Friday, 27 July 2012

Businesses Worried About the Increase in Energy Bills

Many businesses are concerned that they are spending too much money on their energy bills, according to a recent study.  The findings, conducted by OnePoll have revealed that UK firms are worried about the financial impact energy bills are having on their overall expenditure. With the rise in energy prices, it's even more important that businesses are accounting for these costings by ensuring that measures are taken to reduce energy bills.

The survey questioned over 500 businesses across the UK and discovered that although 51% of business owners are worried about this, less than 20% had the management in place to monitor these energy costs. Many companies turned to their office manager, security or reception staff to monitor this, but experts are claiming that a financial team is needed to monitor and track all electricity usage to ensure that the maximum amount of energy is saved.

Julian Morgan, Managing Director of the Energy Advice Line, said, "With energy now a significant item of operational expenditure, firms needed to treat electricity and gas like any other essential business supply," as reported online at

In the same way that homeowners hunt around for the best price comparison on their gas and electricity, it is important for businesses to check the prices that competitors are offering as some companies may be able to offer a substantial discount.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Penkhull Jazz & Blues Festival 21st July 2012

So yesterday I went to the Penkhull for the Jazz & Blues Festival 21st July 2012 with 6 Towns radio as we were presenting the bands and playing music in between the bands on stage.  We were also broadcasting the whole thing live on the day from the middle of a church yard in Penkhull !. What a great day, the sun did come out and it was nice and hot, I arrived at about 11.30am and left at 9ish and it was still full then.

Went to see and record Hume 'n' Beans live at The Greyhound in Penkhull, they were as good as ever, the pub was really full good job I only needed the toilet once and one drink, I couldn't wait in a queue that long a second time. I got 3 bits of video of Hume 'n' Beans live at The Greyhound.  You can watch them here ( Part 1, Part 2  and Part 3 ) I also got some audio as well.

There is a album with loads of photo's in here.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

24 Hour Mixathon For Children With Cancer at Bar360

If your free on Saturday 18th or Sunday 19th August get yourself down to Bar360 in Hanley in Stoke on Trent for this 24 hour charity mixathon.

More info at :-


Thursday, 12 July 2012

o2 Network Issues 11/12th July 2012

o2 said that at approximately 1.30pm on Wednesday 11th July they experienced a fault with one of there network systems which meant that some mobile phone numbers were unable to register correctly on the network. O2 engineers were deployed as soon as possible and worked throughout the night. They will continue to do until full service is restored.    The fault is was not location-specific, nor did it relate to a mobile number range. This means that customers have been impacted at random.  The 2G network service was restored at 8:00am on Thursday 12th July, this meant that customers could make calls and send texts on 2G. The 3G service started to restore around lunchtime on Thursday 12th July.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Superfast 330Mbs Broadband

BT has launched more super fast speeds. The service, which BT intends to make commercially available from Spring 2013, will enable customers to order an ultra-fast 330Mbps broadband connection directly to their home or business in an area served by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC 2 ) technology. Previously, in order to receive 330Mbps speeds, customers had to be located in an FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) enabled area.  The pilot will be held in two phases so that BT Openreach has sufficient time to explore and resolve the challenges in deploying the service with its customers.

Phase one, which is intended to test the planning and construction process, will run from July 2012 to early 2013 in parts of High Wycombe, Bristol South as well as in St Agnes, Cornwall where the service was first trialled. Edinburgh’s Waverley exchange will be added to the pilot in September 2012.

Phase two, which will run from March to May 2013, will test new automated order processes, and focus on the 330Mbps downstream, 30Mbps upstream product. In addition to the first four areas, this phase will see the pilot extended to parts of Watford, Cardiff, Basingstoke, and Manchester Central.

Monday, 2 July 2012

BT Superfast Fibre Broadband For Stoke-on-Trent

An update on the BT superfast broadband for the Stoke on Trent area.  I have heard from BT that by the end of 2013 the Burslem telephone exchange and the Hanley exchange will be upgraded to BT’s superfast fibre broadband service.  Currently in the local Stoke on Trent area only the Cheadle exchange, Biddulph exchange and Alsager exchange are currently enabled and accepting orders for the superfast fibre broadband service from BT.