Hunters beats ‘difficult’ market by attracting more successful independents to its network

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Hunters beats ‘difficult’ market by attracting more successful independents to its network previous nextAgencies & PeopleHunters beats ‘difficult’ market by attracting more successful independents to its networkAIM-listed company says the average turnover of branches joining its network is £173,000, an increase of £20,000 compared to 2016.Nigel Lewis12th April 20180652 Views Hunters has revealed more details about its performance last year following an interim update on its 2017 performance in February.This includes how the company says the independent agents it helped convert to a Hunters franchise tend to be more successful ones, rather than struggling agents looking for a way to reboot their businesses.Consequently, branch turnover for these independents on conversion tends to be high at an average of £173,000 a year.The York-based company claims its franchised branches outperform local markets, earning 10% more in revenue than comparable businesses.Hunters also spent £500,000 on training last year and launched a digital valuation booking tool that has helped direct £5 million worth of property sales to its franchisees, helped by a 70% increase in traffic to its website over the past three years.Directors’ salaries and bonuses are also revealed in the company’s latest results. CEO Glynis Frew earned £112,000 last year and received a bonus of £49,000 while Harry Hill and Kevin Hollinrake, who is also an MP, earned £54,000 and £59,000 respectively.“We are delighted to report a robust set of figures, despite subdued the market conditions,” says Chairman Kevin Hollinrake (left).“This performance highlights the robustness of our model and the quality and commitment of our franchisees and their teams across the network.“We would expect this current market and recently announced additional regulatory requirements to provide us with even more opportunities to expand our branch network and strengthen our market position still further.”Glybnis Frew Kevin Hollinrake Hunters valuation tool April 12, 2018Nigel 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

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NJ Run For The Fallen To Wind Through Towns Sunday

first_imgBy Jay Cook |HOLMDEL – An annual three-day run to honor fallen New Jersey veterans will conclude in Holmdel on Sunday afternoon after a 190-mile-plus route from the southernmost tip of New Jersey.For the ninth year, the NJ Run For The Fallen will embark on the weekend journey from Cape May to remember residents around the state who lost their lives fighting overseas in current conflicts and the global war on terror.A core group of 28 military members from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and other locations across the country will stop at mile markers along the way to present a flag and personalized biographical cards to awaiting family members. Every mile is set aside for a service member; there are over 200 stops this year.The event will reach Monmouth County on Sunday, and contingents of runners escorted by police cars and followed by supporters will be seen winding slowly through the Two River area as the procession heads inland from Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. Runners will make their way through Oceanport, Little Silver, Shrewsbury Borough, Red Bank, Lincroft, and then into Holmdel.The event’s big highlight is the “Last 5-3-1,” where anybody can run alongside the core group for the final five, three, and one mile lengths of the journey. That starting location is 963 Holmdel Road, Holmdel, where Spring Valley Drive and Holmdel Road intersect. It’s anticipated the main stable of runners will arrive there around 3 p.m. on Sunday.The NJ Gold Star Family Monument at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the final stop, where the run will end at approximately 5 p.m.Although weather conditions seem favorable, all times are subject to change along the route. An advance group will be arriving at each Hero Marker about a half hour before the runners do.For additional information about exact Hero Marker locations, anticipated times of arrival, and the route, visit NJRunForTheFallen.org.The map and locations of when it stops in your town can be found here.Map for Sunday’s NJ Run for the Fallen, as of Friday, Sept. 22. Visit the website for up to date times and locations.This article was first published in the Sept. 21-28, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

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Fasten Your Seatbelt, It’s Windows 8 Day

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… dan lyons Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Today will be one of the most important days in Microsoft’s nearly 40-year history. The company that ruled the PC era rolls out a long-awaited new version of its flagship operating system that could determine whether Microsoft can regain its standing in the computer industry and carve out a place for itself in the post-PC era.Windows 8 is not just another OS update. It’s a radical overhaul of the world’s most widely-used operating system, with a new user interface that some people find sexy and forward-looking – and others find incredibly annoying.This is a huge and risky bet. If Windows 8 succeeds, Microsoft will be seen as a daring leader and innovator. If it’s a flop – well, after a decade of drifting and missing out on new markets, Microsoft can’t really afford any more flops.No wonder then that Microsoft is pulling out all the stops, with a splashy event in New York and a global ad blitz that will cover more than 40 countries at a cost of $1 billion, by some estimates.You can watch a live stream of today’s keynote at 11:15 EDT on the Microsoft website. And we’ll be covering the event throughout the day here on ReadWrite.Is This Vista 2.0?I’ve used Windows 8, and liked it well enough, though I can’t say it convinced me to switch away from my Mac. Then again, Mac users like me aren’t Microsoft’s target audience. The people Microsoft really needs to please are the millions of PC users in businesses and homes around the world. And that’s the scary part, because Windows is really different from Windows 7 (much less the still widely used Windows XP), and the kind of people who use Windows are not usually the kind of people who enjoy change.The biggest difference – and it’s a huge one – is a colorful tile-based user interface that used to be called Metro but now, suddenly, at the last minute, is just called “the Windows 8 style.” Some people are going to love it, but even more are going to find it baffling. The first time I looked at Windows 8 I could already hear the sound of thousands of frustrated Windows veterans leaning over their laptops, swiping at their screens and shouting. It’s so different that Samsung has actually created a program that replicates the old Start button to make it more familiar to people. That’s nice and all, but when you spend years designing a shiny new operating system, and your hardware partners start crafting workarounds to it before it even ships, well, that’s not a good sign.Many consumers will have no choice but to accept Windows 8 since new PCs will come with Windows 8 pre-loaded. The guys at Geek Squad must be drooling over this.Big corporate customers are a different story. What CIO in his or her right mind would rush to roll out Windows 8 across thousands of people?  Gartner predicts 90% of enterprises will stay away from Windows 8 through 2015.Corporate CustomersNo doubt Microsoft will have some corporate customers on hand tomorrow, standing up on stage and talking about how excited they are that Microsoft is paying them to take arrows in the back to be early adopters of this bold new operating system that offers so many compelling new features.Truth is, any company rolling out Windows 8 will have to endure all of the usual migration headaches – bugs, patches, glitches, apps breaking – but on top of that will get hit with a tidal wave of incoming support calls from baffled users asking, “Hey, where’s the Start button?”So in addition to the huge bill from Microsoft, you’ll need to dish out millions more for training and extra tech support to move to Windows 8. Why bother, when Windows 7 works great?Microsoft claims Windows 8 is super stable, thanks in part to the 16 million people who have been hammering away at the pre-release version for months now. Nevertheless, history tells us that the first version of any big Microsoft product is usually a nightmare. The rule of thumb has been that Microsoft needs three cranks of the wheel to work out the kinks. In the case of Vista and Windows 7, they got it right on the second try, and that, for Microsoft, was almost a miracle. So let’s imagine Windows 8 ends up having some issues but that Windows 9 gets everything straightened out. Based on the tempo of past releases — Vista in January 2007, Windows 7 in July 2009, Windows 8 in October 2012 — we might not see Windows 9 until 2015.Can Microsoft hang on that long? Certainly. This is a wildly profitable company doing $80 billion a year in revenues. Microsoft isn’t going away anytime soon.What Really Matters Is MobileThe real question is whether it can remain relevant. Yes, Microsoft dominates the PC market, but (a) PCs don’t matter anymore and (b) even in that market Apple has been gaining share in recent years. In mobile, the only market that really matters, Apple and Google dominate and Microsoft is so far behind as to be almost negligible.One product that’s supposed to turn that around is the new Surface device that Microsoft is also showing off today. It’s a kind of tablet-laptop hybrid that runs a different version of Windows 8 called Windows RT. Unfortunately it has been getting pretty tepid reviews, with consensus being that the software is still half-baked.The same complaint was made about Windows Phone 7, the last version of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system. Windows Phone 8 will be better, but, sad to say, it’s not generating a lot of excitement either.Not so very long ago Microsoft was so powerful and so dominant that everyone in the industry lived in fear of the team from Redmond. Over the past 10 years it has fallen so far, so fast, that you almost feel bad for the people working there. Today is the day when they can start to turn things around. Stay tuned.center_img Tags:#enterprise#Microsoft#mobile#PC#Samsung#Surface#Windows 8 Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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Going for the jugular

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Close-out games are usually the hardest ones to win, even for such a talented team like San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:32Austria: Ginebra is playing like a ‘well-oiled machine’01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Petron, Foton seal semifinal showdown Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The 6-foot-10 Beermen cornerstone had a relatively easy night, collecting just nine points and five rebounds.And while Austria and his Beermen are looking to get this thing over and done with—and bag the second jewel of a cherished Triple Crown sweep—TNT’s Nash Racela again sounded off what his goal has been ever since this championship series started.“Again, the goal is to get to a Game 7 and see what [happens in the decider],” Racela said. “Our emotions cannot be dictated by [this Game 5 loss]. We have to be focused on the next game.”That next game happens at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao where the drama has spilled off the Big Dome floor with wives and girlfriends of players getting into the act after Game 5.Racela talked in the subtlest possible way after that loss, saying: “We have to limit San Miguel’s free throws,” as he took a jab at officiating without really saying it.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t know how we will do it, but it has to be done,” he added.The Beermen were awarded 38 free throws for Game 5, 17 more than what the Texters got as the highly-physical series has gone on to favor San Miguel.“I’d like to say that San Miguel outplayed us tonight, but that just wasn’t the case today,” said Racela.Import Joshua Smith was the one who talked openly about officiating on Friday and got tagged with a P30,000 fine by the Office of the Commissioner after he said that officiating “was terrible.”Smith struggled to just 15 points and seven rebounds in Game 5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The good thing in San Miguel’s situation, though, is that the Beermen have a two-for-one chance in doing it.“This is not yet over,” coach Leo Austria said as he tried cautioning his wards against complacency versus a TNT KaTropa side that has fought it hard game in and out in the best-of-seven series. “We still have to win one more game, and it will be a very different game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“They will make all the adjustments which they have done [in the series],” Austria said. “The good thing is that they are the ones doing the adjustments.”The Beermen grabbed a 3-2 lead with a 111-102 win on Friday night after getting five players in twin digits while playing reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo less than 25 minutes.last_img read more

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ABS to Class North Americas LNG Bunker Barge

first_imgzoom Houston-based classification services provider ABS was selected by Q-LNG, LLC, to class an Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) for LNG bunkering in North America.The vessel is scheduled to begin construction at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in early 2018.“This project represents another significant milestone for the region in the continued development of LNG infrastructure in North America, helping the maritime industry meet stricter emissions requirements,” Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO, said.“This project will expand the LNG supply chain and play a critical role in the advancement of LNG as a marine fuel throughout the region and North America,” Chad Verret, Q-LNG Transport President, said.The LNG bunker barge, with 4,000 cubic meters LNG capacity, will be owned and constructed by Q-LNG while the operations will be handled by New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine.It will be chartered by Shell, and will supply necessary LNG fuel to cruise vessels throughout the Southeast Coast of the US.The LNG bunker barge will feature an innovative transfer system enabling it to load LNG from big or small terminals.last_img read more

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Autopsy Demanded on Manatees Death

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, 17 Nov 2014 – An autopsy is being demanded on the now dead manatee which days ago paid a surprise visit to the capital Grand Turk and had been taken into the care of Katherine Hart and the Department of Environment Maritime Affairs. The manatee on Wednesday morning died, and it is causing outrage in some quarters that the sea mammal was fed lettuce and given gallons of fresh water to drink. Government issued a release to explain that it believed the male juvenile manatee got off its usual course due to the stormy weather and on November 5 and ended up in Grand Turk. The manatee was spotted by workers at the Carnival Cruise center. It was explained that manatees need fresh water to survive, though they also live in sea water. The plan had been to invest $2,000 to fly the manatee to Puerto Rico where a proper rehabilitation facility would have nursed the juvy back to health. But one opinion posted at Speak Your Mind TCI expresses that those who were caring for the manatee may have been out of their depth, I quote now: It appears there may have been lack of qualification and competency to carry out the exercise and, there should be question in the effectiveness and the management thereof. That matter should have required professional health personnel.” Another opinion came in a letter to media, Devon Williams former radio station owner, has written to Greenpeace, summoning the global organization known for its sometimes radically resolute stances on nature and the environment; he wants them involved. Williams sarcastically points out: A mammoth sized rescue was performed, the sea was not safe for the sea creature, he would be much better off in a backyard pool and so he was taken thereto.” Williams added that a map of the territory of the West Indian Sea Cow shows the TCI is a part of the mammal’s home territory and that he believes the juvenile was too young to digest so much lettuce and stand the change in water temperature. Our research shows that Manatees are indeed believed to be able to go as long as a week without fresh water, but that fresh water is a part of their diet….and several sites show manatees enjoying eating lettuce, saying younger manatees love it. There had been a drive to raise that $2,000 with the help of the TCI Reef Foundation. No word on whether an autopsy is indeed planned to determine the cause of death for the animal. Related Items:Department of Environment Maritime Affairs, devon williams, katherine hart, manatee, tci reef restoration, west indies sea cow Katherine Hart Hailed as a Mother to the Juvenile Manateelast_img read more

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Chiellini bemoans Juves display despite win

first_imgGiorgio Chiellini was unhappy with what he dubbed the worst Juventus performance of the season, after their narrow 2-1 win over Lazio.Juve dominated the first half but failed to muster a single shot before going behind to an Emre Can own goal.However, substitute Joao Cancelo scored the equaliser and then earned the penalty converted by Cristiano Ronaldo for a 2-1 win.Chiellini “For the first hour it was the worst Juventus of the season, then after the goal we found the mental & physical energy to push through. Szczesny kept us in the game & we then were able to overturn the result.” pic.twitter.com/HnsyuB3mBr— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) January 27, 2019Report: Chiellini knee surgery a success George Patchias – September 3, 2019 Giorgio Chiellini has had knee surgery and it has been successful.As we brought you earlier at Ronaldo.com, it was believed that the club was…“For 55-60 minutes it was certainly the worst Juventus performance of the season. Paradoxically, after their goal we found the mental energy more than the physical one to turn it around,” Chiellini told Football Italia.“We’ve got players who make the difference. Wojciech Szczesny kept us afloat for an hour, then we managed to fight back and win the game. It has to help us mature, because we have another big game coming up on Wednesday in the Coppa Italia with Atalanta.“We’ll see the real Juventus from February 20, but it’s important to get the results before that too. We knew it would be tough against Lazio, as it always is.“March 3 will be a crucial date, there’s no denying it, and if we reach that with this advantage, it’ll be a great situation.”last_img read more

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