Home » News » Agencies & People » Fees ban is part of official drive to reduce size of lettings industry, claims TPFG previous nextAgencies & PeopleFees ban is part of official drive to reduce size of lettings industry, claims TPFGUnusual claim is made by company’s CEO of The Property Franchise Group in its final results for 2018 published yesterday.Nigel Lewis10th April 20191 Comment3,170 Views One of the UK’s leading franchised letting agency groups has claimed that the tenant fees ban is part of a plan to eliminate smaller agencies from the market and encourage the larger, more corporate players, as well as the official aim of introducing greater ‘transparency and fairness’.The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) says the lettings fee ban is part of a wider attempt by government to encourage a “smaller number of stronger, more professional and better regulated agents”.“The short-term effect will be to drive some of our competitors out of business as they struggle to deal with extra regulatory hurdles such as mandatory Client Money Protection or face a significant loss of income because their business model has been predicated towards charging excessive tenant fees,” says TPFG’s CEO Ian Wilson.“As an experienced franchisor we have a track record of dealing with regulatory hurdles on behalf of our franchisees and we see opportunities to win increased market share over the next two years.”The comments are made within the company’s final results published yesterday, which also highlight the extreme challenges faced by its lettings franchisees.These include the number of buy-to-let mortgages reducing from a peak of 190,000 in 2008 to just 60,000 last year, more landlords selling up or self-managing their properties and ever lengthening tenancies.TPFG says tenancies have reached an average of 30 months across its six branded businesses. These are Martin & Co, Ewemove, CJ Hole, Parkers, Ellis & Co and Whitegates.Ian Wilson lettings The Property Franchise Group TPFG April 10, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentJulian Blackmore, BNE BNE 10th April 2019 at 10:26 amThis is exactly what I’ve been saying for years.The so-called Tories, who fraudulently claim to be all for supporting small businesses, have done everything they can to force out smaller, single branch letting and estate agents by the burden of pensions, CMP, more regulation etc, even if the agency has never received a complaint in its history.Stupidly though, they are also forcing out landlords.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
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Tim Duckworth pulls daughter Jane. Tim Duckworth pulls daughter Jane.It was truly a Father’s Day to remember.Blessed with bright sunshine, low humidity and free amusement rides, local and visiting Dads were very much in evidence in Ocean City yesterday throughout their big day.An informal sampling on the Boardwalk revealed lots of smiles, food and family fun.Tim Duckworth of Saylorsburg, PA, was pulling wagon containing his daughter Jane, 3, after a long day on the beach.“We’re here with more than 50 people, mostly members of my wife’s side of the family,” Duckworth said. “I’ve been coming down here since ’91.”Michael Oliveri walked the boards with his six-year-old daughter Madalyn and wife Amee. “We came for the free rides and the pizza,” Michael said. He added that his first date with his wife took place on the Ocean City Boardwalk.Debra and Michael Ruble of Linwood had their four kids Collin, 7; Trevor, 4; Hope, 10; and Brent, 12 in tow as they headed to Wonderland.“I’m having a great day,” Michael said. “Wonderland for the rides and Tony P’s for the pizza. We thought (coming to Ocean City) would be a cool thing to do.”Not everyone was enjoying leisure time. Robert Morris is the proprietor of KB’s Kettle Korn, said he was working for his 47th year on the Boardwalk.Robert Morris, working on the Boardwalk for his 47th straight summer, is the father of two.“I played too much when I was younger,” he said with a grin. “Now I have to work for the rest of my life.”Morris said he has operated many different businesses over the years, starting with a jewelry store in Ventnor. In the winter, he drives his 20-ft van to Florida, where he sells women’s bathing suits. “But I only work weekends there,” he said. “I am mostly retired.”Ryan Strange of Northeast Philadelphia, waited in line at the carousel to take a free spin with his 11-month-old daughter Avery. “We came down Friday night and we’ve been on the beach and boardwalk all day. It’s been a great time.”Ryan Strange and AveryBill Hutter of Levittown, PA boarded one of the kiddie rides with his daughter Lana, 8, while wife Lindsay looked on. “It’s a beautiful day and Ocean City is one of Lana’s favorite places,” Bill said. “So here we are.”Ed Abrams wore a T-shirt that summed up his feelings: “Proud father of twin girls.” He pushed a tandem stroller occupied by three-year-old Melanie and Ember.Ed Abrams, Linda Sokol and their twin girls Melanie (left) and Ember, 3“It’s a fantastic day,” said Abrams. “Rides, pizza and beach!” He said the free rides for fathers was a bonus, but the Twirl a Whirl was a little more than he bargained for.“The girls said ‘can we go again?’ And I said, “um…let’s take a little break.”Chase Alexander was well-rested for his go-round on the rides. Sitting on a bench eating ice cream with Chase Jr., and wife Alyssa, he recounted his day.Chase Alexander, son Chase Jr. and wife and mom Alyssa enjoy ice cream.“Just pitched a tent on the beach and hung around there all day,” he said.Each and every Dad we talked to had a different take on the day, but one common thread ran through their stories: “It’s all about family,” Morris said.
Pukka Pies is to launch its range of microwaveable pies into the foodservice and wholesale sectors. The pies can be microwaved from frozen in three-and-a-half minutes the result of extensive development and test-marketing by the firm, which includes a new shortcrust pastry recipe designed specifically for the microwave.Initially available in steak and chicken varieties, the pies are flow-wrapped, six pies to a case.”Creating a microwaveable pie such as this has been something of a holy grail for the industry,” said MD Tim Storer. “Extensive consumer research has reported fantastic results and they have scored consistently high marks in texture, taste and quality tests.”The new pies are promoted in a TV campaign, launching this month, and are available from Pukka Pies distributors and wholesalers.
The makers of Fox’s biscuits and Goodfellas pizzas has announced widening losses and increased debt in its second-quarter results.Boparan Holdings, the holding company for 2 Sisters Food Group, said losses grew to £27.5m in the 13 weeks to 25 January, up from losses of £12.3m during the same period a year ago. Like-for-like sales grew 3.9% to £647.2m during the quarter. Net debt was up £47.8m to £527.3m.The performance was in line with expectations, Ranjit Singh, chief executive of 2 Sisters Food Group, said: “This has been a very challenging quarter, but we delivered a creditable performance in Q2, despite the tough and competitive market conditions.”Branded pizza and biscuits had seen some improvement in performance, said Singh. “We were pleased to see further improvement in branded profitability, with frozen showing significant recovery and biscuits stabilising.”The company recently launched Goodfella’s Extra Thin and said it was developing a new product pipeline in its biscuits division.
On Wednesday night, when rumors surfaced that Phish would cover an “obscure album from 1981,” some jumped to conclusions that they would play Mark of the Mole by The Residents while others placed their bets on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Brian Eno and David Byrne and Rush‘s Moving Pictures. Some classic thrill seekers continued the tradition of wishful thinking by suggesting Led Zepplin’s Physical Graffiti, or even the Allman Brothers Band’s, Eat a Peach. When the playbill was given to the first attendees, everyone at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and on social media was buzzing about the ultra-obscure Scandanavian prog-rock hidden gem, í Rokk by Kasvot Växt.Upon further speculation and criticism, some members of the vast Phish community discovered that the entire album was a hoax. The sketchiness of the whole “Swedish Phish” concept began once researchers and phistorians couldn’t find much information about the album. Anywhere. Conclusions were made that Phish had orchestrated one of the biggest pranks in the band’s 35-year-career by fabricating the false links and album cover themselves, and they did just that. Phish knocked it out of the park as they pulled off this stunt, executing the 10 new songs with precision and confidence.Over the weekend, Phish shared two pro-shot videos of “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.” and “The Final Hurrah” from their Kasvot Växt set for everyone to relive over and over again. Take 15 minutes and remember what space smells like from Phish’s mind-blowing Halloween set.Phish – “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S”[Video: Phish]Phish – “The Final Hurrah”[Video: Phish]Next up for Phish is their four-night New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden.Setlist: Phish | MGM Grand Garden Arena | Las Vegas, NV | 10/31/2018SET 1: Buried Alive > Ghost > Crazy Sometimes > Free, More, Halley’s Comet > Ocelot > Theme From the Bottom, First TubeSET 2: Turtle in the Clouds, Stray Dog, Everything is Hollow, We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains, Say it to Me S.A.N.T.O.S., The Final Hurrah, Play by Play, Death Don’t Hurt Very Long, Cool Amber and Mercury, Passing ThroughSET 3: Set Your Soul Free > Tweezer > A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Backwards Down the Number Line > Meatstick, Bug > Run Like an AntelopeENCORE: Loving Cup > Tweezer Reprise Debut.
The field of comparative effectiveness research, which aims to determine the most effective medical treatments, has drawn criticism from those who believe that it will lead to health care rationing. Now, the nongovernmental board created by the health care reform law to oversee comparative effectiveness research funding— The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)—has released a draft research agenda that bypasses controversy by focusing on broad priorities rather than on specific diseases or treatments.Arnold Epstein, chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health and a PCORI board member, told Kaiser Health News that the panel will fund research that sheds light on areas where “there are knowledge gaps.” Epstein said as well that PCORI hopes to improve the communication of research findings. “We hope that over time we’ll be able to demonstrate that we’ve provided information that helps patients and doctors make decisions,” he said. The draft agenda is open for public comment through March 15.
We’re just one week away from the biggest event of the year for Dell EMC and I am blown away by the previews I’ve seen. While I can’t give away all of our secrets, I can share some of the things I’m looking forward to the most.First and foremost, I’m excited to speak with our customers and partners. They’re the reason we do what we do. Being able to talk to them, get real feedback, understand their challenges, concerns and goals helps us develop products and solutions and drives our business.Dell EMC World is the only time there are this many of our customers in one place. We aren’t passing up the opportunity to learn from you.Blueprint SolutionsA key component of the Converged Platforms and Solutions booth (#872) is our Blueprint Solutions, from our Ready Node, Ready Bundle and our Ready Systems solution offerings. We truly believe that these solutions are game changers with how we solve some of the toughest challenges for every customer and workload, from HPC, Business Appliances, Software Defined, Data Analytics and Hybrid Cloud. Blueprint Solutions dramatically reduce cost and risk, freeing resources to accelerate innovation and drive phenomenal business outcomes. I strongly encourage you to stop by the booth and talk to our experts about the way we simplify the process of addressing challenges and realize better business outcomes. Oh, and be sure to challenge your peers in a friendly competition while you’re in our booth.Our PartnersWe wouldn’t be where we are today without our partners, and will be visible everywhere you look at Dell EMC World. These partners are a foundation of our Blueprint Solutions, and as such, the solutions expo will be filled with with booths from our partners. Their presence will be felt throughout the show, whether it be a callout in a keynote, some of our many sessions or on social media.Here are just a few of the sessions I’m looking forward to, but definitely check out the session catalogue for over 450 great sessions.HPC Geekfest! Meet Zenith the Supercomputer & How to Bring HPC into the EnterpriseSAP HANA Made Simple with Validated Solutions & Converged SystemsConverged & Hyper-Converged: What You Need to Know on Database LicensingArchitecture Best Practices for Big Data DeploymentAnd if you want to check out all of our Technology Connect Partners, which I strongly encourage you to do as well, check them out in Booth #1722Virtual PresenceCan’t make it in person, or caught up in your hotel room catching up on emails? Did you know that Dell EMC World is going to have a 24×7 broadcast? You’ll be able to catch myself and many members of the Technology Alliances and Blueprint Solutions team live on Dell EMC World Live. Oh, and you can catch me on The CUBE, the famous live broadcast brought to you by our friends at Wikibon. And last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to follow along with all of the action on Twitter. I’ll be tweeting early and often using the #DellEMCWorld hashtag.But That’s Not It…While we’re extremely excited about everything Dell EMC World, you might have noticed that we’ve had a great presence at Red Hat Summit this week. The open source community is full of potential, and we’re excited to learn, network and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation open source promotes. If you happen to be at Red Hat Summit in Boston, be sure to check out my keynote on Wednesday, May 3rd at 1:45pm ET. And swing by our booth to chat with some of our own experts in Booth #418.And from May 8-11th, Dell EMC will also be at OpenStack Summit to engage and collaborate with some of the best minds in the open source community. Stop by our booth (Booth #A6) to see some fantastic demos and learn more about how we’re working with our partners to help our customers with their open source strategy.
The other two phases of the Service Life Extension Program includes refurbishment of the radar pedestal and equipment shelters with NOAA expecting the program to be complete nationwide by the end of 2023. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) The Buffalo radar has already received a new signal processor as apart of Phase I and and refurbished transmitter in Phase II. Now the time has come to start Phase III which includes the replacement of the generator, fuel tanks, and related components. The work should take around one week to complete.During the outage period, adjacent NWS Doppler radars located in Cleveland, Ohio, State College, Pennsylvania, and Binghamton, New York will provide some coverage to our area due to the radar beams overlapping with each other. Image by Dakota Hunter / WNY News Now.BUFFALO – Western New York’s primary Doppler radar will be going offline starting Thursday for around one week while upgrades are performed.The 750,000-Watt Doppler weather radar operated by the National Weather Service at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport is the primary way the First Defense Weather team monitors precipitation. Whether that’s rain, snow, ice or anything in between, we can see weather from quite a distance. There are 159 other radar sites around the county; labeled as the ‘NEXRAD’ network (Next Generation Radar).However, many of these radars are approaching 30 years old and are in need of upgrades to keep them running in tip-top shape. A few years ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commissioned a $150 million project called the ‘Service Life Extension Program’; a several-phase project meant to upgrade or replace certain key components within the radar to keep them working for another 10 or so years.