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Lloyds Banking Group: And the winner is… The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game


To coincide with the 2015 BAFTA awards on Sunday 8 February, Halifax looked at the house prices in the main locations for 20 major UK films to see who’s scooped the gong for best performance and who’s picked up the award for best supporting role. In the past five years house prices around where this year’s two main contenders for film awards were set saw the biggest house prices rises of all 20 locations analysed. Prices in Cambridge (The Theory of Everything) have risen 26% and prices in Milton Keynes (The Imitation Game) have gone up 25... Read More »

Inflatable whales pop up at Portsmouth International Port


It won’t be a real shark, of course, but one of 13 life sized inflatable models of whales, sharks and dolphins that will be on display in the terminal building. The biggest is 42 feet long, that’s 13 metres of whale that you can stand next to. Four will be hanging from the ceiling. The ‘pop up’ exhibition opens on the 11th February, with classes from schools all around Portsmouth already booked to come and take part in a “Whale Workshop”. Experts from marine wildlife charity ORCA will be taking lessons, with students learning all about the w... Read More »

Atos supports home-working for employees with new social media tools


As part of the Global Voice Project which responds directly to employees technology concerns, the digital services company has introduced a new internet-based instant messaging, voice and video technology for all its employees to make it easier for staff to work productively either in the office or at home as well as an easy to use social media internal tool, blueKiwi, which allows for group conversations and easy sharing of documents and information. With the rise of mobile technologies this reflects the changing ways people in the workplac... Read More »

Thames Water alliances sign biggest contracts in water industry history


eight2O and infrastructure alliance to deliver billions of pounds of work and services for Thames Water Partnerships feature some of Britain’s biggest companies Ceremony in London today sets seal on largest contracts ever signed in UK water industry Thames Water chief executive Martin Baggs and the CEOs and senior leaders of the partner companies gathered at the Gherkin, in the heart of the capital’s financial district, to set the seal on the largest contracts ever signed in the UK water industry. In a move designed to transform the w... Read More »

Halifax: Savings suffer as Christmas spending takes its toll


A third of savers (30%) added nothing to their savings in the final three months of the year A quarter of savers (26%) were forced to raid their savings in the same period to cover unexpected costs The average amount raided, at £1,405, was almost double the average total saved, £766 Saving vs. Raiding Four-fifths (81%) of British adults say that they have some form of savingsi currently, with the average balance stated at just below £18,000 (£17,945) for Q4 2014, this is significantly below the average for the same period the previous... Read More »

SSE makes €956m contribution to Irish economy


The report examines the direct contribution of SSE to employment and Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It also considers the indirect economic impact of SSE’s supply chain spending with ROI companies, as well as the impact generated in the wider economy as a result of wage expenditure through its own employees, and those in the wider supply chain. The report’s main findings are: SSE contributed €956m to Irish GDP (equivalent of 0.6% of Irish GDP in 2013), during the financial year 2014; SSE supported 5,950 jobs in Ireland (equivalent to 0.... Read More »

Anglian Water: Residents urged to keep water healthy


Things inside the home, like kettles, dirty tap heads, white goods and boiler filling loops can impact the quality of the water coming out of the tap. Anglian Water is encouraging customers to join its Keep Water Healthy campaign, which aims to give people the know-how to put these simple things right to avoid any odd tastes and odours. Matthew Jackson, Water Supply Regulations Manager, from Anglian Water, explains: “Before it gets to your tap, your drinking water is cleaned, disinfected and tested to make sure it is of the very highest stan... Read More »

Halifax launches bespoke youth online banking


Tailored online banking service launched for Expresscash account encouraging younger customers to ‘learn as they bank’ Research indicates that customers who bank online are more likely to demonstrate better money management The new service has been designed specifically for younger customers, in association with Childnet International and The Money Advice Service, and features financial education and online safety information throughout the secure pages, along with access to the Halifax mobile banking app. Helping to maximise the financ... Read More »

Lloyds Bank training programme marks 250th graduate as investment in manufacturing industry continues


The landmark figure was reached during a productive 12 months for Lloyds Bank in 2014, which saw it deliver its £1bn funding commitment for a second consecutive year and plans to invest the same amount each year until 2017. Comprising training in key areas such as export finance, complex manufacturing supply chains and techniques to maintain good factory floor practices, the WMG programme is designed to offer an insight into the impact of decisions taken by banks, helping Lloyds Bank staff to deliver services with the benefit of greater indu... Read More »

Aviva: UK: How long will I live?


Make life expectancy conversations mandatory and a core action for the government’s guidance guarantee service – Pension Wise. Help retirees understand the nuances of life expectancy and the link to lifestyle factors. Give retirees the online tools and information to help them make informed decisions about their retirement savings. Pension Wise, the government’s guidance guarantee service, must discuss life expectancy as part of people’s retirement planning, an Aviva report says. Making your money last in retirement is the latest in a... Read More »

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