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Brittany Ferries: It’s no longer unusual to take your pet on holiday to the continent


This trend is in large part down to new more relaxed pet passport regulations that were introduced in 2012, making it easier and cheaper to travel to France or Spain with a furry friend. Brittany Ferries has responded to this increase in demand by adding pet-friendly cabins to both France and Spain in which owners can travel with their pet. These cabins come with an attractive and hygienic laminate floor and offer plenty of room for a dog basket. More kennels have been added too - there are now 114 of these across the fleet - along with open... Read More »

Societe Generale named best bank in France by Euromoney magazine


Societe Generale was awarded Best Bank in France, illustrating the combined expertise of our different businesses within the Group to deliver a high level of service to our large client base. The magazine recognises Societe Generale’s “good job in helping smaller French companies transition away from dependence on bank lending towards raising more committed long-term funding from investors”. In particular, the magazine highlights the launch of the “CAC PME” index (designed in partnership with Eurostoxx) and the commercialisation of a new pro... Read More »

Entrepreneurs have the potential to create 10 million youth jobs in G20 Countries, new Accenture research finds


The Accenture study, “The promise of digital entrepreneurs: creating 10 million youth jobs in the G20 countries,” analyzes the views of more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and highlights the barriers that are limiting the potential of entrepreneurs to create jobs and grow the economy. The report illustrates that while 85 percent believe they have a critical role to play in the creation of jobs for young people, they face a number of challenges including securing funding, scaling and sustaining innovation, growing internationally and accessing the rig... Read More »

Veolia monitors and checks the health quality of bathing water each day on 171 beaches around France


To swim without any health risks during your holidays, you can opt for any one of the 171 beaches where Veolia is responsible for actively managing bathing water quality. Throughout the summer, this monitoring and checking system will anticipate and optimize the time required to decide whether to open or close beaches to swimming, and to take the required corrective action to reduce pollution depending on the nature of the pollution involved. The fast “Coliplage” analysis method is at the heart of this approach. This tool indicates the trend... Read More »

Doubts emerge on Belgium’s counter-terror group


An EU source involved in the talks told EUobserver that Stockholm opposes the idea of launching a new plan which repeats what law enforcement services, intelligent services, and border services do anyway on a daily basis. “A lot of others in the group said the same thing, but at the end of the day, they accepted some vague language so they could sign a political facade saying ‘We are united in this’,” the source said. The contact noted that Belgium launched the initiative following a fatal shooting at a Jewish Museum in Brussels in May. ... Read More »

Professional golfers Paul McGinley & Beatriz Recari inspire young golf players at the 2014 Allianz Golf Camp


During the 5-day golfing adventure, 16 young golfers from around the world had the unique opportunity to experience the world’s oldest golf course while undergoing professional training with their mentors at the St Andrews Links Golf Academy at St Andrews Links. Allianz is proud to announce extension of partnership agreements with 2014 Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley and Solheim Cup 2013 winner Beatriz Recari. The group enjoyed playing the world famous Old Course with Paul, who gave a few tips from his many years tackling this infamously d... Read More »

European Waterways: No single supplements on selected sailings this summer


For solo travellers wishing to join family, friends, or other passengers, with a cabin all to themselves, no single supplement will apply on the following 6-night cruises next month: Canal du Midi The ‘no single supplement’ offer applies to the classic, 8-passenger, Anjodi departures: August 10 cruising from Castelnaudary past Carcassonne to Homps August 17 cruising from picturesque Le Somail to the lakeside fishing village of Marseillan Burgundy The ‘no single supplement’ offer applies to the spacious, 12-passenger, La Belle ... Read More »

Brittany Ferries: Plymouth contact centre agent scoops top regional award

The prestigious award recognises contact centre sales advisors who demonstrate exceptional levels of sales and vocational competence, achieving consistently strong results and making a real difference to their company. Geraldine fought off stiff competition for the award, with over 250 eligible employers in the South West who collectively employ around 52,000 people in both the Public and Private sectors. Geraldine has worked at the company since 2003. As part of a 58-person passenger services team, she deals with a wide variety of enquiries... Read More »

JCDecaux: more than 26 million rentals for JCDecaux’s self-service bicycle rental schemes in the first half of 2014, an increase of 20%


With 33,908 bicycles in 2,772 docking stations available in 52 cities, including Paris (Vélib’), Marseille (Le vélo), Lyon (vélo’v), Toulouse (VélÔToulouse), Nantes (Bicloo), Besançon (VéloCité), Mulhouse (Vélocité), Rouen (Cy’clic) and Nancy (VélOstan’lib), JCDecaux's self- service bicycle hire schemes in France have recorded over 300 million rentals since their launch. Over 26 million rentals were recorded in the first half of 2014 (an increase of 20.1% on the first half of 2013, largely due to the favourable weather conditions). T... Read More »

Brittany Ferries: Summer city breaks to France’s ‘port of cool’


These Cruise and Stay packages include foot passenger ferry crossings from Portsmouth (the company offers a choice of eight weekly return sailings to Le Havre), as well as one night's bed and breakfast at a carefully selected hotel. With its industrial past, Le Havre has long been overlooked by many British tourists who see it as a convenient port, but a destination to bypass. But in recent years the town has re-invented itself as a cool cultural hub, with a wealth of cutting-edge museums, fine restaurants, and smart shopping malls. It even ... Read More »

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