April 24, 2020
In this emergency episode, we look at the financial choices for integrators who are dealing with projects on pause, a vanishing pipeline and bills to pay. Luke Desmond, CEO of Crisp Accountancy, is our special guest to talk us through the grants and loans available and the practical steps businesses should take to access to them. Crisp Accountancy specialise in the provision of advice to SMEs in the smart home integration sector. The Integrated Home is a Wildwood production. ...
November 26, 2020
Home integration can be an incredibly rewarding industry but also a pretty stressful one. Many integrators work on their own or in small businesses where it’s difficult to find a work-life balance, especially with work on-site often demanding long hours away from home and meeting high client expectations. Uncertainties arising from the pandemic have made things worse. At least half a million more people in the UK may experience mental ill health as a result of COVID-19, says a forecast from The Centre for Mental Health, and that’s likely to rise even higher after the second lockdown. Meanwhile, another survey found that 73% of all building and construction workers feel that their employers did not understand or recognise the early signs of poor mental health, or offer any support. So, what can be done to manage our health and well-being for the better? The Integrated Home Podcast is supported by Ring X Line, Distributed by Meridian, AWE Europe and Sony. We are a Wildwood production and we support Together for Cinema. ...
March 01, 2019
We turn the spotlight on all things audio with the help of Pip Evans, the main man at London-based NV Integration and Barry Sheldrick, Sales Director at Meridian Audio. What are customers looking for when they listen to music in the home? Is it all about convenience or is quality making a comeback? What role does content have to play in the discussion? And, how can we persuade customers about the benefits of great sound in a media room and home cinema set up? We also look at two demo options for installation businesses without their own dedicated showroom space. Can a showroom collaboration with an interior designer work for your business? And, what are brands doing to support installers in selling their services? Make sure you also listen out for a second chance to enter our competition to win a Sony Home Cinema Projector, retailing at £5,000 from podcast supporter, AWE. This episode is brought to you from the home of hi-res audio, the Meridian Reference Theatre at the company's HQ near Cambridge. The Integrated Home supports Together For Cinema – to find out more, visit www.togetherforcinema.co.uk. Sponsored by Meridian Audio and AWE, The Integrated Home is a Wildwood and Alfi Media Production. ...