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BASILDON MAGAZINE January 2019 Edition • 20,000 Homes Monthly • 01268 330 271

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Hi there, Welcome to our January edition Happy new year everyone. I hope you have all had the most amazing start to 2019 and didn’t suffer too much from the ‘Christmas Blues’. We’re really looking forward to bringing you another year of our community magazines and would like to thank all of our readers for their support to your loyal advertisers but more importantly to local businesses. As always with the new year comes the resolutions and being that weight loss and health tends to be at the top of the list we have an article for you giving you tips and tricks to kick off your new lifestyle as well as a delicious Tabbouleh recipe which is quick and easy to make. Be strong and make this year the one that counts! The movie preview this month focuses on the new film Stan & Ollie. Personally I cannot wait to see this story come to life. Laurel and Hardy will always be a favourite of mine and this film about their farewell tour looks brilliant. For the romantics out there we have included an article to go that extra mile this

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Last months quiz winner was David Home from Canna Gardens, who won a Hotel Transylvannia 3 DVD. Congratulations David! In the kids quiz this month your child has the chance to win a Smallfoot DVD. Don’t forget you have to be in it to win it! If you would like to advertise with us, the last day to get your advert in is 15th January. We can design your ad for Free and a Month’s Advertising to 20,000 homes costs from as little as £60. You can contact us on 01268 330271 or email at sales@ eblmagazines.co.uk We do not vet our advertisers and take no responsibility for anyone who advertises with us. Please stop by and like our Facebook page (Essex Business & Leisure)

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LOCAL BUSINESS INDEX & ANSWERS ALL YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES BROKE DOWN INTO CATEGORIES WITH THEIR PAGE NUMBERS Accountants Need an Accountant? 20 Nokes & Co Accountant 37 Airport Transfers Airports 2000 40 Barbers Ace Barbers 20 Bathroom Specialist Aqua Bathrooms & Plumbing 9 Blinds & Shutters Specialist Made 2 Measure Blinds 16 & 35 Mart’s Blinds 19 Payless Blinds 43 Carpet Cleaning PJ Cleaning 6 Carpet Fitting & Flooring Carpets Direct 3 i-Floors 7 Par Flooring 20 Children’s Play Area Stay & Play Children’s Play Area 11 Chiropractor & Osteopaths Life Chiropractic Front Cover & 3 Composite Doors & Door Specialist Acorn Windows & Doors IF Made 2 Measure Doors 41 Computer Maintenance Micro Mend 30 Counselling Emotional Skills UK 4 Dentist Langdon Hills Dental 18 Diet & Weight Plans Cambridge Weight Plan 19 Herbal Life 10 Dress Maker Maddie’s Dress Making 13 Driveways & Paving Cleaning Sealing Technique 27 Driveways & Paving Well Defined Paving 24 Educational JJ’s Tuition 30 Electrician Locks & Shocks 13 SJH Electrical 21 Escape Rooms Escape Basildon 32 Estate Agent Smith Lachter Back Cover Fencing All About Fencing 28 WD Fencing 29 Foot Practitioner Footcare Services 34 Isobel Parks 37

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