t’s fewer than 100 days until Christmas so now’s the time to ask Santa to bring you better estate managers for 2019. The process of changing agents tends to take at least three months, which is a long time to put up with under-performance but if you start now, you and your neighbours could start the New Year with new management running your apartments. So how do you know if your current managing agent is actually doing a good job? The red flags are easier to spot than you think. There are obvious indicators, such as lack of communication and site visits, essential works not carried out, accounts being sent out late and lack of transparency. But there are other areas you may not think about which separate the professional firms from the wannabes. Being proactive in communication, building a plan for future capital expenditure and establishing a reserve fund, periodically re-tendering maintenance contracts to ensure best value, providing out-of-hours support and having a … [Read more...] about Opinion: How do you know when you’ve got a terrible property managing agent and what do you need to do about it?
Our skin naturally rejuvenates when we sleep but work-load and stress negatively affects our sleep patterns. So if you've just studied yourself in the mirror, I have some good news for you! Bellazza ClinicFor years, skincare was aimed principally at women. But men are now much more conscious of how they look. Consequently there is significant growth in skincare treatments for them. But it's not just about lotions and potions. More men now visit salons for a scrub-up. Catering for women and men, Bellazza Clinic is based in Ranelagh in Dublin. Owned and managed by Sue Machesney, the business started out as a regular beauty salon. Over the years, Sue's knowledge and passion for skincare grew. The clinic then developed a strong expertise and reputation specialising in reinvigorating the face and body with non-invasive anti-ageing treatments. "Ageing is not nice and I believe we all deserve to look the best we can for our age. "When we do, we feel better. And the instant gratification … [Read more...] about Change can do you good: why reinvention is the vital new norm
Plans for a £1.3million creative hub in Clevedon town centre could be one step closer now it has been recommended for funding. A Clevedon Cultural Quarter has been in the works for around a year now. Bosses from Curzon Cinema & Arts in Clevedon have been working in partnership with the chamber of commerce and North Somerset Council to make the bid a success. It has now been announced the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has recommended the creative hub should be included in the programme for Local Growth Funding. Those behind the scheme have initially applied for £50,000 from the LEP for a full business case to be developed based on purchasing and refurbishing Waverly House - the building which adjoins the Curzon in Old Church Road. The three-storey office building has been empty for some time and the plan is to refurbish it to provide up to 76 workstations for new businesses in the digital and creative sectors, as well as training and community … [Read more...] about £1.3m cultural quarter could change the face of Clevedon
Ayrshire’s tap water changed radically this week and the supplier has been blasted for pathetic communication. Scottish Water added ammonia rather than the current dose of just chlorine at Loch Bradan. The water authority sent an A5 card to all householders with the heading “Do you look after any fish or aquatic pets?”. And for further information on the “chloramination” process it directed people to a page on their website which did not exist. The public agency claimed this week it did not have to consult its customers, some of whom pay them £729 a year. A petition has been launched, asking Scottish Water to make the process “transparent.” And it states: “We should be concerned about human health as well as the health of our pets.” Concerned customer Karin Craig, from Dalrymple, said she felt “blind-sided” by Scottish Water. She said: “It has just been imposed on us without consultation and there was only a … [Read more...] about Water supplier blasted for pathetic communication over radical change
Australia will expel two Russian diplomats as part of global action against Moscow over an alleged nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy living in the UK. The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and foreign minister, Julie Bishop, issued a joint statement on Tuesday saying two Russian “diplomats” had been identified as undeclared intelligence officers and would be ordered to leave Australia within seven days. Australia joins more than 20 western countries in expelling over 100 Russian diplomats alleged to be spies in the wake of the alleged use of a chemical weapon in the attempted murder of a former Russian intelligence official, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury on 4 March. It is the largest coordinated diplomatic blow to Russian intelligence networks in the west since the cold war. “This decision reflects the shocking nature of the attack – the first offensive use of chemical weapons in Europe since World War II, involving a highly … [Read more...] about Australia expels two Russian diplomats over UK nerve agent attack