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Lockdown restrictions are gradually lifting, but it’s expected to be some time before life gets back to ‘normal’. If you’ve been missing the opportunity to visit museums and galleries over the last few months, there are some you can experience without having to leave your sofa.

Thanks to technology, organisations have been able to bring their collections direct to you. So, if you’re looking to add some culture to your routine, why not take a virtual tour of some of the most famous museums and galleries around the world? [click to continue…]

How much of your wealth do you hold in cash? Whilst it’s often viewed as the ‘safe’ option, there is a danger of your assets losing value in the long term and holding too much in cash as well.

It’s easy to see why people choose to hold large sums in cash. As it’s something we handle every day, whether physically or digitally, it can seem more tangible than other assets. The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) also protects up to £85,000 should a bank or building society fail, per individual. The combination of these factors may mean you view cash as the most appropriate way to hold wealth. [click to continue…]

When you begin making a financial plan, you could be looking several decades ahead, and we all know the unexpected can derail even the best-laid plans. So, as you’re setting out goals, it’s not uncommon to wonder if you’d still be able to meet them if things outside of your control have an impact.

When you start putting together a financial plan one of the valuable tools that can put your mind at ease is cashflow planning. [click to continue…]

In the past, the majority of people saved for retirement over their working life, gave up work on a set date and used their pension savings to purchase an Annuity. However, as retirement lifestyles have changed, so to have the options you’re faced with as you approach the milestone. If you’re nearing retirement, you may be wondering if an Annuity or Flexi-Access Drawdown is the right option for you. [click to continue…]

We have reached the end of May, and the conclusion of our Staff Challenge to complete 1000 km by walking, running and cycling between 7th and 31st May to raise money for the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal

Great news! We have smashed our original target of 1000 km, and the final number of km achieved is 2582.25!

** Thanks to the 24 Gibbs Denley staff from across the three offices who have taken part in this challenge **

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We have challenged our staff to collectively walk, run or cycle 1000 km by the end of May to raise money for the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.

For each kilometre completed up to the 1000km target, Gibbs Denley will donate £1 to this excellent appeal.

24 Gibbs Denley staff are participating in the challenge by walking, running and cycling (outside and on the treadmill).

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As the spread of the Coronavirus continues across the US and Europe, every day brings new data. We have seen some encouraging signs of slowing contagion in Italy and a return to growth in some parts of the Chinese economy, but the battle to contain the spread and protect the vulnerable is still ongoing. Arguably, the US is the most influential region to be affected by the virus, and the situation there has yet to unfold. With this potentially disruptive cloud on the horizon we must remain cautious and continue to carefully observe the developments.

As noted above the Chinese economy is showing positive progress in both official and unofficial measures but as an economy that is reliant on trade with the West, we cannot foresee a significant move toward full capacity in the near future.

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Blog COVID-19

The situation surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus continues to be fast-moving and we want to provide you with information laying out what we are doing to ensure you continue to receive advice, service and guidance during these difficult times. [click to continue…]

In recent weeks, the coronavirus has never been far from the headlines. At the start of March, there were more than 87,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with almost 3,000 deaths. While the vast majority of the cases and fatalities have been in mainland China, the virus has now spread to more than 60 countries.

One of the most immediate consequences of the coronavirus outbreak has been the impact on global stock markets.

Last week saw a fall of 11% in the value of shares in London, and a fall of 8% in New York. Other markets around the world have also seen sharp falls. While you may be concerned about the short-term volatility of the markets, it’s important to remain calm and focused on your goals.

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Juggling the demands of a busy career with the need to relax and spend time with loved ones can be difficult.

The 24/7 availability of the internet might have given you the flexibility to work on the train or receive instant responses from colleagues across the globe, but it can also bring with it a creeping temptation to check your work emails at home, or to Skype the office from your luxury holiday villa.

Striking a healthy balance between work and downtime is crucial to your physical and mental wellbeing, and can also improve your efficiency and productivity at work.

Here are five ways to improve your work/life balance.

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