Property sales market shines north of the border as London struggles

first_imgDo you run or work for an agency in the North? Then you may be heartened by the latest property sales figures from Your Move and Reeds Rains.They show that, while London and the South East are facing an alarming and continuing slump in sales, the north is proving much more resilient.The number of transactions in the North increased by 10% over the past three months (February to April) and increased by 6% in the North West, 7% in Yorkshire and Humberside, 6% in the West Midlands and 13% in Wales.In contrast, the two companies say, transactions in London have plummeted by 19% over the past three months in Greater London, and 7% in the South East.West Midlands property salesThe figures also underpin what developers have known for some time – that Birmingham and the West Midlands are the property hotspots of the UK at the moment.Not only are transaction increasing, but house prices in the region are up 5.1% so far this year, while neighbour Shropshire has seen prices increase by 7.1% over the same period.“The market remains resilient and there’s encouraging activity in the North, but we need to urgently address the serious blockages in house building holding back labour mobility and economic competitiveness in too many areas of the country,” says Oliver Blake, Managing Director of Your Move and Reeds Rains (pictured, left).Oliver also says the election, despite the long campaigning window, had little effect on house prices, which tend to stall during the run up to major political events.“After a slow start to the year, house prices in England and Wales rallied to a new peak in May,” he says.“The uncertainty of a General Election did little to dampen the market, with the average price up 0.3% to £303,200. The value of the average home has now increased £13,934, or 4.8%, in the last 12 months.” Oliver Blake Reed Rains Your Move June 12, 2017Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Property sales market shines north of the border as London struggles previous nextHousing MarketProperty sales market shines north of the border as London strugglesPromising figures from Your Move and Reeds Rains, if you’re selling homes north of London.Nigel Lewis12th June 201701,045 Viewslast_img read more

First Security Bank Launches New Website

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare First Security Bank launched a new website, concurrent with the release of a new brand and look for the community bank. The new website,, provides clients and visitors quick and easy access to essential tools and information. The new website has a clean uncluttered design, improved functionality and enhanced ability to contact First Security Bank team members for all their banking needs.The site is built on the Bank’s new brand, which was developed in coordination with the Bank’s new advertising agency of record, Mightily. The new brand, with the goal of better illustrating and messaging the Bank’s culture and approach to banking, will be incorporated throughout all banking centers and its four communities throughout 2017 and beyond.“Through this process we discovered that our brand, our value, lay in the hearts of the people we served. We have the power to meaningfully affect lives. And we understand this power, quite literally, takes place one customer at a time,” said Michael F. Beckwith, President and CEO. “Everything we do is driven by our culture statement to make sure that we do what’s right by every stakeholder. This brand helps us let our communities and clients know our commitment.”About First Security BankFirst Security Bank is a $600 million asset bank with 11 banking centers. With more than 120 employees, in its four markets and corporate offices, First Security Bank has differentiated itself from larger competitors with its focus on relationship banking and the ability to make credit and other business decisions locally.last_img read more

FSA’s 2012 salt targets spark fresh controversy

first_imgBy Patrick McGuiganThe publication of 2012 salt reduction targets this week failed to satisfy either side of the salt-in-bread debate, with anti-salt cam- paigners slamming them for being too lenient and plant bakers arguing that they will be “tech-nically impossible” to meet.The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set a 2012 salt target of 1g per 100g for bread and rolls – a level that is lower than the 2010 target of 1.1g, but not as tough as the 0.93g first suggested in the FSA’s recent consultation.Lobby group Consensus Action on Salt (CASH), which proposed a target of 0.75g, blasted the FSA’s decision. It argued that the difference between its proposal and the FSA’s target equated to 2,800 extra lives that could be saved each year through a reduction in the number of people killed by strokes linked to a high salt diet. This, it said, was the equivalent of “eight jumbo jets crashing and killing all on board every year”.”It’s sad to see that some bakers are not prepared to lower the salt content of their products and we can only speculate that this is for commercial reasons. Is it really worth thousands of lives?” said CASH founder Professor Graham MacGregor. “If Sainsbury’s can make and sell bread with 0.7g of salt per 100g (300mg sodium), why can’t brands such as Hovis, Warbur-ton’s and Kingsmill?”Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers (FoB), said own-label bread was “a very different product” to branded bread, and direct comparisons could not be made. He added that some bakers would be unlikely to meet the new 2012 targets.”The Federation of Bakers… is concerned that it is technically impossible for the industry to go beyond the 2010 target of 430mg sodium per 100g to 400mg by 2012,” he said. “Bakers have invested in ingredients and plant, but to take the next step we need a different solution. It’s not clear how, using the Chorleywood Bread Process, we can reduce salt further.” He said the FoB would continue to reasearch ways of reducing salt in conjunction with the FSA.The 2012 targets may provide an unexpected opportunity for craft bakers, who can adapt their processes more easily to compensate for reductions in salt. Craft baker Anthony Kindred has been working with the FSA and the National Association of Master Bakers on ways to reduce salt in craft bread. He is confident that craft bakers will be able to meet the 2012 targets by using longer fermentation times to offset lower salt levels (see pg 8).last_img read more

Cutter & Squidge to open second London site

first_imgSister-owned bakery Cutter & Squidge is to open a second site in London next month.Located at 23 The Royal Exchange, near Bank tube station, the bakery will open on 11 February.The menu will feature a selection of freshly-baked cakes, brownies, macarons, cookies and the company’s signature Biskies (see right) – a sandwiched dessert described as a cross between a cake and a cookie filled with cream and jam or salted caramel. All items are made from natural ingredients with a ‘less is best’ approach to fat and sugar.Cutter & Squidge described the boutique as having a clean, bright and welcoming aesthetic that is designed to put cakes front and centre, with a window-facing display counter.The new location will also allow the bakery to extend its click & collect service to customers within the local area.“I started my career working in the City, but always dreamt of following my true childhood passion of owning a bakery with my sister, Emily,” said Annabel Lui, Cutter & Squidge co-owner.“And now, on the fifth-year anniversary of our very first market stall, to be making a return to the City as a baker not a banker feels like a huge milestone for us. We can’t wait to welcome customers to our beautiful boutique inside The Royal Exchange.”last_img read more

G-Nome Project Announces Chicago Show With Chachuba

first_imgIsraeli livetronica act G-Nome Project has been making a name for themselves in the U.S. since their first shows on this side of the pond a couple of years back. This summer the group will be touring around the States, with a major play at Camp Bisco the weekend of 15th-17th. Along with those previously announced dates, G-Nome Project has announced a headlining gig at Chicago venue Subterranean on Saturday, September 17th, with support from local Chi-town trancefusion/jam act Chachuba. (Purchase tickets HERE)G-Nome Project is comprised of keyboardist Eyal Salomon, guitarist Shlomo Langer, bassist Zechariah Reich, and drummer Chemy Soibelman. The Jerusalem-based act have taken their local scene by storm, selling out venues in their hometown, all the way to Tel Aviv with their brand of electro-funk. Chachuba, a four-piece trancefusion/jam act from Chicago, made up of Nate Beitz (bass), Sean DiCosola (keys/production), Paul Feinstein (drums), and Jimmy Klimek (guitar/303), is able to transcend genres with heavy and melodic guitar riffs, synths, and funky beats. If you like to get down, don’t sleep on this show. It’s going to be a hot one!Show:         Live For Live Music Presents: G-Nome Project w/ ChachubaVenue:        SubterraneanDate:          Saturday – September 17th, 2016Time:          Doors 8pm / Show 9pmTickets:       $12adv / $15dos (Purchase HERE)last_img read more

Made to shade

first_img“Like the farmers market, [the canopy] is another attraction and it’s great for getting out of the sun,” said Williams. “This is good for the community. It’s open to everybody and it’s a great way to get people out here.”The canopy will be up through Aug. 17.The plaza is just one of a number of common spaces across campus designed to bring people together. From the colorful Luxembourg chairs in Harvard Yard to the porch outside the Memorial Church and the soon-to-be-opened Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, these designated areas create stronger bonds among community members and help fulfill President Drew Faust’s vision for One Harvard. Harvard through Drew Faust’s eyes Faust’s ambitious goal to create places of engagement will be a lasting legacy ‘In our common spaces lie uncommon opportunities’ Related Whether seeking solitude or socializing, there’s a spot for you Study spaces call to students Outgoing president reflects on her favorite spaces on campus Just outside the Science Center, waves of shade cascade across the plaza, providing respite from the summer sun — the product of a recently installed canopy dubbed Wavelength that combines form and function to create a practical and visually striking work of art.Stretching more than 130 feet along the west side of the Science Center Plaza, hundreds of red, flag-like banners hang from wires, gently swaying. Underneath, crimson Adirondack chairs, decks, and café tables let visitors enjoy the outdoors on the sunniest of days. A large synthetic lawn (complete with giant chess set and Ping-Pong table) completes this urban oasis.“One of our objectives is to make the plaza a destination for the Harvard community 365 days a year,” said Julie Crites, director for Common Spaces. “This shade canopy will greatly enhance the usability and overall enjoyment of the space in the warmer months.”The canopy, designed by Interboro Partners, is the result of a collaboration among Harvard Common Spaces, Harvard Planning Office, and Project for Public Spaces.A key design parameter was that the structure complement, and not interfere with, programs and events. “We tried to design something that was almost column-free, with a very wide span,” said Daniel D’Oca, associate professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a co-founder of Interboro Partners. “That was primarily driven by the goal of making something beautiful and memorable without it being in the way of the many wonderful activities happening on the ground.”,While the team had the artistic freedom to create something colorful, vibrant, and full of movement, there were also practical considerations. The canopy had to be secured to the ground using foundation anchors already embedded within the plaza’s concrete pavers. “The way it’s designed, with the flags hanging vertically, it not only looks good, but provides the necessary amount of movement while not adding significantly to the uplift,” D’Oca said. “If you were to stretch a solid piece of fabric across the area it would act as a sail and put stress on the foundation.”The canopy isn’t just for the Harvard community. On a recent Tuesday, Frank Williams of Boston and a companion were passing through campus and stopped to rest at the plaza.last_img read more

#84: Dell EMC World Day 2, Getting Hands On

first_imgDell EMC The Source 84 – Hands on Labs at Dell EMC World 2017SPECIAL REPORT: It is time to Roll up your sleeves and get technical. The Dell EMC World hands on labs represent the heart of knowledge offered at Dell EMC World. Get in front of the technology, use it, learn it, get everything you need with access to Subject Matter Experts. It’s the perfect opportunity to deepen your skills.With over 40 Hands on labs, and instructor lead classrooms is it the perfect opportunity for you to prepare for a Dell EMC Proven certification, and invest in your future – and it’s all included in your Dell EMC World registration.I spent some time with Joe Correia (@JosephAtDell) and Maurice Harty (@MauriceHarty) in the lobby of the Hands on lab zone to get details. Be sure to follow the Hands-on Lab (@DellEMCHOL) for details.The Source Podcast: Episode #84: Dell EMC World 2017 Day 2, Getting Hands OnAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini) Dell EMC The Source 84 – Hands on Labs at Dell EMC World 2017last_img read more

GALA-ND/SMC awards LGBTQ scholarships

first_imgThe Gay and Lesbian Alumni of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s (GALA-ND/SMC) named Notre Dame junior Samuel Cho and Saint Mary’s junior Maranda Pennington the recipients of its 2016-2017 LGBTQ student scholarships.Jack Bergen, the chair of GALA and a 1977 Notre Dame graduate, said the scholarship was instituted in spring of 2015, making this year its second consecutive year in what he hopes to be a continued tradition.“When we were starting this up, we talked … and decided creating this scholarship would be a great way to demonstrate our support and to help eligible and qualified students with their financial burden at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s,” he said.Bergen said like most alumni groups, GALA has two primary purposes — to continue to engage alumni of the University and the College and to stimulate interactions between alumni and current students.“As a result of the University more actively recognizing the LGBTQ student population as part of the community, we felt that it was time to do more for the LGBTQ students on campus,” he said.To be eligible for the scholarship, students must identify within the LGBTQ community and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above, according to GALA’s website. Additionally, applicants must be willing to be identified as scholarship recipients and complete a service project.Applicants submit a written application and from there are invited to interview for the scholarship. A four-person selection committee consisting of a combination of GALA officers and board members then selects the two recipients, Bergen said.Bergen said the number of students that applied was between four and six, creating an “extremely strong” pool of applicants for this year’s award.“But as we went through the process, these two individuals rose to the top,” he said. “… They each had a different and unique perspective as to what their experience has been and what they want to do to give back to the community.”Cho said he thinks GALA’s scholarship is a “positive force” on both the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s campuses.“Only recently PrismND was recognized as a club by the University of Notre Dame,” he said. “The visibility of LGBTQ students on campus is crucial for the inclusion of those who may have felt excluded before.”During his time at the University, Cho has been an active member of both PrismND — a student organization founded to provide support for the University’s LGBTQ community — and the Asian American Association, according to GALA’s website. He will serve as co-chair of Diversity Council for the upcoming academic year.“I have and will continue to work hard to champion the inclusion of LGBTQ members on campus and create a setting that will truly be respectful and accepting of everyone who identifies within the LGBTQ community,” Cho said. “Hopefully soon we will see a Notre Dame that allows all of its students to live true to themselves.”Cho said his fulfillment of the scholarship’s community service requirement is still in the planning stages.“I hope to create a project that could be sustained for years to come even after I graduate and provide an outlet to recognize and celebrate those of the LGBTQ community,” he said.Pennington has been vice president of the College’s Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) and has held a number of leadership positions for the Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon (SMCDM), according to GALA’s website.For her community service project, Pennington said she would like to create a blog or video to document the stories of LGBTQ students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s to help both students and members of the greater community to “see the humanity and commonality in one another,” according to GALA’s website.Over the next five years, Bergen said GALA hopes to raise $500,000 to fund an endowed scholarship. At the end of June, GALA will host a fundraising event in the Los Angeles area, which Bergen said students are welcome to attend.Bergen said he thinks the campus climate surrounding LGBTQ issues has made significant progress in recent years — particularly with the founding of PrismND, the University’s first officially recognized LGBTQ student organization, in 2013.“I think the general consensus is things have gotten a lot better, but a lot of work still has to be done,” he said.Notre Dame’s Catholic identity creates a “unique environment” for LGBTQ students and alumni, Bergen said.“We’re not looking to change Notre Dame’s foundation in the faith that it relies upon,” he said. “But we’d like to see them embrace LGBTQ individuals more, especially as it relates to being whole individuals and supporting them just as any other member of the Notre Dame community.”GALA was founded in 1994, Bergen said, when Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s alumni recognized a need to provide a network to LGBTQ members of the community. The organization now has about 1,000 people on its email list, he said.Moving forward, Bergen said he would like to see the University recognize GALA as an official alumni association. Last fall, GALA presented to the Notre Dame Alumni Association, and its status is currently under review.“It’s great that the University recognizes LGBTQ students and supports them within the undergraduate community. But once they graduate, they’ve lost that support from the University,” he said. “We’re looking to encourage them to continue to support the LGBTQ community.”Tags: GALA, GALA scholarship, GALA-ND/SMC, LGBTQ, PrismNDlast_img read more

Power Shift offers new ‘Cloud’ email

first_imgLocal Internet company, Power Shift, is pleased to announce that it is now offering a new email service to its business customers. CloudMail is a next generation email solution that features secure hosting within a Cloud environment, as well as enhanced email applications.‘We have had challenges in the past with email services and servers,’ notes Ryan Meravi, Power Shift’s sales manager. ‘With CloudMail, the challenges are in the past. Emails are hosted in the Cloud, an extremely stable and secure environment, and the additional features should appeal to small and large business customers alike.’The new email service is available to all Power Shift’s domain hosted email customers now, and features increased storage, enhanced spam protection, easy syncing of calendars, contacts, and email with mobile devices, and more.Founded in 1992, Power Shift provides global Web hosting, design, and advanced email services to individuals and businesses, with small town customer service from its offices in Stowe, Vermont. For more information, contact Power Shift at 802-253-6287 or visit them at is external) .  Source: PowerShift. STOWE, VT ‘ May 12, 2011 ‘last_img read more

A Week of Water

first_imgI don’t drink enough water.I know that. If you’re like me, you likely start your day off with a cup (or three) of coffee, maybe down a liter of water around noon, and then finish off the day with a couple of cold Devils Backbone brews.That’s not good.IMG_0034Granted, I don’t pump my body full of Gatorade or soda or any of that garbage. But at the end of the day, I’m dehydrating my body more than I’m hydrating it.So what gives? I’m pretty active too, so I know I’m only doing more harm than good. I think part of the reason stems from the longstanding “8×8” rule that everyone has preached for years. Eight 8-oz glasses per day? First off, when do I ever have an 8-oz glass around me? If I’m not drinking out of my CamelBak Chute then I’m drinking straight from the source à la LifeStraw. That’s hard to keep track of. Secondly, I’m not one to casually sip all day. I’m a chugger. I wait until I am SO UNGODLY THIRSTY that I could probably drink an entire kiddie pool full of water, and then usually, I do.Recently though, I’ve been feeling downright tired. Maybe it’s the “change in weather,” maybe I haven’t been eating enough veggies (though I’m a pretty responsible vegetarian). I know it’s not lack of sleep, because if there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s sleeping and sleeping enough. After a little research, I found that a lack of hydration could be contributing to my sleepy syndrome along with a horde of other side effects that, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I had.Irritability. Fatigue. Joint pain. Lack of concentration. Headaches.In a nutshell, not drinking enough water is, for me, a recipe for disaster. Especially for active people who like to go outside and play, drinking enough water is essential. So how much do you actually need? Does the 8×8 rule still hold true?While eight 8-oz glasses of water is a great start, it’s not enough.Some sources say to start out drinking half of your body weight in ounces (so, for the 120lb girl who doesn’t exercise, 60-some ounces may be enough). But according to the Institute of Medicine, women should be consuming 91 ounces per day and men 125. On average, over 40% of Americans do not consume even close to that. As age increases in a person, so too does the likelihood that they are not properly hydrating (95% of men aged 50-70 did not drink enough water in 2013).This is bad, people!Considering we live in a country where finding free, clean water is (relatively) easy to come by, we have no excuse.IMG_9985Aside from creating a really cool product, LifeStraw’s mission is not just to help outdoor enthusiasts find safe drinking water; their goal is to also provide educational institutions around the world with safe drinking water. For every LifeStraw purchase you make, one child in Africa receives clean drinking water for an entire school year. Next month, the company will provide purifiers to over 300 schools in Kenya, reaching over 125,000 children in the area.When you consider that 50% of schools around the world don’t have fresh water or adequate sanitation, it makes you feel pretty damn lucky to be in a country where that basic necessity is (generally) met. Why not take advantage of that freedom and get your daily dose of H20?Starting today, I will be drinking the recommended minimum (91 ounces) every day for seven days. Join me in the #weekofwater, and while you’re at it, get yourself a few LifeStraw products. Their signature straw is a must-have on any trip, from kayaking to biking and trail running. Lightweight, simple, and effective, this straw is small enough to fit anywhere and doesn’t require the use of harsh chemicals to kill bacteria. Buy one here and you’ll help a child in Africa get clean drinking water for one entire school year. What’s not to love about that?DCIM101GOPROlast_img read more