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The Best Leather Business Bags, Briefcases and Laptop Bags UK 2018

So you may be wondering about my recommendations for fashion in 2018, as I‘ve previously blogged about my home life in Charmouth, so now I want to address the region of fashion, in particularly leather bags that are available in the UK.

How to Choose a Leather Business Bag?

When you’re in business, you need to convey power and authority, as well as professionalism, and a sense that you care about what you do. That’s where a business bag comes in, and which one you choose says a lot about you.

The key here is to always choose leather, as anything else makes you look either like a traveller in an airport, or a child going to school. Make sure the colours are black or brown, and make sure the metal is shiny and robust enough to last. You want to avoid shoulder straps when in the meeting room, reserving those for when on the tube or bus.

What makes a good leather laptop bag?

A laptop bag has to protect your gadget first, and so you must choose a padded bag that will protect any bashes or scrapes that the bag gets. That being said it must also be professional enough to work in a business environment, so here again I would also recommend you go with a leather bag.

You can often get a laptop bag with separate pockets for the gadget and other things, helping you to keep the bag organised instead of rummaging through when trying to find something. I would again recommend sticking with brown or black leather, but women may be able to get away with tan or red leather too.

Men’s Leather Briefcases – Von Baer UK

These guys have proven to make the quality of briefcase that is good enough to last a lifetime, with full grain leather used and both black and brown leather. You can also get the leather cream which can extend the life of the briefcase.

Our leather briefcase range offers contemporary design, heritage craftsmanship and impeccable component quality. Every bag is designed to be smart enough for work as well as versatile enough for more casual day to day use.

When shopping for leather briefcases for men on Von Baer, we recommend you look at the following styles:

  • Magnate Modern Briefcase
  • Master No1 Leather Briefcase
  • Oligarch Business Briefcase

These three products are by far the most appropriate for a business environment, both in style and practicality.

How to tell if it’s full grain leather?

As you can see from the video above, it’s not so easy to detect full grain leather. The key is to make sure the manufacturer has specified it is full grain leather on the website or product label, to keep yourself covered later on if you find out it’s lesser quality.

The difference between full grain and lower grade leather is massive, and I would always recommend you choose that over anything else, particularly on a business bag where you want to impress.

University Education Starts With a Safe Student Accommodation

Now we have been looking at various forms of education recently (including 11+ tests), however this post is geared towards students going to University.

Many parents will not know that the most important part of University is actually getting a solid base from which your child can live their life. This is because if everything is unorganised or at risk at home, then it will distract them from their studies and from making friends, and can end up leaving them with a miserable life at University.

So with that in mind, we will share some important information about choosing the best student accommodation to give your child the best head start:

1. In 1st Year – Get Social Halls of Residents in Popular Areas

It’s vitally important that in the first year your child meets the most diverse range of people possible. This is because they need to find people they have things in common with in order to form friendship groups, and you give them the highest chance of this by being in large halls of residents where lots of people live in close proximity.

When they have parties, social events, sports, and other group gatherings it will give them plenty of time to find a group that they connect with and want to live with in their second year.

2. In 2nd Year – Choose a Student house That Contributes To Your Organisation

Once your child has their group of friends sorted you want them to get an affordable and conveniently located student house. Strawberry Student Homes offers student accommodation in Sheffield, and has described the best student house as “having plenty of room for everyone to do their own thing, but also having social areas for everyone to come together as a family”.

It should be located within reach of everyone’s University lectures, whilst also allowing you easy reach of the local shops, and the bars and nightlife. It is also a great idea to be in reach of the gym or other sports grounds, to allow you to keep active with your friends.

3. In 3rd Year – Studying Takes Priority over Everything

This is the time where you and your house mates really need to lock in and study hard. That means your accommodation must be located close to the library and exam halls, allowing you a good routine for getting the best grade possible, and helping you graduate with a degree you will be proud of. This can be a make or break decision, particularly during the exam revision period.

For more student tips, you can keep an eye on our blog, or use the following resources:

http://studenthomes.london.ac.uk/
http://www.lse.ac.uk/student-life/accommodation
https://www.gre.ac.uk/accommodation
https://studenthomes.brighton.ac.uk/

Getting Ready For the 11 Plus Grammar School Entrance Exam

The 11 Plus exam is notorious for being very difficult to pass, and has many children spending sleepless nights wondering whether or not they will pass it and gain entry to their chosen school.

That’s why we’ve come up with a guide on how best to prepare for the 11 plus exam (whether that’s the CEM or GL exam boards).

Prepare a Timetable

A timetable is essential for getting your child’s revision off to a good start. It’s important to plan years in advance, getting them familiar with the topics in the 11 plus and helping them to mentally adjust to exam conditions.

List The Topics In Order Of Difficulty

You want to work out what your child finds the most difficult, so that you can prioritise those topics.

There are many topics in the 11 Plus exam, including:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning
  • Essay Writing
  • English comprehension
  • Mathematics

You can use past papers and revision guides to help you identify more.

Practice Using Past Papers – Essential

Using practice exam papers is one of the best ways that you can prepare your child to get a good mark on the 11 plus exam.

You should buy 11 Plus Papers to ensure your child has accurate questions to test themselves on during their revision timetable period, from providers such as TES (https://www.tes.com/),  11 Plus Leap (https://11plusleap.co.uk/buy-11-plus-papers/), and Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Maths-SATs-Practice-Test-Papers/dp/0008278148).

Find the Knowledge Gaps

Later on in the revision process you can identify where your child needs extra help. For example if they’re struggling with non-verbal reasoning, you can portion some time aside to focus more on this area, and ensure that they get back up to speed before exam day comes around (usually August / September time in the UK).

Prepare For Exam Conditions

One of the best ways a child can get a good mark is to be completely comfortable in an exam hall, and taking tests under exam conditions. There is just something about the situation that puts extra pressure on children, and so having them relaxed will enable them to think clearly and understand the questions better.

References

https://my.redbridge.gov.uk/schools/11plus
http://www.southend.gov.uk/11plus
https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places/kent-test

Best Provider of Rattan Conservatory Furniture UK

Finding the right furniture that goes well with the interior design of your home is a huge part of making sure everything goes together to get the perfect décor. Many types of furniture can be suitable depending on your taste, rattan being one of them.

Not only are they suitable for outdoor use, they can also blend perfectly inside the house to give you the elegant and unique finish. One of the reasons why people like rattan is because they give lots of room for creativity.

You can mix different colors and designs to come up with a unique and quality finish. Adding rattan conservatory furniture to your home can be a great way to add value to the general appearance of your home.

Synthetic Rattan Furniture is More Durable and Multi Use

By choosing this sort of rattan, for example the range provided by Garden Centre Shopping UK (see it here), you can have the option of using it inside your conservatory during the winter, and taking it outside to use as garden furniture during the summer, saving you from buying two sets.

The wide range of furniture from corner sofas, conservatory chairs to footstools gives you plenty of options to choose from as you add a personal touch to your home. You can try to combine bold colors with rattans to create a complex and appealing decorations. The easy maintenance of these furniture designs and their stylish and durable nature, add to their quality.

We definitely rate Gardencentreshopping.co.uk as 5/5 for both customer support and quality of product range, and highly recommend that you visit them both for your conservatory and garden furniture needs if you live in the UK.

They are also very comfortable and easily portable, making them easy to move around and decorate in a way that allows your home to get extra stream of natural light adding to its general beauty. It’s advisable to keep rattan furniture from direct sunlight and rain to maximize their durability.

You should also use cushions to help prevent sagging even when the seats are comfortable without them.

For cleaning, use a damp cloth to wipe the furniture and toothbrush to get in between the crevices. Make sure you pat dry any wet areas to avoid damage. In case you buy pieces that haven’t been assembled, ensure all the pieces and tools you need are there before you start assembling upside down.

In case you encounter molds, use a little amount of bleach to wipe them away, taking care not to make the towel too damp or using too much bleach.

Further Conservatory Resources

Here are some more useful websites to look into your next conservatory furnishing project:

http://info.westberks.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=35287&p=0
http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/planning/conservatory-information
https://www.castlepoint.gov.uk/conservatories-and-extensions-faqs
http://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/topics/built-environment/building/building-standards/publications/pubtech/techconserv/
https://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/miniguides/conservatories/Conservatory.pdf
https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/planning-and-building/building-control/guide-to-conservatories
https://www.gsmd.ac.uk/
https://www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk/sites/default/files/pictures/Building_control/downloads/conservatories.pdf
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/building-regulations-divisional-circular-letters
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/no-hidden-costs-to-home-improvement
http://www.poole.gov.uk/apply/conservatories-and-porches-enquiry/
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/conservatories-and-porches
http://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/3059/Conservatories
https://www.derby.ac.uk/enterprisecentre/rooms/conservatory/
https://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200412/apply_for_approval/906/conservatories_and_porches
https://www.horniman.ac.uk/about/weddings-and-civil-ceremonies
http://www.bury.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=2149&
https://www.rcs.ac.uk/
https://www.rncm.ac.uk/
https://www.wirral.gov.uk/planning-and-building/building-control/building-regulation-exemptions
https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/search.html?keywords=do+i+need+planning+permission+for+conservatory
https://www.gov.uk/planning-permission-england-wales
http://www.cdd.ac.uk/
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/274775/6_Conservatories.pdf
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/employer/km-music-conservatorykmmc/
https://ask.peterborough.gov.uk/help/council/planning/planning-conservatory/
http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/building-control/guidance/conservatory-rules-and-case-studies/
https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/building-control-for-residential-alterations/conservatories-and-porches
https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Docs/PDF/Resident/Planning-and-Building-Control/BCGuidanceleaflet5.pdf
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/248652/130507_-_Circular_Letter_conservatories_and_porches_final.pdf
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20100503135839/http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/conservatories/miniguide
http://www.poole.gov.uk/planning-and-buildings/planning/planning-permission/do-i-need-planning-permission/
http://www.rcm.ac.uk/
https://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/conservatories/
https://www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/media/1814/building-control-guidance-notes-conservatories-porches-and-greenhouses.pdf