Business Hotels

London Business Hotels

With London’s global position as one of the most significant cities in the World in terms of business and industry, it’s very important that London has a good level of quality accommodations for the many corporate visitors who travel to the capital on business trips through the year. Particularly with the City of London still maintaining its position as the centre of World finance, there are an abundance of overseas and domestic visitors needing the comfort and facilities of first class hotels in the city.

Since the days of the 70s when perhaps the Park Lane Hilton was seen as the place to stay when on a business trip to London, all the major international hotels have build hotels aimed at the business traveler in the city, in fact most hotel chains have numerous properties throughout the capital (Hilton Hotels now number 34 in total including the airports and the London outskirts!). Holiday Inn, Accor Hotels, Marriott Hotels and Thistle Hotels but to name a few, all have business hotels through London with a high level of comfort and a large range of facilities aimed mainly at the corporate traveler. New players to the London market also boast very good business hotels – H10 for example and the Park Plaza Hotel chain have gone out of their way to provide rooms suited for business people – the Park Plaza Westminster, for example, is an all suite hotel featuring rooms with a small lounge and kitchenette in addition to a generous sized bedroom and fabulous location close to Westminster Bridge. Privately owned up market hotels are also designed with corporate in mind – the Cadogan Hotel near Harrods department store and the Ritz Hotel in London’s Piccadilly street both provide not just good facilities and first class quality but also a discerning service for the more upmarket level of clients associated with such grand business hotels.

Rooms in all these type of hotels have the typical facilities you would expect such as desks with office type chairs, minibars, full room service and satellite TV programmes with pay movies and en suite facilities with a full complement of complimentary toiletries, heated towel rail and power showers (or ‘rain’ showers). Internet connectivity generally via Wifi is also a must nowadays with more and more hotels finding themselves forced through competition (and negative comments from guests) to providing this service free of charge. The business hotels provide the guests with excellent dining facilities – generally a full English breakfast and a choice of restaurants within the hotel for dinner at surprisingly reasonable prices. After a busy days doing business in the city, sometimes a good rewarding drink is required and the hotels accommodate well with their welcoming cocktail bars which, particularly during the happy hour period from 5 – 7pm, can be the place to be if you’re in the right hotel!

Business Travel

Business Travel In a 4G World – A Game Changer

The world seems a lot different than it used to be, especially while traveling in a region with a 4G network or an LCE network. The reason being is that you have all the information known to mankind at your fingertips or via your voice and personal digital friend Siri. No longer do business travelers have to worry that they are not getting the information they need about their travels, no longer can they be suckered by some local hustler at an airport, taxi cab, or from a chauffeur, concierge, or shoe-shiner.

In fact, no need to ask directions, vector until you find what you are looking for, or worry about driving that luxury rent-a-car into the wrong neighborhood. Your personal tech tools won’t let you, as you have real time GPS, alerts, and all the knowledge of where you are going along with instant traffic updates. Yes, you are no-doubt being tracked by some agency, but as long as it is not your competition, what do you care anyway – “go business traveler – you go!” as the commercial says.

And if there is a cheaper flight, alternate route, or smart place to eat which matches your expense allowance or needs, you are pre-alerted just about the time you get hungry as the AI software knows how you think, which time zone you came from and your typical time to eat. Like Google says, the algorithms today can know what you want before you do, scary yes, but convenient; hell yes!

All this is possible due to the bandwidth abilities of our new communication networks, yes, 4G wireless is a huge game changer for the travel industry, and whereas it might put some folks out of business, trust me, it will make your travels a heck of a lot easier. You’ll maneuver through an unknown town as if you know every short cut, alley way, and grew up in the neighborhood, but you’ve never stepped foot in the town or city a day in your life.

Got to love the future, but wait there is more, if you order now you get free Genzu Knives, and operators are standing by – yes this is a new world, a blurred world of digital and real, coming to you at the speed of thought – and you thought it would be years until all this was available, no, it’s here now, just wait until you try it, you’ll wonder how on Earth you ever got by without it.

House for Sale

How to Get Your House Ready for Sale

Buying a house is an exciting event – but if you need to sell one in order to move, it can be deflating! A lot of work may be needed to get both the inside and outside of your home in tip-top shape for listing. There is a systematic process of evaluating your house, room by room, which makes it easy to get ready to sell.

To start, write one room name on the top of the paper. Sit in that room and write down everything that needs to be accomplished. The list should start with the following items which need to be cleaned, dusted, washed or organized for every room:

Closet – It needs to look organized so potential buyers can see how much of their “junk” they can squeeze in.
Window treatments – blinds, sills and curtains. More sunlight filtering in makes a room appear bigger.
Dresser tops, shelves, bookcases – Clutter looks messy, so put away everything possible.
Door jambs and floor molding
Ceiling fans
Carpet

Look for additional items to fix which will make the room appear perfect. Are there a lot of nail holes that should be spackled? Does the carpet have a lot of stains and need to be replaced? Do the closet doors hang crooked? If your budget allows, repair everything to its original state.

If the budget can stretch further, allow for new carpet and neutral paint. The term ‘resale beige’ was created for a reason. People like to see neutrals in a potential house. They might have plans to change to red, blue or green, but until they can afford the change, neutral colors are satisfactory. Neutral colors are easily adaptable in bedrooms. If a wall is a non-gender specific color, bed linens, curtains and pillows can give color to a room without spending the time to remove wall paper and re-paint.

High Traffic Areas

The most time a person or a family spends awake in one room is the kitchen. Food preparation, eating, packing lunches and cleaning happen on a daily basis. This room needs to appear roomy and efficient, no matter what size a prospective buyer’s family is.

Make the refrigerator spotless. Whether the appliance is staying or not, it needs to sparkle on the inside and out. Clean all of the shelves in both parts and throw out old food. Get rid of all of the clutter on top too.

Empty the countertops. A countertop full of small appliances, paperwork and odds and ends gives the impression of clutter. Put away as much as possible, while still leaving your cupboards organized. Box up the extra appliances if you don’t need them right away.

Vacuum the pantry. Take care to clean up spilled food, crumbs and flour residue that usually are left behind. It might be the most popular cupboard in the house, but it doesn’t need to look abused.

Use a tablecloth. People love nostalgia. Whether the potential home buyers ever sit down to dinner or not, the look of your table with covering gives a homey feel. Everyone likes to imagine sitting down to a family meal every night, so give them the visual. If it looks like a well used table for your family dinners, it can be for theirs too.

The bathroom is another high traffic room, but it gets a bad rap. Sure we clean ourselves there, but it has a reputation of being full of germs. To prove everybody wrong, scrub the sink, toilet and tub. Get rid of rust stains, hard water spots and mildew.

Other things to consider in the bathroom include removing important medication. People snoop and the first thing they will probably do is open the medicine cabinet. Use diligence to remove all signs of hair and hair products from the floors, counter tops and mirrors. Lastly, close that nasty toilet lid.

When each room is clean and organized, take a last sweep through to make sure all personal pictures are removed. Prospective buyers can imagine themselves in your home more easily if there aren’t pictures of you and your family about.

Now it’s time to hit the outside!

If you have a garage, make sure your car fits in it. The garage is meant for cars, but when people look at them, they are really envisioning how much “junk” it will hold. The garage shelves need to be as organized and clutter free as the rest of the house.

Remove any evidence of problems. Hide the bag with a mousetrap in it. Put away the bottles of weed killer. Give the appearance your house is perfect inside and out.

The yard needs to be mowed, weeded, pruned and trimmed to perfection. After all, the outside is the first impression people have. A professional can be hired is the budget allows, or you are under a time constraint to get everything ready.

Check to make sure the roof, siding, soffits, porch, shutters and walkways are all perfectly maintained. Repair paint chips, cracks and leaks. Nail down loose shingles or secure a shutter. The little details you correct will all add more value to your curb appeal.

Business Fuel Cards

Business Fuel Cards: Discovering The Options Available

For many businesses there are regular, daily costs to uphold with fuel often being one of the biggest charges faced. Whether a fleet of vehicles, a small team regularly travelling around the country or a few members of staff expected to move from one office to the next; fuel expenses are always incoming and can always add up.

As a result some of the largest fuel providers in the world now offer business fuel cards. In the style of a credit card, business fuel cards are strictly used for the payment of fuel which, complete with a pin can be used by drivers at specific locations. Businesses will, with fuel card services receive regular invoices, often weekly; which they can pay off within an agreed time period. As an efficient way to manage costs, fuel cards provide security and control over the amount spent on fuel which can make life easy for any business.

Whether you have a small team of drivers or large; all invoices will be organised together, you can control how much your drivers are spending and can even use the data provider to potentially plan shorter and more fuel-efficient routes for your drivers.

From Euro Shell to Texaco, UK Fuels and Esso; the biggest names in the fuel world have their own cards with their own benefits but which one is right for your business? With different savings, different fuel locations and different fuel management services; finding the right fuel card will require knowing what to look for.

Looking for the right business fuel card? Below are a few of the key points to consider when attempting to discover the options available…

Savings- A fuel card is only of benefit if your business can make real savings so consider the deals that each card offers. From set pricing to competitive and two tiered pricing and additional features which include M6 toll payment options; depending on your needs you should be able to find a card that can provide some benefit.
Options- As mentioned, different cards will have different options available so consider these before you make any decision. How many fuel locations are there? Are you able to get several cards on one account? What about your choice of fuel company, will they be able to provide constant support should you need it?
Services- Fuel management services are a fantastic option for any business, a dedicated service will help you manage every being spent on your card, invoices and any other issues. This level of control is fantastic when looking to better manage business spending.

For those businesses reliant upon drivers, rigorously managing those regular fuel costs can make a great deal of difference to finances which is why fuel cards are now used by some of the biggest corporations in the world.

Business and Leisure Travel

5 Tips for Combining Business and Leisure Travel, Destination Mideast

As summer approaches, I always ask myself how can I run two businesses and still get away. Travel research shows that we Americans are most likely to forfeit vacation days. The best solution I see is combining business with pleasure on every trip abroad.

Having signed up for a conference in Dubai, I was intrigued by the modern-day Mideast while wanting to know more about its ancient cultures. After some investigation, I found a flight to Dubai via Jordan with a few days stopover.

Leaving nothing to chance, I arranged an airport pick-up and booked a 5 star hotel well located in a chic part of Amman with multiple restaurant options nearby and within the hotel. Having studied Arabic, I was pleased to get to practice it even though the Egyptian courses I studied differed substantially from the Jordanian dialect.

As a crossroads, Jordan has a remarkable history from the ancient Nabataeans to Alexander the Great, the Romans, Byzantine and Arab cultures. Beyond its historical monuments, Jordan has a very vibrant present day culture. Shortly after my arrival, I saw this first hand as a local wedding party made its way through the hotel lobby to celebrate with dancing and music.

The following day I headed out on a day tour of the capital exploring Amman’s Roman ruins. I stood transfixed high over the city listening to the muezzin’s call to prayer. With only a brief stay, I made the most of the time taking a driver as local guide for about 12 hours each day. Fortunately, distances were fairly close with the next day’s exploration focused on the Roman ruins in Jerash. Its popular history starts at the time of Alexander the Great but fell to the Romans under Pompey in the first century AD. With the mild October climate, my guide and I then ate al fresco surrounded by vineyards. There was not a tour bus in sight!

The next day’s journey down to Byzantine Madaba ended at the renown Dead Sea. Famous for its spa treatments, I just had time to gaze at the sea before retracing my steps to Amman.

Saving the best to last meant a full day in the rose city of Petra built by the Nabataeans. Featured in Indiana Jones’s and other films and in a mystery novel by best-selling British writer Agatha Christie, it is a World Heritage Site that rivals the Pyramids. Beyond the large Treasury, there are a series of small buildings and conveniently located outdoor cafes and handicrafts for sale. Of course, the tourist route back to the entrance had to be on camel back providing great photo opps.

After an enchanting week, it was time to make my way to Dubai for a conference and brief sightseeing afterwards. Dubai is famous for the unexpected, like air conditioned bus stops, the Palm development and ultra-luxurious hotels. For me, as an “Intermittent Intermediate Skier”, I was fascinated by the indoor ski resort located in a local shopping mall. With limited expectations of a real workout, I knew this would make a great story and the perfect venue for a holiday card photo. After a feast of Southern Fried Chicken in the Mall of the Emirates Food Court, I covered my summer clothes with a colorful ski outfit and was up the escalator ski and poles in hand. After a few runs, it was off for hot chocolate at the adjacent St. Moritz Café and the perfect end to my Mideast odyssey.

As a woman traveling solo in the Mideast, I followed two practices I find work for me globally:

1. I arrange for an airport pick-up before leaving home. In certain countries, taxis may not be safe whether for men or women. Having navigated a low-grade civil war in sub-Sahara Africa, I learned to ask my hotel what they recommended, especially when traveling alone. In major capitals when arriving in day time, I often opt for public transportation, especially trains/subways or catching a cab.

2. I choose a 5 star hotel that has multiple restaurants options ideally both inside the hotel and nearby. Alternatively, when it was affordable as I found in Cairo, I took a driver who waited for me or in Lisbon caught a taxi round trip to try out top restaurants. In any new location, I always ask a lot of questions, especially to get local women’s opinions, before strolling alone after dark.

While in the Mideast, I did also have 2 additional rules of thumb:

1. Although I would be both sightseeing and attending a business conference in very hot desert weather, I wore long-sleeved shirts with slacks.

2. When I was the only woman alone in local restaurants, I always chose a seat/table right next to other pairs, groups of women, couples or families.

5 tips I have learned trying to combine business with pleasure:

1. To save on airfare, be sure to check out connecting flights allowing for extended layovers.

2. Where possible, take care of business first, especially if complex flights can cause lengthy delays.

3. Arrive over the weekend and make a trial run to locate your meetings’ fastest routes. Even with a

Business Jets

Why Business Jets Beat Going Commercial

Commercial travel has come a long way. One upon a time it meant getting into a stagecoach and making a long and arduous trek across the country. Trains soon took over and today they are faster than ever before. Thanks to the Wright Brothers way back when, air travel ‘took flight’ and we have never looked back.

At any given time there are thousands of people on thousands of airplanes going to destinations all over the globe. Airports are plentiful, screening and security are in place and baggage claims are buzzing each and every day as people make their way to and from places for work and pleasure alike. Flying to your destination on a commercial airline is great; you get where you are going fast and can work en route. What is even better for the work traveller? Chartering a business jet of your very own.

Some companies already have their own jets and the executive can come and go as they please. For others, charter is the way to go and once they have chartered, they may never go back to commercial.
One great thing about chartering a business jet is the fact you can make your own schedule. You don’t have to arrive at the airport for an international flight hours before takeoff, you simply have more time to prepare for your flight and your trip. Security doesn’t take as long when there aren’t thousands of people to process and there can never be the worry of lost baggage. Take it on board yourself, and stow it accordingly.

But perhaps the best perk of going private is the fact you can choose a jet specifically for your needs. The latest gadgets, information and entertainment systems are on board and many allow you to design the cabin in any way that you wish. If you want to work en route, you can switch the seating to a more work friendly look. Just want to relax? You can do that too, in oversized comfortable chairs that offer more head, shoulder and leg room than you’d ever enjoy on a commercial flight.

Large, small, prop or not, business jets are a great way to get to your next important out of town meeting. You arrive well rested, without having wasted a lot of time at an airport and have had your schedule adhered to your way. What more could you ask from your transportation?

Taxi Businesses

How Taxi Businesses Are Advancing and Their Resulting Impact on Customers

Taxis are an inevitable part of today’s transport setup and it can be rightly said that most people are completely reliable on them for their transport needs. Given into the rising demand, many taxi services have blossomed that constantly compete with each other to provide the best services to their customers. All these taxi services try to incorporate that one differentiating feature that gives them an edge over the others in competition. That is where advanced taxi management systems come into picture. These taxi management systems are a one stop solution to launch and run a smooth and successful taxi business. Such management systems take care of everything from pointing out available taxis, bookings, payments and post use services. They are of mutual benefits to both the customers and service providers.

Here is a look at what makes these taxi business management systems exclusive in the existing scenario:

· Easy to install apps

The new to the world and easy to install apps bring in great ease of usage for the customers. In world where everyone is smitten by the use of smart phones, these apps come in really handy. They are mostly supported by all kinds of IOS and Android devices and hence are accessible to majority of mobile users. Just a click on the app, you have a taxi on board. Making a booking on these apps is as easy as child’s play.

· Easy payments

Now you can carry cash or simply may choose not to. The advanced taxi management systems come with easy taxi payment solutions where bills cab be paid through credit and debits cards. You can even make use of online payment wallets that are linked to your accounts to make payments within seconds. For the drivers also, it is easier to accept secured payments and take up customers even when they travel cashless.

· User Engagement

Most taxi business management systems are designed around attracting more customers towards the business concerned and maintaining them through effective services. The more advanced and user-friendly the service is, greater are its chances to find a place in the customer’s mind such that he is driven to opt for the same service even next time. Here simplicity is the key. Taxi management software solutions are one of the most convenient and simple systems available for businesses in the market today.

· Well knitted dispatch systems

A well monitored taxi dispatch system ensures to bring on board the nearest available taxi. This makes a taxi quickly available to the customer and saves a lot of time on the driver’s end as well. All in all, an economical affair for the taxi businesses!

So, we observe that a taxi business has a lot of scope of up-gradation through advanced taxi management systems all which can loop in a lot of customers. This eventually would speak in favor of the taxi business enterprises while bringing convenience to customers.

Business Travel Safety

Top Tips For Business Travel Safety

Do Your Research

If you’re going abroad, do some research on the country before you go. Make sure you have any vaccinations you may need and all the correct documents, and are familiar with the laws of the country. It’s also a good idea to keep up to date with any political disturbances to avoid dangerous situations.

Electronics

You can never be too careful when using electronics. If you’re working whilst travelling, ensure you have arranged a data plan before you leave so you don’t have to use open Wi-Fi connections – these are not always secure and could result in data loss for your company. It’s also not a great idea to use public computers as again these are usually pretty simple to hack.

Watch your Luggage

Throughout your journey, always keep an eye on your luggage. If you are taking a carry-on, choose a bag that fully zips up and if any of your luggage contains important documents be sure to use a coded padlock. When taking a laptop, avoid putting it in the overhead as it could be stolen or damaged; instead keep it on your lap or place it under the seat in front of you. As long as you’re careful with your items you should be fine.

At the Hotel

One of the first things you should do when you get to the hotel, is check that there is security available 24/7 – available by phone and there should also be a patrol. You should also always leave the “do not disturb” sign on your door to stop anyone from coming in, and only answer the door if you are expecting someone. If you have booked the hotel independently, make sure your company know where you’re staying.

Business Travel Security

Business travel security is available; this can be especially useful if you’re going to a high-risk area or carrying out important work that you could be targeted for. They can provide risk assessment and management, travel training and close protection amongst other things. If you work for a company, you could suggest they look into this for all staff to reduce the risk of any issues and make staff more comfortable with travelling for work.

Career Fashion

Career Fashion Shopping Consultant

Many exclusive department stores in major cities offer this service to their customers. Why not expand on this idea by making your services available to customers shopping in various mall stores and shopping centers? As a private consultant for these smaller establishments you will be able to offer a service that some of these small chain stores, local private stores, and department stores are not able to offer, but would like to be able to. You could work a deal with these stores to make your services available to customers that might be interested in hiring you. You in turn can help customers buy from them items they may never have even imagined trying on. You will be able to boost the stores sales and the stores will advertise your services to their customers. You will create a symbiotic relationship that will prove to be quite successful for you both.

Career men and women are often frustrated trying to invest in appropriate clothing for the business world. If you have the ability to know what is on the market and what is appropriate business wear, you will have a fun and successful ‘business idea’ on your hands. The more you know about color and image consulting the better, for this choice of profession. It will involve keeping up with the latest fashions and trends, then knowing where to find them within the shopping areas that you will service your customers.

You will have to be aware of all the new products that the stores are offering, their size ranges, and price ranges. Therefore, you will need to do your homework to be able to provide the proper assistance to your customers. Once you have established yourself in this field, you will have a steady stream of customers wanting your services.

It is very important that you dress the part for this particular ‘business idea’. Customers will not feel comfortable taking advice from someone that doesn’t look like they follow their own advice. If they are impressed with your choice of dress, they will be much more open to listening to your advice when showing them alternative ideas for themselves. Therefore, you may need to invest in a sensible business wardrobe yourself before embarking on this ‘business idea’, unless you already have one.

This business would be a good one to have an impressive business card to share with your customers and potential customers. This way your happy customers could pass your card on to others that might be interested in your services also. Be prepared to offer your cards at all times when you are in stores too, offer your services to people already in the stores that are shopping and look like they might appreciate the help. Make good friends with the clerks also that work in the stores you will be working with, they can offer your cards to people that may look like they would be interested in investing in professional help with their choices.

Job Recruitment

Everybody dream of a good job after his or her school or college education. Lots of online job portals and job consultancies are there in UK to provide the best placement services. If you are a candidate looking for a good job or if you are looking for a good support in getting a job then go for a well established consultancy. Before selecting your consultant you need to check their experience. Checkout how long they have been in this field and their reputation.

Check their placement records and also check how many candidates got job through them and whether the persons who got the job through that consultancy are happy. Is the consultant giving the right job to the right candidate? These are the things you should be aware of while selecting your consultant. Check their tie ups, that is with how many companies they got tie up and the companies they are in tie up is best company or not.

Some consultancies take the candidates only for a particular section like finance or accounts etc but others take all types of degrees. Most of the consultancies charge for registration and the registration period will also be specified. That is they will give opportunities for 3 months or 6 months depending upon the fee and their company procedures. The other thing is that there may be some hidden conditions like paying the consultant a fixed amount based on your salary, once we get job through them.