Many entrepreneurs run several businesses or one business from multiple locations. This can pose logistical problems. One of the biggest problems is information. The entrepreneur or owner will want to know what is happening at the various enterprises at the various sites. Significant business data and information is held on the computers; the problem, at least in the past, has been how to bring all this information together so it can be accessed in one place or on one computer or device. There is a solution, and it comes in the form of ‘the cloud.’
The cloud, otherwise known as cloud computing, provides a virtual world where all the companies’ data and other essential information is stored and accessed via the internet. The cloud has become a key component for entrepreneurs such as Gavin Woodhouse, MBi Consulting. Mr Woodhouse is the founder and principle shareholder of MBI, one of the fastest growing care home providers in the UK. He is also chairman and shareholder of Stada media group as well as Giant Hospitality and Ideal Student Accommodation. With a leading role in such a wide business portfolio the cloud gives him the opportunity to co-ordinate the activities within each of those companies.
Harnessing the cloud to run multi businesses is not difficult; there are companies that provide the necessary expertise and which offer the business cloud services and solutions required. However, before becoming involved, business owners will no doubt want to know the benefits offered by cloud computing.
One of the benefits of cloud-based services when running multi businesses is the flexibility – business owners can scale the services up or down in line with their requirements.
The loss of data can pose major problems for single enterprises and those problems can reach crisis level where multi businesses are concerned. However, with cloud services, backup and recovery is generally available.
Another benefit of the cloud is that it can help save money. Enterprises may spend cash on new software but eventually it will need updating. With cloud-based services, the software is automatically updated by the supplier, leaving the business owner and staff free to concentrate on their work. This is especially advantageous to principals of multi businesses as it saves the time and expense of having to install new software on every computer and then having to periodically update it.
What must be considered a key benefit when harnessing the cloud to run multi businesses is its ability to enable collaboration. The cloud includes apps for workflow and file sharing, which allows real-time updates across the various enterprises.
The cloud also allows business owners and staff to work from anywhere, such as from home. Obviously, this allows work to be undertaken and information to be accessed outside of normal office hours. If the cloud service also includes mobile apps this means work can be done while on the move – a big advantage on long journeys.
Other benefits the cloud offers to multi businesses include strict document control. With documents being worked on across various businesses, security needs to be tight to prevent them being seen by those not authorised to do so. Cloud computing also offers the advantage of enhanced security. Should a laptop be lost, for example, the cloud serves as a repository for the data, rather than the device.
All the benefits offered by cloud-based systems give multi business owners competitive advantage over rivals, particularly in terms of money saved and the time saved in sharing information and data across the whole group.
There are still many opportunities to be had in the UK property market, assures Manish Chande, Clearbell Senior Partner and experienced investment expert.
Amid reports of overheating in the south-east, he advocates that the smart thing to do is look further afield. He explains that the UK property market may be pausing for breath after the sustained period of recovery following the global financial crisis. However, he notes that the continued under supply of properties in many rental markets, particularly outside London, is likely be experienced for some time.
Chande is an authoritative voice on these matters. Alongside his current role with Clearbell Capital was previously a board director at Land Securities.
There’s a clear regional element to consider in the current UK market, he explains. On one hand, a softening in the market may bring forward mispriced opportunities in London. Meanwhile, the yield spread between prime and secondary in the regions remains three times the levels in the six years preceding the 2008 crisis.
The north of England is likely to be a key growth area, believes Chande. Rather than writing off real estate across Britain, smart investors will be looking for opportunities across the country’s regions. The north is fertile ground for this, with attractive valuations that he believes have a good upside potential. Government funding continues to flow in for transport and infrastructure, and this should soon translate to significant improvements.
With this in mind Chande advises investors to look to the past for future growth. As transport links with London, and other cities in the north improve, he expects to see the number of companies moving to the regions increase. Now is the time to plan for this growth, snapping up well-located office space to cater for new businesses and their staff.
The area’s industrial heritage, particularly warehouses, are ripe for regeneration. Following the mould of successful projects outside of city centres such as Salford Quays and Liverpool Docks, large industrial buildings can bring significant opportunities. The combination of large square footage and their easy commuting distance from population centres make them particularly attractive.
Under Chande's leadership, Clearbell’s approach is to capitalise on these types of untapped pockets of real estate with clear potential. Its current investments are varied in nature and include offices, warehouses, residential property, industrial facilities, retail outlets and hotels. Chande advocates an intense approach to asset management, where the goal is to unlock value throughout the life of the investment.
And it seems the investment vehicle is an attractive prospect. Clearbell’s recent launch of a real estate fund brought of £400 million in equity and £100 million in co-invest, mostly from pension funds, endowments and high net worth individuals. Chande notes the spread of investors in this fund was particularly diverse, bringing interest from the US, Australia, South Africa, the UK and mainland Europe.
This highlights a new phenomenon says the expert, as institutional investors continue to focus on real estate. This is mainly because they are being fastidious about their choices and favouring experienced fund managers with a long track record. With three decades of successful projects and an impressive return under his belt, Chande would seem an obvious choice.
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Whether you are exchanging money to buy a property abroad, for a holiday or to send funds to a family member in another country you want to secure the best deal. Doing so will save you a lot of money. Plus, of course, using a good currency exchange firm will save you a lot of time and hassle as well as give you peace of mind.
Over the years, the currency exchange markets have changed. It used to be a service that was designed primarily to suit big businesses that were exchanging vast sums of money on an almost daily basis. Today, private individuals and small businesses also regularly exchange money. Therefore, thedemand for money transfer is now huge, so more companies are now providing this service.
The fact that more firms have entered the market means that the cost of changing money has fallen drastically over the past few years. Consumers no longer have to pay high bank charges, because they now have a choice of currency exchange providers.
However, to get the best deal you still need to be prepared to do some research, and shop around. Here we explain the best way to do so.
Only consider using properly regulated providers
It is important to use a firm that you can trust. Unfortunately, there are a lot of con artists out there, including some that masquerade as money exchange firms.
Before considering using a firm, first check that they are properly regulated. Look on their website to find out which financial body they are registered with. Then go to that regulators website and check that the currency exchange firm you are thinking of using is actually a genuine member of that regulatory body.
If you want to use a UK based company, you will need to check that they are registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). You can do that at this link.
Always get a quote first
Once you have found a suitable firm take the time to get a quote. This will tell you exactly how much the transaction will cost.
Double check the fees
However, be careful. Do not simply choose the cheapest quote and make the exchange.
Some firms offer a good exchange rate, but it is cancelled out by the fact that they charge high fees for their services. For this reason, it is important to double check exactly what is included in the price you have been given.
The best firms will provide a detailed quote that includes a full breakdown of their fees, taxes, and the exchange rate that will be used. If the money is being sent to a bank account, you also need to factor in any fees that the receiving bank will charge.
The bigger the sum of money you are exchanging the more important it is for you to check all of these things. With this type of transaction, even a small difference in the exchange rate can add up to hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds.
Following the steps outlined above, will really help you to secure the best possible currency exchange deal.
Business owners often have a difficult time securing the financing required to start and grow those companies. While some turn to their loved ones and offer investments within their companies, others look for other ways to finance their ideas. Even after launching your own business, you may still need some additional help. Financing can help you cover the paychecks you owe your employees, the bills that keep coming in and even the utilities needed for the daily operations of your business. The best financing options can help you when starting your business or helping it grow.
Invoice advances are cash advances that you take out against future goods. With traditional sales methods, you accept payments from customers and deliver goods after receiving those payments. If you experience a faster amount of growth than anticipated and cannot keep up with the demands from your customers, invoice advances can help. Investors essentially give you money that you can use today to pay for those goods with the agreement that the investors can take over your invoices if you cannot pay back the money borrowed.
You may find yourself in need of cash to cover your payroll financing, utility bills or another amount that you cannot pay. Some companies will offer you the cash that you need with some form of collateral that you put up such as a piece of property or the rights to sell a product that you offer. You can also cover your payroll with a microloan. A microloan is a smaller loan than you might get when going through a bank or traditional lender. Some sites actually let you seek loans from multiple people and use an online system to pay back your lenders.
The Small Business Administration is an organization in the United States that offers loan programs for American citizens who own some type of small business. You can request a loan once you open your business or when you need to secure funding in your early days. Instead of giving you a loan, the SBA will secure the loan that you get from a traditional bank or lender. The SBA will essentially agree to cosign on that loan and cover the loan if you default. Even if you have a lower credit score, you may qualify for one of these loan programs.
One of the top ways for new companies to get the financing they need is through crowdfunding. You've probably heard about sites like Kickstarter and how individuals received thousands of dollars or more from those sites. When you create a profile, you can upload videos, share details about your business and even include images of your products. Those using the site can donate as little as a few dollars to more than $1,000 to help you reach your financial goals. Several companies used these sites to great success and secured more than $1 million.
The problem with borrowing money from the SBA or taking out a traditional loan is that you must pay back that loan plus the interest charged by the lender. With a business grant, you'll receive money that you can use for start up or operating costs that you do not repay. Though the SBA offers several grants, you'll also find grants available from private sources. Many of these grants are only available to minority business owners, including women and African Americans. Most programs require that you submit an application, a proposal and a full business plan that shows how you will use that grant money.
Another popular way of securing financing for a new business is with presales. This is especially helpful for those who have a great product but do not yet have enough cash for the manufacturing of those products. You give customers the chance to make a down payment or pay the entire amount of that product with the agreement that you will ship that item as soon as possible. Tesla actually used preorders during its early days and is now a top auto manufacturer. Presales can help you raise the capital needed to get your products in the hands of customers.
Whether you need cash to cover your operating costs, the paychecks of your employees or even the cost of manufacturing your goods, there are a number of financing methods that can help. Consider grants and loans from the Small Business Administration, presales, microloans, crowdfunding and other financing options.
BetVictor , that was formerly known as Victor Chandler is a name associated with gaming in the United Kingdom and many individuals go to their site daily, keen to get the best marketplace for their preferred event. They are so dominant in the betting market and are known to give a very good offer to new players. This Betvictor bonus offer comprises a free bet to all new individuals of up to the value of £25 to use on sports betting after they make their very first bet with Betvictor. The value of one’s free bet must match the first bet they place on sports of their choice that are offered on the site. There is no promo code that is required.
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Remodeling your home is a long, tiring, stressful, and often expensive process. I remember growing up, we lived with the same early 1980s appliances, carpet, couches, etc. well into the late 90s simply because it was too much work, required more time than either of my parents could spare, and cost money they’d rather spend on other stuff (probably bills and food now that I look back). These are all things that prevent people from remodeling their homes. My family was comfortable and it wasn’t until we saw our neighbors homes that we realized it was time to remodel. It wasn’t easy and took over a year, but by planning correctly and being smart, we were able to do it on our limited household income. If you want to make some changes here are some things we did that could possibly help you as well.
- Make a schedule with prices and priorities.
If you are doing a full home remodel, there are going to be projects on top of projects. Make a detailed list of everything that needs to be done and put your priorities at the top. For example, it was much more important for my mom to remodel the kitchen before the guest bedroom. The kitchen is also one of the more expensive rooms to remodel, so it’s a great place to start.
- Set a date to start the remodel and save everything you can until that date arrives.
As mentioned above, remodeling is not cheap! It takes some serious saving if you want to update everything. If you have your list of priorities, it’ll give you an idea of your budget and how much you’ll need to spend. Whatever you think you’ll spend, add some more on top for unexpected expenses.
- Shop around…. A LOT!!
When making big purchases like new appliances, carpet and furniture, explore your options. You can get a base point to start with at AO.com. They have great deals from Groupon on appliances and furnishings to show you what to expect. When you are carpeting, see what kinds of guarantees different companies offer, installation fees, and other incentives that might lower the price in the long run. Remember, these will be there until the next remodel so be sure you like them!
Local web development agency, The Web Orchard, picked up a gold award at the annual Mayor of Shrewsbury’s awards ceremony last night. The current Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Miles Kenny, presented the annual accolades to individuals and businesses which have made a significant contribution to the town during the twelve months of his office.
After previously picking up gold and silver awards for their other business ventures they were presented the gold business award in recognition of The Web Orchard’s enhancement of the economy of Shrewsbury.
Speaking of their award Pete White, Director at The Web Orchard, said, “We’re thrilled to have recognition for the hard work we’ve put into establishing The Web Orchard as one of Shrewsbury’s leading web development agencies.”
Based in Shrewsbury Town Centre, The Web Orchard, complete projects for organisations from all around the world and provide Drupal and WordPress development, managed hosting and marketing services.
Since The Web Orchard’s formation in 2007 the company has worked with a number of clients including the Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service, Original Shrewsbury, Love Shrewsbury and Telford Shopping Centre.
Fun games are very crucial for a stag weekend to be complete. A few well managed and well-constructed stag games are enough to fill your night with laughs. Some of the best stag games are;
Stag show on stage
It is the most popular stag game. Everything is organized in such a manner that your stag is not aware that he is just about to be the main stage’s star. A classic wedding song is played to signify the beginning of the show. Two pretty girls will collect and take your stag to the stage. Then they will perform delights on him while the audience watch. As the stag is being truly and well pleasured, the audience enjoys the fun. The reward for the stag for being unwilling to participate is celebratory drink, and it is given to him as his show comes to an end.
Gold stag show package
This package constitutes of a honoree with two pretty ladies, a lesbian show for the audience, a reservation of a VIP booth and an alcohol bottle from one of these selections; Havana Club, Finladia, Absolut, Russian Standard, Jagermeister, Bacardi, Jim Beam and Johnnie Walker among others.
Sexy body painting
This stag game is ideal for birthday celebrations, stag parties and weekend parties. The activity takes place at the club’s stage. A hot striptease is performed by a dancer at the start of the show. You can now start painting her body while naked. Imagination is not limited, the duration is 60 minutes, and the minimum number of people is 6. In case this number goes beyond 15 persons, then 2 girls must be included.
Sexy body buffet
This another interesting stag game. Guests get to enjoy their food from a body that lays naked in a room. The party is held in the VIP lounge. A beautiful lady lays down and acts as a table for your buffet. Then you eat from the sexy body as you enjoy the fun and drinks.
Your bride enjoys champagne and a hot male stripper in a private room. It is an unforgettable experience.
There are hundreds of sources available in the market for home entertainment such as music, games, home karaoke, Internet gaming, LAN gaming, online casinos and many more. Among these, online casinos have taken charge like never before, considering the increasing interest of people in playing casino but lack of time holding them back.
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There is a joke in an old Garfield cartoon strip where Jon, the owner of the challenging cat, mentions that while people say having pets makes you live longer, in fact, it actually just seems longer.
Having said that, there are a lot of people who genuinely believe that owning pets is beneficial to one’s health. People who credit their pets with aiding them in recovery from illness, helping them through difficult times and making them feel better just by being around. It would appear that there may actually be a bit of science behind the anecdotes.
Here are just a few reasons why cats and dogs may, in fact, be more than just furry companions.
Taking care of yourself
Our pets rely on us. Even cats, who can often seem aloof and incurably independent, look to their owners for food and shelter. Knowing there is a living creature that would suffer without our regular care and intervention is a huge motivation to make sure we are able to live up to their expectations, and it is fair to say that they have some pretty high expectations! Simply having them around, therefore, can help us make the best decisions about our own lifestyles. So as you deflea the dog, make sure the cat comes in when it rains and buy them both the best quality food that money can buy, on some level you will almost certainly also be making sure that you too have a certain quality of life so you can continue to provide them with the same.
Get some exercise
Perhaps this is one is more relevant to dog owners than cat owners because owning a dog means getting out and about into the great outdoors, whatever the weather, at least a few times a day. There are certain breeds of dog who require some pretty special exercise as well, and their owners often find that big chunks of their weekends can be taken up with long walks in the country. This sort of gentle, and occasionally not so gentle, cardiovascular exercise is good for the heart, lungs and muscles. Plus, getting out into the fresh air and sunshine is good for the soul. True, it is not always in the sunshine but put it this way; there are very few more compelling reasons for exercise in the freezing rain than a dog who needs a walk.
Someone to talk to
It is not all about physical health either. Pets are companions whose very presence can have a hugely positive effect on your psychological wellbeing. They may not be able to talk back but they are great listeners, and it has been shown time and again that sitting down and stroking a dog or a cat can have a beneficial impact on things like high blood pressure and depression. Given this, perhaps it is not surprising that there are charities which specialise in arranging visits by dogs and cats to old peoples’ homes and hospitals.
So there you have it. Your four-legged friend whom you love so much may be paying you back in more ways than you, or indeed they, realise.