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Patients still subject to a ‘postcode lottery’ say MPs


More than two thirds of MPs believe patients in the UK still suffer a ‘postcode lottery’ when trying to access the medicines they need, according to new research out today. A poll by Populus and Pfizer Ltd also revealed that four in five MPs have been approached by constituents or patient groups with concerns about the NHS refusing to fund treatments that have been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). NICE was set up to help eradicate inconsistent access to medicines across the UK. By law, local health... Read More »

Century Bridge closes $44.4 million real estate investment in China


The project will comprise 162,030 square meters and is located in Hankou, Wuhan's traditional downtown business center. $30.5 million of the funding for the investment was provided by Century Bridge China Real Estate Fund, L.P., with the remaining $14.4 million provided through co-investment. The investment represents the first investment by Century Bridge's fund, which has over $170 million of total committed capital from nine global institutions. Commenting on the investment, Century Bridge CEO, Tom Delatour noted, "This investment in Wuhan ... Read More »

Diageo launches new online ‘Think how you drink’ campaign


The business aims to reach more than one million young people across Europe and help them to think about whether their drinking habits are healthy and safe. The campaign has been informed by insights on what the most effective means are to engage with young people. The first strand of the campaign is a video that shows some of the after-effects of drinking too much on a night out. Malcolm D’Sa, Marketing Innovation Director for Diageo Western Europe said: “With this video we are deliberately using humour to catch people’s attention. “R... Read More »

Cross industry partnership to deliver ground breaking UK-Wide Science Learning Programme launched by the Science Museum, BP and King’s College London


Enterprising Science will build on the success of the Science Museum and BP's previous five year Talk Science project, to develop effective, evidence-based tools and techniques that will bring science to life like never before for young people, their teachers and families, both inside and outside the classroom. The programme is underpinned by research led by King’s College London as part of their ASPIRES study of children's science and career aspirations. Young people will be at the heart of the project and over 2,000 teachers and up to 400,... Read More »

ONS Travel and Tourism figures – Barclays comment


Against a backdrop of rising consumer confidence, airline spend was up 14% compared with last year, and is looking positive for the months ahead. Campaigns promoting UK-bound breaks are also working, with foreign tourists additionally encouraged by a weak sterling.” ... Read More »

Vodafone Group Foundation gets Olympian support


The two sporting heroes will focus on Vodafone's Charitable Foundation investment of over £12 million into its new Sport and Music Programme over the next three years. With Tanni and Matthew's experience, determination and success in the sporting arena, they will work closely with the Foundation to harness investment into sporting projects which create positive change for disadvantaged young people and their communities. Over the last five years, The Vodafone Group Foundation has invested over £101 million in social investments around the wo... Read More »

Largest UK bio-refinery is officially opened in Hull


The Vivergo plant, a joint venture between AB Sugar, BP, and DuPont, will produce 420 million litres of bioethanol a year at full capacity, equivalent to a third of the UK’s current demand. Bioethanol is a renewable transport fuel which is added to petrol. Vivergo will also produce 500,000 tonnes a year of protein-rich animal feed for the UK market, which is sufficient to feed around a fifth of the UK’s dairy herd. Using animal feed grade wheat, which previously would have been exported, Vivergo will become the UK’s biggest wheat buyer, taki... Read More »

Shah Deniz, co-venturer of BP targets Italian and Southeastern European gas markets through Trans Adriatic Pipeline


This is an important milestone in the Shah Deniz consortium’s multi-phased approach to the opening of the Southern Corridor. Initially the Southern Corridor will deliver up to 10 billion cubic metres a year (BCMA) of Shah Deniz natural gas to European markets. Today’s decision is also an important step in the consortium’s plans for a final investment decision on Shah Deniz 2. This project, with its associated pipelines, will cost over $40 billion and will bring over 16 billion cubic metres a year (BCMA) of Azerbaijani gas to market. “We a... Read More »

OpenCities Monitor: London is the most open city for foreigners worldwide


London tops the ranking as a result of a combination of its high degree of internationalisation (strong international presence of firms, embassies, foreigners and tourists) and its excellent accessibility and connectivity. London also provides attractive and high-quality education facilities for people from all over the world. New York is second in place, which is mainly due to its high barriers of entry. Toronto scores well thanks to its low barriers of entry and an open migration policy. The city with the lowest degree of openness is the Chin... Read More »

One Stop to acquire 33 convenience stores


The purchase will bring One Stop’s total number of stores to 682 across England and Wales, and grow its employee base to almost 10,000.  The acquired stores are based in the North West of England. The deal is conditional upon regulatory approval and is expected to complete later in the year. One Stop CEO Tony Reed said: “Having over 20 years’ experience in the convenience market puts us in a good position to help neighbourhoods thrive.  With the purchase of these stores, we can introduce One Stop’s quality, great value, range and service to ... Read More »

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