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Friday 26 July, 2013 Most UK brokers (84%) think insurers could do more to help them tackle fraud at the quote stage according to a new survey by Zurich. Almost two in three (68%) think application fraud is a growing issue but almost a third (32%) are not currently doing anything to prevent it.* In response to this problem, Zurich has today launched its dedicated policy validation unit. Most of the team are already part of the existing personal lines division based in Whiteley, Hampshire. In addition, two new roles have been created to support brokers on the front line in validating customer policy information and identifying potential fraud. Zurich has also launched its Broker Policy Validation website specifically to help support brokers - www.zurich.co.uk/policyvalidation. Ian McManus, head of personal lines broker at Zurich, said: "We believe that the survival of th... (more)

How internships are helping businesses and improving career opportunities

Tuesday 26 March, 2013 You may be surprised to hear that the face of interning is changing: these days, micro and small enterprises are just as likely to have interns as big businesses. Why is that? Because now, via specialist job boards like Internwise.co.uk , it’s easier than ever for companies and ambitious graduates to connect, in what is an increasingly competitive job market. Established in 2010, Internwise.co.uk is run by web entrepreneurs Rui Zamith and Nuno Dhiren. The platform connects candidates looking for internships with companies willing to employ them. And some of t... (more)

Campaign to smash human trafficking in Sheffield

Monday 8 April, 2013 Campaign to smash human trafficking in Sheffield A Sheffield ‘Fixer’ is campaigning to expose the plight of women who have been trafficked into the UK sex trade, and are given just 45 days in a safe house if they escape. Law student Leanne Dodson, 24, is working with Fixers, the national movement of young people ‘fixing’ the future, to create a short film highlighting the crime of human trafficking. “When I first found out about human trafficking I was really shocked to know that it existed in the world, it existed in the UK, and worst of all, it existed in She... (more)


Wednesday 10 April, 2013 On 9 April vegan amateur athlete Fiona Oakes, 43, from Asheldham in Essex, won the women’s race in the North Pole Marathon in -28°C. Not only did Fiona win the women’s marathon but she also smashed the 2008 course record for women by 44 minutes – completing the race in just 4 hours and 53 minutes – despite the conditions that were described as the worst in the marathon’s eight year history. Fiona was beaten by only two male marathoners. The second placed woman was 55 minutes behind Fiona’s time. On her Facebook page after the race Fiona wrote “Back in Spits... (more)

Get Out of Bed and Into Action with this Dramatic New Alarm Clock

Tuesday 23 April, 2013 thumbsUp! announces adrenaline-charged new product: the Secret Agent Alarm Clock. LONDON, UK - April 21, 2013: FREEZE! You are under arrest for sleeping through your alarm again. Innovative British gift and gadget developer thumbsUp! has announced their latest gadget, The Secret Agent Alarm Clock, designed to help get you out of bed James Bond style. The unique alarm clock was awarded a 'Highly Commended’ title at this year’s Gift of the Year event in Birmingham and features a time function, LED projector and snooze button. Keep it under your pillow to be buz... (more)