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UK power prices soar after key cable hit by blaze

Posted on 16th September, 2021

The fire at the National Grid site broke out just after midnight on Wednesday A key electricity cable between Britain and France has been shut down, sending wholesale energy prices soaring. National Grid said a fire and planned maintenance at a site near Ashford in Kent means the cable will...

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Apple iPhone 13 brings portrait mode for video

Posted on 15th September, 2021

Apple has announced its new iPhone 13, which can film “portrait mode” videos with a depth of field effect. The new cinematic mode “anticipates when someone is about to enter the frame” and shifts focus to them, Apple said – something known as “pull focus”. It is the only smartphone...

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Apple rushes to block ‘zero-click’ iPhone spyware

Posted on 14th September, 2021

Apple has issued a software patch to block so-called “zero-click” spyware that could infect iPhones and iPads. Independent researchers identified the flaw, which lets hackers access devices through the iMessage service even if users do not click on a link or file. The problem affects all of the technology giant’s...

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Ofgem warns soaring gas prices will feed into customer bills

Posted on 9th September, 2021

Ofgem has said that UK household energy bills will be affected by soaring prices of fossil fuels globally. The energy regulator told the BBC that increasing prices, for gas in particular, “will feed into all customer energy bills in the UK”. It described the energy price cap as one of...

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UK fires up coal power plant as gas prices soar

Posted on 7th September, 2021

The UK has fired up an old coal power plant to meet its electricity needs. Warm, still autumn weather has meant wind farms have not generated as much power as normal, while soaring prices have made it too costly to rely on gas. As a result, National Grid ESO –...

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Gas and electricity supplier HUB Energy enters administration.

Posted on 26th August, 2021

Hub Energy, a gas and electricity supplier with around 6,000 domestic customers, and 9,000 non-domestic customers, has ceased to trade. Under Ofgem’s safety net, the energy supply of Hub Energy’s customers will continue and outstanding credit balances of domestic customers will be protected. Ofgem said it will choose a new supplier...

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Internet revamp for the humble landline

Posted on 17th August, 2021

The technology that currently powers landline telephones is to be switched off in 2025 – but don’t panic, you will still be able to have a handset in the hallway should you wish. The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) is a modern version of 19th Century technology – it is...

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Increasing Telephony Costs & Potential Utility Refunds

Posted on 18th September, 2020

Telecoms:   BT are introducing two further price increases from September and October 2020.  Generally, other suppliers will follow suit and we would recommend forwarding a copy of your latest invoice (regardless of your current supplier) to see if you will be impacted.  Due to our large client base, we are...

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Coronavirus: Chancellor Unveils £350bn Lifeline For Economy

Posted on 18th March, 2020

The government has unveiled a package of financial measures to shore up the economy against the coronavirus impact.  It includes £330bn in loans, £20bn in other aid, a business rates holiday, and grants for retailers and pubs.  Help for airlines is also being considered.  Chancellor Rishi Sunak told a press...

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Business Rates Suspended in 2020 Budget

Posted on 12th March, 2020

Budget 2020: Business Rates Suspended For Shops and Cafes Tens of thousands of England’s retail, leisure and hospitality firms will not pay any business rates in the coming year, the chancellor has announced.  Companies with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for the tax holiday, Rishi...

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