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September the best ever month for sales in Mercedes-Benz’ history


The third quarter was particularly successful for the company in the United States and China. Mercedes-Benz also expanded its market shares in Europe and remains most-registered premium brand in Germany, Japan and the United States. Much of this growth can be attributed to the compact models and the new E-Class, which was launched to great success. The new S-Class is already leading the way of new vehicle registrations in Germany. With its launch in the Chinese market in September its global presence and position will be further strengthened. ... Read More »

UK: There’s no place like home… Apart from Devon and Cornwall


Research from Aviva* reveals that nearly 30% of people overall said they are happy where they are, even if money were no object for a move. But after home sweet home the UK’s second favourite choice of destination was the seaside and scenery of Devon and Cornwall with 19% of people overall naming it as the top spot for their perfect property. In each region, the local area was the most popular location for a dream property and the pull of home is particularly strong the further one gets from London. Over 50% of those living in the North West... Read More »

Two hundred ‘race goers’ raise £65,000 for water charity


The water company hosted its sixth WaterAid ‘Race Night’ at the Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedfordshire, to raise money for the charity. The night featured one of horse racing’s most recognised voices, Derek ‘Tommo’ Thompson, leading the race experience alongside spot prizes and an auction. Richard Boucher, Chair of the WaterAid Committee at Anglian Water, said: “Everyone who attended was incredibly generous in helping us raise such a large sum for a very deserving charity. was established by the water industry in 1981 to decide how the UK could p... Read More »

Lonely Britain: over half of families no longer have dinner together


Now 59% of UK homeowners have dinner at a different time to the rest of the family, and 53% are snubbing the living room to watch TV in the bedroom, the study by Lloyds Bank Insurance revealed. The Britain at Home report found that although the majority of homeowners live with a partner (90%) or children (54%), the nation is spending more time alone in the house. Perhaps fuelled by the influence of technology such as tablets, laptops and multiple TVs in the home, more than one in six (16%) said they spend the most waking hours in the bedr... Read More »

UK: Aviva launches life insurance radio advertising campaign


Airing as part of a six-week marketing campaign, the attention-grabbing commercials build on the success of Aviva’s ‘holiday packing’ TV advert which first aired in 2011 and featured a father watching over his family from beyond the grave. Three of the radio adverts focus on post-death scenarios, demonstrating how life insurance can provide support when families are adjusting to the loss of a loved one. Each features a different character and views a family’s loss from a different perspective to highlight how protection can help at many stag... Read More »

UK: One in four have items on their to do lists that will never be done


Three quarters of parents use ‘to do’ lists to manage family matters ‘To do’ tasks include spending more time with family and friends People most likely to procrastinate over financial matters UK The ‘Family Matters’ study of 2,000 UK parents has found that while six in ten families (58%) feel more in control using ‘to dos’, for many they are a wish-list rather than a reality. Half of respondents (49%) admit they have had things on their lists for three months or more before getting around to them, while a further 5% say there have be... Read More »

Strong tourism season gives Europe an economic boost and much needed jobs


Additionally, tens of thousands of jobs are currently available in the tourism sector across Europe, which could provide some relief to the more than 26 million Europeans currently out of work. Jobs in the tourism sector are especially attractive for the young workforce, which faces a 23.5 % unemployment rate (reaching a stunning 50 % unemployment rate in some areas). Although jobs exist in the tourism sector, often it is difficult to match potential employers with qualified workers across Europe. In order to foster employment and mobility in t... Read More »

SSE: The UK’s biggest Living Wage employer


SSE is the biggest British company by market capitalisation to introduce The Living Wage and one of only three in the FTSE 100. It is also the first major energy company to sign-up to the Living Wage. SSE Chief Executive Alistair Phillips-Davies said: “SSE is proud to become one of the first big companies to pay its employees the Living Wage. “With a workforce of over 20,000, this demonstrates that we value the people who work for SSE very highly and we’re willing to pay them at a level which shows them we mean it. “It also shows that ... Read More »

Technicolor enters digital cinema strategic partnership with EFS Media Group


The agreement covers in-country replication, managed freight services and customer support. This offers Technicolor’s studio clients a single point of contact for end-to-end digital cinema replication and distribution services, for both in-country theatres and for those in additional German language markets, providing greater efficiencies without the complexity of managing multiple vendors across Europe. “Forming partnerships with local market specialists is a strategic priority for Technicolor Digital Cinema as we continue to expand our glo... Read More »

Barclays signals commitment to Armed Forces


At an event at Alhambra House, in central London, Barclays signed its Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, which will help to ensure that no member of the Armed Forces Community faces disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen. Barclays was joined at the event by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, who challenged the UK’s largest employers to support at least 100 Reservists each as the size of Britain’s Reserves increases to 35,000 by 2018. The event also saw the official launch of the Barclays... Read More »

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