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Local Businesses and Residents Working Together for a Greener Mayfair

In this day and age it can seem difficult for individual or small groups to make noticeable differences to the areas they live in, as corporate juggernauts steamroll any potential changes that may a detrimental effect on their livelihood. This would be most evident in the London, the UK hub of giants of industry, especially in particular boroughs synonymous with the rich and famous. It is in Mayfair however, where this change is beginning to come into action. After a report stating that Mayfair, along with the greater Westminster area, has one of the poorest air quality ratings of cities in the UK and mainland Europe. Levels of nitrogen dioxide and others regularly exceed internationally agreed acceptable levels. Off the back of this, residents, councillors and local businesses decided to join together in order to halt the rising pollutants in Mayfair, but to also change the direction of Mayfair to promote...
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What is your ideal retirement lifestyle?

Your retirement lifestyle will be determined by how much you have saved in your pension pot. But how much will you need to save, to cover all your outgoings from cars and holidays, to theatre tickets and groceries? A UK Pension provider, True Potential Investor, has released findings on the UK’s expectations of retirement and their anticipated outgoings, based on their desired lifestyle. According to the research, on average, UK men expect to purchase two cars during retirement age (totalling £27,106) whilst women expect to buy just one car (totalling £14,203) to last them through their retirement days. Continue uncovering more findings in the infographic below.
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Banner placement in the property industry: selecting the perfect location for your marketing material

Competition in the property sector is tough, which means marketing is essential to success. Aside from the design, marketers need to consider where they will place their printed products once they’re ready to go — put them in the wrong spot and your ROI could plummet! If you’re searching for advice regarding the best locations for property promotional banners, check out this guide featuring a range of banner placement tips… The entrance to your store Part of advertising is encouraging people to visit your online or offline store. Just because your potential customer has stepped inside your shop, why stop promoting your brand? The sleek but noticeable dimensions of a pull-up banner will allow it to stand conspicuously in the corner of your foyer or next to your reception desk, while not overpowering the room and making it look cluttered. Been in business for a decade? The only company to...
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Protecting Your Property from Japanese Knotweed

By Nic Seale It's growing season and that means many property owners are on the lookout for signs that Japanese knotweed may be encroaching onto their land. This is a very real problem that's affecting landlords all over the UK. To get an idea of the scale of the problem, here's a map of Japanese knotweed infestations (from the PlantTracker site): As you can see, there are several large clusters of Japanese knotweed infestation, primarily in northern England, Wales and down into the southeast of England. Parts of Scotland are also blighted with the highly invasive species that was brought here from Japan in the 1800s, and Northern Ireland to a lesser extent. At Environet, we're constantly tackling infestations of Japanese knotweed on private as well as commercial premises. Methods of eradication for this weed is the subject we’re asked about on a daily basis, so we’re here to give some...
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‘Some say buy-to-let is dead – but my portfolio is built on strong foundations’

It’s been a tough few years for buy-to-let property investors. The latest wave of cuts to tax relief on landlords’ mortgage interest was ushered in this month and reports have been rife that landlords are exiting the buy-to-let sector in their droves. However, many believe the death of buy-to-let has been greatly exaggerated. Article provided by our finance expert - Together Money.  If you need any help with Commerical Funding, Bridging Finance or Development Finance please request more details here.  Analysis by research consultancy BDRC on behalf of specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender Together, revealed profitability remains high, with 86 per cent of landlords surveyed saying they were making money, while the average yield remained stable at 5.9 per cent. “We have seen a raft of changes over the past few years but, what is obvious is that there’s a continuing demand for buy-to-let investors looking to make gains in the long-term,”...
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Will your retirement plans withstand Brexit fears?

With the full force of Brexit yet to be felt, those who are saving for retirement need to be wary of the potential impact on their plans. While markets have remained resilient following the initial shock of the Brexit vote, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cautioned that the impact of the decision to exit the European Union has continued to weigh heavily on the wider economy. “The employment rate has remained around record highs, but the sharp depreciation of sterling following the referendum pushed up consumer price inflation, squeezing household real income and consumption,” it said, having downgraded its growth forecasts for the UK earlier last year. The IMF’s report comes after the Bank of England warned that Brexit was having a “noticeable impact” on the economic outlook and that the UK’s split from the European Union will probably hamper productivity and slow growth. “Brexit-related constraints on investment and...
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DIY vs Tradesmen: Property Improvements You Should and Shouldn’t Do

It is common practice amongst private property owners to seek out houses that require renovating before selling on for higher profit margins — or letting out for better monthly returns. The concept sees such popularity because, to put it simply, it works. Repairs and improvements take time, but the investment has the potential to reap serious rewards. An extreme example of this is a couple who bought a house for a pound, then spent months renovating the place, to receive a valuation of £60k. Obviously, you’ll be unlikely to see a percentage profit increase rivaling that property, which saw a rise in near 6,000,000%, however, there is plenty of money to be made. When it comes to actual property improvement, though, many get caught out thinking they can handle the entire job themselves. Some tasks that increase property value are easily done by the landlord, but others really should be...
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Are Britain’s current gas safety checks good enough?

For Britain’s five million privately rented out properties — gas safety has been dubbed as a ‘postcode lottery’ regardless of the requirements set out by the government. And it’s not just property owners who are in the firing line – more than one in five small business energy users don’t know that failing to have an annual gas safety check could invalidate their insurance. Gas safety requires a careful analysis, and it’s more than a gas fitter coming to tick boxes. Poorly fitted and maintained gas appliances can cause fuel leaks, fires and even explosions, as well as carbon monoxide poisoning. As a result, landlords who fail to comply with gas safety regulations can face tens of thousands of pounds in fines. Are the methods we use to handle current gas safety problems too relaxed — ultimately putting lives in danger? And how can landlords make sure their premises stay...
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Bank of England leave interest rates frozen at 0.5%

Today, the Bank of England announced that they will leave interest rates frozen at 0.5% after speculation that we could see an increase of 0.25%. This will be welcome news for thousands of UK homeowners who could have seen the cost of their monthly mortgage payments increase as a result, or upon renewing their terms if they were currently locked in to a fixed rate deal. Although an increase would have been manageable for most, it highlights the danger of homebuyers borrowing beyond their means in the current financial climate as further increases in the future could plunge them into financial difficulty. For the time being however, UK homeowners can breathe easy where the cost of their mortgage is concerned at least.   Source: Bank of England/BBC   Founder and CEO of Emoov.co.uk, Russell Quirk, commented:  “While the recent hike in temperatures received a warm welcome by the British public, an increase...
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How to protect your family from asbestos exposure

Well known as a dangerous material, asbestos was banned completely from use in the UK in 1999, but it can still be found in many homes around the country. Whether you have just moved into a new house or you are about to carry out some renovations of your current property, there are plenty of reasons you might be thinking about asbestos on your property. So if you are concerned that your property might contain asbestos, what can you do about it? Here we look at what you can do to protect your family from being exposed to the health risks of asbestos exposure. Learn the most common places for asbestos in the home It is first important for you to understand where you are likely to find asbestos in a property. Some people believe, for example, that asbestos is only ever used as insulation and as such is likely...
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