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Synergy Client Solutions is a customer acquisitions company based in the South-West. We offer our clients a tailor-made service from campaign conception to client acquistion. The definition of Synergy is the combined power of a group of things when they are working together which is greater than the total power achieved by each working separately. There is no better way to describe what we do at Synergy Client Solutions. Our aim it to work together with our clients to provide them with powerful results. When Synergy Client Solutions was founded we were interested in appealing to clients who were looking to outsource their customer acquisition but who wanted a say in how it was done. We know how important customers are to businesses and we know that they usually have a clear idea about they want to interact with them.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Celebrates Bristol Independents Day

Synergy Client Solutions raises a glass to independent businesses in Bristol as a day is set aside to celebrate them.

Yesterday might have been Independence Day in America but Bristol held its own ‘Independents Day’ to celebrate local businesses. Shops, cafes, restaurants and market stalls were amongst those who showed off their individuality yesterday. Tuesday saw traders from Old Market Quarter and Stapleton Road and members of the Bristol Independents campaign gather in Stapleton Road to promote the work being done by the local business community.

The main event took play on July 4th with cabinet members raising a special Bristol Independent flag from the Council House, College Green. Many traders and members of the local community attended. This was followed by a huge number of special events in shops and restaurants around the city. Synergy Client Solutions was also delighted to hear that the first 50 shoppers at 50 different independents businesses received a free special bag as a thank you for shopping local.

Synergy Client Solutions an independent customer acquisitions and marketing firm is very proud of the fact that Bristol independent businesses have managed to shine despite the economic downturn. Managing director of Synergy Client Solutions, Benjamin Jeanes was delighted that the event took place. He said, “We’re incredibly proud of our city and the fact that local businesses are supported by the local community and that they’re thriving. This was a great opportunity to celebrate independent shops and businesses but also for them to showcase what they had to offer.”

Synergy Client Solutions fully recognises the importance of people supporting their local businesses. Mr Jeanes said, “There is no better way to help your local community than to shop local. Using local services, shops and restaurants are a great way to get fantastic unique service and more attention to detail than some of these huge companies provide. Particularly where food in concerned these local businesses try to source their produce locally thus sporting local famers as well. Bristol has so much to offer, why not try something different?”

Monday, 25 June 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Looks Forward to Bristol Business Advice Event

Synergy Client Solutions is excited for the upcoming free-to-attend business event to be held in Bristol on June 28th

The ‘Save Money, Make Money’ event is being organised by London based firm Make it Cheaper, which has previously helped around 3500 firms in the Bristol area to lower their overheads and insurance costs. The conference is aimed primarily at fast growing firms in the creative industries, and is to provide information on how to make these companies more efficient and therefore more profitable. Other firms in Bristol are also involved in the organising of the event with Business West, Bristol Media and Sift Media all helping to make the event possible.

Among local entrepreneurs that will be attending the event is Doug Richard a previous BBC Dragon’s Den panelist who will also be speaking. In preparation for the event he has said that, “Firms are often obsessed with generating revenue and don’t pay nearly enough attention to cost-control. If that sounds like you then get along to this event.” This shows exactly what type of firm the event is catering to but alongside this information on how to cut bills, there will also be advice on how to build up networking for businesses.
The agenda for the evening is set to be:
16:00 - 16:30 Doug Richard Business Surgery ‘Retaining and Acquiring business’
16:30 - 17:00 Starting Local, Going National
17:00 - 17:30 Doing business in the UK
17:30 - 18:00 Refreshments
18:00 - 19:00 Doug Richard ‘21st Century business - Save money, Make money’

Although the event is free, SynergyClient Solutions suggests those interested book a ticket in advance to ensure entry. For more information on the event visit http://www.makeitcheaper.com/about-us/events.aspx

Synergy Client Solutions cannot wait for ‘Save Money, Make Money’, which will take place at Paintworks on Bath Road on Thursday, June 28 from 4pm to 7pm.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Synergy Client Solutions on the Traits of A Top Salesperson

At some point in everyone’s career they will be involved in a sales role. For Synergy Client Solutions sales are the lifeblood of what we do and we’re pretty good at spotting the personalities of a great salesperson, but they might not be what you think they are…

There are so many different veins of sales from retail to business to business. Pitching clients or investors is another form of sales too, the list is endless. The skills however, are the same. If you ask a good salesperson why they think they are so successful most won’t be able to answer, for some it will come very naturally. Basic traits are useful for success, after that all the skills can be taught and learnt.

Firstly curiosity is key. Without a hunger for knowledge and information you’re going to find it hard to learn about new services or products. Showing an interest in customers is important to build a relationship with them.

Contrary to the stereotype of salespeople being pushy the best are actually very modest. They focus instead on putting the customer first and finding out what their needs are, that’s the way to ensure a high level of customer service and a quality sale.

Most great salespeople don’t suffer from self-consciousness, they’re comfortable to put themselves out there and have fun. They push the boundaries to achieve their goals and a very comfortable being in various situations.

The very best salespeople are incredibly committed and competitive. At Synergy Client Solutions we obviously have targets that we strive to meet but most great salespeople don’t need targets set by other people. They work to their own personal targets for a sense of achievement. They tend to be people who can see a bigger picture and aren’t discouraged by a single bad day. Most have a personal reason for success whether it is their family or wanting a good lifestyle. They keep those goals in mind and use that as motivation.

At Synergy Client Solutions we work with some of the best salespeople in the country, these skills are the ones that we find most frequently amongst our associates. They’re incredibly coachable and self-motivated which make them a great bunch to work with. We look out for these traits in people because we know that they are going to help us reach and surpass our clients’ goals.

For more information about our customer acquisitions services please visit http://www.synergyclientsolutions.com

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Asks: Is it Worth Your Time?

Have you ever found yourself being lumbered with a huge number of tasks and you don’t know which one to devote your time to? The managing director at Synergy Client Solutions definitely has. Here is his advice on what to prioritise.

 It’s Monday morning and your inbox is full of requests for your expertise. There simply isn’t enough time to do it all but how do you decided what to take on, and what to decline? Benjamin Jeanes, managing director of Synergy Client Solutions believes that there is a clear way to work out what is worth your time and effort.

Mr. Jeanes says, “When you get to a more senior level in a company there is naturally going to be a greater demand on your time. Trying to take on too much is actually something that can damage your reputation as you’re not likely to devote your whole attention and do it as well as you can. I approach the problem by asking myself three questions.”

1. Am I the right person for the job?
You may well be capable of doing the job but is there someone who actually has greater expertise in the area than you? When you’re a team leader or a director you might be the obvious person that people approach but there might be someone else better equipped and with more time than you.

2. Do I have enough information?
At Synergy Client Solutions I sometimes find people approach me with a question and they simply don’t provide me with enough background information to answer it well. I can give a superficial answer, or a broad answer but to go into more detail I’m going to have to ask them or others for more information or do more research myself. Be firm with people, if they want your advice they need to provide you with all of the tools to answer it in the most informed way you can. Insist on this before you even start to tackle a question.

3. Is this the right time?
We all have a certain part of us that wants to get thing ticked off on the checklist. This question is particularly important to ask yourself when it’s a small task or request. Is it distracting you from a more complicated or time–consuming piece of work. Is it going to put something else under unnecessary time pressure. For example at Synergy Client Solutions we might be just about to start a new campaign and be at the busiest part of training and preparation. Then is not the time to take on something else. Politely find out if the request can wait and find a time that is right.

If the answers to these three questions is no then you shouldn’t take on the task. Find the right person, insist all the right information, and don’t let it get in the way of the things you’re already doing.

Synergy Client Solutions is a customer acquisitions company based in the South-West. We offer our clients a tailor-made service from campaign conception to client acquisition. For more information please visit http://www.synergyclientsolutions.com

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Impressed at Value of Britain’s Properties

Synergy Client Solutions was impressed to learn that Britain’s properties are worth a total of £5 trillion, with the South West being the third most valuable region.

Property in Britain has always been a valuable investment particularly in the south of England. A report by the website PrimeLocation.com has calculated the property wealth of the UK’s counties and regions. Bristol-based Synergy Client Solutions was thrilled to learn that as a region the south west was the third wealthiest with total property valued at £488.3 billion.

Synergy Client Solutions, a customer acquisitions company, was unsurprised to learn that there was a clear North-South divide. The website also counted the property wealth per head of the UK’s counties and the top ten spots were exclusively taken up by those in the South of England.

When the total property wealth for the UK’s regions was calculated the figures were staggering.

1. South East (£1.6 trillion)
2. London (£1.0 trillion)
3. South West (£488.3 billion)
4. East (£482.5 billion)
5. West Midlands (£367 billion)
6. East Midlands (£336.1 billion)
7. Scotland (£322.1 billion)
8. Yorkshire & Humberside (£300 billion)
9. North West (£253.9 billion)
10. Wales (£223.3 billion)
11. North East (£162.9 billion)

A representative of Synergy Client Solutions believes that the figures are encouraging. “At Synergy Client Solutions we’re relieved to see that property is still such a strong market. Of course we’re particularly delighted that our home region where we're based in Bristol is doing so well but generally around the country things are looking positive.

As a company that specialises in utility-funded home insulation sales we’re aware of the quality of homes in our region so it’s no surprise that the value of property is going up and up. Property has always been a solid investment in the UK and we hope that it will continue to be a great financial security to people around the country.”

Friday, 1 June 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Confident Bristol Will be Crowned Green Capital

With just 8 days left before Bristol finds out if they have been named the Green Capital of Europe in 2014, Synergy Client Solutions expresses their confidence in the bid.

Synergy Client Solutions is pretty proud of their home city of Bristol. The direct sales company specialises in utility-funded insulation schemes in and around Bristol so it comes as no surprise to them that it is considered one of the Greenest cities around. The city’s bid took a further boost in recent days when deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, offered his support to Bristol. Mr Clegg said that winning the award would be a ‘fitting tribute’ to all of the hard work that has been put into the environment and sustainability in Bristol in recent years.

Bristol has been shortlisted for the European Green Capital award once before back in 2010 when they narrowly lost out to Stockholm. This time round there are just three cities in the running, Bristol, Frankfurt and Copenhagen, though 19 cities put themselves forward.

The managing director of Synergy Client Solutions, Benjamin Jeanes, feels that Bristol is in with a fantastic chance. “You only have to live or work in Bristol to see all the effprt that has been put into sustainability in the area. I travel around the country often and nowhere do I see the mass-effort and projects that we see in our city. I’m certain that the Bristol bid has a great chance of winning this year. There is some stiff competition from some incredible cities but at Synergy Client Solutions we’re quietly confident.”

The team fronting the bid will do their final presentation in Brussels next Friday, 8th June. Synergy Client Solutions will be keeping their fingers crossed that Bristol will be the winner this time round.

Synergy Client Solutions is a customer acquisitions company based in Bristol. We offer our clients a tailor-made service from campaign conception to client acquisition.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Recommends Top Business People to Follow on Twitter

Synergy Client Solutions helps you to make the most out of your time on Twitter! Forget following the celebs, the most important thing is to be following smart and influential business people. By keeping tabs on the updates from successful business people you can help improve your career by getting top tips and advice. Here are Synergy Client Solutions recommendations:

Guy Kawaski: @guykawasaki:
Synergy Client Solutions believe it’s not for nothing that he shows up on practically every list of who to follow. As a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine, managing director of Garage Technology Ventures and an author he has a wealth of experience. Expect plenty of great anecdotes.

Tony Hsieh – @zappos:
Synergy Client Solutions understands the importance of teamwork in the work place and Tony Hsieh tweets many useful tips on how to strengthen your team.

Michael Michalowicz – @tpentrepreneur
The ‘Toilet Paper Entrepreneur.’ His tweets place great emphasis on helping fellow entrepreneurs to become successful. Useful if you’re looking for help!

Alexandra Levit – @alevit
Wall Street Journal Columnist and a fantastic author of many business books. Her tweets contain helpful and invaluable advice and links to great articles by other people.

David Garland – @therisetothetop
Strives to empower and energise entrepreneurs, while adding an element of entertainment at the same time. He describes himself as a ‘Sarcasm Expert’!

Justin Fox – @foxjust
Director of Harvard Business Review group and author. He’s incredibly witty and has a sharp business writing style. Very well informed and writes on interesting topics.

Richard Branson – @richardbranson
The man behind the Virgin brands, and 212th richest in the world! He’s a prolific tweeter but don’t make that let you think that it isn’t useful stuff. Frequently tweets great advice for budding entrepreneurs– you don’t want to miss out.

Benjamin Jeanes, managing director of Synergy Client Solutions is a big fan of Twitter. “Twitter has been an incredibly useful tool for companies like ours. We realise how important it is to be following the right people, and these business people are a great starting point to help your and your company get the best out of their Twitter account, stay inspired and in the loop.”

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Delighted to Learn that UK Unemployment is Falling

Synergy Client Solutions was relieved to see that UK unemployment fell by 45,000 last month.

According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), unemployment has fallen for the second month in a row. The figures have fallen to 2.6m, the lowest it’s been since last summer. The average unemployment rate for Europe is firmly at 10.2% but it seems that the UK is heading in the right direction as the national figures have fallen to 8.2%. In addition, the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance fell for the second month in a row to 1.59m - a large drop of 13,700. So why have figures fallen so dramatically? It seems that the fall in jobless figures is down to a rise in the number of people taking on part-time work. Synergy Client Solutions were intrigued to learn that now eight million are now working in a part-time job – smashing the previous record, held since 1992.

A number of measures have been put in place to try and combat the rising unemployment. Various government and non-government organisations have been tackling the issue and it seems that progress is finally being made. Employment minister Chris Grayling called the figures, “A welcome step in the right direction” and went on to say, “For a number of months now, employment has been growing and this is starting to feed through into improving unemployment figures.”

Benjamin Jeanes, managing director of Synergy Client Solutions was delighted to hear of the new figures. “Unemployment in the UK has been a constant battle and its great when we see improvements like this. However, we must continue to do everything to ensure the numbers keep falling. The Government have worked hard to tackle youth unemployment and now they are moving to tackle unemployment on a larger scale. These recent published figures show a positive trend towards the ultimate goal and it is great we are heading in the right direction.”

These figures are in stark contrast to what is going on in much of the rest of Europe. Spain for example has hit shocking unemployment levels of 24.1% Synergy Client Solutions is hopeful that the trend will spread throughout Europe and help the European economy as a whole to improve.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Applauds Box-Office Busting Avengers Movie

At Synergy Client Solutions they’ve got a reason to be happy about all the rain. It’s a fantastic opportunity to catch the highest grossing box office success of all time, The Avengers!

The Avengers film, directed by Joss Whedon, is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. It features an ensemble cast that includes many renowned characters like The Hulk and Ironman.  The movie centers on Nick Fury, a director of a peacekeeping organization ‘S.H.I.E.L.D’ who battle to form a team that must prevent Loki, from enslaving the human race. After the success of the film Iron Man in 2008, it was announced by Marvel that they would release The Avengers in 2012. The film buffs at Synergy Client Solutions have been eagerly anticipating its release.

The film, released only a week ago in the UK, has already taken a whopping £396 million worldwide nabbing the biggest opening weekend of all time. The Avengers smashed the previously held record set in July 2011 by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2, by taking £123 million. The Avengers failed to beat the final Harry Potter's first day takings record of £56 million but surpassed it as a weekend as a whole.

Synergy Client Solutions, a customer acquisitions company based in Bristol, has many clients in the film industry, and so is always in the loop when it comes to new releases. The company, along with many millions of comic book fans eagerly awaited the release of the film after watching the gripping spoiler trailers. Synergy Client Solutions managing director Benjamin Jeanes congratulated The Avengers on beating the previous record help by Harry Potter. “The film was action-packed, filled with special effects and delivered by a strong cast. It came as no surprise to us that it has been so successful.”

Synergy Client Solutions highly recommends that you watch this spectacular new movie and believes there is no better way to kick start your summer. Mr Jeanes said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if it stays at the top of the box office for several weeks. At Synergy Client Solutions, we’re hoping for a sequel!”

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Delighted Bristol Making its Mark on Sunday Times Rich List

Yesterday the Sunday Times released its annual rich list and Synergy Client Solutions was impressed to see some Bristol businessmen and women on the list.

The annual Sunday Times Rich List was released on Sunday and it didn’t fail to disappoint. Despite the news of a double dip recession, the 1,000 wealthiest people in Britain are richer than ever with a combined total wealth of £414 billion, up 4.7 per cent from last year. Synergy Client solutions looks at some of the big names making the list.

The names at  the top of the list were largely unchanged from last year with Lakshmi Mittal and his family keeping the top spot despite losing almost £5 billion on his fortune over the last year. Yate-born J.K Rowling, of Harry Potter fame, saw her fortune increase by £30 million to £560 million which put her in 148th place. Successful businessman and Bath Rugby chairman Bruce Craig, who was educated in Brislington, came in at 267th place with a £300 million fortune from his pharmaceutical logistics company.

Synergy Client Solutions was shocked and impressed last year when Peter Hargreaves became Bristol’s first billionaire with a personal fortune of £1.02 billion. However, the stockbroker saw his wealth fall by £190 million over the last twelve months to £830 million. He is the 90th richest person in the UK and the third richest in the south west. The richest person in the south west is Sir James Dyson, the Wiltshire inventor, who has a fortune of £2.6 billion.

Synergy Client Solutions managing director Benjamin Jeanes feels that the news is incredibly encouraging for the region. “Bristol has been growing itself into one of the biggest, most innovative business regions outside of London over the past decade or so. To be producing such a fantastic crop of businessmen and women is incredible news and something to be very proud of. The fact that we have such variety in Bristol is also very impressive.

Synergy Client Solutions is a customer acquisitions firm which specialized in outsource sales and marketing to the entertainment industry. For more information contact info@synergyclientsolutions.com.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Synergy Client Solutions: Record Rain Will Not Abate Drought Measures

Record levels of rain this April will have little affect on hosepipe bans, Synergy Client Solutions understands.

Synergy Client Solutions, a customer acquisitions company in Bristol had recently reported on the hosepipe bans facing much of the UK so when they first read that April would be the wettest month on record they had assumed that our drought worries would be over. Apparently not so.

Some areas of the UK are expected to be hit by a month’s worth of rain in just a few days and the Met Office has issued severe weather warnings across some areas of southern England and eastern Scotland. Synergy Client Solutions would like to echo the warning issued by a spokesperson for the Met Office who said, “The public should take extra care and be aware heavy rain may lead to localised surface water flooding and poor driving conditions.”

Synergy Client Solutions understands that the extreme weather is to include thunderstorms, heavy snow in the Scottish mountains, flood warnings in Devon and tornado clouds have been spotted in Manchester, Durham, East Anglia and Lincolnshire. 

Experts however continue to insist that the downpours will have little effect on the drought in Britain which is the worst since 1976 when standing pipes had to be installed in towns throughout the country. The Environmental Agency has said that because the soil is so dry only steady rain during the winter will have an effect and wash into rivers and groundwater.

A spokesperson for Synergy Client Solutions said, “Residents might find it frustrating that with all this rain, drought measures are still in place. Unfortunately it simply isn’t enough at this stage to have any substantial effect. We can be pleased that we won’t need to get our hosepipes out to water the garden but should stick to the instructions given to us to help prevent further measures when summer finally comes around.”

Synergy Client Solutions is a customer acquisitions company based in the South-West. We offer our clients a tailor-made service from campaign conception to client acquisition

Monday, 16 April 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Celebrates the Olivier Awards 2012

Synergy Client Solutions celebrates a year of theatre with the Olivier Awards 2012.

With the film awards season over a couple of months ago, the film and theatre fanatics at Synergy Client Solutions were getting anxious for their next fix of glitz and glamour. The Olivier Awards were a perfect way to get back into the swing of things. 

The Olivier, or Lawrence Olivier Awards to give them their full title, were created in 1976. The first ceremony had just 12 awards, a number which has grown over the years as the awards have become more and more prominent. Originally called the Society of West End Theatre Awards, it wasn’t until 1984 that Lawrence Olivier allowed his name to be associated with the awards in celebration of his contribution to London theatre.

Synergy Client Solutions specialises in customer acquisitions and campaign management for the entertainment industry so they naturally keep up to date with all of the events going on in the theatre and film world. The awards were record breakers this year with Matilda The Musical, based on Roald Dahl’s best-selling children’s book, winning an incredible 7 awards including Best Actress in a Musical which was presented jointly to the four young actresses who share the role of Matilda.

Synergy Client Solutions can reveal that the other main winners were.

Ruth Wilson – Best Actress

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller – Best Actor

Matthew Warchus, Matilda – Best Director

Matilda – Best New Musical

Les Misérables – BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award.

Benjamin Jeanes, managing director of Synergy Client Solutions said of the event,  “People often get swept up in the huge televised American film awards and don’t give enough credit to the theatre world. At Synergy Client Solutions we believe that theatre plays a huge role in Britain’s entertainment history and we’re delighted that the Olivier Awards allow that culture to be celebrated.”

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Synergy Client Solutions April Film Review

With April in full swing and the Easter school holidays upon on us, Synergy Client Solutions comes up with their favourite movies for this month.

Synergy Client Solutions is a customer acquisitions company based in Bristol. As they work with some of the biggest companies in the entertainment and film industry, it’s hardly surprising that they keep their fingers on the button when it comes to new releases. They’ve picked out three of their favourite films to get you through the Easter break.

If you’re looking for something to watch as a family over the holidays then Mirror Mirror, based on the story of Snow White, is perfect for adults and children alike. The cast includes Lily Collins who plays Snow White and The Queen is played by Julia Roberts. Synergy Client Solutions liked that the dialogue is quick and funny and, much like Finding Nemo, it has jokes for the adults as well as the kids. The 7 dwarfs have moved on a little since the Disney classic, they dress like ninjas, they’re bandits and they trick their victims into thinking that they’re giants with their extendible legs. It’s visually stunning and will be appreciated by everyone.

With the 100 anniversary of the sinking of the mighty Titanic, James Cameron has re-released Titanic in stunning 3D. This film was a box office record breaker the first time round and was nominated for 11 Oscars. You probably already know the story and though this film wasn’t for everyone,  the incredible special effects make it impressive even if you weren’t interested in the storyline. Synergy Client Solutions is sure that this is going to be popular second time round making fans in the new generation along the way.

The Cabin in the Woods is definitely not one for the whole family but for those of you who like a fright then Synergy Client Solutions is confident that this won’t disappoint. Though the basic plot might seem formulaic, group of young adults spend the weekend in a cabin in the woods and terrifying things happen, this film will turn any expectations you have inside out. The Cabin in the Woods has had incredible reviews by film critics and if terrifying yourself is your kind of thing then this is the perfect film to go and see when it’s released on Friday 13th.

Synergy Client Solutions is a customer acquisitions company based in Bristol. We offer our clients a tailor-made service from campaign conception to customer acquisition.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Impressed by Government £1 billion CCS Competition

Today the government launched a £1 billion competition to be awarded to the first power plant to be able to capture and store carbon (CCS). Synergy Client Solutions looks at why the competition is so important.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced today that the selected project, or projects, could sign front-end engineering and design contracts with the government towards the end of this year and then look to start operating the new plants from 2016 to 2020. Synergy Client Solutions, a customer acquisitions company, believes that this competition could boost investment in the UK and from abroad. 

The DECC believe that the CCS industry could contribute as much as £6.5 billion a year to the economy through exporting knowledge on the technology and also products. They also anticipate the industry creating a hundred thousand jobs. Synergy Client Solutions understands that the reason why the competition has been set up is because there has been very little investment or knowledge gained in the technology globally and the government wants the UK to be at the frontline of a potential game-changer.

To qualify for the funding the CSS projects must have a power plant and carbon capture on UK soil and then a storage facility offshore. Ben Jeanes, managing director of Synergy Client Solutions believes that this is a worthwhile endeavour. “To be at the forefront of such cutting edge technology, in such a sought after field, would be huge for the UK. It would be a real boost to the economy as well as moving forwards to find ways to combat global warming.”

Companies face a July 3rd deadline for submitting their applications.

Synergy Client Solutions is a customer acquisitions company in Bristol providing excellent results for all of your outsourced sales needs.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Impressed as The Hunger Games sets US Box Office Record

The latest film phenomenon, The Hunger Games has opened in the USA smashing previous records. Synergy Client Solutions, a customer acquisitions company specialising in the entertainment industry takes a look at the record breaking film.

The Hunger Games took £97m in the US box office over its opening weekend. The figures make it the highest sales ever for a film that is not a sequel and the third best opening of all time. The two films that still rank above it are the last film in the Harry Potter franchise which took £106.6m and The Dark Knight at £99m.

The film is based on Suzanne Collins’ novel and follows teenager Katniss Everdeen as she fights for her life in a survivor takes all television show. It stars Jennifer Lawrence. The film has been compared to the vampire series Twilight thought these figures devour theirs. The best opening weekend was for the second film New Moon which pulled in £88.8m.

Synergy Client Solutions specialises in outsource marketing for the entertainment industry and so keeps a close eye on the latest releases which will be big for their clients. They feel that the Hunger Games could be the next big film franchise. “Appealing to a teenage market, whilst still having something that will appeal to adults, is the making of a film franchise. Unlike Twilight, The Hunger Games appeals to both males and females and the slightly edgy strain of anti-government sentiment is sure to capture a wide audience.”

The success of this first film is sure to make it a big success, according to industry analyst Paul Degerabedian who believes that it marks the “birth of a franchise.” Managing Director of Synergy Client Solutions Benjamin Jeanes believes that there is a reason for the success. “Film franchises that come from books start out on a strong footing. They already have a built-in fan base who want to see what the film is like. They can attract big name actors, big investors and big studios to make the film.” With two more books in the series, The Hunger Games is sure to be a growing success.

Synergy Client Solutions provides expert sales and management solutions to the entertainment industry. 

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Watches Inflation Fall to 15 Month Low

UK inflation has fallen to a 15 month low of 3.4% through February, the fall is largely attributed to lower gas and electricity bills. Synergy Client Solutions examines what this means for Britain.

The statistics released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) today have shown that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation has fallen by 0.2% since January. The rating has not been this low since November 2010. The report also suggested that huge sales and discounts among retailers have affected the inflation rate.

Synergy Client Solutions had read in the last couple of days that analysts were expecting the fall to have been slightly greater. An average taken on the forecasts of 36 economists, had predicted that inflation would fall to as low as 3.3% but high alcohol prices, as part of a government drive to curb binge-drinking, had played a factor in stopping the rate fall even further. The prices of spirits rose 2.6 percent in February, this compared to a decline of 5.8 percent in the same period last year is significant. Vegetable and soft drinks prices rose by 3.3 percent and 4.3 percent respectively.

Managing Director Benjamin Jeanes believes that whilst this is a step in the right direction he still has concerns. “Unfortunately we still see inflation higher than wage growth meaning that people are still being squeezed financially. At Synergy Client Solutions we will be interested to see what George Osborne reveals in his annual budget tomorrow where he has promised to help low-income individuals through tax changes.”

Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England has predicted that inflation will slow throughout the rest of the year but some analysts believe that it will stick harder than Mr. King would like.

Mr. Jeanes concludes, “Savers are always hardest hit by inflation rises so things appear to be heading in the right direction for them. Energy bills have been rising to outrageous heights recently, leaving the hardest-up heading towards fuel poverty. We’re relieved that those are gradually falling, and will continue to do so as we head into the summer months. This will be a long road to recovery for the UK and at Synergy Client Solutions we will be evaluating Mr. Osborne’s budget carefully.”

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Hopeful that Bristol Will Avoid Hosepipe Ban

Areas of southern England are to be hit with a hosepipe ban as water companies put measures in place to control drought conditions.

Synergy Client Solutions, a customer acquisitions company based in Bristol City Centre read yesterday that emergency measures are in place throughout the South and South East of England. Seven firms, Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Anglian Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East are all to put restrictions in place.

Synergy Client Solutions has heard from the Environmental Agency that although only the South East is effected at the moment, if this spring continues to be warm and dry, as expected, the ban could extend into East Yorkshire and the Hampshire-Wiltshire border.

Managing director of Synergy Client Solutions Benjamin Jeanes is concerned about the wider-reaching consequences. “Quite aside from the frustration this will cause keen gardeners, the repercussions could really hit the farming industries. The prices of vegetables have gone up when hosepipe bans have been enforced before. The price of staple foods has risen considerably over the past few years and this could push them even higher.”

There had been some concern that the Olympics would also be affected but Synergy Client Solutions understands that measures have been put in place to ensure that the Olympic Park and other venues receive enough water from sustainable sources.

At this stage Bristol, where Synergy Client Solutions have their headquarters, does not appear to be affected. However, it could well be on the list if rain levels don’t increase in the next month or so. 

Monday, 5 March 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Backs FSB in Hunt for Small Business Representation in Cabinet.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called for a separate Government body, which is dedicated to protecting the interests of small businesses, to have a seat in the Cabinet. Synergy Client Solutions looks at the rationale behind the request.

In its Budget submission to the Chancellor, the FSB has suggested that an agency be created that is modeled on the Small Business Administration (SBA) in the USA. Although a number of government departments deal will small business policy there isn’t a single department that focuses specifically on the needs of small businesses and the FSB believes that this is causing them to fall down the list of government priorities.

Synergy Client Solutions, a customer acquisitions company based in Bristol, is all too aware of the problems faced by small businesses. Director of the company, Benjamin Jeanes said of the proposal, “This will be very welcome amongst small businesses throughout the UK. I think the government recognises the importance of small businesses but unfortunately because of lack of representation they don’t always stay at the forefront of policy. The reality is however that there are 4.5 million small businesses in the UK and they need to be given a more prominent seat within government.”

The FSB believes that a group modeled on the US SBA would be incredibly beneficial and would help them improve small business finance particularly credit easing and improving procurement opportunities for small firms. They also believe that it would help provide quick and effective disaster assistance for small businesses when they are hit by exceptional circumstances outside of their control, like the summer riots of 2011. The SBA in America has been in existence since 1953 and has a seat in the Cabinet.

Synergy Client Solutions is fully behind John Walker, the national chairman of the FSB who recently said, “Through implementing a Small Business Administration, it would allow the government to quickly implement policies aimed at helping small businesses.”

Mr. Jeanes believes that much more must be done to help small businesses. “The government has set a 25 per cent improvement target in helping provide procurement opportunities to small firms but they’re failing to really put the measures in place the help the businesses to do this. Perhaps the world ‘small’ is holding the businesses back. They’re definitely not small in number and if an organised lobbying committee could be put in place, we’re confident at Synergy Client Solutions that we would see an improvement.”

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

The Eden Project Struggling with Debt Synergy Client Solutions Discovers

Cornwall’s The Eden Project is the latest business to announce that it is struggling with debts from the economic downturn. Synergy Client Solutions reports the problems that it is facing.

The managing director of the Eden Project announced yesterday that the attraction has debts of £5m and that up to 35 jobs were at risk. Gaynor Coley said “We are overall in debt about £5m – but a £5m debt on a £140m asset with a £20m turnover is a very reasonable level of debt, particularly in this climate.”

Ms Coley said that visitor numbers had been healthy but that loses last year of £1.78m had compounded this year’s debt. The cause of the loss last year was in part down to flooding in November 2010 that saw the attraction close for a week and its very profitable ice rink close for one month.

Despite her claims, Synergy Client Solutions understands that visitor numbers have fallen in 2009, 2010 and 2011, with last year seeing only just over 1m visitors through the door. Ms Coley said that they would be looking for innovative ways to ensure that the attraction was fit for purpose and was good value for money.

The Eden Project boasts the world’s largest rainforest in captivity with jungles and waterfalls. It also has fantastic year-round garden displays and an educational centre.  The Eden Project is also a famous concert venue. Lined up to perform this summer are artists Plan B, Blink-182 and Example.

Manager of Synergy Client Solutions, Ben Jeanes thinks that the problem is even more worrying than initially thought, “The Eden project is a research centre that works with communities around the world to reduce the impact of various industries on the planet including mining and businesses. If some of the individuals involved in research are at risk of losing their jobs then that will surely affect their work.”

Malcolm Bell of Visit Cornwall is more optimistic. “We will be looking to see how we can help. I am sure Eden’s team will be working hard and creatively. It took innovation to create Eden and I am sure that pool of talent will be there to see it through these troubles.” Synergy Client Solutions hopes that he is right.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Reviews: Reality Check by Guy Kawasaki

The latest booking keeping Synergy Client Solutions company on the way to work is ‘Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition’ by Guy Kawasaki

Synergy Client Solutions, a customer acquisitions company based in Bristol, is always on the look out for business role models, so when they came across this book it immediately caught their eye. You could write a book about the author himself. Guy Kawasaki's business background is extensive and eclectic. He learnt how to sell in the jewellery trade and went on to work at Apple. Guy also set up the website alltop.com described as an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the internet.

Guy’s writing style is irreverent, to the point and highly amusing. He is the author of 10 books and a blog called “How to Change the World” that has a readership in the hundreds of thousands. What Synergy Client Solutions likes most about 'Reality Check' is that it's unlike most business books. The chapters are divided into themes than be read separately or in order. They cover topics like raising money, innovating, communicating, hiring and firing. It is essentially a collection of the best parts of his blog.

Synergy Client Solutions feels that Guy’s intricate understanding of the internet only serves to enhance the book. In the chapter entitled “As Good as Steve Jobs” he directs readers to Majora Carter’s 2005 TED talk and breaks down why it is such a fantastic public speech and how you can learn to do the same.  At almost 500 pages this book feels like a bible in your hands and it will certainly become a book that Synergy Client Solutions would recommend entrepreneurs, salesmen and small business owners to live by!

Managing director of Synergy Client Solutions pulled out his favourite chapter,  “The most fascinating chapter for me was “Ten or so things to learn at school.” The reason it was so interesting was that none of the items on the list are things that they actually teach you at school! They included, how to talk to your boss, how to survive a meeting, how to figure anything out on your own, how to explain something in 30 seconds. These are all valuable skills that we should really be teaching our children to prepare them for the business world.”

Both the book and author are fantastic, Reality Check is sure to start your love affair with Kawasaki’s style of writing. He has so many anecdotes from his own experiences to offer that it makes the book feel very personal. Synergy Client Solutions have their thumbs pointed well and truly up.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Tries to Turn Stress into an Asset

Stress is an unavoidable part of life, be it at home or work-related. Synergy Client Solutions looks at how you can turn stress into an asset.

All the advice that we ever hear is that stress is bad for you: it damages health, puts relationships under strain and affects your performance. Whilst there is no doubt that these risks are real and in some cases harmful, research by Yale scientist Alia Crum has shown that work strain, when managed correctly can actually have a positive impact on productivity and performance. Bristol-based Synergy Client Solutions takes a look at the advice.

Synergy Client Solutions were intrigued to read about Shawn Achor, an expert in positive psychology, who says “Stress is an inevitable part of work and life, but the effect of stress upon us is far from inevitable.” He continues, “Stress can be good or bad depending on how you use it.”

Firstly one must recognise worry for what it is: a feeling. The heightened reaction, heart racing, tension in the body, is an indicator of how much you care about the task you are about to do. Synergy Client Solutions understands that how much stress you feel is directly correlated to the importance of the activity. Essentially, if it didn’t matter, you wouldn’t worry! Justin Menkes author of ‘Better Under Pressure: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others’ says that we must recognise that worry is simply an indicator rather than a symptom of dysfunction or a cause for panic.

Next it is important to focus on what you can control. Divide your worries up into that which you can and can’t control. Draw yourself a diagram if necessary. We all know that we spend far too much time worrying about the things that we simply cannot change. The team at Synergy Client Solutions have started trying to train themselves to let go of those things and only focus on that which they can impact.

Make sure that you have a network of support that you can go to. We often tell people half of the problem because we don’t want to freak them out as well. Find someone who the outcome of your problem doesn’t affect either way. They will be able to give you a more balanced response or simply allow you to spill your problems to them.

Finally it’s important to get some stress-handling experience. If you’re not used to stress, you’ll panic when you experience it. Don’t wait for a terrible situation to try out these techniques. Managing director of Synergy Client Solutions, Ben Jeanes, suggests, “If you find public speaking stressful take every opportunity to speak in front of your peers and colleagues even if it’s just to give the morning announcements.” Managing your stress is clearly the key to your success.

Synergy Client Solutions is a customer acquisitions company based in the South-West. We offer our clients a tailor-made service from campaign conception to client acquistion.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Synergy Client Solutions Advises on How to Ask for Help Without Looking Stupid

Have you ever wanted to ask for help but stopped yourself because you worry that you should already know the answer? Synergy Client Solutions has some confidence boosting tips when asking for advice.

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation into one of the most dramatic cases of incompetence in history, the Bernie Madoff fraud fiasco, revealed a culture of “unseasoned people uncertain about what to do and unwilling to ask for help.” Whilst Synergy Client Solutions is aware that your problems might not have billion pound repercussions, that doesn’t mean they aren’t important to your business.

The first thing that Synergy Client Solutions encourages you to remember is, when the stakes are high you’re going to look far more stupid getting it wrong than you are asking for help. Asking for advice actually demonstrates how clever you are, showing that you’ve got excellent judgement and have recognised what you do and don’t know. You show people that you’re not willing to waste time searching around yourself and would prefer to get straight to the point and get it right first time!

When asking for help Synergy Client Solutions recommends that you start your request with what you already know. That way that you show the person that you’ve made an effort to understand the situation and you also give them an idea of the parts of the puzzle that you’ve already figured out. They can avoid covering unnecessary ground and get straight to the point.

You should always give an opinion on what you’re thinking of doing. That way you can ask for guidance, advice and direction on what the best route to take is. Managing director of Synergy Client Solutions Ben Jeanes recommends that you, “suggest possible options rather than declaring outright that you don’t know what you’re doing. You might well be on the right path, and you also show them that you’re trying to come up with a solution.”

Be specific about the advice that you want. It may be that the person you speak to can’t give you a full answer themselves. It would be better for them refer you to someone else who has encountered the same problem before. The more general you are in your request the more general your answer is going to be.

Synergy Client Solutions believes that these steps will give you the confidence to ask for help rather than suffer in silence. You might prevent the collapse of the banking system as well!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Will Napster Have Success Launching in the UK? Synergy Client Solutions Dives into its Past.

Napster has announced that they will be re-launching in the UK to grab a share of the market that Spotify dominates. Synergy Client Solutions charts the rise and fall of the music sharing company.

Napster, illegal file-sharing giant of the early 2000s, will me making a come-back in the UK in the form of a legal file-sharing site hoping to take on the likes of Spotify. Bristol based Synergy Client Solutions is excited to find out whether Napster can stay on the right side of the law this time round and whether its business model and famous name will be enough to propel it to success.

Towards the end of 2011 Napster was bought by Rhapsody, a subscription music service, in the USA. However after Napster’s long running legal battles it was decided that Rhapsody would cease to trade under the famous name. Synergy Client Solutions is now aware that the UK and German arms of Napster were not bought at that time. Until now. In a turnaround for the books it appears that Napster will be revived in the UK under its original name.

The president of Rhapsody, Jon Irwin, is delighted by the move and said “The acquisition of Napster and its subscriber base in the UK and Germany gives us an ideal entry into the European market.” He went on to say, “Through the benefit of scale, the strength of our editorial programming, and strategic partnerships, we can now bring the Napster service to even more consumers on a variety of platforms.”

Napster’s rise to the top was part of the dotcom boom of the 1990s. In 1999 19 year-old Shawn Fanning designed software that allowed users to share music files over the internet for free. He teamed with Sean Parker, who was also involved in the start-up of Facebook, to make the service. The manager of Synergy Client Solutions notes, “Many people know about the Sean Parker side of the story because of the film The Social Network but many people haven’t heard of Shawn Fanning.”

Musicians and music executives launched a huge legal battle against Napster when they saw their shop sales dive and the company was shut down in 2001. It has tried to go straight once before in 2003 as a legal downloading site but couldn’t compete with the mighty iTunes.

Bristol has a huge music scene and you often hear people talking about Spotify, a digital streaming service which is entirely legal, has gained huge popularity in the last few years. Synergy Client Solutions believes that Napster will be keen to capitalize on that success whilst using a name that everyone knows and recognizes.