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Lloyds Bank: Parents pay an extra £41,000 to live near England’s top state schools


Homes near England’s top state schools have an average price of £344,466 – over nine times annual average earnings Homes near Beaconsfield High School in Buckinghamshire pay the highest premium of £636,132 (186%) compared to the average house price in neighbouring areas Regionally the largest premium paid to live near the best state schools is in the North West, with discounts seen around schools in the East Midlands and the South West In 2015, house prices in the postal districts of the top 30 state schools in England – defined as those... Read More »

Lloyds Banking Group’s new eligibility checkers set to remove key barrier to switching


People who are thinking about switching their bank account can now determine their eligibility for a range of current accounts and overdrafts in less than two minutes across Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland¹, without leaving a permanent footprint on their credit file. The new online eligibility tool is the first of its kind to be offered by a UK bank and is mobile optimised² to enable people to check their eligibility for accounts anywhere and at any time. By entering some personal details, including financial commitments, into a... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Job creation on the menu for food & drink firms


Food and drink producers in England and Wales will create more than 73,000 new jobs by 2020 100 per cent of survey respondents predicting growth in the next five years 72 per cent of businesses planning to export, up 9 per cent on 2014, capitalising on the provenance of their produce Lack of skilled labour cited as ‘one of the biggest challenges facing the food and drink industry today’ The report, Investing for Growth, found confidence strong across Britain’s biggest manufacturing sector, with firms planning to develop innovative new ... Read More »

Aviva: Rising incomes mask growing inequality amongst UK families


The typical family’s monthly income reaches a three-year high of £2,126 But at least one in ten survives on less than half this amount as the gap between family types widens Monthly savings habits reach a record high as rainy day funds increase But 26% of families are still not saving and average debts have also risen – leaving many unprotected against unforeseen events The last six months have seen the typical family’s income reach its highest point since March 2012. Better savings habits also mean the typical family is saving a recor... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Almost four in ten say they won’t need cash in ten years time as contactless proves popular for many


43% of people look to contactless payments as the payment method of the future. Within the next five years, one in three (34%) expect to be using a mobile device on a day-to-day basis to make payments. By 2025, over one in five (22%) think they will be regularly using their fingerprint to pay for goods and services. Over four in ten (43%) agree that contactless payments are the future, whilst a quarter (25%) think that in five years’ time they will no longer need cash to pay for goods or services. Recent data from the UK Cards Associa... Read More »

Important step taken in ENGIE’s new nuclear power project in the United Kingdom: land contract for the Moorside site signed


This decision was taken after site suitability studies demonstrated the feasibility of the project’s current development phase for constructing three Westinghouse AP1000 reactors. Site characterization work will now continue in the autumn which will feed in to other preparations including regulatory and commercial activities, together with permit applications and submissions for administrative authorizations. Once these detailed analyses and engineering studies are complete and the permits and authorizations are obtained, a final investment ... Read More »

Slow Down Aging – Science Fiction is now Science Fact


Real Longevity Science. A dietary supplement with longevity peptides for slowing down aging at the level of DNA and cells. Dietary supplements that enrich cells deficient in important natural nutrients and assist in extending lifespan potential are now a scientific fact of life. A British company established in 2003 and specialising in longevity research operates a free members club for what it calls "co-researchers" who are interested in following such research. The club allows members to try out cutting edge products for themselves that... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Export opportunities being missed by small and medium sized businesses


Attendees at Lloyds Bank roadshow events show that six out of ten UK small businesses are not trading internationally and over half have no plans to do so A third of firms believe that understanding the regulatory environment is key to exporting success A third of businesses that export said that they expect to create up to ten jobs as a result of exporting Nearly two thirds (61 per cent) of over 400 attendees at the Lloyds Bank ‘Backing Your Ambition’ events, a series of roadshows held at 11 locations across the UK, said they are not cu... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Secret savings hoard tops £3.7 billion


Total UK secret savings at £3.68 billion, up from £3.05 billion in 2014 One in ten people in a relationship in the UK keep some of their savings secret from their partner The average UK couple now keeps 68% of their savings and investments in sole accounts Londoners keep the highest proportion of their savings in sole accounts at 75% The Secret Savers One in ten (10%) people in the UK keep some of their savings secret from their partner. Women are more likely to keep secret savings than men, with 11% of women with partners keepin... Read More »

Endemol Shine UK appoints new management at Remarkable Television


Together Fox and Walshe will have overall responsibility for all of Remarkable Television’s programming. Their remit includes further expanding the company’s line-up of primetime series, creating and producing new UK formats with international potential. They take up their posts immediately, reporting to Endemol Shine UK’s CEO Richard Johnston. Working closely with Fox and Walshe will be Susan King, current Head of Production at Remarkable Television who has been promoted to Director of Production. James Fox has held numerous senior posit... Read More »

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