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Small Business Saturday: The Customised Story

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Small Business Saturday: The Customised Story

The Small Business Saturday is a nationwide campaign to support, inspire and promote the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses. It aims to encourage consumers to 'shop local' and support small businesses in their communities. This year Small Business Saturday falls on 1st December.

Customised are taking part in the campaign, to help raise the profile of the local Home Tech Professional; this is a business local to you that can help with your home tech headaches. We are the people to call when your home wifi is rubbish, you want that new TV wall mounted with no cables showing or you want to control your heating from your phone. Customised are Home Tech Pro’s based in Loddon, South Norfolk. Small Business Saturday was an ideal time to share our story and give you, the reader, a little insight into our business.

Customised was established in 2011 in the Highlands of Scotland, a fair few miles from Norfolk! Directors, Kris and Anna Gamble undertook a new build home project and this was the catalyst for Customised, we needed a Home Tech Pro and couldn’t find one locally. Family and the beautiful Norfolk countryside drew us back to Anna’s home county in 2014, where Customised quickly became established and our customer base grew rapidly.

Since 2014 Customised has grown in size, with our Tech Team being joined by Chris, Jez and Martin in Norfolk, and Icaro and Chris in London. Anna and Zoe man the office and keep the boys in order! Customised has been pioneering the sensibly priced smart home since 2011, but the introduction of the Internet of Things and Voice Assistants has made home tech accessible to everyone. We have been at the forefront of bringing a new breed of smart home to clients across the UK. Our Home Tech Experience Centre, opened in December 2017, showcases the latest in smart home technology. Why not come along on Small Business Saturday to find out more and see how Customised can make your home smarter.

Find us at 2a High Street, Loddon, NR14 6AH, on FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter and customised.uk.com.

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Home Tech Experience Centre opens & Happy Christmas!

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Home Tech Experience Centre opens & Happy Christmas!

Our new Home Tech Experience Centre is now open at 2a High Street, Loddon.  Visit us to experience a fully voice controlled living space.  Open 9am-4pm Monday - Friday and 10-4pm Saturday.  Call us on 01508 528964 to book a demonstration.

Customised will be closed for the Christmas period from Friday 22nd December, re-opening on Wednesday 3rd January 2018!

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and happy New Year!

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Customised Open Their Home Technology Experience Centre

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Customised Open Their Home Technology Experience Centre

And Expands Installation Services in Norfolk and Suffolk

Customised opens the doors to their new Home Technology Experience Centre at 2a High Street, Loddon on Friday 8th December 2017. Visitors to the Experience Centre will have the opportunity to use the latest in Smart Home technology. Customised have created a fully voice controllable living space to highlight the benefits of a Smart Home.

Anna Gamble, Managing Director and co-owner of Customised explained, “We are excited to provide a space for our customers to experience the latest in home technology. Our homes are filling up with Smart Home technology and we want our customers to understand better the lifestyle benefits and enhancements.”

The current Customised administration and sales staff are moving to the new facility in Loddon and two new trainee staff are joining the company in 2018 to support the demand for home technology installation in the East of England.

Kris Gamble, Technical Director, said, “Customised have launched a range of preset packages which cure the main tech pain points of homeowners. Superfast internet connections, whole home wi-fi kits and easy to use security systems are proving very popular and the additional technical staff will help us to deliver home technology upgrades to even more homes.”

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Please don't tear my house apart! #SmartHome #Retrofit with #Pyng

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Please don't tear my house apart! #SmartHome #Retrofit with #Pyng

Who doesn’t want smart home features in their houses nowadays?  UK homeowners are spending more and more every year on technology for their homes.  The use of home technology is now a proven method for saving energy in your home, making your home more secure and providing greater entertainment in our living spaces.

Recent home technology purchases by homeowners are generally given the term DIY or self installed devices.  Smart thermostats, wireless cameras and wi-fi boosters are common purchases.  They tend to give you an introduction to smart home living or provide a sticking plaster over an issue in your home.

DIY products are attractive because they are easy to buy off the shelf, don’t require professional help and are usually paired with an easy to use app.  However, with the continuing purchases of DIY devices, your smartphone or tablet becomes littered with home control apps and you start to notice that devices don't communicate with each other as you had hoped or were promised.

One of the main factors that forces homeowners to seek out DIY products is that they don't want to install new cables or mess around with the existing electrical, television or telephone cabling in their homes.  It’s hard to argue against this; who wants the disruption of trying to get new cables into the fabric of the building or trying to work out how to utilise the existing wires in the home?

Unfortunately in a lot of cases the homeowner will get frustrated with this scenario and revert back to multiple apps and more sticking plasters.  Instead they should seek out their local Home Technology Professional.  Customised offer a choice of systems that will control and manage your home.  These systems can be installed with minimal or no wiring, and one app to control your whole home.  We have solutions that stop the temporary fixes and have the flexibility and expandability to add new technology when it appears; something new is always on the horizon.

Our first choice system for the retrofit smart home is Crestron Pyng.  Pyng is a system that starts from the app.  The app is used for all the setup and configuration.  At the heart of a Pyng system is the Pyng Hub; it securely communicates with wireless light switches, thermostats, door locks, alarm systems, motorised blinds, audio systems and CCTV cameras.  All your home services are under control from the Pyng app or from conveniently installed keypads and touch screens.

Crestron Pyng puts the homeowner in charge of their lighting, heating, entertainment and security. New scenes, lighting timers and adjustments to the heating schedule can be done easily via the app, and the homeowner can control their home while they are away from the property.

Pyng is a system that merges professionally installed home technology and powerful, elegant home automation. But most importantly it’s an option for homeowners that will not see their home pulled apart to install the smart features and will make their home more secure, efficient and comfortable.

Learn more about Pyng here.

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Set The Scene With @CrestronInt #Pyng

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Set The Scene With @CrestronInt #Pyng

Home automation scenes make life better and more enjoyable in your Pyng home. Here our some of our customers favourite scenes. Get in touch for your Pyng demonstration.

Good Morning

Start the day right. As you wake up, Pyng makes sure the temperature is to your liking and any outdoor lights are all switched off. Pre-programmed settings allow you to prepare for your day ahead.

Dinner Party

Mood lighting and your favourite music creates the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner for two or a lively gathering with family and friends. Press one button to set the scene for memorable evening.

Welcome Home

Never return to a dark and stuffy home again. With a tap of your smart phone or watch pathway lights illuminate your route to your front door. Inside, Pyng raises the shades, turns on the lights and adjusts the temperature.

Good Night

Are all the lights off? What about the outdoor lights? Instead of getting out of bed to check, just have Pyng set the alarm and make sure your home is ready for a great night's sleep.

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