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10,000 users sign up to Grafter!

Grafter is a new free digital solution for business to rapidly engage project, short term and seasonal workers. The concept was conceived by Tom Cape and co-founded with Richard Knight in June 2017.

Following a 156% overfunding raise in October 2017, Grafter has already attracted over 10,000 registered users.

With a range… of skills and experience in technology, digital startups, business development and finance, the Founders also share a passion for building and property development which in turn helped shape their insights for the Grafter business.

Tom Cape recognized the opportunity when he tried to find people to shift concrete on a small building project. To his great frustration, he couldn't find anybody to fulfill the job - despite knowing there were local people out there. A similar experience was experienced by Richard so they resolved to tackle the problem together.

Through further research, it became apparent that a large number of business sectors including events, the leisure sector and building required a faster route to find non-specialist workers. Coupled with the fact that flexible working has become a positive choice for millions of people - from millenials to the retired - the Grafter business was born.

Grafter is designed for businesses seeking project, short term of seasonal workers in leisure and events. farming, landscaping, delivery, warehousing and factory/light industry and self-employed workers seeking flexible or short term work that doesn't demand qualified skills or past experience.

As Tom Cape explains, Grafter is fit for the demanding needs of business and workers both now and the future. 'We recognise the way people want to work and the type of work available is changing rapidly. Grafter is the first free digital service that engages all types of flexible workers with local business in just a few steps - making the process of finding work and workers, swift, cost-effective and trustworthy too'.

Whether its labourers seeking their next building project, students looking for holiday income or older workers searching for gardening or driving work, Grafter offers a simple sign up process. 'Grafters' are able to upload their profiles detailing who they are, where they are located and what they are able to do.

In the case of businesses seeking 'grafters' - the service is completely free for businesses to find and engage workers. Grafter also offers a managed service including additional value-add services such as tracked messaging, digital contracting, reminder emails and a cashless payment system. At the payment stage, Grafter charges the business a usage fee of 5% plus VAT.

In a fast growing culture of flexible working, Grafter is committed to supporting good practice and fair work. The service only allows jobs to be posted and priced at or above the minimum wage.

The Grafter team is growing - focusing efforts on the brand and its global reach through digital marketing, PR, social media, events, partnerships and direct to market tactics.

As true digital disrupters of the traditional employment marketplace, Grafter plans to amplify its platform in the future making the website a destination for additional services such as tax administration, accounting and for charities to find volunteer workers.

Grafter is available at and the Grafter app is available on iOS and Google Play.

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Still time to register for free entry into Excursions™ 2018

Still time to register for free entry into Excursions™ 2018

There are just a few days to go until the Excursions™ 2018 exhibition takes place at Alexandra Palace in North London on Saturday, 27th January (10.30am-4pm). Nearly 250 exhibitors from across the UK and near Europe are ready and waiting to meet you - have you booked your free entry… ticket?

You can still register online until the show start time, just complete your details and download your digital e-ticket. Alternatively, come along on the day and register at the gate.

On arrival (10.15-10.45am) you will be welcomed in Palm Court with a taster of the much acclaimed tribute acts from the Matinee Shows, which are produced by Groups Direct in association with James R Hearn. The artists will also be performing throughout the day inside the show with tributes to the likes of Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Michael Bublè and Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

If you haven't yet booked your free coach transfer, there is still time to reserve a seat online, but hurry as the final date for booking is 22nd January and some coaches are already full. For visitors making their own way by train, a free shuttle service will run from Alexandra Palace main line and Wood Green Underground stations from 10am until 4pm. The W3 bus also picks up from both stations and drops off at Alexandra Palace.

Organised by Tourism South East, Excursions™ is the No.1 stop for inspiration, ideas and itineraries for days out and short breaks for groups and coach tour operators. For more details and to book a place on a transfer coach contact the ExcursionsTM team on Tel: 023 8062 5516 or visit

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Ievo Partner With Leading Intruder Alarm Manufacturer

Ievo Partner With Leading Intruder Alarm Manufacturer

Whilst biometric access control is now seen as the technology of choice for many business sectors, its take-up by domestic and SME customers has been limited through the perception that the technology was more cost-effective for larger installations where the added value of time and attendance data acquisition could be… factored into the decision to purchase.

However, a new integration between ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of CPNI-approved, innovative biometric fingerprint readers, and Texecom, Europe's largest independent security alarm specialist, has now made the technology more accessible to the domestic and smaller SME markets.

ievo biometric fingerprint readers can now be integrated with Texecom's Premier Elite Series of control panel systems, providing a single comprehensive system architecture and peripheral range of devices managed by biometric control. Intruder alarm systems can be activated and disarmed by reading a registered fingerprint and the system can be extended to relay information used for a single door access control entry point to further functionality.

Richard Forsyth, Sales Manager for ievo, commented, 'The key here is a blend of convenience and enhanced security for high end domestic and SME users. Numeric code PINs and fobs can be lost, forgotten or stolen whilst a fingerprint, once registered, is unique to that authorised user. Once a person's fingerprint is enrolled, and this is a very simple process using the same reader, only that user can set or disable the alarm and peripherals.'

'The multispectral imaging technology (MSI) technology that we incorporate into our readers enables identification of a registered fingerprint even with levels of surface contaminants (grease, dust, etc.) present on the skin, whilst the IP65 rating means the readers function in the most extreme environments so can be positioned externally. This is particularly important in industrial and construction environments where the system's ability to provide multi-level access with certain personnel restricted to certain areas is an additional benefit.'

'We're delighted to be working with an award-winning international leader in electronic security devices and see this integration as opening up a potentially huge market for smaller and domestic systems. With the Texecom integration now available, we are already seeing an uptake from those who previously enquired about intruder alarm integration and single door access control.'

'The relationship demonstrates both companies' ethos of constantly developing innovative solutions for customers and the wider security market, and our biometric fingerprint readers fit perfectly with the Texecom's Premier Elite Series and the task of tackling individual security challenges.'

Mike Govier, Texecom's Senior Customer Support Engineer added, 'Additionally, and very importantly for the high end domestic market, biometric authentication is treated as a portable proximity tag, or ace, and thus complies with standards required by Police response systems which have to be operated with such tags. This solution gives us a security system that complies with Police response requirements and greater control over access to a property.'

For more information on ievo biometric systems please visit

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From Initial Plans To Lasting Impressions

From Initial Plans To Lasting Impressions

Your event transport solutions made easy with Event Connect.
With a UK wide network of road transport partners and vehicles ranging from coaches, luxury minibuses and executive cars, Event Connect will work as an extension of your team providing a full service, tailored transport solution to suit both you and… your customers.
No matter what type of event you're planning, we've got project planners with the expertise and experience to match and we'll assign you a dedicated project team with the right skills to deliver a transport plan, which offers efficiency and reliability.
With years of experience in event transport and the additional support from our 24 hour control room, our regionally tailored service will ensure you are in safe hands, leaving you free to focus on planning the rest of your event.
Mobile:07768 251 849

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Tobacco Dock aims to build events industry community at the heart of successful venue

Tobacco Dock aims to build events industry community at the heart of successful venue

Tobacco Dock, The City's iconic conference and events venue, is also home to a stunning complex of offices, meeting room suites and semi-private workspaces. TDVL, operators of Tobacco Dock, are now aiming to attract a range of businesses in the events space - including suppliers, event tech innovators, production companies,… hospitality specialists and ticketing businesses - to base themselves in characterful offices at the venue.

Patrick Donovan, Managing Director of TDVL, says "Over the last decade we've seen a trend towards clustering where your clients are. FinTech in Canary Wharf, creative industries in Shoreditch and Soho etc. It seems to make sense for events professionals, SMEs and specialist suppliers to be co-located with one of the capital's busiest events hubs. We can't promise that our clients will become their customers, but it makes sense to be on site and in a position to showcase your ideas in a venue where more than half a million visitors a year, and some of the world's biggest brands, are passing through".

The Dock offers private and semi-private offices for businesses from 2 to 30 people and, thanks to the recent explosion of development in the Wapping and Shadwell area, as well as new facilities on site like Dock St Cafe and the super-cool Skylight rooftop bar and lawn-club, the neighbourhood is really coming to life. New residential and retail projects are springing up next-door at London Docks & St Katharine Docks and Thomas More Square also boasts a range of new bars and cafes as well as access to tube and overground networks.

Donovan is convinced about the attractions of the kind of office facilities that he has created at The Dock 'Who wants the hassle of long-term fully repairing leases and all the investment required for reception, security, print room, IT, super fast wi-fi and other facilities? By packaging all that up and being able to offer a business of say 6 people a smart, fully serviced office for less than £20k pa including rent, rates and all service charges - we think The Dock will make the perfect home for small, but fast growing events industry enterprises'.

For further information email, phone 0203 846 9201 or visit

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Upcoming Events

Butterfly Photography morning

Fri 23rd February 2018
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking Surrey GU23 6QB

IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018

Thu 1st March 2018-Sun 4th March 2018
Barclaycard Arena, King Edwards Rd, Birmingham B1 2AA

Paul Weller Performance

Fri 2nd March 2018
Genting Arena, Perimeter Rd, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

Fritillaria Society Show 2018

Sun 4th March 2018
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking Surrey GU23 6QB

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