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    • I'm ready to reject Hermes offer and issue the letter before claim. I've registered on the MCOL website and filled in my claim with the below particulars.   Should I tick the box to send the particulars directly to the defendant?   Should I also tick the box for the right to claim interest. If so do what date would I put for when the money became owed,  what is daily rate of interest up to the date of judgment?    Thanks again      
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      Sorry for only updating you now, but after your guidance with submitting the claim it was pretty straight forward and I didn't want to unnecessarily waste your time. Especially with this guide you wrote here, so many thanks for that
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This is really winding me up.

Most mornings on my way to work I pass a "Mercure Hotel" on the outskirts of Leeds (formally the Parkway Hotel near Lawnswood/Bramhope).

Very frequently now I am seeing the car park almost full of British Gas vans. This isn't just a one off this is almost every time I pass by and early mornings indicating that they are probably having some kind of knees up followed by an overnight stay.

This is while people continue to struggle to pay their bills and god knows how many pensioners will perish again this winter.

This is not just happening at one hotel either. I also pass the Village Hotel at Weetwood near Headingley, Leeds.

It's disgusting that they are making such vast amount of profit and p'ing it up the wall while everyone struggles to make ends meet and when the price of a barrel of oil has halved but the bills haven't.

Oh and here they are sponsoring programmes on TV!

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i think you will find the spaces are rented for Training.

 

Britsh Gas have their training and engineering academy next door

 

Qualified gas engineers have to get their Gas ticket of competence every few years

 

The same happens in Oxford. British Gas use a Royal Mail mail centre car park for exactly the same thing

 

And they pay as well the training cost, it is about £2500 which includes accomodation out of their own pocket

 

It is amazing how quickly people jump to conclusions on first impressions

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As far as I'm aware the training centre is in Leeds LS12. I'm talking about the Mercure Parkway Hotel near Golden Acre Park between Adel & Bramhope.

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