Funding Offer for NE businesses Extended – More time for new Projects

Funding Offer for NE businesses Extended. News received today about the North East Business Support Fund:

Given the success of the funding to date we are allowing more time in the project to ensure as many businesses as possible get the chance to access the support.
We can now fund projects that can be completed by June 30th 2015*. For a project to be complete the following must happen:

All development work is fully complete
Client has fully paid their Provider(s)
Client has submitted an accurate Funding Claim with all relevant evidence
* The maximum length of funding contract we can issue will remain at 3 months.

We won’t have a deadline for the submission of applications as some projects can be delivered pretty quickly – as long as the project can meet the completion requirements above.

If you have any queries please contact your Account Manager, email or call us on 01670 813322.

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Marketing and business promotion: Free Consultation.

Nearly all!

80% of the clients I support require help with Marketing and business promotion. Some don’t know where to start, have no budget, orders and contact are low. Have problems; the website is ‘dead in the water’ and advertising costs are dangerously high, how do you market without wasting valuable budgets?

Essential to be effective

A strong foundation of ‘Marketing’ coverage set up and stimulated is essential to be effective, efficient and profitable.

Free Consultation: Marketing and business promotion.

I offer a – Free Consultation: You’re a business and need some help with marketing and sales? Zedcomms will meet with you to identify your marketing objectives **absolutely free** – We will respond with a suggestion list for discussion, if you want to work with us – great! If not, it’ll cost you a cup of coffee, maybe a biscuit.



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PR – Teesside School Goes Green with LED.

PDF Version: Press Release PR – Teesside School Goes Green with LED 12-12-14



Date: December 19th 2014.

Release date: For Immediate Release


1 – Teesside School Goes Green with LED.
2 – Bright Light in HemlingtonLED Lighting

Location: Middlesbrough, north-east England.

Paragraph introduction:

1 – One of the first schools to reduce its carbon footprint by installing greener lighting.
2 – Replacement Lighting Improves School Mood.


A north-east school has started installing LED lighting across the school to replace the old style fluorescent lighting.


We were looking at upgrading the original ceilings as part of the schools 5 year plan.  During pre-assessment of the work, we found that the current light fitments were obsolete.  We had not considered LED lights before, but our building contractor recommended LED lighting.

Improving the school learning environment, cost savings and reducing the carbon footprint are very important to the school, so the retro fit to LED scheme commenced.

It makes great financial sense as it means we can invest more of our money into educating our pupils.  As an Academy we have to show savings based on a fixed budget.

We are all really proud of the work that has been done in the school to reduce our impact on the environment.


It’s amazing; it’s like daylight, the light itself looks like a roof light rather than an electric light.  The light produced is a natural crisp white light, and it does not flicker. Looking down the school corridor into other classrooms highlights the difference the LED lights make.  It is unbelievable.
Already the changes made are cutting both the Co2 emissions and the annual energy bills.  The school can’t measure exact savings as yet – estimation based on usage – heading to winter – anticipates savings are £1200 PA energy savings said Jackie.


During the summer holidays we had other contactors in the school working in the LED lit area.  One contractor noticed that he experienced a brighter and happy mood whilst working under the lights.  In contrast he noticed that his mood become darker and darker as he worked in non-converted areas for the school.


The school will stage a retro fit along with the 5-year plan of improvements.


Jackie Lowe, business manager at the school said:
I was not aware of LED lighting before this project – but I have now installed LED lighting in my home too.



For additional comments or to request photos please contact:

Paul Harper


Tel: 07712079106

CONTACT SCHOOL: Mrs J Lowe School Business Manager.
Viewley Hill Academy
Andover Way
Tel: 01642 591053
Fax: 01642 575129

CONTACT CONTRACTOR: Mr Spencer Dunkley – LED Lighting | Project Manager.
249a Aclam Road
Tel: 07905272665

PHOTOGRAPHS: High definition photographs are available on request.

Twitter: Every Business Should Use

I’m forever apologising for suggesting to my client to use Twitter. 80% don’t like it, don’t understand it and one said he hates it.  – Is Twitter rubbish? My reply is “You may not love it but only a fool ignores it.”

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love it and agree with some sentiment, it is a bit annoying. We are frustrated and annoyed by it mostly because we don’t understand it. Humans are scared of the un-known.  If you’r serious about finding those lovely customers though you should be in this network as it costs nothing but a little time.

Let me explain: I had 300 visits to my Twitter account this week. That’s 15,600 visits a year without really trying too hard. This is really LOW COST marketing. That’s why it’s so popular. And really low cost advertising is something else my clients often ask for.

Black Friday – tired of hearing about it?

Last week was the start of Black Friday in USA. I experienced this marketing onslaught when I was in Arizona last year at this time. Its amazing. The TV adverts are booming out deals on cars, kitchens and department store wide offers. We are starting to see our British version now with quite 30% off two day sales etc. As consumers get even more savvy sales will become part of our yearly routine.

Don’t be too British – have a sale or a SALE! Consumers like it you know… Call it Black Friday?