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It appears to have become a truth universally acknowledged that sales presentations are boring: and if they are not drab, then they are excruciatingly bad. Gimmicky graphics, poorly-chosen images, mickey-mouse PowerPoint design,dull text matched by a faltering, monotone speech: it appears that most businesses accept that these are simply routinepart and parcel of the ritual disappointments which are sales presentations. But why should this be? It’s wrong that we should have resigned ourselves to an important part of organisational life being more or less routinely dismal. Would this kind of routine malfunction be accepted in any other area of office life? Faulty fire escapes, malfunction-prone delivery vans, dial-up internet connections? No way – so why sales presentations and PowerPoint design? Something has got to change.

Step forward, Eyeful Presentations! The dashing team at Eyeful (also known as Eyefulites) have given themselves the task of fighting the blight of depressing PowerPoint presentations, with energy, innovation and vigour. They offer a rounded package of measures to give your sales presentations a much-needed shot in the arm. Eyeful will inoculate your sales presentations against such maladies as “death by PowerPoint”, presentation anxiety, and technical disaster.

Not everyone is a born performer. And not everyone has a natural, innate gift for crafting perfect sales presentations. But the Eyeful team will do their level best to make you a star of the presentations stage, and a PowerPoint artist. Eyeful’s basic philosophy is that they don’t want you to simply outsource the business of producing PowerPoint presentations: they view their job as training up your very own army of Eyefulite presentation geniuses within your organisation, and transforming your overall PowerPoint design and presentation practice from within.Â

Fresh thinking is key – Eyeful run a plethora of Eyeful Labs, presentation seminars, workshops and training programmes whose main objective is to get you to look at the task of crafting and delivering a presentation differently, with a liberated eye. From deceptively simple matters of design technique, like crafting a presentation around the framework of a story to make it more memorable and gripping for your audience; to the practical business of getting up on the podium and presenting your heart out; to the technical questions of how to make your software really go to work for you as best it can, the Eyeful strategy is all about turning your colleagues into lean, mean presentation machines. So say goodbye to the dark, dark night of substandard PowerPoint design presentations, and step into the light of excellent sales presentations with Eyeful!

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When you want to sell your house, the course of action is clear: you visit an estate agent. They put your house on the market, advertise it, show it to people who are looking to buy, and hopefully before long match you up with one of them. When considering how to sell a school, the landscape is similar – just more unusual. How to sell a church, how to sell a day nursery, or the process for passing on other unusual buildings, is not so very different from the core business of most estate agents. However, you would do well to approach a specialist to make sure that you receive the best possible service – and price.

Firstly, it’s worth knowing that many of these so-called ‘D1’ institutional properties are highly in demand. Running a nursery, for example, is a career that many people aspire to and with strong demand and long waiting lists for the best nurseries, there is always a queue of people looking to buy your property. The same is true of schools, especially since the government opened up the Academies programme to more and more organisations. The problem is that you can’t just put these properties on the market with a regular estate agent. Their clients are the wrong type. Neither can you opt for a typical commercial property agent. These are specialist buildings, and as such require a specialist approach – someone with experience in selling these kinds of properties and the contacts to make it happen. Regular estate agents just won’t understand the requirements of this niche sector, and won’t be able to find the right clients at the right price.

When considering how to sell a day nursery or how to sell a school, you therefore need to approach someone with a strong track record with D1 properties. These include institutional buildings used for education, training, medical and health services, as well as buildings used for religious congregations. If you need to know how to sell a church, this is one route to go down too – though you can sometimes find even more specialised property agents who deal with churches and nothing else. Whatever the nature of your property, you stand a better chance of making a quick sale and receiving a fair price if you go with someone who knows the market well and has proven themselves in it many times before.

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A good London schoolwear supplier doesn’t just sell school clothes. They provide peace of mind and the knowledge that purchasing school uniforms doesn’t have to mean days of scouring the high street for every final item your child needs – generally with the child in tow.

Shopping for clothes online has many benefits. For starters, when you buy online – anything, whether it’s clothes, books or computer hardware – you tend to access better prices. That’s because if you buy from a store you’re also paying for their overheads: rent, power, staffing costs and so on. Not only that but they’re likely to be situated somewhere expensive, on the high street where footfall is higher and shops are more competitive. With an online schoolwear supplier, it doesn’t matter where they are working from. You place your order and it’s delivered to your door.

Convenience is another obvious advantage. It’s far simpler and less effort to do your shopping online than it is to find the time to travel to the shops and physically search for what you need. You can buy what you want in your lunch hour at work or in the evenings, rather than take a day to get your child kitted out for next term. It also doesn’t matter when you shop – the internet doesn’t have opening hours.

One issue is sizing, though this doesn’t have to be an insurmountable problem. Take careful measurements and use existing clothes to verify what you need and you should be able to order school clothes that fit well without any trouble. On the off-chance that there is a problem, you can simply return them and have them swapped for a different size. Once you have used the same supplier once, you will have a much better idea of how their clothes fit, so it will get easier and easier as time goes on.

A good London schoolwear supplier will have more than just school clothes. You can treat it like a one stop shop, buying everything that your child needs – stationary and calculators, footwear for clubs and sports as well as school uniforms. Some will even offer a school delivery service, so even if you leave things until the very last minute you can still make sure the correct items will be waiting for them when they arrive at the school gates.

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Is an Accounts Payable Audit worth the trouble?

To err is human, even for humans who work in the accounts department. Sooner or later, someone is going to make a mistake paying an invoice, and it will cost you. That’s obvious: it’s just the law of averages. The question is, how often will it happen and what will the total cost be to your company? Intuitively, you might assume it’s minimal, but the reality is quite different. Industry estimates suggest that one in every thousand transactions is an overpayment. There are many different reasons this can occur, but the most frequent is duplicate payments – where, by accident or dishonest design, the same invoice is paid twice. One in a thousand may not seem like much, but it all adds up. And if you’re a business that relies on very large volumes of minor transactions – high numbers of low-margin payments – then you could be in a lot of trouble. Recovery audit software will show where this is happening and help you claim back the money paid, assuming you act fast. An accounts payable audit shows you who still owes you money that, due to oversight or problems in your accounting systems, has never been collected.

The larger your organisation, the greater this problem is likely to be – and not just because it means a larger number of transactions to go wrong. When you are making and receiving a lot of payments, it gets harder and harder to pinpoint the incorrect ones. These could be due to genuine misunderstanding, or sometimes fraud. If a supplier is sending the same invoice every month, it gets easier to send in a repeat which goes under the radar: the source of many duplicate payments. Of course, the same thing can happen through forgetfulness or accident. Either way, you’ll end up overpaying unless someone recognises it, and in a busy accounts department there’s no way that someone will be able to remember and check all of your payments personally. That’s why recovery audit software can be so useful, usually paying for itself the first time you use it. And problems with your accounts cut both ways. You may be overpaying other people, and your customers and others could be underpaying you. These payments can become lost in the system, with nothing in place to chase them up. An accounts payable audit seeks out the offenders and ensures that they settle their bills.

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In the markets for commercial property, London is showing indications of heating up. There has been rumour of a new property bubble, rising out of the ashes of the last, with politicians and senior economists equally keen not to exaggerate the odds. The last boom deflated with the credit crunch, that saw values in areas of the capital drop by as much as 50 percent. The low interest rates and quantitative easing brought in to address this, as well as the weak pound, meant that investment has returned – and the time frame for new development meant that bottlenecks further increased demand. There has been great interest from outside the UK, with Asian investors looking for bargains here. A shop for sale in London can be a goldmine in the right hands – either for your own business or to rent out. Shops to let in North London have seen steadily rising rents in recent times. And although this might seem like a problem, it perversely gives rise to new opportunities for those prepared to move quickly.

The dynamic of ever-increasing rents has not met with complete approval. Although it is seen as a sign of a recovering economy, the reality on the ground can be quite different. Traders who have worked for years in the same street are seeing their rents rising beyond what they can afford, as the property market races ahead of the retail sector of the economy. The result: the price of their wares rises, and both shoppers and vendors move online looking for cheaper alternatives. Gaps are appearing once again as traders find it too costly to stay.

Some sectors are immune from these trends. An eatery or a coffee shop for sale in London has a better chance of making things work – you can’t purchase the coffee-drinking experience online. So some shops to rent in North London can buck the trend, whilst others will simply accept the higher prices and see their margins squeezed (or the difference passed on to customers). The thing to remember is that commercial property London is not a homogeneous picture: different sectors and areas act very differently. The news might be driven by the price of grade A office space in the Square Mile; the reality on the ground for retail is rather different. Opportunities still exist for buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants; it’s just a question of finding the right shop and timing.

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Luxury Coach Hire, the alternative to self-drive breaks

It’s a sad fact that getting away anywhere means at least some degree of travel. And travel is a time-consuming, tiring and expensive business. But while it will always take a certain amount of time to get from A to B, there are ways that you can reduce the cost and make your journey a more restful experience. Minibus hire is one means of accessing economies of scale, allowing a dozen or more people to make a journey with one or two drivers, rather than travelling in separate cars and paying for fuel for each of them. A step up the ladder, luxury coach hire enables you to take a large group of people away on holiday, handing over the responsibilities for driving to experienced professionals. Although this comes with a cost attached, you should find that you more than offset this through the numbers of people involved. A coach can carry thirty, forty or even fifty people; a car might manage four or five at a push. The other alternative is public transport, but this is prohibitively expensive and inflexible – especially when you are trying to take a whole group of people away somewhere. Coach hire London is the ideal solution to the issues of cost and tiredness.

Luxury coach hire holds almost all the advantages of self-drive, but without the downsides. If you’re getting away on holiday there’s a fair chance you’ll have earned your break. The nature of yearly holidays is that life and work tend to shape themselves around them, and by the time you get there you’ll be exhausted. But to reach your much-needed holiday, you’ll first have to drive – perhaps for several hours. Coach hire London gets around this problem. Not only that, but the coaches are well equipped with comfortable seats, refreshments and often TV and DVD players – these are not like the dusty, unpleasant coaches of yesteryear. On the smaller scale, if you’d still like to drive yourself and a handful of other people, then minibus hire could be the most sensible option. This is still flexible and cost-effective, but does not commit you to paying for a driver and taking a large group away. It can be a great idea for sports teams and office parties, where there are too many for a single car but not enough for a whole coach.

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The attraction of brise soleil: from Le Courbusier to the twenty-first century

When a climate is irregular, oppressively hot or cold, or when a building is located in a polluted area such as a large city, external louvres are often used to provide ventilation and a regular circulation of fresh air. These consist of several slats placed at precise angles to ensure the best possible circulation for fresh, temperature-controlled air. Large structures, such as brise soleil, its name taken from the French (‘sunbreaker’) can also shade people around the building from either overwhelming sun or light precipitation. Smaller louvres control sand or dust from entering the building, as well as ambient sound. They are an extremely useful method of reducing emissions from heating and from air conditioning, and for this reason have gained prominence as an essential feature of a ‘green building’. Air conditioning in particular is one of the most infamous culprits in carbon dioxide production.

Some louvres have even more advanced and specific environmentally friendly uses. For instance, glass louvres actively take in and retain heat, leaving buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Some are even built in conjunction with solar panels: the slats are ideally placed to support fragile photovoltaic cells, and the glass maximizes the amount of sunlight they attract. Many well-known buildings, such as Paris’ Institute du Monde Arabe, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Chandigargh city at the foot of the Himalayas, designed by the creator of brise soleil, architect Le Courbusier (‘the blackbird’), use louvres to create modern and efficient buildings.

However, architects are artists, and when planning external louvres on a building, they’re not thinking only of the functionality of efficient temperature and pollution control systems. It’s the indisputable beauty of external louvres that has made them a mainstay of all kinds of architecture projects, from airports or entire cities like Chandigargh, to private homes and small offices. Louvres are found everywhere in inconscpicious forms made out of steel or aluminium, and many are designed specifically not to be seen. But on the other extreme, an arresting structure made of wooden or glass louvres combines functionality with a design centerpiece.

When sitting out in the garden, approaching the pool, or simply approaching a building, a louvre structure is fantastic way of providing a cool, quiet and tranquil space while also enjoying the serenity for inhabitants, workers and guests that comes from gorgeous architecture. It’s increasingly unusual to find a shaded outdoor space attached to a well-designed building that doesn’t incorporate an attractive brise soleil feature – and with louvre installation becoming cheaper and more accessible to the average homeowner, the trend is only set to become more well-loved.

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The old image of document management – office workers literally pushing papers around a desk – is well out of date. Document processing in the digital world has an entirely different face. With most large organisations, public or private, on course to develop entirely digital systems, very few organisations at any level can afford to be content to use paper records as their main resource. Financial figures and confidential files are all more secure and more efficient when stored digitally.Â

Companies which place a premium on security, efficiency and confidentiality, such as those operating in the health, technology and banking sectors, almost all rely on digital document management. For instance, the NHS aims to be completely digital, across the whole country, by 2018. However, businesses in other sectors which deal with intensive invoice processing, payment or documentation automatation, cash management and supply chains are increasingly turning to digital solutions.Â

The reason for this shift is quite clear: digital document processing simply offers a more accessible and more secure system, both for workers and for clients. Data can be easily searched for, corrected and analysed. And customers are less patient than ever with problems caused by inefficient paper-based systems. This means that investment in digital document management equates to investment in customer service, as well as savings on office space and worker time.Â

Many companies initially find the shift to digital document processing difficult. Depending on the scale of the business and its security needs, a new way of doing things can be intimidating. However, once a digital solution is in place, most people find it to be much more flexible to changing regulations, demands and company developments. Most services are “future-proof”, meaning that the shift of data will generally only have to happen once. Compared to laboriously rewriting or refilling documents to fit a new system each time a tweak is needed, simply informing the document management tool to make a small tweak takes hardly any time at all.

Different companies have very different document management needs. Some organisations only need simple invoice processing solutions in place to ensure their suppliers get paid on time, while others need a comprehensive and flexible approach to content management to keep up with changes in their industry or a quickly expanding business. Many people find that once they’re using a reliable digital service, they can see far more clearly what can be improved in the way they operate, and become surer than ever that digital truly is the way forward.

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Bacs, or Bankers Automated Clearing Software, has been around a long time. Essentially, though, bacs payments just mean transferring money directly from one bank account into another. FPS or Faster Payments Service is much the same, but it generally happens almost immediately, whereas Bacs takes up to three working days. Bacs software is therefore different to credit or debit card transfer, and has advantages and disadvantages in comparison.

Since bacs payments are made directly from one bank account into another, they are effectively irreversible. With credit cards, the transaction can be cancelled and the funds returned to you if there is good reason (such as fraud, or the goods you ordered turned out not to be as advertised, or never arrived at all). With bacs, this is far harder. That is a good thing for merchants, since you won’t have to worry about customers making unnecessary chargebacks if they change their minds. For buyers, though, it means transactions cannot be undone. In most cases, this will not be a problem because bacs tends to be used for paying suppliers and for staff’s wages, and so on. These are generally predictable and are paid in arrears. However, if a mistake (such as a typo) happens, it is not a simple matter to reclaim the money. Without the goodwill of the recipient, it can be extremely time-consuming. If you are making monthly payments, it might simply be easier to reduce the next one rather than rectify the last one.

Bacs software can be linked into your accounting package to ensure that mistakes don’t routinely happen due to human error, but it’s impossible to eliminate them altogether. That bacs payments are made in their millions every day shows that this need not be a fatal flaw for bacs, and that there’s no reason your organisation should not use it too. Indeed, the advantages far outweigh any minor problems that might arise from its use. Bacs is more secure, faster and easier than paying by cash or cheque. It’s also the standard, now – or, at least, FPS is – which means that if you’re still paying by more traditional methods then you will naturally find yourself at a competitive disadvantage. There is really no good reason to hold large amounts of cash on the premises or to use time-consuming and inefficient cheques when fast and straightforward transfers are possible at minimal cost.

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Many university students have to give powerpoint presentations as part of their courses. This requirement tends to be highly beneficial: placed in the shoes of the teacher as someone who must deliver content and ideas to one’s classmates, the student has to judiciously digest the required reading, acquiring a sufficient understanding of the material in order that he or she might present it encouragingly. Innovation is key: a student who shows initiative will benefit from the exercise. The whole point is to begin with independent learning and to progress through the sharing of ideas and the discussions they engender. Altogether Powerpoint design must be taken seriously at college. These are really just another form of sales presentations, albeit for a different audience.

Obviously, the young graduate has time to redress his or her failings. But the job market is tough, and clients are not easily swayed by those who cannot raise their enthusiasm through a medium with the potential to truly appeal. Powerpoint is a fantastic programme when it comes to presenting alluring images and even short excerpts of film. In fact, though many people rush to disparage Powerpoint, the more savvy technophiles know that it’s a very flexible tool, and one that is before its time when we think of what a very visuals-obsessed world we now occupy. Of course, Powerpoint can also be used for the presentation of text, but often it is advisable to distribute text via printed hand-outs. Certainly, a mixture of images and oral presentation will keep your audience alert: they will have to pay attention or risk losing the information. And if you say something noteworthy your audience can jot it down, which is much more environmentally friendly than assuming everyone wants a paper copy of all the material presented.

powerpoint presentations really shouldn’t induce yawns. Everyone has attended dull seminars and seen badly-constructed slide shows, but smart Powerpoint design counts for a lot. Putting a halt to this will make for clients who will enthusiastically embrace sales presentations and endorse the pitches and products. That’s the same whether the market is a lecture hall full of students or a room full of sales reps. Powerpoint can be used to engage and inspire, or else to switch off and send to sleep – and the line can be a fine one.

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