Understanding your Car’s Tyres

Understanding your Car’s Tyres
Tyres are one of the most important safety features on your car or vehicle. After all, your tyres are the only thing that connects the car to the road surface, and other technologies such as antilock braking systems and electronic stability controls cannot do their job if the tyres don’t have a good grip on the road surface. Yet tyres are often considered to be one of the least understood components of our vehicles.


Tams Tyres
As everyone’s driving needs are different, it makes sense that no one single type of tyre is best. Like most things in life, what tyres are the best for you may not be appropriate for another driver.

When replacing your car tyres it pays to speak to a specialist, someone like Tams Tyres of Gateshead who have been supplying high quality, low cost tyres to drivers of all vehicles across Gateshead, Newcastle & the North East. Tams Tyres carry a wide range of leading brand names tyres and after discussing the type of driving you do will be able to offer the very best advice and recommendations as to which tyre to fit to your vehicle.  Remember, cheaper quality and poorly manufactured tyres will likely wear out much quicker than good quality tyres, plus can often lead to extended stopping distances and may result in less control during an emergency manoeuvre.

Tyres, like most things in life, can be something of a trade-off. Performance Tyres can often wear out quicker than ‘regular tyres’ – obviously depending on your driving technique and the road conditions, while general road tyres will provide a more comfortable ride but be less agile in the corners. Again, speak to your tyre dealer about any possible trade-offs for the type of tyres you are considering buying.

Most modern cars will come with general all-season tyres fitted. These are great for most people for most conditions, however if you live where it snows a lot, then you may wish to consider buying a set of snow Tyres (sometimes referred to as winter Tyres) and use them throughout the winter months. All-season tyres are designed to handle all weather conditions. Snow / Winter Tyres are designed with one thing in mind: to help you drive more safely and improve road traction when temperatures are low and the roads are covered in snow and ice.

Many drivers will fit a car tyre then forget it. Even allowing for modern tyre reliability and manufacturing methods, this can be a mistake as tyres are NOT maintenance free items! It is estimated that an average tyres will lose around 1 psi of pressure per month so it is a good idea to check your tyre inflation pressures and inspect their general tread condition on a weekly basis. Underinflated tyres can impact upon your cars fuel efficiency, reducing the miles per gallon you achieve – costing you money, and are more likely to suffer a puncture. Remember, you can’t tell the tyre pressure is low just by looking.

So, how can you increase the lifespan of your car tyres? Adopt the following and you could put off having to make a trip to your local tyre dealership for at least a couple of months. Regularly check your tyre pressure and tread condition.  This probably won’t involve any more than a couple of minutes, but that time spent checking your tyres could alert you to any problems that might have arisen. Check the surface of the tyres for cracks and odd looking bulges. Try to avoid accelerating to quickly form traffic lights of junctions. Wheel skid may sound good but it’s a great way to quickly wear out your tyres. These alone could prolong the lifespan of your tyres significantly.

It is also important to recognise that there is a legal requirement to maintain your car or other vehicle tyres. Remember, this legal requirement exists to help keep you, other drivers and pedestrians remain safe, and to prevent accidents occurring on the roads. If you would like a free tyre check and live in the Gateshead or Newcastle area of then call Tam Tyres now on 0191 4604809.

Bridal Wear Newcastle – Plus Size Wedding Dresses Specialists

Just the Way You Are Bridal Wear Newcastle
Direct Submit are pleased to announce they are continuing to work 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.

Plus Size Wedding Dresses
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.

Look Your Best this Summer Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty

Look Your Best this Summer Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty
Spring is here, and what a joyous occasion it is to finally have harsh winter weather behind us and to be able to enjoy the beauty of nature without bundling up in heavy clothes and hats. The upside of spring and summer finally being here is that so many public festivals, weddings and other events take place outdoors.


For many who are still dealing with rough, dry, reddened skin or dried-out hair, it may mean fretting over what they will look like on bright, sunny days when any flaws will be on full display. If you plan to attend a wedding or other event where you will want to look your best and don’t have a lot of time to plan ahead for skin-healing beauty treatments such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion, consider one of these other options which require virtually no recovery time and will leave you looking even fresher and more radiant than when you stepped into the salon.

Blow-Dry with Treatment
If you have not yet experienced the Californian “blow-dry bar” concept that has made its way to the UK just recently, don’t wait any longer! Much more than your typical blow-dry experience, you have the option of choosing a sleek, curly, bouncy or wavy effect. An intensive conditioning treatment along with your choice of blow-dry will keep your hair looking beautiful and runway-ready for even longer.

A relatively new skin treatment, photorejuvenation uses lasers or intense pulsed light to induce invisible wounds on the skin, which then heals itself by creating new cells. This process reverses fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Best of all, you can expect to get on with your life immediately after the treatment!

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty offers these treatments and many more in our five-star salon in Glasgow. If your skin and hair are still feeling the damaging effects of winter weather, our experienced beauty therapists will provide an individualised treatment to help you look and feel your best at work and at any social gatherings you have planned for this summer.

The Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty Salon in Glasgow can provide these services and more to help you improve your skin’s appearance and help you look and feel better. Our Glasgow-based salon offers hair and beauty treatments to fit virtually any budget, making an improved appearance and a fresh outlook on life well within your reach.

To learn more about this month’s special offers or to book your appointment at the Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty in Glasgow, call us today on 0141 339 8223.


The Beautiful Blind Company

The Beautiful Blind Company
Searching for a company to supply Venetian Blinds, Perfect Fit Blinds, Vertical around Teesside and the North East. Get in touch with the The Beautiful Blind company about your made to measure Window Blinds, Conservatory Blinds & Shutters. Passionate about the service provided, they supply and fit all types of blinds for your home and office, with each blind made to your exact requirements.


Specialising in made to measure conservatory roof blinds and conservatory blinds, the Beautiful Blind company are recommended conservatory blind installers for many conservatory companies across the North East.

Made to measure blinds allow you to make more of your conservatory, allowing year round usage by incorporating thermally efficient fabric to help cool in summer & retain heat in winter.

The Beautiful Blind Company has been installing made-to-measure blinds in homes and offices in the Northeast for many years. Our Redcar-based installers provide an excellent service and will install our Perfect Fit blinds, or any other blinds you might select from our range of products, to meet your exact requirements.

Call the The Beautiful Blind Company on 01642 688 090 or visit their new showroom at Cadcam Business Centre, High Force Road, Riverside Park, Middlesbrough, TS2 1RH.

SEO Is Essential for Business

SEO Is Essential for Business
If you are a new business owner or a long-time business owner, then chances are you have been barraged with information about how essential it is to have a company website and, in recent years, a social media presence. In today’s business world, however, these two things are only the starting point.


Now more than ever, search engine optimisation or SEO is what allows your current and potential clients to find you through targeted keyword searches so that you can in turn sell your products and service through your website and Facebook and Twitter feeds. Following are three of the most important reasons for developing an effective SEO marketing campaign in today’s business climate:

Online reviews
The good news is that your online reviewers are, in a sense, providing your SEO for free; the bad news is that you get what you pay for.

Depending on what your existing customers are saying about your product or service, this “free service” they are providing may or may not be a good thing. Although you run a sound business and are doing everything within reason to keep your clients happy, the fact remains that only those who have had either a very good or a very poor (in their view) experience dealing with you are going to take the time to create an account and log on to a customer review website to tell the world what was so wonderful – or not so wonderful – about your business.

If you don’t go to the trouble of telling potential clients what you can do for them in your own words, then you are leaving yourself at the mercy of those speaking for you. Even if unsolicited reviews of your company are overwhelmingly positive, customers looking for your service want, need and deserve more. In the interest of building your brand, it is imperative that you give potential a better sense of what to expect than most reviewers can.

Smartphones and tablets
The last time you paid your company’s liability insurance – or your home or automobile insurance – you might have been directed to an “app” through which payment could be made electronically. As a business owner, what this should tell you is that mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have become so commonplace that more and more service-oriented companies have committed to providing apps as a means of improving access to their products and services. Smartphones and tablets are also being more widely used to search online for local products and services – hotels, restaurants, tow trucks and auto repair shops in the event of an unexpected mechanical failure, you name it. Any business which fails to seize on the opportunity to increase visibility through a local SEO marketing campaign does so at its peril.

The competition
If you decide to invest in SEO for no other reason, do it because your competitors are already on board. Particularly in industries in which individual businesses face lots of competition, it pays to invest in an organic SEO campaign which shows your current and future clients what is unique about your business, be it your location or any way in which your product or service is different from and better than all the rest. Don’t let the lack of an SEO marketing strategy keep your business from being as profitable as it can be!

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.

We provide a diverse range of  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 profits, call us today on 0845 272 2350 or visit our Internet Marketing Services website today.

The Direct Submit Facebook Page

The Direct Submit Facebook Page
The well-established Direct Submit Facebook page has now passed the ‘1,000 likes’ point and continues to grow.


The page contains loads of useful SEO news and guides, plus updates on some of the many Direct Submit clients.  Some of the most recent SEO guides include information on key word research, the importance of local SEO and the potential benefits to your business of SEO and Internet Marketing.

Established over a decade ago and operating from the North East of the UK, Direct Submit have become one of the leading SEO and Internet Marketing providers in the North East and the UK. Our client retention rate is exceptional, currently over 80%, which shows our commitment to working with the client to make a project a success.

We offer a client focussed service, and always speak to our clients in a language they understand, helping them understand the Internet and how a successful Internet Marketing Campaign can benefit their business.

UK Facing Digital Skills Crisis

UK Facing ‘Digital Skills Crisis’
Urgent action is needed to deal with the UK’s digital skills crisis, warn MPs, or it risks damaging the country’s productivity and competitiveness.

It is thought 12.6 million adults lack basic digital skills, while 5.8 million have never used the internet at all. “Stubborn digital exclusion and systemic problems” with education and training need to be urgently addressed, the report said. It urged the government’s digital strategy to be published without delay.

The report found that:

> 22% of IT equipment in schools is ineffective
> Just 35% of computer science teachers had a relevant qualification
> Only 70% of the required number of computer science teachers have been recruited
> The UK needs another 745,000 workers with digital skills by 2017
> 90% of jobs require digital skills to some degree
> Skills gap costs economy around £63bn a year in lost income

“Digital exclusion has no place in 21st Century Britain,” the Commons Science and Technology Committee said. “While the government is to be commended for the actions taken so far… stubborn digital exclusion and systemic problems with digital education and training need to be addressed as a matter of urgency in the government’s forthcoming digital strategy,” it continued.

The report calls for businesses to invest more and better training at all levels of education.

“The UK leads Europe on tech, but we need to take concerted action to avoid falling behind. We need to make sure tomorrow’s workforce is leaving school or university with the digital skills that employers need,” said the committee’s chairwoman, Nicole Blackwood.

In response a government spokesperson said: “This government recognises the crucial role digital skills play in our society and economy. Our Digital Strategy, to be published shortly, will set out how we will help employers and individuals access the tools they need to power our digital economy.

“This will make sure we are well placed to remain a tech leader in Europe. We will consider the Select Committee’s report and respond in due course,” they added.

Dulais Wedding Dress Cleaning Services

4 Reasons To Avail of Our Wedding Dress Cleaning Services
Here at Dulais, we pride ourselves on cleaning your wedding dress with the utmost care and precision. However, that’s not the only reason why you should avail of our wedding dress cleaning services. We also come with other perks, which you should definitely take note of.

1. Storage Box

After we have cleaned your dress, we will carefully place it into a storage box. This box is a specially made for the careful storage of fabrics and dresses, because it contains neutral, acid free tissue paper on the inside. As your dress enters the box, the tissue will protect it from dust. If you store your dress in the box over a long-period of time, the tissue will protect the fabric from discoloration and yellowing. The paper retains the fabric’s quality, straight after it was cleaned. We also place this storage box into a packaging box, in order to keep your dress safe during shipping.

We not only take value in making sure your dress is cleaned to the highest standard, we also care about the fabric’s quality after it has been cleaned. With the tissue paper and packaging box, your dress will arrive in perfect condition to your home, just as it was when we cleaned it.

Don’t worry on the size of your dress either. We have three differently shaped boxes to ensure that all dress shapes and sizes can be catered for. From dresses with a long train and a petticoat to slender dresses, we’ve got a box that can hold it.

2. Great Price

We offer a great price for you and we take customer experience to be an integral part of our philosophy. We know that you’re looking for the best value wedding dress cleaner, which also offers the greatest quality and most meticulous cleaning processes.

Our prices begin from as little as £90 and with that price, we offer flexibility and the greatest customer experience in the region. In fact, we’re less expensive than most high street wedding dress cleaners, so how about that for a nice thought?

We also tailor our cleaning process to each individual dress we receive. For the price you pay, your dress will get a tailor-made cleaning process, with unique stain removers, only applicable to the stains on your dress. We take time in deciding which stain removers would work best with the fabric in the dress, and which removers would have the most impact. We put much care into the choice and decision of which stain removers to use.

Also, we are fully insured, which is always a relief to know. This means that you don’t have to sign any disclaimers or any legal papers, so don’t worry!

3.  Utmost Care

With this price, you’re not only getting your dress cleaned. We take utmost care in the cleaning of each wedding dress we receive, as we know the memories that a dress can hold. It is a bride’s most special memento and we always take this into account when cleaning each dress. For our price, you’re getting a team of people who will meticulously take care of your dress and make sure that your dress gets the most precise cleaning process that we can offer.

Upon receiving your dress, our highly-trained technicians will consider all aspects of the dress, including what style it is (contemporary, vintage, etc) and the stains that are on the dress. We will then carefully construct a plan which includes the stain removers needed for the dress, and this plan is completely tailor-made for each and every dress we receive. They will then get to work on using the stain removers, to carefully and precisely remove stains.

4. Don’t Just Take Our Word For It. . .

It’s true, our business is loved nationally by both customers and bridal stores. Our attention to detail has earned us a reputation nationwide, with not just customers, but with bridal stores who recommend our cleaning services to their customers. We have received acclaim far and wide, across the region, from our consumers.

Just take a look at our Testimonials page, and you’ll see some of our valued feedback from customers. Every week, customers call into our shop and thank us for the dress and excellent service they received, and always praise us for our high-quality service and great customer care.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, we pride each dress which comes through our door. Our high-quality cleaning process isn’t just precise and technical, we also care about the individuality of the dress and always incorporate that into the types of stain removers we use.

Don’t hesitate, simply give us a call at 0800 028 3088 and we will be happy to assist you, or give you a quote.

Add a Makti or Hansgrohe Shower to your Bathroom

Add a Makti or Hansgrohe Shower to your Bathroom
Upgrading your bathroom, maybe adding a new shower unit, can be one of the most cost-effective ways to add value and improve your home.  Making you home more enjoyable for you and your family in the short term and increase your home’s value in the long run. However, prior to embarking on such a significant home improvement project, it is important to carefully think through what you want, either on your own or with the assistance of your bathroom supplier.



When upgrading small bathrooms, making the best possible use of limited space is key. Fortunately, a wide range of sleek, classic yet modern fixtures are available which will brighten up the space and provide that clean feeling that everyone wants out of a full bathroom – without taking up an inordinate amount of space. Shower cubicles without doors, such as those available from Matki showers, are an effective way to create an attractive, open space in which people will not feel cramped every time they walk in.

These days, another consideration is environmental friendliness. If you’re a homeowner, it’s simply no good to underpay for an average-quality shower head and then be faced with exorbitant water bills each month – especially if you have a family or other people living in the home besides yourself. On the upside, the cost of producing higher-quality, environmentally friendly shower fixtures has come down in recent years, and with “green” products now being more sought-after than ever, they are very likely to fall within the price range of someone seeking to renovate bathrooms of any size and for any number of people. If eco-friendliness and cost savings through increased efficiency are concerns for you, then consider installing a shower head from the product ranges of Fiora showers or Hansgrohe showers.

A final consideration is how the bathroom décor will all come together. While a wide range of shower heads and other bathroom fixtures are available in bright and shiny silver or glossy white or black, it is equally important to your home’s resale value that everything – walls, fixtures and all – fit into the same overall colour scheme. To that end, it is wise to choose a conservative palette of white, off-white, light blue or black for your bathroom walls.

Bathroom upgrades can be complicated, particularly when undertaking them for the first time for a small bathroom or in an older home, but they needn’t be. With a clear vision of what you want out of the space, you can easily turn a bathroom of any size into one of the most attractive rooms in your house.

P.T. Ranson Bathrooms & Showers
P.T. Ranson has been providing branded bathroom supplies and service for bathroom remodelling projects for years. With more than 30 years of collective experience and a commitment to providing the best possible products and service for each individual bathroom remodelling project.

When buying online from P.T. Ranson, deliveries on the UK mainland are free of charge. For more information, call today on 0191 4696999 or visit the P.T. Ranson website today.

US Warns Banks of Hacking Threat to Swift System

US Warns Banks of Hacking Threat to Swift System
US regulators have warned banks about potential cyber attacks linked to the interbank messaging system.  The statement came two weeks after the Federal Bureau of Investigations sent a notice cautioning US banks after the hacking of Bangladesh’s central bank.


The FBI message warned of a “malicious cyber group” that had already targeted foreign banks.

In February, hackers stole $81m (£56m) from Bangladesh’s account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The hackers used the Bangladesh central bank’s Swift credentials to transfer money to accounts in the Philippines. Swift is the system banks use to exchange messages and transfer requests.

The hackers attempted to steal nearly $1bn, but several of their requests were rejected because of irregularities.

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) – a group of US banking regulators- issued a statement encouraging banks to check their Swift connections.

The council said that following recent attacks banks should “actively manage the risks associated with interbank messaging and wholesale payment networks”. It warned that unauthorised transactions may subject the originating bank to losses and compliance breaches.

Failures in both the Bangladesh central bank system and the Swift system have been blamed for the February hacking.

The FBI sent its warning to US banks on 23 May, telling them to pay particular attention to potentially fraudulent international transfer requests.

“The actors have exploited vulnerabilities in the internal environments of the banks and initiated unauthorised monetary transfers over an international payment messaging system,” the alert said.

The Bureau said it would not comment on these alerts, but a spokesman added: “The FBI routinely advises private industry of various cyber threat indicators observed during the course of our investigations. This data is provided in order to help systems administrators guard against the actions of persistent cyber criminals.”