WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rose to their highest level in just over nine years in May, in a further boost to the housing market and the broader economic outlook.
Chinese police arrested thousands of people suspected of environmental crimes last year, a minister told parliament on Monday, as the world's most populous country vows to get serious on protecting the environment. Facing mounting public pressure, leaders in Beijing have declared a war on pollution, vowing to abandon a decades-old growth-at-all-costs economic model that has spoiled much of China's water, skies and soil. Beijing has repeatedly promised to strengthen monitoring and law enforcement, and a new environmental law in force since Jan. 1 gives it the clout to impose unlimited fines and jail sentences on repeat offenders.
Wrike, the work management and collaboration platform for high-performance teams, is expanding its operations in the UK and Ireland as demand grows by 20% month-on-month.
The company, which secured GBP9.7m (€13.2m) in Series B funding last month, has opened an office in Dublin from which 50 staff will support and grow Wrike’s rapidly expanding enterprise customer base in the UK, as well as in France and Germany.
Wrike already services more than 8,000 companies in 120 countries and is adding close to GBP1m in new annualized recurring revenue every month – with the UK and Ireland the biggest growth areas of all.
The company, which was named as one of Gartner’s ‘Cool Vendors for Social and Collaboration Software’, already lists a number of household name brands as clients in the UK and Ireland, including BP, Caffè Nero, The Perfume Shop, advertising giant Group M, as well as the University of Manchester and London School of Economics.
Wrike expects that brand list will explode further as UK and Irish enterprises look to streamline their operations. According to a report by Pierre Audoin Consultants, the UK has the highest proportion of collaboration projects in Europe.
Andrew Filev, founder and CEO of Wrike, a serial-entrepreneur who founded his first company at 17 and launched Wrike in 2007, said: “The pace of today’s digital business can no longer be managed through outdated collaboration methods like spreadsheets and email. Businesses are increasingly hungry for better ways of working and looking for ways to improve their competitive edge, with the UK and Ireland at the forefront of that change.”
Wrike has gained strong traction among marketing teams, professional services and technology companies, as it is mapped closely to their collaboration needs. These sectors, says Filev, were the first to use flexible and remote methods of working, and needed a level of flexibility that traditional enterprise IT systems couldn’t address.
“With the spread of these new styles of working, Wrike has become the tool of choice for many other sectors as well, in particular because teams can map their specific processes on to the platform, rather than having to fit in with rigid IT structures. We are thrilled to be opening a new office in Dublin to better support our rapidly growing UK and Ireland customer base.”
One of the UK businesses already benefiting from Wrike’s software is UKSA, a charity based in the Isle of Wight which provides sailing and seamanship training for young people. Marketing manager Ciaran Rogers said: “Wrike saves us a third of time in dealing with the incoming tasks in our email inboxes. Now I have an overview of the next three months, and this gives me the feeling of control over our projects. It’s a bit like giving me a conductor for my orchestra. We play a much better tune now that we have Wrike.”
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LONDON, June 29, 2015 – Global content and media agency Spafax is pleased to announce the expansion of its Dubai office.
Nicholas Hopkins has been promoted to Vice President, International Media and Country Manager, Spafax UAE. Nick will be instrumental in the development of new digital assets and will drive new business and product development. During Nick’s tenure at Spafax, which began in London in 2005, he revamped the London media operation and helped build Spafax’s position as the international leader in the commercialization of inflight media.
“I’m delighted to be announcing Nick’s new role. Nick will be able to leverage his experience, expertise and strategic approach across our international media business, developing new digital media products for Spafax,” says Niall McBain, CEO, Spafax. “In his role as Country Manager UAE, he will be able to add exciting new Spafax services to the UAE region helping us expand our proposition to clients.”
Jelle De Mey has been promoted to Director of Sales, and will support Nick in the ongoing opportunities for current and new clients. Jelle has been managing inflight sales at Spafax’s Dubai office since 2007.
“We are committed to the growth of our business interests in the Middle East and are proud to be investing in the development of our media sales services,” says Katrin Kopvillem, EVP, Global Corporate Development, Spafax. “Our track record of success in aviation media positions us firmly at the forefront of our new digital future.”
Spafax is using a forward-thinking approach to inflight media that will help with new product development and incremental ancillary revenue streams across all consumer touch points – from AVOD to new onboard connectivity platforms.
Nick and Jelle have led the development of Emirates inflight media resulting in consistent year-over-year revenue growth and firmly establishing Spafax’s position as a leading media agency in the UAE. The development of these new roles will add exciting new Spafax services to the UAE region, helping expand the agency’s proposition to clients.
Spafax is one of the world’s leading providers of branded content solutions in the form of entertainment production and management, publishing and media sales. Other clients include British Airways, Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Lufthansa, and Mercedes-Benz. Spafax is headquartered in London with offices in Frankfurt, Madrid, Amsterdam, New York, Orange, Hollywood, Atlanta, Dubai, Toronto, Montreal, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Santiago and Lima. Spafax is a tenth avenue WPP company . www.spafax.com
Spafax facts and figures
30 years creating, curating and acquiring content
30 years working with the world’s leading brands
15 offices worldwide
500 plus industry awards over the past 10 years
Part of the #1 agency network in the world: WPP
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A corporate security app that provides crucial travel safety information for employees worldwide is being made available to private individuals in the UK for the first time.
The Safeture consumer app makes business trips as well as personal holidays abroad just that bit less of a worry by providing real-time local safety information 24/7. This includes health alerts, severe weather warnings, local emergencies, civil unrest and terror attacks.
The free app, the first of its kind, draws on information from thousands of sources all around the world, including foreign offices, government agencies, aid organisations and key data providers like meteorological agencies and seismological institutes.
It offers business travelers and holiday makers insights into what’s happening locally anywhere around the world. It also provides a one-click connection to local emergency response teams in the event of a potentially dangerous situation arising. And, users can choose to share their location with family, friends and work colleagues so they know your whereabouts at any given time.
Safeture is being launched in the UK at a time when people are increasingly more adventurous in their choice of travel destinations and more businesses choose to trade in higher risk areas as part of a globalization growth strategy. At the same time, global risk levels over the next ten years – covering incidents including international conflicts, extreme weather events and terrorist attacks – are expected to be at their highest state of alert, according to a World Economic Forum report.
The app was created by Global Warning System, which counts ERV, one of the largest providers of private and business travel insurance, and UK-based security firm G4S as partners and corporate users of its travel safety solutions.
“Personal safety depends on having quick access to accurate information about local incidents,” says Andreas Rodman, CEO of Global Warning System. “Everyone should have the right to access information that will keep them safe. Most people today carry a smartphone and Safeture was created to give people fast access to life-saving information, something that we saw an especially clear need for during tragic events such as the SARS epidemic or the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.”
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Information provided in Safeture:
• Local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action
• National emergencies
• Tsunami warnings and flash floods
• Extreme weather events and natural disasters
• Demonstrations and civil unrest
• Airport and Traffic disturbances
How Safeture works:
• Local news wherever you are: Automatically tracking user’s location and providing real-time SMS-alerts about local incidents
• Direct Push Notifications: Giving timely warnings against threats at or near the user’s location
• Country safety and travel information: Ensures advice is at hand at every location
• Share your position: Incorporating a safe journey function that lets users share their position with relatives and friends, and invite them to track their path and make sure they arrive safely
• Walk me home: Users can alert friends and family and give them a real-time trail of their movements.
• Automatic Translation: Messages and regional information text can be translated in 90 different languages
• Additional Emergency Information: Providing accurate and updated security information and local emergency phone numbers
Safeture is the first global mobile app to comprehensively address the growing need globally for location-based, quick and relevant security information. Safeture is a service that provides crucial and location-based safety information. Safeture combines mobile communication and positioning technology with a comprehensive system for monitoring security-related incidents. www.safeture.com
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Japan's Nikkei business daily is to sponsor the closely watched Asia purchasing managers' indices (PMI), financial research group Markit — which compiles the data — said Monday. The sponsorship with Nikkei branding includes ten PMI surveys in the Asia-Pacific such as Hong Kong Whole Economy PMI, India Manufacturing PMI and Japan Manufacturing PMI as well as two new PMI surveys for Malaysia Manufacturing and Singapore Whole Economy, Markit said. Compiled by Markit, the Asia PMI series are based on data collected monthly from 5,000 purchasing or other senior managers in the region.
Embargoed until 30th June 2015
Half a million pound funding opportunity for Scotland’s social businesses
Early stage, socially conscious businesses are being encouraged to bid for loan finance and mentoring support from a pioneering new funding initiative in Scotland.
£500,000 is being invested by the Life Changes Trust, a charity that works to improve the lives of young people who have had experience of the care system, and people affected by dementia.
Ideas are being sought from any social businesses who have creative ideas for new ventures that would impact positively on one or both of these groups.
Each social business can bid for up to £50,000 and will also receive business mentoring support.
The initiative is based on an innovative social investment approach, developed by Big Issue Invest in England, called ‘Corporate Social Venturing’ (CSV).
It is now being brought to Scotland for the first time in a partnership with the Life Changes Trust.
CSV is a pioneering concept for investing in and growing early-stage businesses which are committed to creating powerful social impact.
Its main objective is to develop sustainable businesses that tackle some of society’s biggest challenges by providing investment and mentoring for new business ventures.
CSV was initially launched in England in 2008 as “Spark”, providing grants and corporate mentoring to social businesses. In 2012, Big Issue Invest CSV was launched and shifted from providing grants to social investment.
This new collaboration in Scotland between Life Changes Trust and Big Issue Invest, will also be supported by SCDI (Scottish Council for Development and Industry) and several other corporate partners who will provide mentoring and business advice, and who will have the opportunity to invest in unique and innovative businesses that can deliver not just financial returns, but sustainable social good.
The corporate partners supporting this initiative in Scotland are Mitie, Barclays and Places for People Scotland Care & Support. Other corporate partners are also being recruited.
Maddy Halliday, Chief Executive of the Life Changes Trust, said: ‘The Life Changes Trust has a mission to drive transformational improvements in the quality of life, empowerment and inclusion of two groups in Scotland – people affected by dementia, which also includes unpaid carers, and young people who have experience of the care system. CSV Scotland is an exciting opportunity for the Trust to invest in new businesses who are going to use their skills, expertise and imagination to deliver improved quality of life for our beneficiary groups. We are delighted to be working with Big Issues Invest, SCDI and our corporate partners to bring this exciting initiative to Scotland.’
John Montague, Director of Early Stage Business at Big Issue Invest said: ‘We are proud to partner with the Life Changes Trust on CSV Scotland. It is exciting to branch into new territory with the programme, both in terms of region and sector. There has never been a CSV outside of England before, nor has there been one that focuses solely on young people with experience of being in care or those dealing with dementia. Our method of pairing early stage social businesses with corporate mentors who assist them with business planning, finances and pitching for investment is a proven way of creating a sustainable social impact. We are very much looking forward to seeing similar results in Scotland with the Trust who have done some outstanding work with care experienced young people and those affected by dementia’.
Ross Martin, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Development & Industry, said: “SCDI recognises the socio-economic impact of work with care-experienced young people and, in an ageing population, those families being challenged by dementia. Further action being taken on both these fronts in Scotland is essential for our future economic outputs and wider societal well-being and the collaboration between Life Changes Trust and Big Issue Invest in managing this additional CSV social investment initiative over the next decade is therefore to be welcomed.”
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• The Life Changes Trust was established by the Big Lottery Fund in April 2013 with a ten year endowment of £50 million to drive transformational improvements in the quality of life, well-being, empowerment and inclusion of people affected by dementia and young people with experience of being in care. For more information, www.lifechangestrust.org.uk
• Big Issue Invest is the social investment arm of The Big Issue, helping prevent poverty and inequality by backing sustainable social enterprises, charities and ventures. It is a specialist provider of finance to social enterprises led by social entrepreneurs and staffed by social financiers. Big Issue Invest provides finance of between £50,000 and £1.5million to help scale-up social ventures. They have invested over £30million in 330 social enterprises, directly benefitting over 1.8million people. Big Issue Invest understands how to develop innovative finance – helping social enterprises to tackle poverty and inequality.
• The Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) is an independent and inclusive economic development network which seeks to influence and inspire Government and key stakeholders with an ambitious vision to drive economic growth for Scotland. SCDI’s diverse and influential membership, spread across all geographies and the public, private and social economy sectors, forms a gathering of knowledge, experience and talent which provides a dynamic and creative force for change. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed. http://www.responsesource.com/rssfeeds/feed.php?t=p&cat=Business
Conservative churches and their congregants voiced the strongest opposition to same-sex marriages. Despite the high court’s decision, some churches say they’ll continue to obey a higher authority.
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Investigators are probing fires that have damaged or destroyed predominately black churches in South Carolina and nearby states following the murder of 9 people at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church.
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