After closing six branches, has Foxtons finally turned the corner?

first_imgFoxtons appears to have turned the corner following several years of disastrous results after it revealed a ‘solid’ performance yesterday despite ongoing tough conditions within the London market.Revenue from all its operations for the three months ending 30th September hit £35.1m, exactly the same as last year.But the company says it has been forced to close six branches within London in order to reduce its costs.This includes four suburban offices (Beckenham, Enfield, Loughton and Ruislip) as well as its Barnes branch and a flagship store on Park Lane.“We remain focused on driving efficiency and ensuring we have a cost base which reflects market conditions and recognises that our technology now allows us to serve customers with an extended branch reach,” says Nic Budden, its CEO (below).Branch closuresThe company said it has no plans for further branch closures. The third-quarter results for this year reveal only a £400,000 reduction in sales revenue when compared to the same period last year, increased turnover within its lettings division and only a modest drop in revenue within its Alexander Hall mortgage business.Revenues generated from sales hit £9.9 million, lettings £23.1 million and mortgages £2.1 million. The company says this more stable performance continued during October. Overall it’s a vast improvement on its half-year results published in July, which revealed the company’s first ever losses and a 23% decline in sales revenue.“We are managing the business for the current market conditions and remain confident in our long-term prospects,” says Budden.Read more about Foxtons.nick budden results CEO Foxtons November 13, 2018Nigel 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 » After closing six branches, has Foxtons finally turned the corner? previous nextAgencies & PeopleAfter closing six branches, has Foxtons finally turned the corner?Latest trading update for third quarter reveals stabilising overall revenues and increase income from lettings.Nigel Lewis13th November 201801,927 Viewslast_img read more

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New College anger at JCR student lockout

first_imgStudents at New College expressed their “disbelief” and “anger” after being banned from their JCR during the Easter vacation while the college rented it out for conference use.College officials changed the door-code to ensure students could not gain access to the room while it was in use by attendees of the conference. Many finalists, who were spending their holiday in college revising, were prevented from using the room, which includes a large number of goods paid for exclusively by the JCR.The Conference, Events and Tourism Manager at New College, Stephen McGlynn, sent an email to all students before the vacation, stating, “As you may be aware, the JCR and all lecture rooms are used for conferences during the student vacations. Unfortunately, this means that the JCR isn’t open for student use outside of term-time.”Ms Caroline Thomas, the Home Bursar, added, “Conferences generate income for the College and this income subsidises your room rents. We would be grateful if you could respect both this longstanding arrangement and the staff who have to clear up the mess left behind by thoughtless users.” Students were surprised that this was referenced as a reason for closure. One commented, “Mess has never been a problem before and nothing has happened to trigger a sudden change.”A number of students complained upon realising that they could not gain access to their JCR. One finalist sent an email to JCR President Oscar Lee explaining that she had been reduced to eating lunch in the laundry room because all other spaces, including the JCR, were given over to conference use.The JCR members’ primary objection against the ban was the fact that they had paid for a large number of the facilities in it, including the PS3. India Lenon, a finalist in Classics at New, said, “We strongly feel that the conference delegates are paying for the privilege of using our facilities – not the other way around.”JCR President Oscar Lee told Cherwell that the closure of the JCR remains a source of anger among the members, particularly at a time when students are preparing for finals and have nowhere to socialise. He commented, “I hope the College will now take the opportunity to scrutinise the way in which it treats its finalists and do more to support them at this important time in their degree.”In addition, an administrative error last week once again caused friction between JCR members and college officials. Students were informed on Wednesday 18th April that the JCR would be out of bounds until 5pm on Thursday, despite having been told before the vacation that the JCR would reopen in 0th week.Patrick Edmond, a 2nd year student, told Cherwell, “During the Champions League semi-final, an essential piece of communal viewing, porters arrived with express orders to cast the rapt crowd into the rain. Forbidden from watching the full post-match analysis or even flicking over to Dave, complaints were rapidly filed, and Oscar Lee made a stellar case to the college.”Curtis Price, the New College Warden, subsequently sent a formal apology to the JCR stating, “Caroline Thomas and I sincerely apologise for the closure of the JCR and fully understand why the students were angry. The closure to JCR members was entirely unacceptable, being most unfortunate at a time when everyone is under pressure of exams. It was the result of a misunderstanding and lack of clear communication between the lodge porters, the Bursary and the conference office.”Students expressed relief that the matter has now been resolved. Lenon commented, “It was a shame that this situation arose at all, as there isn’t often friction between college authorities and students at New. I’m glad it has been resolved, since the ban caused a lot of anger and frustration amongst already tetchy finalists.”last_img read more

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Polka Dot to perform at Family Fun Night

first_img× HOBOKEN–It’s a family fun night like no other – “Hoboken born” kids’ and family entertainer Ron Albanese – Polka Dot – will be performing with his Polka Dot Pals band at Shipyard Park on July 11 at 7 p.m.Shipyard Park is located at Thirteenth Street and McFeeley Drive.“It’s the kiddie rock n’ roll event of the summer,” Ron says, “we’ve got the staging, tunes, and more – everyone is invited to come sing, dance, and laugh along!”The free concert is part of the summer long “Family Fun Night” series hosted every Tuesday by the City of Hoboken and co sponsored by The Applied Companies.For more on Ron Albanese go to www.RonAlbanese.comFor more on the series go to http://hobokennj.gov/departments/human-services/cultural-affairs/family/last_img

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Sunday night snow could lead to slippery Monday morning drive

first_img Sunday night snow could lead to slippery Monday morning drive (Photo supplied/ABC 57) (Maci Tetrick/ABC 57 Meteorologist) The snow that began to fall on Sunday night could lead to a slippery drive on Monday morning.Our northern half primarily saw snow, while our southern half received more of a wintry mix (since temperatures are above freezing again).Areas north were expected to pick up 1-3” of snow by Monday morning. Lower totals (an inch or less) were expected for our southern half, along with the possibility of slick spots in these areas with the combination of snow and sleet. It may be a good idea to head out the door a little earlier for some extra drive time. A few snow showers could linger into early Monday morning.The work week looks pretty quiet, other than a few showers possible during the day Wednesday. Temperatures are warming this week – we’ll be in the mid 30s and possibly near 40 Tuesday and Wednesday.Monday: Few AM snow showers, slick. Mostly cloudy and breezy. High 36.Tuesday: Partly cloudy and breezy. High 40. WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest By Jon Zimney – February 20, 2021 0 300 Pinterest Facebook Google+ Twitter IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather Twitter Facebook Google+ Previous articleMishawaka restaurant suffers damage from invading mobNext articleLake County wants reimbursement for costs to find escaped accused killer Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

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WMAW: “It’s recognised by others in the industry, so it’s very special”

first_imgWinning a Baking Industry Award for celebration cakes is no mean feat, and winning one multiple times is a truly incredible achievement.But Terry Tang’s attention to detail, talent and tenacity saw his business, Terry Tang Designer Cakes, walk away with the trophy again last year.The themes of the award have ranged from Rio Carnival to Around The World and, in 2017, the Wild West. This inspired Terry and daughter Leanne to create a two-tiered masterpiece with 360-degree decoration, made from marzipan, sugarpaste and royal icing (skills all entrants were asked to demonstrate).The cake, which is still on display in the Terry Tang Designer Cakes shop on Picton Road in Wavertree, Liverpool, has a square base and a different Wild West scene on each side: a Tombstone jail, blacksmith’s livery stables, the Western Union railway station and the Deadwood saloon. The roof of these merges into a rock face featuring symbols of the US including a black bear, a bald eagle, a white wolf, two cowboys and two Native Americans.“We don’t do anything by half,” laughs shop manager (and Terry’s wife) Carol Tang. “The judging is right during our peak season, so it’s very much a labour of love with early mornings and late nights.”“The key is in the detail,” Carol says. “For as long as I’ve known Terry, he’s been a perfectionist. He ices every cake in the shop regardless of whether it’s a £30 birthday cake or an £800 one.”Having three wins under your belt doesn’t mean you’re a shoo-in, and Carol admits to feeling nervous on the awards night, although Terry remained quietly confident.“Getting the award was just as exciting as the first time,” Carol adds. “It’s recognised by others in the industry who do the same job, so it’s very special. It’s a wonderful accolade to have.”And, the accolades continue to gather interest on social media, with Carol noting thousands of hits on the bakery’s Facebook page following the awards in September.As per the rules, Terry Tang Designer Cakes won’t be able to enter the Celebration Cake category of the 2018 Baking Industry Awards, but Carol offers up some advice from those who are considering doing so.“The finish has got to be perfect and full of detail. Make sure you stick to the guidelines but also, give up enough time to do it – if you just expect to throw something together, you’ll never get anywhere.” Sponsor’s comment“Renshaw is very proud to have sponsored the Celebration Cake Business of the Year category consecutively for the last 13 years,” says Simon Mortimer, managing director at Renshaw.“Every year we are impressed with the calibre of entries we receive. It is great to judge as we get to meet some incredible talent, with amazing ideas on how to interpret the theme for the design.”John Slattery, BIA Celebration Cake Business category judge and owner of Manchester-based Slattery Patissier & Chocolatier, adds: “Leanne and Terry Tang produced an outstanding 360-degree design, which was well structured, used a variety of techniques to bring the cake to life and incorporated excellent use of colour.”last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Releases “Push & Pull” Video From New SiriusXM ‘Jam Files’ Session [Watch]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee recently stopped by SiriusXM‘s Jam On for a special in-studio performance, which premiered on Monday as part of the satellite radio station’s Jam Files sessions.On the heels of sharing video of “In The Kitchen”, Umphrey’s McGee has shared another video from their Jam Files session with “Push & Pull”. Written by guitarist Brendan Bayliss, the song was released on Umphrey’s 2018 it’s you album, a follow-up to the band’s it’s not us.  Both albums were released last year coinciding with the band’s 20th anniversary. Since debuting the song live at Summer Camp Music Festival last May, the band has only unleashed “Push & Pull” live eight times since.Watch video of Umphrey’s McGee performing “Push & Pull” from their Jam Files episode below:Umphrey’s McGee – “Push & Pull”[Video: SiriusXM]Hosted by Ari Fink during the band’s recent three-night New York City run, Umphrey’s Jam Files episode will continue to air at the following times on Sirius XM’s Jam On (channel 29) throughout the week:Saturday, March 9th, at 9:00 a.m. (EST)Sunday, March 10th, at 3:00 p.m. (EST)Head to Umphrey’s McGee’s website for a full list of their upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.last_img read more

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Germany seeks ways to give its vaccine campaign momentum

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel and German state governors are going to talk on Monday with representatives of the pharmaceutical industry beefing up the country’s sluggish vaccination campaign. Monday’s videoconference, which also will involve the European Union’s executive Commission, was arranged as finger-pointing in the bloc’s most populous country mounts. By Friday, some 1.85 million people had received a first vaccine dose in Germany — a country of 83 million — and over 461,000 a second dose. The German government has pledged to offer everyone a vaccine shot by late September.last_img

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Woodbury College Holds Fall Graduation Ceremonies

first_imgWoodbury College Holds Fall Graduation CeremoniesAuthor, Civic Facilitator Susan Clark Delivers Graduation SpeechMontpelier, Vt.-On Saturday, September 10, 2005, Woodbury College held its2005 Graduation Ceremony at U-32 High School in Montpelier. A total of 46students received degrees and certificates in the fields of mediation andconflict management, paralegal and legal studies, prevention and communitydevelopment, and interdisciplinary studies.Noted Vermont author and civic facilitator Susan Clark delivered thisyear’s graduation speech, “WD 40 and Duct Tape: Rediscovering the Secretsof Community.” Clark described the sense of neighborliness and connection(symbolized by duct tape) that help Vermont’s diverse communities adheretogether. But she emphasized that even more important was Vermonters’tradition of tolerance and respect (symbolized by WD-40) that smooth ourinteractions and help our citizens work together through difficult times.Clark noted that through its programs in community development,facilitation. Law and mediation, Woodbury College is graduating communitymembers ideally equipped to strengthen communities – critical in today’stroubled world.”Woodbury College President Larry Mandell also spoke to the assembledgraduates and their families. Noting that this is Woodbury’s 30thanniversary, President Mandell also reminded graduates of the significanceof their accomplishment at Woodbury. “Sometimes when I’m talking with people, they tell me that they wish they had someone in their town who was a Woodbury graduate. What they are saying is that Woodbury grads have a strong sense of community, about caring about one another. As you return to your towns with new skills and knowledge, also bring with you your understanding of the importance of community. Your neighbors will appreciate it and your town will be better off because of it.”Woodbury College offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees aswell as Certificate Programs. For nearly 30 years Woodbury has beenhelping adults change their lives, and help their communities at the sametime. Woodbury is unique in its strong emphasis on practice-based highereducation for adults to ensure that graduates achieve both academicexcellence and actual experience in their fields. Woodbury offers achallenging but supportive learning environment for students to preparefor fulfilling new careers in mediation, human services, prevention,community development, paralegal, pre-law, advocacy, and conflictmanagement.-30-last_img read more

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This renovated double-storey home at North Lakes was a standout for the suburb

first_img2 Chilton Crescent, North LakesA two-storey home at North Lakes has sold for $850,000 – almost double the suburb’s median sale price.Ray White North Lakes principal Darren Suhle sold the 800sq m property at 2 Chilton Crescent earlier this month.He said the four-bedroom executive family home was fully renovated and overlooked Lake Eden, which increased its value.According to the latest CoreLogic market trends data, the median sale price for a home at North Lakes was $488,000.2 Chilton Crescent, North LakesMore from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019There were 432 sold in the suburb to the year ending October 2017 and the median number of days on the market was 35.Mr Suhle said properties with a higher price range like this one were often on the market longer because it was difficult to find the right buyers.“They do take a little bit longer to sell,” Mr Suhle said.He said the market was steady at the moment but there were quite a few stunning properties that had been listed for sale recently.The mansion at 16 Kennedy Court, North Lakes, was a standout for Mr Suhle.Overlooking the North Lakes Golf Course, its sale price is set at $1.65 million.last_img read more

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Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday October 7, 2011

first_img Share LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday October 7, 2011 by: – October 7, 2011 **Discover Dominica Authority to participate in Caribbean Week of Agriculture Trade Expo**Discover Dominica Authority will be an exhibitor at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture Trade Expo from October 12 – 14, 2011. The Authority will use this opportunity to promote the I Am Dominica campaign and the health and wellness sector. Services offered by the sulphur spas at Wotten Waven and other community tourism groups which cater to the health and wellness sector will be highlighted. The booth will be open to persons wanting more information and paraphenialia on the I Am Dominica campaign and other activities offered by tourism service providers.**New ferry service for Cabrits Cruise Ship Berth **Dominica will receive a new ferry service commencing October 13, 2011. SAS JEANS fast ferry service, a subsidiary of SAS L’Express des Iles will begin callling at the Cabrits Cruise Ship Berth this month. The vessel, Liberty, will arrive in Portsmouth from Point a Pitre, Guadeloupe on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays with onward voyage to Saint Pierre Martinique. SAS JEANS Liberty will travel from Saint Pierre, Martinique to Portsmouth on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The vessel can accommodate up to 400 passengers and this new service is expected to result in increased visitor arrivals from Guadeloupe and Martinique. **Dominica Festivals Committee launches online store**The Dominica Festivals Committee has recently launched an online store where patrons and lovers of the festival can purchase event merchandise online from the newly launched WCMF internet store. Products offered include t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, hats, mugs, bumper stickers, iPod cases and much more. Each product is branded with the Festival or Independence image and many of the products also feature designs that highlight the landmark 15th year of the World Creole Music Festival. In addition to the already created designs in the store, anyone making a purchase can customize each and every product by adding their own text (such as a name or phrase) and/or images.To bring this unique and innovative online store to patrons in Dominica and around the world, the Dominica Festivals Committee collaborated with LinkQMedia, a marketing and consulting company founded by Chester Wilkins of Pointe Michel. Wilkins says the online store is an opportunity to further promote and brand the event on a truly international scale, while also offering customers quality products that will be mementos of the festival for years to come.” The custom store is located at www.zazzle.com/WorldCreoleMusicFest.**World Creole Music Festival Radio contest in Martinique and Guadeloupe**Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival will be promoted on Trace FM in Martinique and Guadeloupe. The listening audience is between 15-30 years and they will be given an opportunity to win a trip to the 15th World Creole Music Festival. On air promotion of Dominica will be done from October 10 – 21 with the contest being held on October 14 and October 21. The winner from Guadeloupe will be accommodated at La Flamboyant Hotel while Elegant Suites will host the winners from Martinique. Both properties will be featured on Trace FM’s website and Facebook page. Additional promotion of the Festival on RCI and RFO is ongoing in the neighboring islands. **US journalist to visit Dominica**Discover Dominica Authority will be hosting journalist Laurie Heifetz of the Resident.com publication which is circulated in the US state of New York. Laurie and photographer Richard Murray will be on island from Sunday Oct. 9 – Thursday Oct. 13, 2011. During this time Laurie will be exploring the many attractions on the island with an interest in the wildlife and the Kalinago culture. The resulting article will inform residents and visitors to New York “Why they should plan a vacation to Dominica”. The New York Resident is a weekly publication with a circulation of 250,000.**MV Silver Explorer to make inaugural call at Roseau Cruise Ship Berth**The MV Silver Explorer will make its inaugural call at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth on Thursday October 13, 2011. The ship has a capacity of 132 passengers and 117 crew. Local agents are HHV Whitchurch and Co. Ltd. Dominica expects three (3) more new calls for this cruise season, 193 calls in total, and 297,299 passengers. The 2011/2012 cruise season will run through April 2012. For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 44 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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