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  • Study reveals Oxford is the most satisfied city
  • Edinburgh ranks bottom for happiest and satisfied, favouring the words anxious and depressed
  • 33 is the a happiest age
  • Survey reveals forty winks, close friends and enough time with our favourite food and entertainment seem to keep a smile on us all


Its official, Brighton is the happiest city in the UK. In a nationwide survey into the satisfaction of the nation, Brighton and Hove came out as the Happiness Capital, with over a third of the city’s populace choosing the word ‘Happy’ to describe their lives.

At the other end of the scale, just 16 per cent of Edinburgh residents described their lives as ‘Happy’, favouring the words ‘Anxious’ and ‘Depressed’.

As for the city which has the highest level of general life satisfaction, it was Oxford, which came top with a score of 6.72 out of 10, while Edinburgh came bottom once again with an average of 5.89 out of 10. When asked to rate their life satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 10 the average Brit gave themselves a middling 6.37 out of 10.


Marketing Director Kerry Collinge, for 9NINE Super Seed brand, who commissioned the study, said: “Brighton residents have found themselves topping our happiest city chart. Maybe it’s the sea air and sunny weather that keeps them smiling!”

Just 1 in 10 Brits rated their life satisfaction at 9 or above (indicating excellent life satisfaction).

The study, which quizzed 3,000 Brits, also looked into the ways we boost our mood and found 3 in 5 look to bed for comfort in hard times, while over half lean on family for support.

43 per cent of those surveyed play their favourite music when they need to raise their spirits, and reading a book proved more popular for boosting our serotonin levels than sex.

Typical British weather is most likely to get us feeling down in the dumps, with 40 per cent claiming that inclement weather has a negative effect on their emotions.

Nearly half of the women polled in the study thought time to relax was important for their well-being, while 35 per cent of men preferred sex as a way to unwind.

When it comes to having a bad day, women are twice as likely as men to be brought down by living in a messy home, with 37 per cent claiming that untidiness has a negative effect on their mood compared to 18 per cent of men.


Most Brits believe that they will be at their happiest at the age of 33, and just over a third believe that their best years are now behind them.


An optimistic fifth think that they are currently having the time of their lives.

When asked to describe how often they feel in a positive mood, 58 per cent said that they are usually happy people, and only 6 per cent said they rarely or never feel happiness. A quarter of Brits describe themselves as anxious, and only 1 in 7 consider themselves a generally confident person.


Women are more likely to describe themselves as anxious, sensitive and loving, while men prefer to describe themselves as confident, happy and proud. Worryingly, 44 per cent of those polled believe that they have experienced a panic attack at one time or another in their lives, and 3 in 5 have suffered from anxiety.


In order to make their lives better, 1 in 6 would like to improve their physical fitness and 16 per cent would like to have more certain financial security.


Marketing Director, Kerry Collinge from 9NINE, who commissioned the study, continued: “Happiness is at the heart of our brand, our study has helped to show that when it comes to the secret of happiness the simple things in life are usually best. Forty winks, close friends and enough time with our favourite food and entertainment seem to keep a smile on the faces of most.”




  1. Brighton and Hove
  2. Leicester
  3. Portsmouth
  4. Newcastle
  5. Oxford
  6. Chelmsford
  7. Norwich
  8. Bristol
  9. London
  10. Cambridge
  11. Manchester
  12. Belfast
  13. Coventry
  14. Cardiff
  15. Birmingham
  16. York
  17. Plymouth
  18. Sheffield
  19. Leeds
  20. Glasgow
  21. Southampton
  22. Liverpool
  23. Edinburgh



  1. Oxford
  2. Bristol
  3. Brighton and Hove
  4. Chelmsford
  5. Leeds
  6. Leicester
  7. Newcastle
  8. Southampton
  9. Manchester
  10. Portsmouth
  11. London
  12. Norwich
  13. Glasgow
  14. Cardiff
  15. Belfast
  16. Liverpool
  17. Coventry
  18. York
  19. Sheffield
  20. Plymouth
  21. Cambridge
  22. Birmingham
  23. Edinburgh


  1. A good night’s rest                           59.57%
  2. Spending time with family              53.40%
  3. Spending time with friends            46.97%
  4. Having downtime to relax               44.40%
  5. Listening to music                           43.27%
  6. Regular exercise                              39.87%
  7. Watch TV/A film                               35.80%
  8. Reading a book                                34.80%
  9. Doing your hobby                            32.33%
  10. Eating your favourite meal                         29.53%



  1. Poor weather                                                40.10%
  2. Having no time to yourself             35.53%
  3. Sitting in traffic                                 32.27%
  4. A heavy workload                            29.90%
  5. Coming home to a messy home   27.70%
  6. Checking the news                         19.93%
  7. Checking your bank statement     19.07%
  8. Using public transport                     13.33%
  9. A bad hair day                                  12.70%
  10. A bad outfit day                                8.47%



We all experience cloud 9NINE feelings and being healthy has a lot do with it! All 9NINE products have natural benefits derived from the Super Seeds in each bar, and opting for the healthier choice no longer means sacrificing on taste. Choosing the right foods that make you feel good and enable you to stretch your adventure boundaries are part of what 9NINE stands for.


9NINE has spent a lot of time looking at the benefits of seeds, what they offer and how they can improve moods; for example, research shows that magnesium improves mindfulness which could in turn lead to an elevated mood. Key ingredients in 9NINE products include:


Magnesium – restores mindfulness with good energy

Fibre – boosts your body with good digestion

Copper – activates your immune system

Phosphorous – looks after your mental energy

Vitamin E – gets your skin glowing

Thiamin – gets the best energy out of your food

Potassium – gives your heart the love it deserves

Manganese – maintains strength through healthy bones

Calcium – keeps the balance with happy hormones

Zinc – gives a natural immune boost

Protein – an essential building block for a balanced life

Iron – keeps oxygen moving around the body


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About 9NINE

9NINE products are handmade in a craft bakery in the beautiful Vale of Llangollen in North Wales. Their unique blend of Super Seeds are a favourite for people leading healthy lifestyles and they have just unveiled some brand-new packaging, and several exciting new products including:


Super Seed Fusions which have been created for sprinkling and sharing and come in three fabulous street food flavours – Spanish Patatas Bravas, Argentinian Chimichurri and Indian Mango Kuchela.


Seed Bombes which come in packs of three pop-in-your-mouth-on-the-go convenient little bundles of Super Seeds mixed with double cocoa. They aim to drive value into the indulgent treats and confectionery category, and flavours include Coconut, Raspberry and Vanilla.


Since launching over 10 years ago, 9NINE Super Seed bars have rapidly grown to become the most widely distributed mixed seed bar in the UK. The 16-variety strong range is currently stocked at major retailers including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons, W.H Smith, E.H Booths, McColls and Holland & Barrett, as well as independent retailers nationwide. 9Brand Foods will be rolling out to a number of high street convenience retail chains throughout spring/summer 2017. 9Brand Foods is a subsidiary of Wholebake Ltd. Visit:



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Whicker’s World Foundation launches new documentary awards at Sheffield Doc Fest

Whicker’s World Foundation launches new documentary

awards at Sheffield Doc Fest


  • Three awards worth a total of £100,000

  • Supporting authored storytelling in the UK

  • First winners to be announced at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016


Sunday 7th June at Sheffield Doc/Fest: the new Whicker’s World Foundation, whose principle aim is to give a much needed fillip to authored documentary storytelling in the UK, today launches three new documentary filmmaker awards worth a total of £100,000 for the promotion of curiosity in programme making, generously funded by a legacy left by the celebrated broadcast journalist Alan Whicker, who died in 2013. Details of the Whicker’s World Foundation and the awards will be announced by filmmaker Kim Longinotto at a special event at Doc/Fest, following the screening of Whicker’s World: Conflict in Kentucky.


Alan Whicker interviewing Cassius Clay

Says Mark Atkin, Acting Festival Director, Sheffield Doc/Fest: “I am very enthused that this foundation aims to encourage authored documentary at a time when TV is becoming increasingly formatted and when most foundations have requirements to promote social issues. This is exactly what the industry needs right now”.


The three awards – the Funding Award (worth £80,000 / £10,000 runner up) to a debut filmmaker under 30 years of age; the Recognition Award (worth £4,000 / £1,000 runner up) to the finest industry newcomer aged 50 years of age or over; and the Best Audio Documentary (worth £4,000 / £1,000) to be awarded at the In The Dark audio festival, also part of Doc/Fest – will be looking for a spirit of inquisitiveness that will leave the viewer wanting more, and tell something new and unexpected about the world.


Alan Whicker with Papa Doc


The panel of judges, chaired by Valerie Kleeman, photographer, programme consultant and Whicker’s partner for more than 40 years, will also be looking for projects that are playful with how the story is told, either breaking new ground, or taking a familiar path to come up with a new style.


The Alan Whicker Foundation consultant, top ranking international TV executive Jane Mote, says: “Whicker’s World opened my eyes to the most amazing stories, people and places. Alan’s unique style and sharp wit was inspirational and I am so excited to be part of creating a Foundation to nurture the future trailblazers for international documentary film-making”.


Jane Ray, the Consultant Artistic Director for the Foundation is a multi-award winning documentary maker and executive producer in radio and television with a journalistic background and nearly 28 years’ service at the BBC. Her awards range from the Sony Award for best news programme (2002) and the TRIC award for best children’s programme (1993) to China’s Golden Kapok award for best director (2014). She worked with Alan throughout the 90s on various projects for radio. She also wrote and directed Radio 4’s archive programme about Alan: Around the World in 80 Years, presented by Michael Palin.


The first award winners will be announced by the Whicker’s World Foundation at the Sheffield Doc/Fest Award Ceremony, which will take place on the final day of the 2016 festival.




For further information for Whicker’s World Foundation contact:

Siobhan Connor

+ 44 (0) 7966 177025


For further information for Sheffield Doc/Fest contact:

Sarah Harvey Publicity

+44 (0) 207 232 2812

+44 (0) 7958 597426


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About Doc/Fest:

Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary and digital media festival. It is the place to see world and UK premieres of the best creative documentaries from the cinema, television and online arenas, and to hear from and meet filmmakers at Q&A sessions. Highlights of the film programme are honoured with an award programme including the Sheffield Grand Jury, Innovation, Environmental, Interactive, Youth Jury, Inspiration, Student Doc, Short Form and Audience Awards. In 2014, 3,263 full festival pass holders attended the Festival and it attracted over 26,700 members of the film-loving public.

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 takes place from 5-10 June


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Halls Commercial Department Celebrates its First Anniversary

Halls Commercial Department Celebrates its First Anniversary

by hosting a Property Seminar on Thursday 30 April at Halls


Holdings House, Shrewsbury



To mark their first anniversary, Halls Commercial will be hosting a special celebratory property seminar at their headquarters in Shrewsbury alongside Dyke Yaxley. The evening will be supported by sponsors including Watson Watson, Handelsbanken, Henshalls Insurance Brokers, ASK Mobile Phones and Prince Rupert Hotel and is in aid of Hope House Children’s Hospice.



The evening will be opened by Daniel Kawczynski MP and will feature interesting speaker topics focusing on the property investment market, with contributions from Watson Watson and joint hosts Dyke Yaxley. There will also be drinks and canapés, an art exhibition, music from the very talented Alice Lloyd Brown and an auction of promises to round off the evening.

James Evans from Halls Commercial said: “To mark a successful first year for Halls’ commercial department, in which we have seen a strengthening in occupier and investor confidence, coupled with an increasing number of our trademark blue boards across the county, we are very pleased to be joining forces with Dyke Yaxley to host a Property Seminar in aid of Hope House Children’s Hospice.”



2015 will present a real opportunity for people looking to invest in the commercial property market and the first half hour of the evening will feature a short presentation on how investors can leverage this.

Taxation experts from accountants Dyke Yaxley, commercial property specialists from solicitors Watson and Watson will be on hand to highlight key legal and accounting issues as well as the full range of Halls experts from Commercial Property, Agriculture to Fine Art.

Stewart Watson from Watson and Watson added: “We have seen the volume of commercial property transactions significantly increase over the past twelve months. This has not only been evident in the number of transactions, but also the values involved. Multi-million pound deals are becoming commonplace again. Green shoots? Certainly.”

Laurie Riley, Managing Director of Dyke Yaxley said: “Dyke Yaxley are delighted to be supporting this event which brings together the Shropshire business community, mixing business with pleasure, while raising valuable funds for Hope House Children’s Hospice.”

Hope House Children’s Hospices provide vital care and support to terminally ill babies, children and young people and their families across Shropshire, Mid- and North Wales.

They are currently supporting over 650 families and respite care is being provided to over 300 terminally ill local children both at the hospices – Hope House in Shropshire and Ty Gobaith in North Wales – and in the families’ own homes. Other families access their bereavement support and counselling services.

Area Fundraising Manager, Vanessa Thomas, commented: “We are delighted that Halls Commercial, Dyke Yaxley and the other sponsors are staging this exciting event in aid of Hope House. We receive just 17% of our funding from the government and NHS, so are wholly dependent on fundraising events like this to help us raise more than £4 million each year to keep our vital services running for the local terminally ill children and their families who rely on us.

Halls Commercial

Halls Commercial provides a range of specialist commercial property services to clients of all sizes across the UK. We have a comprehensive knowledge of our markets developed over many years of operating in this sector. Our service is forward-thinking, personal and professional, designed to achieve the best results for our clients whatever their requirements. Although we operate nationwide, we retain a particular emphasis on the Midlands. We have been providing commercial property services to the region for many years from our offices in the West Midlands, Worcester and Shrewsbury.


Dyke Yaxley

Dyke Yaxley is one of Shropshire’s leading independent firms of Chartered Accountants working with individuals and many of the county’s most successful businesses, both established and growing. We are very proud of our Shropshire roots and the great relationships we have with our clients. We have a great team of people based at our offices in Shrewsbury and Telford – all experts in their field.


Watson Watson

Watson Watson Solicitors are a niche law firm. Our core practice areas are Corporate and Commercial, Commercial Property, Mergers and Acquisitions, Financing and Private Equity. We also have significant experience and offer advice in specialist areas including Tax, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Competition, Real Estate and Employment. Our clients include companies of all sizes, funds, private equity houses, banks, entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, charities and football clubs.


Hope House

Hope House Children’s Hospices provide vital care and support to terminally ill babies, children and young people and their families across Shropshire, Mid- and North Wales.

They are currently supporting over 650 families and respite care is being provided to over 300 terminally ill local children both at the hospices – Hope House in Shropshire and Ty Gobaith in North Wales – and in the families’ own homes. Other families access their bereavement support and counselling services.


It costs more than £5 million every year to fund our services and we currently receive just 17% of our funding from the Government and NHS – 83% comes from donations from people who believe in what we do and want to help. No charge is ever made to families who need our help – and we can only help them thanks to our generous supporters.


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CMYUK puts Shrewsbury on the wide-format map with strategic move to tailor-made premises

CMYUK puts Shrewsbury on the wide-format map with

strategic move to tailor-made premises




Strategic and diligent planning, plus the logistics behind the most suitable location from which to service its growing customer base, has led to the creation by CMYUK of its state-of-the-art showroom, training and demonstration facility in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Mrs Beverley Baker, was in attendance at the official opening ceremony held on 25 February 2015, where she joined by EFI’s Ken Hanulec, VP Inkjet Solutions, and Paul Cripps, Managing Director of EMEA, who flew in from overseas. They joined local companies and display production specialists who all played a major role in the development and creation of the new premises for the UK’s leading wide-format distributor.


The new showroom and demonstration facility has been tailor-made to accommodate a broad range of EFI, VUTEk and Mimaki wide-format printers, and Zünd cutting systems in a lay-out that enables visitors to ascertain exactly which technology is right for their application and business needs. Each machine is positioned to simplify access to, and viewing of, every part of a job’s work-flow so that customers can establish exactly how the equipment will function in their own premises.


CMYUK’s decision to base its showroom and demonstration centre, complemented by full training facilities, in Shrewsbury was the culmination of the need to match a variety of criteria all of which were crucial to the company’s ability to serve its growing customer base from the best location. Communication links to and from the north, south and west of the country have become increasingly important as businesses outside the east, south east and London regions, already served by CMYUK’s southern office, need a reliable and knowledgeable sales, service and technical channel.

Easy access to key parts of the UK make Shropshire’s second largest town an excellent choice logistically, with its good rail and road links boosted by the fact that CMYUK’s new premises is only an hour away from Birmingham and Manchester. With direct and remote communications increasingly playing a vital role in today’s businesses, particularly when investing in new technology, the wide-format specialist supplier believes strongly that its new Shrewbury base offers an efficient, well-connected hub that serves the entire country, to the benefit of all new and existing customers.

Robin East, Director of CMYUK, states: “Shrewsbury is growing exponentially as a centre for technologically based enterprises and to be part of this thriving business community now means that we can expand and increase our sales and support network throughout the UK.”

As the UK’s principal distributor of EFI wide-format and VUTEk printers plus Fiery end-to-end productivity software, CMYUK has been instrumental in driving the growth in digital printing technology throughout the display production, sign-making and commercial print markets. The company is also a prolific supplier of products from the Mimaki portfolio as well as Zünd cutting tables, and now covers all budgetary and production needs. For more than a decade the company has been involved in sales and support for a vast range of businesses, ranging from small enterprises through to major production houses that want to benefit from the adoption of ink-jet’s versatility for interior and exterior applications.


For further information please contact Robin East at CMYUK on, telephone +44 1743 810000 or +44 7739 518477.

CMYUK Demo & Training Centre: Unit 3B, Vanguard Way, Battlefield Enterprise Park, Shrewsbury, SY1 3TG