Initially, there were Capital and Gemini which became one.
The contact number remains the same and is easy to remember - check the website HERE. It is in fact hard not to notice the cars, because there are so many of them. A bit like the yellow cabs of New York...they are everywhere.
Some cars are: eco friendly/hybrid/electric and this is also what Apple Taxis is after. Their eco policy is rather interesting:
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What do most customers want from a business? Efficiency, great customer service, punctuality especially when it is to catch a train or plane. Lateness is not acceptable. Fear not as all drivers from this company are real experts to drive you from A to B without any hassle.
Technology is also onboard. Each driver has a device which allows the Head Office to track their exact position. What does this mean?
For instance, when/if you call the main switchboard number, the operator will check which car is the nearest from your address. The waiting time to pick you up will be shorter than normal and when you contact them by using your smartphone, you will receive a text when the taxi is outside your building.
An impressive change which gives the new and existing users a real faith into their service. No real stress and hassle of being late for your meeting or else. Everything is correctly timed.
The service is overall pleasing and there is always the question whether you need a receipt. Business cards are also available in case you want to pass their details to a local business or some friends.
Prince George is almost two (in July). It is April 2015 and Kate is due to give birth anytime now. No one exactly know whether she is expecting a boy or a girl. It will be a surprise for of all us.
For some unknown reasons, there have been guesses about the eventual names of the newborn. It is always surprising that people have nothing better to do than anticipating such decisions. In the end it could be a rather unusual name that wasn't even on the "potential" list. Reporters, journalists and other editors like to create a buzz around the private/secret life of The Royal Family!
The second person in the limelight of parenthood is Keira Knightley! Indeed, the actress who was in many costume dramas is pregnant and has not been shy to show it.
Various newspapers, magazines have published images either when she is casually shopping or during The Oscars.
There is always a kind of rush to get photographs of pregnant celebrities.
Then it is about the first channel, radio station and magazine to announce the birth with as many information as possible with a lot of "if", because nothing is really clear.
The fashion is also something to take into consideration. For the mother to be but also for the future baby. Everything is observed and scanned very closely, because it is always good to know what these women have been wearing during the nine months previous to the birth of their little one.
From 6th April 2015, things are changing for anyone aged 55 and over with a pension pot!
Indeed, all the money saved for your old days, can now be released for whatever reason.
This is welcome by many - but can also be dangerous as people could go to an endless shopping spree.
Of course, all depends on the amount available but there is no restriction.
A couple could decide to buy a sports car, go to luxury hotels and get the best meals and stay in expensive hotels throughout the world. Meanwhile, the direction of investment property and the buy-to-let is the popular choice for many. There is no need to rush a transaction whether it is for a car, clothes or travel. The excitement is natural though... because it is something which could change your lifestyle.
A few UK pension companies were ready to receive their clients on Easter Monday - so much so that their offices/branches were open on that particular Bank Holiday!
The Guardian wrote a detailed article about the pension pot revolution and its danger - see HERE.
Surely, when you reach a certain age you are getting wiser but who knows - especially when suddenly you can get something instantly by unlocking this amount of cash, initially destined to cover your life after work.
The great thing is that most sensible people will think, and then decide what is best. Because investing is certainly a great idea - as long as it is worse it and with minimum risks. It would be awful to see all this financial effort reduced to nothing due to an inconsiderate decision.
...The Association of British Insurers, which represents the big pension firms, has warned consumers not to “panic or rush into making decisions” and to be on their guard...
Nowadays, getting a mortgage whether you are first buyer or not can be hectic and stressful. Now, this important announcement may allow parents/grand-parents to invest for themselves but also support their child(ren) and grand-child(ren) as the deposit is usually the main problem.
A mortgage monthly payment is generally cheaper than a rent (sometimes it can be half the actual amount required by the proprietor). The credit crunch didn't help the potential buyers because most banks became careful about who to lend money to. It became a chain reaction or a snowball effect - call it whatever you want but families started to struggle to get through their expenses without asking for help and support.
Financial establishments started to reduce allowances and this triggered a situation where UK housing repossession was involved. It is a serious matter with heavy consequences, where a protocol and procedures need to be followed (read HERE).
Will the pension pot new rules/legislation change the UK economy and the way people deal with their finances?
A few years back weekends were dedicated to leaving the urban space for a bit of trekking, walking and even camping on the Moors...or just visiting the countryside.
Of course, if you got to a remote part of the United Kingdom (this could be Cornwall or Lundy Island), there will be no reception on your e-gadget (smartphone or tablet). And THIS is maybe a reason why there is a real concentration of people in the urban landscape. People want and like to browse the internet and social media like it has a become a 21st century addiction.
Nature is unique an d beautiful... but individuals don't seem to appreciate this anymore. You can hear the words "boring" or just "there is nothing to do there". When in fact, there is so much to see and discover or explore.
The main concern is about: overpopulation + overdevelopment = overshoot.
It is important to think of future businesses as being visible and accessible online. Potential customers/clients don't want hassle - they usually want a service straight away with as little questions as possible.
Browsing the internet is nowadays something "natural" for most of us whether you are just looking for something particular/specific or jut bored of what is in the newspapers and on television.
Some are consequently questioning if the Exeter Pound is a viable project or just... a waste of efforts and papers.
...Exeter Pound will be a local currency to support local traders by diverting more of the money currently spent in chains, and then encouraging those traders to spend locally as well... Source
Of course, there always are sceptical individuals when a new idea is submitted, but it might well be worth the investment to put Exeter on a city map with that little thing which can change its profile within the existing community.
Now something new is in the pipeline: a new structure which will be located by Battersea Power Station in order to connect between Nine Elms and Pimlico district.
As this is a rather impressive project, over seventy architectural companies have entered a competition with various shapes, colours and ideas to show what kind of work could be done to give the English capital another buzz.
Some results are rather avant-garde and might just be kept as a concept.
As you can see, some of these creations are more than just a path to go over The Thames... a real work of art giving a new dimension to a walk from A to B.