Get Car Finance Here

Get Car Finance Here
If you have decided that it’s time to upgrade your car and are considering taking out a finance plan to help you spread the cost getting in touch with a car finance company can be the ideal way to get things organised quickly and easily.

Some companies offer very limited options regarding the cars you can choose from, have high interest rates or refuse customers with a limited or poor credit history which can make approaching lenders a little off putting if you haven’t had much success in the past.

 Car Finance Here

However, at Get Car Finance Here they treat each case on an individual basis and have excellent relationships with a wide range of dealers and manufacturers all over the country enabling them to offer her finance on almost any car to almost every customer.

At Get Car Finance Here they have no restrictions on the type of car you have or which dealer you choose to purchase your new vehicle from so you can have whatever make and model you choose and collect your new car from a location that is convenient to you.

If you haven’t been lucky enough to find a car that’s suited to you yet don’t worry at Get Car Finance Here they will also be happy to help you find the perfect car as well. All you need to do it take a look at through the hundreds of different cars they have on offer and they will help you find the one you like at a Dealership near you.

Getting your car finance set up is quite simple. All you need to do is give them the details of the car you wish to purchase, complete a few simple steps to make sure all your details are correct and then they will compare the market to find you the best deal they possibly can.

No matter what your circumstances you can be sure that at Get Car Finance Here they will do everything they can to ensure you get the car you want. With options available for people who want to consider a part exchange with their existing car, people with bad credit history and a range of flexible terms available to help suit any budget getting the perfect car could be far more achievable than you first might think.

So instead of approaching a more traditional car finance company why not get in touch with Get Car Finance Here? With a fresh approach to car finance terms and a range of flexible options on offer you definitely won’t be disappointed.

With handy online tools such as a finance calculator so you can get a good idea of what you may have to pay for your ideal car before you even apply, the opportunity to browse through the available cars to ensure you are happy with your final choice and an personalised service for every customer you can be sure to be impressed with how easy they make it to get your next car.

Get Car Finance Here pride themselves on providing all customers with affordable car finance deals that suit individual circumstances, by comparing the finance market they are confident they will provide the best car finance deal for you. For more information visit the Get Car Finance Here website or call today on 0808 159 8969 or 0330 127 3413

Setting up your First Website

Setting up a website for the very first time can be a huge challenge, particularly if you wouldn’t describe yourself as technically-minded. However, for businesses looking to stay relevant in terms of marketing trends and consumer behaviour patterns, a website for a business is a must.

More than ever before, a potential customer will use the internet to find a product or a service and if you are not appearing in that list of results then you are missing out on a huge volume of business leads.

A website can make the difference between a highly successful business and one that struggles to attract new customers. If you are fortunate enough to have a long list of returning customers then you are probably doing okay but what about in the future? Can you afford to not pick up any new business? Of course, for local tradesmen there will always be ‘word of mouth’ referrals but people increasingly want to see a tradesman’s online ratings or visit their website before they make a decision.

If you are reading this article then you have probably already decided that you need to set up a website for your business. We have made things a bit easier for you by providing some tips to help you along the way:

Research your web host options.
You will need a web host provider to give you some server space so that your website can exist online. There are many different types of hosting companies available and they offer many different levels of service and features, so it is an area that needs some consideration before you make your choice. You can get free hosting, cheap hosting and pretty expensive hosting, so if budget is a big factor for you, take a look at the various offerings of each different type of host.

You can get shared web hosting services, which is a popular option for small business websites that do not want to spend a large amount of money on their host. Free hosting has a lot of limitations, so make sure you understand what you are taking on before you invest time in building a website using a free hosting solution.

Content management (CMS)
Who is going to be updating your website? You will need to make changes at some point, so make sure that whoever needs to update it knows how to use the content management system. For many reasons, a lot of businesses choose to use WordPress for their CMS, as it is one of the most straightforward systems for updating content.
Content plans are good too, don’t just set up a website and expect it to work well without any future work involved. Great content is what attracts new visitors to your website, so time should be spent on making it as good as possible.

Keeping content up to date and adding new content will keep it fresh and SEO friendly. Which brings us to our next point:

Understanding SEO
If you are not looking to pay for website traffic then you will need to rely on organic traffic through SEO friendly content. The world of SEO covers many aspects from using keywords to creating in-depth content. Knowing how and when to spend time on SEO will help to ensure that your website performs well in rankings and that potential customers can easily find you. If you haven’t heard about Google algorithms then that is a good starting point and then keep up to date with SEO trends from leading marketing experts.

Extra Costs Associated with Sound Test Failure

The extra costs associated with Sound Test Failure

If you have a new and/or conversion residential project you are usually required to undertake Sound Testing, this demonstrates that the performance of the party wall and floor partitions meet the standards as stipulated in Building Regulations Approved Document E.

Unfortunately, many developers and builders often have to undertake expensive remedial treatments by underestimating the requirements of Building Regulations Document E which results in Sound Test failures

Preparing for Sound Testing

There are two key considerations when designing separating walls and floors to achieve the requirements of Approved Document E and avoid costly Sound Test failures.

  1. Direct Sound Transmission – This is sound that travels directly through the separating wall and/or floor from one room to another.
  2. Flanking Sound Transmission – This is sound that bypasses the separating wall and/or floor, via a weak junction element such as external wall, floor or ceiling detail. It is worth noting that sound flanking can lead to sound test failure even if you have a robust separating wall and/or floor specification.

Three Ways to Increase the performance of separating walls and floors

  1. Mass – The greater the mass per unit area of the wall or floor, the less it will vibrate in response to sound waves thus less sound energy is radiated.
  2. Absorbing Porous Materials – materials such as acoustic rock wool are used within cavities in separating wall and floor structures to reduce mid to high frequency sound energy.
  3. Vibration Isolation – This is the reduction of structure-borne sound and vibration by the use of resilient materials such as acoustic membrane to separate materials and form independent structures. For instance the introduction of a floating floor would isolate the floor surface from the rest of the structure and reduce the vibration transfer of footfall noise.

How we can help you avoid sound test failures

During early design and construction process, we visit site to conduct a comprehensive acoustic design survey and review, we also take this opportunity to meet; where possible, the site/project manager, architects etc. The first stage of the acoustic design is to send through the design drawings – to include sections etc. We then review the design to check that the construction details proposed are capable of passing the sound tests. This usually takes place straight after planning has been approved as increased cost savings can be realised at the earliest stage, we will evaluate the construction methods and materials specified to ensure that they are capable of meeting the acoustic requirements of Approved document E. The typical areas we check are:

  1. There are no flanking points, where isolated partitions are wrongly mechanically fixed together to caused noise bridging.
  2. The walls and floors design are acoustically robust, to comply with Building Regulations Part E.
  3. The acoustic treatments for Soil Pipes, Stair Cases Steel Beams etc. to ensure they are acoustically fit for purpose, as these are some of the areas that get usually missed.
  4. Acoustic floor treatments are compatible with the proposed floor finishes i.e. Carpets, Laminates, Floor Tiles and under floor heating systems.

We also provide on-going design support service, so you will have direct contact with the allocated acoustician from the start of the process through to the successful completion of the project. One of the most important services is the going site survey visits which allow our clients to feel confident about the outcome of testing at the end of the build.

If you have a new project and you need help with your acoustic design and/or sound testing then please email us at: info@aptsoundtesting.co.uk or call us on 01525 303905. If you want more information on our full range of services please visit our website at: www.aptsoundtesting.co.uk c

UK Plans Social Media Watchdog

UK Plans Social Media Watchdog
Internet sites could be fined or blocked if they fail to tackle “online harms” such as terrorist propaganda and child abuse, under government plans. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has proposed an independent watchdog that will write a “code of practice” for tech companies.

Social Media

Senior managers could be held liable for breaches, with a possible levy on the industry to fund the regulator.

But critics say the plans threaten freedom of speech.

The Online Harms White Paper is a joint proposal from the DCMS and the Home Office. A public consultation on the plans will run for 12 weeks.

The paper suggests:

Establishing an independent regulator that can write a “code of practice” for social networks and internet companies
Giving the regulator enforcement powers including the ability to fine companies that break the rules
Considering additional enforcement powers such as the ability to fine company executives and force internet service providers to block sites that break the rules

Outlining the proposals, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said: “The era of self-regulation for online companies is over.

“Voluntary actions from industry to tackle online harms have not been applied consistently or gone far enough.”

Discussing potential penalties on BBC Breakfast, he said: “If you look at the fines available to the Information Commissioner around the GDPR rules, that could be up to 4% of company’s turnover… we think we should be looking at something comparable here.”

What do the proposals say?

The plans call for an independent regulator to hold internet companies to account. It would be funded by the tech industry. The government has not decided whether a new body will be established, or an existing one handed new powers.
The regulator will define a “code of best practice” that social networks and internet companies must adhere to.

As well as Facebook, Twitter and Google, the rules would apply to messaging services such as Snapchat and cloud storage services.

The regulator will have the power to fine companies and publish notices naming and shaming those that break the rules.

The government says it is also considering fines for individual company executives and making search engines remove links to offending websites.

It is also consulting over blocking harmful websites.

Airport Goes Digital to Boost North East Tourism

Airport Goes Digital to Boost North East Tourism
Newcastle International Airport has launched a new multimedia website as part of an inbound tourism strategy to attract visitors to the North East.

Newcastle International Airport

The newly developed platform, branded Visit North East England, will feature video content, articles and images promoting different areas throughout the region, and will be available in a range of languages including Chinese Simplified, Spanish, French, German and Dutch.

Newcastle International Airport’s Chief Executive, Nick Jones, commented: “The tourism project is set to be hugely beneficial to the region by increasing the number of visitors coming to the North East.

“There has been nothing similar to this done by any other UK airport, and I am looking forward to seeing the region’s reaction to this exciting project.”

As part of its wider tourism strategy, the airport has collaborated with regional partners such as NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Visit County Durham, Northumberland Tourism, North and South Tyneside Councils, Tees Valley Combined Authority and Sunderland City Council.

Cllr Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council and chairman of Newcastle International Airport, said: “One of the biggest opportunities for growth in the North East is tourism and we know that our culture and visitor attractions are defining attributes that make our region distinctive and special.

“Through strong partnership working and collaboration with regional and national partners, we now have our very own inbound tourism strategy that will continue to build the global profile of the North East.”

The Hard Work Starts Now

When someone is searching the Internet for a product, service or organisation they will use a search engine such as Google to find the information they need. A higher ranking in the search results provided by the search engine will give you a greater chance of people visiting your site, so optimising your web site to obtain a good search ranking is called Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

Google checks a lot of things-over 200 factors!-to determine the ranking of your web site. The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to do all of these things to rank well in Google.

SEO Services

Think of SEO as like earning brownie points with Google so they bump you to the front of the queue.

Google want to present the best results to their users so they want to be sure that your content is what people are looking for. and to help achieve this, there are in excess of 200 ways to earn brownie points with Google. As you might expect then, the more of them you do, the further up the rankings you will be.

One of the key issues for you to consider is to try and understand what it is your customers are searching for?

Underlying the complexity of SEO is the simple fact that the more relevant your site is to the search needs of your customers, the more likely you are to feature higher up in search engine results.

Therefore, it is important to understand your customers and the words and phrases that they are likely to be using when searching for the product or service that you offer.

Here are some steps to follow:

Think about your target audience and what words and phrases they will be searching for
Find out which search words and terms are the most popular
Choose the keywords and phrases that have good local search volumes and do a search of these terms in Google to see how your competitors rank.
Now decide which keywords are likely to be best for your site.

You want to try and rank better than your competitors for particular words and phrases or you may be able to identify words or phrases that are not well utilised and focus your SEO efforts on these words. If you are operating in a crowded marketplace you may find it best to start with more specialised focus such as a specific location or a specialist part of your service.

Almost every business wants their business to be found on the first page of the major search engines. Your business has to earn that right to get these results using an effective Search Engine Optimisation or SEO process.

Whether you are a small local business or a large company, being seen online can now be crucial to ensuring business success. But as more businesses move online, your web site can easily get lost in the thousands of millions of results – but only if you don’t have the right help.

If you want to transform your business and become a leader in your industry, discover how Direct Submit can help you do just that through Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Get in touch with us on 0845 2722350 for a FREE SEO analysis.

McDonald’s Buys into Machine Learning

McDonald’s buys into machine learning
McDonald’s is buying an artificial intelligence start-up to help serve up data-driven meal choices. The technology developed by Israeli start-up Dynamic Yield can automatically change menus depending on the weather, time of day and traffic.

McDonald’s is reported to be paying $300m (£227m) for the tech firm.

Macdonalds

Number-plate recognition would also allow it to offer customers at drive-throughs their usual food order, McDonald’s told Wired.

Dynamic Yield’s technology would allow AI to determine what products are promoted, for example automatically suggesting McFlurry ice cream on hot days, or telling customers which items are already proving popular at that particular restaurant that day.

Most McDonald’s outlets in the US are drive-throughs which is where the restaurant chain is planning to roll out the technology first.

“It can know time of day, it can know weather. We can also have it understand what our service times are so it only suggests items that are easier to make in our peak hours,” said McDonald’s chief executive Steve Easterbrook.

The ultimate aim was to provide a “much more personalised experience” and to be able to suggest additional items based on the customer’s initial order, he added.

Mr Easterbrook said McDonald’s would use the technology to make the most of data gathered from serving the firm’s 68 million fast-food customers and that it would be integrated into the app and the self-order kiosks already in stores.

Dynamic Yield, based in Tel Aviv, has designed algorithms that use shopping patterns and past purchases to suggest what items you will buy next and produced machine learning systems for other firms including Ikea, Office and William Hill.

Brexit: Firms tell MPs to ‘Stop Chasing Rainbows’

Brexit: Firms tell MPs to ‘stop chasing rainbows’
MPs need to stop “chasing rainbows” when it comes to resolving the Brexit impasse, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). Brexit uncertainty is already doing “real world damage” to the UK economy, the BCC’s Adam Marshall is expected to say later.

As a result businesses are “angry and frustrated”, he will tell the BCC’s annual conference on Thursday.

It follows an unprecedented move by MPs to seize control of the Brexit process.

However, none of the eight proposed Brexit options put to MPs on Wednesday evening secured a clear backing in the series of votes aimed at finding consensus.’Long enough’

MPs, including deputy prime minister David Lidington, as well as Liz Truss and Keir Starmer, are scheduled to speak at the BCC conference.

Mr Marshall, the BCC’s director general, is due to tell the conference that: “Three years going round in circles… is long enough.

“To Westminster we say: We are frustrated. We are angry. You have let British business down. You have focused on soundbites, not substance. Tactics, not strategy. Politics, not prosperity.”

He will warn specifically against the dangers of a “no-deal” Brexit, criticising MPs who “shrug off the possibility of shortages that could affect the well-being and the jobs of many people”.

Even if a “no-deal” exit from the EU is avoided, damage is already being done to the economy, he will say, including lost orders, contracts not being renewed and investments being postponed or cancelled.

Mr Marshall will warn that jobs are likely to be lost, due to the slowing global economy as well as the impact from Brexit.

His comments echo those from other business groups. On Wednesday, the Institute of Directors said its members were “angry and frustrated” and it called on “politicians of all parties to listen to the voice of businesses as they make vital decisions on the path ahead for Brexit”.

Searching for an Estate Agent in Chichester

Searching for an Estate Agent in Chichester
Tod Anstee Hancock was formed from the merger of two independent estate agents in Chichester, Tod Anstee LLP and Hancock and Partners Ltd. This has created one of the largest and most experienced firms of independent property consultants in Chichester and West Sussex.

Searching for an Estate Agent in Chichester

They provide vendors, landlords and tenants a professional and client-focused property service delivered by a trustworthy team of local experts in the Commercial and Residential Property Markets.

With their head office is in the heart of Chichester, enabling them to make decisions on how best to market and promote your property to the strengths of the local real estate market.

They provide a unique insight on every property sector including Residential and Commercial Sales & Lettings, Property Search Acquisition, Property Management, Block Management, New Homes and Tenancy Administration.

Tod Anstee Hancock is a Chichester estate agent with local people and property at its core. With our market intelligence, we know how to deliver excellent customer service, so you receive the best knowledge on areas, people, and property.

Our expertise in the local area extends throughout the county of West Sussex to include the ever sought-after parish villages like Bosham and West Wittering and as far as Midhurst in the North, Emsworth to the west and Arundel in the East.

If you are looking to buy, sell or rent, let their experts handle all of the hard work. Contact their team today on 01243 523723 (sales) or 01243 531111 (lettings).

Britain Faces Skills Gaps Crisis

A third of workers in Great Britain – and almost half of those aged 55 and over – did not learn any new workplace skills last year. New research published by the City & Guilds Group reveals that British workers are being denied critical opportunities to up-skill for the future.

The research highlights that 76% of the workforce agree it is important to continuously update their workplace skills regardless of age or career stage. However, less than half (46%) are getting enough help and support from their employer to develop the workplace skills they will need in the future.

Britain Faces Skills Gaps Crisis

The findings go on to show that while 81% of workers believe the skills they need to do their job will change over the next five years, from a lot to not very much. A quarter (24%) of GB workers are not getting sufficient feedback from their managers or colleagues on the skills they should be learning.

Chris Jones, City & Guilds Group Chief Executive, commented: “With Brexit uncertainty overshadowing the economy and a burgeoning skills crisis, skills development has never been higher on the agenda. At a time of rapid technological change, the skills used by today’s workforce are becoming obsolete quicker than ever before and there is a clear need for continued Investment In learning. Skills gaps are a stark reality and employers have a responsibility to enable critical training for their entire workforce, from graduate entrants through to senior leadership.”

According to the findings, the issue appears to be even more acute amongst certain groups within the workforce. Older workers are much less likely to receive workplace training than their younger counterparts and have less appetite to learn new skills: almost half of those aged 55 and over did not learn any new workplace skills last year.

Those working part-time are also less likely to receive workplace training compared to full time workers, with 42% reporting not having learnt a new skill in the last year.

Jones continued: “As working lives get longer and the age of the workforce Increases, now is the time for employers to prioritise up-skilling and re-skilling people at all ages and stages within their current workforce and to recognise the value and potential of every employee. However, our data clearly shows that people aren’t receiving enough employer support to develop the skills they need today, let alone those they may need over the next five years.”
Deborah Astles, HR Director Corporate Responsibility and Policy at Unipart explains why continuous learning is vital to the success of her business: “One of the motivations that guides all of our learning and development is the idea that anyone can be great if they are given the right opportunities to work hard and develop.

This philosophy has shaped our training programmes and means that everyone at Unipart is able to participate and progress within the organisation, regardless of their age or experience. As well as being great for the individual, this approach is also great for business and we’ve seen measurable ROI through working smarter that far exceeds the investment in each learner. Creating an internal talent pipeline with transferable skills across the business has also reduced our recruitment and retention costs and makes Unipart less vulnerable to the skills shortages faced by many businesses at the moment.”

When looking at the barriers to learning new workplace skills, taking time away from the day job is viewed as the biggest blocker; followed by a lack of investment in training and development by employers and a lack of personal budget or funds to invest in training outside the workplace.