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UK tech start-up extends digital events offering to include dynamic virtual hybrid workplaces

Manchester, UK, October 2021 – One of Manchester’s fastest growing tech start-ups, PixelMax, has launched its latest product offering that is designed to solve the hybrid working challenge through its 3D communications platform.

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Unveiling the new platform at its launch event to business owners, directors and other guests from several market sectors, PixelMax revealed its answer to the hybrid working challenge.

PixelMax’s 3D hybrid workplaces will allow business communities to connect and create in real time, through avatars or shared experiences. It offers an always-on digital environment and explores how the metaverse ideology can be applied to enterprise use cases.

Over the last 18 months the business has experienced substantial levels of growth with its 3D virtual events platform, and has been shortlisted for the 2021 Rapid Growth Award at The Prolific North Tech Awards, as well as the Pivot Entrepreneur Award at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

In May this year PixelMax delivered a virtual fan event for the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final, with world-first features allowing fans to speak to some of the biggest names in women’s football. After seeing so much success with one-off events, PixelMax has reacted to client demand by further developing its platform to offer ‘always-on’ 3D worlds.

Shay O’Carroll, PixelMax Co-Founder, says: “Our 3D worlds provide an engaging and immersive experience for users. We have architects right at the start of the process that work with a client to design the perfect space and experience for their brand.

“We are now delighted to be able to offer this quality and creativity with our always-on 3D worlds, especially now that many people are working in a hybrid capacity. Businesses are realising that it’s time to really invest in the digital real-estate where their employees are spending most of their day.

“We believe to make hybrid working actually work, we have to get to a point where there is no detriment based on location, where there is a level playing field whether you are in the office or working remotely. Our virtual workplaces make this possible.”

During the hybrid launch event, PixelMax gave attendees the chance to learn about the technology behind its solutions and explore the 3D world, experiencing unique features and networking opportunities including mini games and live conferencing.

With a jam-packed schedule, the event hosted a number of live speakers, including Andrew Mawson, Founder of Advanced Workplace Associates, Ben Davies, Group Marketing Director at Praetura, and Sarah Clarke, Organisational Psychologist at Occupational Mind Group.

PixelMax’s event showcased a number of features including a wellness area, demonstrating insight from Sarah Clarke around wellness in the hybrid world. Elsewhere, an exclusive case study area presented PixelMax’s success stories, including one from first responder training specialist, The Atacc Group. After building a bespoke 3D world for the company, PixelMax provided the Group’s clients access to training in an engaging and immersive way, ultimately reducing skills fade.

To find out more about PixelMax’s new product offering, please visit: https://www.pixelmax.com/

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About PixelMax
PixelMax was formed in 2018 by Andy Sands, Shay O’Carroll and Rob Hilton. The business has recently grown its team to circa 40 people and is now poised to further increase this in 2022. PixelMax has already worked with a number of blue chip organisations including leading global pharmaceutical and healthcare brands.

Creating nearly 40 jobs in the city, the platform is designed to make every interaction within an organisation impactful, and amplify and improve all aspects of communication, education and recreation.

To find out more, visit https://www.pixelmax.com/

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11 Lakh Employees to Get Bonus Equal to 78 Days’ Wages, Says Cabinet

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Good news for Indian Railways employees ahead of the festive season as Union Cabinet has approved Diwali bonus for non-gazetted staff. Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal for payment of productivity-linked bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days’ wages for the financial year 2020-21 for all eligible non-gazetted railway employees. “The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today approved the Productivity-Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days’ wages for the financial year 2020-21 for all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel),” Cabinet said in a statement.
Over 11 lakh non-gazetted Indian Railway employees of Indian Railways likely to get benefitted from this move, Union minister Anurag Thakur said while announcing the decision. The total cost of bonus was estimated at Rs 1984.73 crore.

The ministry of railways had earlier presented a proposal in front of the Union Cabinet to clear the productivity-linked bonus for non-gazetted railway employees.  In 2019-20, the Indian Railways had given its nearly 11.58 lakh non-gazetted employees a bonus of 78 days. The total cost of the bonus was estimated at Rs 2,081.68 crore, the Cabinet said.

In 2020, Indian Railways had fixed the wage calculation ceiling prescribed for payment of the bonus at Rs 7,000 per month. The maximum amount payable per eligible railway employee was set at ₹17,951 for 78 days.

The productivity-linked bonus on Indian Railway covers all non-gazetted railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel) who are spread across the country. Usually the Cabinet pays the bonus every year before Dusshera or Puja holidays. The decision of the Cabinet shall be implemented before the holidays for this year as well. “For the year 2020-21 also productivity-linked bonus amount equivalent to 78 days’ wages will be paid which is expected to motivate the employees for working towards improving the performance of the Railways,” Union Cabinet said.

Explaining how productivity-linked bonus is calculated, Union Cabinet said,

“The PLB has been paid as per formula approved by the Cabinet in its meeting held on 23.9.2000 for the years 1998-99 to 2013-14 (except 2002-03 to 2004-05 when slight changes were done with respect to Capital Weightage and Staff Strength). This formula was input : output based where output was reckoned in terms of equated net tonne kilometres and input was reckoned as the non-gazetted staff strength (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel) modified by Capital Weightage.”

Indian Railways was the first department under the central government where the concept of productivity-linked bonus was first introduced in 1979-80. “The main consideration at that time was the important role of the Railways as an infrastructural support in the performance of the economy as a whole. In the overall context of Railway working, it was considered desirable to introduce the concept of productivity-linked bonus as against the concept of bonus on the lines of ‘The Payment of Bonus Act -1965’,” Cabinet said. With the timely suggestion of All India Railwaymen’s Federation and National Federation of Indian Railwaymen, the productivity-linked bonus was evolved over the period. The scheme envisages a review every three years.

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How a start-up is preparing to boost the success rate of the Indian Restaurant Industry

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New Delhi [India], October 6 (ANI/ The Brand Solution): In Indian Cities, out of every 10 new restaurants, 3 shut down within a year.

‘Restaurant.Store’ is committed to decrease the failure rate and increase the success rate by providing products and services which ensure profitability and efficiency.

The idea of Restaurant.Store was conceived purely to ease the pain of Restaurant, Cafe and Bakery Owners. It is India’s First B2B Ecommerce Platform designed especially for HoReCa and Food Service Industry. “Me and my team have been closely working with Chefs and Bakers since last 15 years” says Moiz Master, Founder.”Since our offline business specialized in new restaurant/bakery setups, we have always been a part of their initial journey. We have walked with the budding entrepreneurs when they took their first steps towards their dream. We always feel proud when a restaurant does great business and makes an impact. We feel good that we have provided these establishments with best in class equipment and machinery to run their kitchens smoothly without any hassles. But… we also feel the pain when wesee restaurants shutting down. We feel the pain when we see them struggling to make profits. And to ease all the pain, we started Restaurant.Store”

Restaurant.Store provides Commercial Kitchen Equipment, Bakery Machinery, Commercial Refrigeration, Cafe and Fast Food Equipment to its customers. They also provide services like New Set-up Consultancy, Annual Maintenance Contracts, Restaurant Make-over Services, Franchise Building and Management and so on.

Multiple products and service categories are lined up to be introduced soon. All the products and services on the site are specially handpicked by industry experts and brought to the customers at lowest prices.Restaurant.Store will be selling more than Two Lakh product sku’s. If you are a Chef or a Baker, be ready to be spoiled with choices.

In the current startup scenario, where more and more B2B startups are becoming unicorns, why are you still bootstrapped?

“Even though we are a bootstrapped startup, we are growing at a superb pace. Our customers are receiving us well, the users are appreciating our products and services. It is not that we won’t partner with investors, we definitely will. And we are looking for a perfect match, right minded people to work with on a next level. In today’s start-up scenario, most investors look only for short-term surge. We on the other hand are seasoned entrepreneurs, we understand the value of persistence and consistency. You need to apply right strategy and choose good partners, especially when the game is big and the field is extensive”

As the world sees a new era, experts predict some pretty bright years ahead especially for the e-commerce industry. What is your say, what is the future of the e-commerce industry and of Restaurant.Store?

“We Indians have accepted the internet, digital payments and online shopping with open arms. B2B e-commerce on the other hand has just opened its doors. And mind you, the institutional buyers do not do impulse buying. They are always inclined towards industry experts, they always do informed buying. Thus it is very important that the B2B E-commerce Player has extensive knowledge and experience in selling to the particular industry. Our experience and our understanding of the Restaurant and Bakery Industry has motivated us to go ahead and explore this possibility. We are not only armed with the first mover’s advantage, but we are also backed by years of experience. This makes us confident of winning the hearts of our customers”

Coming back to the Restaurant Industry, the industry has seen a couple of bad years, what do you predict for the coming years?

“The Restaurant Industry will now be seeing the best years of business. People love eating out, and they have missed it so much that now they will go out even more. I have always felt that Restaurants and Bakeries are always a part of our celebrations. May it be a Birthday Cake or a Dinner celebrating a job promotion, this industry has been spreading joy since ages. The future of such a beautiful industry can be nothing else but sparkling”

You can contact Restaurant.Store here: (https://restaurant.store)

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European energy prices extended their blistering rally as the region-wide supply crunch showed no sign of easing, prompting the European Union to pledge swift action to protect the economy.


Dutch and U.K. gas futures have jumped 60% in just two days, hitting fresh records along with surging power as EU lawmakers debated the crisis. EU energy chief Kadri Simson said the bloc plans to revise gas-market rules by year-end to prevent soaring energy costs from stifling the economic recovery.





EU Vows Swift Action to Prevent Energy Crisis Hurting Recovery


Global gas and coal markets have tightened just as the heating season starts in the northern hemisphere, with limited supply failing to catch up with rebounding demand. Sky-high costs are threatening to boost inflation and starting to weigh on industrial production.


The inflation risk has already pushed up U.K. government borrowing costs and prompted industries to warn of plant shutdowns. France, Spain and three other European countries have called on the bloc to take urgent action to cushion the blow of soaring gas prices — and investigate their cause.


“This is just ridiculous,” said Tom Marzec-Manser, an analyst at ICIS. “Almost impossible to even justify or qualify how and why it’s moving so fast and so high.”


Front-month Dutch gas futures jumped as much as 40% to a record 162.125 euros a megawatt-hour after closing up 20% the day before. The U.K. equivalent benchmark surged as much as 39%, hitting an unprecedented 407.82 pence a therm.






Colder weather is seen extending into northern parts of Europe next week. Temperatures across mainland Europe are set to drop below normal levels by next Wednesday, according to The Weather Co.


Read also: Why Nord Stream 2 May Not Be Ready in Time for Europe’s Winter


Europe’s gas stockpiles are at their lowest seasonal level in more than a decade, while supplies from top seller Russia are limited and global competition for liquefied natural gas is intense.


“We are currently living exceptional circumstances,” analysts at consultant Engie EnergyScan said in a note. “The world gas market has never been in a situation where Asia and Europe were obliged to compete fiercely for the marginal LNG cargo available — as the latter was supposed to benefit from comfortable pipeline supply.”


On Wednesday, Nord Stream AG and Nord Stream 2 AG won a boost in their fight against EU rules that subject all new and existing pipelines involving foreign suppliers to the EU’s energy market-opening requirements. It’s still unclear when supplies through Nord Stream 2, the new controversial pipeline from Russia, may start.

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