Who does he mean? Leading agent takes aim at firms who have cut branches but kept ‘coverage’

first_imgA leading estate agent has taken a well-aimed swipe at competitors who have set up hub-and-spoke operations and reduced their branch networks during the Covid crisis.The comments have been made by John Halman (above, right), the well-known industry figure and founder of Cheshire’s leading estate agency Gascoigne Halman, which was bought in 2015 by the Connells Group.The estate agency has now made its latest acquisition after acquiring the business of Andrew Hayes (above, left) in the Cheshire market town of Frodsham, where he has operated a Your Move franchise and worked for more than 20 years.22nd branchThis will give Gascoigne Halman its 22nd branch and at the announcement of the deal, Halman said the purchase gave a ‘strong message’ to the market.“In what have been unprecedented times, many estate agents have taken a backwards step, with merged offices and less local service,” he said.“Our philosophy is completely the opposite. We believe that estate agency is a people business and that local knowledge, professionalism and dedicated customer service is what people deserve and require. “Andrew’s track record in Frodsham is second to none and we are delighted to welcome him into our business.”Hayes is to head up the new Gascoigne Halman office in Frodsham, its third new branch in recent months including in Chapel-en-le-Frith and Glossop.Gascoigne Halman is not afraid of controversy. The company was at the centre of an ultimately failed effort three years ago to break OnTheMarket’s ‘one other portal rule’, which it claimed was a ‘restrictive practice’.john halman andrew hayes Gascoigne Halman connells September 15, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentRussell Quirk, Properganda Properganda 15th September 2020 at 9:25 amPeople and branches are not the same thing. We all get that, right?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 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 » Who does he mean? Leading agent takes aim at firms who have cut branches but kept ‘coverage’ previous nextAgencies & PeopleWho does he mean? Leading agent takes aim at firms who have cut branches but kept ‘coverage’Senior industry figure John Halman makes comments as he launches his company Gasocoigne Halman’s 22nd branch.Nigel Lewis15th September 20201 Comment1,532 Viewslast_img read more

Leading prime estate agency Beauchamp pushes to become global player with new branches

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Leading prime estate agency Beauchamp pushes to become global player with new branches previous nextAgencies & PeopleLeading prime estate agency Beauchamp pushes to become global player with new branchesNew 1,500sq ft branch in London is part of expansion plan to have offices in all key prime markets around the world.Nigel Lewis26th April 20210657 Views One of the Britain’s best-known prime estate agency names Beauchamp Estates has opened a new branch in St John’s Wood in London with plans for further offices around the world.The firm, which has also recently opened branches in central London, New York, Lisbon, St Tropez and Tel Aviv, also has more long-standing offices in Mayfair, Cannes, Mykonos and New York.It is also planning new estate agency offices in Los Angeles, South America, the Gulf states and Asia.Beauchamp Estate’s latest office, which is in the more suburban environs of St John’s Wood, is to be headed up by long-standing staffer Rosy Khalastchy (above, centre) who will be joined by Francesca Fox (third from right), Head of Lettings and Yahya Swallem (second from left), Senior New Homes Consultant.Other staff at the whole-building branch (left) will include Scott Joseph, joining from Savills, and Matthew Abernethy, joining from CBRE where he was a director in the New Homes division.Celebrity residentsThey will be working within a 1,500 sq ft branch on St John’s Wood high street, an area famous for both its jaw dropping wealth but also celebrity residents.The sales, lettings and new homes branch will be one of the UK’s most upmarket affairs including marble coffee tables, a feature wall, parquet style Oak finish flooring, elegant furniture, mood lighting, a fully fitted kitchen, marble tiled guest powder room and Cōte d’Azur style timber decking to the outside terraces.The firm’s founder Gary Hersham (second from right, main pic), says: “St. John’s Wood is one of the most vibrant markets in London at present due to the supply of high quality houses with home offices and gardens and luxury apartments with proximity to parks, which is exactly what people want.”Read more about Beauchamp Estates.Matthew Abernethy Rosy Khalastchy Yahya Swallem Scott Joseph gary hersham Beauchamp Estates Savills CBRE Francesca Fox April 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 2021last_img read more

USS Underwood Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Underwood Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence View post tag: Anniversary Share this article View post tag: USS July 16, 2012 Training & Education View post tag: Independence View post tag: Underwood View post tag: celebrates View post tag: Jamaica Distinguished guests came aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) for a reception held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence in Kingston, Jamaica, July 12.During the three-hour event, the U.S. ambassador to Jamaica, Ambassador Pamela E. Bridgewater, and Underwood Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Peter Mirisola, addressed approximately 75 guests. The guests enjoyed finger foods and refreshments before taking tours of the ship.“The enduring relationship Jamaica and the United States share is built on a foundation of professionalism and trust, and together our forces serve the people of the Caribbean, South, Central, and North America to advance peace and security in the Western Hemisphere,” said Mirisola, before describing the history of the Jamaica Defense Force and the relationship the U.S. and Jamaica have maintained as allies. “This year, Jamaica and Jamaicans around the world are celebrating this milestone anniversary and paying tribute to the men and women of the Jamaica Defense Force.”Bridgewater also talked about Jamaica’s anniversary of independence.“We have chosen the theme, ‘Celebrating the Ties That Bind: 50 Years of Friendship,’ to mark not only Jamaica’s independence, but strong, unbroken diplomatic relations the United States and Jamaica have enjoyed for the past 50 years,” said Bridgewater. “And our military-to-military collaboration has been one of the most enduring aspects of our relationship.”Bridgewater also welcomed Underwood to Jamaica, and said the visit was another example of the bond between the U.S. and Jamaica. “Human beings have sailed the seas for centuries,” said Bridgewater. “The same sense of adventure and the desire to tame the sea that inspired early explorers to set sail is certainly with the Underwood’s crew. It is my pleasure to welcome her to Jamaica, and may her presence be yet another reminder of the many ties that bind Jamaica and the United States of America.”After addressing the audience, Bridgewater, Mirisola and the Deputy Governor General of Jamaica, Sophia Azan cut a cake together, decorated as the Jamaican flag.Underwood offered tours of the ship to guests and, as the reception drew to an end, Mirisola presented Bridgewater with a plaque commemorating the ship’s visit to Kingston.Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 16, 2012; Image: US Navy USS Underwood Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence View post tag: 50thlast_img read more

Visit to Singapore Great Morale Boost for USS Blue Ridge’s Crew

first_img View post tag: blue View post tag: Visit Visit to Singapore Great Morale Boost for USS Blue Ridge’s Crew Share this article June 13, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today Visit to Singapore Great Morale Boost for USS Blue Ridge’s Crew View post tag: Singapore View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) departed Singapore following a four-day visit, June 12.During the visit, the Blue Ridge crew and 7th Fleet Staff participated in community relations projects and enjoyed the city’s diverse culture and rich history.Sailors visited orphanages dedicated to supporting children from dysfunctional homes who have been abused or neglected and brought plenty of laughter and smiles to share. “I enjoy spending quality time with the children,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Gomer Cubol. “As Sailors in the U.S. Navy, we are very fortunate to have so many wonderful opportunities, and I feel good knowing we have a positive impact on children’s lives.”The 7th Fleet Band’s Pacific Ambassadors played several live shows at multiple schools and orphanages. Their sets consisted of American rock, brass band and jazz classics, along with popular local hits. “We look forward to having the opportunity to perform in the countries we visit,” said Musician 1st Class Duke Stuble. “It’s all about promoting friendship between the two countries by sharing each culture’s music and enjoying each other’s company.”Several tours were offered by the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation #MWR# committee, including a night safari and canal-boat sightseeing tours.  “The trip was a great morale boost and also served as an excellent team-building exercise,” said Personnel Specialist 1st Class Kerri Scranton.The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship Blue Ridge has been forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan for nearly 34 years to continue forging partnerships in the 7th Fleet area of operations.[mappress]Press Release, June 13, 2013 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Moral View post tag: Ridge View post tag: Defence View post tag: Great View post tag: boost View post tag: USS View post tag: crew View post tag: usalast_img read more

ONI Holds Change of Command Ceremony

first_img View post tag: Command ONI Holds Change of Command Ceremony Authorities Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and directorship of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) held a change of command ceremony at the National Maritime Intelligence Center Sept. 30.Rear Adm. Elizabeth L. Train is the second Navy flag officer to lead both ONI and the NMIO.She previously served as director for Intelligence (J2) U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Prior to that, she served as director for Intelligence, U.S. Pacific Command.“We are in a critical period of challenge and opportunity,” Train told the men and women of ONI. “Decisions made today will have long-term security implications. The intelligence to inform those decisions must be the very best so that we preserve our technological edge and protect our advantage over the adversary. Be bold and continue the mission.”The NMIO change of director ceremony was presided over by Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who praised outgoing Director Samuel J. Cox for a “phenomenal 33-year career,” which culminated in his directorship of the NMIO.“There is simply no other organization that can focus like NMIO can on such a complex national-level mission, integrating maritime information among globally disparate maritime partners,” Clapper said.Immediately after the close of that event, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, presided over the ONI change of command. Cox expressed his highest confidence in Train’s leadership. “I can assure the people of this command that you will be in great hands. Train is coming to ONI after a series of the toughest, most demanding jobs in military intelligence. She is tested and proven.”ONI is the leading provider of global maritime intelligence for the U.S. Navy and other national intelligence nommunity organizations. ONI specializes in the analysis, production and dissemination of vital, timely and accurate scientific, technical, geopolitical and military intelligence for key consumers worldwide.Born in Honolulu and raised in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, Train comes from a family of Navy leaders including her father, Adm. Harry D. Train, who served as 6th Fleet commander and commander-in chief Atlantic Fleet. Train’s grandfather, Adm. Harold C. Train, commanded USS Arizona, was director of Naval Intelligence and later commanded the 15th Naval District/Naval Coastal Frontier Panama and the Southeast Pacific Area in World War II.[mappress]Press Release, October 02, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: holds View post tag: change View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Defense View post tag: ONI October 2, 2013 Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today ONI Holds Change of Command Ceremony View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

USS Higgins Holds Remembrance Ceremony

first_img Speed >30 knots Displacement Full: approx. 8,756 t [mappress]Press Release, February 21, 2014, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: USS Draft 9.4 m Complement 33 Officers, 38 Chief Petty Officers, 210 Enlisted Personnel Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Higgins Holds Remembrance Ceremony Training & Education Status In active service Range 4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots (8,100 km at 37 km/h) View post tag: Higgins February 21, 2014 View post tag: holds USS HIGGINS DDG-76 SPECIFICATIONS Beam 20 m View post tag: Remembrance View post tag: Navy View post tag: Ceremony Length 154 m View post tag: Naval The ship’s First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA) organized the event that included a brief biography of Higgins and excerpts from the Military Code of Conduct. Higgins disappeared Feb. 17, 1988, while serving as Chief, Observer Group Lebanon and Senior Military Observer, United States Military Observer Group, United Nations Truce Supervision Organization as part of U.N. peacekeeping mission. His remains were eventually recovered and his body was interred at Quantico National Cemetery, Dec. 30, 1991.Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Ramon Villarreal, FCPOA vice-president, said the first class petty officers on the ship wanted to hold the ceremony for two main reasons.“We believe he deserves recognition for his service,” said Villarreal. “And we wanted all the Sailors on board to capture the importance of the ship’s namesake.”Junior Sailors said they appreciated the ceremony being open to the entire crew.“It is important to keep his spirit alive,” said Sonar Technician 3rd Class Jonathan Stewart, who attended the event. “He lives on through the 313 Sailors who work and live among the deck plates and steel of our warship.”The ceremony concluded with a moment of silence where crew members reflected on the life and death of Higgins. “Just as Col. Higgins espoused the Military Code of Conduct, so should we as we go about our daily routine,” said Cmdr. Allen Johnson, Higgins’ executive officer. “We can honor his memory through our actions and upholding the same high moral standards.”Higgins returned to its homeport of San Diego on Oct. 7, 2013, following completion of a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. View post tag: News by topic USS Higgins Holds Remembrance Ceremony USS HIGGINS DDG-76The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) held a remembrance ceremony, Feb. 18, for Marine Corps Col. William Richard Higgins, the ship’s namesake, to recognize the 26th anniversary of his capture. Share this articlelast_img read more

Sub Krasnodar to Join the Russian Navy’s Fleet

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Sub Krasnodar to Join the Russian Navy’s Fleet Sub Krasnodar to Join the Russian Navy’s Fleet Authorities Share this article November 2, 2015 View post tag: Black Sea Fleet View post tag: Russian Navy View post tag: SSK Krasnodar New diesel-electric submarine Krasnodar will be put into the service of the Russian Navy on November 5, 2015, with a flag raising ceremony, to be held in Saint Petersburg. Krasnodar is the 4th submarine in a series of six units constructed by Admiralty Shipyards for the submarine forces of the Black Sea Fleet. The construction of Krasnodar has been completed ahead of schedule.Novorossiysk, the first submarine from project 636.3, has already been put into service of the Black Sea Fleet. Rostov-on-Don submarine, the second sub, will join the Black Sea Fleet after passing weapon trials, while the third diesel-electric submarine Stary Oskol is currently conducting weapon trials at the Northern Fleet.According to the plan, all six submarines of project 636.3 are scheduled to be built and put into service of the Russian Navy by the end of 2016.Further two subs, Kolpino and Veliky Novgorod, are under construction at Admiralty Shipyards.[mappress mapid=”17326″]Image: Russian Ministry of Defencelast_img read more

Caribbean refueling maneuver for Dutch, Royal Navy ships

first_img Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Wave Knight was leaving the Dutch Antilles territory of Curacao recently when she completed a replenishment at sea (RAS) in the Caribbean Sea with the Royal Netherlands Navy’s multi-purpose frigate, HNLMS Van Amstel.The maneuver was a return to basics for Wave Knight as the ship is now primarily carrying out duties of Hurricane and Disaster Relief (HADR), regional engagement and Counter-narcotics.This RAS also followed a maintenance period in Curacao, where Wave Knight prepared for the next phase of her deployment.RFA Wave Knight (A389) is a Wave Knight-class fast fleet tanker. She was launched in 2000 and accepted into service in 2003. She is the second ship to bear this name in RFA service.The ships are crewed by 72 Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel and there is also provision for 26 Royal Navy personnel for helicopter and weapons systems operations.Wave Knight is able to operate in support of amphibious forces, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare operations and protection of vital sea areas and shipping. Share this article Authorities March 27, 2017 View post tag: Dutch Navy View post tag: RFA Wave Knightcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Dutch, Royal Navy ship in refueling maneuver in the Caribbean View post tag: HNLMS Van Amstel Dutch, Royal Navy ship in refueling maneuver in the Caribbean View post tag: Royal Navylast_img read more

First Tide-class tanker reaches UK

first_img View post tag: Tide-class Back to overview,Home naval-today First Tide-class tanker reaches UK waters Share this article View post tag: RFA Tidespring Authorities First Tide-class tanker reaches UK waters RFA Tidespring, the lead ship of the new Tide-class tankers built for Great Britain by the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, arrived in the UK on April 2.Tidespring started her journey from South Korea in February after being officially accepted by the UK Ministry of Defence on January 12, 2017.Tidespring was laid down in December 2014 and launched in April 2015. The tanker was expected to reach UK waters in 2016 for further outfitting but was delayed by electrical design changes and wiring issues.RFA Tiderace, the second tanker in line, was unveiled in South Korea in December 2016. Despite the delays on the first vessel, the UK still expects to have all four tankers delivered by 2018.BMT Defence Services-designed RFA Tidespring, RFA Tiderace, RFA Tidesurge and RFA Tideforce are 201 meters long, with a beam of nearly 29 meters and a displacement of more than 37,000 tonnes.The tankers will maintain the Royal Navy’s ability to refuel at sea and will provide fuel to warships and task groups. They will support deployed amphibious, land and air forces close to the shore and will have the ability to operate helicopters.“It’s fantastic to see that RFA TIDESPRING has arrived in the UK. As her designer, this is an extremely proud moment for everyone that has been involved in this project,” said Muir Macdonald, managing director of BMT Defence Services View post tag: Royal Navy April 3, 2017last_img read more

Pakistan orders offshore patrol vessel from Damen

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Pakistan orders offshore patrol vessel from Damen View post tag: OPV Share this article View post tag: Damen June 13, 2017 Pakistan orders offshore patrol vessel from Damen Pakistan’s defense ministry has signed a contract with Dutch ship designer Damen for the acquisition of a locally-built offshore patrol vessel (OPV).The contract was signed on June 12 during an event attended by navy and company representatives and Dutch ambassador to Pakistan Jeannette Seppen.According to the ministry of defense, the OPV will be built at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Ltd..The ministry did not specify the type of OPV that will be built, but said the vessel will have a displacement of 1900 tons (approx), and an overall length of 90 meters.These specifications point to Damen’s OPV 1800. While slightly below the Pakistani specification measuring 83 meters in legth and displacing 1,800 tons, the OPV 1800 has a stated top speed of 22 knots which matches that from specifications.Pakistan further said the vessel is suited for anti surface, anti air operations, maritime security operations (MSO), day & night helicopter operations, combat search and rescue (CSAR) and surveillance and intelligence gathering. Authorities View post tag: Pakistan Navylast_img read more