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More than half of people in the UK (53%) say an event that has impacted them or their friends and family is the most influential factor in inspiring them to donate to a charitable cause.

Personal experiences are the number one driver of charitable preferences, according to a report from social donation platform Givey, with just 12% affected by general current affairs.
 
Givey questioned 2,000 UK adults of all ages about the factors that influence them to give in a survey conducted this month. It also found that more than two fifths (42%) of those questioned are more likely to give to a well-known charity because they think it is easier and safer to do so, with a quarter (25%) saying they find it difficult to locate or donate to small charities. Cumbersome donation processes also deter people from giving money, with 21% withdrawing from donating because the process is too time consuming.
 
A quarter of British charity donors are more likely to give to an organisation with a significant media profile, rising to 38% among 18-34 year olds, with a fifth (20%) saying they tend to support charities in response to marketing or advertising campaigns, which rises to nearly a third (31%) of millennials.
 
Givey believes that as a result, smaller charities are losing out on donations due to a perceived lack of ease and security, pointing to Charity Commission data stating that 90% of annual donations go to the largest 6% of UK charities.
 
Neil Mehta, CEO of Givey said:“It’s reassuring to see that nearly three quarters of the UK gives so generously to charity. However, the 94% of small charities that are so often overlooked in favour of high-profile organisations is disheartening. There are so many worthy causes out there in the UK that are missing out on vital funding.”

New laws surrounding the provenance of products made by Swiss companies have had a negative effect on food giant Nestle, which has been forced to drop the Swiss cross from 80 of its products.
 
"This is very unfortunate," the head of Nestlé Switzerland has said.
 
Passed in 2013, the legislation sets minimum thresholds for ingredients of Swiss origin and will come into force on 1 January 2017. 
 
"Swiss products and services enjoy an excellent reputation both domestically and abroad, which is why Swiss indications of source are being used with increasing popularity,” says the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. “Unfortunately, they are also being used more frequently by free riders too.
 
 "The 'Swissness' legislation strengthens protection for the 'Made in Switzerland' designation and the Swiss cross. It helps prevent and curb their misuse, so that the value of the 'Swiss' brand can be preserved in the long term.”
 
Nestlé said it analysed all 'Swissness-relevant' products - around 650 recipes in total - in anticipation of the law. "The time invested in implementing the new Swissness law was considerable," a spokesperson said.
 
Most products complied with the regulation while others required small recipe tweaks. However, a total of 80 products, such as Thomy mayonnaise, home baking brand Leisi and certain Frisco ice creams, will lose the Swiss cross.
 
The CEO of Nestlé Switzerland Christophe Cornu told Swiss-German newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag this is "very unfortunate" as the products are manufactured using the same recipe at the same place.
 
“For our Thomy products, we only use free-range eggs and need a total of 34 million eggs a year. This quantity cannot be covered by Switzerland alone. That is why we have to cooperate with European suppliers that meet the Swiss quality standards," he said.
 
Cornu said the company will keep its factories in Basel, where Thomy products are made, and Wangen. “Therefore, I am confident that the Leisi and Thomy customers are loyal,” he said.
However he added: “Swiss customers are very demanding, they expect high quality and like to try new products. And they want local production. Authenticity plays an important role.”
 
At least 80% of a product’s raw materials must come from Switzerland under the new rules. For milk and milk used in dairy products this rises to 100%.
 
However, only raw materials that are available in Switzerland are taken into account and the deciding factor is ‘the rate of self-supply for natural products’.
 
If the self-supply rate is more than 50% the ingredient is fully included in the calculation.
 
If the self-supply rate is between 20% and 50%, as is the case for strawberries, only half of the ingredient is taken into account while for ingredients such as hazelnuts where less than 20% can be sourced in Switzerland, the ingredient can be ignored.
 
Ingredients which cannot be sourced in Switzerland due to “natural conditions” such as coffee and cacao, are also exempt. Manufacturers can use the Swiss cross if the products are processed in Switzerland and, in the case of milk chocolate if the milk has been sourced from Switzerland.
 
According to Swiss consumer federation, the FRC, these exceptions can be justified from a manufacturer's point of view but do not seem intuitive for consumers. "The FRC will therefore remain vigilant and will help consumers to decipher the significance of the various Swiss crosses."
 
The law also allows manufacturers of processed products to highlight the Swiss origin of certain main ingredients, such as the use of Swiss beef in a lasagne. In this case the meat must be of 100% Swiss origin and the finished product must be made in Switzerland. However the Swiss cross would not be authorised and the indication of Swiss origin must not be printed in larger letter than those of the product’s name or give the impression that the entire product is made in Switzerland.
 
Ingredients which are temporarily unavailable due to crop failures are also exempt.
Wireless internet provider Relish is teaming up with expresso bar Soho Grind to launch a pop-up called the 'Landline Exchange Café'.
 
The pop-up allows customers to bring in their unused and unwanted landline phones in exchange for a free cup of coffee and a croissant.
 
The initiative is being launched following new research from Relish that showed that six in ten (61%) Londoners only keep a landline phone because they need it for their broadband connection.
 
The survey also revealed that over half (57%) of Londoners considered the landline a ‘redundant piece of technology’ and almost a quarter (24%) are paying for a landline that we never use.
 
Bridget Lorimer, head of brand and consumer marketing at Relish, said "Our research clearly shows that landlines have become redundant pieces of tech, with many of us only paying for one because our internet provider requires us to. So we decided to partner with Soho Grind to finally offer Londoners a real use for their unwanted phones – as a way to ‘pay’ for a cup of coffee."
AHDB Beef & Lamb is highlighting to butchers how beneficial it can be to undergo a mini makeover.
 
In a series of three videos, filmed at Chadwicks Butchers in Tooting and set to run in conjunction with the return of its mini roast campaign, the levy board has explained how its Winter and Mini Roast point-of-sale (POS) kits can help boost sales.
 
In the video, Mike Richardson, AHDB Beef & Lamb independent retail sector manager, gave viewers his top tips to increase business, with demonstrations from butcher Marcus Pipkin.
 
“At Chadwicks we try to meet the needs of our customers wherever possible,” said Pipkin. “A lot of younger customers come in to grab something for dinner on their way home and that’s why the mini roast concept is perfect as it meets the need for a versatile cut that can be used for midweek meals. We’ve been looking for a way to capitalise on this and maximise sales opportunities, so the advice from Mike and the POS kit should help us to drive sales.”
 
Richardson added that it was important for butchers to capitalise on current trends: “Consumer demand for mini roasts is on the rise, with 23 million [Kantar Worldpanel] more midweek and Saturday roasts being consumed this year, so it’s vital that butchers are able to make the most of the increased sales opportunity they provide. The new AHDB Beef & Lamb mini roast POS kit has been designed to do just that, and ensures butchers can drive additional sales from new and existing customers.
 
“The videos show how even a store such as Chadwicks, which has an excellent set-up, can make a few quick and simple changes to help increase sales further.”
 
The video was launched in conjunction with the £1m Mini Roast TV advertising campaign, designed to highlight the versatility of roasting joints and to encourage consumers to cook a roast in the middle of week.
 
The POS kits consist of window banners, posters, recipe pads, cabinet cards and cutting guides for the new range of mini roast joints.

Changes are being made to Hodder & Stoughton’s publicity department, following the decision of two publicity directors, Karen Geary and Kerry Hood, to reduce their working hours.
 
Geary, director of publicity, will be handing over responsibility for running the department to Eleni Lawrence to move to three-day working week with immediate effect. Lawrence who has been with Hodder for 12 years and has recently returned from maternity leave becomes communications director and head of department.
 
Geary said: “I’ve had the privilege of working with one of the best publicity teams in publishing. It has been a fabulous experience and also great fun and I shall enjoy continuing to work with them but also having the luxury of time to do other things.”
 
Lucy Hale, Hodder group sales director, added: “We are delighted that Leni has returned to her new role. Over the past 12 years, she has consistently proved herself to be a superb publicist and consummate creator of bestsellers.”
 
Publicity director Kerry Hood will also be reducing her hours to work three days a week from January 2017.
Click and collect specialist Doddle and Cancer Research have joined forces for a new retail initiative.
 
A donation from every parcel collected and returned via Doddle at a Cancer Research UK shop will go to the charity.
 
The partnership will initially be trialled in eight Cancer Research UK shops in the first year. Both organisations expect the new partnership to contribute thousands of pounds to the charity during its first year.
 
Cancer Research UK is aiming to reach more supporters through the initiative, particularly female shoppers aged 18 to 30. As well as boosting donations, the charity hopes to grow awareness of the charity’s activities and increase sales of its clothing items to the fast-fashion set who will be collecting items from retailers such as Amazon, Asos, Missguided and Pretty Little Thing.
 
The new locations will complement Doddle’s existing network of more than 60 stores in high footfall locations around the country, including train stations, universities and shopping centres.
 
Tim Robinson, Doddle chief executive, said: “This is a terrific partnership for Doddle and one we’re really proud of. Combining Cancer Research UK’s uber convenient high street locations with Doddle’s easy parcel services means consumers can make an everyday activity like shopping online, make a difference to the lives of cancer patients and their local community.”
 
Seven Cancer Research UK locations are now Doddle-enabled, with another planned before the Christmas peak and a view to expanding to more locations in 2017.
National firm Irwin Mitchell took a major hit on annual profits in order to push through the biggest merger in its history, accounts have revealed.
 
Profits on ordinary activities at the LLP, which acquired Thomas Eggar LLP in December 2015, fell 59% to £8.4m for the year ending 30 April 2016.
 
The accounts reveal that Thomas Eggar was acquired for consideration of £23.6m and acquisition costs of £533,514.
 
While revenues increased by 7% to £199m, the firm said it had expected profits to tumble. The accounts said: “The board took a deliberate decision to fast-track the integration of Thomas Eggar which has led to a short-term impact on profitability in FY16 but which we view as being the right decision longer-term to enable us to maximise the return on synergies between Irwin Mitchell and Thomas Eggar as soon as possible.”
 
Staff numbers rose year-on-year as a result of the acquisition, increasing from 1,741 in 2015 to almost 2,000 in 2016. The number of fee-earners rose from 1,072 to 1,205. The wage bill of the firm grew at the same time, from £53m in 2015 to almost £61m this year.
 
The profit attributable to the member with the highest entitlement dropped significantly, from £14.56m in 2015 to around £4.2m in 2016.
 
The accounts also reveal the firm has reviewed all its accounting policies and estimates so revenue is not taken from work yet to be complete.
 
“As a result we have amended our accounting policy in respect of valuation of unbilled time on contingent matters, the effect being to recognise work in progress at costs on matters where the contingency has not yet been resolved and where we cannot reliably estimate revenue.”
 
Accrued income has been reduced by £26m at May 2014 and by £31.4m at April 2016. Work in progress has increased by £28m for 2014 and £31.7m for 2015.
 
Earlier this year, Irwin Mitchell’s rival Slater and Gordon vowed to stop recognising revenue when it was just ‘probable’ that it would come in. The new standard, adopted retrospectively from July 2014, required income under "no-win, no-fee" agreements to be recognised only when it was “highly probable that a significant reversal of revenue recognised will not occur”.
Pharmaceutical manufacturer Thornton & Ross has acquired a bigger warehouse to support the continued growth of an acquired business.
 
The company needs the new warehouse to satisfy the requirement for products within the e-cigarettes division of Thornton & Ross after it acquired the Socialites and BSMW e-cigarette brands.
 
Thornton & Ross, established in 1922, produces household name products and currently has a turnover in excess of £220 million.
 
The property deal represents the expansion of one part of the firm’s warehousing facilities to add a new 30,000 sq ft premises to its existing 6,000 sq ft.
 
HRC Law was brought in after acquiring the current warehouse for BSMW to help the firm’s urgent need to acquire further warehouse storage space.
 
Managing Director at BSMW, Ben Wilson, commented: “We were keen to get the new space secured as soon as possible.
 
“Demand had risen at an unprecedented rate and we were conscious of sales growing faster than our footprint could allow us to.”
 
In August 2013, Thornton & Ross was sold to German giant STADA Arzneimittel AG for £221.11 million.
 
Thornton & Ross, founded in 1922 by Nathan Thornton and Philip Ross, is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and in recent years has also built a sizeable international business.
 
Many of its leading brands have become household names, including Covonia cough medicine, Hedrin lice treatment, Setlers indigestion tablets and Zoflora cleaning fluid.
 
Jonathan Thornton has been with the firm for almost 30 years and has been its executive chairman for the past 12 years. His father, Ralph, had previously been managing director for more than 20 years.
Sage Pay has released UK data predicting an increase in Black Friday transactions and transaction values from the same period last year. This is despite a turbulent retail environment following Brexit.
 
In response, Sage Pay CEO, Seamus Smith, said: “The data doesn’t lie and the traffic we’ve seen in terms of transactions over the past few weeks demonstrates that we’re on course for a very healthy Black-five-day period and record breaking online spending levels! This indicates that retailers aren’t yet feeling as negative an impact from Brexit as some might have thought – although this could be the calm before the storm and we might see a different picture next year. For now, at least, it’s looking positive both for the high street and online shopping environment.”
 
Sage Pay has made the following predictions for the 2016 five day Black Friday period, commencing today (Friday 25th November), versus the same time last year:
  • A 16% growth increase in online transaction value.
  • A 9% growth increase in online transaction volume.
  • An average transaction value exceeding £110.
  • Although the focus for Black Friday has shifted to more of an online shopping event, Sage Pay still expects an increase in Face-to-Face sales for Sage Pay merchants when compared to the same trading period last year. Sage Pay anticipates a 20% growth increase for Cardholder-Present merchants over the course of the Black Five-day trading period when compared to the same trading period last year.
These predictions are based on data taken from e-commerce and MOTO transactions made via Sage Pay terminals in the lead up to Black Friday 2016 and by comparing trends to the same period last year.
China's biggest online travel company, Ctrip.com International Ltd has announced that it agreed to buy travel search website Skyscanner Holdings Ltd in a deal valuing the Scotland-based company at about £1.4 billion.
 
Ctrip's shares were up 9.2% at $44.75 in extended trading.
 
Skyscanner, a result of CEO and co-founder Gareth Williams' frustration with finding cheap flights, enables users to compare prices from different travel sites when searching for flights, hotels, and rental cars.
 
The website currently serves 60 million monthly active users and is available in over 30 languages.
 
Skyscanner was reported to be exploring a sale or an initial public offering.
 
The company was valued at $1.6 billion in a funding round in January, when it raised £128 million from a group of investors that included Malaysia's sovereign fund, Khazanah Nasional, and Yahoo Japan Corp.
 
Skyscanner's current management team will continue to manage its operations independently after the close of the deal by the end of 2016, Ctrip said.

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