All the maps you’ll need to avoid travel trouble during next week’s Tube strike

Read more: Every route from Waterloo station to Bank, rankedFirst up: A map of the walking steps it’ll take between stations on the same line… (Click or tap to open the full-size version) If you have to drive, use the North and South circular if possible (Source: TfL)And if you want more detail on what’s shutting up when and what exactly is running – here’s what you need to know about next week’s Tube strike.Until then, fingers crossed today’s last-ditch talks between the RMT union and Tube bosses resolve the dispute so these maps aren’t needed at all… Charing Cross frequenter? Not today… (Source: TfL)5. The map showing you really want to avoid roads too…(Click or tap to open the full-size version) Walking steps between stations on the same line (Source: TfL) whatsapp All the maps you’ll need to avoid travel trouble during next week’s Tube strike Share Rebecca Smith Not used to taking the bus? Have no fear, this should help (Source: TfL) whatsapp 2. All the Central London journeys that’d actually be quicker to walk(Click or tap to open the full-size version) Who knows? Maybe your journey could be more pleasant… (Source: TfL)3. Handy bus and walking maps of the capital(Click or tap to open the full-size version) Google Maps failing you? Use this if you’re walking (Source: TfL)4. The map showing what stations will be closed on Tube strike days (greyed out is a no go, in colour will have limited services)(Click or tap to open the full-size version) Friday 3 February 2017 9:19 am Okay, so at the moment there’s going to be a hefty Tube strike from Sunday – and it’s going to be hugely disruptive, with most Zone 1 stations shut.So to get yourselves ready for the torment and to get as well-prepared as possible, here are some maps to make sure you’ve considered the best route into London next week. read more

Germany emerges as main concern for London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse as UK government appears unopposed to merger

MPs in Hesse, whose authorities must approve the deal, are adamant that the merger cannot go through unless the legal headquarters of the combined entity are moved from London, as the deal agreement states, to Frankfurt.Read more: UK politicians to have say on London Stock Exchange-Deutsche Boerse dealA spokesman for the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Hesse told City A.M.: “From our point-of-view, it is imperative that the [legal headquarters] are based in Germany.”Asked whether Hesse would approve the deal with a London HQ, Ulrich Caspar, an MP in Hesse and member of the CDU party, told City A.M.: “I think it will not be possible.”Both exchanges are understood to be confident of winning European Commission approval for the deal. But sources close to the deal have told City A.M. there is a growing recognition that the companies may need to offer something new and significant to the state of Hesse to win approval. William Turvill The UK government, as well as the opposition Labour party, on Tuesday appeared to indicate it was not opposed to the deal and played down concerns that the legal HQ could be moved away from London.Questioned on the deal at a parliamentary debate, Simon Kirby MP, economic secretary to the Treasury, said: I do worry a bit listening to Conservative members about the degree of protectionism which seems to be slipping in to centre-right parties around the world at the moment. Germany emerges as main concern for London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse as UK government appears unopposed to merger whatsapp German opposition to the London Stock Exchange’s tie-up with Deutsche Boerse is fast emerging as the main area of concern for the companies, given the UK government and European Commission are seemingly on board.Deutsche Boerse’s chief executive, Carsten Kengeter, is to host local German politicians at an exclusive venue in the state of Hesse on Wednesday night as the exchange seeks to win support for the deal. On the suggestion the HQ could be moved to Frankfurt, he noted that this could happen in the future with board and shareholder support. But he pointed out that this would require 75 per cent of the company’s combined shareholders. He added: “I think that is a significant point.”Kirby was speaking at a parliamentary debate secured by Tory MP Sir Bill Cash, who said it was a “slam dunk that the merger is not in the national interest”. Labour’s Jonathan Reynolds, shadow economic secretary, also passed up the opportunity to speak out against the deal, instead saying the relevant authorities should perform a “full and in-depth assessment” of the deal.He added: by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likeezzin.com20 Beautiful Places to Visit Before You Dieezzin.comBoite a ScoopNancy Sinatra Is Almost 90, Take A Look At Her NowBoite a ScoopTripminutes.comThe Best 15 Asian TripsTripminutes.comVitaminewsThe One Toothpaste Trick Everyone Should Know AboutVitaminewsArticles SkillFemale Cop Lives Two Lives, Seven Years Later The Truth Comes OutArticles SkillManly BandsWe Put The Band in HusbandManly BandsMovie JewelMorgan Freeman Ruined His Multi-Million Dollar Ranch To Protect The PlanetMovie JewelBiohm Health SupplementGut out of whack? Learn About Super RedsBiohm Health SupplementLumenologyHere´s Why People Love This Wireless Motion LightLumenology whatsapp Read more: Under-fire Deutsche Boerse boss set for grilling at full-year conferenceCash’s view was backed by several other MPs, including fellow Tory Anne Marie Morris, who has written to the Prime Minister asking her to block the deal, or at least postpone it until after Brexit negotiations. Tuesday 21 February 2017 8:02 pm Share The government takes a close interest in the developments of this proposed merger and the assessments of the various regulatory bodies involved. Others were more supportive of the deal. Kirsty Blackman of the SNP said: “It seems to me that this is not a political issue and it’s being made to feel like one.”She added: “This is not an anti-Britain move… This was not a deal that was set up in order to try and move these things to Frankfurt.”She also pointed out that the board will be made up of a 50-50 split between the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse and that the legal headquarters will be in the UK.She added: “I don’t think anybody seriously thinks that Frankfurt is going to become the centre for European banking, because it’s just not the case.”Tory MP Stephen Hammond placed the deal in the context of global consolidation of stock exchanges across the world. “There are clearly some concerns,” he said, but added that there are “significant advantages” also.“This would create a European market infrastructure… to challenge others in the world,” he said. read more

Metro Bank crept further out of the red in 2016

whatsapp whatsapp The bank also listed on the London Stock Exchange last March, making this its first set of full-year results since becoming a listed company.Read more: Metro Bank gets down to businessWhat Metro Bank said”It’s been another great quarter and I’m delighted with our full-year performance,” said chief executive Craig Donaldson. “We continue to show significant growth across lending, deposits and customer account numbers with continued integration of technology across all our channels, including stores, creating a compelling service experience for our retail and business customers”. Chairman Vernon Hill added: Revenue for the year grew to £195.1m, up 62 per cent from £120.2m the year before. Meanwhile, deposits shot up 56 per cent for the year to just short of £8bn and lending rose 66 per cent year-on-year to £5.9bn.Shares in the challenger bank rose 1.5 per cent in early trading.Why it’s interestingBy comparison to the more established players, Metro Bank is a brave new venture into the world of banking. In 2010, it became the first high street bank to open its doors in over 100 years.Unlike many of its fellow challengers, its business model is also still focused on a traditional bricks-and-mortar branch – or store, as it prefers to call them –  network, as opposed to a purely digital offering. That’s not to say the lender is totally without a digital presence, however, launching a new public website in August and a commercial banking platform in November.  Metro Bank revealed this morning it had taken a leap closer to turning an annual profit during 2016.The figuresThe challenger bank reported an underlying loss before tax for the year of £11.7m, an improvement of 75 per cent compared with £46.6m the year before, and a statutory loss before tax of £17.2m, compared with £56.8m the year before. Hayley Kirton More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com The response of the British public to Metro Bank has exceeded our expectations. Our goal is to create a legendary, emotional brand by creating fans who join our brand, remain loyal and bring their friends.I’m very proud of the bank’s success over the past 12 months, and my thanks go to our colleagues, investors and fans who are Metro Bank. I am confident that this is just the beginning, the best is yet to come. Wednesday 22 February 2017 8:32 am Metro Bank crept further out of the red in 2016 Share read more

RBS’ chief exec Ross McEwan just got awarded shares worth £1.2m in the loss-making bank

Share whatsapp whatsapp Read more: Company takes crucial step in bringing appeal against RBSAlthough McEwan has warned the market not to hold its breath for a profit this year, he has indicated he thinks his bank will return to the black in 2018.The lender is also still 73 per cent owned by the taxpayer. In today’s Budget, the government gave little promise as to when its remaining stake might be sold, simply saying it will “continue to seek opportunities for disposals, but the need to resolve legacy issues makes it uncertain as to when these will occur”.One particular issue looming over the bank is a potential mega fine from the US Department of Justice for mis-selling mortgage-backed securities. Some estimates warns this penalty could cost RBS as much as $12bn (£9.9bn). Hayley Kirton Wednesday 8 March 2017 8:49 pm Royal Bank of Scotland’s chief executive was awarded £1.2m worth of shares this afternoon, as benefits from the loss-making lender’s long-term incentive plans (LTIPs) were paid out.Ross McEwan, who took over at the helm of the taxpayer-backed bank in October 2013, was vested a total of 512,509 shares under the incentive scheme at £2.389 a pop, although 240,880 of these were withheld to satisfy tax requirements.  RBS’ chief exec Ross McEwan just got awarded shares worth £1.2m in the loss-making bank In total, RBS’ directors were granted shares worth around £6m as existing rewards programmes came to fruition.Read more: Judge mulling whether GRG case should go aheadThe embattled lender also announced more details for a newer LTIP scheme, under which its top dogs will be eligible for shares totaling roughly £15.9m, provided they meet certain performance targets. The execs will have to wait until they can their hands on the stock, however – the shares will vest between 2020 and 2024.Under the new scheme, McEwan’s reward could be as high as £2.9m. Less than a month ago, the bank announced it was in the red for the ninth year on the trot, revealing a attributable loss of just short of £7bn for 2016, after eyewatering restructuring costs and misconduct charges swiped a chunk out of its bottom line.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeLutemaMade in USA 98%+ High Filtration Kids MasksLutemaThe Financial MagAt 74, Pat Sajak Lives In This Gorgeous EstateThe Financial MagMiaw StoreSome acts from your cat may be a sign for alarm. Get to know it nowMiaw StoreGundry MDThe Secret To Breaking Up Dark Spots On Face (Or Neck Or Hands)Gundry MDArticles Vally15 Real Faces Of Famous Historical Figures Recreated In CGIArticles VallyalldelishThe 14 Healthiest Vegetables on EarthalldelishFox9 Best Glute Exercises To Fire Up Your Most Powerful MuscleFoxAnyMuscle9 early warning signs and symptoms of diabetesAnyMuscleHealthy Zone10 Signs of Kidney Disease You Can’t Afford to IgnoreHealthy Zone read more

The Royal Family is worth £1.8bn to the UK economy every year says report

Share whatsapp Jasper Jolly Monday 20 November 2017 9:26 am The total monetary value of the monarchy, including its tangible assets as well as the value of its brand, is £67.5bn, according to Brand Finance’s methodology.Read more: Australian opposition leader calls for republic referendumThe royals’ physical assets, such as Buckingham Palace, the Crown Jewels, or the Royal Collection of art, are worth £25.5bn, but that figure is dwarfed by the intangible value of the brand, a similar concept to the good will value used in company finances.Other economic benefits provided by the Royal Family include its positive effect on international trade, estimated to reach £150m per year, and the powerful boosts to British brands via the patronage of members of the monarchy, whether that be through official Royal Warrants or high-profile visits to events.David Haigh, Brand Finance chief executive, said: “The monarchy is Britain’s national treasure, both symbolically and economically. Especially in the age of Brexit, Britain can rely on royal diplomacy to facilitate trade relations with the Commonwealth and the rest of the world.” More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org The total annual cost of the monarchy to the taxpayer is £292m, according to the report, a sum some people, such as the Republic pressure group, argue would be better spent on public services.Yet the monarchy has enjoyed a revival in the public’s estimation over the past decade, boosted by the popularity of the younger members of the Royal Family. A 2015 survey by Yougov found 68 per cent of the British public believe the monarchy to be good for the country, while 71 per cent think the monarchy should remain in place.The Queen’s estate was recently named in reporting from the Paradise Papers among companies controversially, if legally, using offshore accounts to hold assets.Haigh said: “Its universal appeal translates to the attraction of ‘Brand Monarchy’, offering considerable commercial benefits to all businesses and institutions associated with it.”Read more: The monarchy plays an under-appreciated role in boosting UK business The Royal Family is worth £1.8bn to the UK economy every year says report Britain’s royalty contributes nearly £1.8bn to the UK economy every year, according to a new analysis of the value of the monarchy to be published today.The biggest single benefit offered by the monarchy to UK economy comes in a £550m annual boost to tourism, according to Brand Finance research. whatsapp read more

It’s been almost two years since the Brexit vote – where now for the pound?

whatsapp It’s been almost two years since the Brexit vote – where now for the pound? 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As our negotiators go to great lengths to untangle Britain from the European Union, no asset reflects this tumultuous journey more than sterling.In the fortnight after the June 2016 referendum, the pound plunged to $1.28 from $1.49. With most speculators pricing in a “no” vote, the outcome came as a huge shock – evident in the 14 per cent fall. Many analysts think that the bigger picture will continue to favour an upward trajectory for the pound.In fact, Joel Kruger, currency strategist at the LMAX Exchange, says the pound’s retreat against the US dollar since mid-April has done nothing to compromise its uptrend.“While we expect there will continue to be bumps along the way as the details of the transition are fully worked out, we see the negotiations moving in the right direction and the pound in position to outperform in the months ahead,” Kruger says, suggesting that sterling could push towards $1.50 over the next six to 12 months. Many saw this as a much-needed correction following a long period of strength in sterling, but there’s no question that the pound has had a rocky time ever since.The most recent bout of turbulence came earlier this year when sterling climbed to a two-year peak of $1.43 in April, only to come crashing back down again last month when the country was struck by poor GDP data. Meanwhile, the political circus continues to dog the currency.“Sterling’s performance in the last month shows that foreign exchange remains the most fickle and sentiment-driven of all the markets,” says Thomas Wells, fund manager at Smith & Williamson.What are the risks to sterling?Unsurprisingly, concerns around Brexit continue to lurk in the background, leaving the pound susceptible to wobbles. And yet, the labour market has been showing some positive signs, which Hardman says provides some reassurance that recent economic weakness is temporary. Wednesday 20 June 2018 10:21 am GAM’s Julian Howard warns that the Europeans continue to call the shots, thanks to their stronger negotiating position over the UK. “Negotiations to come up with a better arrangement than the reluctantly agreed backstop will be fraught, and there’s no guarantee of success before our official exit date. The end result could be the UK in a pale version of EU-lite, with no influence at the table.”Theresa May managed to avoid an embarrassing defeat on key Brexit legislation last week, which was largely supportive for the pound.However, while the Prime Minister tried to compromise with Tory rebels by tabling an amendment, the proposal was rejected by the House of Lords on Monday. The Lords want parliament to have a “meaningful vote”, and it is not yet clear whether May will be able to overturn their new amendment today.While this does not help the uncertainty, Lee Hardman, currency analyst at MUFG, says that political developments mean the danger of a more disruptive “no deal” coming to fruition has diminished, and is reassured that “parliamentary pressure will remain in place to soften the Brexit outcome”.While it’s difficult to separate the effects of Brexit, the other big risks to the pound are general weaknesses in the economy. Latest figures show the UK economy grew at its worst rate in six years. Share “The UK economy has demonstrated its ability to operate with a stronger currency over time, and this makes the pound increasingly attractive in a world of trade wars, where even the US dollar is looking to soften up.”While uncertainty remains, Brexit negotiations are also likely to delay the return to a normal monetary policy environment.Indeed, Lukman Otunuga from FXTM warns that sterling remains highly sensitive to speculation around Bank of England policy shifts.“If the uncertainty over Brexit negatively impacts economic growth, the Bank of England is less likely to move forward with raising UK interest rates.”Economists are split on the possibility of a rate rise that once looked near certain. That means that investors need to protect themselves from the ravages of inflation, and Wells reckons that a further decline in sterling could cause inflation to creep up past the current 2.4 per cent mark.So how should investors position for such a scenario?The obvious – and sensible – strategy is to avoid being exposed to just one market, particularly as the UK works through its current turmoil.“For a sterling investor, there is also the option of investing in a dollar (as opposed to GBP) share class,” says Wells. “This could provide an additional performance kicker in the event that sterling’s recent rout turns into something a little more significant.”While the pound is prone to bouts of instability for the foreseeable future, the picture isn’t as bleak as it first appears. We expect there will continue to be bumps along the way as the details of the transition are fully worked out read more

British economy enjoys surprise July jump in activity to record strongest growth in almost a year

Monday 10 September 2018 9:43 am British economy enjoys surprise July jump in activity to record strongest growth in almost a year More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Meanwhile, construction found itself on a steadier footing compared to the beginning of 2018. Victoria Clarke, an economist at Investec, described the construction industry strength as a “surprising source of support”.The data suggest that “the construction sector is holding up more broadly, rather than having simply rebounded after heavy snowfall dampened first-quarter activity”, Clarke said.The surprise GDP strength adds a slight complication to the Bank of England’s latest monetary policy decision, to be announced on Thursday, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley. Risks at the meeting at now “tilted towards a more hawkish message”, particularly if rising health sector pay pushes up wages, said Jacob Nell and Bruna Skarica in a client note. The British economy surprised economists in July as output grew by 0.3 per cent, with a sunny services sector outlook alongside unexpected support from the construction sector contributing to the pick-up.The three months to July saw GDP expand by 0.6 per cent, picking up from 0.4 per cent growth in the second quarter of April to June, according to figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). whatsapp Joe Curtis and Jasper Jolly Share whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorymoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverstNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteabley Growth reached its highest since August 2017 in three-month terms, the ONS’s preferred measure of the underlying trend after its recent move to monthly GDP estimates.Read more: Brexit takes a toll on UK business confidence despite service sector upliftThe ONS said the services sector benefited from the summer heatwave – a hypothesis disputed by some economists – while the England’s better-than-expected performance at the football World Cup supported the pub sector in particular.Rob Kent-Smith, the ONS’s head of GDP, said: “Growth in the economy picked up in the three months to July. Services grew particularly strongly, with retail sales performing well, boosted by warm weather and the World Cup. The construction sector also bounced back after a weak start to the year.”Read more: US economy grows even faster than first thought read more

The remote working revolution is here to stay – more employers should embrace it

first_img whatsapp Tags: Virtual reality Over a quarter of employees see the agreement to work from home as a sign of trust from their boss. This factor is a sure sign of a strong working relationship, and this feeling of trust is sure to translate into a boost in company morale more generally.It’s stark that even though UK workers are calling on their employer to trust them to work from home, 16 per cent of those who have this option have suspicions that their remote-working colleagues may not be working hard enough.We live in a world where there are apps that can do anything, meaning that excuses are out the window, and working from home should be as fruitful as working in the office – if not more so.Though remote working offers flexibility for working parents, and those with commitments outside of work, employees can no longer use the excuse of working from home to shirk responsibility. Those based remotely can be in constant conversation with their colleagues, regardless of location.Technology such as the cloud, instant and video messaging providers such as Skype and Slack, and even virtual reality means that communication can be as seamless as discussing a project with a desk-neighbour in an open-plan office. It can have a hard-hitting, positive impact on recruitment, an employer’s bottom line, the workplace, and an individual’s output.More than this, working from home could help address one of the country’s most pressing economic issues: the UK’s ranking as one of the least productive nations in the G7.Read more: Don’t be scared of Big Brother, workplace monitoring can keep you safeOne in five employers believes that their workforce is happier and more productive when working remotely, and a quarter of businesses have seen it reduce sick leave. Workers cite fewer distractions as the reason for increased productivity, saying that working remotely can often enable them to get the job done.Of those who do offer flexible working options, 15 per cent admitted to using software to track how long employees spend on certain tasks. This begs the question of whether trust is holding back the widespread introduction of remote working. Share Martin Talbot Over a third of UK workers are still not given the option of working remotely, according to research by Totaljobs. But working from home is more than a frivolous perk.center_img With over 260,000 job vacancies advertised on Totaljobs at any one time, only 10 per cent of adverts make it clear that the role includes the option to work from home. So while two thirds of employers allow staff to work from home, they are missing a trick by not using this as part of their recruitment strategy.Our research revealed that one in four workers would change jobs if there was the promise of remote working. This leaves a large group of employers who should be shouting about it from the rooftops to get the best talent through the door. Or at the very least, logged in from home.Remote working is here to stay. Bosses and employees need to start working together and trusting each other to ensure that neither side loses out. Clear communication and regular updates is the best way for employers and their teams to trust each other when the whole team isn’t under the same roof.Read more: Remote working: Ensuring an easy ride Thursday 25 October 2018 10:37 am whatsapp The remote working revolution is here to stay – more employers should embrace it last_img read more

WPP shares drop 16 per cent after third quarter sales slump

first_img whatsapp Since launching a new strategy to simplify the business in April, WPP has made 16 disposals, Read said, raising £704m.He added further simplification had taken place under his watch, with the merger of its healthcare agencies with Ogilvy, VMLY&R and Wunderman.But the company was dealt a heavy blow earlier this month, losing its Ford advertising contract to US rival Omnicom. Shares in the world’s largest advertising group WPP have slumped 15 per cent after cutting its sales outlook for the year. Read, who previously ran WPP’s digital agency Wunderman before being handed the top job last month, said “decisive action and radical thinking” was needed to turn the company around.Read more: WPP loses major Ford advertising contract to US rival OmnicomHe also said WPP was considering selling a stake in Kantar, its data investment management arm.He said: “Our industry is facing structural change, not structural decline, but in the past we have been too slow to adapt, become too complicated and have under-invested in core parts of our business.“There is much to do and we have taken a number of critical actions to address these legacy issues and improve our performance.” Callum Keown Thursday 25 October 2018 8:56 am whatsappcenter_img Share WPP shares drop 16 per cent after third quarter sales slump WPP’s third quarter net sales fell 1.5 per cent in the third quarter having climbed 0.7 per cent in the previous three months in the aftermath of the departure of chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell.Revenue was down 0.8 per cent to £3.76bn for the quarter and the company provided a “more cautious outlook” for the rest of the year, forecasting revenue to be down 0.5 to 1 per cent and its operation margin down 1 to 1.5 per cent.Read more: Martin Sorrell regrets nothing after WPP exit amid misconduct allegationsThe company also announced its group finance director Paul Richardson had decided to retire in 2019 after 22 years.New boss Mark Read said the slowdown was due to the weakening of its performance in North America. Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

500 London roads breach air pollution limits as Mayor warns of air quality crisis

first_imgRead more: One hour of Tube pollution is as bad as 24 hours next to a busy roadThe Ulez will be in place from 8 April and will apply to the same area as the congestion charge zone.Plans are in the works for it to be expanded to the north and south circular roads by 2021. Peckham High Street, Southwark 87.51 London location Annual average level of NO2 (ug/m3) Junction North Circular Road, Brent 115.39 Almost 500 London roads and landmark locations breach air pollution limits, campaigners warned today.Read more: Westminster pledges £28m to ease traffic jams on the Strand Kensington High Street, Kensington & Chelsea 94.5 Harlesden High Street, Brent 91.83 Share Earls Court Station 129.5 The Strand, City of Westminster 92 Ikea, North Circular Road, Brent 102.1 Oliver Barnes Euston Road, Camden 92.45center_img 500 London roads breach air pollution limits as Mayor warns of air quality crisis whatsapp Haddon Hall Tower Bridge Road, Southwark 90.79 The news comes after the Mayor of London issued a high pollution alert for the capital yesterday in response to the unseasonably warm weather.The worst offender listed in the report was Earls Court station, where nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels exceeded the government’s limit by more than three times. Kensington High Street, Euston Road and the Strand were among some of London’s other famous sites in the top 10 for air pollution.Earls Court had 129.5ug/m3 of NO2 in the air despite targets set for 2005 that levels should not exceed 40ug/m3.High levels of NO2 are linked to asthma and other breathing difficulties. Wednesday 27 February 2019 11:24 am A spokesperson for mayor of London Sadiq Khan said yesterday: “The high levels of pollution expected over the next few days is evidence of the scale of London’s air quality crisis and is exactly why the mayor is taking hard-hitting measures to clean it up.”Currie praised Khan for “making some good progress with the Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez)”, calling the mayor’s policy a “sign of hope for air quality in the city”.However, Currie called on the mayor to go further to tackle air pollution, adding “We need the Ulez to cover the entirety of greater London so that all Londoners can breathe cleaner air.” “It’s unforgivable to see so many locations across London over air quality limits, leaving millions of us breathing dangerously polluted air,” said Catriona Currie, a campaigner from Friends of the Earth, the organisation behind today’s report.Here are London’s 10 worst areas for air pollution: Dollis Hill Lane, Cricklewood, Brent 85.97 whatsapp Tags: People Sadiq Khanlast_img read more