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New processing times for Russian visa applications

Processing times for all Russian visa applications made in London have been extended. 

The Standard Service has increased from 6 working days to 20 working days. 

The Express Service has increased from 2 working days to 4 working days.  Effective immediately. 

Note that any applications made in Edinburgh will remain unchanged.

If you are plannig to travel to Russia on an existing visa please check its validity and allow extra time for renewing or obtaining visas.


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The Offshore Technology Conference 2018

The Offshore Technology Conference is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources. Attending the conference gives you access to leading edge technical information, the industry’s largest equipment exhibition, not to mention the opportunity to network and make new contacts with professionals and experts from around the world.

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Introducing a new way to fly Economy with Virgin Atlantic

Recognising that one size actually doesn’t fit all, from spring 2018 Virgin Atlantic will introduce three new ways to fly economy – ‘Economy light, Economy Classic or Economy Delight’ The airline announced on its website that customers will have the option to choose the product that best suits their budget and travel style – without having to compromise on the inclusive food, drink, service or inflight entertainment.
Sounds great, so here’s what you get with each of the new fares:

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Direct Flights From Scotland to China - for the first time EVER!

The first ever direct flights from Scotland to China will begin in June following an announcement in China this morning.
The ground-breaking announcement will see Hainan Airlines fly from Edinburgh to Beijing beginning on the 12th June, operating 4 weekly services on an Airbus A330-300.
It’s part of an innovative flight model which links three capital cities – Beijing, Edinburgh and Dublin.

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The Gates Hotel Barcelona

Located on the famous Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, the Gates Hotel Barcelona is just next door to the famous Torre Agbar, which can be seen and admired from its roof-top terrace which offers 360° panoramic views of the city. The modern design of the property pairs contemporary architecture with wonderfully good old fashioned service. Take a dip in the pool during the summer season or enjoy a cocktail after exploring the many sights and delights Barcelona has to offer. The Gates Hotel is an unbeatable place to slow down and take time for yourself.

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5 Ways You Could Fly For Less

This week we bring you five simple tips to help you save money and get more out of your international air travel:

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Are you planning to visit the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2018 ?

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is where the world’s energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters.

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The Bigger and Brighter Christleton Suite

If you havent already visited the 4* Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel you wont have seen the the impressively bigger and brighter Christleton Suite. Following a major refurbishment and rebuild the stylish new function room can now sit up to 240 people for weddings and banquets, or 300 guests for a theatre style conference or standing event.

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Ladies who lunch at Dakota

Dakota Deluxe (Leeds) is delighted to announce the launch of a new series of events ‘Ladies who lunch at Dakota’, the first of which premiered this week.
A welcome glass of fizz on arrival, followed by a two course lunch in the Grill was served to the ladies in attendance. The luncheon is the perfect place to network, meet new friends, or simply relax in the company of one of the fabulous guest speakers lined up. The first event included Claire Young from BBC The Apprentice, there to entertain as a guest speaker in the Salon Prive.

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5 Top Tips to Save on Rail Travel

UK rail fares may have gone up again but for Evolvi users the average cost of a ticket actually went down in 2017.
Intelligent purchasing made possible by access to the best fares, policy setting and industry-leading management information, enabled the corporate clients of TMCs to pay an average ticket value of £56.82 compared to £57.20 in 2016. In 2013, this figure stood at £59.03 and despite year-on-year fare increases of up to 3.9% since then, the average ticket value is now much lower.

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