British Exports Fall in June but Imports Are on the Rise

According to the latest numbers, British exports are still weak mainly due to the strength of the pound. This past June, UK exports fell according to This is Money.

While the export performance for British goods is still lacking, the nation’s imports rose at the same time. One reason given for the higher import numbers is an increase in the flow of oil.

As a result from the weaker export performance and increased imports, Britain’s trade deficit increased. The nation’s manufacturing sector is still under pressure in what experts call a “consumer market”.

Previous months, the nation’s exports decreased to £24.9 billion, this is £300 million less than in the previous months. Import showever increased by £500 million in an hour sitting at £34.1 billion according to the latest report published by the Office for National Statistics.

The chief UK and European economist Howard Archer in a public statement: “Given that oil and commodity prices weakened markedly in July and sterling strengthened further, import prices have likely come down further since – this is something that the Bank of England is keeping a close eye on and if the trend persists, it would increase the chances that the Bank of England will delay easing interest rates past the first quarter of 2016″.

With those latest numbers, the nations trade deficit has reached £9.8 billion although those numbers are better then with some experts had forecast.

Several recent studies have shown that British exporters are struggling facing the increased demands in the crisis stricken euro zone. The rise of the British pound added to those difficulties, making British products more expensive.

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Effective Kitchen Fire Suppression with the Ansul

If you are somewhat familiar with gastronomy and the hotel or restaurant business  in general it is likely that you might have already seen the Ansul kitchen fire suppression system.

ansul-fire-suppressionA large number of commercial kitchens in restaurants, airports, hospitals or hotels are having this fire suppression system installed today.

You can spot the Ansul by a serious of nozzles that are coming down from the ceiling, directed towards appliances such as cooking ovens and grills.

What makes the Ansul fire suppression system so effective and suitable for commercial kitchens?

To understand why the Ansul is currently the most popular fire suppression system for commercial kitchens, one must look at the unique challenges and hazards that exist in such environments.

Unlike as may be the case with some other locations, one requirement for fire suppression in kitchens is that the extinguishing agent cannot be hazardous. In addition to the special  fire extinguishing agent used by the Ansul, the system, once engaged, must also not result in lengthy hold-ups due to a required cleanup. It is for that reason that the extinguishing agent is not only non-toxic but also self dissolving. This helps to keep down time for any type of venue or business at a minimum. (Think about hospital kitchens or restaurants where any downtime would lead to considerable problems)

Commercial kitchens pose unique challenges when it comes to the effective fighting of fires:

A fire must not only be extinguished rapidly. Hot appliances such as grills and ovens, many of them containing  liquids such as hot frying oils must also be cooled down effectively to prevent re-flashing. The special extinguishing agent used with the Ansul kitchen suppression system can do both very effectively.

With the Ansul fire suppression system, commercial kitchens everywhere today can effectively suppress fires before major damage can occur. It is the best fire suppression system for commercial kitchens that is available today.

 

Spanish Air Traffic Controllers Threaten With Strike

This Monday will see the start of a series of strikes by Spanish air traffic controllers.

For many Britons and other holidaymakers, the strikes will likely lead to chaos and considerable delays.

Tourist organisations are booking emergency hotel rooms expecting that many travellers may be left stranded.

This is the first strike by Spanish air travel controllers in 26 years. The strikes will each last two hours with the first one starting this Monday morning from 10 AM until noon. More strikes are planned for the coming days.

The strike will likely affect many British tourists that are enjoying an early summer holiday. The popular holiday island of Majorca alone sees hundred thousand passengers a day.

Tip: Saving Money on Your Travels

camper vanA lot of occupations today may require extended travels along with costly stays in hotels. It’s not all the time that an employer does cover those costs. In some cases, travel costs are not covered at all.

This can be a large financial burden for people for freelancers who need to travel as part of the job and pay for those expenses out of their own pocket.

My tip here is that you should consider alternative ways to travel if you want to save the one or the other buck. You don’t always have to lodge in expensive Bed and Breakfasts but are able to save a good amount of money when you consider travelling with a camper van instead. This can be a good option especially for short-term trips that would only require you to stay at a location for a day or two. Depending on the make or model of your camper van, camping may well be suitable for extended travels as well.

Some people today still have a preconceived notion that camping means the bare necessities only and overall would really more be a hassle rather than a joyful experience. Those people however couldn’t be more wrong.

While modern camper vans can offer a variety of luxuries that range from a comfortable bed to a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning and much more, cost savings with camping can be substantial.

The obvious natural savings would be that you won’t have to book into hotels any longer, the other that you won’t have dine out when you feel the need for coffee, snack or dinner. Not only can this save you a lot on your expenses, it moreover gives you much more flexibility with your travels.

Consider whether a modern camper van would not be the better option for your business-related travel! At places such as VW Camper hire you can get a good impression of what a modern camper van can offer you today!

No Air Passenger Duty for Children from May On

British airways – plane
May 1 has come and this is good news for flyers from the United Kingdom. From this month on, the UK flight tax for children under the age of 12 will no longer apply.

This tax on plane tickets for children had been up to £97 on occasion in the past. From May 1 on, all families in the United Kingdom who already booked can claim back this money with several airlines.

For now, the abolition of the children tax only applies to economy seating. However, it is planned that the tax will be extended to all seats to children under the age of 16 within the coming year.

In his autumn statement, Chancellor George Osborne announced the scrapping of the air passenger duty on children’s tickets.

For flyers in the United Kingdom it will mean that flights will not only become cheaper but that those who already booked flights can reclaim the charge.

However, it is important to note that most airlines will not automatically refund the tax unless you claim a refund and provide proof for your children’s age.

On Electronic Invoicing

electronic-invoicingFor businesses in the travel industry but likewise for any other type of business, the switch to electronic invoicing can provide a variety of benefits.  Let’s discuss those benefits here in this article.

What is electronic invoicing?

As a business owner you will likely be familiar with your invoicing process.

Switching to e-invoicing doesn’t mean you will not have to change a lot there, in fact it will only affect how you will dispatch your invoices.

Rather than sending your invoices via regular mail you will dispatch them electronically by emailing the invoices to a special service. Practically this means that you can continue creating your invoices as usual with the exception that you won’t have to print and mail them but rather send them electronically.

The major benefit of electronic invoicing is of course that sending your invoices by email takes a lot less time as compared to mailing them. But e-invoices also mean faster processing times on the receiving end because the electronic invoice can be processed automatically by your resident as well.

The electronic invoicing therefore saves considerable work, time and paper. One could say that e-invoice is at least as effective as email. And the good thing is that electronic invoicing is really not that different as using email which I’m sure everyone of us are familiar with. One other major advantage is that you will not require any special equipment if you want to switch. You can learn more about electronic invoicing here.