• electric vehicles

    Ground Control invests in Tesla electric vehicles

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  • ZSL London

    Plant takes botanical world’s first selfie at ZSL London Zoo

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  • Smart technology pilot scheme for Belfast parks

    A ‘smart’ pilot project using sensors, artificial intelligence and community currency is underway in a number of locations across Belfast. It is aimed at helping Belfast City Council manage its parks and open spaces as part of the Council’s Smart Belfast programme. The ‘Amazing Spaces, Smart Places’ initiative is being trialled for two weeks. Following a competition launched last October, five companies have been awarded funding of up to £20,000 each to explore how data and innovative technologies can help Council manage open spaces in Belfast. It will look at issues such as safety and the user experience, as well…

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  • Social Media

    How useful do you think social media is to your business?

    Social media is a part of most people’s everyday lives and businesses are using it more frequently. Hootsuite have reported that as of January 2019 3.48 billion people use social media, this is a 9% increase on last year and means that 45% of the worlds population are now using social media. Hootsuite also reported that 40% of digital consumers use social networks to research new brands or products. With such a huge number of people using social media it seems like a perfect way to promote your business, conduct audience research and engage with your clients/customers. However, in our…

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  • The RHS has called for people to put down their phones and pick up a spade

    As part of its Greening Great Britain Campaign, the RHS is calling for the nation to drop their devices and pick up a spade this Easter.   A new Ipsos MORI study has shown that of those surveyed (31%) will spend 9 hours or more on smartphones outside of work and school. Compared to gardening (4%) in a typical week, in spring.   The survey also shows that 64% of people spend three hours or more on smartphones outside of work and school in a week. Whilst 31% will spend three hours or more gardening this spring.   The RHS…

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  • Perennial

    Perennial launches online budgeting tool

    In 2018, Perennial helped people in horticulture access nearly £4 million in financial assistance. A recent financial wellbeing survey of working-age people found that 94% worry about money. Of this group over three quarters say it impacts their work. Less than half of employees surveyed had a financial plan and debt was cited as an issue for 58% of people. Perennial is combating some of these money worries for people working in horticulture, including those who are self-employed, looking for work or retired, with its easy-to-use online budgeting tool.   Wendy Tozer, Debt Advice Manager at Perennial, says: “Most of…

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