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UK house prices 'rising at slowest rate since 2013'

10 July 2017

House prices across the UK last month increased at the lowest year-on-year rate seen in more than four years, according to the latest Halifax index.

The annual rise recorded in June stood at 2.6 per cent – the lowest since May 2013 and about a quarter of the double-digit rate seen in the spring of last year. On a monthly basis, prices declined by one per cent between May and June, bring the average price across the country to £218,390.

House price increases continue to flatten

Martin Ellis, Halifax housing economist, said, “House prices have flattened over the past three months. Although employment...

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London remains Europe's favourite city for tech investment

06 July 2017

Last year’s referendum decision to leave the EU has not deterred foreign investment in UK tech companies, according to a new study from London & Partners, London’s promotional agency.

Since the Brexit vote, British tech companies have received more venture capital (VC) investment than any other country in Europe, according to a new report from London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s promotional agency, with record levels of investment in the first half 2017 helping London maintain its position as Europe’s leading technology hub for global investors. London tech has attracted more investment than ever in the past six months

The report said...

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We won the ARP DSP Award!

26 June 2017

We are delighted to announce that we were awarded the DSP 2017 ARP awards which was held on the 22nd June at the St. Ermin’s Hotel, 2 Caxton St, Westminster in London.

We were up against the likes of : Clearview Relocation Dwellworks Relocation Support Services Simply London Relocation & Source Relocation

It was a great and proud evening enjoyed by all!

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UK Prime Minister's ‘generous’ plan for future of EU expats

23 June 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has briefed 27 other European Union leaders on her proposals to protect the status of more than three million EU expatriates living in the UK.

At a European Council summit in Brussels on Thursday, Mrs May laid out her plans to guarantee the rights of the 3.2 EU expats in Britain. Downing Street declined to detail the proposals but said they would be published on Monday.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he hoped other EU leaders would meet the “generosity” of her plan with a similar deal to protect the rights of the 1.2 million UK citizens living...

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Queen's Speech 2017: Lettings fees to be banned

22 June 2017

More than six months after first suggesting the idea, the government has announced plans to ban fees to lettings agents in England. A new Tenants’ Fees Bill was announced in the Queen’s Speech, which will stop tenants having to pay money to agents.

The commitment was announced by the Conservatives in the 2016 Autumn Statement.

ARLA Propertymark, which represents letting agents, said the new rules would cost 4,000 jobs.

However the measure is likely to pass into law, as all the main parties had it in their election manifestos.

The average amount paid in fees is currently £223, according to government figures. The chancellor, Philip...

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Property prices see first June fall since 2009

20 June 2017

Research by property website Rightmove, which is used by the majority of British estate agents, has shown that asking prices for homes in Britain have fallen for the first time since 2009.

The average asking price for a home in Britain has fallen in June for the first time in eight years, according to an analysis by property website Rightmove.

Prices fall but sales surge

Across England and Wales, the average asking price in June stood at £316,109, more than £1,000 lower than the May figure, according to the analysis by Rightmove, whose listings site is used by about 90 per cent of...

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One in ten organisations considering relocation: CIPD

20 June 2017

The report recommends any future immigration policy to replace free movement must be:

Future immigration policy recommendations

Straightforward:

  • New policies for EU nationals should be aligned as closely as possible with the existing points-based system for non-EU nationals.
  • Government should avoid introducing a complex array of sector or regional-based immigration policies, which could lead to disparities and unfairness.
  • Any changes to immigration policy for EU citizens should be introduced at the end of a three-year transitional period once negotiations are completed.

Flexible:

  • Government should review and expand the labour shortage occupation list for EU nationals to include jobs at lower levels of skills and salary where there...
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General Election manifesto digest: Apprenticeships breakdown

07 June 2017

Labour

The Labour Party wish to maintain the apprenticeship levy that was introduced on the 6th April. They also plan to double the number of completed apprenticeships at NVQ level 3 by 2022.

They wish to give employers more flexibility in how the levy is deployed, including allowing the levy to be used for pre-apprenticeship programmes.

They’ve also promised to protect the £440 million funding for apprenticeships for small-and medium-sized employers who don’t pay the levy and guarantee trade union representation in the governance structures of the Institute of Apprenticeships.

Lastly, they have discussed increasing the amount of apprenticeships available for people with...

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Global cost of living rankings: UK cities fall dramatically

07 June 2017

ECA International’s latest Cost of Living Survey has revealed that UK cities have dropped as much as 68 places from last year in the latest global Cost of Living rankings due to the weakened British pound. Central London at its lowest ranking ever

Central London is now ranked 132nd in the world

– the lowest ever recorded since ECA first began publishing the Cost of Living rankings over 10 years ago – down from 65th last year. The Cost of Living Survey compares a basket of like-for-like consumer goods and services commonly purchased by international assignees in over 460 locations worldwide*.

The Survey allows businesses...

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Top tips for attracting new tenants this summer

05 June 2017

For letting agents in the UK, summer will always be a busy time. Between the student lets that are starting to pick up in number and the better weather bringing out more potential tenants, there’s no better time of year to find a tenant than the warmer period. But that doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels and expect the right tenant to just come along.

Here, we take a look at just a few top tips for finding the right tenant in the UK for your properties this summer.

Run an open house

The average rental property will be...

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