Green Homes Grant Scheme

Adding Smart Heating Controls to your home will help you manage your heat more effectively, save you money and make your home more energy efficient.

If you’re a homeowner or residential landlord you can now apply for a £5000 Green Homes Grant voucher (up to £10,000 for low income households) towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to your home including  heating controls such as Inspire Home Automation’s Ignite Smart Thermostats.

You can apply directly for the grant, but it needs to be performed by an accredited installer.

Primary measures
The voucher must be used to install at least 1 primary measure. This can be an insulation measure and/or a low carbon heating measure.

Insulation measures covered by the voucher

  • solid wall insulation (internal or external)
  • cavity wall insulation
  • under-floor insulation (solid floor, suspended floor)
  • loft insulation
  • flat roof insulation
  • pitched roof insulation
  • room in roof insulation
  • insulating a park home

Low carbon heating measures covered by the voucher:

  • air source heat pump
  • ground source heat pump
  • solar thermal (liquid filled flat plate or evacuated tube collector)
  • biomass boiler
  • hybrid heat pump

Secondary measures

If you install at least 1 primary measure, your voucher can then be used to help cover the cost of  a secondary measure which includes heating controls.

An Inspire Home Automation Ignite Thermostat has geofencing enabled. This turns down your heating when your home is empty but then starts turning up the heat when you’re coming home. Our fully customisable system enables you to create 4 different programs for the time of year and set up schedules to suit, daily, weekdays/weekends or a different temperature setting for each day of the week.

Learn more about the Green Homes Grant Scheme

To find out more about the Green Homes Grant Scheme visit:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme

Get in touch
To discuss the Green Homes Grant Scheme and the Ignite range of Smart Thermostats and sensors please visit https://www.inspirehomeautomation.co.uk or give the team at FBN member Inspire Home Automation a call on 01202 798 390

Employment Law End of Year Update 2020

As we near the end of 2020, this is a summary of this year’s key changes to employment law relevant to SMEs:

  • All workers are now entitled to receive a written statement of terms (contract of employment) on or before the first day of employment. 
  • The abolition of the Swedish derogation relating to pay for agency workers came into force in April.
  • Businesses/agencies now need to provide agency workers with a Key Information Document setting out key facts at the start of an assignment.
  • For businesses with over 50 employees, regarding the ICE (Information and Consultation of Employees) Regulations, there has been a reduction in the percentage of employees required to make a valid request for an agreement on the sharing of information and consultation within the workplace. Previously it was at least 10% of the workforce who must put in a request before an employer is obliged to take steps to comply with this right. This percentage has now reduced to 2%. The requirement that at least 15 employees make the request has remained.
  • The holiday pay reference period increased from 12 weeks to 52 weeks.
  • There is now the right to parental bereavement leave and pay. Employed parents now have the right to 2 weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Parents will also be able to claim pay for this period, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.
  • At the end of the year, the free movement of EU workers is due to end.

We hope you find this update useful, please don’t hesitate to contact FBN member Rebecca Clayton from R Human Resources if you’d like further information.

How to support your IMMUNE SYSTEM in these difficult times.

If you’re vulnerable to coughs & colds, infections, even flu or worse (Covid-19), you need to do everything you can to boost your immune system – the body’s natural ‘defence army’.

In addition to the lymphocytes (white cells) in our blood, the correct balance of gut bacteria plays a very significant role too – and you can do something about this.  The following advice won’t guarantee that you will never catch one of the bugs that go around, but it will help make your immune system ‘fighting fit’ and better able to mitigate symptoms if you do catch something. So, what should you consider taking:

Forever Aloe Vera Gel Drink.  
Aloe is great for skin and is an ideal pre-biotic digestive aid, but it’s also an immune system modulator.  Available in 3 flavours: – Natural (Code 715), Berry Nectar (Code 734) and Peaches (Code 777). £22.94 per litre carton.  Recommended daily dose is 60 to 100ml and take all year round for wide-ranging health benefits.

Forever Active Pro-B.
Blends six strains of friendly bacteria to quickly help counter balance too many ‘unfriendly’ ones.  The capsules do not require refrigeration, are allergen free and suitable for vegetarians.  Code 610.  £35.71 for 30 capsules.  Recommended daily dose is one capsule, but only for one month.

Forever Immublend.  
This synergistic blend of nutrients is high in Vitamin C, D and zinc, all of which contribute to the normal function of the immune system. Code 355. £18.19 for 60 tablets.  Recommended daily dose is 2 tablets.

And don’t forget personal hygiene – you can’t go wrong using Forever Aloe Hand Soap, a gentle but effective liquid formula of Aloe with fruit extracts to leave your skin clean, soft & hydrated.  Code 523. £14.83 for 473ml pump dispenser.

And for sanitizing your hands, there’s nothing better than Forever Instant Hand Cleanser.  Powerful & refreshing, this cleanser will keep the whole family protected wherever the adventure leads.  This citrus-scented aloe-based hand cleanser is ideal in all circumstances. Code 003. £12.85 for 250ml bottle.

All these products are available from Ferndown Business Network member Peter Stockwell-Jones M: 07947 685785 E: peter@wessex-aloe.com or via his online shop at www.wessex-aloe.com

7 Major Points Why Magazine Advertising Works!

1. Target a captive audience

Our readers are incredibly proud and passionate about where they live. Our local magazines offer a sense of community and serve as an important ‘hub’ where locals can learn about their surroundings… including your products and services!

2. Make sure your ads stand out

Do not fall for the myth that ‘print’ is dead. In an age where the online space has a sea of digital ads, your local magazine has far less competition. Thus enabling you to stand out from the crowd!

3. Enable sense of security

Web surfers have become weary of clicking on banner ads. Even if they are enticing, they feel there is a lack of security online. With our print magazines the consumer has nothing to fear. This makes your audience more receptive to your message!

4. Longer shelf life 

While digital ads come and go, print ads have staying power! Our magazines are read countless times. Your advert can be strategically placed to maximise your promotion! Our magazines are placed directly in the hands of your local consumer through door to door distribution. They are also available at large retail outlets with high foot traffic!

5. Brand recognition & loyalty

Advertising in reputable local magazines like ours allows local people to become familiar with your business. In the long run this encourages brand loyalty and recommendation to others!

6. Credibility

Our local magazines are valued and respected publications that build a sense of community among local consumers. As an advertiser, you benefit from this credibility as your ads become much more than ‘just an ad’, they become recommendations from a trusted source.

7. Tactile experience

Did you know that the average reader only spends 15 seconds on a website before moving on? People interact differently with our print magazines, they take their time and linger. This means they fully interact with our content including your ad!

Interested in Promoting your business. Contact FBN member Dorset Publications to answer any other questions you have! Tel Debbie: 01202 894397

Designed by Landlords for Landlords: Smart Landlord Thermostats designed specifically for HMOs

As the days get shorter and the temperatures get lower, isn’t it time for you to better monitor and control energy usage within your HMO property?

At Inspire Home Automation we have revolutionised the Smart Thermostat for Landlords. Designed by Landlords for Landlords, our Landlord Thermostats allow you to easily monitor, control and restrict your property heating system from your desktop, tablet, or phone 24/7. You can customise how much your thermostat is controlled by your tenants. Giving you control of energy usage and bills wherever you may be.

Cut the fear of your next energy bill
Manufactured in the UK with a dedicated sales and support team based in our offices in Wimborne, Dorset. Our range of Smart Thermostats are designed to meet the needs of HMO landlords.  With Wired and Wireless systems being available, and options for controlling hot water circuits as well.  Our Smart Thermostats will cut the fear of your next energy bill by putting you back in control of energy usage.

Works with what you have
No need to stress about your boiler or your energy supplier – our Smart Thermostats work seamlessly with any energy supplier and 99% of common central heating systems. If you have more than one heating zone in a building or more than one property, then not a problem either. You can add as many of our Smart Thermostats as you wish to your one account. 

Easily installed
Our Smart Thermostats are easily installed by any electrician, plumber or heating engineer who is experienced in installing heating controls. Alternatively, let one of our approved installers set everything up for you and help you get started. Hassle free, giving you more peace of mind.

Money Back Guarantee with our Landlord Thermostat
We are so confident that you will save money in your HMOs with our Landlord Thermostat that we have introduced our unique “Saves you money or we buy it back” guarantee. Simply put, if your heating bills do not reduce after installing our system you can return it to us, within 12 months of purchase, for a full refund of your purchase price. 

Get in touch
For more information about the Ignite range of Smart Landlord Thermostats please visit www.inspirehomeautomation.co.uk/landlords.php or give our team a call on 01202 798 390

Amazing SIM only deal from Utility Warehouse

Utility Warehouse have just launched an amazing new sim only mobile deal that is far cheaper than any deal on the market.  

Unlimited data, minutes and texts £20 with up to three additional unlimited sims per family at just £10 each.

 If you want to know more please contact FBN member Gail on 07985 989538

‘Challenging society’s rules by living the life we design’

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Looking to increase business? Join us!

At FBN we are continuing to grow! Are you looking for some friendly business support and networking? Then why not join us. We are looking for a wide range of companies to become members, who have capacity to grow, so we can begin to work with each other.

Limited to only one person per profession. Come & see how our approach to increasing business for each other can also benefit you. 

Complete our on-line enquiry form and we’ll send you the link to join our next meeting taking place on Friday mornings from 7.30AM, currently on zoom.  Our available categories include:

  • Architect
  • Bricklayer
  • Builder
  • Car body shop specialist
  • Carpet / Floor Cleaner
  • Chiropractor
  • Construction
  • Fencing
  • Fire & Security specialist
  • Florist
  • Gardener
  • Handyman
  • Mental Health & Well-being
  • Health & Safety Specialist
  • House Maker Over
  • HR Specialist
  • Insolvency
  • IT Specialist
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Local Radio (Forest FM/Wave 105)
  • Locksmith
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Painter/Decorator
  • Plaster
  • Photographer
  • Physiotherapist
  • Plumber
  • Roofer
  • Solicitor
  • Sports Physio
  • Telecommunications
  • Travel agent
  • Tree Specialist
  • Town Planner

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Post lockdown chauffeured car service

Since March we have not been able to go out to celebrate that special occasion.NOW THAT WE HAVE A ONE METRE SOCIAL DISTANCE RULE WE CAN!

If you missed that special birthday, wedding anniversary or social gathering, now book a Chauffeured car with AT YOUR SERVICE to take you there and back in style, and not worry about driving yourself.

For the time being, everyone will be required to wear a face mask, which can be supplied if necessary.Anti bacterial spray will be used before and after every journey, and we also supply hand sanitiser.

Of course we can also take you to the airport, or supply cars for weddings, or sporting events. Contact David Allen by email, or mobile for more details. 

Time to enjoy seeing friends and family once more! 

Email: david.ays1@gmail.com
Mobile 07976 279897
Landline 01202 871122

Why you should consider using a leasing broker for your vehicle procurement needs

One of the main benefits of using us (Dorset Car/Van Leasing) is that unlike dealerships we are fully independent; which means we can supply and advise on any make and model of car or van. 

This not only allows us to offer independent advice based on our years of knowledge within the industry, but we also have access to the best stock available at the best prices from the funders we have available to us.

We can do all the hard work for you; we’ll discuss your requirements both now and for the future to ensure you have the most suitable vehicle(s) for your needs. It saves you having to endlessly search through comparison sites and running back and forth from dealerships.

We are members of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) and therefore adhere to the mandatory Code of Conduct which is there to ensure you benefit from the highest standards of service, fair terms and conditions as well as transparent and accurate information.

We genuinely care about our local reputation and providing the best levels of service to our customers. Much of the feedback we receive, is along the lines of how pleased our clients have been, when we have challenged their initial thoughts on a vehicle they were enquiring about. 

Quite often we sourced a more appropriate vehicle (which they did not initially think about), or a different model within the range which generated a financial saving. 

Alternatively, we can of course, just act on your original instruction and probably still find you the best deal. 

Even if you have already been in to a local dealership and chosen your vehicle, it’s worth giving us a quick call as the chances are we could improve on what you have been offered. 

On the rare occasion that this is not the case, at least you will have benefitted from ‘another pair of eyes’ and if the deal you have been offered can’t be bettered, we’ll not hesitate to tell you.

Please contact FBN member Dorset Car/Van Leasing by phone or e-mail and we will be pleased to chat, discuss your requirements and offer our knowledge to ensure you end up with the most suitable vehicle for your needs.

Email: andrew@dorsetcarleasing.uk

Call: 01202 821354

www.dorsetcarleasing.uk

Are Diesel cars really that bad?

Back in the year 2000 when we were all told planes would fall out of the skies and our PC’s would pack up and never work again, diesel-engined cars accounted for just 14.1% of the new car market. By 2011, this figure had increased to 50.6%.

One of the main reasons for this rise in popularity was the introduction of Benefit in Kind for company car drivers in 2002, who, at the time were encouraged to choose lower emission cars which diesels were. The change in taxation regime also led to many engineering advances which led to a reduction is CO2 emissions from an average of 181 g/km in 2000 to 120.1 g/km in 2016.

The landscape changed for diesels in 2015 though when reports of air quality concerns started hitting the headlines and what became known as ‘Dieselgate’ led to manufacturers selling 38% fewer diesel cars by the end of 2018 than at their peak. NOx became the new CO2 and we started to see the introduction of Clean Air Zones, increases in Vehicle Excise Duty and supplements to Company Car Tax.

A recent Government statement read ‘cleaner diesel cars and vans can play an important part in reducing CO2 emissions from road transport during the transition to zero-emission vehicles’.

With the introduction of the new emissions testing regime known as The Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test, future vehicles will be tested more rigorously to measure pollutants such as NOx, emitted by cars on the road.

With more and more engineering developments we are starting to see manufacturers produce diesel engine cars which are scoring maximum points for the Green NCAP Clean Air Index, the same as electric vehicles. Whilst electric vehicles produce no pollutant emissions, we are beginning to see diesel engine cars, with proper calibration and effective after treatment, can deliver extremely low pollutant emissions.

In recent test carried out by a German automobile club, one of the diesel vehicles tested did not emit any NOx emissions at all which demonstrates how quickly the engineers are developing clean diesel engines.

Might Diesel cars still be a good choice for company car drivers?

Maybe. The latest RDE2 compliant diesel cars are exempt from the 4% diesel Benefit in Kind (BiK) surcharge which comes into effect from April 2020, meaning they are charged at the same rate as a petrol engine powered car with the same CO2 emissions. Some manufacturers are even producing plug-in hybrid diesels which not only are very fuel efficient, but also benefit from an incredibly low BiK rate.

Neil Carlton, Director of Poole based dorsetcarleasing.uk said ‘over the past couple of years there has been great confusion when it comes to the real situation regarding petrol versus diesel cars. We have had situations whereby companies have switched from diesel cars into petrol equivalents and reported a significant drop in MPG which has pushed their and their employee’s fuel spend up by around 15-20%. We strongly recommend that any future car changes are considered very carefully, and proper advice should be sought’.

Ferndown Business Network Members Neil Carlton and his business partner Andrew Garaway can be contacted via www.dorsetcarleasing.uk or by calling 01202 821354

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