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[ 5 Apr 2017 | No Comment ]

It’s not zero hope for zero hour workers
There’s a worrying trend for zero hours contracts (ZHC) which can leave workers in double jeopardy. There is the fear that they will not be offered any hours in the short term, plus the long term fear that with a ZHC you can’t plan for the future or buy your own home. And the facts show that getting a mortgage on a ZHC is tough – with seemingly inconsistent earnings patterns and no proof of guaranteed work in the future, many lenders simply take …

business planning, Headline, house and home »

[ 4 Apr 2017 | No Comment ]

From Lisa Cole of www.less-stuff.co.uk
Despite living in a digital age, children manage to generate a lot of paperwork. From the red book with weight records right through to university prospectuses, every week of parenting seems to bring in a new important bit of paper.
Couple this with work stuff; invoices, insurance certificates and tax returns and you can quite easily have a big mess on your hands.
There is a theory that you should only handle a piece of paper once, as soon as you get it you should either deal with …

Headline, health »

[ 4 Apr 2017 | No Comment ]

From the GP’s surgery, by Dr Alexandra Phelan
We all strive for happiness but it can be hard to find. Magazines, adverts, social media, friends, family – all have different ideas about how to achieve happiness. Feeling happy is important for both your mental and physical health, but what will really make you happier?
In the past few years, scientists have found that although our genes and circumstances play a part in affecting how we feel, a large proportion of our happiness comes from the things we do. Here are my top …

Headline, house and home »

[ 3 Apr 2017 | No Comment ]

It’s the school holidays again, the kids are running all over the house and garden, and you hope that they’re safe. In fact,according to the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), 42 children aged 0-4 years old have drowned in their own home or garden in the last five years*, with around 400 people drowning on average in the UK every year. With that in mind, RLSS UK is urging parents to make their house water safe this spring.
The Spring Clean campaign which starts today is supported by RLSS …

business mums news, Headline »

[ 2 Apr 2017 | No Comment ]

Losing a job creates a ‘new normal’ for our wellbeing that never goes back to pre-unemployment levels, a new international study reveals. 
Unemployment is damaging to people’s wellbeing regardless of their age, gender, level of education, ethnicity or part of the country in which they live. a new study the looks at the impact of unemployment across a number of countries found that joblessness tops even divorce or widowhood in its impact on our life satisfaction. And the evidence shows we do not ever adapt to unemployment.
The longitudinal study of 24,000 …

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[ 31 Mar 2017 | No Comment ]

A lycra-clad flash-mob is descending on the capital today, showing off their collective dance moves in support of flexible working.
The stunt, which takes place at midday, aims to raise awareness around flexible working and its benefits- particularly for parents of young children.  It is the latest in a series of flash dances, organised by parenting blog MotherPukka in conjunction with workspace provider Regus, which have taken place across the UK in a bid to take the flexible working message nationwide.
Hundreds of people are expected to take  part, stretching, dancing and …

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[ 29 Mar 2017 | No Comment ]

Baby charity Group B Strep Support is hugely disappointed by the recommendation of the UK National Screening Committee that the Government should not introduce routine screening of pregnant women for group B Strep.
Group B Streptococcus (GBS or Strep B) is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies – causing sepsis, meningitis and pneumonia.
Group B Strep is carried by around 20-30% of the population and, on average, in the UK:

2 babies a day develop group B Strep infection
1 baby a week dies from group B Strep infection
1 baby …

Headline, health »

[ 28 Mar 2017 | No Comment ]

Have you wondered about all the different vitamins Bs, what they do, and why there are so many of them? In this article Dr Alex Phelan explains.
There are eight different vitamins in the B vitamin group and all support vital functions in the human body:  Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pantothenic Acid, Pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (folic acid) and vitamin B12. These vitamins are integral to keeping our skin, eyes and nervous system working. They also help us to release energy from the food we eat. Vitamin B6, …

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[ 28 Mar 2017 | No Comment ]

Young Women’s Trust research has found that 46 per cent of mums aged under 25 in the UK regularly miss meals in order to provide for their children and more than a quarter have used a food bank due to financial struggles.
Polling of more than 300 mums by Survation showed that money is tight, with 61 per cent saying they were only just managing financially. A third admitted to being worried about their financial situation, with one in ten being “extremely worried”. Often, the barriers young mothers face in finding …

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[ 24 Mar 2017 | No Comment ]

What is E-commerce? 
E-commerce is short for electronic commerce. OK, many of you probably figured that, but what does that really mean? E-commerce refers to online sales. It’s the transactions that happen on the internet, the buying and selling of products on the web. Yes, it’s not a new concept, but it’s never been as widespread as it is today. According to the United States Department of Commerce, e-commerce sales increased by 15.1 percent from 2015 to 2016. Businesses who avoid selling or buying merchandise online do so at their own peril.
E-commerce is …