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New business start up ideas

March 3rd, 2015

Many people looking for new ways to start up a business do not realize the financial and costs and the amount of time involved. Investing in a franchise is the ideal way to get started. A franchisor will have already done the hard work for you, including everything from legalities, terms and conditions, logo design, website, templates to marketing materials and tried and tested strategies. Almost everything is laid out in a step-by-step guide commonly known as an ‘operations manual’ and training is also given in the proven to be successful business model.

By being part of a franchise there are many benefits compared to starting fresh on your own, there is always support from the franchisor and other

franchisees; As a group, costs can significantly be reduced due to bulk buying power; Sharing ideas and communication within the franchise network can bring fantastic benefits to all too.

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Advantages of a Domestic Cleaning Agency Vs Company Vs Private Cleaner

February 27th, 2015

Many people get confused with the difference between a domestic cleaning company and a domestic cleaning agency.

An Agency will provide a local friendly cleaner which best suits your needs from a database of cleaners that have been ‘vetted’ by the agency. You also get the option to interview your potential domestic cleaner to make sure they are right for you.

An Agency would allocate a regular cleaner who would give you a regular slot in their diary at a mutually convenient time and tend to fit around you rather than the other way around.

We let you provide the materials so that you have the fragrances YOU prefer in your home, although your regular housekeeper can recommend products if you wish. Also we use your equipment so that you don’t have your kitchen floor scrubbed with the same mop after it has been used for somebody else’s loo! The same rule applies to vaccuum cleaners too - some houses have lots of pets, others have little children learning to crawl so we do not like transferring unwanted germs/mites and any other gruesome debris!

Please remember that even domestic cleaners are human and need time off for holidays and are even known to be sick now and then. An Agency usually has a mass of cleaners to fall back on should a replacement be required and will endeavor introduce a replacement asap.

Some people run the risk of employing local private cleaners who will charge around the same amount (if not more) than an Agency, but be careful, you won’t know who you are allowing in your home and they will almost never be insured. If they require time off then you end up cleaning your house!

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Domestic Cleaning tip No81 gives you some advice when dusting furniture.

February 7th, 2012

dollychardusterThis Domestic Cleaning Tip gives some straight forward very simple advice when dusting and polishing you furniture.


If you warm your duster before dusting and polishing your furniture you will find that this makes the job of polishing so much easier and also a better polished finish is achieved. 

New domestic cleaning tips are always more than welcome

Please note that I have produced these cleaning tips in good faith and has such will take no responsibility for any failure or damage that may be caused or attributed by the use of any of the tips given.

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having a bad day

December 8th, 2011

Have you ever noticed how one job/chore always leads to another? or am I just really clumbersome.

I attempted to clean my kitchen earlier: Started with the washing-up, just a few breakfast pots and a banana skin. Pots nearly done, go to cupboard with waste bin, struggle with child lock see bin is full. Empty bin, bag splits, re-bag waste (last bag - remember to write on shopping list). wipe mess from split bag off floor. Finish pots drop glass, smashes. brush up take outside to bin. Vaccuum any last glass shards… Damn vac needs emptying now. Empty vac puffing dust all over. NO HOOVER BAGS!!! use Henry without a bag to hoover dust up.

Woof woof! Dog wants to go out, let out.

back in house wipe sides in kitchen and set out ornaments nicely, Clean cooker hobs knock over ornaments that had been arranged nicely a moment ago, put right again. Fill up mop bucket, phone rings, answer phone, come back, bucket overflowing. Tip out water, mop floor…. Done!

Grab a coffee, milks leaked in fridge. clean up make coffee.

Woof woof!! let dog in.

OMG why cant the dog wipe it’s paws…… Why bother!

Moral to the story is… Don’t Bother - leave it to somebody else!

(never did write bags on shopping list!!!)

New years Resolutions ideas

December 6th, 2011

Lose Weight and Get Fit
Quit Smoking
Clean House
Learn Something New
Eat Healthier and Diet
Get Out of Debt and Save Money
Spend More Time with Family
Travel to New Places
Be Less Stressed
Drink Less

Remembrance Day - Poppy Day

November 9th, 2011

Always remember the 5th of November; most importantly remember the 11th November.

(also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day
or Veterans Day)
is a memorial
day observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the
members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty since World War I.
This day, or alternative dates, are also recognized as special days for war
remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on
11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918;
hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th
month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice (”at the
11th hour” refers to the passing
of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.)

The day was specifically
dedicated by
King George V on 7
November 1919 as a day of remembrance of members of the armed forces who were
killed during World War I. This was possibly done upon the suggestion of
Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two
ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.

The red remembrance
has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the
poem “
In Flanders Fields“. These poppies bloomed
across some of the worst battlefields of
in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood
spilled in the war.

In the United Kingdom, although two minutes of silence
are observed on 11 November itself, the main observance is on the second Sunday
of November, Remembrance Sunday. Ceremonies are held at
local war memorials,
usually organized by local branches of the Royal British Legion – an association for
ex-servicemen. Typically, poppy wreaths are laid by representatives of the
Crown, the armed forces, and local civic leaders, as well as by local
organizations including ex-servicemen organizations, cadet forces,
the Scouts, Guides,
Boys’ Brigade,
St John Ambulance and the Salvation
. The start and end of the silence is often also marked by the
firing of a cannon. A minute’s or two minutes’ silence is also frequently
incorporated into church services. Further wreath-laying ceremonies are observed
at most war memorials across the UK at 11 a.m. on the 11th of November, led by
the Royal British Legion.[16]
The beginning and end of the two minutes silence is often marked in large towns
and cities by the firing of ceremonial cannon[17]
and many employers, and businesses invite their staff and customers to observe
the two minutes silence at 11:00 a.m.[18]

The First Two Minute Silence in London (11 November 1919) was reported
in the Manchester Guardian on
12 November 1919:

The first stroke of eleven produced a magical effect. The tram cars
glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and fume, and stopped dead, and
the mighty-limbed dray horses hunched back upon their loads and stopped also,
seeming to do it of their own volition. Someone took off his hat, and with a
nervous hesitancy the rest of the men bowed their heads also. Here and there an
old soldier could be detected slipping unconsciously into the posture of
‘attention’. An elderly woman, not far away, wiped her eyes, and the man beside
her looked white and stern. Everyone stood very still … The hush deepened. It
had spread over the whole city and become so pronounced as to impress one with
a sense of audibility. It was a silence which was almost pain … And the
spirit of memory brooded over it all.[19]

The Cenotaph at Whitehall, London on Remembrance Day 2004

The main national commemoration is held at Whitehall,
in Central
, for dignitaries, the public, and ceremonial detachments from
the armed forces and civilian uniformed services such as the Merchant Navy, Her Majesty’s Coastguard, etc. Members of
the British Royal Family walk through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
towards the Cenotaph, assembling to the right of the monument to wait for Big Ben
to strike 11:00 a.m., and for the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery at Horse Guards Parade, to fire the cannon marking
the commencement of the two minutes of silence. Following this, “Last
Post” is sounded by the buglers of the Royal Marines.
“The Rouse” is then sounded by the trumpeters of the Royal Air Force,
after which wreaths are laid by the Queen and senior members of the Royal
Family attending in military uniform and then, to “Beethoven’s Funeral
March” (composed by Johann Heinrich Walch), attendees in the
following order: the Prime Minister; the
leaders of the major political parties from all parts of the United Kingdom; Commonwealth High
to London, on behalf of their respective nations; the Foreign
, on behalf of the British Dependencies; the First Sea
; the Chief of the General Staff;
the Chief of the Air Staff;
representatives of the merchant navy and Fishing Fleets and the
merchant air service. Other members of the Royal Family usually watch the
service from the balcony of the Foreign Office. The
service is generally conducted by the Bishop of
, with a choir from the Chapels Royal,
in the presence of representatives of all major faiths in the United Kingdom.
Before the marching commences, the members of the Royal Family and public sing
the national anthem before the
Royal Delegation lead out after the main service.

Members of the Reserve Forces and cadet organizations join
in with the marching, alongside volunteers from St John
, paramedics from the London Ambulance Service, and conflict
veterans from World War II, the Falklands,
Bosnia, Northern
, other past conflicts and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. The last
three British-resident veterans of World War I, Bill Stone,
, and Harry Patch, attended the 2008 ceremony but all
died in 2009. After the service, there is a parade of veterans, who also lay
wreaths at the foot of the Cenotaph as they pass, and a salute is taken by a
member of the Royal Family at Horse Guards Parade.

In the United Kingdom, Armed Forces’ Day
(formerly Veterans’ Day) is a separate commemoration, celebrated for the first
time on 27 June 2009.”

Credit wikipedia.



Cleaning - Win the battle

November 9th, 2011

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Dolly Char Domestic Cleaning Franchise Video

November 7th, 2011

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Cleaning tip No80 gives some advice on cleaning your plates pots and pans.

November 6th, 2011

Yound lady enjoyng washing pots and pans

Young lady enjoying washing her pots and pans

This Cleaning Tip gives some straight forward very simple advice about cleaning your plates, pots and pans.

This domestic cleaning tip is or should be really quite obvious, when you have finished cooking and eating your meals place your dirty pots, pans and plates etc into your dishwater after first having scraped the food reminants off them. If you unfortunately do not posses a dishwasher then you will have to wash every thing up by hand using a suitable cleaning liquid.

Do not let your dirty washing up build up, as within a couple of days you will find mould starting to grow on all your food waste.

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Dolly Char Franchise Annual Dinner and Franchisee Presentation

November 4th, 2011

Recently the Dolly Char Franchise Annual Dinner and Franchisee Presentation evening took place at the Admiral Rodney Hotel, Horncastle.  The event took on extra significance due to the fact that Dolly Char Ltd based in central Lincolnshire and the original Dolly Char Agency was celebrating ten successful years of trading.

The evening commenced with franchisees and guests having their photos taken upon entering the hall.  After a pre-meal drink and a group photo everyone sat down for a wonderful three course dinner at approx 7.15.  After the main course had been eaten, Magician Paul Cooke entertained each table with some of his spectacular close upnow-thats-magic magic.  At the conclusion of the meal Robin Harrison the Managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd stood up and spoke for a few minutes about his experiences and most importantly thanking everyone who had supported the event.

Unfortunately due to ill health the expected guest speakers could not attend so Mr Robert Bullard agreed at very short notice to fill the void left!  Robert did a brilliant talk for around 15 minutes on the subject of ten year cycles within business and received a deserving round of applause as he sat down.

Following Roberts talk it was time for one of the most important parts of the evening the presentation of the Dolly Char Franchisee awards.  One of the directors Carol Harrison presented the trophies after Robin Harrison first introduced each award mentioning about the criteria used for judging each award before finally announcing each of the 2011 award winners individually.

The Franchisee Award Winners for each catorgory were Best Monthly Growth Matt Duffy Edinburgh, Most improved Franchisee Phil Docherty Chesterfield, Best Franchisee Newcomer Deborah Guthrie North Lincs and finally the coveted Dolly Char (UK) Ltd Franchisee of the Year award for 2011 went to Chris Smith Eastbourne.  A special and surprise award was then presented by Carol Harrison to Robert Bullard in recognition of him having stepped in at such short notice.

With the conclusion of speeches and the presentation the rest of the evening was taken up by background music which was provided by the Deja Vu Roadshow and a Roulette and Blackjack Table with bottles of wine on offer to the most successful competitors.

At the end of the evening approx 12.00 Robin Harrison again thanked everyone and announced that next year’s event was already booked for September 1st 2012, same place same time!

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