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Press 1 for #Aaaagghh Automated Call Systems

I don’t know about you but automated call systems just drive me to distraction. There is nothing more irritating than calling a company with a quick query (that you you’ve already spent hours trying to find the answer to online) only to end up trawling your way...

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Customer Service, Caribbean Style

I was lucky enough to spend a few days last month on the beautiful island of St Lucia. This was such a lovely trip as although we went quite often to the Caribbean many years ago before we got married, I've only been there once since. Not for any particular reason but...

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The White Spoon, Cheltenham

Just tucked away in Well Walk, a very warm welcome awaits you at The White Spoon, which offers a contemporary and relaxed fine dining experience. Last night, I was invited to a special bloggers’ dinner to sample some of their very tempting dishes and review the...

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Rural broadband, when is a service not a service?

The joys of country life!   I love where we live, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. Beautiful scenery, gorgeous walks, such a fabulous setting. But I guess there's always a price to pay for everything. Breathtaking views and blissful tranquility we may have, but...

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NCC Home Learning Course First Impressions

What an opportunity!                                                                                                  This month I’ve been presented with a really fantastic opportunity -to review a course of my choice from one of the mega range of home learning...

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When silence is not golden

So sad this weekend to see so many people's holiday dreams being crushed because of the British Airways global IT catastrophe resulting in the cancellation of all its flights. I don't think anyone could fail to be moved by the chaotic scenes at the airport with...

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Me and Screwfix

Screwfix and I have a special relationship. In fact, I'd even go so far as to say that I just love this store. It may seem an odd choice as it's not as if they stock the kind of shoes I would normally be interested in and their range of clothing is not quite designed...

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Computer says “No”

There has to be a certain amount of flexibility in customer service in order to meet a variety of different needs. Every customer is different and likewise, every customer service situation. With this in mind, although company policies are all well and good, if they...

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The (De)value of the Customer?

When you think about it, then it should be a no brainer for companies to do everything in their power to retain the customers they have. However, on many occasions, I’ve despaired at how some companies seem hell bent on doing exactly the opposite. It can be up to 7...

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“We value your feedback”

This was truly music to my customer service tuned ears. On Easter Sunday, I enjoyed a really lovely overnight stay at the Ettington Park Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. The bedrooms and the grounds are just lovely and it’s an absolutely perfect setting for a wedding....

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Tip or Service Charge?

It’s long been a tradition to leave a tip as recognition and appreciation of good customer service and has become quite the norm in the hospitality industry. The very nature of the word ‘tip’ implies that it is not expected and that it is a little extra to say thank...

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Is it just moi?

I always find myself asking this question. Maybe I’m too fussy or maybe I expect too much? But then I think, wait a minute, surely it’s not a bad thing to at least get your money’s worth for things?!? We work really hard for the pennies we earn so they need to be well...

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