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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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SDL Announces Release of Multilingual eDiscovery Solution

Relativity Connector Enables Translation of Legal Documents Across 70 Language Pairs 

SDL, a global leader in content creation, translation, management and delivery, today announces the general availability of its SDL Multilingual eDiscovery Solution, providing legal professionals with instant, and secure translation of foreign language case-related content – in any format.

In today’s digital world, cross-border legal disputes are on the rise. Legal firms now handle vast amounts of electronically stored information (ESI) across a variety of languages and formats when dealing with international investigations. Everything from emails, documents, presentations, databases, voicemails, audio and video files, social media and websites needs to be accessed and analysed by legal teams across the globe. Often, it takes days to translate a document manually, with no real guarantee that the document will be relevant to the case.

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Voxpopme set to scale with £1.5m investment from Mercia

Voxpopme Founders L-r Tom Williams Dave Carruthers Andy Barraclough

National investment group Mercia Technologies PLC is pleased to announce a £1.5million follow-on investment into its direct investment, Voxpopme, to support the further scaling of the business as it is set to double its revenues this year.

This investment will support the expansion of Voxpopme’s technical and commercial teams with new hires in its offices across the UK, US and Australia, enabling the company to execute on its ambitious growth plans.

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New homes tick all the boxes for buyers at Beat NW10

Off-street parking, minimum maintenance and location have been named the top three priorities of new-home buyers[i], with quality of the neighbourhood and proximity to transport links also being ranked high on the list. Eager buyers looking for a home that ticks all of these boxes should consider Notting Hill Genesis’s latest collection of houses at BEAT NW10, launching on Saturday 20th October. Presenting to the market six new three-bedroom homes situated within a popular and leafy corner of Willesden Green in north west London, buyers can satisfy all their needs with a brand-new home that comes with its own off-street parking space in a sought-after location that also boasts excellent transport links to the capital.

Perfect for young professional families looking to put down roots in a well-connected setting, the homes at BEAT NW10 offer a secluded and peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Positioned within close proximity to a selection of good schools, local parks and is just a 10-minute walk from the buzz of Willesden High Street – buyers can be forgiven for forgetting they are residing within a Zone 2 location. With a selection of four underground stations and three overground stations within walking distance of the development, purchasers can travel across the London network with ease and enjoy uncomplicated access to a host of local amenities.

Dollis Hill tube station is just over half a mile away, served by the Jubilee line. Willesden Green underground station is also only one mile away, served by both the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines, connecting residents with the West End, London Waterloo and Canary Wharf in 30 minutes or less. To reach overground services, buyers can access Kensal Green, Brondesbury Park, Harlesden and Willesden Junction stations all located under two miles away from the development. Furthermore, from 2026, Old Oak Common station, located less than one mile away, will be host to HS2, Crossrail’s Elizabeth Line and the Great Western Railway – once built it will be one of the largest rail hubs in London[ii].

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Homehunters balance life and work at Carriage Court

Almost half (46%) of workers surveyed by professional services network PwC believe that a balanced and flexible working pattern are the most important factors when applying for a job[i]. Those who prefer to work from the comfort of their own home should consider Go Homes’ development, Carriage Court, situated within the picturesque market town of Hertford. Comprising an elegant selection of thirteen homes ranging from two-bedroom to four-bedroom, the development offers its residents the ideal home office, as well as boasting striking aesthetics and impressive connectivity to London and beyond, ensuring residents maintain the perfect work-life balance.

Formerly home to the iconic coach works and showrooms of Henry McMullen, Carriage Court features an array of homes ranging from stunning historical conversations characterised by their immaculate imitation of Georgian and Regency architecture (Plots 1 to 4 and Plots 8 to 13), to eye-catching homes encompassing the distinctive characteristics of contemporary architecture (Plots 5 to 7). Such a variation in homes has created a unique neighbourhood, yet all homebuyers who put down roots at Carriage Court will have the opportunity to maximise their work-life balance, with each home presenting the perfect space for a functional home office.

Oliver Hookway, CEO of Go Homes, comments: “Our properties at Carriage Court offer residents the comfort and practical benefits of working from home, with each homebuyer enjoying the extra space needed for their very own home study. The development’s location within Hertford also ensures residents are particularly well-connected when it comes to travel, either by car or by train. With two train stations nearby, Hertford North and Hertford East, and with easy access to both the A414 and the A10, residents seeking to commute to work are also especially well-placed.”

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From property to culture to foreign direct investment, Liverpool is showing other UK cities how it’s done

Liverpool leading UK cities with house price inflation of 7.5% (Hometrack)Liverpool-Manchester metropolitan area among top 10 global FDI destinations (IBM)Population boom creating long-term, sustainable property investment opportunities (Surrenden Invest)

Liverpool has just hit the headlines for leading the UK’s cities in terms of its house price growth. The Hometrack UK Cities House Price Index reported 7.5% inflation in Liverpool during the year to August 2018. For those working in the Liverpool property sector, the news comes as no surprise.

“Liverpool has exceptionally strong credentials as a property investment destination. It has a booming city centre population, a thriving business community and a superb cultural offering. This combines to produce a high and sustained level of demand for decent, well-located rental homes, which in turn means that property investors can earn healthy yields, as well as enjoying the potential for impressive capital growth.”

 Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest

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