Countrywide acquires Finders Keepers in Oxford

first_imgCountrywide has increased its regional footprint in Oxfordshire with the acquisition of leading lettings agency, Finders Keepers.The company, which was founded in 1972 by Mary Channer, who is the mother of the firm’s existing Managing Director, Dan Channer, offers a plethora of lettings services and currently managers more than 2,000 homes and boasts a 99.3 per cent occupancy rate.Channer said, “I started Finders Keepers at the age of 27, and now that the digits are almost reversed I feel it is time to retire. This is made easier by knowing that the great team will stay in place and I am confident that Countrywide will be great custodians of the Finders Keepers brand, culture and business.”The acquisition of Finders Keepers forms part of Countrywide’s strategy of expansion through acquisition and organic growth across the UK.Bruce Evans, Commercial Director at Countrywide, said, “The business will be fully integrated within the overall Countrywide retail division giving landlord clients access to our exclusive range of products and services, and the benefit of our strong and secure infrastructure to support both landlords and tenants.”Meanwhile, Countrywide has also made a significant investment in ‘The Buy to Let Business’ to help enhance its offering in the buy-to-let mortgage sector as well as the growing PRS.Countrywide’s investment provides it with a significant stake in the Camberley based ‘The Buy to Let Business’ which which holds ambitions to expand in order to capitalise on growth in the sector.The business, which was established in 2006, registered turnover of £5million in 2015/16 and has achieved average turnover growth of 86 per cent in each of the last three years, placing it among the 50 fastest growing businesses in the UK.Peter Curran (left), Managing Director of Countrywide Financial Services, said, “Countrywide has a clear vision of bringing people and property together, so a focus on providing an exceptional customer experience is central to our values.”Oxford acquisition Countrywide Finders Keepers March 11, 2016The 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 » Countrywide acquires Finders Keepers in Oxford previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide acquires Finders Keepers in OxfordCountrywide also makes significant investment in The Buy to Let Business.The Negotiator11th March 201601,372 Viewslast_img read more

Connells cleared to buy Countrywide by FCA, but will competition watchdog jump in?

first_imgConnells has revealed that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has given its blessing to the company’s acquisition of Countrywide, leaving just one last hurdle for the deal to clear – a potential investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).Although Connells and Countrywide are both established companies, Countrywide is a regulated ‘appointed representative’ of financial products, and therefore the FCA is required by law to assess whether Connells is suitable to be a controller of an ‘authorised firm’.“Connells has confirmed that the condition relating to such approval has now been satisfied,” a joint statement from both companies says.Based on this FCA approval, all that now remains legally is for a court hearing to take place to formally approve the acquisition, which will take place on 4th March and take effect on 8th March.CompetitionBut one potential threat to the deal would be if the CMA decided to launch an investigation on the basis that it was anti-competitive and put the two combined companies in a too dominant a market position.And based on Rightmove listings data, the combined company will have a market share of property sales totalling just shy of 10%, making it far and above the largest estate agency in the UK, followed by Purplebricks and Hunters.An investigation would be within the CMA’s remit. Its own rules stipulate that it can look at mergers including acquisitions and joint ventures where two or more firms ‘cease to be distinct’.Also, the turnover of the acquired firm (i.e. Countrywide) must exceed £70 million, or ‘the two companies supply at least 25% of the services supplied to the market and the merger increases that share of supply’.The Negotiator approached the CMA but said it could not comment.Purplebricks Hunters connells Countrywide February 26, 2021Nigel 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 » Connells cleared to buy Countrywide by FCA, but will competition watchdog jump in? previous nextAgencies & PeopleConnells cleared to buy Countrywide by FCA, but will competition watchdog jump in?FCA has cleared Connells to be the controller of FCA-regulated Countrywide, a deal which is expected to now formally take place on 8th March.Nigel Lewis26th February 20210679 Viewslast_img read more

Four Canadian Navy Vessels to Retire

first_img View post tag: Canadian Navy The ships are Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Protecteur and Preserver, two Protecteur-class auxiliary oil replenishment ships; and HMC Ships Iroquois and Algonquin, two Iroquois-class guided missile destroyers.The retirement of these vessels has been anticipated for some time and is a step towards the introduction of new ships and capabilities set to be delivered through the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), as well as recognition of the RCN’s commitment to the responsible use of public funds while maintaining Canada’s naval readiness.This period of transition includes the modernization of the RCN’s 12 Halifax-class frigates and the procurement of three new classes of ships, including the Joint Support Ships, the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships and the Canadian Surface Combatants, as well as the integration of a new maritime aircraft into fleet service.During this period of transition, the RCN will be able to count on its modernized Halifax-class frigates, Victoria-class submarines and Kingston-class vessels to carry out the tasks and missions set by the Government of Canada.The Government of Canada is delivering equipment to the RCN by investing $4 billion to modernize the Halifax-class frigates, and $36.6 billion on the NSPS for the recapitalization of the federal surface fleet during the coming decades.The RCN has a plan in place to address the many challenges of transition, including the need to maintain excellence in operations, to deliver the future fleet and to prepare the RCN for the new capabilities and technologies that will be delivered through the NSPS over the next decade and beyond.[mappress]Press Release, September 23, 2014; Image: Canadian Navy Authorities View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval View post tag: four September 23, 2014 Share this article Four Canadian Navy Vessels to Retire View post tag: Navy View post tag: vessels View post tag: News by topic As the Royal Canadian Navy undergoes its most extensive peacetime modernization in history, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), announced September 19 the upcoming retirement of four ships that have reached the end of their operational lives. Back to overview,Home naval-today Four Canadian Navy Vessels to Retire View post tag: Retirelast_img read more

Bob Dylan Announces 7-Night Beacon Theatre Run In New York City

first_imgIconic singer/songwriter Bob Dylan has added new tour dates to his already-extensive 2018 fall tour. Bob Dylan and his band will head to New York City’s Beacon Theatre around Thanksgiving, with a string of November shows—November 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th—ahead of a final performance at the Beacon on December 1st.The seven-night Beacon Theatre run will precede Dylan’s highly anticipated Philadelphia, Pennsylvania performance. In May of this year, Live Nation announced that it would convert Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad Street into a new 3,500-capacity concert venue. Bob Dylan was tapped to headline the Met’s opening night celebration on Monday, December 3rd.Bob Dylan and his band are also gearing up for an extensive 2018 North American fall tour. The tour will bring the iconic American singer/songwriter across the South and Southwest, then up to the Northeast, throughout the months of October and November, leading into the beginning of December.Tickets for Dylan’s seven-night Beacon Theatre run go on sale Friday, September 21st, at 10 a.m. (EST) via Ticketmaster.For additional ticketing information, head to Bob Dylan’s website.Bob Dylan 2018 North American Fall Tour9 OCT 2018 – Midland, TX Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center10 OCT 2018 – Irving, TX The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory12 OCT 2018 – Tulsa, OK River Spirit Casino Resort13 OCT 2018 – Thackerville, OK WinStar World Casino and Resort14 OCT 2018 – Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Centre16 OCT 2018 – Lafayette, LA Heymann Center17 OCT 2018 – Mobile, AL Mobile Saenger Theatre19 OCT 2018 – St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre20 OCT 2018 – Clearwater, Florida Ruth Eckerd Hall21 OCT 2018 – Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall23 OCT 2018 – Fort Myers, FL Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall24 OCT 2018 – Fort Lauderdale, FL Broward Center for the Performing Arts26 OCT 2018 – Orlando, FL Walt Disney Theater | Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts27 OCT 2018 – Macon, GA Macon City Auditorium28 OCT 2018 – Chattanooga, TN Tivoli Theatre30 OCT 2018 – Huntsville, AL Mark C. Smith Concert Hall – Von Braun Center31 OCT 2018 – Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre2 NOV 2018 – Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium3 NOV 2018 – Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center4 NOV 2018 – North Charleston, South Carolina North Charleston Performing Arts Center6 NOV 2018 – Savannah, GA Johnny Mercer Theatre7 NOV 2018 – Augusta, GA The Bell Auditorium9 NOV 2018 – Charlotte, North Carolina Ovens Auditorium10 NOV 2018 – Roanoke, VA Berglund Performing Arts Theatre11 NOV 2018 – Richmond, KY EKU Center for the Arts13 NOV 2018 – Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre14 NOV 2018 – Rochester, NY Auditorium Theatre15 NOV 2018 – Utica, NY Stanley Center for the Arts17 NOV 2018 – Atlantic City, NJ Hard Rock Hotel18 NOV 2018 – Springfield, MA Symphony Hall20 NOV 2018 – Waterbury, CT Palace Theatre23 NOV 2018 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre24 NOV 2018 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre26 NOV 2018 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre27 NOV 2018 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre29 NOV 2018 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre30 NOV 2018 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre1 DEC 2018 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre3 DEC 2018 – Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Opera HouseView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Class of 2014 stands out

first_imgAmong the University’s largest applicant pool in history, the members of the Class of 2014 stand out. The University accepted about 29 percent of over 14,500 applicants, resulting in an incoming freshman class that boasts an average SAT score of 1408 and an average ACT of about 32. “This is another exceptional class for us,” Bob Mundy, interim director of Admissions, said.Mundy said the Office of Admissions works to create a well-rounded, diverse class and is able to do so by providing as much financial aid as possible.“The University is making a very strong commitment to financial aid that helps us to enroll a class that is as diverse and talented as we have,” he said. About 48 percent of the incoming class will receive need-based financial aid, with an average scholarship of just over $25,600, he said.Mundy said Notre Dame’s commitment to providing financial aid has been crucial. “With the economy, many colleges are literally scrambling to find ways to spend less money. Fortunately, we remain committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of all of our students,” he said.For those who didn’t make the cut for need-based scholarships, this year marked the first time that students had the opportunity to apply for the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholarship, which is merit-based.The program awarded 25 members of the class of 2014 a scholarship based on academic achievement, leadership, moral character and commitment to service. The scholarship totals at $25,000 per year, per student.“They are outstanding. They are absolute leaders in their high schools and communities,” Joan Ball, associate director of the scholarship program, said.The class of 2014 is made up of about 2065 students — 53 percent male and 47 percent female. Twenty-four percent of the class is children of Notre Dame alumni.The class has a similar ethnic make up to last year, with 23 percent of the class coming from minority groups.Last year, the Admissions Office expressed disappointment in the percentage of black students in the Class of 2013. The group now makes up a slightly larger percentage of this year’s incoming class — jumping from 3.5 to 4.3 percent.Asian Americans make up 7.3 percent of the class, and Hispanics account for 10 percent. Native Americans make up 1.5 percent of the incoming freshman class.The international population increased slightly from last year’s freshman class. The Class of 2014 is made up of 4 percent international students, a 1 percent increase from last year.This year’s international students come from 25 different countries. The largest group of students comes from South Korea, followed by China.“We have 20 more international students in the class this year, and that group of students was up pretty significantly in their applications as well,” Mundy said.Mundy said the Class of 2014 was “very strong” in extracurricular participation as well. “We’ve got some exceptional stories of students committing to and completing some tremendous volunteer work, some statewide and national honors,” he said.last_img read more

Rodeo Time

first_img Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under 12. Children 3 and under are free. For more information or to preorder discounted tickets of $10 for children and $12 for adults, call (706) 542-9374 or visit www.GreatSouthlandStampedeRodeo.com. Seating is limited. Doors will be closed to general admission once attendance has reached maximum capacity. The arena is a covered venue, and the event will take place rain or shine. The University of Georgia’s Block and Bridle Club is gearing up for the 40th annual Great Southland Stampede Rodeo, that will roll into Athens April 10-12 at the UGA Livestock Instructional Arena in Athens. Gates will open at 6 p.m. each night, and the rodeo will start at 8 p.m. at the venue at 2600 South Milledge Ave. Cowboys and cowgirls from across the country will be in town to show off their skills and battle for top rodeo rankings at the International Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned event. Carrying on a tradition “This is a 40-year tradition that the folks who came before us have helped to keep alive here in Athens, and we’re excited to be able to share that tradition with the Northeast Georgia community again this year and for 40 more years to come.” About 100 student volunteers from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences worked for months to prepare the rodeo. Since 1974, the event has introduced thousands of UGA students and Northeast Georgians to the world of steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding. Students use proceeds from the rodeo to support Block and Bridle Club events and to fund an academic scholarship. Raising funds for non-profits This year’s rodeo kicks off April 10 with “Tough Enough to Be a Dawg” student night. Students can purchase tickets at the door for $10 with a valid UGA identification card. April 11 is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night. The rodeo organizers will donate $1,000 to the Breast Health Center at Athens Regional Medical Center. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink in support of those who have battled and survived breast cancer. April 12 is “Tough Enough to Serve” night, recognizing the service of America’s military men and women. Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue in support of American soldiers. Organizers will donate $1,000 to Faces of Freedom, a combat veterans support organization spearheaded by Col. Michael Steele, a UGA alumnus, former Bulldog football player and retired U.S. Army officer. The Block and Bridle Club has expanded the children’s activities available before and during the rodeo. There will be face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, photo booth cutouts and rodeo-themed games. There also will be a wider variety of food vendors with more child-friendly menu options. UGA alumnus and professional rodeo announcer Roger Mooney will provide commentary. Events will include saddle and bareback bronc riding, breakaway roping, barrel racing, team roping, steer wrestling and Brahman bull riding. Preorder discounted ticketslast_img read more

Two global payments showstoppers

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The big trend in payments is to move away from in-house payments processing systems to SaaS-based platforms that are easy to deploy, configure and enable new capabilities. What’s driving this trend, says i2c CMO Marc Winitz, is the need for both the control and flexibility to compete effectively in today’s market. In an interview with MPD CEO Karen Webster, Winitz discussed the two big global payments showstoppers that i2c sees from its perch and the advice offers that are facing them.KW: You bring a very important global perspective to the conversation about payments and commerce. What are the trends that you have seen in markets outside of the U.S. that you believe the U.S. market should pay attention to?MW: The movement in many international markets is from in-house processing systems that are inflexible to true SaaS-based processing platforms that are easy to deploy, configure and launch new capabilities. What’s driving the change is really the delivery of control and flexibility needed to compete effectively.There are two issues we are seeing in different geographic areas to which the U.S. needs to pay attention. The first is that the payment mechanism is simply a function that needs to be embedded into a broader enterprise business process.For example, one of our customers outside the U.S., in the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) sector, supports disaster relief. The need to disperse funds rapidly, via a prepaid card, is really important to get money into the hands of those that need it, in the most efficient way possible. We are seeing this a lot now where the enterprise isn’t particularly concerned with payments, per se, they just need that capability delivered rapidly, securely and aligned to their business process. continue reading »last_img read more

Is your CU website REALLY ADA compliant?

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One question we’ve been getting A LOT lately is around an issue that our team here at Social Stairway didn’t initially have a good answer for, and that is how to ensure that a credit union website is ADA compliant.This concern has begun to gain even more traction, highlighted by the recent warning from CUNA Mutual Group. When we began researching the topic we found a wide variety of potential solutions and varying answers to how CUs were tackling the ADA compliance issue. We also asked a few clients about how they were dealing with this new compliance topic.Some credit unions seem to be operating under the assumption that if web developers have assured them things are all good, they can just trust these developers and move forward. The problem with this is the developer may not be an expert in accessible design and he or she may have relied on a scanning tool to assess the website. Other CUs are very nervous about ADA compliance, but staff have concerns about where to start, so they have set the issue aside to deal with at a later date. continue reading »last_img read more

Mayor calls out council members who voted ‘no’ on bulletproof vest resolution honoring fallen officer

first_imgBinghamton City Council members Angela Riley and Aviva Friedman confirmed to 12 News that they voted against the proposal. The resolution is broken down into four parts: Friedman also told 12 News she took issue with the tone of one clause expressing unwavering support for law enforcement in general. The two council members were not named directly, but the mayor called their votes “disturbing” and “concerning.” “I very much wanted to pass this resolution, but the resolution in its original form had some clauses in it that I didn’t feel were appropriate for a resolution that was memorializing somebody,” Friedman said. “I felt that there were some clauses in the resolution that were needlessly politicizing this.” Both women said they voted against the proposal because it did not solely focus on Officer Barta and his memory. “This is not something that you are reading about in another city,” Mayor Rich David said, referring to Friday’s incident. “It is equally frustrating and concerning when you have members of city council, in this case two specific members of city council, who just within the last week or so voted not to support a resolution that honored the sacrifice of Patrolman Lee Barta…” center_img 12 News reached out to Riley and Friedman after the mayor’s news conference about their votes. One part acknowledging general support for policeOne part honoring Barta and other fallen officersOne part advocating for more resources, including bulletproof vestsOne part calling on the city council to provide tools to protect officers and community members. Mayor Rich David said a bulletproof vest is the best resource an officer can have, and the resolution was drafted to honor fallen Binghamton Patrolman Lee E. Barta. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — During a Wednesday afternoon news conference announcing details of a violent encounter between the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force and an armed man, the mayor of Binghamton called out two city council members for their “no” vote on a proposed bulletproof vest program honoring a fallen officer. Friedman also said the Lee Barta Community Center is in her district and she said the center provides amazing support and services for her constituents.last_img read more

Lamar Odom’s Ups and Downs Through the Years: Khloe, Drugs, Kids

first_img“I’m just a different man now. You know what’s so crazy that you say that because I remember when I came out of the coma after the drug overdose], and I moved in the house in Calabasas in the same housing community that she lives in,” he told Us. “Because I was still damn near fried or just basically getting over being fried, I didn’t even know how to show her that I was empathetic, you know what I’m saying, and sorry and that I still loved her. I didn’t know how to go about it.”Scroll through to revisit Odom’s ups and downs: Life has been a roller coaster for Lamar Odom.The former professional basketball player’s career began in 1999 when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers. Odom went on to play for the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks over his nearly 15-year career in the NBA.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s the best mother ever because she took care of a 29-year-old man like he was a baby,” Odom told Us Weekly in May 2019. “I had every candy, cookie, juice, champagne, ice cream. I didn’t need anything and that’s just on the small scale. She made this room for me in our home. She’s an incredible homemaker, but all women in that family are.”He added at the time that he will “always” love Kardashian, who briefly withdrew her divorce papers and took care of him after he almost died following an overdose at a brutal in Nevada in 2015.- Advertisement – Shortly before he found success on the basketball court, Odom welcomed his first child, a daughter named Destiny, with his then-girlfriend Liza Morales. The twosome also share son Lamar Jr., who was born in 2002. Before Odom and Morales called it quits in 2006, she gave birth to a son named Jayden, who passed away at 6 months old of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).Odom’s personal life started making headlines in 2009 when he met Khloé Kardashian. After a whirlwind romance, the pair tied the knot in September 2009. Following a successful wedding episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Odom and Kardashian launched a spinoff called Khloé & Lamar in 2011. The reality series ran for two seasons.While the twosome called it quits in December 2013 after four years of marriage amid Odom’s substance abuse issues, the athlete has only had kind words to say about his ex-wife, who shares daughter True with ex Tristan Thompson.- Advertisement –last_img read more