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scottfraser Compete in the High Sheriff's Olympic Challenge!

July 18, 2014

scottfraser Compete in the High...

World Cup-winning England rugby player Matt Dawson and British Olympic gold medal rower Greg Searle joined staff from 22 businesses for a sporting challenge yesterday.

Staff from firms including Blackwell’s, Bicester Village and Sainsbury’s took part in a series of activities at Iffley Road running track, including archery, shot-put and the 1,500 metres, to raise money for charities.

High Sheriff of Oxfordshire Tony Stratton organised the event to raise around £120,000 for Music for Autism, Access Sport and the Oxfordshire Community Foundation.

More than 100 staff took part in the challenge and Mr Dawson said: “This all stems from Tony’s passion for sport.

Source: The Oxford Mail


Figures suggest market really is on the turn

June 26, 2014

Figures suggest market really is on...

Two sets of figures show how strong the housing market has become but - almost certainly - how it has come off the boil in recent weeks. 

Data from HM Revenue & Customs shows that 100,360 homes were sold in the UK during May, a roughly 5.5 per cent rise on the April figure of 95,600.

HMRC figures are sometimes revised some months afterwards, but suggest that until recently the market was growing.

Two sets of figures show how strong the housing market has become but - almost certainly - how it has come off the boil in recent weeks. 


Huge fines for landlords in HMO clampdown

June 26, 2014

Huge fines for landlords in HMO clampdown

Two landlords have been fined £12,000 and £4,000 for failing to safely maintain their properties in another example of councils getting tough on the management of HMOs. 

David Lubin of Plasnewydd in Cardiff has pleaded guilty to four offences related to a failure to ensure electrical equipment was inspected and tested, a failure to ensure fire alarms were maintained and failure to ensure that all means of escape from fire were maintained.

Osborne and Carney get tough on house prices

June 13, 2014

Osborne and Carney get tough on house...

Chancellor George Osborne is giving the Bank of England the power to control the size of mortgages and Bank governor Mark Carney has hinted that an interest rate rise could come sooner than expected - perhaps even later this year.

Their speeches, made at the traditional Mansion House dinner in front of City financiers, made it clear that the government and the BoE did not see an immediate threat of a housing bubble but wanted to avoid one destabilising the wider economy.

"I want to make sure that the Bank of England has all the weapons it needs to guard against risks in the housing market," Osborne said, announcing that the BoE would in future be able to instruct lenders on mortgage sizes in relation to income, rather than just advise lenders as it does now.

Next 12 months a 'critical period; for UK property investments, says expert

May 26, 2014

Next 12 months a 'critical period; for...

The next twelve months will be a 'critical period' for those wishing to make money from UK property investments, a housing expert, Ian Samuels has warned this week. 
Being described as a 'golden era' for those planning to invest in buy-to-let schemes, 2014 investors will reap the financial rewards of a property boom, expected between 2018 and 2020, he claims. 
Samuels, who runs The Property Investor, a Manchester-based company which advises others on how best to invest in bricks and mortar, says that despite house prices being out of reach for many, they will “never be this low again”.


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