will maintain its current loan offerings and services and adopt the same approval rates to keep up with the requirements of its growing clientele.

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Payday-loansuk.org.uk Reveal New Mascot – Jackson the Dog

Payday loans, the often derided side to personal finance, have been gaining in popularity for quite some time in the UK.

What was once a small, niche related business, has now become a multi-million pound industry. The demand for the product seemingly growing thanks to the lending patterns of major lenders and banks.

Established within that market is the company Payday Loans UK. Formed by two ex-bankers, the firm base it’s ethos on delivering cash advances to those refused elsewhere.

In keeping with this innovative spirit they have revealed a new mascot to go along with the usual payday loans product.

The aim of this ‘talisman’ is more of a symbol than a novelty as Nick Cox from the company explains;

“We came up with the concept of Jackson as more of a multi-functional device then an un-purposeful icon.”

“Our initial aim for Jackson is to have him implemented as an online helper on our website. He will be on-hand if the customer runs into trouble with any detail. There will be a knowledge base attached to the interface and an online operator for 2nd level queries.”

“After that the sky’s the limit really, we could have him as the spearhead for ad campaigns or even as acting CEO for the day!”

The company hopes that Jackson will bring some much needed cheer into what can be an often depressing situation.

Cox is under no illusion as to how customers feel when accessing his site;

Payday loans suck. Let’s face it. Nobody wants to take out a loan and when they do they’re not going to be happy about it. Hopefully this will put a smile on their face.”

The company’s aims for Jackson the dog are still be sketched out and he has not yet been implemented into the user experience on the website payday-loansuk.org.uk.

The whole process is being strategically mastered as if re-homing a pet. Payday Loans UK expect the first wave of Jackson mania to start at the end of this month.

Payday Loans UK are a fast online payday loans service aimed at those refused elsewhere. Loans are approved instantly and deposits can be as fast as 15-minutes straight to customers’ UK bank accounts.

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State-of-the-art Hoardings Printing Service Launched by Just Displays

Just Displays recently launched a high resolution and large format hoardings printing service. The service, which uses digital printers that are state-of-the-art, specializes in producing advertising hoarding boards.

Just Displays, who are based just outside of London, can produce hoarding boards that are up to 3 x 1.5 metres in size, which are an ideal way of promoting restoration projects, or for construction companies to promote themselves at a reasonable cost. The boards are designed so that a durable protective film stops problems with graffiti, which can be a problem in some urban environments.

The latex printing technology is 100 percent UV stable, and consequently this prevents graphics from fading when exposed to sunlight over a period of time. This is one of the most impressive technical aspects of the Just Displays printing service. Just Displays can equally use the same printing technology it uses for outdoor print jobs for printing similar sized hoardings for indoor areas.

All Just Displays printing services offers both full design support and installation. The company can also cope with large printing projects and complete them quickly. Just Displays aims to match prices offered by its competitors for any print job involving hoarding boards.

A site survey will be carried out for customers and will include a digital style template. Further details of what Just Displays have to offer, as well as example projects, are available on its website here.

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Parcel2Go Helping Small Businesses to Beat Royal Mail Price Increase

Small firms feeling the squeeze following the Royal Mail’s decision to increase the price of first and second class stamps at the end of last month are being offered a helping hand by Bolton-based online parcel delivery firm Parcel2Go.

The company says businesses and individuals can try to beat the Royal Mail price increase by becoming Parcel2Go users and benefitting from the vast range of reliable and cost-effective UK express delivery solutions available through the website.

With just a few clicks of a mouse, customers can order delivery services from some of the world’s major courier companies such as FedEx, Parcelforce and Yodel. Changes to the way Royal Mail prices parcels means people will be better off sending any consignment weighing more than 750g through Parcel2Go.

Parcel2Go’s marketing director Richard Mercer said: “We understand how much pressure consumers and small businesses are under at the moment, which is why we are urging people to see if they are able to get a better deal on their package deliveries through the Parcel2Go website.

“Our quick quote function makes it simple and extremely fast to get a price for a delivery, but that simple move could result in a sizeable saving. What’s more, because we only deal with the world’s top courier firms, individuals and businesses always know their consignments are in safe hands.”

Convenience matters to everyone, which is why the Collect+ services available through Parcel2Go have become so popular. Customers not able to meet a courier to pick up their package can choose instead to drop it off at one of the 3,000 corner shops and convenience stores in the UK that make up the Collect+ network.

“Convenience, speed, reliability and affordability are what we’re about,” said Mr Mercer. “We’re calling on everyone affected by the recent Royal Mail price hike to see if they could save, and get a better service though Parcel2Go.”

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