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Purchases on tablets set to surge this Christmas, and Black Friday takes hold in the UK


70% of retailers are feeling more confident about Christmas trading compared to last year, which includes 28% who said they are far more confident. This festive cheer compares favourably to last year, when just over half (52%) were feeling optimistic about the trading period ahead. The majority of those surveyed (72%) also said that they expected revenues to increase, with over a fifth (21%) expecting sales to increase by 10% or more, compared to 2013. Retailers are expecting to see growth across all of their sales channels over Christmas, w... Read More »

H&M unveils new tennis collection for Tomas Berdych at the London Masters


The collection, available in selected stores as well as online from November 5, draws inspiration from Samurai Culture and fractured mineral formations, using new technologies and materials for both function and style. “I love how this collection brings together fashion and technology,” says Tomas Berdych. “The basis of a good collaboration is being able to understand each other, to listen and to share objectives. I’m really pleased that our collaboration works so well.” Pieces include a heat reactive printed T-shirt, and a polo decorated... Read More »

SSE supports first National Women’s Sport Conference with DCMS and women in sport


The event aims to increase participation for women and girls, develop the workforce for women in sport and make women's sport visible through commercial investment and media profile. Following our successful sponsorship of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and our athlete ambassadors, SSE is well placed to support such an important conference. Wendy Barbour, SSE Director for Commonwealth Games and Sponsorship, said: “Women in Sport is the leading sport charity dedicated to improving and promoting opportunities for women and girls in ... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Million pound home sales at an all-time high


46% increase in million pound property sales from H1 2013 Premium property sales out-perform under £1m market* The 6,143 million pound property sales in the first half of the year represented a 46% increase compared to the same period in 2013 when sales totalled 4,198. In fact, million pound home sales have grown by 345% since the first half of 2009, when sales in this market segment were at their lowest (1,382) point in the past decade. Million pound home sales outperform the rest of the market, but still a very small share of the over... Read More »

Lloyds Bank launches responsive website for Private Banking customers


The new responsive website allows customers to enjoy a better banking experience whether they’re at home, work or on the move. This easy-to-use technology is allowing customers to connect to Lloyds Bank Private Banking more closely than ever before. The website includes these updated features: Improved accessibility for customers through desktop, tablet or smart phone An enhanced Online Appointment Booking for all devices Clickable Phone Numbers enabling customers to call us directly from the website The new website comes as Lloyd... Read More »

Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs programme welcomes 297 new students and celebrates 274 graduates


The success of the programme in 2014 sees the number of entrepreneurs who have taken part rise to 725 since the programme’s launch in 2012. A range of social businesses have benefitted from the initiative, each dedicated to tackling social problems, improving communities, the environment or quality of life using an array of unique and innovative entrepreneurial ideas. The programme provides financial support of £4,000 to Social Entrepreneurs enrolling on a ‘Start Up’ programme focussed on helping them get started with a new idea, and a £15,0... Read More »

SSE named best supplier for complaint handling in Citizens Advice Report


The consumer body awarded SSE a complaints score of 33.7 per 100,000 customers for the period from April to June – almost 20 times less than the worst performing supplier and half the score of the next best performing competitor. A graph accompanying the release maps supplier scores over the past year and shows that SSE has consistently set the standard for the rest of the industry. The news comes after SSE published an open letter in response to the regulator, Ofgem, on the action it is taking to ensure customer complaints are well handled ... Read More »

BP and CGG agree to develop next-generation marine seismic source technology


BP and CGG today announced an agreement for collaborative research and development in the field of new types of marine vibratory seismic sources. The agreement combines the companies’ research efforts and expertise to develop and deploy innovative seismic source technology, and builds on successful prototype trials. Seismic surveys have for decades been the exploration industry’s key tool for identifying oil- and gas-bearing rocks below the seabed. And both BP and CGG recognize the significant potential for new vibratory seismic sources to i... Read More »

Poundland: introducing an exciting new make-up collection


Make Up Gallery, an exclusive new and stylish make-up range priced at just £1 each, is coming to a high street near you! The fantastic new range launches exclusively at Poundland, the nation’s favourite value high street retailer at the end of October in some stores and will be in 480 stores in November (see below). Make Up Gallery will offer everything from foundation and concealer for a variety of skin tones to vibrant eye make-up and lipsticks for a picture perfect look. Of the 100 strong range, Poundland’s expert beauty team expect th... Read More » and m-commerce boost profits at Shop Direct


STRONG FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE Group sales up 3% to £1.74bn (2012/13: £1.69bn) delivered sales growth of 23.1% and is now the biggest brand in the group at more than £700m in sales Profitably managed sales decline within heritage brands and of 7.6% EBITDA growth of 24% to £164.8m (2012/13: £132.5m) PBT growth of 512% to £40.4m (2012/13: £6.6m) **Profit before tax and amortisation more than doubled to £64.6m (2012/13: £30.8m) CONTINUED RAPID DIGITAL PROGRESS 84% of sales completed online d... Read More »

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