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Two out of top three investments are now UK asset classes, says Lloyds Bank Investor Sentiment Index

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UK Property and UK Shares are investors top performing asset classes, followed by Emerging Market Shares UK Government Bonds has seen the biggest year on year increase, rising 11 percentage points Eurozone Shares have seen the biggest monthly decline, dropping over seven percentage months from August This positive change in investor sentiment can very likely be attributed to the recovery of the UK economy over the past 12 months, the outlook and perception of which has changed dramatically over the last several months. Despite still r... Read More »

Handicap International: UK rehabilitation teams travel to Gaza to provide specialist support to people injured during the crisis

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Over 11,000 Palestinians were injured during the crisis and some specialist rehabilitation facilities in Gaza were damaged or destroyed. There is now an urgent need for specialised training and equipment so that local staff can provide the best possible care to people with complex injuries including amputations, spinal cord injuries and fractures. This aftercare can be life-saving and is the key to helping those with significant injuries maximise their recovery, so that they can raise their families, work, or go back to school. The teams, dr... Read More »

Alstom and University of Nottingham celebrate second collaboration anniversary

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The collaboration, signed in 2012, was a natural partnership – University of Nottingham is a world leader in power electronics technology and Alstom Grid is a commercial leader in the area. As a result of the partnership, Alstom Grid’s Dr Colin Oates has become an Associate Professor at the University. David Trainer and Omar Jasim, from the company’s research team, are based in office facilities within the University. Colin Davidson, Chief Technology Officer for Alstom’s High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) technology, said, “Given that we’re ... Read More »

Unique Seafood Sails Forth with funding from Barclays

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Established in 1997, Unique Seafood Ltd has an annual turnover of £25 million and operates from three sites in Thamesmead in London, Cricklade near Swindon and Mildenhall near Cambridge. With 62 employees, the business supplies its UK customers with fresh sustainable fish direct from its own vessels. It has grown to become one of the UK’s main players in the seafood industry, supplying the wholesale, industrial and food service sectors, in addition to supplying over 2500 fish and chip shops and restaurants across Britain. The Barclays fin... Read More »

RWE: Half of the turbines operational at the world’s second largest offshore wind farm

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81st turbine connected to the National Grid Final commissioning of the world’s second largest offshore wind farm expected over the winter months Gwynt y Môr to produce energy for around a third of the total number of homes in all of Wales Gwynt y Môr is a greater than £2billion offshore wind farm and will be capable of generating enough energy from renewable sources to power the equivalent of approximately 400,000 homes - around a third of the total number of homes in all of Wales. It compromises 160 Siemens 3.6 megawatt (MW) turbines, t... Read More »

Virgin Media Mobile wholesale WiFi service

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Through Virgin Media’s WiFi Buddy app its customers will be able to utilise our WiFi network of over 3,000 public locations. This includes most UK airports such as London Heathrow and Manchester Airport, 37,000 hotel rooms, more than 1,500 pubs and over 1,000 outdoor WiFi locations. Our Managing Director of Telecoms Nicolas Ott said: “Staying connected when you’re out and about is nothing short of a necessity and demand for WiFi services is only ever increasing. Working together with Virgin Media we’re thrilled to be providing their custo... Read More »

Barclays first in UK to launch new Biometric Reader for customers

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The pioneering technology will be initially available to Barclays Corporate Banking clients from 2015. The compact device can read and verify the users’ unique vein patterns in the finger, helping to combat identity fraud experienced by UK businesses. Hitachi’s VeinID is recognised as one of the most secure biometrics in the market. Unlike finger prints, vein patterns are extremely difficult to spoof or replicate. The scanned finger must be attached to a live human body in order for the veins in the finger to be authenticated. Barclays will ... Read More »

Venturi: Our E singleseaters are ready to go to Beijing

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Our singleseaters are going to travel from UK to China. Our team will arrive early next week. ... Read More »

21 Lloyds Banking Group colleagues will go the extra mile to Ride Across Britain in cycling fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society

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They are currently training hard ahead of their challenge to raise over £95,000 overall for the Group’s chosen charities of the year – Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland. Many of the participants have a personal interest in supporting the charity, and Noel Munson, a Healthcare Relationship Manager for SME Banking, is no exception. He said: “At the National Conference of Home Instead Senior Care I heard about the personal experience of Norman McNamara of Torquay, who lives with dementia and has campaigned to raise awareness of the con... Read More »

Freedom and choice – Partnership runs series of National CPD Pension Reform

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These forums - open to all financial advisers - will look to provide attendees with an update on the progress of the Pension Reform Consultation as well as the Care Act. The potential implications of these new pieces of legislation on advisers and their clients will then be reviewed with plenty of opportunity for detailed questions. Eight morning sessions which will offer 2.5 hours of structured CPD accreditation will take place in the following locations: 9 September Airth Castle, Airth, Stirlingshire 10 September Rudding Park, Harrog... Read More »

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