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When you’re launching a new business in the modern age, there are a lot of factors to take into account. As well as the necessities of online visibility, modern marketing techniques, and hiring the right team members, it’s essential that you factor in the right design elements into your business premises. No matter what industry or sector your entrepreneurial venture lands in, having an eye on the concept of design could mean the difference between success and failure. If you want to reduce your running costs and make the most of your potential, then these business design ideas could transform your potential.

Alternative Space

One of the first factors that you need to take into account is your business premises. While manufacturers and industrial business will have more limitations when it comes to acceptable premises usage, some sectors can benefit from a more flexible office decision. Shared office spaces are growing in popularity, and with their low-costs and highly efficient benefits, they could be the answer to reducing your rental costs.

Alternative Energy

Solar and wind power are great, but they are largely impractical for the majority of business spaces. For manufacturers especially, the high energy costs can have a huge impact on your monthly outgoings. If your premises are more remote, then your energy bills are going to be high. Consider cost-effective solutions, with many manufacturers and industrialists making the decision to transition to LNG due to its accessibility, convenience, and reduced cost.

 

What is LNG? Liquified natural gas is a low-cost and convenient energy alternative, and you can click here for more information about this popular option.

Alternative Color

A paint job might not seem like it will change much, but there’s a reason why designers place such importance of color scheme. Color affects both mood and productivity. Avoid the bland magnolia options and look instead at blues for greater productivity, splashes of red and orange for a more energetic workspace or even yellow to reduce boredom and increase happiness. These simple psychological tricks can transform any working environment.

 

Alternative Accessories

Filling your workplace with the right accessories can have a number of benefits. There are traditional and well-recognized options like the right plants, which can aid productivity and even help keep the air in your workspace cleaner. You should also consider branding your accessories, with a huge variety of options available to help your work environment have a more professional and consistent branding strategy. Not only will branded accessories reinforce your branding and create a focused base of operations, but they can also be a good first impression for when prospective clients come through the door.

Alternative Workers

Long gone are the days of the traditional commute. As remote workers become the standard for those hoping to offer a more flexible workspace, and technology allows for easier project collaboration, having 9-5 workers in-house may not be the best option. You are now able to combine both full-time workers that are in the office every day, with a range of remote workers who will appreciate the greater flexibility and the loss of the daily commute.

 

If you’re considering a business launch then it’s tempting to stick with what you know, and what has worked traditionally. Modern technology has transformed the business world as much as it’s changed our personal lives, and incorporating modern solutions into any business plan can increase your flexibility and potential to grow.

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STAFF at intu Braehead certainly jumped to it when they were asked to help out with donations for the Renfrewshire Christmas Toy Bank Appeal.

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They donned colourful Christmas jumpers for a day and collected £60 in cash along with various toys from visitors to the giant shopping mall.

The Toy Bank was started by Renfrew mum, Lauren Roy Sutherland to make sure youngsters from less well-off families didn’t miss out on Christmas presents.

And thanks to Lauren’s and the appeal volunteers’ efforts Christmas gifts will be distributed to parents and carers of youngsters who have been referred by various charities, social workers, community groups and the Renfrewshire Food Bank.

Lydia Brown, intu Braehead’s community development manager said: “We had set up a collection point in the mall for donations to the Christmas Toy Bank Appeal and the response from shoppers has been incredible.

“We had a huge amount of gifts donated.

“The staff organise a Christmas jumper day at the centre every year and we thought it would be a good idea to make a collection for the appeal.

“You couldn’t really miss noticing our staff in the mall as they made the bucket collection since they were wearing really colourful Christmas jumpers.”

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If you’ve been smoking for years, it can be difficult to imagine giving it up for good. However, increasing numbers of people have found that they’ve been able to ditch the cigarettes for life thanks to vaping. It’s the hot new trend that looks set to save countless lives as more people turn away from tobacco in favor of vaporizers.

But is vaping right for you?

There’s a lot to bear in mind, so here are a few things you should consider before you decide to invest in a vape pen.

Why Will Vaping Help Me Quit Smoking?

One of the reasons why people find that vaping is helpful in quitting smoking is because it can mimic the hand-to-mouth action which smokers find so familiar. Although nicotine is the addictive property in tobacco which keeps us coming back for more, one of the things that many smokers miss is the feeling of having something to do with their hands!

When you use an e-cig or a vape pen, you can enjoy a similar hand-to-mouth action which mimics that which you were so used to when using cigarettes. This is a distinct improvement over nicotine patches.

Vaping also still allows you to get your nicotine fix. You can choose the right nicotine strength for you from a wide range of options, so if you were a heavy smoker you can start out with a stronger e-liquid and then, over time, you can decrease the nicotine content in your e-juice until eventually you’re using a 0% e-juice.

Is Vaping Healthier Than Smoking?

The big reason for taking up vaping instead of smoking is for the health benefits which it can bring. Smoking has been known for years to cause a plethora of health complaints, from asthma and coughing to serious lung conditions and even cancer. It’s no wonder that so many people want to give up the habit!

Vaping has now been acknowledge by experts and medical professionals to be at least 95% safer than smoking tobacco. This is great news for anyone who wants to protect their health and live as long and as healthily as possible.

Vaping is safer than smoking because no combustion takes place. When you light a cigarette, you’re burning the tobacco and inhaling the smoke which is produced. But burning any substance causes toxins and chemicals to be produced. These are then being taken into your lungs to cause potential damage.

When you vape, the e-liquid is being heated up but it isn’t actually being burned. It’s only heated up to the point where it turns into a vapor. Because there isn’t any combustion none of those harmful chemicals and toxins are produced. They therefore won’t find their way into your lungs while you inhale from the vape pen. People who have been smoking for years find they can breathe more easily after switching to vaping.

An Experience Not A Habit

When you smoke cigarettes, it’s all about habit and needing the nicotine. However vaping can actually be a pleasurable experience. There are so many different types of device and flavors of e-liquid out there that you can vary the experience you have from day to day. Do you feel like vaping a traditional tobacco flavored e-juice today? No problem. But what about if you feel like a fruity or a dessert flavortomorrow? You’ll have a world of choice at your fingertips with vaping. Cigarettes only come in tobacco or menthol flavors but with e-liquids you have a world of choice. From cocktail-inspired flavors to traditional menthol or tobacco you could try something new every day!

Are you inspired to take up vaping yet? If so, the only thing left for you to do is to choose the right vape starter kit so you can get going. There are lots of different options out there, and doing your research is pretty important to make sure you get the device that suits your vaping style and preferences. You can view more on vapesupply.pro and get all the information you require to help you pick the perfect vape pen to get your started with your ideal vaping experience.

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Beautiful landscapes, spectacular wildlife, ancient architecture, delicious seafood and down-to-earth people—Scotland holds many treasures that make it one of the most amazing countries in the world. This is why it’s no surprise that millions of tourists flock to Scotland every year, each of them yearning for a taste of its deep history, amazing outdoors and rich culture.

If you’re planning a trip to Scotland with your family, you’d be glad to know that there are plenty of activities for each of your family members to enjoy—from visiting historical sites to cruising the famous Loch Ness—plus a few interesting things in between:

  1. Explore Paisley Abbey

If you’re making a pit stop at Glasgow, it’s worth taking the short trip to Paisley to see its famous Paisley Abbey. Founded by Walter Fitzalan in 1163, this Gothic-style building features the 10th century Celtic Barochan Cross, has three windows designed by Edward Burne-Jones and some royal tombs. You should also drop by the Paisley Museum that has everything from 19th century Scottish art to dinosaur footprints. And while you’re in the area, make sure to dine at Cardosi’s for their authentic Italian fare that includes seafood, pizzas, pastas and meat dishes.

  1. Cruise Loch Ness

If your kids have read stories about Nessie, the three-humped monster that was said to live in Loch Ness, they’ll be ecstatic to cruise the famous lake itself and see if Nessie will make an appearance. It’s best to book a tour that will not only let you ride a boat on Loch Ness but also explore other sites like the Urquhart Castle along the way.

  1. Take your kids to see the dinosaurs

Dinosaurs are very much part of your kids’ imaginations. Although they’ve been extinct for years, you can still enjoy a close encounter with these giant creatures by heading to Dino Park. If you’re in Glasgow, you can also visit DinoM8 or Jurassic Parrr. Now if your bigger kids are looking to see the real thing, take them to Staffin Dinosaur Museum to see preserved dinosaur footprints and fossils. You can also drop by the Museum of Scotland to see a life-sized skeleton cast of a T-Rex.

  1. Enjoy authentic pub fare

When your little ones are in bed, you can head out of town to enjoy Scotland’s bustling nightlife. And your first order of business should be to enjoy authentic fare in one of the area’s many pubs. After you’ve had a good meal and drink, you can place some stakes at the casinos or maybe learn how to play blackjack with your older family members. Your teenagers will also love dancing the night away in the many clubs around Scotland.

  1. Get up close and personal with animals

If you love visiting zoos back home, you will surely love Highland Wildlife Park. This part-zoo, part-safari is not your typical animal sanctuary. It offers your family the unique experience of driving your own vehicle around the main reserve or you can join a guided tour on a Land Rover. Highland Wildlife Park is home to horses, elks, bisons, deers, vicunas, polar bears and a healthy population of birds. After your drive through the main reserve, you can explore the rest of the park on foot where you’ll get to see more animals like the Amur tiger or a European wolf pack.

  1. Visit Scotland’s famous castles

Scotland is known for its beautiful castles and both you and your kids will surely love the experience of living out the pages of a fairytale. Glamis Castle is child-friendly and has a lot to offer both inside and out, Tantallon Castle and Dunnottar Castle have stunning coastal views and of course, Stirling Castle lets you experience a piece of history with its costumed characters and medieval garb that kids can wear. Your tots can even try playing musical instruments from the Renaissance era at the palace vaults.

Visiting Scotland with your family will definitely be an experience like no other, and with these activities on your list, each member of your family will surely have a grand time during your vacation. All you need to do is book those tickets, find accommodations and plan the rest of your trip.

Drink driving

Motorists are being urged not to take the risk when getting behind the wheel this Christmas and New Year, with Police Scotland warning drink-drivers are more likely to be caught now than ever.

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Patrols will be increased across the festive period with motorists warned that even being slightly over the limit is an offence and in the eyes of the law you are a drunk-driver and a criminal.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “During the festive season, there is an increase in nights out and it can be tempting to have just one drink or to take the car the next morning.

“However, it is not worth risking your own life and the lives of other road users as your ability to drive is impaired when under the influence.

“Don’t take the chance. Book a taxi to and from your night out and ensure you are safe this festive period.”

New research1 reveals Scots believe the top consequences of a drink-drive conviction are: losing their licence (81%); getting a criminal record (80%); or getting points on their licence (80%).

However, the very real consequences, such as a prison sentence (64%) or having their car confiscated (47%) are not as widely considered.

Neither are the personal consequences: such as losing their job (50%); being the cause of conflict in a relationship (45%); or the embarrassment or shame of getting caught (67%).

Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham said: “The consequences of drink-driving can be life changing and unfortunately there is a persistent minority of drivers who continue to ignore the law.

“A drink-driving conviction can be devastating, with significant criminal, personal, social and employment consequences.

“I was disappointed to see that during last year’s Festive campaign 5672 drivers failed a breath test. To all those who persist in breaking the law remember, the best approach is none.”

The research also revealed people’s attitudes towards those with a drink-drive conviction change. Many respondents stated they would feel less likely to trust someone with a drink-driving conviction, as they see them as unreliable and view them as a criminal.

She added: “This campaign reinforces the fact that driving whilst under the influence of drink is unacceptable and brings misery and devastation to families and loved ones across our communities.

“My message is very clear; you can expect to be caught and when you are, you will face the full force of the law.

More than 20,000 drivers are stopped by the police in Scotland every month3 and Police Scotland’s enforcement campaign will see an even stronger focus on drink driving on Scotland’s roads from 1 December, so the chances of being caught are higher than ever.

For more information log onto dontriskit.info or check out the Road Safety Scotland Facebook and Twitter (@roadsafetyscot) pages.

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If you’ve lived in a specific location for many years, meeting new people doesn’t seem to be necessary because you’ve already got a long list of established friends and acquaintances. Moving to a new city or location, on the other hand, means you need to find ways of meeting new people, which is often very difficult if you’ve moved past the formal education stage of your life.

For many people, making new connections can be very difficult and requires a considerable amount of emotional energy. If you’re looking for new and exciting ways to connect with people, below are the top eight suggestions.

 

  • Go for a walk

 

Get out and about, and you’ll be amazed at how many different people you meet. Wherever you relocate to, there is bound to be a local park where you can walk regularly. If you’re lucky to be moving to the countryside, check whether there are any hiking trails nearby. When you meet people out walking, take the time to strike up a conversation, and before you know it, you’ll have found someone with a similar passion to yours.  

 

  • Join a sport or activity club  

 

Many large towns and cities have sports clubs you can join, or if you’re not very athletic, check whether there is any book, art, wine, or dancing clubs to join. If you’re able to find a group that shares an interest of yours, there will be lots of opportunities to talk to other people. Suggesting meeting for a coffee will help break the ice, too.

 

  • Try volunteering  

 

Do you have a favourite charity or a cause that’s close to your heart? There may be volunteering opportunities in the area you’ve moved to. Volunteering is an incredible way to meet new people from all walks of life and feel like you’re making a difference in the local area. What’s more, you’ll also learn new skills and get valuable experience.

 

  • Talk to your neighbours  

 

Are the new friends you’re looking for living right next door? Start by greeting your neighbours when you pass in the street and then offer your help if you see them struggling with their shopping or mowing the lawn. Bake biscuits and take them round to your neighbours. By showing your willingness to make friends, you never know who you’re going to meet.

 

  • Walk your dog  

 

Having a pet is not only a furry companion for yourself but also a fun way to meet new people. Taking your dog for a walk in the local park is the perfect opportunity for people to come up and talk to you. Enjoy an outing with your pet, and you’ll soon make new friends.

 

  • Use social media to your advantage

 

Facebook is a great tool to use if you want to know whether there are people in your area looking to make friends. You might also be able to find acquaintances who lived in your previous hometown or old friends you didn’t know lived nearby.  

 

  • Hold a party

 

A welcoming party is one way to introduce yourself to new people in the area. Make it a casual dinner party or open house and invite your neighbours, work colleagues, and anyone else you’ve met along the way. You could also get in touch with a Swansea escort agency and find a companion for the evening.

 

  • Join the gym

 

The gym is a great place to meet new people if you’re not too busy gasping for breath! There could even be a café or juice bar there where you can hang out and connect with people once the workout is over.

The festive period is the best time of the year which everyone looks forward to; from having family dinners to catching up with old friends, but to make the holiday season step up a notch, it is always a good idea to go out with your family and enjoy the festivities. Every year brings new activities, and it is a good idea to go out and enjoy some of these offerings. This year around thanks to our friends at TheDadsnet here are three go-to places in and around London that you should definitely include in your schedule:

1)    Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

The first on the list is the Winter Wonderland which is open till 6th of January 2019. Children, as well as adults, would absolutely love it. They have a range of activities going on during the holiday period that include spectacular shows ranging from Stand-Up Comedy to Teletubbies Christmas show. Along with a number of rides including the Ice Mountain, a Santa Land dedicated to Christmas, the famous Bavarian Village with live music and a lot of beer on offer for you to enjoy with your friends and lastly the Christmas markets for some souvenir shopping.

2)    Meet Santa

Meeting Santa is always the best experience that kids look forward to over the Christmas 

period, but it needs to be kept in mind that tickets for such meet and greet sell out really fast. This time around if you are around Leicester Square then you must have noticed that the Christmas festival has already begun

including Santa’s Grotto. Father Christmas will have many audience style sessions with the kids where he would tell a Christmas fairy tale, and then the kids would be given a small gift. This place is a must visit before Christmas Eve to give your kids a good feel of the festival period and some learning at the same time as well.

3)    Ice Skating

Wintertime is incomplete without having the joy of getting those skates on and going ice skating. Be it being an expert or a novice holding the rails, the experience is a must-have. Thankfully, like every year, this year around too Londoners are spoilt for choices, and it depends on the setting you want to enjoy. If you feel like having an unusual experience, then you can go to the rooftop of John Lewis or go to conventional ice rinks in front of the Natural History Museum or the Somerset House. If you aren’t a skater, then you can just sit by have an afternoon tea with your family while enjoying people rolling over on the rink.  

Like every year, London always has a unique vibe when it comes to the holiday season and this year is no different. There are a host of other things you can plan with your family depending on your mood but what’s important is that you keep in mind that going out is a must. Trust us, you would make memories that would last a lifetime.

 

Happy Holidays!!!

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Have you noticed that there are people who seem to have more hours per day than we do? They quickly manage to do everything that we often need several days to do.

This can be said about students who combine study with work. The thoughtful planning of their time is a key to success of such people. Ben Spencer, the Pro-Papers management expert asserts that time planning includes not only the strict organization of the planned cases, but also greater self-discipline.

“This is a serious and deliberate path, embarking on which you should weigh your priorities and critically evaluate your own actions and preferences”, – says Ben Spencer.

Personal time management is the purposeful and consistent application of management methods and techniques tested by science and practice in daily life in order to make the best use of time and abilities, to consciously manage the course of life, skillfully overcome external circumstances. Time management is based on certain rules, adhering to which any person, regardless of the type of his/her activity,
can distribute his/her time as efficiently as possible.

The Pro-Papers team selected several rules that are most appropriate for the student, clear and easy to use. The first rule is to “Think on paper.” The essence of it is that you should set out your goals and steps necessary for their achievement, in writing. This helps to set a clear-cut goal, plan in detail how you will achieve it, and eliminates the need to constantly keep all your plans and important things in mind.

The next rule is “Plan ahead every day”. Planning your day will take you a maximum of 10 to 20 minutes. But this small “sacrifice” will help save 100 – 120 minutes of wasted time and otherwise wasted effort throughout the day. On the evening before, at the end of the working day, make a list of things planned for tomorrow, and include what you might not have had time to do today. So, you do not have to spend time drawing up a plan in the morning, and overnight your list will undergo complete absorption by your subconscious mind.

The 80/20 rule. This rule states that 20% of the work you have done provides 80% of your results. Those 20% of cases are, as a rule, the most important and at the same time the most complex, they often cause indecision and are put into a cold storage. Your task is to be able to select these most important matters from the entire list and immediately start to carry them out, avoiding delay.

The rule “Think about the consequences”. The consequences of the fulfillment or non-fulfillment of any task determine the importance of this task for you personally. It is necessary to focus on the future, on the prospects that open before you, when you achieve any goal, and on the negative consequences that may be caused by failure to fulfill your duties. And the more remote consequences you
can calculate, the better. The “ABCD” method. The essence of this method is to prioritize between the
things you have planned. Not all of them are equally important. A, B, C, D and E are the letters that you will place in front of each item on your to-do list to indicate their importance.

• Tasks of type “A” are those tasks whose fulfillment is most important, urgent
and necessary, and their non-fulfillment will entail serious negative consequences. If
there are several such tasks in your plan, then rank them according to their
importance: “A1”, “A2” and so on.
• Tasks of type “B” are tasks that you should perform, but their non-fulfillment
will not lead to serious consequences.
• Type “C” tasks are something that would be great to do, but this business will
not entail significant consequences. These are such things as calling a friend, a
personal matter, performed during working hours, and the like.
• Tasks like “D” are the work that you can delegate to someone else.
• Tasks such as “E” is something that you cannot do at all. This may be a task
that was previously important, but has now lost its relevance.

“Prepare yourself carefully before you begin work.”

Before starting work it is very important to have everything you need at hand. Tidy up at your workplace so that there is nothing left that is not related to the task that you are going to do. Remove all unnecessary. Then surround yourself with the materials you need. It is desirable to do so in order you would not then have to get up, leave the room and so on. Arrange everything so that you are as comfortable as possible.

Cut the task into slices. If you are faced with a very large and laborious business, it often seems to be
practically unachievable, forcing you to delay its implementation. Facilitating this task is not difficult – you only need to divide the upcoming business into clear, logically completed stages. You should only cope with your task gradually, in a few tricks. So, we have reviewed several key rules for personal time management. These are the rules that are most easily applicable in everyday life, which allow you to save your time, effectively allocate efforts, go straight to achieving your goal. In any case,
whatever your goals are, act and you will certainly be successful!

Through November and December, shoppers come out en masse to tackle their ever-growing lists of gifts for loved ones. Festive season shopping has become an event for many retailers, including high-street shops that have, for many years, catered to the year-end spending frenzy. However, a recent trend has begun moving shoppers away from in-person experiences, as they opt for a digital way to complete their holiday purchases.

Online retails have grown in both size and scope over the last decade, giver shoppers a multitude of options for fulfilling their festive spending needs. While high-street shops have increased their outreach to consumers, with impassioned commercials and near-begging pleas to visit locations, British shoppers have opted for an at-home, less crowded way of doing business. For the 2018 season, the statistics point to a shift toward digital retailers that shows no signs of slowing down.

High Street Takes a Hit

The state of shopping for Brits has changed drastically over the years, with notable statistics pointing to an evolution of sorts. In 2017, 22% of consumers opted to shop online at least once per week. That number has now increased to 26%, according to a recent survey. Of those responding, 68% shared that online shopping took place at least once per month, and now, 3% say they purchase something online once every day.

While these numbers may not be surprising to retailers or e-commerce giants, the festive season brings in a new wave of unprecedented spending. Between the months of November and December, shopping across the UK, France, and Germany is slated to grow by 25% compared to 2017 stats. In the UK, shoppers plan to spend more than three times as much as surrounding regions, with an average of £2,000 per household. These figures represent online shopping for the season – throwing a substantial dent in high street revenues for the year. For this season, a total decline of 4.2% is anticipated across high street shops by the end of December, meaning sales are turning digital more than ever before.

The Online Shopping Experience Proves Easier, Cheaper

There are several driving forces behind the move toward online shopping experiences for British buyers. One apparent reason for the change is the elimination of stress inherent to the in-store shopping traditional. While high street shops make it easy to save on unique gifts and staples for nearly everyone on a shopping list, the online experience proves less daunting. Instead of venturing out to the stores and battling large crowds, long lines, and understocked shelves, shoppers can find exactly what they need from a digital retailer instead.

According to a UK price comparison website, the ability to save via a digital shopping experience is also fueling the trend away from high street shops. A combination of competitive pricing information from a slew of retailers and hundreds to thousands of online customer reviews gives online shoppers what they feel is the upper hand. When these benefits are added to the ability to snag deals from discount codes and coupons reserved for online shoppers, the savings and perks can be significant. Retailers are able to offer these benefits without cutting into their bottom line, unlike brick-and-mortar shops, because they have less overhead and ultimately, an unlimited pool of potential customers.

The move away from high street shops may also be linked to the fact that returning items that don’t quite fit the bill is far easier for the consumer than it was previously. Many online stores offer free shipping both to and from the customer, as well as relatively fast refunds for items returned. While high street shops may offer similar flexibility in returns, there is no need for the consumer to make a special trip to do so.

The Bottom Line for Shoppers and Retailers

The influx of e-commerce shops has created a modernised experience for consumers – one that simply cannot be compared to visiting a physical store location. As more money is spent each year among shoppers during the festive season, high street shops may continue to lose foot traffic that cripples their ability to keep the doors open.

Shoppers can utilise price comparison sites to find the best deals, return merchandise with ease, and review the experiences other shoppers have had with the same product, all from the comfort of their own homes. Brick-and-mortar locations must step up to the plate by offering a digital experience of sorts if they want to remain competitive and viable in this new digital era.