Lloyds-backed estate agency group tools up be next ‘industry powerhouse’

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Lloyds-backed estate agency group tools up be next ‘industry powerhouse’ previous nextAgencies & PeopleLloyds-backed estate agency group tools up be next ‘industry powerhouse’Lomond Capital says it recent merger with Linley & Simpson, fresh cash to fund acquisitions and new hires will see it expand fast this year.Nigel Lewis19th April 20210477 Views A recently-created ‘property powerhouse’ built from the joint businesses of investment firm Lomond Capital and estate agency Linley & Simpson says it is planning big expansion push this year.Both firms have been on the acquisition trail recently and the new group, which is shaping up to be the industry’s next corporate name, now includes regional brands in Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Birmingham and Brighton.These include Thornley Groves, Brand Vaughan, John Shepherd, Stonehouse and Braemore which combined have a letting portfolio of over 23,0000 properties under management.Will Linley (pictured above), the former CEO of Yorkshire-based estate agency Linley & Simpson and now Group Managing Director of the Lomond Group, says: “We are delighted with progress on acquisitions during the first quarter and envisage this level of activity being at least maintained if not exceeded over the balance of the year.“We have seen significant interest from agents keen to join our rapidly increasing network of good quality regional agencies.”The recently consolidated venture is backed with cash from Lloyds Bank’s venture capital arm, the bank’s second foray into the estate agency sector.In 1982 Lloyds went on an extraordinary buying spree hoovering up agencies across the UK, selling the business in 1998 to Bradford & Bingley, which went on to become Countrywide.This process could soon be repeated, as Linley says he is actively pursuing a number of other acquisitions, and has put together a new acquisitions team headed up by former LSL acquisitions chief Lucy Noonan.“She is the first of a number of appointments that will be joining us over the next two months, as we build the team to support our growing network of quality regional lettings and estate agencies,” says Linley.Lucy Noonan Lloyds Bank Lomond Capital Linley & Sampson Countrywide April 19, 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 2021last_img read more

Adjunct Faculty – Political Science and Public Policy

first_imgAurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. While a terminal degree is preferred, a master’s degree in arelated field is required. Industry experience and college-levelteaching experience preferred. Daytime and evening campus-basedavailability are preferred.When applying, include the phrase “Political Science and PublicPolicy Adjunct Application” in the subject line of the applicationemail and state your teaching availability (daytime or evening) inyour cover letter.Please email resume or curriculum vitae, plus cover letter statingthe specific areas you are interested in teaching to:[email protected] Aurora University seeks talented adjunct faculty who are passionateabout teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are qualifiedpart-time instructors offered teaching opportunities based oncourse demand and staffing.Aurora University is searching for qualified instructors as part ofits adjunct faculty pool to teach in Political Science and PublicPolicy and related programs (i.e., MPA). We are seeking adjunctfaculty to teach courses in political science and public policyacross the curriculum, from undergraduate to graduate, includingthe following courses:center_img AdvocacyEnvironmental PoliticsDomestic and Foreign policyComparative Public PolicyElectoral CampaignsInterest Group AdvocacyPolitical CommunicationEconomics for Public Policylast_img read more

Free-from Bakery Product of the Year 2020

first_imgSponsored by Finalist: Marks & Spencer Made Without Wheat Hot Cross Buns by UltrapharmMarks & Spencer Made Without Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns, manufactured by Ultrapharm, are made with 34% orange soaked mixed fruit and a blend of warming spices.Slightly darker in colour than many buns in this category, these are packed with juicy fruits while maintaining a good rise and an open texture. Once toasted, the exterior crisps up slightly, adding further dimension to its texture.Working to a clear brief from the retailer, Ultrapharm developed the recipe to match the quality and eating experience of the wheat version of the M&S Luxury Hot Cross Bun.Using its experience of over 25 years in the specialist gluten-free market, the manufacturer was able to overcome the technical challenges to achieve a good rise and open texture, even with more fruit than the wheat variant. Finalist: Maple Pecan Cookie Dough Doughnut by Wildcraft Gluten Free BakeryMaker of a wide range of gluten-free bakery products, Wildcraft has expertly crafted this yeast-raised, light and fluffy ring doughnut with a maple and syrup glaze and ball of maple pecan cookie dough in the middle. It is free from all major allergens except egg and nut.The Wildcraft business started as a market stall and has grown to a dedicated bakery as well as a café and shop. The bakery, based in Leeds, develops its recipes through “a lot of trial and error”, according to director Muhaimina Allsopp.Wildcraft also provides mail order and wholesale services. “Unlike traditional wheat bakeries, we do not have a wealth of history of baking gluten free bread to draw from, so everything we do at Wildcraft is pushing the bounds of what is possible,” Allsopp added. Winner: Cranberry and Pumpkin Seed Cob by Just: Gluten Free BakeryThis Cranberry and Pumpkin Seed Cob, manufactured by GDR Food Technology under the brand of Just: Gluten Free Bakery, is free from 14 major allergens and made without any artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or hydrogenated fats.The cob is full of cranberries and pumpkin seeds providing a contrast of colours. The product was developed when GDR noticed a significant lack of cobs and other breads that consumers “could simply enjoy”. The ingredients were chosen not only for their flavour and visual appeal but also their high nutrient content.GDR says new ideas are brainstormed by the whole team, with as many colleagues involved as possible – from production through to new product development, quality and office staff and senior management. The recipes are created by the company’s NPD technologist using existing products, and later with new ingredients or using new processes – but “always with a focus on indulgence rather than necessity”.The cob was put through rigorous testing for creation, appearance, texture, flavour, mouthfeel and level of innovation as well as customer research and allergen status.While the cob is a relatively new product, GDR believes it could be a “game changer” for the both the company and consumers. It is available from the Just: Gluten Free Bakery online shop and sold locally via van sales. The company also says it has started conversations with interested retailers.The judges said the cob was “outstanding”. The panel loved its appearance, texture and taste, and commended the work taken to develop and create this product on a commercial scale. The Baking Industry Awards free-from category looks for excellence in products which are free from at least one major allergen, in compliance with food labelling regulationslast_img read more

Heathers’ Ryan McCartan on His Transformation From Disney Star to Serial Killer

first_img Star Files Age: 20Hometown: Excelsior, MNCurrent Role: An off-Broadway debut as bad boy J.D. (a role made famous by Christian Slater in the 1988 movie), who convinces his girlfriend Veronica to knock off the popular kids in Heathers.Stage & Screen Cred: Winner of the 2011 National High School Musical Theater “Jimmy” Awards; appears on the Disney Channel hit Liv & Maddie with his real-life girlfriend, Dove Cameron.“After a sh*tty day in high school, I will openly admit that I came home and said, ‘God, I wanna kill so-and-so.’ Obviously I’ve never actually killed anyone, but I had my fair share of Heathers.”“I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age six. Before, I played every sport from golf to basketball to tennis, but my body just couldn’t handle it—by the time I was eight, I had quit everything.”“My girlfriend Dove [Cameron] and I have become one of these Disney couples that so many young girls have a stake in. I can’t tweet about a date I’m taking her on without having a bagillion 8-to-13-year-old opinions about what we’re doing.”“I shot Liv & Maddie by day and rehearsed Heathers at night—Dove thought she’d be uncomfortable watching me simulate sex with another person on stage, but when she saw the musical, she got lost in it. Luckily it doesn’t bother her.”“When Christian Slater came to the show, I literally fell to my knees. He gave me a hug and we decided, for old time’s sake, he should try on my trenchcoat. It was absolutely surreal.”“Most of my fans are preteens. They show up to Heathers and don’t even blink twice [at the adult content]. But hey, when I was 12, I was in the car with my sister, belting the Rent soundtrack!” Ryan McCartan photographed by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com at Liberty Deli in NYC. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 4, 2014center_img Related Shows Heathers: The Musical Ryan McCartanlast_img read more

Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day

first_imgLand is a valuable resource and provides immense benefits to humans and to wildlife. Landowners, farmers or sportsmen who wish to increase the value and benefits of the that land they own, hunt or manage should make plans to attend the 2012 Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Ga. On this day, federal and state government agency officials and private business representatives will gather together to present this unique educational event to attendees. The field day includes management recommendations and real-life technique demonstrations. More than 25 topics will be showcased, including:• Wildlife Opening Management• Pond Management• Management for Wild Turkeys, Doves, Quail (each separate topics)• Selling and Marketing Timber• Prescribed Burning• Cost Share Assistance Programs• GPS/GIS Use in Managing Land• Invasive Insects, Disease and PlantsAttendees will shuttle between field day topic sites via tram and will receive a take-home booklet with in-depth topic and speaker information. Registration is $25 prior to Sept. 3, 2012 ($35 after) and includes lunch. Pre-registrants will receive an Agroforestry & Wildlife Field Day ball cap. To register, call (770) 229-3477 or mail payment to Office of Continuing Education, The University of Georgia, Griffin Campus, 1109 Experiment St., Griffin, Ga., 30223.Visit www.caes.uga.edu/events/awfd/index.html for more information. Special note: CEU credits are available for several fields – see website for more details.This event is sponsored by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Warnell School of Forest and Natural Resources, Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia DNR-Wildlife Resources Division, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Fort Valley State University and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC).last_img read more

Greenpeace airship flies over Vernon: ‘Shut Down Vermont Yankee’

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Greenpeace today flew an airship with a banner reading ‘Shut Down Vermont Yankee’ over what it calls “the risky and dangerous nuclear reactor” to send a message to Entergy, the plant’s corporate owners and potential buyers. Following Entergy’s recent announcement to sell the 38-year old reactor, as well as an unplanned shutdown after another leak of radioactive water, Greenpeace said its action drew attention to the problems facing the reactor and warned potential buyers of the risks of purchasing the plant.‘Entergy needs to stop trying to squeeze more profit out of Vermont Yankee or dump the mess they’ve created onto someone else, and instead begin preparations to permanently shut down this old reactor,’ said Jim Riccio, Nuclear Policy Analyst for Greenpeace.Earlier this week, Greenpeace sent a letter to Entergy CEO J Wayne Leonard requesting that the company stop trying to re-license and sell the reactor, and instead retire Vermont Yankee as scheduled in 2012. Copies of the letter were also sent to the CEOs of companies that have been identified in the press as potential buyers, including Exelon, Constellation, and NextEra Energy.In February 2010, then-Senator Peter Shumlin led the Vermont Senate to vote 26 ‘ 4 to deny the continued operation of Vermont Yankee. In the most recent election, Vermonters elected Peter Shumlin governor and the following day Entergy announced that it is considering selling the 38-year-old plant. On November 7, the reactor was shut down after a new leak of radioactive water was discovered. The new leak follows earlier discoveries of radioactive releases into the groundwater and soil near the reactor.‘Vermonters no longer trust that Vermont Yankee can operate safely, without accident or radioactive releases to the groundwater,’ said Mark Floegel of Greenpeace, ‘Entergy needs to stop putting their profits ahead of the safety of New Englanders, and shut down Vermont Yankee as scheduled.’ Source: Greenpeace. 11.16.2010. The Greenpeace airship A.E. Bates flies near the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vermont, with a banner reading “Shut Down Vermont Yankee.” Copyright photo by CJ Gunther taken November 14, 2010.last_img read more

My [Failed] Thru-Hike

first_imgPsychopaths lead interesting lives. I learned this one night in a Pearisburg, Va., hostel when I listened to a former biker-turned-hiker empty his vault of violent, hypersexual stories for two hours.Apparently, 1980s Berlin was the place to be if you wanted to raise hell and get away with it, but that didn’t stop George from trying to do the same in the deep South after he came back to the states. Naturally, stories about getting caught ushered in a discussion about the Catch-22 of freedom in modern America. If you do whatever you want to do, you’re free; but eventually it will catch up to you and there is nothing less free than a jail cell, so you find yourself making compromises and living a life of self-censorship and is that really freedom at all? Neither of us knew for sure. I had never thought about it that much, and he had figured out that living in the woods for extended periods of time pretty much solved the problem entirely. By the time we reached this conclusion, my head was heavy with fatigue and the realization that I had a lot more trouble to get into before I could spin yarns like the old man sitting across the kitchen table; I excused myself and went outside to pitch my tent in the front yard of the hostel. I slept deep into the next morning.After an early banquet, I rented the first motel room of the trip and spent the day eating and ruminating with my former hiking partner Matt. We had met in a Dairy Queen the previous day, after hiking apart for fifty miles. He wasted no time in announcing his plan to leave the trail and hitchhike home. It took me a while to figure out that he was serious, and I sought consolation in the bottom of a Blizzard Cup. I didn’t want to talk about his decision too much, preferring to accept the things I couldn’t change. I did, however, manage to coax him into staying an extra day in town before “yellow-blazing” back home. After a while, I decided that it was funny that either of us had even got this far.We’d only gone on a handful of backpacking trips before this one. The longest outing I’d ever done was two nights through the West Virginia/Maryland border. At the time, I considered the trek to have been one of the most miserable experiences I had ever encountered, including my 18 years of family-planned, red-blooded, look-son-there’s-a-majestic-blue-tailed-sapsucker-right-on-our-front-porch-hey-how’s-that-full-body-poison-ivy-rash-treating-you vacations. As terrible as it had been, I never enjoyed a hot shower or greasy meal more than I did afterward. Back then, three days was an eternity and 36 miles was as distant and out of reach as anything had ever been.Matt had called me a few months after the ordeal, talking madness about an attempted thru-hike of the A.T. the following summer. My hands were tied; I couldn’t budge his resolve and under no circumstances would I allow one of my best friends to show me up by going alone, so I was in. A few shopping sprees and one overnight trip later, Matt and I found ourselves on a bus destined for Atlanta. At this point, I was still betting on returning home no more than two weeks later, and looking forward to a slightly shorter bus ride home.The overnight Greyhound took 12 hours to get to Georgia, but not many people slept well. The reason for this was the operatic vomiting performed by a disheveled passenger, strategically located in the exact center of the bus. Looking back, I’m now sure he chose this precise spot for its acoustic value. He expelled for a solid three hours, only to leave both the bus and his plastic-bag receptacle (perched daintily on the seat) in North Carolina. Needless to say, morale was not at its highest as two tired, slightly nauseated hikers rode in a taxi to the top of Springer Mountain, the official southern terminus of the A.T.  After a round of picture taking, we headed out, ready to see where the trail would lead us.When we decided to set up camp eight miles later, Matt and I discussed the daily mileage necessary to complete the entire trail in the time we had. We would have to average a little over 20 miles a day, a task that seemed insurmountable. Still, we decided to give it a shot the next morning, and picked our destination, an established campground 18 miles north, lying at the end of about a mile of spur trail. By the end of the formal first day, I was tired enough to get hopelessly lost looking for the campground and Matt was dehydrated enough to convince himself that there was a good chance that I existed only as a figment of his imagination. I found him, wide-eyed, when I backtracked up the blue blazed path. Eventually, we both calmed down and set up camp nearby, vowing to know our limits in the future. And, for the most part, we would. Over the next 600 miles, we would meet a smorgasbord of people, ranging from the common, irresponsible hippie to the timeless, deranged vagabond.The first true challenge of our hike was the food conundrum; we had to carry the food. At first glance, this seems simple enough, but after a few days, it became clear that there was a distinct difference between the amount of food necessary and the amount food desired. It only took two weeks on the trail to drop 20 pounds from my normal, healthy weight.Hunger aside, it was surprisingly easy to get used to the conditions of life outdoors. It had only been the second week of the trip when I started to feed peanuts to the mice that plague every shelter on the trail, and began to completely ignore the way they tickled when they ran up and down my sleeping bag at night. Bears went from spiritual to irritating in a matter of days, and I know now that their ingenious kleptomania is matched only by their cowardice. I cannot count the number of times a bear would blunder into sight, large and intimidating, only to unabashedly flee after identifying me as a potential threat.At first, I was truly worried about them. I had heard stories about the bears of the Smokies and the way they had learned to steal food from hikers. By some miracle, the brain behind their beady little eyes had figured out that if they were to charge at any food-carrying human, the person would invariably fail to call the bluff and run. Of course, the hiker would drop their backpack in order to retreat faster, and there were several accounts of bears running around the park carrying freshly stolen backpacks in their mouths, happier than a dog with a new milkbone. Conversely, I found the furry, black creatures to be completely harmless and easily frightened until I entered Shenandoah National Park, where they have learned to be bold. I should have known they would be problematic from the start; on my second day walking through the park, I witnessed a man feeding a bear a ham sandwich from his car window. I could hardly believe the man’s lack of good sense, and to this day deeply resent not being offered a single bite.Even though my worst experience with animals was mild (I was forcibly exiled from my shelter by a gigantic rat that was tame, though very noisy), I would have been kept awake many nights had I not generally been too tired to care about anything but sleep and food. After Matt went home in Pearisburg, I really started to push myself, and soon was doing bigger mileage days. Advil became as much of a diet staple as ramen and trail mix. I cut all the tags off of my clothes and sent every single unnecessary item home. At the end of any given area, the pages in my guidebook that I had passed by were torn out and tossed in the trash. There was no room for dead weight.I hiked this way through Virginia, and kept on walking through the halfway point in Pennsylvania before I ran out of time and money and stopped. The last day on the trail, I completed the customary half-gallon challenge with a few other hikers, and then walked gingerly to a shelter two miles away from a road crossing where my mom was waiting to pick me up. I sat there and talked for a while, wrote a goodbye to everyone I’d met on the trail in the shelter log and gave away everything I didn’t need. I took their trash and gave them food, my Snickers bars, and my trail mix.When I finally left the shelter, I was sprinting. I passed a hiker who had been at the feast the night before and when he asked me why I was running, I answered as honestly as I could. I told him, quickly, that I knew if I walked, I wouldn’t want to go back home anymore. And I was right to run. I came into a clearing and touched the most northern blaze I have ever touched and ran to my car before I really realized that I was closer to Maine than Georgia. I felt sick on the way back when my car covered mileage in an hour that had taken me three days to walk.So I went back home and gained my weight back in two weeks, woke up at 6 every morning and did all the household chores I could. It was odd, being back in society; it took me a long time to get used to crowds again. I left more than one 7-Eleven when a few too many patrons milled about and I started to get inexplicably nervous. I went through a few horribly awkward interviews and kept my cell phone off. Eventually, I adapted back into the life I’d left behind just two months ago. I got a job, lost my trail-legs, shaved my beard and took showers every day. I got acclimated to groups of people and going to bed at 12 instead of 9, and tapwater gradually started to taste less and less like chemicals. I even lost most of the supreme patience I had cultivated while on the trail. My friends would tell me about their problems and I started asking them why they cared so much. I would say, “You have a house and food and water and air conditioning. Do you really think this matters?”It still bothers me that I didn’t finish the entire thing. I know that I’ll probably, hopefully, go back one day and start again. I’d like to do it while I’m young and don’t have much to hold me back from disappearing from the world for a few months, but I won’t mind doing it when I’m retired and need to get out of the house for a little bit. I don’t think I’ll enjoy the attempt any less the second time around.I’d be lying if I said I didn’t truly and honestly miss it, and not just the good times or utter lack of responsibility. I miss it because it was really nice, living hard and honest. It was nice appreciating amenities, getting excited when I had a chance to sit at all, never mind if it was on a rock or a bench that was so damn comfortable I never wanted to get up again. I miss refusing to stagnate, and most of all, I miss looking out and seeing rows of hazy blue waves.last_img read more

Kenneth Bell named to Supreme Court

first_imgKenneth Bell named to Supreme Court January 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Kenneth Bell named to Supreme Court Senior EditorQuoting James Madison and vowing to bring a philosophy of restraint, First Circuit Judge Kenneth B. Bell has been named to the Florida Supreme Court by Gov. Jeb Bush.“I am excited to appoint Judge Bell to our Supreme Court, most importantly because he will bring to the court a model temperament and judicial philosophy,” Bush said at a December 30 press conference where he announced and introduced the new justice. “Judges have a really difficult job,” Bush said. “They must balance judicial independence, which is a guiding principle for democracy, with a respect for the primacy of the legislature and executive branches as policymakers. They must guard our individual rights. . . but not at the expense of our collective right to self-government. And perhaps their greatest challenge is to resist the urge to substitute their own values and policy preferences for those embodied in the law.”Bell, 46, thanked the members of the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission and Bush and his staff for their investigations and interviews that led to his nomination and appointment. He also outlined his goal for service on the state’s highest court.“My vision is a court that promotes an unassailable public confidence in the court’s exercise of its judicial powers, and to this vision I will fully devote all of my energies,” Bell said.Asked about his judicial philosophy, he replied, “The simplest way to express it is as James Madison said a long time ago: The courts exist not to exercise the will of man, but to judge them at law.”Referring to Bush’s remarks on judicial activism, Bell was asked if he thought the courts had gone too far in some rulings.“I think there are different judicial philosophies,” the new justice said. “Mine is a judicial philosophy of principled restraint. I do not believe in activism from the courts, either from the left or from the right.”Bell, a Pensacola native, got his undergraduate degree from Davidson College in North Carolina, and his law degree from Florida State University. He went into private practice in Pensacola, doing primarily real estate work, until he ran and was elected a circuit judge in 1990.Since going on the bench, he has handled more that 27,000 cases of all types, including imposing two death penalties.Bell has also been active in community activities, especially on juvenile delinquency issues, school violence prevention, and drug rehabilitation programs.Wife Victoria accompanied Bell to the press conference, as did their four children, Bradley, 17, Sarah, 12, Stephanie, 10, and D. Reed, 8. Also at the event were his parents, Reed and Nell Bell.Bell will replace Justice Leander J. Shaw, who has served on the court since 1983. “On behalf of all Floridians, I would like to thank Justice Shaw for his distinguished service to the people of our state,” Bush said.Bell was a finalist earlier this year to replace retired Justice Major B. Harding, but Bush chose Miami appellate attorney Raoul Cantero, who became the first Hispanic on the state Supreme Court. This time Bush chose Bell over First District Court of Appeal Judges Philip Padovano and Peter Webster and Fourth Circuit Judge Waddell Wallace. Padovano and Webster were also finalists to replace Harding, while Wallace did not apply for that seat.Under the constitution, the replacement for Shaw had to come from the jurisdictional area of the First DCA.Bush has always touted diversity in his judicial appointments, and he found some diversity elements in this appointment, even though the JNC had sent him the names of four white men. Shaw was the second African American appointed to the Florida Supreme Court, and the first to serve as chief justice.Bush noted that Bell is the first justice to come from the area west of Tallahassee since 1917, providing geographical diversity to the court. (Court spokesman Craig Waters told reporters Bell will be only the fifth justice from Pensacola, and the first from that city since 1904 to sit on the Supreme Court.)And he will become the only justice with trial court experience, a trait the court lost when Harding, who was a circuit judge before joining the court in 1990, retired. “That kind of perspective, I think, is important on the highest court, given the awesome responsibility that circuit judges have,” the governor said.The other justices either had only appellate experience or came to the court directly from their law practices.For his part, Bell said he was proud to have the opportunity to continue giving back to a community and state that had given him so many opportunities, an ethic he said was instilled by his parents.last_img read more

The Quote – May 2013

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York “Don’t allow the terror to prevail.”–Sister Sanaa Nadim, chaplain of Stony Brook University’s Musilm Student Association. (Read: MUSLIM AMERICANS)last_img