Buying Floor & Wall Tiles for the Kitchen & Bathroom

Buying Floor and Wall Tiles for the Kitchen and Bathroom
If you want to add some tiles to your new kitchen or bathroom to really complete the look, or want to create a new fresh style without having more extensive work carried out take a look at the fantastic range of tiles available at Wall and Floor Tiles Limited.  With one of the most extensive collections of wall and floor tiles for the kitchen and bathroom in the North East of England you can be certain that no matter what you are looking for you are sure to find some great tiles that are completely suited to your tastes.

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With so many different styles, shapes, colours and designs to choose from you will find yourself spoilt for choice regardless of what overall look you are aiming to achieve in your bathroom, with many ranges including matching or complimenting floor and wall tiles within their range its simple to design a look for your kitchen or bathroom that is coordinated and stylish in no time at all. Whether you are looking for high end designer tiles to create a real wow factor, a budget range that is still attractive and high quality or something in between you can be sure with so many options available you are guaranteed to find something that fits your needs and budget perfectly.

Adding good quality kitchen wall and floor tiles is an excellent way to improve the overall look of any kitchen and is an ideal way to guard against lasting damage from spillages to paintwork, wall coverings and flooring. As tiles are far more long lasting and easy to keep clean than other types of flooring such as lino having really good quality floor tiles in your kitchen is a really worthwhile investment and will make sure your kitchen stays looking great for years to come.  Take a look at some of the excellent kitchen wall and floor tiles on offer at Wall and Floor tiles Limited where you will find plenty of inspiration for your kitchen.

A well tiled bathroom is far less likely to suffer with problems such as damp and water damage at Wall and Floor Tiles Limited they have an excellent variety of bathroom wall and floor tiles in a wide choice of colours and styles. Having a bathroom that has been completely tiled with coordinating wall and floor tiles is an excellent way to add a touch of luxury to even the smallest bathroom, why not check out some of the beautiful designs available and see how you could transform your bathroom in no time at all.  Why not also browse their excellent selection of mosaic wall tiles and consider creating your very own feature wall?

With over ten years experience in the tile industry at Wall and Floor Tile Limited they know how to offer top quality customer service every time. With a great measuring service on offer, delivery options, helpful and friendly staff and large, well presented showrooms you can be certain they will always do everything they can to ensure that you leave totally happy with the service and any decisions that you have made.

So if you are looking for some high quality kitchen or bathroom floor and wall tiles why not Call 0191 276 7888 (Newcastle showroom) or 0191 417 0222 (Washington showroom) or visit the Wall and Floor Tile website today, where you are sure to be pleasantly surprised with the wide range of choices available.

UK Electroplating Services

Hastings Metal Finishers & Electroplating Services
Hastings Metal Finishers are a specialist electroplating company located in the UK. Established in 1983 with the aim of providing an electroplating service of the highest quality to the engineering industry, the Company is run by Managing Director Paul Hastings, a Graduate Chemist who has over 25 years of surface engineering experience.

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Our current client base numbers over 200 Companies including leading organisations in the areas of precision and general engineering, metal fabrication, and electrical and electronic engineering.

 

 

 

UK Electroplating Services
Their aim is to provide our customers with the following range of electroplating services and related surface treatments:

  • Solvent Degreasing • Acid Pickling   •  Electroless Nickel Plating
  • Silver Plating • Nickel Plating                •  Gold Plating
  • Tin Plating • Copper Plating              •  Vibratory Polishing
  • Zinc Plating • Bright Acid Dipping
  • Clear, Yellow and Black Chromate Passivating

All finishes are available in rack and barrel processing. Treatment facilities are available for processing ferrous components including stainless steel, copper and its alloys and aluminium alloys and they operate an in-house laboratory for physical and chemical testing. Hastings Metal Finishers are also happy to advise existing and potential customers on any surface finishing issues.

For further information please call 0191 4839213 or visit the Hastings Metal Finishers & Electroplating Services website.

Plantation Shutters Helping Improve Your Home

Plantation Shutters Helping Improve Your Home
If you’ve had any simple home improvements in mind for this year, now is the time to take them on! Beautiful spring weather is hopefully heading our way, and bringing warm temperatures that are ideal for house painting and leaving the windows open until the place has had a chance to air out. If you have such a project in mind, then you will want to consider window treatments as well so that you can get the most enjoyment out of the effort that you have put forth in order to beautify your living space.

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When considering window treatments, you have numerous options: roller blinds, horizontal or vertical blinds, bamboo curtains and many more. Most homeowners these days find that the simplest, most tasteful window treatments offer clean lines (as opposed to drapes, which also require laundering) and allow the homeowner to better control the amount of light coming into the room.

Plantation shutters in particular add a beautiful textural component – without sacrificing that cleanness of line – that other blinds do not, and they are available in a number of different styles.

Plantation Shutters
Full-height plantation shutters are perhaps the simplest, sleekest of all plantation shutter styles. If you relish the idea of being able to maximize the amount of light coming into the room without sacrificing privacy – as we often do with the all-or-nothing option when using regular blinds – then consider tier-on-tier or café-style plantation shutters. Café-style shutters leave the upper half of the window bare while allowing you privacy at the level at which you conduct your everyday life.

Similarly, the upper portion of half shutters may be left open to achieve the same effect and closed when light is not desired. Whichever style of plantation shutter you choose, you will be truly amazed by the transformative effect that they have on your home.

The Beautiful Shutter Company
The Beautiful Shutter Company specialises in bespoke plantation shutters and provides installation services all over England. Our years of industry experience and commitment to top-notch service ensure that when you buy from us, the product you receive will suit your exact requirements. 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.

Finding The Perfect Wedding Dress

Finding The Perfect Wedding Dress
Finding the perfect wedding dress for the big day is one of the most important aspects to any wedding for most brides to be, although it can sometimes be a time consuming and stressful process if you can’t find something that you love and feel comfortable in.  If you are looking for somewhere to help you find the ideal dress within the North East why not take a look at of some of the beautiful wedding gowns and other items of bridal wear available at Just the Way You Are, located in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, where you are sure to be impressed with their stunning range from carefully selected high quality designers.

weddingdressNo matter what style of dress you are hoping to find at Just The Way You Are they have an impressive stock of wedding dresses with a wide variety of designs to choose from so you can be certain to find the dress of your dreams, and with a great range of veils, tiaras and other bridal wear accessories available you will be able to really complete the look and create the perfect wedding day image. With many dresses being available in a wide range of sizes and lengths no matter what your size, height or body shape you can be certain that they will be able to find you something that really flatters you so you will look your absolute best on your big day.

At Just The Way You Are they understand that choosing your wedding dress is an exciting and happy occasion and aim to help you really make the most of the experience. You can take advantage of the the opportunity to book a two hour appointment where you can try on the gowns and get the expert advice from one of the their friendly team so you will be sure to leave completely happy with any decisions you make, feel free to bring a couple of friends and family members as you will all be sure of a warm welcome complete with refreshments or a glass of bubbly on arrival.

With one of the widest choices of wedding dresses and bridal within the Newcastle Upon Tyne and a top class service for every customer you can be sure that you will be left completely satisfied by everything Just the Way You Are has to offer, with a focus on giving every bride to be a personal service that caters to their individual needs they aim to ensure that every one of their clients look gorgeous and feel great on their wedding day. During your consultation one of the team will on hand at all time to listen to your requirements and opinions and make sure that they show you the dresses most suited to your ideas and personal tastes.

Just the Way You Are Bridal Wear
So if you are planning a wedding soon and are still looking  for the perfect bridal wear why not take a trip to Newcastle Upon Tyne and find out what’s on offer at Just The Way You Are where you are sure to be impressed with the dresses and top quality services available.  Based in a beautiful and stylish boutique where you can try on dresses in privacy and comfort along with your closest family and friends you can be certain of a wedding dress shopping experience that is really worth remembering.

For more information or to arrange a visit and consultation about finding the perfect wedding dress for you, visit the Just the Way You Are bridal Store website today or call us on 0191 261 0778 to make an appointment. You won’t be disappointed.

Impetus Swings Away from General DIY, back to Merchants

Impetus Swings Away from General DIY, back to Merchants
Builders’ and plumbers’ merchants saw a strong recovery in 2013 and 2014, reversing the trend for householders to turn away from larger projects and towards DIY. That is one of the findings of a new AMA Research report on the builders’ and plumbers’ merchant market, which grew 6% in 2013 and 9% in 2014 as the housebuilding sector recovered. And the overall trend remains positive.

“The impact of the construction downturn was initially more significant for the merchants, with DIY outlets benefiting from consumers switching major home improvement projects in favour of lighter DIY tasks,” commented AMA director Keith Taylor. “However, since 2013 the merchants have performed better than the DIY multiples, benefiting from the significant growth seen in housebuilding and some non-domestic new work in particular, and also the growth in house prices driving the residential refurbishment sector.”

The report says the market is dominated by five organisations that account for around three-quarters of the market, and that since the economic downturn there has been consolidation as larger companies have acquired smaller, but established rivals.  Difficult trading conditions experienced in recent years have also led to increased competition from other channels, particularly internet-based operations. The merchant market is price sensitive because of competition, cost of energy and fuel, volatile prices of raw materials and product availability. The report points out that while price increases boost market size they contribute to some margin erosion in merchant business, and especially on commodity and known-value items.

Buying groups continue to play an important role in the merchants market, particularly for regional and local merchants, and the sector has undergone some changes recently with mergers of leading organisations. The upturn in construction activity since 2013 has also led to supply chain issues and shortages of products such as bricks and blocks, timber and roof tiles. However, some manufacturers have re-opened mothballed manufacturing facilities to address the issue. AMA says that future prospects for the merchant market are relatively good optimistic and forecasts annual growth rates of 3-6% until 2019.

A leading supplier of quality wooden doors can be found in Newcastle upon Tyne. Blacketts Doors are a family run business and was formed in 1946 by Robert Blackett under the name of F Blackett & Sons to provide building services within the North East of England. This blog is hopefully going to provide a forum for all things DIY and hopefully enable us to provide some advice, tips and general information about the DIY market place.

High Customer Service
People who will always be available to provide information on the types of door available, a quality service and backed up by our commitment to holding good stock levels of both internal and external doors to always try and meet your requirements on demand.  We know a lot about all types of doors and we can provide you with technical help and support on doors and door furniture should you need it. Our team is very proud of our achievements to date and our business is recognised by many of our customers and manufactures for providing the best in quality, choice and service. We supply to house builders, interior designers, joiners and to the general public from our shop and via this web site. It is our desire to always be part of a very enjoyable industry and to realise our ambitions. As well as offering all types of doors for sale, Blacketts Doors also offer a local door fitting service.

A Range of Quality Doors
We are committed to sourcing and providing you with quality doors and fittings, including internal and external doors and offering you a quality service. You, our customers are the driving force behind our success and every person within our company will always recognise that customer service is the key to our future. We also recognize that people are very important to our success and that without a good team of people to provide you the service you demand, our company would struggle to exist.

Internal Doors
Blacketts Doors are committed to sourcing and providing you with the quality range of internal doors including wooden internal doors, fire doors and all other types of internal door. All available in a wide range of sizes and finishes, offered at the very best prices direct to the customer.

External Doors
As with all our other products, our range of external doors are all of the highest quality, available in a wide range of sizes and finishes, offered at the very best prices direct to the customer. Our portfolio of external doors includes wooden external doors, security doors and all other types of external door.

Contact Blacketts Doors.
For further information on the range of interior and exterior doors available from Blacketts, please telephone 0191 273 4073 today.

Marketing your Business on the Internet

Marketing your Business on the Internet
Making sure that your business gets noticed on the internet can be difficult, with so many different companies competing to be seen, unless you pay close attention to your internet marketing strategy you website could go unnoticed by countless potential customers or investors.

internetmarketingMany people look for services or products that they require by conducting a search using a search engine such as Google or Bing and simply typing in what they are looking for and checking out the first results that appear, by making sure that your company is on those first pages they are sure to notice your link.

The use of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a great way to ensure that your business reaches those all important first pages of results, helping your website to receive far more directed traffic and improve your businesses online sales and leads.  Although it is a time consuming process involving a lot of knowledge, research and effort the results that can be achieved are truly impressive, you may want to consider investing in the services of a good internet marketing service such as Direct Submit to help you make sure that everything is done to the best possible standard.

With a professional team of expert staff that are always happy to help you will be able to fully discuss every aspect of your internet marketing aims so they can help you design an internet marketing strategy that is completely tailored to your company’s requirements, with no contracts required you can simply let them help you get the ball rolling or also take advantage of their ongoing monitoring and maintenance services offering you a totally flexible service. With prices starting from as low as £50 obtaining expert internet marketing and SEO services may be far more affordable that you think.

If you want to raise you businesses online profile and would like to have some expert guidance to help you ensure it’s a success, no matter how large or small it may be Direct Submit are sure to be able to offer you a service that leaves you satisfied every time. With a great reputation and excellent reviews from past customers you can be sure they are a company you can trust to really show results.

Direct Submit Internet Marketing
Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services is dedicated to helping businesses of any size and in all sectors to reach and exceed their profit goals through effective and ethical SEO marketing. Whether yours is an established business with a website in need of more traffic or you’re just now venturing into cyberspace, Direct Submit will develop the ideal SEO marketing campaign to bring in new clients so that you can focus on the core business while watching revenues soar.

Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services specialises in SEO and other Internet marketing strategies for UK businesses both large and small. No matter your advertising budget, we will work with you to develop a campaign to help your clients find you right when they need you. 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.

How Pay per Click Can Help Your Business

How Pay per Click Can Help Your Business
If you want to raise your company’s online profile and attract more internet based custom why not consider contacting Direct Submit to find out how they can help you create an internet marketing strategy that is completely suited to your company’s needs?  With a great range of strategies on offer that really produce results including Pay per click, Google Adwords and SEO optimisation you may be surprised at how much Direct Submit can do to help your business succeed online.

payperclickNo matter what type of company or business you run at Direct Submit you can be sure that they will be able to help you choose the best course of action for your personal marketing campaign and will fully explain all the available options and how they could benefit your business.  By using methods such as Pay per Click, where your advert will be featured in the ads on search engine results pages but you will only have to pay each time someone actually clicks through to view your full website, they will make sure that your page gets noticed and taht you received far more directed traffic.

With a flexible service on offer that aims to cater to your businesses individual needs at Direct Submit they will offer your business expert help and support for as long as you need it, once they have set up your initial internet marketing campaign they will also be happy to monitor how successful it has been and make any changes or updates that are required, leaving you more time to get on with running your business.

If you want to create a really successful internet marketing campaign get in touch with Direct Submit and find out more about how they can help you achieve real results and increase your sales and leads with the use of Pay per click, Google AdWords, SEO and other expert marketing techniques that are both affordable and effective.

Whether yours is an established business with a website in need of more traffic or you’re just now venturing into cyberspace, Direct Submit will develop the ideal SEO marketing campaign to bring in new clients so that you can focus on the core business while watching revenues soar. We provide a diverse range of Pay per Click services, SEO and other Internet marketing strategies for UK businesses both large and small – at affordable costs.

No matter your advertising budget, we will work with you to develop a campaign to help your clients find you right when they need you. To learn more about how we can help you maximise your Pay per Click campaign, call us today on 0845 272 2350 or visit our Internet Marketing Services website today.

Broadband Firms Face New Advert Rules in the UK

Broadband Firms Face New Advert Rules in the UK
The UK’s broadband providers have been told to expect tougher rules on how they advertise their services. The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority said it was considering the step to ensure people “aren’t misled by pricing claims”.

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It follows a study that indicated most users could not correctly calculate bills based on the information given in a selection of broadband ads. The ASA said it would make a final decision before June. A lobby group representing the broadband industry has suggested more research is needed before any changes are imposed.

But one of the internet service providers has already said it supports reform.

“It’s obvious that a single headline price is much clearer and better for customers, and we’re actually already doing it on a pilot project up in York,” said a spokesman for TalkTalk. “But until the whole market moves to single prices, any company that advertises its products like this will struggle to compete with what look like better deals from other providers.”

The announcement comes a month after the charity Citizens Advice called on the ASA to review its code of practice because it said consumers were being misled by attractive-sounding broadband offers.

The ASA has suggested it will call on ISPs to follow three new guidelines:

  • they should stop stripping out the price of line rentals and instead give all-inclusive monthly costs
  • they should give greater prominence to the length of the initial contracts, and how much more expensive the deals will get after an introductory period
  • they should better flag up any additional up-front costs

“Advertising works better when it’s trusted,” said the ASA’s chief executive Guy Parker. “We’ll now be moving quickly, working alongside broadband providers, to clarify the presentation of price information.”

The move follows a study carried out on behalf of both the ASA and the communications regulator Ofcom in June.

It involved 300 home broadband “decision makers” being shown adverts that had been made for TV, newspapers, websites and outside billboards.

The research firm Futuresight then quizzed them about their recall of the details.

Its findings suggest:

  • 81% of the sample could not correctly calculate the total cost of the broadband contracts when asked to do so
  • 64% of those who failed to calculate the monthly cost did not realise that line rental prices needed to be added to the advertised broadband charge
  • 74% said they thought the information given about one-off and ongoing costs was unclear

“Many people are confused by complicated adverts and offers, so we welcome the ASA’s plans to simplify broadband advertising,” said Ofcom’s chief executive Sharon White.

However, the Internet Services Providers’ Association has raised concerns.

“[We] believe that more detailed research is needed to corroborate the survey findings,” said Nicholas Lansman, the industry group’s secretary general.

“Beyond adverts, ISPs provide clear information if consumers engage more closely with them, for example by going to their website, visiting a shop, working with comparison and consumer websites or by calling the providers.

“This has not been reflected in the survey, which is based on a small sample size with some of the reviewed adverts only being shown to eight participants.”

Microsoft Pledges Cloud Computing for Public Good

Microsoft Pledges Cloud Computing for Public Good
Computing giant Microsoft has pledged to provide $1bn-worth (£700m) of cloud computing resources to organisations it deems to be working for the “public good”. The resources will be shared out over the next three years to about 70,000 non-profits and 900 university research projects.

In simplest terms, cloud computing is the term given to storing data on the internet, rather than on a local computer.

As well as making data more easily accessible, the added promise for non-profits is that the resources will provide vast amounts of computing power that would ordinarily be out of reach for all but the biggest businesses.

In a blog post explaining the initiative, Microsoft’s chief legal officer Brad Smith wrote: “Cloud services can unlock the secrets held by data in ways that create new insights and lead to breakthroughs, not just for science and technology, but for addressing the full range of economic and social challenges and the delivery of better human services.”

The crunching of so-called “big data” is seen as a major opportunity for non-profits dealing in social issues that pose a cumbersome problem without the kind of processing power cloud computing can provide. In that respect, Microsoft’s pledge isn’t for a tangible product, or cash, but instead access to servers and services that normal businesses would need to pay considerable fees for. The money will also be spent on improving “last mile” internet connectivity – the hope is countries that are under connected will begin to enjoy some of the luxuries more developed internet nations have – such as broadband at home.

Other companies, particularly Facebook, have pursued similar goals. Facebook’s Internet.org project is investing in connectivity technologies – such as drones – to fill that last mile, helping what founder Mark Zuckerberg refers to as the “next billion” people to access the web.

However, initiatives such as this aren’t always so well received. Facebook’s Free Basics scheme, in which certain mobile sites were accessible for free, has caused uproar in India, where local businesses say Facebook is giving itself an unfair advantage over local competitors.

Microsoft will invariably be hit with the same accusation – that a donation over three years will be made in the hope that organisations will become ingrained in the Microsoft cloud ecosystem for many more years to come. That said, Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has gained considerable applause for his continually expressed desire to use Microsoft’s immense size and wealth in developing countries, including his native India.

As well as being a guest of Michelle Obama at the recent State of the Union address, the 48-year-old is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, seeking to stress Microsoft’s potential to provide computing power for initiatives beyond big business.

In a blog post published on Wednesday, he wrote: “If cloud computing is one of the most important transformations of our time, how do we ensure that its benefits are universally accessible? What if only wealthy societies have access to the data, intelligence, analytics and insights that come from the power of mobile and cloud computing?”

Is your website Optimised or are you just being Optimistic?

Is your website Optimised or are you just being Optimistic?
For many businesses the focus when starting out on their Internet campaign is the design of a great looking website, a website that not only looks good but also reflects the right image for the business. However, it is also very important that the company website lists well in the major search engines and many businesses quickly move to measuring the value of their website in terms of the number of visitors to the website. Why, because what is the point of having a great looking website if no one can find it and it attracts only minimal traffic.

Businesses quickly become aware that increased levels of traffic can potentially lead to potential for increased sales and market profile. One thing to consider is that over 80% of all Internet traffic comes from the major search engines with Google, Yahoo and MSN currently responsible for the vast majority of all Internet traffic.

With such an overwhelming amount of traffic coming from the search engines, it makes sense to put a lot of effort getting your website noticed.

Regardless of how you measure the success of your website, the bottom line is that to succeed on the Internet you are going to have to bring more visitors that are looking for the information, content and/or products that you are providing.

Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services is dedicated to helping businesses of any size and in all sectors to reach and exceed their profit goals through effective and ethical SEO marketing. Whether yours is an established business with a website in need of more traffic or you’re just now venturing into cyberspace, Direct Submit will develop the ideal SEO marketing campaign to bring in new clients so that you can focus on the core business while watching revenues soar.

As a leading Internet Marketing business, we specialise in SEO and other Internet marketing strategies for UK businesses, both large and small – local and National. No matter your advertising budget, we will work with you to develop a campaign to help your clients find you right when they need you.

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.