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TCC GLOBAL ACQUIRES SUMMIT

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TCC Global, a leading, global retail marketing company, has acquired online retailing specialist Summit; apartnership set to create a new generation of digitally-led marketing programmes for retailers.

The deal, advised by Livingstone, sees TCC Global, which turned over €500m in 2015, bring in Summit’s expertise in online retailing to enhance its digital engagement capabilities. Summit, which turned over in excess of £47m in the same year, will retain its established brand and existing senior management team, who have worked on the business for many years.

TCC Global was founded in 1991 by Richard Beattie, the group’s Chairman. Today, TCC Global runs campaigns in more than 70 countries, operating from 34 offices around the world. As one of the biggest players in the loyalty marketing field, it is a global leader in creating campaigns that deliver sustainable sales growth and enhanced brand equity for its clients, including many leading international retailers such as Tesco, Carrefour, Lidl, Aldi, Woolworths Australia and 7-Eleven. TCC Global works with a diverse range of partners to bring its campaigns to life, including global brands such as Disney, MasterChef, Warner Bros., Pyrex and major FMCG suppliers.

Summit was launched in 2000, by CEO and founder Hedley Aylott, and has grown to over 160 staff in three locations across Europe. Summit received investment from Rcapital in 2015, accelerating the company’s growth. The retail specialist, which has transformed the online offering of a list of clients including Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot, Argos, Reckitt Benckiser and Carpetright, brings with it state-of-the-art marketing intelligence platform Forecaster. Forecaster was developed by Summit in 2015 and draws data from a diverse range of sourcesand applies complex statistical models to predict the sales from any given online marketing spend.

Hedley Aylott, co-founder and CEO of Summit said:“The marriage of TCC Global and Summit will help revolutionise the way we shop: together, we are going to take know how from the most digitally sophisticated market, the UK, across the globe. This knowledge, which Summit has, will help TCC Global to deliver even more powerful campaigns for its clients.

Summit’s stronghold of experts and founders, who have been here since the company’s dawn and still remain, will continue on this journey alongside TCC Global, and I wouldn’t go global with anyone else.”

Perry Valkenburg, CEO of TCC Global said:

“Shopper understanding is central to TCC Global’s ethos.  In the new world of retail, where bricks, clicks and commerce fully integrate, it is more important than ever to provide the best possible solutions and ones that address the whole value chain.  We are adding more digital engagement platforms to TCC Global’s portfolio, so Summit’s expertise in online retail and data analytics will be hugely valuable.  As a combined force we can deliver unrivalled expertise to the retail market.

“This is a further innovation to support our customers, following our acquisition of Gametation, the leading digital gamification company, in 2015. A focus of Summit’s expansion is to grow its operations globally. This fits perfectly with our vision to assist our clients in retaining and rewarding their best customers, attracting new shoppers and developing digital engagement platforms to ultimately unlock the power of data and create tailored marketing solutions across the entire online and offline value chain.”

Daniel Domberger, Partner at Livingstone, added: “There was intense interest in Summit but TCC Global had the best vision for the company, and recognised the transformational opportunities Summit can help it unlock. It will undoubtedly be a hugely successful partnership.”

Jamie Constable, CEO, Rcapital, said: “The quality of Summit’s enhanced digital product offering to its blue-chip client base was obvious. I am delighted for both TCC Global and Summit on the exciting future ahead.”

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Duo glide around world’s largest fountain in Dubai

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Paragliders Llorens and Goberna take magical flight above the Palm Fountain.

Horacio Llorens and Rafael Goberna defied gravity to perform The Breaking Pointe flight around the world’s biggest fountain at The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Here is all you need to know:

– Spaniard Llorens is a five-time world champion and Infinity Tumbling Guinness World Record holder, who has performed a series of spectacular projects during the last five years including paragliding with a flock of starlings and with the beautiful Aurora Borealis as a backdrop.

– Brazilian Goberna was a Guinness Book of World Records winner at only 12-years-old and, in December 2016, he took to the skies above one of the seven wonders of the natural world when paragliding at Iguazu Falls.

– This time around, the duo teamed up in Dubai to showcase The Palm Fountain at the Pointe, Palm Jumeirah. They overcame a tricky preparation period to expertly glide between the fountain’s powerful jets of water.

– Spanning across the boulevard, the Palm Fountain features two giant floating platforms covering 14,000 square metres of sea water. Reaching an impressive 105 metres high and lighting up the Dubai sky with 3,000 LED lights, the fountain “dances” to hit songs from sunset until midnight.

– They undertook training first at Paramotor Desert Adventure on January 12 to test out their brakes and motors with technician Ramon Lopez finally arriving after being held up by the heavy snow in Madrid.

– Training was crucial for the challenge of flying during the night with low visibility as safety director Alan Gayton ensured they had a reserve parachute in case of a technical issue with the main parachute. Llorens and Goberna also had to study the movement of the water with great precision in order not to get caught up in the jets of water

– Flying over water, it was also mandatory to have a lifejacket with rescue boats, jet skis and divers on hand which came handy when Goberna suffered a technical malfunction on the first January 14 practice run.

– After repairs long into the night, they returned to Paramotor Desert Adventure to test out the motors again before completing the stunning flight on January 15 with Llorens and Goberna performing in harmony.

– Llorens, 38, revealed: “As soon as we got the opportunity, we wanted to fly there. We needed to know the area really well beforehand and we needed to know how to ‘play’ with the fountain – this was new for us. Such strong streams of water shooting 100 metres up is a lot, so we had to be really prepared.”

– Goberna, 26, explained: “The motor wasn’t flying so good because, prior to arriving in Dubai, it was last used in Europe at high altitude. I needed to adjust the carburettor in the air inside the motor. In the first practice flight over the water, I broke one propeller. I really couldn’t understand what was happening and then another one broke. Eventually, a backup motor was required. After a long journey, the final result was beautiful! The team worked incredibly hard to make it.”

– Llorens added: “The highlight for me was playing between the super shooters with Rafael, because it’s something we’ve never done before; it felt really new and really powerful.”

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EU sets itself jobs, training and equality targets for 2030

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By Jan Strupczewski

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission on Thursday announced goals for the 27-nation bloc to reduce poverty, inequality and boost training and jobs by 2030 as part of a post-pandemic economic overhaul financed by jointly borrowed funds.

The EU executive arm said the European Union should boost employment to 78% in 2030 from 73% in 2019, halve the gap between the number of employed women and men and cut the number of young people neither working nor studying to 9% from 12.6%

“With unemployment and inequalities expected to increase as a fallout of the pandemic, focusing our policy efforts on quality job creation, up- and reskilling and reducing poverty and exclusion is therefore essential to channel our resources where they are most needed,” the commission said.

The goals, which will have to be endorsed by EU leaders, also include an increase in the number of adults getting training every year to adapt to the EU’s transition to a greener and more digitalised economy to 60% from 40% now.

Finally, over the next 10 years, the EU should reduce the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion by 15 million from 91 million in 2019.

“These three 2030 headline targets are deemed ambitious and realistic at the same time,” the commission said.

The goals are part of the EU’s set of 20 social rights, agreed on in 2017, to make the EU more appealing to voters and counter eurosceptic sentiment across the bloc.

They say everybody has the right to quality education throughout their lives and that men and women must have equal opportunities in all areas and be paid the same for work of equal value.

The unemployed have the right to “personalised, continuous and consistent support”, while workers have the right “to fair wages that provide for a decent standard of living”.

(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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UK aero-engineer Meggitt eyes return to growth after pandemic slump

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LONDON (Reuters) – British engineer Meggitt said that it could return to profit growth in 2021 provided there are no further lockdowns, despite a weakening in the struggling aviation market at the end of 2020 and early this year.

Pandemic restrictions halted much flying globally last year and forced plane makers Boeing and Airbus to cut production rates, dragging down suppliers like Meggitt, which makes and services parts for such aircraft.

Meggitt’s underlying operating profit plunged by 53% to 191 million pounds ($267 million) in 2020, it said on Thursday, despite continued growth in its defence business which makes parts for military jets and accounts for about 45% of the business.

Meggitt, however, said it expected air traffic to recover in the second half of the year which would help it return to profit growth over the year, although its guidance for flat revenue disappointed analysts who had expected growth of 6%.

Meggitt’s Chief Executive Tony Wood said in November that he had expected flying to start to recover by Easter, but new variants have led to more restrictions and delayed the recovery.

“It has gone back a couple of months… it’s now very much in the summer,” Wood said of the recovery in an interview on Thursday.

Further in the future, Meggitt is positioning itself for the move to lower emissions flying, and its sensors and electric motors will be used on electric urban air mobility platforms, such as flying taxis, and in hybrid aeroplanes being developed.

But Meggitt said new tax breaks announced in Britain’s annual budget on Wednesday aimed at encouraging investment would not change its plans.

“Yes, it will be a benefit. Are we looking at any acceleration as a result specifically of that? Not really,” Woods said.

Shares in Meggitt were down 1% to 427 pence at 0943 GMT. The stock has risen by 50% since news of a COVID-19 vaccine last November, but is still down 23% on where it was pre-pandemic.

($1 = 0.7165 pounds)

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Alistair Smout and Susan Fenton)

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