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A triumph for diversity

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Regardless of any party politics, the London mayoral election is an historic moment to be celebrated in a multicultural city that is leading the way in embracing diversity, tolerance and respect. Sadiq is the son of a Pakistani bus driver and his seamstress wife, one of eight children raised in public housing in south London, who has gone on to become mayor of the city. I once said that opportunities are like buses - there's always another one coming. I wholeheartedly believe this to be the case, and people - especially entrepreneurs - wh... Read More »

Aegon to acquire BlackRock’s UK Defined Contribution platform and administration business

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Aegon to acquire approximately £12 billion (approx. €15 billion) of assets and 350,000 customers, creating a £30 billion (approx. €38 billion) platform-based workplace savings business BlackRock will deepen its relationship with Aegon providing its customers investment management solutions Paul Bucksey from BlackRock will be appointed Managing Director of the combined workplace business, which brings together the complementary capabilities of both propositions to offer Defined Contribution (DC) services to schemes of all sizes and types. ... Read More »

Castrol to support UK’s Land Rover bar America’s cup team

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Land Rover BAR, working alongside its exclusive sustainability partner 11th Hour Racing, is committed to becoming the most sustainable sports team in the UK. Land Rover BAR is delighted that Castrol will now supply the team with its environmentally responsible Castrol hydraulic fluid technology. Castrol will provide ongoing technical support and development to drive performance and efficiency improvements through its advanced range of high performance environmental products. Castrol will also become a partner of the Land Rover BAR Academy. ... Read More »

First quarter 2016 results

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Bob Dudley, BP group chief executive, said: “Despite the challenging environment, we are driving towards our near-term goal of rebalancing BP’s cash flows. Operational performance is strong and our work to reset costs has considerable momentum and is delivering results. Furthermore, development of our next wave of material upstream projects is well on track.” The Brent oil marker price averaged $34 a barrel in the quarter, compared with $44 in 4Q 2015 and $54 in 1Q 2015, and refining margins were at the lowest quarterly average for over five... Read More »

New Tesco Supplier App

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The launch of the Tesco Supplier Network in January 2015, an online community of Tesco suppliers, has been a key tool in developing closer channels of communication between Tesco, suppliers and producers. We are therefore pleased to share that we have launched a new Tesco Supplier Network App. The app provides Tesco suppliers a more accessible version of the Tesco Supplier Network website and will enable suppliers to: Receive instant notifications on the latest insights and updates from your Tesco contacts and their industry. Sign-up to u... Read More »

TransPennine Express and Angel Trains orders 95 Inter-City rail carriages from UK manufacturer Hitachi

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The contract, for the fleet of AT300 ‘Inter City’ trains is the first to be finalised by TransPennine Express, which will operate the franchise from April. The deal, which has been financed by Angel Trains, will lead to the procurement of 19 five-car Hitachi AT300 bi-mode trains, capable of operating on both electric power and diesel power. The AT300 trains have been designed with the customer in mind and will completely remodel the experience of train travel in the North. They will be amongst the most advanced intercity trains in the UK, ru... Read More »

Growth in UK and Europe ensures Bentley’s third consecutive year above 10,000 cars

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Record sales in South Korea, Japan and the Middle East – with United Arab Emirates establishing itself as the fifth most successful single country - further reinforces Bentley’s position as the most sought-after luxury car brand in the world. Commenting on a successful 2015, Bentley’s Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, said: “The positive Bentley Motors performance last year was supported by increases across key sales regions and was driven by our continued commitment to invest – in our products, in our people and in our network. “W... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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