How to Save Money on Your Office Energy Bills

Maintaining a successful company and running an effective office within the current economic climate is challenging enough. Add to that the inevitable consistent rise in energy costs you may agree that now is a good time to think about implementing an energy saving strategy within your organisation. Successful focus on, and management of, making your office space more energy efficient does not only provide the benefits of becoming a greener organisation but the change can almost certainly make some positive adjustments to your balance sheets.

The quickest way to notice a difference in your electricity use is by adjusting your lighting set up. It is estimated that approximately 35% of electricity bills are made up of light associated costs and so replacing normal usage bulbs with energy efficient alternatives can make a significant impact on your energy consumption. Installing lighting and bulbs that operate at a lower current can increase efficiency by up to four times due to the more effective conversion of electricity to light as opposed to heat. Furthermore, encouraging your staff to turn lights off when not in use, or at least at the end of the day, can also save many kilowatts on a monthly basis. The installation of occupancy sensors may well be a worthy investment for areas such as toilets or rooms with limited use. Over time, this initial investment will be made back from the savings generated through keeping lights off when not required. Continue reading “How to Save Money on Your Office Energy Bills”

Recycling Office Furniture in London

Increasingly, society is becoming more aware of the consequences of decisions regarding waste in our domestic and working lives and the importance of sustainability, not only environmentally but also ethically. With the proliferation of businesses, charities and social enterprises dedicated to reuse and recycling, it has never been easier to arrange for clearance of unwanted office furniture in a responsible way.

There are a number of organisations in London who offer a comprehensive service including a survey, quotation, clearance and recycling or reuse of office furniture and goods. Where possible, most of these companies are committed to reuse and cultivate a network of organisations, charities and car-boot and ebay sellers to repair, re-home and distribute the goods among charities, schools and businesses. Very rarely has office furniture reached the end of its intended life span at the point of disposal, as more often than not it has simply been replaced during a refurbishment or redecoration project. Reuse is by far the most ethically and environmentally friendly approach since the process of repairing, grading and re-installing reused furniture sustains jobs and creates 1000 times fewer CO2 emissions than the manufacturing of a new item. Where it is not possible to reuse, goods are broken down into separate materials to be effectively recycled. Waste goods that are not recycled end up in landfill which may contribute to air pollution due to methane emissions and contamination of water and soil. Continue reading “Recycling Office Furniture in London”

Innovative Meeting Spaces in London

London is a bustling hub of entrepreneurial action, deals are closed and business is conducted 24 hours a day. Organisations are constantly looking for ways to impress clients, investors and customers with unusual pitches and exceptional proposals in memorable surroundings. London has a lot to offer in the way of interesting venues for business meetings, from the functional to the luxurious. It is vital, when searching for the perfect space to host a meeting, to consider the desired outcome and what might be required to achieve that success. For some purposes it may be necessary to consider practicalities such as wireless internet access, conference phone calling facilities, interactive whiteboard or large screen for a presentation. Continue reading “Innovative Meeting Spaces in London

Healthy Office Lunch Delivery Services in London

London is a bustling city full of busy people with long to-do lists. Workplaces in London can often be extremely pressured environments with meetings scheduled back to back throughout the day and high expectations from colleagues and employers placed on workers. Many working Londoners struggle to find time to leave the office to grab a bite for lunch, let alone spend time searching for a healthy option. For this reason, a range of food delivery services have sprung up around the city offering varied menus. Every dietary requirement can be catered for, from vegetarian or vegan and dairy or gluten free options to meals designed to aid weight loss. Continue reading “Healthy Office Lunch Delivery Services in London”

Business Parking in London

London is a bustling and innovative city, with thriving business industry across the majority of sectors. Most London residents make use of the vast public transport system to avoid traffic and congested streets. However, there are many businesses located within London that require the use of vehicles to operate. Additionally, London is also the centre for a lot of business from across the UK, resulting in an increased number of business visitors entering the city, often by car. With an estimated 200,000 cars driving in London everyday, there is high competition for finding the most convenient parking space. If you rely on a vehicle for your business, or are travelling to London on business and planning to drive, below is some useful advice on how best to plan, locate and obtain parking where you need it.

Parking schemes and permits for business users.

The vast majority of London council boroughs offer business parking permits which are available to businesses, based in restricted parking zones, that require parking for the essential day to day running of their business. Obtaining a business parking permit allows parking within residential parking zones and ‘shared use’ bays which usually require pay and display tickets and each business can usually apply for 2 permits. Continue reading “Business Parking in London”

Survival Guide to Working in London During the Olympics

The first records of the Olympics date back to 776 BC. With some gaps in its historic every four-year calendar, due to world events and wars, now, in modern history, the Olympic games is arguably the biggest sporting event in the world with around 10,000 competitors from 204 countries and nations being involved in the games.

This year, London is the proud host of the Olympics 2012 with the opening ceremony due to start the proceedings on the 27th July at the newly constructed Olympic stadium in Stratford, East London. The whole event runs from 27th July – 12th August with events taking place across the city of London. Although the majority of these events will occur within the Olympic park in Stratford, the games are not only limited to this area. Some of the other 13 London venues include Earls Court, Hampton Court, Hyde Park, Wembley Stadium and Lords cricket ground. Continue reading “Survival Guide to Working in London During the Olympics”

Weird Place Names in Wales

Wales’s wacky place names

The liberal use of consonants in its language makes Wales a terrific Scrabble challenge – and also the home of some of the oddest and funniest place names in the world.

Where else would you find the UK’s longest place name? That’s Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch  in case you were wondering, a town in North Wales that means “The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St Tysilio’s of the red cave”. And if you can pronounce that, you’re probably due some kind of award from the Welsh Tourist Board! Continue reading “Weird Place Names in Wales”

Weird Place Names in Scotland

The Weird and the Wonderful – Memorable Scottish Place Names

Whether it’s odd pronunciations or bizarre combinations of words, Scotland really does seem to be in a league of its own when it comes to unusual, odd or downright hilarious place names.

Sure, the Americans and the Australians have attempted to wrestle Scotland’s crown with the likes of Intercourse or Boing Boing. And the English might think that Ugley and Titty Ho are a winning combination but really – can anyone better Backside? How about Hen Poo? Continue reading “Weird Place Names in Scotland”

Weird Place Names in England

England a has long, varied and intriguing history. With many different settlements of Germanic groups in the pre-Roman era, the establishment and conquests of the Anglo-Saxons and subsequent conquests of the Vikings and later on the Normans, England has a history of varied cultural influence, and intriguing political development.

Aside from the more serious implications, the affect that the history of England has had on place names has made for plenty of strange, funny and downright silly place names right up to the present day. This article will cover some of the most prominent places that will be sure to make you laugh, cringe, or face palm in disgust. Continue reading “Weird Place Names in England”

Top Creative Companies in East London

East London, especially the Tech City and Shoreditch area is a major European hub for tech companies. Much of these tech companies are start-ups offering a variety of creative and innovative services. Tech City especially has a reputation for creativity. Entrepreneurs from all over the world reach out to this hub, seeking to leverage the facilities on offer, such as the presence of a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, financiers, creative artists and others, support services offered by Universities and government and more. Very few places in the world match such facilities.

Fast Growing Companies

Prominent start ups that have made it big in recent years include 7Digital, Eventbrite, INQ Mobile,, Mendeley, Mind Candy, Moo Print, Playfish, SpliceTV, Spotify, Stylistpick, Ustwo, We7 and more. Continue reading “Top Creative Companies in East London”