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One million volunteered in the past year

[unable to retrieve full-text content] High number of volunteers driven by community cuts Wave of first-time volunteers prompted to step forward in response to issues such as reduced funding for community services, strain on the NHS and care for the elderly New cohort of volunteers still report reduced stress levels (34 per cent) and feel happier (65 per cent) due to
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Lorries embark on no-deal Brexit test run to Dover

Nearly 90 lorries took part in a no-deal Brexit test run this morning to help the government prepare for potential Dover traffic jams after the UK leaves the EU in March. The first wave of 89 lorries set off on the 20-mile journey between the disused Manston Airport and the Port of Dover at 8am, before a second convoy was due to travel at 11am. Known as Operation Brock,
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The future of adland in 2019

We are out of the cold December of 2018, and have now entered the, well, even colder January of 2019. Last year was a momentous one for the marketing industry – there was the fall and rise again of adland stalwart Martin Sorrell; the European Unions General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) finally came into force; and social media influencers continued to cement
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Marketing needs to get better at advertising itself

This year is going to be a pivotal one for the UK whichever way that you look at it. Yes, we have Brexit on the horizon, but even with that aside, 2019 is set to be another massive year of change for the UK. On average, people in this country are now online for 24 hours a week, a figure which has doubled in the past decade, and the pace of change is still increasing
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Eurozone inflation falls to its lowest rate in eight months

A fall in oil prices saw eurozone inflation crash to an eight-month low in December as business activity fell to a four-year low, it emerged today. Inflation for the 19-country area stood at 1.6 per cent in the last month of 2018, down from 1.9 per cent in November and the lowest recorded since April, according to figures released by EU statistics agency Eurostat. Energy
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Londoners set to bag two per cent pay rise in 2019

London workers will enjoy a 2.4 per cent increase in their salaries this year, making the capital one of the best cities in the UK for pay rises. The welcome boost to pay packets will take the average salary in the capital to £38,600, according to a new report from online job site CV Library. “Throughout 2018 there was a great deal of competition for businesses to
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UK construction sector slows to three-month low

Growth in the UK construction sector eased to its slowest rate in three months in December but business optimism has sharply risen. Construction firms noted a disappointing end to 2018 with business activity growth slowing down, according to the closely-followed IHS Markit/ CIPS Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) figures. PMI fell to 52.8, down from 53.4 in November, to its
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David Davis: May should postpone parliaments Brexit vote again

Former Brexit secretary David Davis believes Theresa May should delay parliaments vote on her Brexit deal for a second time in order to push Britain closer to a no-deal scenario, and to pile pressure onto MPs and the EU. Parliament was originally due to vote on Mays deal on 11 December, but the Prime Minister delayed it at the last minute as it became clear it faced a
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Whats on your tech radar for 2019?

It is finally 2019, and I cant wait to see what surprises the technology industry has in store for us. What should we keep our eyes peeled for over the next 12 months? To whet your appetite about the future, I asked the experts for their predictions for the top tech trends of this year. Devious drones Late in December, hundreds of flights at Gatwick airport were disrupted