Monday, September 3rd, 2018
When you experience a yearning to move overseas, one of the first questions likely to crop up is what country should I live in?! Often, UK citizens automatically consider Europe as their first choice, simply due to the ease of remaining close enough to family members. However, with the recent turmoil and confusion surrounding Brexit, it’s becoming a choice filled with uncertainty and understandably, wannabe expats are feeling forced to reconsider where to live in the world, outside of Europe. Let’s be ...Read more
Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
With each new headline and constantly changing Brexit situation, expats are understandably feeling somewhat confused and uncertain about their futures. Tensions remain high as the negotiations between the UK and EU reach breaking point. There appear to be far more questions than answers at this time and this is causing much confusions for everyone. Is there now the potential for there to be no deal at all? What might the implications be is this were happen? There continues to be so many unknowns.
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Although buying a home can be an exciting adventure, it is also one of the most stressful and daunting decisions you will ever make – especially when it’s your first time. The decisions you make along the way when buying a property could save you – or cost you many thousands of pounds, so to help you through this tumultuous journey, here is Britannia’s guide to buying a home.
Is buying a home right for you? According to a survey by the ...Read more
Thursday, July 12th, 2018
The new regulations around visas and foreign company ownership are set to have significant positive impacts on expats living and working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). For expats looking to emigrate to UAE this is very good news and may indeed spark a flurry to relocate or set up businesses here. Historically, the system has been far from attractive for expats and honestly quite impractical. The inflexible and rigid visa restrictions saw job seekers struggling to find suitable work due to ...Read more
Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
According to recent data collected from the IMLA (The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association), UK homeowners are moving house 50% less often than they did 30 years ago! Moving home was historically a fairly regular occurrence with homeowners moving on average, every 7.4 years. However, now the market is barely moving with homeowners choosing to stay put for almost 20 years! In stark comparison, first-time buyer statistics are on the rise, largely as a result of the introduction of various government initiatives like the ...Read more
So you’re looking to make your dream of moving out of the UK a reality? You may be feeling a mixture of emotions as you start to take action towards your goal. Feeling like you are on an emotional roller coaster is quite common when undertaking any big life change, so you may find yourself experiencing fear and excitement all at the same time! This is completely normal and to be expected as there is much to look forward to and ...Read more
Choosing a vegan diet is something that is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, for a variety of reasons, such as health benefits or to reduce environmental impact etc. As a result of this growing demand, more and more vegan products are being developed and the range of choices available in restaurants is significantly increasing. In fact, some might say, there is now so much choice it has become a much easier dietary change and transition. You may have found that with ...Read more
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
With the recent historic first non-stop commercial flight from the UK to Australia, it brings up a lot of questions about what this actually means in practice for flyers. Yes, you and your family are indeed spared the frustrating changeovers – disembarking, walking, queuing, waiting around, boarding again! However, let’s not forget that 17 hours is a long time to be cooped up in a confined space. As adults, it can present a whole host of interesting challenges and when you ...Read more
Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
If you are considering retiring abroad in 2018 or just curious where the best places might be then according to a report by The International Living Annual Global Retirement Index, the number 1 location is Costa Rica (up from No.4 in 2017). The International Living Annual Global Retirement Index collects data for 24 countries, ranking them for 12 categories ranging from health care to climate to entertainment and amenities. They also rank each country on its stability and its political environment.
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Britannia Leatherbarrows have sponsored the new Oakmeadians Under 9’s match shirts. Andrew Pittwood (Financial Accounts Controller for Britannia Leatherbarrows) stepson Liam Chandler-Brown, plays for the team, which Rob Dance kindly agreed to sponsor. “The Under 9’s were the only team in the rugby club that didn’t have proper Oakmeadians match shirts, so they were playing their games in handed down training kits. As the team play their home matches at Meyrick Park in Bournemouth but play away all over Dorset and into ...Read more