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Covid-19 emergency in the US: over 10 billion dollars lost in a few months and over 700,000 jobs at risk in the fitness sector according to an IFO International Fitness Observatory survey.


Covid-19 emergency in the US: over 10 billion dollars lost in a few months and over 700,000 jobs at risk in the fitness sector according to an IFO survey.

Covid-19 emergency in the US: over 10 billion dollars lost in a few months and over 700,000 jobs at risk in the fitness sector according to an IFO International Fitness Observatory survey. 1

  • It is estimated that in the US, due to the Coronavirus health emergency, the economic loss of the fitness sector will amount to over 10 billion dollars by the end of the summer. With over 700,000 thousand jobs at risk, according to the data that emerged from the research of IFO (International Fitness Observatory), this sector calls for real structural interventions. Over 40% of clubs believe they will no longer have the resources to survive the crisis for over 3 months.

August 18, 2020: The fitness and sports industry is an important reality in the US economy.

IFO – International Fitness Observatory, in collaboration with Egeria, carried out a research coordinated by Dr. Paolo Menconi, President of the Observatory, involving over 7,400 clubs in the USA.

A leader in the sector internationally, in 2019 the fitness sector in the USA was constantly growing with about 64 million club members and with total revenues of about 35 billion dollars. This is a market has now entered its most dramatic moment.

Many clubs have sold short-term memberships and only 49% of clubs have more than half of the customers with an annual membership, sign of a financially fragile market.

Covid-19 crisis is having a strong impact on the fitness sector and the numbers provided by the clubs from the beginning of the crisis until late summer show the estimate of the loss to easily exceed 10 billion of dollars, with over 700,000 thousand jobs at risk.

Paolo Menconi, President of IFO, says: “The results of this research indicate that the fitness industry is in a very difficult and unprecedented time. We should not forget this is a sector that has a fundamental social role for the psycho-physical well-being of people and it is able to offer good deals for any budget. It should be protected with serious and concrete structural actions, both for employees and for customers, making it able to get back on its feet and continue to look ahead to the future.”

 

Over 70% of clubs believe that the measures taken so far by the Institutions are not sufficient to support the sector. They suggest the following Non-refundable/non-repayable economic loans for the sector (66.15%); Suspensions for a defined time necessary for tax duties and bills for the supply of electricity, gas and water (59.59%);

If the situation is difficult for everyone but the economic ability to withstand the crisis is different: 35% do not know how long they will be able to survive, 21% claim to have autonomy for 2 months. 40% of clubs may not make it in 3 months. In the fourth month of stop, the risk is that over 45% of the clubs won’t survive. Only 20% of clubs say they have the financial resources to last for five months.

 

For information:

Dr. Paolo Menconi

info@ifo.academy

www.ifo.academy

 

* Methodological note

1 June 2020 – 20 July 2020 is the period in which the Survey was carried out. 7,479 clubs in the USA received the questionnaire. 1,327 opened the email and started answering the questions but then did not fill in some answers of an economic and organizational nature on their Club, while 208 answered anonymously the questionnaire of 29 questions, with an average completion time of 7/8 minutes.

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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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4 in 10 UK workers expect to work from home more often, survey finds


43% of workers say they will be “more likely” to work from home following the Coronavirus crisis

For millions of workers forced to work from home during the Coronavirus lockdown, remote working could become part of the ‘new normal’. Image licensed by Ingram Image
For millions of workers forced to work from home during the Coronavirus lockdown, remote working could become part of the ‘new normal’. Image licensed by Ingram Image

An end to Covid-19 lockdown may not mean an end to home working for many UK workers. A survey has found that 4 in 10 people expect to work from home more than they did before, even once the crisis is over.

More than 5,000 UK workers were asked to think beyond Summer 2020 and consider whether they were more likely, less likely, or equally likely to work from home in the future.

The result signalled a significant increase in remote working, with 43% of respondents saying they were more likely to work from home in the latter half of 2020 and beyond.

Adam Jones, Editor of HomeworkerHQ.com, the website behind the survey, said: “Companies and staff are beginning to realise that they can be just as productive while working remotely as they can in an office. And that working from home has many benefits.

“Remote working can improve employee satisfaction and retention, reduce carbon emissions and bring about savings in costly office space, facilities and utilities.”

Prior to the Coronavirus crisis, only 30% of the UK workforce had ever worked from home. While only 5.1% of the working population worked from home most of the time.

In recent years, the number of home workers has been steadily increasing – from 4.3% in 2015 to 5.1% in 2019, according to the Office for National Statistics. However, the current need for millions of people to work from home has the potential to accelerate this trend.

Not everyone can work from home of course, but there really is no reason why most desk-based jobs can’t be done remotely for at least some of the working week.” Jones adds.

“A combination of modern technology, such as high speed internet and video conferencing, combined with the catalyst of the Coronavirus crisis, now looks set to make remote working part of the new normal.”

About HomeworkerHQ: A new remote working website launched in response to the current crisis, HomeworkerHQ is dedicated to helping people work well from home. The website offers advice on how to set up a home office, choose the best office furniture and tech, and remain productive while working remotely.

Website: HomeworkerHQ.com
Twitter: @HomeworkerHQ
Email: contact@homeworkerhq.com

About the survey: The survey was conducted via a Twitter poll that used the social media network’s promoted tweet functionality to target a random sample of UK citizens aged 18+.

There were 5,157 responses within a 24 hour period from 19th to 20th May 2020.

The results were:

● 43.6% more likely to work from home
● 17.6% less likely to work from home
● 38.8% no change anticipated

Statistically, we can say to a 95% confidence level that between 42.2% and 45.0% of people in the UK’s working population of approximately 31.3m consider themselves more likely to work from home in the future.

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As Home Energy Usage Spikes by 30% During Lockdown – 85% of Brits Unaware Of Their Electricity Usage – SaveMoneyCutCarbon.com Energy & Water Survey Of Great Britain


As lockdown measures in the UK persist due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a clear knock-on effect is that people are using more energy and water at home.

In fact, midday energy usage is currently spiking by 30% as a result of people working, educating, feeding and entertaining themselves from home, according to energy company, Ovo, while Bulb reports a 27% midday surge.

Meanwhile, more than a million households have been given help in the form of ‘time to pay’ with their energy bills due to coronavirus, according to The Telegraph

Yet, according to the SaveMoneyCutCarbon.com Energy & Water Survey of Great Britain 2020, 85% of Brits seem to be totally unaware of their yearly electricity usage

This is the first phase of a 5 year ongoing survey, designed to track the usage of energy and water in the home, homeowners’ awareness of how to reduce their usage, and the impact this can have on their carbon footprint. The survey asks a wide range of questions about how people understand and manage their energy and water at home

The survey is taking snapshots every six months across a wider 60 month online survey and in the first phase there were 2,633 respondents that completed the detailed questionnaire

The statistics show Brits are somewhat oblivious in particular of their energy consumption, flying in the face of the fact that 66.4% of people surveyed were actively using smart meters in their homes to monitor their energy usage

“Clearly there needs to be more education, and more attention to the finer detail of how to cut down on energy consumption as well as reducing carbon output and it must raise the question if the hugely costly roll out or smart meters is actually benefiting the consumer, are households actually looking at the meters in their houses, or are the real winner the energy companies in making collecting their billing information easier and lower cost.”, according to SaveMoneyCutCarbon CEO Mark Sait

The SaveMoneyCutCarbon Survey shows a mixture of positive and negative impact

In terms of electricity usage:

  • 25.8% don’t leave any phones, laptops or tablets on charge overnight.
  • 50.7% leave laptops on charge while working.
  • 87.9% don’t leave any lamp on overnight.
  • 76.6% don’t use a tumble dryer in the summer.
  • 42.6% set their fridge to 3 (with 5 being the coldest)
  • Only 4.4% of people surveyed leave more than five devices to charge overnight

In terms of water usage:

  • 62.6% don’t take baths. Of those that do 30.6% run a single bath every day.
  • 73.2% shower for less than 10 minutes a day.
  • 78.4% turn the tap off while brushing their teeth. A running tap will use 6 litres per minute of water.
  • 70.1% turn the tap off while washing up, rather than letting it run.
  • 29.1% have a water butt installed on taps – saving on watering the garden and washing the car

In terms of gas usage:

  • 78.9% burn gas.
  • 55.1% run a combi boiler

“Clearly, Britain is heading in the right direction,” says Sait. “The country is shifting from conspicuous and unconscious consumption of energy and water to one that understands, conserves and reduces mentality,” he says

“Now that people are spending time at home more than ever, it’s never been as important as it is now for homeowners to think carefully about how they use energy and water in their home.

“There’s very little doubt that homes across the UK will be facing larger energy and water bills this year than they’re used to” according to Sait. “It also means a significant increase in their carbon footprint – and this comes at a time when many households’ income is going to be squeezed due to the COVID-19 situation.

“Figures from this initial phase of our survey demonstrate that people are making a conscious effort to reduce their energy and water usage, but there are far more things they can change which will have a positive impact on their usage, their bills whilst reducing their carbon footprint.” Sait states.

SaveMoneyCutCarbon.com works hard to promote ways in which everyday people, and business owners, can help educate and support customers who want to use energy and water in more sustainable ways but without having to compromise often associated with carbon reduction or going green. They call it ‘Sustainability Without Compromise’.

While government initiatives over the years have strived to help people save money and to respect their environment, Sait and his team are concerned such initiatives focus too much on the negative

“People are less willing to commit to big changes than they are to minor adjustments – which are obvious – especially in the present economic situation focusing on the saving money must come first with the carbon as a welcome by product. ”.

“Simple, everyday changes such as LED lighting or eco showers and taps can make a huge difference to how much people pay every time they turn on a light or use water in their house – start with simple things is Sait’s message, as lots of little changes can make a big difference to your pocket and the environment.

Some householders are embracing the benefits of LED lighting, for instance, which reduces electricity consumption by typically up to 80%, with more than half 52% of respondents saying that they have LEDs in their homes.

For further information, please contact John Price at 6 Hillgrove PR. Email. john.price@6hillgrovepr.com; Mobile. 07968 476 241.

About SaveMoneyCutCarbon

SaveMoneyCutCarbon’s customers have saved over 727 million litres of water and 23 million kWh of energy, delivering a carbon reduction of 6,765 tonnes per annum from completed projects and products sold on its online platform. The carbon reduction alone is equivalent to travelling 23.24 million miles in an average petrol car.

SaveMoneyCutCarbon was established in 2012 with a goal to build a new single “go-to” platform for homes and organizations who want to reduce their energy and water consumption while improving their carbon footprint and sustainability credentials.

Based in Bury St Edmunds, it employs and develops local staff while delivering projects across the UK.  It provides its growing customer base a one-stop-shop: from learning how savings can be made across each building type, to helping deliver on this from a single online order, to delivery of the largest retrofit projects across the UK.

The company has recently been selected as the NHS Sustainability Supplier of the Year for their energy saving works with Cambridge University Hospitals’ world famous Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

About Mark Sait CEO

Mark has been described more than once, as a “disruptive entrepreneur” as much of his experience is in identifying and starting businesses that simplifying fragmented markets to help move new technologies or solutions into the mainstream.

SaveMoneyCutCarbon is his latest venture, the company is now recognised as the “go to people for homes and organisations that want to reduce their energy and water bills”. The business has enjoyed rapid growth and now delivers its customers millions of pounds in savings per year, through its UK wide project management and installation teams, and through its website. Mark writes columns for various publications and is often asked to comment on carbon reduction, energy and water matters for various press & TV.

Survey Infographic 

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Full Data Table of SaveMoneyCutCarbon.com Energy & Water Survey of Great Britain 2020:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jHJmXw9XmkwmPxVofd12TTi2jLdCSl4_

Image of Mark Sait, SaveMoneyCutCarbon.com:

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New Survey Reveals 22.5% of Brits Admit to Having A One-Night Stand Despite Coronavirus Outbreak


London, Mar 27 – COVID-19 may have been declared a severe public health risk but the coronavirus outbreak has not deterred Brits hooking up for a night of passion with a stranger

Hookup Dating website, Shagbook, surveyed 1,000 random UK citizens, and almost a quarter of the respondents surveyed admitted to arranging a sex hook-up since the breakout of Coronavirus in the UK.

The independently commissioned survey also gave an insight into the UK’s attitude towards sex with 24.3% of people admitting to having had casual sex with someone they have just met, and 29% of married partners admitted to having a one-night stand.

Shagbook is a sex hook up dating website that enables singles and married partners to meet up for casual, no-strings-attached sex. With UK pubs closing their doors and millions opting for self-isolation, sex and dating will become a tricky issue in the coming months. Social distancing proclamations should be considered when engaging in risky behaviour.

A representative from Shagbook said “We can’t stop the UK population arranging to meet for sexual encounters, but we do urge people to be responsible and think of the well-being of others. If you show any signs of coronavirus, even if it’s only a common cold, do not put others at risk. Over the course of the coming weeks, Shagbook will include website information to ensure that this message is understood. We will also be promoting our live cams for those looking for 100% safe, sexy fun.”

Shagbook.com is a popular British sex hook up dating site. The independent survey was commissioned prior to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordering a nationwide lockdown on Monday, March 23.

Media Inquiries Only: For more details about the latest survey, or to obtain a copy of the summary or raw survey data, please email reports@shagbook.com

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Our worst cleaning habits revealed in new survey


TidyChoice surveyed over 3,000 cleaners on its database to find out what cleaners really think about their customers. Cleaners revealed their clients’ worst cleaning habits and the cleaning tasks that we are not doing.

The good news is that 85% of cleaners think that their clients are clean and tidy. The bad news is that they believe 56% of clients do very little or no cleaning between scheduled sessions. Respondents thought that bathrooms (43%) and kitchens (40%) became the dirtiest rooms between visits.

The most common complaints from cleaners about their clients are listed below

1. Leaving dirty clothes lying around on the floor or on beds/chairs (31%)
2. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink (28%)
3. Clients that do no cleaning at all between sessions (15%)
4. Clients not providing proper cleaning equipment and supplies (13%)
5. Pet hair on carpets and furniture (13%)

Ana Andres, co-founder of TidyChoice who commissioned the survey commented on the results:

“In general cleaners and clients get on very well and clients appreciate the hard work that their cleaners do. However, based on the survey results, we can do some simple things to make cleaners’ lives easier and get the best from them. Just clearing away dishes or tidying up clothing could allow cleaners to spend more time cleaning important areas like kitchens and bathrooms that make a big difference to our homes.”

Client cleaning habits

Cleaners think that their clients are clean and tidy: 28% of cleaners strongly agree that their clients are clean and tidy whilst another 57% agree.

However, once we hire a cleaner, we rely on them to do the bulk of cleaning work in the house. According to cleaners, 56% of us do little or no cleaning between visits.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the rooms that get the dirtiest between visits are the bathrooms (43%) and kitchens (41%).

What are our worst cleaning habits?
In terms of cleaning habits, the worst habits are leaving dirty clothing lying around (31%) and leaving dirty dishes in the sink (28%) Other prominent themes include not having proper cleaning equipment and supplies, pet hair on carpets and furniture and clients not doing any cleaning at all.

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.

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Survey by VMINTERACTIVE reveals current statistics of teenagers views on contraception ahead of 2020


Survey by VMINTERACTIVE reveals current statistics of teenagers views on contraception ahead of 2020

• 86% of 16-19 year olds are aware of the morning after pill.
• Only 69% would seek the morning after pill for an abortion.
• Only 42% teenagers would be embarrassed to buy condoms.
• 89% teenagers are unaware of the health risks not covered by the morning after pill.

This year Click Pharmacy has had an 80% increase in the product sale of EllaOne also nicknamed ”The promiscuity pill” this would be linked to the efficiency of it being used up to 5 days after and economic value if your BMI is over 26, you take one rather than two of other brands of morning after pill. When you have a pill that can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex and so readily available in stores and online without a prescription, there is no doubt sales would rise. Controversy is wrapped around it, also being seen as ‘a form of abortion pill’ according to Norman Wells, director of the charity Family Education Trust.

VMINTERACTIVE has conducted a survey on 200 teenagers looking at the knowledge of different contraception, health risks not protected by contraception (apart from condoms) and also those who believe the morning after pill is a form of abortion. These findings prove that sexual education at school is not necessarily increasing awareness. Teenagers are more likely to have unprotected sex and order morning after pill as it’s more accessible rather than condoms.

‘EllaOne it’s the most effective pill on the market with 95% potency” states Jana Abelovska, pharmacy expert from Click Pharmacy, “however not something to be used regularly as it is a high dosage and is not great for the body.”

As a Health Tech company Click Pharmacy are a source of knowledge on these kinds of issues and want to offer the best advice of all the different options of contraception to people of all ages.

Top reasons for using contraception:

• Since 2014 – Chlamydia has been found in 1.8 million case that’s a 19% increase.
• Since 2014 – Gonorrhea has been found in 583,405 cases; which is 63% increase
• 15 to 24-year-olds accounted for 62% of those with Chlamydia, 52% with gonorrhoea

Survey of 200 respondents carried out by Click Pharmacy in December 2019.

VM Interactive was born with the sole intention of helping other businesses establish and grow their online presence. After pulling together talented professionals from the digital marketing industry, we have achieved excellence in providing engineered digital strategies that will super charge your business online presence.

Apart from our proven digital excellence, what makes us different to other digital marketing agencies is our understanding of the business owners’ goals and market conditions so that you can continue with your business while we work on bringing the traffic to your website. Our aim is to partner up with business owners by working closely with them so we can learn and then find innovative ideas that separate them from their competitors, building a larger and stronger audience for their business.

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Revealed: The UK’s driving opinions (Survey results)


The team at Dayinsure conducted a survey looking to uncover the UK’s driving opinions. Surveying 400 members of the UK public, they posed a series of fascinating questions looking at all aspects of driving.

Nearly 90% of people believe that older people should be required to take another driving test later in life. The most shocking result from the survey was that nearly all of those asked believe that older people should be required to take another driving test.

On the topic of driving test opinions, Dayinsure also discovered that over one-third of people believe the minimum UK driving test age should be higher.

Over half of people think drink-drivers should be disqualified for life. Currently, motorists convicted of drink-driving don’t face a life-time ban, however more than half of Brits believe there should be permanent repercussions for committing this offence.

These are just some of the fascinating opinions collected from the UK public. View all of the questions, answers and opinions in full here: https://www.dayinsure.com/news/the-uks-driving-opinions/
Dayinsure’s team had this to say: “With such a diverse array of opinions across the British public, we wanted to uncover some of the thoughts they have on a range of issues. Some of these questions we posed were age-old topics of discussion, and some regard new technology, but all gave us fascinating insights into how the public think in 2019.”

If you want to report on this study, we ask that you simply source the original article with a link via the following URL: https://www.dayinsure.com/news/the-uks-driving-opinions/
Please also feel free to utilise the infographic surmising the findings by providing a hyperlinked image credit to the article.

For further information please contact

Samuel Brace
samuel.brace@accordmarketing.com
Holly Paddon at holly.paddon@accordmarketing.com.
Further notes to the editor:

Established in 2005 and backed by Aviva, Dayinsure has grown to be one of the UK’s leading short-term car insurance firms.

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