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Anglian Water: Have a ‘wheely’ great time on new cycle path from St Neots to Grafham Water

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The high quality, all-weather cycle path forms part of the National Cycle Network and will join up with the popular cycle routes around the Anglian Water-owned water park. To celebrate the opening of the new track, Sustrans volunteers are inviting people to join one of the two casual bike rides they’ll be leading on Sunday 17 August. Both ‘pelotons’ will ride together, enjoying views from the dam and stopping for tea and cakes at the Grafham Water Visitor Centre. Participants can then return with their group, or stay to cycle the famous G... Read More »

BT Sport announces exclusively live European rugby matches

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BT Sport announced a stunning line up of exclusively live matches it will show from the new European Rugby Champions Cup, the successor to the Heineken Cup, as well as the new European Rugby Challenge Cup. In the European Rugby Champions Cup, BT Sport will show at least five matches exclusively live from each of the opening rounds of the tournament, plus two quarter-finals and a semi-final. The Final, which will be shown live on BT Sport, will be shared with Sky Sports. BT has first picks and additional matches involving clubs from the Av... Read More »

Thames Water: Free fishing fun at Farmoor

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People of all ages and ability are welcome to attend the free event to try their hand at casting, fly fishing and coarse fishing, drawing on the experience of qualified coaches. There will also be a BBQ cooking up catches from the reservoir. Activities will be on offer from 10am to 4pm. Will Barnard, Thames Water’s angling development coordinator, said: “Last year’s event was so popular we’re doing it all over again. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to come down and see how fishing at Farmoor reservoir is managed and have a go for th... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Selecting schools – Distance and class sizes – two conflicting factors

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The survey of Lloyds Bank Private Banking clients revealed that nearly a fifth (19%) sent their children to fee paying schools, with 46% citing smaller class sizes as the most important reason and distance from home as one of the least reasons. This is compared to parents who opted to send their children to a non-fee paying school, with 49 percent – the highest – giving distance from home the most important reason and classroom sizes one of the least; just 6 percent. Sarah Deaves, Investment Advice & Private Clients Director, Lloyds B... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Students consider leaving University as debt spirals

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The average estimated student debt has increased by 14% compared to last year and now stands at £19,217 17% of full-time university students, one in six, have considered leaving university to start a full time job Around one in six students do not have enough money to get through the month, while 40% are struggling to meet their monthly outgoings 47% of students are concerned about the debt they are taking on Possibly as a result, one in six (17%) of full time university students surveyed have considered leaving education to take up a ... Read More »

Accenture: Applications Open for 2015 FinTech Innovation Lab London; Nationwide, Santander Join in Support

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This year, Nationwide and Santander have joined in support of the Lab. They, alongside a dozen other major institutions – including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, Lloyds Banking Group, Morgan Stanley, RBS, and UBS – will help select the Lab’s seven participating entrepreneurs and provide senior-level mentoring throughout the program. Richard Lumb, Group Chief Executive-Financial Services at Accenture said: “We are delighted by the growth and progress of the La... Read More »

Shop Direct celebrates 20 years of online shopping

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On 11th August 1994, the world’s first secure ecommerce transaction took place, with a Sting CD selling in the States to the value of $12.48. Twenty years on, Ofcom stats reveal that the UK is the global online shopping capital with more spent per capita than any other country, and Brits spending £91 billion online last year. Shop Direct’s research, released today, shows that 95% of us now shop online, with one in four doing so at least once a week. Books (64%), clothing and accessories (60%), music and entertainment (56%), electronics (54%)... Read More »

SSE Airtricity creating 143 jobs

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SSE Airtricity is Northern Ireland’s second largest energy provider, supplying greener electricity and natural gas to over 300,000 homes and businesses across the country. Since 2008 SSE has invested half a billion pounds in the development of Northern Ireland’s sustainable energy infrastructure. A Living Wage employer SSE Airtricity currently employs 98 staff in two Belfast offices and is creating 143 additional jobs in support of its growing energy retail operations in Ireland. The new call centre roles will be in the areas of customer ser... Read More »

Aviva: House buyers count the cost of quick viewings

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People looking to buy a house in a highly competitive market are spending less time on property viewings and potentially missing out on signs of maintenance issues that could cause them financial pain down the line, according to new research from Aviva.* Home buyers in the past year spent on average just over half an hour in total looking round a property before making what is likely to be the biggest purchase decision of their lives. To help buyers make the most of the short time available, Aviva has developed an interactive checklist offer... Read More »

Arqiva: Manchester’s WiFi network grows

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The _FreebeeMCR WiFi network – which offers 30 minutes of free use per day to city centre residents and visitors – now has more than 80 on-street access points at locations within the inner ring road. The expansion aims to make sure that people can access the internet via their smartphones, tablets and computers as they move around the city centre. 30 minutes of free usage is offered to the public per day, while a number of sites - including www.manchester.gov.uk, www.visitmanchester.com and www.tfgm.com - are available to search for free... Read More »

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