It has been a scorcher of a summer, with many places in the UK and Europe experiencing record-shattering heat. But summer is finally and mercifully drawing to a close and before you know it Christmas will be here. Yes, Christmas. With the weather still on the warm side you may feel it’s entirely too early to start thinking about that, but it is never too early. And for families who are facing financial difficulties, particularly those that have small children (with all of their childish expectations), it’s especially important to start planning for Christmas now.
Actually some experts advise planning for Christmas at the beginning of the year, immediately after the holiday season. Granted, many people are in a financial squeeze at that time and have no desire to look ahead to yet another spending spree. But if you start planning early and plan smart, you’re much less likely to get yourself mired in holiday debt. And spreading the cost of Christmas across the entire year instead of over a few weeks puts much less of a strain on your finances.
But we’re long past January now. No worries, you still time to plan and save. Start by making a budget, even if the prospect seems distasteful to you. Then make a commitment to stick to it. Your budget should be based upon what you can realistically afford without skimping on necessities in order to fund the holidays – and without going too deeply into debt. Give yourself a little bit of slack but don’t go too far over budget or you will have defeated your purpose.
Conveyancing a property, especially if it’s your first time, can seem very daunting – and it
definitely can be, why it’s always a good idea to hire a lawyer or licenced conveyancer to take care of
deciphering all the legal jargon and make sure all of the documentation is in order. The last
thing you want is a problem in the wording of a contract causing issues on your hand-over
While you might not know the ins and outs of conveyancing, there are a few things you
can do to make sure everything goes to plan on your big day.
An exhibition stand at a trade show can be an effective channel to get the word out there about your brand and your product or service. However, many businesses don’t show themselves in the best light at exhibitions. Walk the aisles at your next exhibition and you’ll see stands that are messy, full of poorly designed marketing collateral and manned by disinterested staff. It’s not a good look for any business, and will likely reduce the chances of that business experiencing positive outcomes from the exhibition. This article will discuss four ways you can run a highly professional, highly profitable stand at an exhibition or trade show.
1. Display For The Right Space
It’s important to find out from the organisers how much space you’ve been delegated before you begin to design your display. This is fairly simple to do – most contracts for booth space are often priced based on the size of the booth. Ensure you have enough equipment and material in your booth so that the display looks rich and inviting, not sparse and empty. In saying that, you also need to be careful that your booth isn’t so packed full of material and collateral that it intimidates potential customers. To really get the balance right, it’s worth contracting a specialist marketing display company such as Tenji Concepts.
2. Cross Promotion Is Key
Expos provide a number of opportunities for cross promotion and collaboration. If you’re only selling one product or service, then do you really need a whole booth for yourself? Would it be better for your customers if you were co-located with a number of other businesses that were offering products and services that complement your own? Consider the opportunities for cross promotion at your next trade show – it’s a great way to keep costs down and reach established customer groups.
3. Run A Competition
You may be one of a hundred or thousand booths at your trade show, so you will need to do something unique or interesting to ensure potential customers stop at your booth and engage with your salespeople. Many stands try to stand out by running competitions for their customers. The prize can be something as simple as clothing with your branding or vouchers for your store. The most effective competitions offer something that is universally interesting and desired, like a piece of consumer technology. Think about what information you want from your potential customers when they enter – this is a good opportunity to conduct some basic market or demographics research.
4. Be Knowledgeable
If the trade show goes for a few days, you might want to consider who’s going to help you run the stand – you can’t do it all on your own! It’s great if you’ve got willing family members or friends to help you run it, but you need to make sure they know enough about the brand and your products or services to do the job. There’s nothing worse than going up to an exhibition stand to find out some information, only to find the staff member knows as little about the product as you do.
Exhibition stands are a really great way to generate potential new business. They are often expensive, so if you’re going to do it – remember to do it well.
Workplace emergencies can strike at any time, so it’s essential that effective plans be put in place to reduce damage, injury and even loss of life. Workers affected by any serious injury or illness that occurred at work should not only report the incident as soon as possible, but also seek advice from legal professionals like Sinnamon Lawyers . There may be support available that can help affected workers get back of their feet. Below are some guidelines on reducing the likelihood of emergencies at work through planning.
Train Staff to Respond to Emergencies
Train key team members so that they have the knowledge to respond effectively in the case of an emergency. This could mean different things depending on the workplace and context, but should include how to deal with an unfolding emergency, how to identify hazards, and how to manage people during unsafe situations. Ensure that there are workers with current first aid certificates on every shift so there is always someone who is trained to assist with an immediate medical response.
Every year, mobile technology gets more exciting and more amazing. We’ve already come such a long way since the massive mobile phones of the ‘80s! Now, there’s an app for just about anything you could want your phone or tablet to do. As well as enriching our personal and social lives, advancements in mobile technology have also unlocked new possibilities for businesses and professionals – from networking via the LinkedIn app to taking part in conference calls from the convenience of home.
But it’s one thing for your company to simply have access to this technology… it’s another, vastly superior thing to be taking full advantage of these wonders. Below are some tips for how to make the most out of these excellent devices.
1. The Best Devices
If you had the latest, greatest devices six months ago, there’s a fair chance you no longer do now! To ensure your workforce is at the top of their game, it’s a good idea to regularly check that they have the best mobile devices available. If you’re not sure if this is the case, a company that specialises in mobile technology, like Com2, can quickly determine this for you and then work out the best modern devices for your company.
Have you been nominated to organise your company’s next event?
Believe us when we say that organising an event is no mean feat, particularly if you haven’t done it many times before. Whether it’s a product launch, conference or exhibition, your event will require plenty of planning – from selecting the tastiest canapés and booking entertainment, to organising transport for your guests to and from the venue (and of course, remembering to book the venue in the first place).
Needless to say, event organisers certainly have their work cut out for them, and it’s true what they say: failing to plan is planning to fail. So, if you want to make your event one to remember (for all the right reasons), then you must have these following qualities: