Category Archives: Lifestyle/Celebrity

Want to be on Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb?

Primetime Channel 4 series ‘Selling Houses With Amanda Lamb’ are currently making an episode in Derby and surrounding areas, and are looking for sellers and properties in the  £180,000 to £240,000 and £280,000 to £330,000 price brackets that could benefit from:

– Expert home design advice from Amanda Lamb
– £1000 budget to do a home makeover (sellers can spend this however they like – on the house!)
– Styling from the design team
– A viewing from a genuine buyer at the end of the programme Continue reading

‘Mansion Milliband’ tops political property stakes

According to the latest research by property website Zoopla, Labour leader Ed Miliband is the only main UK political party leader who owns and lives in a ‘mansion’, according to his party’s definition, based on the proposed Mansion Tax for properties valued at over £2m.

Miliband’s North London home is now worth £2.73m, more than three times the average in the area, according to Zoopla. Continue reading

Paul McCartney’s childhood home to go under the hammer

Beatles fans will have the opportunity to purchase a piece of history when Paul McCartney’s former childhood home goes to auction at the renowned Cavern Club in Liverpool at 7:00pm on 26 February 2015.

The humble three-up, two-down terrace home of 72 Western Avenue in, Speke, Liverpool, was where Paul McCartney lived with his parents until the mid 1950’s. Continue reading

Happier families more positive for their financial future

The latest Lloyds Bank Family Finances report reveals feelings towards the economy are growing evermore positive across all household types.

Although people still feel negative overall, the percentage balance of opinion on the country’s financial situation has significantly increased, growing more positive, since the last autumn statement from -54% to -35%. Continue reading

Home is where the business is

More than eight out of 10 (84%) of the UK’s smallest businesses now use their home as a place of work, according to new research from Lloyds Bank Insurance.

The latest Big Issues for Small Businesses report from the insurer found that 53% of all microbusinesses were started from home and half of the top 10 working locations identified are within the home – including the living room, dining room and kitchen. Continue reading

Energy companies hit rock bottom for customer service

New Which? research has found the Big Six energy suppliers are among the worst offenders when it comes to poor customer service, with Npower finishing bottom for the first time in an annual survey of the top 100 big brands.

Which! asked 3,621 UK consumers which companies are customer service champions and which brands just aren’t up to scratch. All of the Big Six energy companies languish in the bottom fifth of the table, with none of them scoring more than two stars for making customers feel valued.  Npower fares the worst with a customer score of just 57%, replacing Ryanair who came bottom of the table last year.  Second from the bottom is Scottish Power, with a customer rating of 58%, down from joint 62nd in 2013’s rankings.

The research also found that:

· First Direct came top of the table in our survey with a score of 87%. It achieved the full five stars for people feeling valued as a customer as well as its complaints resolution. It is joined in the top five by Lush (86%), John Lewis (83%), Lakeland (83%) and Waitrose (83%).

· Some of the big banks have a way to go to catch First Direct – Santander and NatWest were joint 70th with a score of 70%; Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and Barclays/Barclaycard all finished joint 60th with a score of 71%.

· Automated phone systems were ranked as the top customer service gripe (43%) with being passed around (37%) and annoying ‘hold’ music (35%) the other top irritations.

Richard Lloyd, Which? executive director said:

“The Big Six energy companies have now hit rock bottom for customer service and, with record high levels of complaints, it is clear just how far they still have to go to put things right for their customers.

“Good companies know the value of customer service, so it’s disappointing that some of our biggest firms seem to have a lot to learn about keeping their customers happy. This survey should be a wake-up call for the companies with the lowest customer scores.”

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The Great British BBQ Bulge

This summer Brits typically chomped their way through 9000 calories worth of food at barbecues – indicating that, for many, moderation goes out the window when it comes to outdoor eating.

Britain has been experiencing a barbecue boom, with recent research from AXA PPP healthcare revealing that, on average, most people reckon they’ll have experienced five barbecues by the season’s end. Continue reading