GET THE BIG PICTURE » London http://www.getthebigpicture.net THE GATEWAY TO SUCESS Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:00:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.17 Relocating to London for Business?http://www.getthebigpicture.net/relocating-to-london-for-business/ http://www.getthebigpicture.net/relocating-to-london-for-business/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:16:41 +0000 http://www.getthebigpicture.net/?p=1338 London, the capital of the United Kingdom and England, is one of the largest cities in the world. It covers over 600 square miles and has a population of approximately eight million people. Once an ancient Roman settlement, it is now considered one of the most significant cities in the world concerning politics, fashion, culture, and finance. It is also one of the largest hubs for global business. Therefore, it is not unlikely that you could find yourself relocating to this massive city on your way up the corporate ladder. The following is some important info you should familiarize yourself with if you should find yourself in this situation.

Modes of Transportation

You can explore the city via at least nine modes of transportation. The obvious methods are walking, bicycling and driving by car or taxi. London also offers a subway system called the Tube, which runs 12 lines, seven days a week. Try the driverless train called the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) that serves parts of East and South East London. Trams and local trains run above ground along with over 8,500 of London’s famous double-decker buses. You can also board the River Bus to take any of the five routes they offer via the world famous Thames.

Food in London

English food doesn’t have quite the reputation gained by the French, but culinary delights definitely exist in this multi-cultural city. The “full English breakfast,” which is usually served as a hearty weekend brunch, can include eggs and bacon, sausages, fried tomatoes and mushrooms, baked beans, and a slice of blood sausage called black pudding. It also comes with buttered toast hash browns. “Chips,” or French fries, might also be included. Light, quick lunches usually consist of a sandwich or salad and dinner can range from Indian curry to sushi to spaghetti Bolognese.

Finances and Banking

The currency in the United Kingdom is the pound sterling. Numerous foreign exchange options exist throughout London, but the Bureaux de Change, usually situated inside a Post Office, travel agency or bank, is the most common. Credit cards, especially MasterCard and Visa, are perfectly acceptable in most of London’s retail establishments and eateries. Many Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs), also called “cashpoints,” are located throughout the city. For those without a UK account, you could incur a surcharge to withdraw funds. You can also find a wealth management bank in London; they provide services such as portfolio maintenance and trading.

Things to See

The 150-year-old Big Ben Clock Tower refers not to the actual tower itself, but to the 13-ton bell housed therein. It was named after Sir Benjamin Hall, the man who ordered the bell. Other fantastic landmarks dot the city, including the British Museum, Tower Bridge, and Trafalgar Square. St. Paul’s Cathedral, built in the 17th century, was bombed during World War II but saved by firefighters at the time. It has one of the highest domes on any building in the world, which peaks at 365 feet. Of course, Buckingham Palace is a staple tourist attraction for most visitors.

Many printed maps and guides, mobile apps, and websites are dedicated to helping you navigate this amazing city. Explore the old as well as the new, as this ancient landing place for humans all over the globe has much to offer its inhabitants, permanent or temporary.

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Make An Impact: What your car says about your businesshttp://www.getthebigpicture.net/make-an-impact-what-your-car-says-about-your-business/ http://www.getthebigpicture.net/make-an-impact-what-your-car-says-about-your-business/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:54:42 +0000 http://learn2earn2.com/?p=1047 A high-end car makes an instant impression. Most of us are aware of branding, even if subconsciously, and the connection is often immediate. If you see a Mercedes Tri-Star or a Porsche coat of arms, you instantly know the quality and quite possibly the price bracket of the car. In almost all other luxury industries – for example clothing or handbags – it is possible to create a pretty convincing fake. However, with a car what you see is what you get. Playing on this association is a great way to create a first impression in business. Conversely, with cars of real quality, all of the logos and other branding could be removed and most of us would still recognise the make straightaway.

First Impressions
Cars are often regarded as status symbols, but in business, a quality car is seen more as a reflection of the standards held by the company. If a business involves transporting customers or clients the quality of the vehicle can make a key first impression. It goes without saying that the car you choose will depend on the kind of impression you want to make, which in turn depends on the nature of your business. Some great advice about what car to buy can be found here.

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Environmental Message
The Toyota Prius is the go-to car to project the message that your company is environmentally aware. Of course, it’s important that this clear statement of intent is backed up with an ethical business model. Being accused of hypocrisy is never a positive thing in business. The Prius wears its eco-friendly badge with pride, and is instantly recognisable.

Pure Class
If you wish to project pure class and unsurpassed quality, you won’t go far wrong with the new Mercedes-Benz CLA. This car packs a lot of muscle behind its deceptively compact exterior and its sleek design makes an instant impact. Alternatively, for a real demonstration of class, invest in a Mercedes S-Class, one of the most luxurious cars on the market today. For extreme comfort and pure luxury, this car is hard to beat.

Carefree
For those looking to make a quirky design statement, a zippy Fiat 500 makes an excellent choice. Available in a wide range of fashionable colours; this is a car with real flair. Retro, endearing and possessing real Italian charm, this car is a breath of fresh air and instantly projects a fun, young image – a fashion statement on wheels.

Your choice of car really can help you project an impression of your business. Brand association is a strong tool. Just think how it is seared into our subconscious to associate black London cabs with safety, reliability and a knowledgeable driver, or a Mini with retro charm and great design. Equally, there are several makes which shall remain nameless that wear their unreliable reputations like a badge of (dis)honour. Putting some thought into the image you wish to project by your choice of vehicle really can reap rewards. If cars are part of the public face of your company, be sure that the make you choose will drive your business forward.

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