Culture & Languages

The impact of the Coronavirus on the Relocation sector

The impact of the Coronavirus on the Relocation sector
Julian Maynard, February 28, 2020

With Covid-19 (the catchy new name for the Coronavirus) now spreading out from its original source in China, it’s clear that Coronavirus has started to have some effect within the Relocation industry.

The full effects are unclear at present, without knowing the full spread of the Coronavirus, its impact could range from a small number of assignments being postponed to entire countries being off-limits for a period due to government-imposed travel restrictions.

As of the 26th February 2020, there are 81,109 confirmed cases in 37 Countries according to the WHO, but this is likely a very conservative figure due to the difficulty of securing precise numbers.

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Top tips for relocating at Christmas

Top tips for relocating at Christmas
Laura Cardy, December 18, 2019

Do people relocate at Christmas?

The answer is yes! Although the summer months are typically the most popular time of the year for people to relocate, surprisingly, the Christmas holiday season is also a very popular time of the year to make a move! Many household goods removals companies operate up to and including Christmas Eve to accommodate this. The New Year is always a busy time for people turning over a new leaf and making fresh starts via new jobs - so perhaps this could be something to do with increased demand for the relocation industry over the festive season?

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9 Top Trending Destinations For 2020

9 Top Trending Destinations For 2020
Josh Davey, November 28, 2019

Planning next year’s holiday?

If like me, the darkening winter months are getting you thinking about your next holiday or overseas adventure in 2020, you may wish to checkout the following destinations which are becoming increasingly attractive to a variety of different traveller demographics. I predict that the following places will become the top trending destinations of 2020 – and here’s why!

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Helping children to adjust on International Assignment

Helping children to adjust on International Assignment
Laura Cardy, August 1, 2019

Assignment Failure

It is a well-known fact in the global mobility world that the majority of international assignments that fail are due to family issues. This can include your spouse and/or children who are unhappy or struggling to settle into the new country with all the cultural differences and language barriers. Not to mention missing close friends and extended family back at home. There is lots of information available on-line to help trailing spouses, but what about the children?

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International Assignments: Learning the Lingo

International Assignments: Learning the Lingo
Sofie Finemore, May 30, 2019

Moving to a new location is extremely exciting and a fantastic opportunity to learn fresh life skills including how to speak a new language. This may seem a daunting task at first (and many assignees describe feeling nervous regarding language barriers), but do not fear: there are many tools and tricks that will have you chatting with the locals in no time!

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What is the ‘Bleisure’ Travel Trend?

What is the ‘Bleisure’ Travel Trend?
Charlotte Luck, May 30, 2019

What is “Bleisure”?

Business-leisure or ‘bleisure’ is the trendy term for describing situations where employees combine business trips and leisure time. Time away from the office for work is converted into a well-deserved holiday. This type of travel is becoming increasingly popular with employers and employees alike.

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How to Beat the Relocation Blues!

How to Beat the Relocation Blues!
Sofie Finemore, April 26, 2019

Relocating to another part of the world can be a once in a lifetime opportunity and the chance to go on a fantastic adventure.

However, moving is an extremely stressful thing to do; your routine is disrupted, and you must pack up your life to move to an unknown future. It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious or sad at first - especially on arrival when you don’t know anybody - however if you find these negative feelings pervasive it could be that you are experiencing what is known as ‘Relocation Depression’.

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Canine Friendly Corporate Housing

Canine Friendly Corporate Housing
Charlotte Luck, April 26, 2019

Barking Stress Busters!

Studies have proven that the benefits of owning a dog have a positive effect on both your physical and mental health. Many companies globally now offer the use of therapy dogs to alleviate stress. Just petting and stroking a dog can increase your levels of oxytocin (a stress reducing hormone) relieving pressure and improving focus and productivity as a result.

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Thinking ahead? Check out these dream retirement destinations!

Thinking ahead? Check out these dream retirement destinations!
Sofie Finemore, March 27, 2019

After a long tenure of working hard throughout your career, is there any idea quite as appealing as retiring overseas with dreams of a permanent holiday lifestyle? For many senior citizens relocating abroad is the ultimate way to spend their golden years.

British retirees commonly favour relocation to warmer climates, escaping the famously grey British weather... 41% of British citizens living in Spain are of retirement age, similarly, 39% of retired Brits make up Portugal’s British population. What other locations are popular? Check out this list:

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Case Study: 2 relocations, 10 years apart

Case Study: 2 relocations, 10 years apart
Nathan Gunn, February 26, 2019

From Manchester to Perth and Back: 

I met Wendy in Perth Australia back in 2014, she had moved over from Manchester with her husband and son some years earlier.

After almost a decade in Western Australia, she decided to move back to Manchester - primarily to be closer to her extended family who live across Lancashire.

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Considering relocating for work? Ask these 5 key questions!

Considering relocating for work? Ask these 5 key questions!
Ray Inskip, January 25, 2019

So, you have been offered a new job in a new location...

Moving home for a new and exciting role is a fantastic way to relocate to a new town, city or even country, whilst also pursuing your career dreams...However, before you accept a new position and move your whole life, you should take time to consider whether this is the right move for you, both in terms of your professional and personal life. You don’t want to be regretful of your relocation or your latest career move, therefore prior to accepting the job you need to properly investigate your new employer and new location. These are the top 5 key questions you should be asking: 

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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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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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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 Effect of Brexit on Refugee Relocation

The Effect of Brexit on Refugee Relocation
Imy Clarke - On behalf of Alchemy Recruitment, October 31, 2016

With Theresa May confirming that Article 50 will be triggered by the end of March 2017, Brexit is very much a reality. While it will have obvious repercussions on those who currently live and work in the UK, there are other groups who will also be severely affected.  Among these groups are the Syrian refugees who continue to arrive in Europe after fleeing their war-torn country. 

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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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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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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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