London Stansted Airport unveiled its free iPhone app today, bringing everything from the latest flight information to a public transport journey planner direct to passengers’ fingertips.
Designed to make life easier for travellers, users can save money by pre-booking car parking direct from their iPhone, download discount vouchers for shops and restaurants and view a vast array of useful airpor tinformation.
Steve Mills, Stansted Airport’s iPhone app development manager, said: "London Stansted’s iPhone app is regarded as one of the most feature-rich airport apps available, which will not only make it easier for passengers using the airport, but improve the passenger experience for our travellers too.
"It conveniently brings together live flight updates, lots of usefu linformation about the terminal, and a reliable guide to the range of options for getting to and from the airport. So, whether you’re a frequent flyer or a first time visitor, the London Stansted app is the essential tool for all passengers passing through the airport."
Designed by transport Information company, Trapeze (formally known asKizoom) , the app is packed full with innovative features. Highlights include:
· Live flight departure and arrivals information
· Destinations we fly to
· Car park booking and directions to drive to the airport
· Rail journey planner
· Bus and coach information
· Car rental and taxi contacts
· Shop and restaurant information with downloadable vouchers andspecial offers
· Terminal maps and information
· Security requirements - what you can and cannot carry
Dan Steele, Trapeze Business Development Manager, added: "We're delighted to be working with London Stansted on this innovative project. Our years of experience creating mobile transport services means we've been able to build something both functionally rich and simple touse. We work very closely with our clients to ensure they have input at every stage of development. This approach has helped bring together our technical expertise and London Stansted's deep understanding of its customers to create a service that will be genuinely useful to the travelling public."
The app is free to download directly to your iPhone from the Apple AppStore - simply search for "Stansted" to locate the app.
Chartered accountancy firm, Price Bailey welcomes Nadia Khan as HR director. Nadia joined the firm from Menzies, a top 30 firm of chartered accountants.
Nadia’s career in HR spans over 13 years commencing with British Airways and then Nadia moved to Morley & Scott, a chartered accountancy firm, where she was also HR director which then merged with Menzies LLP in 2009.
Peter Gillman, managing director for Price Bailey Chartered Accountants, commented: “As a top 40 firm of accountants and recently nominated for ‘large firm of the year’ in the Accountancy Age Awards, HR is one of our key success factors and will continue to be for Price Bailey to reach its goals. I look forward to working with Nadia who will lead our team and develop our strategic HR plan in line with the firm’s objectives.
”Nadia added: “I am delighted to be a part of this team and am looking forward to building upon and strengthening Price Bailey’s key HR initiatives and to ensure HR continues to be an integral part of the business.”
In today’s spending review it has been announced that £900million has been allocated to HMRC in an attempt to attack tax evasion. It is anticipated that this will generate an additional £7billion in tax. Invariably, VAT evasion will be a key area of the investigations which will be funded by this additional spending. It is to be hoped that businesses which do fraudulently evade VAT are caught and dealt with. However, experience has proved that entirely innocent parties may become involved in such investigations, so it is important that everyone is very careful. The consequences of getting it wrong range from heavy financial penalties to a prison term.
Now is the perfect time for a business to have its VAT procedures reviewed for peace of mind. Spotting errors before the VAT man does is increasingly important.
Additionally, should you be the subject of a VAT inspection or investigation, I cannot urge you enough to contact a VAT specialist as soon as possible. Experience insists that the early involvement of an adviser can avoid or mitigate very unwanted attention. The best defence is to ensure that a business accounts for VAT correctly. “Right Tax, Right Time” has never been so important.
Marcus Ward, VAT Director - Price Bailey Accountants.
Stansted Airport has added the Carbon Trust Standard to its impressive environmental credentials thanks to the successful introduction of a wide range of energy saving initiatives.
The airport gained the prized certification after reducing carbon emissions from its buildings and vehicles by nearly 2% percent from January 2007 until December 2009* . Initiatives undertaken at Stansted in recent years include:
- biomass technology installed as part of £50million terminal extension, making the development carbon neutral
- single engine taxiing trials to reduce emissions from aircraft manoeuvring on the ground between runway and terminal buildings
- 'don't stand-by, switch-off' campaign encouraging staff to turn off electrical items overnight
- low energy lighting installed on the airfield and sensor lighting in offices
- motion sensors built into escalators and travelators to improve efficiency
The UK's third largest airport is now the proud holder of three highly acclaimed accreditations, as the Carbon Trust Standard joins ISO14001 for environmental management and OHSAS18001 for health and safety systems. Stansted is the first BAA airport to achieve all three credentials.
"We're extremely proud to add the Carbon Trust Standard to our portfolio of environmental credentials" said Dr Andy Jefferson, Stansted's Head of Health, Safety and Environment.
"Carbon Trust Standard is an independent assessment of how we report, manage and reduce carbon emissions. This presented us with a complex challenge as Stansted is the biggest single site employer in the region, and home to nearly 200 companies. However, assessors were particularly impressed by our collaborative approach to working alongside stakeholders to improve overall site performance.
"While celebrating this success, we also know there is more we can and must do. Around 92% of emissions from our buildings are generated by electricity use, so we've set a challenging target to reduce 2010 levels by 5% compared to 2009.
"Thanks to the launch of our 'switch off' campaign at the end of 2009, I'm delighted to report we're making fantastic progress and are well on track to achieve this goal.
"Gaining Carbon Trust Standard sets the benchmark for managing our carbon footprint and we'll continue to review procedures and explore new technologies to identify initiatives that will help us reduce our footprint even further."
Harry Morrison, General Manager at the Carbon Trust Standard Company, said: "We congratulate Stansted Airport on their certification. Carbon is a complex issue so most people need a recognised benchmark as to whether a company is doing the right thing. Achieving the Carbon Trust Standard allows Stansted Airport to talk with integrity about the serious and credible steps it has taken to reduce its carbon emissions."
Between 2008 and 2009 total airport energy consumption at Stansted reduced by over 3%, and through its annual Carbon Footprint the airport will continue to report performance, outline strategy and set targets to improve energy efficiency.
For further information on how Stansted manages its carbon footprint, visit: www.stanstedairport.com/corporateresponsibility
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