Monily welcomes start-up luminaries to the Board following successful launch of its Shoppa App

Edinburgh (UK) – November 2019 Monily SC Ltd, the maker of Shoppa, is proud to announce Peter Ellen and Ben Corrigan to the Board of Directors following the successful launch of the Shoppa App.

App Launch and nomination
Monily recently launched its Shoppa App with the mission of helping its customers get the best deals whilst minimizing waste on unwanted purchases and services by automating the process behind purchasing. The innovative App, which uses pioneering Machine Learning to process all the customers financial data on their Smartphone, was recently nominated for Mobile Start-up of the Year at the Scottish Start up awards. The App has gained significant downloads since its launch and has commissioned Pilot Fish Media, the Edinburgh based Social Media Agency, to run a Christmas campaign designed to build on its’ initial success. Stephen Gorman CEO of Pilot Fish Media said, “The whole team is excited to be part of the Shoppa story and to play it’s part in its growth story in 2020 and beyond.”

New Board Appointees
Monily welcomes to the Board start up luminaries, Peter Ellen and Ben Corrigan. Peter Ellen of Unicity Ventures, serial entrepreneur and former founder of Maxymser and Fopp Records, has been appointed Chairman. Peter said of his appointment, “Monily has a unique opportunity to join a cohort of companies shaking up financial services industry with disruptive technology and a laser focus on its customers.”  Ben Corrigan joins the Board as a Non-Executive Director, Ben is a former Dragons Den winner while CEO of JoinPouch, a business he recently exited to the Global Savings Group. Adrian James (CEO) said of the appointments, “We are privileged to have Peter and Ben join us in this venture, they bring amazing experience and energy to our business. It is our ambition as a Board to build on these appointments to add more experience to what is already a stellar start up Board.”

About Monily
Monily SC Ltd was founded in 2017 by Adrian James and Roman Popat with their vision is to build smarter Financial services applications that provides utility and value for today’s customer. Based in Edinburgh (UK), the company is backed by several prominent investors and has grown to seven staff from its inception. Monily is part of Scottish Enterprise’s High Growth Ventures program and the RBS Fintech Accelerator.

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SmartBuyGlasses to Launch a Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale Event

Leading the way with its customers in mind, SmartBuyGlasses UK has just unveiled its deals lineup for the Black Friday 2019. The list includes several all-time favourites as well as huge discounts on up-and-coming eyewear brands, giving them the chance to save BIG when purchasing designer eyewear.

The promotion is available on all eyewear site-wide, all shapes, sizes and materials, giving customers a huge collection to choose from.

“By offering this site-wide discounts, we are not just offering our customers the best possible deal, but we are also making better vision more accessible to people. This is what SmartBuyGlasses aims to achieve. We hope that more people can see the world more clearly and find what they love” – Said David Menning, co-Founder of Motion Global group, the parent company of

Deals valid from Black Friday through Cyber Monday:
● Up to 70% off on selected designer eyewear
● Save 12% off site-wide on all eyewear products (contact lenses not included) with the code: BF12OFFC
● Get 40% off on your prescription lenses with the code: BF40OFFC

The following Cyber Week these offers will be valid:
● 50% off on Blue Block Lenses, Polarized Lenses and Mirrored Lenses with the following codes: BLUEBLOCK50C, POLARIZED50C and MIRRORED50C
● 20% off on prescription lenses from Arise HD Summit with the code: ARISEHD20C
● 20% off on progressive lenses with the code: PROGRESSIVE20C
● 10% off on all ski goggles with the code: SKIGOGGLES10C

For more information, customers can head to

All orders come with additional:
● Free shipping
● Free returns for 100 days
● No minimum order value
● Exclusive 24-month warranty

The promotions will start on the 29th of November 2019 and end on the 6th of December 2019.
About SmartBuyGlasses: SmartBuyGlasses, part of the SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group, is one of the world’s largest online eyewear retailers. With over 10 years of expertise, and operations in over 40 countries, they offer a catalogue of 80,000+ products from over 180 brands of eyeglasses, sunglasses and contact lenses.

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Lifestyled Sustainable Fashion and Tech Tour To Launch February 2020

Lifestyled is the name of a new Sustainable Fashion and Tech tour and streaming series that will launch in February 2020. This tour is created and produced by Planet Fashion TV which has teamed up with Morph Media (the makers of hit the Netflix series Tech Toys 360).

The tour will go from New York Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week, and Paris through February and will be the subject of a six episode Amazon series. The series will tell the story of the development of the tour and the cutting edge brands featured on-site.Lifestyled is the “What’s Next Now” of Sustainability. Set to unveil during the February Fashion Weeks in 2020, the event is a dynamic look at lifestyle presented by sustainable tech exhibitors and sustainable fashion designers.

Attendees will explore and engage with onsite activation’s of cutting edge displays with best in class electronics and technology that re-define sustainability. Panel discussions with leaders in sustainability will begin each day and fashion shows at the forefront of sustainability will highlight each evening.

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BBC Sounds launch second season of Halloween podcast drama for visually impaired children

Sunday, 27th October 2019

BBC Sounds launch second season of Halloween podcast drama for visually impaired children

Once Upon a Time in Zombieville, the double award winning comedy podcast series for all the family is back! One hundred more minutes of mayhem, as our plucky heroes Jamie and Sam battle the Mad Moghul, the Bad Billionaire, Voom Buckstop in an effort to save the world.

Once Upon a Time in Zombieville is a comic book for the ears! Featuring lead characters with visual impairment and dyslexia, Zombieville is for those who might struggle to read, but still love to listen to a great story. Zombieville is for everyone who ever stood up to, or needs to stand up to a bully.

Season 2 expands upon this theme, with even greater challenges to our young heroes. Over 10 brand new episodes more quirky characters are introduced, broadening and enriching our young heroes’ world and deliver another sweet high-stacked pile of adventure that will champion diversity and empowerment in a world increasingly fraught with intolerance, xenophobia and deliberate falsehoods. Is the truth out there?

But, whilst the gory tale is perfect for dark, spooky evenings, the podcast series – brainchild of production company Bigmouth Audio – isn’t just a spooky tale for Halloween, it’s aiming to change the way production companies approach content for children.

The comedy-horror audio cartoon has been developed alongside the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), creating a rich, immersive experience for both sighted and visually impaired listeners alike.

Bigmouth Audio Founder and Managing Director Stephen Scott, explains: “As specialists in sound for animation we’ve worked extensively with clients in children’s media but, over the years, it’s become apparent that very little original content is being developed that could work for both a mainstream and visually impaired audience.

“The small percentage of content that is available is work that has simply been overdubbed or audio described; we were really keen to find a way to change that, without losing any of the production value.

“We wanted the sound to resemble that of an animated feature film – a cartoon for the ears – that could enable visually and non-visually impaired children to enjoy the same piece of content on a shared level.”

Fictional stories such as Once Upon a Time in Zombieville can also be a great way of helping children to explore real life situations that they need help to deal with, and learn to empathise with others.

Researchers from the New School for Social Research in New York have found that the brain activity that occurs when we read or listen to fictional stories is very similar to experiencing that situation in real life, enhancing the ability to detect and understand other people’s emotions.

And so, whilst Once Upon a Time in Zombieville is a fun-filled, entertainment cartoon to keep kids gripped throughout, the series has been developed to include a number of real-life situations children may have to deal with, from absent parents to bullying, making the right decisions, understanding dyslexia, and friendships, opening up opportunities for discussion and debate.

But, while Zombieville started life as a teaching tool on BBC School Radio the team at Bigmouth Audio hope that it will prove just as popular in the home, by releasing season 1 & 2 for free on the BBC Sounds app & iTunes for families to enjoy this November (10th November) with a teaser trailer going out on Halloween (Thursday 31st October).

Stephen added: “Zombieville was created with strong educational values, offering an inclusive experience for both sighted and visually impaired children, but we knew we would lose the audience if it wasn’t first and foremost a gripping story.

“Unlike most children’s content the show is serialised meaning there is a story arc reaching across the whole series. There’s a healthy dose of weird and spooky antics, making it perfect for this time of year, but we’ve also got some great comedy moments in every 10 minute episode. Plus, each episode has a cliff-hanger ending, to add to the drama and keep audiences on the edge of their seats.”

So, as the dark nights draw in, why not light a candle, curl up under a blanket and treat yourself to an evening in Zombieville.

Once Upon a Time in Zombieville is free to download on BBC Sounds & Apple Podcasts. Season 2 will be available from November 10th 2019. Catch the trailer on Halloween!

For more information about Once Upon a Time in Zombieville, or to find out more about Bigmouth Audio, please visit:

· Once Upon a Time in Zombieville can be downloaded for free on iTunes:

· Researchers from the New School for Social Research in New York have found that the brain activity that occurs when we read or listen to fictional stories is very similar to experiencing that situation in real life, enhancing the ability to detect and understand other people’s emotions – for further information, please see Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind, David Comer Kidd, Emanuele Castano:

Bigmouth Audio

· Bigmouth Audio – a voice production management company, is committed to providing producers of animated content with a superior, dedicated bespoke voice production & dubbing service

· Based in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and delivering a service to a global audience, Bigmouth Audio’s clients include Netflix, Mattel, Universal Pictures, Fox and Sony

· Founded in 2012, and built on a belief that animation audio is more important than ever before, Bigmouth Audio specialise in voice production management and voice dubbing for animation and video games industries.

· Bigmouth Audio is based at 78a Stanley Street, Glasgow, G41 1JH. For more details, please visit

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Moneyline launch new flagship branch in Bury

The UK’s largest not-for-profit person lender has opened its doors to a flagship branch in Bury, North West of England

Moneyline specialises in lending to customers who might struggle to access credit from mainstream banks and may use higher cost lenders as an alternative. Their newest branch is located in the Millgate Centre in the heart of Bury– the company opened its doors in the town on Monday, April 16 2019

Moneyline are committed to responsible lending, with an individual approach to every customer that ensures that they can comfortably afford repayments. They also offer savings and home contents insurance.

Tina Scully, Loan advisor of the new branch, said: “We’re all really excited about Bury becoming the flagship branch for the company. We want to offer our customers a relaxed friendly experience. We have added new features such as an IT bar where people can come in grab a coffee and use it whenever they want, whether it’s to pay a bill or just browse the web. Putting customer first is at the heart of everything we do. By offering face to face chat with our customers in a comfortable environment it helps us get the right outcome for every customer we see.”

CEO, Diane Burridge said: “At Moneyline we believe that credit, provided responsibly and not creating further hardship is a vital tool in helping people spread the cost of something they need and that access to affordable financial products that fit with your life should not be a privilege. Our fantastic team work hard at creating a first class experience for everyone who comes to see us at Moneyline, its all about working with our customers to ensure that any product or service they choose is affordable and the right decision for them.”

For more about Moneyline, visit or call 0345 6431553

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