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Virtual Choir makes desperate plea to Chancellor for parity on support schemes to help rebuild the economy


A powerful 4 minute video of over 100 people singing a parody of, ‘One Day More’ (from Les Miserables) has been released this week by members of ExcludedUK’s Facebook community group.

The arrangement is the work of Kate Cameron and Melody Schroeder, both members of the ExcludedUK community, a non-profit organisation set up to represent the estimated 3 million people who have been excluded from any meaningful financial support from the government throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Kate, who is a music and singing teacher based in Glasgow, and Melody, an actress and scriptwriter from London, have never met in person, but have been working closely over the summer, putting together the choir, which consists of over 100 other members of the ExcludedUK community, with ages ranging from 18 to 70, some who have never sung publicly before.

Kate worked on the musical arrangement and Melody re-wrote the lyrics to ‘One Day More’, from the hit stage musical, Les Miserables, focusing on the themes of power, dreams and the fighting spirit of the people. The video was brought to life with the help of other ExcludedUK members, David Lawrence (Musical Director), Steve Woods (Video Editor), Tom Smith and Ross Cameron (Sound Engineers),

The arts have been particularly badly hit by the pandemic, with many performers – singers, musicians, dancers, actors, as well as curators, producers and technicians struggling financially after seeing their work literally dry up overnight.

Kate said, “The ExcludedUK community has been a saviour to me and putting this song and video together has given me a focus and a reason to get up in the morning. It’s been an amazing experience.”

Melody agrees with Kate, “I was really struggling with my mental health too, and I am so grateful that I met Kate through the Facebook group and I’m so inspired by all the amazing people in the ExcludedUK choir and proud of what we have created.”

It is hoped that this video and message in the song will further highlight the plight of the 3 million UK taxpayers who have been excluded from government support during the coronavirus crisis.

For more info:
maria@excludeduk.org / press@excludeduk.org
www.excludeduk.org
www.kcchoir.co.uk
www.melodyschroeder.com
www.insidestoryuk.com

Notes to Editors:
ExcludedUK is a volunteer-run grassroots non-profit organisation committed to working towards bringing an end to the exclusions in the Government’s Covid-19 financial support measures affecting 3 million individuals and businesses excluded through no fault of their own.
www.excludeduk.org

About ExcludedUK:

ExcludedUK is a newly formed non-profit NGO and serves as a collective platform for those entirely or largely excluded from the UK Government’s Covid-19 financial support measures. We are a rapidly growing organisation and an inclusive community, representing a broad spectrum of individuals and businesses, but all sharing one common thread: we are excluded.

As an organisation we will play a crucial role in facilitating support and assistance on multiple levels, both for now and into the future.Our aim is to build a stronger platform, raise awareness, lobby for support, raise funds for legal challenges and help enable the changes that are needed for those excluded. Most importantly, our hope is that our efforts can help propel affected individuals and businesses forward in the face of adversity resulting from Covid-19 and being excluded from Government support, while equally ensuring we are all able to help each other emerge from this crisis.

EXCLUDEDUK
an inclusive alliance for the excluded:
creating a collective platform for those excluded from UK government Covid-19 support
www.excludeduk.org

Anneka Hicks
Founder
ExcludedUK

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SEO Support for Small Businesses


Businesses of all types have suffered recently with the impact of the totally unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic. Sales have dropped dramatically on the high street with customers staying at home where possible.

This has driven sales online in most industries. Businesses who already trade primarily online have been given an advantage, while traditional high street shops with little or no online presence have struggled. These businesses have been forced to adapt their services to be able to take orders online or perhaps start a local delivery service to keep their customers.

Starting out online and marketing a website takes time to do yourself, which unfortunately some small businesses don’t have the luxury of. Digital marketing and search engine optimisation needs a strategy and a skilled approach to get businesses ranking high on Google and other search engines.

At Studio 36 Digital, we know the struggles small local businesses have been facing, and we want to help.

We have launched our new initiative to help small local businesses increase their web presence and bring new customers to their website.

On a limited basis, we will be offering Low Cost SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) services to small businesses, suffering from the COVID19 pandemic. This is available to UK and USA businesses only.

We hope this offer of help will enable more smaller businesses to continue trading through these tough times and beyond.

Please get in touch with us today if you feel we could help you.

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New Offshore Database Support Services from ONQU could save UK businesses 40%+ of support costs


BIRMINGHAM, UK, 14 August, 2020 – UK businesses that offer support services could stand to save themselves at least 40 percent of their related costs, simply by investing in a new offshore model.

ONQU 24*7 Support recently launched a new offshore database support service, investing in the provision of certified and secure offshore personnel to provide DBA and technical services that can significantly reduce support spend, particularly for businesses that operate on a 24/7 basis.

These organisations regularly overspend valuable budget, using internal or external support teams, but ONQU will allow them to cut costs and increase value by focusing on areas that benefit users and customers rather than having to resource teams that are under-utilised and simply waiting for support calls to come in.

ONQU Director Steve Priestnall says, ‘Having worked in the Managed Services sector for over 15 years, it became apparent to us that a lot of the larger service providers could offer competitive rates through utilising offshore resources and leveraging much lower costs. We investigated how we could leverage the same skills and expertise, whilst guaranteeing service delivery excellence by utilising already established networks and locally sourced consultants.’

In this way, ONQU has created a service selection model that ensures that its offshore team is certified, has excellent technical skills and can deliver 24*7 services effectively.

“Our competitive service is delivered at much lower levels of investment in comparison to other UK managed service providers so we can compete on both enhanced quality of service at significantly lower support costs.”

ONQU is a trusted provider of Enterprise Database Services, with over 50 Years of combined enterprise consultancy and resourcing experience, currently supporting Oracle, SQL Server and MySQL and associated configurations such as virtualisation and disaster recovery, whether on premise or in the cloud.

For businesses looking to find out more about lowering support costs whilst maintaining or increasing service value ONQU Support can help support you in finding a solution. The team will discuss, on a no obligation basis available services, delivery and operational procedures.

For further information or PR enquiries, please contact:
ONQU Support
Steve Priestnall
Birmingham, United Kingdom (UK)
07896606307
steve@onqusupport.co.uk
www.onqusupport.co.uk

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New York State’s largest African American Chamber LIAACC Encourages Corporations to Support Diversity during National Black Business Month


New York, New York – New York State’s largest African American Chamber the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (LIAACC) encourages Corporations to Support Diversity during National Black Business Month.  Corporations who support chambers of commerce such as the Long Island African American Commerce can set a great example for all companies to follow in leveling the playing field for blacks in America.

During the recent Covid-19 crises African American businesses and organizations have been adversely impacted by this ongoing pandemic across America.

The Long Island African Chamber of Commerce, Inc. serves as a champion for Black Businesses in New York State and needs the continuous support of corporations to fulfill its mission of helping to grow small minority-owned businesses.

“At the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. we believe our chamber will have a substantial impact on the scope, size, and growth of small business owners in the region for many years into the future if supported by diversity initiatives of corporation across America.” Phil Andrews, President, Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. was named by the New York District Office of the United States Small Business Administration 2019 Small Business Champion for 14 counties in Downstate, New York.

The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. has appeared on WABC Here and Now, NBC’s Positively Black, and featured on the Nationally Syndicated Show “The Karen Hunter Show” on the Urban View – African-American Talk – SiriusXM. The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a leading supporter of small business owners in the area of advocacy, access to capital, technical assistance, education, and capacity building for small minority-owned businesses. 

Press Kit: https://www.scribd.com/document/444971283/Phil-Andrews-LI-African-American-Chamber-Press-Kit

Corporations and Philanthropic organizations interested in support the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. via their diversity initiatives are encouraged to email LIAACC at info@liaacc.org.  For more information on the programs and activities of the chamber visit www.liaacc.org

WA Public Relations Company

https://wa-public-relations-company.business.site/

wapublicrelationsco@gmail.com  (347) 727-9015

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New webinar series to support the electronic warfare and RF community


CRFS, a global leader in RF spectrum monitoring, management, and geolocation solutions, has launched a new series of webinars to support and educate those working in the electronic warfare and spectrum monitoring community.

Many people have been unable to attend the usual conferences and seminars this year due to the international reaction to Covid-19. As such, CRFS embarked on a campaign to keep these critical conversations going, inform audiences and further enlighten traditional defense and security users to the increasing capability that RF detection, geolocation and management delivers.

After the success of the CRFS Spring webinars which began in March, the Summer Series focuses on key topics such as Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), military spectrum management and counter drone technologies. Many of the topics will be supported by additional industry leading companies and experts, allowing a deep dive into the topics from varied perspectives. Uncovering new ways to derive value from RF intelligence will help attendees connect previously disparate elements of information to deliver a more complete intelligence picture.

“These webinars are a fantastic way to engage with our customers and the wider community,” commented James Shepperd, VP Marketing at CRFS. “While many people are at home, there is a real appetite for them to broaden their understanding of the RF domain and uncover new ways to derive value from RF data. That’s equally true for military, security or regulatory organizations”

The first ‘Summer Series’ webinar will be on the 9th of July and will cover I/Q Signal Intelligence – COMINT Capture, Decode and Demodulate, it will be supported by an expert from Decodio (specialists in digital signal processing and signal intelligence).

Registration for this webinar and the other upcoming webinars is now open at www.crfs.com/events

About CRFS
CRFS creates deployable systems to detect, identify and geolocate signals in complex RF environments. We provide end-to-end automated solutions for spectrum management and deconfliction, interference hunting and threat detection, using our intelligent receiver technology, software, and advanced analytics. Our RFeye systems are widely deployed by military, intelligence, law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

CRFS designs, builds, programs and deploys systems and solutions from their production facilities in the UK and USA. We also have a network of trusted international partners that provide local support to our global customer base.

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Outsourced Events launches DigitalAssist to support businesses in the “new normal” world of virtual


Outsourced Events, a leading UK event agency, announces the launch of their new service DigitalAssist – the support team for virtual events and webinars. The service has been created in response to numerous client requests and enquiries.

Alexandra Sibley, Commercial Director at Outsourced Events said, “In these unprecedented times, when all in-person events have either been cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19, we are seeing increasing pressure being put onto marketing teams to deliver the same leads in a virtual environment. This, coupled with a freeze on recruitment, is proving extremely challenging for those needing to scale quickly at short notice. Spotting this trend and following demand from clients, we have launched DigitalAssist.”

The London based events agency is an expert in the delivery of end-to-end event management services, both face-to-face and virtually, for the technology, associations, and professional services sectors. Specifically, this new tiered subscription service supports companies that are facing a shortage of resources or lack experience in running virtual events and webinars. DigitalAssist provides a cost-effective solution allowing companies to upscale instantly. It includes:

• Platform configuration
• Registration management
• Speaker liaison
• Branding
• Presentation upload and collateral management
• Session moderation
• Surveys, Q&A, polling management

Feedback on DigitalAssistfrom clients has been very positive, with one Outsourced Events client saying:

“I have been working with the Outsourced Events team to support the delivery of our webinar series – I am absolutely delighted with the results. Highly professional, extremely engaging and just great to work with”
DIGITAL MARKETING SPECIALIST, $2BILLION TECHNOLOGY COMPANY

Further information and pricing on DigitalAssist is available from Outsourced Events via info@outsourcedevents.com.

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New transition support programme helps prevent anxiety about moving from Year 6 to secondary school


primary2secondary is a new online support programme to help parents of children entering Year 6. Every September, approximately 750,000* children move to Year 6, and their parents have to choose and apply for a secondary school place by the end of October. In many cases, parents and children are anxious about the upcoming move and confused about the process and preparation required.

This combined online programme/community is the only one of its kind in the UK. Using online videos, information downloads, and an online community, the programme provides detailed information and guidance on:

• How to choose and apply for the most appropriate secondary school
• How to deal with child anxieties over subjects such as bullying, homework, getting lost, etc.
• Practical issues such as travel, equipment, uniforms, etc.
• Mental health and well-being preparation

TV parenting expert, Sue Atkins said: “We’re delighted to launch the primary2secondary programme. Our inspiration came from talking to parents about the high levels of anxiety and stress they suffer during this transition. For parents whose eldest child is entering Year 6, it’s especially difficult to get clear advice on how to choose the best school for their child. And then how to prepare them for what can be a very traumatic move. The primary2secondary programme supports parents right the way through Year 6 and into Year 7, giving them the information and advice they need, when they need it.”

primary2secondary is a major new initiative fromPostitive2, the brainchild of leading parenting experts Sue Atkins and Jo FitzGerald. At a time when mental health disorders, such as anxiety, are on the increase it provides a unique, independent service that isn’t available from central government, local authorities or schools. Sue added: “As parents who have been through this process ourselves, we want to help other parents with the single biggest decision affecting their child’s future.”

primary2secondary is available at www.primary2secondary.co.uk.
or more information about primary2secondary visit:
● Facebook page: www.facebook.com/primary2secondary
● Twitter: www.twitter.com/primary2second
● Email: info@primary2secondary.co.uk



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Orangetheory Fitness put Member Support at the Forefront of Re-Opening Plans


OTF are re-opening with complimentary General Health Assessments for all.

• Complimentary Health Consultations, including body composition scans
• OTF plan to welcome people back to not only the, ‘Best 1-hour Group workout in the country” but also the, “Cleanest 1-hour Group workout in the country”

Last week, gyms and fitness studios throughout the country were dealt a disappointing blow when the government announced that they were not on the list of industries that would be reopening at the beginning of July. However, Orangetheory Fitness Midlands & Northern England have taken steps to turn this small setback into a brilliant opportunity to reach out to their members by offering complimentary Health Assessments and Coach Consultations. Therefore, the Altrincham & Derby studios intends to open their doors from Monday 6th July to help support their members as they prepare to return to the studio, their regular fitness routines and back on track with their personal goals.

“One of the key tenets of Orangetheory is the importance of community within the Orangetheory family” says Jason Zavasnik, Franchise Director, “which is why part of our plan for member re-engagement includes a complimentary General Health Assessment for all of our members, putting member health and wellbeing at the forefront of our re-opening plans.”

So, what will this mean for the company and its core membership base?

One of the key aspects to Orangetheory’s plans is to enable members to get a look inside of the studio with all its COVID-19 precautions in place. This will not only help members become acquainted with the new systems that have been put into place but also help alleviate any safety concerns that members may have, with staff on-hand to answers any potential questions.

As a company, Orangetheory has always emphasised the importance of cleanliness and an organised studio, but the latest precautions will help to ensure that it is not only the ‘Best 1-Hour Group Workout in the Country’, but that it is also the cleanest. The Altrincham & Derby studios have undergone a full deep clean, and staff will be undergoing full training on the new cleaning and safety procedures prior to the re-opening. These procedures will include shorter class times to allow for additional cleaning protocols, minimised shared spaces, socially distanced stations, and an even greater focus on cleaning and sanitising equipment throughout their classes.

Orangetheory is built on its great relationship with members, and these procedures aim to put member health and comfort at the forefront of their re-opening process.

The opening of Orangetheory will be primarily focused on providing members with Health Consultations with their coaching team. These consultations will include a review of the current activity levels of members and their existing lockdown exercise program, alongside blood pressure tests and body composition scans (in partnership with Boditrax), all of which will be used to provide members with advice on how to get back into their workout regime prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

These 1-2-1 personal consultations with the coaches in the studio will be used as a ‘Body MOT’ to help support a healthy lifestyle for their members, help with a goals reset, and to help them take the first few steps back into the studio in preparation for tackling their first in-studio class.

Whilst Orangetheory and other members of the fitness industry may not have an official date for reopening, it is clear that that Orangetheory Fitness are doing all that they can to help their members navigate the new fitness landscape post-COVID and to support their return to the studio when the time comes.

About Orangetheory
Orangetheory® makes it simple to get more from your workout. One of the world’s fastest-growing franchise companies, Orangetheory has developed a unique approach to fitness that blends a unique trifecta of science, coaching, and technology that work together seamlessly to elevate participants’ heart rates to help burn more calories. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory workouts incorporate endurance, strength, and power to generate the ‘Orange Effect’ – whereby participants keep burning calories for up to 36 hours after a 60-minute workout.

Orangetheory has over 1,200 studios worldwide and was ranked #60 in Inc. magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies List.

At Orangetheory we believe that you deserve more from your workout. It should transform you from the inside out. With technology to keep you on track and coaches that give you more tough love.

You want more results. More confidence. More community. And more energy. Because, the more you do at Orangetheory… the more you get out of life.

Orangetheory has two studios in Northern England location; Altrincham, Greater Manchester & Derby, Derbyshire, with more studios planned later this year. Once studios are reopened within the UK, complimentary 7-days membership will be available via www.otfaltrincham.co.uk/pr

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Simplification Institute Announces Launch to Support Companies Overcome Recession


The complexity management firm specialises in removing complexity to create leaner portfolios with higher profit margins to help companies overcome the looming recession.

DUBLIN, June 2020. Simplification Institute today announces its launch as Europe’s first complexity management firm specialised in consumer good companies. The firm is built on the core belief that Simplicity drives value and its proprietary approach, the Simplification Roadmap™ has delivered major efficiencies and multi-million-euro savings.

With empty shelves and unprecedented demand shifts in supermarkets, manufacturers now more than ever recognise the need for range rationalisation, portfolio optimisation and business simplification. A bloated portfolio results in slower growth, erosion of profit and impeded productivity. By effectively tackling complexity, manufacturers will improve product availability and customer service whilst delivering cost savings and margin improvements. Research shows that about 25-35% of cost in consumer goods companies is driven by complexity¹. The pandemic also highlighted the importance of sustainability and portfolio simplification can be a major driver of carbon emission reduction.

The Simplification Institute helps across all three steps of the complexity management process and is specialised in eliminating the root cause of complexity -not just the symptoms- resulting in a lasting positive financial impact. The firm targets large and medium-sized consumer good companies in Europe.

“Almost all multinational companies struggle with complexity, the point is to identify, and make the most out of complexity that adds value to your business and to eliminate ‘bad’ or non-value added complexity, and that is our core business,” commented Jo De Pauw, Founder of the Simplification Institute.

“Manufacturers who effectively manage complexity will thrive in the next decade” says Peter Soer, an internationally recognised commercial leader who has served in global and regional leadership teams at Unilever and Kellogg’s and runs an executive coaching practice. Peter has advised the start-up firm since its inception and he concludes “unfortunately, most companies don’t know where to start to cut complexity and this is where Simplification Institute is uniquely placed to make a difference.”

(1) Source: Jagersma, Pieter. The hidden cost of doing business. Business Strategy Series. 9. Nyenrode University, The Netherlands.

About Simplification Institute
Simplification Institute™ is a complexity management firm specialised in Consumer Goods. The firm is built on the core belief that Simplicity drives value. Our proprietary approach, the Simplification Roadmap™ has delivered major efficiencies and multi-million-dollar savings. We are different from other firms because we eliminate the root cause of bad complexity, not just the symptoms, and we work across departments to deliver measurable results. From our headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, we help large and medium-sized companies across Europe. Learn more at simplification.eu and follow us on LinkedIn.

Press contact
To arrange an interview or get more information contact press@simplification.eu
Download press kit on our website simplification.eu/press
Phone 00353 1 558 72 87 web simplification.eu connect on LinkedIn

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Gain employment abroad with the support of Linguation.com 


German-based translation agency, Linguation.com, launches its operations in Europe

One of the fundamental principles of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (EU) is the free movement of EU citizens. EU nationals are entitled to seek employment and reside in another EU country without the need of a work permit. Many EU nationals take up this opportunity of free movement. Many also take advantage of being able to study in other countries within the EU and travel freely without the need for visas. Living, working or studying in another EU country may require the need for personal documents to be translated. Linguation.com is an online translation agency providing translation services across Europe and is able to provide translation of personal documents in a vast number of language combinations. For example, Linguation.com provides competitive prices for the translation of personal ID documents, such as passports, driving licenses and birth certificates. Furthermore, Linguation.com offers the translation of qualifications, references and curriculum vitae.

Linguation.com could not be easier to use. Orders can be made by mobile phone using the mobile app. Customers can upload a photo of their passport or driving license, confirm their order and within seconds the translation process is underway. This online and convenient service is ideal for travelers applying for temporary work or students looking for a part-time job to supplement their studies abroad. Furthermore, Linguation.com is launching its website in Russian, Spanish and French, making it accessible to even more EU nationals.

“Linguation does a great job. I can only recommend Linguation.” M. Hummel

Furthermore, Linguation.com offers certified or sworn translations, often needed for these official and personal documents to be recognized by authorities and potential employers.

More information about certified translation services at Linguation.com can be found here:

https://www.linguation.com/en/certified-translation

About Linguation.com

Linguation.com is an online translation agency based in Munich, Germany, offering a quick and easy process for professional translation. The agency is able to offer translation in a vast number of language combinations and in numerous specialist fields.

More information can be found here: https://www.linguation.com/en/

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