Romans and Leaders continue expansion with fresh acquisitions

first_imgLeaders has added to its network of 100-plus branches with the acquisition of Aidan J Reed in Loughborough and Quorn, Leicestershire, while Romans has followed the purchase of Campsie’s residential and commercial sales and lettings branches earlier this month, by acquiring Gregory & Company in Windsor.Leaders’ latest deal follows on from the trio of acquisitions at the end of August and early September, including Simply Lets in Worcester and Bromsgrove, Andrews Snape & Co in Bournemouth and Cullen Homes in Manchester.Matthew Light (left), Leaders’ acquisitions director, said, “We are delighted to welcome the staff and customers of Aidan J Reed to Leaders and look forward to working with them as we launch the Leaders name in Leicestershire.“This an ideal business for us because, like Leaders, Aidan J Reed’s focus has always been on providing a quality service and employing highly professional staff with excellent knowledge and standards of practise. In terms of location, this acquisition provides additional coverage within our existing Midlands region, complementing our six Derby branches and our Nottingham and Mansfield locations.”Aidan J Reed was owned and operated by Aidan Reed and James Etty who will now focus purely on their student lettings business. Aidan Reed said, “We are very proud of the business we have built and wanted to secure the best possible future for our staff and clients. Leaders has the resources, expertise and commitment to provide a great service to our customers and a promising future for our employees.”Meanwhile, the Romans Group has further expanded its portfolio of estate and letting agencies with the acquisition of Gregory & Company in Windsor.Established for over 15 years, Gregory & Company has been fully-incorporated into the Romans network, with the firm’s branch upgraded to the familiar and customer focused offices seen across the Romans Group.Gregory & Company’s Founder Greg Mealing (right) said that deciding to sell “wasn’t an easy decision.”He said, “We’ve continued to grow I feel it’s important to offer our customers the same high levels of service they’re used to, so merging with a more established agency was the right decision for us.“The Romans Group has a fantastic reputation in the local area and the same high levels of customer service are central to their organisation. Their experience in acquiring agencies has meant the entire process has been professional and seamless, and I’m exciting about the new services we can now offer our customers, including mortgage advice, surveying, and conveyancing.”Romans’ decision to purchase Gregory & Company fits in with the company’s expansion strategy, and follows on from the acquisition earlier this year of Campsie, Meldrum Salter Edgley, James Griffin, Sherriff Mountford and Atlantis.Expanding its portfolio of estate and letting agencies has been high on the agenda for the Romans Group with a number of acquisitions already under its belt since 2013.Gregory & Company acqisitions Aidan J Reed Quorn Romans and Leaders Campsie September 30, 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 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 » Romans and Leaders continue expansion with fresh acquisitions previous nextAgencies & PeopleRomans and Leaders continue expansion with fresh acquisitionsLeaders has added two new locations to its network of offices, while Romans has acquired a well-established firm in Windsor.The Negotiator30th September 20150545 Viewslast_img read more

UK: Dryad Maritime Opens Global Anti-Piracy Centre in Portsmouth

first_img View post tag: Dryad View post tag: Anti-Piracy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Maritime View post tag: Portsmouth View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval UK: Dryad Maritime Opens Global Anti-Piracy Centre in Portsmouth View post tag: Centre Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Dryad Maritime Opens Global Anti-Piracy Centre in Portsmouth View post tag: UK February 16, 2012 View post tag: Global View post tag: opens A new state of the art global anti-piracy centre has been unveiled in Portsmouth, helping Shipowners and Charterers to save hundreds of thousands of pounds on Maritime Security. The centre opens one week before senior representatives from around the world arrive in the UK to discuss breaking the piracy business model in Somalia.“We expect the threat from piracy to continue and we are investing heavily in infrastructure and technology to give our clients an outsourced operations centre that rivals any naval force. Utilising analysis led Maritime Intelligence can save on average 3-4 days for a vessel in transit with related savings to Charterers and Shipowners on Bunkers, hire and the employment of physical security teams amounting to around $90,000 – $220,000 per transit.” – Karen Jacques, Chief Operating Officer, Dryad MaritimeHome to some impressive, state of the art technology, the centre is pivotal in monitoring and analysing the movements, assaults and trends of pirate action groups around the world. To seafarers, the centre is a lifeline. It tells them where the pirates are, where they are headed and what they look like. When too close for comfort, the centre warns ships and they are diverted to safer waters. Manned 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by a team of ex-Royal Navy warfare specialists and intelligence experts.“Our new Operations Centre is a great asset to Dryad and to our clients in the shipping, super yacht and energy industries. Not only does the new technology help with the scalability of our operations but it gives the Centre a true futuristic feel, something that people always associate with intelligence.” – Graeme Gibbon Brooks, Managing Director of Dryad MaritimeThe 24/7 operations room is a hub of activity. Intelligence Analysts and Operations Officers work around the clock handling and processing near real-time information collected from intelligence sources all over the world and beamed to vessels to help fight global maritime piracy and terrorism.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 16, 2012; Image: Dyrad Maritime Share this article Industry newslast_img read more

#WeLoveBread – the best bread adverts on TV

first_imgSince British Baker launched the #WeLoveBread campaign our social media pages have been swamped by retweets and support.It seems the title of the campaign is accurate and the public really does love bread. It also has a fondness for some of the bread television adverts of the past.Here we look at some of the finest:1) Hovis ‘Bike’ advert 1973The iconic advert, as most know, was directed by Alien director Ridley Scott and features the bread delivery boy. Stirring Dvorak plays out to the narrator saying: “There’s wheat germ in that loaf. Get it inside you boy.”2) Warburtons’ burnt breadWarburtons may be about to use action star Sylvester Stallone in a new round of television advertising – but this offer used classical music (Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings) to stir the heart as the bakers’ lament a burnt loaf.3) Hovis’ history advertIn recent years Hovis has attempted to retap that nostalgia it mined so thoroughly with the boy on the bike campaign. This advert looked at Hovis through the ages – again using a little boy.4) Allinson’s ‘Bread wi’ Nowt Taken Out’Another multi-award-winning bread advert that played on the heritage of the brand. This animated advert included the famous line: bread wi’ nowt taken out.5 Genius Bread EinsteinEven the growing gluten-free market has achieved success via this memorable Einstein advertHow can you support the #WeLoveBread campaign? It is simple: simply use the hash tag on Twitter or Facebook to share your support. We want you, the industry, to show the world your loaves – whether they are plant-baked or artisanal.last_img read more

Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist Ed King Has Passed Away

first_imgGuitarist Ed King has passed away at the age of 68 years old. King was best known as the guitarist for psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock, and more recently, the guitarist and bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 to 1975 and again from 1987 to 1996. Giving Lynyrd Skynyrd its unmistakeable three-guitar sound, King was credited for co-writing “Sweet Home Alabama”, arguably the band’s greatest hit. In addition, he co-wrote the southern rock band’s “Workin’ for MCA” and “Saturday Night Special”. In 2006, he was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd.King passed away at his home in Nashville, Tennessee yesterday, August 22nd. The news was confirmed via his Facebook page this morning. King’s cause of death was not specified, though he had reportedly been battling lung cancer and was recently hospitalized for the disease, according to Rolling Stone.Lynyrd Skynyrd – Full Concert – 4/27/75 – Winterland – San Francisco, CA[Video: Lynyrd Skynyrd on MV]Rest In Peace, Ed King!last_img read more

New off-campus housing opens

first_imgTwo new off-campus housing developments are offering increased and more luxurious amenities to students in the market for a home beyond the dome. University Edge, an apartment complex to the northwest of campus, includes a fitness center, business center, pool, outdoor grills and a TV and game room, property manager Nicole Woody said. “It’s more resort-style life,” Woody said. “It’s really all-inclusive … It’s very common in student housing now to have these types of amenities and it’s just not something that’s ever been brought to South Bend before. We really just want to change the way off-campus housing is perceived.” “For the space and the amenities it was definitely the best value of the [apartments] that I looked at,” senior Emma Buckley said. “The only bad thing was that it was a lot farther from Eddy Street, but if you have a car it wasn’t bad.” Buckley signed a lease at University Edge after returning from studying abroad in London last fall. Apartments at the Belfry, a new Holladay Properties complex located at 700 Notre Dame Avenue, are fully furnished for competitively low prices, according to their website. “They come with granite countertops, top-of-the-line appliances and include washers and dryers in each unit,” property manager Kahli Anthony said. “And they’re walking distance to Notre Dame.” Anthony, who is also the property manager of neighboring Holladay property Darby Village, said the Belfry offers two-bedroom units with a personal bathroom for each bedroom. She said the close proximity to Notre Dame and Eddy Street Commons makes the location ideal for students. “We feel that with Darby and Belfry, students are getting a place that’s larger than the other options out there and for a lesser price,” Anthony said. Dublin Village, a townhouse community close to Saint Mary’s College, offers townhouses and a neighborhood unlike that of the typical apartment complex, Erin Nanovic, a Saint Mary’s senior, said. Nanovic’s house was constructed in 2005 and was renovated last year after smoke from a fire next door damaged the building. “[Dublin Village is] a lot like Eddy Street in the sense that there’s normal families there too,” Nanovic said. “The community is awesome.” Currently the Office of Housing has no set relationship with property managers or off-campus students. Assistant Director Bill McKenney said the department was open to expanding its resources for off-campus students, but remained completely committed to on-campus housing.   “The experience in our residence halls is something that we firmly believe in,” McKenney said. “If you look at the renovations that we’ve got, we’ve really tried to improve the quality of life … We believe that it is an opportunity for someone to stay for four years.” McKenney said the new options for off-campus apartments and townhouses did not affect residences on campus. “I can say that our numbers for on-campus housing are about the same as last year, so we’re seeing the exact same number living in our residence halls, and our graduate communities are hovering around the same as well.” Senior off-campus president Erin Killmurray said the new complexes did not impact her and the Off-Campus Council either. “The only relationship is that we now serve more students and we need to plan around that,” Killmurray said. “One effect I am hoping this increase in options will have is that students will feel less pressure to sign leases two years in advance.” Killmurray said the Off-Campus Council was planning new initiatives to keep off-campus students more connected with the University, including reliable access to dorm listservs and information about campus events. “Personally I feel like moving off campus does not take away from the Notre Dame experience in any way,” Killmurray said. “It’s a great combination of being part of both the Notre Dame and the South Bend communities.”last_img read more

Meet the Cast of Off-Broadway’s Little Children Dream of God

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 View Comments Related Shows Rehearsals are officially underway for the world premiere of Little Children Dream of God, starring Carra Patterson, Deirdre O’Connell, Gilbert Cruz, Maurice Jones, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Chris Myers and Carl Hendrick Lewis. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli, the world premiere play by Jeff Augustin tells the story of a soon-to-be-mother who escapes from Haiti floating on a car tire to search for a better life for her unborn sun. Check out this shot of the new company assembling on January 8 at their New York City rehearsal space, then see the Roundabout Underground production at the Steinberg Center for Theatre! Little Children Dream of Godlast_img read more

Summer Safety.

first_imgAdult supervision is Bower’s main recommendation for keeping kids safe on a farm, whether at work or play.”Lack of supervision by adults is the No. 1 problem with kids getting in risky situations,” he said. “Adults tend to think that school-agers are more able to play and work unsupervised than they are. That’s when you see a spike in injuries.”Many farm accidents could be prevented if simple safety precautions were followed. To address the growing problem, Progressive Farmer magazine began a national farm safety camp.Safety Camp Can Help The Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp program is a one-day, hands-on workshop that teaches farm children and their parents safe farm practices. Each year more than 60,000 children and adults participate nationwide.Children divide into age groups in the camps to learn about animal safety, first aid, electrical safety, poison control, fire safety and tractor safety.Two camps are offered in Georgia this summer. The first is June 21 at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register, call the Spalding County Farm Bureau at (770) 228-2341.Camps tailor their lesson plans to the type of farming or ranching in their area so each program best serves the needs of its community. That made the camp a good fit for Timothy Jennings, an Extension Service agent in Fannin and Union counties.”Our farming community here is small, so we wanted to focus more on the general safety aspects of the camp,” Jennings said.For the second year, Jennings and a local volunteer will host a camp Sept. 21 at the local elementary school for fifth graders. The camp there will focus on safety around small engines like lawn mowers, weed eaters and chain saws, plus fire, food, gun and hearing safety.”The kids responded very positively last year, and the school officials were pleased,” Jennings said. “So we hope to make it an annual event.”To find out about getting a Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Camp in your area, visit their Web site at “The biggest problem is children around machinery,” said Don Bower, an Extension Service child development expert with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.”They don’t have the experience or maturity,” he said, “to make the important decisions required when using machines.”Keeping children away from machinery isn’t just a problem on farms, but in homes as well. A lawn mower can be just as dangerous to a child as a tractor.”Whether children want to help or adults need them to help, it’s potentially dangerous,” Bower said. “Machinery is so much more complex today. And parents often have unrealistic expectations about a child’s ability to make good decisions in a trouble situation.”Parents often feel secure after teaching their children the proper way to run farm equipment. But that’s often not enough.”If they have to make a snap judgment, children often make a poor one,” Bower said.Always Supervise Childrencenter_img Each year thousands of farm workers, farm operators and their families suffer work-related injuries. Workshops around Georgia are designed to help children keep safe on the farm.In 1997, there were 705 fatal injuries and 50,544 nonfatal injuries on U.S. farms, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Operators and family members accounted for about 72 percent of the fatal injuries and 43 percent of the nonfatal ones.Farming has one of the highest fatality rates of all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Farmers and farm workers generally get little formal safety training. They often work alone and are far from help if they get hurt. Many on-farm injuries happen to children.Keep Kids Away From Machineslast_img read more

Delegation announces Northern Border Regional Commission funding of $1.25 million

first_imgVermont’s congressional delegation today announced that the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) will begin accepting applications for federal assistance beginning August 1st, with the goal of awarding approximately $1.25 million by September 30th. Vermont’s delegation was influential in creating the NBRC, which directly invests federal resources for economic development and job creation in economically distressed regions of northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. In Vermont, eligible counties include Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans, Caledonia and Grand Isle. ‘We created the commission as a means of responding in practical ways to the common economic challenges throughout the border regions of the Northeast,’ Sen. Leahy, Sen. Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch said. ‘The available funding will provide a vital boost to parts of our state that need it most.’  Last year, NBRC awarded seven grants, totaling $1.3 million to the four states, including $234,000 for the Northern Vermont Fiber Optic Connection project and $141,150 for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. The seven successful applicants indicated that at the completion of the projects, 700 jobs would be saved and/or created. Also, every $1 of NBRC funds would be matched by $11 of other public and private dollars. Eligible projects include those that develop regional infrastructure, support job creation and economic development, promote sustainable land use or develop renewable energy sources.last_img read more

Beer Blog: 3.2 Beer

first_imgI spent a lot of time in my youth deriding 3.2% beer. Granted, this was well before the craft beer boom, so it’s not like we had a lot of options at the one gas station that would take our fake ID’s. Basically, we were choosing between Budweiser, MGD, and Busch Light. But in certain parts of the country, those same beers were watered down from the mighty 5ish% to a puny 3.2%. Same beer, less alcohol. It was like some sort of a state-sanctioned prank. We vowed never to visit the entire state of Utah, because of its state-wide 3.2% beer policy. On our occasional trips to Ole Miss for football games, we were careful to pack beer from Georgia, because Mississippi was also plagued by a 3.2 beer law.Some 20 years later, the craft beer boom has hit mushroom cloud proportions, and I’m now dying to find a 3.2% beer. Look through that fancy beer menu at your local brewery—chances are you won’t see much under 6%. I like big beers as much as the next guy, but every once in a while, I want to sit down and have a conversation over a couple of beers without getting so torn up that I make a terrible decision that ends with me in a field chasing a cow.Like tonight. I met a group of old friends I hadn’t seen in a while at one of my favorite local breweries, which is known for high-octane beers that tend to put me under the table. Three beers at this place, and I can pretty much kiss the next day goodbye. I’ll spend that workday trying to walk back from whatever cattle farm I wake up in.The brewery must’ve realized their beers were knocking people on their ass, because now, they have a 3.2% beer.  Right there on the menu between double IPAs and imperial stouts. Plenty of breweries are now making sessionable ales, those 5% beers that you’re supposed to be able to drink all day long, but I’m not aware of many that make a legit 3.2%, easy drinking, “like sex in a canoe” (it’s fu$*ing near water) beer. And it worked. I could drink more than one beer, still hold a semi-coherent conversation, and still walk home in a relatively straight line. And the beer actually tasted good.Here’s hoping more breweries offer 3.2% beer for the lightweights in the world like myself who, occasionally, like on a weekday night, just want to have a few beers and not end up chasing cows in the middle of a field.last_img read more

Tripped up by TRID?

first_imgIf you are still scrambling to get your systems updated and your members are experiencing delays in closing on their mortgage loans since the new TRID rules took effect on October 3, you are not alone.  This is clear from the results of a survey released by the American Bankers Association yesterday, which surveyed banks ranging in size from under $50 million to over $20 billion in assets.Among the most surprising findings:  the surveyed banks are still scrambling to make changes to their loan operating systems months after the regulations took effect.  According to the American Banker, this reflects the fact that vendors are still trying to figure out what is required of lenders under these new regulations.  According to the survey, 72% of respondents are still waiting because of vendor software problem defects.The CFPB would argue that these little bumps in the road are worth it to end up with a better consumer process.  As of right now, the benefit to consumers is mixed at best.  For example, 77% of the respondents reported delays in loan closings because of TRID, ranging anywhere from 1 to 20 days, with an approximate average of 8 days.  In addition, 40% of respondents reported that the cost of obtaining a mortgage alone has increased. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more