Third of home buyers know EXACTLY which home they want to bag

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Third of home buyers know EXACTLY which home they want to bag previous nextHousing MarketThird of home buyers know EXACTLY which home they want to bagResearch by Zoopla reveals how clued up some buyers are now although not all; a fifth has no idea where they’d like to live next.Nigel Lewis23rd January 20190824 Views Nearly a third of all house home buyers in the UK know which property or street they want to move to when considering their next step on the property ladder, it has been claimed.According to research by Zoopla, home hunters are now much better briefed about their local market than before.A fifth know which neighbourhood they want to live in, while another fifth of house hunters have a specific town in mind but only 21% have a vague or no idea where they would like to move.The figures come from research among 6,000 people across the UK. Londoners were the most clued-up about where their ideal next home lay, followed by those in the North West, North East, West Midlands and East Midlands.Zoopla’s latest research also reveals the towns where people check their home values the most.Price checkersThe keenest price checkers are in Milton Keynes, the portal says, followed by those in Bedford, Colchester, Swindon and Reading.“Our survey highlights to agents that their clients are researching their next property move more than ever before,” says Charlie Bryant, Managing Director of Zoopla (left).The research is taken from the portal’s recent State of the Nation report which also found that young families are the most likely to have an ‘ideal’ home or street in mind.But over a third of them who are looking to buy their next home found availability in the right location one of the ‘biggest challenges’. January 23, 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

Man arrested after ‘smashing up’ Univ hall

first_imgPolice arrested a man at University College yesterday, after he reportedly wreaked havoc in the main hall, damaging the high table and shouting at college staff.A student reported seeing the man “screaming” at college porters, before he “started trashing the main hall.”Students said that the hall was closed off for dinner last night after the high table was apparently knocked over. The College has confirmed to Cherwell that some furniture in the hall was damaged, but that no students were injured.A police spokesperson told Cherwell: “Thames Valley Police officers were called at about 4.25pm yesterday (12/6) following reports of a criminal damage incident at University College, High Street, Oxford.“Officers attended the scene, where a 27-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. He has been released under investigation.”One student told Cherwell how “A disturbed man somehow got into Univ shouting and screaming – [he] smashed up the main hall before being taken away by police.”Another student told Cherwell: “[I was] Walking down the high street, and observed police running into Univ, as we went in we heard a man screaming from the hall.“We were walking that way anyway and saw staff and police crowding around the entrance before going in, restraining the man and dragging him out.”The student reported seeing the man “screaming all the way out of college, struggling at the doorway before being eventually shoved into the back of a police van.”University College hall dates back to 1656, with its internal decorations in the Gothic revival style of the late eighteenth century.last_img read more

News story: UK ratifies the Unified Patent Court Agreement

first_img The UK is overflowing with innovative businesses, with pockets of this innovation spread up and down the country. These businesses are the lifeblood of local economies by boosting income and creating jobs. Ratification of this important Agreement demonstrates that internationally, as well as at home, the UK is committed to strong intellectual property protections. This will help to foster innovation and creativity, bringing our modern and ambitious Industrial Strategy to life. The Minister for Intellectual Property, Sam Gyimah MP, has today (26 April 2018) confirmed that the UK has ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA).Our ratification brings the international court one step closer to reality.The Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is an international treaty. The international court will have jurisdiction over patent disputes across its contracting states.It will deliver a single judgment in cross-border disputes between private parties over patents granted under the current intergovernmental system.This system is administered by the European Patent Office, who are responsible for granting future Unitary Patents.The UK became a signatory to the Unified Patent Court Agreement in February 2013. For the court to come into being, thirteen Member States must ratify the agreement. This includes the UK, France and Germany, France has already ratified in early 2014.Intellectual Property Minister, Sam Gyimah MP said: Innovative businesses will benefit significantly from the Unified Patent Court. It removes the requirement to assert rights before the court system of each state.The unique nature of the proposed court means that the UK’s future relationship with the Unified Patent Court will be subject to negotiation with European partners as we leave the EU.Ratification of the UPCA will keep the UK at the forefront of influencing the international system.last_img read more

Goldman Sachs sells Pret A Manger stake

first_imgGoldman Sachs has sold its £50m stake in Pret A Manger, the sandwich chain.The American investment bank took a 14% slice of the business in 2008 as part of a deal in which Bridgepoint, the private equity firm, bought a majority stake. Now, the bank has sold its stake to Bridgepoint, which today owns 66% of the company, according to M&C Report, a sister title of British Baker. Pret A Manger’s founders, Julian Metcalfe and Sinclair Beecham, jointly own a further 15% of the business, with the rest held by the management. Pret now runs more than 280 outlets in the UK, the US and Hong Kong and has recently expanded into France.Related news:>>Pret achieves revenue increaselast_img read more

2 Sisters to help unemployed

first_imgBirmingham-based 2 Sisters, which owns Holland’s Pies and Fox’s Biscuits, is providing young unemployed people with practical skills “that will help them find the right job”.This October 2 Sisters has created more than 350 learning opportunities across 29 sites nationwide, as part of Skills for Work Month.This has included help with CV preparation and interview skills, as well as provision of factory tours and work experience.Jenni Chambers, head of talent at 2 Sisters, said: “The most sustainable way to get the talent you want is to cultivate it yourself. 2 Sisters Food Group recognise this, and we are continuously developing our talent plans across the business.”She added that young people often don’t see the food industry as their first choice for a career: “We’ve learnt that identifying the right people first time allows their careers to grow and we have many people that started on the shop floor now running senior teams.”Dan Whillock, Scunthorpe general manager, agreed: “I started as a temporary factory operative in 1999 and very quickly became aware of the extent of opportunities on this site and in the wider food industry.”Last month it was announced that 2 Sisters division Gunstones Bakery could cut over 500 staff as the company has lost a contract with Marks & Spencer.last_img read more

Jay board discusses heater repair

first_imgJAY – The Board of Selectpersons discussed a repair to a heating unit on the police station and other issues at Monday evening’s meeting.The board had previously discussed the performance of the roof-mounted heating units on the municipal building, a space shared by the town office and Jay Police Department. The units are more than 10 years old and approaching the end of their useful life. Prior to the board’s last meeting, the police side of the building lost heat, with the problem eventually traced to a hole in a heat exchanger inside one unit. The hole was patched and town officials told the board that they intended to look into different options to address the issue.However, Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere said Monday, within a week it became clear that the exchanger wasn’t going to continue functioning. Town officials couldn’t keep the unit running and exhaust was leaking back into the building. The issue was repaired at the cost of $2,973.The board approved expending funds out of the Capital Reserve to pay for the repair. Town officials hope that repair provides the town enough time to determine what is to be done with the roof-mounted units in the long term.In other business, the board approved entering into a three-year contract with RHR Smith to provide the town’s auditing services. The cost of those services, $13,000, is the same the town has paid for RHR Smith contracts since 2014.The board also approved an updated set of bylaws for the Budget Committee. The most significant change is that committee votes now only require positive votes from a majority of those present to pass, rather than a majority of the entire, 11-member board. This could create issues if too many members were unavailable, LaFreniere and selectpersons said, as the committee oftentimes only cast votes at the conclusion of the budget process.last_img read more

Freekbass Shares New Video Covering Classic Funk Song “Let’s Go All The Way” [Premiere]

first_imgThere’s no denying the funk energy in Freekbass‘s style, as the bassist has been working with some of the best throughout his career. Recently, Freekbass told us about his work with Gary “Mudbone” Cooper, a songwriter who has been featured on tracks by P-Funk, Bootsy’s Rubberband and more. He’ll tell you the story of how “Mudbone” connected him to legends in the funk field, and how he came to cover his classic tune, “Let’s Go All The Way.”One of the most important people to introduce me into the Funk family was vocalist/songwriter Gary “Mudbone” Cooper. Muddy was part of the original Bootsy’s Rubberband, and has been on many important album and singles by George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubberband, and many others. He was the person that first introduced me to Funk legends Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell. As well as being one of the original members of the Funkmob family, Muddy also has the distinction of recording a Top 10 hit in both the US and the U.K. as part of his groupSly Fox, “Let’s Go All The Way”.When I was driving back from a series of shows on the East Coast a few months ago, I heard “Let’s Go All The Way” on the radio. Although it is a pop-type song, it has so many elements of the funk in it which is why I think it had such a crossover and mass appeal. Plus, it was very personal to me since Muddy was the writer and performer on it. It felt full-circle to my career and life journey. I thought it would be really special to record it , but before that could go forward I wanted to have Mudbone’s blessing first.I called him up and told him how I would love to try putting my spin back on the track , and to see if it would be ok with him if I was to record his pop-masterpiece. He immediately said yes, and I felt so honored and lucky to have a chance to record this. To add to the ‘full-circle’ aspect of the tune, keyboardist Razor Sharp who tours with me now, was in the original touring band of Sly Fox when they toured to promote the song.Next we talked to my label, Ropeadope about the idea of releasing the single for the Holidays along with a new video (directed by Ted Mandell). Ropeadope was all about it, and along with the video by Ted, who had the idea of doing a bit of a homage to the original video, we had this funky video-single in bring in the funky New Year with!Check out the premiere of the new video below, exclusively via L4LM:To grab a copy of the single from Ropeadope, head here. You can also see Freekbass’s tour schedule, copied below.Freekbass Tour DatesDECEMBER-Saturday, December 17: Zanzabar / Louisville, KY-Thursday, December 29: Preservation Pub / Knoxville, TN-Friday, December 30: The Loft / Columbus, GA-Saturday, December 31: Dunedin Brewery / Dunedin, FLJANUARY-Sunday, January 1 : Terra Fermata / Stuart, FL-Friday, January 6: Mousetrap / Indianapolis, IN-Saturday, January 7: Lamasco / Evansville, IN-Thursday, January 12: Founders Brewing Co. / Grand Rapids, MI-Friday, January 13: Old Crow / Middletown, OHFEBRUARY-Wednesday, February 1: Scarlet & Grey : Columbus, OHlast_img read more

Easing the Transition to New Ways of Working

first_imgWhen COVID-19 hit, France-based Air Liquide was already on the front lines as a world leader in gases and services for Industry and Health. Its role in producing medical oxygen, ventilators and supplying other home health care solutions has become critical in combating the virus. Still, the company was faced with responding to the health crisis while ensuring many of its employees could work from home effectively. The company successfully rolled out its business continuity plans that included the streamlined deployment of thousands of pre-configured Dell laptops, enabling remote workers to continue serving clients, medical institutions and patients all over the world. Grupo Boticario, a retailer with 4,000 locations across Brazil and a presence in eight other countries, faced a dual challenge as COVID-19 spread: How to enable thousands of employees to work remotely while continuing to serve customers online. The solution was technology, and it would have to be in place quickly. Armed with Dell EMC servers, more than 1,000 laptops and configuration, deployment and support services, Grupo Boticario was able to help 3,000 employees work remotely. Now, the company will be able to maintain the performance and stability it needs even during peak demand. From medical equipment to groceries, technology is helping businesses make new ways of working a reality. The spread and severity of COVID-19 has forced businesses and public institutions to find ways to carry out their essential missions while keeping their customers, employees and citizens safe.That means large-scale transitions to remote work. For many, those transitions have had to be seamless. Lives and livelihoods are on the line, both in the workplace and in communities around the world.For many, the pressure is intense. Failure to develop and implement secure remote work capabilities makes it more difficult to provide the public with vital information on health and safety. Without these capabilities, health care professionals and first responders would not be able to do their jobs safely and efficiently. Vulnerable citizens would not be able to get the supplies and prescriptions they need.Businesses and government agencies have turned to tech not only for the innovation that makes these new remote work arrangements possible, but for guidance on how to best implement these new arrangements, often on extraordinarily tight deadlines.“Business continuity is about more than just keeping the lights on. It’s about serving others when it matters most,” said Jen Felch, Chief Digital Officer and CIO, Dell Technologies. “We have more than a decade of experience in enabling our own remote workforce. Before we announced a global work-from-home policy due to COVID-19, 65 percent of our team members were leveraging our flexible work policies, and we had approximately 30 percent of team members working remotely on any given day. Our connected workplace experience set us up well for the unexpected, and we’ve been applying this experience to our work with customers and partners, some of whom are making the transition to a remote workforce for the first time.”“In addition, our global supply chain is leveraging their flexibility and working diligently to get customers around the globe the technology they need to serve their own businesses, customers, students and communities,” Felch said. “Similarly, our Dell Financial Services can help find the appropriate resources for our customers in a timely matter, furthering our end-to-end customer enablement.”Dell Technologies is helping businesses around the world establish, expand or refine remote work capabilities. Here are just a few examples:Idaho-based grocery chain Albertsons Cos Inc. knew it had to act quickly to keep critical operations up and running while providing for thousands of employees to work from home. This included enabling remote support for over 1,000 Albertsons call center and retail support employees, who play a vital role in solving technical problems for Albertsons check-out systems and pharmacies. Any delay in setting up remote work systems, any failure that could not be solved remotely would directly impact customers and employees by straining strict social distancing policies in-store. Dell Technologies helped Albertsons make the jump to remote work for call center and retail support employees with a variety of PCs, monitors and peripherals along with configuration, deployment and support services. All of this was done within an extremely short timeframe.center_img Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), a busy shipping port in the Middle East, has not only survived but actually thrived during the COVID-19 pandemic due to a Business Continuity Plan (BCP), remote work infrastructure, and most importantly, automation solutions. ADT’s operation is a critical link in the region’s supply chain, moving as many as 250,000 20-foot containers through its terminal each month. When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in early 2020, ADT was already using an automation solution powered by Dell Technologies and VMware which allowed ADT to fast-track the rollout of a remote work program and meant there was no reduction in productivity. Excluding operators, mechanics, and security personnel, ADT has nearly 100 percent of its employees working remotely. These remote workers include Management, Information Technology, Finance, Commercial, Human Resources, and Operations Control Center personnel.Learn more about how Dell Technologies can enable and support a productive and secure remote workforce.last_img read more

New Maryland state law establishes 2030 deadline for 50% renewable energy generation

first_imgNew Maryland state law establishes 2030 deadline for 50% renewable energy generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Washington Post:Maryland must get 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar by 2030 under a bill that will become law without Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature.Only the District and nine states, including California, New Jersey and Hawaii, have renewable standards at 50 percent or higher, according to the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. The Maryland bill allows subsidies for producers of green energy, including some that generate pollutants, like trash incinerators and paper mills.Hogan (R) announced Wednesday that he would allow the legislation to move forward “despite serious concerns” over the cost of the bill and whether it will preserve jobs in the state and have the impact legislators are expecting. While rejecting the General Assembly’s effort, Hogan said he remains committed to addressing climate change. He pledged to push legislation next year for 100 percent clean energy by 2040.In 2016, the governor vetoed a bill that required Maryland to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, citing concern over increased electricity rates for taxpayers. The Democratic-controlled legislature, which has a veto-proof majority in both chambers, overrode the veto.The governor said he will propose a bill next session that aims to “get us to zero carbon emissions, rather than just increasing the quotas for dirty energy and outdated technologies.” Sen. Brian J. Feldman (D-Montgomery), the sponsor of this year’s bill, said he “appreciates that he has ideas about a bill for next year, but it would have been nice to share them with the General Assembly this year during the legislative session.”More: Half of Maryland’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030last_img read more

Mexico announces arrests of senior cartel members

first_img PACHUCA, Mexico — Authorities say they have arrested a cousin of the leader of the feared Zetas drug cartel and the local chief of another gang. Humberto Canales Lazcano, aka “El Chivo,” was arrested in an operation early Feb. 23 in the central state of Hidalgo along with 12 other men accused of being Zetas hitmen, State Public Safety Secretary Damián Canales told reporters. He said Lazcano is considered the leader of the Zetas in the state. The Zetas are believed to be behind the bludgeoning of 44 inmates in a weekend prison riot that screened the escape of 30 gang members. The Mexican navy, meanwhile, announced that a local leader of the Jalisco New Generation cartel was arrested in the eastern state of Veracruz last week. [AFP, 24/02/2012; (Mexico), 24/02/2012] By Dialogo February 24, 2012last_img read more