Hart Portable Appliance Testing – Re-igniting the ancient, almost extinct art, of Customer Service!

Hart Portable Appliance Testing, is a highly professional business which is managed by owner, Nick Hart. The service that he offers is very unique, particularly in terms of the extremely high levels of customer service, which is a trait that he certainly instilled into the job that he undertook for us, at our offices. 

He is based in Shenley, Hertfordshire, he also covers central and north London and offers all the services that you would expect from a reputable Portable Appliance Testing service. When we required PAT testing for our new offices, we contacted Nick on the strength of the very positive reviews that he had received; from the outset, he came across as very friendly and most importantly, extremely knowledgeable with portable appliance testing, the ‘The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989’, and the ‘Health and Safety at Work Act 1974’. His sound knowledge and experience in this area, provided us with reassurance that we were indeed, using the services of someone that had a plethora of experience, and who was genuinely concerned in ensuring the safety of all of our portable appliances. In the past, we have had experiences with PAT testers whom have turned up late, or who haven’t arrived at all!

From the very first contact that we had with Nick, he was able to reassure us on many of the questions that we had about the service. Nick and his staff, are fully qualified with City and Guilds Certification, and they offer extremely competitive rates. In fact, we were impressed with the simple cost structure, and the fact that he was very clear and transparent on costs from the very first point of contact. In the past, we have come across companies whom are clearly disorganised, and not particularly upfront or indeed transparent with costings. It was very refreshing to find someone that not only has a thorough knowledge of PAT testing, but who also makes sure that customers are very clear on each element of the service – from cost, right down to the process of the PAT.

Nick also explained that each test result is recorded and that he would furnish us with a certificate confirming that we had complied with our legal obligations.

Nick arrived at our offices early and with a very cheerful disposition, and immediately informed us as to how the PAT testing would be carried out. He very helpfully explained that in order to test each appliance, he would have to turn the appliance off. He also informed us that it was his aim to carry out the job as quickly and effectively as possible, for no other reason but to minimise disruption to our staff. This is something that immediately impressed us because it demonstrates a rare quality which is sadly lacking in many other service providers. It is quite evident that Nick is truly passionate about what he does, and that he genuinely wants to help, in a way that poses a little inconvenience to the customer.

After Nick had finished, he explained that we could contact him at any time in the event of any further queries or issues. We know that from our own experience, he is very fast to respond to queries or questions and that he always does so with a smile, and the wonderful customer service that he is so focussed in providing.

Subsequently, we have actually recommend Hart Portable Appliance Testing to many other businesses that we are closely associated with. As it is recommended that PAT testing is carried out on an annual basis for many organisations, we have already informed Nick that we will be using his services again, and have no hesitation in endorsing Hart PAT. His very transparent service and the fact that he is readily accessible to many businesses that require PAT played an important factor in our decision to use him.

We can only thank Nick for his dedication and professionalism, and the overall service that he provided to us, in ensuring that we met our legal obligations.

Go to http://www.hart-pat.co.uk or call 07852 824 720

The best provider of web design services in Newcastle

Web Design Newcastle

Are you one of those individuals who are in search for the best provider of web design services in Newcastle? If your answer is yes, you are definitely in the right place. We, at Web Design Newcastle is a well known regional based service offering North East businesses a great chance to implement a brand worthy and cost effective design to their website. In the present year, there are huge numbers of companies that offer web design services however it is very important that you choose for a reliable, professional and competent company that you can trust and depend on like Web Design Newcastle. It is a fact that selecting for the elite provider of web design services is not an easy task at all since it requires intensive research, commitment, time, dedication and effort to make sure that you will come up with excellent results you are expecting in no time. Once you decided to try and avail our web design services, you can be sure that you will get hold of the best web design service and results you deserve to receive.

Our Goal

We, at Web Design Newcastle have one effective and simple goal in mind and that is to offer our valued clients with first class quality web design services that are worth paying for. Our services include great web design prices, WordPress development, skilled SEO service and website design. Our local and flexible services mean your company will be handled by a professional team who understand and know North East business life. Excellent customer service and customer satisfaction is our top priority and this is one of the reasons why we worked hand in hand to assure our clients that we can meet and exceed their needs, expectations and demands. With our help and existence, you are assured that you are one step closer in reaching your business objectives in just a short period of time.

Our Team

We, at Web Design Newcastle are composed of competent, knowledgeable, professional and reliable website developers, web designers and project managers who are well trained and fully skilled in providing you the best web design service you ought to receive. We strive hard and worked together to produce an excellent solution that is right for your business. We offer our clients with our website design, web software solutions and custom website design. We are pleased and happy to assist and help you with your school website and large corporate brand website. Apart from this, our team had undergone intensive trainings and seminars to assure our valued clients that we can meet and go beyond your needs, demands and expectations.

Our Guarantee

We, at Web Design Newcastle will guarantee our clients that they will get hold of the best web design services they are seeking for. We are always ready and willing to help them in creating their business website in no time. If you want to gather additional valuable information and details about our company, please feel free to visit our website at http://www.webdesignnewcastle.co.uk.

How To Make A Great Cake

Sometimes all you need is a slice of cake, whether you have baked one for a special occasion or you want something sweet after your main meal, the cake is still one of the most popular home baked desserts in the world.


Because they are so versatile! A great cake can be made using all manner of ingredients and decorated to suit your particular need or occasion. And whatever your dietary needs, there is a cake recipe out there for you. You will even be able to find several Vegan cake recipes as well as gluten free ones. Underneath all great cakes is a basic recipe and this is what we are going to share with you today as well as tips and tricks to make it your best cake ever.

Basic Sponge Cake Recipe:


  • 200g Self raising flour
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • 200g Softened butter
  • 200g Caster sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk


  • Preheat your oven to 180C, 160C Fan or Gas mark 4.
  • Grease and line two 20cm non stick round sandwich tins with baking parchment.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and using an electric whisk beat together until smooth.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between the two sandwich tins.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.
  • Leave the tins to cool slightly before removing the cakes.
  • Leave the cakes to cool on a wire rack before decorating.


  • You can add other ingredients including fruit, chocolate and nuts to this simple recipe as well as flavourings and colours to make it just how you want it.
  • Use a shaped cake tin, like this amazing silicone dog mould, to change the shape of your cake, perfect for special occasions.
  • Split the mixture into cake cases to make cupcakes.
Tilting Cake Stand

Tilting Cake Stand

You can decorate you cake however you like, you can add butter cream and home made jam to the centre of your cake before icing the cake as a whole. Tricks to help you decorate your cake:

  • Use a tilting turntable to help you ice and decorate your cake with ease, we find these particularly useful!
  • When spreading your butter cream or icing onto your cake use a slightly warmed up knife or cake spatula as this will make the sticky butter cream and icing easier to spread.
  • Store your cake in an airtight tin or plastic cake caddy to help keep it fresher for longer. Use cutters to shape your decorations if you don’t have a steady enough hand to make delicate fondant shapes like these great butterflies.

You can have a lot of fun making and decorating your perfect cake so why don’t you give it a go and see what you can create.

More details on buys Innovative Kitchenware please go to http://www.innovativekitchenware.com

Investigating Tax Fraud in the UK

High on the agenda of the HMRC is the prosecution and investigation of Tax Fraud in the UK. Last week, children’s nursery boss Michael Scott, aged 63 was found guilty of tax fraud amounting to a total of £945,000.
Following a four-week trial at Southampton Crown Court for tax fraud offences committed between 2007 and 2011, Scott was found to be guilty of failing to account for National Insurance and Pay as You Earn contributions, and as a result abusing his position as an employer.
In March this year, the UK government announced plans to penalise companies who have aided tax evasion.
“No longer should any organisation be able to get away with facilitating or abetting others to evade tax”, said Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander. “For too long, our tax system struggled with the fact that a small minority felt it perfectly OK to indulge in tax avoidance and commit the crime of tax evasion…The public will not tolerate being stolen from any more” he added.
Leading Manchester based Tax Fraud Solicitors Stephen Lickrish & Associates specialise in the professional representation and investigation of Tax Fraud, Duty Fraud and VAT Fraud allegations in the UK. With one of the largest teams of Tax Fraud solicitors in the North West if not nationally, Stephen Lickrish are equipped and experienced to handle even the most complex of cases.
In such cases where accused, early representation is considered crucial, so that the case can be better explored, managed and contained from the outset. Typically lengthy in nature, cases of Tax Fraud are detailed, invasive and can often cause distress for all parties involved. By using trusted and expert tax fraud solicitors such as the legal team at Stephen Lickrish, this process can be handled discreetly and with the upmost professionalism.
For more information on Stephen Lickrish & Associates, who represent a national clientele, please visit www.stephenlickrish.com. Initial free legal advice to understand the merits of the case is available before representation.

Real ale and rock at Willowman Festival

The Willowman Music Festival in North Yorkshire is attracting as much attention for its top class real ales as it is for its live acts.

Over the last five years the four-day festival at Knayton near Thirsk has attracted the likes of The Wailers and New Model Army and this year Echo and the Bunnymen will take the headlining slot.

But some festival-goers would say the real star of the show is the range of real ales at pub prices that guarantee a great atmosphere before a note has even been played.

Festival director Steve Williams said: “Since day one we have endeavoured to have top quality ale at the festival. To me great beer and great music go hand in hand.

“When I planned the first festival I looked at it from the perspective of what I as a musician and music fan would want. Festival goers are fed up of being ripped off paying high prices for sub-standard beer.”

For the past three years Steve has successfully linked up with Northallerton-based Walls Brewing Company which has brewed a number of bespoke beers for the festival and sourced some excellent complimentary ales and ciders from niche breweries.

The cornerstone of the bar tent is the specially brewed Willow Wobbly ale which year after year has proven a festival favourite. Walls Brewery also supplies the festival with several of its own real ales like Summer Gold, Gun Dog and IPA.

To coincide with last year’s festival head brewer and brewery owner David Wall sourced the special brew Swords of a 1000 Men from the Revolution Brewery in Castleford in honour of singer Eddie Tudor Pole who appeared at Willowman and gave us a hit of the same name back in the 80s.

Last summer Revolution Brewery also brewed an ale called Uprising after the late reggae legend Bob Marley to mark the appearance of his band The Wailers at Willowman.  To continue the music theme last summer the brewery also supplied beers brewed at strengths of 3.3, 4.5 and 7.8 to mark the playing speeds of vinyl records.

This year will see a special London Porter on sale called Clash with a gravity of 4.5

This dark ale is made with five different malts and hopped with legendary US hops for a smooth rounded finish.

Revolution is also reviving its Unknown Pleasures ale in honour of Peter Hook and the Light’s appearance at Willowman Festival 2015 who will perform songs from the Joy Division classic debut album of the same name.

Head brewer and brewery owner David Wall said: “Willowman Festival is building a great reputation as a rock music event but also for its beer. We brew Willow Wobbly every year which is a firm favourite and a sturdy, strong but quaffable ale.

“This year we are also introducing a session Willow Pale Ale as some festival goers peak too early on the Wobbly so we thought we would offer an alternative!

“At the end of the day festival goers bring a lot of their own drink for back at the tent and pre-festival drinks, but if you keep the quality of the ales high in the bar and the prices right more people are happy to enjoy a full festival experience and forgo the delights of a warm flat can of lager.

“When the music is right you can’t beat a good pint of ale in your hand and at Willowman that is exactly what is on offer.”

As well as a range of ale Willowman will have several craft ciders, a range of red and white wine and a selection of sprits again all at sensible prices.

This year’s festival takes place over Solstice weekend from June 18-21 and joining Echo and the Bunnymen on the bill is ex-Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook and his band The Light, 80s songstress Hazel O’Connor and Dreadzone.

Flying the flag for the North East are Frankie and the Heartstrings, Bessie and the Zincbuckets and Lindisfarne members Dave Hull-Denholm and Ian Thomson who perform as The Alan Hull Songbook.

Willowman will also play host to a rare UK performance by classic New York-based ska band The Toasters, veteran punk band Goldblade, legendary DJ and former Old Grey Whistle Test host Andy Kershaw, reggae favourites Talisman, Pearl Handled Revolver, The Jeff Green Project, Ferocious Dog, Neck, Astralasia, New Groove Formation, The White Negroes, Charlotte Yanni Band, Louise Petit, Big Red and the Grinners and the fantastically named The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican.

Festival director Steve Williams said: “I thought last year’s line-up was going to be hard to beat but 2015 has come together really nicely.  The headliners speak for themselves and have already had a major positive effect on tickets sales.

“But a great festival is about more than the headline acts.  We have put together an entertaining and lively line-up that will really get the place rocking all weekend long with a bar tent packed with the best ales, wines and spirits.”

Now in its sixth year, The Willowman Festival has gained a national reputation for offering an eclectic line up of both new and established artists, while keeping ticket prices rock bottom.
The four-day family friendly festival takes place at the Hillside Rural Activities Park in Knayton, near Thirsk, over the Solstice weekend between June 18 and 21.

Spring special tickets are now on sale for a budget-busting £75 (which includes four nights camping and free parking) at www.willowmanfestival.co.uk  Full price tickets for the festival will be £85, children 11 and under go free, while young people tickets (ages 12 to 16) are priced at £40.

Willowman Festival was nominated in four categories in the UK Festival Awards 2014.  Best Small, Best Roots and Best Family Festival as well as Best Toilets!

Discover your strengths and put them to work

Discover your strengths and put them to work – taster workshop including Complimentary Strengths assessment valued at $9.99 
This workshop will give you a taste of how you can discover and unlock your strengths of you and the people in your organisation to find happiness, engagement and job satisfaction
An experience designed to meet today’s demands
Deborah Thompson and Laura Cumming will facilitate this action-packed, experiential, taster workshop, aimed towards helping organisations and business owners to experience a taste of:
How to win more customers and a greater market share and showing you how to unlock the talents of the workforce, to retain valuable experienced staff – who are the assets of your organisation and the people who you expect to make this happen.
It’s accepted that the most successful organisations invest in their people and look to win more customers and the biggest share of the market place by first winning the hearts and minds of their employees.
Successful people and organisations are constantly seeking new ways to improve their performance, drive productivity, profitability and engagement. When you get this right, you not only retain a highly trained, experienced and engaged workforce, but also continue to grow a fan base of satisfied customers.
This workshop offers a taste of how this can be achieved and includes a complimentary code to discover your top 5 strengths.
There is a follow-on full day event to be held on 7th May at the City Library in Newcastle, which will take you and your business or organisation though a richer experience to give a greater insight into how to make this happen.
The first 10 organisations to attend the full day event are also in with a chance to win a complimentary ½ day workshop to show you how we can transform your people to love what they do, improve your productivity, profitability and engagement.
Book your place 
How to put your strengths to workDeborah Thompson and Laura CummingThursday, 7 May 2015 from 09:00 to 16:00 (BST)Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdomhttp://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-put-your-strengths-to-work-tickets-16181661786
Discover your Strengths and put them to workDeborah Thompson and Laura CummingFriday, 24 April 2015 from 08:30 to 11:00 (BST)Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdomhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discover-your-strengths-and-put-them-to-work-tickets-16224928197

Software built for taxi companies to take orders online

>Taxi Booking Software and online booking taxi website solution
Our Taxi booking software is a full Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to maintain the site content yourself.  It enables you to edit all the web pages, add new pages. 
Online Taxi booking software provides a simple, non-threatening way for your customers to make book on-line through the Internet. The Taxi scheduling software is Web-based, so you don’t ever have to worry about loading software. All you need is an Internet connection to enjoy the benefits of online Taxi scheduling.
Web Site CMS features

  • Create an image library or photo album with just one click
  • Let the CMS build your menu for you, “meaning no more broken links”
  • Add your own look and feel to your web site without the need for designers (or use our studio service)
  • Simply edit your web site features, structure and content through an easy to use online tool
  • Add news articles, set dates on which they automatically expire
  • Link to other sites quick and easily
  • Easily add and edit the FAQ and help pages
  • Add unlimited number of web pages and unlimited images

Click to find out more on the Taxi Booking Software

How Green Offices Benefit Employees

Green living has become more important than ever and as time goes on it will only become a more prominent issue. While it used to be a matter of making an extra effort to save energy and reduce waste in the home, this has since extended to the professional side of things. Public buildings such as schools, hospitals and offices are under an increasing amount of pressure to make the change and go green, even if it’s just a step by step process that takes a few years to implement completely.

There are plenty of reasons for offices to go green and these reasons go beyond the concept that it should be done just for the sake of the environment. While the environment is incredibly important and vital to our survival and quality of life, sustainable office design can also have positive impacts upon employees and people using the building.

For example, a report carried out in September of this year revealed that the way an office is designed can significantly impact on the health and wellbeing of staff. It was also found to have an effect on productivity and could be a contributing factor to the amount of sick leave and staff turnaround within the business. It’s fascinating to think that people can be so sensitive to their environments but it also makes a lot of sense; even the choice of colour in your office can negatively or positively affect the people working there. It was found that even the most basic improvements to the temperature and quality of indoor air benefited productivity and that access to natural light helped employees to feel happier and better rested in their personal as well as professional lives.

Based on this study, it is clear that companies should be making more efforts to improve on office design whilst making sure the environment is sustainable and green. There are various little changes that can be made to lead towards something bigger, from making sure the lights are turned off at night to recycling the paper your company gets through on a weekly basis. Once these changes are in place, you can start looking at the bigger picture and begin implementing changes to design and construction, such as having wood fibre insulation fitted.

Along with other sustainable features, insulation can be beneficial in various ways. Not only will an insulated office space be environmentally sound by helping you to keep warm in the winter and cold in the summer, reducing the reliance on the thermostat and central heating and saving money, but it can also be an effective form of sound absorption. The study revealed that noise is a contributing factor to productivity problems, and if you work in a particularly busy area then noise can become a real issue. The aim is to create an environment that is comfortable, well-lit, ventilated and calm enough for people to concentrate and work productively, and sound proofing walls is an effective and environmentally friendly solution.

Green offices are the future, it’s just a matter of waiting for everyone to catch up.

Why you should stay in the UK for your holiday

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We all need to get away and recharge our batteries now and then. It’s a crucial aspect of maintaining our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and not taking breaks from the daily grind is one of the easiest ways to increase our stress levels and decrease our overall happiness. Taking a short break and going somewhere else can sometimes be as invigorating as getting a cure from the doctor when you’ve been feeling unwell for a while. In fact, stress levels have been linked to physical health in some ways, with people suffering from more stress often feeling physically unwell.

Of course planning a holiday can be stressful in itself, but it doesn’t always have to be. A short weekend away, for example, doesn’t take much in the ways of planning and can be just as satisfying and enjoyable as a week abroad. For example, Holiday cottages offer a simple solution to the vacation problem. Renting out a cottage in the countryside can be a great way to relax and get away from it all with minimal effort. All you have to do is settle in and enjoy the scenery! You can find some truly beautiful and luxurious cottages all across the United Kingdom, allowing you to explore your own back yard with ease and simplicity. For example, a quick search on holiday cottages Cornwall will reveal some truly stunning sights that you might not have been aware of before. Cornwall is a part of the United Kingdom but has weather the rivals some of the more temperate, tropical parts of the world thanks to its location. This can be a fantastic alternative to travelling abroad and you’ll end up having a similar experience regardless.

Think about what this country has to offer and you’ll quickly realise how much of it is worth a visit. The United Kingdom is positively littered with natural beauty spots, sprawling cities, countryside and tons of culture to boot. We have coasts, cities and countryside everywhere, most of which is incredibly beautiful and make for ideal locations in which to relax. If you’re in mind for museums and galleries, you’ll be able to find them with ease, and if you want to immerse yourself in the wild countryside then that won’t be a problem either.

All you have to do is pick a location and find out what’s available. Go to a www.directholidaycottages.com and search for things like ‘holiday cottages Lake District,’ or ‘holiday cottages Dorset’ and you will find page after page of properties, all of which have their own amenities and attractions to pull you in for a short stay. A company like Direct Holiday Cottages will help you to find a place to stay quickly and efficiently; all you have to do is refine your search to the area you wish to stay in and see what properties they have for you to rent out. If you find one that you like, all you have to do is fill in the booking form for the dates you want, then get packing and prepare to enjoy your much-deserved break away.

Florida, the Perfect Holiday

Florida has a lot to offer, and there’s no doubt most people would rather spend their nights in a gorgeous villa with comfy furniture, clean beds, maybe even a pool and the whole place to yourself/yourselves as opposed to a crowded apartment complex.

Direct Villas Florida are there to help you find your perfect villa. They offer privately owned villas which are available to rent directly from the owners. There are villas ranging from one bedroom up to 8 bedrooms available and each property is fully furnished. Within their website, there is a dedicated page for disabled villas in Florida.

Florida is the ideal location for your holiday as there are endless activities and places to visit. There are Florida golf villas available for a quite game, or villas nearby to theme parks and waterparks such as Disney Land, or there are even Gulf Coast villa rentals for those of you who would like a picturesque view with easy access to the beach. Direct Villas Florida also have a dedicated care hire service which is ABTA bonded with great all inclusive rates on a range of different vehicles for all kinds of travelling groups whether it’s your whole family or just you and your partner.

So if you’re looking for Gulf Coast villas, Orlando villas or villas in Florida Keys and want to get the most out of your holiday, then Direct Villas Florida’s is the way to do so with their high quality services and vast amount of villas to choose from. Also, if you’re looking to advertise your own villa, then you can do so with Direct Villas Florida.

For more information please visit www.directvillasflorida.com.

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