After a successful Dragon’s Den at Archbishop’s School, Canterbury, I was asked to be a Dragon once more at Highsted Grammar School, Sittingbourne. It was a great experience again for myself and congratulations to all the girls who made their pitch.

The event was reported in the Sittingbourne News Extra and a copy is attached which details what went on during the day. The winner of the day will now go forward to the grand final against other schools in the region.

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Waller Associates incorporates a wholesale decorating business into Waller Building Services.

We can now supply you, through our building division, paint and all other decorating products at trade prices.

Whilst working in Kent schools and speaking to bursars and site managers, we noticed that many of our clients found it difficult to obtain decorating materials at trade prices. As a Kent County Council approved contractor we are in position to supply our clients, including schools, at competitive rates. With our buying power we can pass on great prices to you and we deliver to site which makes your life easier.

Ordering decorating products is simple; either visit www.wallerservices.com/decorating or phone our dedicated sales line 01795 424435. Alternatively, contact me directly on 07805 977 651 to discuss any requirements you may have.

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Over the past couple of months we have been in negotiations with our existing suppliers and are very pleased to announce that we are now able to supply paint and decorating materials to our clients at competitive rates. Our website has a dedicated section for this which includes price lists, technical information and details on how to request a colour card, etc.

The quick link for this is www.wallerservices.com/decorating

Please contact me directly on 07805 977 651 if you require any further information.

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The simple answer is yes! but there is still some questions that need to be answered before you start work.

The main problem for any flush floor / walk in shower is how do you get rid of the water that goes down the drain. Unlike the waste on a bath, where normally the water leaves the waste trap located close to or above the level of the floor and then by using the power of gravity and a waste pipe at a slight angle discharges the water to the soil stack or waste outlet.

A flush floor / walk in shower requires the waste trap to be positioned under the floor level and then still by the power of gravity the water is discharged away. This system is relatively simple to install if installing the flush floor / walk in shower tray in to a timber floor with a joist depth great enough to allow for the discharge waste pipe to slope to the soil stack waste outlet and also if the soil stack is accessible to allow a a new connection. If the slope can not be achieved within the joist height, it maybe possible to take the waste into the room below and then connect into the soil stack at a lower level. This does require some extra work because these exposed pipes will need to be boxed in and decorated to give a tidy finish to the room that has been disturbed.
When installation of a flush floor / walk in shower is required in a concrete floor the work involved is slightly more in depth. Firstly the concrete has to be removed to allow for the installation of the new floor tray and also a trench has to be created to allow the waste pipe to be connected to the waste outlet as above.

When it is not possible to install a waste that flows away by gravity a waste pump can be installed. The pump is automatically turned on when the shower is used and an in-built timer runs the pump for a set time after the shower has been turned of to allow for surface water to be cleared. The quality and noise of these pumps have improved over the years and they are very efficient at clearing water from the showering area.

One thing to remember is when adapting any drainage, there maybe a requirement to have the works checked and approved by your local building control. If in doubt, contact your local building control office or visit you local building control web site.

Waller Building Services have been installing flush floor showers to peoples homes for over 12 years, these are for clients that require a walk in shower because of their heath and mobility along with clients that want the contemporary look to their bathroom.

I you would like any more information please contact Waller Building Services and we will be happy to help.

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I recently attended a seminar on PR and want to share what I learnt. The following are a few pointers to assist you in producing and submitting a good PR piece.

PR Companies can be expensive so there is no reason you cannot produce your on PR piece if you know how to produce it and who to send it to. The first question to ask before doing any Press Release is ‘will this be interesting to the reader?’ Remember, you are not writing an advert.

Why PR?

  • An editorial is believed more than an advert
  • It most cases, it’s free

When sending in a PR piece:

  1. Your headline is to catch the News Desks attention – ie. RSPCA rescue fish from tree
  2. The first sentence is very important. Make sure it captures the attention and is in clear English with no jargon
  3. Include where possible quotes and case studies
  4. Interest the journalist:
    1. What’s the story?
    2. What makes it different or unusual?
    3. What is your message? (one message, not lots)
    4. Think pictures – this is the deal breaker. They do not want people smiling & shaking hands
    5. Who is your spokesperson? Give name, contact details and mobile phone number (as you may need to be contacted at any time by the journalist)
  5. You will not be able to normally include contact details on your PR piece so try to get the Company name or contact details in the photo.
  6. Keep your PR piece to 300/400 words max
  7. End the PR piece with the location of the Company, the size of the Company and what we do.
  8. Email your PR piece:
  1. Subject box – Put the headline, not ‘PR piece attached’
  2. Put the PR piece in the body of the email, not ‘letter attached’
  3. Finish off with ‘here’s a couple of photos to go with it’

Who are you sending your PR piece to and when?

  1. Send in your storey just after the last press release
  2. Ring first requesting to send in your PR piece. Get contact and email details
  3. Try and build a relationship with a journalist

After a Press Release:

  • Update your website (including the front page)
  • Take a copy of the PR piece and add to your marketing material (either photocopy the magazine or get a copy online)
  • See if a follow up could be done (ie how the business has moved forward in 3-6 months time)

Over the next couple of months I am going to be trying to do some PR myself and I’ll let you know how I get on. In the meantime, if you have any queries then please do not hesitate to drop me a line.

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