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Unilever agrees to sell meat snacks business to Jack Link’s

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The transaction, subject to customary closing conditions, also includes the manufacturing unit in Ansbach, Germany. Jan Zijderveld, Unilever Europe President, said: "Bifi and Peperami are two iconic local brands. As we continue to sharpen our portfolio to deliver sustainable growth for Unilever, we believe that the potential of these two brands can now be more fully realised with Jack Link’s." ... Read More »

Halifax: Summer holiday costs and fines

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New rules over fines for taking children away during term time have combined with higher prices during school holidays to squeeze parents’ finances. Parents are pushing back against inflated prices levied during school holidays, with more than two-fifths (41%) prepared to ignore the new rules on fines for taking children on term-time summer holidays, according to research from Halifax. Pester power Last September new rules were introduced making it harder for parents to get permission to take their children out of school in term time. A m... Read More »

Barclays extends emergency support to customers affected by severe flooding

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Ashok Vaswani, Chief Executive of Barclays Retail and Business Banking said: “I am determined that we do everything we can to support people who have been affected by the floods which is why we are making up to £250 million of financial support available. “With people up and down the country facing real difficulties and stress, we can help ease the pressure with emergency overdraft facilities, loan repayment holidays and capital repayment holidays for our personal and business customers.” Barclays Business customers: Barclays Busine... Read More »

BT is UK’s first pay TV provider to launch buy-to-keep movies service

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The top titles available to buy in Digital HD and SD, include The Wolverine, DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo (from February 17) and The Croods from Fox; Elysium, Captain Phillips (from February 10) and The Smurfs 2 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, as well as customer favourites such as The Social Network, Alien franchise, Black Swan, Jerry Maguire. Library prices start from as little as £8.99 for films in Digital HD and £5.99 for SD. Movies bought from BT are streamed instantly to the customer’s YouView set-top box and they can keep them ... Read More »

Aviva: More stormy weather ahead for those in flood hit areas

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Since before Christmas, Aviva claims teams have dealt with tens of thousands of calls from across the UK, with many claims being settled with a single phone call. “Of course it is about dealing with claims, but it is also about offering support and advice. Our loss adjusters and building contractors are on the ground in the affected areas and are visiting customers’ homes and assessing the damage first hand,” said Aviva’s deputy claims director Rob Townend. How Aviva is supporting customers The Aviva household claims contact centre is... Read More »

Capgemini UK named as a leader in climate change performance

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In the CDP’s inaugural Supplier Climate Performance Leadership Index (SCPLI), Capgemini is shown to demonstrate strong and transparent climate strategies and emissions reduction programs. The assessment places Capgemini in the top three per cent of the companies assessed. Compiled by FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) on behalf of CDP, the index is based on supply chain program data from 2,868 suppliers that are disclosing climate change data at the request of CDP’s 64 supply chain members, which represent a combined spending power of nearly US$1.1... Read More »

Lloyds Banking Group sets out new commitments to help Britain prosper

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The Group will support over 80,000 first-time buyers in 2014 Increase net lending by over £1bn to SMEs in 2014 40% of senior roles will be filled by women by 2020 Will provide a minimum of £100m to its charitable foundations between now and 2020 Helping Britain Prosper Plan The Helping Britain Prosper Plan will address many of the issues faced by the Group’s customers, its colleagues and the communities in which it is based, such as struggling to buy a first home, finding a job, running a small business, living in a disadvantaged ar... Read More »

Lloyds Banking Group: Investor confidence in UK shares hits record high

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Sentiment towards UK stocks reaches highest point in investor survey’s 11-month history Positive outlook follows strongest year for FTSE 100 since 2009 Lloyds Bank Private Banking holds 'overweight' position in UK, Japan and Eurozone equities According to the monthly survey, the net sentiment1 among surveyed investors has risen to +38 at the start of January, with over 47% of respondents holding a positive view just 9% holding a negative view, while 31% held a neutral view. This is in sharp contrast to March 2013, when the figure was jus... Read More »

Lloyds Banking Group colleagues volunteer to help deaf job seekers find work

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Overcoming barriers: The team of volunteers from Lloyds Banking Group will support a group of four deaf jobseekers, helping them to hone their employability skills through group and one-to-one sessions set out to enable them to confidently apply for work. They will identify the challenges faced by these individuals and work with Leonard Cheshire Disability to help them understand what corporate organisations such as Lloyds Banking Group look for in job applicants. Mark Fisher, Group Director of Operations at Lloyds Banking Group said: “Ove... Read More »

Halifax: Capital costs – the highs and lows of London living

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Taking account of a wide range of factors including: the economy, housing market, employment and earnings, as well as various quality of life factors, such as life expectancy, the environment, and education, the latest research finds London offers a broad mix of highs and lows. Londoners in full time employment benefit from earnings which average 32% higher than the UK monthly average of £2,774, and the average Londoner's disposable income is 28% higher than the national average. However, the cost of London living is greater than anywhere... Read More »

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