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London Drainage Facilities joins forces with the Lord Ashcroft International Business School through the Low Carbon KEEP programme

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

London Drainage Facilities teamed up with The Lord Ashcroft International Business School back in January 2013 under the Low Carbon KEEP scheme. The programme provides funds to support and develop East of England Businesses through strategic University partnership and knowledge transfer. LONDON, ENGLAND, JULY 2014 South-East based company London Drainage Facilities (LDF) has effectively utilised funding received by the University to develop and shape its business with regards to increasing company profits and becoming more competitive through academic guidance. With the end of the project fast approaching, it’s thought that both parties will reap the benefits of the scheme long after the project comes to an end in July 2014. The Low Carbon KEEP project is a collaboration between a University or college and a company. The university or college typically offers business strategy plans that encourage the company to fast-track innovative ideas into its action plan. The LC KEEP project has enabled LDF to better capitalise on the growing market for energy efficient drainage services. A plan to implement a customer directed e-marketing strategy was put into place in order to increase client interest in drainage works. Also included in the marketing campaign was the introduction of a brand new business website and company brochure. As of autumn 2014, a CRM system will be implemented internally. Fraser Ruthven, Marketing Associate on the LC KEEP programme between ARU and LDF, believes that the scheme has initiated “an exceptional knowledge transfer for both the University and the company” and stated that the experience has highlighted the importance of implementing a strong business strategy to help increase growth in all areas of the business. The implementation of a brand new Vacuum Tanker Works and Flood Clearance Service has enabled LDF to venture into previously unexplored markets, increasing its customer base and allowing annual revenue to rise by a massive 25%

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How to Unblock a Toilet

Friday, July 4th, 2014

A blocked toilet is an unwelcome but extremely common occurrence in a household, and unblocking it can be an unpleasant job. There are many reasons a toilet can become blocked – as an example, items that aren’t biodegradable, such as ladies toiletries and un-flushable wet wipes, can clog up your system and prevent it from functioning properly. This handy guide will teach you how to unblock a toilet and also teach you how to avoid such messy incidences in the future!

Grab a Pair of Rubber Gloves and Get Stuck In

The toilet is an unsanitary area, so it’s important to use gloves to ensure you are protected from any lingering germs. If you are able to see the blockage, put on a well-fitting pair of gloves and remove whatever is preventing the water from draining.

Hot Water and Dish Soap

If the blockage can’t be fixed by pulling out whatever it is that’s stuck in the pipes, add a little dish soap into the toilet bowl, then add half a bucket of hot water. Pour the water into the bowl from waist level - this is so it causes enough pressure to clear the clog. Leave the hot water in the toilet for a few minutes to give it time to loosen the blockage.

Plunger Method

When using a plunger to unblock a clogged toilet, it is important to use one that has a ball shaped suction cup, or one with a fold out rim to ensure that it can make a tight seal. To create a tighter seal, the plunger needs to become softer and more flexible, which can be achieved by running the plunger under hot water. Place the plunger into the toilet basin and push down slowly but firmly, making sure that the hole is completely covered. To create a strong suction

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