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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

    Reality Cheque - there's a faster way to pay in your money

    Your Mum, your boss, the friend who owes you for lunch. We all know someone who still insists on using cheques...

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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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    24 Nov 2017 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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    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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    30 Mar 2017 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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    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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