Why Would You Have Window Tints ?>

Why Would You Have Window Tints

Hi Harold here,

Do you know what?

Until I met with Martin Schlatter at Tintmaster, I’d never ever thought about window tinting. I mean, why would I have any glass tinted?

Lots Of Reasons

However, I found out there are many and varied reasons why you might want to have some carried out!

“I guess, when it comes to car window tinting, it does tend to be vanity in a lot of cases”, he smiles, “but, having your car windows tinted can offer added privacy and also helps to reduce glare if you have a top tint put on your windscreen”.

O.K, I sort of get the ant-glare thing, but why would you want to tint your back widows?

Car Windows

“I do a lot of stuff for celebrities and VIPs”, he says, “I also have a fair number of VIP “taxi” companies, so whenever they add a new car to their fleet, they get the rear wiondows tinted”.

Why don’t they just buy the car with tinted glass already installed?

“To be honest, it’s a darned sight cheaper to have us add tinted glass film, it’s as simple as that. So, I can understand that from the upmarket taxi firms. The celebs themselves just don’t tend think about it until after they’ve bought their car. Once they realise the privacy and/or security implications, then they come to us. And, based in London Colney we have plenty of celebs living in the area. We have two Premier League training grounds within a mile or two, so we do a lot of business for the footballers”.

Interesting, are they as up their own you know whats as the press make out?

“Most of them are just regular Guys, but they do have nice cars, and they do give large tips”, he laughs.

Indeed, we digress!

What about other reasons for having tinted film added to glass.

Regulation 14

“Many and varied”, he says, “As an example, a few years ago Regulation 14, which deals with safety glass in the workplace was upgraded. That meant the standards of toughness of safety glass were enhanced and it left many workplaces with glass that didn’t meeet the saftey standards. as you know, fall foul of the authoritites and big fnes can follow”.

Indeed, they can.

“So, we picked up an awful lot of work adding our Regulation 14 authorised safety film to existing industrial glass”.

Glass Film In the Workplace

There are also other reasons for the use of tints in the workplace?

“Yes, many, in fact, but I’ll highlight two. Firstly, we often put relfective or solar film on to office widows. This helps keep offices cool in the summer and wanrmer in the winter. Obviously this saves on either air conditioning or heating costs dcepending on the season”.

Yes, that makes sense.

“We also provide opaque film for office provacy, so for meeting rooms, or interview rooms and such like. Again, this is so much cheaper than buying pre smoked or opaque glass. Once customes realise what we can do in this direction, it makes the sale almost a no brianer”, he smiles…

“Buy ordinary glass and let us make it whatever you want it to be at a fraction of the price”.

That definitely makes sense in these days of ever increasing cost cutting and so called “efficiencies”, this is olne area where you can save with ease.

If you want to contact Martin to employ his glass tinting servcic es for either home window tinting or car window tinting, then click the links in this last paragraph to visit his website, or, go to his Tintmater homepage here.

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Growth Of Digital Jobs

There is no doubt, as we move into the second half of 2016 that the digital jobs market is massively on the increase. eCommerce and online transactions are now a major driving force in the British economy. Indeed, with the vote to leave the EU fresh in the mind, GB Plc must do everything it can to foster busienss growth in the United Kingdom.

The Brexit Effect

Brexit is the will of the British people and must now be acted upon by the politicians. However, it is the economies “job” to ensure that nothing untoward befalss Britain. One of the ways to do that is to continue to drive growth through economic activity and digital skills is surely one to do that. To enhance our digital skills base to ensure eCommerce continues to be such a massive driving force.

Indeed, in talking to Doug Bates at Intelligent People a digital recruitment agency based out of St Albans in the commuter belt around London, he very much agrees.

“Absolutely, these skills will be key for the economy”, he says, “however, post Brexit is a long way off, we have this period of uncertainty that we have to “manage” in the meantime. I believe that all of the digital marketing skills will be one of the driving forces that helps us through this sticky patch”.

Interesting, what skills in particular do you think will serve to keep driving the economy forward?

prod-manage-andecommerceLet’s Talk Skills

“To be honest, there is a whole gamut of skill sets that we recruit for every day. The one thing I want to say right up front is, that we still see a busy, busy market. There has been no decline in demaned for any online marketing skills so far. I think project fear was a little too successful and I hate to see so many people talking the country down. We need to come together and grasp the opportunity that Bresit offers. I happen to think that the British spirit, capacity for hard work and entrepreneurial spark will win through and in the long-term we will be better off”.

O.K, political speech over, what skills Doug?

Seriously, Let’s Talk Skills

“Sorry”, he smiles, “I don’t specifically want to talk about any one skillset. is eCommerce more important than Product Management, or SEO? Impossible to say, but what is fior sure is that the entire digital marketing skills range slots together to produce a vibrant “e” economy in Britain. Billions are now traded online every year and the amount is growing. This government report puts the trade at £193 million in 2013 with expnoential growth epxected. Work it out for yourself”.

That is an awfully large amount of trading!

“Indeed it is, and our job is to oil the wheels of that market by bringing skills to the job demand”.

How do you do that?

Early Adopters of Digital Recruitment

“Well, it’s a long story I guess. When Chris (Mason) and I started Intelligent People we hti the IT market, it’s what we knew. But it was clear seismic changes in that market were making it far more doug_batesdifficult to deal in and build a profitable business. So we researched and looked at what people like Jeff Bezos were saying about the future of eCommerce. Bezos had nailed his colours firmly to the eCommerce mast and was losing millions every week in order to prove the point. We just thought that if he was prepared to stick his neck out like that the future was strong. Look at Amazon now!”.

“So, we decided to research the digital marketing apce and see if there was enough there to build a business. What we found was a fledgling market twelve years ago. Indeed, everyone was sort of making it up as they went along to be fair. There was a lot of “bleeding edge” technology and processes around and people trying new things to make online commerce work. There was a lot of trial and error and a lot of companies striving very hard to make the whole thing easier and more secure to implement. Let;s face it twelve years ago, would you put your credit card on an online purchase?”.

Probably not.

“But now, it’s common place and something like 93% of the population buy at least one item online every month, even my Mum does these days!”, he smiles again

O.K, so let’s come at this from a different angle, what skills areas are you working the most in at the moment.

eCommerce and Product Management

“I woud have to say we have an awful lot of ecommerce jobs on the books at the moment. We also have an awful lot of product manager jobs as well. I think that’s because there is a lot of new product dfevelopment going on, so the management of those new products and getting them to market is vital. And, of course, once they are ready for market, the eCommerce systems and integrations to sell the then become the key component. I think that’s why we are so busy in those key areas. Does that answer the question”?

Yes, thank you Doug.

Finally, what do you think makes you different?

“Sales pitch time”, he laughs, “we genuinely emplopy people who have marketing experience so they can tlak to clients and candidates alike on theior “home ground”, the trulty understand thne nature of the vacancy and the skills required. We also have an in depth training and on-boarding priogram thatn properly prepares our new recruits for the riguers of the market, so they can maximise time and effort on behalf of our candidates and clients. It;s a potenet and successful mix”.

Intelligent People are a Digital Recruitment Agency visit by clicking the link.


Turning the Heat Up ?>

Turning the Heat Up

It’s an undeniable fact that happy customers can help a business thrive and succeed. There’s one newcomer in the boiler installation, supply and maintenance market that has a long list of very satisfied customers who rate the company five out of five stars on customer review site http://www.reviews.co.uk. I’m talking about Gloucestershire-based Hassle Free Boilers, who are making the prospect of buying and installing a new boiler and heating and hot water system much more affordable and accessible to more people than ever before.


Offering an innovative ‘pay-monthly’ scheme, Hassle Free Boilers enables you to get a brand new top-of-the-range boiler installed in your home, and maintained and serviced every year, for just one relatively small monthly payment. No large upfront sum of the boiler cost is needed – which is a great relief to those of us who haven’t got a spare £1500-£2000 (the average cost of a new boiler) knocking around to pay for the privilege of enjoying the benefits of a new boiler. No installation costs are needed either – all costs including labour are covered by the monthly payment, which also includes servicing and repair costs.


Hassle Free Boilers’ flexible approach to payment has revolutionised the heating and hot water market, where traditionally boiler suppliers and installers asked customers to fork out for the cost of the boiler, installation and labour costs. This conventional approach limited the market for new boilers to only those with savings. Which is a shame, because a brand new boiler has significant advantages to both the environment and a consumer’s monthly energy bill!

Hassle Free Boilers, who estimate that you can achieve savings of up to £47.50 a month (or £570 a year) with a new boiler in your house, are in effect offering a free boiler that you pay them back for over a period of up to 12 years. As a result many more UK households who have bought through Hassle Free Boilers and are using less fuel to power their boilers and hot water and heating systems, helping to lower their carbon footprint and – of course – lowering their energy bills.

Energy Efficient

Lee Brooker, marketing manager at Hassle Free Boilers, tells me, “It’s true about the energy savings estimates, based on figures from the Energy Savings Trust. If you have a boiler that is more than 10 years old, it needs more fuel to heat your home properly, as its technology, parts and powering methods are outdated. A boiler this old could be 55% less efficient than a brand new boiler, and with our payment options, you don’t have to wait until the old model breaks down before investing in a new one.”

Hassle Free Boilers point out that they only supply well-known and reputable brands, such as a Worcester-Bosch, Ideal or Vaillant boiler. “So you really do get the best with Hassle Free Boilers!” Lee quips. “We also give impartial advice on the best type of boiler for your home. It’s not just bigger is better! A smaller home with only one bathroom and not a lot of spare space, like a loft or airing cupboard, is usually suitable for a combi boiler, otherwise known as a combination boiler. But if you already have a larger house, with a cold water tank in the loft and a hot water cylinder in a cupboard, and more than one bathroom, the more traditional heat-only or open-vent boiler could be the solution for you.”


It’s such a great way of doing business – allowing you to pay for a boiler in the same way as a mortgage helps you to buy a home – that I ask Lee where the idea of regular payments came from when Hassle Free Boilers was launched. “We are part of the sustainable energy solutions Ecovision Group, who were looking for a more affordable approach to supplying eco-friendly heating solutions to more households,” Lee answers.

Looks like Hassle Free Boilers has achieved their goal of bringing more energy-efficient heating systems to more customers, who seem very happy with their investment. For more information go to http://hasslefreeboilers.com/


Starting a Business Today ?>

Starting a Business Today

Interest-start-your-own-Internet-businessWith the right money and mindset, just about anyone can start a business today. However, it takes special talent and/or creativity to come up with a creative business venture that will appeal to your own passions, as well as your consumer. Fortunately for you, you don’t need to be a mind reader to determine what will interest your potential customers; ideas are all around you. The trouble is just getting them out of your head and onto paper. To help bring out the creativity, pull out a notepad and jot down the following:

–              What are you most passionate about? – Do you enjoy helping people get organized? Are you a graphic artist to be reckoned with? Great! Write anything that comes to mind, down.

–              Are you interested in starting a new hobby? – While more risky because of the uncertainty of knowing whether or not you’ll enjoy your new venture, it can breathe some fresh air into an otherwise dull business idea.

Who are my ideal customers? What are they looking for? – Answering these two questions will help you set your scopes on the right customer.

–              Am I interested in pursuing this full time or part time? – It might seem like a pointless question, but really, it’s important to consider.

–              What am I skilled at? – Can’t think of anything? Here’s a way to jumpstart your brain: When your family/friends/parents call you to come help them, what do they ask for your help with? Are you constantly being asked to help fix their electronics when they malfunction? Jot the idea down on the notepad.

business-ogSo now you have a list of potential ideas and ventures, but what do you do with it? Use your list to help do research. If you wrote down that you’re good with taking pictures, and you enjoy photography, consider opening a photography business. Want to take it a step further? Specialize. You can do this with just about any business!

The most important thing to do right now is take some time with this step, and really let all of the information absorb. Don’t rush into anything immediately. Some of the greatest ideas seem to come to us at the most inconvenient times; we recommend carrying a small notepad and pen with you everywhere for at least a week to jot down random notes.

After a week (maybe sooner), you might have your own creative business idea, but you’re not out of the woods yet. It’s time to sit down and determine answers to the following:

– How much do I need to invest into my business? If I don’t have the money available, how will I get the funds to get started?

– What will be my advertising strategy?

-Is there a market for my services/products? If so, how can I get my business name and product in front of them?

-What sort of licensing do I need for my state/city? Some states and cities maintain strict regulations and require licenses; be sure to check with your state before you do anything else.

blue-business-png-Will I be running the business out of my home or will I require a separate building? You may have to check your state’s regulations on this as well.

-What supplies or equipment do I need to get started?

-Should I hire the professional guidance of an accountant? There are pros and cons for either or, check into these before you make any decisions.

These are just some of the things to consider before opening the doors to your new customers. Creating and managing a new business is a lot of work, if you need help at all during any step of the process, we would be pleased to help you.