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European Waterways now accepting cabin bookings for new golf-themed cruises on Scottish Highlander


Rates for the Scottish Highlander golf-themed departures include all meals, wines, an open bar, numerous other daily escorted excursions, local transfers and admissions. Whole boat charters are also available. A supplement applies for all bookings, including charters, for those wishing to play golf. Guests who do not wish to play do not pay the supplement. Highlights include a round at the world renowned Royal Dornoch Championship, an 18-hold Par 70 golf course. The next day is a round at the 18-hole, Par 72 Castle Stuart, where guests pl... Read More »

Barclays: New research shows huge export value of ‘Brand Britain’ to British business


Overseas consumers will pay a premium for British branded goods above English, Scottish or Welsh British exporters could unlock a premium of up to £2.1bn by branding their products as Made in Britain across the eight countries in the study Half of UK goods are currently exported to the EU where British goods command a lower premium but the appetite for British branded goods in new and emerging markets is much stronger The report’s findings sought to understand the value of ‘Brand Britain’ for export purposes in comparison to the brand va... Read More »

Thames Water: Giving unemployed a “start”


The programme called ‘Give Someone a Start’ was first developed by Britain’s biggest water firm in 2012 and is supported by the government. The east London scheme is the first of four that Thames Water will be supporting in the next eight months with the others set for west London, Reading and Swindon. It shows participants what employers are looking for while also equipping them with practical skills and hands-on experience in a real workplace, including at sewage and water treatment works and in offices. They’ll also be given tips on in... Read More »

Premier Foods strengthens focus on growth opportunities through key leadership appointments and new business unit structure


The new SBU’s will be named Grocery, Sweet Treats and International and will enable a tighter focus on capturing specific category opportunities in the UK market while ensuring a more strategic approach to developing the Company’s brands internationally. Each SBU will have full accountability for its respective portfolio and be responsible for directing innovation, marketing, sales, manufacturing and logistics resources in support of agreed growth priorities. To lead the new structure, two new appointments have been made to the Executive lea... Read More »

Societe Generale Securities Services launches fully integrated wealth and investment management outsourcing solution in the UK


Mid-tier wealth fund managers are continuously faced with the costs associated with constant regulatory change and operational developments. To remain competitive, managers are increasingly looking to outsource operational functions, leverage providers to reduce the costs associated with maintaining their back-office systems, and develop web functionalities. In response, SGSS has developed a real front-to-back office wealth management solution in the UK to provide a unique best-of-breed portfolio management platform in partnership with JHC, ... Read More »

Lloyds Bank customers get an iPad when they move home


New Lloyds Bank offer gives customers an iPad mini to help keep them connected when they need it most. Customers will receive a 16GB iPad mini 4G, a 6GB data card and six months technical support. By partnering with Connected World Services and Carphone Warehouse, Lloyds Bank mortgage customers that apply between 7th October and 27th November 2014 will receive an iPad mini 4G. This will be delivered to their home address within days of mortgage completion, so they can be online as soon as they are in their new home. Setting up an intern... Read More »

Lloyds Banking Group becomes first principal partner for BBC Children in Need


Key skills development set to double donations In its role as Principal Partner of BBC Children in Need, the Group has committed to helping the charity support all UK schools and over five million children with charitable fundraising and key skills development. This is expected to double donations raised through schools per annum by 2017. The Lloyds Bank National Schools Fundraising Campaign will be brought to life through the provision of fundraising resources for schools; education and skills development in Literacy, Citizenship as well... Read More »

BT: Nuisance calls are the UK’s biggest annoyance


Unwanted calls and automated recordings from PPI claim companies and sales people are Britons’ top annoyance, new research from BT has found. The average person in the UK receives six nuisance calls a week, amounting to more than 7.8 billion a year.[1] The bugbear ranked above queue jumpers, noisy neighbours and rude commuters as the biggest nuisance; with almost three quarters of people (74 per cent) agreeing that getting a nuisance call was the most annoying thing to happen to them. According to the poll of 2,000 people, 44 per cent fin... Read More »

UK: Aviva launches New Thinking book to help advisers


Written by one of the UK’s leading behavioural scientists Professor Paul Dolan, and best-selling business author Steve Martin, the book presents two behavioural science techniques – MINDSPACE and The SMALLBIG – which are aimed at helping advisers understand their clients, and have more effective conversations with them. The new book is CII accredited and is designed to help advisers to; Inspire clients to reconsider financial plans and priorities Unlock clients’ underlying motivations and open up potentially new approaches to help them... Read More »

BP welcomes report on women in engineering


The report, supported by BP, and produced by the Institute of Public Policy Research, shows that an additional 87,000 graduate-level engineers are needed every year, until 2020. The analysis presented in the report reveals that the critical point at which women are lost to a potential career in engineering is at the age of 16. A-level and vocational subject choices made at this age cut off the pathway into careers in engineering for far more women than men. In 2013 some 72,000 girls achieved grades A to C at GCSE in Physics, but just 10% ... Read More »

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