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VAT Increase

10 Dec 09

Value Added Tax

The Chancellor has confirmed the VAT will return to 17.50% on January 1st 2010. The rate was cut in the last Pre Budget Report to aid economic recovery. The Chancellor Alistair Darling confirmed the VAT will not rise further

Added by Peter Morris on December 10, 2009 at 11:54 — No Comments

Go Electric and Save

10 Dec 09

The chancellor Alistair Darling has confirmed he is giving company drivers of electric cars and vans a five-year holiday from Benefit-in-Kind tax.

According to company car tax expert at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Gary Hull, this means cars solely propelled by electricity will be free from Income Tax and National Insurance contributions for a five-year period from 6 April 2010.

This will save employees and employers.A 20% tax payer who starts… Continue

Added by Peter Morris on December 10, 2009 at 11:48 — No Comments

Tacky or Genius?

Sure we understand how difficult it is out there in the business world. People are looking to keep hold of their jobs, marketing budgets have been cut and yet targets still need to reached perhaps more so now than ever before.

It is a fine line between cutting back on creativity and preserving your marketing/advertising budget and actually harming your brand awareness and recognition. Your advertising can be effective and memorable in a number of ways. Whilst some may seem quite… Continue

Added by Absolutely Design Nick Buckland on December 8, 2009 at 20:02 — No Comments

Use Ryanair? New card needed to avoid the £10 'payment processing fee'

A quick prompt - for any users of Ryanair - they yesterday announced that they were stopping the practice of accepting Visa Electron cards for fee free payments for their flights. Instead they have signed up with Mastercard prepaid cards, and from Jan 1st next year only these cards will avoid the fee, which can add up to £40 for a family of four.

Travel Money on a Card

So which is the best… Continue

Added by Mark Bower on December 3, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

Using an Online Guide to the local area to get your news and services out and about this Christmas

Find out what's on in Reading over Christmas or add an event you are organising to our community pages for some free publicity. Obtain the best locally made food and drink in Reading to add something special to your Christmas festivities, or perhaps find a hamper full of goodies for the perfect Christmas gift. Check out the …


Added by Tanya Dixon on December 2, 2009 at 16:55 — No Comments

Christmas E-card Promotion

Sending Christmas cards this year?

Why not send an email instead, or maybe an e-card...

With the global population becoming more environmentally aware and, closer to home, the recent Royal Mail issues and numerous postal strikes, Kennetiq have made it easier than ever for you to get your corporate message out this Christmas.

By designing a virtual sack full of email templates and animated messages we will ensure your corporate branding is repeatedly at… Continue

Added by Keith Wootton on December 2, 2009 at 13:00 — No Comments

Free Account Management for Charity or Non Profit Organisations

Absolutely Design are taking the approach of offering FREE account management on projects of any size for Charity and non-profit organisations. Is it a gimmick or a real offer?

This is a real offer; charities have found the recent economic climate a difficult place to work in. With a growing demand for their services whilst coping with falling income, it has meant they have had to take a real look at themselves, just as many other businesses have. Yet they still have major… Continue

Added by Absolutely Design Nick Buckland on December 2, 2009 at 10:23 — 1 Comment

Winter Motoring Tips

Pinewood Asset Finance & Vehicle Location

Winter motoring tips from Motor Industry Codes should be encouraged with customers includes:

Tyre condition

“Tyres are vital safety equipment as they are the only contact between drivers and the road. Therefore, checking and maintaining tyre pressures is important during the winter months as when the temperature drops, so does the tyre pressure. This can lead to excessive tyre wear causing poor brake… Continue

Added by Peter Morris on December 1, 2009 at 10:34 — No Comments

Save up to 45% on Re-Placement Tyres

Pinewood in association with etyres have arranged a drivers card (send an email and we will send you one) that will save you up to 45% on re-placement tyres. Use the free-phone, or web site - The best bit - they come to you wherever you are in the UK, take away your old tyre. its just so simple. Free puncture repair service call the freephone number and quote account PIN09

Free Phone number 0800028 9000…


Added by Julie Morris on November 30, 2009 at 16:59 — No Comments

Breakfast with Refer-On (Reading Hub)

I went along to see the Reading hub of

Refer-On this morning for breakfast and met up with a great group of networkers.


The meetings for this hub are held at

Wokefield Park Hotel which is a very nice venue on the out-skirts of Reading. The format is very welcoming for new visitors and the group themselves are… Continue

Added by Chris Lunn on November 25, 2009 at 12:30 — No Comments

Great Start! 6,000 page views this month already!

Hi, just a quick note to thank everyone for the support so far.

Since we launched at the beginning of November we've received over 600 visits and 6,000 page views which is fantastic in just over 3 weeks. We've now listed over 120 events already with 60+ still live and plenty more out there to get on board.

If you're reading this and you haven't joined up yet, make sure you do! You can add your profile for free, tell the world what your business does and what… Continue

Added by Chris Lunn on November 25, 2009 at 11:57 — No Comments

Leave Your Technology Worries Behind! Speak to Haris Chechi from zuuMedia...

This week I caught-up with Haris Chechi from zuuMedia. Haris has a strong background in IT and now provides much needed support to home and small business users across Reading (although zuuMedia cover a much wider region).

When I first met Haris he made two points which left a lasting impression; firstly he made me think about how little work I would have to do to afford their small business package (starting from £9.99 a month) - and how much money… Continue

Added by Chris Lunn on November 24, 2009 at 19:00 — No Comments

Can You Spare An Hour To Support The Wokingham Winter Carnival?

Hi all, I've been contacted by the organisers of the Wokingham Winter Carnival as they require some marshalls to help look after the parade route.

The marshals meet at Shute End at 15.30 and look after the parade from 16.00 to about 16.50 so it's an easy gig!

The Carnival takes place this coming Sunday and if you can help out please let me know.

Thanks, Chris

Added by Chris Lunn on November 23, 2009 at 10:58 — No Comments

A catch-up with Graham Young from 'Young Markets'

A catch-up with Graham Young from Young Markets

Hi everyone and welcome to our 2nd member feature. Today we're focusing on Graham Young who I met up with at the Business Growth Show in Reading recently. I actually utilised Graham's Marketing services a few years ago which is how we first met and he opened a number of key doors for my company at a key time. I'm delighted that his presentation business is now helping a whole range of companies to improve their own… Continue

Added by Chris Lunn on November 16, 2009 at 17:30 — No Comments

Vehicles at Wholesale Prices

Simple and hassle free

At Pinewood, it's our job to make vehicle acquisition as easy as possible. Simply talk through your requirements and we'll take care of the rest, coming back to you with an honest, straightforward deal tailored to your individual needs and circumstances.

Any vehicle - any price

Our years of experience and network of contacts mean that we can track down vehicles at the best prices. We are able to access any make or model, both… Continue

Added by Peter Morris on November 10, 2009 at 14:35 — No Comments

Raise Capital from Exisitng Assets

Finance solutions that fit

Many companies base their lending decisions on ticks in boxes. But at Pinewood we look at things differently, and our approach is more flexible. Drawing on all the experience of asset financing we’ve acquired since the mid-seventies, our aim is to help you create an individual bespoke finance solution that’s based on what’s best for you, not on standard terms that don’t fit. Not only do we make a point of adding value to every one of our client… Continue

Added by Peter Morris on November 9, 2009 at 17:26 — No Comments

A coffee with Kate Lole from The Real Business Club

A coffee with Kate Lole

This week I managed to grab a few minutes with Kate Lole ahead of the 2nd event from '

The Real Business Club' which takes place this coming Monday (9th Nov 09) in Wokingham (

details). Having been an Associate at the first event I thought it would be useful to… Continue

Added by Chris Lunn on November 5, 2009 at 17:00 — No Comments

Fancy Some Free Exposure? We're looking for members to profile and promote right here...

At the moment we're keen to register as many networkers as possible and we'll do our best to keep you all up-to-date with the latest and greatest opportunities across the county going forward.

From time-to-time we'd like to help aid your cause to generate more business for yourself by featuring you on this blog in a questions and answers style piece!

If you'd like to be considered, drop me a message to let… Continue

Added by Chris Lunn on November 4, 2009 at 18:00 — 4 Comments

Welcome to 'Networking in Berkshire'

Having recently set-up a new consultancy practice, I've experienced first-hand how many fantastic networking events there are in the local area. They are all run by different people, in different ways and with different objectives and I've found that the best way to tackle them is to simply go along with an open-mind and plenty of business cards! Some of the opportunities I've found as a result have appeared completely out of the blue so make your own luck and get out and about.

In… Continue

Added by Chris Lunn on October 26, 2009 at 18:30 — No Comments

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