Number of firms going bust jumps by 16%

first_imgDespite a noteworthy increase in house prices last year, the number of estate agents going out of business has shot up, according to a major accountancy firm, Moore Stephens.Residential property prices in the UK rose by 6.7 per cent in 2015, according to the ONS, led by gains in England, at 7.3 per cent, but this was not enough to prevent 185 agents going bust last year, up from 160 in 2014, as local agencies were squeezed out by larger brands and ’no frills’ rivals, such as online players like Housesimple and PurpleBricks.The volume of agencies closing bucks the UK trend of decreasing numbers of insolvencies, with the national rate of business insolvencies across all sectors declining by 9 per cent over the same period from 16,558 to 15,027.Moore Stephens believes that the fixed-fee business model of many online agencies is putting increased pressure on margins for high street agents.At the same time, Moore Stephens says that local firms are losing business to larger chains that tend to have bigger sales and marketing budgets and can break into new local markets by offering greater incentives, such as a zero-commission deal.Mike Finch, Restructuring & Insolvency Partner at Moore Stephens, commented, “The rising number of ‘no frills’ estate agents at one end of the market and modern, highly branded estate agents is posing a threat to smaller traditional firms in a crowded field.“Small high street agencies, with their expensive shop space and cost of employees cannot match the ultra-low commissions of online estate agents.“Those smaller firms do not have the budgets needed to compete with the big chains on marketing spend, investments in database technology, mailshots and newspaper advertising that larger estate agents can afford.“If a small high street agent cuts costs in order to match the commissions of online agencies, they then put themselves at risk of losing businesses to those big agencies that can outspend with more expensively fitted out offices and customer care.”high street agencies agencies closing business insolbencies estate agents going out of business firms going bust March 11, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Number of firms going bust jumps by 16% previous nextAgencies & PeopleNumber of firms going bust jumps by 16%The number of UK agents going out of business has soared, new report claims.The Negotiator11th March 20160660 Viewslast_img read more

Exclusive: Askporter reveals plans to raise significant ‘Series A’ cash next year

first_imgHome » News » Exclusive: Askporter reveals plans to raise significant ‘Series A’ cash next year previous nextProptechExclusive: Askporter reveals plans to raise significant ‘Series A’ cash next yearArtificial-intelligence based chatbot platform says it has major plans for expansion in UK and overseas as its tech finishes six-month ‘pioneers’ programme with letting agents.Nigel Lewis28th October 201901,198 Views Chatbot property maintenance platform AskPorter is to launch a substantial ‘Series A’ cash raise next year despite admitting that a ‘funding winter’ is on the horizon for proptech firms in the UK, it has told The Negotiator.As the company emerges from its six-month long programme of refining its artificial-intelligence based platform in partnership with four letting agents, it will soon require more cash to roll out a more ‘end to end’ product in the UK but also in Germany, the US and Asia.“I think investors are going to start scrutinising businesses much harder when making funding decisions, but AskPorter’s exciting potential and our track record among investors like Google, puts us in a good place,” says its COO Curran McKay.AskPorter’s platform automates the ‘mundane tasks’ that eat up so much of a letting agent or facility manager’s time by learning to answer the questions tenants often ask, and helping manage repairs, contractual queries and myriad other daily tasks.“What letting agents are most interested in is AskPorter’s ability to significantly increase the number of homes managed by each property manager,” says McKay.“Particularly after the fees bans in England and Wales, agents want to find out how they can increase the ratio from, say, 120 properties per person to 200 or even 250 and therefore reduce costs.”The company has been running its six-month ‘pioneers programme’ with Sussex-based outsourced lettings provider Four Percent Property, Let-Leeds, London firm POD Lettings and residential block management giant Warwick Estates.“This programme is getting very close to being completed – but these things take longer than expected particularly when it comes to block management and the complicated freeholder, leaseholder and tenant relationships it entails,” he says.Curran says AskPorter can reduce a relatively complicated property maintenance task involving several players from a 36-minute process to three minutes via just ‘two clicks’.  Curran McKay artificial intelligence AskPorter October 28, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

USA: GDEB Signs USD 20 Million Maintenance Contract

first_img USA: GDEB Signs USD 20 Million Maintenance Contract View post tag: Navy April 22, 2013 Share this article View post tag: Defense View post tag: million View post tag: 20 View post tag: USD General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp. located in Groton, Conn., has received a USD 20 million contract to provide Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department tasks.The work will be provided in support of operational nuclear submarines at the Naval submarine Support Facility, Naval Submarine Base, New London, Conn.The project will be performed in New London, Conn., and is expected to be completed by March 2014.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 22, 2013; Image: GDEB Equipment & technologycenter_img View post tag: Defence View post tag: contract View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: GDEB Signs USD 20 Million Maintenance Contract View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Signs View post tag: maintenance View post tag: GDEBlast_img read more

Indian Navy prevents possible pirate attack in Gulf of Aden

first_img An Indian Navy frigate has prevented a possible pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden on October 6.The crew of stealth frigate INS Trishul was escorting merchant vessel MV Jag Amar through the gulf when they noticed a boat carrying out suspicious manoeuvers in the vicinity of the merchant ship.When INS Trishul launched her integral helicopter to investigate the skiff, Indian marine commandos discovered what the navy referred to as “items identified as piracy triggers” and some small arms with ammunition.The navy said the merchant vessel Jag Amar with all 26 Indian crew was safe and able to continue her passage. The skiff and her crew were released after the arms and ammunition were confiscated.The Indian Navy works closely with warships deployed as part of the EU NAVFOR-led counter piracy operation Atalanta. Just two days prior to their intervention in the Gulf of Aden, Indian Navy sailors carried out joint maneuvers with Italian frigate ITS Fasan, the flagship of operation Atalanta. View post tag: Counter-Piracy View post tag: Indian Navy October 9, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Navy prevents possible pirate attack in Gulf of Aden View post tag: Gulf of Adencenter_img Authorities View post tag: INS Trishul Indian Navy prevents possible pirate attack in Gulf of Aden Share this articlelast_img read more

Genesis products

first_imgNorthern Ireland bakery Genesis Breads has awarded a three-year contract to IPP Logipal to supply pallets from its Portadown depot for delivering the plant baker’s products to major retailers in the UK and Ireland.IPP will handle all palletised products for Genesis at its plant in Magherafelt, County Derry, to customers including Dunnes Stores, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. The wooden pallets are a standard 1,200mm x 1,000mm in size. The pallets will operate on a one-way trip system. IPP subsequently collects the pallets directly from the retailer and carries out quality control inspections before returning them to Genesis for re-use.The IPP system allows IT pressures and invoicing to be kept to a minimum, said Genesis.last_img read more

Spafford Hits Terrapin Crossroads For Packed Two-Night Run [Audio/Video/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Ron Adelberg This past weekend, Spafford continued their extensive 2018 “For Amusement Only” tour with their first-ever stint at fan-favorite bay area venue Terrapin Crossroads. While they were originally scheduled to play just one show on Saturday, March 3rd, a second date was added the following night due to overwhelming demand.Saturday’s first set opened with a well-executed “Todd’s Tots”. The band was clearly locked in as it soared to a blissful peak landing before the tune’s closing theme. Next came the John Hiatt tune “Memphis in the Meantime”, which quickly picked up steam as the band led the audience through a dark, spacey section that built up to a ripping solo from guitarist Brian Moss. “Memphis” finally dropped into a swanky groove before melting into “Backdoor Funk”. By this point, the room was bursting with energy as a smiling Jordan Fairless sang out the chorus to this fan favorite. Spafford then moved into a gleeful “Hollywood”, which surprisingly launched into an incredible jam that segued into a glorious set-closing “In the Eyes of Thieves”.Set two began with an energetic rendition of “Lonely” that continued into a crunchy segment of sonic synths from keyboardist Red Johnson, electric drums from Cameron Laforest, driving bass from Jordan, and mind-melting guitar from Brian. After landing smoothly back in “Lonely” territory, the band continued onwards with a bust out: their first performance of “Too Close” since 8/3/13 (269 shows) and third-ever live rendition of the Alex Clare tune.“America” came next, almost immediately dropping into a wonderful improv session. Initially, Red’s keyboard lines sounded similar to “When a Fire Starts to Burn” by Disclosure, but the group swiftly delved deeper into a serene cohesiveness. Next came staple live cover “On Fire” (originally by JJ Grey & Mofro) followed by a newer tune, “My Road (My Road)”, debuted last October in Madison, WI. This pensive song started with a leisurely gait but soon evolved into an intense aural force. As Red’s vocals closed the tune, Spafford eased into the happy melodies of “Salamander Song” to close the set. The band finally finished out an incredible night one at Terrapin Crossroads with “The Reprise” in the encore slot, the band effortlessly bringing it to one final, soaring peak.Spafford – Full Audio – 3/3/2018[Audio: Matt Moricle]Setlist: Spafford | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 3/3/18Set 1: Todd’s Tots, Memphis In The Meantime, Backdoor Funk, Hollywood, In The Eyes Of ThievesSet 2: Lonely, Too Close, America, On Fire, My Road (My Road) > Salamander SongEncore: The RepriseSunday night’s “bonus” show started off with “Eternity”, a fun and lyrically inspiring opener. Next, Red signaled in a roaring rendition of “The Remedy” that had the packed room instantly dancing. From there, Spafford landed into a cool, placid “Legend”, which showcases their mastery of dynamics by weaving through crescendos both instrumentally and vocally.One of the highlights from the show was certainly the “Electric Taco Stand” that followed. Brian’s guitar playfully bounced along as the band harnessed an increasingly faster groove, evoking emotion via fluttering guitar before fading into an incredible “Alternate Ending” and, finally, back into “Electric Taco Stand”. The band closed out set one with a pair of newer tunes, 2017 debut “Lovesick Melody” and 2018 debut “Soil”, which sported a ripping jam along with its swaying melody.“All In” kicked off the final set of the run, leading the audience through its characteristic heavy-hitting groove. That moved into an easy-going section, which in turn built back up to a penetrating pinnacle. The opening drum hits of “Slip and Squander” cooled things down momentarily before the group launched back into the musical cosmos. From there, the band kicked into a thumping electronic jam behind Red and Cameron before moving into their fan-favorite cover of Tears for Fears‘ “Mad World”.Next, Spafford provided the perfect thematic counterpoint to “Mad World” with “Beautiful Day”. As the song’s final notes faded out, Jordan and Brian hit the throttle and steered the band into a set-closing “Galisteo Way”. To cap it all off, Spafford treated the crowd to elusive favorite “Double Time” for the first time since night two of their incredible Asheville, NC run in 2017.Spafford – Full Audio – 3/4/2018[Audio: Matt Moricle]Spafford – Set One Video – 3/4/2018[Video: Must Have Media]Spafford – Set Two Video – 3/4/2018[Video: Must Have Media]Setlist: Spafford | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 3/4/18Set 1: Eternity, The Remedy, Legend, Electric Taco Stand > Alternate Ending > Electric Taco Stand, Lovesick Melody > SoilSet 2: All In, Slip And Squander, Mad World, Beautiful Day, Galisteo WayEncore: Double TimeBelow, you can check out a gallery of photos from Spafford’s 3/4/18 show at Terrapin Crossroads courtesy of Ron Adelberg.Spafford continues their “For Amusement Only” tour tomorrow, Wednesday, March 7th in Bend, OR. For a list of upcoming Spafford dates, head to the band’s website.Spafford | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 3/4/18 | Photos: Ron Adelberglast_img read more

Meet Christian Borle, Rachel York & the Cast of Little Me Before They Set Sail on the S.S. Gigantic

first_imgThe glamorous world of Belle Poitrine is returning to the New York stage in Little Me, the 1962 musical comedy by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh—and before the cast brings their wacky hijinks to New York City Center, they had a little photo opportunity! Little Me tells the story of Belle (Rachel York as young Belle, Tony winner Judy Kaye as older Belle), a self-invented celebrity who has spent her life in pursuit of wealth, culture and social position. Tony winner Christian Borle will play all six of Belle’s oddball lovers, who range from an innocent college boy to the dying king of a tiny European country that doesn’t seem to exist. Check out this Hot Shot of York, Kaye and Borle with co-stars Robert Creighton, David Garrison, Harriet Harris, Lewis J. Stadlen, Lee Wilkof and Tony Yazbeck, then catch them all in Little Me, February 5 through 9 at Encores! Harriet Harris Star Files Christian Borle View Commentslast_img read more

Mentoring: Be the sensei!

first_imgVision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Details There is a growing need to develop new leadership in the CU world. Experienced leaders are preparing for retirement. CUs are growing.Now is the time to prepare the next generation to step in. However, one of the greatest concerns we hear at our workshops is that it’s getting more and more difficult to keep young talent engaged and on board.There is plenty of advice on how to recruit new leaders. Let’s focus on how to keep them once you’ve got them!Before we dig in, let’s do a little myth busting. There is still a strong bias that says Millennials are just not as loyal or focused as previous generations. Job longevity stats are showing that employees are now only staying with a job for one and a half years. This is not, however, because they don’t want to stay.More often, it’s because they’re not challenged, they do not see room for growth and development and they’renot being mentored. And they want to be!In our Aspiring Leaders track we poll participants on 2 items specifically related to mentoring.First: “It’s important to my development as a leader to find and work with a good mentor.”In 3 years 100% of responses are “strongly agree” or “agree.” Not ONE single negative response––ever!However, the next statement is: “I am currently working with a mentor.”Only 35% answer “yes”!That’s a problem––a big one. Through workshop discussions we’ve found three major problems:• Very few experienced leaders are actively engaged as a mentor at any given time.• Very few organizations have a formal mentoring program.• Most experienced leaders tell us they need help developing mentoring skills.These are simple problems to fix, but it does require some focus and the dedication of some resources, especially time. And that’s the major barrier. Again through discussions we’ve discovered the while most experienced leaders are quite wiling to mentor someone, they simply don’t feel they have the time.The greatest challenge in mentoring is knowing the constraints. As a mentor, there are things you can do, things you can’t do and things you shouldn’t be doing!When I first start a mentoring relationship, I always talk about expectations up front. I know what can do as a mentor and what I can’t. Here’s a short list to get you started:• I can LISTEN! And that should be my number one priority! You are not lecturing, you are mentoring! The first step us understanding the needs, goals and desires of your mentee. You can only learn by listening. This is an ongoing and dynamic process that needs continual practice.• I can tell stories. That is, I can share my experiences in the hope that my mentee will benefit from my successes and from my mistakes. I can share lessons I’ve learned from others or through my study and research.• I can encourage. This includes recognizing accomplishment and offering praise for a job well done. When times are tough I can usually say, “I know, I’ve been there too!”• I can correct––when I see a problem. Be careful here, though. Sometimes it’s best to let the mentee make a mistake and it takes some experience to know when this is appropriate.• I can NOT do your work for you! More importantly––I WILL NOT do your work for you! I won’t bail my mentee out of trouble or make the job easier. That does nothing but rob them of precious experience and I’d go a step further, too much interference cripples a mentee and deprives them of the opportunity to learn and grow.• I can point you to resources that have been helpful to me. This also includes introducing my mentee to other people, including other mentors, who can take them even further.In a mentoring relationship I work for you. That is, I’m here to serve my mentee––not the other way around. I expect nothing from my mentee except that they do their best. It’s not about my gratification––it’s about doing my best to help another human being reach his or her full potential.The “Sensei” is not measured by his or her own accomplishments, but rather on the accomplishments of the student. And the best Sensei is not one who develops a student to equal one’s own skill––but one who trains students to surpass one’s own talents, abilities and potential.Be the Sensei as you mentor and you’ll do just fine!Save 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                    last_img read more

Endicott police arrest individual for shooting victim with birdshot

first_imgThe victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and did not seek medical attention. According to a news release, Fellows was charged after shooting an acquaintance with birdshot in the hallway of a building at 25 Washington Ave. after an argument on Aug. 27. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Endicott Police Department announced the arrest of 31-year-old Zachary J. Fellows of Endicott on Friday.center_img Authorities charged Fellows with assault in the 2nd degree.last_img

El Gobernador Wolf anuncia $53 millones para brindar apoyo adicional a proveedores de cuidado infantil

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Español,  Human Services,  Press Release En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf visitó el centro de cuidado infantil en la sede de PSECU en Harrisburg para anunciar que se destinarán $53 millones para brindar apoyo financiero adicional a los proveedores de cuidado infantil que han sufrido durante la pandemia de COVID-19.“Estos fondos ayudarán a los proveedores de cuidado infantil a cerrar la brecha hasta que la clientela regrese”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “También los ayudará a afrontar los costos crecientes que han tenido debido a la pandemia, como la limpieza y la desinfección, lo que ayudará a mantener seguros a los 386,000 niños que asisten a nuestros centros de cuidado infantil habilitados, así como a los trabajadores que hacen tanto para cuidarlos”.Teresa Miller, Secretaria del Departamento de Servicios Humanos; George Rudolph, Presidente y CEO de PSECU; y Tonya Bastinelli, Directora del centro de cuidado infantil Bright Horizons en PSECU se unieron al Gobernador para realizar el anuncio.En junio, la Administración Wolf distribuyó $51 millones en Fondos de Desarrollo de Cuidado Infantil de la Ley CARES a proveedores de cuidado infantil que reunían los requisitos. Los $53 millones que se anunciaron hoy también provienen de fondos de la Ley CARES y se distribuirán este mes. En los próximos meses, se distribuirán otros $116 millones de la Ley 24, lo que elevará la suma total de apoyo financiero a $220 millones.Los fondos se distribuyen a través de la Oficina de Desarrollo Infantil y Aprendizaje Temprano (OCDEL, por sus siglas en inglés) del Departamento de Servicios Humanos (DHS), que otorga licencias a proveedores de cuidado infantil en el estado y trabaja con el Instituto de Asuntos Estatales y Regionales de Penn State Harrisburg en un estudio de impacto para comprender los retos que los proveedores de cuidado infantil tienen a la hora de reabrir y reanudar las operaciones en medio de la COVID-19.La OCDEL tiene 7,017 proveedores de cuidado infantil habilitados al 24 de junio y 65 han cerrado permanentemente con respecto a la lista de licencias de febrero de 2020. Según la participación en la distribución de la Ley CARES de junio, un poco más de 100 proveedores adicionales han rechazado los fondos, indicando que tienen la intención de permanecer cerrados.El estudio de Penn State destaca las diversas consecuencias operativas y financieras que los proveedores de cuidado infantil han sufrido y continuarán sufriendo durante la pandemia de COVID-19.Según las conclusiones preliminares del estudio, la distribución de fondos de estímulo en julio es crucial para garantizar que se disponga de una capacidad adecuada en el futuro. Los datos recopilados mediante este estudio se utilizarán para ayudar a determinar la asignación de los $116 millones restantes.“Si bien no sabemos cómo estará la pandemia en una semana, un mes o un año, sabemos que un sistema de cuidado infantil saludable y sólido será fundamental para sobrellevar la recuperación económica que nos espera”, dijo la Secretaria Departamento de Servicios Humanos, Teresa Miller. “Este estudio reflejará las experiencias y los retos que los proveedores de cuidado infantil han sufrido desde que surgió la pandemia de COVID-19 en Pennsylvania y nos permitirá asignar fondos adicionales en base a la manera y el lugar en que nuestros proveedores de cuidado infantil los necesitan más. Esta industria es vital tanto para una economía saludable como para el futuro de nuestros hijos, y no abandonaremos a nuestros proveedores de cuidado infantil que dedican sus vidas a nuestros residentes de Pennsylvania más pequeños, a menudo con bajos salarios y ahora, poniendo en riesgo su salud. Estaremos con ustedes durante los retos que puedan venir”.“Afortunadamente, hemos podido mantener nuestro centro de cuidado infantil abierto durante toda la pandemia de COVID-19”, dijo George Rudolph, Presidente y CEO de PSECU. “Es muy importante porque muchos de los padres que usan este servicio son trabajadores esenciales. Al mantener las puertas abiertas, hemos podido brindar un servicio valioso a nuestros héroes locales y les ha permitido seguir trabajando. Para PSECU, este centro de cuidado infantil representa una de las muchas maneras en que podemos contribuir con la fortaleza y el bienestar de nuestros miembros y la comunidad local”.“El cuidado infantil estable, económico y de alta calidad es una pieza importante de nuestro desarrollo de la fuerza laboral”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “De hecho, mi Centro de Comando de Desarrollo Económico y Fuerza Laboral de Keystone lo identificó como uno de los mayores obstáculos para lograr que más residentes de Pennsylvania ingresen a la fuerza laboral. A medida que continuamos recuperándonos económicamente de esta pandemia, necesitaremos disponer de cuidado infantil para que los padres puedan volver a trabajar o para que puedan asistir a programas de capacitación o entrevistas de trabajo. Y, por supuesto, es crucial continuar brindando atención de alta calidad durante los primeros años de vida de los niños que son tan importantes ya que aprenden rápidamente”.View this information in English. July 06, 2020center_img El Gobernador Wolf anuncia $53 millones para brindar apoyo adicional a proveedores de cuidado infantillast_img read more