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M&S Money warns England fans to take care when flying the flag


M&S Car insurance has announced that according to a new survey over a fifth (22%) of England fans will add a St. George flag to the family car this month to show their support for the England team whilst they play out in South Africa for the World Cup.

In the period leading up to the England team, captained by Steven Gerrard and led by manager Fabio Capello, played their first match against the USA on 12th of June, the survey revealed that almost as many women as men were planning on adding the flag to their car. This was 21% of women compared to 24% of men.

As a result of the survey findings which also revealed that 56% of those who are planning on placing a flag on their car will be attaching it to the antennae and 17% will place it by the passenger side wing mirror, and only 13% will be placing the flag in the front widescreen, M&S Car Insurance is advising motorists to put safety first and think carefully about where they position the flag on their vehicle. Worryingly, only 43% of the respondents stated that they believed that flags can be a distraction depending upon where they are placed.

Andrew Ferguson, M&S Head of General Insurance, said: “Many motorists and their families will be keen to demonstrate their support for England by placing a flag on their car. While it can be a popular way for fans to show their support, we are asking motorists to be aware of the safety issues to ensure they avoid any unnecessary accidents on the road.”

About M&S Money:
M&S Money (the trading name of Marks & Spencer Financial Services) was founded in 1985 as the financial services division of Marks and Spencer Group plc, making 2010 the company’s 25th anniversary.

The company is a top-ten credit card provider and the second-largest travel currency retailer in the UK.  M&S Money also offers a range of insurance cover, including home insurance and car insurance, as well as loans, savings and investment products.

In November 2004, Marks & Spencer sold M&S Money to HSBC. HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 8,000 offices in 88 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. With assets of US$2,364 billion at 31 December 2009, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. HSBC is marketed worldwide as ‘the world’s local bank’.

M&S Money has an executive committee comprising an equal number of representatives from HSBC and Marks & Spencer.

For further information please call the M&S Money press office:
Simon Coughlin
Media Relations Manager
M&S Money
8 Canada Square
Canary Wharf
E14 5HQ
020 7992 1574


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