London’s Popular “Singing Waiters”

It was not that long ago that what’s called “surprise entertainment” swept the British entertainment industry. All of a sudden, everyone in the United Kingdom got interested in booking entertainers such as the “The Singing Waiters” for their private or semi-private entertainment events.

As of today, the popularity of surprise entertainment and with it that of the most popular British surprise entertainers such as The Singing Waiters has not declined. In fact, surprise entertainment has got even more popular in the last couple of years.

Added to the classic surprise entertainment acts such as the performer’s appearance at festive events dressed up as waiters or security personnel come now even more surprise entertainment acts that now also encompass flash mobs or performances on cruise ships.

Today, if you walk any of the major British cities there’s actually a good chance that you might encounter the one of the other form of surprise entertainment, be it when you are at a shopping centre or similar popular location.

The original The Singing Waiters are arguably Britain’s most popular surprise entertainers for several reasons.

The group’s experience, coming from some of the best music schools in Great Britain is still unmatched in this ever growing industry. In a time where people don’t want to make compromises when it comes to their money it makes just sense that they choose The Singing Waiters.

Seeing that a wedding is not an event that happens everyday for most folks this is certainly entirely understandable!


The Voice: Does the U.K.’s Entertainment TV Need a Re-Think?

The recent wrangle over Britain’s popular “The Voice” TV show might be the beginning of a rethink for British entertainment TV.

Mark Linsey, the BBC’s acting director sad in a public statement that the TV channel is not interested in a bidding war for Talpa Media’s format. If therefore likely that the show will move to ITV in 2017.

While there are no official statements about such a move of the show, ITV has announced privately that they are interested in The Voice. According to industry experts, ITV could commit to three series with this more than the last season with the show on BBC1.

Acting entertainment controller Alan Tyler mentioned that losing the show can be an opportunity to what he calls to “reset” the BBC1’s strategy for prime-time Saturday night entertainment.

When Tyler was asked by the press he commented that “it is always sad when a great brand comes to an end, but it is also a terrific opportunity to bring our audiences something new”.

William Hill Profits Plunge


Poor horse racing results are the reason that William Hill is now warning that its annual profits are dropping to the bottom of City forecasts. According to Hill, profits are down by 39% in the third quarter.

Britain’s biggest bookie said in a public statement that it is poor sporting results that are affecting its sales in the UK, US and Australia business.

Hill said that too many favourites won horse races in the past.

He more over added that trading was also  affected by falling revenues in what he calls “non-core” markets for online gambling.

He stated that results one year previously had been flattered by betting on the World Cup and that it had paid out an extra £23 million in gambling duties. Because of that, the group’s net revenue dropped by 9% with overall profit dropping sharply by 39%.

The Chief Executive Officer of William Hill, James Henderson to the press: ” Whilst good operating cost discipline has partially offset the weaker than expected results and non-core market impacts, the board now expects full-year operating profit to be around the bottom of the analyst consensus range.”

Betting analyst in the UK forecast profit in a year to the end of December from £290 million-£312 million. In the previous year, this figure had been singing £372 million, suggesting that profits will likely drop by 20%.

The above British horse racing news are brought to you by The Horse Racing Pro, Britain’s number one source for horse betting tips and strategies.

BoE Chief: UK Economy More Dynamic Thanks To EU

According to the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, the U.K.’s membership in the EU has benefited its economy by making it more dynamic. He however added that the membership made the UK also more susceptible to financial shocks.

Mr Carney challenged the British Prime Minister to what he called “clear principles” to safeguard U.K.’s interests. At the same time he warrant that botched European integration could threaten the U.K.’s financial stability.

The head of the Bank of England was speaking in Oxford this past Wednesday. He stated that Great Britain is possibly what he called “the leading beneficiary” of the EU single market and that being a member is responsible for its strong economic performance in the last 40 years.

“Overall EU membership has increased the openness of the UK economy, facilitating dynamism but also creating some monetary and financial stability challenges for the Bank of England to manage. Thus far, we have been able to meet these challenges” he said to the press. “

He also stated that a free movement of labour could not only help with skills shortages but can likewise allow faster economic growth.

Dry Riser Testing For Increased Fire Safety

If you happen to be a business owner in the United Kingdom, you will have to follow the British fire regulations. One of those regulations is that certain commercial structures, once they exceed a height of 18m must have what’s called a “dry riser system”.

What is a dry riser system?

dry-riser-inletSimply spoken, a dry riser is a system of numerous pipes, water inlets and outlets that are distributed throughout a building.

The dry riser’s purpose is that thhe fire brigade can connect a hose to one of the water inlets  in case of a fire so that water for fighting the fire will be available at the particular outlets in the building.

The system is called “dry” riser system since the pipes are normally empty, unlike sprinkler  pipes or similar systems.

What’s important to know about dry riser systems in the United Kingdom is that they will require regular tests and maintenance for their proper function. This is done by fire safety professionals. In many cases, this maintenance may be performed by the same company that installed the dry riser system.

Not following the British fire codes and regulations can have negative consequences for any property owner or landlord. Depending on the severity of the violation, a business could lose its license or at least face steep fines. It is for that reason always recommended that business owners and landlords in the United Kingdom get familiar with the current fire regulations for their particular location.

Argos Fire Ltd. can do dry riser testing, servicing and commissioning. On their website you can read all about dry riser testing.

Furniture: The Advantages Of Reclaimed Wood

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What can be better then gorgeous furniture where you know that it is made with an eye on preserving our fragile environment?

On the forefront of those furniture makers that care for our environment are the British designers at Mac+Wood.

reclaimed woodNo tree is harmed for their absolutely gorgeous bespoke custom dining tables and benches.

Each and every piece of their creations is made with hand-select, aged wood timbers.

Not only are Mac+Wood’s designs environmentally friendly, they are moreover masterpieces of the modern British craft furniture making.

The reclaimed wood used in their creations gives the reclaimed wood dining table and bespoke benches a very unique rustic look. The wood radiates a liveliness and warmth unlike anything that can be had with another material. Combine this with the style of brushed steel and what you get are eye-catching furniture masterpieces without precedence.

If You’re A Smart Small Biz Owner You Will Use Electronic Invoicing!

If you go on various websites wanting to research a few helpful tips for a small business owner you who will sure get a whole bunch of advice, no question about that.

What helped me most with my own small shipping business was when I came across what’s called electronic invoicing. But don’t let that term confuse you or make you believe it’s something complicated or something you would have to spend a lot of money for because it is not.

electronic_invoiceElectronic invoicing (or e-invoice) is actually pretty easy to implement and the benefits (in my opinion!) are nothing but spectacular.

What it means is that you can stop snail-mailing your ordinary invoices and mail them to a electronic invoice provider instead.

This provider is then automatically converting your PDF invoice into a digital format. On the other end, the party who is supposed to receive your invoice will get this electronic invoice. All this happens within a minute.

It may not sound spectacular at first, but if you realize that it will save you a lot of time you may think differently about it. Not only can you dispatch your invoices a lot quicker to  whomever you need to send them, they are also instantly processed. Not take away the several days this will usually take via ordinary mail and how long it will usually take till your recipient will actually process an invoice. Then you will see that electronic invoicing means huge time savings. I can highly recommend that you look into this if you are a small business owner like I am!

Tips For Last Minute Christmas Shopping

online-christmas-shoppingI don’t know about you, but I do not like going to retail stores, especially if sales are going on such as on Black Friday and for sure not in the week before Christmas.

But sooner or later you might find yourself in the situation that you NEED to have a last minute gift, and not always can you buy them online. So what do you do if you have to head out to a major retailer in the worst time of the year when anyone else is shopping as well?

To help you there you might want to check out this great guise I find over at Lifehacker. Check out their 10 Last Minute Shopping Tips! They have some cool tips such as when is the best time to go, how to get the best deals and many more.

If you’re still needing some gift ideas for Christmas and your partner or friend happens to love computers, why not give some great software or maybe a game? There is hardly a computer nerd who wouldn’t be happy for a PC game that you can gift them via Steam. If the one you’re looking for a gift for has a business, how about gifting them the latest in small business software?

Many software vendors will have significant discounts on their software around Christmas time so it can be worth it to look around on the net. Make no mistake, those are gifts that will be highly appreciated especially if the business owner needs to watch their spending. In some cases it can be as easy as that you purchase a software key online and you can then give them the key written down on a nice Christmas card! How’s that for a nice Christmas gift idea?

The above tips for last minute gifting are proudly brought to you by Mansys, the UK’s specialist for affordable shipping software for small businesses.

UK Retailers Under Strain Due To High Christmas Shopping Demand

debenhamsBlack Friday and this week’s “Manic Monday” had been the official start for the Christmas shopping season but retailers in the UK are already struggling to keep up with high demand.

Shoppers in the UK are expected to spend £700m this “Cyber Monday” on online retail websites alone. The increased demand is now putting serious strain on web operations that not all retailers in the nation can handle.

One example for a British retailer that struggles to keep up with the current shopping craze is Debenhams but this retailer is just one of the many who are now under pressure in the Christmas shopping season.

This past Black Friday an estimated £810 million was spent online, exceeding industry experts expectations by a staggering 50%. Those predicted instead that “Manic Monday” would be the year’s biggest online shopping day.

Due to this miscalculation, retailers in the nation including big names such as Tesco are now still trying to clear backlog orders. Other retailers, such as the aforementioned Debenhams are forced to notify their customers about expected delays.

Angry shoppers are now storming various social media where they complain about  unfulfilled orders and long waiting times. Some of the shoppers have been waiting for more than a week.