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Vauxhall boosts the Astra range

Vauxhall has announced that it is adding two more high performance 2.0 diesels to its Astra range. It says that the British-built Astra BiTurbo 5-door Hatch and Sports Tourer – which becomes the most powerful estate in its class – offer blistering performance, high levels of practicality and impressive frugality.

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Industrial Archaeology award for Stanley Mills book

An Historic Scotland book, which helped bolster the international status of the Stanley Mills cotton mill, has received a national award.
Stanley Mills, located off the A9 road around seven miles north of Perth, continued functioning until 1965, and closed in 1989. It was only saved from demolition by the intervention of Historic Scotland, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Cash-strapped ‘kids’ holiday with parents

Mums and dads are stepping in to ensure that their grown up but cash-strapped children take a holiday this year, according to new research from LV=. The travel insurance firm reveals that almost two million parents will take their adult ‘children’ on holiday with them in 2012.

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BVRLA challenges government 'tax attack'

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has taken the first steps to counter the fleet sector ‘tax attack’ launched in this year’s Budget.
The trade association has written to HM Treasury to express concern over the business car tax measures outlined by the Chancellor and has assembled a ‘Business Car Taxation Taskforce’ to develop lobbying strategies and technical arguments against what it sees as discrimination against the sector.

The Budget announced last March introduced a series of changes to the company car tax regime and made it much harder for BVRLA members and their customers to claim tax relief (Capital Allowances) on lease and rental vehicles. Documents obtained by the BVRLA under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Government hopes to earn an extra £2 billion from company car tax between 2013 and 2017 and make nearly one million fewer business cars eligible for 100% first year or standard tax relief during the same period.

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Increase in visits to the UK

The UK received 30.8 million visits from overseas residents in 2011, according to the Travel Trends 2011 report, published by the Office for National Statistics. This represents an increase of 3.3% compared with 2010.

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