Work on Henlys Corner junction improvement scheme to begin in February 2011

Advance work to upgrade junction to begin 7 February, with main works beginning in April. Work will see the junction improved and new pedestrian crossings installed. Project funding secured following Government Comprehensive Spending Review. This scheme has been prioritised because of the broad range of benefits

A major scheme to dramatically improve traffic flow at Henlys Corner junction will begin early next month Transport for London (TfL) announced today. The work on the A406 North Circular Road, beginning in early February, will provide much-needed and long-anticipated improvement to the busy junction.

Right turns, which currently cause significant queues on the local roads, will also be upgraded, allowing cars to move forward and queue in a central area of the junction. This will increase the number of vehicles that can pass through the junction, helping to smooth traffic flow through the area.

New signal-controlled crossings will also be installed, making crossing the road easier for pedestrians and cyclists. The crossings will be automated during the Jewish Sabbath due to the proximity of Finchley Synagogue.

Preparatory works on the footways and grassed areas around the junction are set to begin on 7 February, with the main carriageway works starting on site in April. Work on the £8m scheme is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Find out more

TfL is currently working with Barnet Council to minimise as much as possible any disruption during these works.

Letters will be sent to local residents and businesses during March, explaining more detail about the work phasing and the measures TfL will be putting in place to reduce disruption while these improvements are taking place. A public exhibition about the scheme will also be held, allowing local residents to find out more about the works from TfL officials.

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor’s Transport Advisor, said: ‘The Mayor showed his determination to protect these vital local transport improvements by securing crucial funding from the Government during the Comprehensive Spending Review. This scheme has been prioritised because of the broad range of benefits for pedestrians, cyclists, traffic flow and improving the public realm. The people of Barnet can now look forward to this busy junction being greatly improved.”

Safer crossings

David Brown, Managing Director for Surface Transport at TfL, said: ‘The important works at Henlys Corner will bring huge benefits to all road users along the A406 North Circular Road, and deliver smoother traffic flow along this key arterial route. Working with our contractor and Barnet Council, we will as far as possible make sure that any disruption caused by these works is minimised.”

Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Lynne Hillan, said: ‘I am delighted that Transport for London, working alongside the council, has given the Henlys Corner scheme a high priority despite the current pressure on resources. The council has been lobbying for this scheme for some time. The benefits of improving this junction – which currently sees 94,000 vehicles pass through it daily – are many, from providing a better traffic flow, improving the quality of our signals and roads, to providing safer crossing conditions for pedestrians and cyclists. We look forward to working closely with Transport for London in the future as work progresses on this major improvement project.”

Find out more about the scheme, the contract  of which has been awarded Tarmac Ltd

Posted in Business, Community, News. Comments Off on Work on Henlys Corner junction improvement scheme to begin in February 2011

Ignore at your peril

I stumbled on an interesting post on an American Website, the opening was:

Taking control of your health can have profound, far-reaching effects on your life. With newfound energy and well-being it can change your outlook entirely. This was Matt’s experience. I received this email from Matt a few months ago and it floored me. Peruse and enjoy his opus, and feel free to chime in on the comment board with #98, 99, and 100. Did going Primal spark a sea change in your life? What other aspects of life, maybe totally unrelated to diet and exercise, fell into place once you starting living according the Primal Blueprint lifestyle principles?

Although written in typical American folksy style, there are very many huge tips to help everyone enjoy life more. I have printed the page out and will go through it ticking off each item as I assimilate the knowledge behind it. Well worth a look if you have time.

If you are too busy, then you might wonder if you are too busy because you don’t follow these points. It’s funny how things come together. I have recently been growing tired of the way my life is panning out and I have already started to incorporate many of these items into my daily life. Ignore what Matt has to say at your peril.

Andrew Ampers Taylor

Posted in Health. Comments Off on Ignore at your peril

February Editorial

I know there’s another day to go, but this is to inform you that the February Editorial is now available above at 1 Editorial where we give a glimpse of a major restructure to take place in July.

Posted in Editorial. Comments Off on February Editorial

Computer Corner: Organise and track contacts

Computer Engineer: Paul Fisk

By Paul Fisk

Foreword by Andrew Taylor

This month’s computer corner comes from Paul Fisk, a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. Paul has helped me in the past and knows more about computers than anyone I know, and I know quite a bit! He is a freelance Computer Consultant in the City and works hard, so I am grateful for this article which I hope will be the beginning of a series for business owners and managers in Finchley. Paul can be contacted on 0797 075 2655.

How to use your existing Microsoft Outlook software to organise and track your sales, marketing, clients and suppliers

Do you want something more than just a contact list, but are put off from customer relationship management applications by the cost and complexity? There is a cheaper alternative in Microsoft Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2010. Using the same interface as the Outlook you use every day for email and scheduling makes it quicker to learn. If you have a qualifying product the tool is also free to download – see the Download section later in this article.

Using Microsoft Outlook’s new Business Contact Manager 2010 (BCM)
The latest free add on for Microsoft Outlook is a basic but powerful customer relation management (CRM) tool. The tool has been updated to include a number of new features:-

Once installed you will have a new icon in the bottom left corner of Outlook next to the existing Folder and Shortcut icons. From there you can launch the BCM and start the Business Contact Manager Welcome Centre.

The Welcome Centre includes an introduction video and a number of training items to help use the product.

My favourite feature is being able to instantly switch back to regular Outlook when I want. I recently had to track the entire 3rd-party purchase history of a client going back six years. The tracking features make this very quick and easy.

The remaining menu items are:-
Contact Management
Project Management
Business Records

Within the Business Records menu you have following sub menus:-
Business Contacts
Marketing Activities
Business Projects
Project Tasks
Communications History

Each menu item starts a screen within Outlook that is in two basic parts. Along the bottom half of the screen you will have a series of selectable tabs with options to add further customised tabs.

The top part of the screen has what are called gadgets. These are capable of showing reports for areas such as sales, marketing , project management as well as an option for general reports. The gadgets part of the screen can be turned off if it’s more than you need.

Contact Management
These screens show the accounts, business contacts and sales leads that you can key in a potential client’s details .

There is a pull-down list for the source of the lead.

Fields include potential need, referral, fresh lead, and whether they contacted you initially, as well as a field to add a sales score. Also there are facilities to import contacts en mass from your existing contact lists.

Sales allows you to list opportunities and leads with further options for marketing activities and business projects.

The gadgets in sales include a sales funnel and top customer gadget as well as options to add further gadgets, including dormant customers, sales pipeline, top customers, top products and top referrers. Also there are further gadgets for marketing and project management.

Marketing has tabs for analysis, call lists, mass email, direct mail print and other marketing activities., plus gadgets for campaign comparisons.

Project management
Project management has tabs for business projects and project tasks, as well as gadgets for business projects due next, and project tasks due next.

Business records
This consists of business contacts and accounts that can be copied from your existing outlook contacts. There are also a number of import options for your existing Outlook contact lists as well as from a number of other contact management systems.

From the business contacts screen you can for example add a phone log, email, project or opportunity record, or list these items historically for that specific client.

Opportunities and marketing activities and business projects tie in these activities relevant to any given client.  A new business project for example can be added opening a contact and click the business project icon and fill in the details.

Communication history
This shows the history that can include phone logs as well as emails and project tasks relevant to clients you have listed in your Outlook business contact manager.
From here you can see the list by item, client, project, subject and list how much time was spent on each.

A number of people are using this instead of tools such as Act, Goldmine or Filemaker.
In fact you can import your client data directly from most versions of Act and Quick books.

Note: you should always backup before installing anything new and test new software on a non-production machine.

If you have bought a copy of Office that includes Outlook 2010 you can go to or short cut and use your license key to download the BCM from the Microsoft site.

Microsoft says “This tool is now available to…
…people who have previously purchased Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft office 2007 or a standalone copy of Microsoft Outlook 2007, and have purchased a copy of Microsoft Home and Business 2010, Microsoft Office Professional 2010 or a standalone edition of Microsoft Outlook 2010.” It’s not particularly clear exactly who qualifies for this but I know that it works with new PCs that have Outlook 2010 pre-installed.

Note that if you have a pre-installed copy of Microsoft Office with Outlook, you will see a message saying they are sorry and unable to complete your request but it should let you continue to the download section. Here you will have to set up an account and log in with your email address. From here you should be able to download the program.

Note that the basic BCM is around 368 MB in size so I would not recommend downloading it on a mobile broadband account.

This install should take between 10 and 20 minutes. Once it’s installed you will need to follow the prompts the next time you start Outlook.

You will be prompted for Express or Custom. Express lets you set up anew or use an existing business contacts manager database. The Custom option allows you to use a local or remote database. This is for larger businesses that may be running dedicated servers to host the database.

Next you are prompted to start with sample business data. This can be useful if you are learning the product but note that it is very easy to switch between the sample data and your own. You can of course elect to not use the sample data.

You should now have a Business Contact Manager bar in the bottom left of your Outlook 2010 screen.

To switch between the sample database and your own Click on the top left “File” menu and select Business Contact Manager. Select the manage database icon.

Finally, please note that you are responsible for backing up your email before any upgrades just in case there is a problem.

Posted in Business, People, Technical. Comments Off on Computer Corner: Organise and track contacts

The History of Finchley (16)

Contributor - Stewart Wildby Stewart Wild

Reflecting the area’s growing importance, Finchley’s ‘Local Board’ became an Urban District Council in 1896. In 1932, on 22 April, the Duke of York – the future King George VI – honoured Finchley by visiting what was known as the Glebe Land, an area of some sixty acres alongside the Great North Road where a modern bowling and cinema complex now stands. The future king unveiled a tablet to record the Council’s acquisition and layout of the area for sports facilities, which included the splendid open-air swimming pool that had opened the previous summer.

The following year Finchley was incorporated as a Borough and on 5 October 1933 the Earl of Athlone, accompanied by Princess Alice, paid an official visit. On behalf of King George V, the Earl handed the Charter of Incorporation to the Charter Mayor, Councillor Vyvyan Wells, at a lavish ceremony in the grounds of Avenue House, the former home of Henry “Inky” Stephens who had been MP for Finchley forty years earlier and who had bequeathed his estate for public enjoyment on his death in 1918. Finchley celebrated its new status with a round of festivities lasting three days.

In 1948 the Olympic Games came to London and Finchley had a brief moment of glory on the international stage. Finchley’s open-air pool, known to some as the Lido – and still going strong today after much refurbishment – was the venue for the qualifying rounds of the Olympic water polo competition, the finals being held in Wembley’s Empire Pool. Unfortunately the Great Britain team was eliminated in the first round and the gold medal went to Italy. (to be continued)

Posted in History. Comments Off on The History of Finchley (16)

Are you being overcharged for your cellphone?

Take a look at:

It seems like several cellphone companies are charging the new rate of 20% VAT a month earlier.

I am not accusing the companies of dishonest practice but of pure laziness of not wanting to work out which parts of the bill attracts which rate. But it should be noticed that they are erring in their favour not ours.

Posted in Business, Crime, Technical. Comments Off on Are you being overcharged for your cellphone?

February events are now published

Click on 3 Events at the top if this page. Anyone can place their public events free of charge by visiting our website and filling in our “Forthcoming Events form.

Posted in Events. Comments Off on February events are now published