Low-cost flood defence system
Flood Defence Innovations (FDI), a company formed by the University of Nottingham, has developed a low-cost method of flood protection, which could soon be availa …

Low-cost flood defence system
Flood Defence Innovations (FDI), a company formed by the University of Nottingham, has developed a low-cost method of flood protection, which could soon be available to flood-vulnerable homes and small businesses.

FDI is conducting feasibility tests on the flood protection system described as "lightweight, simple to assemble and collapsible for easy storage".

FDI said the system did not require modification to a property to install and the barrier could be adapted to fit different sizes and configurations of doorways.

It is expected to cost significantly less than existing domestic flood barriers which range in price from £80 to £350.

DBS teams up with MediQuote
Misys-owned IFA support network DBS Financial Management is linking up with MediQuote to provide a comparative individual and group private medical insurance (PMI) quotation service to DBS's 3,000 members.

MediQuote, the UK's only comparative PMI portal, is part of global insurer Sirius Financial Solutions.

The tie-up will see DBS's members gain direct, 24-hour access, through the Assureweb trading platform, to approximately 100 products from 13 UK providers.

Cigna International improved benefits
Cigna International Employee Benefits (CIEB) has bolstered its Premier healthcare plan for expatriates by focusing on improved benefits for children.

The Premier plan will now cover children for a range of preventative healthcare tests, immunisations and travel vaccinations.

The improvements are in addition to the Premier plan's existing benefits. These include prescription drugs and post-hospital care and are a now a standard part of the plan - they cannot be excluded.

CIEB, part of US-based benefits company Cigna, said the improved benefits were a response to research. This showed that many expatriates saw an international posting as the ideal time to start or add to their families.

Valentine's day insurance discount
Club Direct has launched a series of special discounts for travel insurance on Valentine's day trips.

Club Direct said the scheme, which can be used for short trips to Europe or the US in either February or March, offered savings of around 45% on normal insurance rates.

All Club Direct policies include cover of £10m for medical and emergency assistance, with full repatriation and air ambulance support.

Policies are also backed by a full range of cover for baggage, money, missed departure and cancellation.

They also include worldwide 24-hour access to Club Direct's multi-lingual medical assistance hotline.