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European Waterways offers excellent value on popular luxury hotel barge cruises this summer

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Cruise the Canal du Midi on the Clair de Lune The Clair de Lune, a 6-passenger deluxe hotel barge, cruises on France's 330-year-old Canal du Midi during the six-day voyage, with views of vineyards and the Pyrenees Mountains. Passengers have the opportunity to visit sites such as Montolieu — also known as the "Village of Books" – and the medieval fortified city of Carcassonne. Other activities include private wine tastings at the Domaine Massamier La Mignarde and the Chateau Villemagne. Clair de Lune is ideal for a family or friends charte... Read More »

The missing millions: 30 million Brits suffer from ‘ATM amnesia’


We’ve all been there. A trip to the cashpoint to withdraw money and seemingly hours later, it’s all disappeared without a trace. No it’s not foul play, it’s what is being termed ATM amnesia, a modern-day syndrome that affects over 30 million of us in the UK. The new research, carried out by Barclaycard contactless, reveals that sufferers of ATM amnesia are losing track of nearly £20.002 every week, which stacks up to almost £10003 each year. Almost a third of sufferers (28%) think that using a contactless card for these smaller cash purch... Read More »

BP backs British athletes in their bid for Gold at Sochi and Rio


The support will run through to the end of 2016 to include Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. As part of BP’s commitment to British athletes, BP will continue its relationship with the six Olympic and Paralympic men and women it supported in the run up to London 2012: Lizzie Armitstead (road race cyclist), Jessica Ennis-Hill (heptathlete), Stef Reid (long jumper), William Sharman (110m hurdler), Richard Whitehead (200m sprinter) and Shelly Woods (wheelchair racer). Peter Mather, BP’s Group Regional Vice President for UK/Europe said: “The UK has bee... Read More »

£31 million Dorset deal will bring superfast broadband to thousands more homes and businesses


Dorset County Council and BT have agreed a £31.75 million deal which will see high-speed fibre optic broadband becoming available to 97 per cent of premises in the county within three and a half years. The Superfast Dorset project builds on BT’s commercial roll-out of fibre broadband, which has already made the technology available to more than half of Dorset’s homes and businesses (more than 190,000 premises). The commercial programme will reach more than 260,000 premises by the end of Spring 2014. The new fibre network will transform broad... Read More »

UK: Family incomes and savings rise but household debt levels reach an all time high


Average debts peak at almost £13,000 – highest recorded by report series But family incomes increase by more than £1,200 a year More families get into a regular savings habit, reaching a record high of £96 a month Typical family debts stack up to record levels Despite their growing incomes and a greater commitment to saving every month, UK families are regularly turning to unsecured borrowing. Typical household debt has increased by 38% since May 2012 (£9,314) and now stands at £12,834, the highest since this report series began in Ja... Read More »

UK: Aviva enhances critical illness cover with conditions that affect customers most


Cover now includes 53 conditions, 17 of which are ABI+ IFA market-leading heart attack definition – severity level lowered significantly Extended scope of three of the five most claimed for conditions: heart attack, stroke and multiple sclerosis Child death benefit added Adviser online video available to explain enhancements This follows specific recommendations from Aviva’s protection claims team to ensure as many cases as possible will be paid. After analysing which types of claims couldn’t be paid due to criteria not being met, th... Read More »

Government must set a direction of travel for the UK’s energy mix


WWF was particularly critical of the Government’s publication of widely different power sector scenarios for 2030, highlighting that one of them was completely inconsistent with the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change and envisaged very little investment in low-carbon technologies after 2020. Nick Molho, head of climate and energy policy at WWF-UK, said: “The lack of a clear picture beyond 2020 is unsettling for companies wishing to invest in new low-carbon or supply chain projects, which take several years to build. If the Go... Read More »

Largest UK bio-refinery is officially opened in Hull


The Vivergo plant, a joint venture between AB Sugar, BP, and DuPont, will produce 420 million litres of bioethanol a year at full capacity, equivalent to a third of the UK’s current demand. Bioethanol is a renewable transport fuel which is added to petrol. Vivergo will also produce 500,000 tonnes a year of protein-rich animal feed for the UK market, which is sufficient to feed around a fifth of the UK’s dairy herd. Using animal feed grade wheat, which previously would have been exported, Vivergo will become the UK’s biggest wheat buyer, taki... Read More »

The Future of Europe – an international dialogue


Aren't there plenty of reasons why we should celebrate the 'Future of Europe'? Out of the window with doom scenarios: Europe is a hotspot of excellence, ready to achieve new heights. The future of Europe can look bright since it has what it takes to exploit its growth potential. Europe scores high on the 'Four Ts', which enable innovation and excellence: tax regime, talent, technology and track record. Economy, entrepreneurship, social and cultural richness are the pillars of the new Europe. Diversity and a high-level of education provide th... Read More »

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