Modernise Your Home with a Designer Bathroom

Modernise Your Home with a Designer Bathroom
If it has been years since you moved into your current home and you are just now considering your options for a bathroom remodel, the current trend may seem a 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.

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It’s a well-known fact that kitchens and bathrooms are the most worthwhile investments for increasing your home’s value and the odds that it will actually sell if you ever decide to put it on the market.

Simple colours, optional contrast
While 2015 home remodels 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, so play around with contrast if that’s your preference.

Modern technology
One feature of today’s designer bathroom that may take some more traditional-minded homeowners 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.

Often, simply updating the bathroom furniture or upgrading the shower will do the job. Consider installing Hansgrohe showers which are promoted as being a source of refreshment and relaxation. Gently dousing you in water, vigorously massaging your body and washing away all your negative energy. And yes, they also get you clean.

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.

Brainstorming & Researching Effective Keywords

Brainstorming & Researching Effective Keywords
Search Engine Optimisation or SEO is a process that affects a website’s visibility within a search engine’s rankings by reviewing how the respective search engines work, what people are searching for, the keywords or phrases used and which search engines different audiences prefer. For example, Google, Yahoo or Bing.

Keyword brainstorming is the first step when deciding which keywords to target when creating a website. At the beginning of a web based project, it is often wise to start out small, using less competitive keywords, and as time passes – and hopefully your market increases, then upgrade to include additional and ‘more competitive’ keywords.

Keyword Research is Important
It’s important to research keywords to determine their viability – are they worth working with or targeting? Often, one of the best ways to research a keywords popularity is to use a search engine. Type in your potential key phrase and see what results appear.

The right keywords to target have to be popular, relevant and obtainable. If a person targets the wrong keywords, then all of his or her efforts to optimise and promote a website would be in vain – and a waste of money!

It can be difficult to choose the keywords that describe your company and its products or services so that users will see your website when they perform an online search. Obviously, you want people who are searching for what products or services you provide to find your website near the top of the search engine results pages.

So how do you achieve this?
The answer is “by using keywords and key phrases in your website content.” These are the words that people type into search engines when they are looking for something.

Choosing and researching good keywords is a process that takes several steps that can essentially be broken down into the following stages:

  • Initial keyword Research. Have a brain storming session with your staff and, if possible, customers. Ask other people for ideas, too, including your family, try to get as many opinions as possible. You will often discover that what you consider your optimal key phrases are not those typically used by your customers.
  • Use Key Word Research Tools. There are several online keyword research tools that offer information about the number of times users perform searches for specific words. These can help you identify key phrases ‘related’ to your products or services that might help generate quality traffic to your website.
  • Selecting of Key Words. Use the research you have done and select the most appropriate key words that is likely to deliver the best results for your business. Note this may mean you choose a key phrase that isn’t the most searched for (which will probably be the most ‘competitive’ in terms of achieving a page 1 result on the web) but which will bring you high quality traffic in numbers that should help generate you business.
  • Analytics. After you’ve chosen your keywords and optimized your site, you need to perform measurements to see whether it’s delivering the amount of traffic and conversions you expected. You can use this information to make adjustments and refine your keyword strategy.

The above represents a fairly basic overview of choosing effective key phrases for your website and the web is full of more in depth articles and guides to help you.

For more information on choosing the right key words for your website call Direct Submit on 0845 2722350 or visit our Internet Marketing and SEO website and see how we can help you make the most of your online Internet project.

UK Metal Finishers & Electroplating Services

UK 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.

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

The Electroplating Process
Electroplating is a process that uses electric current to reduce dissolved metal cations so that they form a coherent metal coating on an electrode. The term is also used for electrical oxidation of anions onto a solid substrate, as in the formation silver chloride on silver wire to make silver/silver-chloride electrodes. Electroplating is primarily used to change the surface properties of an object (e.g. abrasion and wear resistance, corrosion protection, lubricity, aesthetic qualities, etc.), but may also be used to build up thickness on undersized parts or to form objects by electroforming.

Electroplating changes the chemical, physical, and mechanical properties of the workpiece. An example of a chemical change is when nickel plating improves corrosion resistance. An example of a physical change is a change in the outward appearance.
An example of a mechanical change is a change in tensile strength or surface hardness which is a required attribute in tooling industry.[9] Electroplating of acid gold on underlying copper/nickel-plated circuits reduces contact resistance as well as surface hardness. Copper plated areas of mild steel act as a mask if case hardening of such areas are not desired.Tin-plated steel is chromium plated to prevent dulling of the surface due to oxidation of tin.

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.

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

Invest Northern Counties – UK Investment Opportunities

Invest Northern Counties – UK Investment Opportunities
Invest Northern Counties work with individuals, corporates and financial advisors, identifying high-value UK investment opportunities and investment trusts. With expertise in HMRC-approved investment schemes and tax planning, Invest Northern Counties is focused on high-yield industries such as property, film and TV. They also continue to strengthen their portfolio of ethical investment opportunities. Offering bespoke client solutions including identifying HMRC-approved high-yield investment funds, high-yield investment trusts, and tax planning.

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Working with individuals, corporate and financial advisors, Invest Northern Counties are primarily focused on high-return industries such as property, film and TV, and have a growing interest in ethical investment opportunities.

Invest Northern Counties
Leveraging business relationships established through decades of working in England’s North East financial industry, Invest Northern Counties launched in 2007 with an impressive roll call of high net worth investors. Their individual wealth typically ranges from £2.5 million to £20 million. They carefully screens would-be investors to ensure both their professional and personal ethos is compatible with their own. Since first opening their doors they have carefully grown clientele by more than double. To them, Invest Northern Counties have delivered 56 completed investment projects with an average return on investment of 37%.

Our typical investor has entrepreneurial experience, often having exited a business. They have a passion for bespoke investment opportunities and are aware that an element of risk often delivers the highest yields. They are savvy when it comes to tax benefits, but seek our expertise in HMRC advance assurance schemes and tax planning.

Invest Northern Counties are able to provide private equity input into the SME sector in a number of forms whether that be loan instrument, equity or convertible loan. Detailed assessment of the target business is made including use of 9 accounting ratio’s, sector analysis, profit and loss, balance sheet and cashflow extract and a detailed pitch document is circulated to the HNW/SI syndicate.

Initial interest from each member is then collated and an indicative private equity amount is then given to the investee company. Meetings with syndicate members are then made at a convenient location to both parties and often include the business premises of the target company. At the core of a successful private equity transaction is a strong relationship between syndicate and business which is based on implicit trust. A rifle approach rather than shotgun often dramatically improves conversion ratio of pitch to funding.

For further information please telephone 0191 442 2095 or visit the Invest Northern Counties – UK Investment Opportunities website and see how we can identify some high-yield investment opportunities specifically for you.

BBC Guide to Avoiding Cyber Scams

Avoiding Cyber Scams
Every week listeners email You and Yours at the BBC, telling them how they, or someone close to them, has been conned. Many of these scams are depressingly familiar, but new ones are emerging all the time. According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2015 there were an estimated 7.6 million cases of fraud and cybercrime in England and Wales alone. It means most people in the UK are now far more likely to be conned than burgled.

The BBC has put some guidance onto the web which should help people avoid these scams – Avoiding Cyber Scams.

Made-to-Measure Blinds – The Beautiful Blind Company

Freshen Up the Home Décor with Made-to-Measure Blinds
Spring 2016 is upon us and this could be the ideal time of year for removing clutter and embracing an “out with the old, in with the new” philosophy. With the weather being neither too warm nor too cold, we hope for warmer weather, the time has come to open up the doors and windows and let in fresh air while cleaning off the dust and getting rid of items that are past their useful life.

For many homeowners, this also means rethinking the home décor. If you feel that your home or conservatory is ready for a facelift, keep in mind that high-quality, made-to-measure blinds will do just as much as new furniture or decorations to improve the look of your home and conservatory.

You might begin by emboldening the look of the conservatory with a set of brightly coloured conservatory blinds that will look spectacular against the white trim. Pastel colours in particular provide a soft look in all seasons and allow for light to pass through without causing the room to feel too warm in the summer months. When considering your options, be sure that your final decision is a good fit for your conservatory’s existing décor.

If your conservatory has not yet been completed and you haven’t already decided on the colour or style of furnishings, then consider all of these at once so that your new conservatory blinds and furnishings will both contribute to the desired look and feel of the conservatory.

Traditionally used externally as a window covering in hot climates, plantation shutters have come into fashion as an interior window covering because of their appealing combination of looks and practicality. Plantation shutters add texture and depth to any room and set off the windows even better than standard window treatments.

They are also highly functional and improve energy efficiency by blocking drafts in winter and heat in the summer, both physically and by providing shade. In any season, they also provide privacy without blocking the view from within the home. Stained wood shutters look equally well against white or stained trim, and any natural colour for the walls will complete a traditional colour scheme. For more modern tastes, consider white plantation shutters, or shutters with a light stain, as a complement to light-coloured walls and a few well-chosen accent pieces.

Shutters may be full-length, café-style (which leave the top half of the window uncovered, allowing light to come in while the shutters are closed for privacy) or tier-on-tier, covering the upper and lower halves of the window so that they can be opened and closed individually for the desired amount of light and privacy. Shutters are also just as easy to clean as traditional blinds: one quick wipe with a cloth or brush with a feather duster and you’re done!

Wood shutters can also be measured to fit doors opening up onto the front lawn or garden, offering many of the same benefits as plantation shutters for windows. Likewise, conservatory blinds should always be made-to-measure to ensure the perfect fit for each section of the conservatory. For a fresh, new look to the home or conservatory that will delight the family and visitors alike, custom shutters and conservatory blinds may be exactly what you need.

The Beautiful Blind Company
Consider looking for a company like The Beautiful Blind Company who specialise in conservatory roof blinds, conservatory blinds, plantation shutters and all other types of made to measure blinds. They can supply and fit all types of blinds for your home and office, with each blind made to your exact requirements. They be contacted on 01642 688049 or visit their website; http://www.thebeautifulblindcompany.com – for further information.

Easyseal UK Industrial Roofing & Asbestos Roof Services

Industrial Roofing, Cladding Renovation & Asbestos Roof Services
Are you searching for a specialist UK company able to deliver industrial roofing, wall-cladding problems and asbestos roof renovation. Easyseal are approved contractors for numerous manufacturers of liquid coating and single ply membrane waterproof systems and have carried out projects across the entire United Kingdom.  Easy Seal UK provide a FREE Site Survey by one of their technical consultants based throughout the UK, to advise on the most economical and effective solution to all your roof and wall cladding problems. You then receive a full specification and costing or the work to be carried out by our highly trained site operatives.

Located in the North East of England, Easyseal UK was established in December 2001. Easyseal provide solutions to all your industrial roofing & wall-cladding problems, plus asbestos roof renovation. Easyseal are approved contractors for numerous manufacturers of liquid coating and single ply membrane waterproof systems. Easyseal have carried out projects across the entire United Kingdom.

Services Easyseal provide include:

Industrial Wall Cladding Renovation and coatings
Metal Roof Sheet Edge Corrosion Treatment
Gutter Cleaning & Gutter Lining Systems
Asbestos Roof Full Renovation from Coatings to Over-sheeting
Single Ply Membranes
Roof skylight replacement
High Performance Felts & Liquid Coating
Maintenance
Waterproofing

They have a team of nationwide experienced surveyors on hand to recommend the most economical solution to your entire industrial roofing, flooring and wall-cladding problems. If you are interested in any of these or the other services provided, please visit the Easyseal website or feel free to contact Easy Seal UK today on 0191 417 7822 and they promise to respond as quickly as possible to your enquiry.

BS8233 Noise Surveys in London

BS8233 Noise Surveys in London
APT Sound Testing is a professional noise and acoustic consultancy firm operating in Greater London and the Home Counties. Our fully qualified and highly experienced consultants can provide expert advice and conduct survey analysis into all aspects of sound, such as investigating complaints into excessive noise and/or a BS 4142 London Noise Surveys.

We undertake London noise surveys on numerous potential housing and other noise-sensitive sites throughout the Capital and the UK. Our acoustic surveys cater for sites that may be exposed to noise from road, rail or air traffic and/or from industrial activity.

We undertake wide range of services from noise assessments through to noise mitigation proposals. Where it is proposed to install new plant or equipment, we undertake noise surveys to determine noise emission limits, in line with Local Authority requirements, and provide advice on mitigation.

As a local company we have an in depth knowledge on Greater London planning permissions and local legislation. Our noise consultants are expertly suited to carry out noise assessments, with a wealth of experience in assessing the sound impact of residential, industrial and commercial businesses in the community.

Noise Surveys for New Developments in London
London noise surveys and report should be submitted during the pre-application process and discussions on planning applications. In many circumstances a planning condition will stipulate that a noise survey will need to be undertaken.

Noise surveys are normally carried out at the design stage of the project prior to the commencement of construction., this is to allow the acoustic design of the building to take into account the local noise levels, i.e. if the local noise levels are quite high then the acoustic design will ned to be more robust to mitigate any potential noise problems. Thereafter the local authority may also require post a BS 8182 London noise survey to prove that the noise standards have been achieved within the living rooms and bedrooms. The following information will usually need to be included within the noise survey report.

  1. The reason and scope of the report.
  2. Location plan of the proposed development and likely receptor points such as the nearest residential window/s.
  3. The noise survey Methodology including the noise monitoring location, the equipment used and the weather conditions during the noise survey.
  4. Reasons for deviations from standard methods.
  5. Full table of results.
  6. A comparison of survey results against the noise standards.
  7. Recommendations for noise control measures – acoustic barriers etc.
  8. Full calculations against noise reductions expected to support any suggested noise control measures.

The Different NEC Noise Exposure Categories (NECs)
There are four Noise Exposure Categories based on the level of noise at the development. The NEC in which the site falls determines to what extent noise should be considered in the granting of planning permission. The NEC(s) are usually determined by monitoring noise levels. Potential mitigation options can then be assessed by calculation, and/or the use of noise modelling. Appropriate noise mitigation can then be incorporated into the development at the design stage.

Problems relating to noise during the planning stages can usually be avoided or resolved with a good, detailed and accurate acoustic assessment report and by accounting for robust mitigation measures where and when required.

APT Sound Testing can be consulted on all aspects of acoustic related issues. In addition to sound measurements we also provide invaluable advice on the soundproofing design of walls and floors to meet the standards of Part E of Building Regulations. As a true specialist, we can offer a complete solution. Here are a few of our services:

  • 8233 Noise Surveys to help you achieve planning for your development.
  • Acoustic Design Service to ensure you project complies with Building Regulations Part E.
  • Sample sound testing to check the acoustic performance of your existing construction to allow for targeted acoustic upgrades.
  • Visual site surveys to insure your subcontractors are constructing the acoustic details correctly
  • Pre-completion London Sound Testing in compliance with Building Regulations Part E.

Pre-Completion Sound Testing In London
Pre-Completion Sound Testing is method of showing compliance with Approved Document Part E of the Building Regulations by testing the completed construction prior to handover. Sound Testing Services in the UK required for Pre-Completion Testing (PCT) with respect to Building Regulations Approved Document Part E is carried out when the construction of party walls and floors are complete.

Site Visits & Sample Sound Testing
APT Sound Testing offer Acoustic Site Survey visits to let us view the existing site construction. This allows us to check for potential problematic areas such as lightweight blocks haven’t been used in the existing construction. It also lets us check that the installation teams are installing the acoustic materials as per manufacturer’s guidelines, thus avoiding crucial onsite mistakes. We can also undertake sample sound testing of existing site construction; this offers an accurate overview of the acoustic performance of the existing partitions which enables us to offer a targeted acoustic design which correlates with the sound performance of the existing construction.

BS8233 Noise Surveys in London
London noise assessments are often required at the planning stage of developments that may generate noise, and noise-sensitive developments which may be affected by noise. Some developments, such as mixed use, fall into both categories. Potentially noise generating developments often require a Noise Impact Assessment to be undertaken. This normally requires existing ambient noise levels to be established, typically by undertaking measurements, and the impact of noise from the development to be established. For large developments, it is often necessary to consider secondary effects, such as the impact of increased traffic on existing roads.

Internal noise levels within the proposed buildings can be calculated using our latest noise prediction software. For most buildings, the overall sound insulation performance of the building envelope will depend on the glazing system employed. It may be necessary to stipulate specific glazing and ventilation systems that must be employed to ensure that internal noise criteria are achieved.

If you are an individual or a business with sound problems, and would like to speak with one of our professional noise consultants, please speak to one of our advisors today. The noise assessment process isn’t intrusive, lengthy or costly. Normally we would leave a meter over a 24 hour period which would gather the necessary data automatically, taking into account other factors such as construction, setting and external variables. We could then provide a detailed report and advise how best to proceed.

Contact APT Sound Testing
APT Sound Testing is one of the leading acoustic consultancy firms operating in the Greater London area. For London noise surveys, assessments, studies as well as our full range of London sound insulation testing, please contact our knowledgeable team of noise experts to provide professional and invaluable advice which could save you time and potential costs further down the line – call today on 07775623464 or email info@aptsoundtesting.co.uk

A New Bathroom from PT Ranson

Improve Your Home With a New Bathroom from PT Ranson
Updating your bathroom is an excellent way of improving your quality of life and also adding value to your property should you want to sell in the future making it an excellent investment for your home, at P T Ranson they have an excellent range of bathroom products from designers such as Imperial Bathrooms and Vitra Bathrooms that are sure to give you plenty of inspiration and new ideas to help you completely transform your bathroom into a space that you love.

vitrabathroomsNo matter what kind of theme or style you would like to create at P T Ranson they have a wide range of style and designs available that are sure to cater to any kind of tastes all created to the highest possible standards.

 

 

With many baths, toilets, basins and other accessories available you can be sure to find everything you need to create a beautiful bathroom that complements your home and reflects your sense of style perfectly.

If you are looking to create a classic bathroom that has a real sense of tradition take a look at some of the beautiful designs of toilets, sinks, baths and other bathroom items available from Imperial Bathrooms with everything you need to make the perfect bathroom that will last for years to come, with all products available from imperial being manufactured using only the highest quality materials you will be sure to be impressed with the standard of any goods you may buy.

Or take a look at some of the of the stylish and contemporary designs available from Vitra Bathrooms if you would prefer a more modern look, with many innovative and unique baths, basins toilets and other bathrooms accessories available you will be able to create a bathroom that is reflects all the comforts and advantages of modern design perfectly.  With elegant styles and a real eye for detail at Vitra Bathrooms they aim to combine high quality design with excellent value for money.

So no matter what type of design you may have in mind, why not take a look at the great bathroom products available at P T Ranson with such a wide range of styles and ideas available from carefully selected suppliers you can be sure that no matter what bathroom design you decide you like any product you choose will be produced to the highest possible standard and delivered to you with the minimum of fuss.

P T Ranson bathrooms & Showers
So if you want to install a new shower in your bathroom why not get some inspiration from P T Ranson? Regardless of your tastes or the style you are hoping to achieve with such a wide range of top quality products you are sure to find the ideal shower for your bathroom. So why not head over to the P T Ranson bathrooms website for some inspiration and start planning what you could do with your bathroom this year?  With so many unique and high performance products on offer from some top bathroom design companies you can be sure that you won’t be disappointed.

Essential to any Online Business – Search Engine Optimisation

Essential to any Online Business – Search Engine Optimisation
If you want your business to be successful online having a really good website is a really great start, but next you will need to consider how you will make sure that it gets marketed online properly and noticed by the people that are likely to have an interest in the goods or services which you supply and create an online marketing strategy to help reach as many potential customers as possible.

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One of the most recognised benefits of trading online is that you are able to reach and trade with a far wider range of customers. With the use of internet marketing technique, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) you can make sure that you website gets seen by people that are likely to be interested in what you have to offer.

Effective SEO is essential if you want to give your website a really good chance of success, it works by ensuring that your website appears high in the rankings of results produced by search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing when search terms that are relevant to your business are entered, helping you to receive lot more directed traffic to your website, this is done by using special targeted key phrases and creating a content strategy for your website.

As setting up and maintaining effective SEO requires a lot of consideration, research and ongoing maintenance and monitoring to ensure it works really well it can take a lot of time. Many businesses prefer to consult a professional internet marketing service such as Direct Submit for expert help and advice so they can be certain of seeing the results they require and have time to carry on with other aspect of running their business.

So if you are looking for ways to expand your online business why not take a look at the great range of SEO and other internet marketing services available at Direct Submit?  With an excellent variety of flexible packages available to suit almost any business, reasonable rates and a friendly and dedicated team of experts that are happy to help you can be sure that they will help you to design an individual internet marketing strategy for your business that is sure to give your online business a real boost.

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.