Kristjan Byfield, one of the founding agents of the Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agent (CIELA) says the organisation was launched at the wrong time and that it would have been more successful if it had focussed on fewer issues.CIELA launched in January this year but after struggling to attract enough agents to sign up, it threw in the towel in June despite having a large group of experienced founder agents (pictured, right) behind it.“We just tried to launch it at a difficult time,” says Kristjan, who says he realises “hindsight is a wonderful thing” but thinks CIELA launched with too many objectives, and that difficult market conditions meant too many agents didn’t have the time or energy to commit to a new membership organisation.“The trouble with our industry is that we’re a funny old bunch. There were too many voices trying to get their points over; it would have been better to be more focussed,” he says.“Our industry is too fragmented. For example, the issues facing a Welsh agent with a few hundred properties to manage are very different to those facing a business like mine in central London.“I am disappointed that CIELA didn’t work out, however it’s only on ice and there may be a CIELA 2.0 at a later date.”Kristjan says one challenge for CIELA was that there are so many different threads running through the industry, and fewer and fewer problems common to every branch so it’s harder to unite agents behind a handful of issues.He says compliance and regulation are two of them, but that he always feels that ARLA and NAEA take a rather complex approach to this, as they’re really training organisations – although they don’t like admitting that in public – and have shied away from being a regulatory body.Kristjan was also disappointed that some people said the CIELA founding members were just clients of the organisation’s founder, agent software entrepreneur Charlie Wright.“It just wasn’t true,” he says. “I only became involved in CIELA after I saw Charlie speak at a function and he was so passionate about independent agents that I decided to get involved – I’d never met him before that.” Kristjan Byfield charlie wright Charter for Independent Estate and Letting Agents CIELA October 20, 2017Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Difficult market conditions to blame for CIELA failure, says founding agent previous nextDifficult market conditions to blame for CIELA failure, says founding agentLetting agent Kristjan Byfield says the organisation could still be a success and that next time he’d like it to be more focussed in its objectives.Nigel Lewis20th October 20170874 Views
More details have emerged following the management buyout of leading 12-branch Kent estate agency Miles & Barr.The four main shareholders in the company, who include co-founders Stuart Barr and Christian Miles, have been paid £3.8 million for their equity in the firm via a loan from specialist buyout finance house ThinCats.Mark Brooks (above,left), who has been a director of the company since 2013 and until recently looked after its Deal, Dover and Folkestone branches, is to become the new Managing Director of Miles and Barr.Following the management buyout, 41-year-old Brooks says he wants to expand its lettings book from 2,100 to 5,000 properties.“The new management buyout is an important step for the business,” says Brooks.“We have an excellent reputation across the region and a significant footprint online too.“The mortgage and rental markets are constantly evolving thanks to ongoing schemes such as Help to Buy as well as the outlawing of tenancy fees.”53-year-old Stuart Barr (above, right) and 54-year-old Christian Miles (above, middle) are to exit the business along with the other shareholders, which are understood to include Stuart’s wife Jacqueline, who until now has also been the company secretary.Miles and Barr was set up in 1999 by the two school friends initially with a branch in Ramsgate followed by a second in Margate.The full-service estate agency now has ten more branches including a presence in every major Kent property market. This includes offices in Birchington, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Deal, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone, Herne Bay, Sandwich, Westgate and Whitstable.Read more about Miles & Barr.Christian Miles Stuart Barr Mark Brooks Miles and Barr March 9, 2020Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Founders of leading South East estate agency paid £3.8 million as they exit business previous nextAgencies & PeopleFounders of leading South East estate agency paid £3.8 million as they exit businessStuart Barr and Christian Miles along with two other shareholders get a golden goodbye following a buyout led by existing director and branch manager Mark Brooks.Nigel Lewis9th March 202007,160 Views
By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The bat feels like a toothpick in my hands.The baseball floats in the air and a small boy chases after it.I’m tapping fly balls with a child’s bat in my front yard on a lazy Saturday afternoon to a neighbor’s 6-year-old son. My own son – now a strapping 6-feet-2-inch teenager – coaches the little boy.“When you’re judging a fly ball,” my son says, “your first step is always back.”He also shows the younger boy how to control his throws better by making the motion overhand, rather than sidearm. The little boy listens attentively, desperate to learn the game.The moment takes me back.I’ve lost track of how many hours I spent hitting fly balls or throwing batting practice to my son. He fell in love with baseball when he was not much older than our young neighbor. My son spent hours out here, tossing baseballs up in the air and whacking them when I couldn’t toss or hit to him. There still are spots worn bare in our front lawn that mark where he stood when he hit and where I stood when I pitched to him – an unofficial batter’s box and pitcher’s mound.We stopped doing that a few years ago when I tossed him a pitch that he hit with a crack. The ball flew over the street and landed atop a neighbor’s roof. A slightly lower trajectory would have put it through a large and lovely picture window.It’s a cliché to wax rhapsodic about baseball, to lapse into lyricism about lessons passed from fathers to sons on fields of green.The temptation is understandable.I never played much baseball when I was young – a regret now – because summer swim practices conflicted with most Little League schedules. But I treasure the times I spent working with my son as he developed his skills.The why of that can be found in the game’s nature. Because so much of it is about listening, observing and learning, baseball lends itself to close conversation – to teaching.I tap a pop fly into the air. The neighbor boy runs under it, glove outstretched. The ball lands in the web, a clean catch.He holds the ball in the air.A huge grin splits his face.He and my son slap gloves together in celebration.Then my son walks the younger boy through what he did to make the catch, how he tracked the ball, how he squeezed it when it landed and secured the grab with both hands. It’s a lesson my son learned that he now shares.I watch my son coach, and the other boy listens, with wonder in my heart. I marvel at the way some things endure even as everything around them changes.A few years ago, I took my son and my father on a trip to see baseball in Cleveland, Ohio, where I was born. Before the Saturday game, we drove over to a working-class neighborhood where we’d lived when I was little more than a toddler.The three of us played pitch and catch in the tiny little playground behind the small duplex where we lived long ago. As we tossed the ball back and forth, my dad, who was in his 80s, told his grandson about how, decades earlier, he used to throw in this same spot with me.Dad said it made him feel good to see his grandson take such an interest in baseball.The ball’s flight tracked the march of generations.Grandfather to father to son/grandson – and then back again.Now, my wife sits at a window chair in our kitchen and watches the three of us play. My son notices me smiling at her.“You can go in and sit with Mom, Dad,” he says. “I can take over for you.”Someday, he will.Because that is the nature of things.On this day, though, I watch while my son teaches a little boy some things he’s learned from and about a game he loves.The grass grows. Clouds push across the sky. Time passes.And that’s okay because I can’t think of any place I’d rather be.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Fairness In Taxes, a community watchdog group will meet on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. in Room 110, Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the Ocean City Library, 17 Street & Haven Avenue.The group invites the public to attend with questions or anything of interest pertaining to the city and community. For questions or further information, please contact Sheila Hartranft via email, [email protected] or by phone at 609-814-0056. Ocean City Free Public Library
Just last weekend, Pearl Jam kicked off a two-night run at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York, NY along their 25th anniversary tour. The band took the Big Apple opportunity to welcome a very special guest to the stage, as they welcomed famed singer Sting to the stage for a cover of Police classic “Driven To Tears.”In honor of the great collaboration, Pearl Jam has treated fans to pro-shot footage of the cover performance. Watch Sting accompany Pearl Jam for “Driven To Tears,” below:Pearl Jam has been on fire during their current tour, continuing to bring out tour debuts on a nightly basis. They resume performing this Sunday, May 8th, at the CTC Arena in Ottawa.
Related Harvard Project on Climate Agreements holds panel discussion on topic PARIS — The road ahead for climate change policy will entail many twists and turns, and the need for continuous rigorous and relevant climate science will be more important than ever. With that framing, a group of scholars on Wednesday shared their ideas for improving the process by which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) carries out its research agenda, at a side panel at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris.The panel, titled “The IPCC at a Crossroads,” was co-sponsored by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements (HPCA) and was designed as a follow-up to an October 2015 article in Science, which articulated potential opportunities for IPCC reforms.“Assessment-making means we have to explore options which are relevant for the policymakers and the decision-makers,” said Ottmar Edenhofer, director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). “Because of this … social science and economics is fundamental for any kind of assessment making [and] we want to reflect about the art of assessment making under these conditions.” Charles Kolstad from the Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (SEEPAC) argued that while the IPCC has “proven its value,” it has also received abundant criticism and must identify opportunities to improve both its processes and outputs in order to increase the impact of its research.There has been a lack of government support for IPCC reform in the past, according to Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and faculty director of HPCA. “After the Paris talks conclude,” he remarked, “governments may have more appetite to reconsider the IPPC’s role in light of a new global climate regime in place.”Carlo Carrero of the University of Venice argued that the panel will need to re-think its communications strategies.“Bureau members and scientists need to deliver their message in a comprehensive and clear way,” he said, pointing to the necessity to expand outreach strategies by using video, infographics and social media. “There is a lot to do, and this organization must learn to speak even to young people and not only to those involved in the policy process.”The IPCC’s newly elected Chair, Hoesung Lee, responded to comments, saying that the Paris talks will be considered as “a new eventful chapter in the history of climate change” and that “the IPCC will provide more clear understanding of the solutions for policymakers” in the years ahead.The side panel built not only on the article in Science, but also on a closely related workshop hosted by the Mercator Institute in Berlin and co-sponsored by HPCA in February 2015.Read the Kennedy School’s Tumblr for more updates. How climate agreement impacts business
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 106 new members and 23 international members, announced NAE President John L. Anderson this week. This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,355 and the number of international members to 298.Three members of the Harvard community were included in the most recent election:Doyle, Francis J., III, John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor and dean, Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for insights into natural biological control systems and innovative engineering of diabetes control devices.Hogan, William Walter, Raymond Plank Research Professor of Global Energy Policy, Harvard Kennedy School for contributions to electricity industry restructuring, electricity market design, and energy policy modeling and analysis.Ingber, Donald Elliott, director, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering; and professor, Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for interdisciplinary contributions to mechanobiology and microsystems engineering, and leadership in biologically inspired engineering.Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.” Election of new NAE members is the culmination of a yearlong process. The ballot is set in December and the final vote for membership occurs during January.Individuals in the newly elected class will be formally inducted during the NAE’s annual meeting on Oct. 3, 2021. A list of the new members and international members follows, with their primary affiliations at the time of election and a brief statement of their principal engineering accomplishments. Read Full Story
View Comments MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT LOOK OUT FOR… 11:55, when Andrews and Burnett give up on the medley and have a “Strangers in the Night” sob session instead. OVERALL CAMP FACTOR Two out of two matching sparkly vests. We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! WHY WE LOVE IT Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett make an adorable duo in this oh-so-campy 1971 Lincoln Center concert. They start off strong with a selection of Beatles songs including “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “With a Little Help From My Friends.” Halfway through, they start to get a little weird, throwing the Sesame Street theme song, “Age of Aquarius” and “Son of a Preacher Man” in there. Ladies, you can sing anything you want, but Ms. Andrews, we do not believe for one second that you get high with a little help from your friends.
“We are worried that people who are still unaware about the risks of COVID-19 will still attend public gatherings and conduct activities that can actually be avoided,” Doni said.In the past few weeks, there have been many reports of people violating the PSBB and physical distancing measures and thronging fast food outlets, airports, traditional markets and shopping malls.In West Java, the region’s COVID-19 task force secretary, Daud Achmad, reported a number of violations of PSBB measures on April 22, including failure to wear masks while driving and violations of the 50 percent occupancy limit for cars and motorcycles.In East Java, a recent online survey conducted by the alumni association of Airlangga University’s School of Public Health found that many places of worship, offices and factories mostly remained operational without health protocols. (dpk)Topics : National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo has urged the public to adhere to large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for the next two weeks to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission and pave the way for a “new normal”.“If we want to break the chain of transmission and start living in the new normal, then these last few weeks are the most crucial moments,” Doni said on Wednesday. “But we cannot stop implementing the PSBB if the public does not comply with the regulations.”He bemoaned the fact that many people were still going out to crowded areas in defiance of PSBB protocols.