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When networking works

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Thursday 19 November saw the 7th half yearly gathering of the movers and shakers of the Manchester Asset Finance scene, on this occasion at Restaurant Bar and Grill. As usual the event was hosted by Bermans Solicitors and Excel-A-Rate were well represented by David, Colin and Zach.



An International Balloon Fiesta First!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

On the morning of Friday 7th August , history was made. During the 37th Tribute International Balloon Fiesta in Bristol, the first ever solar powered balloon carrying passengers made its maiden voyage. Of the 130 balloons that took part in the festival, only the one was powered by the sun.

Made from polyurethane-coated nylon the balloon has two sides of different colour; one side is black to absorb the heat and cause the balloon to rise, the other side is silver to insulate the balloon and reflect heat. The side facing the sun can be rotated, depending on whether the pilot wants the balloon to ascend (black side) or descend (silver side).


Bank lending on the rise since its 2008 crash, finally!

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Bank lending on the rise since its 2008 crash, finally!

In 2008, bank lending to businesses peaked at £575bn, however has declined year-on-year since. Never the less, in a strange turn of events, the extra £4.3bn of lending offered in the beginning of 2015 indicates a potential rise of 0.25% this year, even following a dramatic net plummet in June after big businesses paid off debts. In the first half of 2015, businesses borrowed £103bn from banks, up 19% from last year at just £88.6bn during the same period; don’t forget that the total stock of loans to firms is still well down on the 2008 peak.

Boosting Business investment is an essential factor in restoring the countries shaky productivity record and putting economic recovery on a sustainable footing.


Farming of the Future – drones and driverless tractors

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Farming could be set for a change with new technologies what does the future hold. With 60% of Britain’s farmland now being managed by precision methods, such as sensor systems, cameras, virtual field maps and GPS-guided tractors, it is not surprising that research is being undertaken to develop the next big step in the world of farming: Drones and driverless tractors. These technologies are fuelling what is being called the “new agricultural revolution”.

Clive Blacker, an arable farmer realised 20 years ago that change was looming and whilst sat on a tractor he thought about the amount of variability in the fields. Every field has its good bits, and every field has its bad bits, however he felt that they were all being treated the same. This was when Blacker began to experiment with nascent technologies such as yield mapping. With the development of the technologies Blacker stated “I think that all of this technology has the potential to make farming far more sustainable as well as profitable”.


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