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Memoires of a City Boy: Lloyd’s of London 1987 few months and then did stints at the Household Comp box, Aviation syndicates which were down stairs and Marine syndicates on the ground floor, before being introduced to the claims functions and back offices before finally being permanently assigned to Syndicate 204, which specialised in Bankers Blanket Bond, Professional Indemnity and Contingency insurances.

When I first started on my Insurance career, it was in the big shiny Lloyd’s building in Lime Street, London. Hailed as a marvel of Architecture and innovation, the building was a huge stainless steel shell with all the mechanical services like lifts and air ducts pinned to the outside so as to maximise the floor space on the inside that the Lloyd’s At Syndicate 204, I quickly Corporation could then rent to insurance learned the importance of the Insurer & companies for around £350 per sqr ft. Broker relationship. Up until 11.00am our most loyal brokers would be able to book a We tried to start work early, standing appointment where they could getting into the Lloyd’s market around drop in and see the underwriters to get 7.30am after a hour or so commute. It was quotes there and then. The remainder of a strange environment at that time of day, the day was left for brokers prepared to always a cold crisp atmosphere on account queue and wait their turn, sometimes for that the building was designed to take part days at a time with long ‘carry over’ lists of its heat from the multitude of people being written out every lunch end evening that would buzz around the floors later in so people would know their place the the day. I would wind my way up the following session. There was always some escalators to the 3rd floor, weaving banter, some market gossip and then between the large flat desks (or boxes as down to business. they were known) giving the occasional ‘morning’ to the even earlier arrivals than “This one is a nice one sir….” myself. Always the standard introduction for the first presentation the broker withdrew The ‘box’ where I worked was from his case (known as a slip case), about 10ft long and 6ft wide with eight written out on a long piece of folding card seats arranged in two-seat benches along which the broker would ceremoniously the long sides. The box and benches were unfurl before our eyes. Note the ‘sir’. It was a beech wood colour and the desktops had a very formal place to work. The Doormen leather writing surfaces embedded in who checked your security passes and them. The benches were square bottomed dress code always called you sir, much to with an upright back so you could not my initial amusement as for the previous slouch back in your seat, they had blue 10 years I was the one calling the tutors at padded cushions to add a degree of school sir! comfort to an otherwise puritan design. I sat next to (or as they said inside) an At 11.00am sharp everyone at the underwriter who specialised in box progressed out of the building for a International Property business, especially break. As we weaved our way back around South African Mining, for which he was all the boxes towards the escalator, we known as a market leader. would approach one of the bigger syndicates in the market. There was always The underwriting syndicate something going on here. One of the where I worked was known as Sturge Non- underwriters was a short grey haired man Marine Syndicate 210, I worked here for a who had a special cushion he sat on to

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bedsits and in shared housing throughout the city. Roundabout also offers young people a comprehensive programme of training and involvement which breaks the cycle of homelessness and develops long term independent living skills. Due to having so many properties, and young people moving in and out frequently, we rely on Armadillo who kindly donate storage to ensure furniture can be kept for when we need it. This allows us to keep our costs to a minimum and ensure as much money as possible is raised for the charity and goes towards helping our beneficiaries. If you are interested in volunteering for the charity or finding out more information then please visit:

Everyone at Armadillo has been extremely generous and helpful in their support of Macmillan. The storage space is essential for the charity. It means our local team of fundraisers has easy and immediate access to the resources needed to help our supporters with their fundraising. The staff are friendly and approachable and really go the extra mile for us, whether it be; helping us network with other companies, volunteering and they are even planning to raise funds by taking part in a Zip Wire Challenge off the top of the Manchester Imperial War Museum! This all means more money Roundabout is can go to support people affected by cancer in the local area. If you would Sheffield's local like to support Macmillan in some way, youth housing then please get in touch on 07545 419 charity, and provides shelter, support and life skills to homeless young people. 725 or visit our volunteering page: We provide accommodation at our emergency hostel and support young ved people to live independently in secure

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Sheffieldr supports those who want to make their communities better places for young people by providing activities and things to do. Sheffieldr helps with everything from finding volunteers or sourcing local venues to hold activities and even providing equipment. Armadillo Storage allows us to cheaply store equipment like tents, instruments, DJ decks, bikes and more, which we loan to youth groups for only £1 per week. This gives young people in Sheffield the opportunity to try new things without youth clubs investing in equipment. We currently have a ‘Spring Things To Do Guide’ online for activities and events for young people here: If you think that you could help by donating equipment or if you want to volunteer then we are looking for professionals to become charity trustees as well as taking on roles in project management. We have a range of opportunities and lots more information on our website:



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People mediate solutions in all kinds of every day settings without even realising what they are a part of. Some experiences are in response to something immediate and provoke a “think on your feet” kind of reaction. Others are more drawn out leading to the informal mediator acting as go between before parties agree to speak. Typical examples are where managers meet with staff after hours to talk over disagreements, traders meet together to discuss parking issues, staff meet to decide who cleans the communal kitchen Applying mediation etc. processes and skills in the workplace in an informal The components of manner can be helpful when informal mediation are the used in the correct same as those performed in the circumstances but, it is formal environment. Checking important to reflect on how that people want to talk with quickly things can spiral out of someone facilitating the control if the ability to evidence conversation is key to getting impartiality is lost. To do this things moving followed by the effectively a “mediator” must be question “why are we here?”. aware of their personal biases, Moving into the negotiation interests and opinions and be means the “mediator” must able to set them aside for the ensure everyone involved gets duration of the discussion. their time to speak in an uninterrupted manner,

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Judge Jane removal of taxation and inflation. The initial impact of the recession did not stop the rise in RAHDI levels but, the imposition of austerity has resulted in it reversing rapidly and particularly during 2013 when it fell significantly. During the same period the Office for National Statistic (ONS) reported that household wealth also rose in the period 2007 – 2012 but, this is revealing the contradictory consequences of government policy.

JJane At some point in 2014 GDP will finally recover its pre recession peak almost six years after the longest and deepest slump since the Great Depression of the 30’s. Many have suffered but, small and medium business has borne the brunt of the slowest recovery in living memory. Of concern for continued future growth is the fact that as the economy advances at a moderate rate there is no equivalent rise in living standards for the bulk of the population. This means only a small minority are receiving a benefit from the rise in output responsible for generating this growth. A clearer picture of the reality for most is evident if we refer to the activity shown in measurements of RAHDI (Real Adjusted Household Disposable Income) - figures which take into account the total net income of households after the

will once again cease – causing further stagnation. Cutting business taxation and subsidising the loss to the Treasury of that income through cuts to public spending and a rise in VAT has not produced the promised rewards in the form of a reduced deficit or a growth in personal wealth for those of who find ourselves labelled as “hard working families”.

In an effort to balance the impact of austerity on GDP the government is attempting to artificially increase the value of household wealth by inflating the stock market and by implication share values and house prices which are the measurements used. Evidence of support for this is visible in such initiatives as the controversial “Help to Buy” scheme.

Small business and the communities we serve are desperate for a serious and sustainable approach to economic recovery. With no sign of any such commitments from government or opposition we must ensure to manage our commercial and financial relationships ever more carefully and consider our options accordingly. Most importantly we must make more effort to Because consumption is not an understand the gap between fact “input” to growth it cannot “lead” its and fiction in the “good news” development. Economic growth is reports in the media. a function of the amount and quality of the capital and labour deployed in the economy as well as some contribution from technological change. Until and unless investment values rise and are able to generate more capital for the purpose of expanding capacity in the economy this continued fall in living standards and disposable income will continue. Sooner or later lenders will begin to notice movement toward another household debt crisis and lending


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your customers? When I worked at one gym our membership services manager was heavily overweight, although it was never officially recorded I can assure you that when she was on the front of house the number of new sign ups fell. Is that why they removed her from front of house? When I was a medical student I frequently heard doctors tell patients to lose weight- what did they do themselves? Consider the doctor who told a patient to stop smoking, lose weight and stop drinking. He had a pint in one hand, a cigarette in the other, he was 12 stone overweight and was telling this to the patient.

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Will your employee’s obesity incur extra costs for you? Consider the heavily overweight lady whose employer had to buy a heavy duty chair for her to sit in. The problem here is that the employer could not Very recently the afford it but she was so specialised case of midwife hit she was irreplaceable. Could you . She was a midwife afford this? the telling her patients to lose weight but she was heavily overweight. It’s In part 2 I’ll detail more not her fault, the NHS working implications for obesity and environment breeds obesity. If you businesses. In the meantime go to see my youtube channel and download dtraining you’ll see a post on this. I think it’s only a matter of time it may well save you a lot of money! before an employee sues for an I also do lunchtime talks for obesity breeding working businesses on health and fitness environment. Do you remember the so if you want one get in touch. case in which he sued the employer for stress and won? Are you prepared for such a lawsuit? Will your insurance cover you? Can your obese employee do the job? I train one lady who was so overweight it was making her so short of breath she was struggling


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than a man building an ark. There’s an appearance from Ray ) Winstone ( as a group leader hoping to take control of the ark Noah has built. The film also stars Emma Watson ( ) and Jennifer Connolly ). ( Although the subject matter may not be what gets some people to the cinema, big stars and even bigger set designs and effects should make the epic worth a watch.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 This is one blockbuster sequel that has been highly anticipated ever since it’s planned release. After the success with the first, which was a remake itself, the sequel is sure to be bigger and many hope, better than the first. We left the story as Peter Parker ( ) had defeated The Lizard and promised Gwen Stacy’s ) father he would protect ( her, this resulting in Peter deciding to keep his distance. Now we not only see that this was impossible for him to do but he has some new foes he has to defeat. Peter is still struggling with keeping the balance in his life, the ordinary life and troubles of high school and the responsibilities he faces as Spider-Man. The one thing he can’t let go of is the mystery surrounding the disappearance of his father. As he digs deeper into his past, he

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Don’t be tempted to buy or put out tender bedding until much later, in this area mid to late May is ideal, and even then be prepared to cover it if necessary. Deadhead daffodils and narcissi; give them a liquid feed high in potash or a sprinkling of bonemeal and then let them die down naturally, Don’t cut off the leaves as they are necessary to replenish the bulb for next year. Keep deadheading spring bedding to keep it looking its best and to encourage new flowers.

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