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CityFibre has hit one million premises with its full fibre nationwide rollout.
 
It comes as the digital infrastructure provider sets its sights on reaching eight million homes by 2025, as part of a £4bn investment.
 
The company has also now become the largest provider of full fibre lines in more than 25 towns and cities in the UK.
 
These homes can order services from one of over 30 of its consumers Internet Service Provider (ISP) partners, making it easy for residents to upgrade to faster and Full Fibre connections.
 
Key CityFibre customers include Vodafone, TalkTalk and Zen.
 
Chief Executive Officer of CityFibre Greg Mesch said: “This is a significant milestone on our path to reaching eight million premises and we are already the largest provider of Full Fibre lines in more than 25 towns and cities.
 
“The quality of the network we are building has already attracted some of the country’s biggest ISPs while we are also seeing the emergence of new and exciting brands offering even more options for consumers.”
 
CityFibre has 26 construction companies across 60 towns and cities and they plan to start having new builds across 150 cities, towns and villages by the end of 2022 and 285 regions in 2025.
In August 2022 The British Council marks the 10th anniversary since the global market launch of Aptis - its flagship English language test. BC would like to mark this occasion with a series of marketing, communications, and engagement activities globally and across our top markets. This is an important milestone to support its market position and business growth in priority markets and globally. In its anniversary campaign BC wants to celebrate its journey so far, focus on the good times and all the success it has had as well as the positive impact that Aptis made for its clients and test takers.
 
BC's expectation is that the winning agency can provide an end-to-end service in terms of development and delivery of digital campaigns and comms activities across its global channels. Depending on the proposal, BC expects that this will include but is not limited to campaign creative concept and overall comms strategy, campaign delivery and management, design work, copywriting, possibly video editing, and other creative work.
 
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Meadow Foods has announced the appointment of Sophie Lyons as its new marketing manager. Sophie will assume responsibility for managing the company’s marketing strategy and delivery as Meadow Foods looks to further extend its product ranges and reach to customers.
 
Sophie will predominantly be working the Commercial and NPD teams, but will also be supporting the HR function with increasing employee engagement across the business. She joins Meadow Foods from Roberts Bakery and has eight years of experience working in marketing and the FMCG industry, having also held positions with Bradgate Bakery and Noble Foods.
 
Mark Chantler, CEO of Meadow Foods, adds: “We’re delighted to welcome Sophie to the team. It’s an exciting time to be joining the business as we look to further build our profile and develop exciting new products and partnerships for our customers.”
 
Sophie Lyons, newly appointed marketing manager at Meadow Foods says: “I have a great passion for food and love working within the food production and service industry. Meadow Foods is a proven business and it’s exciting to be joining the business as it extends its range and reach to customers.”
 
Meadow Foods is an award winning company that operates from four BRC AA accredited sites in Chester, Peterborough, Holme-on-Spalding Moor and Dolgellau where it manufactures value added ingredients seven days a week for some of the UK’s best known food companies. The company has recently grown its portfolio with the acquisition of Nimbus Foods and the investment in plant-based dairy alternatives.
Retailers’ final order dates are “too optimistic” delivery experts ParcelHero have warned, saying customers should “take them with a pinch of salt”.
 
The impacts of the ongoing supply chain crisis and the HGV shortages exacerbated by Brexit are still going to cause disruptions at Christmas as a result.
 
Shoppers will be able to keep up to date with the final order deadlines and any potential changes to them with ParcelHero’s popular Christmas deadline tool.
 
“Retailers have mostly stuck to the final deadline dates for online Christmas orders that they quoted last year and, in fact, some have stretched their last order dates even closer to the big day.
 
ParcelHero’s head of consumer research David Jinks predicts last-minute shoppers are in for a shock this year.
 
“We’re advising online shoppers not to rely on stores’ last order dates. Keep consulting our final deadline tool to see if stores have woken up, smelled the eggnog and decided to introduce more realistic deadlines.
 
“Our research shows that Christmas online sales rose by a stunning 56 per cent last year compared to 2019.
 
“This year, one in three shoppers plan to buy entirely online. In normal times, retailers and their delivery partners could cope with the expected increase in orders.
 
“This year, problems getting goods delivered into the UK because of ports delays, container shortages and Customs red tape due to Brexit mean less stock and supply chain disruption.
 
“The well-publicised shortage of truck drivers means that, once goods actually reach Britain, stores are also having a hard time getting them into distribution centres and onto the shelves.”
 
ParcelHero revealed some of the latest deadlines for consumers to order their presents, with Amazon, Argos, Asos and Selfridges all advising to order before the 24th of December, with some customers able to receive presents the same day with specific London postcodes.
 
“Christmas Eve same-day deliveries look highly ambitious this year. Only Amazon has control over its service because it owns Amazon Logistics, which now delivers around 15 per cent of all UK parcels,” Jinks added.
 
“Several stores told us that their final order deadline date of 24 December will only be for specific postcodes this year.”
 
“We still believe that planning for any same-day deliveries on Christmas Eve is too optimistic this year, though this date is achievable for in-store collection.”
Build to Rent (BTR) is growing rapidly across the UK, with over 140,000 homes currently under construction or in planning.
 
The majority of BTR homes (81%) are in the 20 cities where Government has increased housing targets, highlighting the critical role these homes have in meeting national housing targets.
 
Now, the largest ever analysis of Build to Rent occupancy in England claims to dispel the perception that BTR is an unaffordable housing option.
 
The research highlights that BTR is home to a diverse mix of residents and is making a crucial contribution to housing need in both urban and suburban areas.
 
In its second year, the ‘Who Lives in Build-to-Rent?’ report from the British Property Federation (BPF); Dataloft; London First; and the UK Apartment Association (UKAA), analysed 89 schemes in England totalling over 20,000 residents in over 15,000 homes.
 
The urban component of the data, constituting 15,887 residents and12,404 homes across 49 schemes was benchmarked with tenants in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), finding that BTR has a similar resident profile across income, profession, age and affordability.
 
BTR residents’ incomes are broadly similar to those in the PRS – in the urban BTR sample, 32% of residents earn between £19-32k per year and in the PRS it is 37%.
 
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) considers housing to be affordable if tenants spend 30% of their income on rent.
 
Monthly rental costs for couples and sharers living in BTR are 30%, aligning with the ONS’ affordability benchmark, compared to 33% of monthly income in the wider PRS. For single renters BTR is on average fractionally more affordable than the PRS at 32% of monthly income vs. 33%.
 
BTR doesn’t just provide residents with a home for their monthly rent payment – 78% of schemes in the urban data had a roof terrace or shared garden, 73% a have a concierge, 73% have social events, 69% have parcel acceptance and storage, and 61% have a co-working space.
 
Across the urban data, one in five renters (18%) in BTR are public sector workers, providing affordable and secure homes for key workers in the capital and across England’s cities and town centres. Both BTR and the PRS house similar numbers of creatives, tech professionals and leisure workers.
 
Over four in ten residents in both the BTR and PRS are 25-34 years old, the most common age band. But increasingly BTR is catering to other parts of the market, with one in ten residents aged over 45.
 
BTR is also evolving to suit the needs of different types of renters. The emergence of Suburban BTR – high-quality, professionally managed homes located in suburban and peri-urban areas – is providing affordable and attractive housing for all, but particularly families, who represent 43% of the suburban BTR sample in the report.
 
James Simondson, Assistant Director (Housing), British Property Federation, commented:
 
“BTR homes – high-quality, professionally managed, purpose-built homes for private rent – are being taken up by a diverse range of people across England.
 
“Our report shows that residents in BTR are much more representative of the wider PRS than is often perceived – with one in five residents employed in the public sector and broad similarities across age, income and affordability.
 
“What’s more, BTR is delivering homes in the cities that government has identified for additional housing delivery.
 
“It is of paramount importance that the UK seeks to address the housing crisis by building a range of different properties and tenures to suit everyone’s needs.”
 
Stephanie Pollitt, Programme Director (Housing) at London First said:
 
“BTR developments have shown that they are an important part of the overall housing mix in England, their diversity of which reflects the needs of those that choose to rent there.
 
“With a variety of amenities included in their monthly rent, BTR not only gives residents more bang for their buck, but also provides a unique and flexible renting experience, something which will continue to be reinforced as the sector matures.”
 
Sandra Jones, Managing Director at Dataloft, added:
 
“This research shows that the BTR sector is providing options for renters who already live in the wider private rental sector. PRS vs. BTR is not a binary ‘them and us’ and this kind of data sharing initiative is key to understanding the whole rental ecosystem.”
A new online YouGov survey of more than 500 marketers commissioned by data company Fifty-five reveals the failure of UK businesses to adapt to the new privacy-first internet.
 
The research found that only 45% of marketers surveyed stated they were observing current laws and regulations concerning data collection for digital communications.
 
Meanwhile less than a quarter ( 24%) were developing alternative plans for targeting potential customers when the dropping of third-party cookies is phased out. Fifty-five is describing the findings as a “wake-up call” for marketers to adapt to the new privacy-first internet and adopt a new strategy.
 
The results highlight the significant gap between the intentions and the actions of businesses. Some 75% of respondents claimed to understand UK laws for privacy and compliance with the data laws. Yet, when asked whether their customers were able to opt in or out of communications using a consent management tool (CMP) on their company website, app and email tools, only 45% of those surveyed confirmed that they were.
 
This is despite UK law now requiring all websites to provide users with the ability to manage their consent regarding website tracking and data usage. It is also part of EU Law under GDPR regulations, in place since May 2020.
 
As well as not staying on the right side of regulations, the survey also reveals a worrying inertia about adapting to the future “cookieless digital marketing environment”. This is the much-trailed move towards a privacy-centred web where Apple has already long since moved away from third party cookie tracking within Safari browsers, while other tech giants like Google & Facebook are rolling out various non-cookie-based measurement solutions.
 
Only 24% of those surveyed said that their company had a fully formed strategy or were in the process of developing one; 20% reported that their company had not yet started but were aware they needed one and 33% stated that there was no intention to do so. 
 
The current failure to prepare was apparent across business sectors. The most prepared were those whose main industry was IT and telecoms, with 38% either prepared or in the process of doing so, followed by media and marketing ( 31%). Despite having some of the most regular digital communication with customers, retail was one of the worst prepared, with only 19% stating their company had a fully formed strategy or were in the process of developing one.
 
The survey also revealed senior marketers’ biggest concerns in developing their digital marketing strategies in the future. The number one concern was the team not having the skills in-house to develop and implement a robust digital strategy ( 17%), followed by whether the team’s skills are up to date and relevant enough for the data and AI-driven future ( 15%). This was tied with not being able to accurately measure marketing website activity ( 15%). Other worries were not being able to accurately target customers in the future ( 14%), being hampered by legacy systems ( 12%) and facing a fine from the ICO ( 12%).
 
According to Fifty-five managing director Richard Wheaton: “Our survey reveals a worrying inertia among marketers about adapting to a new, more privacy-focused internet. It is a legal requirement to have a consent management tool in place and yet a majority of marketers either don’t have one or are confused about what this means. With only one in four currently doing anything about a strategy, this should be a wake-up call to marketers as first-party data will be of increasing importance.”
Just Wealth has launched a digital marketing support package that it provides as a complimentary service for all its self-employed advisers.
 
Developed by Just Wealth’s expert in-house marketing team, the digital marketing package gives the financial advisers all the tools they need to generate leads.
 
The digital marketing package includes branded social media profiles, Google My Business profiles and compliance approved social media content.
 
It also contains customisable marketing content, such as business cards, posters and leaflets.
 
There is also personalised adviser webpage, and access to a bespoke monitoring platform that can track the effectiveness of activity.
 
The existing team of self-employed wealth advisers are already seeing the benefits of the marketing support.
 
Just Wealth head of wealth David Magee said: “The team has really embraced the tools at their disposal.
 
“While there is no pressure on the advisers to use the free materials, those that are utilising them are already experiencing the benefits.
 
“The content they are sharing is creating an engaged audience, and helping to keep the advisor front of mind with potential clients. Referrals are always going to be a key driver of activity, these tools help drive that by creating solid touch points of communication with the audience and prompting them to refer or find out more.”
 
The marketing tools are the latest benefit for Just Wealth’s team of self-employed financial advisers.
 
Just Wealth supports the advisers with ongoing training, compliance, mentoring and marketing advice, as well as providing them with leads.
 
The leads are being shared from sister-firm Just Mortgages’ client database that has an existing pool of more than 40,000 clients as well attracting several thousand new clients each year.
 
This generates a number of opportunities for wealth advice, as each Just Wealth financial adviser receives leads from Just Mortgages’ brokers.
Iceland has successfully defended its title for best mince pies after topping the Which? leaderboard for the second year in a row.
 
For taste, the retailer’s Luxury All Butter Mince Pies came joint-first in a survey of 66 shoppers with Tesco’s Finest and Co-op’s Irresistible ranges.
 
However, Iceland pushed ahead of its rivals with a lower price tag of £1.89.
 
Its mince pies were commended for their “zesty taste”, which The Times noted could be down to flavouring from yuzu juice and cider.
 
Tesco’s Finest Mince Pies apparently had a “generous and tasty mincemeat filling”, with one panellist calling them “the perfect treat on a cold winter’s day”.
 
Co-op’s Irresistible All Butter Luxury Mince Pies were commended for their “tasty filling and pleasantly textured pastry”.
 
The Specially Selected Mince Pies at Aldi came bottom, but still scored a relatively high satisfaction rating.
 
“For many of us, mince pies are the taste of Christmas,” Which? Magazine home products editor Lisa Barber said.
 
“Our panel of enthusiasts have tasted pies from the biggest supermarkets in the UK to find out which ones will make the holiday season extra festive this year.
 
“Iceland has triumphed for the second year in a row but competition was tight between the top contenders in our blind tests.”
 
In the Good Housekeeping rankings for this year, Morrisons ranked first among supermarkets, followed by Marks & Spencer.
 
Iceland took home the bronze medal, though it had the best “citrusy notes” in the selection.
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