Home » News » Agencies & People » Watch out Savills! Fine & Country launches bid to be No.1 in upmarket sales previous nextAgencies & PeopleWatch out Savills! Fine & Country launches bid to be No.1 in upmarket salesNew MD Nicky Stevenson says new territory licensing structure is already enabling holders to exploit new areas.Nigel Lewis24th June 202002,043 Views Fine & Country says it’s aiming to be the biggest premium estate agency brand in the UK, its new MD Nicky Stevenson tells The Negotiator.She joined the company in January to head up its associates operation but after CEO David Lindley announced his departure on June 1st, Stevenson was made MD of the UK, with Daniel Harrington heading up London and its international operation.In an exclusive chat, Stevenson says that Fine & Country has already started its UK expansion despite the Coronavirus lock-down, with 11 new territories agreed to licensees and associates.Agents in sleepy rural prime towns might want to watch out. Fine & Country is hoping to leverage its upmarket international reputation to take market share and Stevenson has been tasked with getting this done by its founder, Jon Cooke.Self-employed“It is an incredibly exciting time”, she says. “Fine & Country is a young business, constantly seeking to push the boundaries with tech and marketing innovations.”It also recently enabled licence holders to sub-licence territories to agents on a self-employed basis if they want to. Until recently sub-licensing was not permitted.“People’s expectations of work-life balance are changing and some want more flexibility, which the associate model enables,” she says.“Where Fine & Country differs is that we help independent agents to position themselves in a higher end of the market, with a global reach, and therefore charge higher fees which can be difficult to tap into using traditional methods.“The upper end of the market is moving – we’ve already overtaken our sales agreed rate and instructions for 2019, and because our agents are independent they are quite nimble – they didn’t have to wait for HQ to tell them when to open up, and hit the ground running earlier.”David Harrington Nicky Stevenson jon cooke David Lindley fine & country June 24, 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
Registration for Ocean City’s popular summer recreation programs for people of all ages opens on Sunday, May 1.The brochure of programs is available online now. A downloadable print version is also available at ocnj.us/recreation.Programs in the arts, academics and athletics attract thousands of participants each year. Participants are encouraged to follow this procedure to register:Browse the online brochure of 2016 summer recreation programs now available at www.ocnj.us/recreation.Register for a free online Community Pass account by following the same link.Sign up for programs from home when online registration opens at 9 a.m. Friday, May 1. Registration will also be available in person at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center (at Sixth Street and Boardwalk) or at the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center (17th Street and Simpson Avenue) at the same time.Available programs cater to a wide range of ages (tots to adults) and interests — from tiny tots tumbling to a golf clinic (with an emphasis on chipping and putting).For more information, call the Ocean City Recreation Department at 609-525-9304.
“Tesco has started to attract new shoppers again, with two-thirds of households visiting them in the last four weeks,” said Nielsen UK head of retailer and business insight Mike Watkins.He added that Tesco was well placed to benefit from the ‘little-and-often’ mode of shopping behaviour seen by Nielsen as a driver of future growth.“Retailers with a multi-format or multi-channel proposition are well-placed to gain new shoppers and incremental spend, particularly when food sales are under increasing pressure from the discounters and, now, Amazon,” added Watkins.Kantar Worldpanel recorded similar sales growth at Tesco, reporting that sales of foods, including ready meals and produce, had brought some of the fastest growth at the retailer, with overall sales up 1.3%.This was the first growth from Tesco since March 2015, according to Kantar. Tesco has outperformed its three major supermarket rivals in the past quarter – and recorded its strongest sales growth in more than three years.The retailer’s sales rose by more than 1% year on year, according to two sets of data published today – with analysts Nielsen and Kantar Worldpanel both reporting on the performance of the UK grocery market.Nielsen said Tesco’s sales rose 1.4% in the 12 weeks to 8 October versus the same period last year. The last time the retailer reported a higher increase was the 12 weeks ending 14 September 2013, when sales increased 2.3%.Tesco was the only one of the big four retailers – which includes Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons – to grow sales over the last quarter.Nielsen grocery sales data Kantar Worldpanel grocery sales data “Sales growth has been strongest among family shoppers, while improved trading from its larger supermarket and Extra stores has supported this month’s gains,” said Kantar retail and consumer insight head Fraser McKevitt.Nielsen described the quarter as “a good period” for the UK’s leading supermarkets, adding that the four weeks ending 8 October was the third consecutive month of growth in terms of value and volume sales, with both up 0.1%.“Industry growth slowed mid-September as the heatwave ended, but picked up again as the warm and dry weather returned,” said Watkins.Nielsen added that it expected retail prices to be kept in check for the time being, despite “currency-related cost price increases casting a shadow over next year”.Kantar also pointed out that the threat of rising prices was on a lot of minds at the moment, adding that – although it had seen the 27th consecutive period of grocery price deflation – the rate of deflation had slowed.“The price of everyday groceries fell by 0.8% compared with a year ago and in contrast to the -1.1% reported last month, with deflation particularly noticeable among pork, crisps and poultry products,” said Kantar’s McKevitt.
The winners of the fourth annual Afternoon Tea Awards were revealed this week at the Rosewood London.AfternoonTea.co.uk, which hosts the awards, said that this year’s competition had attracted entries from more than 60 UK hotels and restaurants.“These are the only awards that look at the whole afternoon tea experience from the customer’s perspective. Our expert judges visit twice to ensure that food quality and service levels are consistent,” said Keith Newton, managing director of AfternoonTea.co.uk.“The creativity demonstrated by the chefs, combined with exceptional service, show that afternoon tea is still a very special culinary experience that can be enjoyed by all.”Winners were announced in four categories: Best Tea Service, Best Theme, Best Contemporary Tea and Best Traditional Tea. Highly commended, commended and awards of excellence were also recognised and presented. The winners were:Best Traditional Afternoon Tea: The SavoyBest Contemporary Afternoon Tea: Cadogan’s by Adam HandlingBest Themed Afternoon Tea: The Berkeley ‘Prêt-à-Portea’Best Tea Service: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London‘Awards of Excellence’ were given to regional winners:Pennyhill Park, SurreyCoworth Park, BerkshireCafé at the Palace, EdinburghLainston House, HampshireJames Martin ManchesterLaura Ashley CoventryLaura Ashley SolihullFoxhills, SurreyTewin Bury Farm Hotel, HertfordshireHighly Commended winners included The Berkeley, Rosewood London, The Dorchester and Kona. Commended winners included Fortnum & Mason The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe, COMO The Halkin and Le Méridien Piccadilly.
[H/T Jambase] Keeping on with their extensive Wheels of Soul tour this summer, Tedeschi Trucks Band took to Providence, Rhode Island, last night, rolling through the Providence Performing Arts Center for a one-off stop with supporting acts Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers. After starting things off with originals “Anyhow” and “Laugh About It,” the group laid out Derek & The Dominos’ “Keep On Growing” and The Beatles’ “Within You Without You” before another original, “Just As Strange.” With the show fully underway and the twelve-piece group fully locked in, Tedeschi Trucks Band invited a special guest out for the next two numbers.Tedeschi Trucks Band Brings “Whipping Post” To Guest-Filled Night At The Wolf TrapOliver Wood, guitarist for supporting act The Wood Brothers, came out and joined Tedeschi Trucks Band. Wood first sat in for a rendition of “Leaving Trunk,” a number originally by Sleepy John Estes in the 1930’s under the name “Milk Cow Blues” and later made increasingly famous by Taj Mahal for his 1968 rendition on his self-titled album. From there, Wood and Tedeschi Trucks Band segued into a vibrant performance of “Volunteered Slavery,” the title track off Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s similarly named 1969 album. With the addition of Wood, the ensemble’s sound was beyond full, with the three guitarists joyfully exchanging licks and clearly loving it. After Wood departed, Tedeschi Trucks Band coasted on a high, with a cover-heavy end to the set which saw renditions of John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery,” The Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree,” and Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice” among others ahead of the final encore of Joe Cocker’s “Space Captain.”You can watch Oliver Wood’s sit-in with Tedeschi Trucks Band on “Leaving Trunk” and “Volunteered Slavery” below, courtesy of Aaron Cutler.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Providence Performing Arts Center | Providence, RI | 7/8/2017Set: Anyhow, Laugh About It, Keep On Growing, Within You Without You, Just as Strange, Leaving Trunk, Volunteered Slavery, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, Bound for Glory, Get What You Deserve, Angel From Montgomery, Sugaree, I Pity the Fool, I Want More, Soul SacrificeEncore: Space Captain
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University has named the Chicago Tribune this year’s winner of the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers for its evenhanded and thorough investigation of improper influence peddling in the admissions process at the University of Illinois in “Clout Goes to College.”The Taylor Award and a $10,000 prize, established to encourage fairness in news coverage by America’s daily newspapers, will be presented at a ceremony on April 8 at the Nieman Foundation in Cambridge, Mass.In “Clout Goes to College,” the Chicago Tribune revealed that lawmakers and university trustees used their sway to help subpar applicants gain admission to the University of Illinois, at times over the objections of admissions officers. The paper exposed secret admissions clout lists and a corrupt admissions process and in doing so, paved the way for reforms including a new admissions system, a new university president and chancellor, and six new members of the university’s board of trustees.Over the course of five months, the paper published about 90 stories and developed two online databases that showed readers what role their local high schools and legislators played in the scandal. Reporters Robert Becker, Jodi Cohen, Tara Malone, and Stacy St. Clair worked with editor Tracy Van Moorlehem and graphic artist Keith Claxton to produce the series.Taylor Award judge Ames Alexander commented, “Fairness was both the means and the end of this investigation. The newspaper let University of Illinois officials speak for themselves at length, publishing e-mails that spoke volumes about the tainted admissions process. But while the Tribune pounded the power brokers and university officials who had corrupted the admissions system, it sought to protect ‘clouted’ students who weren’t demonstrably culpable. The staff’s dogged and conscientious efforts produced a remarkable result: An unjust student selection process was replaced with one based on merit.”Another judge, Monica Campbell, said, “The idea that political favoritism exists in the university admissions process is not new. But in a nuanced and comprehensive way, this series shows how a university system can allow for such corruption and drives that angle, rather than merely calling out the culprits, in a way that usefully shows how power and undue pressures wind their way through a university’s bureaucracy. Taken together, with informative graphics, reproduced e-mails and sidebars, the series offers a precise case study on deal-making at universities — not just at the University of Illinois, but what may likely exist at other institutions — and fairly portrays the culture that allows such problems to exist.”
Maya Jasanoff has traveled in 70 countries, the 70th being the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which she visited last year to do research for her new book, “The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World.” Along with re-tracing Conrad’s adventures along the Congo River, the Coolidge Professor of History spent four weeks aboard a French cargo ship, sailing between China and northern Europe in a time-travel-style effort to better appreciate the era in which her British-Polish subject lived and worked. Jasanoff’s numerous honors include the 2017 Windham Campbell Prize for nonfiction and the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction for “Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World.” She spoke to the Gazette about her journey into the life of Conrad. GAZETTE: Why did you write this book?JASANOFF: I wanted to solve a problem for myself. I had worked a lot on the rise of the British Empire and I was interested in what its global reach was during its pinnacle of power, about a century ago. This is the world readers know best through poems like Kipling’s “The White Man’s Burden.” But the greatest novel I had ever read, “Heart of Darkness,” offered a very different perspective on imperialism. As I thought of Conrad more, I wondered: How did the same guy who wrote about imperialism in Africa write about terrorism in London [“The Secret Agent”]? How did the same guy who wrote about seafaring in so many novels write about capitalism in Latin America in “Nostromo”? The puzzle was basically figuring out what Conrad’s world looked like. It was very much at odds with that Pax Britannica image.GAZETTE: You re-traced the 1,000-mile journey Conrad made down the Congo River more than 100 years ago. Why was it important to take the trip? JASANOFF: Conrad wrote his books based very much on his experiences of the world as a sailor and immigrant, so I thought there was something important in capturing that experience of these things, especially his being a sailor for so long. Writing was a second career for him. He was a sailor until his 30s. I felt like I couldn’t get insight into what made him tick without being on boats and at sea.With respect to “Heart of Darkness,” there’s a lot of debate regarding the representation of Africa in that book, and discussion about whether he is generalizing grotesquely or capturing pretty specific historical realities. I felt one way to approach this question meant going to the place and putting the two theories in conversation with each other.As historians we can never meet our sources. We can never talk to them, see the world they lived in. The best we can do is see the fragments left behind. What’s left behind is some of what’s there today. It is a valuable source — seeing places you write about. I felt, in this case, it was doubly important.“I wanted to write a book that wasn’t a beginning-to-end chronological history told by an offstage narrator,” said Harvard Professor Maya Jasanoff, who re-traced the 1,000-mile journey Joseph Conrad made down the Congo River.GAZETTE: Conrad had to balance tension between his Eastern European upbringing and his life and work in the West, and sailed for some 20 years before settling down. Was the author’s identity struggle appealing as a foundation of the book?JASANOFF: I’m drawn to people who don’t fit neatly into boxes. I wouldn’t want to put him neatly in a box. … That said, he, like many who are dislocated, was constantly navigating where he’d come from and where he’d arrived. Many people respond by putting away the first identity; some do it by doubling down and rejecting the new identity; and a third option is to do both. I come from a family of immigrants — my mom’s from India, my dad was born in America. How you fit identities together is something I’m very interested in. From my own experience, it doesn’t have a simple answer.Conrad went back to Poland later in life and stayed in touch with relatives — it was a real part of him. He never gave that up, yet he was proudly British. He married an Englishwoman. He went back and forth between them his whole life. It’s one of the reasons he seems such a man of our times as much as his own. Today the largest foreign-born population in the U.K. is Poles. When Conrad was there, there were almost none. GAZETTE: “The Dawn Watch” is part literary criticism, part history, and part travelogue. How challenging was it to write all three genres into one book?JASANOFF: I wanted to write a book that wasn’t a beginning-to-end chronological history told by an offstage narrator. I moved across these registers, in part, to deal with the competing chronologies. In my last couple of books, I looked at a historical phenomenon through individual lives, but in this book I had a whole other layer in the form of the fiction. I had two versions of a lead character: the actor and the memoirist. In general, most narrative history gets written in a linear way with an omniscient narrator, but I took a cue from Conrad, who was used to telling stories in many voices, jumping around and making a mess of narrative lines. In a sense I wanted to follow Conrad’s method a bit and give the reader a little credit. Having abrupt breaks and shifting perspectives would be fine because that’s how we follow so many film and fiction narratives now.GAZETTE: What did you make of the sailor experiences — his and yours — that made their way into the book?JASANOFF: People have only lost the experience of sea travel in the last couple of generations. Until the 1960s, it’s how everyone traveled. Even my own parents did. I became aware that everyone used to travel like that. Everyone I’ve ever written about traveled like that. There are lots of recreational sailors today — though I had never learned to sail — but I realized that to understand Conrad I really needed to take a long sea voyage, not a recreational sailing trip. So I spent a month at sea. It gave me insight to how he wrote. Conrad has a very innovative narrative style, and it leaves you wondering, “How did he come up with that?”Being on that ship for a month gave me insight into that. Sailors are known for spinning yarns and part of the reason for that is they spend all of this time in a very small, isolated community. The only way to bring in something from the outside is by telling stories about it. That really clicked for me in a way it wouldn’t have if I hadn’t gotten on that ship. I was also interested in how Conrad was involved in one of the foundations of our own globalized world. Nowadays sea travel is a lark, but maritime trade is happening more than ever before.Interview was edited and condensed.
The Manufacturing & AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) sector has always been about creating safer, stronger, more efficient and more cost-effective products. How do leaders in this industry continue to raise their already high bars? They constantly transform their engineering workflows with the most powerful technology tools so they can develop better designs faster.Starting today, our most powerful 15” mobile workstation, the Dell Precision 7540, is available with up to an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 graphics card option. The combination of the power and thermal design of the Precision 7540 with the world’s first ray-tracing GPU means that technical professionals can tackle intensive design and visualization workloads with ease.At Autodesk University (#AU2019) this week, Dell Technologies, NVIDIA and HTC specialists will be on hand to offer advice and share demonstrations of the latest solutions for the sector.Dell Technologies’ customers include some of the world’s leading Manufacturing and Engineering companies, and at #AU2019, we’ll be spotlighting our work with the McLaren Group.Nose of Lando Norris, McLaren MCL34The Dell partnership is helping McLaren bring innovation to the forefront as fast as their race cars. Every decision made at the IT level has a direct impact on drivers on the track. The faster McLaren can design and bring components from the lab, the more success they have on the track.Dell Technologies helps McLaren design, prototype, and develop race car systems more rapidly and efficiently, and deploy complex simulation tools so their drivers and teams know exactly what to expect on race day. McLaren is in a race not just on the track, but also off the circuit as car designs are constantly changing.The McLaren Formula 1 team and the new McLaren Arrow SP Indycar team rely on Dell Precision workstations during the car development process, using them to help bring their designs to life. The workstations have also helped to adapt McLaren’s design workflow by powering VR and 3D CAD visions where full clay models would have been built historically. By digitizing a significant portion of the prototyping process, McLaren engineers can make tweaks almost instantly, helping them to perfect their cars more quickly, saving valuable resources and money.The roll-out of Dell Precision mobile workstations across the organization also means that team members have been able to access vital projects on the go, without sacrificing the processing power needed to fuel-intensive workloads.If you’re attending #AU2019 and are an auto enthusiast (or not!), you won’t want to miss the chance to visit Dell Technologies (Booth #AE300) in the Sands Convention Center. Come check out the stunning McLaren 720S – get a fully-loaded VR experience in the driver’s seat and geek out on the latest technology that drives the supercar’s award-winning design.We’ll also have an exclusive demo of Autodesk VRED 3D visualization and virtual prototyping software which taps into NVIDIA RTX technology for GPU raytracing and AI-powered acceleration to perform accurate real-time rendering. This demo will be powered by a Dell Precision 7820 tower workstation loaded with two NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 cards and an HTC Vive Pro Eye headset.Dell and McLaren will also be hosting and participating in various workshops throughout the event. It’s going to be an exciting and busy week for the industry – we look forward to seeing you at the show!
Saint Mary’s communication professor Terri Russ encouraged women to believe “[their] bodies are amazing” at a lecture Wednesday night. Russ’ speech, “Beautiful Body Battles or Why Are We All Chasing Unicorns?” explained why body dissatisfaction occurs and urged students to fight against it. She said women’s negative view of their bodies is called “body dissatisfaction,” an issue that extends beyond the concept of body image. “Body image makes it sound like it’s an appearance issue,” Russ said. “When, in actuality, it’s so much more.” Her lecture focused on three aspects of female body image: what is natural, what is real and how women know what is natural or real. Russ said the woman’s ideal of the perfect body size is significantly smaller than what is natural — the women’s ideal size is a six, while the man’s ideal woman’s size is a 10 and the natural body size is 14. Women play body battle games with themselves, Russ said, such as “the mirror game,” “the food game” and “the clothing game.” “The mirror game” focuses on women’s tendency to pinpoint their problem areas when they look in the mirror, she said. “Very rarely, if ever, do we step back and look at our whole image … what is most likely in proportion to the rest of our body looks out of proportion [when taken out of context],” Russ said. Food games refer not only to eating disorders, Russ said, but also to disordered eating habits. Lastly, Russ said women play “clothing games” when they allow clothes to dominate their lives. Women often refer to clothing size by stating, “I’m an eight,” she said, when in reality, they should say, “I wear an eight.” “Clothing is a pivotal part of who we are and how we present ourselves to society … [but] here’s the dirty little secret of clothing sizes … they have no meaning,” Russ said. “You [become] that clothing number, but if that number has no tangible meaning, it says a lot about a person.” Women contribute to each other’s body dissatisfaction, Russ said, through habits such as what she called “the skinny greeting.” This greeting includes women telling each other they look great and asking each other whether they lost weight. Though seemingly harmless and positive, Russ said, this question can be detrimental to a woman’s notion of body dissatisfaction. Russ also encouraged audience members to take steps toward overcoming body dissatisfaction. “I believe that anything can be changed,” she said. Russ said students could eliminate “the skinny greeting,” focus on health and change the way they talk about themselves to work through body dissatisfaction. “You have to be your whole self … and embrace that,” Russ said. “Say, and believe, ‘I am beautiful. I am more than my body.’”
Related Shows Tony nominee Zach Grenier will join his previously reported Good Wife co-star Chris Noth in Classic Stage Company’s production of Doctor Faustus. Performances will begin off-Broadway on May 29 and run through July 2. Opening night is set for June 18. Andrei Belgrader will direct.Grenier will play Mephistopheles. He received a Tony nod for his performance in 33 Variations. His additional Broadway credits include Man and Boy and A Man For All Season. Off-Broadway, he has appeared in A Question of Mercy, Storefront Church and Gabriel. Grenier can currently be seen as David Lee on The Good Wife.The production features an adaptation of the Christopher Marlowe play by David Bridel and Belgrader. It’s the familiar story of pacts with the devil and the gratification and consequences that follow.Joining Noth and Grenier will be Jeff Binder, Ken Cheeseman, Carmen M. Herlihy, Walker Jones, Geoffrey Owens and Lucas Caleb Rooney. The production will feature set design by Tony Straiges, lighting design by Jason Lyons and costumes by Rita Ryack and Martin Schnellinger. Doctor Faustus View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on July 12, 2015