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SSE Ambassador reveals her games secrets and sacrifices


The SSE Ambassador was confirmed as part of the Team Wales squad in June and will go for glory in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Disciplined Becky revealed her nutrition secrets and sacrifices to SSE’s More For You lifestyle site. The 22-year-old, who is tipped for gold in Glasgow, admitted her biggest indulgence is chocolate but she’s giving it up for the Games. The sprint and keirin champion said: “If I’m in training or know I’ve got to lose weight, I’ve got to be really strict with myself. It is tough but I love what I do, so I’ve jus... Read More »

Halifax: Eight out of ten children know their parents worry about money


Eight out of ten children [77%] know their parents worry about money, close to the real figure of nine out of ten parents [91%] who actually are concerned. One in five [18%] children believe their parents worry about money ‘all the time’, with another quarter of children [23%] say it is ‘quite often’. Nor is insight into parent’s finances confined to older children and teenagers. Almost three quarters [74%] of 8-11 year olds are aware of their parent’s financial concerns. On the other hand, parents are quite attuned to their children’s fi... Read More »

Barclays: The kids are alright – younger generation would keep a family business alive


Barclays found three in five UK adults (61%) would want to pass on a family business to the younger generation in their family if they had the opportunity, however 23% of those over 55 feared that the younger generation would not want to inherit it. The research is part of the latest report on family business from Barclays and CEBR. The ‘Second Generation Family SMEs in the UK’ report reveals fewer businesses are being passed down to grandchildren. The number of businesses handed on to the next generation3 has fallen by 136,000 since 2007. C... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Employability skills most valuable for young people from lower-income families, finds Lloyds Scholars research


The report features a survey of current, past and potential future Lloyds Scholars, and looks at young people’s education and career opportunities and aspirations. The report, Bigger Thinking, launched at a Parliamentary Reception in the Strangers’ Dining Room at the House of Commons and hosted by Margot James MP with Group Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group, António Horta-Osório, underscores the success of the Lloyds Scholars programme, an award-winning social mobility initiative supporting students from families where the household incom... Read More »

SSE investing in para-sports


And for wheelchair racer Jade Jones that means one thing: the profile of disabled athletes will reach unprecedented new heights. Jade and SSE are working together to help support existing and upcoming para-athletes to reach the top of their sport. The SSE Ambassador will compete in the women’s 1,500m T53/4 wheelchair race event at Glasgow 2014. She said: “I think over the last few years people have paid more attention to para-athletes, particularly during the Olympics. “It was sell-out stadiums, which I had never seen before, but also ... Read More »

Premier Foods announces innovative joint venture as part of ongoing strategy to maximise value from Grocery infrastructure


 Stand-alone joint venture with Specialty Powders Holdings Limited to manufacture powdered beverages and desserts Improved efficiency of manufacturing infrastructure through greater utilisation of Knighton and Ashford sites Separately, consolidation of grocery logistics network confirmed, reducing around 750,000 road miles by the end of 2014 Power Brands sales for the second quarter forecast to be negative and below the Company’s expectations due to subdued grocery markets Full year profit expectations unchanged The new joint venture... Read More »

Partnership: international lessons for the UK pensions market


“Following the Budget, commentators have suggested a variety of countries approaches to pensions as a panacea for what ails the UK market. However, while there are certain lessons that we can learn, blindly following systems which see 50% of over-55s almost entirely dependent on means tested state pension (Australia) and 46% of people dying with less than $10,000 (US) is not the answer. “So what can we learn? Evidence from Switzerland – where 80% of people annuitise – suggests that generous annuity rates (6.8% – 2014) are key to consumer eng... Read More »

Aviva says deliberate ‘crash for cash’ road traffic accidents up 51%, now at record levels


Motor injury fraud puts the public at risk of physical harm; Aviva calls for stronger sentences to deter fraudsters 87% of public believe custodial sentences send the strongest message These induced accidents have a value of over £10m and are at the highest levels ever detected by the insurer. In total, Aviva has over 6,000 motor injury claims linked to organised fraud activity and is calling for stronger deterrents whilst warning motorists to be vigilant behind the wheel. Tom Gardiner, Head of Claims Fraud at Aviva, said, “The fast g... Read More »

Prudential sees improved retirement savings with new digital tools


“Over the years, we’ve used behavioral research as a foundation to learn what common behaviors keep people from saving and what motivates people to plan for a secure retirement,” said Veronica Charcalla, vice president of Total Retirement Solutions for Prudential Retirement. “Drawing on this unique behavioral research, we’ve redesigned our Retirement Income Calculator to incorporate personalized, interactive and visual features. Understanding what truly motivates decision-making is driving our investment in this digital experience.” Retireme... Read More »

Arqiva: Vote of confidence from UK pub chain


Enterprise selected us as its trusted partner in a programme rolling out WiFi across its estate to help bring in new customers, increase dwell time and drive revenue. To gauge the early success of this programme the group commissioned a survey of 100 publicans. Carried out both online and by telephone, the survey undertaken on behalf of Enterprise used the Net Promoter Score (NPS) system. This measures how likely each participant is to recommend the business in question based on how they rate their experiences on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 ... Read More »

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