Parliament Week 2014 – Democracy in Action

Parliament Week is an annual programme of events and activities that connect people with parliamentary democracy in the UK. There’s something for everyone, whether you attend or organise an event or simply take part in the conversation online. Local Business Owner Samantha Acton Operations Director at Domestic Angels is running her second
consecutive Parliament Week event aiming at engaging with local students of sixth form age on 14th November 2014.

You can find out more about Parliament Week via this link https://www.parliamentweek.org/about/.

The invited guests this year are around 60 students representing the senior schools of the Bournemouth conurbation, their teachers and representatives from Bournemouth Borough Council and the private sector. Mr Bonds head of History and Politics at Bournemouth School commented “We at Bournemouth School are very much looking forward to being part of Parliament Week, which gives our students the unique experience of taking part in a live debate covering local, national and international issues. This should provide a fantastic chance for our students to see how the work covered in class really translates into the real world.”

This year’s event has a full timetable starting at 1.15pm for arrival and registration of guests at Bournemouth Town Hall then the itinerary of events starts with Our Constitution presented by The Parliamentary Outreach Team who will run a workshop designed to challenge and enlighten our perception and understanding of the British constitution. This team are experts on how Parliament works conducting lively interactive experiences to increase the audiences understanding of the processes and relevance of Parliament. You can find out more about them and their work at http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/outreach-and-training/

The Parliamentary panel will be Annette Brook MP, Conor Burns MP, Julie Girling MEP and Cllr Jane Kelly. The panel will be chaired by Bournemouth Mayor Cllr Chris Mayne. Amongst the audience will be representatives of the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade, Bournemouth Council, local businesses and Event Sponsors Morgan Sindall.
topics as chosen by the students of Bournemouth School for debate are:

1 – European – Should we have a referendum on EU membership?

2 – National – The response of the main parties to the growth of UKIP, has it been sufficient/appropriate?

3 – Local – Homelessness in the Bournemouth area, what are the possible remedies?

Event organiser and Partner to Parliament Week Samantha Acton, Operations Director of local cleaning firm Domestic Angels, commented of her involvement “I am interested in supporting students to get a better understanding of how Parliament works and demonstrating to them that they have the ability to make a difference to be empowered and to use their voices to be heard.

Kate Pix head of Business Development from Morgan Sindall commented ““Morgan Sindall Investments Limited (MSIL) is delighted to be sponsoring this event with Bournemouth Borough Council. Education is a key priority for both Bournemouth and MSIL and we are excited to be part of Parliament Week. A week which will allow students to contribute and learn about democracy on a European, national and local level”

Samantha clarified her involvement saying “I am personally involved because I have found myself in a position where I can make this kind of thing happen, I can contribute to my community in a positive manner, hopefully creating a legacy for the future. This isn’t about business promotion, this is about business giving me the connections and ability to deliver a significant event in the senior school student annual calendar that wasn’t happening previously. Over the generations, we have witnessed changes within our society which have been prompted by people being galvanised and motivated to create pressure on Councils and Parliaments. Apathy and disenfranchisement have been seeping through our society for a while now, Parliament Week engages the audience and requires them to connect with democracy on its 3 significant public platforms. Hopefully these students will remain connected throughout their lives and not hesitate to participate in shaping the world in the public arena.”

End Of Tenancy Cleaning Advice From Domestic Angels

Cleaning. Not the sexiest topic is it? But unless you’re prepared to roll up your sleeves and get down to some serious scrubbing from time to time, you should probably rethink any plans to invest in a buy-to-let.

Most tenants can’t be trusted to leave a property spotless. And though you can hire us as professional cleaners to spruce up the place between lets, if you want it to really sparkle,
you’ll need to be hands-on.

Doesn’t matter how clean the place is though, if the walls are grubby it won’t look so good. Some cleaning companies offer a “specialist” wall-cleaning service, for which they charge extra, usually about £15 per room, but if your walls are painted all you need is a bottle of Cif, a damp cloth and a bit of elbow grease (yours or ours) to get them looking nice and fresh.

While we’re on the subject of walls, next time you decorate make sure you use a hard-wearing paint like Dulux Endurance and you’ll find they’re a lot easier to keep clean. I’d recommend using a neutral, off-the-shelf colour (no need to get into fancy mixes), sticking to one colour throughout the whole of the property.

You will need to make sure you have plenty of your neutral paint left over, so that if the walls do get badly scuffed you can spot-paint damaged areas.

If you’re letting a property I really think it’s important that it is spotless when new tenants move in. They’ll take better care of it if they find it in excellent condition – and if they don’t, you can charge them for a professional clean when they move out.

As my Nan used to say, where there’s muck there’s brass, so if you want to make money out of property, you’d better be prepared to get your hands dirty. Literally. Or call us here at Domestic Angels on 01202 267350 and we can do it for you. Call now for a no obligation property survey. We also offer a one stop shop so can organise Oven Clean, Carpets everything to take the strain off you.

Top Tips

End of Tenancy Cleaning Checklist: Kitchen Cleaning

• Clean and disinfect internally and externally fridge (freezer only if defrosted)

• Wipe down microwave from inside and outside

• Clean inside and outside of washing machine, soap dispenser and filters

• Clean dishwasher from inside and out

• Clean and degrease inside of oven, polish outside chrome

• Clean and polish hob/ grill

• Clean, degrease and polish extractor fan

• Remove mould and grease from wall tiles, wash down and polish

• Clean exterior of all kitchen appliances such as kettle, toaster, etc.

• Wash down and polish all kitchen countertops

• Remove lime scale and polish sink/ shine taps

• Clean windows from the inside; wipe down window sills/ window ledges

• Wipe down all woodwork (doors, door frames, skirting boards)

• Wipe down radiators

• Clean plugs, light switches

• Spot clean walls

• Dispose of all rubbish

• Clean and polish rubbish bins from inside and outside

• Vacuum and wash hard floors

Bathroom Cleaning

• Clean and polish bath

• Wash shower cabinet/ screen from inside and out/ de-scale and polish

• Clean and disinfect toilet from inside and out

• Wash and de-scale basin/ shine taps

• Wash down tiles and remove mould

• Clean mirrors

• Wipe clean cupboards/shelving/ surfaces

• Clean windows from inside, wipe down window sills/ window ledges

• Wipe down door/ frames/ skirting boards

• Wipe clean towel rail

• Vacuum and sanitise floors

Bedroom Cleaning

• Remove cobwebs

• Clean coving, picture rail, cornice/ curtain rails

• Clean and polish mirrors, pictures

• Spot clean walls

• Clean plugs, sockets, light switches, lamp shades, light fittings

• Clean fire surround and radiators/ behind radiators

• Wipe down doors and on top of doors

• Wipe down skirting boards all wooden furniture carefully of dust

• Wash windows internally, window sills, window ledges

• Clean inside, outside and on top of cupboards and wardrobes

• Clean behind and under furniture (if furnished accommodation)

Domestic Angels Heavenly Staff

Dorset based business Domestic Angels has recently promoted two of its Angels to team leaders as the business goes from strength to strength. Operations Director Sam Acton took the decision to promote Marie Raggett and Lisa Cooper so she could utilise their ever growing skill bases and also move the business forward strategically without her being so hands on day to day.

There are twenty angels and Domestic Angels is a Venus regional and National award winner for Home Based Businesses and Sam is a home business champion, and having 15 staff members all employed and being paid holiday goes to show that the days of cottage industry type home businesses are long gone.

Lisa and Marie have both been with the firm over 5 years and are both dedicated to Sam and the Domestic Angels brand. Commenting after the promotion Lisa said “ I joined the Angels after having my daughter Milly and was able to fit in my hours around childcare needs, I am delighted with my promotion I feel so privileged that Sam has the faith in me to help her run the company and we have just recruited 3 new members of staff. I recently appeared on Radio Solent to discuss my role and this was so nerve wracking but just goes to show how my role has evolved and I am happy to be part of a thriving business in a period of such growth especially bearing in mind Sam runs it all from home “

Marie also commented and said “I am really pleased to have been progressed like this and love the fact I am constantly learning new skills, I love working with the Angels and every day is completely different. We of course sign confidentiality agreements so there are no horror stories to share!! “

Operations Director Sam Acton said” These changes are in order to evolve the infrastructure of the business in order to obtain more growth. This year 2013-2014 we have achieve a 24.7% growth in turnover and 40% in profit. This growth of course helps absorb auto enrolment, wages and changes in legislation which lead to extra overheads. This means I can concentrate on growing our domestic clean side of the business whilst Lisa and Marie concentrate on business development and recruitment.”