Excel Training and Consultancy Solutions

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Where are your courses ?

Currently, we hold our training courses in Central London. We use training rooms near Tower Bridge. Each of our pages has a link to "Course location" which sets out exactly where we are and how to get there, including a detailed map.
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How do I get there ?

We've found that the quickest way to get here is the Underground to Tower Bridge and then walk. Each of our pages has a link to "Course location" which sets out exactly where we are and how to get there, including a detailed map.
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How long do they last for ?

All our courses last roughly from 9am to 5pm, with a 15-minute break in the morning and afternoon, and an hour's lunch break. Each of our pages has a link to "Course durations" which sets out the schedule of our courses.
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Do your course prices include lunch ?

Yes, they do. The facilities we use have their own cafe which we are welcomed to use. With seating areas inside and a park next door, you're free to either sit inside or outside, with lunch from the cafe or with your own lunch from home. Each of our pages has a link to "Course locations" which sets out exactly what facilities are available.
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Will we get coffee breaks and cigarette breaks ?

Yes, of course. All our courses have mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks for 15 minutes for tea, coffee, cigarettes, phone calls etc etc. Each of our pages has a link to "Course durations" which sets out the schedule of our courses.
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Do we need our own laptops or equipment ?

No, we'll be providing all the computers you need : One PC per person, pre-loaded with Excel, keyboard, mouse and flatscreen moniter. Your trainer for the day will have their own PC too which projects up onto a projector screen so you can see them carrying out onscreen what they are talking about. We'll also provide stationery for the day, for any exercises and for you to take notes, and provide the CDROMs or diskettes upon which you take away your course documentation and examples we've looked at throughout the day.
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I'm totally new to Excel, is this okay ?

Absolutely - we were all new to Excel at some point in time ! If you are new to Excel, our Level 1 Beginners' course will be ideal for you.
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Other courses I've booked for MS Word and Health and Safety have had sliding scale prices, why don't you do this ?

We've always found that these sliding scales are confusing and often don't include all the costs. We've also found that in order to benefit from these sliding-scale costs, you will often search around in your company for an extra person or three extra people so as to benefit from lower prices, where, really, those extra people do not really need to be on the course. The other downside to having to find, say, 10 people before the costs become beneficial, is that you're committing yourself to having 10 people away from the office for the day. With our flat-rate fee per person, you need not worry about this; you can split it over two courses at 5 people each, or 5 courses at 2 people each, etc etc. We also believe that in most companies or organisations, there's hardly much need for a whole mass of people all needing the same level of training, it being much more likely that a single person (for example, a new member of staff) or small group of people will require training - this is where our pricing beats everybody else on the market as we still just charge that flat-rate 125 on our Excel courses, compared to many that charge 300 to 400 for that first person attending.
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All my staff seem okay with Excel - would your courses really be worth it ?

We believe so, yes. All of our courses are designed to not only give you further knowledge of Excel, but also how to do things much quicker, more efficiently and with less errors. This can only benefit your company or organisation in the long run. For example, we recently had a delegate whos entire Monday and Tuesday each week was to compare two lists of 27,000 rows of Names, addresses and phone numbers, isolating those that didn't match up and printing a report of her results. We showed her how to do it in less than a minute. This freed her up to go and talk to the sets of people who were producing the information and design spreadsheets for them so that these differences did not occur in the first place, saving hours of correcting time for the company and making her working life considerably less frustrating.
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Sometimes, things don't sink in fully on a course - will we be provided with any course notes to take away ?

Yes, every topic we cover is documented fully, and the working examples we use during the day will all be included for you to take away with you. To keep our costs down, we don't provide printed documentation or binded books as we believe that the nature of Excel lends itself well to electronic examples. To this end, we'll provide these on either CDROM or diskette, whichever you prefer, with each example formatted to print properly should you need to print them back at your place of work.
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There's a whole section on your homepage for VBA macros - what is a VBA macro ?

Very simplistically, a macro is an automated task. VBA is "Visual Basic for Applications", the language which runs a macro. We'll teach you how to either record these or write your own. People don't often realise that Excel's functions only ever bring back results, whereas macros can do this and actually do actions. A macro, for example, could identify every row in your spreadsheet that contains the phrase "no longer needed" and delete the row, moving it to a seperate sheet. This is an action, and something you cannot do with any of Excel's standard functions. Obviously, you could do this manually, but with, for example, 50,000 rows of data, it may take 10 minutes : the macro will do it in less than a few seconds and it will not stop for a break, or complain or get bored.
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