Standard Life in £42m deal for Focus Solutions

first_imgTuesday 7 December 2010 3:04 am whatsapp Standard Life in £42m deal for Focus Solutions More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.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.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com Standard Life has agreed to buy financial software company Focus Solutions Group for £42m, in a deal the insurer said would boost its customer services.Standard Life said that it was offering 140 pence in cash for each Focus Solutions share, representing a premium of around 9.8 per cent to Focus Solution’s closing share price of 127.50 pence on 6 December.Focus Solutions handles software and consultancy work for financial services companies.Its clients include independent financial advisers (IFAs), bancassurers, wealth managers and mortgage lenders, and Standard Life said that buying Focus would improve its range of products for customers and boost its retail bank business.“This strengthens the overall position of the group as the UK market for our propositions and services develops further over the next two years,” Standard Life Chief Executive David Nish said in a statement.Noble Grossart advised Standard Life on the deal, while Cavendish Corporate Finance and Capital SCF advised Focus. John Dunne Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Sharelast_img read more

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FBC Holdings Limited (FBC.zw) HY2008 Interim Report

first_imgFBC Holdings Limited (FBC.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2008 interim results for the half year.For more information about FBC Holdings Limited (FBC.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the FBC Holdings Limited (FBC.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: FBC Holdings Limited (FBC.zw)  2008 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileFBC Holdings Limited (FBC Bank) is a financial institution in Zimbabwe providing financial products and solutions for retail, commercial and corporate banking; with a range of products and services extending from savings deposit accounts and micro-lending in the informal market to foreign market investment, mortgage financing, micro-lending, re-insurance, short-term insurance and stock-brokering services. Its re-insurance division underwrites classes of insurance for fire, engineering, motoring, marine and miscellaneous incidences. FBC Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Banking Corporation Holdings Limited which is a publicly-traded financial services company in Zimbabwe. FBC Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Associated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu) Q12016 Interim Report

first_imgAssociated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Transport sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Associated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Associated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Associated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu)  2016 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAssociated Commercial Company Limited specialises in motor vehicles, motor spares and accessories. Headquartered in in Port Louis, Mauritius, the company imports, markets, sells and offers motor vehicle services that include repairs and the sale of motor spares. Associated Commercial Company Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Marchers demand $15 an hour, pay McDonald’s a visit

first_imgMore than 200 activists, including many low-wage workers, marched on March 15 throughout the Herald Square area of New York City to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour for all workers and the right to a union. Chanting “The workers united will never be defeated,” marchers stopped in front of major low-wage employers like Foot Locker, H&M clothing store and McDonald’s, and sent delegations into the stores to show solidarity with the workers.Workers at McDonald’s smiled as a group of about 10 marchers entered their restaurant with signs reading, “Every worker has a right to a union.” The marchers wished the workers well in their fight for $15 an hour and a union before being escorted out by the police.The Herald Square area is one of the biggest and busiest shopping areas in NYC, as well as an area where hundreds of thousands of workers making under $9 an hour. The march, called “March for $15 on March 15,” was organized by the Peoples Power Assembly and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Similar marches organized by the Fight for $15 Campaign took place in about 20 other cities.WW photos: Brenda RyanFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Government has broken promises made to Finn Harps – Cope

first_imgThere is no logic in the decision not to fund this project, works are already commenced on the stadium and a clear commitment was given that funding would be made available in 2020, but like so many Government commitments they were half hearted and piecemeal – given only to get over the moment while no follow on or  real delivery was intended on their  stated Pat the Cope.I am calling on the Department to conduct a full review of this debacle on their part, and I will be requesting a meeting with the Minister as soon as the Dáil reconvenes. Finn Harps deserve better treatment from this Government, today’s decision to leave them without funding once again is a disaster concluded Pat the Cope. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – January 10, 2020 Google+ A Donegal TD claims a major sporting development in the county has been left in Limbo following the announcement of the first round of the government’s Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund.€77 million has been allocated today, but Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher is accusing Sports Minister Shane Ross and his department of reneging on a commitment to deliver the next phase of the Finn Harps stadium in Ballybofey.Deputy says money was allocated last year to prepare for substantial works in 2020, and work was carried by Finn Harps out on the advice of department officials and government representatives.He says the situation must be resolved……….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/copefinn5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Statement in full -Finn Harps Stadium left off Government Funding list – Pat the Cope.- Government accused of false promises and failure to deliver –-Last years funding was to lead to major capital spend in 2020 – Facebook The €6.7 million project is now left in limbo by the lack of commitment of this Government to deliver this much needed facility for the county, false promises were made by Government representatives in terms of delivering this project. Real concerns now exist that unless funding is committed to this project then the works already started will deteriorate and crumple on site, due to the fact of being left in an unfinished state for so long.  WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Twitter Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleDelap signs on at Finn ParkNext articleStephen Mallon takes up loan spell at Derry City News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Government has broken promises made to Finn Harps – Cope Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle is shocked that the Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism has totally reneged on his commitment to deliver the next phase of the Finn Harps Stadium. Last year an allocation of €304,000 was allocated in order to prepare the project for substantial works in 2020, this was directly advised by both Department Officials and Representatives of the Government.€304,000 has been approved by the Department of Sport under the Sports Capital funding in 2019, the allocation was made to hire a design team and to prepare a bill of quantities for phase one of the project. Finn Harps delivered on their end of the bargain and completed the tasks placed on them by the Department. The Board of Finn Harps have put major effort and work into this project over the past number of years and none more so that in the past twelve months in preparation for this years funding stated Pat the Cope.A major capital application was submitted for the 2020 allocation of Sports Capital Funding, the entire purpose of the funding allocation in 2019, was to prepare an application for major funding in this year’s allocation. The Department clearly told Finn Harps that they wanted this project to be completed and taken off their books, but their words were not followed by direct action or the political will to deliver the project for Donegal added Pat the Cope. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

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FBI, NYPD raid New York office of company run by fashion executive Peter Nygard

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The FBI and the NYPD raided the Times Square headquarters of Peter Nygard’s fashion company as part of a sex trafficking investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan said.The searches were conducted Tuesday morning, Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, confirmed to ABC News. He declined to elaborate.Nygard, 78, has been under investigation after a number of women accused him of sexually assaulting them at his Bahamas estate when they were young teens. Nygard’s Bahamas estate has been featured on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”A spokesman for the FBI’s New York field office declined to comment.Searches usually indicate the investigation is in the early stages and not an immediate precursor to criminal charges.The accusations were detailed in a lawsuit filed earlier this month.“When Nygard became aware of the investigation into his sex trafficking ring, he resorted to tactics of violence, intimidation, bribery, and payoffs to attempt to silence the victims and to continue his scheme,” according to the lawsuit.Nygard, who has denied the allegations, has also been accused of abusive labor practices and tax evasion.Word of the searches was first reported by The New York Times. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Reach for the sky

first_img Comments are closed. At lifting gear specialists Nim, Colin Midson has won praise, and an IIP award, for his refreshing approach to people development. The bottom line has benefited too. Stephanie Sparrow reportsThe IIP assessor’s comments on Colin Midson’s achievements read like the stuff of many a training professional’s wishlist.”The senior management team has championed a change in culture to make the organisation more commercially aware and to create an environment in which people feel happy to come to work,” writes the assessor Gary Inman.Impressive, but what makes Midson’s achievements interesting is that he is not a trainer and did not set out to win IIP.From an early career in the sales and hire of lifting equipment he progressed to become operations director of Nim, the products division of worldwide lifting gear and winch specialist LGH Group.Nim focuses on the sale and service of such equipment (which can range from a small hand winch to a large-scale marine installation) spread over four business units nationwide. The LGH Group bought the NIM businesses six years ago. Midson, with two commercial directors, took control of the loss-making division two years later and found the classic combination of high staff turnover and low morale. It was apparent that if it was to become profitable the culture had to change. But it wasn’t going to be easy. “There was a lot of bad feeling between LGH and Nim,” he admits.He could call on Brian Osbiston, then LGH group training and development manager, to draw up a prospectus to provide opportunities for employees’ development. Midson was upfront about job losses and the need for multi-skilling. He stressed the positives, but staff still had to buy in. “Basically talk is cheap, so we had to prove what we were saying was true,” he says.He acknowledges the input of Osbiston, who now works in consultancy, but his own common-sense approach must have had a major role in winning people over. He knew that if training and opportunities were not immediately attractive, the prospect of earning more money would be.”We said we are going to do this not because we are just being nice people, but because we think its going to be good for them and good for the business.” He realised that the profit-related pay scheme would be an ace card. “There was a scheme in place. But because the business wasn’t making any money they had never seen it. Their first bonus, which was a quarterly, was £70. Eventually it’s increased until last year they got £2,000 each.”Midson claims to be an “enthusiastic amateur” in terms of handling people, but had the nous to realise that finding a new culture and making it stick meant that he would have to champion it and he took a very hands-on approach.Osbiston recommended picking the brains of other companies, so Midson went to Kerry Foods and Virgin Atlantic. “Kerry Foods said that if you are going to have a cultural survey done, prepare to take on board the results.” This was an important point because in the past LGH had undertaken surveys but junked them if the results were unfavourable.Virgin Atlantic impressed Midson with its mission statement. “I stole from them the phrase, ‘We will strive to ensure that our customers will become our fans’,” he says. Midson has introduced all the formal instruments of culture change, such as appraisals and newsletters, but the simplicity and evolution of some of his other ideas is dazzling.During his frequent visits to Nim’s Derbyshire office he didn’t want to be “stuck in a hotel room every night”, so he asked staff to show him the surrounding area. This has grown into a routine of country walks and fun days for all employees.He also asked them to nominate a subject for learning, and Spanish classes were the result. “I said, ‘I’ll run these for everybody, and give up an hour of my time, but the moment one of you drops out they are cancelled’,” he says. The classes are run at late afternoon periods for all employees together.”The best thing of that kind of course is that the manager, storeman and director are on one level. Or the storeman could be better than the director,” he says.”The classes are brilliant team-builders and ice-breakers, and now staff are asking for more opportunities for learning.” This culture change has taken place over three years. It has seen staff turnover drop from “very high, running out of the door” levels to barely 2 per cent and a profit of £600,000 net on a turnover of approximately £4m. Expenditure on training and development for the 53 staff has notched a relatively high £70,000.The initiatives were in full swing when IIP came knocking on the door. Midson’s first reaction was that he was not interested. “I was happy with the concept of the continuous cycle of improvement but I didn’t want to get involved in case the words ‘pass or fail’ were used with my staff,” he says.”However, the new standards are very much more in proving what you’ve done. We fitted in nicely with their new standards, which I think are harder to attain but much more friendly. Everyone understands how they can get there,” he says.Style suits new IIP standardsNim chose to be assessed under the new IIP standards, which were introduced in April this year, and was one of the first organisations to take up this option in its local Tec area, London East.”The new standards are very much about outcomes,” says Letec HR adviser Julie Corbett, who worked with Midson at Nim’s Beckton offices over a nine-month period.”And for some companies this makes IIP more difficult because its about whether people can actually feel the commitment – not think that it is something that is just said. The senior managers have to turn words into actions.”When I went into Nim first of all I found the attitude very refreshing,” she says. “Colin is all about enjoying work. He believes that people should work hard but not be stressed or unhappy. He is very much focused on commitment and this fits in perfectly with IIP,” says Corbett, who has short-listed Nim for a special award in outstanding and innovative practice. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Reach for the skyOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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first_imgNewsOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today This month’s newsSkin care booklets The Health & Safety Executive has published three guidance booklets onassessing and managing risks from exposure of skin to chemical agents. They areavailable on 08701 545500. www.hsebooks.co.ukSafety roadshows A series of roadshows to raise awareness about the need for correct personalprotective equipment are being run by the Health & Safety Executive and theBritish Occupational Hygiene Society from April. They will tour the countrycalling at London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Preston and Sheffield.  www.hse.gov.ukExposure limits The Health & Safety Executive has approved an updated list ofoccupational exposure limits which will be published in early May. The newlimits will take effect from December. A consultation process has also begunthrough the Health & Safety Commission. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Will every agent eventually have to list on all three portals?

first_imgManning Stainton, an independent 19-branch estate agency in North Yorkshire, has re-joined property portal ZPG after for than two years off Zoopla and its sister site PrimeLocation, and has now begun advertising its 1,600 properties on the two portals once more.The agency’s return highlights the pressure many agents feel under to join all three of the property portal giants following the flotation of OnTheMarket earlier this year and the end of its one other portal rule.“We have seen other returnees to the ZPG platform and wanted to make sure we moved fast and early in terms of returning to their platform and felt now was the right time to list across all three main portals,” says the company’s Managing Director Mark Stainton.The market-leading agency, which has Manning Stainton and Fine & Country branded branches in and around Leeds but also Harrogate and Wetherby, has been trading for over 20 years and was – in 2016 – voted the UK’s Best Overall Agent on allAgents.co.uk.Based in central Leeds, the company has also been on the acquisition trail recently including  last year the purchase of competitor lettings agency AR Estates founded by Ann Riddington, and Clear Properties.Property portal“We recognise that the vast number of people visiting Zoopla will greatly benefit both our clients, in terms of eyes on their property, and our own business in the additional leads generated by ZPG,” says Mark Stainton.Manning Stainton has a wide range of activity within the market including sales and lettings but also removals, new homes, auctions and mortgages. Mark Goddard, Managing Director of ZPG Properties Services, says he is “looking forward to working with them”.Read more property portal news. mark stainton Manning Stainton Rightmove OnTheMarket property portals Zoopla ZPG April 18, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Will every agent eventually have to list on all three portals? previous nextAgencies & PeopleWill every agent eventually have to list on all three portals?As Yorkshire market leading agency Manning Stainton decides to be on Rightmove, OnTheMarrket and now ZPG, many agents now feel under pressure to follow suit.Nigel Lewis18th April 20180679 Viewslast_img read more

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Craft bakeries in London and Manchester to open new shops

first_imgSource: Sweet Nothing BakehouseCraft bakeries Sweet Nothing Bakehouse and Alex’s Bakery are expanding their retail offering after signing new leases with Trilogy Real Estate.London-based Sweet Nothing Bakehouse has signed a ten-year lease on a 920 sq ft ground floor unit in the recently opened Export Building at office rental space Republic in east London. The lease marks its first permanent bricks and mortar site, which is due to open in December.Having worked on movie sets for Warner Bros and Pinewood Studios, and on the festival circuit, the bakery has gained significant recognition in London, it said.“Having built popularity among high profile corporate clients with our delivery services, we’re ready for our business to take the next step by launching a permanent bricks and mortar site at Republic, despite turbulent times for the catering industry,” said Beth Cardy, founder of Sweet Nothing Bakehouse.“We used lockdown to evolve our brand and we’re now equipped to serve visitors and workers at Republic our mouth-watering cakes, pastries and desserts.”Based in London, the independent artisan bakery started out serving bakes at events through a converted horse trailer.Cake specialist Alex’s Bakery, meanwhile, has leased a 1,015 sq ft unit to grow its operation at Manchester’s Great Northern Warehouse (GNW).The bakery previously traded at a small kiosk unit with a kitchen and counter offering a takeaway service on the site, but the larger unit will allow it to offer 14 indoor covers as well as outside seating. It also hopes the new site will help to increase footfall.“It has been a privilege to watch Alex’s Bakery flourish at GNW to the point where they have now expanded their operation within the estate. The message from our occupiers to Manchester is that we are still very much open for business,” said Laurence Jones, head of asset management at Trilogy Real Estate.CF Commercial and Savills acted as agents on behalf of Trilogy Real Estate, while LaSalle Investment Management represented Republic. Peterson acted as agents for Great Northern Warehouse.last_img read more

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