first_imgKnight Frank has revealed that it now has a small army of agents who use Instagram as ‘part of they day job’ across its business to service the agency’s growing customer base of social-media obsessed Millennials.The company has also said it’s aware that the strategy isn’t going down well with older, traditionally-minded agents, but that nevertheless ‘it works’.Andrew Groocock (left), the company’s regional partner for the City and East London region, has revealed that Knight Frank is focussing on social market almost as much as glossy upmarket magazines, many of which he says have either gone bust or moved exclusively online particularly in central London.“We’ve had to move with the times and make sure we are engaging with people across the mediums they want, social media being the most obvious,” he told a conference.Groocock says the company’s Instagram strategy has been a significant success and that Danny Daggers, who works in his division’s super prime team, has over 25,000 followers on the platform.“We recently sold a flat where someone saw it on Instagram and put an offer in within 24 hours. This is a key way of finding buyers for us, the high-quality photos that go up appeal to our younger clients and make them want to engage with us,” says Groocock.Knight Frank says younger buyers no longer want to engage initially with its staff on the phone and instead prefer WhatsApp and Instagram, although the company says it is ramping up its use of other social media to market properties including on Twitter and LinkedIn, which it says are now ‘essential’ for its marketing effort.Instagram knight frank Andrew Groocock Danny DAggers May 24, 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 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 » Knight Frank reveals it uses Instagram as much as magazines for marketing previous nextAgencies & PeopleKnight Frank reveals it uses Instagram as much as magazines for marketingGrowing role of social media for many estate agents is revealed by agency’s comments.Nigel Lewis24th May 201902,625 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgL to R: Gary Ennis, Regional Managing Director, Barratt London and Southern, and Nigel Howell, Chief Executive, FirstPortNigel Howell, FirstPort’s CEO, said, “We are delighted to welcome Barratt London’s 11,000 customers whose homes are cared for by BRAM, as well as BRAM’s 200 employees to FirstPort. As a full service, specialist residential property manager with over four decades of experience, FirstPort has the skills and expertise to support customers across the range of Barratt London homes that BRAM manages. We look forward to continuing and building upon BRAM’s work in delivering great service to customers.”Gary Ennis, Regional Managing Director, Barratt London and Southern, said, “Over the last seven years, through the efforts of our excellent team, BRAM has grown to become a successful property management company across London and we are very proud of the work and progress made. We were determined to ensure that any acquiring party must have a strong reputation and track record, and must share our customer focus. We are therefore delighted that BRAM has been acquired by FirstPort and we are confident in their commitment to continue to provide excellent service to our customers.”Gary Ennis Nigel Howell Barratt London homes BRAM FirstPort May 31, 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 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 » Agencies & People » FirstPort acquires Barratt Residential Asset Management previous nextAgencies & PeopleFirstPort acquires Barratt Residential Asset ManagementThe Negotiator31st May 20190903 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » First landlords sign up to Choices’ advance rent model, but will other agents use it? previous nextAgencies & PeopleFirst landlords sign up to Choices’ advance rent model, but will other agents use it?Estate agency’s chairman claims the idea has national appeal and is planning to secure City fund financing to roll it out.Nigel Lewis4th November 20191 Comment1,229 Views Controversial industry figure Simon Shinerock says he has signed-up 75 tenancies using his ‘advanced rent’ primary tenancy model which offers landlords a year’s rent in advance.Launched in July to great fanfare including coverage on Sky TV Shinerock, who runs 15-branch London and South East estate agency including Choices, Sinclair Hammelton and Daniels, says he is to offer the idea to competing agents because, he claims, it’s the “ultimate landlord marketing tool”.Shinerock says his initial pilot of the project has generated advance rent payment for 75 tenancies and that it’s already helping him sign-up landlords in a difficult market as the tenant fees ban bites.“So far approximately a third of the landlords who have been offered it have taken it up, which is encouraging,” he says.“Normally we charge 12-15% full management fee but landlords usually haggle down to 9%.“But offering a year’s rent up front helps us keep this haggling to a minimum.”Shinerock, who is chairman of Choices, says he has the funds to get the business off the ground but is looking for City fund financing to roll it out nationally.“I also want to get other agents involved. The idea would be to charge them a subscription in return for leads using the rent in advance model, a bit like ValPal does,” says Shinerock.“It’s not for everyone, but even if the model could capture 10% of the market then you’re talking about a lot of tenancies whether via agents or landlords.“I’ve put my head above the parapet with this because I think it’s the best idea I’ve had so far for the letting market.”Choices Simon Shinerock November 4, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentSam Samuel, Edward Ashdale Edward Ashdale 4th November 2019 at 12:09 pmYou must have a lot of time on your hands SimonLog 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 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_img Email* More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) flew to the top of the podium aboard Berdien in the $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Jumper Classic on Friday, January 15, at the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), held at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.Elite international show jumping continues during Week 1 of the 2021 WEF with the first Saturday night under the lights in the $137,000 Wellington Regional Medical Center Grand Prix CSI3*. The class will be shown for free on the livestream. Competition continues for another 11 weeks as part of the winter circuit in Wellington, Florida.Friday morning’s test was set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) and Andy Christiansen Jr. (ECU) with a total of 48 entries contesting the 1.50m track, and nine qualifying for the jump-off. Cawley aboard the 10-year-old KWPN mare for Louisburg Farm navigated the course with precision to edge the current leader by more than five seconds as she crossed the finish line fault free in 36.54 seconds.Last to return for the jump-off, Ireland’s Paul O’Shea gave Cawley a run for her money as he and Chacanntus owned by Eye Candy Jumpers put forth a valiant effort with a clear round, stopping the timers at 38.95 seconds. It was 2008 Olympic individual gold medalist Eric Lamaze (CAN) rounding out the top three aboard Dieu Merci Van T & L for Rein Family, LLC, and Little Creek Investments Inc, with a double-clear effort in 41.83 seconds.“I watched them all go [in the jump-off] and most did seven [strides] from fences one to two,” said Cawley. “My horse is really quick; she’s such a fast turner so I ended up getting six from one to two, and then she’s just so ‘on it’ in the jump-off always. I knew I needed to keep going to beat Eric [Lamaze] because even Eric going a little conservative is quite fast. I had Paul [O’Shea] coming behind me and he’s always fast, so I didn’t feel like I could play it safe. She was great!”Cawley has had Berdien since she was a six-year-old and brought her over from Europe shortly after that. The pair has experienced success from day one, but the mare was forced to sit out last year’s WEF after coming down with an illness while shipping south for the winter. Friday’s win was just one of many positive steps during her recovery and return to the show ring.“She had the winter off and she’s been showing again starting this summer and now she’s back to her good-old, top-form self,” she said. “We want to get her up into the CSI3* Grand Prix classes and keep going. She’s 10 this year but she missed a good chunk of last year, as did many horses, so she’ll tell us how it’s going to go, but we’ll keep her where she’s winning.As for the rest of WEF, Cawley, a familiar face on the showgrounds, will spend a lot of time focusing on prospects for the future.“I’ve got some young horses coming up that I’m excited about,” she said with a smile. “Adamo [her long-time partner] is getting into the latter years of his show jumping career, so we’ll pick and choose sparingly. We’ll show where we think we can be competitive.”$37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Jumper Classic1. BERDIEN: 2011 Zangersheide mare by Bustique x Querlybet HeroMOLLY ASHE CAWLEY (USA), Louisburg Farm: 0/0/36.542. CHACANNTUS: 2009 Westphalian gelding by Chacco-blue x Penny AnnePAUL O’SHEA (IRL), Eye Candy Jumpers: 0/0/38.953. DIEU MERCI VAN T & L: 2009 SBS stallion by Toulon x MoränaERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Rein Family, LLC and Little Creek Investments Inc: 0/0/41.834. GOLDWIN: 2012 BWP gelding by Emrald x Divine Idylle GTW De TinmontLAURA KRAUT (USA), Stars and Stripes: 0/4/36.595. FLAIRVONA: 2010 KWPN mare by Air Jordan Z x VivonaSPENCER SMITH (USA), The 500 Hats, LLC: 0/4/38.776. CATINKA 25: 2009 Oldenburg mare by Catoki x LuxanoVANESSA MANNIX (CAN), Vanessa Mannix: 0/4/39.387. CON PLEASURE 5: 2009 Westphalian gelding by Contendro 1 x Funny FasionFLO NORRIS (GBR), Cisca Norris: 0/4/39.958. BALOU DU REVENTON: 2006 Oldenburg stallion by Cornet Obolensky x GeorgiaBRIAN MOGGRE (USA), Ann C Thompson: 0/4/41.339. CENTRIKO VOLO: 2012 Oldenburg gelding by Centadel x Chacco-BlueJORDAN COYLE (IRL), Celtic Park, LLC: 0/WD10. HOPE STREET: 2009 Holsteiner mare by Casall x Quick Nick ILUCAS PORTER (USA), SPR Fund One: 1/81.08 Tags: Eric Lamaze, Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, WEF, Molly Ashe Cawley, CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Jumper Classic, Vaness Mannix, Dieu Merci Van T & L, last_img read more

first_imgNew research for the St Albans-based food group by M&C Allegra found that the bread-based meals ranked 9th for dishes enjoyed out of home in 2015.Conducted in association with market research consultancy Cambridge Direction and created by Premier Foods (PF) executive chef Mark Rigby, consumers and caterers were surveyed to find the top food trends of 2015, and asked what they wanted to see on menus in 2016.PF said 31% of brands now list gluten-free items on their menu and that free-from options, as well as healthier/lighter options, are among the key variants consumers want to see more of in 2016.In terms of where to eat out, location was a key consideration for 27% of those surveyed, ahead of the menu and then the cost. 71% said they chose restaurant chains and groups ahead of pubs and independently-owned restaurants, while 54% opted for cafés.Sarah Robb, channel marketing manager at Premier Foods, said: “We were keen to find out what people really wanted to see on UK menus.“Following the traditionally quieter January period, caterers will be getting ready for a number of calendar dates such as Mother’s Day, Easter and May bank holidays; so it is the ideal time for them to shake up their menus.”last_img read more

first_imgBrits are snubbing independent foodservice operators in favour of branded business, according to a new study.Branded operators are outpacing their independent rivals thanks to their breakfast offer, use of promotions and ability to attract younger consumers, according to research from analyst The NPD Group.Independent businesses now account for 44% of Britain’s £50bn out-of-home foodservice industry, down from 57% eight years ago, found the study of sales through quick-service restaurants, casual dining brands, pubs, hotels, workplace canteens and vending machines.Sales through independent operators have fallen from £30bn in 2008 to £23.2bn this year, while sales through brands have risen from £20.9bn to £30bn.Brands have been more effective at increasing consumer spend, with the average bill at branded operators up 16% in the eight years versus a modest 4% hike at independents.NPD suggested three key reasons for the success of brands:Their ability to attract younger consumers, something  independents can struggle to doBy capturing a big bite of breakfast trade, which accounts for 14% of visits to brands versus 8% for independents By driving more than 36% of their visits through meal deals or promotions, while independents attract only 13% through this tactic.“For the branded sector to have reversed its market share with independents over just eight years underlines how quickly Britain’s foodservice market is changing,” said Cyril Lavenant, NPD director of foodservice UK.“Independents are struggling to be relevant and appealing to consumers on the British high street and clearly do not ‘speak’ well to young adults. Foodservice chains do a better job in this respect, especially with meal deals and promotions. Consumers are hungry for good value and they know where to go for it on the high street.”He added that large brands also benefit from the ability to invest in their products and to expand into new locations.NPD Group warned that independents were likely to find it more difficult to compete against the big brands over the next 10 years, but Lavenant added: “Many of the big foodservice outlets we know today started as small independents. So there is clearly room for new players but they must offer something exciting and different or they will not succeed.”last_img read more

first_imgThis spring, alumni can vote for a new group of Harvard Overseers and Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) elected directors.Ballots will be mailed no later than April 1. Completed ballots must be received, at the indicated address, by 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 15, to be counted. All holders of Harvard degrees, except Corporation members and officers of instruction and government, are entitled to vote for Overseer candidates. The election for HAA directors is open to all Harvard degree holders.Candidates for Overseer may also be nominated by petition. Eligible voters may go to for more information. The deadline for all petitions is Feb. 1.The HAA Nominating Committee has proposed the following candidates in 2018:FOR OVERSEER:Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine ’92 cum laude, M.P.P. ’96President, Sunshine Care Foundation for Neurological Care and ResearchManila, Philippines and Boston, MassachusettsPhilip Hart Cullom M.B.A. ’88 with distinctionVice Admiral (retired), U.S. NavyGaithersburg, MarylandCatherine A. Gellert ’93 cum laudeDirector, Windcrest PartnersNew York, New YorkMeredith L. “Max” Hodges ’03 cum laude, M.B.A. ’10 with distinctionExecutive Director, Boston BalletBoston, MassachusettsMarilyn Holifield J.D. ’72Partner, Holland & Knight LLPMiami, FloridaJohn C. Lechleiter A.M. ’80, Ph.D. ’80Retired President, CEO, and Chairman, Eli Lilly and CompanyIndianapolis, IndianaDiego A. Rodriguez M.B.A. ’01Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Design Officer, Intuit Inc.Palo Alto, CaliforniaYvette Roubideaux ’85 cum laude, M.D. ’89, M.P.H. ’97Director, Policy Research Center, National Congress of American IndiansWashington, D.C.Candidates for Overseer may also be nominated by petition. Eligible voters may go to for more information. The deadline for all petitions was February 1. No individuals have qualified to run for Overseer as a petition candidate.FOR ELECTED DIRECTOR:Eric R. Calderon M.B.A. ’13President and CEO, L-K IndustriesHouston, TexasCollette Creppell ’82 cum laude, M.Arch. ’90 with distinctionUniversity Architect, Brown UniversityProvidence, Rhode Island and New Orleans, LouisianaSid Espinosa M.P.P. ’00Director of Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, MicrosoftPalo Alto, CaliforniaNatosha Reid Rice ’93 cum laude, J.D. ’97Associate General Counsel, Real Estate and Finance, Habitat for Humanity International; Associate Pastor, Historic Ebenezer Baptist ChurchAtlanta, GeorgiaKrishnan Namboodiri Subrahmanian ’03 magna cum laudeAttending Pediatrician, Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota; Maternal Child Health Specialist, Partners in Health (COPE Program)Minneapolis, MinnesotaRita Pang ’96 cum laudeCo-Founder and Counsel, Bridgeway Prime Shop Fund Management LtdHong KongMatthew Temple ’86 cum laudeDirector, Alumni Career and Professional Development, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern UniversityLos Angeles, CaliforniaBella T. Wong ’82, Ed.M. ’91Superintendent/Principal, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High SchoolWeston, MassachusettsRashid Muhammed Yasin ’12 cum laudePh.D. Student, Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, Tennesseelast_img read more

first_img“We have a really serious health crisis going on,” Broad Leib said. “People are ill and not able to live a long and healthy life.”Gortmaker and Broad Leib discussed sugar-sweetened beverage taxes at Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Building on Friday. The event was sponsored by the School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, together with Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics and Brigham and Women Hospital’s Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law. The hourlong event was moderated by Petrie-Flom Center Executive Director Carmel Shachar.While soda taxes can be effective — Berkeley’s resulted in an estimated 52 percent drop in consumption of sugary drinks — they can also raise significant funds. Philadelphia’s tax, for example, has raised $70 million a year.Broad Leib said the experience of Cook County, Ill., indicates the difficulty of the fight ahead, however. The county, which includes Chicago, approved a sugar-sweetened beverage tax in 2016, only to repeal it under pressure from retailers and others a year later.Opponents attack the taxation efforts as increasing the “nanny state” and impinging on individual autonomy — even if an individual’s choices aren’t the healthiest ones. Opponents argue that the taxes hurt local businesses, an argument that studies show does bear some weight, as Philadelphia’s experience shows an increase in sweetened beverage sales in surrounding communities.In the courts, the rulings have hinged on quirks of each case and, while the courts have struck some provisions against sugary beverages, they haven’t ruled that the taxes are unconstitutional. One problem, Broad Leib said, is that the cases are expensive to defend, a reality that can act as a deterrent in some communities.The fight against tobacco has also been difficult, Gortmaker, but has seen success, which he traced to three things: ending television advertising, taxing tobacco, and banning smoking in public places.“Those three things really changed the landscape in America,” Gortmaker said, “and I think you can draw a direct analogy to what we can do with sweetened beverages.” Taxes, calorie counts should be part of more aggressive attack against epidemic, experts say Related Though diet is complicated, sugary drinks are a relatively clear target, Gortmaker said. American diets are awash in added sugar, more than half of which comes from sugary drinks, he said. Raising taxes as a way to cut consumption is a tried-and-true governmental approach, one that worked well with tobacco and that takes advantage of existing tax-collecting infrastructure, rather than requiring elaborate new programs.Emily Broad Leib, clinical professor of law and head of Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, said that along with obesity, rates of diabetes have risen until the condition now affects nearly 10 percent of the population. Fifty years ago, she said, less than 1 percent of Americans had Type 2 diabetes. Hold the soda, hold the fat shaming Sickly sweetcenter_img Sugar-sweetened drinks increase risk of mortality, especially in women Telling people what to eat and what not to eat often backfires, but ‘Don’t drink soda’ is a clearer message, Harvard expert says Hitting diabetes where we eat Amid rising rates of diabetes and obesity in the nation, Berkeley, Calif., became the first American city to institute a sugary-drink tax, generally referred to as a soda tax, in 2015.Since then a handful of jurisdictions, such as Philadelphia, Seattle, and Boulder, Colo., have passed similar measures. Other proposals have failed at the ballot box or been rescinded. New York proposed a rule capping portion sizes in 2012, which was successfully challenged in state court.The regulation push-pull continues as soda-tax citizen advocates and public-health professionals brace for the long haul and draw lessons from the tobacco wars about how tough a fight lies ahead against a deep-pocketed industry adept at political and public relations warfare.“I think it’s a question of time” before soda taxes become more common, said Steven Gortmaker, professor of the practice of health sociology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “It’s a battle, though.”In some ways, the obesity epidemic itself is an ally of those supporting a tax: It’s not going away and it’s only going to get worse. A study by Gortmaker and colleagues published in December projected that in 10 years, half the adults in America will be obese and a quarter severely obese. Obesity won’t be uniformly distributed, however, and more than half the population will be obese in 29 states. A related study, he said, shows that more than half of U.S. children will be obese by age 35.“Consuming sugary beverages every day slowly kills you,” Gortmaker said. “I know it sounds terrible, but it’s kind of like cigarettes. In the short run it doesn’t have too much effect, but that excess weight gain does accumulate. … Twenty, 30, 40 years later it’s called obesity or severe obesity.” While soda taxes can be effective — Berkeley’s resulted in an estimated 52 percent drop in consumption of sugary drinks — they can also raise significant funds. Philadelphia’s tax, for example, has raised $70 million a year.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration is moving to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, freeing up more doses for states and beginning to distribute them to retail pharmacies next week. The push comes as there is new urgency to speed vaccinations to prevent the spread of potentially more serious strains of the virus that has killed more than 445,000 Americans. Starting next week, 1 million doses will be distributed to some 6,500 pharmacies across the country. The administration is also boosting weekly allocation of vaccines sent directly to states and territories for the coming weeks.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Neurodiverse individuals may have difficulties finding employment in adulthood. However, there are educational and corporate partnership programs dedicated to making the transition to the work world smoother for neurodiverse people.These groups of professionals train those entering the workforce, advocate for them, and educate businesses that want to bring neurodiversity into their own companies. They also bring awareness to the skill sets and abilities that those with learning disabilities, autism, and ADHD have that would benefit the workplace.On Thursday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m., join the following expert educators and corporate partners to discuss LD, Autism and ADHD Pathways to Success:Anthony Pacilio, JPMorgan Chase’s vice president and global head of Autism at Work, an organization that forms corporate partnerships to identify roles for autistic employees and holds annual conferences educating businesspeople about the neurodiverse population’s beneficial skill set.Jamell G. Mitchell, Global NCoE Ecosystem & Community Engagement Leader at Ernst & Young LLP, where he engages in public speaking to bring awareness to the advantages of working with neurodiverse individuals.Jan Coplan, director of Career Connections at Landmark College, a university that caters exclusively toward individuals with learning disabilities and helps them transition to the working world. Solvegi Shmulsky, professor of psychology at Landmark College and director of the Center for Neurodiversity, the college’s entity that advocates for the neurodiverse population, helping the public to understand their benefits and unique contributions to society.Topics discussed will include the mutual value of Landmark Colleges’ corporate partnerships, how an individualized educational approach creates professional success, and advantages of neurodiverse teams to your business.Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press, offers webinars that address a variety of topics. Learn more about upcoming webinars at for “Neurodiversity in The Workplace” here: up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more