Month: February 2017

Finding the Perfect Prom Dress in Newcastle

Finding the Perfect Prom Dress in Newcastle

Finding the Perfect Prom Dress in Newcastle
If your prom is coming up soon you will have probably already started to consider what to wear and if you will be able to find a prom dress that really reflects who you are, if you are based in or around Newcastle taking at look at the extensive range of prom gowns that they have available might just be the perfect answer.

Specialising in bridal wear and prom gowns, they know how important it is to find the right dress for any big occasion and have everything you may need to make sure that you look absolutely amazing when prom night arrives. No matter what look you want to achieve for the night of your prom with stock ranging from traditional evening gowns to sophisticated evening wear you can be certain that at Just The Way You Are they will be able to find the perfect prom dress for you from one of their carefully selected collections, and with some really unique prom gowns available you can be sure that you can find something that makes sure you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons.

Finding a dress that reflects your personality but also fits you well can be a nightmare as many high street stores only stock limited sizes at Just The Way You Are they have prom dresses available in a wide range of sizes so no matter what shape you may be you can be sure that they will be able to find you a prom gown that you really love and fits perfectly.  With the opportunity to book a personal appointment you will be able to get all the help and professional advice that you may need and the chance to try dresses until you find a prom dress that you are truly happy with.

At Just The Way You Are they understand that attending your prom is a really special time as it marks the transition into adulthood and that it is important to look and feel your best to really make the most of the night, so they aim to ensure that every customer leaves feeling completely happy with the prom dress they have chosen and that they have also enjoyed the experience of visiting them.

With friendly and helpful staff, refreshments provided during your visit and comfortable and private changing areas every effort is made to make sure that you feel relaxed and at ease while you are browsing the range of prom dresses they have on offer.

So if you are looking for the perfect prom dress why not pay a visit to Just The Way You Are at their Newcastle boutique?  With excellent customer testimonials, impressive range of prom gowns and dresses, excellent customer service and wide range of sizes available you can be certain that you won’t be disappointed, and with the option to take advantage of their instalment payment plan having the perfect prom dress can be affordable as well.  Simply give them a call to arrange your personal appointment or find out more and they will be happy to help.

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

Conservatory Roof Blinds: Just What Your Conservatory Needs in Summer

Conservatory Roof Blinds: Just What Your Conservatory Needs in Summer

Conservatory Roof Blinds: Just What Your Conservatory Needs in Summer Summer is hopefully approaching soon, and across much of the UK we have enjoyed consistently warm, balmy weather that reminds us of our favourite holiday destinations. Indeed, if you live in a home with a conservatory, you may very well feel like you’re on holiday every time you step into your conservatory during late spring and summer. There truly is nothing like a well-appointed conservatory to provide the calming influence that comes with being able to view nature on all sides.

The fact remains, though, that with temperatures reaching above 25 degrees in the early to mid-afternoon in some areas, the conservatory can seem uncomfortably close to nature if steps have not already been taken to ensure that strong sunlight can be filtered or blocked out entirely as needed. With a high-quality set of conservatory roof blinds, you can make your conservatory more attractive, more comfortable, more private and more energy efficient.

If you have not already undertaken to have blinds added to your conservatory roof, it may seem difficult to know what to expect during the ordering and installation process. Three things you should ask any prospective vendor before entering into a contract are:

Does your company offer bespoke blinds for conservatory roofs?

Will the installation process take away from the attractiveness of the conservatory in any way or void the warranty for any reason?

Does your company guarantee both the product and service?

When you find a company that can answer all three questions to your satisfaction, you will know that your conservatory is in good hands and that you will be able to rest easy knowing that you have indeed invested in a valuable improvement to your home.

The inStyle Blinds 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

Room Integrity Testing in London

Room Integrity Testing in London

Room Integrity Testing in London
There are literally tens of thousands of protected enclosures throughout London and the South East. With many of the banking and commercial institutions based in the capital the requirement to provide a safe environment of for critical equipment is greater than ever.

It is now a requirement of the BFPSA that all protected enclosures such as server rooms and/or data centres have valid enclosure certification – it is also a requirement of all major commercial institutions. The benefits of ensuring room integrity are widely recognised by insurers and regulatory authorities, who frequently require room integrity testing in London to prevent critical system failure on valuable assets such as server rooms and data centres.  It is also worth noting that you may negate your buildings insurance if you don’t have the valid certification.

Enclosures protected by gaseous fire suppression system -such as server rooms should be tested for air-tightness upon commissioning of the system and annually thereafter. This is critical to ensure that the system will work effectively when activated; too much air-leakage will result in the concentration of the fire suppressant agent falling too quickly resulting in rapid fire spread as shown in the image below.

For most extinguishing system types, a retention time of ten minutes is the minimum period the suppressant agents is required to be retained for within the enclosure. NFPA 2001, Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems, requires that a minimum concentration of 85% of the adjusted minimum design concentration be held at the highest level of combustibles for a minimum period of 10 minutes. This is usually long enough to prevent re-ignition for most deep-seated fires and should provide adequate time for the emergency services to attend and prevent the fire taking hold.

Unfortunately, in the relevant ISO standard BS EN15004if you don’t have valid room integrity certification you may negate your buildings insurance in the event of a fire. In all instances the integrity certification should always be attached to the front of the protected enclosure/s to show it has valid certification and to clearly show the dates of the next test. The certification also has other useful information that should be adhered to at all times. If you don’t have integrity test certification fixed to the front of the enclosure, then the chances are that your enclosure may not have valid certification.

Within the In many cases the stakeholder may not be aware that any modifications have been undertaken to the room’s envelope as this may further reduce the integrity of the enclosure envelope.  That is why it’s always best to plan any works within protected enclosures so that everyone’s aware of the importance of maintaining the integrity of the enclosure envelope and the requirement for a fresh integrity test after any modifications have taken place.

Smoke Testing to Find Air Leakage Paths
APT’s highly trained and experienced Enclosure Testing Engineers will be able to locate the problem areas and identify where air is leaking out of the building by walking around the test enclosure with a localised smoke puffer – as shown in the image below)  checking the most common problem areas first.

By combining our door fan blower equipment and a small smoke puffer we can quickly locate any penetrations in in the enclosure envelope as the smoke is more visible. Smoke leaking from the enclosure can be easily seen and photographed to provide a record of any external leakage paths.


Pressurised smoke tests are ideal for identifying both generic and torturous areas of air leakage. Crucial remedial sealing work should then be undertaken to reduce the leakage from the enclosure. The sealing works may include:

  • Sealing all holes, cracks or penetrations leading into or out of the protected space
  • Pipe chases and cable trays to be sealed around the outside and inside where they penetrate the perimeter boundaries of the enclosure
  • Walls to be caulked around the inside perimeter at both high and low level
  • Sealing of porous block walls
  • Addition of door sweeps or drop seals, weather stripping around jambs
  • Sealing of windows/glazed sections to the area

One of the advantages of the sealing works being conducted whilst a test fan kit is in place, is that it can be seen if the works being conducted are effective via on-going smoke testing and sealing works. Once the appropriate remedial work has been undertaken the enclosure should be retested to confirm the acceptable retention time as been achieved – usually 10 minutes.

Air Pressure Testing provides the necessary Room Integrity Testing in London to the required NFPA 2001 or ISO 14520 methodologies. We have undertaken hundreds of enclosure integrity tests around the UK and Europe.

As part of our service, we can also arrange an annual test plan and remind you when the enclosure test/s are required to make sure your buildings insurance is not at risk. If you require room integrity testing in London, please call: 07775 623464 or visit the APT Sound Testing website today.

Clothing Alteration Made Easy with Easy Stitch

Clothing Alteration Made Easy with Easy Stitch

Clothing Alteration Made Easy with Easy Stitch
If you like to keep your clothes looking great but don’t have the time and expertise to carry out all the sewing tasks required why not consider taking advantage of the excellent services offered by Easy Stitch?  With over forty years’ experience offering clothing alteration and clothing repair services to their customers in Newcastle and the North East they are able to carry out most sewing tasks to a really high professional standard.

At Easy Stitch offering first class customer service is their main priority so they offer everything that you may require, with a friendly team of qualified seamstresses available to offer any help and advice, fitting rooms and a private changing room they will do everything they can to make sure that your visit is comfortable and that any measurements are completely correct before any work is carried out.

With a range of services on offer including many types of clothing alteration no matter what item you may want to have altered you can be sure that Easy Stitch will be able to get the job done, whether you need items shortened, waistbands to be adjusted or want to have a dress or pair of trousers taken in so they appeared more fitted they have all the skills and expertise required to make sure that your clothes fit you perfectly.

If you have a favourite item that needs to be repaired, has missing buttons or ripped pocked before you throw it out why not find out if it can be repaired?  At Easy Stitch no matter how large or small the job may be they are happy to carry out most repairs and with other services on offer such as sewing on name tags and household linen alterations they can help you save not only time but money as well as you will be able to make sure your clothes stay in great condition for longer.

With many different services available including alterations to waistbands, trouser and skirt lengths, tapering and taking in of trousers and dresses, repairs to almost clothing, sewing on buttons badges and other emblems and adjustments to children’s clothes including school uniform and household items such as curtains you can be certain that no matter tailoring help you may require the team at Easy Stitch have all the skills and expertise required to carry out almost any sewing task.

If you require any additional help or advice or simply don’t know if a job is even going to be possible the friendly staff at Easy Stitch are always happy to let you make use of the private fitting room so they can help you to decide what work needs to be done and you can be sure that you clothes will fit you perfectly.

So if you regularly need to have your clothes altered or have some sewing tasks that really need to be done why not get in touch with Easy Stitch?  With reasonable rates, excellent customer services and all work carried out to the highest possible quality you can be certain that you won’t be disappointed. For more information call today on 01661 820 700 or visit the Easy Stitch website.

Google AdWords Can Help Your Business

Google AdWords Can Help Your Business

How Google AdWords Can Help Your Business
If you want to raise your company’s online profile and attract more internet based custom why not consider contacting Direct Submit to find out how they can help you create an internet marketing strategy that is completely suited to your company’s needs?


Google AdWords to Promote your Business
With a great range of strategies on offer that really produce results including Pay per click, Google AdWords and SEO optimisation you may be surprised at how much Direct Submit can do to help your business succeed online. No matter what type of company or business you run at Direct Submit you can be sure that they will be able to help you choose the best course of action for your personal marketing campaign and will fully explain all the available options and how they could benefit your business.

By using methods such as Pay per Click, where your advert will be featured in the ads on search engine results pages but you will only have to pay each time someone actually clicks through to view your full website, they will make sure that your page gets noticed and that you received far more directed traffic.

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

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

Google AdWords can be a versatile source of advertising for you. It will allow you to get exact predictions on your expected traffic, it’s easy to use, and it’ll quickly bring targeted customers to your website. If you feel that traditional advertising isn’t working for you, or you want an easy way to get targeted customers to your website, Google AdWords is the perfect choice for you.

Direct Submit Pay per Click & SEO Services
Direct Submit are an established Search Engine Marketing and Internet Marketing company. With over 95% of our business coming direct from client referral, we provide a cost effective and highly efficient service.

We offer a client focussed service, and always speak to our clients in a language they understand, helping them understand the Internet and how a successful Internet Marketing Campaign can benefit their business. Established over a decade ago and operating from the North East of the UK, Direct Submit have become one of the leading SEO and Internet Marketing providers in the North East and the UK.

Our client retention rate is exceptional, currently over 80%, which shows our commitment to working with the client to make a project a success. Unlike most other SEO companies, we do not do any marketing of note. We don’t employ sales people, not do we cold call or bombard business with sales materials. Virtually all of our client base comes directly from referrals.

To speak to one of our Internet Marketing Consultants for advice on making your Web Marketing project a success, call us now on 0845 272 2350 or email us on We look forward to your call.

Effective Search Engine Optimisation

Effective Search Engine Optimisation

Effective Search Engine Optimisation
If you are a new business and you want to make sure that you website is a success it may be a good idea to consider using the services of a professional internet marketing service such as Direct Submit to help you.  Making sure that your website gets seen by potential customers or investors that will be interested in the goods or services that your business provides is a potential hurdle that every business faces regardless of their size or length of time within their industry, however with the correct skills and knowledge any website can really improve its chances of considerably raising its online profile.


By employing techniques such as search engine optimisation (SEO) Direct Submit can help you to reach the top pages of results produced by search engines such as Google, so people who are looking for the products or services that you provide are likely to find your page quickly and easily.  This is a particularly effective method and popular of internet marketing because not only does it send more traffic to your website, the traffic that is generated is much more likely to be well targeted to your business and doesn’t require the use of any expensive and time consuming advertising campaigns.

As SEO can be a time consuming process that requires a lot of research, maintenance and adjustments to your website to be truly worthwhile so using the service of internet marketing company can be a really sensible investment.  Any new business takes up a lot of time and requires a lot of work so why not let a professional with all the required knowledge and expert skills required to do a to quality job do it for you so you can pay your attention to other, more immediate aspects of your business.  At Direct Submit they offer all service with very flexible terms giving you the option to simply hire them to set the initial process up or to continue to benefit from their support by taking advantage of the excellent maintenance and performance review services that are on offer as well.

At Direct Submit they are happy to offer help, advice and services to any businesses that are just starting out, no matter how large or small, with the skills and expertise to help any website become a success they will be able to offer you an effective internet marketing strategy that is completely tailored to your businesses individual needs by taking in to account other details such as location, customer target group, special offers, awards or achievements and many other factors.  With a friendly, efficient and flexible approach to all their customers you will be definitely be pleased with the results that Direct Submit can create for you.

So if you want your new business to be seen online and have the best possible start why not talk to one of the friendly and fully trained team at Direct Submit to find out how they could help your company’s website boost its online profile?  No matter what products or services you sell you can be certain that they will be able to offer your service and excellent service that generates real results, check out their great past customer testimonials to see how many people have been left satisfied with the service they provide. Specialising in Internet Marketing Services, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Pay per Click (PPC) online marketing and over the past decade we have built up a loyal client base. The depth and breadth of knowledge we have built up helps set us apart in an increasingly competitive and crowded SEO market place.

To speak to one of our Internet Marketing Consultants for advice on making your Web Marketing project a success, call us now on 0845 272 2350 or visit the Direct Submit SEO services website today.

Searching for Conservatory Roof Blinds

Searching for Conservatory Roof Blinds

Searching for Conservatory Roof Blinds
Getting good quality and well-fitting conservatory roof blinds for your home is the ideal way to really make the most of your conservatory and make it far more attractive and comfortable space to spend time in, not only do they add to the decor and help your conservatory feel more like a proper room they are also a practical solution to problems such as privacy, temperature control and excess sunlight. At Conservatories Blinds Direct they have an excellent range of made to measure blinds available that are all created to the best possible quality.

With over thirty years’ experience selling blinds for conservatories to the public they know how to make shopping for fully fitted blinds as simple and stress free as possible and with an excellent customer service team available to answer any queries of questions that you may have you can be certain that no matter what blinds you are looking to buy you will be totally satisfied with the service you receive from beginning to end.

With a massive range of designs to choose from regardless of the style of your conservatory you can be certain that you will be able to find something to complement the rest of the room perfectly. With roller blinds, venetian blinds, vision/duo blinds and even bio fold doors on offer along with many other types to choose from and a choice of fitting type, colours and patterns you can be certain that at Conservatory Blinds Direct you will be able to find the perfect blinds for any type of conservatory.

So if you want to have good quality, fully fitted conservatory roof blinds delivered directly to your door why not take a look at what Conservatory Blinds Direct have on offer? With all blinds coming with a five year guarantee and fully child safe in line with industry standards and with previous customers such as DIY SOS and Grand Designs you can be sure the blinds you choose will be made to the highest standard and with the best quality materials available.

Conservatory Blinds Direct is part of the InStyle group, a well-established supplier of conservatory roof and window blinds throughout the UK. All of their Conservatory Blinds Direct products are made from the finest components and materials available, they are so confident in their products they are able to offer an industry unheard of 5 year Parts & Labour guarantee on all blinds made.

Contact Conservatory Blinds Direct
As a leading UK manufacture to the window blind trade and now they are offering the chance for you to cut out that middle man and buy direct from the manufacture saving you hundreds and in some cases thousands of pounds over retail prices. We are always happy to help and our friendly team will be happy to help you if you have any questions regarding an order, measuring, fitting or any of our products. Simply call on 01642 762497 or visit the Conservatory Blinds Direct website for more information.

Noise Surveys in London with APT Sound Testing

Noise Surveys in London with APT Sound Testing

Noise Surveys in London with APT Sound Testing
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

The Beautiful Shutter Company

The Beautiful Shutter Company

Plantation Shutters to Enhance your Home
With the economy finally beginning to recover, homeowners across the UK are increasingly taking on home improvement projects that were largely put on hold during the recession, and one of the more popular choices among homeowners wishing to “start out small” is an upgrade to plantation shutters.


The reasons for improving one’s home with plantation shutters are just as varied as the homes that have them and the possible style and colour combinations. Chief among those reasons are:

Cost. Many homeowners approach home improvement projects with the mistaken notion that they will see a return on their investment when the home is sold in the future. The unfortunate truth is that, with the exception of a kitchen or bathroom remodel, homeowners should view home “improvement” projects more as home maintenance. That said, plantation shutters offer many of the same benefits as a more costly window replacement – improved looks, increased energy efficiency – at a fraction of the cost. If you do have plans to paint your home or have the hardwood floors refinished for your own enjoyment or before listing your home for sale, then that would also be an excellent time to improve the look of your home with top-quality plantation shutters.

Curb Appeal. Unlike many cheaper, flimsier blinds, plantation shutters tend to improve the look of your home even from the street. A neighbour walking the dog will undoubtedly notice and appreciate your effort to keep up appearances, as one home’s resale value affects everyone else’s. Likewise, any home shoppers who notice the “for sale” sign in front of your home will also see your plantation shutters in your front windows while passing through and will likely want to inquire further about your home – even if they can’t quite put their finger on what it was that they liked so much about your home.

The Beautiful Shutter Company has been installing plantation shutters for years. Whether you are ready to sell your home or simply to improve the look of your home for your own enjoyment and that of visiting family and friends, we can help guide you through the selection process and install the perfect plantation shutters for your home.

For more information about the different types of plantation shutters available or to book your free appointment, call us today on 01642 688049 or visit the Beautiful Shutter website today.