What does a full car service include?

We all know how important it is to go to the doctors for a checkup to make sure everything is running smoothly. Well, the same goes for our cars! When a car is designed, manufacturers set out a service schedule for the car, which they believe will keep it running reliably and safely.

If you are unsure about what type of service your car requires then be sure to check your manufacturer guidebook as this will have all of the relevant details in it.

There is a lot of overlap between servicing and an MOT test and it is estimated that 75-85% of your MOT is covered during servicing, however that does not mean you should skip on serving or your MOT, as they are vital in keeping your car safe and roadworthy and protecting yourself and other road users.

Cars that have their own warranty will typically receive one of the following services. The services vary in price depending on how much work is needed to be done on the car.

  • Basic or Interim Service.
  • Oil and Filter change.
  • Full service/Major service
  • Manufacturer service


Oil and Filter change:

An Oil and Filter change is one of the most important parts of a service and is included in all services. It helps your car to run reliably and helps increase fuel efficiency. All Garages have a duty of care towards their customers to complete a visual safety inspection when they work on any car, even if the car is booked in for a basic oil and filter change. However they are not liable to check the brakes, so brake checks should be booked in to take place at least once a year.

Basic or Interim Service:

Each type of service builds on the previous level, so a basic service will typically include an oil and filter change and a visual inspection, but there will usually be a top up of all the key fluids in the engine (washer fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze and steering fluid) and a check of up to 35 key components to ensure your car is in the best condition possible. A good garage will also check your brakes and manufacturer guidelines and recommend any additional work your car may need, however not all garages do this.

Full Service:

A Full service typically consists of all basic service work already described, an extra 15-30 additional checks on the car’s components (compared to the basic service) It is important to note, as with the basic service, if the car requires any additional maintenance work this will be an additional cost.

Major Service:

A Major Service will include everything covered in a full service but will also include a change of spark plugs, a change of fuel filters and some other service/wear items that are recommended by the manufacturer’s schedule. This does not include any additional repair or maintenance work.

Manufacturers service:

A Manufacturer service should include all wear, service and maintenance your car needs and is the most expensive and comprehensive service available. There is a wide range of checks included in the manufacturer’s service including :

  • Oil and oil filter check and replacement
  • Brake fluid check and top up
  • Anti-Freeze coolant check and top up
  • Windscreen wash check and top up
  • Full brake check
  • Power steering fluid check and top up
  • Steering check
  • Shock absorbers check.
  • Suspension check
  • Light check
  • Windscreen wipers check
  • Wheel alignment check
  • Charging systems check
  • Exhaust check
  • Battery check
  • Charging system check
  • Tyre tread and pressure check.

If you have any questions about servicing or your warranty be sure to contact a reputable local garage who can help you further.


Sussex Job Scene – May 2016

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Each month we’re sharing news about the latest job opportunities across East and West Sussex. If you’re looking for a new challenge or just starting out in your career, our tips on great local companies, and who’s hiring will help you on your way!


East Grinstead – Charters Retirement Village looking for motivated care assistants and nurses

Charters Court Care Home, East Grinstead, West Sussex – within a retirement village owned by the Retirement Villages group  – is currently recruiting for RGN nurses for day and evening work (both full and part time) and senior care assistants and care assistants (full and part time posts available).

This award-winning company has been building state-of-the-art retirement villages for over 30 years, and the portfolio today really is impressive. The company’s aim is to provide people in later life with a wonderful community and excellent services around comfortable, purpose built homes.

In East Grinstead, phase two of Charters Village is currently being built and marketed, and is close to completion. Phase two will expand the portfolio of independent living apartments and bungalows at the village. The Charters Court Care Home needs motivated employees who share this common goal and will give their all to deliver a standard of service they would be happy for a senior member of their own family to receive. The village supports an independent retirement lifestyle in a stunning semi-rural setting, boasting communal clubhouse facilities including restaurant, bar, lounge, library, conservatory, convenience shop and beautifully manicured grounds.

The retirement sector can provide very rewarding and fulfilling career opportunities. There is an ongoing need at Retirement Villages for passionate people to join the nursing, care, domestic, catering and grounds teams right through to facilities, administration and management posts.  Staff retention is high at Retirment Villages and new opportunities are opening up all the time as the portfolio of retirement communities grows.

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Fascinating Fact:  Retirement Villages was responsible for bringing the retirement village model to the UK in the early 1980s when it opened the first retirement community, Elmbridge Village in Cranleigh, Surrey.

Why work here? You’ll be part of an award-winning organisation dedicated to delivering the best service possible for residents. Staff are supported through professional development and on-going training, and the work is rewarding and typically in beautiful surroundings.

For more information about jobs at Retirement Villages please visit:



Crawley – Barratt Homes hiring enthusiastic sales and marketing people

PrintBarratt Homes started out building homes in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1958. Today the leading construction company has built over 350,000 homes, and is one of UK’s biggest and best known homebuilders. The company is thriving today, known for its successful brands: Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes, Ward Homes, Barratt London and Wilson Bowden Developments.

Every year, these businesses build and sell thousands of new homes and commercial property – everything from affordable family homes, to exclusive luxury apartments, to large retail parks.  Needless to say, it’s a big business, employing over 6,000 people in locations across the United Kingdom.

There are job opportunities in Sussex as new developments are being planned, built and marketed, so look out for construction, kitchen fitter, surveyor,  site manager, marketing, sales and administration roles particularly in the Crawley and Worthing (Cissbury Chase development pictured below) areas.

There’s a big emphasis on learning and career development for all employees, no matter what level they entered the business at.  Whatever your background, there’s a solid future within the Barratt Group.
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Fascinating fact: This year Barratt has once again achieved 5 star house builder status. It is the only major national house builder to have been awarded the maximum 5 star rating for six years in a row!

Why work here? Barratt really takes care of its employees, with a focus on developing you as a person and empowering you with new skills for the modern workplace.




Worthing: Great opportunities at South Coast Nursing Homes

southcoast-540x280 logoFor over 50 years South Coast Nursing Homes has provided care for older people in eight specialist nursing homes across beautiful East and West Sussex. There’s a genuine passion from the top down at this organisation to provide elderly residents with only the best and most personal care available. Keep an eye out for vacancies in the South Coast Care Homes at Seaford, Worthing, Eastbourne, Burgess Hill, Littlehampton and Bolney. (Abundant Grace in Seaford is pictured below.)

Currently Berkeley Lodge Nursing home in Worthing is looking to recruit day and night carers to start as soon as possible. Pay rates are competitive, and full training and uniforms are provided.

Working for SCNH, you’ll be caring for elderly private clients, and delivering a service that is second to none. Care ranges from short-term respite care, to full residential.

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Fascinating fact: South Coast Nursing Homes began with a single residential home in Worthing in 1959. Today the company is one of largest private companies in Sussex and employs in excess of 530 staff and has 344 beds all in single rooms.

Why work here? Extremely rewarding work for a well-regarded local Sussex company.  South Coast Nursing Homes says it is committed to treating and remunerating its staff well in the knowledge that this is the key to a happy employees doing a great job.


Day and night carers needed in Worthing


Eastbourne: Search for hospitality talent for The Grand

night-porter-five-star-seaside-hotel-15258389-1_800X600The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, is the archetypal British hotel by the sea. An real gem on Eastbourne’s Victorian seafront, the hotel is within easy walking distance of the town centre and the South Downs National Park. This lovely hotel has 152 bedrooms and suites, swimming pool and Health Club, two restaurants, one of which is the award winning two rosettes fine dining Mirabelle. The hotel has a reputation for fine food, great service and outstanding hospitality.

Part of the Elite Hotels group, which owns and runs four stunning hotels, The Grand often has vacancies for hospitality staff, night porters, housekeeping, kitchen, maintenance and reservations.  The company has a dedicated website for Elite Careers, which could be your key to a fantastic career in the vibrant and exciting hospitality sector.

The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne is recruiting for a people focused Night Porter to join their busy Night Team, and you can look at for other jobs by registering your interest here.

The Elite Hotels group offers a wide range of benefits to employees . Along with excellent training, development and progression opportunities some of the other benefits successful candidates would enjoy include working in a hotel listed in the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Condé Nast Johansens.  As well as this stunning location, a big perk is that you will earn a share in the Company Gratuities scheme which is performance driven by colleagues. There is also an Employee Assistance programme managed by Hospitality Action to help employees navigate through life’s difficulties. There’s also a discount scheme and company pension scheme.

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Fascinating fact:  The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, is the UK’s only 5 star hotel by the sea and is known locally as ‘The White Palace’.

Why work here:   Elite Hotels is an Investors in People accredited employer offering many benefits and excellent training.  At The Grand, Eastbourne you’d be working in one of the AA’s Top 200 Hotels in the UK, and can enjoy fantastic company discounts.

Night porter required for The Grand, Eastbourne

Look for further vacancies with Elite Hotels here.


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Sussex Job Scene – April 2016

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Each month we’re sharing news about the latest job opportunities across East and West Sussex. If you’re looking for a new challenge or just starting out in your career, our tips on great local companies, and who’s hiring will help you on your way!


Brighton & Hove: Warren’s Law & Advocacy boosts city’s legal sector

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Well-established law firm Warren’s Law & Advocacy has opened an office in Middle Street, Brighton – an exciting addition to existing branches at the Old Bailey in central London, Lewisham, and Eastbourne.

The firm’s founder and senior partner Rodney Warren LLB has worked nationally as a specialist criminal lawyer and is a past chair and director of the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association.

The firm has extensive experience working with the Serious Fraud Office, has dealt with complex mortgage fraud allegations, money laundering investigations and overseas Bribery and Corruption cases both under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and the Bribery Act 2010. Warren’s Law & Advocacy has historically taken on work from the film and music industry, has a growing specialism in equine law and is finding increasing work in education, as parents seek legal advice over perceived unfairness in the schools admissions system – a big issue in the city of Brighton & Hove today.

The firm now employs 50 solicitors, barristers and consultant QCs working across all areas of law. Contact the Brighton or Eastbourne offices to find out about potential legal or support roles at the firm.

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  • Why work here? Highly respected law firm with big ambitions for growth, willing to take on  ‘adventurous’ cases.
  • Fascinating fact: Warren’s worked pro bono for a paparazzo accused of assaulting Heather Mills in Brighton – an allegation the firm successfully proved was untrue.

Crawley: easyJet is hiring Cabin Crew for London Gatwick

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The nation’s favourite low-cost airline was launched by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou in 1999 and is now the fourth largest airline in Europe, with over 220 aircraft flying to over 700 routes to over 35 countries every day. Gatwick Airport is one of its global hubs, and there are many jobs advertised at this time of year.

easyJet cabin crew now number over 5,100. There are fabulous opportunities at Gatwick for people who love travel, are well organised and aspire to being the face of easyJet. In particular there are Cabin Crew London Gatwick Fixed Term Contracts for successful 2016 starters – where you’ll work as a team to deliver a quality service, managing the safety and security of passengers, and making sure everything is done to the company’s exacting standards.

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Search for jobs here. https://careers.easyjet.com/

Gatwick Cabin Crew Fixed Term Contracts 2016

  • Why work here? The company is fast-growing, run by really passionate people, and offers great travel benefits.
  • Fascinating fact: More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour’s drive of an easyJet airport.


Horsham: Become a John Lewis partner at the smart new store


The John Lewis Partnership is probably one of the best employers in the country, and as the Waitrose and John Lewis department store networks grow, so too does the need for top quality staff, or ‘partners’ as they are called by this much-loved profit-sharing organisation.

West Sussex recently gained a John Lewis department store when the Horsham branch opened in June 2015. It cost £11 million to build and has reportedly created more than 200 jobs in the Sussex town and beyond.

Although only a handful of jobs are advertised on the JLP website, it’s worth sending in your CV and making contact with the HR department at this lovely store if you’re hard-working and want to be in with a chance of becoming a John Lewis partner in the near future. Look out for seasonal jobs and part time jobs in the retail departments, cafe, and warehouse and there are often delivery driver jobs advertised too.

John Lewis Horsham

Search John Lewis Partnership jobs here: http://jlpjobs.com/search-jobs


Horsham Store: 01403 214 740

  • Why work here? Amazing benefits, profit-sharing and world class management – ‘partner happiness’ is at the centre of everything the company does.
  • Fascinating fact: The first John Lewis opened as a drapery shop on Oxford Street London in 1864, and this is now the company’s flagship store.


Hastings: Develop your skills with Hastings Direct

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Launched in 1997, Hastings Direct began as a UK broker providing private car insurance policies. Today the product range encompasses a lot more – including home, bike and van insurance as well as additional products and services. There are often job opportunities here, for enthusiastic sales and customer service executives – so explore the website and check current vacancies. There is also a new Apprenticeship in Customer Service – a great way to gain invaluable experience and a Level 2 Diploma qualification in Customer Service while being in paid employment.

The award-winning company prides itself on excellent customer service, so if you want to join this operation, being service-obsessed is essential. Working here you can expect lots of top quality training and management support and the list of benefits is impressive – including pension scheme, life assurance, and discounts on Hastings Direct products of course!

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Recruitment line: 01424 738499

  • Why work here? Very good personal development opportunities and colleagues are encouraged to contribute and thrive.
  • Fascinating fact: The current company goal is to “protect 1 in 10 by 2020” with Hastings Direct insurance schemes.

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Brighton Marathon: Our fantastic Friday-Ad runners smashed it!

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Our energetic Friday-Ad runners clocked up hundreds of miles last Sunday (April 17th), taking part in the Brighton Marathon and 10k races. Helped along by beautiful sunshine and enthusiastic crowds, everyone who took part completed their personal challenge, and raised lots of money for our chosen charity the St Peter & St James Hospice. Well done to everyone for going the distance!

Please donate via our Just Giving page in support of St Peter & St James Hospice. 

The atmosphere at the seventh Brighton Marathon couldn’t have been better with dry conditions, an upbeat samba band to set the scene, and our very own Friday Media Group support station on Hove seafront, provided by Group Managing Director Sam Kidger, where staff enjoyed music and refreshments while cheering on the athletes. Organisers estimated that crowds easily exceeded the event’s usual 150,000 people, and we’d agree with that!

As is customary, there were eye-catching costumes spotted along the course – a rhino, superman, spiderman and a giant heart. Our runners looked bright and breezy in their sunflower-emblazoned vests provided by St Peter & St James. Here are a few action shots from the day:

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Five Family Friendly Festivals in Sussex

With summer well and truly on the way, festival season is nearly upon us. Sarah Ryman, author of A Field Somewhere shares us in on her tried and tested top festivals to take the kids.

Elderflower Fields – 27-30 May – Pippingford Park, Nutley

A magical weekend of wild adventure, discovery and inspiration designed especially for families with children in mind. Camping with nature and great local food & drink, all set in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside. With the focus on trying new things, the event offers so many activities for children to experience, and on Sunday provides a communal taster picnic for all guests. Kids can book a sports or arts camp while adults relax in the woodland spa, enjoy some local food and drink, or discover the eclectic range of music, performance and DJ’s.

Celebrating its 5th birthday this year, it’s easy to see why many families return to Elderflower Fields. An exciting and unique family experience that opens minds to new opportunities in sport, music, food, art and the great outdoors. At just a few thousand people, Elderflower Fields is the perfect environment for kids and grown-ups to fully escape for the weekend.

Elderflower Fields Festival 2015 © Kipperklock photography. All rights Reserved

Elderflower Fields Festival 2015 © Kipperklock photography. All rights Reserved

Chilled in a Field – 29-31 July – The Hop Farm, Tonbridge

Grown from the ’90’s London party scene, Chilled in a Field is a lovely small, independent festival for grown up ex-ravers and their kids. ​Moving to its new home of The Hop Farm on the Kent / Sussex border this year, the weekend offers dance music from some of the UK’s top independent labels. Activities for children and adults all day with bands, musicians, artists, science, theatre and performances, DJ’s and dancing well in to the night.

A real ale festival bar, local beer and dozens of ciders, bubbles and cocktails compliment a range of delicious street food. Chilled in a Field is a friendly weekend of family fun and tickets are kept to under 1000 so it’s very manageable with little ones.

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Forgotten Fields – 5-7 August – Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells

Forgotten Fields is an intimate festival set at the beautiful Eridge Deer Park in Sussex. A great party atmosphere, incredible music and good food and drink. Very much a music festival, there are several stages including the Gypsy Disco Presents stage which takes families late in to the night with interactive theatre, music and burlesque and circus performers.

The inaugural Forgotten Fields show cased new talent plus some undiscovered future stars. Plenty of festival favourites as well as a Late Night Cinema, a host of world beating cuisine and the Kendal Calling Real Ale Festival. There are also plenty of glamping options from bell tents, pod pads, octopads and bunk pads sleeping up to 6.


Funk the Family – 28 May – Hove Park, Hove

If the thought of camping fills you with dread, then Funk the Family offers a weekend of fun in just 1 day. The emphasis is on high quality live music with a selection of family entertainment around it. Building of the success of its first year in 2015, this year promises to offer another day of family fun in Brighton. (Well Hove actually)

Bought to you from Brighton’s own Radio Reverb DJ, Lucy ‘Elle J’ Small, the event partners some big names in music with interactive circus, a kids big top, local food, a well-being area, outdoor games, superb live music, and the groovy Club Tropicana DJ bar.


Englands Medieval Festival – 27-29 August – Herstmonceaux Castle

Step back in time and immerse your family in the spectacular magic of the past. England’s Medieval Festival is the most authentic, one-of-a-kind event with a very special blend of history and fun for the whole family. The largest event of its kind in the UK, from the moment you arrive you are surrounded by the sights, smells and excitement of medieval times. Realistic historical re-enactments, battles, performers, horses, archery, music, traditional crafts, eating, drinking, shopping and day to day life of the past.

Herstmonceaux Castle is a fairy tale setting with for a totally different family weekend. Wizards, jesters, knights, dragons and princesses await the kids. Guests can enjoy medieval glamping, regular camping, or even a real bed in the onsite B&B.

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If you are looking for tips on taking your children to festivals read ‘Top Tips to survive festivals with kids’

Enjoy your summer kids!!

Sarah Ryman, A Field Somewhere: Sussex Mum and Festival Veteran

Brighton Marathon 2016: We’re running for St Peter & St James Hospice!

Now a major date in the national sporting calendar, the Brighton Marathon and BM10k races raise vast amounts for amazing causes every year.

Here at Friday-Ad we’re keen to do our bit too. So we’re delighted to announce that our chosen charity is the St Peter & St James Hospice in North Chailey which gives specialist end of life and respite care to around 600 patients in Sussex each year. Our Friday-Ad team of three marathon runners, and seventeen 10k runners will be powering through the respective courses on Sunday 17th April, on a mission to raise as much as they can for this inspirational local charity.

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Money raised for St Peter & St James will go towards the wonderful care provided to hundreds of patients who are very unwell with cancer and other conditions. Our charity foundation – The Friday Media Group Foundation – will be working with St Peter & St James throughout the year, and we’ll be sharing our news of what we achieve over the next few months.

To boost our fundraising efforts we will be holding a Cake Sale at our Sayers Common head office in the run up to Marathon weekend. We’re also launching a Charity Sweepstake so staff can bet on the total time of the participating runners. And we’re setting up a 12-hour ‘Treadmill Runathon’ on the sales floor – so anyone who owns a pair of trainers can have their moment in the spotlight!

St Peter St JamesAbout St Peter & St James Hospice

At the Hospice and Continuing Care Centre in North Chailey 23 patient rooms provide care for over 2,000 overnight in-patient stays. Invaluable work also goes on out in the community as over 90% of care is given in patients’ homes. The centre and its teams give specialist support to around 600 patients each year, including nursing and medical care, counselling, welfare services, physiotherapy, complimentary therapy and spiritual care. We were struck by the fact that St Peter & St James needs to raise £7,200 to run the hospice and community services – and we’re glad to be in a position to help.

What the runners say!

Stan Porthouse: “St Peter & St James Hospice do some incredible things, so hopefully I will be able to trickle across the finish line and raise as much money as possible for them!”


Natasha Davey: “I’m looking forward to running the Brighton 10k with the FMG team and to raise funds for St Peter and St James Hospice. Although this is my 9th 10k race it will be challenge getting back to running after an Achilles tendon injury at the beginning of the year.”


Neil Barnes: “I’d like to attempt running a marathon or half marathon one day. Running a 10k for the first time feels like a good starting point to help achieve this goal, while also raising money for an excellent cause.”

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All Four You: Four Valentine’s Gifts Under £4

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Are you one of the many people on a tight budget and looking for some great ‘thought that counts’ ideas? Dan Flanagan, Editor of Don’t Believe the Hype, explains four ways to woo your lover for under £4 this Valentine’s Day.

So you’ve just got the stress of Christmas out the way, and before you know it, along comes Valentine’s Day. A day that you either love or hate for obvious reasons.

Along with all the hearts and public displays of affection, there comes a road fraught with danger. How much do you spend? Do you bother at all? If they say “Oh, let’s not bother this year” will you be moving in with the dog if you take them at their word?

Whatever you do, don’t be one of the people that turns up with flowers from the garage or worse yet empty-handed. That is unforgivable.

Here to help, is a quick guide that is guaranteed woo your better half for under a fiver. After all, it’s not about how much you spend; it’s about how much thought you put in. So to save your time, we’ve put in the thought for you. What more can you ask ‘four’?

Idea One

A Month Of Lie-In’s.

Who doesn’t love a lie-in? So why wait for a weekend. Plan out your day, so you take all the little time-consuming tasks away from your loved one. Make their pack lunch the night before & stick it in the fridge ready to go. Help them pack their work stuff, door keys and everything they normally lose in the morning chaos and make sure it is ready to go. Thus saving precious minutes that can be spent in the land of dreams.

Cost: £0.00

Idea Two

Got Netflix and want to chill? Make them a playlist of all their favourite shows, movies and box set for them to binge on.

Then wrap up the remote in a big bow, block out some evenings on the family calendar and say “Honey, you never get enough time to do what you want, so here you go, BINGE TILL YOU CAN’T BINGE NO MORE BABY”.

Showing that you can be so thoughtful will mean they get the Netflix, and you will definitely get the ‘chill’ as the young people say.

Cost: £0.50 for the ribbon.

Idea Three

Get a big glass jar, buy a pack of felt-tips or better still if you have kids, just pinch theirs. Then grab a pad of coloured paper and write down as many compliments and the lyrics of favourite gooey songs that you can think of then cut them up into little squares and pop them in the jar. If you are stuck for ideas, then a quick Google search of ” The Top 100 Love Songs Of All Time” will help you.

Here’s the clever bit. Hand the jar over with the instructions. ‘Whenever you are feeling a bit stressed, or a bit rubbish about life ask me to pick one of these pieces of paper out, and I will sing you whatever it says.’

The result will either be that they will be utterly swept off their feet with your Buble-like velvety tones or wet themselves with laughter.

Cost: £3.50 and a loss of a healthy dose of self-respect.

Idea Four

Raid the old family photo album, take out the best ones and pop them out on a piece of coloured string, using clothes pegs, so it looks like bunting. Then hang it all up around the house, in places they least expect it, like the loo or the inside of their car.

Not only does this look very cool like you have cloned Pinterest, (especially if you have burgled the kids craft box and covered the clothes pegs in paint and glitter. If you don’t have kids or a craft box, that you can purchase them fully pre-jazzed up all ready to go). But it gives the impression that you spend hours lovingly gazing over photos of your beloved.

Costs: Clothes Pegs £2.00, string £0.00 if liberated from next doors washing line. Otherwise, it’s around £1.00.

So there you have it, four fail safe and quick to action ideas to make sure that you stay on the right side of your loved one this February the 14th. Do you have any better ideas? We’d love to hear them!


Dan Flanagan, Editor Don’t Believe The Hype Stories About Fatherhood | Funk | Fashion | Foolishness.

Did you know? | Jobs in Construction & Engineering

The construction industry is experiencing a boom in job availability. This is due to a 1.2% increase in all new work. Therefore, if you are out of work and looking for a new job there are lots for you to apply for, none more so than those on Friday-Ad, check them out today!

Jobs available…

Tradesmen & Labourers

There is a number of different ways you can get into the construction industry, but the most common route would be to learn a trade. These include everything from Electricians to Bricklayers, from Welders to PlasterersCarpenters to Joiners. To become qualified as an electrician or plumber, you will need to complete industry recognised training and qualification.

However, with jobs such as bricklayers, plasterers, carpenters and joiners this isn’t 100% necessary as you can start as a labourer to gain experience. This does mean that it might take longer to learn your trade to a high level.

Experience also reflects in your starting salary, as well as the type of construction job you are after. A bricklayer can expect to receive around £16,000 a year as a starting salary, whereas, a qualified electrician can earn up to £21,000 a year with the national average sitting at £25,000. As well as this, the salary increases if you progress to the position of construction manager, where you can expect a salary of over £30,000.

Other Average UK Salaries –

  • Carpenter £24,000
  • Plumber £22,000
  • Plasterer £23,000


Engineering jobs are available across different brackets of the industry, including civil engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering and structural engineering. The latter work closely with architects in the design and construction process in the creation of buildings and similar structures.

Unlike bricklayers, plasterers, carpenters and joiners; where you can learn the trade on the job – to a certain level of quality – all engineering jobs require a degree or postgraduate masters degree. Civil engineers in particular, often start out as part of a company’s graduate scheme and learn under the guidance of a mentor on the job.

When it comes to salary, due to the higher level of qualification needed, the average starting salary for a civil engineer is in the region of £26,000 with structural engineers being slightly higher at £28,000.


To work in Architecture, like engineering, a qualification at degree or masters degree is needed, and a recent study showed that with the less amount of experience you had in the field of architecture, the higher the amount software skills was necessary. Whereas, if you had a substantial amount of experience in the industry, the less software experience was required.

Due to the level of degree earned, and time spent to earn that degree – 7 years – you can imagine that the average starting salary for an architect would reflect that and rightly so. An architect fresh into the industry can expect to earn anywhere between £27,000 to £29,000 dependant on experience.However, if they were to make their way up the ranks they can expect to earn as much as £42,000 for a Project Architect position and even as much as £48,000 for the position of Senior Architect.

Some did you knows…

  • Average wage is up 10% in 2015 for carpenters, electricians, plasterers and plumbers compared to 2014
  • 29% of employers recruited in 2015
  • Over the next 4 years, 20% more skilled workers will be needed due to increasing construction demands
  • Between June-August 2015 there were 40,101 new registered homes. This was an increase of 11% from the same period in 2014
  • January-August 2015 saw an increase of 3.7% compared to the previous year
  • Construction jobs available doubled from 2013 to 2014 (118%) and continue to grow

If you’re looking for a job in either the construction or engineering industry, check out Friday-Ad today! We have 100s of jobs for you to look at, and even if you aren’t looking for a job in those fields, we have 100s of vacancies advertised in our job section. Click here to take a look…


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Friday-Ad partners with the Airbnb of package delivery



Brighton based Friday-Ad is working with innovative social delivery service Nimber, to offer an alternative way for buyers to receive their purchases. Convenient, environmentally-friendly, and cheaper than using standard couriers or hiring a van, Nimber is a collaborative peer-to-peer delivery service. It connects people who need to send something from one place to another, with someone who is going in that direction.

Friday-Ad buyers who’ve spotted a bargain, perhaps a second hand kid’s bike, drum kit or digital printer, can put a request on Nimber via the Friday-Ad site, to see if anyone – a ‘bringer’ – can deliver as part of a car or train journey they are making anyway. The two parties communicate to agree a price and time for delivery.

“Nimber promises even more freedom for Friday-Ad buyers and sellers as it’s really convenient and cost-effective way to have their purchases picked up and delivered anywhere in the UK.”

Will Kidger, Product Manager for Friday-Ad says: “We’re excited to be partnering with Nimber to introduce their unique peer-to-peer delivery service to the Friday-Ad community. Nimber promises even more freedom for Friday-Ad buyers and sellers as it’s a really convenient and cost-effective way to have their purchases picked-up and delivered anywhere in the UK.”

He continues: “The cost and effort involved in arranging delivery of items can discourage some people searching further afield to find their perfect purchase, so we’ve integrated the Nimber booking process right into the heart of the new Friday-Ad site to make arranging that precious new purchase a doddle.”

The new partnership will allow Friday-Ad website users to expand their horizons when searching for items to buy. No longer will the perfect guitar, coffee table or baby cot be too difficult to collect. With Nimber, the delivery can be on the buyer’s terms, at a time of their choice and at a pre-agreed price.

The rise of ‘social delivery’

Nimber describes itself as ‘a social delivery service where you save the environment, make money and do something nice for other people’. Founded by Norwegian businessman Knut Bjerke, it is well established in Norway and launched in the UK in July 2015. The company has recently secured investment capital for growth. In the next 10 years the value of the ‘sharing economy’, typified by the likes of Airbnb and TaskRabbit, is expected to grow from £500 million to £9 billion in the UK, according to PWC.

Friday-Ad at the forefront of the sharing community

Last year Friday-Ad celebrated 40 years of bringing local buyers and sellers together and we continue to improve our service in line with the latest consumer and web 2.0 trends. The website www.friday-ad.co.uk relauched in 2015 with improved functionality to help our 1.5 million monthly users buy and sell their items online. The start of 2016 brings further progress – our partnership with Nimber demonstrating a commitment to classified site innovation, while tapping into the fast-growing sharing economy.

Friday-Ad is part of privately owned Friday Media Group based in West Sussex.

Here’s what other people think of Nimber –

  • ‘People trust people more than they trust companies. With Nimber, you do a handshake with the person, not the company.’ – The Guardian
  • ‘Forget couriers – your next parcel could be arriving via commuter’ – London Evening Standard
  • ‘The beauty of the system is that it makes use of existing car and van capacity by targeting journeys that are happening anyway.’ – Independent
  • ‘My commute to work earns £5 a day – The Telegraph
  • ‘The first peer-to-peer delivery service is being launched in the UK after seeing huge success in Norway – BBC Radio 2

For more information about the Nimber service on Friday-Ad please contact:

Sam Parker, Friday Media Group marketing executive [email protected]

Alison Clements, Friday Media Group PR [email protected]

Will Kidger, Friday Media Group Product Manager [email protected]

Telephone – 01273 837 700

For more information about Nimber, please visit – www.nimber.com

Top 10 | Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

New Year has come and gone, and we are now travelling into the unknown that is 2016, but there is still time to make yourself a New Year’s resolution. However, it isn’t always that easy to think of something worthwhile to try and accomplish this year. That’s where we come in. Here, at Friday-Ad, we have compiled our top 10 achievable New Year’s resolutions for you to take a look at. All too often we set ourselves near on impossible or unrealistic goal to accomplish, well if you often fall foul of doing this, then our list is perfect for you.


1. Drink 8 glasses of water a day

This may sound simple enough, and we all know that we have the intention of drinking as much water as possible, but reaching the magical number of eight glasses is very rare. A tip to help you achieve this, instead of drinking from a glass, buy yourself a bottle and take it with you everywhere you go. This will increase your chances of reaching your goal.

2. At least once a week, sit down for a family meal

In today’s modern world, people cannot be blamed for wanting to watch television whilst they eat – a takeaway curry and a film go hand in hand – but if you can manage to sit down, as a family, around the dinner table, it can do wonders for your family bonding and bring you closer together.


3. Lose weight

Now, if you managed to make it through the Christmas period and come out the other side NOT feeling like you have eaten a house, you’re very lucky. Most of us now feel like we’ve added a couple of stone – predominantly chocolate, turkey, cheese and chocolate. Therefore, it’s no surprise that people use their New Year’s resolution to kick that extra holiday weight and get ready for summer. However, you don’t have to join the gym and shell out each month on a gym membership, you can lose weight by eating well and exercising from home. If you aren’t into running and want to pump some iron, you’ll be able to find some second-hand weights on Friday-Ad, helping you keep the cost down on your weight loss goal.

4. Give up smoking

This is considered to be one of the hardest New Year’s resolutions to achieve, and there are a large number of products, books and patches you can use to help you quit. However, the best method to really make sure you stop would be to go cold turkey.


5. Start a new job

A new year can bring up a lot of change and often convinces people that is finally time to quit their current job that the aren’t happy in and pushes them to go for something that they really want to do. Being happy in what you do is key, and it was Confucious who said “choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life”. If you’re considering in changing your career path or just want to get a new job and make some money, take a look on Friday-Ad, there are 1000s of jobs available and who knows, your new job could be there too!

6. Learn something new

This might sound like quite a vague resolution, but that just means you can find a hobby or activity that suits you. Whether it’s learning a new language, rekindling your love of the beautiful game and joining your local football team or even learning to play an instrument. There is such a great number of things you can do, all of which could bring you a joy that you’ve never experienced before. Also, if you learn to play a new sport you can keep healthy and have fun at the same time. Win win!


7. See the World

The World is a big and beautiful place, from the ice cold peaks of the Alps to the humid greenery of the Amazon rainforest, there are many places that most of us have never seen. So, why not make your New Year’s resolution one that gives you the chance to see them all? This year try and go somewhere on holiday that you’ve never been before, take in some culture, who knows what fun you could have?

8. Spend less of your time in the digital world and more in the real world

With everyone spending more and more time online, we are all losing touch of the art conversation and becoming less connected as a result. 2016 could be different. Start logging how much time you are spending online each week, and then establish how much time you need to cut back. You might be surprised how long you spend looking at a screen.


9. Raise money for charity

Everybody likes to help out as much as they can when it comes to charity, it feels good to help those less fortunate than yourself. After all, we are all on this planet together, why not help those that need an extra helping hand? So, in 2016, whether it’s donating more yourself, or if you want to complete a marathon in aid of charity then go do it! What’s stopping you? There are so many people that could do with your help. If you don’t want to raise money, you can always donate some of your time and volunteer. You’ll feel better about yourself in the process.

10. Get off your butt and do something!

That’s right, there is no point in making a New Year’s resolution if you have absolutely no intention of achieving it. Get out there and do it, there is a reason why you made it in the first place so put some effort in and you’ll be surprised at what you could achieve, and how your life might change as a result! Have a great 2016.