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Roof Crafters Gives Away New Roof

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR CONSUMER NEWS/ — After Roof Crafters gives away new roof, Mid-city homeowner Yolanda White was delighted to hear her leaking roof would get fixed when a team of volunteers from Tulsa, Ok. came to town. Then the news got better.

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After Roof Crafters gives away new roof, Mid-city homeowner Yolanda White was delighted to hear her leaking roof would get fixed when a team of volunteers from Tulsa, Ok. came to town. Then the news got better.

The project at White’s house changed when Vaughn, an Owens-Corning Platinum Contractor, contacted Magee, another Platinum Preferred installer with Owens Corning, to see if Magee had a “backup crew” available in case inclement weather or other difficulties forced the Tulsa team to return home before the project was complete. Being community minded Roof Crafters gives away new roof by providing all the labor to install the roofing system.

“[Magee] said, ‘Hey, I’ve got a crew that will do the whole thing,’” Vaughn said. Materials were donated by ABC Supply, a nationwide supplier.

White’s one-story home was elevated after the storm, but the roof was not replaced at the time. White has lived in the 50-year old house for 15 years.

Team coordinator Dr. Amy Emerson said the team wanted to help White because she gives so much to others.

“She is an incredible lady who uses her vacation time each year to cook two hot meals for children in the Hollygrove neighborhood, who attend a week-long summer camp,” Emerson said. “It’s fun to see all kinds of people come together to do this project.”

Other activities held in conjunction with the team’s visit included a “Pete the Cat” literacy event, based on the popular children’s series books by Eric Litwin. Free books were provided for children that attended. The churches are co-led by ministers Charles Marsalis and Kirk Garrison.

While the long-standing partnership with the Oklahoma team has made them “family,” White said the focus of the week was on the children and not the adults workers. “Even though it’s just for a few days, the children are getting something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”

Marilyn Stewart writes about people and events of the faith community in Orleans Parish. Send information three weeks in advance to marilynstewart.nola@gmail.com.

Contact-Details:

roof crafters

Roof Crafters LLC,
Chuck Magee,
18021 N. Service Road I12 Hammond, LA
70403 225-667-1189,
http://theroofcrafters.com,
888-846-1558
chuck@theroofcrafters.com

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New technology solves digital overload for family memories

OurHive LOGO onlySan Diego, CA, December 14, 2015 — /EPR NETWORK/ — Have you ever had the issue of looking for a specific photo and can’t find it? You thumb scroll endlessly but there’s no effective way to sift through all those photos every time you’re looking for something specific.

OurHive™ is the newest family app that combines patented technology and a private family network to deal with this growing issue of digital overload. The app is now live on Google Play, the App Store and as a Web App at www.GetOurHive.com.

OurHive combines the best features of a photo and video application with a private social network created especially for families. With the OurHive app, family photos and videos can be automatically tagged, organized and instantly shared with only the people you care most about. Once a private Hive is created, family members can upload and share photos and videos with each other using their iPhones, iPads, Android phones, tablets, laptops or desktop computers. All files are archived in high resolution and can be viewed and downloaded anytime.

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“For many families, life is full of sacred moments that should be treasured and preserved for generations to come,” said Stephen D. Rosen, co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer of OurHive. “Today’s digital world has made sharing information convenient, but too often that sharing is made with impersonal detachment. OurHive is for people who appreciate the special intimacy that comes with sharing special memories.”

Photo and video sharing within mass-market social networks can sometimes be compromised by unauthorized use and manipulation of media. Special attention has been made with OurHive’s cloud interface to ensure the best security. Photos and videos are encrypted every step in the journey from devices to OurHive servers and back again, and the content can only be accessed by invited, password-protected members.

Because archiving and tracking family photo albums is important, the OurHive app was designed to make tagging and organization simple and accessible. Every photo and video you take with the iOS or Android app ‘automagically’ adds a caption and location from your calendar, along with the closest address when GPS is enabled. You can then edit the filename, add tags and captions and give your photos the same context that writing on the back in ink used to for print photographs.

“Whether it’s your child’s first birthday or grandma’s retirement party, OurHive encourages the family to share all of the pictures and videos they take — not just a few chosen ones that you put on Facebook or Instagram,” said Jeff Symon, co-founder and president. “With OurHive, anyone in your Hive can download any picture they want from any of their internet-connected devices. No more having to remember to text or email individual photos later.”

How OurHive Works

Starting your own Hive begins with one family member starting a free 20GB Family Hive by visiting GetOurHive.com or downloading the “OurHive” app on Google Play and the App Store. They can then invite as many family members or close friends as they want into their secure, private Hive. Each user can then download the free app on the iOS or Android device of their choice and start contributing and sharing family memories.

OurHive™ automatically stores your photos and videos in high resolution in your own private network. Anyone in your family Hive can download anytime they want and future updates will allow for even more functionality.

Visit us a www.GetOurHive.com to sign up and learn more, and join the conversation athttps://www.facebook.com/getourhive

Contact-Details: Kyle Strickland – kyle@ourhive.biz
www.GetOurHive.com

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Hands in Motion is pleased to announce the launch of their Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) Service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers and consumers who speak another language nationwide

What’s better than having top-notch, highly qualified live interpreters? Access to those same interpreters 24/7 regardless of where you are, what time it is or what you need them for. Hands in Motion launches today their on-demand Video Remote Interpreting across the entire United States for both Deaf and non-English speaking clients. “We are proud to be able to break into this market of interpreting without sacrificing the quality of our work. We are excited to be able to offer last-minute interpreting services to those at the most critical times. For example, a consumer in a hospital Emergency Room should not have to wait for an interpreter to arrive before being seen. We know that with our services readily available, equal access will continue to be provided,” states Leslie Puzio, Operations Director.

Hands in Motion’s one-stop interpreting solution includes VRI for ASL and Spanish, as well as Over the Phone Interpreting (OPI) for 175 spoken languages from a single device. Hands in Motion plans to add ten additional VRI spoken languages this year.

This service is perfect for those settings where a Sign Language or Spoken Language Interpreter is not available or when the amount of time needed is minimal and VRI would be better utilized. Hands in Motion offers both last minute and pre-scheduled VRI services. “We are excited to offer cutting edge technology by offering VRI nationally. Our dedication to high quality interpreting and equal access is now available remotely. We are now able to serve the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community instantaneously and cost effective in every corner of America,” states Jeremy Mann, CEO and President.

For more information about Hands in Motion’s Video Remote Interpreting services, please contact Leslie Puzio at lpuzio@himservice.com or http://www.himservice.com/services/vri-cart.

About Hands in Motion.
Hands in Motion (HIM) was established in 2006 by Jeremy Mann and is based in Washington, D.C. HIM provides American Sign Language Interpreting Services, CART Services and Video Remote Interpreting Services to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, as well as nationwide. At Hands in Motion, our mission is, “The sky’s the limit when it comes to providing equal access to the world”. We aim to act as an extension of our clients and provide the most complete and accurate interpretation possible. We strive to provide the highest quality job performance and exemplary customer service to our customers. For more information about HIM, go to http://www.himservice.com

Contact Details: 2100 M Street NW, #170-275 Washington, DC 20037
877-310-8389 (phone)
877-310-8389 (fax)
lpuzio@himservice.com
www.himservice.com

 

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Local Venue to Give Away Wedding and Hotel Overnight stay at Gay Lesbian Wedding Expo March 23

Local Wedding Venue, Pine Manor and IL Wedding Officiant Rev Pamela in conjunction with Central Continental Bakery and Country Inn and Suites O’Hare Mt Prospect will be giving away a wedding and cake reception for one lucky couple who attend this years Gay Lesbian Wedding Expo.

The wedding would take place at Pine Manor in Mount Prospect. Chicago’s most Unique small wedding venue, and will include a digital wedding invitation, the venue for two hours, minister and officiation, flowers for both wedding partners, coffee and lemonade service, a garden wedding ceremony, weather permitting, wine toast, wedding cake, wedding decorations, photos with digital wedding gallery and a text message “just Married” photo of the couple, and overnight stay at the Country Inn and Suites by Carlson O’Hare Mount Prospect.

Attend the 6th Annual Wedding Expo Event in Chicago for your chance to win! Promoted by the founders of Rainbow Wedding Network, this Gay Lesbian Wedding Expo is a diversity of gay-friendly businesses that will participate including ceremony & reception venues, event coordinators, cake decorators, musical entertainment, photographers, florists, travel planners & realtors. Couples & advocates from surrounding areas are invited to attend. Speakers from local equality groups are planned and other highlights will include: Samples, LGBT-specific Planning Tips, Attendee ‘Swag Bags,’ and plans for a fashion segment with apparel of particular interest to LGBT couples are also underway. Attending couples will have the opportunity to participate in free Raffle Giveaways, which features the Pine Manor Garden wedding giveaway and overnight stay sponsored by the Gay Wedding Chicago Site, Pine Manor & IL Wedding Officiant Rev Pamela Magnuson, Country Inn & Suites, Mount Prospect Central Continental Bakery.http://GayWeddingChicagoSite.com

WHEN & WHERE
Sunday March 23rd, 2014 – 1:00-4:00 pm
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
350 W. Mart Center Drive / Chicago, IL 60654
RSVPs are requested to attend this event – for more information visit
www.SameLoveSameRights.com

WHY: ”
Rainbow Wedding Network’s ‘Same Love, Same Rights’ Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo is a timely resource for same-sex couples planning their weddings, as well as singles, advocates and allies who support the expansion of civil unions into the full equality of marriage.

Be sure to watch Pine Manor Chicago’s walk-thru video 847-873 pine 7463 CST 8-8pm

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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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Lamp Post Electrical Store All The Elnur Heat

Lamp Post Electrical have great pleasure in promoting the Elnur range of Storage Heaters. Storage Heaters were once the poor relatives of the heating area as the cost of gas became so much cheaper than the electrical or oil equivalents. In those days storage heaters were limited in their operation and ability but today there has been a whole new range of storage radiators which compete very fairly with the modern gas systems in certain areas and there is a great potential for their further growth in the market. Lamp Post Electrical and Elnur have some of the best and can supply them quickly.

Lamp Post Electrical are delighted to stock the full Elnur Storage Heater range as this is a company which has spent a lot of time and effort in developing some of the best storage heaters on the market. The quality is excellent and the performance is surprisingly good and the latest storage heater is a far cry from the heaters of old and the cost of operation is quite competitive.

Storage Heaters now have a number of niche areas where they dominate the market and Lamp Post Electrical and the Elnur Storage Heaters have risen to the challenge. Apartment living is a major area for storage heaters as there are many areas in large populated apartment blocks where gas has been excluded because of the fire and explosion dangers which are magnified when there is such close proximity between residents. Also the apartment rental market is ideally suited to the installation of a storage heater heating system as it is easy to control by the landlords and easy to use by the renters. This market used to have to pay extra for their heating costs but today the storage heater has improved so much that the heater can be heated at night by cheap electricity on the white meter and discharged the following day and night. Lamp Post Electrical are amazed at the insulation of the latest Elnur Storage Heaters which ensures that the natural heat loss from the storage heater is very small which makes almost all the input heat available to heat the room. The emission of the stored heat is now expertly maintained by digital temperature controllers to ensure correct room temperature.

Lamp Post Electrical can supply all the Elnur range of heaters including the top of range fan controlled storage heaters which can bring the room up to temperature quickly and keep excellent control through the evening. The controllers can be linked to a central control to work exactly as a gas or oil fired system with set periods for heating in the morning and evening. Whilst the cost of use is slightly higher than gas the cost of installation of a storage heater system is very much lower than a gas fired system and the total cost when averaged over the life of the systems is very similar.

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Black Friday: Is Thanksgiving Thursday 8pm Becoming The New Black Friday Midnight?

Black Friday is that time of the year in the US shopping calendar after Thanksgiving that sees thousands of shoppers flock retail outlets to take advantage of massive discounts that are offered for many items on sale. Its said Black Friday is the weekend that begins the Christmas shopping season in America.

Retails stores traditionally opened their doors on Friday after Thanksgiving but it seems with tough economic times and the pressure to increase sales, there has been a shift and more retail stores are beginning to open up their stores on Thanksgiving Thursday at around 8pm.

On October 14th Macy’s sent out a press release announcing that they will be opening up their nationwide stores at 8 p.m on Thanksgiving evening for the first time. The Cincinnati-based chain said they did this in response to interest from customers who prefer to start their shopping early.

Kohl’s Department Stores that operates 1,158 stores across the country announced on Monday 21st that their stores will be open for 28 hours straight – from 8 p.m Thursday, November 28 through midnight Friday nationwide.

J.C. Penney has also not been left behind among the big retailers opening business on Thanksgiving. They are doing so for the first time this year. Last year, companies that opened up on Thanksgiving night included Sears, Target, Toys R Us, Kmart and Walmart.

What have been the customer reactions to these changes? A visit to some of the retailers Facebook pages revealed interesting insights on what people thought Patti Simoes Burgess said, “I don’t like that they are going to make their employees work on Thanksgiving. Macy’s used to be my favorite store to go to for Black Friday when I lived in NY. Now I wouldn’t even consider shopping at one because of that. I boycott all stores on Thanksgiving that are open. Workers have a right to be with their families.”

Andrea Lindsey supported JCPenney’s move and said, “It is necessary, because at least in my area almost everyone else is doing the same thing, and in the retail world you have to be competitive.”

Greta Foose strongly disagreed with Kohl’s opening date saying, “The Stores have already commercialized the holidays enough without being open on Thanksgiving day. I will not be shopping with you.”

According to National Retail Federation, consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, décor, greeting cards and more, two percent less than the $752.24 they actually spent last year.

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The Door Store Has That Summer Calypso Feeling

The Door Store is always looking to improve the range of doors its supplies to the building and Do It Yourself (DIY) trade and each year seems to bring a more interesting range to the already massive selection that the company stocks. The Door Store uses several excellent manufacturers but one of the major ones is JB Kind and this company never seem to disappoint in the issue of new and exciting designs. Their latest range of internal doors is the Calypso range, a range, which epitomises the Caribbean and all that the name evokes.

JB Kind have supplied the Door Store for many years and their new models of doors definitely fit the modern market requirements and this year their new range seems to reflect the hot summer we have had and which is forecast to continue well into September. The Calypso range is a pine door range made for the more modern house or perhaps more correctly the more modern decorated house. This range of doors is a white primed pine door range of the typical shaker style and includes glass panels of various configurations. The design has clean simple lines that will go very well in today’s modern buildings.

The Door Store is pleased to promote the JB Kind Calypso Trinidad Internal Door in particular, which is typical of the range and is a white primed pine door with 3 vertical glass panels. This door is ideal for fitting in halls or rooms where there is an advantage of getting light from one room into another. The vertical glass panels are made from clear safety glass to protect against any potential breakage accidents which may occur. This range of doors is ideal for that summer feeling and will let light into places which may be quite difficult at present.

There is always a discussion to be had regarding the use of pine doors with glass inserts as by definition they do not provide a safety door application so that in the event of a fire they are unable to provide a time barrier between rooms for possible escape, also they do make privacy between rooms difficult or impossible as they do not provide good sound protection or visual privacy to any real degree. Therefore on installing these doors it is necessary to weigh up the options and if a fire door or a privacy door is considered essential then the Door Store has the options available.

The Door Store – http://www.the-door-store.co.uk – notes that the JB Kind Calypso Trinidad Internal Door is made with a central pine core and faced with MDF, which is primed white to enable the end user to get the door painted to their preferred finish, with no need for an extra layer of undercoat.

The manufacture is very good and will grace most applications and comes at a price that is extremely competitive and also has the extra benefit of a 5% discount when 10 doors or more are bought at the same time. This is a door well worth considering.

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Ace Sheds For The Gardens Of London

Ace Sheds are pleased to have their manufacturing facilities in Ashford in Kent which is on the doorstep of London and which can supply a full range of high quality garden sheds to the Capital City. There is a strong feeling that London is a concrete jungle and that gardens and hence garden sheds are an irrelevance. However the people of London will tell a very different story and whilst this might apply to a limited area of London, the vast area of Metropolitan London has an array of gardens that will surprise many a countryside visitor.

Ace Sheds are very proud to serve London with a range of garden sheds in London that can meet almost any requirement of the user, quickly and at a cost that is very cheap. Ace Sheds are very proud to note that the cost does not stop them producing a very high quality garden shed, which can be self-erected swiftly and easily by the owners of the property. Ace Sheds have recognised some of the individual requirements for the London shed and produce a range to meet that market place and if there any gaps they are only too pleased to discuss personal preferences and changes or even build a self-design shed.

Ace Sheds realise that the cycle is a major way of travelling in London, it is easier and often quicker that the car and of course is not subject to the Congestion charge. Keeping a cycle requires a storage area and Ace Sheds are proud to provide the London Bike Shed which stores the cycle safely and securely outside the house the size is small and will conveniently fit into a small space in the back garden. The London Bike Shed has been built with security in mind.

Storage is always going to be a major problem in London and the garden shed can provide a great storage facility in an area where household space is often at a premium and the cost of a solid building extension is very high and planning approval or practical space to install it is often impossible. Ace Sheds have realised this and provide very cost effective solutions. The Reigate Shed is one of the Ace Shed models, which are ideal for London. The shed provides good storage and is a security shed built to deter unwanted attention from prying eyes. Firstly the standard model has just one small window fitted up high and impossible for any person to access. It could even be removed if required. Ace Sheds are proud to have fitted tongued and grooved wooden sides that cannot be accessed without destroying the shed. The doors and its fittings are secure and Ace Sheds can fit a high quality locking system and can also provide a shed burglar alarm, which can be linked to alarm the owner at home.

Ace Sheds provide potting sheds for the gardener and a complete range of other applications and a quick look at their excellent website will show just how relevant the garden shed is to a London household.

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Kent’s busiest wedding planner reveals Top Wedding Tips

You’re a fiancée! The man of your dreams has taken the plunge, you have a gorgeous sparkler of a ring and he wants to marry you! The honeymoon period has well & truly kicked in & dreams are about to come true. Then the planning fear arrives as the spider web of preparing for the wedding of the year actually becomes a reality. Not only do you need to think about both the necessities and those luxurious extra’s you may wish to have to personalise your day, but there’s a hundred companies all claiming to be the best in town for every service that you could imagine. Wedding fairs seem to make it worse as you peruse aisles of cakes, flowers, suits, photographers…each offering a better deal than the previous. Magazines bamboozle you with nationwide companies that bring you innovative, new and unique ideas.

“Where do I start?” You ask as panic sets it….

Stop! Put the magazines & goodie bags brimming with fliers, cards and special offers down. Breathe…….

Remember your day is exactly that. Wedding planning does not need to be stressful – it should be an enjoyable build up to your big day.

Your Budget

Assuming you have not planned a wedding before, this task can seem daunting. It’s easy to get carried away looking at all the options and sometimes there’s just too much choice! The ideas are flowing and the excitement is reaching fever pitch as you discover endless possibilities of loveliness and joyous wonder. Try to narrow down between yourself and your partner what your hopes, likes and priorities are for your big day because as always there’s a baddie to every fairy tale and in this story it’s the BUDGET! Unfortunately the Big Bad Budget rears his ugly head in many inappropriate places and it will seem incredibly difficult to budget when you have no idea of how much everything costs. We advise you to collect at least 3 quotes for each item that you are thinking of hiring or buying to seek the best value for money and where possible avoid saying you need it for a wedding as the “W” word means mega-bucks! Maybe chat to your venue at this point to see if they have recommended suppliers that may do offers in conjunction with the venue, but do remember, if you have a limit to stick to don’t be afraid to haggle and pull in favours where you can. So Auntie Brenda’s a dab hand at cake baking….voila, cake sorted!

So, what next?

Decide between yourselves do you like modern or classic, a sit down meal or buffet, indoors or out, flamboyant or quaint. From this you will have an idea of key things to look for in a venue. Also draw up a preliminary list of guests so that you have a guest number to work with. This all sounds very sensible but it is also very necessary. You can then splurge your time on the fun parts; picking out a shortlist of venues and visiting them, brainstorming themes, colours, things to include, joining wedding forums to get opinions and ideas and chatting to your venue for ideas of what works well in their space.

There are countless blogs and articles that can offer advice of wedding ideas so it may be worth perusing these however in some circumstances it can be much less stressful to leave it to the professionals! Ensure you have checked with your venue to see if they offer a set up service so that you can concentrate solely on yourself on the morning of your big day. Also check to see if they will book your Registrars for you and offer various planning meetings and tastings to make your journey stress free!

Seating your loved ones

Some of the more interesting experiences you may have to contend with are the wonders of family politics which leads swiftly onto where to seat everyone. It may take you several attempts to work out how this is going to please all your guests, resulting in some people being sat outside, however the most important thing to remember is this is your day! Try not to let guests dictate to you who they want to sit with and do not be afraid to put guests where YOU want them to be. Some Brides like to encourage friends and family to mix so purposely put strangers together. This can bode well for the evening as everyone parties together in a slightly worse state! Other Brides feel that it is important to have family closer or all their important key guests on the top table with them. If there are too many split family members to factor in, the simplest answer is to have a romantic top table for two!

What to say?

As a wife to be, one of your duties may be to calm the nerves of your jittery Groom before his big speech. Traditionally he won’t have the pressure that’s carried by the Best man to tell all, but lend him an understanding ear & advise him the following;

Write from the heart about how you met and how pleased he is to be standing there with you by his side. If he is very nervous, seek advice from the Duty Manager or Toastmaster as they speak to the crowds more often and every venue’s sound system and acoustics differ. Encourage him to enjoy it and speak clearly and slowly. Write the speech down but do not read from it on the day – Practice, practice, practice so he is familiar with its flow & appropriate pauses for gags! But most importantly email a copy to himself, an Usher (NOT the Bestman……too easy to give him a heads up on how to annihilate your Groom later in his speech!) and even your venue so that he cannot lose it! I can assure you that a lost speech will send his stress levels over the top!

Can I book the Weather?

So, you have a beautiful venue, an array of gorgeous decorations and the finest food and drink. You have booked a top Photographer, Videographer, musician and classic car……there’s only one thing that could possibly trouble you now. The Great British Weather! Unfortunately there’s very little that can be said for this as it’s as unpredictable as a two year old in the “speak now or forever hold your peace” part of the ceremony, however you can certainly make the best of it and prepare for any weather. Some say there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather, Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up and snow is exhilarating. Just don’t pin your hopes on radiant sunshine, instead factor in cute wraps for your Bridesmaids, comical wellies and umbrella’s for you and your groom, maybe even a rubber duck to add to the photo’s! The more humour that you can bring to your day, the more you will relax and remember it for all the right reasons. I have met many a Bride that knows their local weather station worker on first name terms after calling every day for a month in the run up to their wedding and it really cannot change the weather on the day! You may also wish to discuss with your venue what they can do in the event of bad weather and where guests would go if they cannot get outside. After all they must have had a rainy day before now!

Gift giving etiquette

Arguable one of the more fun sides to your wedding planning is deciding what gifts to ask for on your big day. If you and your hubby-to-be have already set up house together, another toaster, sandwich maker or George Foreman Grill may not be so warmly received. It has been highly recommended to me to set aside a day to take a trip around your local John Lewis scanning favourable items and creating a desirable wedding list to put in your invites, after all it’s not often we feel a tagine or nest of coffee tables is an important and necessary purchase. The alternative of course, is to request Honeymoon donations that will help you fly off into the sunset together instead of jumping on a donkey in Blackpool . This is becoming much more common and a witty ditty in the invitations is all that is needed.

“We are sending out this invitation
In hope you will join our celebration
But if a gift is your intention
May we take this opportunity to mention
We have already got a kettle and toaster
crockery, dinner mats and matching coaster’s.
So rather than something we’ve already got
We would appreciate money for our honeymoon pot
But most importantly we request
That you come to our wedding as our guest.”

Mr & Mrs!

Before I draw conclusion on tips to “Keep calm & plan your stress free wedding” there is one very important item to remind all excited Brides to be. Choose your married name and practice your signature! This all sounds very obvious but really is the most exciting thing! Will you keep your maiden name, double-barrel yourselves to be the next Middleton-Windsor’s or simply immerse yourself in the glory of becoming Mrs Windsor. Then create a master piece of a brand new signature that you take pride in and allows a small smile to escape every time you sign it! You’re a MRS!!!!!!

Contact:
Cooling Castle Barn
Phone : 01634 22 22 44
Post/Address
Cooling Castle Barn
Cooling Castle,
Cooling, Rochester
Kent ME3 8DT

enquiries@coolingcastlebarn.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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Reliable Houston Plumber, Mammoth Plumbing Announces Service Coverage in Sugar Land TX

Mammoth Plumbing is a professional plumbing company in Houston TX that is expanding its services to Sugar Land area. Residents on Sugar Land deserve a reliable, trustworthy, and proven plumber. Mammoth Plumbing Company has more than 25 years of experience in the plumbing industry and truly cares about its clients by focusing first on customer service and satisfaction then top quality workmanship. The company was founded on the highest standards of the plumbing industry and customers can have confidence that they are making the right choice when hiring Mammoth to take care of their plumbing needs.

“We are excited about providing continuing exceptional service to all of the Sugar Land area,” said Jon Nevarez, Owner of Mammoth Plumbing. ” At Mammoth Plumbing, we strive to provide every homeowner and business with that highest standard. We pride ourselves on ensuring each customer receives a pleasant experience and total peace of mind.”

All of our plumbers have passed a drug screen and had thorough background and immigration checks. Every Mammoth Technician is fully licensed, bonded and insured. This is for the protection of the homeowner for all repair and installation work done. To insure the most accurate cost for your plumbing problem or installation, Mammoth master plumbers can to the home for a complete inspection and detailed written estimate.

Water Heater Installation, Repair, and Maintenance in Sugar Land

No matter what type or brand, Mammoth Plumbing has the experience and knowledge to repair, maintain, and install water heaters efficiently and correctly. As Certified Factory Trained Contractors for Bradford White tank water heaters and Rinnai tankless water heaters, Mammoth plumbers offer the best in installation and repair services available. Regular maintenance plans are offered to help keep water heaters at peak performance and efficiency.

Sewer Repair: Drain Clog and Camera Inspections

Mammoth master plumbers can help customers discover why their drains are clogged using the newest technology. Camera inspections are a smart way to find sewer line problems so that they can be quickly repaired. Mammoth uses modern technology equipment to accurately detect, remove, or repair sewer line. Whether your leak is under the slab, in the wall, or in the yard, Mammoth techs can find the leak quickly and fix the correctly.

Emergency Service: All Services Available 24/7 in Sugar Land

Mammoth understands that plumbing problems can happen at any hour of the night or day. Mammoth plumbers are prepared to assist customers with all of their plumbing emergencies anytime. Customers can feel good about calling this company on the weekends or in the late or early morning hours if a pipe bursts or the water heater stops working. Knowing who to call in an emergency is just as important as getting the problem fixed. Remember to call Mammoth Plumbing to get help quickly.

Mammoth Plumbing List of Services:

  • Water Line Repair and Replacement
  • Bathroom Remodeling
  • Shower Pan Repair
  • Toilet Installation & Repairs
  • Tankless Water Heaters
  • Tank Water Heaters / Boilers
  • Gas, Water & Sewer
  • New Plumbing Fixtures Installed
  • Water Filtration Systems
  • Sinks & Faucets Installed
  • Garbage Disposals Repaired & Replaced
  • Fiber Optic Video Inspection Sewer Camera
  • Sewer Lines Repaired & Replaced
  • Drain Line Locating Using Latest Technologies
  • Hydro-Jetting Cleaning of Drain Lines
  • Under Slab Leak Detection
  • Under Slab Tunneling & Rerouting
  • Gas Line Installation, Testing & Repairs

At Mammoth Plumbing, the customer comes first. Whatever the need, Mammoth is here to serve Sugar Land with the plumbing services the residents deserve. Call us today at (281)-398-1700 or check us out online at www.mammothplumbing.com and make us your Sugar Land Plumber. Figure out what Houston residents have already enjoyed, a wonderful plumbing repair experience.

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The Door Store Looks Smart With The JB Kind Eco Grey Flush Range

The Door Store in Leamington Spa are now supplying the latest JB Kind Eco Grey Flush range of internal doors and are pleased with the quality and the great design of these new doors. This is quite a different design and the flush door gives an excellent finish and gives very clean lines to the door. The grey colour gives a completely different look to the door and makes it an ideal accompaniment to a house with a modern design and the finish is improved by being finished with a wood grained effect. JB Kind has developed a completely new painting system which gives a flawless wood grained finish at a fraction of the cost of natural veneers. This helps to reduce the cost of door by a very significant amount and The Door Store is able to pass all of these savings directly to the customer.

This revolutionary painting system has been seen by The Door Store as a major advancement which has achieved superb results in the market. The prices of these doors are very competitive and this is due to the change in construction and in particular the new painting methods. The doors themselves are made in a cellular fashion with a solid Oak wood core. The range consists of the standard JB Kind Eco Flush internal door with a completely flat face and also the glazed version which has an almost full length glass insert in the middle of the door. JB Kind also produces a fire door in the same construction.

The Door Store takes a great deal of care in finding the right sort of door that will increase the finished range of its products and the JB Kind Eco Flush range is one of the new ranges which has been picked to give the house owner a new dimension for the design of the building. The Eco Flush door gives a flat surface on the internal door with no blemishes but a great wood grained finish and allows the house owner to design the interior of the house with this in mind. The range of grey flush doors allow a designer to use their imagination and create a good modern design which will encompass both, the internal door, its frame and also the door furniture and the fascinating grey colour. The use of the glazed Eco Flush door will allow light to be introduced from a different source whilst enhancing the door appearance.

The cost of the glazed door is around £244 per door whilst the flush door costs a very modest £77 per door and there is a 5% discount when 10 or more doors are purchased.The Door Store – http://www.the-door-store.co.uk – has a superb range of door furniture, which will match the Eco Flush Internal Door. This range includes modern simple stainless steel material designs, which compliments the clean lines of the flush door and there are some designs which encompass the use of materials like satin nickel or brass. A quick look at the web site will give the customer of just what is possible and contact by email or phone can be very helpful.

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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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Beauty Call Welcomes Berkshire and Oxfordshire Franchisee Takeover

The UK-based wedding hair and makeup agency is proud to announce that one of its popular franchisees will be relocating to a new region in 2013.

Brides in Reading, Berkshire and Oxfordshire will soon be able to book highly experienced beauty specialist Kim Laney to help them prepare their hair and makeup on the day of their wedding.

Kim has been transforming nervous brides-to-be in the South East of England on behalf of the Beauty Call franchise for some time and has picked up hundreds of appointments in the Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth postcodes. She originally trained with prestigious makeup college Brushstrokes before turning her hand to numerous TV and film projects with FilmFour and working to help produce ads with designer clothing powerhouse Levi’s.

It has recently been announced that Kim is to move a little further north to take over long-standing franchisee Danielle, who has decided to move to Australia to pursue further career opportunities.

The company’s Marketing Director is sad to see such a talented member of the team leave his books but wishes Danielle the very best of luck for the future.

“We have developed great relationships with our franchisees and can safely say that Danielle will be very much missed. We would like to take the opportunity to thank her for all her hard work during her time with Beauty Call,” he says. “She raised a great deal of awareness of our company in the local area and has always been highly praised by her large client base, so we’re sure she’ll be a blinding success down under too.

“Though we’re sad to see Danielle leave, we’re more than happy to hand over the reins to Kim, who already comes highly recommended by her previous clients on the South Coast,” he adds.

For images, customer testimonials and general information on any of the franchisees currently working on behalf of Beauty Call in the UK, please visit the company’s ‘Artists’ page. Those interested in learning more about becoming a franchisee for the agency are encouraged to email the team directly.

Beauty Call delivers wedding make up and bridal hair in Hertfordshire, Essex, London and across the UK. The company employs a wide network of freelancers that service hundreds of towns and cities up and down the country. Contact the company by calling the team directly or visit http://www.beautycall.co.uk/wedding-hair-and-makeup-Kent.php for more details.

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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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Return to Glory Increasingly Popular with London Brides for Wedding Hair and Makeup

Glamorous in home or at venue hair and beauty treatments from Return to Glory allow brides to take the stress out of looking their best.

As the January boom in wedding bookings takes effect, brides to be throughout the UK are planning their very special big day. One of the most important factors for the bride is getting their wedding hair and makeup right, and feeling like a calm princess throughout the event. That’s why more London brides than ever are choosing Return to Glory, to help them look and feel their best.

Over 350 Weddings Last Year

Renowned as one of the fastest growing mobile massage and beauty providers in the capital, Return to Glory have a specialist team of trained wedding hair and beauty specialists. But there is much more to their service than hairspray and lipstick. They know that when a woman feels great, she looks it too; and they endeavour to take the stress out of perfecting every woman’s individual look.

Removing the Stress

With Return to Glory wedding hair and makeup services in London, the bride to be can approach her event with confidence. Our luxurious bridal services are designed to take many of the stresses and strains out of the engagement.

The bride will enjoy a wedding trial, which can last all day, during which an expert makeup artist will explore different styles and find the perfect look for every face. Customers will notice the difference that an experience magazine makeup artist can make, with a range of extra special finishing touches, including individual lashes, hidden liner and a light, invisible, flawless finish. By the time the big day arrives, each bride will have their own hair and makeup arrangement tailored to their features, and ready to be applied with a minimum of fuss.

Since wellbeing is so important to the bride’s finished look, Return to Glory also offer relaxing and rejuvenating beauty and massage treatments in the weeks leading up to the event. They have known their beautiful vouchers to be put on the wedding list! Why? This period can be extremely stressful to the lady at the centre of the whole affair, but a massage or spa treatment can be a real boost. Calming, and therapeutic, these sessions can help the bride, or groom, to enjoy the run-in, almost as much as they enjoy the wedding day.

Confident Dancer?

Surprising, another of the very popular services offered through Return to Glory are in home Dance Lessons. Couples enjoy first dance lessons in the comfort of their own home, to gain even greater peach of mind, knowing everything will run smoothly at the reception. Men especially find the lessons in their home far less intimidating.

Return to Glory wedding hair and makeup is available across North London, North West, East London, South London and West London. In some circumstances, the company have also travelled across South East England, the rest of the UK and have travelled to France, Italy and Spain upon request.

Pay a visit to the Return to Glory website today and find out more about all of the wedding hair and makeup London services available. They offer a simple, transparent pricing structure with no hidden charges, but customers should act now because appointments won’t be available forever.

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My Carpet Pal Rotovac 360i Turning Heads Everywhere!

The carpet cleaning industry has really come a long way since the invention of the first hand held carpet cleaner in 1956 invented by Mr. Harry Rench, CEO and founder of Rench Manufacturing Company. The first designs had some very evident limitations that Mr. Rench tried to fix and improve the drycleaner’s for carpeting. The vacuum had a very nice appealing look to it and was equipped with an electric cord. Most people at the time couldn’t afford to buy these newly invented cleaning machines and Mr. Rench rented the cleaning machines out to people wanting to clean their carpets. It was like a dream come true for most people with carpeting in their homes.

Over the years, the carpet cleaning machines has gotten a lot better and with the technology of the twentieth century; Mr. Rench’s ideas of carpet cleaning has taken off to a whole new level of carpet cleaning. One of the concepts that really helped the carpet cleaning industry become the great industry that it is today is the advent of the portable extractors and later the truck-mounts. Prochem industries are one of the major leaders today in the technology of carpet cleaning using the truck mounting delivery system. Practically, all of the carpet cleaning professionals today use truck-mounts with the jet spraying system.

Mr. Steve Allison invented the first carpet cleaning wand which he referred to in his patent applications to a method and apparatus for cleaning and rinsing carpets. This was actually invented in 1991 and assigned with the United States Patent Office. Mr. Allison invented a wand that could actually clean and dry the carpet at the same time which was really unbelievable at the time. The concept of the wand was like washing your clothes and drying them in the same machine; it was truly another big breakthrough in the carpet cleaning industry. The wand actually helped to revolutionize the carpet cleaning industry and it is still a major force of the carpeting business today still while we talk at this moment.

Since the invention of the carpet cleaning wand; several companies have industrialized the wands – making them lighter and with better water jets. Prochem has one of the best carpet cleaning wands today on the market with their six (6) jet titanium light weight wand which sell for about $1,299.00 retail. These new revolutionary carpet cleaning wands are a carpet cleaners dream come true. Now there’s a new kid on the block and it was invented by Mr. Cliff Monson called the Rotovac 360i and the Hyrdamaster RX-20. These rotary giants have taken carpet cleaning and steam cleaning to an entire new level in the cleaning business.

The Rotovac carpet cleaning machine is an excellent tool for carpet cleaning. The machine delivers effortless, self-propelled cleaning with the touch of a hand. The rotary heads thoroughly deep clean carpet with hundreds of multi-directional movements. The 360i is light weight at only 39 pounds and super easy to operate. The Rotovac is definitely turning heads in the carpet cleaning business and the companies using this technology will do a better job cleaning your carpeting in general. There is no comparing the wand and the 360i Rotovac. Simply put, if you want your carpet cleaning company to really turn your head with their cleaning habits; chose a company that use the Rotovac technology for standard carpet steam cleaning procedures.

The history of carpet cleaning and carpet cleaners is very unique. My Carpet Pal residential and commercial cleaning company have invested a lot of time and resources in advance technology and cleaning tools in general. We use only the best tools and provide the best services for your home and business cleaning needs. Our company is located in Southern California but we are in the process of expanding our services daily. Everybody knows that the wheel doesn’t have to be re-invented in order to move you from one place to the other. That’s why we are not trying to re-invent the wheel, but, we are trying to re-invent how we can clean your home or business with maximum speed and effectiveness. We are looking to provide you outstanding service with a smile.

My Carpet Pal is one of the leaders in using high quality technology in the carpet cleaning business. We are ready, willing, and able to go the extra mile for you and your love ones; every step of the way. Our technicians are uniformed and well trained in the residential and commercial field and cleaning industry in general. There are no gimmicks, no tricks, no schemes or false advertising to worry about; just good old fashion hard work and caring customer service and support. You can learn more about our company on line or you can read about us. The history of the carpet cleaning business is very interesting and there are hundreds of dedicated people who have spent there lives trying to make your home better for you! This article was written and researched by Mr. Billy Earley.

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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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