singing-waitersAs a business owner, you sure care for your company culture too, or at least should do so.

In other words, aside from the tasks that come with managing your company and your employees you will at some point also look into the lighter side of things.

Things such as the yearly Christmas party, barbecue picnics in the summer and similar events would come to mind...

Make no mistake, sometimes it is those occasions and corporate events where there can be the best opportunities to really get to know your employees or make way for exciting new partnerships. It is a known fact that the best business relationships can often come about in such relaxed settings.

On the other hand, a successful corporate event would also demand some careful planning. Obviously you don't want to miss such an opportunity and mess it up by making the wrong decisions. And careful planning for your upcoming Christmas party or outdoor picnic means also that you should look into the right musical entertainment for this event. Something which would deserve particular attention especially when the event would warrant "fancy" entertainment such as jazz, classical music or similar. An example for this would be when potential new clients or business partners would be attending the event in question.

For those occasions where you want to do something truly special to entertain your guests you might want to look into surprise entertainment such as booking the singing waiters. The singing waiters currently are the UK's probably most known and popular surprise entertainers. I can recommend them since they can turn any corporate party into an unforgettable event. My company had the singing waiters performing last summer it was one of the best corporate parties I've ever been to!

It's a simple fact that not all those who are fresh out of school no right away what path they want to take. According to studies, those who already know what they want when it comes to their career decisions are the minority.

So why is that? Obviously, once people finish school they do not have any kind of experience in the real job world. They may perhaps be interested in the one or the other industry but may still be uncertain since they obviously never worked in the field.

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This is why apprenticeships can be very helpful.

And apprenticeship allows anyone who is fresh out of school to obtain this type of experience and skills which can also help in making this type of decision.

In previous times, finding available apprenticeships wasn't always very easy. Most companies are not openly advertising apprenticeship vacancies as they will usually do with normal job openings. The Internet however can be a tremendous help here.

Today there is a variety of websites and services that specialise in apprenticeship openings. With those websites you can find open apprenticeships the same way as if you were looking for other types of employment.

I can highly recommend that you see one or more of those websites you looking for an apprenticeship in the UK today. For more information on apprenticeships I recommend you see https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide/overview.

festival-groundsIf you are in the festival management business like I am, chances are that you will sooner or later have to think about your festival safety and security.

You may likely also know that injuries at festivals are not exactly rare, they can always come about.

One of the best things you can do is to train your staff in first aid. If there is an accident or injury and your staff knows first aid it will be invaluable to cover those critical minutes following an accident until a doctor will be available.

How to have your festival staff trained in first aid

For the purpose of getting first aid training in the UK you can consult with a qualified provider or group such as the Red Cross. The problem with the Red Cross and similar organizations  is that you will be dependent on their first aid class schedules and times. Not always is this an ideal solution, this not even taking into account the difficulty to organize that everyone in your team needs to attend those classes.

A better solution is to consult a provider that can come right to you! In the UK, one good provider for first aid training classes is BX Medical. They provide first aid courses for festivals in Cornwall but do also offer other types of first aid training classes.

If you're like me and are always concerned about safety and security on your festival grounds I recommend that you contact them. They can help that your staff gets first aid training without any hassles. In fact, it can be entertaining and you and your staff will likely enjoy the training!

Shades Of WinterAutumn is always a perfect time to enjoy a good time with a movie featuring the outdoors. What can be better than getting your mind off the dark and wet season than watching the latest movies about surfing, tropical island or one of the many outdoor sports.

In the UK, autumn is therefore also the season for numerous outdoors films festivals. Here in this article I want to list some of them to give you ideas what you can watch and where.

The European Outdoor Film Tour (see http://www.eoft.eu/) will start very early in November.  The tour's show features some the world's best outdoors athletes and adventures. Enjoy the freeski movie 'Shades of Winter', climber Will Gadd's winter project on the icy Helmcken Falls in British Columbia and 'Frozen River', a story of four women and their attempt to kayak the 3000-kilometre Amur River in Mongolia.

The tour will be at the Royal Geographical Society (http://www.rgs.org/HomePage.htm) on 1st and 2nd November.

London Surf Film Festival

The London Surf Film Festival is a happening this coming October. This is a perfect place to see many cool feature-length films from around the world. This year, premieres include the story of Irish champion surfer Easkey Britton's visit to become the first woman to surf in Iran, and breaks and wakes off Alaska, Patagonia and New Hampshire. 'Stephanie in the Water' is a nother UK premiere. The feature documentary is about world champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore and reveals the darker side to life on the road.

The festival takes place at The Genesis between the 9th and 12th of October. You can visit their website londonsurffilmfestival.com for more information.

If you like alpine sports, the Banff Mountain Film Festival will definitely be for you!

The Banff Mountain Film Festival covers films from a large variety of alpine sports. The festival will spawn more than 440 venues in over 40 countries during the entire tour - this is easily the largest of all outdoor films events today. The show is on 11th, 12th and 13th March at Union Chapel. Their website is http://www.banff-uk.com/index.htm