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Survey shows more Britons accessing equity release in wake of pandemic

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LONDON, UK; 25 June 2020 – A recent survey conducted by equitymortgagerelease.co.uk and the UK Care Guide showed that more Britons have been looking into equity release options as a way to cope with the current global pandemic.

A total of 984 respondents took the survey online on the UK Care Guide website between 1 and 31 May 2020, with a view to understand what attitudes were to equity release, particularly in light of the current coronavirus pandemic.

William Jackson of UK Care Guide said of the survey, “Over the past few months, we have seen an increase in traffic to our website for people looking to access equity release. We wondered whether this may be because of financial issues that that people may be facing due to the pandemic. We ran a survey and were interested to see that there was a direct correlation between the pandemic and the need for cash.”

Equity release is often accessed by people to help fund their retirement or pay for their care. However, it is interesting to see that 20% of people are now accessing the money to help others financially, which is likely to be a direct result of the impact coronavirus has had on families.

According to the survey, 26% of people looking to access equity release are doing so because either they or their family is no longer in active employment due to the coronavirus; and 54% said they would give some of the money to others – perhaps demonstrating that people are looking to access the value in their homes to share it with others who may be struggling.

James Lloyd at Equity Mortgage Release said, “The recent pandemic has shown that people are still looking to access the cash in their home. Interestingly, 20% of the people that responded said they were having to access cash to help support others. This is a much higher number than we typically see. This is supported by the fact that 54% will also share some of the money with their family, mainly kids and grandkids. This shows us that people are looking to access the value of money in their home to support family members who may have lost jobs or are suffering from reduced income due to the pandemic.”

When asked how they will find an adviser to help them find the best equity release scheme, respondents overwhelmingly recognised the need for help, but more than half said they would start the process using an internet search engine.

Following that, people said they would be seeking advice before going ahead with 58% opting to speak to an equity release specialist who can help ensure that they are choosing the right deal for them.

Visit https://equitymortgagerelease.co.uk/attitudes-to-equity-release-survey/ to find out more.

Contact Details
James  LLoyd
james@equitymortgagerelease.co.uk
0333 210 0236

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New free tool finally shows available delivery slots for all major UK supermarkets in one place

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Delivery Slot Finder is a free chrome extension app that checks for supermarket delivery slots on your behalf. It supports all the major UK supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsburys, ASDA, Morrisons, Iceland, Waitrose & the Co-op.

As you can see in the short overview video on the Delivery Slot Finder website, a rare Sainsbury’s delivery slot was found whilst demonstrating the app. These slots are very difficult to find without the use of the tool.

The public release of the tool comes at a time when home delivery slots are still frustratingly difficult to find in the UK. By the time you’ve finished clicking through each of the sites and decided on which slot would work best for you, it’s probably already been taken by someone else. Delivery Slot Finder checks the supermarkets at the same time and shows you one aggregated view in under 30 seconds.

Built by software developer Rick Blyth initially to help family and friends find delivery slots during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now freely available for the public to use. The tool will always be free but there will soon be a premium version that will give notifications when it finds delivery slots for your favourite supermarkets.

Finally, the tool will shortly support checking for “Click and Collect” slots for those supermarkets that support it. Click and Collect is becoming more popular due to the way it helps minimise time spent in close proximity to other shoppers.

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Data shows post-Brexit immigration plans will hurt UK gig economy

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Data shows post-Brexit immigration plans will hurt UK gig economy
The Government’s post-Brexit immigration plans are aimed at reducing the number of low skilled workers entering the country.
Along with the farming, catering, nursing and care sectors, it is highly likely that workers in the gig economy will be excluded
from the skilled category.

The proposals are likely to intensify the fall in immigrants coming to the UK to work. According to figures published by the Office
for National Statistics, EU net migration is now less than half the level it was at its peak and more workers from Eastern European
countries are leaving than arriving. This trend is already impacting the UK gig economy.

Ana Andres, co-founder of TidyChoice, a platform for independent cleaners analysed the source of their applications over the
past five years. TidyChoice receives over 10,000 applications annually and is a good proxy for the overall London gig economy.
“The rate of applications from Eastern European nationalities has diminished drastically since the Brexit referendum. Better job
prospects at home, weaker Sterling and Brexit uncertainty are the main reasons for the fall. We have maintained strong growth
in total applications by plugging the gap with ever increasing applications from other countries.

Currently only 40% of our applications come from UK nationals. Without overseas workers, it will be very difficult for us to achieve
our targeted 30-40% annual increase in applications that we need to support business growth and counter natural attrition.

The Government is calling on companies to “adapt and adjust”. We cannot automate in our sector and the pool of UK citizens
seeking cleaning work will quickly dry up. I am worried that without new workers coming to the UK, the sector will shrink and
consumer prices will inevitably increase.”

About TidyChoice
Founded in 2014, by Colin Weston and Ana Andres del Valle, TidyChoice is an online platform, offering home cleaning and
childcare services for London residents. TidyChoice professionals undergo a careful vetting process, to ensure customers can
choose from a trusted and reliable community of housekeepers. Customers can choose their preferred professional and
professionals can choose their own rate, hours and areas of work.

Media Contact Details

Colin Weston, TidyChoice

London, United Kingdom

02081331830

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New App shows how VAR decisions have affected every Premier League club

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Flip the Rules is a new unique App, available on Android and IOS, that enables football fans to see the impact of VAR every week and view the Premier League table without VAR decisions this season.
As well as ‘no VAR’, the App also enables fans to be inventive and change (flip) other rules of football to see the adjusted results creating virtual premier league tables.

Fans can change the most important events of the match (goals, VAR decisions, penalties) and analyse their teams’ performance when the rules are flipped! What if there were no goalkeepers and all shots on target were goals? Or let’s make football more entertaining and award no points for a nil-nil draw. Rules can be changed in multiple combinations to give real insight into alternative results or just for fun.
Co-Founder and CTO, Sly McMahon said “This App was born out of a desire to give sports fans the opportunity to play with the rules, have fun while using real data to develop their own insights into the sport they love”.

Flip the Rules is planning to extend the App into other major football leagues around the globe and expand this unique concept to other sports beyond football.

Tony Harding, Co-Founder & Head of Everything added “We’re aiming to combine the power of sports data analytics with our quirky view of the rulebooks to create a unique App that fuels fans debates and discussions”.

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Speedy investor uptake on WPO Bond shows strong appetite for a green future

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The launch of WPO’s 600,000 euro bond last week saw a surge in interest from investors on the crowd lending platform Lendosphere, which led it to reaching its target in 24 hours and the setting of a record for the financing of energy transition related projects.

Barthélémy Rouer, the founder of WPO said:  “We are thrilled to witness such enthusiasm for our digital energy transition project, this is a testimony to the willingness of citizens to be part of the change for a greener future.

The bond which attacted 466 investors in less than 24 hours was open to all, including individuals,  and was to pre-finance a new energy transition model, based on the collection and processing of energy data. Set at €600 000 the target was met in 23 hours, a record setting success for Lendosphere, France’s leading crowdfunding platform for paid loans dedicated to the energy transition.

Amaury Blais, President of Lendosphère commented: “ WPO’s business model is different from the other projects on Lendosphere but the ambition of this project appealed to the investors in an unprecedented way. This accomplishment underlines the relevance of our action and the growing interest of the citizens to participate in the energy transition.“

The energy transition model is based on data, through the digitalization of the management of wind and solar farms allows the collection in real time of large amounts of data related to the operation of these infrastructures: electrical data (power, intensity, frequency…), mechanical data (temperature, vibration, noise…), meteorological data (wind speed, atmospheric pressure, radiation, etc.) and others.

The Intelligent processing of this data has a threefold advantage:

Reduces costs through the automation of multiple control and management functions. Maximizes green energy production through the early detection and anticipation of anomalies on facilities. Increases Transparency by certifying green energy production and making this data available to the general public, institutions, and professionals.

This virtuous cycle benefits both the producer who optimizes its facilities, and the general public who is now able to evaluate and verify the progress of the energy transition through reliable access to live data as it happens in real time.

The bond issue will allow WPO to deploy the most effective means to increase its data portal and enhance its value through artificial intelligence. To do this, private certificates of renewable energy production, called GoCerts, will be created in real time, registered and transferred by a shared electronic registration device (“Distributed Ledger Technology”).

ABOUT WPO:

Established in 2008, WPO is a leader in independent asset management and associated specialized services for wind and solar power in Europe. The company oversees 600 production sites in 10 European countries with a capacity of more than 5 gigawatts, i.e. 1700 wind turbines and 12 million photovoltaic modules. Today, WPO contributes to the production of electricity from renewable sources for the equivalent of about two million people, almost the population of intramural Paris. It offers technical, commercial and financial management solutions, and holds among its clients and stakeholders more than 360 companies, including investment funds, insurers, reinsurers, developers, banks, mixed economy companies, and independent electricity producers. In a world where energy management is becoming increasingly decentralized and complex, WPO’s main objective is to ensure energy sustainability and create the conditions for greater trust through issuing the first energy production certificates from reliable and traceable renewable sources on the world market. WPO is listed on the Financial Times FT1000 2017 as one of Europe’s 1000 Fastest Growing Companies.

UK Media Contact:

Thomas Poston
Email: tdvposton@gmail.com
Phone: +447970949777
Website: www.wpo.eu

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EDGE Market Expansion Shows No Sign of Slowing Down in 2020

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EDGE dominance across the convenience and retail sector continues at pace with huge plans for Q1 and Q2 of 2020. This January, Socialites will be absorbed into the EDGE brand. EDGE is currently featured in over 18,000 retail locations and the addition of over 50 prestigious sites in major shopping centres across the UK enhances the brands retail footprint. The merging of EDGE and Socialites will further strengthen brand presence, with a successful ecommerce site and a strong loyal customer base, it will be a fantastic opportunity for consumers to enjoy all the EDGE brand has to offer.

EDGE is the market leading brand of premium e-liquids and CBD products in the UK, ranked no.1 in the UK convenience channel with growing sales globally – EDGE has seen 157% growth in the convenience sector and has 23 of the top 25 product SKUs in category*. As of 2019, EDGE is available overseas in 9 different countries. EDGE has consistently delivered in providing customers with the perfect vaping experience and has continued to expand its range of products, launching alternative forms of e-liquids, hardware and more recently, CBD products. This year, EDGE and parent company, NextGEN360 won ‘Vape Business Supplier of the Year’, ‘One to Watch’ award by the European Business Awards and ‘Business Supplier of the Year’.

“Looking to the future, we plan to expand the brand even further to more locations and will look to strengthen our position as the ‘go to’ brand for hardware and e-liquids. 2020 will be a very exciting year for all of us at NextGEN360, we intend to continue to innovate and lead the way in the vaping and CBD industry.” – Chris Carr, Sales Director at NextGEN360.

EDGE’s market expansion comes at a near perfect time, as we prepare to launch a brand new, game-changing piece of hardware in Q2 of 2020. This product will cement EDGE’s commitment to helping people worldwide find a less harmful alternative to tobacco products.

About NextGEN360
NextGEN360 is one of the largest e-liquid manufacturers in the UK, supporting hundreds of companies around the world with premium OEM e-liquids of exceptional flavour and quality.

We produce products not only for our own brands, but for some of the most recognised e-liquid brands in the UK. Our superior manufacturing capability provide the foundation for our success, allowing us to create exceptional mass market white label solutions for shops and retail chains, both nationally and internationally.

Our loyal and growing customer base regards us as the best e-liquid manufacturer and white label vaping liquid provider in the industry.

*The Guide 2020 – Insight and Advice for Convenience Retailers

For further information, please contact:
sales@nextgen360.com
or call: 0161 537 4600
For media enquiries, please contact:
Isabella.timpany@nextgen360.com

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Australian Funnyman James Bustar takes London Stage

Armed with breathtaking funny juggling skills and drop-your-jaw antics, Australian funny man James Bustar is literally laughing all the way to the London stage.

The world-renowned juggling funny man will be presenting his frantic, manic, family friendly and energy filled show ‘Caught in the Act’ at the Underbelly Festival on June 23 and June 30, 2018 at Belvedere Road Coach Park in London, with both shows kicking off at 1.15pm.

Celebrating its 10th year, Underbelly is a UK based live entertainment company. Their events and festivals division operates one of the largest operations at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, selling 291,000 tickets for over 150 shows over 25 days in 2017.

Audience can expect nothing less than an explosive show from Bustar, involving a thrilling combination of cutting edge juggling, variety, technology and audience involvement. The very same man who likes to play with everything from axes to tennis rackets!

From juggling while bungee jumping, zip lining, go karting to high ropes, nowhere or nothing is too big of a challenge to juggle for Bustar.

London Theatre 1 has given the funnyman’s show five stars, stating ‘James Bustar is an extremely likeable comedian.’

Bustar has gained nationwide recognition as a household name and prides himself on making a nationwide audience of people laugh until their sides hurt. He has been featured on some of the largest stages possible, including that of Australia’s Got Talent, the Glastonbury Festival and the Cromer Pier Show for the last two years, the last remaining end of the pier show in the world.

Many of Bustar’s performances and major appearances are held within his home country of Australia, but he has also performed globally, with tour stops in countries ranging from Papua New Guinea to Cambodia, and even Vietnam to Japan.

Having graduated from the World Renowned Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Bustar is a headline act at performances, pantomimes and festivals all over the world, with live audiences up to 10,000 people.

Bustar said that he takes the business of laughter very seriously and was looking forward to debuting his new show.

I’m so happy to be returning to the London Underbelly Festival to perform my new show,” he said. “It’s been three years since the last performance and there are certainly lots of surprises in store for the audience. Side-splitting surprises and lots of laughter. 

“It’s fun for all ages!”

Book your ticket to see James Bustar today! http://www.underbellyfestival.com/whatson/james-bustar-caught-in-the-act