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GlobalPlatform enhances Secure Element deployment for payment-enabled wearables

New configuration supports financial services sector to manage multiple applications including payment, access control and transport ticketing

GlobalPlatform, the standard for secure digital services and devices, has published a Financial Configuration to update the configuration for banking smart cards and support the deployment of Secure Elements (SEs) in contactless-enabled wearables like rings and wristbands. Chip and device makers, banks and app developers now have an implementation guide to help them launch wearables that can be remotely updated and support multiple applications including payment, access control and transport ticketing.

“Contactless payment cards have made us familiar with tap & go, and smartphones have made the convenience of multi-function devices desirable. Wearables such as smart rings and smart wristbands are bridging the gap between simple cards and feature-rich smartphones by enabling consumers to pay, unlock and travel with a tap,” comments Gil Bernabeu, Technical Director of GlobalPlatform. “This new configuration standardizes all of this, saving implementers time and money, increasing revenue opportunities and enriching the experience for consumers.”

Comments · UK real estate market · Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Charming Cotswolds Bolthole for second home owners

A record number of ‘baby boomers’ now own a second home, with around one in six 55 to 64-year olds buying up second properties, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies[i]. One destination that continues to attract second home buyers and families looking to escape the city, is the highly desirable area of the Cotswolds. Boasting country charm and traditional honey-coloured stone exteriors, Spitfire Bespoke Homes’ development Highworth, in the popular village of Broadway, Worcestershire, is the ideal choice for buyers seeking a charming country bolthole.

Located in one of the Cotswolds’ most beautiful villages, Highworth comprises an elegant collection of two to five-bedroom properties, designed to suit a range of buyer’s needs. Of the 74 homes, there are a variety of over 60 unique house types, establishing a mature and eclectic street scene. Thoughtfully designed to complement their rural setting, all homes incorporate classic architectural detailing with authentic exterior facades and are interspersed with open green spaces and feature squares, creating a strong sense of community.

Charlie Comber, Partner at Hayman-Joyce Estate Agents, comments: “The Cotswolds, and Broadway in particular, has become an extremely sought-after destination for buyers relocating to a peaceful spot for their second home. There is certainly great appeal to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a rural retreat in the countryside. Spitfire is creating an impressive range of house types and layouts at Highworth, ideal for those looking for somewhere with all the character of a classic Cotswold home, but with the low maintenance space of a new build.”

Comments · UK real estate market · Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Outstanding schools drive parents to Reynard Mills

New research by Santander has revealed parents across the UK with school age children, are willing to pay 15% more to live within the catchment area of their chosen school[i]. Many parents are making significant sacrifices to be near top performing establishments with 25% increasing their commuting costs, 20% downsizing, 24% taking on extra hours at work and 16% even moving to an area they didn’t like. Buyers at Reynard Mills by Notting Hill Genesis in Brentford, won’t need to make any compromises. Parents keen to move can choose from a selection of stunning new homes for private sale and Shared Ownership, close to some of the best performing schools in the London Borough of Hounslow, and with easy access to fast and convenient transport links into the centre of the capital.

Located on a quiet residential road, between Ealing and Chiswick, residents at Reynard Mills have a selection of 104 schools and colleges to choose from within a five-mile radius of the development all rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’[ii]. Nearer to home, parents have a choice of ten schools located just over a mile away; The Little School Daycare provides care for babies, toddlers and preschool children. Lionel Primary School and Fielding Primary School are all rated Oftsed ‘Outstanding’. For those students aged 16-18, there is a choice of 8 high schools located within three miles of home, including the third best school in the borough, Gunnersbury Catholic School.

Jim Munson, Head of Marketing at Notting Hill Genesis, comments: “Parents keen to move can often be faced with making tough choices to ensure their children are within easy reach of good schools. Fortunately, buyers of our new homes at Reynard Mills have an excellent choice of top schools nearby, within easy walking or commuting distance. Working parents also benefit from the development’s impressive interconnectivity to the City. Brentford Station is a short walk away, where you can be in central London in around half an hour. We also have a selection of homes available to buy with Shared Ownership, offering an affordable alternative to those parents who might otherwise have to consider other locations.”

Comments · UK real estate market · Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Live the rural dream at Fusiliers Green, Great Bentley

Recent research suggests that people living in small, rural towns and villages are eight times happier than city dwellers[i], driven primarily by the strong community spirit which characterises these areas. Multiple winner of ‘Village of the Year’, Great Bentley in Tendring, Essex, offers its residents the quintessential English village experience. Ideal for home hunters seeking a family home in a neighbourhood known for its sense of belonging, developer GO Homes, has recently launched Fusiliers Green, a lovely development situated at the heart of this sought-after village.

Located only seven miles from the busy town of Colchester, Fusiliers Green comprises 49 three, four and five-bedroom homes in an idyllic countryside setting. Home to one of the largest village greens in the country, at 43 acres this is the hub of the community, host to a calendar of events throughout the year. Residents at Fusiliers Green will also be well served by the village’s excellent amenities, including a Tesco Express, post office, doctor’s surgery, pharmacy, a traditional village pub, as well as a range of independent local businesses.

Each of the nine house styles at Fusiliers Green has been designed with the modern-day family in mind, mainly boasting large open plan kitchens and dining areas, perfect for entertaining guests and spending quality time with the whole family. All the homes also feature beautifully landscaped front gardens and parking in the form of a driveway and/or garage. On the drive into Fusiliers Green you are presented with your very own landscaped green, for all to enjoy.

Comments · UK real estate market · Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Arctic Trucks ‘Ditches Horrible Consolidation Spreadsheets’ After Choosing Cloud CFO to Produce Group Management Accounts

Arctic Trucks originated in Iceland over 20 years ago and is now a multinational business with bases in Iceland, Norway, Dubai and in the UK. The company has two distinct strands to its business: it works closely with OEMs, such as Nissan, Toyota and Isuzu to re-engineer their vehicles to deliver enhanced capabilities in challenging environments and its own Arctic Trucks team has undertaken numerous Antarctica expeditions helping to establish a reputation for excelling in extreme environments

Synapse’s flagship solution for financial reporting, Cloud CFO, has been chosen by Arctic Trucks to speed up the consolidation process and provide a robust financial reporting platform for the business’s future global expansion plans.

Cloud CFO provides a complete solution for Group Company Consolidated Primary Financial Statements, Forecasting and Statutory Accounts. It will enable Arctic Trucks to push back the production of management accounts to the local centres of Iceland, Norway, Dubai and the UK and make the availability of consolidated accounts, instant.

Comments · UK real estate market · Tuesday, 16 October 2018

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