IT Support

Networking 2000 specialise in supporting businesses of all sizes with their IT and technology requirements, as well as IT support for your home.

Having been in business since 1998 you can rest assured that Networking 2000 have the skills, knowledge, and ability to meet any challenge that you may have, or technical assistance that you may need.

IT support Essex

(including Brentwood, Colchester, Chelmsford, Romford, Southend, Basildon, Thurrock ) [Read more…]

Canoeing the Ardeche in Southern France

The Ardeche is a river in the South of France in what is known as the Massif Central, and is possibly one of the most renowned rivers for canoeing on in the whole of France, if not the entire European mainland.
What tends to attract people (and it especially appealing to families) is a combination of the amazing and frankly quite beautiful scenery and surroundings, along with the picture postcard typical French villages and towns that line the route, and offer the kinds of rustic French cuisines, wines, people, architecture, wildlife, and atmospheric genre that screams the heart and soul of France from every pore.

Ardeche canoeing

If you enjoy warm clear water, blue skies, sunshine, and wildlife that you probably won’t see in the UK like beavers, wild boars, eagles and goats, then you are in for a real treat. [Read more…]

Laboratory furniture

lab furnitureWhen it comes to laboratory furniture I need to go for the best work surfaces I can afford right?

Budgets are everything when it comes to projects, so avoiding unnecessary spending is crucial. This is where good planning really comes into it’s own. To know what must be included and what doesn’t have to be are frequently confused.

One of the most common problems with lab design is over specifying of laboratory furniture, namely laboratory work tops. Frequently companies and organisations believe they need a much higher grade work surface than required and often believe the classification of their laboratory is higher than required as well. The downfall of this is that the cost of a project could inadvertently rise or may mean the exclusion of equipment that might be ideally included otherwise.

The importance of knowing what’s vital and what isn’t, is a surprisingly common problem with lab design, therefore employing a good laboratory design company is really important to make sure you are only budgeting for what is required. Factoring in the work surfaces, the correct type of bench, the right amount of cupboards, working out what really is required can really save money.

Often, even when companies or believe they are specifying the correct materials, it is wise to seek advice from companies that are very knowledgeable about laboratory design, because what they understand to be correct about specifications can be incorrect.

Knowing when you need and a material such as Trespa Toplab Base, a work surface which has a high resistance to chemicals such as acetone, are resistant to bodily fluid and are scratch resistant and knowing when you only require a work surface that is a lower grade material, can save a lot of money, yet not everyone is clear on this.

Another alternative is laboratory refurbishment, which can be a huge cost saving way to bringing a laboratory up to date, changing what is necessary. This is a growing industry and can be as simple as changing the furniture to complete renovation. Many of these projects do just include replacing the furniture to improving the condition and of course this does mean that cost savings can be huge.

It also gives companies and organisations the opportunities to make changes in designs that will work better, so that might mean moving the service gantry, or changing the types of workspaces, perhaps going from a fixed plinth mounted system to a free standing one, or even a combination. The beauty is that these can be tailor made to suit the vast range of tasks laboratories can be used for.

A good laboratory design company will work with the constraints and look to make the appropriate cost savings with a view to saving money where possible, solving design challenges and working to budget constraints so that the end result hopefully exceed expectations.

So in conclusion to the very first line of this article, going for high spec work surfaces often isn’t necessary, so make sure you’ve employed the services of a lab design company to ensure your laboratory is designed to suit your needs and where the cost is economical.

Buying Gold Bars

gold barsMany people who want to own gold choose coins or even jewellery (which they can enjoy wearing), gold certificates, or might even buy shares in gold mining companies.

But serious gold owners often look at gold bars, the kind of things you’ll have seen in war movies or James Bond films, actual bullion bars that can weight up to a kilo or more. But how do you actually

Buy gold bars?

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Laminate Floors – Impressive technology

So what exactly is laminate flooring?

I like technology, and clever solutions, even those that we now take for granted, and I was speaking today to a friend who is an expert with flooring, particularly laminate flooring.

I was very impressed with the original idea and the abundance of options that are available today, so here are a few facts that you might find interesting.

First of all you might get a bit confused over some people calling it laminate flooring and others calling it Pergo flooring. The reason is that Pergo invented laminates in the 70’s and their brand is still referred to as pergo, whereas other companies who have copied the technology call theirs laminate.

Pergo Flooring

Pergo is a brand name originally created by Swedish firm Perstorp which later became a business unit of Mohawk Industries. [Read more…]

Workplace Pensions – Auto Enrolment

I’ll be adding a very important post in the next few days about workplace pensions and auto-enrolling, which is now the law – check back later for important information that you need to know if you’re an employer.

Sometimes The Cheaper Product Offers the Best Solution

karndean vinyl flooringSometimes the most expensive option isn’t the best, and I’d like to show you an example involving floor coverings.

Choosing a floor covering for the home can be a difficult decision. There are a variety of factors that must be considered in order to find the right fit for your circumstance.

Karndean flooring is a great choice for a wide variety of uses; it offers beauty, durability and a wide variety of styles.

Several important factors can help determine if Karndean might be a good fit for your home. [Read more…]

Limited Company or Sole Trader?

Should I be a sole trader or set up a limited company?A question that often arises when someone decides to become self-employed is whether to set yourself up and trade as a limited company or as an individual (a sole trader or partnership for example).

There are advantages and benefits to each depending on your situation which will have implications in relation to tax, the law, legal and financial responsibilities, and documentation and paperwork. There is no simple answer, since everyone’s situation is different.

Making the wrong choice could result in you paying more tax than you need to, which of course is something that we all want to avoid! [Read more…]