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Worldline: Award-winning ferry operator on track for new ticketing system


The initial three-year contract will see Worldline, a specialist in online transactions, team up with Hogia, the largest provider of IT systems for ferry and sea freight operators for the European transport market, to deliver a modern, integrated ticketing system to support lifeline ferry services on the west coast of Scotland. Martin Dorchester, Managing Director of CalMac, said: “We have received a raft of awards in recent years in recognition of our focus on customer care but we know we can always do more to improve the customer experienc... Read More »

Accor acquires 13 properties in the UK in line with HotelInvest strategy


The portfolio, which includes 12 ibis and 1 ibis budget, represents 1,194 rooms located across the UK in key regional locations: Coventry, Coventry South, Birmingham Holloway Circus, Birmingham Bordesley, Leicester City, Plymouth, Sheffield City Shude, Liverpool, Manchester Princess Street, as well as London Stratford, London Thurrock and London Barking. As a result of the purchase 3 Accor owned F1 hotels adjacent to the properties in Liverpool, London Barking and London Thurrock will be restructured as extensions of the newly acquired ibis ... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Mid-sized businesses reluctant to export despite renewed confidence


Three in five mid-sized firms do not currently export Less than one in ten plan to start exporting in the next five years Lack of understanding and suitable contacts are the main barriers to overseas trade Almost three out of five firms (58%), turning over between £25m and £750m, said that they do not currently export and less than one in ten (7%) are looking to do so within the next five years, indicating that over half of mid-sized businesses are still cautious in considering their long-term export strategy. This reluctance to expan... Read More »

Halifax: First-time buyers can save £1,300 a year by buying rather than renting


The average monthly mortgage costs associated with owning a three bedroom house for a typical first-time buyer in the UK stood at £677 in June 2014; £110 lower than the average monthly rent paid2 on the same property type at £787. Five years ago, the average cost of buying was £37 a month more (£734 v. £697) than the typical rent paid. The significant fall in the monthly cost associated with buying compared to renting has been driven by the decline in the average mortgage rate since 2009. The mortgage rate3 for a first time buyer has fallen ... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: UK household savings rise by 500% in the last 40 years


Average value of savings per household has increased from £27,896 in 1974 to £126,278. The savings ratio, proportion of income saved by households, has halved to 4.8% in 2014, down from 9.9% in the decade 1974 to 1984. In 1974, deposit savings accounted for 53% of households' total savings; in 2014 this proportion is 38%. The average value of savings per household has increased five-fold from £27,869 in 1974 to £126,278 today. This increase is not as dramatic as the overall rise in the value of household savings because of the growing nu... Read More »

Wolters Kluwer: Everything changes when your company goes digital


“Everybody visits the digital world to buy things and to find information,” says Harrie van Luxemburg (45 years old), COO with Wolters Kluwer Netherlands since March 2013. And that’s where you need to be as a company. Harrie van Luxemburg: “The US and the UK are further in terms of integration of content with the customerwork flow” During the last Inct.formatie event, Harrie van Luxemburg gave a well-received speech about the transformation of Kluwers’ print-oriented organization to a multi-media information services company. Prior to Wol... Read More »

Mott MacDonald: Speyside biomass power station receives £74 million funding, UK


The new woodchip combined heat and power plant will supply 87.4GWh of renewable electricity per annum to the national grid. It will be fuelled with sustainable forestry by-product sourced from the local area, one of the UK’s most productive forestry regions. The plant will also generate 76.8GWh of renewable heat per annum for the adjacent Macallan whisky distillery, providing approximately 90% of the steam needed in the distillation process. Using biomass instead of natural gas to generate heat will allow the distillery to reduce its greenhouse... Read More »

100* Credit Unions in the running for Lloyds Banking Group’s £4m Credit Union Development Fund


Discussing the recent raft of applications, Graham Lindsay, Director, Responsible Business & Community Affairs for Lloyds Banking Group said: “We are delighted to see such a positive response in this inaugural year of the fund which will help credit unions lay down firm foundations to ensure that people across our local communities - many of whom are facing the hardest of times - are able to access finance in a safe and responsible way. This, together with our £1/4m investment in the pilot stage of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Church Cred... Read More »

BT: Wi-Fi communications boost for service personnel


Being stationed away from friends and family is an often unavoidable element of military work. Now more than 6,000 servicemen and women stationed at Oxfordshire’s RAF Brize Norton and 2,000 military and civilian personnel based at RAF Northolt, just outside London, can benefit from this communications boost, with access to a resilient and secure Wi-Fi service from BT. At RAF Brize Norton, the largest station in the RAF, Wi-Fi is available for servicemen and women to contact loved ones, whether they’re permanently stationed on the base or en ... Read More »

Aviva: Cost of divorce reaches £44,000 for UK couples


The figures show a 57% increase since Aviva last carried out the survey in 2006 when the cost of divorce was around £28,000. While the data suggests legal fees for divorce have actually fallen over the period - from £1,818 to £1,280 - with many opting for cheaper online services, additional costs such as moving house and child maintenance payments mean the overall price of separation has soared. As well as considering the core costs associated with a break-up, the study also looked at added extras that many people buy following a split. The ... Read More »

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