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Expats in UAE can Relax with New Visa Regulations

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

We will not be moved: New Statistics Reveal Homeowners are Staying Put

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

The Expat Life – Preparing for your new life abroad

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

6 of the Best Vegan-Friendly Countries to Emigrate to

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

7 Ways to Survive Onboard a 17 Hour Flight with Toddlers

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

2018’s Best places to retire abroad

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. Top 10 ... Read more

Leatherbarrows ‘swing high’ for local youth rugby team

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

Smoking hot fire walk

This year Britannia Reeves will be taking part in a charity fire walk for The Rainbow Centre in Fareham on Friday 16th March. The brave soles (get it?) that will be put through this mind-over-matter challenge are – Andy Shotbolt (Director), Matt Ede (Manager), Gavin Rabbets (Driver) and Darren Creasey (Driver).   Matt Ede said, “We are facing our fears and walking 15ft on smouldering hot coals. It may sound tough, but we have been informed it is perfectly safe. Some people say they ... Read more

Changing of the guard

It is with bittersweet sadness that Britannia announces the retirement of Brian Miles who has been the Operations Manager for Britannia Lanes of Cornwall for almost 37 years. Brian’s last day will be on Friday 22nd December 2017, he was 31 years old when he joined the company in February 1981, if you compare the photo of him when he joined in 1981 and the recent photo of him in 2017 you can see he has aged pretty well and managed ... Read more

Fresh lick of paint

Over the last few months Britannia Harrison & Rowley has been transitioning back into a newly refurbished set of offices. Seeing as their sister company Britannia Pink & Jones have been built a very new and modern warehouse and offices, it was only fitting that Britannia Harrison & Rowley received some much-needed TLC, which came in the form of a complete re-fit. The office has been rebuilt to house two separate offices and a large communal office for the staff. There is ... Read more
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