EZYMEDIA LAUNCHES SUPPORT SERVICE FOR UK PUBLISHERS
EzyMedia – a global media organisation operating from offices in Australia, the USA and Canada – has launched a UK operation to provide innovative publishing technologies and services to British newspapers and magazines.
The UK website at www.ezymedia.co.uk lists services ranging from web design and development through to content creation and page layout for online and printed media.
Mike Holland, head of the new UK operation, said: “The battle for readers and advertisers is being fought out in parallel on websites, social media and printed pages. Successful publications are increasingly working across multiple channels and this is soaking up staff time and other resources.
“EzyMedia can supply expertise and services to supplement publishers’ own teams. We can take on a lot of the ‘back room’ work and therefore free up staff to concentrate on doing those things which make the publication unique and generate competitive advantage.”
Typical back room services which EzyMedia can provide include website management tasks such as adding content and advertisements, monitoring and moderating discussion forums and checking links. EzyMedia can also provide a complete page design service for both editorial and advertising pages, on line and offline, and write news and features across a wide range of topics.
DRAIN DOCTOR OFFERS NEW IRISH FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES
Emergency plumbing and drainage company Drain Doctor Plumbing is offering new franchise opportunities in the Republic of Ireland following the appointment of new Master Licensees.
After 11 years running a successful Drain Doctor franchise in Dublin, Paul Griffin, John Dempsey and Mark Griffin have taken on the Master Licence for the republic.
Paul Griffin said: “With a business already turning over €2 million plus, we want to bring Drain Doctor’s dazzling service to the entire population of Ireland. We already have a number of national accounts including blue chip retail outlets, insurance companies and a chain of coffee shops, so new franchisees will hit the ground running.”
The Drain Doctor system is well established in the UK where over the past 20 years the company has developed a highly successful network of franchisees. Drain Doctor is a full member of the British, Irish and International Franchise Associations.
Mark Griffin said: “Drain Doctor franchise support encompasses all aspects of running a successful business, from initial training through to CRM system use and ongoing marketing help. We intend to give Irish franchisees the same platform to build on as in the UK.”
The three partners will continue to run the Dublin franchise and support existing franchisees in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. Franchise areas in locations such as Donegal, Sligo, Longford, Monaghan and Laois will be offered to new franchisees.
Freddie Mitman, Drain Doctor’s chairman, is excited by this new opportunity. He said: “Given the enthusiasm of Paul, John and Mark we look forward to rapid and sustained growth in Ireland.”
For a list of franchise opportunities with Drain Doctor in the UK and Ireland visit www.draindoctor.co.uk.
LANDSCAPED LAYOUT OF THE CROFT ATTRACTS AUSTRALIAN COUPLE TO SET UP HOME
A couple from Australia have made The Croft (www.thecroftbourne.co.uk) – a lifestyle living development for the over 55s in Bourne, Lincolnshire – their new home after falling for its attractive layout and design.
Mr Taylor and Mrs Wise lived in Australia for 28 years, before moving to a retirement community in Brigg, Lincolnshire.
Compared to their home in Australia, the Brigg retirement community simply was not their idea of ‘home’ and, after visiting family living near Bourne, the couple stumbled across The Croft located on North Road in the town.
Mrs Wise said: “The layout of The Croft is very similar to where we were living in Australia. The landscaped gardens and open spaces with footpaths running through the development really create a sense of space, whilst still maintaining a strong feeling of security.
“The Croft suited our lifestyle much more than the development in Brigg and we really like the community feel of the place. We both enjoy meeting new people, which is something that The Croft fosters well, and the layout and finish of the properties suited our active lifestyles.”
The couple purchased a Harrington three-bedroom chalet bungalow at The Croft which comprises an open plan kitchen diner, large living room, downstairs WC and a downstairs study or double bedroom. Upstairs, the property offers two further double bedrooms, an en suite and family bathroom.
The Croft consists of 75 one, two and three-bedroom homes set around attractively landscaped gardens which are a key feature of the development. It is a joint venture between Bourne-based housebuilder Larkfleet Homes (www.larkfleethomes.co.uk) and Keystone Developments (www.keystonedevelopments.co.uk), part of the Longhurst Group.
Karl Hick, CEO of Larkfleet, commented: “We are very proud of the landscaped areas at The Croft. The attractive communal gardens work very well within the layout of the whole development.
“As residents at The Croft do not have to worry about external maintenance of their properties, they can reap the rewards of well-kept gardens without having to find the time to do the work themselves.”
A communal Manor House sits at the centre of the development. The building and its surrounding garden and patio area now form a communal hub which regularly hosts events for residents and the wider community.
Mrs Wise added: “I have attended several coffee mornings and brunches in the Manor House and have also been involved in the choral evenings. I also recently exhibited some of my artwork at an art and craft exhibition on site.”
The Croft provides a range of benefits including easy access and adaptable properties, minimal maintenance, communal facilities and an estate manager on site, while still encouraging residents to live completely independent and active lives.
Mr Taylor commented: “We found the moving process incredibly easy and sales staff at The Croft were very helpful.”
The Croft offers a number of purchase options including part exchange packages, as well as an ‘assisted move’ option where The Croft can help homebuyers sell their existing homes.
In addition, The Croft offers potential homebuyers its ‘secure home purchase’ scheme and shared equity deals on selected plots.
For more information on The Croft call the sales team on 01778 426995.