Work from home advice could continue until EasterBy Ashleigh Webber on 24 Nov 2020 in Working from home, Coronavirus, Latest News, Personnel Today, Homeworking Large firms have no plans to bring all staff back to officesFifty large organisations have said they have no plans to bring all of their employees back to the office full… Related posts: Previous Article Next Article No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Boris Johnson took part in a virtual news conference while self-isolating HENRY NICHOLLS/WPA Rota/Press Association Images Employees are likely to be encouraged to remain working from home until at least Easter 2021, when it is hoped that a combination of a tighter ‘tier’ system, further testing and the roll-out Covid-19 vaccinations will have ‘driven down’ the coronavirus infection rate.The government’s Covid-19 Winter Plan, which was unveiled by Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday alongside the announcement that England will return to a ‘tiered’ system of restrictions from 2 December, encourages employers to enable a “greater degree” of home working and says guidance will be strengthened “to be very clear that anyone who can work from home should do so”.Working from homeWorking at home has led to longer hoursHow working from home is levelling the playing field ‘Remote conflict’: What happens when teams work from homeJohnson said: “I really am now assured things really will look and feel very different indeed after Easter and that idea of an end goal or date is important because at last – if the promise of the vaccines is fulfilled – we do have something to work for: A timescale, a goal around which businesses can begin tentatively to plan, and with luck and with hard work we will be seeing improvements before then.”More than a third (36%) of workers worked exclusively from home between 24 April and 3 May 2020, but this proportion declined over the summer.Even though the government renewed its work from home guidance in September, when the infection rate began to rise again, the number of people working from home before England’s national lockdown was introduced “remained relatively low compared to earlier in the year”, the document says.“SAGE [Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies] advice is that typically over one third of contacts are made at work, that these are often of long duration and highly clustered and that homeworking can have a significant effect on reducing transmission if all those who can work from home do so,” it adds.It reiterates that there are some limited circumstances where attendance in the workplace is necessary, including mental health concerns and where work must be conducted physically.“The vast majority of businesses are operating within the rules and have gone to enormous lengths to ensure they are Covid-secure. However, a small number of businesses are not complying with the law and operating in an unsafe way. This puts progress in controlling the virus in jeopardy, and risks further restrictions being imposed on compliant businesses to make up for the reckless approach of a minority,” it says.Alan Price, CEO of advice service BrightHR, said: “As before, the government are continuing to encourage homeworking across all tiers, with guidance now being strengthened to state that this should be permitted where possible.“Indeed, new guidance released in conjunction with the Prime Minister’s statement outlines that the government wish to be ‘very clear’ those that can work from home should do so. Businesses across England who had started to bring staff back into the office due to changing restrictions will now need to take this on board, at least until the new year.“While many businesses can reopen from next week, there are still some that will need to remain closed depending on the tier, most notably hospitality venues in tier 3 that cannot serve takeaways. If a business is told to stay shut, they will need to consider the continued use of the furlough scheme, if possible, to retain jobs through this period.”Latest HR job opportunities on Personnel TodayBrowse more human resources jobs Lower earners more likely to work through lockdownPeople on lower incomes are more likely to be classified as key workers and continue to go to work during…
Home » News » “OnTheMarket.com will go from strength to strength!” previous nextProducts & Services“OnTheMarket.com will go from strength to strength!”Noel Flint, Board Director of OTM and Partner at Knight Frank reasserts the ambition for the new portal.The Negotiator6th January 20160514 Views As the newest property portal approaches its first anniversary on January 26, 2016, the Board Directors of Agents Mutual have reaffirmed that they have every confidence in OnTheMarket.com.In the first of a series of comments from the Directors representing estate agency firms on the Board, Noel Flint (left), Partner, Head of London Residential at Knight Frank, said he believed OnTheMarket.com had already created a significant change within the portals market in a way no other recent market entrant had done.He said, “The reality is that the portal is working and we have every confidence that it will continue to grow. As more agents recognise the strategic importance of regaining control of their data and costs and as they see the strategic opportunity to serve their clients and property-seekers better with their own portal, we believe that OnTheMarket.com will go from strength to strength.“In our view, as a mutual, the venture is uniquely placed to achieve a huge step forward for traditional estate agency. OnTheMarket.com is injecting some much needed competition into what had become a rather staid arena, dominated by two giants whose main focus was the creation of enormous profit margins.”Mr Flint said that OnTheMarket.com was providing Knight Frank’s offices with high-quality leads and their volume was steadily growing.“We chose to retain Rightmove rather than Zoopla/PrimeLocation as our ‘other portal’, a decision which was later echoed by most of the members and which has left Zoopla and PrimeLocation with much lower property stock, not least at the high end where Knight Frank operates,” he said.“Our clients like the portal and I don’t believe we are experiencing any loss of business since removing our properties from Zoopla and PrimeLocation to join OnTheMarket.com,” he added.The Board member firms of Agents’ Mutual are Chestertons, Douglas & Gordon, Glentree, Knight Frank, KFH, Savills, Strutt & Parker and Spicerhaart – all big names, but every estate or letting agent firm which lists properties with it becomes a member of the company and has an equal interest in it. One firm = one member = one vote, irrespective of the number of offices a firm has.OnTheMarket.com newest property portal OnTheMarket OTM portals property portal January 6, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 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
Home » News » Agencies & People » Eleven-branch SW family estate agency signs up to OTM previous nextMarketingEleven-branch SW family estate agency signs up to OTMLong-standing firm Millerson has joined the lengthening list of agents who now list with all three portal giants.Nigel Lewis29th August 20180954 Views Property portal OnTheMarket has signed up Millerson, an 11-branch family-run estate agency with offices across Cornwall and West Devon.The new signing will bring some 320-plus sales listings and some 50 rental properties to OnTheMarket, ranging from a £2.75 million luxury family house to a £30,000 park lodge holiday home.Millerson, which has been operated by the same family for three generations, has 14 offices including an HQ in Redruth and 11 sales and lettings branches, which are now listing via OnTheMarket.comThe company already lists with Rightmove, PrimeLocation and Zoopla and is currently run by Geofrey and Heather Miller and their son Jeremy (pictured, main image).“Millerson estate agents are excited to be joining in with the success of another influential property portal to provide even greater exposure of our properties to a wider audience,” says Jeremy, who is the company’s Operations Partner.Changing marketplace“This will help landlords and vendors in this ever-changing local, regional and international market place.”Helen Whiteley, Commercial Director at OnTheMarket.com, said: “It is great to see yet another multi-branch firm throw its weight behind OnTheMarket.com.“It has been an incredibly exciting few months as we have watched the momentum build behind our disruptive strategy for an agent-backed portal.”Last week OTM announced that it had signed up a total of 10,500 offices to its service, nearly double the number it had under contract when it launched on the AIM stock market in February. millerson jeremy miller helen whiteley OnTheMarket Cornwall August 29, 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 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
The installation of a 110m tall loughing crane over the August bank holiday weekend marked a new era for Newcastle’s residential accommodation, according to Surrenden Invest. The crane is being installed to enable the next phase in the erection of Hadrian’s Tower, a residential development that will become the city’s tallest building.The 27-storey Hadrian’s Tower will be an exciting new addition to the Newcastle skyline, with a new style of chic, urban homes where residents enjoy a range of onsite amenities. These will include a 24/7 hotel style concierge service, a café and touchdown meeting points. The crowning glory will be the stunning sky lounge, which will offer unsurpassed views across Newcastle.“Hadrian’s Tower is an incredibly exciting development to bring to Newcastle, as it will mark the start of a new phase for the city’s property market. We’re seeking to raise expectations with accommodation of this standard and to inspire the future of residential accommodation in the city as a result. Using the tallest crane that the city has ever seen plays a big role in that, not just from the physical build perspective but also from the psychological point of marking the start of a new era,” said Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest.Hadrian’s Tower Newcastle residential development October 12, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’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 » Land & New Homes » Hadrian’s Tower is coming to Newcastle! previous nextLand & New HomesHadrian’s Tower is coming to Newcastle!The Negotiator12th October 20180417 Views
Serbian Forces Take Over EU Navfor Vessel Protection Duties Back to overview,Home naval-today Serbian Forces Take Over EU Navfor Vessel Protection Duties On Saturday 1 December, an EU Naval Force Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD) handover ceremony was held in Djibouti between Lithuanian and Serbian Forces in Djibouti.Members of the Lithuanian Forces have spent the past four months embarked in the World Food Programme (WFP) aid ship, MV Caroline Scan, providing protection from pirate attack as the ship sailed close to the Somali coast.Members of the Serbian Forces will now be embarked in MV Caroline Scan for four months.Since the European Union Naval Force began providing protection to WFP ships, none have been attacked by pirates and over 730,000 metric tonnes of much-needed food aid has been safely delivered to the Somali people.The AVPD handover ceremony was attended by Brigidier General Vilmantas Tamosaitis (Lithuanian Forces), Brigadier General Ilija Todorov (Serbian Forces) and WFP representative, Mr Jacques Higgins.[mappress]Press Release, December 04, 2013; Image: EU Navfor December 4, 2013 Share this article
by Ellen GriffithsThe intricate court politics of Macbeth are emphasised from the start in Will Cudmore’s production. Cudmore’s quirky interpretation of the play often delivers excellent results. King Duncan (played by Jonathan Tilley) is re-imagined, and convincingly played, as a stereotypical Old Etonian: exuding self-confidence he flirts with Lady Macbeth, using ‘give me your hand’ and ‘fair and noble lady’ as cues for lechery. The irony is made clear; Duncan aniticipates a romantic tryst, but will in fact soon be murdered. Cudmore aims to keep his version of Macbeth “short and extremely compelling”, cutting the witches’ famous chant ‘double, double, toil and trouble’ and dressing the characters as modern-day men of power. Meanwhile Ed Chalk as Macbeth is brilliant – in the early scenes he could easily be a Union hack, trembling with nervous excitement at the prospect of promotion, ingratiating himself with snake-like smiles and platitudes. His twitching hands and gleaming eyes convey both desparate ambition and the onset of madness.A deliberate decision to avoid scene changes keeps the play swift and powerful, but perhaps too action-packed. It rushes through Macbeth’s inner turmoil and spends too long on excellently choreographed but irrelevant fight scenes. Shakespeare’s tragedies are known for their psychological impact, but in this version Macbeth’s tormented state is almost lost in the tumble of action. Anna Popplewell, we’re told tactfully, has acted in several films (who’d have thought it?) and her experience shines through as she plays Lady Macbeth with understatement, manipulating her husband’s ambition and disentangling herself from King Duncan’s flirtations. Cudmore has succeeded in presenting a kind of crash course in the Scottish Play: while sometimes rushed, this play is short and utterly compelling.
I U Divers Earn Four More Spots at NCAA ChampionshipsBLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University men’s and women’s diving teams earned four more spots at the NCAA Championships on Friday afternoon at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind.After earning auto-bids in the 1-meter dive on Thursday, both James Connor and Michael Hixon made it 2-for-2 on Friday, as the duo also qualified for the 3-meter dive at the NCAA Championships.Connor won the event with a tremendous, 12-dive score of 867.60, while Hixon was right behind him in second place with a total of 840.20.Cody Coldren finished 10th overall with a score of 674.00. By finishing in the top-12 of both the 3-meter and 1-meter dives this week, if Coldren places in the top-seven of the platform dive, he will earn spots in all three events at the NCAA Championships.After earning auto-bids to the NCAA Championships in the 3-meter dive on Thursday, both Jessica Parratto and Michal Bower had to finish in the top-12 in the 1-meter dive on Friday to earn their spots in the event at NCAA’s next week and that’s exactly what they did.Parratto placed third overall on Friday with a score of 611.95, while Michal Bower took 11th to earn her place with a total of 539.30.The NCAA Zone C Diving Championships will conclude on Saturday with the men’s and women’s platform dives. The action gets underway at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind.Be sure to keep up with all the latest news on the Indiana men’s swimming and diving team on social media – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.Men’s 3-Meter Dive1. James Connor – 867.602. Michael Hixon – 840.2010. Cody Coldren – 674.00Women’s 1-Meter Dive3. Jessica Parratto – 611.9511. Michal Bower – 539.30FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Starbucks is to give its UK stores a facelift in a bid to make them more local and less global.The coffee shop chain is reviewing its approach to store design, and aims to put a bigger focus on “local relevance and environmental responsibility”.Darcy Willson-Rymer, MD Starbucks UK and Ireland, said its new global store design strategy set the stage for a “reinvigorated customer experience”. He said: “The new designs aim to reflect the character of each store’s surrounding neighbourhood and help to reduce environmental impacts. Further announcements regarding the development of this strategy in the UK will be introduced over the coming months.”In an interview with The Independent, Willson-Rymer said there was no single design in mind when deciding how to decorate UK shops, but that bolder colours, local artefacts and even second-hand furniture were all being considered. Starbucks currently designs stores using colours and furniture from a central corporate palette.
The £400m Highways England upgrade – the biggest road building project in the north of England – means there are now motorway links all the way between Newcastle and London.The extra capacity which comes from adding an extra lane in each direction near Catterick promises to reduce journey times by a fifth, and with safety benefits leading to less accidents, it is predicted to pump more than £1billion in the economy.Over the next 60 years the improved road is predicted to prevent 450 accidents and save 20 lives.The upgrade is part of the government’s £15 billion roads investment strategy, which is transforming the road network and improving connections between cities.Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said: This is great news for the almost 70,000 drivers who already use this section every day and whose journeys will be safer and faster. At the same time we’ve also made it easier for local people to access the A1 safely, and we’ve planted miles of hedgerows and acres of woodland. This has been the biggest road project in the north and I would like to thank everybody involved in the scheme for their hard work and commitment in making it happen. The A1 Leeming to Barton scheme will help to play a big part in improving surface access connectivity to Leeds Bradford Airport and this upgrade will ensure the economic benefits the airport can deliver for the wider Leeds City Region will be accelerated. A total 13 miles of the route between Leeming and Barton has been upgraded to motorway standard, with an extra lane added in each direction. It means drivers using the M1 and A1(M) can have motorway standard journeys between Newcastle and London.The upgrade has made access to the motorway safer via a new junction at Catterick and an improved junction at Scotch Corner.The improvements also include 11 miles of new local access road, improving safety for local traffic and the surrounding communities as well as providing an improved route for cyclists, equestrians and pedestrians. There are also 10 new bridges to help people more easily get from one side to the other.The project created more than 800 jobs, with 11 apprentices and 15 graduates recruited to the scheme.To benefit the local environment 28 hectares of new woodland have been established and 18 miles of new hedgerows have been planted.The improvements will translate into huge benefits for the economy.David Laws, Chief Executive at Leeds Bradford Airport, said: Highways England Senior Project Manager Tom Howard said: Our record investment to improve our roads is making a real difference to people’s lives – providing quicker and safer journeys for millions of drivers. This scheme will not only save motorists time stuck in traffic, but will also help unlock £1 billion into the economy. It also fills in the missing link to provide motorway-standard roads between Newcastle and London, helping businesses in the north by opening up new opportunities thanks to better and more reliable connections to the rest of the country. Contractors for Highways England will still be on the site over the next few weeks while they complete minor work such as landscaping.For more details, visit the scheme website.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.
Paul UK is to open a new site at Oxford’s Westgate shopping centre, taking its total number of UK venues to 37.The 123 sq ft bakery will be open seven days a week from 18 December and will be the group’s third operation outside London.The new site, which is part of Westgate’s £440m development, will offer a range of pastries, artisan baguettes and patisserie, and follows the opening of a site in the city’s High Street in 2014.“Our existing site in Oxford is consistently performing well and so we believe it is an ideal location for a second site,” said Paul UK’s chief executive Jean-Michel Orieux. “It has a wonderful balance of cultural heritage, a well-established local community and vibrant economic and tourist activity which will help the growth of our business.”Paul UK opened a site in Hammersmith Broadway, West London on 6 December.