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Anglian Water boosts Clacton coastal protection scheme with £3million


Clacton’s new coastal defences will protect more than 3,000 residential and commercial properties for the next 100 years. The £3million cash injection is being invested as part of an innovative move by Anglian Water to fund partnership projects that overcome the challenges presented by the complex, interconnected drainage network that exists in every town and city to reduce the risk of flooding to its customers and equipment. Jonathan Glerum, Anglian Water’s flood risk manager, said: “Funding partner projects like this is a first for the ... Read More »

Atos: Robotic ‘pharmacy kiosk’ offers revolution in medicine access in rural areas


The kiosk is being trialled in Aberdeenshire, and has been developed as part of a research project led by the University of Aberdeen. The kiosk allows the user to speak remotely to a pharmacist via webcam and to safely and securely access either dispensed or recommended ‘over the counter’ medicines near to their home. Part-funded by the Scottish Government, this project has been developed in conjunction with international digital services company Atos, and in partnership with ARX UK, NHS Grampian, the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh... Read More »

Barclays extends cheque imaging to half a million android users


Since the launch of cheque imaging a year ago, nearly three quarters of a million pounds have been deposited by the 30,000 Barclays customers signed up to the mobile cheque imaging tool on their iPhones. The latest roll-out will see this number rise yet higher as more customers are able to benefit from the speed and ease of this time-saving technology. Mobile cheque imaging is available through the Barclays Mobile Banking app and allows customers to pay in a Barclays cheque of up to £500 within minutes of receiving it. Customers simply need ... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Business in Britain: Business confidence remains strong as export hopes rise


Firms remain hopeful of growing sales, orders and profits Exports to Europe and globe expected to rise in next six months More firms expecting to increase their investment spending Survey findings suggest that underlying economic activity will remain strong in the second half of 2015 The twice-yearly report, now in its 23rd year, gathers the views of 1,500 UK companies, predominantly small to medium sized businesses, and tracks the overall “balance” of opinion on a range of important performance and confidence measures, weighing up the... Read More »

Halifax: £11,635 buys 1m² of a home in Kensington & Chelsea as London boroughs dominate most expensive properties in Britain


There has been a marked widening in property prices per square metre between southern England and the rest of Britain since 1995. Prices per square metre have risen by 388% in Great London compared with a national increase of 227%. MOST EXPENSIVE AREAS The Made in Chelsea borough of Kensington & Chelsea is Britain's most expensive area with an average price of £11,635 per m2 – nearly six times the national average of £2,033. The borough is the only area in Britain with an average price above £10,000 per m2 with Westminster having the ... Read More »

Retirement saving reaches record high, but 6.2million Brits failing to put anything away


56% now saving adequately for retirement 6.2m people still not saving anything at all £7,800 annual shortfall in desired retirement income remains The Scottish Widows Retirement Report revealed that outside of pension savings, people are saving on average £142 a month towards their retirement, rising 8% from £130 last year. Almost one in five (19%) expect to save more over the next 12 months and 40% feel positive about their long-term financial situation, up from 37% last year. For the first time in 10 years, the average proportion of... Read More »

Barclays is working with 7 out of 10 businesses on its latest Accelerator programme


The Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is a startup programme designed to support new businesses to deliver their breakthrough innovations in fintech. An audience of more than 400 industry leaders, serial entrepreneurs, senior executives and corporate partners heard from the ten companies to understand how their propositions could help their businesses and ultimately help shape the future of financial services. At this morning’s event, the startups highlighted the progress they have made since the start of the Accelerator program... Read More »

Barclays: Over half of employers overlook military experience on a CV, new research finds


Employers are overlooking military experience on a CV in favour of attributes such as charity or volunteering experience In fact, 1 in 10 would look unfavourably on someone who had served in the armed forces Research conducted for the Barclays AFTER programme, which aims to champion and harness the potential of ex-military talent in the commercial sector The research asked 2,000 individuals with managerial responsibilities how favourably they would look at a variety of attributes on a CV, including having a university degree, sector expe... Read More »

Anglian Water: Join our club to help save water and money


It marks the start of a brand new approach from the water company to put more customers in control of their bill. Water saving experts from Anglian Water will visit targeted areas, and in one go, install thousands of new water meters and update older ones too. The water company will also be sending their experts to visit customers’ homes to provide extra freebies and advice to help them reduce their bills, and make it even easier to use water efficiently. Antony Innes from Anglian Water, said: “Millions of people in the region are already be... Read More »

Poundland Make Up Gallery wins Grocer Gold Award 2015


Poundland, Europe’s largest single priced general merchandise retailer, has won gold at the prestigious Grocer Gold Awards for its best-selling cosmetics line, Make Up Gallery. The awards, hailed as the Oscars of the FMCG industry, were held last night (Tuesday 9 June 2015), at Guildhall, London. Poundland’s Make Up Gallery range won Own Label Brand of the Year at the awards, beating off stiff competition from the likes of Tesco’s Free From range, Asda’s George range and Aldi’s Specially Selected range. The Own Label Brand of the Year ... Read More »

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