Tips for making the most of your customer service agreements with local companies

Home improvement is an everyday need that most homeowners desire to do. You need a good contractor to transform or repair worn out parts within a home. Getting the right contractor is the number one thing you should consider whenever you want to improve the condition of your house. There are many professionals out there, but getting the most qualified calls for thorough knowledge and research. You can search for contractors near you by visiting the Customer Service Guide. The following points indicated simple ways to help you select the best home contractor. Check the Qualifications Having a close look at the credentials of potential contractors helps in identifying the most qualified. Credentials do not only consist of course completion documents, but they also include references and recommendations from past clients. You can take your time to call one or two clients who have been served by the same contractor in the past. The opinion of other customers will help you get firsthand information regarding the competence of a contractor or construction company. You can also check online reviews if the professional you want to work with has a credible website. Ensure the Contractor Is Registered Working with a legitimate company helps in avoiding property loss, damage or fraud during the construction process. People have reported many cases of construction companies breaching their contracts. It’s hard to follow up on such service providers if they are not registered and licensed. Always check whether the contractor is registered by the relevant authorities, and that they have followed all construction rules and regulations. The easiest way to confirm whether a person...

Will 2017 be better for the high street, or for online brands?

As the year 2016 comes to an end, there is much anticipation on how various brands are likely to respond to the market come 2017. The big question is whether 2017 will be better for the high street or for online brands? With the current dynamic change in technology, online brand stand a better chance of thriving in 2017 as compared to high street. A great deal in technology is expected to change for better access to the market. With the rise in companies that are supporting innovations in software and applications development, businesses are embracing themselves for this inevitable market change. 1.. Mobile Applications. There has been a rise in mobile applications use over the past few years. The use of mobile applications has eased service delivery and communication. High street brands are making transition into to online world to keep up with the market trend. Unlike in the past whereby a client needed to visit a physical store to make purchases, the custom is changing gradually with innovation of customer-friendly applications. Online brands are therefore in a better position to make a killing come 2017 as compared to high street brands. The access to online brands via mobile application is on the rise. Potential customers are constantly browsing for online brands that they can substitute for high street bands as they are both time and cost efficient. The ability to use a mobile application at the comfort of your home, school or office is more efficient than driving for a few miles to visit a high street brand store. The rise in ease of access to mobile...

The UK Government in 2017 – what to expect

There is much anticipation on the course that the UK government will take come 2017. The anticipation is highly influenced by Britain’s exit from EU. There is uncertainty regarding the economy, but the UK government is strategising to prevent a reoccurrence of the 2010 Great Recession. The UK government is working to ensure job and investment security to its citizens. This will ensure that the living standard of the Britons is safeguarded for an enhanced economy. 1.Economy One of the main agendas of the UK government is to see that there is a steady economy growth – this will be largely under the jurisdiction of HMRC. The current employment rate stands at 74.5%, and records the fastest growing country in economy among the G7 in 2016. However, a forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), there is a possibility of 1.4% decrease in GDP come 2017. The slowing down of GDP growth is attributed to the low domestic spending and business investment. This may result in bigger spending on benefits such as ESA, JSA (and, by extension, the Jobcentre Plus) and at the DWP as a whole. 2.Taxation The UK government and the Tax Office is implementing new ways that will see a considerable reduction in taxes imposed on individuals and businesses. The move by the UK government to reduce taxes is aimed at ensuring a reduction in the cost of living that will sustain all citizens regardless of their financial status. The UK government has made this possible by freezing fuel levy as from April 2017. Freezing of fuel levy by the UK government is expected to...

myHermes and their partnership with Amazon & eBay

myHermes is the perfect courier partner for both Amazon and eBay sellers. Thanks to a new integrated shipment upload system, it will only take you just a few simple clicks to import all of your daily orders. The result? A wonderfully smooth partnership, helping to make your selling experience a breeze. When using myHermes as an Amazon or eBay seller, you can import orders from your chosen account automatically into the ‘Your Shipment’ page. You should then check the orders over before confirming and paying for them, removing any items you are not ready to send. As a seller, you can make use of myHermes’ range of flexible and convenient delivery solutions. You can take the traditional route, arranging for a myHermes local courier to come and collect the parcel from your door or nominated safe place. Alternatively, you can choose to drop off your parcel at one of the many ParcelShops across the UK. With myHermes, posting your packages couldn’t be simpler. Benefits of myHermes to an Amazon/eBay seller Using the myHermes up-to-the-minute online tracking service, which is visible both to you and your customers, reduces the chance of people messaging you querying where their item is. This visibility can help build on an open and honest relationship between you and your buyers. Save time by uploading multiple addresses at once by using the newly improved account linking function. This takes away the need to spend time and effort manually typing in details over and over. An on-scan dispatch confirmation will be sent directly to your Amazon or eBay account, so your buyer knows exactly when the parcel...

Finding your local Tax Office

If you search on the HMRC website for your local tax office, you will instantly be presented with 5 options. The five options are as follows: individual tax enquiries, employer enquiries, corporation tax enquiries, self employed tax enquiries and agents enquiries. Importantly, the first two options (if clicked on) will direct you to a HMRC website whereby instructions are given for you to contact them. Contacts options are via e-mail, telephone or by snail mail. The webpage also displays the HMRC opening hours if you intend to you the telephone to contact them. The page also advises customers to look at HMRC’s homepage carefully prior to contacting them through the aforementioned channels. If ‘self-employed tax enquiries’ is clicked on, then you are directed to a webpage whereby you can locate your local tax office by inputting either your town, postcode or your three-digit tax code. Therefore, you will be able to successfully contact your local tax office instead or going through the main HMRC contact routes. The ‘corporation tax enquiries’ link takes you to a similar page, but you can search for your local tax office by inputting your three digit corporation group tax code. Furthermore, if you click on the ‘agents enquiries’ then you will be able to locate your local tax office by inputting your employer reference. Further Information on Locating Your Local Tax Office: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/enq/ will also help you locate newly-opened piloted scheme ‘Enquiry Centres’ for those who are in need of extra help in the North East of England. These enquiry centres are an essential port of call if you are unsure of anything relating...