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!


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 the 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.

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!

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.