Virtual Offices

Virtual Offices

Virtual offices are currently very popular because of the practical benefits that business owners gain from virtual offices; these include cost reduction, having a prestigious address and telephone number, and maintaining business professionalism. Serviced offices and virtual offices are commonly used by home-based entrepreneurs, accountants, lawyers, doctors, business consultants, and many other professionals.

If you are business just starting up or a small business owner and are seeking to save cash, you can easily open an office in this virtual environment and in most cases take advantage of services such as meeting rooms and other services most serviced offices provide.  Most small business use the virtual office as their virtual headquarters, this location of your choosing, in most cases this is in a city location. Using the technology of today, you can conduct business seamlessly almost anywhere in the world. You can be at home in your slipper or on the beach or on top of a hill but your business appears in a prestigious office in a city centre, giving you the professional image your business deserves.

One of the main reasons people go for virtual offices is because they do not want their home address to be used as the business address. You need a location that fits to the type of business that you have and to give you the impression to your clients and suppliers. The great news is that a virtual office services allow you to use the address to receive mail.  The virtual office service will then forward this on to your home address or you can collect it once a day.  So, even if your business is actually located in your home, you can have an office space london where clients can send in their mails and packages.

The idea of a virtual headquarters has been a success to many SME business owners as it creates an image that they have a large and successful company.  Most of the virtual office solution providers have bolt on services, such as phone forwarding – this is where a local telephone number attached to your virtual office is forwarded seamlessly to your mobile or home number.  Other services available may be virtual assistants or virtual receptionists either helping you with dictation, letter writing or just simply answering the phone professionally for you.



The Serviced Office provides serviced offices, virtual offices and meeting rooms to companies across the UK.  Headquartered in London, The Serviced Office focus’s on what’s right for your business and offers only configurable solutions.  The Serviced Office was founded by James Doogan, a successful online entrepreneur with more 14 years experience in the online and business sector.  For further information visit

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Considerations when hosting a company event

Considerations when hosting a company event

Finding the right venue will be of utmost importance if your company is looking to plan a company conference or a training course. We at Holiday Inn Hotels offer venues at very competitive prices but aside from bringing the whole event in on budget, there are many other factors that you should be looking to consider when hosting an event, and it can be tricky to find a location that ticks all the boxes when it comes to the most important criteria.

Once your budget is set, the most obvious criteria that can rule out a number of venues are the size. How many attendees is your company looking to invite or how many will be attending the training course? It is absolutely imperative that your location can comfortably house all your attendees, as it will be unprofessional to have delegates all cramped together and will not be conducive to a relaxed and successful business event. Not only should you consider if the event location says that it can accommodate all your attendees but also consider how exactly the rooms that you hire will be laid out. It may be that you require a few rooms to split attendees into groups and train at different levels, a small intimate location for a select number of delegates, or perhaps you require one big spacious room that can accommodate a big group of people together and encourage delegates to interact and exchange ideas in an open and frank manner. How your room is set out in terms of seating can have a big impact on the dynamic and atmosphere of your event.

Your event may not just be for company staff, but for existing or potential new clients, and for this reason consider the image of the venue you have chosen. Attendees will form an opinion of your company in part based on the venue, particularly if they have not had a long history of dealings with your company already. Ideally, a visit to the venue before you decide to book would be a strong recommendation and it’s wise to view it with objectivity to get a perspective on how your guests may perceive the venue. However, try not to focus solely on the look of the venue as you may forget to consider the practicalities of location. You may find some very impressive venues that will certainly wow your guests, but if the location is inconvenient in terms of travel and access particularly via public transport then this will prove less than impressive to important business contacts that may lead busy working lives and be short on time.
Many Holiday Inn hotels are located within easy reach of major business hubs and airports for convenient access. For conferences running over more than one day, it can be wise to find a location that can offer overnight accommodation rather than have delegates travelling to and from the location to other bed and breakfast establishments in the area. At Holiday Inn hotels, we are equipped to offer dining and accommodation for large numbers and accommodating everyone together can foster a closer relationship and ensure that you get maximum benefit from hosting your event.

Emma writes articles on Meeting Rooms including guides to Considerations when hosting a company event .

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First Impressions Tampa To Hold Florida’s Best Fashion Model Search

First Impressions Tampa To Hold Florida’s Best Fashion Model Search
First Impressions Tampa has announced that the Florida’s Best Fashion Model Search event will be held November 5, 6 & 7, 2010 at the Bay harbor Inn Resort facing Tampa Bay. The event is open to male and female entries between the ages of 15 and 30. Owner Joann Torretta states that the event will be just as unique in the industry as her own modeling school has been.

In an industry that is known for not taking care of it’s talent, Joann Torretta has built a modeling school that teachs students not just what they need to know and do to get work in the industry but how to do so safely and professionally. Joann is a nationally known fashion consultant and coach that has trained over 70,000 aspiring models and actors, and won countless awards for helping people reach their career goals in the fashion and modeling industry. Ms. Torretta is also a graduate of Northwestern Universit’s School of Speech and Communication and has won the distinguished Leading Fashion Educator award from New York City’s Institute of Technology.

The event will award not just titles and trophies, but an 8 day 7 night resort stay amongst each of three age groups, and also name an overall winner plus one runner up. The overall winner will receive a trip to New York City and meetings with top modeling agencies including airfare and hotel accomodations. Also included will be a one year membership in The Models Guild Of Tampa Bay, and a full year of exposure on the First Impressions website. The first runner up will be awarded a professional fashion photo shoot including hair and makeup, fifty color composite cards plus the one year membership to The Models Guild of Tampa Bay and afull year of online exposure on the First Impressions website.

According to Ms. Torretta, this type of event is vital to anyone getting into this industry for a host of reasons. She cites her own daughter, Gayle Guyardo, former NBC News Anchor on WFLA-TV in Tampa Bay and current host of ‘Access Gayle’, as having developed strong performance skills by competing in numerous competitions in the USA throughout her school years.

For those aspiring to the fashion and modeling industries, this event is an opportunity not to be missed.

The application deadline for the event is currently October 20, 2010 and application can be done online at:

Florida’s Best Fashion Model Search
Florida Model Search

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From 5 Star Hotels to Budget Hotels

From 5 Star Hotels to Budget Hotels

The luxury hospitality sector in the country has flourished over the years and as a result, there has been an increase in the number of five star hotels in India. It’s not only just Taj and the Oberois. There are Fortune Hotels, Holiday Inns, Hyatt, ITC Welcome, Jaypee, The Lalit, The Leela, The Neemrana, The Ashok and the Trident, to quote the popular. The expansion and the introduction of other global hotel chains in India have been good for both the sides. Particularly for places which are popular with all kinds of tourists, the expansion and the introduction of the 5 Star Hotels in India has been huge.

Over the years, there has been a surge in the number of hotels in Amritsar, the home to the Golden Temple. However, one thing that is pretty evident, no matter what the scene, relatively small towns have lot of options in the budget range of hotels rather than the high-end ones. In Amritsar for examples, popular stay-ins would be Hotel Grand Legacy, Hotel Ritz Plaza, Hotel Royal Castle. Moreover, attractive deals in very affordable rates are more popular and in demand. Another example in the same line would be about places like Alwar – the tourists’ favorite Rajasthan.  Located within 150 kilometres near Jaipur, Alwar is most famous for the Sariska Tiger Reserve. Besides, it is enriched with monuments, lakes, temples and various other places of interest. Among the popular hotels in Alwar are the Hill Fort Hotel, The Neemrana Fort Palace, Ashoka among others. So, five star hotels in India have found their presence in otherwise quaint towns like Alwar and Amritsar. Though popularity wise the preference and the deals would vary, Hotels in Amritsar and hotels in Alwar have their field day during the tourist seasons.

The five star hotels in India catering to the high end section of the country not only helps in making the hotels in Amritsar and likewise the Hotels in Alwar prosper but also in bringing in a little more to heighten the indulgence of the luxury lovers.

Pardeep Kumar is an internationally known author who writes on 5 Star Hotels in India, Hotels in Amritsar and Hotels in Alwar.

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Nazi Germany – The Beginning of Pristine Branding For Pure Evil (1921 – 1924)

Nazi Germany – The Beginning of Pristine Branding For Pure Evil (1921 – 1924)

Adolf Hitler was bon on April 20, 1889 in a small Austrian village by the name of Braunau Am Inn. In the period of WWI, after failure of getting into art school and earning a living or setting a accommodation, he joined the German army following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. But is was unlucky when thousands of his fellow soldiers were killed.


The Beginning – WWI


After failing to get into art school and failing to earn a living or having a set place to stay prior to 1914, Adolf Hitler eagerly volunteered to join the German army after WWI was set in place following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.


Unfortunately, thousands of Hitler’s fellow soldiers (he fought in a Bavarian Regiment) were killed in the masses. Hitler consistently escaped death and went on to fight in the muddy, disease-ridden trenches.


However, Hitler’s seemingly good fortunes would end on October 7, 1916, when he was wounded during the Battle of the Somme. Upon returning to Germany after the War, Hitler’s fuel of hatred toward the Jewish population would skyrocket when he would hear speeches by Jews and Communists promoting some sort of treaty with the enemy nations that would come in the form of the Treaty of Versailles. He then became enthralled with politics and began to formulate a way to brand this future Nazi party from all other organizations.


The Initial Branding of the Nazi Party – The Swastika


The Nazi party began to show signs of marketing success via their legendary, albeit evil branding (1921 showed signs of mass public approval of the party) with the swastika. Hitler became enthralled with this symbol. He first saw the swastika displayed on a school front entrance during his childhood.


Unlike other political parties in Germany that didn’t stand for much change and showed little promise, Hitler, upon becoming leader of the Nazi party (gaining the title as the Fuhrer took some struggle and political finesse toward the fellow members) branded the swastika as a symbol against the Treat of Versailles, the Jewish population in Germany and the Marxist population.


The swastika also was marketed as a symbol of strength, wealth, success and duty towards one’s country by what was referred to as the “master race.” Hitler would later make it clear that the individual was meant to die for the country. At this point his generals would begin to turn against him, though this was much later (1940s) and was displayed by both the botched invasion of Stalingrad and the Holocaust.


The swastika caught on slowly, but Hitler got his marketing through enthralling speeches originally given in beer halls which led to the famous Beer Hall Putsch. This attempted over throw of the government led to wide recognition of the Nazi Party, the young leader and their red and black flag.


More About the Marketing Strength and Recognition Which Resulted from the Beer Hall Putsch.


Believing that Hitler could brand his party to the German people as a possible resolution to the grim inflation, he made a daring move during what became known as the Beer Hall Putsch. Hitler knew that, to keep moving forward, he needed to begin to market his party as one of respect and service to the German common citizen. Although his common numbers were gradually increasing, Hitler knew he needed some political support from important decision makers at the time.


On November 8, 1923, Nazi troops forced Bavarian government leaders at gun point and make them pledge allegiance to the Nazi Party and their Fuhrer. Hitler, after having thousands of listeners and supporters waiting in a cramped bar, walked in, fired a pistol and shouted “Silence.” He told the three hostages that he had 4 bullets, one for each of them, then the last for himself. The people began to see promise in this young politician and liked his passion.


Hitler then began to claim and market the Nazi party as the new, strong and supreme ruler of Germany by yelling, “The National Revolution has begun.” This was a false claim as the party had no real traction, but himself and Goring (the eventual leader of the Luftwaffe) began the meeting. Looking at it from a market perspective, Hitler was quite good at marketing what was a small party comprised of few thousand as the next revolution of Germany and its answer to the Treaty of Versailles, the Jewish and Marxist problem and the hyper inflation.


At that point Hitler, the next morning, convinced the party to attempt to take over the government. They marched (around 3,000) on Munich; shots were exchanged between government police and the Nazis. Unfortunately, Hitler escaped death one more time when his bodyguard took a bullet for him.


Hitler Begins Mein Kampf -The Future Platform for the Nazi Party


After his failed attempt to overthrow the government just a few hours after the Beer Hall Putsch speech (early morning), Hitler was put on trial for treason. Upon going in front of a group of judges, Hitler gave an unexpected speech declaring he was guilty of treason. He then began to list the problems with current day Germany. He knew this was great press and free marketing for the party and seemingly knew that pleading guilty would express to his followers his dedication to the Nazi party which was still young, however growing slowly, but surely.


Luckily for the Fuhrer, the head judge was now a Nazi sympathizer and Hitler got it easy. He was given a five year prison sentence in which he only served a mere fraction. Moreover, Hitler was given a large cell and was allowed to have his private secretary, Rudolf Hess as a constant visitor. Additionally, he was allowed to walk around the prison at will and frequently received presents from supporters.


This is where he would separate his party from all other German political organizations by writing Mein Kampf which outlined Hitler’s racial and political views which were unseen before by the German people and, subsequently the world. This would serve as the first branding of a party which was different and which had the party members who could solve all of Germany’s problems.


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