Summertime garden theft blues cost £400
Opportunistic garden thieves stole an average of £400 of garden furniture from properties in the UK last year.With the sunny days of British summertime almost upon us, homeowners are being warned to protect their homes this year to prevent green-fingered thieved from spoiling their summer.According to Halifax, insurance claims for garden theft tripled between March and August last year, with items including tools, barbecues, bicycles and patio furniture high on the thieves' wish-list."Homeowners can forget to pay as much attention to security outside the house as they do inside," Halifax Home Insurance's senior manager of underwriting, Vicky Emmott said."With many people realising how much value they can add to their property by improving their gardens, there are now rich pickings for thieves, and now is the time to take steps to avoid becoming the next victim," she added.Stoke-on-Trent, Doncaster and Southampton were listed as the top three worst hit areas in the UK, with Wakefield, Nottingham and Newcastle not far behind.
We're splashing out on baby showers, cahoot says
Baby showers, as seen on Desperate Housewives, Friends and Sex and the City, are becoming an increasing fixture in the UK.According to cahoot, 3.9 million of the celebrations are taking place each year.The heavily publicised A-list baby showers of stars Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Richie have also led to the trend crossing the Atlantic, the bank suggested.Matthew Timms Head of cahoot, commented: "Br...Read More
Do we have a competitor for Google?
The news that Microsoft and Yahoo have joined forces under an agreement which will see Microsoft power Yahoo's search engine and Yahoo look after premium advertising for the two companies has been well received by investors. Finally it looks as though we may well have a competitor for Google which has literally dominated the cyber world for many years.
This comes at a time when onli...
GDP growth prospects cheer UK businesses
Strong prospects for UK economic growth during 2007 has left businesses feeling upbeat, a survey shows.High street bank Lloyds TSB's latest monthly business barometer, published today, shows an increase in the number of firms claiming conditions are set to improve.Sixty-nine per cent said their business activity would rise in the next 12 months, compared t to 62 per cent in February's poll.Sustain...Read More
Lloyds Bank announces Help to Buy mortgage product
02/01/2014 Lloyds bank has today announced that it is to become the latest mortgage provider to offer a product that allows prospective home owners to take advantage of the government led Help to Buy initiative. The banking group will therefore be allowing homebuyers the opportunity to apply for a mortgage with a 5% deposit as of Friday 3 January. The help to buy scheme, set up by the govern...Read More
UK pension squeeze is on the way
A report by AXA has confirmed that the UK pension industry, despite having a difficult decade, is set for further trouble in the future. It would appear that more than three in five UK citizens are looking to rely upon the state pension as their main source of income in retirement, as the private pension sector continues to decline and more and more workers are withdrawing from pension schemes. So...Read More