Month: August 2015

Helping Plan your Perfect Honeymoon

Helping Plan your Perfect Honeymoon

Helping Plan your Perfect Honeymoon
Your wedding ideas are well under way and you are soon to be married. One of the things you also need to think about is your honeymoon. While the wedding itself can often be far more stressful and you have a great many people and endless small details to consider, it’s just as important to thoroughly plan your honeymoon. After all, this should provide the perfect companion to your perfect wedding.


This is not just another holiday that you are planning. When to go, how long to stay, special arrangements, now is the time to work out your travel plans is now. As with the majority of weddings, the arrangements are often very time consuming and with our busy lives, finding the time to include sorting out the honeymoon can prove difficult. It’s at this stage that the services of a wedding planner can help – not only helping plan and make the arrangements, but often also saving a fair bit of money!

When planning you honeymoon, the following are some basic considerations that should help guide you when ‘planning your perfect honeymoon.’

The Honeymoon Destination?
Ideally, you will give this a deal of thought as early as when you decide on the venue for your wedding. Very often the more exotic the honeymoon destination, the sooner you should plan ahead. Did you know that accommodations in Venice fill up almost a year in advance for Carnival? If you’re planning a February wedding, this sort of thing is better to know sooner rather than later.

How would you like to spend your time there together?
Do you and your future spouse plan to enjoy the time relaxing and basking in newlywed bliss, or would you rather take this opportunity to travel and explore a destination you may never again have the opportunity to visit?

Many honeymoon locations will be better suited to one sort of vacation or the other, so keep this in mind along with the length of travel, combination of air and train or other land-based travel and any changes in time zone which could result in jet lag and delay your adjustment to your new surroundings.

No. 12 Wedding & Honeymoon Planning Services
Working with a service such as No. 12 wedding and honeymoon planning, will help ensure that nothing important will be left out of your honeymoon plans. Just as our comprehensive service eliminates virtually all of the guesswork (a lot of the stress and often helps reduces the costs) of planning a wedding, we can help you make your honeymoon the experience of a lifetime.

Planning your perfect honeymoon is simple and fun when working with No. 12 so for more information about our range of wedding and honeymoon planning services and to book your consultation, call us on 07905 427205 or visit the No. 12 Wedding Planning & honeymoon Services website.

Layercom Network Design & Installation

Layercom Network Design & Installation

Layercom Network Design & Installation
We at Direct Submit work with a variety of new and ongoing clients. One client is Layercom Communications & Audio Visual, a North East based business, who offer services ranging from designing and installing a corporations network infrastructure to intelligent state of the art home that can control audio, lighting, heating and security from our stylish touch screens or IPad and IPhone devices.

Specialist suppliers of the Control 4 home automation system, allowing homes and business to operate products such as home wide audio, and entertainment centre with one universal remote.

If you would like to know more about how Direct Submit could help your website attract greater attention then why not give us a call on 0845 2722350 or visit the Direct Submit website today.

Sound Testing for Part E

Sound Testing for Part E

Sound Testing for Part E
Over the last couple of years APT have collated and answered the most common asked questions in regards to sound testing for Part E.

What is Sound Testing for Part E of Building Regulations?
Sound insulation is the property of a wall and /or dividing partition to resist the passage of noise. The sound Insulation testing is a method of quantifying the sound insulation performance of walls and/or floors. Sound Insulation testing can be carried out on party walls, party floors or facades of any building.

How many sound tests should I need on my Project? Approved Document E states that one set of sound tests is required for every 10 units in a group or sub-group. A group or sub-group is defined where significant differences in construction or layout occur, for instance:

  • For a pair of semi-detached Houses – a set of tests would usually comprise two airborne sound insulation tests of a separating wall.
  • For Flats (up to 10 units) – a six pack would normally be required, this comprises of: two airborne wall tests, two airborne floor tests and two impact floor sound tests. The easiest way to work out the number of tests required is to multiply 1 x 6 packs for every 10 flats, i.e. if you have 22 flats you will require 3 x 6 packs which equals 18 sound tests in total.
  • For Rooms for Residential Purposes (student accommodation, hotel rooms, care homes etc.) – a set of tests would usually comprise: one airborne sound insulation tests of a separating wall; one airborne sound insulation test of a separating floor; one impact sound transmission test of a separating floor.

How are plots selected for sound testing?
APT will usually specify the amount of sound insulation tests that are required. We first look at the floor plans then work out a testing schedule taking into account testing through the projects ‘habitable rooms’ i.e. lounges & bedrooms where possible. We will also try and undertake testing across walls and floors in different areas of the building and through different partition types i.e. if one wall is made of masonry and the other met-sec partitioning.  When we have specified the sound testing schedule it should always be checked by building control and/or the client to seek their approval before the commencement of sound testing.

How do I Prepare my Site for Sound Insulation Testing?
APT always send out a checklist with our fee proposals to help you prepare for the sound testing, as we always want our clients to be fully prepared so they can pass their sound testing at the first attempt.

How long will the sound testing take?
The time taken to undertake the sound testing varies with site conditions, but generally a ‘6 pack’ set of tests on houses and flats takes about one to two hours. Obviously this depends on the site being fully prepared in line with our sound testing checklist.

Will the sound insulation testing disrupt work on site?
Relatively quiet conditions are needed to take accurate measurements. This means that anyone working in the testing area will have to leave temporarily and any noisy works in the vicinity of the test rooms will need to be halted i.e. using power tools or loud hammering etc.

How do I know if I’m ready for a sound insulation test?
We send out a checklist with all quotations to allow our clients to check they are ready for the sound testing. Basically the plots should be at least at second fix stage – for further details please refer to our checklist.

What if I only have 110V and not 240V on site?
Unfortunately we cannot undertake the testing; we will need 240V to undertake the sound testing.

Should I inform my neighbours of the impending sound testing?
If the building is attached in any way to occupied properties then you will need to inform the neighbours. We need to gain access to the neighbouring properties to undertake the sound test as we test the wall partition. You will also need to ensure that access is provided to the neighbouring properties throughout the sound testing.

Can you offer acoustic advice to help me to pass my sound testing?
APT offer an acoustic design service to help you design your buildings partitions to pass Part E sound testing. If you send through the relevant drawings such as sections and floor plans during the design stages of the project, we can check the design to see if there are any junctions or details where ‘noise flanking’ may occur, we can then advise if any changes are required to lower the chance of sound test failures.

Rest Assured. We believe in working with our clients on all types of projects from small end of terrace developments up to large blocks of flats. We believe that by being involved at the beginning of a project we can often save our clients expensive and difficult remedial works at the completion stage of a project.

If you would like more information on our full range of our acoustic & sound testing services please contact us now visit our website the APT Sound Testing website or call us on 07775 623464


Ellen Conlin Hair Salon Glasgow

Ellen Conlin Hair Salon Glasgow

Ellen Conlin Hair Glasgow: An Experience, Not Just a Hair Salon
Do you ever think about what it takes to be happy in life? A new car, a bigger house, a better-paying job? As the authors of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending tell us, one of the keys to happiness in life, as determined by our attitude about money, is to focus our spending power on experiences rather than on material goods.

The new car and bigger house might provide a certain amount of temporary satisfaction once all the paperwork is signed and you hold the key, but soon afterward the reality of maintenance sets in and it becomes, well, another thing in your life that causes stress.

A lot of women feel the same way about their hair, especially if they have hair that is difficult to style or that reacts strongly to changes in humidity. It can be very frustrating to look at photos of models with perfectly thick and silky hair and wonder why can’t that be me?

If this sounds like you, take a step back and ask yourself what you have done to remedy the situation. When was the last time you went in for a cut and style? At that time, did your stylist recommend a deep conditioning treatment or products for addressing any issues you’ve been having with your hair?

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty is a hair salon in Glasgow whose expert stylists will never simply cut your hair and send you back out feeling just as frustrated as before except for having your split ends removed. Our focus is both on the individual and on providing a thoroughly enjoyable five-star experience where you are treated as a friend and not simply a client.

At our West End hair salon and our Southside hair salon, our stylists will address any issues you may have so that your hair will not continue to be a source of stress in your life. Call us today – we’re certain that you will love the Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty experience and your fabulous new look!

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty Glasgow Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty has been providing therapeutic massage along with hair and beauty treatments in Glasgow for over 15 years. Our experienced massage and beauty therapists will work with you to develop an individualised plan to achieve the look you desire and help you to feel better than you ever have before.

To learn more about this month’s special offers or to book your appointment at the Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty in Glasgow, or more information about offers available to new and existing clients and to book your appointment, call us today on 0141 339 8223 (Hyndland) or 0141 638 0331 (Giffnock) today and let us help you feel and look great.

Office Cleaning in Edinburgh

Office Cleaning in Edinburgh

Office Cleaning in Edinburgh
Complete Cleaning Contracts are proud to state they are “not your usual type of cleaning company”. There is a common view that all cleaners in Edinburgh (and beyond) are the same – but really they are not. Complete Cleaning Contracts offer high quality, reliable office cleaning services in Edinburgh & claim to be different in just about every which way they possibly can be. They operate at price points which may be similar to our competitors but offer a service that offers a  businesses they work with a competitive advantage.

Direct Submit SEO Services are working with Complete Cleaning Contracts to help promote their range of cleaning services. If you would like information about the cost effective Internet Marketing and SEO services provided by Direct Submit why not give us a call on 0845 2722350 or visit our Internet Marketing Services website.

Fantastic Hair at the Ellen Conlin Hair Salon

Fantastic Hair at the Ellen Conlin Hair Salon

Fantastic Hair for All Your Summer Events
Summer is in full swing, and all about town there are endless things to do. Whether you have plans to be a bridesmaid in your best friend’s wedding, tickets to see your favourite band perform at an outdoor concert or a big company function to attend, it’s important to look your best for one simple reason: it’s summer, we’re all wearing summer clothes that show off just how well we’ve stuck to that New Year’s resolution to get in shape, and there’s no need for heavy, functional clothing or knit caps to keep warm.

One important part of how you present yourself when stepping out this summer is your hair. Depending on what type of hair you have, your local weather conditions – especially increased humidity – may be a good thing or a bad thing. If your hair tends to be dry or to suffer in dry conditions, then your hair probably looks great with little to no help.

However, if you have relatively thin or fine hair that flattens out in humid conditions, then you should probably enlist the services of a professional hairdresser who can address your particular issue – and also give you a fantastic hairstyle just ahead of your next big event. Regardless of your hair type, it’s important to go in for regular trims, and an occasional deep conditioning will do wonders even for hair that one typically thinks of as “satisfactory”.

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty is a hairdresser in Glasgow that provides high-quality hairstyling and skin and beauty treatments at reasonable rates in a five-star salon environment.

From our cutting-edge blow-dry bar to our advanced skin and beauty treatments, Ellen Conlin has exactly what you need and our experienced stylists, who do hairdressing at our Hyndland and Giffnock locations, will work with your particular hair type to render that perfect hairstyle that will turn heads wherever you go. Visit our website to learn more about special offers available to new clients and students!

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 salons offer 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 (Hyndland) or 0141 638 0331 (Giffnock) or visit

Designer Bathroom to help Modernise Your Home

Designer Bathroom to help Modernise Your Home

A Designer Bathroom to help Modernise Your Home
If it has been a good few years since you moved into your current property and you are about ready to consider the various options for a bathroom remodel. The current options and trends may seem a little bit overwhelming – especially if your taste is very traditional. The good news, though, is that the décor of the newly remodelled bathroom need not match the rest of the house, so if you are planning a bathroom remodel, don’t feel compelled to also bring in an interior designer who can make the rest of your home look as modern as your new designer bathroom.

Designer bathroom suppliers such as PT Ranson can supply luxurious bathrooms and showers by manufacturers including Victoria and Albert Bathrooms, Burgbad Bathrooms  and Hansgrohe Bathroom Taps & Showers.

It’s an accepted fact that bathrooms and kitchens are the most worthwhile investments for increasing your home’s value and increase the odds of a sale should you ever decide to put your property onto the housing market.

Consider Simple colour Schemes with optional contrast
While many 2015 home makeovers have been all about bright colours, kitchens and bathrooms are both lighter and more austere in terms of colour scheme. Not sure you like the idea of a mostly white and grey bathroom? Then simply add a few bold black accents – perhaps even a whirlpool bath! Intermittent black floor tiles and black fixtures will also stand out boldly against a white or off-white wall, as will any bright chrome fixtures or trim. The current trend is modern chic, maybe driven by the number of TV Home Improvement shows using this approach, so play around with contrast if that’s your preference.

Modern technology
One feature of today’s more modern ‘designer bathroom’ which may take some of the more traditional minded property owners by surprise is the incorporation of modern technology, including Bluetooth for wireless sound systems, LED lighting and more. LED lighting is becoming commonplace in new buildings and homes due to the drop in price over the last several years as well as the consumer expectation that conventional builders make an effort to increase the sustainability of their products.

The wireless sound system is a sign that Generation Y has arrived and made the incorporation of technology into all aspects of daily life a given rather than an extravagance. Don’t shrug it off as a fad; with future generations taking the latest technology for granted, it’s well worth your while now to begin outfitting your bathroom and other parts of your home to meet the audio-visual standards of today’s twenty-something who, in another ten years or so, might come around with a realtor helping her to find her future home.

Planning your Bathroom Remodel
When planning your bathroom remodel, be sure to find a reputable UK-based retailer that can provide the parts and installation to make the designer bathroom of your dreams a reality. PT Ranson offers complete planning, delivery and installation services and will work with you from start to finish to provide you with the designer bathroom that meets your exact specifications at a reasonable price.

A bathroom remodel is a major investment in your home, after all, and we want you to be certain that the sum you invest today will result in a new look for your bathroom that you will love for years to come and that will leave you in a good position to sell if you ever decide to do so.

For more information or to request an initial consultation, call us today on 0191 4696999 or visit the PT Ranson Designer Bathrooms website.

Sound Testing Services for London

Sound Testing Services for London

Sound Testing Services for London
London is a massive UK city containing over 5 million properties. In this overcrowded environment it is essential that noise transference between properties in kept to an absolute minimum for the occupant’s wellbeing.

APT Sound Testing Services undertake UKAS accredited Part E sound testing throughout London and the UK. We have extensive knowledge regarding the way different materials and construction methods can influence the results of a sound test, to ensure your company achieves complies with Sound Testing Regulations Part E.

Pre completion sound testing under part E has been a mandatory requirement since July 2003. All new build properties and conversions which were built after this date require 10% of each party wall/floor construction type to be tested. Sound Testing is to be carried out between pairs of rooms separated by party walls or floors. In usual circumstances the room/s to be sound tested will be the living rooms and bedrooms, which are classed as the two main habitable rooms.

The sound test procedure involves setting up a noise source in a room on one side of the party wall or floor and measuring the noise on both sides of the partition.

Airborne sound tests may also be required between horizontally and vertically separated pairs of rooms. 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.

For vertically separated rooms, an Impact sound test may also be required. This sound test is undertaken using a tapping machine which drops a series of weights 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 (LnT,w) is calculated and compared to the requirements of Approved Document E.

UKAS Accredited Sound Testing Our sound test engineers carry all the latest Norsonic equipment, which are class one rating and all of our acoustic testing/sound testing, is completed to a strict quality controlled standard. We provide full UKAS Accredited sound testing.

Pre-completion sound testing is generally carried out at the request of the Building Control Officer. The guidance contained within Approved Document E gives detailed recommendations for the partitions to be tested and for the number of sound tests that should be carried out. We recommend that the proposed sound testing is agreed in advance with the Building Control Officer prior to the London sound testing.

We can undertake both acoustic airborne sound testing to allow for speech, television etc, and impact sound testing to allow for footfall etc. This is in accordance with the requirements of Approved Document E of The Building Regulations and the relevant European and International standards.

The testing methods for airborne and impact sound insulation testing in London are in full accordance with: the suggested methods presented in BS EN ISO 140-parts 4 and 7: 1998.

If you are in the construction stage of a new project and are not sure if your design will pass the building regulations then visit our Sound Testing Services website and we will check your acoustic design and offer advice (if required) for the wall or/and floor partitions. Alternatively if you require sound testing for your London project please contact us now on 01525 303905 or our London Office 0203 667 2650.

Hiring a Wedding Planner – Tips for Planning Your Wedding on a Budget

Hiring a Wedding Planner – Tips for Planning Your Wedding on a Budget

Hiring a Wedding Planner – Tips for Planning Your Wedding on a Budget
So you’ve just gotten engaged – congratulations! The next order of business is setting a date and, from there, planning the wedding. When planning your wedding day, think quality, not quantity. Especially if you’re on a budget: chances are you’ve been to a few weddings that cost as much as a new BMW 3-series, but that doesn’t mean you need to do likewise. After all, this is your day, and it should be the memorable experience that you want to have and that you will fondly remember for many years to come.

Following are some tips for ensuring the best possible wedding experience without breaking your budget:

Select your Guest List Wisely
Since a good many people on your guest list will already be married or in a committed relationship (immediate and extended family, friends your age or older, work acquaintances), the invitations you send to their addresses will be addressed to two people, but you will also want to consider the guests who are single when the wedding invitations go out who may wish to bring a guest and, assuming they all do, that the total number of people in attendance will not cause you to exceed your budget.

Leave the Big City Behind & Look Beyond
Many popular venues for young professionals are in city limits, and they charge a premium accordingly. However, there are plenty of excellent options outside of city limits, and the people you most want to have at your wedding won’t mind travelling a bit farther in order to celebrate such a momentous occasion with you. Many of these out-of-town venues are more convenient in that they also provide overnight accommodations for any guests who are travelling a considerable distance to be at your wedding as well as for the bride and groom on their wedding night. Think of it as an occasion for your out-of-town friends and family to take a short city break and enjoy the local colour before and after your wedding!

Buffet Reception Dinner
This is a good idea for numerous reasons. A dinner buffet will help you to stay within your budget by reducing the number of catering staff you will need on hand compared to having a wait staff serving multiple courses. In addition, a buffet can be considerably less stressful for your guests (at least a few of whom will be vegetarian or on a gluten-free diet), who will be able to choose what they like without announcing to everyone around them, as orders are being taken, that they are “that person”. A dinner buffet also tends to be more convivial, allowing guests to mingle as they meet each other at the buffet rather than locking them into a seating arrangement for the duration of a three-course meal.

Hire a Wedding Planner
The fact remains that you don’t plan your own wedding very often – hopefully you will only do so once – and hiring a professional wedding planners may be well worth the cost since they know better than you how to juggle all the small details and what the most beneficial cost-cutting measures will be. Considering how easily the total cost could be tens of thousands of pounds, the fee charged by a wedding planner could turn out to be the best investment you make when planning your wedding day.

No. 12 Wedding Planning Services
No. 12, a Newcastle-based wedding and honeymoon planning service, has planned successful weddings for clients from the North East down to London and the South Coast. Our philosophy is that every wedding is an individual experience, and we will work with you to make the happiest day of your life both memorable and affordable.

For more information about our range of wedding and honeymoon planning services and to book your consultation, call us on 07905 427205 or visit the No. 12 Wedding Planning Services website.