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Autumn Wines

by James Dowling from Wine2LayDown.com

04th October 2012

Post Type: New Member Article
Autumn Wines

 

As we wave goodbye to our fleeting summer and change the types of food that we eat, then so too should we change the wines that we select, in order to bring out the season's flavours. Alison Stephens of Wine2laydown  selects some bottles for autumn. 

Emiliana Carmenere

Full bodied with bramble fruit aromas and ripe, dark fruit flavours on the
palate are nicely balanced with a savoury smokey twist on the finish. Price:
£5.75 per bottle.

Rioja Vega del Rayo Seleccionada

Attractive spice, ripe plum and cherry aromas with a deep colour. Modern and simple Rioja with floral notes, spice and chocolate. Soft and juicy. £7.00 per bottle

Looking for an alternative to Chardonnay?  Why not try Viognier Montevista Reserva Viognier (Price: £7)  it has the weight of a Chardonnay is dry with low acid and boasts scented apricot and peach with fine floral notes.  A perfect match for a fruity chicken tagine.

All of the wines above are available at www.wine2laydown.com


Nationals help Creative Solutions with press coverage

by Jeremy Rose from Creative Solutions

04th October 2012

Post Type: Newspaper Article
Nationals help Creative Solutions with press coverage

Creative Solutions director, Jeremy Rose and Newport Business Association NBA founder has steadily grown media coverage with expert help and guidance from NCTJ. Regular reporting and media stories in local press, regional radio and national papers has enabled Creative Solutions and NBA to have a voice in the community.

Jeremy Rose, Founder of Newport Business Association, notes: "We're very proud of our association with NCTJ. A national and internationally renown organisation located locally for our members. Our members receive expert media training from international experts on a number of courses: how to write effective press releases, construct web sites for maximum impact, creating the right image and developing media skills to capture the interest of editors, reporters and the public alike."

"NCTJ offers us qualified training that has enabled us to promote our ethos, community projects and business standards. We understand the structure of getting a press release into the media environment, and in such a competitive market for news stories, how important it is to develop the right image, right format, to make it easier for media people to use our material. We feel confident we can communicate and promote Newport's thriving business community to the most important people in the business: our customers."
"One major success was the promotion of our Newport Railway Station initiative - The Lavender Line. We created press releases for the local media, and were delighted when BBC Radio Essex picked up the story and ran a Saturday prime-time slot highlighting our initiative. We had Greater Anglia, a national railway company commenting on our hard work at Newport Station, as well as Essex Bee Keepers' Association commenting on how NBA is making a bee and butterfly friendly habitat at Newport station. We were then reported in the local press for this coverage. Overall we raised further funds and developed local community support to develop the initiative further. We want our green corridor to radiate out to other areas and create a bee-line to Newport."
To book training for all training courses, speak with Emma Clark, Marketing and Communications Manager, NCTJ, Newport, Essex just below Saffron Walden and Cambrdige on 01799 544944, 07986088703 or @NCTJ_news
To book a place at our monthly meetings, email nba@c-lutions.co.uk or call 01799 541114

Jeremy Rose
 Founder

01799 541114
nba@c-lutions.co.uk

Our sole purpose is to generate more business for our members 
What is Newport Business Association? Newport Business Association has been set up to discuss and take positive action on issues that concern the business community in and around Newport. Membership is open to all businesses in Newport and the surrounding area.
We founded Newport Business Association NBA to pass and find quality business and suppliers. We meet last Friday every month, 8am — 9.30am, at Coach & Horses, Newport, Essex CB11 3TR. NBA has over 178 signed-up, local members, out-reaching to over 950 organisations regionally.

 



Why is Wine Cheaper Abroad?

by James Dowling from Wine2LayDown.com

27th September 2012

Post Type: New Member Article



At this time of year, I am always posed with stories of people who found a fantastic little wine whilst on holiday at considerably cheaper than a similar wine found at home.   The reason why?  Well, the UK has the highest tax on wines in Europe, with excise duty currently standing at £1.90 per bottle, not forgetting an additional 20% VAT on each bottle.  By comparison, in France excise duty is just 3p per bottle.

I recently discovered an "app" for iphones which calculates how much of the wine's price is actually tax. It was interesting to see that of a £5 bottle of still wine with 12% alcohol, that £2.73 is actually tax!  That’s more than half of the purchase price.  By the time that the glass bottle, cork or closure, label, shipping, distribution costs have been accounted for it really only leaves pence for the actual grapes themselves. 

The moral of the story – well twofold; firstly as the £1.90 excise duty is a fixed amount per bottle regardless of the price of the wine, it really is worth spending a couple of extra pounds on a bottle of wine as that additional money is spent mostly on the quality of the wine and secondly what better excuse to enjoy your new wine finds on holiday abroad!


New website ten years later

by Simon Thomas from Toucan Internet LLP

26th September 2012

Post Type: Other
New website ten years later

When Lattenbury Services required a professional website in 2002 Toucan Internet were recommended by their professional advisors and we designed and built a website that met the requirements and lasted ten years with a few modifications along the way. Since Lattenbury Services were pleased with the consistent service offered by Toucan over the years, despite keen local competition, we were asked to redevelop this simple but important site that we’re now pleased to publish. 

www.lattenburyservices.co.uk

The work also required some branding work to define more strict control of the logo and the strapline. Lattenbury Services offer construction services for the countryside. The bridges, footpaths, water courses and environmental and archaeological works are all best demonstrated with clear pictures. The site’s original creative design therefore includes many quality images rotating on the pages with information splashes, making for an interesting and captivating visitor experience.

Whilst Lattenbury Services do not run a social media program at the moment, we included popular social shares so that visitors can promote this website out through their social channels.

Let’s see this website stand the test of time like the original one produced in 2002.

For more information and a chat about affordable professional website development and how Toucan Internet LLP can improve your online success, please feel free to contact Simon at the contact points below.


t: 01279 871 694

e: simon@toucanweb.co.uk

w: www.toucanweb.co.uk

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Businesses help promote

by Jeremy Rose from Creative Solutions

24th September 2012

Post Type: Newspaper Article
Businesses help promote