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Google makes $1 billion London property investment as tech giant bets on the future of office work

Google is to invest around $1 billion (£730 million) in a central London office…
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Google is to invest around $1 billion (£730 million) in a central London office development it will fit out as the kind of flexible, productive space it sees as “the future of work”.

The property in question is the Central Saint Giles building located in the capital’s West End that Google has occupied as a tenant for a decade. The technology giant, owned by the holding company Alphabet, is also simultaneously waiting to move into the King’s Cross-region “landscraper” that is to be its new UK headquarters and is currently under construction.

Google sees its London property investments and Manchester offices as a demonstration of its “continued commitment to the UK”. Its UK sites will have the capacity to host up to 10,000 employees. The company currently employs approximately 6400 staff in the UK and has recruited 700 in the past year.

Internationally, Alphabet employs around 150,000 people working across its businesses that span the Google search engine, YouTube, Android smartphone OS, the driverless technology start-up Waymo and UK-based AI specialists DeepMind.

Alphabet and Google’s chief financial officer Ruth Porat commented on the London property investment:

“We have operated in the UK for nearly 20 years and our purchase reflects our continued commitment to the country’s growth and success.”

“Our focus remains on creating flexible workspaces that foster innovation, creativity and inclusivity. We look forward to deepening our connection to the UK as we build for the future of work.”

Google’s general strategy for post-pandemic office work, announced last year by Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai,  is to ask its staff to work from its offices at least three days a week under normal circumstances. The remaining two working days can be spent“wherever the work best”.

The current owners of Central Saint Giles are a joint venture established between the Japanese property investment firm Mitsubishi Estate Co. and Legal & General. On top of the huge £730 million purchase price, Google will invest millions more on redesigning and refurbishing the premises. Details revealed include “collaboration spaces for in-person teamwork” and hybrid meeting rooms set up with the latest tech to facilitate meetings that combine in-person and remote participants. Covered outdoor spaces that will allow staff to work in the open air will also contribute to the plan to “de-densify” the company’s office spaces.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak called Google’s move into property ownership in the country as a “big vote of confidence in the UK as a world-leading tech hub”.

He continued:

“The tech sector will play a pivotal role in our future economy and help drive forward our recovery from the pandemic, and we are committed to creating the right environment to ensure it continues to thrive.”

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Only 14% of Consumers with Federal Student Loans on Pause Can Afford Payments, ScoreSense Survey Finds 62% of survey respondents say they are delaying major life purchases

Only 14% of Consumers with Federal Student Loans on Pause Can Afford Payments, ScoreSense Survey Finds 62% of survey respondents say they are delaying major life purchases
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Only 14% of Consumers with Federal Student Loans on Pause Can Afford Payments, ScoreSense Survey Finds 62% of survey respondents say they are delaying major life purchases

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DALLAS , Aug. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- A survey of consumers with federal student loans on pause, which went into effect during the COVID-19 pandemic, reveals that only 14% of respondents say they can afford the payments with no issues when the forbearance period ends, according to a consumer survey by ScoreSense®, a credit score monitoring product. The survey also revealed that 42% of respondents aren't sure how they will add loan payments back into their budget. The most recent extension to the payment pause, which began in March 2020, continues to August 31, 2022, with payments currently scheduled to restart in September.

18% of survey respondents say they will need to cut budgets or rely on family to help to resume loan payments.

The survey, focused on the resumption of federal student loan payments and implications, included these highlights:

•       To resume payments, 18% of survey respondents say they will need to cut their budgets or rely on family to help to add these loan payments back into their budgets. About one of four respondents between the ages of 18-34 will need help from family members to help with student loans.

  • During the pause, nearly 25% of respondents used their money to pay off debts/loans. Loan holders between 18-34 in age indicated they were more likely to invest the money compared to the older age groups.
  • The resumption of payments will delay major life events for some loan holders, including the purchase of a home (30% of respondents) or having a child (18% of respondents).
  • Loan holders plan to cut expenses to make payments, including groceries (25% of respondents) and children's activities (19% of respondents).

"Unfortunately, we're seeing the perfect storm of economic stress on households where higher prices, interest rates, property assessments, and more is making it very difficult for many people to live within their means. For many student loan holders, making payments in 2020 was much easier than it will be when they resume," said Carlos Medina, senior vice president at One Technologies, LLC., which offers ScoreSense.

ScoreSense serves as a one-stop digital resource where consumers can access credit scores and reports from all three main credit bureaus—TransUnion®, Equifax®, and Experian®—and understand what is most affecting their credit.

About One Technologies

One Technologies, LLC, harnesses the power of technology, analytics, and its people to create solutions that empower consumers to make more informed decisions about their financial lives. The firm's consumer credit products include ScoreSense®, which enables members to seamlessly access, interact with, and understand their credit profiles from all three main bureaus using a single application. The ScoreSense platform is continually updated to give members deeper insights, personalized tools and one-on-one customer care support that can help them make the most sense of their credit. One Technologies is headquartered in Dallas and was established in October 2000. For more information, please visit onetechnologies.net.

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Legal Services Sourcing and Procurement Market by 2025| COVID-19 Impact & Recovery Analysis | SpendEdge

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NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Legal Services Market" report has been added to SpendEdge's library which is trusted by more than 100 CPOs and 500 category managers who use our insights daily.

The Legal Services market is poised to grow by USD 187.38 Billion, progressing at a CAGR of almost 3.64% during the forecast period

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Latest Eastbridge report sees continued growth in voluntary market

Latest Eastbridge report sees continued growth in voluntary market
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Inflation could slow rather than stop industry bounce-back
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Inflation could slow rather than stop industry bounce-back

AVON, Conn., Aug. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The voluntary benefits market will likely continue its trend of healthy sales growth for the next several years, according to a new report from Eastbridge Consulting Group. However, lingering concerns about the impact of inflation could hold growth well below 2021's strong double-digit results.

Eastbridge's Forecasting Voluntary Sales Spotlight™ Report analyzes the current sales environment and projects future sales potential in the voluntary market. It offers several different scenarios dependent on the industry's rate of recovery from the pandemic, inflation and other factors based on Eastbridge' longstanding expertise in the industry. The report is designed to help carriers develop their own predictions for future opportunities, update their business plans and determine what investments to make.

Despite the uncertain economy, the report shows continued opportunity for carriers and producers in the voluntary market.

"After more than two decades of near-continuous growth, the voluntary benefits market is still only half tapped," said Nick Rockwell, Eastbridge president. "Even during previous economic downturns, we've seen strong demand and need for the added protection voluntary benefits provide employees."

About 54 million employees work in businesses that have yet to offer them voluntary benefits, and another 14 million employees have access to voluntary benefits at work but haven't yet purchased coverage. The continuing move away from employer-funded benefits also could help fuel voluntary growth, the report states.

Information about purchasing the Forecasting Voluntary Sales Spotlight™ Report is available on Eastbridge's website. Those interested can email info@eastbridge.com or call (860) 676-9633. 

About Eastbridge Consulting Group
Eastbridge Consulting Group, Inc. is a marketing advisory firm serving companies focused on the voluntary/worksite benefits market in the United States and Canada.

CONTACT: Ginger Bates
EMAIL: gbates@eastbridge.com

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