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How to Use Effective Staff Training Techniques

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014

Company training is essential across a wide range of businesses. If you are keen for your business to be bigger and brighter, it may be time to start conducting staff training sessions. Everyone needs to be challenged in the role. Your employees will want to attain job satisfaction. Training programmes can provide this. There is a multitude of benefits as to why staff training is important. Training can increase productivity and profitability, in the main. While this is common knowledge, there is less information on how to effectively train your staff. Luckily for you, this guide will give you some great tips that you can use in your venture. Considerations What do you want to get out of your staff training sessions? Ask yourself the following and think about these considerations: Do you want your staff to acquire new skills? Have there been developments in technology within your industry? For example, updates to plastic extrusion training techniques? Do you want to promote a safer working environment? Do you need to build on existing knowledge? Consider what your staff need from a...

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The Most Important Horse Riding Basics

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015

Horse riding can change a person’s life. If you’re looking to find a new hobby for yourself or a child, then horse riding could be the perfect idea. Don’t get me wrong; horse riding is hard. It’s expensive. It isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. But if you stick with it, you could become a fantastic horse rider and owner! Here are some of the basics to give you an idea of what you’re getting into: Take Your Time Choosing a Horse Choosing a horse isn’t just finding one you like the look of and handing over your cash. In fact, the way a horse looks should have virtually nothing to do with it. You need to select a horse that suits your current abilities, and will perhaps challenge you a little so you can learn. You should test ride the horse, but you need to beware as some sellers are untrustworthy. They’ll do things like drug the horse to make you believe that it’s relaxed, when really it’s nervous and jumpy. Ask to see vet records and make sure everything adds...

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How To Prepare For Your First Car Track Day Event

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015

One of the best things any car enthusiast can do in their lives is to take their pride and joy out on the track! We all know that, when driving on public roads, we must adhere to speed limits and laws. But if you’re the proud owner of a tuned and high-performance vehicle, you can’t fully enjoy what your car has to offer. Speeding on public roads is a big no-no. The fastest speed you can do in the UK is 70 mph, and that’s on signposted motorways and dual carriageways. So, how can you drive faster than that speed? And how can you compete with other drivers to win the top spot in a race? Illegal street races are dangerous and downright stupid. Driving on the autobahn in Germany isn’t an option for most. Image Source Of course, the preferred option is to take your car out on a private racing course and see how far you can push it to its limits! All within the safe confines of a dedicated track. If you’re a newbie to the track, there’s...

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The Best African Cities For You To Visit

The Best African Cities For You To Visit

Dec 7, 2015

Africa is fast becoming a great tourist spot. For years, people would only go there for safari holidays. But, there are so many great cities that make for awesome destinations. I’ve hand picking three that I think are the best for you to visit: Cape Town Some say that you can’t visit Africa without going to Cape Town. This South African city is perhaps the most famous of them all. It’s always full of tourists from all over the world. It’s a city that contains so much stuff to do, amidst a sea of beauty. You can go on hiking adventures and encounter amazing wildlife. A short walk will take you within viewing distance of the famous Table Mountain. It’s a sight you can’t afford to miss! Take a trip up to the mountain to enjoy an incredible view via cable car. Then, you have the inner city life that is super urban and modern. It’s quite unexpected because you’re surrounded by so much natural beauty and wildlife. But, that’s just one of the reasons why Cape Town is known as a top tourist destination. (Picture by falco: https://goo.gl/NXj0XU)     Kigali The capital city of Rwanda is easily one of the best cities to visit in Africa. In fact, as seen on the AnswersAfrica website, it was voted the most beautiful city in Africa. Kigali combines everything you could want from a city. It’s gorgeous during the day and even better at night. When the sun sets, the city is lit up in a magical way. I recommend you try and book a hotel room with a view, you don’t want to miss Kigali at night. But, it also happens to be filled with amazing cultural things and a vibrant epicentre. There’s always something for you to do and see during your stay. It’s a modern city and fast becoming a popular tourist hot spot in Africa. The best thing about this city is that it isn’t your typical loud and busy city. It’s a peaceful place, somewhere where you can relax and enjoy your stay. Essentially, it’s the ideal city to travel to for a short holiday. (Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/qCfjvu)   Marrakech Marrakech...

How To Make The Most Of What You’ve Got When You’re Styling Your Living Room

How To Make The Most Of What You’ve Got When You’re Styling Your Living Room

Sep 18, 2015

Styling your home isn’t always easy when you’re on a tight budget. Sometimes you have to make the best of what you’ve already got. With a bit of imagination, you can refresh your room without having to spend much money at all. Here are few tips to get you going: Sofas If your sofas are fabric, they can look quite worn after a while. Use a stain lifter to freshen the fabrics appearance. This can be quite effective in making it look newer and neater. If you are changing the colour palette of the room, you good add a vibrant throw. Introducing new textures into the room is another great way to change the look. Some fabric sofas have removable covers. You could sew quaint patches of material to create a cute, country look. Or you could create all new seat covers from mismatched coloured material for a trendy, eclectic look. This image courtesy of Flickr Furniture Furniture like sideboards can be altered quite quickly and cheaply to create a whole new look. Change the door handles, or paint the wood a fresh new colour. Sometimes just rearranging the furniture is enough to refresh the room. The great thing about old furniture is it can be functional. You might have an old record player that could make a great centrepiece. Or you could have a piano restoration specialist repair your instrument and bring the wood back to life. Old furniture revived can bring a lot of character into the room. John Lennon’s White Room image courtesy of Flickr Walls You might want to change the colour scheme of the walls. This can be done relatively cheaply with just a tin or two of paint. Wall decals and wall art may be enough to bring some vibrant tones of colour into the room. They can be cheaper than the paint too. Sometimes some bold coloured stripes can work beautifully well as a feature wall. This can be done by hand with paint to create rough edges. Or you may be able to find some wallpaper that could work just as well. Image courtesy of Flickr Lighting Changing the lighting of a room can change the...

How To Start Up A Mobile Catering Business

How To Start Up A Mobile Catering Business

Mar 8, 2015

Is one of your new years resolutions for 2015 to start up your own business? But you are at a loss for ideas – don’t worry, we are here to help. Do you need to start a business that won’t have huge start up fees, is easy to manage and can be done around your other commitments? Have you ever considered starting a catering company? With low start up fees, lots of work and good income opportunities, starting a catering business is a fantastic idea. To help you kick start your new business, we have created a guide that tells you everything you need to know about starting your own catering company. Consider whether catering is the right choice Before breaking into the catering industry, it is a good idea to make sure that catering is for you. The most important thing to ask yourself is can you cook? If you can’t, then this might be a bit of a problem. Ask yourself how confident you are in the kitchen, how good a cook you actually are and whether you would need more training to be successful. To successfully run your own catering company you need to be proficient in all kinds of cooking. From baking cakes and pastries to producing gourmet dinner dishes. (Photo credit) Research the legalities Before starting up your catering business, make sure to look into the legalities of it. Be aware that because you will be dealing with food, there are various regulations and rules that you will need to adhere to. Any company that deals with food is heavily regulated in terms of food hygiene. You will also be required to register your business premises with the environmental health service for vetting. Whether you are working from a food van or your own kitchen, this is important. There are also countless other rules you will need to follow. You will also need to look into registering your business and getting a tax identification number, etc. Look for suppliers Before launching your new venture, it is crucial that you do your research into suppliers. You need to get your food, equipment and other supplies from somewhere, and your local...