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  1. 9 points
    Samual Windsor 2017.
  2. 6 points
    grahamparker

    Boris

    If he gets us out of Europe by the 31st October than i will be glad he is PM even if he is crap at everything else.
  3. 6 points
    Simes

    Damaged Upper on Scouring Band

    He was very happy with the repair. Disappointed with the damage but reasonable. Had planned to darken the shoe colour so he's going to see what they look like after. Wanted to pay part of the repair but I insisted on him having it free. He assured me he will be returning with more shoes, so happy days
  4. 5 points
    Looks like they got dropped off to a Timpson pod for glueing
  5. 5 points
    Again Graham Scotland second class citizens we dont have a rep anymore ! carry on!
  6. 5 points
    rapidlocks

    Brexit

    yup JC and the rest of his leadership was the best gift Labour could have given the conservatives in this election , all the time JC and his cronies were at the helm it was always going to be a good result for boris. maybe we will now see brexit get done
  7. 5 points
    With age comes experience and a smell of wee.
  8. 4 points
    Mick Friend

    COVID-19 Information for you

    Well I take my hat off, stack me against the wall and spray me with dog piss- The loan was paid directly into my account on the 11th- No notification, not a word, Now stashed under the mattress with the gold bars, the two Fabergé eggs, and the omega watches - Oh how I wish - deposited in the deposit account.
  9. 4 points
    kobblers

    Pressure vs support

    Don't succumb, Lee; if they're that bloody selfish at a time like this, then you don't need their custom. I have a feeling why you're having an internal struggle and I think, although I could be wrong, that it boils down to your habit of being a consummate professional, where customer service is concerned. I agree with all the above replies. Your sanity, your health and your family are all paramount - you only live once, mate. One of my biggest regrets over the yeras is not spending enough time with my family, especially my kids, due to trying to build and develop my business and bring money into the family, which is why I now try to spend as much time with my two young grandkids. You have a bit of money and a lot of time on your hands - bloody well have a decent break and make the most of it. x. Rick.
  10. 4 points
    ironplanet uk900

    Lock down

    Closed till further notice. Going to use the time to make leather bags etc for our return. Good luck to all of you, hope we all get through this safely.
  11. 4 points
    rapidlocks

    prepare for brexit

    shes a politician , none of them could even lie straight in bed . the irony is that 99% of politicians regardless of their party colour will lie to get the vote , they will still serve their own interests way before doing anything for the common voter , sadly you cant trust a single one of them , anyone who does is deluded , its a rigged system in their favour. i do believe that england , scotland , wales and NI are stronger together than they could ever be broken up , its easy to want a break and be independent , not so easy in practice and not one would be stronger or better off being independent in my opinion, but if one or more want to break away then thats their choice if they vote for this , unless they dont like the vote outcome and continue to vote until the outcome the politicians want succeeds , sounds familiar. i have to admit to being totally bored with politics , no matter whats voted for these liars and thieves we elect will still screw us over , what we need is honest politicians and honest transparent politics , but theres absolutely no one standing in these elections that practice honesty and transparency , the only sure and for certain outcome is we get screwed over again .
  12. 4 points
  13. 3 points
    grahamparker

    Can we open?

    Use any loophole/grey area you can. If it is good enough for the government then it should be ok for everyone. Lead by example LOL, Conservatives, Labour, SNP and Media all guilty in some way of breaking rules since lockdown so why should we take any notice.
  14. 3 points
    OS Keys

    Using China in the future.

    I would really love companies to stop replacing good British and European locks with cheap alternates from china. The locks from Alibaba and Ali Express are the bane of my life trying to decode and find a suitable key blank. Customers assuming just because it has a number they can get a key for it.
  15. 3 points
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJzZyWgObiI
  16. 3 points
    k4mrc

    Help for us small employers

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses
  17. 3 points
    petercoulson

    COVID-19 Information for you

    I know a lot of shoe repairers are self employed and worried but I am convinced the Government will find a solution it's in their best interest to it's just how so hang in there and look after yourselves without the mental pressure you may feel not knowing: Posted at 17:3317:33 25.03.2020 Johnson: More tricky to help self-employed Boris Johnson again faces pressure to do something to help the self-employed. The PM says the government has “moved with extraordinary speed to support and prop up the whole of the economy of this country, putting our arms around workers of all kinds to the best extent we possibly can”. He admits it was “easiest” to help employees and more “tricky” to work out a package for the self-employed. “But that has been done at incredible speed,” adds the PM, promising that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will make an announcement on the plan tomorrow. He adds: “I don't think there has been a time in our history in the last century that a government of this country has put its arms around so many people to get through such a tough time.” Mr Johnson concludes the press conference saying: “We will beat this and we will beat this together, and we will do it by protecting our NHS and staying at home. That is how we will save lives."
  18. 3 points
    ironplanet uk900

    Lock down

    We're keeping our head above water at the moment, but very worrying long term. I wish all you independents the very best. Make sure you get all the help your entitled to, & hang in there, dont throw the towel in... we are British we fight on. Good luck everyone x
  19. 3 points
    ironplanet uk900

    prepare for brexit

    Cant stand that woman, she hates the UK, bigoted racist.
  20. 3 points
    Sold. Donation made.
  21. 3 points
  22. 3 points
    keithm

    GP-Combi

    Er, they do, the filter bag gets clogged over time, banging it with a stick will not be sufficient and washing it will ruin it
  23. 3 points
    grahamparker

    key for PV 444 year 1957

    Watch it doesn't explode !. No information on Silca Key Program.
  24. 3 points
    hakeemz

    prepare for brexit

    Also i find it Hilarious that wee Jimmy Krankie north of the border wants independance for Scotland so she can then hand powers straight back to the EU taking away the independence she keeps banging on about says a lot about who us Scots trust more..Europeans or English
  25. 3 points
    rapidlocks

    Mate's rates

    a good auto locksmith i know in northern ireland advertised that he would gain entry to a vehicle free of charge if a child or dog was locked in the car , he got called to one and as he had advertised he dropped everuthing and went to the car and gained entry for a very gratefull lady who left a glowing facebook review , this was picked up by the local newspapers who did a write up and interview with the lady and published it as a local hero . since the article his phone was ringing off the hook , the positive advertising was effective and he was fully booked for 6 to 8 weeks after wards all paid key jobs , only 2 other free gain entry jobs , for him this was extremely positive advertising
  26. 3 points
    Flash

    Mate's rates

    Read somewhere about a plumber repairing an old ladies boiler free of charge simply because she could not afford to pay, she had been without heating or hot water for some time. He then publicised that he would carry out any plumbing free of charge to any old/disabled/needy customer. He now has a team of plumbers helping him carry out his charity work. People in need should not have to go without heating or hot water these days. Is it possible for our trade to set up a similar charity service for any of the older generation who have been burgled and cannot afford decent locks to keep them safe....... Just a thought
  27. 3 points
    grahamparker

    The 5p challenge

    In a lot of cases if we didnt cut keys there would be hundreds even thousands less repairers still going today for most shoe repairs are now a sideline no matter how good you are. Even what i would call craftsmen would struggle to survive today by just doing shoe repairs only as 'easy money' makes the world go round especially with what has happened since the market crash back in 2008. If you invested say £35k in new machinery for shoe repairs or £35k in key cutting machinery (Triax + Unocode) i can guarantee the second will make you the most money in a lot quicker time and you will still be operating for many years to come and employ more people.
  28. 3 points
    Simes

    Marketing Companies

    We are just starting to experiment with a local marketing company. In particular, to assist with blogging content for our website. At the end of the day, I do a lot of social media posting but I'm not a professional, it's not my skill. So I'm going to try for a couple of months producing extra content in addition and then I'll examine the results and decide if it was worth the extra cost. I know that the blog posts already written and much more professional looking tha anything I can do myself. We recently had our website rebuilt too. I'm already getting more enquiries. However, I won't commit large amounts over long periods until I am convinced of the results. I have also managed to secure 12 hours of government funded marketing support from professionals by talking to Business Growth Hub. This is in addition to about 4.5 hours with a business consultant also provided for free. If it's free, take it and use it!
  29. 3 points
    Flash

    Key identify please

    Electric Cupboard key...........
  30. 3 points
    kobblers

    Brexit

    Please keep this topic civil or it will be locked. Cheers. Rick.
  31. 3 points
    Hope this helps , i didn't remove the switch.
  32. 3 points
    Mick Friend

    Jury Service

    I wont stop you stop the brain stops, the bowel and urine control go and you end up smelling of piss and shit and have no idea why. so work until you drop
  33. 2 points
    hibsjo(SCO)

    Classic car key to code

    good lad Graham im just in shop now, Rick yer sorted carry on!
  34. 2 points
    Michael

    COVID-19 Information for you

    So I still hadn't heard anything from my local council about the business rates grant, and they didn't have anything on their website. A mate of mine that owns a cafe along from me rang and gave me the number for my councils covid19 business support line. I rang them to be told I wasn't on the list he had, but gave me the email address of the people dealing with it, and to email them with my info (business name, address, rates account number etc.). Within 5 minutes I had an email from them with the form that needs to be returned and a covering letter with all the info, filled in and emailed back instantly. My suggestion if you haven't heard anything is to find the covid19 business support number on your local council website and ring up looking for info. This should get the ball rolling. Good Luck, hope this helps!
  35. 2 points
    Well the world has changed for ever the last few weeks and no one knows where this will take us but one thing is certain small businesses are going to suffer. Fortunately HM Government are now considering this a war like economic state and many help packages are announced daily. The biggies I have noticed are those in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief will be eligible for a grant from their local council (who the rates would be paid to) of £10000 and you don't need to claim your council will contact you. This package also includes help for those that pay rates (at the moment England only but Wales/Scotland set to match) - Providing £20 billion of business rates support and grant funding to help the most-affected firms manage their cashflow through this period by: - giving all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England a 100% business rates holiday for the next 12 months - increasing grants to small businesses eligible for Small Business Rate Relief from £3,000 to £10,000 - providing further £25,000 grants to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value over £15,000 and below £51,000 In addition funds are to be available as guaranteed loans for businesses with a 6 month interest free period, the ins and outs of this I am exploring and will update, how to claim and if you can pay back after 6 months are there penalties etc etc. WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME POSITION WITH THIS. IF YOU ARE WORRIED TALK TO SOMEONE PERHAPS YOUR ACCOUNTANT, A COLLEAGUE OR DROP US A LINE info@somsr.com if we can help we will. https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-uk-offers-330-billion-loans-to-businesses-to-survive-crisis-2020-3 If you are unsure of your rateable value use this search https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/business-rates-find/search?_ga=2.185976681.1128529960.1584709100-2119947897.1584709100
  36. 2 points
    Lee

    Casio 2894 Triple Sensor Tough Solar

    If it’s had a non rechargeable 3v put in it the chances are it’s over heated through being charged and buggered the watch anyway, so you’ll be potentially investing in a capacitor that won’t work. personally I’d never fit a battery in a rechargeable watch because it’s so unstable and will generate a lot of heat, you burn your customer and they’ll not be interested in “just stick a 3v in it” when it comes to court.
  37. 2 points
    k4mrc

    Union security key

    Easy entrie - we do them, £5 each blank made. Post me and returned within a couple of days
  38. 2 points
    ironplanet uk900

    LEATHER PURSES AND WALLETS

    Thinking of retiring into my home workshop.... love it in there! VID_361560219_084605_947.mp4
  39. 2 points
    Flash

    Holy moly

    Charge extra for holes putting in???
  40. 2 points
    keithm

    Old Machine Identification

    It's a DL Automatic, reliable and reasonably accurate machine, that is, until the 'Auto-Wheel' housed under the button and behind the plate wore out! The small teeth on the wheel that drives the carriage across used to wear out at the start stop position, it's also missing the tension bar that holds the carriage to the blade
  41. 2 points
    grahamparker

    who paid for his holiday

    Who cares, he got Brexit done !!.
  42. 2 points
    robinh

    RM williams boots polishing help

    I’ve got a pair of the RM Williams kangaroo tan boots and use Saphir Medaill d’Or on them regularly with absolutely no problems. Originally I used BLACK polish on the Tan colour leather to deepen the colour, enhance the grain and the stitching and then a Light Tan colour on top. Best boots ever and worth every penny.
  43. 2 points
    linky link; https://www.bbc.com/news/business-50261277 Heard this idea in passing on the radio today, talking about how raising VAT and lowering business rates an equivalent amount will 'save the high street'. No idea how they figure that one out? Many of us will be beneficiaries of small business rates relief, so this plan will be a kick in the balls with no upside. If the idea is to level the playing field for brick and mortar and large online retailers, invent a new tax for them, rather than just tweaking the way we operate.
  44. 2 points
    Gray

    Brexit

    Jeremy Clarckson?
  45. 2 points
    Gray

    Davenport's website down?

    We did have a moan about Davenports site a while back and they improved it, seems it's back where it was now. I blame Dave (Technical Tony)
  46. 2 points
    kirkybob

    UAP window key?

    JMA WL088 for maxus window restrictor ? Sorry cant find them on the SKS site anymore, but the ones I have are the same as your pic. Talk to SKS they still selling the window restrictor. If they cant help send me your add I can put a couple in the post. Bob https://www.davenport-burgess.com/products/UAP-WINDOW-RESTRICTOR-KEY/P134061 ps found them at db
  47. 2 points
    grahamparker

    ultion blanks

    I believe that the Cisa SP was one of the first to use the name as the profile shape or vice verse.
  48. 2 points
    Lee

    Fingernails

    I've been using SiServes PR88 for a couple of weeks, its brilliant! although it comes with a "Note to Self" when it says on the pot "take a marble-sized quantity" dont take a ping pong ball amount, unless you want to do your arms as well.
  49. 2 points
    Mick Friend

    3D Closed

    I think we use the same provider and we have had 2 days of their servers being down - I got 230 e-mails during the night so maybe fixed - although 2 were from the CIA who have me on a peado raid list and if I pay the sender 1000 bitcoins he will remove my name.......... I don't even swim!
  50. 2 points
    I have a friend less than 1/4 mile from me and he is CHEAP (stupidly cheap in fact) i have considered ditching all my gear and getting him to do shoe repairs for me. This week i have taken nearly £4500 + whatever i take today and less than £200 of that was on shoe repairs. Key cutting and Lock sales are just escalating for me at the moment and that is where the money and profit lies. BUT my dad started his working life as a shoe repairer and that still holds a historical part of our business and why we are still trading so i am loathed to get rid of the equipment plus the dismantling of the shop and shop front to get it all out but i think it might be the way forward in the long run for me.
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