Synergy Conservatories Double Glazed Windows

Synergy Conservatories & Windows

If you are looking for a way to improve the appearance of your home, improve you quality of life and add value to your property you may want to consider having some new windows fitted or even have a completely new conservatory created to give your home an instant lift.


At Synergy Windows they have a great range of product available including windows, conservatories and doors in a wide range of choices so you are likely to find something that complements any property and fits any budget, so if you are based in the North Yorkshire you may want to take a look at some of the excellent services and top quality products they provide.

With products on offer that have been created using some of the latest technology available to ensure that you get great value for money you can be certain that having your windows, doors or conservatory supplied and fitted by Synergy Windows will be a really worthwhile investment. Not only will you add value to your home you will also save money on your energy bills as you will be able to maintain an even temperature within your property more easily regardless of the weather, with many products available using the Warmcore technology you can be certain that they are able to provide you with some of the most effective products on the market.

With an excellent delivery and fitting service you can be sure that no matter what products you may purchase from Synergy Windows you will always receive and excellent level of service, with the opportunity to have the whole project managed on your behalf from beginning to end, including any plumbing or electrical work that may be required, the whole process is made as easy as possible and you will have the job done with the minimum of disruption and inconvenience to you.

Synergy Windows are a Darlington based window and conservatory company who manufacture and install double glazed PVCU windows, doors and double glazed conservatories  throughout Darlington, Harrogate and North Yorkshire regions. They deal with both domestic and commercial customers, offering quality and value for money and are one of the few North Yorkshire companies who have BFRC accreditation and approval to mark their double glazed windows ‘A’ rated. All units are Argon filled as standard and can also include options such as triple glazing and Warm Edge Spacer bar should the customer require it.

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So if you are looking for ways to improve your home why not think about getting in touch with Synergy Windows to find out more about what they have to offer their customers in the North Yorkshire.

Call today on 01325 527538 or visit the Synergy Windows website and check out the great range of double glazed windows, doors and conservatories they have on offer.

FTSE 100 Heads Upwards Towards Record

FTSE 100 Heads Upwards Towards Record
London’s main share index opened higher as the FTSE 100’s recent record-breaking run showed no sign of ending.

The index opened up 28.90 points at 7,321.27, putting it on track for its 14th gain in a row and its 12th straight record closing high.

ITV shares rose 2.6% after Goldman Sachs named the broadcaster as one of a number of possible bid targets in the European media sector.

FTSE 250 company SIG jumped nearly 10% after it reported higher sales.

The building materials firm said like-for-like group sales increased by 0.3% last year, adding that full-year profits were on track to meet its forecast range of £75m-£80m.

On the currency markets, the pound was up 0.2% against the dollar at $1.2186, and edged 0.1% higher against the euro to €1.1470.

Income Inequality Among Men Soars

Income Inequality Among Men Soars
The number of men in low-paid part-time work has increased fourfold over the past 20 years. New research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that one in five low-paid men aged 25 to 55 now work part-time. While 95% of top-earning men normally work full-time, 20% of the lowest paid now work part-time.

That means wage inequality for men has risen over two decades, but for women the opposite is the case. More women have had a better education in recent years and more have moved into full-time jobs. As a result their pay has improved and they have had less incentive to leave the workforce.

However, the research does not reveal why increasing numbers of low-paid men are working part time.

Jonathan Cribb, senior research economist at the IFS and author of the report, said: “To understand the drivers of inequality in the UK it is vital to understand the growing association between low hourly wages and low hours of work among men.”

There are two schools of thought about what might be happening. It may be that increasing numbers of men want to work part-time, although this seems unlikely. The second theory is based on the sectors where these low-paid jobs are found.

Six in ten of them are in the retail, wholesale or hospitality sectors. That might suggest men who previously worked in low-paid but secure, full-time jobs in sectors such as manufacturing have lost that type of employment. Instead they have been forced into the traditionally poorly paid and less secure services sector of the economy.

Yet those are the sectors of the economy that traditionally have employed large numbers of poorly paid and part-time female workers.

Security Qualifications Fraud ‘Public Safety Risk’

Security Qualifications Fraud ‘Public Safety Risk’
The head of an exam board is warning that undetected qualifications fraud in the security industry is becoming a “risk to public safety”. Raymond Clarke, chief executive of Industry Qualifications, is calling for tougher scrutiny to prevent fraud in workplace qualifications. And when it applies to security staff, he says, such fraud is a “significant threat to public safety and wellbeing”.

Exam watchdog Ofqual said it had “a number of ongoing investigations”.

Mr Clarke says regulation is more focused on trying to prevent academic malpractice, but it is not adequately equipped to take on systematic, deliberate fraud. He says he is speaking out because of “frustration” at the lack of effective monitoring – and because qualifications fraud is “more widespread than we might like to believe”. He is calling for an expert panel to be set up to try to establish the extent of qualifications fraud, particularly in areas of security and public risk.

This could be in jobs such as security guards or door supervisors.

Such fraud could be falsifying course work or test answers, by individuals or colleges or training centres, to allow people to dishonestly gain qualifications needed for work. And it could mean unsuitable or untrained staff being put into positions where safety would be compromised.

“In an age tragically marked by terrorist atrocities, we need to know that those charged with keeping us safe are appropriately trained and qualified through a rigorous system of assessment and accreditation,” says a statement from the Industry Qualifications awarding body.

But at present, Mr Clarke says, there is insufficient gathering of information and record-keeping about fraud and inadequate efforts to pursue those responsible. And he fears that when fraud is caught in one part of the education sector or type of qualification, it moves to another. “If you lift the carpet, there’s a lot going on under it,” he said.

Mr Clarke’s own awarding body was caught up in a case of fraud exposed by the BBC, when a college was found to be helping students to gain its qualifications fraudulently.

Undercover researchers found colleges that would sit or forge exams for a fee, for students wanting to get qualifications needed for a Security Industry Authority card.

But Mr Clarke says that the “worrying fact” is that people involved in such frauds “could still be active in the delivery of regulated qualifications elsewhere – nobody knows”. He warns that for awarding bodies there is insufficient up-to-date information to alert them of fraudulent activity. He is calling for better co-ordination with the police and ways to prevent fraudsters from returning to the education sector. “A failure to confront the issue serves the interests of nobody other than the fraudsters,” says Mr Clarke.

There has been a long history of fraud at the edges of the education and qualifications system – and Mr Clarke says there has been insufficient effort to root this out.

“Bogus colleges” have operated as a front for getting visas for overseas students, and earlier this month more than 40 websites that had been selling fake degrees were shut down.

There have also been concerns raised about private colleges recruiting large numbers of people to courses they might not properly complete – with payments to colleges from fees and students being able to claim loans. The qualifications regulator Ofqual said there were “robust procedures” in place to make sure awarding bodies gave qualifications only to “candidates who have met the right standard in assessments completed in the right conditions”.

“This includes ensuring that the potential for malpractice, including fraud, is avoided, and that suspected malpractice is properly investigated so that action can be taken against those found to be responsible,” said an Ofqual spokesman. “As the exams regulator, we are continually vigilant about malpractice, including fraud.  We investigate and take action when necessary and alert other stakeholders, including the police, and currently have a number of ongoing investigations.”

First Time Home Buyers in UK Hit 10 Year High

First Time Home Buyers in UK Hit 10 Year High
There were more first-time home buyers in 2016 than at any time since the start of the financial crisis, according to research by Halifax bank. It also found the average price of a first home in the UK broke through the £200,000 barrier for the first time. Meanwhile, the average first-time deposit more than doubled compared with 2007 to stand at more than £32,000. And 60% of first first-time buyers’ mortgages were for 25 years or longer, up from 36% a decade ago.

The Halifax First-Time Buyer Review said the number of buyers entering the market hit 335,750 last year, up 7.3% on 2015. That is the highest level since the start of the financial crisis in 2007, and 75% higher than the all-time low of 192,300 first-time purchases seen in 2008. However, it still has some way to go to match the peak of 402,800 in 2006.

The average first-time deposit across the UK as a whole a decade ago was £15,168. It had increased 113% by last year to £32,321.

Rising property prices mean first-time buyers are increasingly taking out longer mortgages. Last year 60% of first-time buyers took out a mortgage of 25 years or longer. More than a quarter (28%) took out a 30 to 35-year term mortgage. Ten years ago only 36% of people getting on to the first rung of the property ladder borrowed for longer than 25 years. Nearly two thirds (64%) of first-time buyers took out a mortgage for between five and 25 years.

While the average price paid by a first-time buyer across the UK as a whole in 2016 was a record £205,170, in London it was nearly double that at £402,692, which was another all-time high.

In the least expensive region, Northern Ireland, the average cost of a first property was £115,269. The average deposit paid in Northern Ireland has fallen by a fifth in a decade to £16,695, the lowest in the UK.

Meanwhile the average deposit in London has shot up over that time by 276% to £100,445.

Halifax housing economist Martin Ellis attributed the increase in first-time buyer numbers to continuing low mortgage rates and high levels of employment which had “supported the market”. “Government schemes such as Help to Buy have improved affordability, enabling more first-time buyers to buy their own property,” he added.

Visiting Norfolk, Norwich and Great Yarmouth

Visiting Norfolk, Norwich and Great Yarmouth
If you are planning on visiting Norfolk, Norwich and Great Yarmouth why not consider hiring a car or van when you arrive so you can be sure to make the most of everything the area has to offer?

Having a car or van that you can use to take you wherever you want to go means you will really be able to enjoy your visit without the stress of negotiating buses or paying extortionate taxis just to get around whether you are travelling for business or taking a short break. At Norfolk Hire Vehicle Rental they have an excellent range of cars and vans available to hire at really great value prices.

No matter what reason you need a vehicle you can be sure that they will be able to offer you something suitable for the job and with vans available up to 7.5 Box with tailgate, no matter the size of your task they are likely to still be able to help. With a friendly customer service team on hand to answer any queries you may have and make sure that you are fully informed of the terms of your hire and any other information you may need at Norfolk Hire they aim to offer the most flexible and reliable can and van hire service in Norfolk Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

Based conveniently close by to Norfolk train station you can be sure that any vehicle you choose from Norfolk Hire will be clean, fully insured and have undergone a full safety and maintenance check before it was hired out to you and with the option to even hire a small minibus no matter how large the group you are travelling with you can be certain to find a vehicle that is suited to your needs.

So why not consider taking a look at what vehicles they have on offer at Norfolk Hire if you are looking to pay a visit to Norfolk or the surrounding areas and find out how they can really help you enjoy your stay?

If you are planning to visit Norfolk or Great Yarmouth soon, then hiring a car will offer you the flexibility to go where you want when you want. Get in touch today with Norfolk Hire Vehicle Rental and let us help you see more of this wonderful region.

For more information about the range of vehicles available for hire please telephone 01493 260166 or visit the Norfolk car and van hire website. With instant quotations and such a great reliable service every time you can be sure you won’t be disappointed.

Aldi Reports Record Christmas Sales

Aldi Reports Record Christmas Sales
Discount supermarket Aldi has reported record Christmas trading after a 15% rise in December sales. The firm said there was strong demand for its premium product range, launched to compete with higher-end retailers such as Waitrose and Marks and Spencer

Aldi does not publish like-for-like figures, which exclude sales from new stores, but last year it opened 70 new outlets, an 11% increase.

The big four supermarkets will all give their trading updates this week. Morrisons will report on Tuesday, with Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury’s following on.

Aldi plans to open another 70 stores across the UK this year, with its 700th due to open in February. The supermarket added that it predicted profit from its “Specially Selected” lines would exceed £750m in 2017.

Matt Walton, analyst at Verdict Research, said: “Early indications are that the value players were Christmas 2016’s big winners, with shoppers already bracing themselves for the challenging economic conditions ahead.  “With a continued focus on price and improving value perceptions, Aldi is well placed to maintain its momentum into 2017,” he said, adding that planned store refurbishments would help create “a stronger first impression for new customers”.

Last week, Next supplied a shock to the retail sector when it reported a disappointing Christmas trading period and warned that conditions would continue to be difficult this year. Next shares lost almost 20% in two days, and the warning also hit shares in Marks and Spencer and Debenhams.


UK FTSE 100 Continues Upward

UK FTSE 100 Continues Upward
The recent record-breaking run for the UK’s FTSE 100 share index showed no signs of ending, as the index opened higher. After closing at a record high of 7,210.05 on Friday, the FTSE 100 rose a further 19.47 points to 7,229.52.

Mining shares were among the biggest gainers, with Anglo American up 2.5% and Glencore 2% higher.

In the FTSE 250, William Hill shares fell 3.5% after it warned profits would be at the low end of expectations. It said a run of “customer friendly” results at the back end of last year in football and horse racing had cut profits by about £20m. As a result, operating profits for 2016 were about £260m, compared with previous guidance of £260m-£280m.

Bovis Homes shares were up 2.5% after it announced that its chief executive, David Ritchie, was to step down. Last month, the company warned that building delays in the run-up to Christmas would hit profits.

On the currency markets, the pound fell sharply following comments from Theresa May at the weekend. In an interview with Sky News, the prime minister said the UK could not expect to hold on to “bits” of its membership after leaving the EU.

Sterling fell more than a cent, or 0.9%, against the dollar to $1.2178, and dropped 1% against the euro to €1.1545.


North East Tree Surgery Services

North East Tree Surgery Services from Stan Timmins
As we approach the winter months, why not look to get your garden tidied and make sure your trees are all safety pruned and managed. Located in the North East, Stan Timmins and sons is a company offering expert Tree Surgery Services and with many year’s experience they have all the knowledge and expertise required to help you find the solution to any problem you may have.

With a wide range of service on offer including formative pruning, sectional dismantling of dead, dangerous and diseased trees, ivy Removal / severance, large tree removal and site clearance as well as many others you can be certain that no matter what problem you may have Stan Timmins will be able to help you find a workable solution.

A fully insured and registered tree surgery services, they guarantee that every job completed will be carried out to meet current best practices for Arboriculture work and to comply with the BS3998 (2010) regulations. You can be certain that any work you need to have carried out will be done properly and as safely as possible.
With a wide range of service on offer including formative pruning, sectional dismantling of dead, dangerous and diseased trees, ivy Removal / severance, large tree removal and site clearance as well as many others you can be certain that no matter what problem you may have Stan Timmins and Sons will be able to help you find a workable solution.

With a straight forward pricing policy and excellent customer services you can be sure that at Stan Timmins and Sons they will be able to offer you excellent quality work for a reasonable price, and if you have any questions or queries at any stage of the process they will be happy to offer you all the information that you need.

When you’re about to embark on tree surgery, it can be a daunting experience to search for a qualified and registered tree surgeon. We believe at Stan Timmins Tree Surgeons that we can provide you with the quickest and most accurate tree surgery, to suit whatever work you need done. We offer the advantages listed above and we have had many customers who have praised us and thanked us for our work. You can see these customers at our Testimonials page.

For further information on the range of gardening and tress surgery services available please call 07966 207280 or visit the Stan Timmins Tress Surgery website today.

Leisure Holidays Stop Trading

Leisure Holidays Stop Trading
Cruise company All Leisure Holidays has stopped trading with immediate effect and called in administrators, leaving hundreds of holidaymakers stranded. The shutdown of the Atol-protected firm affects cruise lines Swan Hellenic and Voyages of Discovery, and has resulted in nearly 150 people losing their jobs.

The Civil Aviation Authority will help to repatriate the 400 people who are currently abroad, but future bookings for 13,000 others have been cancelled. All holidaymakers will receive refunds.

Administrators Grant Thornton will manage the affairs of All Leisure Holidays, along with three other travel companies based at a site in Market Harborough. A total of 250 people worked there, with 50 employed by All Leisure Holidays. All 50 have been made redundant along with virtually all of the company’s 100 maritime staff.  The other 200 workers at the Market Harborough site have kept their jobs after the other firms were sold to a subsidiary of Canadian tour operator G Adventures.

Grant Thornton’s Eddie Williams said: “Whilst I am extremely pleased to have concluded a sale of the business which safeguards the holidays and bookings for over 13,500 tours and passengers and preserves 200 jobs, I am very disappointed that we have no alternative other than to close the remaining ALH operations.

“The cruise operations have been significantly loss-making over a number of years and the ongoing cost of funding these operations by the tours operations has created significant cash issues for the entire group, which has ultimately led to the administration of all businesses.”

Andy Cohen, head of Atol at the CAA, said: “We understand this will be concerning news for anyone who has booked to travel with the company. However, the Atol scheme exists for exactly this kind of situation and we are making immediate arrangements so all Atol-protected customers can claim full refunds as quickly as possible.”