From 2004 to 2014, car exports in the UK doubled in value. This year alone, overseas customers have bought £24.8bn in British made cars.
The average value of luxurious UK made cars such as Jaguar Land Rover, BMW’s MINI brand and Bentley has doubled as well. This number was at £10,200 a decade ago but is now at over £20,000 according to an economy report at The Financial Times.
Industry experts see those numbers as an affirmation for the quality and confidence in British engineering and products. The CEO of SMMT in a public statement: “This reflects the thriving nature of our domestic industry and our global reputation for engineering expertise.With booming production volumes and the increasing value of UK car manufacturing, we are enjoying healthy demand from both growing and established markets.”
Despite the positive trend in the number of British car exports, some experts are criticizing that only a mere 30% of the value in British made cars is made from UK-built components. Other countries such as Germany are doing better in that regards. As compared to the UK, more than twice of a car’s value there comes from components made in Germany.
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For pretty much any type of business today, proper workplace ergonomics can make a big difference. An ergonomic workplace can be the key to prevent many of today’s common health problems. Those types of health issues that are brought on by insufficient ergonomics can include common ailments such as back pain or joint pains along with other health issues that affect millions of employees today.
With better ergonomics at work, businesses can not only provide their employees better work environments but they can moreover save significant costs.
Healthier employees mean less expenses for health care and treatment. In addition to that, a healthier place of work can also increase productivity and output.
For businesses, a workstation or desk assessment is the best way to see whether a particular workstation confirms to the latest standards in the workplace ergonomics.
This type of desk assessments is done by professionals and comprises to check all relevant factors that can play a role when it comes to proper ergonomics.
There are two types of workstation and desk assessments: on site desk assessments and online workstation assessments.
On site desk assessments are suitable for smaller or a medium-sized businesses. A team of professionals will assess workstations as the name implies “on site” and in person.
For larger companies with a big number of work stations, online desk assessments can be conducted as well. During those assessments, employees are guided through a number of questions online. Those questions help to discover potential problems with ergonomics.
Professional desk assessments the best and most effective way to help businesses to make workplaces and workstations ergonomic.
When it comes to planning for a great career for your children later on in their life you cannot start early enough. Proof for this comes in the form of a recent study which shows that those who attended good schools are on average getting the better jobs.
The BBC goes so far as to talk about a “wage premium” for former pupils of private schools.
Children in the United Kingdom who are privately educated have been found to earn almost £200,000 more between the ages of 26 and 42 as compared to those in state schools, according to the study.
So what is the reason for this “wage premium”?
Pupils who attended private school in the UK are more likely to get better exam results and will more likely visit one of the nation’s top universities. Those are criteria employers are highly valuing today, giving those pupils a significant edge on today’s competitive job market.
Now, ministers are saying that reforms are “closing the gap” between the rich and the poor. Today, more average income families than ever before can afford schooling their children privately.
With private schooling come more benefits, aside the obvious better career chances. If you’re interested to find a good private school for your children you can start with the list of independent school at Wikipedia. For those in the Hertfordshire area, the Kingshottschool is one of the recommended private schools in Hertfordshire.
In the United Kingdom there exist strict regulations that pertain to furniture and furnishings within any property that is made available for let.
Furnishings and the materials used must undergo rigorous fire resistance testing to ensure they comply with the Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.
What types of furnishings and furniture are affected by those safety regulations?
* Sofa-beds, futons and other convertibles
* Beds, headboards of beds and mattresses
* Garden furniture that is used indoors
* Nursery furniture
* Scatter cushions and seat pads
* Loose and stretch covers for furniture
Landlords can read more about those fire safety regulations at http://www.nihe.gov.uk/furnishings