Monday, 25 June 2012

Attended Ashford Pride meeting at the new Community Centre (formerly occupied by the local community Police) and which is the ground floor of the multiple-story car park. As amendments were agreed to the Mary Portas bid including video & commentary changes.

Enjoyed Surrey Chambers of Commerce breakfast event at Hilton Hotel, Seven Hills, Cobham last Thursday morning. Intimate and attended by local professionals and not single banker in sight!

Hart Brown's annual economy forum at the University of Surrey last Thursday evening was excellent with two out of three guest speakers being both illuminating and entertaining.
Alan McCafferty, MD of John Dennis Coachmakers and Justin Urquart Stewart, Stockbroker and economic commentator , let's follow their mantra and ignore the press and media and be positive and let's exploit the confidence that exists amongst small and local business.
Afterall we now have three shops in Slough and a retail warehouse in Halifax under offer and discovered rental uplifts in London! Also our retailer clients look to acquire news shop leases.

Now have 20 confirmed to attend next Wednesday Curry Club lunch at Roshnis, Staines and please let my collague Peter Hill know if you wish to attend by midday Tuesday 26th June 2012.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Agreed on behalf of landlord lease renewal and schedule of dilaps at Church Parade, Ashford. Resulting in tenant surrendering 2 bed flat and paying capital compensation to the landlord. The tenant will now get new lease of the ground floor shop only and the landlord will be able to refurbish and relet the flat.

Attended Menzies evening event at their Egham office last Monday to watch England v France Euro football match. Good company and hospitality.

Inspected shops in Reigate and Horsham with retailer client and hope to secure new shop leases. Both towns have vibrant town centres and with strong multiple retail representation.

Had stitches removed from right index finger and then attended Best of Staines event at Soiree, Staines upon Thames.

Marketing of offices at 165 The Broadway, Wimbledon, gains momentum and both dedicated website and e-brochure should be available by end of this month. We will have refurbished office suites between 400 sq.ft. and 4,100 sq.ft. to let on new leases at headline rental of £18.50 psf exclusive.

Made 10 minutes presentation at Shepperton studios last Thursday morning as part of being sponsor for Spelthorne Business Forum. Reminder to all prospective clients that our professional fees are bespoke and therefore can be agreed as either fixed rate or as %? Whereas our agency fees are only payable upon the completion of the letting or sale. Excepting board costs and brochures we bear all marketing costs. Furthermore irrespective of the level of the agreed fee we provide the same high level of performance.

Attended on Friday the Biscotti breakfast event at Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow and where meet cross spectrum of local business men and woman including Private Investigator, Radio Producer, Brand Designer and Sign writer etc.

Finally, another reminder to our next curry club lunch event at Roshnis, Staines upon Thames on the 27th June 2012 at 1pm. Cost only £6.95 per person including free raffle but excluding drinks. Please contact my colleague Peter Hill on to reserve your place.

Monday, 11 June 2012

After sustaining 3 stitches to the base of my right index finger as result of attempting home DIY during Bank Holiday, I have finally come to the conclusion that I’m not very good at it. Since I was merely trying to remove a broken ceramic toilet roll holder!

Rather strange to have only 3 working days this week but at least it gave me an opportunity to raise new invoices in respected if completed professional work.

Thoroughly enjoyable meeting last Wednesday evening at Ashford Manor Golf club and where we attended the Ashford Chambers of Commerce quarterly meeting and my colleague Peter Hill was sworn in as the new Treasurer. Congratulations on both his Chambers promotion of the Ashford Pride bid and to Chairman Les Ford on his 60th Birthday. For all local businesses and retailers it really is worth joining the Ashford Chamber, who do a great job in promoting the local economy and events. Suggest you contact recruitment Stephen Willoughby to join and his details are 

Had meeting with LLoyd Gash of Blaser Mills who are solicitors based in Staines and Lloyd specialises in property litigation and other property matters. He is very engaging and approachable.

Latest update on our next curry club lunch on the 27th June is that 13 are confirmed to attend.

Next week attending a number of events and try and exploit more business opportunities.
Watch out for my next weekly blog.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Let's all raise a glass to toast the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, for any company/organisation to have someone at the helm for over 60 years is quite remarkable achievement, particularly when you factoring the major improved social and economic changes during this period. Stability and experience in any line of work cannot be obtained without continuity therefore let us all admire the monarch's sustainability and work ethic over the last 60 years.

We are currently registering with the RICS as Red Book valuers in line with our consultants who are already on the panel of most Banks, Building Society and Finance Houses.

We are still exploring further local marketing since we do not omit any local opportunities.

Great to attend Spelthorne Business Forum event last Tuesday night at Baroosh and to saviour the fact that Staines upon Thames is now a reality. Well done to the forum and local councillors, particularly outgoing local business executive councillor Colin Davis for enhancing the status of Staines upon Thames.

Do not forget next free Business breakfast Forum at Shepperton Studios on 14th June 2012 and where we are one of the main sponsors. Places are limited to 50 places so check out Spelthorne Business Forum website for further details.

We now have 12 people confirmed for our next Curry club lunch on the 27th June 2012, please confirm if you wish to attend ASAP. Cost is only £6.95 and cash on the day excluding drinks.
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Our e-brochures in respect of our office instructions at 165 Wimbledon Broadway and freehold Buildings 1 & 2 Daten Park, Warrington are imminent. We will keep you informed of release dates.