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Simple Steps for Work Life Balance | London Builders BlackThorne Building Contractors

February 10th, 2009 admin 1 comment

Article posted by London Builders BlackThorne Building Contractors

Most of us crave for a fulfilled lifestyle, spending time with our friends and families, taking time to nurture our personal needs. In today’s society, balancing our needs against gruelling working hours and demanding responsibilities is now a hot topic for business communities.

However, focusing on the needs of generating new business can overtake any attention needed for a motivated workforce. As long as a company is providing employment opportunities, is there really any need to concentrate precious efforts, resources and expenses on flexible working opportunities?

It is important for companies to realise the fact that a motivated personnel can increase productivity and profits. It is generally understood that trained and supported workers are more likely to stay loyal to their employer going above and beyond their working obligations, subsequently increasing profits. Therefore, companies will profit by investing into work life balance offering options to address work and personal responsibilities, encouraging flexible working, and providing remote working solutions.

Work life balance does not need to be costly or time consuming. Companies can take simple steps to accommodate work life balance ethics.

1) Undertake a brief survey of peoples’ needs – form a committee to gather information regarding the flexibility requirements of your employees.

2) Mobility – promote and encourage movement within an organisation. People may not be happy in a role having skills or ambitions suited to an alternative project or role.

3) Be on the alert for any signs of stress or burnout – anyone with constant tiredness, diminishing productivity. Approach gently, perhaps suggest a vacation or a change in responsibilities.

4) Be supportive – endorse reasonable working hours and your understanding of anyone who has personal obligations. Always remember that personal obligations need to take priorty.

For further resources and helpful information, refer to the following website:

Employers and work life balance – provided by The Work Foundation -

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Thanks to Nick and his team we now have a new office space and an extra spare bedroom. Nick was very straightforward and professional to deal with, but also went the ‘extra mile’ to offer advice and to produce a custom-made oak threshold for us. We would have no hesitation in employing Nick again or in recommending him to others.

Reviewed by Robert Laslett on Nov 28, 2008

What a find!
Nick and his team have been brilliant at making my bathroom into a little speical haven. It was not an easy job with fancy mosiacs and pipework that was leaky and installed by other builders but the quality of the tiling by Warren and suggestions to change my floor choice were all spot on. Best thing from my perspective is how Nick manages your expectations about when the team will turn up and he calls you through out the build to say what is going on. All done with good humour and professional! So good - they will be hopefully building my kitchen extension.

Reviewed by Andrea Murphy on Nov 20, 2008

We employed Nick and his team for a refurbishment of the whole ground floor of our house. This included building work in the kitchen to knock through a utility room and back wall to open up the kitchen and allow folding glass doors. Firstly Nick’s quote was competitive and he also offered a lot of practical advice, which was very helpful for a couple not very experienced with building work. All the people Nick employs were unfailingly polite, friendly and helpful and I was more than happy for any or all of them to be in the house unsupervised. They all made a big effort to leave the house tidy at the end of the day and made every attempt to keep disruption to a minimum. Nick was always contactable to discuss progress, either at the house or on the phone, and there were no hidden costs or surprises at the end. We are very happy with the quality of the work - the house looks great - and I would have no hesitation in recommending Nick to anyone considering having building work done.

Reviewed by Michael McCarthy on Jan 22, 2008

Blackthorne Building fitted a new bathroom whilst also accommodating structural changes to the layout of the property. The work by Nick and the sub-contractors was carried out to a high standard and any required changes due to limitations in the building were discussed in advance. There were also a number of suggestions that we were able to take on board to enhance both the look and the performance of the bathroom. We were more than happy to leave keys with Nick for access which made things a lot easier. In addition Nick was able to sort out a few ad-hoc problems, namely clearing a blocked drain that was due to be inspected and arranging for doors to be hung elsewhere in the property. I would certainly recommend Nick as the standard of work was high and the cost was more than competitive.

Reviewed by Jon Tagg on Jan 22, 2008

We found Nick through the problemsolved website and we are extremely happy with the service he provided. Nick completely refurbished our bathroom and both he and his team were extremely reliable, honest and professional at all times. It was refreshing to have someone straight up who does what he says he is going to do so to this end I would highly recommend Nick and the Blackthorne team. In fact he is hopefully going to install our new kitchen on the back of this! Jeff Hardie, Tufnell Park, London N19

Reviewed by Jeff Hardie on May 12, 2008

A great company to deal with. Lots of tactful advice and design suggestions but always do what you want. They are a really nice team of guys; trustworthy, generous and communicative. Their standard of work and attention to detail is excellent and they keep the site tidy and safe. I highly recommend them.

Reviewed by Sam Nicholls on Oct 19, 2007

I, too, have had work done by this company, they completely refurbished my kitchen. I, of course, wanted the impossible but Nick was very patient and made suggestions which enabled me to have the work done as close to my dreams as possible. The finish is beautiful and the carpenter made me bespoke units as the measurements were odd.

Reviewed by Francophile on Nov 21, 2007

This company was recommended to me by a neighbour as I had been badly treated by “cowboys” in the past. I had a new kitchen fitted and the company owner, Nick, oversees everything that is done. They all turned up on time, left the room very clean each day. The cost was very competitive and as the area was awkward, the carpenter fitted all the cupboards. Everyone has complimented me on the finished room. I am now getting them to do a loft conversion for me. I am an elderly lady who has been ripped off in the past and cannot praise Nick and his workmen enough. They say they do everything from the front gate to the back one. High quality and reasonable prices. Perhaps I shouldn’t recommend them as I might have to wait for future work to be done! They are listed in the Evening Standard Recommended Tradesmen site. They can supply references from satisfied customers if required. They are one company you will not see on Rogue Traders!

Reviewed by Joanne Marshall on Nov 29, 2007

New Homes for South East

October 14th, 2008 admin 1 comment

Article published by London Builders, Blackthorne Building Contractors. We are very interested in your comments and feedback.

Article published October 2008

1000 homes may be built in Canvey, Essex. This housing plan also proposes building on floodplains.

In Hemel Hempstead, 12,000 homes are planned for Greenbelt land around the town of Dacoram.

In total, 83,200 new homes are proposed in the South East.

Comments from Councillor Martin Tett:

“I have major concerns not only about the number of additional houses proposed for the Region, but also that the Government are imposing ‘stealth targets’ upon us. All figures mentioned in the Government’s Proposed Changes are now expressed as the minimum number of houses that we must build. This, combined with Eco-Towns on our borders, and the inability to count the houses built on so-called ‘windfall’ sites means that the actual number of new houses that will be shoe-horned into the South East over the next twenty years is actually much larger than it first appears.

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