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Daniel Fountain

Taking the drama out of delegate management

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Robin Carlisle, director of results-driven H2O data platform, explains how to take the headache out of delegate management from initial guest invites to post-event ROI analysis. Have you found yourself getting lost in a mass of spreadsheets with delegate contact details, missing the boat on sending out ‘See You There’ emails before the event you […]

The Christmas Advent Hamper by Black Label

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Black Label ( launches its Christmas Advent Hamper to relax, destress and indulge during the 12 days of Christmas. Luxurious beauty products have been handpicked to reenergise the body and the mind in the build up to this year’s festivities. Each gift has been delicately wrapped and numbered one to 12 for a special journey. […]

Muscle Dreams

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Our charity partner The Muscle Help Foundation offered children with muscular dystrophy the adventure of a lifetime at the Porsche Experience Centre. Daniel Fountain reports from this awe-inspiring event. Speeding along a Formula 1 track at 120 miles an hour in a Porsche is probably every petrol head’s dream. And for eight beneficiaries of the […]

Air-con wars raise the temperature in offices

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A report we at PA Life Towers can totally relate to – nearly half of office workers claim that the office temperature is what causes the most frustration and differences of opinion in the workplace. A survey of more than 1,300 employees by Elmo Oil has found that 57 per cent consider their office too […]

Brexit puts pressure on talent recruitment

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Brexit will increase competition for well-qualified staff and make it more difficult to recruit senior staff. Those are the top-line findings of the latest CIPD/Hays Resouring and Talent Planning survey of over 1,000 HR professionals. The report reveals that some 72 per cent of HR professionals believe that competition for talent will increase over the […]

Step away from the late-night snacks and get better sleep

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A new study of 2,000 people has revealed that three quarters will eat just before bedtime, with 58 per cent reaching for naughty treats that may hinder sleep. Most popular evening tit-bits include chocolate, crisps, biscuits and buttered toast. But while many people feel hungry before bedtime, a fifth believe their choice of food may […]

Brits spend £48k over a lifetime – just to get to work

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The average British commuter will spend over £48,000 across their working lifetime getting to work. And over a 47-year working life, Brits will spend over a year of their lives commuting to and from work, with 68 per cent driving, 11 per cent taking the train, and eight per cent cycling. The study of 2,000 […]

Island getaway: Ocean at the Atlantic Hotel

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Jersey is just a hop, skip and a jump from London and offers a great location for business meetings and dinners, as Daniel Fountain discovers at Ocean at the Atlantic Hotel When you are asked politely on arrival if you can wait before taking photographs to allow one of Jersey’s richest men to finish his […]

Women in business: Win a spa break for two with Redfern’s SOLO mission: now ended

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Redfern is on a mission to find the UK’s most lone female-friendly hotels and needs your help. Last year, the Women in Business Travel 2016 Report revealed that 70.2% of women felt travel providers should try harder to address the needs of female business travellers. Redfern wants to hear your views, thoughts and ideas to help […]

Report: ‘Digital skills gap costs Britain £63bn a year’

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With recent ONS figures revealing that UK employment has reached a record high of 74.4 per cent, it is crucial to assess high-skill jobs as these are key to securing Britain’s digital future. The Science and Technology Committee recently published a report stating that the digital skills gap was costing the UK economy £63 billion […]

Skytrax recognises Finnair as northern Europe’s best airline

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Finnair has been named northern Europe’s Best Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards for the seventh year running. Organised by Skytrax, the award is based on an independent survey of 19 million travellers from over 100 countries. “We are very proud of this special recognition given to us by our customers. The award proves […]

Brexit causing job security fears, CIPD survey shows

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The UK’s decision to leave the EU has left many employees feeling vulnerable about their job security, a new CIPD survey has revealed. In response to the CIPD/People Management survey, 36% of employers said staff had expressed concerns about job security, while a further 36% of organisations said that non-UK employees had expressed concern about […]

Checking in: Clevedon Hall, Somerset

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Here at PA Life, we are always on the look-out for top-class event venues outside the capital, writes Daniel Fountain. And after a recent trip to Clevedon Hall in Somerset, we’re certain we’ve discovered a gem. Less than 15 miles from Bristol city centre, with stunning grounds and sea views, this Victorian mansion conversion is […]

Forest Side Restaurant, Cumbria

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Despite the emergence of a host of international franchises and chains lining our cities’ high streets, we’re still in the middle of a revolution in British cuisine – albeit of the velvet variety. Up and down the country, some extremely talented and passionate home-grown chefs are showcasing the very best in UK produce in a […]

Itchycoo Bar & Kitchen, Edinburgh

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Edinburgh can genuinely claim to be one of the UK’s prettiest cities; its fantastic blend of history-at-every-turn and effortlessly chilled vibe successfully attracting tourists all-year-round from across the globe. With thousands of photo-clicking, souvenir-buying visitors roaming the streets it’s sometimes easy to forget that this is still a working city – indeed, Scotland’s capital – […]

Panoramic Restaurant at Ascot

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There are few things more quintessentially English than a sunny June afternoon at Royal Ascot. So for some, it may come as a surprise to discover a staunch Frenchman taking the fine-dining reins at the Panoramic Restaurant for this summer’s meeting. However, Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc has a considerable and celebrated history with the racecourse […]

Fire Lake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, Leeds

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A perfectly cooked steak and a glass of deep, rich red wine; there are few pleasures in life more satisfying. And I say that with all due apology to the vegetarians out there. Yet, in the five years I’ve had the enviable task of writing about restaurants I’ve discovered that in this country, at least, […]

Firm in Japan offers ‘crying support’

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The ‘Monday Morning Blues’ – depending on how good our weekend has been, we’ve all suffered from that feeling of impending dread, which can get even the best of us down. But would the prospect of having to wake up to the alarm and trudging into the office be enough to make you cry? It […]