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Taste of Christmas 2012

by James Dowling from

19th November 2012

Post Type: New Member Article

The ultimate festive food and drink show, Taste of Christmas will be at Excel from 7-9th December and as usual the team at Wine2laydown will be there with an array of wine ideas for the Christmas table as well as wine gifts and Champagne, Wine and Port by the glass, bottle or case. 

The show is a foodies delight featuring chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Michel Roux Jr., Jean Christophe Novelli, Mary Berry and many more with an array of London’s best restaurants on site to serve their signature dishes.   There is chocolate, cheese, cured meats, shopping galore and of course WINE.  It really does get you into the spirit of Christmas as you nibble and sip your way around the show. 

To register for the chance to win a free pair of tickets, simply send an e mail to stating FREE Taste of Christmas Tickets with your name and address.  We will post 2 tickets to each of our 25 lucky winners.  For more information on the show go to

Look forward to seeing you at the show.

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Winter Offer

by Grant Farrow from Broadway Electrical Services Ltd

15th November 2012

Post Type: Other
Winter Offer

Hey Everyone

We have a great winter offer on our grease cartridges. Not only are they a great price of £50 for 36, but if you buy 2 boxes of 36 we will give you a grease gun absolutley FREE.

Please dont hesitate to call if of interest to you or of interest to someone you know


Grant Farrow

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Want more business? Then come to our Visitors Day on 29 November

by Jeremy Rose from Creative Solutions

14th November 2012

Post Type: Newspaper Article
Want more business? Then come to our Visitors Day on 29 November

Want more business?

Come to our visitors’ day at Gateway to Business BNI, 6.45am on 29 November 2012.

Great breakfast, great business opportunities.

Book now!


Gateway-to-Business (GTB) networking group which has generated an impressive £1.4m worth of business for its members since the start of this year alone, is inviting more local companies to share in this success by coming along to its Visitors’ Day on 29 November.

The GTB group — which is part of Business Networking International (BNI), the world’s largest referral organisation — brings together more than 30 local businesses every Thursday for a breakfast meeting at the Hilton Hotel at Stansted Airport at 6.45am. Far more than just a talking shop, every member has grown their businesses by more than £30,000 since the start of 2012, despite the challenging economic conditions.

This year, the GTB members aim to break an annual record by generating £2 million worth of business through a combination of internal and external referrals. This will be achieved by growing GTB to 40 members over the next couple of months, and local business owners and managers are encouraged to visit on 29 November.

With only one business in any one sector able to join, becoming a member of BNI locks out the competition, and the GTB group is currently looking for florists and video production companies who want to grow their businesses and become part of the area’s premier networking and referral organisation.

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FiTs - Feed-In Tariffs

by Steven Godfrey from Auditel

13th November 2012

Post Type: Education Item

Feed-In Tariffs (“FiTs”) are the government’s second-tier mechanism to stimulate domestic/small commercial renewable electricity generation.  Since its introduction on 1 April 2010, 285,000 installations have been registered of which 91% are Photovoltaic (“PV”) and overwhelmingly domestic (70%) – (the period April-June 2012 saw PV comprise 99% of new registrations).  Wind, PV, biogas and hydro energy generation plants are potentially eligible provided their specified maximum capacity does not exceed 5MW (plus a pilot scheme for domestic scale microCHP).  All installations must be accredited in order to qualify for FiTs – most sub 50kWh installations can receive automatic certification under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) provided approved suppliers/equipment has been employed.  Anaerobic digestion installations of any capacity, hydro installations up to 5MW and other installations between 50kW and 5MW must apply for ROO-FIT accreditation.  Plants with outputs between 50 kW and 5 MW can elect instead to join the RO scheme.

FiT tariffs vary according to the plant’s eligibility date and, for solar PV, the host property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating.  Generators are permitted to sell their output to a FiT licencee (usually an electricity supplier) at rates set annually by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.  Major energy suppliers are legally bound to pay FiTs and most smaller suppliers have followed suit.  Generators receive two FiT payments:

a)    for power generated and consumed, at set rate per kWh of electricity, guaranteed for the period of the tariff (up to 20 years) and index-linked (current tariffs range from 7.1p/kWh to 35.8p/kWh)

b)    for power generated but exported to the grid, (currently 4.5p/kWh)

Most domestic installations lack the “smart” metering required to monitor exported power so an export percentage of 50% is assumed – for systems above 30kW an export meter is obligatory.  FiTs are taxable, however in the case of domestic systems where generation does not greatly exceed consumption some concessions are available.

Licensed Electricity Suppliers make FiT payments to renewable generators from whom they purchase power, and contribute to Ofgem E-Serve’s Levelisation Fund in proportion to their market share.  Ofgem administers periodic levelisations to correct imbalances between market share, fund contributions, and FiT payments already made.  Suppliers then recover their costs by surcharging business and domestic energy bills – current levels are in the order of 0.118p/kWh.

A Most Curative New Website

by Simon Thomas from Toucan Internet LLP

12th November 2012

Post Type: New Member Article
A Most Curative New Website

Make those aches and pains go away, visit Hazel Williams the registered osteopath in Stansted. You can find out more about the services offered by Hazel and the success she routinely has for her clients by visiting her new website developed by Toucan Internet LLP Osteopath in Stansted

Toucan Internet LLP worked in conjunction with Hazel’s creative partner to produce a search engine optimised website with an original creative design that clearly explains how she works and how she achieves results for her patients of all ages and from all walks of life. “At Toucan we’re always pleased to work with other professionals in the creative process as this increases the creative pool of ideas and engenders diversity” explains Simon Thomas Principal Partner @ Toucan Internet

If you think this website will be of interest to your friends and associates please link to it and spread the word.


To find out more about how Toucan Internet LLP can improve your online success, please feel free to contact Simon at the contact points below.

t: 01279 871 694

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