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Bank of Scotland: Today here, tomorrow the world, but it’s Edinburgh where scots want to buy their retirement home


In a recent survey over 3000 Scots were asked to name where they would like to retire, even if this was many years away. The capital topped the list on 8%, very closely followed in second place by Glasgow, the Highlands and abroad who all tied on 7%. Future ‘Last Time Buyers’ – when you are looking to buy your last property for retirement - aspire to living in the capital’s Stockbridge area (13%) over any other part. Known for its architecture and coveted colony houses, Stockbridge’s close proximity to the green open spaces of the Royal Bota... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Protect your gems to avoid being out of pocket


Jewellery owners who haven’t had their gems valued in recent years could be left with a hole in their pockets if they need to make a claim, warns Halifax Home Insurance. Research commissioned by the insurer shows around two thirds (67%) of married women have never had their engagement ring valued, and more than one in ten (11%) last had it valued over five years ago.* As many generous Brits will have splashed out on jewellery and engagement rings this Valentine’s Day, the insurer is reminding the lucky recipients to check their new sparkl... Read More »

Aviva: 23,000 cyclist accidents in Greater London between 2009-2013


Research of five years’ worth of police road traffic accident data* by Aviva shows that there were 22,988 motor accidents involving cyclists inside the M25 between 2009 and 2013 – more than 12 every day. Tragically, this number includes 80 fatalities. Already this year there have been four cyclist fatalities in London. Research by the UK’s largest insurer also identified the top ten most dangerous roundabouts and junctions in London for cyclists (see table). Simon Warsop, chief underwriting officer, Aviva, said: “Cycling in London has nev... Read More »

Technip awarded subsea contract for the Glenlivet project, West of Shetlands, UK


The Glenlivet specific scope includes: fabrication and installation of 12" production pipeline and 6" MEG(1) pipeline complete with a 2" piggy backed service line, supply and installation of steel tube umbilical, manufactured at Technip Umbilicals facility in Newcastle, UK, supply and installation of flexible tails from Flexi France, the Group’s manufacturing plant in Le Trait, France, fabrication and installation of pipeline end manifold, flowline end terminations, flexible tails and rigid well tie-in spools, as well as the installat... Read More »

SSE: Planning consent granted for first Dogger Bank offshore wind development renewables


Dogger Bank Creyke Beck, which has a total generating capacity of 2.4GW, comprises two separate 1.2GW offshore wind farms, each with up to 200 turbines installed across an area of around 500km2. The consent approval is the result of more than four years of comprehensive assessments, stakeholder consultation and planning by the Forewind consortium, owned equally by energy companies – SSE, RWE, Statkraft and Statoil. Brian McFarlane, SSE’s Director of Offshore Renewables stated: “We are delighted that the UK Government has granted consent ... Read More »

Lloyds Banking Group: Spending power confidence returns to all time high as price pressures ease


Confidence bounces back after Christmas to a record high of 154 in January 2015. Essential spending growth continues to fall, with spending on gas and electricity (-7.6%) and fuel (-8.5%) seeing the greatest reductions. Over half (56%) have cut back on spending since the start of January to recover from the Christmas period. The latest Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report shows a positive swing in consumer confidence in January, taking the overall index up by four points to its highest level (154). Since the start of 2015, essential spend... Read More »

Thames Water: The Prince of Wales marks 150 year anniversary of London’s sewer network inside its deepest tunnel


His Royal Highness descended 75 metres below east London this morning on a visit to the Lee Tunnel and historic Abbey Mills Pumping Station to mark the 150th anniversary of the city’s historic sewer network. Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s sewers transformed the health of the capital’s residents in 1865 following the infamous ‘Great Stink’, while today’s Royal reception also celebrated another great feat of contemporary world class engineering – the completion of tunnelling work on the £635m Lee Tunnel. Thames Water chief executive Martin Baggs s... Read More »

Prudential Mortgage Capital Company provides $161.3 million loan for New York University student housing complex


Originally completed as an office building in 1915, the 17-story, 262 unit property situated in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood was converted to student housing in 1999. It is the university’s largest residence hall, housing 1,062 students and faculty and operates year-round with near 100 percent occupancy. All of the residential units are leased to NYU in a long-term master lease structure that is supported by the tenant’s excellent credit. The property also includes an interior parking lot and approximately 5,700 square feet of ground fl... Read More »

Shop Direct set to shake up luxury sector with

makeup, headed by sector expert and British Fashion Council patron Sarah Curran MBE, aims to make luxury fashion and beauty accessible to more people. The website stocks over 150 accessible and high street luxury brands, smashing the retailer’s original target of attracting 100 must-have labels for launch. A further 30 are already signed up for the autumn winter 2015 season, including Whistles and Paul Smith. Marc by Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Red Valentino, Reiss, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, Stila, Nars, Barbour, Joseph ... Read More »

Shop Direct launches new iPhone app with image recognition technology

First Apps

The app includes cutting-edge image recognition technology that allows shoppers to take snaps of clothes they covet and search for similar patterns across’s vast product range. Search and browse has also been optimised to enable smoother and faster navigation of the 946 brands currently sold on Customers can also track their orders in just one tap and make payments on-the-go. Feedback from shoppers indicates that they find apps a more secure environment to manage their accounts; they can now check their balance a... Read More »

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