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In this edition of product focus we look at the Salamander Home Boost Pump. A fantastic solution for anyone experiencing poor water pressure via a combi boiler or mains pressure fed heating system. The Salamander Home Boost Pump is the perfect low cost, compact, water fitting regulations compliant, solution to help boost your pressure. Who – Salamander Pumps have been manufacturing shower pumps for over 25 years. Their products are produced almost entirely from EU sourced components with near 90% of their components sourced in the UK. After a decade... Read More
There’s no school like the old school! When it comes to marketing your trade business, there is no doubt that the new methods of responsive web design, social media outreach and the use of online directories are great at promoting your company, but don’t give up on the tried and tested methods of promotional marketing. Many methods of traditional marketing are also evolving into the 21st Century in hugely successful ways – you might well be surprised by the options out there! Make Use of Traditional Marketing Materials Business cards,... Read More
There is no doubt that local directories have still got a major role to play in the trade industries, however why not take advantage of the biggest directories in the world as well? Google alone handles over 100 billion search queries a month! Getting your trade business seen on a directory with this sort of popularity is critical. You can register your business with these online directories in a few different ways: Having created your website, it is imperative that you allow Google to ‘see’ your website, so that it... Read More
More and more businesses are setting up an online presence with a website. With the growth of technology, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops, there are now more people than ever using their devices to search the internet for tradespeople. This is why a responsive website is a must for all businesses in today’s world. Your business needs to compete online and a responsive website is the best way to do this. A website, even in its most basic form, is a great way to showcase your business and... Read More
JT Atkinson & Sons have teamed up with award-winning digital marketing agency Integrity Search to bring you the best marketing tips to help grow your business. We are starting with social media; we all know we should be using it, but for many of us that’s easier said than done! It’s common knowledge that tradespeople win the majority of their business opportunities through word-of-mouth recommendations, but just because this method is tried-and-tested, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t explore other ways of marketing yourself – especially in such a competitive industry.... Read More
The next instalment of our product focus section looks at the Bradstone Natural Sandstone Paving. This product is the perfect paving solution. The natural sandstone slabs gives your paving a truly unique look to any other as each paving slab is different and unique. This is due to many natural tonal variations, differing riven profiles and exquisite natural veining.
In the run up to National Apprenticeship Week, which will see hundreds of special events taking place throughout England between the 14th and 18th of March, we have put together an article highlighting the benefits of taking on an apprentice and how it will help your business. There are many benefits as an employer to taking on an apprentice but unfortunately these benefits are often overlooked as apprenticeships are still a misunderstood phenomenon, with many employers not fully understanding how an apprenticeship works and how it can benefit their business.... Read More
This month’s product focus is on the ACO HexDrain Brickslot Channel in a 1 metre length. This fantastic high quality product provides a discreet slot drainage system for domestic block paving installation and threshold drainage. The ACO HexDrain has been combined with a new offset slot cover specifically designed for slab and block paving which has now created the ACO HexDrain Brickslot.
2016 is the year that, more than half a million small employers (those with fewer than 50 staff) will be affected by the workplace pension auto enrollment scheme. Auto-enrollment is the name given to the law which requires employers to automatically sign their staff up to a workplace pension. This came into effect in 2012, but until now has only been applicable to larger companies. By law, all small business employers will have to automatically enroll their eligible employees into a workplace pension and make monthly contributions to that pension.... Read More