The Benefits of an Interim Executive

Have you considered the benefits of an interim executive?

HW Global Talent Partner has built a reputation for excellence in executive search over the past decade among the many global and local brands we serve. But did you know we also have an interim management business?

Many of our executive search clients also turn to us when they require a swift interim appointment at a crucial time for their business, often to bridge the gap during a search process we are conducting. HW Interim provides experienced and talented interim and change management executives to PLCs, private companies, SMEs and private equity backed organisations both in the UK and overseas.

The key sectors we work in include Retail, Consumer and Financial Services, and the wide range of recent assignments we have completed have included interim CFO, FD, CTO, CMO, Supply Chain/Ops Director and Head of Risk.

We have access to an elite network of senior executives who specialise in change, turnaround or transformation whom HW have met, vetted, referenced and in many cases known as clients.

Working alongside the executive search business we can source the ideal interim to match our clients’ needs. With a team of dedicated and experienced researchers we can turn round a shortlist of professional interim managers for a client within three working days who can typically be placed within two weeks. Completion rates are well over 90 per cent. Daily rates are typically between £850 to £2,000 per day.

The many benefits of interim management

The professional interim management market is enjoying rapid growth, driven largely by a corresponding increase in business transformation programmes across all industry sectors.

Companies both large and small are increasingly turning to interim executives to help steer them through organisational change – with a particular drive for digital transformation and customer experience programmes.

These experienced business leaders can provide stability following the sudden departure of a senior director, or offer a highly specialised skill set which a business may not have in-house.

Their appointment is an effective way for companies to achieve business objectives and obtain highly specialised leadership skills at crucial times.

The extensive benefits of interim management include flexibility and speed of placement, compared to an executive search for a permanent position which can take many months from commission to arrival in post due to the complexity of global searches and the need to fulfil notice periods.

There are cost benefits too; many SMEs may not be in a position to fund a permanent executive position for a particular specialism such as a digital transformation director.

And without the on-costs of a permanent executive such as bonuses, holiday pay, NI contributions, pension, private health insurance and company car benefits, the day rate suddenly does not seem so prohibitive.

Free from the shackles of office politics, a professional interim can offer a fresh perspective, objectivity and challenge. As a freelance operator whose work is heavily reliant on referrals and reputation, the interim is highly motivated and results driven, and will be fully committed to their client.

Professional interim managers are often over-qualified for the interim position they are commissioned for, meaning they can work independently and hit the ground running, with instant results. Their wealth of experience, skills, contacts and knowledge will also be transferred to the in-house team, giving benefits which outlive their interim contract.

The return on investment of a professional interim manager for a business can therefore be substantial, particularly at a critical time.

To find out how we can help your business contact John Wakeford, MD of HW Interim, via his LinkedIn page, by emailing johnw@hwglobalpartner.com or calling him on +44 (0) 113 243 2004 for an informal discussion.

Internet Security – Getting the Basics Right

Internet Security – Getting the Basics Right
Taking some simple actions and practising safe behaviours will reduce the risk of online threats to your business.

Download software updates
Download software and app updates as soon as they appear. They contain vital security upgrades that keep your devices and business information safe.
Visit www.cyberstreetwise.com/software-updates for further advice on updates.

Use strong passwords
Use strong passwords made up of at least three random words. Using lower and upper case letters, numbers and symbols will make your passwords even stronger.
Visit www.cyberstreetwise.com/passwords for further advice on passwords.

Delete suspicious emails
Delete suspicious emails as they may contain fraudulent requests for information or links to viruses.
Visit www.cyberstreetwise.com/common-scams for further advice on suspicious emails.

Use anti-virus software
Your computers, tablets and smartphones can easily become infected by small pieces of software known as viruses or malware. Install internet security software like anti-virus on all your devices to help prevent infection.

Visit www.cyberstreetwise.com/security-software for further advice on security software.

Train your staff (& family members)
Make your staff aware of cyber security threats and how to deal with them. The Government offers free online training courses tailored for you and your staff which take around 60 minutes to complete.
Visit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/sme to find out more and take the course.

For further simple tips on how to protect your business, visit www.cyberstreetwise.com

Online Health and Safety Accreditation

Online Health and Safety Accreditation

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.

Replacing Your Gas Central Heating Boiler

Replacing Your Gas Central Heating Boiler

If you are thinking of replacing your gas central heating boiler this winter you may want to consider taking a look at some of the excellent combi boilers available at Arktek Heating Services, with a great range available from top manufacturers such as Ideal and Worcester Bosh Group you can be certain that no matter what boiler you decide on in the end you won’t be disappointed with its quality and performance and with a fully trained team to make sure that your new boiler is fitted with the minimum of disruption to your household getting your new gas central heating boiler installed before the weather begins to get colder couldn’t be more simple.

Getting a new combi boiler is an ideal investment for your home, not only will you able to benefit from a warmer, more comfortable home and more efficient hot water you will also have other added advantages such as adding value to your property, lower energy usage which means cheaper bills and that your home will do less harm to the environment and reduced risk of problems such as mould and damp developing in your property which could be potentially expensive and also damage your health.

Another added bonus is that if you decide to have a new central heating system from Arktek you can also have the peace of mind that your new combi boiler is covered by a full warranty so you won’t need to worry about the cost of repairs or servicing for a while.

At Arktek they aim to provide all their customers with the best possible service from beginning to end so you can be sure that not only will they take the time required to make sure that you are totally happy with the combi boiler you have chosen and that your boiler is installed to the best possible standard you will also get top quality after care as well, so if at any time you do experience any problems with your new boiler they will be happy to do everything they can to make sure that the situation is resolved properly.

With a 24 hour emergency call out service, regular maintenance check and a repairs service on offer at Arktek no matter how large or small your problem may be they are also happy to offer you all the information and advice you may need to make sure that you get the most you can out of your heating system.

With a great range of combi boilers available to choose from to suit any property or budget and many featuring the latest modern designs such as energy saving technology and wireless programming you can be certain that you will be able to find a gas central heating boiler that is perfectly suited to your property and your family’s needs. So why not get in touch with Arktek today and get a free quote for your new gas central heating boiler?

It may be far more affordable and straightforward than you may first think and with excellent past customer testimonials and a reliable and friendly service you can be certain that you won’t be disappointed with the service you receive or the great choice of new combi boilers on offer.

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 our heating & plumbing services website. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Introducing SEO or Search Engine Optimisation

SEO or Search Engine Optimisation

What is SEO? SEO or Search Engine Optimisation helps search engines identify your website and its content which in turn helps the search engine recommend your website for relevant searches.

What do search engines look for in my website?
Having the right content on each page of the website is essential, along with optimising the content on the pages with correct formatting and including the words or phrases that people will search for. The correct meta data that also contains some the the words or phrases used in the page text, and ensuring its accessibility to all users on all devices is also looked at.

Meta Data – Metadata is snippets of text that describe a page’s content. The Metadata is hidden within the code of a page, and doesn’t appear on the website to a user, but is detected by a search engine.

Page Title – This is the text you see at the top of your browser window or tab. Search engines use this text as the title of your page which is very important at giving the search engine, and the user, a quick bit of information on what your page is about.

Meta Description – A brief description of the page. This needs to contain key information about the content of the page including some of the text (words or phrases that you want to be found with.

Meta Keywords Attribute – A collection of keywords which is relevant to a page/website content. Most search engines do not use the meta keywords of a website any longer, and they do not effect your websites positioning within Google’s search results at all. [MORE INFO – Googles explanation on how it works with keywords]

ALT Tags – An alt tag is a text description for an on your page. This has been adapted by search engines to allow them to identify the image and recommend it in its search results. It also assists people who are visually impaired, who use screen readers, The reader will use the ‘alt’ tag to describe the image.

Having the above done to each page of your website is a great start to climbing the search engine ladder and getting the position you need. Our Search Engine Optimisation packages are tailored to your needs and include the essentials above.

Off-Site SEO and how important is it?
Off-site SEO helps drive traffic to your site by using external sites and services such as social media and advertising. We recommend all sites to make the most of social media, even if they don’t use it personally, it can be essential for a business.

The ability to communicate one on one with a potential client, provide excellent customer service or even advertise to a mass audience can all be done by spending a few minutes each day on social media such as Facebook, Twitter or both. By setting up a business page for your business, we are able to provide you the key to communicating with your target audience.

Almost every business wants their business to be found on the first page of the major search engines. Your business has to earn that right to get these results using an effective SEO process.

Our Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) services are designed to increase the visibility of your website within the natural (or free) search engine rankings to deliver quality, targeted traffic to your website.

At Direct Submit, we believe every company is unique and we deliver a specific range of SEO services designed to help ensure the optimum performance of your website.

Call us today on 0845 2722350 and get your website working harder for your business.

Updating Your Bathrooms with a New Shower

Updating Your Bathrooms with a New Shower
Bathroom upgrades are among the most beneficial cost-efficient home projects: they make the space more enjoyable for you and your family in the short term and increase your home’s value in the long run. Before taking on such a major home remodelling project, however, it is important to plan out what you want very carefully, either on your own or with the assistance of your chosen 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 has been providing branded bathroom supplies and service for bathroom remodelling projects for years. P.T. Ranson has 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 PT Ranson Website today.

Expanding your Office Space with Mezzanine Flooring

Expanding your Office Space with Mezzanine Flooring

If your business has begun to grow and requires more space, but you want to avoid the expense and inconvenience of relocating, making use of the full potential of the space available within your current premises and creating a mezzanine floor within your existing building to create the space that you require could be the perfect solution.

Using the height of your building to make more space with the construction of a mezzanine floor is the ideal way to quickly create the space you need without having the expense and time of managing a major building project such as an extension or making plans to secure new premises, and with the right guidance you will be surprised and quickly and easily you will be able to create a pleasant and functional working environment no matter what purpose you may intend to use it for.

At Commercial and Industrial Interiors they are able to offer a wide range of office refurbishment services and have all the expertise and knowledge required helping you create a new mezzanine floor within your building that is completely suited to your company’s requirements. Whatever your reason for needing new space at CI interiors they will be able to manage the whole project for you, right from the initial designs to the final finishing touches such as lighting and installation of the cables and any technical equipment that you may require.

Whether you want to create extra storage, new office space or even a staff rest area at CI Interiors they will be happy to come and take a look at your existing building and discuss the various options available to you, when you have settled on a design that you are completely happy with they will ensure all the work is carried out with the minimum of disruption to the rest of your business.

So if you need extra workspace for your business why not consider getting in touch with CI Interiors, the real experts in mezzanine flooring and see what they can do to help you? With an excellent range of available options in all areas of office refurbishment services you can be certain that they will be able to help you find a sensible solution to any space issues you may have within your workplace.

Commercial & Industrial Interiors are a North East company, who are specialists in the field of internal office building and construction, demountable office partitioning, materials handling and storage systems. If you would like more information then please call 01661 836 304 or visit the CI Interiors website today.

Searching for Conservatory Roof Blinds

Searching for Conservatory Roof Blinds

Adding conservatory roof blinds to your conservatory is the ideal way to really make the most of the space you have, as not only will they make your conservatory more attractive they will also help to control the temperature and make it a more pleasant environment to spend time regardless of what the whether is like outside but sometimes it can be hard to find well fitted conservatory blinds that suit your tastes and your budget.

At Conservatory Blinds Direct they have an excellent assortment of made to measure conservatory roof blinds available to suit most tastes or design schemes and with plenty of helpful advice and information available as well whether you are looking for inspiration or know exactly what you want you may be able to achieve the design ideas you are aiming for far more easily than you may first think.

With a wide choice of designs and colours on offer no matter what size or shape your conservatory may be you will be able to find conservatory blinds that complement the rest of your home perfectly, whether you want to create a functional utility area, a fun room for the kids, a dining room or simply a place that you can sit and relax in peace.

Having well fitted conservatory blinds it the perfect way to turn your conservatory into a real feature within your home and gives you the opportunity to create a peaceful and attractive space to relax in, and with the added privacy and security conservatory roof blinds can offer they are a really worthwhile investment if you want to really make the best of what your home has to offer.

So if you want to give your conservatory a real lift why not take a look at some of beautiful designs of conservatory roof blinds available at Conservatory Blinds Direct. With a reliable and professional made to measure service and a full installation service available as well you will be able to have a conservatory you love with the minimum of fuss and disruption to your household.

You will be surprised how easy it can be to create the conservatory you want, with the expert service, competitive rates and high quality blinds they have on offer. The Conservatory Blinds Direct and Shutters Company has been manufacturing bespoke blinds for homes across the UK for over 30 years. Our price match offer, lifetime guarantee, local production, green manufacturing practices, price match offer and lifetime guarantee ensure that you will have the best possible customer experience and, once the installation is complete, you will fall in love with your conservatory all over again.

For more information or to book your free appointment, call us today on 01642 762497 or visit the conservatory roof blinds  website today.

 

Sound Insulation Testing on House and Flats

Sound Insulation Testing on House and Flats

Sound Insulation Testing is undertaken near the end of a project to show that the party wall and floors meet the Building Regulations Part E stipulated. The method for sound testing for airborne and impact sound insulation is in full accordance with the suggested methods presented in BS EN ISO 140-parts 4 & 7: 1998.

Detached houses don’t require sound insulation testing, however if the house has been built on to the end of an existing house and/or terrace it usually requires 2 airborne wall tests, one test on the lower floor which is usually the living room ad a second test on the 1st floor through the bedroom walls.

Apartment blocks usually require airborne and impact sound insulations tests. Airborne sound testing is normally required between horizontally and vertically separated pairs of rooms i.e. the wall and floor partitions. The sound tests are undertaken by using a sound source, amplifier and loudspeaker to generate a high noise level in one room (the source room). Noise measurements are then taken in both the source and receiver rooms using a prescribed number of source and microphone positions. The background levels in the receiver room are measured and the reverberation time in the receiver room is also measured. From the results, the airborne sound insulation (DnT,w + Ctr) is calculated and compared to the requirements of Approved Document E.

Sound Testing on Flats

When undertaking sound testing for floors, impact sound testing may also be required for vertically separated dwellings. Impact sound insulation testing is undertaken using a “tapping machine”, which drops a series of weights/small hammers onto the floor of the upper room. The noise level in the lower (receiver) room is measured for a prescribed number of source and microphone locations. The background levels in the receiver room are measured and the reverberation time in the receiver room is also measured. From the results, the impact sound insulation (L’nT,w) is calculated and compared to the requirements of Approved Document E.

When it comes to refurbishment projects i.e. office block converted into flats or large house subdivided into dwellings, we can undertake a sample sound test of the existing wall and floor construction. Once we have established the sound levels for the existing construction we can then look at extent of the acoustic upgrades to attain Part E Compliance. This is much more targeted way to formulate a more cost effective and accurate acoustic design as we know the sound insulation performance of the existing partitions.

The sound insulation levels required to pass Part E are usually 45dB for airborne wall and floors and 62dB for Impact Sound Testing on new build, however sometimes a higher target may be required in-line with the Code for Sustainable Homes; this is usually in defined in the following figures +3, 5 & 8dB, this means if its plus 5dB you will need to achieve 50dB for airborne and 57dB for impact sound testing. Obviously if you need to comply with the Code for Sustainable Homes then special attention must be shown to the acoustic design from the offset to reduce the chance of sound testing failure.

The amount of sound testing you require depends on the size of the development. All new build properties and conversions require 10% of each party wall/floor construction type to be tested, i.e. if you have built a pair of semi-detached houses you would be required to undertake 2 airborne wall tests. If you have up to 10 flats you would require 1 x 6 pack, consisting of 2 airborne wall, 2 airborne floor & 2 Impact sound tests – known as a 6 pack) However if you have 11 units this would rise to 12 Sound Tests or 2 x 6 pack. Also, if you have many different wall or floor types you will be required to undertake more tests to satisfy Building Regulations Part E.

Some ways you can improve the chances of passing your sound test at the first attempt, they are:

  • Ensure all penetrations are fully sealed where they terminate through floors and they are adequately boxed with acoustic quilt and two layers of plasterboard.
  • Avoid the use of lightweight blocks in the inner envelope construction as sound will travel both vertically and horizontally from dwelling to dwelling.
  • The use of resilient suspended ceilings will help improve the performance of the floor partition.
  • Ensure all support steels/timbers are carefully boxed out where they travel from flat to flat vertically and horizontally.
  • Use a high quality resilient acoustic membrane on top of the floor to improve the impact performance of a floor.

Due to the overwhelming variety of material designs and combinations due to varying constructions, it is impossible to cover all problems in a short article such as this; however in our experience if the acoustic design is taken into consideration from the offset of the project, then it usually results in a successful sound testing and compliance with Building Regulations Part E.

If you have a project that requires sound testing in London then contact us now, we can propose a sound testing schedule that should comply with Part E. Please contact us at: info@aptsoundtesting.co.uk or call us at 07775623464

Promoting Your Business through SEO

Promoting Your Business through SEO

Business owners, have you Googled yourself lately? If not, do it now. Go on, type in the name of your business and see what comes up. If the name of your business is Joe’s Garage, then your search will likely bring up Joe’s car repairs (Cardiff), Joe’s Auto Body Care (Chester), Joe’s Automotive Ltd (Towcester), Joe’s Car Repairs (North East) and perhaps also a smattering of like-named businesses in America. Which business is yours, and how do you get people in your area to come to your shop and not to some other Joe who does auto repairs?

Well, you don’t need to come up with a more unique name for your business, but you do need to learn how to use search engine optimisation, or SEO, to make your company stand out and for promoting your business to the vehicle owners who are most likely to come to you for repairs. Following are three ways in which SEO can draw interested clients to your website and, ultimately, your shop.

Keyword Research Your target audience is searching online with specific keywords and key phrases that are relevant to your business, whatever that may be. You need to know what those keywords and key phrases are, and Internet marketing companies have the ability to research that information for their clients. Tap into that resource.

SEO Rankings The major search engines rank websites, in part, according to how prominently certain keywords figure in the website’s content. More specific keyword searches will set your business apart from the competition and result in higher rankings, which translates to greater visibility for your website and, ultimately, more sales.

Social Media Yet another opportunity for enhancing your online presence is through social media. If you already have a website, then you should also have a Facebook page and Twitter feed. Even businesses with stale websites are able to keep in touch with current and prospective clients by posting and Tweeting on a regular basis and interacting with their target audience. If you know which keywords your clients are using to find businesses like yours, then it pays to make use of them in your posts and elsewhere. Best of all, your Facebook page, Tumblr account and whatever else you’re using to stay in touch with clients get their own separate rankings in search results. In other words, one can keep you front and centre even when the other does not.

As impressive or even overwhelming as they may seem, these considerations are simply scratching the surface when it comes to Internet marketing and SEO. Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services can do all this and much more to increase traffic to your website and generate interest in your company. Direct Submit works with businesses of all sizes to develop effective SEO marketing campaigns that deliver lasting results. Let Direct Submit show you just how profitable your company can be.

For more information or to speak with one of our Internet marketing consultants, call us today on 0845 272 2350 or visit www.directsubmit.co.uk