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The number of people moving home in the first half of 2016 was significantly higher than in the same period last year. New figures from the Lloyds Bank Homemover Review show 174,000 people moved into a new property between January and June, a rise of nine per cent on the corresponding six months in 2015 and almost 50 per cent more than the 2007 low. Such an increase was reported despite some experts claiming the property market was affected by Brexit uncertainty in the second quarter.

The winners of the 2016 HM Awards for Accommodation Excellence, presented by Sealy Posturepedic, were named in front of a record 700 attendees last Friday night at Sydney Town Hall. Hosted by television personality Larry Emdur, the HM Awards have, for the 14th time, recognised the accommodation industry's finest staff, properties, brands and chains across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

West Midlands food and drink producers are being invited to tempt international buyers with their tasty treats at an exclusive “meet the buyers” event in Staffordshire next week. Organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT) West Midlands, the free, day-long event on September 8, 2016, at Halfpenny Green Vineyards, Bobbington, Staffordshire, aims to introduce buyers to the region’s food and drink makers.

Nine of West Midlands’ most talented property professionals are in the running for nationwide recognition after making it on to the shortlist for the 2016 RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards. The annual awards launched three years ago in a bid to raise awareness of, and reward inspirational role models in the land, property and construction sectors.  Hundreds of young surveyors from across the UK – aged 35 and under - were nominated, with a shortlist of 78 aspiring to be crowned ‘Young Surveyor of the Year’ in their respective sector or specialism.

The first tenants have moved into homes built as part of a £1.7 million City of Wolverhampton Council pilot project to deliver newbuild council housing on four small derelict sites across the city. The works were carried out by the council’s Strategic Construction Partnership (SCP) contractors, - Wates Living Space and United Living – who have delivered 12 homes at Redcotts Close, Fallings Park; Hughes Road, Bilston North; Welbury Gardens, St Peter’s; and Sunset Place, Spring Vale.

HomeServe has been named as one of the UK’s best companies for supporting its employees’ work-life balance. The UK home assistance company came third in a study by independent jobs and recruiting marketplace company Glassdoor, which rates companies based on the feedback from their employees. Only financial recruiters Goodman Masson (1st) and telecommunications company Cisco Systems rated higher. 

Elementary entrepreneur Gabrielle Goodwin recently raised $28,000 on Kickstarter with the help of her mom Rozalynn. She will use the capital to manufacture new designs and colors for her hair accessory solution GaBBY Bows. The mother-daughter duo solved the age-old problem of disappearing girls’ hair barrettes by inventing The Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette by GaBBy.

Key industries in some Commonwealth nations could take massive hits if appropriate steps aren’t taken following the UK’s departure from the EU. The forecast over so-called Brexit comes from policy experts’ analysis in two new research papers published by the Commonwealth Secretariat. "Brexit is a journey into unknown trading arrangements, both for the UK dealing with the EU, and the UK’s trading relationship with a large number of developing countries. Many have benefited from EU trade preferences," said Dr Mohammad Razzaque, head of the Secretariat’s international trade policy section.

This autumn, Jumeirah Carlton Tower is celebrating its 1960s beginnings with a 'Sixties Knightsbridge Style' exhibition in collaboration with Harrods and a Swinging Sixties Afternoon Tea.  On display in an area of the hotel's Chinoiserie lounge, the complimentary exhibition will run from 10th September to 20th November and will feature photos taken in the hotel in the 1960s, as well as images and clothing from the Harrods archive.

The most iconic packaging on British shelves has been the Cola-Cola glass bottle. A study of 1,500 Brits explored the influence of packaging and branding on everyday shoppers and found that one in six thought the Coca-Cola bottle was the most identifiable in terms of packaging, and was just as recognisable without its logo or the product itself.

Multi-million pound Westside development plans will reach another milestone tomorrow (Wednesday) when preparatory work starts on the demolition of Heantun House and the Market Halls in Market Square, Wolverhampton. The building is no longer in use following the relocation in April of the indoor market traders to purpose-built cabins as part of the new-look city centre market.

Passengers are being advised to check before they travel this August bank holiday as improvement work will be taking place at locations across the network. While more than 95% of the railway will be open as usual, over 15,000 members of Network Rail’s orange army will be working round the clock to improve the network for millions of passengers. As part of a £30m+ bank holiday investment in nearly 1,000 individual projects, Network Rail will be working on programmes along the West Coast main line route between Hertfordshire and Lancashire to help provide passengers with a better, more reliable railway.

A number of Tesco stores across London will open 24hrs in line with the new Night Tube schedule in a bid to increase convenience for late night and early morning travellers. From Friday 19 August Tesco will trial opening seven additional stores for 24hrs on Friday and Saturdays along the Victoria and Central lines.

Australia's top travel writers and public relations professionals were honoured at the annual ASTW Awards for Excellence at a gala awards ceremony held at Durbanville Hills in Cape Town. The top writer accolade, Travel Writer of the Year, which is judged from a selection of three stories by the writer, was awarded to John Borthwick. John, has been a member of the ASTW since 1990 and his award-winning stories were published in both the travel sections of The Australian and Sydney Morning Herald's Traveller section.