November 23rd 2011
In a move reflecting increasing investor confidence in Sabien Technology and its patented M2G boiler control, specialist investment manager Amati Global Investors has doubled its shareholding in the company to 17.4%.
The share purchase coincides with a recent Sabien ‘case study’ for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC – see Note 2)
The case study for DECC, demonstrates the appeal of Sabien’s technology offering to a wide cross section of both private and public companies and the growth Sabien is experiencing as a result.
It is no coincidence that some of the highest ranking companies in the CRC Energy Efficiency’s (CRC) first performance league tables have installed Sabien’s M2G technology, including BT, Keele University, O2, Environment Agency, Dover Port, and University of Central Lancaster.
For example, a project for Lincolnshire County Council, involved the installation of Sabien’s M2G across 23 properties, resulting in a 15% reduction in gas consumption and a saving of 1,980 tonnes in CO2 emissions.
By David Andrews
A well dressed bloke approached as I was walking to the office in Hove the other day. He beamed engagingly at me, and, momentarily off guard in the bright winter sunshine, I beamed back. I thought we must know each other. How are you, he said, in a strong eastern European accent.
I’m doing pretty good, I said, you? I am ok, he answered, the smile getting ever bigger. I was wondering if you had any spare change?
Eh, I said, taken aback, thinking, oh no Andrews, done it again, fallen for the oldest one in the book. Because you never, ever engage in eye contact with any dudes asking for money in the street. Not if you don’t want to have to process that haunting look, the slip of desperation and the jag, the whimper of pleading. And anyway, when you get asked several times a day well, life’s too short.
What struck me was that this appeared to be a new class of beggar. Mostly the guys, for it is more often than not men, look like they are desperate for the next fix, the next six pack of 10 per cent plus cider.
But this guy could have been on his way to church sporting his Sunday best.
And, as 2012 stretches before us – Happy New Year, by the way – I reckon we are going to see more shape shifting on our streets, as money gets tighter and tighter.
Specialist commentators for employee benefits sector / occupational pensions / corporate employment issues now available for media comment
November 16th 2011
Tim Johnson and Michael Brown, two of the UK’s best known spokespersons within the employee benefits and pensions space are at the end of a phone and able to comment on key issues affecting workers and companies. Areas of expertise include:
Occupational and personal pensions
Auto – enrolment
Money purchase pension schemes
Private medical insurance and Healthcare
Employee benefits developments in the UK
…..and a host of other key issues within the EB space.
Tim Johnson email@example.com
Michael Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Gallagher Employee Benefits is supporting employers and employees across the country as they prepare themselves for major changes to the employee benefits system in 2012.
While offering services across the pensions/insurance sector, including, claims management and risk assessment, Gallagher Employee Benefits specialises principally in employee benefit consultancy and advisory services.
Michael Brown has a wealth of experience in business risk management and regulatory compliance.
His specialisms also include corporate and strategic benefit restructuring, and international, health and wellbeing benefits initiatives.
Tim Johnson’s experience includes advising large employers on UK and multinational benefits and he now leads the field in commenting on all aspects of pensions, group risk, flexible benefits and healthcare.
David Andrews, Director, DAM PR
07941 255855 / 01273 711567
Consultant, DAM PR
About Gallagher Employee Benefits:
Gallagher Employee Benefits is a specialist employee benefits consultancy, advising across the whole spectrum of UK and multinational employee benefits. GEB is the new UK benefits brand of Arthur J Gallagher & Co, one of the world’s five largest insurance and risk management advisers.
Services include design, implementation, procurement, ongoing management, and employee communications. GEB uses in-depth technical knowledge and many years of experience to really get ‘under the skin’ of each employer’s benefits package; ensuring risk is minimised and controlled.
GEB’s unique approach drives out uncompetitive costs and makes it possible to identify a genuine return on the employer’s investment in employee benefits.
GEB provides a real alternative to employers that have traditionally been limited to choosing from the big four benefit consultants.
PARTNERSHIP SCOOPS BEST ENHANCED ANNUITY PROVIDER FOR SECOND YEAR IN ROW AT INVESTMENT LIFE AND PENSIONS MONEYFACTS AWARDS 2011
November 14th 2011
Partnership has been voted BEST ENHANCED ANNUITY PROVIDER for the SECOND year running. Partnership was also HIGHLY COMMENDED in the BEST ANNUITY SERVICE category.
Accepting the award, Partnership’s Chief Operating Officer JANE KENNEDY said: “This prestigious award recognizes the hard work that Partnership’s staff put into providing excellent products and services for our customers.
We continue to listen to what advisers need and in turn are committed to enabling them to provide their clients with a first class service’.
This award follows Partnership’s recent Health Insurance Awards 2011 ‘Hat Trick’ winning “Best Long Term Care Provider “for the third year in a row.
Bloxham Midas Global Absolute Return Fund records remarkable 8.5 per cent plus rise in 13 months since launch in October 2010 with low volatility
November 15th 2011
The Midas Global Absolute Return Fund is UP 8.5 per cent year on year (Oct 2010 – Nov 2011) with lower volatility
Offshore absolute return sector average up just 0.66% per cent in the same period
The Fund produced a positive return on 7 of the 10 worst days in global equity markets over the past year demonstrating its strong downside protection characteristics.
The Fund trades in liquid large cap stocks in Europe and the US
Midas system covers over 2,000 stocks and sectors producing both a bottom up & top down view of critical signals in the market
Maximum net long or short exposure of the fund 30%
Fund’s design protects against significant market gyration
Also ring fences against strong sell offs in the equity markets
November 11 2011
For immediate distribution
PROTEAN INVESTMENTS launches inflation beating, Gilt-backed bond
Projected returns of RPI + 3 per cent p.a. meets investor demand for real returns in troubled times
18 per cent over six years – plus inflation (currently c5 per cent pa)
Backed by UK Gilts
Ring fenced in the event of issuer default
Taxed to CGT
PROTEAN INVESTMENTS has launched a six year bond designed to deliver inflation-beating returns to investors without exposing them to the default risk associated with traditional corporate bond offerings.
The RPI Plus Note is fully collateralised with UK Government Bonds (replaced by other G7-issued bonds if the UK government defaults) which means investors don’t need to worry about the catastrophic risks associated with a company default. Investors’ capital is at risk only if the FTSE 100 Index halves, in which case investors will be affected by any market fall at the end of the 6 year investment term.