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scuseme 6 essential electricity safety rules at home

We asked our recommended electricians in Cambridge to come up with six key considerations to keep you and your possessions safe in your home.

In February, there was a fire at Clarins Day Spa on St Andrews Street, Cambridge.  It was caused by an electrical fault, and the incident led to the part closure of John Lewis.  But thanks to their fire prevention systems (smoke and fire alarms, and sophisticated sprinkler systems), both stores kept disruption to a minimum and no one was hurt.  Sadly, for many households the consequent of fires, are often far more damaging.

Against this background, we want to share some important, and sometimes overlooked, safety guidance regarding electricity. (more…)


AGAs repairs and service in Cambridge

Aga serviced by independent expert in Cambridge

AGA owners, for most of the time, you are rewarded with incredible food, ambient warmth and a kitchen that is the heart and soul of your home.  

But any AGA owner knows they are wonderful until they breakdown.  So, for our AGA owners in Cambridge here are six essentials ingredients to make sure your AGA is always ready to serve up a scrumptious feast. (more…)


Independent cafés in Cambridge

independent cafe Hot Numbers

Great places to hang out

Over recent years, the growing number of independent cafés in Cambridge has given me lots of pleasure and fun (and no end of excellent coffee, teas and smoothies, and cake!) amidst the more general and depressing expansion of international chains.  The variety of eating and drinking options always tempt with mouth-watering menus, often locally sourced and wherever possible, seasonal. (more…)


Budgeting for an extension in Cambridge – watch your wallet

The extension budget is one area where most people fall, often underestimating the time and money that is required to complete the project.  And if you live in Cambridge you need to know that the best builders get booked up early; so, plan ahead, conduct thorough research, identify at least three builders, choose carefully and then draw up a secure contract. (more…)


Follow the fabulous food vans in Cambridge

The eating out options in Cambridge have come a long way in the last ten years, reflecting the cosmopolitan character of the city and the diverse tastes of its residents. 

Cambridge is now embracing and building on the growing trend around food vans, providing a range of delicious, fresh, healthy and innovative street food representing numerous cultural and culinary tastes.  These dedicated chefs are bringing their passion to the streets, often hitching their characterful vans outside our favourite pubs, wine bars and cafes.  (more…)


How scuseme helped Cambridge resident find recommended local builder for cottage renovation

In June 2016, we received the following customer enquiry:

“I am looking for a builder to do a small extension at my cottage in Cambridge.  I need the bathroom and kitchen to be extended and refurbished. I have plans for the work and would like the work to start ASAP. Many thanks.”

We passed this enquiry onto our recommended local builders and three of them were keen for scuseme to share their profiles with the customer.

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Cambridge “one of the safest areas of the UK” but we must remember to look out for each other

It was heartening to have confirmation from Sgt Ian Wood, addressing members of the city council’s East Area Committee on Thursday 12th January, that crime in Cambridge is at an “unbelievable” low level.

People who live and work in Cambridge, often speak of living in a bubble where we seem to be distant from some of the damaging social and economic issues that have such a massive impact on so many parts of the country.  These recent findings about criminal activity in the area support this, Wood goes on to say that, “even the criminals in Cambridge are nice.”   (more…)


Home improvement plans for 2017? Four steps to turn your ideas into a reality

A new year and a new start so often prompts us to refresh our lives. Whether it is to make small home improvements, get the garden sorted or start an exciting building project, January is the time to lay down the foundations to turn your ideas into a reality. But successful ideas don’t happen by accident.  So here are some tips to help you on your way.   (more…)


Top 5 tips for keeping your dinner party simple and tasty

We all love the idea of inviting friends and family over for dinner but sometimes we bite off more than we can chew. Preparing menus, elaborate table settings, and of course the cooking, can leave us feeling more frazzled than a slice of back bacon.

Entertaining at home should be fun, relaxing and full of delicious food.  We have consulted with our fabulous Cambridge scuseme recommended caterers and here they share their top five tips for keeping your dinner party simple and tasty. (more…)


Scuseme, can you recommend a good business or service in Cambridge?

By default, we ask people we trust for recommendations, and equally people love to share them.  But sometimes we’re not able to connect with their recommended suppliers and we have to find another source of reference.  Increasingly we turn to the Internet, and whether looking for a restaurant or a room, a book review or boots, we rely on the recommendations and review of others to help us decide.

Did you know that 88 percent of customers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations and 72 percent of customers questioned in a local community survey said that positive reviews make them trust a local business more? (more…)


Fabulous fruity pickings – get our favourite 5 blackberrying sites in Cambridge

I just love the beginning of Autumn.  The weather is still warm, the light is gorgeous, the colours are vibrant and this year the long awaited blackberries are bountiful.  Blackberrying still manages to deliver, without fail, a fabulous family activity that excites everyone equally and doesn’t herald the response, “Do we have to?” from languid teenagers.  So, thank goodness for good old fashion brambling.  I love that it doesn’t have any connection with technology: it always feels nostalgic and I have a brief flirtation of myself as Ma Ingles in The Little House on the Prairie, gathering produce and fayre. (more…)


The importance of online reviews for your business

The internet has without a doubt changed the way we do business today. Business owners are taking advantage of this by creating websites, optimizing SEO, and working on social media marketing. They may however be overlooking one of the most important online components of their business plans: online reviews. Luckily, services such as scuseme.co.uk can help with this area of your business plan. (more…)


7 essential things that will make your U.C.A.S. personal statement stand out

Writing a personal statement for your U.C.A.S. application is one of the most important pieces of writing that you will produce. 

It is the only way in which a creative, subjective element can be added to your application alongside the factual data of exam results, university course choices etc. 

Admissions tutors read personal statements and are influenced by them….so they matter. 

So where to start and what to avoid? It is so important that care and attention is applied to the writing of the statement and Scuseme’s certain do’s and don’ts which, if followed will help you produce a stronger standout statement.   (more…)


Cambridge: getting to know you

I’ve lived in Cambridge for 20 years this July. I love it here. I’ve got some close friends and I feel really at home, especially in the vibrant community around Mill Road. When I arrived with my husband in 1996 it was all new to me. Having lived and worked in London, young free and single, the pace seemed slow and a social life seemed a long way off. Back then I worked at the Science Park in Melbourn and although I met (and remain friends with) some great people, nearly everyone relied on cars, and I missed a spontaneous social life. The ghostly abandoned car park on a Friday evening always depressed me; where was the Friday night piss-up? (more…)