Getting the Right Insurance for your Business

Getting the Right Insurance for your Business

Using a professional insurance broker to help you arrange your company’s business insurance is a really good idea if you want to be certain that you have the correct cover for a reasonable price, you could even find that as well as saving you time and money while things are going fine, the advice they can give you could save your company from expensive legal battles and other unexpected fines or costs as a result of not having the right type of cover for your business.

If you are based in Newcastle or Northumberland and are planning on renewing your business insurance, or are beginning a new venture and need to get totally new cover and would like some free independent insurance advice, get in touch with Weir Insurance where they will be more than happy to help.

With many years experience offering help and advice to a wide range of businesses, plus a comprehensive understanding of how the industry works, Weir Insurance they are real experts in providing business insurance and will be able to provide you with all the information you need to make sure that the insurance you have is suited to your businesses requirements and that you aren’t paying more than you have to. If at any time, you are unsure about anything at all they will be able to make sure that you have all the answers and information you need to be certain that you are completely happy with any decisions that you make.

So if you need some guidance about the business insurance that you need to get, want to find out more about what types of cover are available or simply want to renew your current insurance for a better price why not get some professional advice from the expert insurance brokers at Weir Insurance? You might be surprised at how much time and money you might save, and with friendly, reliable advisors, straight forward pricing plans and an aim to offering a flexible service to every client that completely caters to their needs you can be certain that you won’t be disappointed.

Weir Insurance aim to offer an informative and personal service to each of their clients and aim to offer policies that are completely suited to all their requirements at the best possible price, no matter how complicated the situation may be.

So no matter whether you are a business or domestic customer and regardless of what items you may want to insure you can be certain that Weir Insurance will do everything they can to get you the insurance that you need.

Contact Weir Insurance Brokers For further information please call one of our experienced insurance team today on 01670 365533 or visit the Weir Insurance brokers website. We have been helping our clients’ with their insurance needs since 1972. We talk to you about your requirements, work with you to figure out what cover you need (and what cover you don’t) and then use our relationship with dozens of insurers to find the best solution for you.

Stan Timmins Tree Surgery Services

Stan Timmins Tree Surgery Services

If you have problem trees, bushes or shrubs outside your property you may want to consider contacting a professional tree surgery service to make sure that the job is done safely and properly without causing any damage to your property or others around it as it is easy to underestimate how much work and expertise is required if you want to move or conserve trees and other greenery.

Based in the North East, Stan Timmins and sons is a company offering expert Tree Surgery Services to many satisfied customers, with over 50 year’s experience working within the industry they have all the knowledge and expertise required to help you find the solution to any problem you may have. The owner and manager Stan Timmins hold numerous industry qualifications in a broad range of horticulture and arboriculture subjects including diplomas both from Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and also the Royal Forestry Society.

Offering fully insured and registered tree surgery services to every customer and a 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.

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.

Plantation Shutters for your Home or Business

Plantation Shutters for your Home or Business

If you are looking for a unique and practical way to really make the most of your windows and still maintain your privacy take a look at some of the attractive, good quality plantation shutter designs available at the beautiful Shutter Company. With a wide range of styles, colours and materials available you can be sure that they will be able to provide you will an individual plantation shutter design that will complement the rest of your interior decor perfectly.

These shutters are an excellent idea for homes and businesses alike as they not only add a touch of class to any room they also help to protect against the elements and make you property more secure. With options ranging from full length solid style shutters to half sized cafe style designs no matter what kind of style you are hoping to create within your room you can be sure that at the Beautiful Shutter Company you will find the ideal plantation blind to help you finish the look.

With the option to adjust the louvres, or even open them up completely, plantation shutters really are a really flexible choice that allow you to easily control how much or how little light can enter your room helping you to stay cooler in the summer, and also warmer in the winter as they will help your room to retain more heat. As they are easy to clean and created using long lasing high quality materials you can be sure that no matter what type of plantation blinds you may decide on in the end they will be a really worthwhile investment that you will be able to make use of for years to come.

The Beautiful Shutter Company
So why not take a look at some of the really stylish designs available at the Beautiful Shutter Company? With a made to measure service and some really individual additional features available, such as waterproof shutters and on track style designs for larger areas you can be certain that no matter how grand your design plans may be they will have the skills and expertise required to help you achieve them.

The Beautiful Shutter Company brings a wealth of experience to the window dressing industry and is committed to providing homeowners with the perfect set of high-quality plantation shutters for any home. To learn more about our wide selection of shutters or to book an appointment, call us today on 01642 688049 or visit the Beautiful Shutter Company website.

HW Global Executive Search

HW is a global Executive Search and Professional Interim business operating out of the UK.

Our focus is on the senior talent needs of a broad range of dynamic organisations from small capitally invested start-ups through to publicly traded multi-nationals. We have a significant breadth of functional and cross industry expertise that incorporates both local and global geographies, enabling us to genuinely appreciate diversity, cultural differences, social responsibility and how commercially business is done across continents.

We have a passion for challenging the conventional thinking of our clients, demonstrating an in-depth understanding of cross-industry synergies whilst representing high-potential and seasoned executives that frequently sit beneath the radar. Our candidates typically become clients meaning many relationships have spanned 3 decades; our commitment to consistently delivering best-in-class solutions is without compromise.

Our practice areas in Executive Search and Professional Interim are Consumer, Financial Services, Business Services, Industrial, CFO, CIO, Chair & NED.


EXECUTIVE SEARCH

In a dynamic and highly challenged economy the role of senior executives across all sectors, functions and geographies remains business critical.

Being able to recognise cross-industry synergies, attract business professionals who are passionate about utilising their skills in new areas, and applying decades of knowledge to

shape and support clients’ strategic initiatives remains at the heart of our continued success.

Having a global perspective and multi-cultural appreciation enables us to shape richly diverse executive teams helping our clients to achieve outstanding results.

Process

As a true client partner HW work tirelessly to ensure that we genuinely appreciate the intimate detail of every search we undertake. We believe in providing healthy challenge and honest feedback through each phase of the assignment, tackling potential issues collaboratively whilst offering constructive solutions throughout.

Our sole aim is to exceed expectations by providing a breadth of highly talented candidates delivered through a smooth and efficient process.

To achieve this we follow a number of clearly defined steps.

·         Agree the priorities of the search

Define the need through critical evaluation of the business and unique role requirements

Agree the responsibilities of the role and the person specification

Challenge the scope of the search – Salary range, sector expertise, academic/commercial skills

Finalise brief

·         Define target audience

Agree company target list for initial approach work

Utilise local and global relationship network to identify potential talent

Reference individuals who meet agreed criteria

Create a longlist of candidates for discussion

·         Approach work

Engage with target market to understand and evaluate suitability

Challenge competency, cultural and commercial skills

Evaluate personal and professional drivers

Finalise shortlist for client presentation

·         Shortlist presentation

Formal client review of all shortlisted candidates incorporating our assessment of both hard and soft skills vs. the brief

Provide supporting evidence of track record, career achievements, qualifications and fit

Agree client interview availability

·         Completion

Manage both client and candidate needs and expectations until the preferred individual is selected

Provide formal references

Lead the salary package negotiation process to finalise the offer

Support the on-boarding program through regular communication with both parties

Complete client satisfaction survey

Remain in touch with both client and placement to check on progress and transition

INTERIM MANAGEMENT

With over 40 years combined experience, the Interim Practice has been at the forefront of one of the most dynamic and prolific service offerings within the Human Capital industry.

HW Interim provide experienced and talented interim and change management executives to PLCs, private companies, SMEs and private equity backed organisations for assignments in the UK and overseas.

The fabric of the Interim proposition consists of an elite network of senior Executives, all of whom specialise in change, turnaround or transformation. HW have met, vetted, referenced and known, many who are also clients.

Working alongside the Executive Search business we adhere to the same principles and high standards, enabling us to source the ideal interim to match our clients’ needs.

Our strategy is to develop longstanding partner relationships with all our clients. Working with a team of dedicated and experienced Researchers we are able to provide solutions within a 48hr timespan and with well over 90% completion rates.

The business offers both purist Interim cluster solutions as well as Interim to substantive options. Daily rates are typically between £850-£2000 per day.

For further information please visit the HW Global Executive Search website today.

Sound Insulation Testing in London

Sound Insulation Testing in London

London is a massive city containing over 9 million people density and high rise apartments. With many living in this overcrowded environment it is essential that noise transference between adjoining properties in kept to a minimum for the occupant’s wellbeing. One way of ascertaining that a building is in compliance with Building Regulations Part E for the prevention of noise transference, is to undertake Sound Insulation Testing in London.

We have undertaken thousands of sound insulation tests throughout London and the South East on all types of projects from simple flat conversions to large developments containing hundreds of flats. We also undertake Sound Insulation Testing where a lease holder dispute has arisen, i.e. where the buildings lease stipulates that wooden floors should not be used instead of carpets and as a result of the change of floor finish the noise levels have increased – especially the impact noise. We can also undertake sample sound testing to highlight the existing noise levels so a targeted acoustic design can be undertaken.

Plate A – Tapping Machine for Impact Sound Testing

Currently we are also experiencing a rise in the amount of sound testing required to existing blocks of flats, such as existing council stock. This is hardly surprising as the amounts of noise complaints have more than doubled within the last 10 years due to residents experiencing excess noise between the dividing wall and floor partitions.  By utilising our extensive knowledge of different materials and construction we can forward a simple, explanative cost effective solution for wall and/or floor upgrade. Where our clients have followed our advice they have achieved a 100% success sound test pass rate, ensuring compliance with Part E of Building Regulations.

The Sound Testing procedure is fairly simple and our engineer will be happy to explain this on site. Essentially, for party walls there is one type of sound insulation test which is airborne sound test and for compartment floors there are two types of sound insulation tests which are airborne and impact sound insulation tests. The airborne sound insulation test is carried out by means of a loudspeaker emitting a steady source of noise on one side of the partition (wall or floor) to be measured. The corresponding sound level is measured on the other side of the partition. Impact sound insulation tests are carried out by means of a tapping machine placed on the floor sample to be measured and the noise measured in the room or space below.

All our engineers carry out the sound test measurements in full accordance with the measurement procedures of BS EN ISO 140-4:1998[3] for field measurements with a single figure DnTw and LnTw in accordance with BS EN ISO 717.
Ongoing problems with airborne and structure borne sound are often associated with direct noise flanking transmission through floors and supporting walls and other associated structures. One common cause of noise flanking is often associated with the inclusion of lightweight blocks within the construction of the building envelope and/or blocked cavities. It all cases it is essential to establish if your problem is due to direct transmission, flanking transmission or a combination of both so that the most cost effective remedial treatment can be chosen.

Unwanted noise travelling along flanking paths will make the building structure vibrate which causes the sound to radiate into your room. One simple cost effective solution is to build another wall or ceiling in front of the original, but not connected to it (often called an independent wall or ceiling) so it provides isolation between materials.

One way to reduce the chance of flanking transmission is through careful consideration to the design at the start of the project.  Unfortunately, by simply specifying high performance wall and floor partitions it is no guarantee to adequate sound isolation and successful sound testing.

APT Sound Insulation Testing offer both preconstruction and post construction design solutions if a project has failed the sound testing. We also offer onsite inspection services to ensure that the sound insulation elements are being installed as per manufactures guild-lines.

If you require pre-completion sound testing and/or you would like acoustic design advice on your project, please visit the APT Sound Testing website or call direct on 07775 623464.

Looking to Hire a Car in Newcastle

Looking to Hire a Car in Newcastle
If you are planning to take a trip and are looking for reliable car hire in Newcastle you may want to take a look at some of the great rental vehicles available at Metro Rental, with high quality vehicles available including cars, vans and minibuses no matter what plans you may have or the size of your party they are sure to have something that will cater to your needs perfectly.

With some great value prices on offer and really flexible rental agreement terms you will be able to get a really good deal that it completely tailored to the length of your stay and with conveniently placed premises where you can collect your vehicle from why not avoid the hassle of long distance driving and take public transport but still take advantage of the convenience of having your own vehicle when you arrive?

All vehicles are fully insured, taxed and hold a full MOT and have all been cleaned and safety checked prior to being hired so you can be certain that any vehicle you hire will be fully road legal, safe and pleasant to drive. With an easy booking process and a straight forward price plan hiring a car with Metro Rental is simple and quick, all you need to do is provide the relevant documents to complete the process and you can simply drive away.

Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure being able to have the comfort of your own transport gives you the freedom to do the things you need to do and plan you time as you wish and by choosing hire a vehicle you can get something that caters to your needs perfectly, which can be useful if you are travelling with a larger group than usual or need something a bit different to your own vehicle.

So if you want to find quality and convenient car hire in Newcastle why not take a look at what is available at Metro Rental? Located in close to the Gateshead Metro Centre, Newcastle Airport, Newcastle City Centre and providing excellent access to all of the North East, Metro car and van hire offer a friendly and efficient service from private hire to all types of business hire and leasing.

Contact Metro Rental
As specialists within car hire Newcastle and the North East, they have a proven track record of providing a first class service to their customers and have the experience and knowledge required to  make sure that they only hire cars of the best possible standard every time. For more information hiring a car in Newcastle or for touring

Northumberland call (0191) 460 33 44 and speak to one of our friendly staff or visit the Metro Vehicle Rental website today. You won’t find a better car hire company anywhere in the North East.

beAccredited Health and Safety Accreditation Services

Online Health and Safety Accreditation Services
Getting health and safety accreditation from a recognised awarding body such as CHAS and SMAS Accreditation can be a really worthwhile investment if you have decided it’s time for your construction or building company to start taking on larger jobs and begin to grow. Having accreditation not only proves that your company complies with industry standards and carries out work using the best practice for health and safety it also helps give your company a more professional and reliable image to help attract new customers and potential business associates.

Although this can sound like a daunting or time consuming task the benefits that having proper accreditation can bring to your business makes it worth the effort, and if you use the services of a professional accreditation agency such as beAccredited it could be far more easier and take a lot less time than you may first think.

At beAccredited they are able to help you complete a wide range accreditations that are relevant to your company and the type of work that you carry out, including Safe Contractor and Constructionline accreditations among many others to give you certification that your company works within the strict health and safety guidelines that are required to meet the standards of the accrediting body. With a great team of friendly consultants available to guide you through the process even if you aren’t sure what type of accreditation is relevant to your business or you would like to find out more about what advantages having accreditation can bring to your business they are happy to answer any questions that you may have and fully discuss all the options with you before you make any decisions.

With professional support and advice at every stage of the process you can be sure that whatever accreditation you choose to get for your business you will be able to complete it within a reasonable timeframe and with the minimum of stress. Even if you have already started the accreditation process alone and feel you need a little help to get it finished or don’t think that you have the right paperwork beAccredited will still be able to help you get everything done, with over fifteen years’ experience helping companies get the right health and safety accreditation they have all the skills and knowledge required to solve most problems or find ways round the most complicated situations.

With a fast track service available, if you need to get things done in a hurry and an easy to understand pricing policy, they do everything they can to offer a flexible and reliable service every time.

Offering a guaranteed pass for each assessment and a wide range of accreditations available to suit many aspects of the construction industry, whether you are looking for CHAS & SMAS accreditation, Safe Contractor & Constructionline accreditation or something that is a bit more suited to the type of work you carry out it is definitely worth finding out more about the services that beAccredited can provide and the accreditations that they can help your business to achieve. Why not take a look at some of their excellent past customer testimonials and see how they have helped other businesses like yours grow and win better contracts by simply getting the right accreditation?

As leading UK Health and Safety Consultants providing of online CHAS & SMAS Accreditation, Safe Contractor & Constructionline Accreditations, plus Builders Profile Accreditation and much more. With over 15 years of experience, clients include sole traders through to corporate clients.

They have helped 100s of businesses across the country by making the health and safety accreditation process hassle free, easy, convenient and reliable, allowing you to focus on the projects at hand. Visit their Health & Safety Consultancy services website to find out more about how they can help your business or call beAccredited today on 0845 2722350.

A Luxury Bathroom & Shower with PT Ranson

A Luxury Bathroom & Shower with PT Ranson
Adding a decent shower to your bathroom is an excellent way to really add a touch of luxury, whether you are totally refitting your bathroom, adding a new shower to an existing suite or creating a second bathroom within your home. P T Ranson are a North East based company, located close to Newcastle City centre who have an excellent range of high quality luxury bathrooms & showers in a wide variety of designs ranging from the traditional to ultra-modern so you can be certain to find the perfect shower for any bathroom.

If you love classic design but want all the advantages that modern technology can bring Imperial Showers have included some excellent showers within their collections that you are sure to love. Made using the finest quality materials and some of the latest design techniques available you will be able to find a shower that looks great and offers high performance every time, you may also want to take a look at the rest of the available range and create a completely coordinated bathroom.

For designs that are both stylish and unique you may want to consider taking a look at the great showers by Makti Showers. With all the features you would expect from a top quality shower and eye catching modern designs Fiora are the perfect choice if you want to make your shower a real focal point within the room and with a great range of other items within the range you can be sure to find some really stunning basins and other bathroom items to really help you finish the look.

You will be sure to love the range available from Hansgrohe Showers if you are looking for a shower that is created using the latest design technology and offers you all the most up to date features available including great energy saving functions but still looks great. No matter what features you are looking for you can be certain that you with be able to find a Hansgrohe design that offers you exactly what you are looking for and with some really eye-catching designs available a Hansgrohe shower will be a welcome addition to any bathroom.

P T Ranson bathrooms & Showers
So if you want to install a new shower in your bathroom why not get some inspiration for a luxury bathroom from P T Ranson? Visit their bathroom showroom or call 0191 469 6999 and, regardless of your tastes or the style you are hoping to achieve, with such a wide range of top quality products you are sure to find the ideal shower for your bathroom. With so many unique and high performance products on offer from some top bathroom design companies you can be sure that you won’t be disappointed.

 

Introducing Plantation Shutters

Introducing Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters are available in a variety of styles and colours which can be custom made to fit windows of any size as well as those with irregular shapes and unlike many other kitchen and bathroom renovations, Plantation shutters are an easy and relatively inexpensive to give your living room and bedrooms a facelift with a fresh coat of paint and new window treatments.

Now you know how stylish and effective plantation shutters are, the next question is, how much do they cost?  The retail prices of plantation shutters depends upon:

  • The cost of the materials
  • Labour expenses to assemble the shutters
  • The profit chosen by the manufacturer

Many retailers offer high quality plantation shutters in multiple sizes and designs from well-know manufactures. These shutters can cost more because of the skill involved and the reputation of the manufacturer behind them. They will cost more than those found at home improvement stores.

Woodworking classes and online tutorials have made plantation shutters an achievable DIY project. They can be made for a fraction of the price of retail plantation shutters by removing the labour expenses, transport costs, and of course the profit margin. The other benefit of doing so is full control over material, colour, and size options. Despite more modern materials, the most popular plantation shutters are those made from the same wood the original plantation shutters were made from – retaining their traditional and functional appeal.

American basswood is found in central and easterly parts of the United States – states such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan all have large basswood supplies. Basswood is a popular hardwood choice for the manufacture of plantation shutters because of its ease to work with, its smooth texture, and its comparatively low cost. Basswood’s high demand makes it easy to find a provider at affordable prices.

If you’re planning on making them yourself you’ll need a few more materials other than the wood itself. Besides the obvious screws for framing the casings, and hinges for the swinging panels, magnets would come in handy. They allow the shutters to be kept neatly shut when they’re not open wide without the need for a lock of some description – much more pleasing to the eye. Springs, washers and other tension hardware is required to allow the slats to be opened and closed using the central vertical column.

Plantation shutters are evidently beneficial. They increase energy efficiency through having fantastic insulation properties, and allow the user to effortlessly adjust light intensity and privacy through moving the tilt rod. Being so highly desirable, plantation shutters can add a surprising amount to a homes value, and can be used as a major selling point.

The Beautiful Shutter Company
The Beautiful Shutter Company is fast becoming one of the leading producers of bespoke plantation shutters in the North East of England. With our years of experience and dedication to providing each customer with the exact shutters to suit their needs, we are certain that you will enjoy the shutters you order from us for as long as you live in your home. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today on 01642 688049 or visit the Beautiful Shutter Company website today.

Replacement Gas Central Heating Boilers

Replacement Gas Central Heating Boilers
If you found that your energy bills were unusually high last winter or you had to keep turning up the thermostat to keep warm because your heating didn’t seem to be performing as well as it should be, maybe you should consider having a replacement central heating boiler fitted.  Having it done during the warmer months can be a really good idea as you won’t miss not being able to turn on your heating while work is being carried out and you will have the peace of mind that you are completely prepared for the winter, at Arktek Heating they have an excellent team of engineers available all year round that will be able to get your new combi boiler fitted in no time at all.

Having an efficient, well fitted combi boiler can make a real difference to your bills and you will be surprised how much warmer your home is, with many more modern boilers having excellent features such as wireless controls you can be sure that your home will always be warm when you need it to be while using the minimum energy required, at Arktek Heating they supply a great selection of modern combi boilers from a range of well trusted suppliers and will be more than happy to help you make the right choice for your home and lifestyle.

Having a replacement boiler fitted won’t only benefit you and your family in the short term it will also help you to add value to your property and make it more attractive to buyers if you do decide to sell in the future, so it is a really worthwhile investment to make.

At Arktek Heating they aim to offer some of the most competitive rates available without compromising on safety or quality, and with some excellent finance options available having your new combi boiler fitted could be far more affordable than you think. So if you want to avoid the winter rush to find an engineer that can replace your boiler fast as it has let you down when you need it most why not get in touch with Arktek Heating today?

At Arktek Heating they offer a free no obligation quote on request, so making an appointment with them to find out more about the gas replacement services they have on offer won’t cost you a thing, with reasonable rates and excellent warranty options available when you see how affordable having your boiler replaced by Arktek Heating can be you will be pleased you gave them a call. For further information about the range of replacement gas boilers available or the landlord emergency repair and maintenance services, please call 0191 516 6911 or visit the Arktek Heating Services website. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible.