This page has some useful and/or interesting weblinks; some for business interest, some for personal use, many are from my travel experiences!

Please let me know if you find this page of benefit, and you can also email me with further contacts/links that you think would be of interest to my web viewers – email me at julie.buck@mater.co.uk – thank you very much… 

Please help me to increase awareness of one particular charity - Batten Disease Family AssociationBatten Disease is a group of neurodegenerative genetic diseases occurring in childhood and is the main paediatric neurodegenerative disorder in the UK. A good friend, Ellen Bletsoe, is personally affected by this dreadful disease inasmuch as her daughter was diagnosed with Batten Disease in 2009 at just 9 years old. In May, she and her family are joining others for a "Sponsored Walk for Batten Disease" – you can help them by either joining them on the walk on Saturday 21st May in Nottinghamshire or indeed by sponsoring her by clicking here: http://bit.ly/eblbQa 
Thank you so much in advance for your help…and please do also help to spread this message. More info about the BDFA can be found on http://bdfa-uk.org.uk/
Claire Corkram – Business Adviser at Business Link - provides help and support for Small to Medium sized Businesses (1-249 employees) in Northamptonshire to access appropriate solutions and expertise to achieve their goals, ambitions and training requirements. For a free, confidential and impartial meeting to ensure you are maximising on all opportunities that may be available to you and your business please contact me on 07827 850452 or claire.corkram@businesslinkem.co.uk  


Wisdom Communications specialise in telephone systems, broadband, VoIP, and IT security. Based near Huntingdon, Cambridge and Peterborough in the heart of East Anglia, we provide telecoms services to businesses and customers, and are able to offer cheap phone calls compared to BT calling rates. The company’s reputation is based on the careful analysis of customers’ needs and satisfying them with cost effective telephony solutions. Our experienced technical staff enable the best solutions to be provided and customised equipment to be available when need arises. Wisdom Communications offers full project management service from supply of telephone and broadband hardware to network consultation through to installation and maintenance. On a personal note, I can thoroughly recommend Terry Downing – he is always most professional but with a personal touch; he is passionate about helping other people / organisations with their IT and telecoms needs. A real star! Try him…

Need some building work done? I can highly recommend a Northamptonshire-based father and son building company, Tony Tilley & Son…they come from the old-school attitude, where each job is done properly, to budget, on time, without hassle…we had one smaller project completed several years ago and had absolutely no hesitation whatsoever to use them again for a much bigger project last year to build our fantastic house extension and garden hard-landscaping…they can be contacted on 01536 791654 or 07860 868531 

Glows Coaching - As a child, life stretches before you, full of unlimited possibilities, adventures yet to come. Before you know it, you’re running a business, career, or a home, with little time to reflect on what might have been. Perhaps questions nag at the back your mind:

  • What’s stopping me move forward?
  • What went wrong with my career?
  • What do I do now I’ve been made redundant?
  • Is this as good as it gets?

If you’re asking yourself any of these questions, you need Glows Coaching. Specialist in coaching people with career and confidence issues, Lindsey will work with you in a structured and effective process to help you: Explore your passions and individuality, Challenge the limitations you have set for yourself, Build your confidence, Discover a more satisfying career where you can reach your potential, Make more fulfilling choices across every aspect of your life. Explore her website at http://glows-coaching.co.uk/ to find out more about how career coaching and confidence coaching from Glows will help you make dramatic, positive changes in your life. You might like to try one of her workshops, or just call Lindsey on 01832 280168 to talk to her about one-to-one coaching programmes.

"Apricus Locanda" – excellent guest house in Apricale, Italy (near the western side of the Ligurian coast)
If you ever have the chance to visit this part of Italy and would like an idyllic place to stay then you must try this 'locanda' – it's run by a charming young couple (Dutch/Albanian), is quite exquisite internally, has some beautiful views from the terrace and balconies, and is SO quiet and peaceful. It has just five rooms so is never full of lots of people. Recently they installed an infinity pool too, so you'll be able to have a dip if the going gets hot! Please feel free to contact me (Julie Buck on 01832 226221) for my honest opinion or indeed check out their website for images, details and booking info at
www.apricuslocanda.com – Jeanette and Arturo speak English very well and are more than helpful, in order to ensure your stay is the best!

MATER is also a member of the Huntingdonshire Business Network (HBN – www.hbn.org.uk), a locally based group of  ~100 members comprising owner/managers as well as local corporate organisations. The HBN meets informally once a week on Friday afternoon 1.00-2.30pm at Huntingdon Commemoration Hall (on Huntingdon High Street). In addition, on the last Friday of the month, the HBN holds a networking buffet lunch & training seminar or workshop 2-3pm, plus quarterly seminars in teh evening – all details on their website at www.hbn.org.uk

MATER has been a member of The Cambridge Network (CNL) since 1994 – The Cambridge Network aims to create and support a community of like-minded people from business and academia in the Cambridge region and link this community to the global high-tech network for the benefit of the Cambridge region. CNL enables its members to work together and leverage their collective resources in new ways for the benefit of technology-enabled enterprise and adjacent stakeholders in the Cambridge region. We achieve this by using a variety of technology, knowledge and people-based tools to enhance business processes both on a local and a global scale. We have a duty to act in a responsible, cost-effective and fair manner and to achieve the highest standards in quality of service in order to uphold the traditions and sustain the progress of the Cambridge Phenomenon.
2buy1click Ltd provides computer services for companies of 1 to 15 employees. They save you time, effort and money by fixing, tuning, and enhancing your computer systems to the way you work. Call them now for a free trial or go to
www.2buy1click.com for full details.

In 2007 we spent 10 days in Mauritius, a wonderful island! I can highly recommend both hotels we stayed in. The first is a large 3* hotel and more geared to those looking for a livelier time; it's based on Grand Baie at the top of the island (suitable for gentle watersports), is great for exploring the capital, Port Louis, and the north/north-western side. It is called Le Mauricia. Then the second one we stayed in was fabulous; much quieter, much smaller, a boutique-style 4* hotel based on the East coast, with a gorgeous Moroccan theme…absolutely beautiful! Called Le Palmeraie.

And if you want more information about travelling to any of the Indian Ocean exotic locations, then I can highly recommend Mauritius Direct Holidays – call Diana Forrest on 02380 841642 and quote code JLZ885 or simply click here for a direct weblink…enjoy!

For all your travel, flight and accommodation needs, contact Paula Ross on 0845 058 7070 or click on her website at http://www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/paula.ross - having worked in the travel industry for more years than she cares to remember!, Paula is passionate about ensuring her clients have a stress-free travel experience…let her take the stress whilst you enjoy your holiday 8-)

Alternatively, if you love CRUISING, then I would highly recommend Jo Rigby from Cruise Thomas Cook on 01780 729069 or email at jo.rigby@cruisethomascook.com – Jo has just won 'Agent of the Year' at the TTG Travel Awards in London, what a star! And this is in addition to the Cruise Agent of the Year that she won in June 2010…so for that perfect cruise, she will ensure you get her personal touch, choosing the RIGHT cruise for YOU!

Another networking group I am an active member of and highly recommend to women is WIBN (Kettering Group)…this is for businesswomen only; we meet monthly for lunch, help and encourage each other in every aspect of our business, and actively promote our businesses wherever we can…contact Barbara Hodgson on 0845 868 0937 or click on http://www.wibn.co.uk/ or email her at barbara@wibn.co.uk

I recently attended a 'Social Networking' seminar in Peterborough that was hosted by Emma Rose from The Capable Manager…and I have to say she was BRILLIANT! She explained it all so clearly (so that even non-IT people could understand her!), made it all look simple, but importantly emphasised the true power of this form of marketing…I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you all talk to her…contact her at www.thecapablemanager.co.uk 

PAT-iT is dedicated to you needs when it comes to Portable Appliance Testing, not just a qualified PAT Tester but NEBOSH qualified, also including British Red Cross First Aid training and now Respiratory Protective Equipment Inspection. Please visit their website www.pat-it.co.uk for further information on their growing services.
Other useful weblinks are:

http://www.jasmineway.co.uk/ - for beautiful interiors, gifts, special things for your home

http://comtec-comms.com/ - for all your telecoms and datacoms needs…UK, Middle East and Asia

http://www.schoolblazer.com/ - school uniform online…see if your school is listed!


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