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Kopke Celebrates the Start of Summer with Limited Edition Rosé Tinta Cão

Premium Port and still wines producer from the Douro, Kopke, has launched a premium rosé, the second wine released in the limited edition ‘Winemaker’s Collection’. This single varietal Tinta Cão Reserva Rosé 2019 follows the launch of the Grand Reserva White, Arinto & Rabigato 2015 earlier this year to great acclaim from Portuguese and UK wine writers.

The Winemaker’s Collection’ is a project that came about as a result of the restless and experimentalist spirit from the winemaking team who, over the last decade, has monitored and studied the potential of each grape variety from different micro-terroirs in the Douro, vinifying and ageing them to test the results and select the best grapes according to the wine they wish to produce.

Only unique wines with Reserva and Grande Reserva levels are considered for the Winemaker’s Collection and all editions released have limited availability, are numbered and signed by the oenologist, Ricardo Macedo.

This rosé is a great aperitif and is also the perfect accompaniment to a meal due to its structure and complexity.  Tinta Cão is a traditional grape variety known for its freshness and ageing potential. The grapes, from 30-year-old vineyards in the Cima Corgo, are situated at 400 meters altitude.

Harvested by hand at the beginning of August 2019, the grapes were whole bunch pressed, with 80% fermented in stainless steel vats and the remaining 20% in two-year old French oak barrels for six weeks. Chosen for its good acidity, firm tannins and excellent ageing potential, this Tinta Cão Rosé Reserva 2019 is an elegant rosé, with pretty, floral notes combined with fresh fruits, including red currant.

These flavours continue through to the palate where it is textured with a hint of smokiness and ends with a long, fresh finish. The wine spent six months maturing in stainless steel vats with weekly battonage, which adds to the complexity and structure of the finished wine.

The ‘Winemaker’s Collection’ is a representation of Kopke’s tradition combined with a desire to innovate, resulting in unique and irreverent wines. For Ricardo Macedo, Kopke’s still winemaker, this Tinta Cão Rosé 2019 is undoubtedly a very special wine, and states that the outcome is “everything I imagined for a Rosé is in this wine”.

This is a wine that promises to surprise the drinker and reveal all its splendor.

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Zanussi x Cook School Teaching Kids To Cook in Lockdown

Parents across the UK are facing unprecedented challenges as they tackle home-schooling for the first time. But alongside core subjects, this period at home does present the opportunity for children to learn basic life skills. As part of its aim to make family life seamless, Zanussi wants to empower parents to have fun with their families, helping younger generations learn how to cook.

That’s why it has partnered with non-profit, Cook School, to provide online resources that promote learning life skills for children through cooking. The charity initiative, which usually runs weekly classes in primary schools across the UK is launching easy to make, nutritious recipes using kitchen cupboard ingredients available on the Zanussi UK Instagram channel.

With support from the brand, Cook School reached 10,000 children in 2019, with further growth planned during 2020.

Chris George, Head of Marketing at Zanussi explains: “In partnership with Cook School, Zanussi is launching a new set of recipes designed specifically with primary school children in mind. Research shows those who learn to cook from a young age make healthier choices later in life. Now is the perfect time for your little ones to have fun getting hands on in the kitchen – it’s learning by stealth!”

Amanda Grant, the charity’s founder adds: “Zanussi Cook School’s research shows that 8 in 10 children want to learn more in the kitchen, and our new resources aim to support development for this essential life skill with step-by-step videos that also link to multiple curriculum subjects for example Maths (weighing and measuring), English (following recipes) and PSHEE (nutrition and health).”

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Searcys Announces Measures to Support Event Organisers

In 173-year history, Searcys has seen many wonderful events grace their venues, but also significant world-wide challenges. As a company, Searcys holds founder John Searcys’ values close to their hearts and will be there to support their teams, partners and customers in the best way they can.

In these unpredictable times, Searcys would like to confirm that their central events team Exclusive Events is making every practical step to offer as much support possible. The hospitality company has implemented a series of measures to assist organisers with future and existing bookings, with their dedicated Exclusive Events team on hand to help with any enquiries and planning.  

1.     Exclusive Events team is working, albeit remotely, between 09.00 and 17.00 every day, Monday to Friday, and is here to help you. Please call on 020 7101 0220 or online at or drop a note to

2.     We use fully integrated cloud technology, with mobile and team-working systems, so are equipped and ready to support you remotely.

3.     If organisers feel any hesitancy with regards to an existing booking, Searcys will facilitate alternative arrangements through the Exclusive Events team.

4.     Events that were booked to take place at the closed venues after 19 March, in April or May this year, can be rescheduled for any time before the end of September 2020 with no cancellation charge.

In the meantime, Searcys continues to work in a variety of different ways, and you can stay up to date on all Searcys restaurants and venues via the website and social media @SearcysLondon. Keep an eye out for tips on baking and for cooking at home, which will be shared over the coming weeks. The company is also supporting its partners by sharing their stories and news across Searcys channels.

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Vegan and Vegetarian Vitamin Enquiries Rise 6.9% YoY

Vegan and vegetarianism have become increasingly popular in the last few years, with more and more retailers and eateries now offering plant-based options for those opting to cut down on or totally restrict animal products from their diet.

Previous studies on the opinions of British consumers suggest concerns that those maintaining a vegan or vegetarian diet are at risk of nutrient deficiencies. Careful planning and supplementation can assist in keeping those with restricted diets as healthy as possible.

When comparing data from January 2019 to 2020, noticed a 6.9% increase in people classifying themselves as vegan and vegetarian in their consultations for personalised vitamins.

The increase in people identifying as vegan and vegetarian in the Vitl nutrition consultation was most prevalent among men in the 18-34 age groups. The results of women in the same age group – although slightly weaker – were also still observable.

The uplift cannot be seen in the 35+ age groups, amongst which between 10% and 16% claim to be vegan or vegetarian in the last few years.

Georgie Murphy, MSc Nutrition ANutr at gave the following advice on the most common vitamin deficiencies in both vegan and vegetarian diets and how to combat them:

“The decision to follow a vegan or vegetarian diet is one that should be carefully considered prior to making the change, but one that can undoubtedly offer an array of benefits to your health and wellbeing, such as a reduction of saturated fat and a crucial increase in fibre intake.

Listed below are some of the tell-tale signs of certain nutrient insufficiencies and how best to remedy the symptoms.”


B12 is mainly found in animal products, so a sudden change in eating habits without correct supplementation could possibly mean you’re depriving your body of the adequate amount of this essential vitamin. Signs of B12 deficiency include:

  • Tiredness, even after a good night’s sleep
  • Weakness or feeling lightheaded
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • A smooth tongue
  • Constipation or diarrhoea

Not all is lost however; B12 is easily supplemented for those who have opted for a plant-based lifestyle. Take the Vitl consultation for your very own personalised recommendation.

Omega 3

With evidence pointing to a worryingly lack of omega 3 in Western Diets, cutting out rich sources such as fish and eggs put you at further risk of deficiency, symptoms of which are:

  • Dry skin and hair
  • Weak nails
  • Dandruff
  • Small bumps on the top of your arms and legs

Be sure to include vegan/vegetarian sources such as walnuts, chia seeds and surprisingly brussel sprouts! To help you obtain optimal amounts of omega 3, supplementation is advisable to help you reach an optimal omega 6:3 ratio to support skin integrity, brain function and immune response.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3, shown to be 87% more absorbable than D2, is found in meat, fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines) and eggs but even those who eat animal products may need to supplement this nutrient. You can synthesise D3 from sunlight on the skin; however, as sun safety is so important, as well as the fact that modern lifestyle does not always allow for adequate sun exposure, supplementing is an efficient method of achieving optimal D3 levels. Signs you could have a D3 deficiency include:

  • Falling ill often
  • Feeling tired or fatigued
  • Bone aches or back pain
  • Depression
  • Wounds take longer to heal
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle pain
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Why We Love to Gamble Online by Casino Utan Registrering and Konto

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 5 m read

A lot of folks who don’t gamble tag gamblers as a “certain kind of people” who live life on the fast lane, and well, the fact is they are not far from the truth. For you to excel at gambling, you will need to be able to know how to deal with a significant amount of risk. But that’s not all there is to gaming, whether you are playing online, or at a casino in Vegas or anywhere in the world, you need practically the same set of skills to be able to record any success.

But what exactly draws your attention to gambling? I have tried to answers some of the reasons why I can’t get enough of gambling below. But before we get into that, if you are serious about making it big with online betting, then you want to get on the best platform. You can check the casino utan registrering and see if they have services that meet your needs.


The Adrenalin Rush

Yes! Don’t you love the rush of blood within you when you are neck-deep in a tight game of blackjacks or online poker? I know I do. It can be annoying not to have something that excites you and gets your heart racing. Every professional gambler or gamer knows that there is undoubtedly nothing compared to the adrenaline rush when you are engrossed in a game.

Of course, it will be more relaxing when you are on a winning streak. But there is a lot of excitement that comes with the profit and losses. It may take you a while to get a handle of how to control your emotions when gambling, especially if you are a novice who still has a lot to learn.

It is a lot possible to lose your cool when you lose, and you need to be disciplined enough to be in control always. A course in anger management will come in handy, so you don’t get physical with your gadgets whenever things don’t pan out your way.


The Potential Winnings

Another reason why us gamblers are addicted to the game is because of the potential winnings we stand to make when we place a bet. It is why we get online or drive or fly to Vegas, to double or triple our stake. It’s all about the money, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you spend a lot of time gambling, then you should get some form of compensation for all those hours and effort you put into it.

If you are patient and know a few winning strategies to help maximize your winnings, then it is possible to be a successful gambler. You also don’t want to be greedy and stake all in one go. That’s how you lose everything and go broke, and if you’re going to avoid all of that, you should have a handle on your gambling expenses. The best gamblers always set aside a betting budget from their monthly earnings, and if you are still learning the ropes, you probably want to consider their strategies too.

The Losses Too

If I learned anything from all my gambling losses over the years is that you need to lose first, then win. Every failure is a step closer to becoming better at the game. And the truth is there are a lot of lessons during those losing streaks that will prepare you to become the guru your dream to become. As you begin to gather more knowledge and gain experience with your preferred game, it becomes easy for you to manage your losses and winnings.

If you are a newbie, you want to avoid listening to rumors of superstitions that there are winning tricks that you can employ to win at online gambling. Instead, you want to concentrate on finding a strategy that works for you and stick to it. It will require practice for you to understand how to play the game to win even when you lose. So you want to focus instead on learning how to win, and not how to cheat.

Sharpens the Mind

All that strategizing, planning, calculating, and then executing, can have a positive impact on your cognitive skills. For you to be a good gambler, you need to be smart or act smartly. There is no room for distractions, and you need to be in the right frame of mind at all times. A simple game of cards can help you with basic arithmetic’s, and also help to improve your organizational skills. In contrast, the complex ones like the multiple combat games can do more than even improve your cooperative skills.

If you are an excellent punter who knows how to maximize gambling winnings, chances are you will be good in some other areas of money as well. It could be money management or how to spend a lot of it. Whichever the case, you want to approach gambling like a professional if you intend to make anything meaningful at the end of the day from all your effort. The link below has some useful tips on how to improve your chances of winning when you gamble.


Improves your Math’s Skills

The funny thing is that when I was growing up, I used to suck at math’s, and since I began gambling, I have suddenly become good with numbers. Not only that, I have become more skilled at managing and predicting odds. Even though I wouldn’t consider myself an expert punter, I can’t deny that I have significantly improved in many other areas as well.

While it may not be useful in dealing with complex arithmetic like calculus and algebra, but you do get better with basic mathematics. And if you doubt it, it only means you haven’t tried gambling before.

Final Note

There are indeed a lot of risks associated with online gambling even more than at a local casino, and the only way to keep yourself free from harm is to stick by the rules. You can read up on some of them on this website, so you may want to check that out if you are serious about becoming a pro. Remember to always have fun, and don’t spend all of your winnings in one place.

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Lookers Group Reveals United Kingdom and Ireland’s 27 Most Idyllic Road Trips

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 2 m read

Lookers Group, one of the leading UK motor retail and aftersales service groups, has revealed the 27 most idyllic road trips in the United Kingdom and Ireland.


We scoured the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland to bring you the most scenic, adventure-seeking and family-friendly routes. We even factored in how much it will cost you for fuel.


Whether you are looking for a family break or a solo journey of discovery, there’s a route to match your needs.


Here at Lookers, we pride ourselves on quality and we’ve created routes for days out, weekend breaks and even half-term staycations.


If you are an active Andy, you will find plenty to do on a 192-mile trip from Chesterfield to Aldeburgh. The two-day route takes in Ferry Meadows Country Park and Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds and has an average fuel cost of just £24.49.


For those driving off in an electric-friendly vehicle, a five-day journey from Blackpool to Weston-super-Mare will cost an impressive £12.48. With the money saved on driving costs, you should have plenty of money left over to check out Blackpool Pleasure Beach before heading off down to the west coast of Wales.


A stop off in Cardiff will give you the chance to explore Cardiff Castle before returning to England for the final leg of the route into tourist hotspot Weston-super-Mare.


Travel from England’s North East all the way to the Isle of Skye for £102.34 in a journey fit for a giant and visit the Angus MacAskill Museum in Dunvegan. The Isle of Skye native rose to fame for being the world’s tallest non-pathological giant, standing at 7ft 9in.


The beauty of Northern Ireland’s Antrim coastline will give thrill seekers the opportunity to cross Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge — a 20m crossing suspended 30m above the sea, from the Northern Irish mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede.


Heading south of the border, a week-long excursion around the Emerald Isle takes in Dublin’s Temple Bar, Cork, and Tralee — home of Ireland’s Rose of Tralee International Festival.


Check out the Lookers road trip guide at and start planning your next journey right now.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge costs £9 per adult and £4.50 for a child aged 5 to 17, with family tickets costing £22.50


Tourist hotspot Weston-super-Mare features on Lookers Group’s 27 most idyllic routes in the UK and Ireland

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Bidfresh Launches Direct-to-Consumer Home Delivery

Fresh food supplier Bidfresh is adding direct-to-consumer home delivery services from its depots around the UK in response to the national measures introduced to address the coronavirus outbreak.

The public will be able to order meat, fish and seafood, fruit and veg, dairy and a range of other products. The free delivery service will operate in selected postcodes around the depots, and will run alongside Bidfresh’s established business with chef and caterers.

Home delivery has already been launched this week from Oliver Kay in Bolton, R Noone in Manchester, Knight Meats in Essex, and Henson in London, and is being rapidly added at other sites within the Bidfresh group.

Jane Aukim, marketing manager of Bidfresh said: “We are continuing to take orders from customers in the foodservice sector, but the current situation means many of them need less produce or are closing altogether, resulting in cancelled orders.

“At the same time, there’s clearly a need for consumers to be able to access fresh food. Offering home delivery alongside our established business will hopefully ensure that as much of the food as possible in our supply chain is being used.”

The products available will vary from depot to depot, reflecting the specialist nature of Bidfresh’s network of businesses. Delivery will be fulfilled by the business through its own drivers and couriers, and is being promoted through social media.

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Chestnut Launches Take-Away Offering to Support Their Local Communities

Chestnut pubs, inns and restaurants are remaining open, with appropriate precautions, however they have launched a NEW take-away option to continue to serve loyal customers, local communities, people who may not be able to visit, those who are in self-isolation and for guests staying in bedrooms at the properties. 

Chestnut is doing everything they can to make sure that they remain a safe environment for both of their team and guests and following government guidelines and asks their customers to take care and stay at home when feeling ill. 


If you are unable to visit, Chestnut has created a new take-away offering, which guests are either able to collect from the pub, or if you are staying at Chestnut, they can deliver directly to your room. The food options will be slightly reduced, but the food will still all be home-made by their brilliant chefs and as delicious as if you were dining in their restaurants. Menus and prices are ready to view on each property’s website and will be available during current opening hours, with last orders at 8.30pm. 

Example menus: The Ship at Dunwich – Fish & Chips £12.50 The Northgate – Salad boxes £9, Slow cooked venison stew £11 The Packhorse Inn – Beef burger £13.50, Wild mushroom risotto £13.50 

Chestnut believes they have an important role to play in these uncertain times. So, whether they can provide fresh air and a safe haven away, or simply a home cooked meal you can eat in the comfort of your own home, Chestnut hopes we can all support each other in these difficult times. 

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How to get a career in the Snowsports industry

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 5 m read

Have you ever imagined yourself in a job that’s a little bit different from your everyday office gig? Perhaps you’re seeking a change in career and have been looking for something more adventurous? Choosing a career path can be a headache, but the decision doesn’t have to be difficult; your chosen job role may involve an activity or hobby that you already have a passion for. For example, gamers can now enjoy a career in games quality testing or professional e-sports. The same idea applies to extreme sports enthusiasts, and a range of other career choices/


With that in mind, if your hobby is in winter sports, there are a range of different options you could consider. Here, we take an in-depth look at how to get a career in the snow sports industry.

If you dream of spending most of your time up in the slopes and have a passion for skiing or snowboarding, then why not consider a career as a snowboard or ski instructor?  There are academies all over the world offering instructor training courses, most of which will guarantee you a job upon completion.

These courses offer practical, hands-on experience, allowing you to learn ‘on the job’ with endless opportunities to ski or snowboard. For example, SIA Austria (Ski Instructor Academy) offer internships, which see you spending an entire winter season in Niseko Mountain in Japan.

This course does require you to have a Japanese Working Holiday Visa, which citizens between the ages of 18 – 30 across Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Jong, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Taiwan and the United Kingdom are eligible to apply for.

Winter Sports Journalist, Events Specialists or Marketing
If you’re passionate about snow sports, the chances are you’d find yourself discussing it with like minded people at every opportunity. Unfortunately, your technical knowledge of snow sports may very well sound like you’re speaking a foreign language to those not ‘in the know’!

You could therefore consider a career based around events organisation, marketing or copywriting. After all, you’ll already be familiar with the subect and can offer your expert opinion on a range of snow sports related topics. Of course, you’ll need the appropriate skills for the job, including any previous experience and qualifications. These roles offer plenty of room for progression too, so they’re ideal if you’re looking to kick start your career.


Sales Person
If you have a keen interest in snow sports, combined with the ability to talk endlessly about the topic, you could consider a career as a skiing and snowboarding holiday sales person. This type of job does require previous sales or marketing experience, but they usually offer fast progression to team leader or sales manager positions.

Despite the fact that you may not be working up on the slopes, you’ll usually would benefit from free or discounted ski holidays. Alternatively, you could work in a resort shop, where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to share your expertise on a daily basis (whilst hitting the slopes in your free time)!


Park Builder
The duties of a park builder is to design, build and maintain the take-offs, landings and manmade features of a slope park, either in the UK or at the resort. Features in a park tend to include halfpipes, jumps, rails, tires, wall rides, quarter pipes, and many other creatively placed objects which skiers or snowboarders can use.

To work in this role, you’ll have to be able to make these features fun and safe for users. For example, take-offs need to be well positioned, gaps need to be properly spaced, and landings need to be kept smooth, along with other responsibilities. All of this would be new to someone who was unfamiliar with skiing or snowboarding, but if you’re already familiar with the sport, you’ll have a great head start.


Ski or Snowboard rental technician
This role requires you to be able to service and repair skis and snowboards. You can work as ski and snowboard technician in the UK or at a ski resort abroad. Working abroad gives you the opportunity to spend an entire season at one of your favourite resorts. Alternatively, there are ski slopes in the UK that are open all year round, so if you work a majority of the year in a resort, you can apply for these roles to fill out the remainder of your year until the ski season starts again.


If you’re technically gifted with a camera and have the relevant qualifications and experience, you can choose to pursue a career as a freelance photographer or video producer. Getting the job in this field is tough as you’ll need to build up a portfolio of contacts and previous work. You can get started by reaching out to holiday companies, resorts, agencies, industry brands and athletes.


Similar to a photographer or video producer, most designer roles require relevant qualifications and experience. Although this job won’t offer as much ski time as other positions on this list, the role provides ample opportunity for progression and you’ll be working alongside like-minded individuals who also have a keen interest in snow sports.


Catering jobs
If you work as a chef, bar or as kitchen staff at a ski resort, then there’s plenty of opportunity to spend your free time between shifts on the slopes. These roles are usually seasonal, but there’s plenty of progression opportunities for the right person.


Become a manager, administrator & Co-ordinators or ski resort rep
As a ski resort rep, you’ll be the face of the company within the resort. This role can be highly pressured, as it’s your responsibility to make sure all guests are happy and resolved any issues that may arise. Despite this, these roles are generally well paid and allow for plenty of time on the slopes.

These are just a few of the exciting roles that you can find within the skiing and snow sports industry. There are plenty of opportunities available but it’s always best to do your research before applying. If you’re looking for a career change, or simply wanting to make a living out of your passion, these roles can offer you an exciting and rewarding career on the slopes!


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The importance of temperature control in sports centres

Cristina Diaconu By Posted on 3 m read

Sports centres, whether it’s a gym or leisure centre attract clients, who are expected to sweat a little depending on their activity. With that, it’s very important for keeping customers happy, that these venues need suitable air condition units and HVAC systems installed, in order to maintain an optimal temperature levels and prevent overheating or cold temperature conditions.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Daikin to explore the importance of maintaining a comfortable temperature within a sports centres, as well as what temperatures are considered appropriate to achieve this.

Duty of care and responsibilities

As it goes, there aren’t any regulations regarding specific temperatures within a gym or leisure centre according to Health and Safety Executive. But normal health and safety legislation covers the vast majority of other safety requirements at the gym. In terms of temperature, although there are no fixed regulations specifically for gyms and leisure centres, we can use minimum workplace temperature requirements as an estimate of what constitutes a comfortable temperature during activity.

The Approved Code of Practice recommends that 16°C is considered to be a comfortable temperature within a workplace. Work requiring “rigorous physical effort” is placed a little lower, at 13°C. Again, this isn’t a legal requirement, but it gives an idea of what an optimum temperature is for comfortably engaging in physical activity.

Sport England had produced a handy guide for exercise spaces and fitness centres, which outlined the ideal temperatures for customers:

  • Fitness Gym – 16°C to 18°C (60°F to 64°F) in the summer, with “comfort cooling” as needed.
  • Studios – 18°C (64°F), with a slight summer rise acceptable.

High temperatures in sports centres

If a sport centre becomes too hot, it can be a torturous experience for those working out. Plus, it’s a risky activity; dehydration and heat stroke are notable risks of working out in an overheated gym. But even just sweating too much can be a problem. We Be Fit notes that while over-sweating can cause gym-goers to notice an extra pound of weight loss at the end of their workout, the weight lost is fluids from sweating and will be negated with a drink. The article suggests that working out in an overheated gym for a long period can result in a 50% less effective workout! All that sweating for nothing.


Cold temperatures in sports centres

Freezing temperatures in the gym, can just be as difficult for those working out as an overheating gym. My Inner Go looked at the pros and cons of working out in a cold environment and found that chilly temperatures brought with it a higher risk of injury. This is because muscles tend to seize up in the cold (which is why warming up before physical activity is so important). The website offered a great analogy for cold muscles: consider them like Play-Doh! When Play-Doh gets cold, it goes stiff and doesn’t stretch, it just snaps. But warm Play-Doh is stretchy and flexible.

Keeping the temperatures regulated in sports centres

It’s important for sport centres to consider all the rooms within the building when regulating the temperature. Investing in an efficient, responsive air conditioning system will help regulate a comfortable temperature within the building, with units in Daikin’s air conditioning range offering low energy consumption models to fit your carbon emission targets.

For workouts to be successful, it’s crucial for temperatures to be comfortable. Keeping a good temperature through a facility will ensure customers stay happy and are more likely to keep coming back. If the gym starts to get a reputation for being freezing cold or too stuffy, gym goers will quickly turn to other establishments.


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