Released on: September 30, 2010, 12:56 pm
Author: British Airways
British Airways has opened up its Gatwick gateway with a growing route network that has firmly established it as the airport’s leading long haul carrier.
As the airline celebrates the first anniversary of the popular thrice-weekly Sharm el Sheikh service, it is getting ready to launch a new twice-weekly service to Cancun in November.
With other new routes launched in the past year, including Male, in the Maldives, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and Montego Bay in Jamaica, British Airways will operate flights to 25 domestic and European destinations and 16 long haul destinations from Gatwick this winter.
The most popular long haul destinations for families are Orlando and Tampa in Florida. This follows the recent announcement of the increased frequency of flights to Tampa, starting on March 27, 2011. Other hotspots for holidays include the Dominican Republic, holidays in the Maldives and Cancun. With increased frequency to St Kitts, Grenada, Barbados and Bermuda in summer 2010 and further increases to flights to Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia and Cancun, British Airways officially now offers more seats to the Caribbean from the UK than any other carrier.
Released on: September 30, 2010, 1:26 pm
Author: The Harley Medical Group
The Harley Medical Group reports that it has seen a steady increase in breast reduction procedures in the UK. With breast surgery still top of the ops in the cosmetic surgery field, wanting to appear slimmer is an increasingly common motivator for women having breast reductions. A smaller looking frame helps towards the perception of an individual looking slimmer.
Lisa Littlehales, Specialist Nurse Councillor at The Harley Medical Group said: “We are seeing an increase in the current female generation opting for breast reductions. The average dress size for women these days is a 16 and many women have at least a size D bust. By decreasing chest size it helps women to look and feel thinner and also helps them in their quest to get fit and lose weight. Large breasts can cause back and neck troubles and also restricts women when trying to exercise – oversized and heavy breasts can be a huge inconvenience on women’s lives.”
Released on: September 30, 2010, 1:19 pm
MyGardenRouteInfo reports local tourism businesses along South Africa’s Garden Route are starting to place greater emphasis on environmental issues. In line with international trends, tourist businesses along the Garden Route are starting to see the importance of offering sustainable and environmentally friendly services and products that aim to lower carbon footprints and promote reduced impact on the natural surroundings.
The new trend which has been defined by non-profit ecotourism organisation The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) as “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people” has seen a dramatic increase throughout the world in recent years.
Released on: September 30, 2010, 1:10 pm
Author: Henley Business School
Henley Business School is working with the FT to offer the chance to win a free place on its Advanced Management Programme (AMP), the value of which is £15,995.
This 3-week course can be taken in one go or over three separate weeks during a year at the business school. As well as the course itself, the bursary that is available to FT readers and visitors to FT.com includes all residential costs and meals on the Henley campus.
Henley’s Advanced Management Programme prepares and develops senior managers to lead in an increasingly uncertain, ambiguous and changing world. It is a challenging learning experience that allies the essential practical and conceptual skills of an MBA with the necessary capabilities to drive and engage people in ways that unlock their potential and leads to better business results. It is an essential building block for those recently appointed to, or about to step up to, an executive leadership role. Full details on the programme can be found at www.henley.com/amp.
Released on: September 30, 2010, 1:06 pm
Debenhams announced that it is on the lookout for 9,000 seasonal temps to cope with its busiest time of year; Christmas.
Although the number of positions has increased, the number of hours remains the same. The retailer has altered its recruitment strategy by searching for more part-time roles. This emphasis on flexible shift patterns will ensure additional staff are in store whenever customers need them.
The jobs will be split across Debenhams’ 160 outlets and average out at 56 per store. The jobs are based in menswear, womenswear, accessories, childrenswear, home, gift or cosmetics departments.
Roles available are varied and include everything from stock handling and general sales advisor jobs to gift advisor roles which require special training.
Released on: September 30, 2010, 1:01 pm
Rackspace Hosting, the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, has announced that it has been chosen by Vodafone to host and support the M-PESA platform.
M-PESA is a platform designed to provide a fast, safe and easy way to transfer money from person to person and is a valuable service in emerging economies where there is little or no existing banking infrastructure outside the major cities. It is now available in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Afghanistan and Fiji and boasts over 16 million customers.
Neil Dwyer, Vodafone’s senior operations manager said: “Rackspace has a long history of being able to meet demand quickly and we are delighted to work with them in order to deliver this important and increasingly popular service. It is essential for us to work with a hosting company that can provide 24/7 support and comprehensive security. Rackspace has proven their ability to deliver and their rapid response times allow us to scale quickly and effectively to meet peaks in demand.”
Released on: September 30, 2010, 12:39 pm
Author: Cruise Amour
Saturday 18th September marked a historic day for Cruise Amour and its cruise line partners, with the launch of a brand new website packed full of new features and usability enhancements. This news follows their announcement of “The UK’s Biggest Cruise Away”, which Cruise Amour has declared a great success.
Speaking from onboard the Celebrity Eclipse in Southampton, Managing Director Tim Hurrell said: “This is a momentous occasion for Cruise Amour. A little over a year has passed since we decided to start Cruise Amour and now, after countless months of hard work, the website is now live. We are all immensely proud of the site and truly believe it is the best in the industry.”
The launch was attended by a number of invited guests including Cruise Amour staff, industry figures and Cruise Amour’s first customer, who was present in the capacity of honorary godmother. An industry first, the decision to appoint the newly launched Cruise Amour website with an honorary godmother shouldn’t come as a surprise. Cruise Amour is an agency that brands itself as the “Apple Mac of the Cruise Industry” and strives to deliver the very highest standards of customer service. With a number of testimonials available on the Cruise Amour site already, it is clear that the company is focused on maintaining these high standards.
Released on: September 30, 2010, 12:31 pm
Author: Daniel Rimmey, Creating Leaders In Sports
As much as teen golf phenom Zakiya “Z” Randall of Atlanta impresses with her shotmaking, it’s her giving back that even further defines this young lady.
“I enjoy the difference I am making in the lifes of people” Those are wise words coming from a teen, but Zakiya is not your ordinary teenager. A standout-star golf player, Zakiya “Z” may often be a young female golfer amongst men and professional women(due to lack of elite girls and women amateur events) when she tees it up. But her talented golf skills – and her maturity – extend well beyond her years.
Released on: September 30, 2010, 12:21 pm
Author: John McElborough
Leading UK highstreet retailer predict the top must have gifts for this Christmas.
Based on pre-orders and trends from previous years HMV predict the following sales trends for Christmas 2010.
New music releases
The biggest music CD release this Christmas is expected to be the Take That new album (untitled as yet) with the much anticipated return of Robbie Williams to the group. Speaking about the new project, Robbie said he was “embarrassingly excited” and reuniting with his former group felt like “coming home” while bandmate Mark Owen added that it “feels like a dream”.
On 18 th October 2010 a remastered version of The Beatles Red Album will be released and is expected to perform well with the Christmas gift market. On the same date the 5 th Kings of Leon album – Come around Sundown is expected to shoot straight to number one in the album charts leading to strong pre-christmas sales.
The biggest DVD releases of the year scheduled to coincide with the Christmas run on DVD stocks look likely to be the family favourites Toy Story 3 and Shrek Forever After.
Released on: September 30, 2010, 12:03 pm
Following recent reports that an increasing number of people are taking on part-time work to earn extra income, catalogue company Kleeneze has identified a rise in the number of applications from those struggling to find more traditional full-time jobs.
According to the Office of National Statistics, the UK is enjoying the largest rise in employment in 20 years between April and June this year as the number of part-time workers lifted by 115,000 to a record 7.84 million.
Jamie Stewart, managing director of Kleeneze, says: “With many people struggling to find full-time work in their chosen field, we’ve seen a significant increase in applications from those wishing to work with Kleeneze on a part-time basis to earn extra money.