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PREMFLIX: The Premier League’s plans to develop Netflix-style streaming service ⚽️ 💻📺📰

By Nick Harris for The Mail on Sunday 22:33 08 Feb 2020, updated 22:51 08 Feb 2020  Netflix-like streaming service from the Premier League could be on its way  • The league’s new CEO Richard Masters’ plans could revolutionise live football • It could benefit clubs through increased revenue and fans via lower prices  The Premier League is working on plans to launch a Netflix-style digital streaming channel, selling live games direct to fans, new CEO Richard Masters has revealed. Trials of a new ‘Over The Top’ (OTT) service that cuts out traditional broadcasters could start as early as
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Bayern Munich are looking to mount a £75m offer for Liverpool’s Firmino 🇩🇪 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇧🇷

You would think that it would be easy to keep an all-conquering football side together, but that might not be the case for Liverpool – regardless of what they go on to achieve this season. It’s clear that they are the best team in England right now, and they have the chance to go on and retain their Champions League trophy too. Despite that, we are already being treated to rumour after rumour about other teams coming in for their players. It might be a case that some will feel they’ve done all they can and need a fresh start,
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The High Street of the future 🏠🏫🏢🏬🏭🕍

The high street of the future  | Jan 23rd, 2020  At O2, we have a keen interest in the future of the high street. And as a high street retailer, one of the things that’s front of mind for us is how we can rise to the challenge of changing retail environments. As we all know, those challenges are very real. Hardly a day seems to go by without news of another famous name disappearing. Or yet another set of figures published showing the seemingly inexorable rise of spend online. Yet, as we discussed at the 2019 O2 Blue Door conference,
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Interesting Article on Influencer Marketing 🖥 💼📱

Adam Williams, CEO of Takumi It’s easy to forget how recent a phenomenon influencer marketing is – Instagram isn’t even 10 years old yet! As such, the techniques and rules that govern it have had to grow quickly – and they’re still evolving. Over the last three years, however, influencer marketing has gone from strength to strength, thanks largely to greater regulation and the efforts of brands to create more impactful, authentic campaigns. But as we progress deeper into the new year, what does the future have in store for influencer marketing and what is the potential for businesses considering
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Pension Insurance Corporation is taking over the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund for £1.6B 💼 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇬🇧

  One of the UK’s leading specialist pension insurers is signing a £ 1.6 billion deal to take on pension funding obligations from the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF). Sky News understands that Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) will announce Monday that it is transforming an existing financial arrangement with the scheme into a buy-in – guaranteeing the pensions of around 14,000 members. It is the latest in a series of agreements entered into by the trustees of the merchant navy pension scheme, established in 1937 to provide retirement and death benefits to shipping company officers. MNOPF signed its first
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Liverpool likely to sell Harry Wilson in the summer ⚽️ 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Liverpool are likely to sell Wales starlet Harry Wilson after his season-long loan with Bournemouth...  Wrexham born Wilson, has enjoyed his first taste of Premier League football this season with the Cherries, scoring seven goals so far. However, the emergence of Curtis Jones at Anfield has convinced the Reds that they would be better off cashing in on Wilson in the summer.
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Be a Part of El Classico — March 2020, in Spain ⚽️ 🇪🇸

💥This is experience of lifetime💥 Want to join Introbiz and Legend Getaway Experience, with Brazilian WorldCup winning footballer Roberto Carlos at Real Madrid vs Barcelona football Game at the El Clasico in Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday 1st March 2020…. What you get: 💥 See Real Madrid vs Barcelona live in luxury vip box in Bernabeu Stadium. 💥 Meet Roberto Carlos spend personal time with him. 💥 Enjoy having lunch with Footballer Roberto Carlos. 💥 Receive Complementary Food and Drinks watching the game. 💥 Network with Entrepreneurs Corporate Companies and Business Owners. 💥 Stay in fabulous 5* hotel. 💥 Receive photos
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Naked Cleaning Boss shows that she can do whatever she expects her staff to do 🇬🇧 💼 🧹

The boss of a naked cleaning company hit back at critics who said she wouldn’t do the job herself by polishing in her underwear for clients. The Boss started her business after quitting a £16.50-an-hour role because she realised her new business would make her more cash.  Nikki Belton, 33, will be stripping down from her office wear to lingerie to scrub the houses of five customers after trolls on social media claimed she wouldn’t do the job she was expecting others to take on.     The Naked Cleaning Company offers domestic cleaning services from lingerie, topless to fully naked cleaners
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Facebook’s Social Media Accounts we’re temporarily hacked 🖥💼🇺🇸

Facebook’s social media accounts were temporarily taken over by a group of hackers on Friday afternoon. The hacking group OurMine posted on the Twitter and Instagram accounts for Facebook and Messenger, writing “even Facebook is hackable”. The accounts have now been restored. OurMine claims its attacks are an attempt to show cyber vulnerabilities. In January it hijacked over a dozen accounts for teams in the US National Football League. The group posted a statement on Facebook’s Twitter account. “Hi, we are OurMine. Well, even Facebook is hackable but at least their security is better then Twitter.” It also hijacked the
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Port Talbot is Britain’s Property Hot Spot 🏠 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Portalbot Britain's Property Hot Spot... It may be best known for its giant smoking steelworks but Port Talbot proved to be Britain's property hot spot last year, figures show. The industrial town saw average house prices rise by 7.5% during 2019 - almost five times the national average. Cheap seafront houses and removing the Severn bridge tolls helped fuel the rise, according to estate agents. Four Welsh towns made the top 10 while Aberdeen, Witney in Oxfordshire, and Woking in Surrey saw the biggest falls. For 70 years the sprawling steelworks - among the largest in Europe - has dominated
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£46m rail road depot opens in Wigan 🚆 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

  A “much needed” state-of-the-art railroad depot that cost £ 46 million was opened in Wigan. The existing freight train yard in Springs Branch, Ince was transformed by Network Rail to provide a huge base for the Northern trains to be stored overnight. It is hoped that this will help the ailing operator, who will go publicly in March, to manage its fleet more effectively and improve the reliability of its services. The depot, funded by the Department of Transportation (DfT), was created as part of the Great North Rail Project, an industry effort to improve train travel for customers
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Best UK Business Blogs 🇬🇧 💼 📔

https://blog.feedspot.com/uk_business_blogs/     Best UK Business Blogs And Websites To Follow In 2020 and Beyond… The best UK Business Blogs List containing the top 5 UK Business Blogs, the top 10 UK Business Blogs, the top 15 UK Business Blogs, the top 20 UK Business Blogs & the top 25 UK Business Blogs. The Best UK Business Blogs list includes the Best UK Business Blogs from thousands of UK Business blogs in the feed spot index which is compiled using search and social metrics. Feed Spot carefully selected these websites because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower
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Google Maps Logo get 15th Birthday rework! 🎂 🎉

[Click here to view the video in this article] Left: New Logo | Right: Old Logo Google Maps is getting a design overhaul in celebration of its 15th birthday. The app icon is getting a new look that resembles a pin. Previously, the logo took on the form of a map. According to Google’s blog post, the redesign will put greater emphasis on discovery and recommendations along with three new tabs at the bottom of the screen that read ‘Saved’, ‘Contribute’ and ‘Updates’. The ‘Saved’ button includes bookmarks of places you have gone to or wish to visit. The ‘Contribute’
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Business Output in Wales fell in December 2019 💼 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

According to the latest NatWest Wales PMI® data, private sector firms indicated a renewed fall in output during December. The decrease in activity was linked to a further drop in client demand, with firms reducing their workforce numbers for the sixth month running. Nonetheless, the outlook for output over the coming year improved, as optimism improved to the strongest since July. On the price front, the rate of output charge inflation softened to a marginal pace, despite a marked rise in cost burdens. The headline Wales Business Activity Index – a seasonally adjusted index that measures the combined output of
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Energy Bills to drop for Millions this April 💰 💡

Energy bills are to fall for millions of British households this April after the regulator lowered price caps. Ofgem has reduced the default price cap and pre-payment meter cap by £17, which the regulator said would lower bills for about 15 million households. The cap was introduced to protect customers on poor value default or standard variable tariffs. Ofgem chief executive Jonathan Brearley said households could get even lower bills by switching suppliers. The default price cap, which protects about 11 million households, is set to fall from £1,179 to £1,162 for the April-September period.
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Nearly £1m awarded to new riverside venue in Newtown 🏗 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

ALMOST £1 million has been awarded to develop a new riverside venue in Newtown, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government Hannah Blythyn has announced. The £1.5 million project – to build an iconic, two-story building on the site of the former Radio Maldwyn studio in Newtown’s main car park – will be funded through the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns Fund and the National Lottery’s Community Fund in Wales. Ms Blythyn said: “The Welsh Government wants to Transform Towns across Wales, making them fit for the 21st century. I’m really pleased the Welsh Government is supporting this
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Record figures for Wales’ Food and Drink sector 🥘 🍷 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

The latest industry figures reveal a record turnover figure of £7.473 billion for Wales’ food and drink sector in 2019, surpassing the ambitious target set in 2014 to achieve 30% growth and reach £7billion of sales by 2020. In 2018, 73% of all Welsh food and drink exports went to the European Union. Wales’ drinks market made a significant contribution to that figure with a turnover of £902 million in the last year – representing a growth of 35% in the sector since 2014. The industry is made up of a diverse range of producers of varying scale and ambitions,
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Welsh Businesses urged to bid for work on the Swansea Central Scheme 🏗 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Welsh businesses are being urged to bid for work on the £135m Swansea Central Phase One scheme. Principal contractor Buckingham Group Contracting, working in collaboration with Swansea Council, wants to maximise the use of local and regional expertise. There are 30 work packages available, with a total value of more than £23m. The value of the individual work packages starts from £10,000. Packages include: mechanical and electrical second tier sub-contractors – £12m; external building, including brickwork, doors, frames and glazing – £2m; internal fit-out and finishes, including walls, flooring and plaster/render – £9m. A full breakdown will be available at
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Upcoming Business Networking Events in Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

CARDIFF BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENTS – HOSTED BY MA NEWS PARTNERS INTROBIZ Introbiz is South Wales’ leading professional business network and having been established for over 10 years, they host regular business networking events across Wales, the UK and internationally in the Bahamas, Vegas, Spain and Paris including some events with Richard Branson including a high end, top Entrepreneur event on Necker Island 🌴 Last year, they hosted over 60 business networking events as well as Wales’ National Business Expo and they have no plans to slow down in 2020. Introbiz greet 60-100 businesses at one of their 10 different types of business
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Welsh firm started to support the mental health needs of men 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

A new company in Colwyn Bay has taken up the challenge of supporting the mental health needs of men by creating an online video platform aimed at providing support when people need someone to talk with. TalkSally.co.uk has been created with the support of Business Wales, the Welsh Government’s business support programme, to provide a safe and welcoming environment that allows people to talk about themselves, and interact, at times when they just need someone to be there. It aims to help improve mental health, combat loneliness, increase confidence and happiness and hopefully stop any future need for structured counselling.
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