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Anglian Water: Customers urged to protect their homes as winter bites


The company has produced a couple of handy ‘how to’ videos to help customers make sure they’re prepared whatever the weather. These can be viewed on YouTube, Facebook. Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “Most water pipes are buried deep enough to avoid the affects of freezing, but when cold weather strikes we do see the number of frozen pipes increase. “Unfortunately for homeowners and landlords these pipes tend to be those which they are responsible for – the sections of pipe that fall within their property boundary and within the h... Read More »

BT launches national competition to find SMEs with most innovative ideas for government


BT is looking for SMEs with innovative ideas to help the government meet the changing needs of people across the UK. The BT Infinity Lab SME Award: Digital Innovation for the Public Sector is being launched today. SMEs are being invited to share ideas about how to do things differently, whether it’s making education, defence, health or other government functions more efficient by moving services online, improving how government interacts with citizens or creating new solutions which could change lives. Entrants can now submit their tra... Read More »

BT Sport screens five exclusively live premier league games in March


The channels’ Barclays Premier League games include a tricky midweek away trip to St James’ Park for Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United. BT Sport will also feature current champions Manchester City at home to West Bromwich Albion. In fact, the Baggies, under new manager Tony Pulis, will be shown twice, including their midweek game away to fierce Midlands rivals Aston Villa. The line-up also includes an intriguing late season London derby, as Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace host fellow strugglers QPR in what could potentially be a key relegat... Read More »

Making lives easier for mortgage brokers: Barclays launches ability to photograph customer documents


These images, as well as those of documents that have been scanned, can then be uploaded directly into MAX, the customer case folder online, where they are instantly visible in the case, providing peace of mind that the case can progress. These changes remove any uncertainty around whether documents have been received and allow brokers to easily view the documents again in the online case file if needed. A headersheet previously completed by brokers to attest to the documents being originals has been replaced by a simpler and quicker tick bo... Read More »

BT announces partnership with GB Wheelchair Rugby as part of its continued support to disability sport


Today BT further demonstrated its commitment to disability sport by announcing a three year partnership with GB Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR). BT will become the Official Principal Partner of GB Wheelchair Rugby, as well as the Official Communications Partner. BT is a long-term supporter of disability sport in the UK, and through this partnership will work with GBWR to continue the transformation of the sport and drive levels of engagement. David Pond, CEO of GB Wheelchair Rugby, said: “It’s fantastic to have BT behind us as we continue to grow... Read More »

Portsmouth International Port harnesses the power of light


4,500 solar panels have just been installed on the roofs of warehouses belonging to MMD Ltd, the leading UK fruit importer owned by Portsmouth City Council. Engineers worked throughout November and December to install the high tech panels covering large areas on top of three warehouses. The roofs of newly constructed ‘Shed13’, and Sheds 6,9 and 10, have now become ‘solar farms’, the photovoltaic cells harnessing solar radiation from the sun and turning it into electricity. The panels were switched on at the end of 2014 and are now fully oper... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Highest number of homemovers for seven years


2014 saw an 8% rise in the number of homemovers. This is the highest annual total since 2007 but still little more than half the average between 2004 and 2007. The average deposit put down by a homemover in 2014 was £83,302. Stamp duty changes save the average homeowner nearly £5,000. The estimated equity level for a potential second stepper has risen by over £10,000 in the past year. This was the largest annual increase in the number of homemovers since 2010 and was the third successive rise. The number of homemovers in 2014 was ... Read More »

London thrives – widening the divide between the capital and the rest of the country


The London economy has outperformed all other UK regions, increasing by 20.0% between 2009 and 2013 compared with the UK average of 13.4%. London saw the highest percentage increase in workforce jobs between September 2007 and September 2014 with a 15.6% rise. The capital has the highest Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI) per head in the UK, at £21,446. This is 28% higher than the national average of £16,791. Home prices in London have risen by 49% from their 2009 Q2 trough compared with a 19% increase nationally. Property prices ... Read More »

Barclays: Computing is the new English as it becomes the nation’s favourite school subject


But two fifths of parents dread helping their kids with this homework Half of all school children (49 per cent) now rely on homework help from their siblings Three quarters (77 per cent) of parents believe it is important for children to learn coding skills Barclays launches Code Playground where children and adults can learn coding online or in branch with the help of a Barclays Digital Eagle Barclays research revealed today shows a quarter (24 per cent) of British school children say computing, incorporating skills such as learning t... Read More »

Scottish Widows: More than one in four risk being pension poor to support family


More than one in four believe new pension freedoms will put people under pressure to use money to help struggling family members 38% say they haven’t thought about how they will survive financially in retirement 41% are expecting support from children in later life The new report, Forever Young: The New Landscape of Later-Life Planning, from the Scottish Widows think tank revealed that the new pension reforms could have a knock-on effect on intergenerational finances, with more than one in five people expecting to use pension savings to ... Read More »

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