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Don't Let The Family Get In The Way!

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Jeremy Francis details typical problems experienced by family owned businesses and the answers to these problems.Email:  jeremy.francis@constantior.com Tel:  +44 (0)1634 842078Mobile: +44 (0)7973 216323Skype:  jeremy.francis1904Web: jeremyfrancis.co.uk Read the full story

'Vegans Miss Milk Chocolate Most' reveals Veganuary survey

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Forget cheese, vegans miss milk chocolate most!Veganuary survey reveals huge demand to ‘veganise’ popular sweet treats Most people who care about protecting animals or the environment have considered going vegan at some point, but the one thing that prevents them – according to popular belief – is the ubiquitous love of cheese. But a survey carried out by Veganuary, a global organisation encouraging people to try vegan in January and the rest of the year, shows it’s actually vegan... Read the full story

Fisker Inc. Reveals Name of All-Electric Luxury SUV, App-Based Leasing Program

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The Fisker Ocean will be the world’s most sustainable vehicle: green materials related to environmentally-conscious production processes complement future-forward technologies and stunning design touches Reserve the Fisker Ocean all-electric SUV through a revolutionary mobile app-based flexible lease model: no long-term contracts. Reservations open Nov. 27, 2019 Fisker Ocean’s official reveal will be live streamed from an exclusive Jan. 4, 2020 event: a full production intent prototype... Read the full story

SUPERMARKET FOR SALE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER A CENTURY SEES PRICE REDUCTION

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Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co have reduced the asking price for G.H.Bowkett Limited, a convenience store in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire which has been in the same family's ownership for over 110 years.The store, which was successfully run by the Bowkett family as a traditional family business for more than a century, is situated on the main road that continues from the high street. Surrounded by residential housing, it benefits from a good trading position on the marke... Read the full story

Virtual Classrooms - the New Norm

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Jeremy Francis explains the differences between virtual classrooms, webinars, instructor led-training courses, conventional elearning and other types of training delivery. He explains the link between virtual classrooms and mobile learning as why organisations are increasing the use of both to deliver powerful and cost-effective learning and development solutions for their people.Email:  jeremy.francis@constantior.com Tel:  +44 (0)1634 842078Mobile: +44 (0)7973 216323Skype:  jeremy.fra... Read the full story

Give your tricks a treat- let sustainability be your theme this Halloween

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Veolia is encouraging customers to procycle sweets and costumes this Halloween With Halloween being a time for tricks, treats and an awful lot of sweets, when better to consider your plastic pollution? With children consuming, on average, over 3000 calories a day in the UK on Halloween, this means a lot of wrappers could be going to waste.  Around 7 million Halloween costumes are binned each year in the UK which is estimated to create 2000 tonnes of plastic waste. On top of this devilish w... Read the full story

FARO S.P.A. CHOOSES THE COMAU EXOSKELETON TO IMPROVE EMPLOYEES’ COMFORT AND WORK QUALITY

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Torino (Italy), October 28th, 2019 – Faro S.p.A., an Italian company leader in the design and production of equipment for manufacturers of dental units, dental cabinets and orthodontics laboratories, has relied on Comau to reduce the fatigue of its workers. MATE is an exoskeleton developed by Comau to relieve shoulder stress for operators who often keep their arms overhead, even when not lifting weights. The assembly line staff at Faro S.p.A. is already benefiting from the use of this tool,... Read the full story

An Introduction to Virtual Classrooms

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What are the features and benefits of virtual classrooms? This video details the type of content that can be used in virtual classrooms, the high level of participant interaction, and the variety of media that can be used to make virtual classrooms a powerful and memorable training medium. Email:  jeremy.francis@constantior.com Tel:  +44 (0)1634 842078Mobile: +44 (0)7973 216323Skype:  jeremy.francis1904Web: jeremyfrancis.co.uk Read the full story

Devon-based GripHero shortlisted in prestigious national awards for both Innovation and Environmental Protection and Improvement

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GripHero Ltd, the developer of the patented and world’s only fuel nozzle-mounted, anti-static hand-protection dispensers, has been shortlisted for two awards at the prestigious Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration (APEA) 2019 Awards, which honour the latest products and most innovative services available on the forecourt and in the petroleum market. Its shortlisting in the Environmental Protection and Improvement award category, as well as in the Innovation award categor... Read the full story

illycaffè launches a new line of illy-brand aluminium capsules

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There is now a new way to enjoy the experience of an illy coffee, with the launch of a new line of capsules compatible** with Nespresso®* coffee machines. These capsules reflect illy’s desire to increase the accessibility of the unmistakable quality and taste of the illy blend: illycaffè wants to make the experience of coffee according to illy available to as many people as possible, while keeping in-step with modern consumption trends. The new capsules offer the unique illy blend, whic... Read the full story

Israeli startup Ride Vision to partner with Sara Assicurazioni to reduce motorbike accidents in Italy

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Ride Vision’s predictive vision system equips motorcyclists with low-cost threat alerts using their patented Collision Aversion Technology (CAT™). Sara Assicurazioni is a leading Italian insurance provider and a partner of the Automotive Club of Italy (ACI). The two companies are collaborating to reduce motorcycle accidents in Italy, assessing the significant reduction of annual premiums of motorcyclists when they retrofit the Ride Vision system into their vehicles.Two-wheelers are the m... Read the full story

G-Core Labs opens a game quality assurance center

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G-Core Labs, an international provider of cloud and edge solutions, expands its service portfolio by opening a game testing (QA) center. As part of developing the new business line, the company entered a strategic collaboration with Wargaming, an international game developer and publisher. The center's engineers have already started testing the flagship project of the company's partner, the popular World of Tanks game. The newest G-Core Labs unit is located in Perm, Russia. Its opening gives... Read the full story

CHRISTIE & CO BRING TO MARKET CORNISH CONVENIENCE STORE

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Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has brought to the market Pod Stores, a Londis branded convenience store located in Egloshayle, near Wadebridge in Cornwall.Wadebridge has become well known in recent years due to an increase in tourists bringing further footfall through the village. The store is positioned 300 yards from the historic Camel Trail and River Camel, which was once a thriving river port. Pod Stores is ideally situated in the village amongst the local community,... Read the full story

Last chance to Vote in the IAAF awards

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There are just days left to vote in the IAAF’s Annual Awards with winners set to be unveiled at the association’s highly respected annual gathering held on 5 December. Held at the at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes for the third year running, the IAAF Annual Awards and Dinner, sponsored by Alliance Automotive UK (AAUK), will see around 600 aftermarket personnel in attendance, with motor factors and suppliers eager to win arguably the most prestigious awards in the industry.Th... Read the full story

SPAR PEOPLE’S PODIUM WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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After receiving 4,000 nominations, the 2019 SPAR People’s Podium winners are announced People across the UK were given the chance to nominate unsung sporting heroes in their community Winners surprised at their local clubs  25 October 2019: Today the UK’s leading convenience store group, SPAR, announces grand prize winner and runners up of its hugely successful People’s Podium campaign, designed to support community sport across the country. Building on the popular success of its 20... Read the full story

Sell Yourself As A Limited Company

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Jeremy Francis promotes the idea that each one of us should think of themselves as a commercial trading entity when looking for a job change. He likens the skill of finding the best employment situation to marketing and selling the individual's values, talents and aspirations.Email:  jeremy.francis@constantior.com Tel:  +44 (0)1634 842078Mobile: +44 (0)7973 216323Skype:  jeremy.francis1904Web: jeremyfrancis.co.uk Read the full story

“Organic can lead the way” - annual conference highlights “impressive” market growth & opportunity

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Yesterday (23 October) saw around 200 delegates from across the organic industry attend Soil Association Certification’s annual Organic Trade Conference in London. The conference, titled ‘Together we can make a world of difference’, hit an optimistic note for the future of organic and the potential for a united market to resonate with an increasingly “environmentally aware” public. Opening the conference, Mike Watkins, Head of Retail and Business insight at Nielsen, revealed anoth... Read the full story

Predictive Simulation Becomes Key Industry 4.0 Technology for Nissan in the UK

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Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK has been developing predictive digital twins to boost plant efficiency and optimise its business decision-making for several years. This blog showcases 5 examples of how, using Lanner’s predictive simulation software, WITNESS Horizon, industrial engineers have created models to answer key operational and strategic questions – and to help facilitate Nissan’s journey into Industry 4.0.1. Meeting New Powertrain Production TargetsThe Challenge: Identify the re... Read the full story

ZF Services UK becomes “service ready” on next-generation vehicles

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Nottingham Centre of Competence invests in training and equipment for the next generation of commercial vehicles Support available for electric drive axle AxTrax and TraXon automatic transmission Service Partner network and ZF technicians undertake high voltage trainingZF Services UK has become “service ready” on the next generation of commercial vehicles.The company’s UK Centre of Competence in Nottingham – which provides technical support, repairs and servicing – has put technici... Read the full story

BYTON starts Production and sets the Course for Sales and After Sales in Europe

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-          Pre-production just started-          Market development in Europe accelerates negotiations with partners in all key markets-          Positive feedback on the BYTON M-Byte confirms user-oriented operating philosophyMunich, October 25, 2019 - While BYTON, the premium brand for smart electric vehicles, has just started pre-production of its M-Byte at its plant in Nanjing, China, the course is being set for the market launch in Europe."We received overwhelm... Read the full story

Could your family home be on a cliff edge?

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Long-term care is one possible life eventuality that can see you losing your home and wipe out your entire life savings!As parents, many of us hope to pass on a little something to our children, and as children, we hope to one day inherit something from our parents, but this could all be a pipedream if you do not act now and plan ahead.Perhaps that time has already passed and you or a family member already require Long Term Care.  We can provide help and advice in relation to a number of iss... Read the full story

Gap Analysis in Managing Change

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eremy Francis describes the use of a gap analysis when managing change, which involves identifying the current situation, the preferred future situation and the gap between the two, and knowing the key issues and questions to address.Email:  jeremy.francis@constantior.com Tel:  +44 (0)1634 842078Mobile: +44 (0)7973 216323Skype:  jeremy.francis1904Web: jeremyfrancis.co.uk Read the full story

Divorce of Beneficiaries

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What happens when this happens ... is your Will ‘Divorce- Proof’?The harsh reality of modern life means that marriage isn’t always forever. Sadly in the UK 42% of marriages end in divorce.Did you know?• You can write a Will in anticipation of your marriage• Marriage automatically revokes any previous Will you may have• When you divorce your Will remainYou may have already planned who your beneficiaries will be, thinking your children will eventually inherit your assets, but this m... Read the full story

India’s vehicle scrappage plan unlikely to produce desired results, says GlobalData

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Following the news that India has issued draft guidelines for setting up authorized vehicle scrapping facilities across the country;Animesh Kumar, Director of Automotive Consulting at GlobalData, a leading research and consulting company, offers his view:“The draft guidelines released by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) will certainly be beneficial and  help in creating organized sector for vehicle scrapping. However, they are unlikely to produce the desired results. Broad... Read the full story

Hydrogen vehicles to travel nearly 6,000km to celebrate the expanding network of refuelling stations

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Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles will travel nearly 6,000km across Europe to converge in Hamburg to celebrate the expanding network of refuelling stations. Thirteen vehicles starting in five countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Norway) will travel a combined 5,836km to reach the German city ahead of the Hydrogen for Clean Transport – H2ME Mid-Term Conference on 25th October. The journey will demonstrate the advantages of hydrogen mobility and motorway drivin... Read the full story

Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 // Donkervoort’s birthday gift smashes the 2G cornering barrier

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Donkervoort’s birthday gift smashes the 2G cornering barrier Lelystad, October 24th, 2019 – The next installment of the supercar-killing Donkervoort D8 GTO legend will smash through the 2G barrier to deliver the astounding cornering ability to match its crushing acceleration. Developed as a 70th birthday tribute to the Donkervoort Automobielen founder, Joop Donkervoort, the D8 GTO-JD70 will be capable of pulling more than 2G of lateral acceleration in corners, even in its standard trim... Read the full story

Israel’s Hi Auto raises $4.5M seed round to commercialize the world’s first audio-visual solution for speaker separation and speech enhancement in vehicles

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Israeli startup Hi Auto is emerging out of stealth mode in order to demonstrate the world's first audio-visual commercial solution for speaker separation and speech enhancement in vehicles, which is aimed at solving the reliability problem of voice-based vehicle control in noisy environments. Hi Auto has completed a $4.5 million seed round led by the Israeli car importer Delek Motors and Hi Auto's active chairman Zohar Zisapel. Other investors were Allied Holdings (holding company of car impo... Read the full story

One Stop launches Find Eddy the Elf Augmented Reality app! #FindEddy

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From the 1st November, local convenience store retailer One Stop will be introducing Eddy the Elf and his family across its stores this Christmas. Their Facebook Augmented Reality (AR) app, provides an interactive experience and the chance to WIN an all-inclusive holiday to Lapland, cash prizes and thousands of other goodies!One Stop is the first convenience retailer ever to create an Augmented Reality (AR) game which will allow customers to open the ‘Find Eddy the Elf’ app, visit the sto... Read the full story

Is this the first dedicated hotel Electric Vehicle taxi rank in the UK?

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Hyatt Spa & Conference Hotel announces state-of-the-art charging station for electric vehicles [London: 22 October 2019]: Edinburgh Marina Holdings, the developer of the landmark Edinburgh Marina Scheme, has further established itself as a pioneer in the hotel and tourist industry, having recently unveiled its innovative proposition for a state-of-the-art Electric Vehicle (EV) taxi rank at the Hyatt Spa & Conference Hotel. Edinburgh Marina’s provision of a dedicated EV taxi rank, will ens... Read the full story

BLADE MOTOR GROUP LEASES OUT TWO PETROL STATIONS TO EXPANDING INDEPENDENT OPERATOR ASCONA

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Acting on behalf of Heritage Automotive, who acquired Blade Motor Group earlier this year, specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has sold the leasehold interest in two of their forecourts in Gloucester.Both forecourts benefit from excellent trading positions, with one located on the A40 Bypass adjacent to Blades Honda dealership and the second site just under a mile away, in the village of Twigworth on the A38 and adjacent to a Skoda dealership. The A40 Bypass forecourt is curre... Read the full story

Managing Change Success Formula

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Jeremy Francis details a formula which can be used to plan a successful change.Email:  jeremy.francis@constantior.com Tel:  +44 (0)1634 842078Mobile: +44 (0)7973 216323Skype:  jeremy.francis1904Web: jeremyfrancis.co.uk  Read the full story

Blakemore Retail Commits to Disability Training in Support of Purple Tuesday

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Over the next four weeks more than 4,000 Blakemore Retail SPAR employees will undertake online disability awareness training in support of Purple Tuesday, taking place on 12th November 2019. Purple Tuesday was created in 2018 by disability organisation Purple, highlighting the importance and needs of disabled consumers, both ethically and commercially. Purple Tuesday is a day to celebrate our commitments and the Purple Pound- the spending power of disabled people and their families, worth £... Read the full story

Three major Trade Associations give their backing to Creative Retail Awards.

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The Creative Retail Awards 2020 are now open for entries, with even more categories than ever.  The Awards have quickly become one of the most distinguished accolades within the retail industry and recognise projects and products that have demonstrated the very highest level of innovation and excellence within retail.  The 2020 Awards will introduce new categories including Omni-Channel Experience, Bar and Restaurant Design and Best Shopfitting/Fit-Out.  There is also a new category specif... Read the full story

Electric vehicles to disrupt but not eradicate turbocharger fitment, says GlobalData

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The relentless pursuit of lower emissions and fuel consumption has driven a significant jump in the fitment of turbocharged engines over the last two decades – first with turbocharged diesels and then with downsized gasoline engines. However, the forecast increase in electric vehicle up-take has led some to question the longevity of the turbocharger. A closer analysis of the figures suggests a more nuanced picture, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.GlobalData’s latest... Read the full story

Stakeholders and Managing Change

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Jeremy Francis describes key stakeholders who need to be involved in managing change because they have a vested interest in the outcome. He details how to manage and influence these key stakeholders in change initiatives.Email:  jeremy.francis@constantior.com Tel:  +44 (0)1634 842078Mobile: +44 (0)7973 216323Skype:  jeremy.francis1904Web: jeremyfrancis.co.uk Read the full story

IMPROVING SALES CONVERSIONS REALLY EASILY!

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Use this sales presentation structure:  1. CURRENT CLIENT SITUATION Our understanding of your current situation is .........  2. FUTURE PREFERRED SITUATION In the next 12 months you want to create this future situation.............  3. KEY ISSUES In order to move from the current situation to the future situation you will need to address these key issues..........  4. RESOURCES To address these key issues you have the in-house capability to........but you need external assistance in the a... Read the full story

The most common change management mistakes VIDEO

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Why do change initiatives fail? Here are the most common reasons.Jeremy FrancisEmail:  jeremy.francis@constantior.com Tel:  +44 (0)1634 842078Mobile: +44 (0)7973 216323Skype:  jeremy.francis1904Web: jeremyfrancis.co.uk  Read the full story

GripHero successfully slashes plastic waste on forecourts by 55%

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Research shows that GripHero could remove 490 tonnes of single-use-hand-protection plastic from forecourts each year GripHero Ltd, the developer of the world’s first fuel nozzle-mounted hand-protection dispenser, has announced that it has succeeded in cutting hand-protection related plastic waste on forecourts by an average of 55%. The news follows a detailed study of forecourts using GripHero’s dispensers to determine how they performed in comparison to conventional glove dispensers pr... Read the full story

New Business Speed Networking Events Big Hit

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Find Us On Web held a series of breakfast Speed Networking events, the most recent in Bournemouth.Speed networking is fast a furious and a fun way to meet lots of different businesses in one go.“Our events have been received very well with lots of very positive comments from those attending” say Find Us On Web Bournemouth organizer Matthew Wildeman “it’s a different way to meet lots of other business owners in a short space of time. You have just 1 minute to tell someone about your bu... Read the full story

Broker fights back with 60 Second Promise

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Mortgage Customers need advice not self-service. Broker fights back with 60 Second PromiseThe world we live in demands an immediate need to have information to hand but when it comes to the important things in life like buying a house then how important is speed?Many consumers believe having the information instantly available is the holy grail but for most this will end up costing hundreds or thousands of pounds over the life of a mortgage.The problem starts with the aggregators systems who... Read the full story

Five Tips for Leading Today VIDEO

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Jeremy Francis shares five tips to be an effective leader in today's environment which is often unpredictable, fast changing and complex. Email:  jeremy.francis@constantior.com Tel:  +44 (0)1634 842078Mobile: +44 (0)7973 216323Skype:  jeremy.francis1904Web: jeremyfrancis.co.uk Read the full story

ABP’s Annual Oil Spill Exercise on the Humber

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The Port of Hull was the location of ABP’s annual oil spill exercise on the Humber. The Incident Management Team (IMT) took part in a fast-paced Incident Management Exercise to test the existing Oil Spill Contingency Plan. This training opportunity was facilitated by Adler and Allan and tested all aspects of the plan from strategy and resources to other matters such business continuity, public health, and environmental concerns.‘Exercise Rotra’ presented an oil spill scenario in which a... Read the full story

ZF Services UK hails Coach & Bus UK event

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Investment in all areas to support customers Demand for ZF content on vehicles increases ZF Services UK “service ready” on next-generation vehiclesZF Services UK has hailed the recent Coach & Bus UK event a success, as the company continues to invest in the commercial vehicle industry.Speaking immediately after the event, Head of CV, David Wakeling said: “The demand for ZF content continues to rise and we have had productive conversations with many transport operators at the show who w... Read the full story

Pulling with electricity, Rameder offers convenient towbar for Audi e-tron

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The long charging periods of early electric cars probably sometimes made their owners wish for a caravan while out on the road. Although this would often not have been possible, as many models did not have an approved towing load. Modern premium electric cars such as the Audi e-tron are in a whole different class: With their high starting torque, large batteries and powerful fast-charging function, they are actually ideal for towing trailers on short and medium distances. The suitable towbar... Read the full story

Young drivers pay 149% more in insurance

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1 in 3 turn to parents to pay for some or all of car insurance 42% have taken out or considered less comprehensive cover to reduce their premium THE UK’S youngest drivers are paying 149% more on their car insurance than the national average and are taking worrying measures to afford to drive as a result, according to new research. A survey of 750 drivers aged between 17-24, commissioned for The Young Driver Rip-Off Report, has been released to mark the launch of revolutionary car insuran... Read the full story

Pronounce Adds Video To The Mix!

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Pronounce Media a leading platform for distributing content, news & PR to both the main-stream media and its own huge social media audience, has announced that it has now added video posting to its mix. Professional and Premium members will now be able to attach a video to their posts as part of their plan.Mark Bradshaw co-founder of Pronounce said:“We had always intended to include the facility to attach videos to our service but after several requests from our users we have brought this d... Read the full story

British-made innovation blazing a trail across land, sea and air in some of world’s harshest conditions

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One British-made innovation is celebrating more than 25 years of making a big impact in some of the world’s toughest environments. The 677 series LED panel indicator lamp is a robust, resilient, high-performance, British-made product used in some of the most challenging conditions on land, sea, and in the air. More than 1,000 of the indicators are now sold every month all over the world - including Asia, Australasia, North and South America and across Europe. Used in the likes of defence... Read the full story

MANAGING EMPLOYEES WHO DO NOT WORK WELL TOGETHER.

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What do you do? It is not uncommon that as a manager you are faced with two employees who just don't get on.  You have probably met with each one separately to reinforce the need to exhibit behaviours towards the other which can be clearly seen as supportive of the other person. You may also have met with them together to try and resolve the difficulties they have with working with each other.  But let's say the problem persists and it is effecting team morale and their results. Clearly you... Read the full story

SPAR Brand unveils Scottish-sourced fish range

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Dynamic Infrastructure implements deep AI technology to prevent bridges and tunnels from collapsing

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The New York and Tel Aviv based startup Dynamic Infrastructure is implementing the world's first deep-learning solution which allows bridge and tunnel owners and operators to obtain visual diagnosis of the assets they manage. The system provides live, cloud-based, 3D views of the bridge or tunnel and automatically alerts when changes are detected in maintenance and operation conditions - before the issues evolve into large-scale failures.With huge Opex and Capex positive impact, Dynamic Infra... Read the full story