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Housekeeping experts share top tips to turn messy kids into ‘clean-agers’

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Autumn’s here, and for a lot of young people, that means going off to university for the first time. This season will see the start of essays, revision and learning all kinds of new skills to shape careers. But when it comes to life skills, it seems not everyone knows the basics.

Budget hotel chain Premier Inn recently carried out some research asking 1,000 parents with kids aged between 13 and 19 just how much their teens knew about cleaning – and the results are in!

For starters, 9 in 10 parents think their teenage kids lack some basic domestic skills, with bed making, ironing and vacuuming among the top chores they struggle with. It also revealed that 29% of teens couldn’t make a bed, 41% couldn’t iron a shirt, and 38% of parents aren’t sure that their teens would know how to clean a toilet.

There’s more! The survey found that nearly a quarter of parents asked didn’t think their teens could vacuum a room – or fold sheets and clothes properly – while a fifth also leave dirty dishes in their bedroom. The research also found that it’s not just the younger generation who are lacking some domestic skills. Around 67% of those asked via OnePoll admitted that even as a parent, they’re still missing some of the basics, while almost two thirds revealed they didn’t know a lot of the essentials when they left home.

Simon Ewins, managing director for Premier Inn said: “Our research has shown that in many cases teenagers still appear to live up to their messy reputations, with many parents adopting an ‘if I want it done properly I might as well do it myself’ approach – but it doesn’t have to be this way because everyone rests easier knowing their room is clean and comfortable.

“Who better to offer insider tips on housekeeping than our expert teams, who take care of millions of rooms each year? Whether it is through one of our Life Skills Academies or online video tips, we hope we can step in to help and give young people a bit of domestic prowess.” 

Two of the first ‘clean-agers’ we helped were 19 year old twins Bradley and Lewis Fox, university students who were given a crash course by Premier Inn on housekeeping after letting slip to their mum that they might need a little help in the cleaning department.

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Mum Kim, 55, from Rochester, Kent, said: “Both the twins are well known for being extremely messy and pretty useless when it comes to cleaning, ironing and making a bed properly. I discovered that despite being at university for several months, Bradley hadn’t even changed his bedding once when I collected him at the end of the year. This Premier Inn session was a fun way to set them on track to develop some useful life skills which will help them not only for uni but beyond – they haven’t listened to me in 19 years and it took the housekeeper just a few hours.”

Along with providing online tips, Premier Inn are also inviting teenagers to three different locations across the UK where they’ll be taught the basics by our team of expert housekeepers. Not only do they make up over 23 million beds in a year, their housekeeping teams will typically plump over 47 million pillows and iron over 3 million shower curtains in more than 83,000 bedrooms across the UK – so they know a thing or two about keeping things clean!

Do your domestic skills need an upgrade?

If you or someone you know need to brush up on some domestic skills, why not apply for one of the limited places available at Premier Inn’s Life Skills Academies? They’ll be running exclusive, one off sessions in different parts of the UK where their team can show you some top tips on making the perfect bed and general cleaning. Plus, those who attend can leave with one of their cosy bedding bundles! To see full details and terms & conditions, click here.

To enter, email your name and telephone number, with the location you would like to attend in the subject line to lifeskillsacademy@premierinn.com

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Tesco shoppers in Swansea help to provide £1million boost to health

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People in Swansea have been thanked for contributing towards the £1million raised for
three life-saving charities as part of Tesco’s ‘Helping you to live healthier’ initiative.

Tesco customers reached the landmark total for Cancer Research UK, the British Heart
Foundation and Diabetes UK from 13-26 September by rounding up their shop in store to
the nearest £1.

The funds raised will now help the three charities continue their vital work to save and
improve lives.

In addition to the £1million donated, the campaign raised awareness in Swansea about
the importance of people making sustainable lifestyle changes that can help lower their
risk of cancer, heart and circulatory diseases, and type 2 diabetes.

This was done with the help of trusted health information and advice, which was shared
to empower Tesco customers to take small steps to help improve their health.

Oonagh Turnbull, Head of Health Campaigns at Tesco, thanked Tesco shoppers in
Swansea for their generosity, which will make a significant difference to many people’s
lives.

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She added: “It has been inspiring to see our customers really engage with the work we
are doing together, and we hope that we have played a part in raising awareness for
these conditions, as well as life-saving funds.”

The campaign was part of the Health Charity Partnership between Tesco, Cancer
Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK, which aims to inspire and
support Tesco colleagues, customers and their families to make healthier food choices
and live healthier lives.

On behalf of the charity partners , Claire Sadler, Executive Director of Marketing,
Fundraising and Engagement at the British Heart Foundation, said
: “We have been amazed by the incredible generosity of Tesco customers and colleagues
and would like to thank everyone who donated during September.

“Your donations will help to empower millions of people to make healthier choices that
lower their risk of heart and circulatory diseases, cancer, and diabetes. It will also help
our charities provide vital support to millions of people at a time it’s never been more
needed, and it will fund research with the potential to save lives.”

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Work to start next week on new ‘Market Garden’ at Swansea Market

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Construction work is set to start next week on a new ‘Market Garden’ area at the heart of Swansea Market, where people can eat, work and enjoy themselves.

It follows a public consultation back in March where people were able to choose from a number of designs.

Swansea Council say that work will take several weeks, but they aim to keep any disturbance to a minimum and the market will remain fully open.

Transparent fencing will go up around the construction area to keep people safe and to maintain sightlines for neighbouring stalls.

The green-themed Market Garden- due to open in good time for Christmas – will feature more than 170 plants together with an assortment of comfortable, garden-style tables and chairs for visitors to enjoy food and drink bought from a wide variety of market stalls.

Operated in line with latest Covid guidelines, it will have free public Wi-Fi, power charging facilities, recycling bins and a water station to refill water bottles.

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Highchairs will be available to those with young children. There will be warmers for baby bottles and food – and there will be a toddlers’ play table.

For the first time, dog lovers will be able to bring their well-behaved pets to the market. Dogs will be able to enjoy a bowl of water at Swansea Jack’s kennel – as long as they follow the market’s new “doggie rules.”

Council cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said: “The Market Garden is part of a £440,000 improvement programme at this wonderful venue.

“It will help the market play a key role in Swansea’s great future, being led by our £1bn regeneration scheme.

“These are exciting times for the market and the wider city centre.”

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The Market Garden, which will be close to the famous cockle stalls, will be visible from every direction due to its 7.5m-high pergola, the shape of which mirrors the market’s monumental domed roof.

Once built, The Market Garden will stand on an under-used space in the centre of the market. It currently has tables rented by the day by casual traders.

They will cease trading in that area after this Saturday but will remain in the market, hiring space at a smart new area a few yards away and still next to the world-famous stalls that sell cockles, laver-bread and other delicacies.

Swansea Council appointed a new Market Supervisor, Swansea-born Darren Cox earlier this week. The news came as previous Market Supervisor, John Burns retired after more than 30 years in the job.

Lead Image: How Swansea Market’s new eating, meeting and greeting area – the Market Garden – will look. (Image: Swansea Council)

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Cheapest car insurance falls to six month low despite return of traffic

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The cheapest average premiums quoted have tumbled over the summer to just £533 – a £60 drop year-on-year.

This is the lowest quarterly average for cheapest premiums available since summer 2015.

The fall in the cheapest average premiums has driven up savings available to motorists. Drivers can save an average of £98 on their car insurance by switching to the cheapest deal when their policy expires. 

The average annual car insurance premium declined by £71 year-on-year across the summer months (June – August), according to the latest Premium Drivers research from comparethemarket.com.

The average premium now stands at £631, compared with an average of £702 for the same three-month period in 2020. 

In each lockdown since March 2020, the cost of car insurance had fallen due to fewer cars being on the road and a subsequent drop in claims. Insurers had used savings from fewer claims to offer lower premiums to customers. However, the average motor insurance premium has also declined in recent months, from £644 in June 21 to £617 in August 21.

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The fall in premiums over the past three months is surprising, as more Covid-19 travel curbs were relaxed and road traffic increased in this time. In fact, road traffic has reverted to pre-pandemic levels with car use returning to 98% of its February 2020 level, on average in August 2021, according to figures from the Department of Transport1. This more recent fall in premiums suggests insurers may be competing more aggressively to attract new customers.  

Young motorists can benefit from the greatest savings by switching car insurance. The average premium for drivers aged under 25 has decreased to £1,085, falling from £1,134 in the same three months (June – August) in 2020.

If young drivers shop around for the cheapest deal on average when their policies come up for renewal, they could typically save £201 on their car insurance. 

Lead image: Andrea Piacquadio / Pexels.com)

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