International

How to craft a ‘Corporate Housing Christmas’

How to craft a ‘Corporate Housing Christmas’
Katie Smith, December 14, 2018

Make Your Own Decorations

If you are staying in corporate housing over the Christmas period, you may not wish to spend money on Christmas decorations which can be expensive and impractical to transport when the time comes to vacate the property. For those on overseas business assignments, it can be tough to be away from home at Christmas... Especially for those travelling with young families.

Don’t let the thought of spending the festive season in an undecorated house make you (or your kids) feel blue; instead, embrace to the opportunity to get crafty! Making your own inexpensive and eco-disposable Christmas decorations is the perfect solution for cheering yourself up and getting into the Christmas spirit at minimal cost! Check out these three fun festive ideas:

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Christmas Dinner Around the World

Christmas Dinner Around the World
Sofie Finemore, December 14, 2018

Traditions of home

The festive season is upon us once again!  In the UK, the tradition is to put up our Christmas trees and listen to old festive pop-songs on repeat...But no matter what else is happening there is one thing on our mind... Our delicious Christmas feast. Most of us will be picturing a huge turkey, gravy and fluffy Yorkshire puddings, traditionally served with roasted potatoes and root vegetables, sprouts, stuffing, pigs in blankets and condiments like bread or cranberry sauce.

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Categories: Expatriates, International

Relocating Animals...The Wrong Way!

Relocating Animals...The Wrong Way!
Sofie Finemore, November 26, 2018

Pet Relocation

We all love our cuddly (or not so cuddly) animal companions, with an estimated 51 million of us owning a pet in the UK, it seems natural that we would take our ‘animal-family’ with us when we relocate. Brits are animal lovers with our most popular pets being dogs and cats – which frequently travel internationally with their owners.

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The Best Locations for Digital Connectivity

The Best Locations for Digital Connectivity
Sophie Watkins, November 2, 2018

Most of us are technology obsessed, from mobile phones to laptops and tablets we like to be connected for work and play, anywhere, anytime… We love our reliable WiFi and 5G… If you are considering relocating but aren’t ready for a ‘digital detox’ or are looking for a destination that is a strong contender in the age of technology, then these are the locations for you (along with a few to avoid from a tech standpoint) according to the International Expat Insider 2018 Survey.

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The World’s Most Expensive Accommodation for Business Travellers

The World’s Most Expensive Accommodation for Business Travellers
Charlotte Luck, September 20, 2018

A $1.4 trillion industry

According to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), business travel is a $1.4 trillion industry. With business travel now becoming everyday life for most of us, the need for serviced apartments and corporate housing is on the rise, with fewer businesses turning to hotels to fulfil their accommodation needs. Corporate housing and serviced apartment providers offer the business traveller a home from home experience with luxury surroundings and additional services.

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Top foods British Expats will miss abroad

Top foods British Expats will miss abroad
Sofie Finemore, September 20, 2018

One of the best things about moving abroad is having the opportunity to try exciting new things; meeting new people, experiencing new cultures and exploring new cuisines. Trying wonderful new foods can be the highlight of any trip, we can wistfully dream of traditional schnitzels in Austria, escargot in France and the beautiful pasta dishes of Italy. Strangely enough, and somewhat less elegantly, I have noted amongst my friends’ popular foods that are seemingly impossible to locate whilst us Brits are away. It is my pleasure to share these delicacies with you as listed below:

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Top Expat Destinations - HSBC Expat Explorer Survey

Top Expat Destinations - HSBC Expat Explorer Survey
Amber Pittard, August 21, 2018

In their most recent survey (2017), HSBC quizzed over 27,000 expats from across the world, encouraging them to share their thoughts on their new location. The data is presently used widely by HR, global mobility and talent professionals that are involved in the global mobility and expat selection process, however the survey is also useful for employees that are in the process of relocating, those currently on assignment and others that simply want to see where their city is positioned amongst the global rankings.

Can you guess which locations are at the top?

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How to feel at home in Corporate Housing

How to feel at home in Corporate Housing
Gabriella Vianello, July 20, 2018

With a greater number of travel options available at low-rate prices, extended business trips have become a common part of work life for many professionals. From short-stay to longer assignments, Corporate Housing providers offer convenient and affordable accommodation solutions for an array of commercial functions. Although these apartments are fully equipped with all of the modern conveniences that you could need, it is often the simple creature comforts that travellers can miss when staying away from home. To keep homesickness at bay and make your stay as enjoyable as possible, there are certain steps you can take to get settled in…

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Santa’s post-Christmas getaway: The best places for Santa to put his feet up in the New Year

Santa’s post-Christmas getaway: The best places for Santa to put his feet up in the New Year
Gabriella Vianello, December 20, 2017

So the tinsel is on the tree and the presents have been wrapped, but as we look forward to the biggest day of the year, Santa eagerly awaits a well-earned rest. After spending the past few months busy making toys for children all over the world, Santa has decided to swap the snowy mountains of the North Pole for somewhere altogether sunnier before he must return to his grotto and start preparing for Christmas 2018! Along with Mrs. Claus, Santa may soon be grabbing his passport, jumping in his sleigh and whizzing off to one of these relaxing retreats…

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Considering Corporate Housing? Bear in mind these 4 factors…

Considering Corporate Housing? Bear in mind these 4 factors…
Gabriella Vianello, November 28, 2017

Whether you are going on a business trip, moving for a short-term project or relocating on a more permanent basis, the quality of your accommodation can be the deciding factor in whether an assignment is a success. With continuous expansion within the Corporate Housing sector, the number of accommodation options available is on the increase. As a result, before making the big move, it is vital to research what the best fit will be for you. By considering the factors below, you can ensure that you choose not only affordable housing, but accommodation that meets your specific needs…

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Best countries to relocate to in 2017

Best countries to relocate to in 2017
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 3, 2017

There are many different reasons why people choose to relocate permanently, from job prospects and education to just overall quality of life; but which countries are really the best to relocate to? The United Nation’s annual Human Development Report, which looks at nearly 200 countries and many different categories including financial wealth, gender equality, life expectancy and education, currently ranks Norway as the best country in the world to live in. 

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The Most Expensive Cities for Expats

The Most Expensive Cities for Expats
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, January 16, 2017

There is a new city at the top of Mercer’s Cost of Living Ranking; Hong Kong is now the most expensive city for an expat to live in (knocking the previous title holder Luanda - the Angolan capital, off the leader board). Many European and North American countries are counted among the priciest places to live; Switzerland has a high cost of living and VAT attached to everything, Denmark has exceedingly high tax rates, and Canada has one of the most overvalued real estate markets in the world. 

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Categories: Expatriates, International

Brexit: Keeping EU Citizenship

Brexit: Keeping EU Citizenship
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, September 30, 2016

In the wake of Brexit, the loss of EU citizenship was lamented by thousands of people across the country as they realized they would lose freedom of movement to live and work. As such, a nationwide frenzy began to find any loophole or arrangement that would allow them to maintain this citizenship, and we have put together a list of some of the most popular methods…

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Relocating to New York

Relocating to New York
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, February 18, 2016

Relocating to New York can be both incredibly exciting and incredibly daunting. It’s got a reputation as a tough place to live, being the city that never sleeps filled with hundreds of people who work hard and play hard too. There are many good reasons why you should think twice before committing to relocating here, but if you like a challenge and enjoy fast-pace and unparalleled vibrancy, then relocation to New York could be one of the best decisions you ever make.

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Expat New Years Around the World

Expat New Years Around the World
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, January 1, 2016

Expat New Years celebrations around the world can be extremely varied from country to country and continent-to-continent. Whether celebrated with family or with friends, each country has some remarkable traditions and can hold some truly amazing displays of fireworks that look to celebrate some of the most iconic landscapes around the world.

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Hong Kong Expats: Expat Kids

Hong Kong Expats: Expat Kids
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, November 30, 2015

Growing up an expat kid can sometimes be difficult; a blend of cultures, particularly if assignments move from country to country, can alter a sense of belonging and identity. Yet, there are so many fantastic opportunities that come from being an expat kid, especially in bustling centers of economic and social growth such as Hong Kong.

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International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, September 30, 2015

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a respected form of education which, since 1968 has been dedicated to the development of the intellectual, social, personal and emotional skills of children all around the world. Although the IB is becoming more popular within the UK, it is still far from the majority: A-Levels remain the most common sixth form examinations within the UK education system.

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International Work Experience

International Work Experience
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, August 28, 2015

International work experience has great value and benefit in a world where many businesses expand over borders and continents. With so many international boundaries crossed, the experience of working with another language or culture can boost your employability. To any employer, you become an asset for expanding a company’s global reach.

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How Weather Affects Business

How Weather Affects Business
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 31, 2015

Weather can have a massive affect on business, whether local or global. In such a global economy where production chains stretch half way around the world, many international companies are now even investing in software to predict and monitor the weather worldwide.

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Categories: International

Foreign Language in the Workplace

Foreign Language in the Workplace
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, June 30, 2015

The 21st century is defined by being a globalised economy. As a result the ability to speak a second language, or even a third or fourth, is a major business asset. The ability to communicate with other employees or companies based in another country makes you a valuable candidate to any potential employer.

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HSBC Expat Explorer Survey Tool

HSBC Expat Explorer Survey Tool
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, January 5, 2015

From the 2014 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey, HSBC have created the Expat Explorer tool, a source of fantastic information for anyone considering assignment abroad for themselves or for employees.

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Categories: Expatriates, International

Is English Still the Global Language?

Is English Still the Global Language?
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, September 17, 2014

The British are notorious for being incapable of speaking any language other than their own. But, with nearly every nation in the world speaking English, some arguably better than the British nationals, is it a surprise that we’ve become so complacent? With new contenders for global language, it might be time to get learning.

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Moving the Family

Moving the Family
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, July 9, 2014

Moving the family is a stressful process. Rather than considering the needs of a single assignee, there could be a spouse, children, pets and even elderly relatives. So what else does a relocations consultant now need to consider?

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All Eyes on Sao Paulo

All Eyes on Sao Paulo
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, June 11, 2014

The football world cup is this month, and in only two years the next Olympics will be dominating the summer. Brazil is under scrutiny worldwide, and for Sao Paulo, one of the world’s biggest business centres, the expatriates are arriving by the boatload.

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Categories: International

The Importance of the International School Search

The Importance of the International School Search
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, April 23, 2014

One of the most important things in life is a good education. As a result, it’s no surprise that finding a good school is top of the agenda for any relocating family. Moving to the area of a good school is the priority in the majority of family house searches. But, how do you know what school is best internationally?

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