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Germs Handled Effectively in Scunthorpe Hospital

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    Germs carry all sorts of invisible little nasties, but not for much longer. However, Domestic departments in North Lincolnshire hospitals are using a combination of special fluorescent marking gel and UV light to highlight specific areas, such as door handles, to make these invisible little nasties visible to all.

    They are able to do this by using the fluorescent marking gel in conjunction with UV lighting, so that the germs are more easily seen and therefore either cleaned more frequently. This is an attempt to make patients, visitors and staff more aware of what is on their hands, to try and lower infection rates and cross-contamination. Areas such as door handles are very prominent places for such germs to be lurking due to the volume of people that touch them. The NHS hopes that this new idea can instil confidence in visitors, patients and staff.

    Hi-Tech Door Handles

    Certain areas around the hospital are to be tested with the new fluorescent marking gel and UV lights. They will be working in conjunction with I-Pods enabling the collected data to be recorded. The equipment need to test this strategy of germ prevention in parts of the hospitals involved, will be on a two year lease from Trust’s Dragon Den scheme. The idea was highly thought of by the executive and non-executive directors, which David Mooney, a hospital support services supervisor, had created, initiated and pitched to the Trust.

    Dragons Den Door Handles

    David Mooney secured £7,000, post Dragons Den scheme, to enable the lease of specialist equipment and technology to record trending data. This is an important step, as Mooney is aware, purely due to the rate at which the germs in question are able to spread in a hospital. Mooney stated that they have “…previously been able to monitor and record how clean an area is by checking the visual signs such as dust. We have never been able to look any further until now.” However, since the hi-tech data collection and analysis technology has been leased to Mooney, it is now more than visible. Cleverly, the I-Pods alert the user as to which area has passed or failed the germ cleanliness test enabling monthly reports to be collated for staff, patients and visitors to see.

    The battle is now on between humans and germs. Unity is being formed between the Dragons Den scheme, hospital, staff, patients and visitors. In order to gain this unity and retain it, feedback is needed so that this new fluorescent marking gel can be nurtured in to being as effective as possible.

    Door Handles Make Germs Visible

    The specific areas in the hospitals that are having the fluorescent marking gel used in them are the most frequently used places. They include areas such as door handles, trolleys, desks, call bells and bedside tables. It is applied through a sponge on the tip of the dispensary gel tube – thus known as a dabbing device. Once applied, it is left on the applied area for 24 hours and is then shown the UV light – this is when the magic is apparent. The invisible germs are now visible, which, in theory, should reduce the time that patients spend in the hospital.

    If this article has made you think about how important internal door handles or external door handles are in your home or work place, get in touch with Handsome Handles on 07961 832 812 or alternatively email them at info@handsomehandles.co.uk

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      Thousands of Handles make Millions of Pounds

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        Expecting to triple his outgoings and make £60,000, one South Shields builder is now estimated to make a minimum of £2m, all thanks to vintage door knobs, door handles and other brass fittings at auction.

        Having heard that an estimated 655,000 ornate, rare and vintage brass items, purchased many decades ago by a Cornish millionaire, now needed rehoming, Mr Brian Cairns had a plan. He aimed to triple his outgoings of £20,000 by selling these items for scrap. This was, until he discovered, that this so called scrap was harbouring a secret.

        He embarked on a journey to Penzance, to a property full of brass after a tip-off, where Cairns entered a time warp. It was evident on entry that the property had not been changed at all since the wife of this Penzance junk shop had died in 1975. A newspaper abandoned mid-read, unfinished, still spread open on the table – “the owner just didn’t want to go back in to the premises again.”

        Mass of Brass – All 12 Tonnes of It

        Cairns and the elderly owner concluded a deal, which although did not reflect the brass’ true price or later discovered value, the junk shop owner wanted rid. His reason for this was due to the number of painful memories and connections which the belongings held in relation to his deceased wife. Cairns made transportation plans for the 12 tonnes of brass, hiring two seven-and-a-half tonne lorries to carry the mass of brass back Northwards. The 500 mile journey took multiple days as the lorries were limited to remaining between 10 and 30 mph due to the weight of the brass they contained.

        Get a Grip on a £200 Handle

        All 655,000 brass items slowly but safely back in the North East with 55-year-old Brian Cairns ready to sell them for scrap, he decided to do some research and have them valued…luckily! During this he discovered that many of the door knobs, door handles, light switches, hat stands and letter boxes were actually Valli and Columbo Vintage. This had been an Italian company which ceased production 55 years earlier. Many of the handles estimated worth, he later found out, was that of around £150 each and the brass handles estimated £200 each. Cairns comment implies how lucky he realised he was, “I bought it all for scrap but I started looking in to what they really were and realised many were vintage Italian handles.”

        Individually each handle price was not going to make Cairns a particularly huge profit but with 655,000 brass items to sell, a huge percentage of which were the afore mentioned brass door knobs and door handles, the estimated profit has grown. Mr Cairns has since had many of these items looked at by specialists and auction houses and it has been estimated that he is set to make a minimum of £2m. It pays to have potential “scrap” valued before letting scrapping commence, as this has made one South Shields father-of-four an overnight multimillionaire!

        Handsome Handles Door Knobs and Door Handles

        Great door knobs and door handles are available at Handsome Handles and won’t cost you a fortune – they are quality, affordable products which can be found on their website. To find out more about brass door handles, door knobs and door handles visit them at info@handsomehandles.co.uk or call them on 07961 832 812.

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          House Clearance Sheffield Case Study

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            We recently cleared a house that was incredibly dirty and full of unwanted possessions, household objects, and plenty of rubbish. As experts in house clearance Sheffield services, we have the sometimes unsavoury task of clearing houses that are in advanced stages of disrepair and full of rubbish!

            Once our house clearance professionals had blitzed the place, removing everything and taking it away in one of our vans to be responsibly disposed of, the house looked quite different. Although far from liveable, and in need of some serious decoration and general care, the house is now an empty shell that can be turned into a home that can be lived in again.

            Fully Clearing and Cleaning the Property

            Our job was to fully clear the house of all the discarded items in the house, lifting and shifting it all out of the way so that the space could be thoroughly cleaned. Bags of rubbish were removed by our team, as well as food waste, old clothes and general household items such as bins and bathroom scales.

            WEEE Compliant House Clearance Sheffield

            We even removed the old washing machine, as we have the capacity to take larger items such as this. It is actually illegal to take old electrical or electronic goods to landfill, as they can release toxins that have a negative impact on the environment. Therefore, it’s really important to make sure that the company that takes them away are WEEE compliant.

            House Clearance Company Sheffield

            Clearance and Clean Up are WEEE compliant, and are able to offer a disposal and recycling solution for all electrical and electronic waste. We regularly collect a variety of items, including washing machines, as well as computers, LCD plasma and CRT monitors, games consoles, alarm systems and equipment, CCTV and security equipment, lighting, IT equipment, cookers and fridges, and air conditioning systems. Our service is a complete WEEE disposal services which also includes consignment notes where needed, processing of WEEE, disintegration to base metals, re-use of base metals, and re-use of IT equipment.

            If you would like to receive a quote for house clearance in Sheffield, please call us on 0114 403 1021 or email info@clearanceandcleanup.co.uk

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              Refurb of Derbyshire Grade 11 Listed Building Includes Ground Source Heat Pump

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                As professional installers of ground source heat pumps, it’s great to see a listed property being retrofitted with renewable energy technology such as a ground source heat pump. It’s proof that not only modern buildings are compatible with renewable energy technology and that it can be fitted relatively quickly and easily even retrospectively.

                The property is Goosehill Hall, a Grade 11 listed building located in the village of Castleton in Derbyshire. It has recently been refurbished, and as part of the project, a new heating system has been installed which includes a ground source heat pump. Underfloor heating has also been installed on the downstairs floor of the property, but could not be installed upstairs due to the absence of a void between the downstairs ceiling and the upstairs floor. Instead, radiators that are compatible with heat pumps were used.

                New Heating System and Ground Source Heat Pump

                The new heating system and ground source heat pump installed in Goosehill Hall qualifies for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. The domestic RHI is a government run scheme that provides users of renewable heat technology with payments over a 20 year period. Ground source heat pumps can also help reduce your fuel bills as home owners will benefit from savings through lower running costs.

                Ground source heat pumps use a network of pipes that are buried beneath the ground near a domestic property to extract heat. The pipes draw the ground heat up into a heat exchanger which is then utilised to heat radiators or under floor heating systems and provide hot water. They are a highly economical way of providing both heating and hot water to a property.

                The heat generated by the ground source heat pump can replace a conventional boiler, providing immediate hot water and working optimally in conjunction with under-floor heating, and large radiator central heating systems. A ground source heat pump should provide a complete solution to all of a domestic property’s heating and hot water needs. It is, therefore, a suitable replacement for conventional oil, LPG, gas and electric heating systems.

                Ground Source Heat Pump Installers in Sheffield and Yorkshire

                Our team have extensive experience installing ground source heat pumps in domestic properties and offer free quotations. For more information about having an ground source heat pump installed in your home, call Phaseline Renewables on 0114 2945500 or email us at info@phaseline.co.uk.

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                  Impress Your Visitors With Modern Contemporary Furniture

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                    High-quality modern contemporary furniture can impress visitors to your home and improve your overall quality of life. Investing in the right company is the key to long-term success; and with over 35 years experience in the production of luxury pieces for a variety of UK properties, the team at Paul Bloom are ideally-placed to assist.

                    They’ve produced all manner of bespoke furniture designs for contemporary and traditional properties, so they’re confident adapting their skill-set to a variety of different client requirements. With that in mind, if you’re a property owner looking to upgrade your home in Alderley Edge, Sheffield, Wilmslow, Cheshire, London or elsewhere in the UK, Paul Bloom can help.

                    Modern Contemporary Furniture for Use Throughout Your Home

                    One of the most appealing things about their modern contemporary furniture range is that they’re comfortable producing one-off items for a number of different rooms in the home. They regularly craft pieces for bedrooms, kitchens, lounge areas and more; always taking care to ensure that their handmade touch radiates from each design that they manufacture.

                    Whether it’s storage units to show off your DVD collection with; island kitchen furniture where you can relax with friends and family; or beautifully-sculpted pieces for your bedroom, the possibilities are truly endless. For Paul Bloom’s staff, it’s all about combining their knowledge with their client’s desires to create the perfect solutions.

                    UK Dining Furniture

                    If you’re someone who enjoys hosting dinner parties and social events, then Paul Bloom’s dining furniture for UK homes would be perfect for you. As truly bespoke commissions, the pieces that they produce are sure to make the right impression on visiting friends and family. From full sets to individual tables and chairs; they aim to craft pieces that work seamlessly within your dining space.

                    Once installed, you can look forward to relaxing whilst sat amongst your new purchases; proud in the knowledge that you’ve attained workmanship at the highest tier of property improvement. There really is nothing more satisfying and that’s why their base of clients is only continuing to grow.

                    Luxury Oak Structures

                    For all of the modern contemporary furniture that the Paul Bloom team produces, they make it a priority to ensure that they implement sustainably-sourced wood within their work. This is deeply important to them continuing their ethical approach to furniture manufacture. To find out more about this, you should contact them today.

                    Similarly, they’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in luxury furniture pieces and oak structures for the improvement of your own home. Their experienced team will be able to offer you advice on how they can adapt their ranges to meet your requirements and provide you with excellent product value.

                    You can reach Paul Bloom by calling 01433 749 998 for their Hathersage office, 0207 1381 099 for their London office or 01565 339 998 for their Knutsford office. Alternatively, if you’d rather send over your enquiry via email, the address to reach them via is enquiries@paulbloom.co.uk.

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                      Delivering Satisfaction Through Planer Blades

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                        Knife-Point’s priority is to deliver satisfaction to their customers through their product ranges. Whether it’s planer blades for woodworking or trimming knife blades for the fitting of carpets, they continue to remain confident in saying that they have the tools you need to get the job done right.

                        To ensure the long-term happiness of customers that spend money with them, Knife-Point follow a consistent process to make sure they tick all the boxes of good service. Whilst they understand that many of their clients will have the knowledge-base to make the educated purchases they need to, they’re always there to offer their advice and support if any problems do arise.

                        Listening

                        First and foremost, they understand the importance of listening to the exact needs of their customers. Knife-Point are not in the business of selling you tools that aren’t going to allow you to successfully complete your work. It might sound simple, but the first step they take to provide their clients with the planer blades that they need is simply listen to their exact requirements.

                        Expert Advice

                        Since Knife-Point have so many products available for their customers to choose from, they’re always happy to offer their advice on the ones which would suit best. Thanks to their many years experience within the knife manufacturing trade, they can do this to optimum effect. As a result, you’ll feel even more confident in the quality of any purchases that you make with them.

                        Great Choice

                        Knife-Point understand the importance of choice. It’s no good matching the wrong tool to the wrong application and they help their clients to avoid this problem by giving them the freedom to pick the appropriate planer blades they need. Options with relation to pricing, quantities and blade type are always on offer with them.

                        Prompt Planer Blades Delivery

                        For Knife-Point, it’s essential that their customers are able to gain access to the tools that they need swiftly and easily. They ensure their happiness in this way by making sure they continue to offer speedy delivery times right across all of their product ranges. By doing so, they regularly receive repeat business from customers who’ve been impressed with the service that they’ve received from them.

                        Planer Blades Top Supplier

                        As the leading supplier of planer blades to the Sheffield area and beyond, Knife-Point are continuing to expand their large client base. As well as the products covered here, they also supply trimming knife blades, Swann Morton products, Stanley knife blades and snap off blades too.

                        Throughout all of these ranges, the attention they pay to their customers and the vast product choice they offer remains the same. To find out more and access their fantastic range of blades today, head over to their website home page – www.knife-point.co.uk. Or, if you’d like to speak to them directly, call 07737 133 030.

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                          Written by Chris

                          August 20th, 2015 at 2:14 pm

                          Framed Prints and Album Options for Nottingham Wedding Photography

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                            As time goes on, your wedding album and wedding photography prints will become one of the most important lasting physical reminders of your wedding day, so it makes sense to ensure that they are displayed beautifully around your home, or in albums. Here at James Davies wedding photography in Nottingham and Worksop, we understand just how important your wedding photos are when looking back on your special day and remembering all the magical moments.

                            Wedding Photography Prints and Albums

                            Here at James Davies wedding photography Nottinghamshire, we offer a range of photograph albums in addition to our wedding photography and engagement portrait service. It’s all part of the service to include a USB device containing all of your final edited images, and an online private gallery containing all the final images.

                            But we do offer optional extras in the form of prints and albums, too. For example, a 8” x 6” beautifully presented coffee table book containing a selection of your photos can be yours for £80, or you could opt for a handmade 12” x 10” 10 page album for £199. We also offer a range of wedding photography albums sized 8” x 6” up to 20” x 20” in a variety of finishes. Or there’s the option of two handmade mini parent albums for £150 which make the perfect gift.

                            Thoughtful Gifts for Friends and Family

                            Wedding photography albums can also make really thoughtful and attractive gifts for family and friends. It’s a lovely way of saying thank you for their attendance at the wedding, and possibly for their help and involvement in planning the big day. Offering an album as a gift after the big day means that your relatives and friends can also have a lasting reminder of your wedding to cherish for years to come.

                            Wedding Photographer Nottingham

                            If you are looking for a wedding photographer Nottinghamshire who offers a selection of wedding album packages, we can help. We also offer wedding photography throughout Nottinghamshire including Nottingham and Mansfield. Please click here for details of my wedding photography prices, including all the great benefits and extras that are included, as well as the extra options such as albums, books, and framed pictures. Call us on 0114 383 0633 or 07763 737 283, or feel free to email us at through the contact form here.

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                              Advice on Choosing a Shop Sign Makers in Sheffield

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                                You’ll have to decide on a shop sign company to carry out the process of a new shop sign. To help you with your decision, here are 5 reasons to choose Image Sign Studio. When you’ve made the decision to invest in a new shop sign Sheffield for your business, there are various decisions you need to make about the design, manufacture and installation of it.

                                We Have an Extensive Portfolio of Work

                                Our portfolio includes everything from shop signage to large industrial signsfactory signage, illuminated signs3d signs and much, much more. We endeavour to work very closely with our clients, ensuring they get the perfect image for their business, from sign design and manufacture, right through to installation. Our commercial and business signage products include door signsprojecting signs3D letteringlight boxesbuilding wraps, and banners.

                                We Have Great Testimonials Under our Belt

                                Nothing tells you more about the quality and reliability of a company than positive testimonials from their customers. We have acquired a great many glowing testimonials from happy customers. For example, Roger Reade of Sheffield & Hallamshire County Football Association said: “We are all absolutely delighted with the signs now that they have all been erected around the building. They really look smashing! Many thanks to Image Sign Studio for all your hard work in installing them – they have been really excellent.” Allie Langham of Chrysalis Photography said: “Quick, slick and professional service.”

                                We are Experienced in Shop Signs Sheffield

                                Our partners have nearly 30 years in the sign industry under their belts collectively, making them experts in the industry. Both partners gained experience in many aspects of signage and sign making and have brought their collective skills together. This has proved mutually beneficial and has enabled the company to offer a broad range of services to an exceptionally high standard.

                                Shop Sign Makers in Sheffield

                                Here at Image Sign Studio, we have the skills and experience to design and manufacture a wide variety of shop signs in Sheffield, from illuminated shop signs to 3D shop signs. We offer a range of business and commercial signage solutions to businesses all over the city, and we can help you too. Call us on 0114 261 7617 to get in touch and chat to a member of our friendly

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                                  Assessment of Renewable Energy Technologies Confirms Biomass Boilers Great Investment

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                                    According to the latest news from farminguk.com, an assessment has been carried out by the property consultancy firm Carter Jonas, whose specialist energy team looked into the investor returns from a number of technologies. The results have been published in their annual Energy Index 2015, taking into account wind, solar photovoltaic, biomass boiler heating, anaerobic digestion, hydroelectric and ground source heat pumps.

                                    It has taken into account factors such as development costs, value versus development costs, planning approval, development timescale and Internal Rate of Return (IRR). It has also considered the recent Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)’s proposals to remove support for on-shore wind and solar farms under the Renewable Obligation (RO) from April 2016.

                                    The Renewable Heat Incentive

                                    When it comes to getting the best investment from the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, there are several renewable energy projects that do offer significant investment opportunities. Bill Gates has recently announced a $2 billion investment in green technology and research, and The National Trust has recently announced a £30 million investment in renewable energy to heat and power a number of historical buildings under their care.

                                    The head of energy and marine at Carter Jonas, Andrew Watkin said: “The UK has a fantastic pool of natural resources and we continue to call for the Government to get behind the renewable sector. Our research has identified the most attractive renewable technology opportunities available, at the present time, according to key investment factors.”

                                    Ranking number one as the most attractive technology from an investment perspective is a 50kW PV rooftop project. Biomass boilers have been ranked second. Despite cuts to the Renewable Heat Incentive, it biomass boilers are still an incredibly attractive investment, especially when a system greater than 200kW is installed in a commercial application. It also makes a very good investment opportunity for properties off the gas grid.

                                    Biomass Boilers Sheffield and Yorkshire

                                    A domestic or commercial biomass boiler installation will mean that your business or home will be entitled to payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive, and could also save you a substantial amount on your fuel costs. For more information about having a biomass boiler installed in your commercial property or domestic home, call Phaseline Renewables on 0114 2945500 or email us at info@phaseline.co.uk.

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                                      House Clearance Sheffield Report on the Clean Sheffield Campaign

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                                        The campaign, called ‘Clean Sheffield’ was launched last week and will last approximately one year. The council hope that it will reduce the amount of rubbish that is being dropped all over the city, a problem that is particularly bad in parks and green spaces. According to the council, more than £100,000 per year is being spent by the local authority to deal with the littler problem in parks alone.

                                        As rubbish removal and house clearance Sheffield experts, Clearance and Clean Up think that this campaign is a positive step in the right direction for the city of Sheffield. It’s such a shame that litter is such a massive problem and takes up so much time and money that could be spent elsewhere. Hopefully, with the right education, and with enough people setting a good example with regard to the responsible disposal of litter, the problem of litter in the city can be improved.

                                        Keeping Communities Clear of Rubbish

                                        The campaign ‘Clean Sheffield’ will also praise the volunteers and groups who work hard to keep communities clear of rubbish and encourage more people to follow their example. According to the cabinet member for environment Terry Fox, there are many people who go out every day to collect rubbish locally. He said: “If everybody took a little bit more pride in their city and didn’t litter, that would make a massive difference.”

                                        The massive anti-littering campaign has been launched in Sheffield in an attempt to clean up the city. Sheffield residents are being urged to ‘take pride in their neighbourhoods’ in order to prevent the thousands of tonnes of litter that is dumped and dropped on the streets of Sheffield every year. The appeal is also hoped to keep Sheffield’s parks and green spaces clean, of which there are over 800.

                                        Arranging Litter Picks and Educating School Children

                                        As well as educating children in schools and organising litter picks, the campaign is hoped to drive more people to report the problem and also to pick up rubbish if they see it lying on the ground. According to Councillor Fox, the issue of having more bins around the city would be ‘looked at’, as there are currently around 3,500 litter bins in Sheffield at the moment. He also said “This campaign is not about buying everyone a pair of litter pickers, it’s about capturing hearts and minds.”

                                        House Clearance Company in Sheffield

                                        For more information about the service we offer including rubbish removal and house clearance Sheffield in Yorkshire, Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Chesterfield and Worksop, please contact us on 0800 410 1086 or 0114 403 1021, or email us at info@clearanceandcleanup.co.uk.

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