Ikea Starts United Kingdom Solar Push

United Kingdom: Bonnie Tyler to receive a BASCA award

The pop icon represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest this year with Believe in Me. Born in Skewen, South Wales she has released over sixteen studio albums. Her biggest successes include the album Faster Than The Speed Of Night in 1983, which included multi-platinum selling power ballads Total Eclipse Of The Heart and Holding Out For A Hero. Simon Darlow, Chairman of BASCA commented -I love the Gold Badge Awards! They are warmly given to those who contribute so much, often behind the scenes, to make our business so successful. It’s an honour and a pleasure for BASCA to give these awards in celebration of their achievements. Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive of PRS for Music said :The Gold Badge Awards celebrate those from across the business, who through their professional endeavours, benefit the work of songwriters and composers. Film production, art work, industry and legal support to management and performance all have a crucial part to play in keeping British music on a global stage. The recipients this year are all worthy winners and Im delighted we have the chance to celebrate and recognise their contribution. Stay tuned to esctoday.com for more news and information on Bonnie Tyler and the Eurovision Song Contest . inside article MAM

New Market Research Report: United Kingdom Tourism Report Q4 2013

“You can assemble your own kitchen, but we’re not suggesting people install their own solar panels on their roof,” Steve Howard, the company’s sustainability chief told The Wall Street Journal. “It’s a real business and if we take this to global scale it will be of course a commercial business. You’ve got to make some profit from it.” The company is the first furniture retailer to offer solar panels to everyday customers.The furniture giant is also looking at other locations where it can possibly sell the product in order to meet customer’s demand for sustainable products. Recently, Ikea has pushed a selection of products meant to conserve energy. These include LED bulbs, ultra efficient appliances and products which conserve water.According to The Journal, solar panels can be expensive for customers, however, Ikea said it has furniture available for less than its competitors because it cuts prices, and rounds out low margins. “You don’t have to care about the environment and climate change, you can just care about the finances,” Howard told The Journal. The panels go for 5,700 British pounds a package or $9,200 and could be a customer’s third biggest purchase aside from a house or a car.In total, the company brings in an appraised $100 million in revenue a year by generating its own electricity The Journal reported. The company has installed over half a million panels on roofs of stores and factories. It also owns many wind turbines which generate energy in several European countries, along with the United States. While Ikea has made strides in the solar panel business, Wal-Mart is currently the the largest commercial owner of the items having had panels installed at 200 stores by the end of last year.

United Kingdom oil refinery strike vote raises prospect of North Sea disruption

However we are calculating a slight decline on our previous Q4 forecast as the continuing economic downturn in much of Europe over this period is likely to act as a deterrent for potential tourists. However the other regions are forecast to see a growth in arrivals over 2013 and we have increased our forecasts for inbound tourists from these regions. After a period of significant infrastructure development and hotel-building activity in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games, the scene may now be set for more modest overall growth in the UK’s hotel industry. Recent developments include: * Accor is launching a new brand in the UK, the Adiago aparthotels, the first of which opened in Liverpool in March 2013. * The group also re-launched their Mercure hotel in London in June 2013, following an extensive redesign of the hotel. It is the flagship UK hotel in a brand Accor is hoping to double the size of by 2016. * Over the past quarter ICHG has signed three new hotels to its Holiday Inn brand. UK construction company Balfour Beatty secured a contract worth GBP121mn (US$181.5mn) to build a hotel, leisure and apartment complex for Grove Developments in North Greenwich Peninsula in London. * China-based commercial property and entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group is to develop a hotel and residential project in London. * UK conglomerate Rigby Group has acquired a majority stake in Exeter International Airport. * The GBP80mn (US$123.5mn) redevelopment of the terminal at Stansted Airport has begun. * UK airports operator Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has awarded BAM Construct, Carillion and Galliford Try a contract for its capital delivery programme framework worth up to GBP100mn (US $156.65mn) annually. * Birmingham International Airport has detailed plans to expand its capacity to rival that of Heathrow. This would see it become the UK’s second long-haul hub.

A key piece of infrastructure, the facility also powers and is the terminal for the Forties pipeline, a key conduit for around one third of North Sea crude. Grangemouth is also connected to an import terminal. Keywords: By BEN WINKLEY LONDON — Workers at Scotland’s Grangemouth refinery have voted to strike, raising the prospect of disruption to North Sea crude oil supply. Should the strike go ahead, the 210,000 bpd facility — which is Scotland’s only refinery — would be forced to shut. A key piece of infrastructure, the facility also powers and is the terminal for the Forties Pipeline System, a key conduit for around one third of North Sea crude. Grangemouth is also connected to an import terminal on Scotland’s west coast. Unite, the United Kingdom’s biggest labor union, said that on an 86% turnout some 90.6% of workers voted for industrial action short of a strike, with 9.4% voting against, while 81.4% voted for strike action and 18.6% voted against. The dispute is over the treatment of a labor union representative. Grangemouth is jointly owned by Ineos Group Holdings and PetroChina. Neither were immediately available for comment. Dow Jones Newswires