September 26

Contractor Insurance Overview

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Contractor insurance is an essential element of running a contracting business and comprehensive insurance cover can mitigate the impact of events such as thefts, an investigation by HMRC or even the threat of legal action and compensation arising from client accusations of negligence.

Umbrella company contractors are normally covered by their umbrella company employers policy, but limited company contractors must make their own arrangements to ensure they have adequate cover in place to satisfy business and client requirements.

Insurance types to consider

There are three main categories of insurance that contractors should consider:

Office
Professional indemnity
Tax investigation.

A comprehensive office policy would normally include public liability and employee liability, legal requirements for trading limited companies, plus home office contents and portable equipment cover for business equipment, such as laptops and mobile devices.

Professional indemnity insurance, also known as PI, will provide the funds to cover legal advice if a client levels accusations of negligence against a contractor, and may also cover any payouts for compensation. Most clients, particularly those in the public sector, require that a contractor limited company has at least 1m in PI cover.

Tax investigation insurance covers the cost of accountants and other expert assistance in the event of an investigation by HMRC. A routine compliance visit by an inspector may only cost a few hundreds of pounds in an accountants time, but if the investigation develops into a full-blown IR35 case, the cost of an expert defense can run to tens of thousands of pounds, which could financially ruin a contractor who does not have insurance.

Choosing the right policies

Not every contractors insurance needs will be the same. Some contractors may have requirements unique to their sector, or could have business premises, such as an office or workshop, that require specialist cover.

A specialist small business insurance broker will usually assess a contractors insurance requirements as part of their service and then actively seek out the most appropriate policies for the contractors specific needs from the market.

Alternatively, it is possible to obtain a comprehensive package of insurances directly from an insurance company, but contractors should ensure the insurer understands the contractor marketplace and has a track record in providing contractor insurance products.

Contractor insurance costs

As most policies will be individually tailored to a specific contractors needs, each policy is priced accordingly. Buying insurance in a bundle direct from an insurer or via a broker is usually more cost effective than buying different policies direct from different suppliers.

As a rule of thumb, a comprehensive office policy costs a few hundred pounds, PI insurance from a few hundred to several thousands, depending on the amount of cover required and the type of services the contractor provides.

Tax investigation insurance comes as a benefit of PCG membership. If bought separately, it can cost a few hundred pounds a year, and compared to the potential cost of an investigation, it is generally a worthwhile investment.

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September 24

Garden Lighting Light Up Your Life Inside & Out

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With spring in the air, we are all itching to get outdoors. Sadly, though, the night comes too quickly, before we’ve even had a chance to enjoy our outdoor living area. Many of us put in a lot of effort into the landscape, gardens and patios surrounding our homes, and we deserve to take full advantage of these areas. Home outdoor lighting is possibly the best way to extend your outdoor experience into the wee hours of the night. Here are five fantastic ways to use garden lighting to your advantage.

Up High: Outdoor structures, enclosures and gazebos all need home outdoor lighting to make them work once it gets dark. Fortunately, outdoor ceiling fixtures abound in styles you are going to love. These span the spectrum from elegant and classic gothic pieces to modern and tastefully trendy. Use post lanterns to illuminate and decorate a large area all at once. Oh, and let’s not forget the slice of heaven called outdoor ceiling fans. Words cannot describe the blissful calm that falls over you as a soft breeze surrounds you on a warm summer day or night.

Down Low: Landscape lighting or specialty lighting can alleviate annoyances as well as illuminate nature’s beauty. Use path lighting, deck lighting and in-stairs lighting to light up a walking path, staircase or corridor so that coming home in the dark doesn’t end in disaster. You can also use decorative garden lighting such as in-ground, underwater and fountain lights to make a beautiful setup really come alive. Novelty fixtures shaped like gravel, stone, rustic shading and more can blend into the surrounding nature for an even more magical effect.

To the Side: Use your walls to your lighting advantage with wall sconces. Homeowners love this option for several reasons. To start with, wall sconces are up on the wall, so they illuminate a larger area than fixtures that are lower down to the ground. Because they’re mounted to the wall, however, sconces won’t take up room or get in the way. What’s more, this garden lighting option comes with hundreds of styles and designs so you can really express your individuality and your taste with these fixtures.

Nice and Slow: Finally, torches can be used on a number of occasions. Outdoor parties will be an instant success with these mood-setting luminaries scattered around your porch or pool area. Use both lighting oil and candles to keep the party going longer. Alternatively, candlelit torches make for a most romantic evening for two. So the next time you want some special time with the one you love, set up for some solace under the stars.

These are just a few of the ways that garden lighting can enhance your outdoor living area. After a long and cold winter, we all want to break free and move around. With the warmer months finally here, don’t limit yourself to four walls. Get outside and make the most of your home, inside and out.

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September 23

Your Vaughan Bassett Dining Room Furniture Will Make Your Friends And Family Green With Envy

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In front of you is an empty room, destined to be the place that you sit down with friends and families for simple candle lit dinners, extravagant dinner parties, or just the traditional holiday meal. The dining room is that special place where people come together to eat, but more importantly to share their experiences and knowledge through stories and thoughts. We get to know each other at the dining room table, because it is one of the few place where we gather that we are not distracted by the television. The Vaughan Bassett high end furniture that is used to decorate a dining room will only be enhanced by the people who populate it.

When designing a dining room, one needs to take into consideration a few key facets. The size of the room will dictate what sort of table can be chosen that will allow for chairs around the outside and still have room for people to pass by for the server to bring out the food, or is someone needs to excuse themselves to use the restroom. The space of the room will also give you a sense of whether you can incorporate a variety of cabinets and display cases around the outside.

The style of the furniture will impact the atmosphere of the meals. If the dining room will be a special room used mainly for high end dinner parties, you may want furniture that is sophisticated and refined so that your party guests feel the class that is exuded by the room. However, if you mainly will have family or more casual parties, the focus for your furniture may be on comfort. Your price range may influence whether you decide to pursue a more high quality dining room set, or a more casual atmosphere as well.

The Affinity Double Pedestal Table Dining Room Set provides a combination of classic dark brown wood tones with a light cream upholstered seat cushions. When you throw a dinner party, your guests will marvel at the comfort of the dining room chairs and enthralled by the sleek style. Each piece in the collection has a 1930s style yet an abundant feeling of luxury. The set has a rare versatility for a more sophisticated atmosphere in combination to drop down the casual feel when necessary. The Affinity Double Pedestal table has a robust sheen that highlights the Vaughan Bassett collection. With comfortable seating for six, this set will be ideal for when you invite you two favorite couples over for dinner whether it is for business or just a fun evening. With the addition of a debonair Affinity sideboard to compliment the table, the room will feel like it is tied together. The Sideboard has an elegant feel to it but the simple decor will in no way overshadow any other pieces.

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September 20

How To Choose Restaurant Furniture

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Establishing the perfect ambiance for your restaurant is a dream that many restaurateurs yearn for. You want to create a welcoming and magnificently decorated atmosphere similar to that found in a home where your clients can relax and unwind. However, the investor must be very careful while selecting restaurant furniture. Do not be satisfied with merely the appearance of the dcor, but also consider factors like durability. Investing in long-lasting and practical restaurant furniture and accessories that do not go beyond your budget is imperative. Before purchasing these pieces, it is important to go through inventory on hand of different pieces of furnishings so that you can select those that blend well with your decor and those that create a perfect atmosphere for dining.

There are numerous seating options designed to suit different restaurant types. Restaurants with a bar theme will go well with stools for seating, while more formal dining establishment will go with high-backed chairs. There are many different choices between the two as well, depending on the type of restaurant you have, bar versus family versus formal, and everything in between. The seating plan can be done in different styles such as modern design or traditional design. Decide on one theme and select the appropriate seating options that will enhance relaxation and not go beyond your budget.

Put some thought into the tables that you choose. Table bases and tops should offer a spacious surface, be of the correct height, while being aware of leg space and seating arrangement. Table maintenance will be imperative to prevent wear and tear. Tables come in many different sizes, shapes, materials, and finishes; so choose wisely in accordance with your budget and dcor requirements.

The main thing to consider when designing an appealing restaurant is to select eye-catching but durable furniture. There are different kinds of furnishing you can choose from, and with different varieties you can easily come up with a superb dining business. Prepare a reasonable budget and list all the items you require to begin your business and then everything else will fall into place.

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September 20

Architecture meets Industrial Design

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Title: Architecture meets Industrial Design

Text & Photography: Foster + Partners

Blurring the lines between architecture, interior design and industrial design, F+P once again prove that design is seamless and universal

Foster+Partners has proved its design prowess beyond the building industry and carries it forward to designing the interiors and furnishings for a commercial aircraft, drawing on its previous commissions for yachts and private jets.

Following the successful refurbishment of The Wing, Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, the practice has carried the lounge’s sophisticated design into the first class cabin of the Boeing 777-300ER fleet refreshing the award-winning cabin.

The Wing, which opened earlier this year,is the second in a series of lounges by Foster + Partners for Cathay Pacific at HongKong International Airport. Every detail of the interiors,from the Champagne Bar to the bathroom fittings in the luxurious first class -cabanas’, has been custom-designed by the practice to create an exceptional experience for guests.

Besides the plush interiors, the lounges are furnished with a number of unique pieces designed by Foster + Partners, including a marble reception desk,food counter and a free-standing champagne bar with integrated trays – down to the detail of porcelain plates. Alongside the bespoke products and one-off furniture pieces, The Wing also features the Ilium cylindrical table light, developed with Nemo and the Foster 503 armchair by Walter Knoll.The highlight is the Cathay Solus Chair, the airline’s signature developed with Poltrona Frau that responds to the desire for privacy in the midst of a busy public space with its hourglass form and multi-utility constitution: the circular form incorporates a wide,comfortable seat, an integrated a power supply and a table, which can be used as an informal desk. The ribs of cushion at the back of the chair extend in places to form ridges, which can be used as armrests.

Creating a seamless experience for passengers, the cabin’s design shares the lounge’s palette of warm white leather,reflective dark grey surfaces and walnut finishes to create a calm, understated interior. Every element is considered and refined, including the stitch of the bespoke covers for Cathay Pacific’s celebrated first class seat, the handmade woollen carpet, the refurbished bathrooms and the new reading light, which has been custom-designed to cast fewer shadows when working or dining.

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September 20

The Advantages On Garden Playhouse

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Children consider play as an enjoyable moment of their lives. This is where they can exercise their imaginative and creative thoughts. As you have noticed, most of the time kids love to play together with their friends. They rather want to play than reading or studying their lessons in school. For them, play is their work and the day will not be completed without it. In the growth and development of every child, play is also one of the important factors to help in developing their skills and behavior. When the child plays, there are unique behaviors that you can notice, like for instance, dealing with their friends and taking their role in the play.

Moreover, the attention of the kids will be caught if they will be able to see an incredible garden playhouse at home. Garden playhouse is one of the amazing gifts that parents or grandparents can give to their kids. Garden playhouse can be made up of plastics, woods and many more. Most of the times, woods are the most popular as it provides greater safety to the kids. Garden playhouse comes with an attractive colors and designs that would surely ignite the energy of the kids to play more. Aside from the above mention benefits, as it allows the development on skills and behavior, it will also strengthen up their bones and muscles as they are growing up. Thus, having garden playhouse will allow the kids to have fun and exercise at the same, instead of doing sedentary lifestyle like seating the whole day on their couch, playing video games, watching movies on television and eating fatty foods that are not healthy.

Garden playhouse is perfectly designed so that the kids will be able to exercise the gift of creative mind. In line with this, garden playhouse was also made at high quality and standard to provide safety to the kids. In addition to that, garden playhouse has different styles from the medieval period until the present times. Because of its benefits and advantages that it provides to the kids, garden playhouse is now made available through online shopping for convenient to the part of the customers. Since garden playhouse is accessible online, manufacturers and suppliers makes their site attractive and convincing to the public by providing pictures and important details through which the customers requires to be inform. With this information that were made accessible online, customers can choose the best garden playhouse for their kids and at the same time budget the money for its cost.

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September 19

Chase Away The Winter Blues At Atlanta Botanical Gardens Orchid Daze

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Enjoy beauty in the midst of winter at Atlanta Botanical Gardens Orchid Daze. From February 9-April 14 the gardens Fuqua Conservatory and orchid houses come alive with gorgeous blooms. Celebrate an explosion of color and intriguing form as the orchids will have visitors longing for spring. Here are some of the highlights of the gardens popular Orchid Daze activities.
The conservatory lobby will be transformed as mirrored walls reflect a dazzling array of orange, yellow, and red orchids. Pink and white dendrobium orchids will trail downward from the ceiling in a dramatic hanging display. Moth orchids, cymbidiums, cattleyas, and colorful slipper orchids will fill the orchid houses.

Garden visitors can enjoy guided exhibition tours of Orchid Daze on Saturdays from February 9-April 13 at 1pm. Tours will leave from the Hardin Visitor Center and are included with garden admission. Orchid Market Weekends are scheduled for February 9-10 and March 9-10 from 10am-4pm and April 13-14 from 10am-6pm. Visitors may purchase live orchids and supplies from local growers, and get expert advice and growing tips. Orchid Care Clinics will be held on February 9, March 9, and April 13 from 10am-noon.

The Atlanta Orchid Society will host its annual Orchid show March 8-10 at the botanical garden. Hundreds of gorgeous orchids will be on display from 9am-5pm in the Day Hall. Some of these beautiful plants will be offered for sale, and there will also be a raffle.

Many people do not realize that vanilla is an orchid. Attend Vanilla Sunday on February 17 from 1-4pm to learn how the plant grows, and how vanilla flavoring is made from the vanilla bean pods and seeds. Local chef Christina Curry will demonstrate cooking with vanilla in the Edible Garden. She will prepare vanilla risotto with crab, vanilla anise biscotti, vanilla tea, and vanilla sundaes. Vanilla Sunday is included with garden admission. Free sundaes will be available while supplies last.

Visitors to the garden this winter will also be treated to another special event, the 65th annual North Georgia Camellia Show on February 16-17. More than 30 growers from around the region will display their colorful blooms in this juried competition. Atlanta Botanical Garden has a large section of camellias growing in the Southern Seasons Garden.

Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Road NE. Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 9am-5pm during the winter. Admission is $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 3-12. Pay parking is available in the adjacent SAGE Parking Facility, which serves the garden as well as Piedmont Park.

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September 18

Knowing A Bit More About Wholesale Real Estate Investing

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Among the simplest ways to get in the real estate business is via wholesale real estate investing. It simply requires you to seek out a less expensive property for sale and look for a buyer who is willing to buy it immediately. This would grant you a quick profit the second the sale is done.

Whether you are considering wholesale real estate investing a business or perhaps just a temporary means to earn cash quick, take some time to get to know the strategy first. Understand that there are positive aspects as well as disadvantages in this method. It is essential that you are aware of all these so you can make a practical choice that you wouldn’t feel sorry about afterwards.

There are lots of advantages of wholesale real estate investing. It does not involve a great deal of money and it does not necessitate that you possess certificates or special degrees. Since wholesale lets you market properties right away, you can do it even with very little cash on hand.

This strategy is considered extremely low risk. There is not any threat in losing much money since the wholesaler doesn’t have to purchase the property. He creates an offer to buy it at a given price and when the seller agrees, he makes it under contract.

The wholesaler appears with the funds either by himself or from another party. In this case, if he’s got a readily available buyer then he doesn’t need to shell out cash. If ever the wholesaler ceases to come up with the cash at the agreed time, the contract will just be nullified. There aren’t any legal effects on that case.

In addition, wholesale doesn’t require you to reconstruct or maintain the property. You do not have management work to accomplish. Every deal is a one-time transaction that is fast and provides swift profit.

However, there are a few downsides you have to consider. The first one on your list is that if you’ve no ready buyers available, then you ought to hold on to the property much longer. That way, you lose a bit more profit.

It is also quite possible to purchase a property and then discover in the end that you need to spend more money on repairs, hence reducing your profit. That being said, it’s extremely important to check out the property very well prior to choosing to buy it.

Once you have weighed the benefits and drawbacks of wholesale real estate investing, the decision is yours to make. If or when you decide to embark on this kind of business venture, make sure you’re well prepared for everything that could happen. Do not forget, be a wise investor and gain profit rather than lose it.

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September 18

Liven up the living room with Coffee Tables & Accents

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Strategically placed coffee tables and accents makes your living room look beautiful and appealing. eFurnitureMart.com has a wide range of modern and contemporary coffee and accent tables in various sizes, shapes, design and style. Purchase these living room tables at very low price from this online store.

Living room creates the inviting first impression for your house. It is the most lived room where you spend most of your time reading or chatting with family and friends. It is necessary that you furnish your living room the way you want them to look like. You can accentuate the look of your living room with coffee tables, accent tables and end tables that not just add convenience and comfort but also perks up the decor.

End tables: Create an impressive look by keeping end tables at the corners of the sofa. Depending on your requirement and available space, you can either choose a broad top or round end table. You can put together right set of accessories, collectibles or beautiful accents on a broad top table. If you are someone who is interested in collecting small, yet interesting accessories, then end tables give you the right space to showcase them. To make it even more functional, use it to hold magazines and books for easy reach. End tables with bold curves, hand carved legs, and minimalistic designs are sure to be a center of attraction in any room.

Coffee tables/Accent tables: Coffee tables get the most attention – whether it holds coffee mugs, photo frames with cherishing memories or a vase with fresh flowers. Accent coffee tables that are detailed with carved accents and scalloped edges can easily change the look of any room. Create a dramatic look with an artistic accent table that has oval glass tops, elegant curves, crossed flat bar. Accent tables with storage shelves give extra space either to display collectibles or for storing magazines and newspapers. While buying these tables, choose the right online site that offers quality furniture that will give you your money’s worth. eFurnitureMart is one such leading online store that provides such furniture from top-selling manufacturers. Choose from the wide range of accent, coffee or end tables available at eFurnitureMart.com at reasonable price to liven up your living room.

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September 16

M3000 Bring Basic Information About Estate Mercedes-benz E Class

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The all-new Mercedes-Benz E Class Estate is innovative, has a dynamic new design with a lot of versions and individual equipment possibilities. Due to large, flexible and really functional load compartment with number of subtle details dominates E Class Estate in market segment. Incomparable is this estate car also in safety, which is assured by assistance-systems known from saloon E Class.

Mercedes E Estate – engineering
Mercedes E Class Estate persuades of course also by its ten (!) reliable, economic, but highly efficient engines with power of 100kW (E200CDI BlueEfficiency) to 285kW (E500, …and E63AMG Estate will come soon). The fuel consumption and emission topic is respected, variety of Blue Efficiency models is available. There are three transmission possibilities depending on motorization – 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic transmission or 7-speed 7G TRONIC automatic transmission.

Mercedes E Estate – design
This vehicle catches the attention not only with its trident star on body front end, but also with rear end, to which wide, good large open tailgate dominates. Tail lights with LED technology are looking really elegant and impressive as well as well-turned roof rails – a detail of aerodynamic line. Dark-tinted, heat-insulated glass is remarkable, too.
Rear air suspension with integrated level control (depending on loading) is series. There is a choice of three suspension set-ups for the E-Class Estate – Comfort-oriented DIRECT CONTROL suspension with selective damping system. Sports-oriented DIRECT CONTROL suspension with selective damping system, lowered by 15 mm, with a harder damping characteristic and AIRMATIC: electronically regulated damping system and choice of sporty or comfortable damping characteristics. Description of car interior can be cut in short: agreeable, elegant, comfortable, crafted with high-quality care, ergonomic perfect together with intuitive transparency.
With those qualities E Class Estate comes on top of the car-segment. In M 3000 company the new E Class Estate will be ready to visit and to test-drive in November 2009.

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