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first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Romans acquires Bramptons previous nextAgencies & PeopleRomans acquires BramptonsRomans has bought yet another firm – its seventh acquisition of the year.4th December 201501,179 Views Sales and lettings agency, Bramptons, has become the latest in a growing list of firms to merge with the Romans Group, it has been announced.Romans has acquired the Bramptons branches at Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire, marking the Group’s seventh acquisition of 2015.All members of staff at Bramptons have joined Romans under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006, otherwise known as TUPE, including the firm’s Director, Peter Scott.Commenting on the merger, Scott said, “The decision to sell to Romans was not one that was taken lightly; we are all extremely passionate about property and have thoroughly enjoyed working across South Buckinghamshire building Brampton’s reputation as a reliable and trusted estate and lettings agency.“Therefore, it was imperative that we sold to a company with the same passion as us, but who could also bring additional experience and investment to improve the service our clients, current and future, receive.”As part of the Romans Group, Bramptons will now be able to offer clients a property auctions sales room, surveying, conveyancing, planning expertise, and access to new homes developments, in addition to its existing sales and lettings service.Richard Frost (MARLA), Lettings Director at the Gerrards Cross office, has expressed his delight at the decision to join Romans and have access “to an established network of buyers and tenants” as well as all of “the extra resources a larger company can provide”.Both offices have undergone complete transformations, including a change of name from Bramptons to Romans.Established in 1987, Romans now has 27 sales and lettings branches across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Middlesex, Oxfordshire and Surrey, and its ambitious growth plans have led to several other exciting acquisitions in the local area, including Sherriff Mountford in Burnham, Atlantis in Reading, Campsie in Windsor, Staines-upon-Thames and West Drayton, and Jacksons in Henley-on-Thames.Peter Fuller, Managing Director of Romans Lettings, said, “With our extensive acquisition experience in the south east, capacity and financing facility, we are ready and able to consider any acquisition opportunity and plan to accelerate our rate of growth this year and in the years to come.”merger acquisitions Bramptons Romans Romans acquires Bramptons December 4, 2015The 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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Gloves are off! Purplebricks launches aggressive attack on traditional agents in Oz previous nextAgencies & PeopleGloves are off! Purplebricks launches aggressive attack on traditional agents in OzLocal TV celebrity John Du Bois is recruited to front TV campaign that paints traditional agents as preening, Porsche-driving ‘commission collectors’.Nigel Lewis23rd January 20191 Comment1,992 Views Purplebricks’ Australian business has launched a direct attack on traditional estate agents in Oz with a campaign fronted by the country’s answer to Phil Spencer, property pundit Barry Du Bois (pictured, above).In the UK the company may have only made indirect references to its traditional rivals, but in Australia the gloves are well and truly off.After being appointed as the company’s brand ambassador, Du Bois has joined Purplebricks in an all-out assault on local fee levels, which the 58-year-old says are ‘frustratingly’ high.He told local media yesterday that: “As a nation, we need to challenge the concept of a commission in real estate,” he says.“The argument that agents can only do their job well if they are excessively remunerated just doesn’t stack up.“The commission-collecting model hasn’t changed for thirty years at a time when technology has rapidly transformed the industry. Every month millions of Australians visit realestate.com.au and Domain so the days of relying on an agent’s black book of contacts are over.”His comments are part of a campaign by Purplebricks including a revamped website, banner ads and a TV campaign fronted by Du Bois.During the advert traditional agents in Oz are depicted as self-absorbed, preening, Porsche-driving ‘commission collectors’.“Since launching, we have saved Australians over $50 million in commission fees,” says Neil Tavender, CEO of Purplebricks in Australia (left).“This campaign is about educating Australians about the real estate industry’s archaic business model that only benefits agents.” January 23, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentSam Samuel, Edward Ashdale Edward Ashdale 23rd January 2019 at 9:01 amThe benefit of High Street agencies is they do work harder to achieve more money. Plus, when the market becomes challenging you cannot rely on portals to get interest in homes.Local knowledge, good contact with buyers on database and experienced progressors to deal with stick issues and manage chains also return value.And let’s not forget these agents that want to work self-employed for online businesses are usually failed EAs or lazy ones that want an easier life whilst yes you’ve guessed it… earning a decent living from taking fees upfront with no guarantee of the vendor getting a result.Bring it on here. Gloves will come off and the boots will come on!Log in to ReplyWhat’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

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Starter homes in Lincolnshire previous nextLand & New HomesStarter homes in LincolnshireThe Negotiator24th June 20190236 Views New homes, perfect for first-time buyers in the Lincolnshire village of Ancaster, are well underway with a number of the 14 homes reserved ahead of completion in July 2019.The new scheme, developed by Midlands developer Wheatcroft Land is proving to be successful due to its supportive approach to first-time buyers with Help to Buy, the inclusion of kitchen appliances and a renewable energy source to keep fuel bills low.Catherine Haward, Director of Wheatcroft Land, said, “Ahead of purchasing the site, we carried out extensive research and spoke to the local community to find out what type of homes they would like to see in Ancaster. Affordable starter-homes for young families and first-time buyers was a popular topic, so it was important that we listened and met the very clear demand.The 1.1 acre plot is being built by award-winning construction company Gelder Group and marketed by Pygott & Crone.Prices start at £150,000 for a two bedroom property and £175,000 for a three bedroom property.www.wheatcroftland.co.ukstarter homes in Lincolnshire new homes Ancaster Wheatcroft Land Catherine Haward help to buy first-time buyers June 24, 2019The 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 2021last_img read more

first_imgThe property industry has been named as one of the two most resilient sectors to pull through the pandemic relatively unscathed.Agents will already be aware of how lucky they have been compared to friends and family working in hospitality, performing arts or travel, but now it’s official.Figures just out from the Office of National Statistics show that the property industry and the education sector have been the safest havens to work in during Covid, followed by wholesale retail, transportation and storage plus professional and/or scientific jobs.Companies working in these sectors have seen the highest growth revenue of up to 2% during the pandemic.This government data, which compares 2020 to 2019, roughly categorises types of companies and sectors into resilient and non-resilient, the former bouncing back much faster after the first lockdown than the second, but doesn’t cover the sectors that have now been mothballed until recently such as high street retail and theatres.“Following the sharp declines in turnover in April 2020, resilient industries had much less ground to make up to get back to the average level for March to December 2019, whereas the other industries have barely exceeded the level of turnover seen in February 2020, immediately before the pandemic,” the report says.The research also shows that independent firms have fared as well as if not better than corporates.Outside of property and education, two of the biggest boom industries have been the sale of IT equipment for home workers, and garden and DIY equipment.The hardest hit of all sectors were unsurprisingly travel tour operators, film production and travel agency. And ONS quotes recent McKinsey research, which shows economic activity still 30% down on February 2020 and that 7.6 million jobs remain at risk.pandemic covid ONS estate agent April 27, 2021Nigel 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 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 » Official: Property industry is one of two most Covid-resilient industries previous nextAgencies & PeopleOfficial: Property industry is one of two most Covid-resilient industriesLatest government data reveals that along with education, estate agents have helped make property the safest place to work during pandemic.Nigel Lewis27th April 20210443 Viewslast_img read more

first_img View post tag: USS View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: Naval August 11, 2011 View post tag: Lassen More than 6,000 local Yokosuka residents, friends, and family members waited in a line stretching over a mile to tour the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), during the 35th Friendship Day at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka Aug. 6.“We are very pleased to serve as the open ship for Friendship Day,” said Cmdr. Walter Wrye, Lassen’s commanding officer. “It is an opportunity for local Japanese to see what we do and also for our Sailors to become more familiar with Japanese culture, bringing us closer together as a community.”The tour started on the quarterdeck, as each visitor received the opportunity to pose for a photo with the officer of the deck and chain of command.From there, guests proceeded to the foc’sle where Sailors of all specialty rates stationed themselves to demonstrate their expertise. Fire Controlman 2nd Class Robert Aninzo explained Lassen’s defensive capabilities, pointing out the MK 45, 5-inch-gun and Close-In Weapons System. Seaman Jeremy Diggs, of 1st Division, walked visitors through anchoring procedures aboard the ship.Chief Damage Controlman Mark Otton and Hull Technician 3rd Class John Villafania demonstrated damage control equipment and techniques as visitors took the opportunity to try on protective clothing.Next visitors learned about Lassen’s small boat operations and the complexity involved in launching and recovering a rigid hull inflatable boat at Lassen’s boat deck. Guests also had the opportunity to look through the sights of the 25 mm gun, and got a close up look at the Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes.Proceeding to the flight deck through the helicopter hangar, the visitors were welcomed by the ship’s Visit, Board, Search and Seizure team, another popular photo attraction. The team, dressed full tactical gear, demonstrated the tools and skills they employ when conducting maritime interdiction operations. Also, on the flight deck were several small-caliber, action-team members, demonstrating crew-served weapons such as the 50-caliber and M-240 machine guns.Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Justin Stegall, Lassen’s flight deck officer and search and rescue (SAR) swimmer, was dressed out in his diving gear as he discussed rescue and helicopter flight operations.Many crew members were surprised at the sheer number of visitors. For Sailors such as Fire Controlman 2nd Class John Wong, this was their first experience during a Friendship Day.“This is absolutely amazing. I am so glad to take part in an event that strengthens our friendship with Japan. Everyone is so nice here and it really helps me adapt to my new home,” Wong, who has only been in Japan one week.After the tour of the flight deck, visitors continued to interact with Sailors on the pier, where the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation committee set up a booth selling ship souvenirs.The First Class Leadership Association (FLCA) and Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) hosted their own booth providing snacks and drinks. Lassen’s chief petty officers manned the grills while serving up hamburgers, hotdogs and cold drinks.“Friendship Day is the perfect opportunity for us to show our appreciation to our host nation,” said Senior Chief Fire Controlman Jeffrey Mullins. “Local residents learn about what we do, and our Sailors get to show off their talents.”[mappress]Source: navy,  August 11, 2011; View post tag: Friendship View post tag: Attracts View post tag: Thousands View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Lassen Attracts Thousands on Friendship Day USS Lassen Attracts Thousands on Friendship Day View post tag: day Share this articlelast_img read more

first_img View post tag: Subs Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Nuke Industry news View post tag: deliver View post tag: five View post tag: Naval USC to Deliver Five Borey Class Nuke Subs to Russian MoD May 29, 2012center_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Borey View post tag: class Back to overview,Home naval-today USC to Deliver Five Borey Class Nuke Subs to Russian MoD View post tag: MoD View post tag: Russian View post tag: USC A contract for delivery of a set consisting of five Borey class nuclear submarines has been signed on Friday by the Russia’s Defense Ministry and United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Alexei Kravchenko confirmed to RIA NOVOSTI on May 28.Reportedly, no further details are known about the contract signing, which was brought to a question in the aftermath of failed talks on agreeing on pricing conditions.The talks have been back on track after Russian President Vladimir Putin intervened, urging his Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov to come to terms with USC and agree on the final price.Under the contract, the Russian Navy should renew its fleet with additional 10 new Borey class strategic nuclear submarines by 2020, outfitted with Bulava ballistic missiles.Just a few hours upon Vladimir Putin’s inauguration ceremony in Kremlin, the newly elected Russian President passed his first decisions as the country’s leader, putting a focus on defense and foreign policy strategies, followed by modernization of weaponry and intelligence improvement.The move stems from a desire to protect Russia’s strategic interests and strengthen its position as military super power. Having that in mind, the Russian government has allocated five trillion rubles ($156 bln) or a quarter of the entire armament procurement budget until 2020 for the purpose.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 29, 2012last_img read more

first_img View post tag: News by topic HMAS Newcastle Holds Two RAS Operations View post tag: RAS August 21, 2013 View post tag: Newcastle View post tag: Naval HMAS Newcastle has conducted two Replenishment At Sea (RAS) operations in two weeks with one of the world’s biggest combat supply vessels in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).Newcastle received fuel on both occasions from the United States Naval Ship USNS Rainier allowing the Australian warship to continue her counter piracy mission in the MEAO without needing to visit a port to resupply.During the first RAS, Newcastle took on 165,000 litres of marine diesel fuel and 31,000 litres of aviation fuel from Rainier by conducting a RAS-L (liquids) down aft and also simultaneously used a Heavy Jackstay forward.Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Greg Morris said Heavy Jackstays were an efficient method of transferring stores between ships at sea.“The Heavy Jackstay is a method of transferring heavy stores or ammunition from a supply ship to ours, by personnel heaving on lines which are hooked up to both ships,” he said.“It is capable of a higher rate of transfer than vertical (helicopter) replenishment, but requires us to maintain station on the supply ship for a long time.”“We didn’t need stores on this occasion, but we transferred a test weight to meet mutual training targets. We wanted to prove our rig, while Rainier used the evolution to conduct training for her winch drivers.”The second RAS allowed Newcastle to take on another 320,000 litres of marine diesel fuel and 15,000 litres of aviation fuel from the 49,000 tonne American replenishment ship, whose motto is “Legend of Service”.In a role swap, Newcastle’s Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Stuart Mayer assumed Command to control the second RAS from the ship’s bridge, while Commanding Officer Commander Paul O’Grady acted as the evolution Safety Officer.The second RAS with Rainier was Newcastle’s eighth since arriving in the MEAO on May 27. She had previously also been replenished by USNS Medgar Evers, USNS Patuxent, French Ship Somme (on three occasions) and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria.“Replenishment at sea demonstrates the outstanding level of cooperation that exists between coalition vessels operating in this region. Replenishing at sea allows us to stay out here, focused on our maritime security mission,” Commander O’Grady said.“With all this practice, Newcastle’s evolutions teams are highly proficient and doing a fantastic job.”Newcastle is in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) as part of Operation SLIPPER – the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, counter smuggling and counter piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and enhancing regional maritime security and engagement.Her deployment is the 55th rotation of an Australian warship to the MEAO since 1990.[mappress]Press Release, August 21, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: makescenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Newcastle Holds Two RAS Operations View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Navy View post tag: Operations View post tag: two Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Korean Navy Orders Another Frigate from DSME Korean Navy Orders Another Frigate from DSME View post tag: Defense View post tag: Frigate View post tag: DSME View post tag: ANOTHER Industry news The Korean Navy has placed an order with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for construction of an Incheon Class frigate worth USD 305.8 million.As stipulated by the contract, DSME is obliged to construct and deliver the frigate to the South Korean Navy by 2017.With introduction of the Incheon class frigates South Korean Navy plans to replace the aging fleet of Pohang class corvettes and Ulsan class frigates. The class is said to be built in several batches. Batch I will see construction of six vessels while eight will be built as Batch II by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. A third batch is also planned, but it is still at an early stage of development.The frigate is capable of performing various roles including coast patrol, anti-submarine warfare and transport support.Boasting a displacement of 2,300t, the warship covers an overall length of 114m, width of 14m and a depth of 25m.The complement of the frigate is up to 170 crew members.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 31, 2013; Image: DSME Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: News by topic December 31, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Korean View post tag: orders View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

first_img April 15, 2014 USS DONALD COOK ARRIVES AT NAVAL STATION ROTA, SPAIN, FEB. 11, 2014 A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald Cook in international waters in the Black Sea on April 12, a Pentagon spokesman said yesterday (April 14). The USS Cook was patrolling in the western Black Sea when an unarmed Russian Su-24 Fencer attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the U.S. Navy ship, Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters.“The aircraft did not respond to multiple queries and warnings from Donald Cook, and the event ended without incident after approximately 90 minutes,” Warren said. “This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with international protocols and previous agreements on the professional interaction between our militaries.”Two Russian aircraft were present, but only one took part in the provocative actions, Warren said. The aircraft flew from near sea level to a couple of thousand feet, he added, but never overflew the U.S. Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.“The Russian plane made a total of 12 passes,” he said.The wingman stayed at a considerably higher altitude, Warren said.Officials later said the aircraft approached within about 1,000 yards of the ship. The USS Cook was never in danger, Warren said.“The Donald Cook is more than capable of defending itself against two Su-24s,” the colonel said.Warren said he does not think this is an example of a young pilot joyriding. “I would have difficulty believing that two Russian pilots, on their own, would chose to take such an action,” he said. “We’ve seen the Russians conduct themselves unprofessionally and in violation of international norms in Ukraine for several months, and these continued acts of provocation and unprofessionalism do nothing to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine, which we called on the Russians to do.”The Cook arrived in the Black Sea on April 10. The ship is now making a port call in Constanta, Romania.[mappress]Press Release, April 15, 2014, Image: US DoD View post tag: attack Authorities View post tag: Plane View post tag: Approaches View post tag: Defense Russian Attack Plane Approaches USS Donald Cook in Black Sea View post tag: Navy View post tag: sea View post tag: Defence View post tag: Naval View post tag: Donald View post tag: Russian Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Attack Plane Approaches USS Donald Cook in Black Sea View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS View post tag: Black View post tag: Cooklast_img read more

first_img Authorities Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Colombian Navy Impounds 246 Kilograms of Cocaine View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Colombian Navy View post tag: 246 View post tag: Impounds The Colombian Navy, in a joined operation with the Magdalena Prosecution Office, seized 246 kilograms of cocaine aboard the Panamanian flagged bulk carrier “Aquagrace”.center_img Colombian Navy Impounds 246 Kilograms of Cocaine The operation was developed through community information, by the units of the Coast Guard Station Santa Marta in the sector Dock Drummond where the ship, which came from Canada and was bound for Holland, was docked. According to the information received from the community, the vessel was apparently transporting  four stowaways. After an inspection six packs containing 250 packages of drugs were found hidden in a compartment of the ship rudder. The officials found no stowaways.The Magdalena Prosecution Office staff tested the material found and confirmed it was cocaine.So far this year about 29 tons of cocaine was seized by the Navy in the Colombian Caribbean.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 11, 2014; Image: Colombian Navy View post tag: Kilograms August 11, 2014 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Cocaine View post tag: americaslast_img read more