Hold Everything https://www.hold-everything.com Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:17:45 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://www.hold-everything.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cropped-hold-profile-pic-32x32.png Hold Everything https://www.hold-everything.com 32 32 New Video About Our Great Range of Services. https://www.hold-everything.com/new-video-great-range-services/ Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:14:43 +0000 http://www.hold-everything.com/?p=1247 We are delighted to show our new video which shows how Hold Everything can help a wide range of businesses enjoy the prestige the of central London business location.  Whether you are a freelancer working from home or a busy mum running her business around her childcare or a foreign company wanting a presence in the [...]

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We are delighted to show our new video which shows how Hold Everything can help a wide range of businesses enjoy the prestige the of central London business location.  Whether you are a freelancer working from home or a busy mum running her business around her childcare or a foreign company wanting a presence in the UK market, we have the solution.

 

The freelance community is huge and expanding rapidly as we move further  into a connected world.  There are independent financial advisers and web designers and PR consultants all working out of their homes or even a coffee shop – a ‘coffice’ – and they all need a prestigious address to put on their business cards and their letterheads.  Clients can also register their company address at 207 regent Street and use it to receive all their business correspondence.   We offer the possibility to rent a boardroom/meeting room at very reasonable prices.

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Mother working in her home office

We also realise that women who need to combine a business life with childcare find that a virtual office is a great facility.  Here at Hold Everything we answer your phone calls and act as a professional face to your business persona.  Many of our female clients are successfully juggling the demands of motherhood with successful home-based work schedules whether as a creative or a business consultant and value the personalised support we can offer.

 

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Last but by no means least, we are here to help overseas business owners and ex-patriots maintain a foot in the London business community with our virtual office packages which makes a top London contact address a realistic and inexpensive proposition.  The range of personalised business services we can offer you is limited only by your imagination.  We can handle routine business tasks and sort and forward mail according to your instructions.

We hope that this video created by the team at Zibadoo, will tell you more about Hold Everything in a friendly visual manner and that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you as a valued client.

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Social Media – We Help you Get Up to Speed https://www.hold-everything.com/social-media-help-get-speed/ Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:37:17 +0000 http://www.hold-everything.com/?p=1239   Don’t know your Twitter from your Twiglets? Your Facebook from your Fat Face? Decidedly social media unsavvy? Well, read on. This one’s for you. So you’ve heard about this magical thing called social media, and how you need to get on it, but don’t know where to start? And, really, you’re busy enough, got [...]

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Don’t know your Twitter from your Twiglets? Your Facebook from your Fat Face? Decidedly social media unsavvy? Well, read on. This one’s for you.

So you’ve heard about this magical thing called social media, and how you need to get on it, but don’t know where to start? And, really, you’re busy enough, got plenty of clients, so why bother? It just seems a bit unnecessary, to be honest.

Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s time to drag yourself – kicking and screaming, if need be – into the 21st century. It is 2017, after all.

Social media’s been around for a while now, and it looks like it’s here to stay. It may have begun humbly enough with Friends Reunited and MySpace. But it’s all grown up now, and they’ve finally found a way to commercialise it. So now it’s time for you to tap in and mine those massive databases of personal data for yourself.

And, while you might be currently happy with your generic four-line Yellow Pages ad, there will most likely come a time when that business dries up.

Not just a pretty face

Let’s look at the world’s most popular social media platform, Facebook, which celebrated its 14th birthday earlier this year. What began as a platform for Harvard College students to rate each other’s hotness, Facebook is now one of the internet’s most frequently visited websites. As at April 2017, there were 1.97 billion active Facebook users.[1] That’s a lot of eyeballs.

On the face of it (see what I did there?), Facebook might seem like a harmless way to while away the hours. But look a little more closely, and you might catch a glimpse of just how devious this platform really is.

Unlike traditional ways of getting to know your customers – you know, like, by actually talking to them – Facebook has done all the hard work for you. No, scratch that, Facebook’s users have done all the hard work for you. Registering for an account is just the beginning. Every time a user interacts with the site – “likes” a post, shares a post, likes a page, posts a picture, tags a friend – they are adding to their growing user profile. Over time, Facebook has built a massive database of users’ likes and dislikes. The information Facebook knows about its user base is staggering – and not slightly frightening.

And you can use this to your advantage. But how?

Getting to know your clients

Ask yourself this: how much do you know about your current customers? Their name? Maybe their post code? You might be able to guess their age, but you wouldn’t want to take a punt. At a stretch, you might know what team they barrack for, or what they did on the weekend. But that’s about it. Now think about all the personal information that users willingly share on Facebook and other social media platforms. It’s a wonder identity theft isn’t more prevalent.

Targeting your market

Perhaps you think your customers or target market aren’t using social media. If we take a closer look at Facebook’s demographics, however, we can see that a significant amount of people in each generation regularly use that social media platform.

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So you see, Facebook isn’t just for millennials, or boomers or grannies. Everyone’s on it.

So why aren’t you?

Fear of missing out

Remember those 1.97 billion pairs of eyeballs that aren’t seeing your business on Facebook? Well, guess what. They’re seeing your competitors instead. And they’re not just liking and following your competitors’ pages, they’re communicating with them as well.

And it’s not that one-way style of “communicating” synonymous with those old technologies of newspapers, radio and TV. Oh, no. It’s now two-way. A dialogue rather than a monologue.

But that’s not the only difference between social media and more traditional forms of communication and advertising. As you will see below, the advantages of social media can enable you to communicate with your clients and reach your target market in ways previously unheard of.

Advantages of using social media

Cost

Traditional forms of advertising, such as TV and radio, are often prohibitively expensive. Even mass marketing efforts like catalogues and letters incur some form of cost. By comparison, social media is inexpensive and often free. It has clearly levelled the playing field, removing many costly barriers to entry for smaller businesses, enabling them to compete with the big boys.

Time

In today’s digital age, who’s got the patience for long drawn-out production and printing times? It’s all about instant gratification. We live life on the fly, juggling multiple things at once, and we expect a response within seconds of asking the question. Social media enables users to connect with you instantly rather than having to wait on hold while listening to elevator muzak.

Reach

What a waste of time and energy it is targeting people who have no interest in your business. But this is exactly what more traditional forms of advertising do. This scattergun approach is expensive and ineffective. With social media, however, your efforts can be targeted with sniper-like precision.

Distribution

Think about the last time you received junk mail in the post. It’s called junk mail for a reason. Compare that to the way people share and disseminate promotions and offers on social media, often to the point where it goes viral.

Out with the old, in with the new(ish)

So faced with all the glaringly obvious advantages to being on social media, what’s stopping you? Sure, it can be scary to try something new for the first time. But the risks involved in launching your business on social media are relatively low, when compared to other more traditional forms of communication. It’s quite acceptable to dip your toe in and see if it gets bitten off. We dipped our toes a while ago and really enjoy it.  Follow us on twitter @holdeverything1

Let’s face it, if you’re not on social media, you may as well be invisible.

 

David Miller

 

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We Launch Our Business Podcast https://www.hold-everything.com/launch-business-podcast/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:34:45 +0000 http://www.hold-everything.com/?p=1227 We are all very excited here on Regent Street with the launch of our new podcast.   Entitled the London Business Podcast we will be bringing our clients and the global business community a regular informed podcast available to download from our site or from iTunes, Stitcher and all major podcast sites.  We hope you enjoy [...]

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We are all very excited here on Regent Street with the launch of our new podcast.   Entitled the London Business Podcast we will be bringing our clients and the global business community a regular informed podcast available to download from our site or from iTunes, Stitcher and all major podcast sites.  We hope you enjoy this new dimension to our blog which we have had great fun producing.  In our first episode we look at ‘disruption’ and ‘cyber crimes’ which are both hot topics in the business world right now.  In future podcasts we will be exploring other interesting topics such as ‘robotics’ and ‘singularity’ to keep you informed of trends that will affect your business life.   This is a venture on which we value your feedback so if you have suggestions on future topics or perhaps wish to be a guest yourself send me a personal email richard@hold-everything.com – I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Observant clients might have noticed that we have been busy ‘tweeting’  – not at the same level as Donald Trump – but several times every day.  There is just so much news and information that crosses my desk and I just feel compelled to share it with you. If you are not following our twitter feed then just find us @holdeverything1 and follow.   Over the last week I have tweeted on everything ranging from business start up tips to 3d printing in the modern office so I am sure you will find something to read over your morning coffee.

Wishing you all a great weekend, let’s hope the sun continues to shine.

Richard

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Six Top Tips to Telephone Answering https://www.hold-everything.com/six-top-tips-telephone-answering/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:21:05 +0000 http://www.hold-everything.com/?p=1208 At some point or other, whatever your job title, your phone is going to ring and you’re going to have to answer it. For some people, answering the phone comes naturally, and they sound so pleased to hear from you. For others, it is a complete nuisance, and you can hear the reluctance in their [...]

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At some point or other, whatever your job title, your phone is going to ring and you’re going to have to answer it. For some people, answering the phone comes naturally, and they sound so pleased to hear from you. For others, it is a complete nuisance, and you can hear the reluctance in their voice. However you feel about it, the telephone remains one of the best ways to stay connected to your clients, even in this digital age of emails and social media. Therefore, the way in which you answer the phone can make or break your business.

I just want to speak to a human!

So why is telephone communication still so prevalent today despite the popularity of the internet and the rise in other forms of communication? For me personally, as much as I love the ease of doing business online, sometimes I just want – need – to speak to someone. It’s all well and good for a chat bot to pop up while I’m on an organisation’s website, offering to help me with whatever query I might have today. But it really can’t compare to that one-to-one personal interaction you get with another human being.

And this is where you come in: the human that can solve all of your clients’ problems and make everything better.

But, like any form of communication, there’s a preferred way and, well, a less than ideal way to answer the telephone. Let’s take a look.

Focus, focus, focus

First off, when the phone rings, drop everything you’re doing and shift your focus. This might be easier said than done, what with your ever growing to-do list and overflowing in-tray. It seems that every time you get settled into tackling that job that was due last week, the phone rings, rupturing your concentration, rudely and without apology. At this point, it can be hugely tempting to continue what you’re doing and answer the phone at the same time. But I guarantee that the caller will sense your distraction, and most likely will not be reassured by it.

I am guilty of multitasking while on the telephone. And I can attest to barely remembering a single word of what was said during those conversations. Being on the other end of that call isn’t fun either. Have you ever called a business, and had a mounting sense of dread as you spoke to the person on the line? The sense that they were so preoccupied, they didn’t hear a word you said?

So, as fun as juggling is, please, take a breath, shift your focus, and only then should you answer the phone.

A garbled message

As our workloads have swelled, we are now more likely to eat at our desk while multitasking. This can prove tricky if you find yourself chewing into a sandwich when the phone suddenly rings. Do you gobble it down quickly, risking possible choking, or tuck the offending morsel into your cheek? Needless to say, you want the caller to be able to understand you, and a mouthful of food can seriously impact on that goal. So chew wisely.

Three strikes and you’re out

How quickly you answer the phone is also an important consideration. Answer on the first ring, and you risk startling your customer. Take your sweet time, and you could lose your customer altogether. Everyone’s time is precious, and no one wants to sit on the phone listening to it ring out. So what’s a happy medium?

The three-ring rule seems to be an agreed business standard. Three rings gives you enough time to compose yourself, while allowing the caller to collect their thoughts.

What if you’re on the opposite side of the room when the phone rings, and you need to make a mad dash to get to it within three rings? In these cases, it might be best to take a few moments to catch your breath before picking up the phone, even if it means the phone rings four, five or six times. You don’t want your customer misinterpreting your heavy breathing.

Manners are cool

So you’ve finally picked up the phone. Obviously, you, as the person being called, should speak first. It might be a bit creepy if you were to answer the phone and then sit there silently. But what to say?

Even if caller ID lets you know who is calling, it’s best to pretend otherwise. Answering with a “Howdy Tom, how’s it hangin’?” might be a bit too familiar, even if you’re best buddies with your client.

So err on the side of caution. No matter who your clients are, they want to be spoken to with respect. Manners never go out of style.

Keep it simple on Telephone Answering

Like any form of communication, simplicity and clarity are key.

Begin with a simple greeting like “hello”. “Good morning” and “good afternoon” work well too.

In this moment, you are your organisation’s ambassador, so it’s good to identify the name of your business. Follow this up by stating your name, and perhaps even an offer of assistance.

A good example might be:

“Good morning, ABC Workspace. This is Jane. How may I help you?”

Here we have all the elements of a polite and respectful greeting that tells the caller who they’re talking to, and explicitly lets them know that you’re ready and willing to help.

Tone it down

The final point to consider when answering the phone is how you say it. On the phone, and in the absence of all other non-verbal cues, your tone of voice can give the whole game away.

One of the easiest ways to sound friendly and approachable is to smile as you pick up the phone. As cheesy as it sounds, it really does work. Because when you smile, your voice changes. It’s hard to sound snarky when you’re smiling (unless, of course, you’re smiling through gritted teeth).

And that’s all there is to it: breathe, swallow, wait three rings, smile, and say hello.

Here at holdeverything we pride ourselves on always answering your business calls with professionalism so you can be sure that your clients always get the right impression.

Author note:  David Miller blogs on a range of business and social topics.

 

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4 reasons to choose a Virtual Office on Regent Street https://www.hold-everything.com/4-reasons-choose-virtual-office-regent-street/ Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:07:03 +0000 http://www.hold-everything.com/?p=1204 Prestigious Central London Presence Regent Street is one of the busiest and well-known streets in the United Kingdom, possibly even the World.  It provides a variety of services, from gyms, galleries, clothes and toy shops to restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as office and business spaces. Major worldwide known brands such as Apple, Hamleys, [...]

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  • Prestigious Central London Presence
  • Regent Street is one of the busiest and well-known streets in the United Kingdom, possibly even the World.  It provides a variety of services, from gyms, galleries, clothes and toy shops to restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as office and business spaces.

    Major worldwide known brands such as Apple, Hamleys, Armani, Ralph Lauren and Burberry  reside on Regent Street. These can be your neighbours if you use the services of Hold-Everything.com.

    Their names and reputation speak volumes and will bring yours up too! To be portrayed as a business on that level of standing is an extreme positive. It shows that not only are you a high standing business but you are able to afford an office space on the most exclusive street in London.

    Not only does Hold Everything provide mail forwarding and a telephone service it also has a meeting room which can be used at your disposal. The fact that this meeting room is on Regent Street means you can meet with your clients in a well-known and easily accessible place. Regent Street is within a few minutes walk to: Oxford Circus with Bond Street,  Green Park and Piccadilly Circus, all within a five minute walk. Mainline stations such as  Victoria, Charing Cross, Euston plus Kings Cross and St Pancras are all easily accessed from these stations.  Meaning you can meet up with your clients who are not based in London easily too.

    1. Stability

    Using a virtual office in London provides stability for your company that you may not get with a physical office space. Start-up companies who are likely to be smaller and move around more, due to their financial instability and the fact they may not have two feet fully on the business ground yet, will not want to waste their valuable profit margin on renting the office space in Central London.

    Renting in Central London and getting onto the property ladder costs a fortune, it is worth the while to let someone else worry about those overheads and not you!  This saves you; business rates, rent, insurances and commuting costs.

    By doing this you will have more faith in your company that it will survive and can invest time and money into various other aspects of the business. Utilising a virtual office means that moving home or even city or even so far as the country doesn’t impact your business: you do not have to let your employees and clientele know that the registered business address is changing as by using the Regent Street office that we provide your business address is fixed to one central location.

    1. Credibility & professionalism

    A virtual office in Regent Street provides your business with credibility. It does this by giving a great first impression. Your business is tied to London: one of the major business hubs in Europe and therefore portrays a professional, prestigious and honourable business.

    Thus, giving potential clients confidence in your firm. Additionally, it allows you to operate like a big corporation even if you are not. Through telephone answering by a live real human and not a robotic answering machine it shows your clients you are committed to them, willing to listen, and give them contentment that their voices are being heard and issues are being dealt with.

    Another way in which using a Regent Street office boosts your professionalism is through your website. Your new address and phone number can be put on your ‘contact us’ page and this is necessary to look like a legitimate business.

     

    1. Search engine rankings

    Google is a vital tool and important source of enquires and clients for micro businesses. Prospective clients may search ‘law firm Regent Street’ or even ‘law firm London’ into google and your business stands a better chance of appearing.

    It is this way that you are much more likely to gain new clientele because people will not search ‘law firm (and your home address)’ unless you are neighbours or they know of you personally. And if they do they can go to google street view and see your residential area. Which not only downgrades your corporate business appearance but invades your privacy.

    Google ranks its results according to relevance and popularity. So, searching for example ‘Virtual Office Regent Street’ Hold Everything is the second link (excluding the advertised ones and based on the day I wrote this, the first is one of our resellers of our address) and the first one on the google maps. This is because we are highly relevant to what you are searching, and popularity is based on how successful the business is.

    Blog written by Mollie Churney, Virtual Office Assistant

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    Is your business address killing your business? https://www.hold-everything.com/business-address-killing-business/ Thu, 25 May 2017 13:22:58 +0000 http://www.hold-everything.com/?p=1161 London most prestigious virtual office address on Regent Street provided by hold-everything.com can protect your home address and save your business address potentially affecting your business. Your home address can say a lot about you, so therefore your businesses address can also say a lot about your business. When looking at an address the first [...]

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    London most prestigious virtual office address on Regent Street provided by hold-everything.com can protect your home address and save your business address potentially affecting your business.

    Your home address can say a lot about you, so therefore your businesses address can also say a lot about your business. When looking at an address the first thing I look at is the City, whether it be London, Liverpool, or Birmingham, it is important. If potential clients are analysing your website the thing that will catch their eye too is the location of your business.

    As a first impressions stand for a lot in the business world it is of the utmost importance to expel pretentiousness and professionalism. Thus, Regent Street, London, speaks for itself and you are able emit a great first impression to prospective clients.

    When conducting your business from home you leave yourself vulnerable to variables that you do not have control over. Firstly, your home address will stay on certain databases such as companies house forever which can lead to unwanted visitors at unwanted and unscheduled times.

    Secondly, your personal life and business life can become mixed, for example members of your household that fall ill and require assistance. Therefore, you are less likely to be able to conduct all your work responsibilities in one day, causing a delay, putting you behind schedule and not giving your clients the full attention they need from you as a business owner.

    Additionally, if you have young children, walking into a home full of scattered toys doesn’t give off the best organisational look. Conducting meetings at home can therefore be a struggle.

    A Great Solution

    Here at Hold Everything not only do we offer a registered office, mail forwarding and telephone answering services, we also offer a meeting room for you to use at your disposal. So as well as registering your address to Central London, your business meetings can also take place here too.

    One of our recently joined clients came into the office to check out our meeting space and discuss the process of incorporation to Hold Everything, whilst doing this he mentioned that because his business was based in Manchester he found that other larger companies would not entertain his business until he moved to a London address.

    We also spoke to past client Suraj Sodha from WPMaintain whose business has grown and now has his own office, he said:-

    “When I first started my business and had no office space, I used a virtual office through Hold Everything which immediately gave my business a prestigious London address and an element of trust to new clients. I used this address on my website and business stationery to demonstrate to potential clients that I had a London presence.

    I knew this was a great idea when I won a new contract worth £60,000 and the client said that they were impressed by our presence in London at a prestigious address compared to other suppliers who they had considered.”

    This is a prime example of what a London address can do for your business. Not only are you registered in the business capital of the United Kingdom and therefore taken more seriously, you are also surrounded by other powerful businesses and their top quality standing will rub off on your business, which results in improving your business’ corporate identity.

    Mollie Churney

    Suraj Sodha from WPMaintain website: https://www.wpmaintain.co.uk

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    What is the cost of a missed call ? https://www.hold-everything.com/cost-missed-call/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:41:25 +0000 http://www.hold-everything.com/?p=1104 At Hold Everything, London’s most prestigious virtual office we offer you the opportunity to have a London 020 number so when your busy and don’t want to be disturbed we can answer your calls. So we asked what is the worth of a missed call ? A missed call means different things to different people. [...]

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    At Hold Everything, London’s most prestigious virtual office we offer you the opportunity to have a London 020 number so when your busy and don’t want to be disturbed we can answer your calls.

    So we asked what is the worth of a missed call ?

    A missed call means different things to different people. To some it is just a cold caller trying to get information and money from you through a non-geographical number, but for others, especially those who own their own company, it can mean lost business and a chance to gain valuable new clients.

    A missed call means your company is not only missing potential new clients but also retaining and providing a good quality service for those ongoing customers too as that is the service they expect and signed up for.

    Excellent communication systems are vital for a top business and are crucial to stand out from other competitors. Why would a potential client do business with a company or person they cannot get hold of?

    Today’s society consists of people who want instant gratification. They want their questions answered and problems solved immediately, by humans, not a robotic voice at the end of line or a voicemail service.

    When customers are greeted by an automated service or voicemail they are left feeling unheard, dissatisfied with your service, and highly likely to move on to the next company.

    If you find yourself missing calls day in day out, constantly reeling messages from your voicemail and chasing the caller back for their business, why not take advantage of a virtual office’s telephone answering service.

    Research has shown that very small businesses who employ 20-49 workers suffer the most from missing phone calls, and as a group they lost over £36.5 million over a year period. Those businesses with 50-99 employees lost over £35.3 million, whilst those with 111-250 employees lost over £17.7 million. Showing that no matter the size of your company whether you’re an independent business or a larger enterprise, you can benefit from a telephone answering service.

    Not only do we answer your calls and take messages allowing you to have all the contact information and topic in writing, this also frees up your time to concentrate more on running your business, and avoiding those meaningless sales call.

    So, is it worth the risk to miss that phone call because you are on the underground with no service? After all you never know who is going to be at the end of the line.

    So what do we offer ?

    At Hold Everything your calls will be answered in a professional manner with the greeting you choose. The messages taken will be sent to you directly and you can return the calls as soon as you are available. This way you can make sure your business is making as much revenue and gaining as many new customers as possible, as well as keeping old customers happy with your service.

     

     

    Mollie Churney

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    Identity Theft – What is it & Ways to prevent it https://www.hold-everything.com/identity-theft-ways-prevent/ Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:18:45 +0000 http://www.hold-everything.com/?p=1092   What is identity theft? With increased public awareness in the area of identity theft we look at what is actually involved, how it can affect you, and what you can do the prevent it. Identity theft involves another person stealing your personal information and using it without consent and for their own personal gain. [...]

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    What is identity theft?

    With increased public awareness in the area of identity theft we look at what is actually involved, how it can affect you, and what you can do the prevent it.

    Identity theft involves another person stealing your personal information and using it without consent and for their own personal gain. This could involve, for example, credit card fraud, cyber-crimes, and even entering a country illegally. This could unfortunately, leave you, the victim, with many issues and consequences.   Serious problems may arise such as low  credit rating , being rejected for mortgages and loans and even being refused a phone contract.  Even though you are the innocent victim your personal credit may be impaired for up to 6 years.

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    Ways to prevent identity theft?

    Many people create a UK Limited company automatically using their home address as the Registered Office. This will always create a situation where that information stays on the public register at Companies House and is easily accessible to the public. By using your home address you potentially leave yourself, and those who also occupy the residence, in danger and more exposed to identity theft, robberies and even stalking. Once your name is found your date of birth is not hard to detect through social media, and then access to your property title deeds is simply a few clicks away.

    Preventing this is simple: register your UK Limited company with a virtual office! Your business registered office and/or correspondence address will be attached to our Regent Street virtual office. Thus ensuring this public register is one area that you have excluded your personal information from.

     

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    What preventative measures do Hold Everything take?

    When clients sign up to our London Virtual office on Regent Street they know their identity and information is safe with us as discretion is part of our package. It is made clear in our terms and conditions that we do not disclose client information to any third parties unless served by an official government body.

    Our 38-year existence is down to good teamwork and terrific client support with the aim to ensure our clients have the protection that a renowned virtual office offers. The Hold Everything owner, Richard, explains that “it takes years to build a reputation and seconds to destroy it”, and that’s why we take the whole subject very seriously and look to protect our clients details in every way possible.

    We spoke to Bennett Arron, Comedian and Identity Theft Expert about this subject, he said

    “I lost everything through Identity Theft, so the consequences can be devastating. Tangible items are replaceable, your name is not”. If you don’t believe me, ask Bennett Arron”

    Bennett Arron, Comedian and Identity Theft Expert

    Twitter: @bennettarron

    Website: www.bennettarron.com

    His book, a true, disturbing, yet funny account of Identity theft is available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/HEARD-ONE-ABOUT-IDENTITY-THEFT-ebook/dp/B00TCHB5AQ

     

    Hold Everything Director, Richard Cooper together with company Compliance Officer Bev Lanning have read this book and highly recommend it.

     

     

     

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    Business rate increase https://www.hold-everything.com/business-rate-increase/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:32:15 +0000 http://www.hold-everything.com/?p=1080 A business rate is a tax on business properties so that those who occupy non-domestic property can contribute towards the expense of local services. The revaluation of business rates will become effective on April 1st after it was deferred from 2015 as to not interfere with the general election. Looking at London specifically, the increases [...]

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    A business rate is a tax on business properties so that those who occupy non-domestic property can contribute towards the expense of local services. The revaluation of business rates will become effective on April 1st after it was deferred from 2015 as to not interfere with the general election. Looking at London specifically, the increases mean that those businesses, such as independent cafes and retailers inside Central London could be persuaded and forced to move their business or parts of their business, such as a head office, outside of London. As they now have to deal with salaries, rent and an increased business rates as well as other business expenses.

    By using a virtual office the services that Hold Everything can offer will allow you a great presence and NO business rate charge.

    The LCCI ComRes survey found that:

    •  17% of firms would move activities outside of London,
    • 18% of firms would reduce staff numbers,
    • 22% would reduce recruitment and
    • 27% would reduce capital investment.

    Additionally, within the construction and property trade 35% agreed that the new business rates will mean paying more in business rates than rent.

    This providing evidence for the fact that depending on what trade one works in will depend on how much the business rates will affect their business. Many well-known corporations based in London which will be greatly affected, organisations with large premises or multiple locations such as TGI Fridays, Harrods, Selfridges, St Pancras Station could be affected whilst  and The O2 Arena it is reported will  suffer from a 142% rise in business rates.

     

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    Taking restaurants as an example, this increase will mean that the big chains, such as the well know pizza companies and American style burger restaurants will have to serve millions more meals and thus collect millions more checks to cover the cost of the business rate without increasing their prices to the consumers. Now because such a high demand is unreasonable to create especially in this unstable economy, the only solution is to unfortunately for the consumer to increase the prices of the products sold and unfortunately for the employee to reduce recruitment and decrease the staff numbers. In addition, for the small independent businesses that are still trying to overcome the increasing rent will be forced to close or mover to cheaper locations outside of central London.

    The Federation of Small Businesses explained that London is in “serious danger of losing its vital support system of micro and small businesses”, which arguably brings life to London.

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    Therefore, the rising prices of business rates which in turn creates products being sold for larger amounts results in less consumer spending, meaning that the government still needs money to cover their costs so will increase taxes elsewhere, thus resulting in more business closure and relocation. This vicious circle could be detrimental to London’s economy.

    One solution to this issue of increasing rent and business rates is using and taking advantage of a virtual office. Why risk paying rent on a property that you may not be able to afford in a few months’ time? By working from home, or an office outside of London with cheaper rent, and using a virtual office as a business and registered office you can trust and have faith that your business will survive these uncertain economic times. Your outgoings will not dramatically peak and you can focus on paying salaries and other more important outgoings, such as technology and website development, rather than large amounts of rent and business rates.

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    Royal Mail Postal Increase March 2017 https://www.hold-everything.com/royal-mail-postal-increase-march-2017/ Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:57:54 +0000 http://www.hold-everything.com/?p=1075 Royal Mails increase the price of postal charges from Monday 27th March. Does this increase affect  clients at our Virtual office in Regent Street, London – Fortunately NO . Will it affect future clients – also NO This is because our SIMPLY MAIL FORWARDING & OVERSEAS MAIL FORWARDING accounts will protect you from these price [...]

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    Royal Mails increase the price of postal charges from Monday 27th March.

    Does this increase affect  clients at our Virtual office in Regent Street, London – Fortunately NO .

    Will it affect future clients – also NO

    This is because our SIMPLY MAIL FORWARDING & OVERSEAS MAIL FORWARDING accounts will protect you from these price increases as our packages include mail forwarding within the set monthly charges.

    So how much has the charges increased ?

    A first-class stamp will cost 65p a second-class stamp will cost 56p (both increasing by one pence),

    a large first-class letter will be 98p (an increase of 2p) and a large second-class letter will be 76p (an increase of 1p). Cost of sending packages will increase as well.  Royal Mail has since said that the reason for this is “to help ensure the sustainability of the universal postal service”.  See price list:-

    http://www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/Royal-Mail-Our-Prices-March-2017.pdf

     

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    It is no surprise that the traditional form of letter sending through the highly recognisable red post boxes that we see round every corner has been in decline since the rise of; computers, the internet, email and faxing, as well as the UK’s recent decision to remove itself from the EU. Thus the traditional forms of communication are being penalised because of it, whilst the modern entities begin to take over.

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    However, is this 1 or 2p increase really a big deal?

    One could argue no, not for those who occasionally and individually send mail, for example the occasional birthday card. But for companies and corporations that send mail regularly, such as mail order companies whom may include free delivery in their offer to attract more customers, this does add up and can equate to quite a percentage of their outgoing funds. This money could effectively be spent elsewhere to create a higher profit.

    We spoke to Neil Giller of http://www.centraldirectmail.com/  he said “this increase affects our clients on price wise, as a result of this we use alternative mailing distribution companies which will keep the relative costs down for our clients” he continued saying “this means that Royal Mail are less competitive and thus leaving themselves more exposed to potentially losing more business.”

    In support of his clients he said “It also means that we have to monitor our margins for our clients as they look to reduce the size of their mailings and from the first class to second class options again to keep their costs down, again this increase from Royal Mail may have an impact on the volumes Royal Mail may carry as a result of constant increases”.

    In summary he advised – “Small margins add up, where we were sending 10,000 items for a client a few years ago, now the same 10,000 derives a much small margin for us, thus we need to look at alternative methods of distribution”.

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