COLCHESTER based Entrepreneur Dan Mitchell has added to his portfolio of businesses by investing in Rugby Box, the world’s only subscription box for rugby players.
Dan Mitchell, who owns and runs award-winning digital marketing consultancy Digital Reflow and several other digitally-driven businesses, has purchased half of the Rugby Box business having recognised the huge opportunity in the market, plus the valuable contribution his existing team of developers, graphic designers and marketers could make in pushing the business forward.
Initially founded by Scott Warner in 2018 the idea behind Rugby Box is simple, each quarter subscribers receive a box through the post that’s full of everything they’ll need for the rugby season ahead, including clothing, nutrition and kit-bag accessories. The box retails for £50 (inc. p&p) but the contents are worth over £70.
New Co-owners Dan and Scott met through their own passion for Rugby, both having played for local team Mersea Rugby Football Club, and it was Dan’s company Digital Reflow who built the original Rugby Box website.
In its first year of trading Rugby Box has attracted over 300 subscribers, but with over 2million rugby players in England alone, and the subscription box market expected to increase by 77% before 2022, new business partners Dan and Scott are aiming to grow this to 1,000 subscribers by the end of the year.
Dan Mitchell, Co-owner of Rugby Box, commented: “As a rugby fan and digital enthusiast this was an investment opportunity I couldn’t resist!
“Scott has done an incredible job getting the business off the ground, but with my resources and experience in retail and digital, we’re hoping to take the business to the next level.
“We’re already implementing changes to the website to make the purchase process as seamless as possible, whilst developing a marketing strategy that will help us reach our goal of 1,000 subscribers by the end of the year.”
Scott Warner, Rugby Box’s Founder added: “We’re excited to have Dan on board, allowing me to step away from the marketing side of the business and focus on sourcing the latest great quality rugby merchandise for our subscribers to enjoy.”
About Rugby Box
Launched in 2018 by rugby fan Scott Warner, Rugby Box is the first and only subscription box for rugby players.
Every quarter, subscribers receive a box packed full of the best rugby gear and lifestyle products.
Founded by Dan Mitchell in 2013, Digital Reflow is the leading digital marketing consultancy for premium and aspirational brands across a diverse number of industries, from professional services to consumer brands.
Based at The Old Joinery, just outside Colchester, the business works with local, regional and national businesses looking to improve brand awareness and increase lead generation.
The dedicated team combines design, web & digital marketing strategies to transform businesses into brands, achieve hard, measurable results, financial growth and brand engagement.
Many across the world are waiting for their offices to open up so they can return back to one. But one Canary Wharf based art dealers, ME Art, have made the decision to abandon its immediate plans to open a physical art gallery in Canary Wharf all-together to focus on building and growing digitally.
The boutique dealers, which have a niche in selling unique and exceptional investment-grade artwork of British contemporary, post-war and street artists, like William Gear, Alan Davie and Endless. They made the bold call to go virtual in light of Covid 19, upon realising the lockdown has had little impact on sales, despite the inability to physically see clients and display artwork to them in-person.
Me Art launched with a gallery in 2017 located in Beckenham, South East of England. Given the majority of their client base were located in London, they decided in late 2018 to close the gallery and relocate to an office in Canary Wharf. The strategy was always to open a physical gallery in the city in 2020, whereby prospective and existing clients could come and view artworks and meet with their dealers in person. However, the lockdown has made them aware that this is no longer necessary right away.
Talking about the move, Joseph Lewis, the owner and Director of Me Art, said: “A decade ago the concept of a digital-only art dealership would not be technologically feasible nor accepted by our clients and prospects. However, with the emergence of high quality video conferencing as well as technologies such as augmented reality, we feel incredibly confident that we can replicate the standards and experience people get visiting a physical gallery, online. This is the game changer.”
He later added: The impact of Coronavirus on businesses is going to be felt for a long time across industries, even once lockdown has been lifted. The good news for us is that art buyers will now be more open to digital experiences, buying and viewing perspective art purchases online – from the comfort of their own sofa, using their mobile phone, or even augmented reality goggles!”
Me Art plans to start building a range of virtual services from the second half of this year, such as a virtual and fully configurable gallery.
In the meantime you can see their art collection at:
LIAACC launches campaign to Rebuild Black Businesses in New York
2019 New York District Office of the United States Small Business Administration 2019 Small Business Champion LIAACC (LI African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.)
New York, New York – African American Chamber of Commerce LIAACC launches campaign to Retool, Refocus, and Rebuild Black Business in New York State. As New York State’s largest African American Chamber of Commerce the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (LIAACC) has raised the bar for what it means to be a black chamber in New York State. The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. serves the counties of Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.
LI African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. President addressing attendees during National Small Business Week in NYC on the occasion of being named 2019 Small Business Champion
As the New York District Office of the United States Small Business Administration 2019 Small Business Champion for 14 counties in Downstate, New York we will be engaging in significant outreach to small business owners to join our chamber efforts to rebuild black businesses in New York.
Since it’s inception our chamber has actively provided a wide variety of programs and activities geared towards increasing our member’s capacity to grow their respective business enterprises to the next level.
The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. looks forward to chronicling the success of small business owners who will be the beneficiaries of our Retool, Refocus, and Rebuild Black Business Campaign in York State.
Overview of Long Island African African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
“At the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. we believe our chamber will have a substantial impact on both the scope, size, and growth of small business owners in the region for many years into the future.
One of our goals at the chamber is to do outreach to the communities in our region to provide them compelling information why small business owners should join the chamber. It is a well-known fact throughout the United States that a chamber of commerce is one of the most recognizable and influential organization in markets across America.” Phil Andrews, President, Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
For more information regarding Membership, Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities, or to be placed on the email list of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us @ 347-475-7158. Visit our chamber online at www.liaacc.org
Unscrupulous scammers steal personal data and money. Reverd.com offers easy API access to their constantly updated database of more than 7 Million, people reported blacklisted phone numbers.
Sheridan, WY, USA, June 2, 2020 – Despite the hard times caused by the current pandemic Reverd.com follows firmly behind their mission to protect phones from harassing spam phone calls. They are continuing to improve the first global anti-scam system. Currently their database of people reported harassing numbers has more than 7 Million blacklisted phone numbers and growing. About 20,000 newly reported numbers are being added daily. Their approach is different. They collect signals directly from the pain point. People report scam calls instantly from their phones or computers. Thus, everybody protects everyone.
“We provide access to our global database of crowd reported curated blacklisted phone numbers through our easy and fast comprehensive API with low latency – https://reverd.com/api/ Every user submitted report is reviewed by our human admin for typos, grammar and coarse language. Thus, the posted materials delivered to the public are grammatically correct, civilized and informative.
At Reverd, we value quality, therefore we cross verify every submitted phone number both automatically and manually by human admin using multiple information sources. We ensure both the phone number format and geographical location are correct when applicable.” – says CEO Mark McCoy.
“In contrast to other applications, like Nomorobo, we do not use scoring to determine if a number should be blacklisted. Reverd receives a signal directly from the victim of a harassing call. This not only eliminates guesswork but also provides invaluable clues. Description of the reported scam in some instances may contain clues of a possible crime, like the following example: “+1 (876) 326-4332 Possible sex trafficking.” – https://reverd.com/blog/1-8763264332 – that may help investigators, prosecutors and authorities.” – says company CEO Mark McCoy.
“The Reverd global database of Daily reported new harassing phone numbers is also available on DAWEX data marketplace https://bit.ly/2XgAiw0 – (DAWEX require registration).
We can work on customized data solutions to suit a client’s needs. We believe that everyone deserves clean, friendly, scam-free communication, therefore we share our database with providers and business partners. Give it a try. Let us know if you have any specific requirements.” – says CEO Mark McCoy.
Reverd automatic scam stopper receives scam reports from countries worldwide including U.S.A., the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Ukraine, Russia, El Salvador, Ghana etc. The Reverd comprehensive API allows data to be filtered, by country, region or area code.
The current high volume of unsolicited calls during these difficult pandemic times is not acceptable. Some are targeting vulnerable groups of society, like the following complaint for example: “+1 (715) 227-6089 – We get calls from this number at all hour day and night. Some very early. I have a 95-year-old mother in a nursing home and she is not well. When I get these calls at odd early or late times, I jump up to get the phone thinking the nursing home is calling me! When I have answered I repeatedly tell them to take me off of their list but they still keep calling!” – reported by Stevenson – https://reverd.com/blog/1-7152276089 This must stop. Tap into the constantly updated data with the fast and easy to use Reverd API. Response time can be tested here https://reverd.com/api/verify Give people the peace of mind they want.
Members of the press and others who have additional questions about the contents of this press release are encouraged to contact Mr. McCoy as provided below.
Experienced RIBA Architect Bob Trimble explains how you can use an architect to help you with your building project.
Outside of very simple building work, you should speak to a qualified architect before you begin planning your project.
The advice offered by an architect will help you foresee potential problems and avoid unnecessary costs.
An architect will offer guidance on all aspects of the project from costs and design through to planning and construction.
WHY DO I NEED AN ARCHITECT?
1. Using an architect means that in almost every instance, you will end with a better outcome
2. A fully trained architect can see the bigger picture. They will have the experience to offer advice on how the designs will effect the mood, style and limitations of the new building.
3. Your architect will help you to make sure that all aspects of the work are completed by professionals. All parts will be encouraged to meet building control and be approved by a structural engineer if needed
4. An architect will have a great eye for detail. They will have years of experience to help them foresee potential problems that can be overlooked.
5. You can work with your architect to project manage the build to ensure that it comes within budget. As a project manager, they can also represent your best interests with local authorities and builders.
6. An architect is usually able to help you find the best builder for your project.
7. A qualified architect is subject to a statutory code of practice and will have Professional Indemnity Insurance to protect the interest of their clients.
HOW TO USE AN ARCHITECT
An architect will generally offer a full service for projects that have a budget of over £50,000. However, you can still get advice on smaller projects for a small fee.
The most common services offered by an architect are one-off consultations to provide useful information to help with your building design and construction. This offers a valuable insight into the work required and the process involved.
In general, you will not be charged for the first meeting with your architect. However, there is no obligation for an architect to offer their time for free.
Your initial meeting will usually be a short discussion of the ideas that you have for the project and what you hope to achieve.
The architect will let you know if they are able to complete this work for you.
You will not receive design advice or any further information as these are the services that you will be expected to pay for.
Writing a brief:
Writing a brief for a building project is one of the most important tasks in the success of the completed work.
The quality of the brief is essential in getting the best results from your architect. You will need to offer your architect everything required to plan your building work.
Your brief needs to specify all of the management and operation methods that you propose to use, along with the functions and requirements of the completed building.
The brief should include the following information for your architect:
– project aims – project budget – design style requirements – intended activities for the completed building – who is the decision-maker during the work – general expectations of the completed build
Before submitting the brief, you will need to consider whether your new build is to be a contemporary style or does it need to fit in with an existing architectural look?
What are you looking to use the building for when it is finished? What activities do you expect to be using the space for? Are there any special requirements that should feature in the building to fulfil its desired purpose?
Consider the ultimate goal of the project. Are you hoping to improve the available space, increase light, make your building more flexible?
HELP WITH PLANNING PERMISSION
If you require planning permission for a building project, it is usually the case that you will need help from an architect.
Planning your project with a qualified architect from the beginning will help you avoid problems down the line such as planning applications being rejected.
Your architect will be able to let you know about all of the planning approvals that will be necessary to complete your build.
The rules about building regulations and development limits are different to all building projects.
Whether you are planning an extension or loft conversion, a self-build home or a block of flats, you will need to be aware of the particular planning permissions required.
An architect can be an invaluable asset when it comes to navigating the local planning authority.
If you have a planning application that is refused, you may be able to work with your architect to overcome the rejection.
There are a number of reasons why your planning application has been rejected:
– The completed build will overshadow the homes of neighbours and they experience a loss of privacy – The build causes a loss of light on a neighbouring property – The proposed building work is out of character with the existing architecture – There are environmental concerns related to the building
If any of the issues listed above are the cause of your planning application being rejected, then, with the help of an architect you can work to resolve these issues.
There may be ways that you can modify the plans to avoid further objections from the local authority. Once you have completed the modified plans, you can re-submit the application free of charge within 12 months.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT ARCHITECT
All qualified architects must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Alongside this, many architects are also RIBA members.
The legal use of the title ‘architect’ is protected by law (Architects Act 1997). This means that the only people that are permitted to call themselves an architect need to be fully qualified and trained to a high standard.
If you hear a company that describe their services as ‘architectural designers’ of using words other than ‘architect’ this is a sign that they are not qualified to practice.
If a business provides architectural services and is not registered with ARB or members of the RIBA, then they are likely to be an unregulated operation. This means that you will have no guarantee about the quality of the work or their ability to provide the services you require.
You can check the RIBA directory if you want to verify the membership of any RIBA architect.
Benefits of using a RIBA Chartered Practice:
Members of the RIBA must meet strict eligibility criteria before they can become registered. All registered practices of the RIBA will:
– have a required number of RIBA Chartered Architects employed – be covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance – use a Quality Management system – follow strict Health and Safety and Environmental policies – will conduct their services according to a Code of Practice
Members of the RIBA are fully committed to providing a service that meets high customer service and design excellence.
Musicline launches a free-to-join, collaborative, online project for children all over the world.
Steve Titford, writer for Musicline School Musicals, has composed and produced a brand new song called “Back Together (IRL)” (IRL meaning In Real Life, of course!). It is an isolation escape anthem about lasting friendship, bringing folks together regardless of distance. Powerful, positive, fun.
Steve and Musicline want to make a global recording with as many singers as possible, along with an awesome music video. Solo spots will be available in the video for the best performances.
All children need is a smartphone, tablet or computer along with parent/carer permission. All children need to do is video themselves performing the song to the best of their ability and send it to Musicline.
Musicline have created an online portal to make signing up, granting permission and uploading submissions as quick and easy as possible. This can be found at https://www.musiclinedirect.com/online. Here children will also find lots of resources to assist in learning, practising, and recording their performance. Musicline have provided:
MP3 downloads of the song with Steve’s demo vocal
MP3 of just backing track music
“Karaoke Style” learning aid called “Sing it!”
PDF downloads of the lyrics and music notation
Tuition videos – Steve has also uploaded several tuition videos with lots of great hints and tips on how to get the best performance possible.
Steve and Musicline have tried to provide everything, so all children need to concentrate on is their performance and having fun!
Musicline Managing Director Mike Smith said: “As schools all over the world have been closed due to Covid-19, we thought the best use of our time would be to create a project that children can be creative with without leaving their homes. Performing Arts is incredibly important for children’s confidence and mental health. It’s also a great way to ‘connect’ with old friends and new. It’s a great way to blow of steam and have some fun during this difficult time. ”
Notes to Editor:
Steve Titford, most known for his debut school musical “Shakespeare Rocks!”, writes and produces regularly for Musicline. He lives in Caleta De Fuste on Fuerteventura, whilst Musicline is based in Birmingham, UK, so they know a thing or two about online collaboration.
Musicline is a family-run business which has been publishing children’s musicals for more than 30 years. They pride themselves on producing musicals trusted and loved by thousands of young people and educators.
Online event to help small businesses bounce back from Covid19
Free events, networking, and mastermind with marketing expertsPeterborough, May 18th — From 2-4 June, DowSocial, a Peterborough based social media and marketing consultancy will be hosting a series of 15 FREE marketing webinars to help give small businesses the tools and expertise to bounce back from the negative impacts Covid19.
With 100’s over businesses across the UK already signed up this is a not to be missed event jam-packed with useful advice, insight and practical help and support for businesses ready to bounce-back.The series will feature a range of expert speakers talking about marketing topics including social media, web design, email marketing, event management and marketing strategy.Notable speakers include leading social media software company Sendible, who will be hosting a Q & A around effective ways to plan and schedule social media. There will be a charity networking event where business owners can network via Zoom and proceeds from the small attendance fee goes to charity.The final event will be a marketing mastermind where business owners can share their challenges and get feedback and advice from peers and industry experts
Kristian Downer, Director of DowSocial said of this event: “Knowing how to market in a time efficient and cost effective way is more important than ever. We have designed these events to give small business owners the tools they need to survive and thrive in difficult market conditions”
To view the full schedule and to secure your place please visit: –
Name: Kristian Downer Position: Managing Director Contact Details: email@example.com 07747116155
About the Company. DowSocial is a Peterborough based social media marketing company providing marketing training and support across the UK and beyond. Lead trainer Kristian Downer is a Facebook accredited #shemeansbusiness trainer
New models of COVID-19 case data indicate the U.S. has a sharp continual increase of cases overall compared to other countries with similar population density. Of the 25 countries studied, the U.S. leads each country, bringing the U.S. to the forefront of this pandemic since its first confirmed case in January.
While the U.S. accounts for only 4% of the world’s population, the country leads with 34% (1,244,199 as of May 7) of confirmed COVID-19 cases and a 28% (78,844 as of May 7) death rate. Case-by-case studies indicate that 0.37% of Americans have been infected by the virus, this is a .02% increase from Italy, the third highest country of confirmed COVID-19 cases globally.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. has also recorded higher weekly flu deaths than 2019. Experts and data suggest the flu season, beginning in December and lasting up to May, peaked in mid-March this year. Total deaths in 2020 by Week 16 was 7,540 compared to 5,991 deaths in 2019 Week 16.
The characteristics of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu are similar with the primary difference of the incubation period. The seasonal flu incubation period is three days, while COVID-19 incubation period is five to six days. Contagion risk is increasingly higher during these timeframes, as most are asymptomatic, making COVID-19 more contagious.
Community spread accounts for the primary attribute of the U.S. high confirmed case count. Hotspot areas including New York and California continue lockdown, contact tracing and social-distancing efforts to control spread. Knowing the symptoms assist in stopping disease spread and protect high-risk communities such as immunosuppressed and the elderly.
These FREE easy walking maps are designed to help you avoid crowded tubes and buses. Successfully used and endorsed by TFL for congestion at Victoria Station, these Tubewalking maps show you how to get from mainline stations or tube stations using a taxi driver’s knowledge of London streets. They have been featured on TV and Radio and were used for concerts and major events.
Simple easy and effective they help to keep London moving.
Always remember when walking to keep a safe distance.
Download FREE to your mobile pc or tablet. Maps are also printable.
Robert Lindsey known in the Electronic Dance Music industry as “Bobby Blakdout” & known for his freestyles under his Rap/Hip Hop alias “Gucci Savage”. Remember to follow his official Instagram @DayumBobby
Hailing from New York, DJ/Artist/Producer and Label Founder, Robert Lindsey, known in the music industry as Bobby Blakdout or Gucci Savage moved with his family to Florida at a young age.
Not long after he was being ranked the “#1 Dubstep DJ Globally” on Reverbnation.com in 2015 and 2016 while also hitting the Dubstep and EDM Top Charts on Soundcloud and bringing artists like Boogie T, IKAX, Soundwave and under his wing.
His music can be heard on the radio as well as a variety of online publications and all major streaming platforms.
Robert has performed as “Bobby Blakdout” Mainstage with artists including AFK • AU5 • AB THE THIEF • ATLIENS • CHVMSI • BADKLAAT • BAILO • BOOGIE T • BUKU • CRANKDAT • EDDIE GOLD • GUCCI SAVAGE • HXV • HYDRAULX • JPROPPA • LEAH CULVER • LUMBERJVCK • MEAUX GREEN • MANTIS • MIDNITE PANDA • PRISMO • TOMMY TRASH • TROLL PHACE • REKOIL • SLIINK • SUBTRONICS • SUNDAY SERVICE • VALENTINO KHAN • VICTOR NIGLIO • WE’RE NOT FRIENDS • BOTGORE AS WELL AS MANY MORE TALENTED ARTISTS AND DJS.
Bobby Blakdout aka Gucci Savage aka Robert Lindsey has done 100’s of millions of streams across multiple streaming platforms independently with his self produced album “It’s Gucci Savage Baaaby” hitting over 5 MILLION STREAMS and counting ON SPOTIFY ALONE!
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