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Aviva: ‘Invisible spending’ costs the nation £48 billion per year

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 Typical UK adult spends £948 a year on ‘invisible’ items 20-year-old could build a £136,000 pension pot by cutting back on these items Almost half of UK adults admit they don’t keep track of all their spending UK adults are spending £48 billion a year(1) through a habit of ‘invisible spending’, Aviva research has revealed. The term has been coined by the investment and retirement solutions provider to describe the small – almost invisible – amounts people spend on a regular basis without paying too much attention. A study of 2,000... Read More »

Lloyds Banking Group Northern Ireland: Why diversity and inclusion matters for business success

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Diversity Champions is the first LBGT equality and diversity programme to be developed for the public and private sectors across Northern Ireland and includes six organisations. These are Lloyds Banking Group (including Halifax Bank), Allen & Overy, Public Health Agency, Belfast City Council and Pinsent Masons. The programme recognises the members as having robust diversity and inclusion principles as well as promoting a workplace culture where all staff can be themselves. The theme of the event will promote diversity within the wider... Read More »

Capgemini to create 100 jobs in South Wales, backed by Welsh Government

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Announcing the news today Economy Minister Edwina Hart described it as a significant and very welcome investment. Opening in January 2016, it will become the company’s primary development site for both public and private sector contracts that require a UK-based centre to deliver security sensitive projects. The Minister said: “This is excellent news and I am delighted Capgemini is expanding its operations in Wales. Capgemini is a global IT brand that will bring high quality, well paid, and specialist technical development roles to the reg... Read More »

BT innovates to help organisations stay secure as they move to the cloud

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BT innovates to help organisations stay secure as they move to the cloud BT adds Global Distributed Denial of Service Mitigation to its ‘Cloud of Clouds’ security portfolio BT’s ‘Cloud of Clouds’ security capabilities were unveiled to media, analysts, customers and BT employees during the opening of BT’s state-of-the art global security showcase in Sevenoaks, UK, on September 23. The new facility is designed for BT’s corporate and public sector customers looking to build a more sustainable business with added security and resilience. It pr... Read More »

Aviva: Breast cancer accounts for 44% of female critical illness claims

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Ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Aviva and Friends Life have released new critical illness claims statistics which reveal that over £62.8 million was paid out last year to critical illness customers with breast cancer. Data from the insurers shows that breast cancer is the single most common condition amongst critical illness claims, accounting for nearly a quarter (22%) of all claims paid in 2014. In terms of claims by females, this figure rises to 44% of all claims. The data also shows that amongst claims for cancer, o... Read More »

BT promises to bring back customer service to UK contact centres

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The company is in the midst of overhauling the service it offers to customers including providing dedicated relationship managers to support customers with complex issues, offering more online support with its My BT customer service app and creating jobs in the UK so that customers can speak to UK based agents. The communications company will continue to outsource back office work and functions that do not involve taking customers’ calls offshore. This move is the most visible evidence of the company’s efforts to improve its customer serv... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Skills shortage and planning system preventing solution to housing crisis

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Acute skills shortage within housebuilding industry hindering efforts to alleviate housing shortage ‘Slow planning system’ and public opposition to development also cited as barriers to addressing housing shortfall These challenges are hindering plans to create thousands of new jobs in next 12 months Greater local and central government support sought by housebuilders to help solve crisis The first Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking report on the UK housebuilding sector, Building for Growth, analyses the state of the industry today, and th... Read More »

Lloyds Banking Group launches £1million construction skills fund for London

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Speaking today at City Hall alongside Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, Mr Horta-Osório will respond to housebuilders’ call for more and better construction skills training – essential if the capital is to build the extra homes its residents urgently need. He will outline the Group’s plan to help with an initial investment of £1m over four years, creating a construction skills fund to which other companies will be invited to contribute in the longer term. Mr Horta-Osório will say: “This new Lloyds Banking Group fund will help provide the i... Read More »

European Waterways Ltd: Barging for All the Family: Why your kids will love a Scottish Cruise

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Many parents love the idea of this type of holiday but assume wrongly that it’s not practical to take their children along. We have always insisted that these anxieties are entirely unfounded and that children can enjoy a Scottish cruise every bit as much as the adults who care for them. First and foremost, the children who have the opportunity to experience the Scottish Highlander usually forge friendships with the staff who are hand picked for their approachable and knowledgeable manner. Our stringent recruiting standards mean that parents... Read More »

Thames Water: Wedding ring rescued from sewers for first anniversary

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Time stood still as the precious metal flew off the finger of Pascal Gunter, 46, and down into the depths through one of two small holes in an otherwise solid triangular drain cover in Beckton. “Horrified”, he called Thames Water in the faint hope they would be able to recover it while he continued to shoot an urgent video for a national bank across the City. “The ring flew from my finger, and it all went into slow motion,” he said. “We all watched as the ring rolled, and rolled, and rolled, and then just disappeared. “I really didn’t ... Read More »

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