Closing Haart branches is a ‘good idea’ claims former senior employee

first_imgThe decision by Haart to both set up a remote-working ‘partnership network’ of estate agents but also close 24 branches has been hailed as a ‘good move’ by one recently-departed senior employee.Wishing to remain anonymous, the former branch manager has told The Negotiator that, although they challenged some of Haart CEO Paul Smith’s ‘crazier business decisions’ when employed there, they say the plan to reduce costs but increase coverage makes sense in the current business climate.And Andrew Stanton, a former Countrywide agent turned proptech consultant, says the industry’s lurch into a more tech-enabled world during the pandemic is now forcing many agents including Haart to look at how they operate.“Many know I have been an ardent critic of Purplebricks in some ways I still am, but it is what has come out of the Michael and Kenny Bruce experiment that will be seen as an enduring legacy, agency is not rooted in an office in the high street, and it took a terrible pandemic to prove this.“Great agents, enabled by great proptech, with excellent branding will be the future; think Neil Urch House-Fox or Rollo Miles Agent & Homes. Yes, agency is all about people.”Business changesBut it is Haart’s handling of the company’s business restructure during the crisis which has come under scrutiny, rather than its overall plan.Its most widely-publicised gaffe came on Friday March 21st March when it sacked all its probationary and some other staff via video link at 5.45pm.It has also caused annoyance among some suppliers, who were asked to re-submit lowered invoices in return for payment for work completed before the pandemic.“Branch closures are nothing to shy away from these days as long as companies are honest about it,” says PR guru Russell Quirk.“A grown-up business approach would have been to approach such a thing strategically, some time back.“But this week’s reluctant admission by Haart that they’re not reopening a sizeable chunk of their estate has instead got an air of Paul Smith having caught out somewhat.“And it simply didn’t have to be that way and that’s a shame for his company’s ongoing reputation”.The Negotiator has spoken to two other recently-departed Haart estate agents over the weekend.Both, who wish to remain anonymous, said they were shocked by the ruthless way some colleagues were let go via video link, and that the agency’s problems started in December last year when its long-standing MD Russell Jervis left the company leaving, in their opinion, several ‘inexperienced’ divisional MDs in charge. haart streatham Paul Smith July 6, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentSteve James, TFL Bus Services TFL Bus Services 7th July 2020 at 4:27 pmWhen people comment anonymously it’s clearly sour grapes from former haart employees who failed in their roles. If you have courage in your statements you put them on the record and don’t quote anonymously.Russell Quirks track record of failure in Estate Agency will follow through in his PR play as how many good PR ‘gurus’ actually comment themselves. They’re supposed to make the news for other people.Seeing the future plans for haart, who will still be around in 5 years times? Will it be those that are always criticising the new best thing in EA?Log in to ReplyWhat’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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Closing Haart branches is a ‘good idea’ claims former senior employee previous nextAgencies & PeopleClosing Haart branches is a ‘good idea’ claims former senior employeeDespite heavy criticism of its decision to get rid of 24 offices last week, some say the closures are inevitable in current tech and business climate.Nigel Lewis6th July 20201 Comment3,158 Viewslast_img read more

Vermont Yankee siren test scheduled in VT, NH and MA today at 1 pm

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,This afternoon, December 8, at 1 pm, an audible sounding will be conducted on the 37 sirens located within the Vermont Yankee 10-mile emergency planning zone.The pole-mounted sirens are located in the Vermont towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, and Vernon, and in the New Hampshire towns of Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Richmond, Swanzey, and Winchester. In Massachusetts, the sirens are located in Gill, Colrain, Leyden, Bernardston and Northfield.The three-minute siren testing is being conducted by the Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts state public safety agencies in compliance with the regulations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure the effectiveness of the notification system.Residents with questions on the annual testing can contact their town’s emergency management director or Mark Gilmore at Vermont Yankee at (802) 258-4168.last_img read more

Commonwealth TT:  Indian Women Reach Semis, Men Follow

first_imgCuttack: Indian men and women were the first to book their semifinal slots after winning their Super Eights group matches in the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.Though the Indian men have a formality to complete — they play their last match against Wales in group F — the women finished their engagements in group F with emphatic triumphs over Wales (3-0), Malaysia (3-0) and Nigeria (3-0).Earlier, the men’s team defeated Sri Lanka and Malaysia with an identical 3-0 margin to seal their berth in the semifinal.Anthony Amalraj, who got to play his matches on Thursday, had it rather easy against Sri Lankan Krishan Wickramaratha, cleaning him up with a 3-0 verdict in the opener though he was found to be struggling a bit against Malaysian Feng Chee Leong. But the Indian overcame the initial hiccups to beat him 3-1.As for the rest of the matches, they were as simple as they can get as G. Sathiyan and Manav Thakkar formed part of the squad against Sri Lanka while Sharath Kamal and Harmeet Desai were pitted against Malaysia.Coaches Australian Brett Clarke and Soumyadeep Roy gave ample opportunities to all the players before the knockouts on Friday.Archana Kamath was the common factor in all the three women’s matches while the two coaches rotated the other players, including Manika Batra, Madhurika Patkar, Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee. All the players came out with flying colours against their respective opponents.Besides India, England men and women too made the semifinal grade after notching up two wins each. Their men beat Singapore 3-2 while they claimed a 3-1 victory over Australia. Their women, on the other hand, beat Australia 3-1 and then trounced Sri Lanka 3-0.With two semifinal slots left in each of the two sections, the teams that look to book their berths are Singapore and Nigeria, barring a problem or two in the last match.In individual events, only one of the two Indians, G. Sathiyan and Manav Thakkar, would progress to the medal round as they were drawn in the same quarter while the other three Indians were lucky to find themselves evenly distributed into the other quarterfinals. IANSAlso Read: India Start on Grand Note in Commonwealth Table Tennislast_img read more

Serbian giants Vojvodina still keen on signing Ghana’s Stephen Appiah

first_imgSerbian giants Vojvodina Novi Sad have not given up hope of re-engaging former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah on permanent basis, Ghana can reveal.“I know Appiah is still on our cards, it has been difficult getting him to play for us again because of his huge status,” the club’s manager Zlatomir Zargocic told the team’s website.“I hope a deal will be struck soon because he is an important player who can greatly help our quest for trophies.”Appiah aided the club to Europa League play-offs during his four-month subject to renewal contract which he was receiving $25,000 a week, but has not renewed the contract after it ended.The former Fenerbahce man is currently a transfer target of clubs in UAE, Qatar and China.last_img read more

Three England Golf teams ready for Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters

first_img16 Jun 2014 Three England Golf teams ready for Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters Three England Golf teams ready for Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters England Golf is fielding three teams, two comprising boys and one of girls, in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters being played at Nizels Golf Club in Kent on 19th – 22nd June. The event, being played over the opening two rounds with the best two scores from each to count, will see Team 1 made up of Samantha Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey), Sophie Keech (Parkstone, Dorset) and Mollie Lawrence (Rochester & Cobham, Kent). Team 2 will comprise Jamie Dick (Forest Hills, Gloucestershire), Max Martin (Ladbrook Park, Warwickshire, Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Jake Storey (Alnmouth, Northumberland), while Team 3 will be Oliver Farrell (Evesham, Worcestershire), Harry Hall (West Cornwall) and Jamie Li (Bath, Somerset). Sammy Fuller, 15, was third in this season’s Scottish U16 stroke play and sixth in the Irish U18 stroke play. A member of England’s winning team at last year’s Girls’ Home Internationals and represented GB&I in the Junior Vagliano Trophy. She had top-ten finishes in the women’s Welsh Open, Irish Open and English Close Championships and was third on the Lorrin Golf England girls’ Order of Merit. Sophie Keech, 18, will represent England in the European Girls’ Team Championship. She has just won the Astor Salver at The Berkshire and was leading amateur in the Roehampton Gold Cup. She won the English Girls’ Championship last summer, as well as the English Schools’ and South West Girls’ titles and was a member of England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals. Mollie Lawrence, 16, was runner-up in the Frilford Heath Salver and tied fifth in the Astor Salver this season. She tied seventh in the 2014 Scottish U16 Championship and in the Irish U18 Girls’ Championship. Last year she tied fifth in the girls’ event at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Dick, 18, won the Darwin Salver at Rye in March, finished fourth in the Welsh Youths Championship and recently lost a playoff for the Welsh Open Stroke Play. Martin, 16, finished equal fourth in this year’s Fairhaven Trophy and represented England Golf in the recent German Boys Championship, while Storey, 18, the English under 16 champion in 2012, tied sixth in this year’s McEvoy Trophy and was a member of the team that finished third in the Fairhaven Trophy Nations Cup. Farrell, 17, was a member of the winning Nations Cup team at Fairhaven, having finished equal eighth in the McEvoy Trophy. Hall, 16, won this year’s Welsh Youths Championship, has been an under 16 international for the past two years, while Li, 17, another under 16 cap, was also a member of the winning Nations Cup team at Fairhaven, lost a playoff for the English under 18 Championship last year and finished sixth alongside Storey in this year’s McEvoy Trophy.last_img read more

Leafs pound defending KIJHL champs 12-0 at the NDCC Arena

first_imgOnce could be considered a fluke.But two double-digit wins in a row . . . now that’s some serious hurt the Nelson Leafs are putting on the Beaver Valley Nitehawks of late.The Nelson Leafs put a good old fashion, out behind the barn, whipping on the defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs, pounding the Hawks 12-0 in action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The win was the third in row for Nelson over the Hawks — the last two wins coming by a combined score of 22-3.“No I never thought I’d be on a team from Nelson that would beat Beaver Valley that bad,” said Nelson native Linden Horswill after the double-digit beat down, Nelson’s six straight victory.“They lost a couple of players to Trail (of the BCHL) and (forward Dallas) Calvin wasn’t playing tonight but we got a couple of quick ones and kind of kept on going.”Two of those quick ones came off the stick of former Nitehawk Jacob Boyczuk while Cole Arcuri scored the other to give Nelson a 3-0 lead after one period.In the second the Hawks had a chance to cut into the lead as Nelson was penalized twice giving Beaver Valley a two-man advantage.But Cody Boeckman stood tall in the Leaf nets allowing his mates the chance to turn the tables on the Hawks, scoring five times in the final half of the frame to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Nelson kept on the pressure in the third scoring four more times, including a shorthanded tally by Colton McCarthy.“We just kept the pressure up . . . keep moving are feet and get their goalie moving side to side kind of opened it up a bit,” Horswill, who chipped in with a goal himself, explained.Boyczuk finished the game with the hat trick while Aaron Dunlap finished with a pair.Greg Nickel, Matthew Naka, Dustin Reimer and Bryce Nielsen also scored for Nelson.McCarthy and Carsen Willans each finished the game with three assists while Nelson Minor Hockey grad Dallon Stoddart, in his first game back for the Leafs after spending time in Manitoba playing Junior A hockey, added a pair of assists.The Leafs out shot the Hawks by a 33-9 margin as Boeckman out dueled Beaver Valley backstop Zack Perehudoff between the pipes to register the win.Nelson, improving to 12-5-1, retains its Murdock Division lead over Castlegar by two points.The Rebels blasted Grand Forks 8-0.The Leafs return to the rink Sunday for an afternoon tilt against the Sicamous Eagles.Sicamous is 9-2-2-2, good enough for second spot in the Doug Birks Division behind North Okanagan.The same Eagles are in Fruitvale Saturday for a date against the Hawks.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2016)–With favored Treasuring begging for racing room at the rail, lightly raced Everqueen, under Joe Talamo, shot clear a furlong out and took Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 2 ½ lengths, as the 3-year-old filly by Colonel John got six furlongs in 1:09.34.Breaking from post position four in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies, Everqueen showed good early speed as she sat a close second just to the outside of longshot Princess Katie around the far turn before opening up on her competition.Off at 5-1, she paid $12.60, $4.60 and $3.60. Trained by Ron Ellis and owned by McShane Racing, LLC, Everqueen was an impressive maiden $75,000 claiming winner here on Jan. 24 and was making her fourth start today. With the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $59,410.Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Victor Espinoza, Treasuring, who came off a close fourth place finish in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Santa Ynez Stakes Jan. 2, was full of run at the rail but by the time she was able to split horses a furlong out, the winner had all the momentum and she had to settle for second money. Off at 4-5 in her seventh career start, Treasuring paid $2.80 and $2.40.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Asian’s Way raced just to the outside of the favorite around the turn and despite getting first run on her, she proved third best. Off at 9-2, Asian’s Way paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.65, 46.14 and 57.91.First post time on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

R200m plan to unite SA’s textile industry

first_img At the end of the initial five-year plan, he said, “the industry should have created between 7 000 and 8 000 jobs, as well as seen an active participation of about 600 newly formed small, medium and micro enterprises”. SAinfo reporter 27 June 2014 South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry has approved a R200-million grant and a five-year plan for the establishment of the Southern African Sustainable Textile and Apparel Cluster (Sastac), in a bid to improve the industry’s competitiveness while uniting it under an umbrella body. Making the announcement on Monday, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the initiative sought to build the capacity of South Africa’s industry to supply local and international consumers with “fully traceable sustainable apparel and household textile products”. This would include supplying textile and apparel products that adhered to the 100% local content requirement for procurement by local government. Davies said the cluster would work to maximise production and beneficiation using local raw materials, “starting with cotton and then broadening its scope to include all other natural and synthetic fibres”, while incubating opportunities for small business participation and job creation throughout the value chain, “from farm to retail”.center_img The cluster would work with retailers to help the government with tracing goods and overcoming non-compliance within the industry. Heinrich Schultz, the newly appointed manager of the cluster, told The Star newspaper that Sastac would oversee about eight existing sub-clusters across the industry, helping to “mend a highly fragmented industry”.last_img read more

Meet the 2015 Ohio FFA Convention Student Reporters

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal are excited to announce yet another year of exceptional student reporters to help bring you live coverage of the 87th Ohio FFA State Convention, April 30th and May 1st at the Ohio Expo Center. They’ll be reporting alongside our staff and offering a view of convention from a member’s perspective, all while learning valuable communication skills and having fun in the process. Stay tuned to for the latest updates from Ohio FFA.Here are this year’s student reporters:Taylor CasterTaylor Caster is a member of the Clyde FFA Chapter. She is currently a sophomore at Clyde High School and serves her chapter as its junior president. She’ll be serving as president next year. Taylor has participated in various CDEs such as Parliamentary Procedure, Agricultural Sales, Dairy Judging, and Public Speaking. Outside of school, she is involved with the Riley Booster 4-H Club serving as reporter, Jr. Fair Board and Jr. Leadership Club. Taylor also loves to show livestock at the Sandusky County Fair, this year she plans to show Market Lambs, Hogs, and Turkeys. She is also serving as 2014 Sandusky County Fair Lamb & Wool Queen. Taylor hopes that this experience will enhance her speaking ability and allow her to broaden her horizons as she begins to take on new challenges.  Jarrett CrowthersJarrett Crowthers is a freshman member of the Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA Chapter. He is currently serving as the 2015-2016 Chapter Secretary. Crowthers this year had the joy of winning the state Public Speaking contest. Outside of FFA, he has participated in school plays and musicals, show choir, and has actively raised animals. He’ll be showing cattle and rabbits at this year’s Butler County Fair. Jarrett hopes to meet new people and make new friendships from the student reporter experience.    Libby HoslerLibby Hosler is a member in the Chief Logan FFA Chapter. She serves as the chapter reporter and is involved in a wide variety of Career Development Events. A junior in High School, Hosler is a class officer, member of student council, National Honor Society, and the Varsity Cross Country, Track, and Cheerleading teams. Her agricultural interests include raising market goats and rabbits for the fair.     Evan SmithEvan Smith is returning to offer his skills and talents as a Student Reporter for the second year, having been a reporter at the 2014 Ohio FFA State Convention. He hopes to bring some new experience to the reporting team. After last year’s convention, Evan began a student internship at a local radio station, reporting on the five FFA chapters in his home county. Smith is currently a junior at Canal Winchester High School, but is a member of the Bloom-Carroll FFA Chapter. Evan took second in the state at Extemporaneous Public Speaking this year and will be receiving his State FFA Degree the convention. He would like to someday attend The Ohio State University, but is still undecided on a major.last_img read more