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    30 Nov 2018 Educational

    The safest ways to pay online

    With Christmas fast approaching, for most of us this means we're in the thick of the online shopping season. So, we thought we'd take the opportunity to refresh your memory when it comes to staying safe while shopping online.

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    19 Jun 2018 Fun

    The Dabble Sessions...with Iain Stirling

    first direct is on a mission to help people drop the excuses that stop us trying the things we've always wanted to do. From meringue making, to kirigami (it's like origami), our Dabble Sessions brought together three masters of their crafts to help Love Island's Iain Stirling (and a group of keen first-timers) find a new passion - or at least have some fun trying.

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    30 May 2018 Customer Service/FUN

    Flipped out: bad customer service and the burger van

    Technology is meant to make our lives easier. But sometimes all that sleek, shiny tech just ends up leaving us with an empty feeling inside, particularly when it comes to customer service.

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    24 Apr 2018 Fun

    In Conversation With...Izzy Bizu

    From struggles with the 9 to 5 to first hearing herself on the radio, it's been quite the journey for Izzy Bizu. We spoke to the inspiring singer-songwriter about her first steps in the music industry.

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    08 Mar 2018 Research

    How to turn your quarter-life crisis into a quarter-life catalyst

    Following the launch of new research which shows that quarter life crises could be catalyst to positive change, first direct joins forces with Dr. Oliver Robinson to launch useful guide.

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    24 Jan 2018 Fun

    Trying new things with ShortList and Stylist

    We're all about trying new things here at first direct. We held a competition for readers of ShortList and Stylist magazines who wanted to try something totally new...

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    29 Dec 2017 Fun

    In Conversation With...Answer Me This!

    Turn on. Tune in. Laugh out loud. Find out what happened when we got Helen and Olly from Answer Me This! to answer some questions of finance.

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    07 Dec 2017 Travel

    Island-hopping around the British Isles (no yacht required)

    According to some sources, there are 6,289 islands around the coast of Great Britain. With so many unexpected things to enjoy, it's time to go coastal.

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    24 Nov 2017 Product

    Stay safe this Christmas

    It's the busiest time of the year - and not just for elves and reindeer. It's also when thieves are out on the prowl, with a recent Aviva Survey revealing that household theft claims go up by around 8% on New Year's Eve. But don't worry. These top tips from security experts will help you keep your home safe this holiday season.

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    11 Sep 2017 Mortgage myths - busted

    The truth behind the top 5 mortgage myths

    Mortgages. They're loads of hassle. They're too confusing. They're too expensive. Or are they? If mortgage myths have got you mystified, don't worry - you're not alone. Many first-time buyers (and even some people who have been there and done this all before) are put off by all the confusion and misconceptions floating around. Who can blame them? That's why we're here to try and set the record straight on some of the most popular mortgage myths.

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    08 Sep 2017 Fun

    Singing to a different tune

    Ten songwriters. A once-in-a-lifetime masterclass. In collaboration with MOBO.

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    07 Aug 2017 Fun

    In Conversation With... Alastair Humphreys

    At first direct we're inspired by people who are forging their own paths and living their lives in less ordinary ways. That's why we've partnered with Alastair Humphreys who's smashing life in a non-traditional way.

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    17 Jul 2017 Educational

    It's a little pocket-sized revolution

    We want to make sure you're always getting the very best experience with first direct. And that's why we're pleased to announce that our latest Banking on the Go App update is available for Android, as well as Apple mobile devices.

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    03 Jul 2017 Fun

    Adding foodie flair to your UK holiday

    Staycations are no longer just about going to Auntie Jean's caravan to save a bit of cash, they're actually a great way to experience a slightly different (and maybe slightly nicer) corner of the UK without having to check in any luggage.

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    26 Jun 2017 Charity

    What makes Maggie's so special?

    Every two minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. In London alone, over 200,000 people are living with the disease, and this is forecast to double by 2030.

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    26 Jun 2017 Customer Stories

    Dad to the rescue

    At first direct we like to think our lovely customer service team are the best in the biz at what they do. Take a read as Martin tells this heart-warming tale involving a breakdown in Beverley and the best dad in the world...

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    26 Jul 2016 Fun

    Are you ready to get into holiday mode?

    Holiday mode is a special state to be in. From the final few days before you go away, right until you set off to come back home, it's a chilled out, laid back, carefree way to be, and we love it.

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    22 Mar 2017 Awards

    And the award for best customers goes to...

    Our trophy cabinet is looking a little more crowded than usual thanks to a few shiny new awards. But we didn"t win them all by ourselves - far from it.

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    30 Jan 2017 Fun/Product

    This time next year you could be...

    February might not be the most exciting of months, but that can be a blessing in disguise. With the mornings still dark, the nights still early and the weather most likely still freezing, you've got no excuse not to stay inside and get started on some big plans. We've put together a few ideas to help you get on your way, as well as some great products that could make your big plans possible.

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    24 Jan 2017 Educational

    Good news for our mobile App users with a Digital Secure Key

    Payment power in your pocket

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    29 Nov 2016 Fun

    Cracking Christmas Hacks

    It"s the most wonderful time of the year, so it deserves some wonderful tips on how to make the best of it. We"ve pulled together our best Christmas hacks to show you how to do just that.

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    29 Nov 2016 Research

    The story of success: Do we live to work or live to love?

    But what does success mean to us? Some might think success is about money, cars and houses? But is this actually the case? We decided to find out for ourselves.

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    16 Nov 2016 our website

    A beautiful new web experience

    We've updated the information pages of our website

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    23 Sep 2016 Fun

    Proud to be part of Pride

    We were ever so proud to be sponsors of this year's Leeds Pride.

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    30 Aug 2016 Fun

    Half of Brits hide their spending from their partner

    Money, money, money - it has the power to make the world go round, bring it to a grinding halt and also bring out the sneaky side in even the best of us.

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    17 Jun 2016 Educational

    Smart new digital innovations

    When it comes to making things better, we never think our job is done. Here's a brief catch up on all the digital developments we've made recently.

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    10 Jun 2016 Fun / Product

    Things you can do in 3 minutes

    3 minutes goes pretty quickly, right? But that doesn't mean you can't get anything done. In fact, you can get an awful lot done in 3 minutes. Don't believe us? Just take a look below.

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    10 Jun 2016 Fun

    Design ideas for the ultimate home makeover

    Giving your forever home the ultimate makeover doesn't always call for drastic change; our design tips are packed with inspiration

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    10 Jun 2016 Research

    10 unexpected forever homes from around the world

    For some people, redecorating a property alone is not enough to make a home their own. We take a look at 10 of the world's most unexpected forever homes

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    10 Jun 2016 Research

    The pursuit of happiness: There's no place like the forever home

    We surveyed 4,000 renters and homeowners from across the UK to pinpoint what the modern day forever home looks like. We also looked at the age we can expect to find it and the journey we take to get there.

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    21 Apr 2016 Charity

    Helping Maggie's keep the kettle on

    We've teamed up with the cancer support charity to help them raise £700k over the next two years.

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    05 Feb 2016 Fun

    Goodbye January...Hello February!

    February. Cold, frosty February. There's only one way to describe you, and that's brrrr. But don't dread Feb. It's full of fantastic things. Here's our pick of the bunch to help you get stuck into all that the second month has to offer.

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    05 Feb 2016 Educational

    Getting that little bit extra with #LifeBuffer

    A drop more milk? Ten percent more phone charge? Everyone needs that little bit extra now and again and probably at a time that you need it most. That's why we offer all our customers without an Offset mortgage a £250 interest-free overdraft to help with life's last minute financial headaches (T&C's apply). We like to think of it as a #LifeBuffer which you can use for those times you need just a tiny bit of financial help to tie you over until payday.

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    29 Dec 2015 Fun

    Why you should be a big fan of January

    January has a bit of a bad reputation, and we don't think that's fair. It comes after the biggest party of the year so sure, it might lack in terms of presents and crackers, but there are still plenty of ways you can make it amazing.

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    18 Dec 2015 Fun

    Looking to liven things up this Christmas? Why not swap your traditions for #untraditions?

    Here's some inspiration from overseas. Warning: some aren't exactly in the Christmas spirit...

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    18 Dec 2015 Fun

    Christmas #untraditions

    Pork pie for breakfast? Cactus for a Christmas tree? Here's a collection of our Christmas #untraditions that we've unearthed.

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    11 Dec 2015 Fun

    first direct supports MOBO awards with sponsorship

    first direct was delighted to be involved in the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards on Wednesday 4 November 2015 which was held at the first direct arena in the heart of Leeds.

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    10 Nov 2015 Fun

    When first direct threw a street party for Simon and Sam (and everyone showed up)

    Wondering what the best way to get to know your new neighbours is? Well, how does a surprise street party organised by your bank sound?

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    11 Jan 2016 Research

    Everybody needs good neighbours: The UK reveals its neighbourly relationships

    How well do you know your neighbours? We did a nationwide survey to find out how the modern day Brit feels about the people on their street.

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    16 Oct 2015 Fun

    What type of survivor are you?

    Sometimes it takes real adversity to reveal something about your character. Fly or fight? Sink or swim?

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    09 Oct 2015 Fun

    Silly Money

    Ever feel bad that you've splashed out a bit too much? Fear not, there's always someone willing to break the bank for something they really, really want...

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    16 Jul 2015 News

    Shucks... You've made us blush!

    At first direct we like to think we're a rather modest, down to earth sort of bunch, not the type to blow our own trumpet. But, when we find ourselves in the position of being voted, by our customers, as the best - it's hard not to feel rather proud.

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    10 Jul 2015 Fun

    10 things we love to hate about summer

    Ah, summer time. We wait a whole year for it to come along and then it's gone again in a flash. You'd think we'd appreciate every moment of sun we get, but instead there are several things we all love to hate about it. Here is the top 10. Feel free to tell us your own on Facebook.

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    17 Jun 2015 Arena

    Customer benefits at the first direct arena

    As a first direct customer, you can get access to a number of great first direct arena benefits.

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    17 Jun 2015 News

    New charity partners for first direct revealed...

    first direct had chosen two new charities to support, Martin House Children's Hospice, and St Andrew's Hospice. Find out about the fantastic work they do here.

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    17 Jun 2015 Information

    Learn about the ways to bank with first direct...

    first direct doesn't have branches on the high street. Instead, we've got a whole bunch of friendly helpful people on the other end of the phone - 24 hours a day, whenever you need us. Find out about all the other ways you can bank with us too...

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    17 Jun 2015 Announcement

    Spend less on the small things, and Saveapp for something bigger

    first direct's Saveapp could help you reduce the money you spend on the little things, so you can afford something bigger and better. How? By sending you helpful reminders which you set up and control.

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