Month: July 2013

ORR turns down Shrewsbury and Blackpool services

Virgin Trains has learned that the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has decided not to let us run direct services to Shrewsbury and Blackpool. The reason the ORR has given is a lack of capacity on the line to run these extra services. It also says that such services could cause a further decline in punctuality and performance. …

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Great Hotels of the World Wins Seven Star Global Luxury Award

Great Hotels of the World (http://www.ghotw.com), the London-based hotel sales and marketing alliance has received an award at the Seven Star Global Luxury Awards which recently took place at Villa Padierna Palace Hotel in Marbella, Spain. Great Hotels of the World received the award in the category of ‘Best Hotel Collection’, ahead of other nominees …

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Aligned Assets Announce Autumn Events Schedule

Woking, Surrey 31st July 2013 – Gazetteer specialists Aligned Assets are looking forward to an event filled autumn with the announcement of both their Symphony User Group meeting and a Street Naming and Numbering training course scheduled for September. The Symphony User Group is on Wednesday 18th September and the ever-popular ‘Law of Street Naming …

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Diageo reports an 8% rise in annual profits

The world’s biggest distiller of Scotch whisky, Diageo, has reported an 8 percent rise in annual profits driven partly by US spirits sales, and growth from emerging market. Emerging markets sales rose 11 percent and operating profits rose 18 percent, as increased scale led to operating margin expansion. Sales from the region make up 42 …

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Aspire and Places for People launch a new accessible temporary home for people with Spinal Cord Injury in Newcastle

Aspire, a leading charity supporting people paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, will be launching the first Aspire house in Newcastle in partnership with Places for People, one of the largest property management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, on Friday 2nd August 2013 at 10.45am. Aspire houses provide temporary accessible homes for people with …

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Plant Sale and Open Day

The Greenhouse Centre, located in Stapenhill Cemetery, Stapenhill Road, Burton, will be holding an open day and a plant sale on Saturday 3rd August between 10.00am – 1.00pm. We are now mid-summer and so this is a good time to fill up any gaps that you may have in your garden with our low price …

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China to represent the largest region in the global homewares market by 2017

Improvements in the global homewares market masked regional performance differences, with progress in emerging regions offsetting continued weak growth in developed markets; however, all saw lifestyle and culinary habits shape specific category demand through 2012. In 2012, homewares saw good market growth, with a year-on-year increase of 4% building on 2011 and performing marginally better …

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Hoping for ten in a blooming row!

Bury is keeping its fingers crossed for a tenth year of success in the annual North West in Bloom competition. The judges were in the borough yesterday (Monday 29 July), looking at sites in Bury and Radcliffe, and their findings will be known in the autumn. Councillor Tony Isherwood, cabinet member for environment, said: “We’ve …

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US soft drinks market controlled by Coca-Cola and Pepsi

The US soft drinks market is suffering from Americans scrutinising their beverage purchases more carefully, due to dual concerns regarding health and money. Mere hydration is not enough, as tap water can serve that purpose with zero calories at no cost. Instead, consumers are looking for value-added benefits, such as energy, vitamins, customisable flavours and …

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Come and Play for Free @ Playday 2013

East Staffordshire Borough Council will be providing an opportunity for all children and their families to come out and play for Free. Playday will take place on Wednesday 7th August 2013 between 12.00pm and 3.00pm on Shobnall Fields next to Shobnall Leisure Complex. East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Sport Development Team will be attending Playday and …

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Volkswagen Group reports solid half-year result

Wolfsburg, July 31, 2013:  The Volkswagen Group maintained its trajectory in the first six months of fiscal year 2013, despite the challenging economic situation – particularly in Europe – and intense competition. Including China, deliveries increased by 5.4 per cent to 4.8 million vehicles worldwide. The Group’s share of the passenger car market rose year-on-year …

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US fruit juice market led by Minute Maid, Simply and Odwalla

In 2012, total volume sales within the US fruit juice market fell by 4% to 11.2 billion litres, while off-trade value sales grow by 2% to US$17.7 billion. According to a recent report, ‘Fruit/Vegetable Juice in the US,’ higher prices and health concerns were the predominant drivers for the drop in volume sales. A lower …

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Centrica profits boosted by the cold winter

British Gas owner Centrica has reported a rise in half-year profits, after the unusually cold winter boosted gas consumption. Centrica’s adjusted operating profit rose 9% to £1.58bn for the six months to 30 June, up from £1.45bn for the same period in 2012. British Gas’ residential arm saw profits rise 3% to £356m, up from …

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Investment into UK industrial and logistics property soars

Over £1.03 billion of capital was invested in UK industrial and logisticsproperty in the first half of this year, more than the total volume transactedin 2012, according to new research from global property advisor CBRE. Overseas and domestic buyers have been attracted to the asset type due to its defensiveinvestment qualities, underpinned by robust occupier …

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