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Cannabis is the modern perfume high


Two unique new perfumes containing CBD oil are taking the world of fragrance by storm! Launched earlier this year by international luxury perfume house Fragrance Du Bois and with an olfactory signature that is unique to perfumery, these new creations are sexy, intoxicating and utterly addictive.

Fragrance Du Bois is a name synonymous with the creation of iconic luxury perfumes using the world’s most rare and expensive natural ingredients, including its signature Oud oils, Rose Absolute, Amber and Sandalwood. It seems unlikely that cannabis or marijuana extract should join this illustrious list of ingredients but through the work of the magical perfumers at Fragrance Du Bois, that is exactly what has happened, with amazing results! CBD oil is the oil extracted from legally grown cannabis plants that contain none of the psychoactive properties usually associated with cannabis and marijuana. In fact CBD oil and the myriad of products that now contain it are fast becoming the go to health and wellness supplements of choice for treating a whole range of conditions, with many medical experts now acknowledging its beneficial properties.

Shadi Samra, Head of Perfumery at Fragrance Du Bois, says: “Since our inception we have always sought out new and intriguing notes and on a personal level this is my passion! The starting point was the pure Oud oils and we were one of the first perfume houses to use real Oud oils in commercial perfumes instead of synthetic alternatives. We then moved through the whole spectrum of natural and rare ingredients. Cannabis has been a revelation and we first came across it through research we have been doing into Oud oils, which have similar health benefits to CBD oils. We intended to launch one perfume using Cannabis oils but when it came down to it, we couldn’t choose between the final two! So being an independent perfume house with nothing to hold us back, we launched both!”

He added: “As a fragrance note, Cannabis oil is vaguely floral, with a hint of green, herbaceous earthiness. In both versions, the Blue and the Intense, we added the exact pure Oud oil to balance the Cannabis green note adding richness to its smoky aromatic smell.”

Cannabis Blue is a lighter fresh summery fragrance while Cannabis Intense has a slightly heavier undertone. Each of these fragrances has been a great hit with perfume lovers and customers around the world, bringing a unique new edge to the world of modern perfumery. Fragrance Du Bois is redefining modern perfumery and with its #perfumeredefined, is creating some extraordinary new fragrances to delight perfumistas the world over!

Fragrance Du Bois Luxury Perfume Redefined is a unique sustainable story of vision, passion and creative integrity.

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Salvation Army choose Fintech prepaid cards specialist B4B Payments in modern slavery response


Cashless advocates and prepaid payments company, B4B Payments is lending its technological weight to The Salvation Army in the vital work to support recovering victims of modern slavery, by working with the organisation on cashless payment technology.

The Fintech organisation, which is a fast-growing player in the prepaid card industry for over 14 years, is helping The Salvation Army to roll out its prepaid cards among victims of modern slavery for whom cash is an insecure method of payment. The rapid introduction of this new technology is one of many measures The Salvation Army and its partners have initiated with support from the Home Office to adapt the way support is provided to victims of modern slavery in its care. The use of prepaid cards enables The Salvation Army to minimise face to face contact during the coronavirus pandemic in delivering subsistence payments to which victims of modern slavery are entitled under the Government contract through which The Salvation Army provides vital support to help them begin their journey of recovery.

Modern slavery is a problem which is still surprisingly prevalent around the world. Since 2011, The Salvation Army has supported more than 10,000 victims of modern slavery. In 2019, 46% of potential victims who entered support were referred from London. It is estimated that one in two hundred people around the world is a slave, victims of all manner of exploitation hidden in plain sight in farms, factories and car washes and forced to work in the sex industry and even criminal activities such as drug smuggling.

Thanks to their amazing work in Britain and around the world, The Salvation Army is helping victims of modern slavery to begin new lives living independently when they are rescued from their captors, supporting the work undertaken through the Government contract with additional support programmes through our own charitable funds.

By partnering with B4B Payments, The Salvation Army is able to give the people it helps a prepaid Mastercard®. This means that staff can give the victim all the money that they are entitled to at once without fear that they will be targeted, and it works as a viable alternative to cash. Users are also able to make cashless payments online using this method, just like a traditional bank card, so they can more easily access Government services or pay for things from home if they have a disability or restricted by social distancing measures.

Major Kathy, Betteridge, Director of Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery for The Salvation Army said “Even in these challenging times with coronavirus, The Salvation Army and our partners are doing all we can so that victims have the best care possible, to keep them safe and help them continue their recovery.

Bringing forward the roll out of prepaid cards has been one of the key adaptations we’ve successfully introduced in recent weeks to help survivors of slavery as they not only begin to live independently but also supporting them to do this within Government guidelines, to protect them from infection.

The Salvation Army’s Victim Care Fund has made a contribution of £20,000 from its charitable resources to make sure we could get the prepaid cards to the vulnerable people in our care as quickly as possible.

We recognise the extraordinary demands on our staff, volunteers and partners, and want to thank them all, along with suppliers like B4B Payments, for stepping up in their rapid response to a fast-moving situation which has been exceptional and deserves commendation.”

B4B Payments CEO Paul Swinton said: “It has been hugely rewarding to provide our services to The Salvation Army because they’re tackling some of the biggest social problems in the world today. Financial inclusion is an issue that cuts across so many different areas including Modern Slavery, domestic abuse, people trafficking and homelessness, and it is vital that we as a financial technology company do our bit to innovate and help the less fortunate.”

Stats on modern slavery and how The Salvation Army are supporting victims

Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. The Card is issued by Wirecard Card Solutions Ltd (“WDCS”) pursuant to license by Mastercard International Inc. WDCS is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to conduct electronic money service activities under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 (Ref: 900051)

Press Contact:
Katrina Hutchings, Marketing Director B4B Payments
katrina.hutchings@b4bpayments.com

For media enquiries, please contact The Salvation Army’s PR & Communications office:
media@salvationarmy.org.uk / 020 3657 7555

B4B Payments  provides forward-thinking payment processing solutions, which enable any size organisation to manage expenses, simplify payroll, reimbursements, and offer employee rewards and incentives.

With over 1,000 customers and growing, B4B Payments, voted the Best Prepaid Product of the Year in 2019, operates throughout Europe and North America.

As a leader in Fintech and prepaid payment solutions for over 12 years, employing a global team, B4B Payments continues to offer innovative, flexible, and time-saving solutions that streamline and eliminate antiquated finance and accounting processes.

B4B Payments Europe is a member of the Federation of Small Businesses, PIF (Prepaid International Forum), Innovate Finance, and the Mayor of London’s International Business Program.

Formerly known as Payment Card Solutions, B4B Payments also manages and operates the re-loadable scrapyard pay-out solution, www.bread4scrap.com.

About The Salvation Army’s modern slavery work:

The Salvation Army was awarded the government contract in 2011 to provide specialist support for adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales, including safe accommodation, counselling, medical care, translation services and legal counselling. Victims seeking help have been trafficked to or within England and Wales and are referred to the service through a dedicated referral line 0800 808 3733 available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information visit the website: www.salvationarmy.org.uk/modern-slavery

The Salvation Army is an international Christian church and registered charity which has been transforming lives for more than 150 years. Working in 131 countries worldwide, The Salvation Army offers friendship, practical help and support for people at all levels of need. In the UK and Republic of Ireland this work includes more than 750 community churches and social centres. Registered Charity Nos. 214779, 215174 and in Scotland SC009359, SC037691. For more information visit the website www.salvationarmy.org.uk

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ukland.com announces revolutionary new vision for modern housing developments


The leading land development company’s Vision22 delivers a roadmap for much needed housing development with minimal environmental impact. This sustainable future begins now with 600 acres already secured for progression of the initiative.

The UK needs more affordable housing for a growing population. Meanwhile, the need for new environmentally-aware economic models has become increasingly clear.

This has left most in the construction and development industries asking whether these two immutable truths can be reconciled. The experts at ukland.com are no exception and, in the development of Vision22, their conclusion is a resoundingly positive one.

Vision22 is all about changing the way housing developments are built and delivered by placing environmental protection at the centre of every part of the process.

Today we are encouraged to live eco-friendly, sustainable and low carbon lives. This is all part of taking both individual and collective responsibility for caring for our planet, something in which the housing development industry must now follow suit.

However, in 2020 the majority of housing developments are still being delivered using outdated processes, technology and materials. These developments produce housing with the same old issues around sustainability, longevity and quality of living for the occupants.

In response, Vision22 is a commitment from ukland.com to create the housing developments of the future, now. Low carbon, sustainable housing developments that incorporate cutting-edge technology and modern materials into their design.

Vision22 will deliver:

• lower density housing developments;
• sustainable communities integrated with existing settlements;
• open spaces and gardens incorporated into developments to promote healthy living;
• development plans that prioritise the preservation of ecology and landscape;
• affordable housing that offers families homes for life, built for longevity;
• infrastructure that supports sustainable travel and easy access to amenities.

ukland.com has already secured 600 acres in the UK specifically earmarked for Vision22 developments. This provides the capacity to deliver more than 2,500 homes (including nearly 1000 affordable homes) all built within the framework of the new initiative.

Over the next 10 years ukland.com intends to lead the way in delivering large eco-village projects that help to change the way that the UK builds its homes. Vision22 is how this ambitious objective will be achieved.

ABOUT UKLAND.COM
ukland.com is a land planning and development business that deal with the buying, selling and promotion of residential and commercial land in the UK.

As our name suggests, we’re experts in the UK land sector. We boast a team of unrivalled experience and close working relationships within the industry, both built over more than 30 years working in this area.

ukland.com are always happy to be contacted by those interested in what we do and welcome enquiries from media outlets who want to find out more.
For more information please visit: www.ukland.com or contact us via email using enquiries@ukland.com.

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