D.I…WHY? Brits hammer home the true cost of DIY

  • Half of Brits believe they are good at DIY despite 33% having suffered a costly disaster
  • 46% of projects run in extra time
  • Accident prone cities include: Bristol (43%), Manchester (42%) and Leeds (41%)

Half of Brits (48%) have confessed to believing that they are good or very good at do-it-yourself. This comes despite a third (33%) admitted they have suffered a DIY disaster – almost one fifth of which (17%) cost up to £500 to put right – with Bristol (43%), Manchester (42%) and Leeds (41%) being the most disaster prone.

A quarter of fearful Brits revealed that they wouldn’t even dream of taking on a large DIY project (27%) themselves. However, of those who say they are terrible at DIY, 39% are still giving it a go. In fact the majority of the disastrous DIYers planning a renovation project are tackling a new kitchen (67%) and expecting it to cost up to £1,000.

Time is money

Overall, 40% of DIY projects were underestimated in terms of cost, and 46% were underestimated in terms of time. Despite this, three quarters of people (76%) believe they saved money doing it themselves. Meanwhile eight out of ten Brits would happily take on another significant DIY project, while 19% are putting their spanner to bed.

The survey, from money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk has found that those with experience of kitchen renovations give a different tale from unwitting DIYers about to tackle the project. Over a third (35%) report it costing over £4,000, more than 1 in 10 (13%) cost over £10,000 and 6% over £20,000.

Those tackling an extension may also be in for an unpleasant surprise as the average cost is £4,500 more than the £500 those planning it are expecting it to be. A conservatory however may present a welcome treat as it is coming in at £1,000 less than the anticipated £3,500.

Building on a budget

35% of Brits prioritise redecorating and set aside an average £500 for the task, 15% are getting their green fingers at the ready to tackle gardening, with a budget of up to £1,000, whilst 10% are cooking up a new kitchen with £1,500 to spend.

Of those who had recently redecorated, almost three in ten (28%) stated it cost more than they anticipated, almost the same amount who believe they may have lost money by not hiring a tradesperson (29%). Whilst the majority (48%) took an average of 2 weeks to complete the re-decorating, 36% report that it took longer than first expected.

Marco Piu, Voucherbox General Manager stated, “Spring is a popular time to dust off those tools and start putting planned DIY projects into action. The survey revealed redecorating is on the agenda for the majority of Brits, which makes it the perfect time to hunt for online deals.

The survey also revealed several unfortunate incidents which are often the result of inexperience. DIY merchant blogs and social channels provide a great source of expert tips and best practice that will hopefully keep you from making a costly mistake.”

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Proof David Haye is a better champion than Tony Bellew

New research reveals Hayemaker trumps rival in championship stakes

The gloves are off ahead of David Haye’s showdown with Tony Bellew – and the Londoner has struck an early blow against his rival.

Former WBC and WBA cruiserweight titleholder Haye has been proven – statistically, at least – to be a better champion than Bellew, who holds the WBC World Cruiserweight crown.

New research from Voucherbox.co.uk reveals the average boxer endures 111 rounds across 21 fights before claiming their first championship – suffering just one defeat along the way.

During that time, a typical fighter will knock out 62% of their opponents, but Haye’s stats prove he is far from average thanks to his stunning 90% KO rate inside just 71 rounds.

In contrast, Bellew’s record on the way to securing his first strap scores him way below average, with the Liverpudlian needing nine more fights and 86 more rounds before claiming gold.

Bellew has also been caught off guard for the average win rate (90%) and knockout rate (57%), which will no doubt boost Haye’s growing confidence ahead of their heavyweight clash at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday 4th March.

The research from money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk looked into all weight divisions across each of boxing’s governing bodies and analysed the records of the 74 men who currently hold a belt, detailing their stats up to the point they first became a champion.

DeGale is the Mr Average of boxing champions

Current IBF World Super Middleweight champ James DeGale most closely matches the average journey a fighter takes to claim a title, with the Olympic hero requiring 22 bouts to reach the summit, losing once and knocking out 64% of his opponents.

Quickest to the top

The fastest journey to a title was completed in only three fights by Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko. The WBO World Featherweight champion needed just 28 rounds to get his hands on a belt – the fewest of any current champion.

Forthcoming fights

Another upcoming heavyweight clash featuring a British athlete is Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua has knocked out every single one of his opponents – a feat unmatched by any other world champion. In addition, the 34 rounds he took to win a belt is bettered only by two current champions (Lomachenko and Gilberto Ramirez). Klitschko’s journey took 36 fights and 124 rounds and he achieved 12% less KOs than Joshua.

Best of British

Other notable British ex-champions in history include Lennox Lewis, who took 92 rounds and won all of his 23 fights, Frank Bruno, who only became world champion on his 44th fight and Chris Eubank Snr, who knocked out just 60% of opponents during 25 bouts. Amir Khan is about as average as DeGale, losing just one of his 22 fights, winning by knockout in 14 on his way to a first world title.

The Greatest

Meanwhile Muhammed Ali – regarded as the greatest boxer of all time – took a surprisingly average path to his first title, facing 107 rounds across 20 fights. However, this was during an era with fewer governing bodies and so the battle for belts was more competitive.

Mike Tyson ensured his fights were over in no time, averaging just 2.7 rounds in each of his 28 bouts. As with Ali and Tyson, Floyd Mayweather Jr had a 100% record leading to a world title – with ‘Money’ taking just 18 fights to get to the number one spot.

Marco Piu, Voucherbox General Manager said, “It is really interesting to see exactly what these athletes have to go through in order to reach the pinnacle of their sport. Comparing the current stars to the average journey, we can see the gulf between Haye and Bellew, suggesting it might not be much of a contest.

“The research also shows how fast and impressive Anthony Joshua’s rise to the top is, with him knocking out every opponent – something no other current champion can claim.”

Very superstitious: Half of Brits have a lucky number while 1 in 5 believe breaking a mirror brings bad luck

  • 49% of Britons have a lucky number while 28% have an unlucky number
  • One in five people believe breaking a mirror is the unluckiest superstition while touching wood is considered to bring luck
  • 52% of people think their superstitions stem from their parents

New research has found that us Brits are very superstitious, with almost one in five (18%) believing that breaking a mirror brings bad luck and one in six (16%) thinking twice about walking under a ladder.

When it comes to good luck charms, money-saving website Voucherbox has found that touching wood is a good omen with over a fifth of Brits (21%) carrying out this practice – almost double than those who think crossing your fingers brings luck (13%).

Whilst almost half of the population (49%) have a lucky number, only 28% have an unlucky number. The number 13 is deemed unlucky for the majority (38%), although almost one in 10 (9%) believe it brings good luck. The most popular lucky number is seven for 22% of Brits.

Less than 14% don’t have a good or bad luck ritual at all. Yet despite these findings, two thirds of Brits (66%) don’t consider themselves to be superstitious. In fact, the only part of the UK where the majority of people (57%) believe they are superstitious is Devon.

In the spirit of Valentine’s day almost one in 10 Brits (9%) deemed meeting the love of the lives as the reason for believing in the good fortune of their superstitions. More than one in 5 (21%) came into money as a result, while only 5% believe superstitions were responsible for losing money. 20% said they had an accident because of superstitions.

Other superstitions include opening an umbrella indoors (13%), a four leaf-clover (12%), blowing out birthday candles (7%) and a black cat (7%).

Interestingly 8% of the population think multiple magpies bring good luck, whilst only 6% think a lone magpie brings bad luck.

Marco Piu, Voucherbox General Manager says, “Superstitions are so ingrained in British culture that even those who don’t consider themselves to be superstitious will be at least aware of the required ritual in a given situation. The survey revealed that over half of superstitions (52%) come from our parents, and the tales and legends are likely to continue to be passed down.

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39% of Brits book holidays at work costing businesses almost £250 million in January

  • 5th January is the popular date to book a holiday
  • Half of UK choose to holiday on the continent
  • A quarter choose to escape within the UK

39% of people in the UK research and book holidays while at work spending an average of three and half hours doing so, costing British businesses almost £250 million1 in January alone. When it comes to planning an escape from the rat race, the 5th of the month is the most popular date for holiday bookings.

The findings from money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk also reveal that glum faces aren’t the only thing UK businesses must suffer this January, as 39% admitted to using work time to carry out their holiday research another fifth (18%) are considering the idea.

Not letting work deter them from shaking those gloomy blues, one in six employees will go so far as to book their holiday whilst at work – one in three doing so before 11am.

With nearly three quarters of the population sticking to Europe for some fun in the sun (21%). It will come as no surprise to learn almost a third of Brits are searching for some vitamin D on a beach holiday, the most popular destination being Spain. Other hit list destinations include France (10%), Greece (6%) and Portugal (5%).

Shane Forster, UK Country Manager at Voucherbox, stated: “January can hit us all quite hard, and seemingly in the pocket for employers. The research may come as a surprise to some, especially considering the majority of holidays bookings are done and dusted. On the plus side, that should have bought a few more smiles.”

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Notes to editors
1Based on ONS data on the number of working Brits (31,760,000), the average salary (£28,000) and average hours worked in the UK (1,645 per year).


Christmas Day: Belfast wakes up first while Glaswegians stir last last and spend 80% more than the national average on gifts

  • Belfast children start celebrating at 4am while children in Leeds and Glasgow lie in until past 9am
  • Average wake up time for UK on Christmas day is 6.08am
  • Glasgow and Middlesbrough spend a whopping £400 on gifts per child – more than five times the national average of £75 per child
  • Just 5% of UK kids say they look forward to giving gifts

On Christmas Day people in Belfast will be celebrating first with the average get-up time for children aged 3-12 being an exhausting 4am. Welsh children will stir at 6.53am allowing time for plenty of sleep whilst still maximising the big day and in Glasgow, Bradford and Leeds children don’t rise until gone 9am – nearly three hours later than the average get up time for the UK which is 6.08am.

What time do you get up Christmas GIF

When it comes to Christmas spending, money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk has found that the average UK household spends £75 per child while families in Glasgow and Middlesbrough are the most generous with an average spend per head of more than £400, over 80% more than the national average.

It was no surprise to find that most UK children are more excited about opening presents on Christmas Day than giving them with only 5% percent looking forward to gifting others.

More than half of children’s toys to sit under the tree this year have a place on the Toy Retailers Association top 12 toys for Christmas 2016 list, and nearly 10% are set to open a LEGO Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster, which stands as the present most in demand.

Shane Forster, UK Country Manager comments: “Christmas is an expensive time of year for parents, not to mention a tiring one if you live in Belfast! More than a quarter of parents have spent more this year on Christmas presents for their kids in comparison to previous years. The most coveted toys of the year can be quite costly, but there are of course still deals to be had online.”

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Ballsing it up: Politicians are statistically the worst performers on Strictly Come Dancing

Is Ed Balls about to make history?

  • Politicians are the worst performing contestants with an average score of just 17 points per dance
  • Former MPs average a dismal 10th place in the competition
  • At 23 points per dance, Balls is exceeding expectations
  • Singers and musicians perform best on the show historically
  • Despite Alisha Dixon winning a seat on the judging panel, Natalie Gumede has the highest average judges’ score in history

It may take two to tango, but traditionally it’s best if one of them isn’t a politician as data reveals that during the 12-year history of Strictly Come Dancing, former MPs perform the worst out of any group of contestants. However, that could all be set to change, with Ed Balls becoming a firm favourite as the people’s champion. Despite being amongst the worst performing, he is comfortably exceeding the average score of politicians who historically achieve just 17 points.

Ann Widdecombe and Edwina Currie could only average tenth position but Ed Balls is sticking two fingers up to the history books with his 23-point average and guaranteed finish of at least sixth position. The former Shadow Chancellor – who’s Gangnam Style performance was a highlight for many and scored 25 points – is sailing through each week and following recent election and referendum results, politicians should learn to expect the unexpected.

The findings from money-saving website Voucherbox.co.uk also reveal that singers and musicians perform best on the show, achieving an average of a sixth-place finish, a judges’ score of 30 and three overall victories. TV presenters, sportsmen and soap stars have also fared well, each with three victories since 2004. Comedians, radio presenters and film stars are amongst the careers to have never claimed the Glitterball.

Following her victory in 2007, where she picked-up an average of 36 points per dance, Alesha Dixon became the most successful singer or musician in the show’s history and even went on to earn herself a spot on the judging panel two years later. However, perhaps surprisingly, the data shows that Dixon is not the greatest contestant of all time. The accolade goes to Coronation Street actress Natalie Gumede, whose 37-point average sees her claim top spot on the all-time leader board, despite losing out to model Abbey Clancy in the final of the 2013 series.

At the other end of the spectrum is TV presenter Quentin Wilson. In 2005, he finished in last position with a miserable average score of just eight points per dance. Joining Wilson at the bottom of the pile are garden designer Diarmuid Gavin and Nicholas Owen of BBC News, both with an average score of 14. Although he can claim second worst score in Strictly history, Gavin managed to achieve a respectable seventh position back in 2004.

The success of soap stars has largely been aided by Hollyoaks, the highest achieving soap, with an average score of 34 points per dance. By contrast, there’s trauma for hospital drama stars, whose 27-point average spells casualty on the dance floor. When compared with actors and actresses elsewhere, soap stars finish two places higher than their acting counterparts. Eastenders has provided almost half (45%) of soap contestants ever to take part in the competition.

On the sporting side, the contest between football and rugby stars is fierce. Rugby players average a finishing position of two places higher than footballers and they also average three more points per dance.

Shane Forster, Voucherbox UK Country Manager said, “It is very intriguing to see that there are clear patterns in this research in terms of who is likely to be successful in this and future series. History would suggest former pop star Louise Redknapp is favourite, but with Ed Balls defying the odds each week, it could be considered anyone’s game. I would not like to cha-cha-choose this year’s winner!”

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A deal’s a Deal: Historic Seaside town changes name in unique sponsorship agreement

  • Kent town of Deal changes its name to Voucherbox: Home of Deal
  • Local Chamber of Trade strikes sponsorship deal with Voucherbox
  • Agreement also includes official ‘twinning’ of the town with the voucher site in undisclosed deal

Welcome to Voucherbox: Home of Deal sign

The historic seaside town of Deal, population 30,000, has found a novel way of helping its local businesses compete with multinational retailers by playing on its distinctive name and striking a sponsorship agreement with leading online money saving website Voucherbox.

Under the terms of the agreement the town, that has roots to the Doomsday book and is often cited as Julius Ceaser’s first landing place in Britain, will be renamed to Voucherbox: Home of Deal for the day and will see the online retailer become official sponsor of its Christmas lights turn-on which takes place in the town tonight (Friday).

Voucherbox railway station sign

The agreement also sees the voucher site officially twinning with Deal as well as providing 90 local business with Christmas trees in the run up to the festive season. The partnership is timed to help give local trading a boost around the Black Friday retail period – which takes place next Friday – and ahead of the Christmas shopping season.

The twinning agreement, struck by the Deal & Walmer Chamber of Trade with Voucherbox, will see retailers displayed in a virtual high street online, enabling firms like 44-year old Castles Storage to take advantage of Voucherbox’s huge reach and give 180,000 active users access to some of Deal’s best offers.

The twinning follows other examples of towns and cities partnering with fictional areas, including Disney World who teamed up with Swindon in 2009 and Wincanton in Somerset being paired with Ankh-Morpork, a fictional city named in a Terry Pratchett book.

David Cronk, Mayor of Voucherbox: Home of Deal, Peter Varrall, President of the Chamber of Trade and Shane Forster, Voucherbox UK Country Manager
David Cronk, Mayor of Voucherbox: Home of Deal, Peter Varrall, President of Deal Chamber of Trade and Shane Forster, Voucherbox UK Country Manager

Peter Varrall, President of the Chamber of Trade said, “Our town is over 900 years old but we are never afraid to innovate and this is a fantastic opportunity for Deal to put itself on the map nationally and internationally.

Many of our retailers have seen difficult trading conditions in recent years and Voucherbox bring with them a wealth of online retailing experience and expertise that we hope to benefit from.”

David Cronk, Mayor of Voucherbox: Home of Deal, formerly known as Deal, said, “I would like to thank the Deal Chamber of Trade and Voucherbox for working together to promote Deal.”

Shane Forster, Voucherbox UK Country Manager, said: “We’ve always thought that we are the best place around to get the best deal, so there’s no better place for us to partner with on this project than a town with the same name!”

“Although we are an online voucher site, we believe that the traditional British high street plays an important part in our shopping experience and we want to celebrate and encourage that by bringing the Deal high street online in time for the Black Friday and Christmas periods, hoping to give local businesses a boost.”

“We believe this unique partnership works for all sides and hope it becomes a regular event.”

When Deal became Voucherbox. Watch the action unfold…

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Two jobs, two seasons and 91 games – The average ‘lifespan’ of a Premier League Manager revealed

  • 209 different managers have taken to the dugout since 1992
  • The typical boss takes charge for 1165 days and has a 30% win ratio
  • The ‘average’ Premier League boss is…Stuart Pearce!

The average Premier League manager will coach in the top flight for less than two and a half years, coaching two different sides and winning only a third of his games, minus a trophy, according to a study of all 209 coaches since the league was formed in 1992.

The research, compiled by money-saving site Voucherbox.co.uk, looked at every manager’s statistics across the last 24 seasons and revealed:

  • The average manager has two jobs, across 1165 days and will take the helm for 91 games. They will oversee 33 wins, 25 draws and 33 losses – giving them a 30% win rate. On average, they won’t win a trophy.
  • The most ‘average’ Premier League manager is former Man City and Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce, who registered 32 wins and 26 draws at a win percentage of 30.77%
  • Harry Redknapp has had the most Premier League jobs (six), followed by Sam Allardyce and Mark Hughes who are on five each
  • Sir Alex Ferguson managed the most games (810), followed by Arsene Wenger (763) and Redknapp (641)
  • Redknapp has presided over the most losses at 238, with Allardyce just behind on 181
  • Nearly 60% of all managers only get one Premier League job. Out of the 209 bosses since 1992, only 85 got a second job.

Whilst most observers would clearly name Ferguson as the greatest ever Premier League manager, the mantle of worst is up for some debate. Statistically, Terry Connor’s zero wins from 13 games as Wolves caretaker boss would give him that title, although Remi Garde’s tenure at Villa sees him holding the worst record for anyone that has managed 20 games or more. The Frenchman’s woeful return of 10% is closely followed by former Swindon manager John Gorman who won only five out of his 42 games in Swindon’s one and only Premier League season.

Only two Premier League managers in the study, that looked at all permanent and caretaker bosses, have a 100% record, with David Unsworth and Scott Marshall both coaching for one game each and winning their respective matches. There are also four managers in the ‘zero’ club – Alex Inglethorpe, Graham Rix, David Kerslake and Kevin Bond were all named caretaker managers at their clubs but never took a game.

The study also showed that when it comes to silverware, there are three bosses that dominate, with the stats showing that Ferguson, Wenger and Jose Mourinho have won more major trophies (49) than every other Premier League Manager in total (48).

Shane Forster, Voucherbox UK Country Manager, said: “As fans we are used to hearing the familiar line of it being a ‘results business’ and that really is the case.

With 60% per cent of managers not getting a second shot at another Premier League club, it demonstrates just how ruthless top flight management really is and that life in the hot seat is a precarious one.”

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Feeling blue about the gender price gap

10 products and services where men pay more than women

Amidst the war against pink tax, new research from money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk reveals the gender price gap isn’t just hitting women, it preys on men too. Both genders can feel hard-done-by, having to fork out extra cash for almost identical items, with men being hit harder across many sectors, including clothing, vitamins and grooming products – just to name a few.

Suited and looted

Men about town are paying 58% more than women to put a spring in their step, as a London cobbler can add an extra £4 to the cost of a rubber heel replacement on a man’s shoe.

And that’s not the only part of their outfit men are shelling out more for. A similar trouser suit from M&S can cost 44% more for men, while a pack of undies will see an increase of almost a third (29%) compared to the female equivalent.

A bald move

Two thirds of all men will lose their hair eventually*, so it’s no surprise it is a common male concern. What is surprising, however, is the price difference of over-the-counter hair loss treatment between men and women. Examining a 12-month supply of Regaine 5% lotion from Boots, the results show men pay a huge 30% more than women when buying the equivalent product, despite the main active ingredient Minoxidil coming in the same 50mg/g quantity for both products.

Grooming cheek

As the interest in male pruning and grooming rises, it seems the price tags are rising with it. Chaps getting their legs waxed in London may find it costs 54% more than ladies in the same salon. Whilst men wanting a manicure can find a quick cut and file means they are shelling out up to 43% more.

While some items reportedly appear in the pink tax list, such as deodorant and moisturiser, Voucherbox reveals it isn’t exclusively so. Popular brands, Dove and Nivea, can be found charging more for branded men’s products. On the Boots website, Dove deodorant is 29 pence more expensive, whilst Nivea moisturiser is 61 pence more expensive despite containing 50ml less.

Feeling blue about the gender price gap

Shane Forster, Voucherbox UK Country Manager commented: “Whist pink tax seems to be more plentiful and visible in the media, this research highlights that gender inequalities are prevalent for both men and women. Whether pink or blue tax, when there is no justifiable reason why one is more expensive than the other, a difference in price simply should not exist. Companies have a responsibility to ensure that they are charging genders the same amounts for the same products, otherwise gender equality cannot be fully achieved.”

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*Men’s Health Forum, https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/hair-loss-faqs

The Great British nation… solid, and a little bit nutty

Are Brits really scoffing over 16 million1 Dairy Milks every day?

The majority of us will happily welcome National Chocolate Week (10-16th October) as only 1% of Brits claim they don’t indulge in the sweet treat, a new survey by money-saving website Voucherbox.co.uk reveals.

Brits’ relationship with chocolate clearly runs deep as Dairy Milk, a bar that is over 100 years old, tops the chocolate charts by some margin, with a quarter of votes. Uncovering further confessions Voucherbox also reveals 25% of the public eat chocolate every single day.

The similarly solid Galaxy is the second choice, favoured by more than 1 in 10 (12%) Brits. Snickers sneaks in third place, closely followed by the fancy Ferrero Rocher as Brits favour a nutty bite over biscuit giving Twix the two fingers with less than 1% of the vote.

Crunch time

One in four people in the UK are spending approximately £219 a year2 on chocolate as they get their daily fix. Yet 41% of those surveyed have no idea how much they’re spending, and almost half the population (48%) say the cost wouldn’t sway their choice anyway.

Chocolate habits may be down to the UK public seizing the opportunity to spend some alone time, with a massive 52% confessing to eating it by themselves. So much for loving someone enough to give away your last Rolo, as only 20% say they are happy to share their treat with their partner.

A solid choice

Over a third (36%) of the population reach for a solid bar above all others – almost double that of the nutty variety which sits in second place (19%).

Interestingly a chewy chocolate is way down the list with only 2% of the nation voting it as their favourite type. It seems Quality Street made a good call removing the Toffee Deluxe, although replacing it with the Honeycomb Crunch is only going to delight 8% of crunchy confectionary fanatics.

Shane Forster, Voucherbox UK Country Manager commented, “The British consumer’s relationship with chocolate is clearly not to be messed with. Whilst National Chocolate Week may be a celebration of new creations and exotic taste sensations, it seems the British public are happiest with a chocolate bar that’s been around for over 100 years.

As a large proportion of the population are eating chocolate every day it makes sense to buy in bulk online and shop around for the best deals. Just remember to check who’s in when it’s being delivered as you wouldn’t want to have to share!”

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Britains favourite chocolate graphic

12016 population figures (65,111,143 – 1% / 4) from www.worldometers.info/world-population/uk-population/
2RRP of 60p per 49g Dairy Milk bar
Results based on a survey of 1,000 people in the UK, Sep-Oct 2016