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9 Secrets about the top Toy Store in the world - Hamleys

29 January 2018

William Hamley, a Cornishman who had always wanted to own a toy store, opened his first shop in Holborn in 1760. The location was chosen to attract the well-heeled Bloomsbury crowds. The location and the brand changed, eventually becoming London’s — and one of the world’s — most famous emporiums for kids.

1. Early beginnings and the loss of an apostrophe

Hamleys moved to its current premises on 188-196 Regent’s Street in 1981.

Its original Holborn store was called Noah’s Ark. Once it moved to 200 Regent Street in 1881, it was known as the Joy Emporium, before finally becoming Hamleys,...

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UK employment at all-time high – job vacancies hit record

25 January 2018

Employment in the UK reaches a peak of 32.2 million as job vacancies continue to rise. Meanwhile, wages continue to rise but fail to prevent continuing squeeze on real wages.

The number of people in employment in the UK unexpectedly hit an all-time high in the quarter to November amid continuing strong demand for workers, official figures showed.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said more than 32.2 million were in work in the three months, an increase of 102,000 on the previous quarter and the highest total since records began in 1971. The 75.3 per cent employment rate was also a...

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BRITAIN has overtaken Germany as the most popular destination for commercial real estate investment

18 January 2018

BrickVest, the real estate investors said Germany saw a drop of 34 per cent to 23 percent in popularity among investors, during the last quarter.

This is the lowest quarter experienced since quarter two in 2016.

On the other hand, the UK rose from 27 percent to 29 percent during the same time. As the UK has been able to sustain its ranking above 25 percent, it has won the favour of numerous investors.

Both the US and France saw gains of nearly a fifth (19 per cent) preferring the US over other regions and 18 percent now choose France as their location...

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UK immigration ‘must be based on skills needs’ say MPs

15 January 2018

A Canadian-style points system to control immigration to the UK, with greater weight being given to skills, was proposed in a wide-ranging report from the House of Commons’ Home Affairs Committee.

Immigration policy aimed at targeting skills requirements

The MPs said the government should drop its target of reducing net migration – currently running at 230,000 a year – to the tens of thousands and, instead, adopt a system based on the country’s need for workers and on “humanitarian obligations”. The report proposes the government adopt the Canadian model for a points-based immigration system that uses economy-based evidence to construct an annual framework...

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Swanley has seen house prices increase by 10.78 per cent or £36,484 over the past year

12 January 2018

Swanley in Kent, Dursley near Bristol and Bromsgrove in the Midlands have been identified as house price hotspots in a study of commuter towns.

Property website Zoopla made the findings after analysing towns within an hour’s commute of 10 cities.

Areas clustered around London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Sheffield, Liverpool and Nottingham were looked at for annual house price growth.

The study said that, based on this typical growth rate, the rising value of a commuter’s home in Swanley could effectively offset the cost of a £2,500 annual London rail fare in less than a month.

Dursley, on the outskirts of Bristol,...

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UK industry on track to have boosted economy in fourth-quarter 2017

11 January 2018

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - British industrial output looks set to make a strong contribution to economic growth in the final months of 2017 but construction is likely to drag, official data showed on Wednesday.

Economic growth slowed in the first nine months of 2017 as higher inflation caused by the fall in sterling after the Brexit vote hurt consumers, although exporters have gained from the weaker pound and the stronger euro zone economy.

Germany reported rapid growth in industrial output on Tuesday and stronger exports and its economy is forecast to grow faster than Britain’s in 2017 and this year.

British industrial...

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Is relocating to Europe during Brexit negotiations a good idea?

08 January 2018

The Brexit leave vote came at a bad time for many would-be expats planning an escape from the UK, but is it safe to go ahead as things stand at the moment?

Whether to go or stay is a crucial question without an easy answer, as there’s no indication of certainty in anything which has been agreed to date between the two sides. Expat freedom of movement, pensions, health considerations and more have been discussed and agreed in principle, but are far from being set in tablets of stone.

Taking a chance and emigrating to the European member state of...

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