Wedding & Honeymoon Planning Services

No12 Wedding & Honeymoon Planners
Direct Submit are proud to be working with a new wedding planning service located in the North East of the UK. no12 Wedding & Honeymoon planners aim to make planning your Wedding & Honeymoon a relaxing and memorable experience for everyone involved. Working with you, we look to work with you to achieve the perfect wedding.

With a passion for travel, Honeymoon Planning is a No12 speciality… They can put together itinerary & find unbeatable prices with their industry connections to suit any budget. We will do all the hard work so you just need to pack your suitcase & buy that new bikini.

For further information visit the no12 Wedding & Honeymoon website and book your consultation today.

Prestige Car Suppliers – Pac Motor Company

Prestige Car Suppliers – Pac Motor Company
Whether you are looking for a Maserati or a Mini, Pac Motor Company’s VIP Service Can Help You Source the Best Car for Your Needs.

Pac Motor Company has two divisions
Prestige Car Division headed by Paul Cummings, one of the UK’s most respected Prestige Car Dealers with over thirty years in the industry.

Pac Platinum Division headed by Paul’s son Lewis, who has extensive experience at the highest level in the motor trade.

Committed to delivering the highest level of customer service and has supplied all types of prestige marques including Ferrari, Bentley, Maserati, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce and more, to some of the most discerning customers, from high-profile sports personalities to Rock Stars, many of whom have become repeat customers.

Don’t settle for anything less than the best – let Pac Motor Company help you customise and personalise your car exactly how you want with designer car interiors and the latest state of the art multi-media and music systems, supreme custom-paint finishes and exclusive alloy wheel choices.

For more information, visit the Pac Motor Company website or call them direct on 0191 567 5879. Where quality and customer service is guaranteed.

Improve the Look of Your Home with Made-to-Measure Blinds

Improve the Look of Your Home with Made-to-Measure Blinds
One of the most enjoyable parts of home ownership is being able to make the place your own through original interior design ideas. The decisions you make regarding window treatments can depend on a variety of factors such as the presence of children and/or pets in the home, how much light you want to have in that space and aesthetic appeal. Blinds are far and away the most popular window treatment option, and following are some considerations for how made-to-measure blinds can help to make the most of the space you have.

Venetian blinds These are the most commonly used blinds, and styles range from inexpensive and flimsy to a somewhat more expensive but much more attractive and durable version which the Americans call “plantation blinds.” Venetian blinds allow for more or less light from outside without sacrificing privacy, and well-constructed wooden or plastic blinds with thick slats can help to lower heating and cooling costs by providing more shade in the summer and by blocking drafts in winter more effectively than other window treatments.

Roller blinds Roller blinds and curtains were the go-to window treatment before Venetian blinds became popular in homes, but they are now enjoying resurgence in popularity thanks to the newly available variety of textures and prints. Do you have a window looking out over the garden in an otherwise boring kitchen sink area? Jazz it up with a roller blind in a bold colour or even one with a garden pattern that will catch the eye of whoever walks into the kitchen and also remind them of the equally lovely view on the other side!

Conservatory blinds These are clearly only a need in homes with a conservatory, but necessary in the conservatory they most certainly are. If you are thinking of adding a conservatory to your home, you will want to plan for blinds to go around the entire room for privacy, energy efficiency and shade as needed. Styles vary widely, but roller blinds and pleated blinds are generally the best options for the conservatory roof.

Much like the furnishings and the paint colours, the window treatments you choose for your home contribute significantly to the look and feel of each room. For flexibility in terms of shade and privacy and a cleanness of line which curtains simply cannot match, made-to-measure blinds are the way to go.

The Beautiful Blind Company
A family run business located in the North East of the UK, they are passionate about the service provided to all our customers, large or small. The Beautiful Blind Company supply and fit all types of blinds for your home and office. We specialise in conservatory roof blinds and conservatory blinds and each blind is made to your exact requirements. The company moto is, Simplicity, No hidden extras or gimmicks. We measure your blinds, give you the price with a great service for your blind requirements. Simple!

So if you are searching for more information on adding new or replacement blinds for your home or property then why not visit the Beautiful Blind Company website or call us on 01642 688049. As a UK company with over 30 years-experience in the industry creating made to measure blinds & shutters you know you are in safe hands.

Just the Way you are Bridal Wear

Just the Way you are Bridal Wear
Direct Submit are pleased to announce they are working with Just The Way You Are Bridal Wear in Newcastle. Located in the vibrant city of the City, they offer the very best plus-size bridal gowns available in the North East of England. Offering a personal and friendly service, they provide brides to be with a truly memorable experience.

With wedding gowns in UK sizes 18 to 32 in a variety of styles, beautiful handmade one of a kind tiaras and headdresses by Halo & Co (who are famous for their work at London Fashion Week) and design-your-own veils, Just The Way You Are Bridal Wear offer their brides the freedom to have exactly what they want on their special day.

Ofcom Seeks Views on Breaking up BT and Openreach

Ofcom Seeks Views on Breaking up BT and Openreach
Communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation into whether BT’s Openreach service should be split off into a separate company Most internet service providers offer services through a fixed-line network controlled and maintained by BT. But Ofcom said it had concerns BT Openreach’s performance on behalf of those providers had often been poor.

BT chief Gavin Patterson told the BBC that he thought splitting the Openreach service off would be a “mistake”.

Following Ofcom’s last strategic review 10 years ago, BT was obliged to create Openreach through which it provided access to its telephone and broadband network to “competing providers on equal terms”. Essentially, those providers pay a wholesale price to BT for use of the network and then charge telecoms customers for services.

BT is responsible for connecting almost all households to the network regardless of their service provider, as well as improvements to and maintenance of the network.

However, Ofcom said the network had evolved in recent years, with the growth of fibre optic cable services – particularly in towns and cities – offering television, telephone and superfast broadband internet services. And problems remain, with rural areas regularly complaining about poor internet service provision.

BT chief executive Gavin Patterson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he believed it was a “mistake for the country as a whole” to have a debate about whether Openreach should be split away from his company. He said 88% of the country now received superfast broadband and that BT had put forward proposals to deliver the next stage in delivery of services – known as ultra-fast broadband.

Key to the delivery of that, he said, was the scale that a company the size of BT could offer. He rejected claims that BT enjoyed a monopoly on internet service provision, saying the “BT brands have less than a third of the market so I don’t think there is a problem at all.” And he pointed out BT’s biggest rival Virgin Media served more than three million customers in the UK.

But Mai Fyfield, Sky’s chief strategy officer, welcomed the consultation adding that “consumers and businesses have been suffering because the existing structure does not deliver the innovation, competition and quality of service that they need”. She added: “We believe Ofcom should now move quickly to ask the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to undertake a full competition inquiry.”

The consultation follows the introduction of new rules, which Ofcom announced at the start this year, designed to ensure that BT could not price rivals such as Sky and TalkTalk out of the market.

BT is still awaiting the outcome of a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation into its takeover of mobile phone operator EE.

If the takeover goes ahead it would create the largest mobile phone network in country and give BT the ability to offer “quad play” services – fixed line telephone and broadband internet, television and mobile phone services – in competition with Virgin Media and Sky.

Sky and BT have also entered into a bitter rivalry over pay-TV services, particularly for lucrative sports, in recent years.

Last year, BT outbid Sky for exclusive rights to show Champions League football matches on its BT Sports channels from August. Earlier this year Sky was forced into a very strong bid to maintain its hold over the rights to the majority of Premier League football matches.

Luxury Garden Buildings from Crown Pavilions

Luxury Garden Buildings from Crown Pavilions
Are you searching for an outdoor building of quality and excellence? Crown Pavilions should be your first port of call as they have available a diverse range of luxury garden buildings that are available in all shapes and sizes. From small two person structures right through to luxury multipurpose entertaining spaces for larger parties, our outdoor buildings are built to last.

As you would expect with a company such as Crown Pavilions, all outdoor buildings are professionally installed, are handmade by a skilled team of craftsmen and each come with a ten year structural guarantee. Note, each of our cedar buildings come with a 20 year guarantee.

Crown Pavilions have been constructing the world’s finest garden buildings for many years and have a well deserves reputation for delivering outstanding products using the finest materials on the market, the most skilled and tried-and-tested joinery methods and by following this up with an after service that is second to none.

No matter which building you choose, it will receive exactly the same meticulous care and attention to detail. You can also rest assured that a garden building constructed to such exacting standards will most definitely stand the test of time. Indeed we are so confident of the quality of our timber that every Crown Pavilion comes with a 30-year guarantee against rot and decay.

For further information please call Crown Pavilions now on 01491 817 982 or visit our website to view the great range of luxury garden buildings and gazebos we have available.

Business Worried over Cost of Living Wage in Budget

Business Worried over Cost of Living Wage in Budget
Business has voiced worries over the cost of Chancellor George Osborne’s new living wage. Wednesday’s Budget outlined plans to boost the current minimum wage of £6.50 an hour to £9 by 2020. In return, the chancellor plans benefits to business, including a reduction in corporate tax from 20% to 18% by 2020.

He also announced reductions in National Insurance and fixed annual investment allowances at £200,000. But it was the minimum wage that worried businesses.

Katja Hall, deputy director general of the CBI business lobby group, said: “The chancellor is taking quite a gamble by introducing a living wage.

“We are going to see a living wage of £9 an hour by 2020. That means on average, it is going to be rising over 6% a year at a time when inflation is close to zero. What happens if there is an economic shock? I think the risk to business is, it is going to have face some tough choices around what jobs to create – possibly even job losses in some case.”

Many believe the retail sector will be worst hit, with small shops in particular bearing the brunt. The Association of Convenience Stores has called it a “reckless measure”.

Chief executive James Lowman said: “The introduction of a compulsory living wage will have a devastating impact on thousands of convenience stores. “This will lead to retailers having to reduce staff hours, work more hours in their business and ultimately cancel their investment plans.”

But not all retailers are opposed to the idea of a living wage. The British Retail Consortium’s director general, Helen Dickinson, said: “The retail industry is not a minimum wage employer. “Median wages for hourly paid workers currently stand at £7.30 per hour – this is already above the rate of the new National Living Wage announced today. We continue to believe that the real key to raising more people out of low pay will rest in increasing productivity.”

Unions welcomed the new living wage. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The chancellor has finally woken up to the fact that Britain needs a pay rise. “The TUC has long campaigned for the minimum wage to rise faster and the chancellor has listened to us at last.”

Simon Walker, director general of the Institute of Directors, said: “The IoD accepts that after several years of slow wage rises, now is the time for companies to increase pay. “Nine in 10 IoD members already pay even their most junior staff the living wage, and will accept this deal from the chancellor.”

Mr Walker added that the annual investment allowance, which allows businesses to offset investment in plant and machinery against tax, had been fixed at too low a rate of £200,000. It is currently set at £500,000, but was due to fall back to just £25,000 in the autumn. He said: “This will not help as many small and medium-sized businesses to invest for the future.”

John Allan, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The introduction of a new national living wage for over-25-year-olds, set at £7.20 an hour from next April, will pose significant challenges for many small firms, particularly those in the hospitality, retail and social care sectors. “We have been supportive of gradual increases in the National Minimum Wage in recent years, to reflect the improvement in the economy. However, we believe annual increases should be set according to the recommendations of the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC). “

Make More of your Company’s Website with SEO

Make More of your Company’s Website with SEO
With the recession finally winding down, we are finally seeing an increase in the demand for home remodelling and repair services. If your business falls into this category, you might be bringing in more business now than five years ago, but is your yearly earnings statement as strong as it could be?

Since most businesses in the skilled trades sector serve local clients exclusively and in a hands-on capacity (auto repairs, plumbing, home builders and the like), they tend to ignore the benefits of having a website, Facebook page or other online presence, and they do so at their peril. In this day and age, the advantage invariably goes to the company that has an online presence of its own creation as a building block for increasing visibility and generating new business leads.

Your website is only the start
If your business does have a website, then you have met one of the basic criteria for business success in the information – nay, the smartphone and tablet age. Considering how many people these days rely on their smartphones and tablets as a source of information, it is imperative that all businesses have a mobile-friendly website with both contact details and content that relates to the type of keyword and key phrases searches your potential clients are likely to conduct when seeking out the type of services that you provide. Effective use of such keywords and key phrases is known as search engine optimisation or SEO.

Key phrases: more specific is better
Let’s say you run a handyman business in Newcastle. If your contact details are readily available through your company website, then someone in the Newcastle area who needs new drywall in her circa-1930 home may – potentially – find you by searching for “home builders Newcastle” on Google or Bing. However, if you want to stand out from the morass of search results and let this potential client know that you specifically offer drywall services, it makes sense to provide content to this effect on your website so that you will appear more prominently in search results if this client looks for something more specific to her needs, such as “drywall services Newcastle”.

Keep it fresh
If your potential client with the 80-year-old home needs walls repaired this week, she will be more likely to find your website in search results if you have made updates to your company website sometime within the last few weeks since the search engines are able to see how recently updates have been made. Updates need not be extensive; the point is simply to let the search engines know that your company has an active online presence and that you are keeping your company information up-to-date. The reason for this is that the search engines strive to provide reliable results, and they want to know that they will not be leading potential clients to a dead end based on information posted to your website a year ago or longer.

Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services is one of the leading providers of SEO and Internet marketing services in the UK. Based in the North East of England, we provide these services to organisations of all sizes and budgets across the UK and are committed to providing ethical services so that you can gain new business leads and increase revenues while projecting the best possible image to your clientele.

To learn more about how we can help you maximise profits, call us today on 0845 272 2350 or visit our Internet Marketing Services website today.

Budget 2015: Buy to Let Tax Break to be Cut

Budget 2015: Buy to Let Tax Break to be Cut
Buy-to-let landlords face cuts in the amount of tax relief they can claim on mortgage interest payments, the government has said. The amount that landlords will be able to claim will be set at the basic rate of tax, which is currently 20%.

The move is aimed at creating a “level playing field” between homeowners and investors, chancellor George Osborne said. The change will be introduced over four years from April 2017.

Currently property investors can claim tax relief on their monthly interest repayments at the top level of tax they pay, meaning the wealthiest can claim as much as 45%.

Mr Osborne said the current system gave buy-to-let landlords “a huge advantage in the market”, compared with home buyers. “The better-off the landlord, the more tax relief they get,” he said. Buy-to-let properties now account for over 15% of new mortgages, something the Bank of England warned last week could pose a risk to the UK’s financial stability.

Separately, Mr Osborne said tax relief for people who rent out a room in their home would be increased from its current level of £4,250 – where it has been frozen for 18 years – to £7,500 from next year.

Nicholas Leeming, chairman of national estate agents Jackson-Stops & Staff, said the changes to tax relief would hit many small and older private investors. “This is a major blow to a sector that is heavily reliant on private investors and who provide a crucial supply of property to the private rental sector,” he added. He also warned the move could hit the supply of rental properties making it harder for people who wanted the flexibility of being able to rent rather than buy.

Graham Davidson, the managing director of Sequre Property Investment, a firm which specialises solely in buy-to-let investments, said about half of its customers were cash buyers, meaning they would not be affected by the move. But he said those that were affected were likely to increase their rental fee to compensate for the higher tax bill. “The single biggest impact will be to tenants rather than landlords,” he warned.

But the director general of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Paul Smee, said the fact that the change was being introduced slowly would soften the blow.
“The phasing is important. We will need to understand whether this will have a behavioural impact on higher-rate buy-to-let landlords, but a four-year timetable does at least reduce the risk of sudden market shocks,” he said.

Shares in house building firms fell, with Barratt Developments down 5.7% and Redrow down 5.2%.

Promoting APT Air Testing Services

Promoting APT Air Testing Services
Direct Submit are pleased to be working with APT Air Testing Services and helping to promote their revised website. Although somewhat technical, has been developed and written to help clients find the information they require as quickly as possible. APT already operate a successful website for their core business, Air Pressure testing.

If you would like to know how Direct Submit could help to promote your business, please call us on 0845 2722350 or visit our website.