Petrofac partners with Intoware. (Credit: Petrofac Limited/ Simon Price/Firstpix) Petrofac has signed a three-year partnership with Intoware, the leading provider of workflow automation software for mobile applications, to develop and deploy workflow automation software that is specifically tailored to the requirements of the oil and gas industry.The development of ‘WorkfloPlus Oil and Gas’ will further optimise the efficiencies that Petrofac has gained from digitalising maintenance and inspection activity for its clients. The software has been designed to automatically generate digital workflows, schedules and reports for users, eliminating the traditional manual and time-consuming preparation required.The exclusive partnership is part of Petrofac’s strategy to drive best-in-class delivery for its clients through digital technologies. WorkfloPlus Oil and Gas is one of several initiatives in development and deployment across the organisation and was quickly proven to achieve significant and sustainable value and cost savings, as well as performance driven improvement.Combining the use of Digital Twin and Connected Worker technology alongside WorkfloPlus Oil and Gas, Petrofac has digitalised more than 1,500 North Sea inspections to drive up to a 200% increase in offshore productivity. The bespoke tool converts existing paper-based and human process into easy to follow, step-by-step digital work instructions that are accessible through desktop, mobile and wearable computing devices. It also seamlessly integrates with Computer Maintenance Management Systems so it can be utilised across all sectors, not just oil and gas, to drive efficiency gains.Steve Johnson, Vice President of Digital for Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services business, commented:By bringing together our operations and engineering know-how with WorkfloPlus Oil and Gas, we’re demonstrating our ability to unlock significant value for our clients and the industry as a whole. The tool empowers teams to work faster and more efficiently, ultimately saving asset owners time and money without comprising safety.Keith Tilley, CEO, Intoware, added:We are very excited to be working with Petrofac by combining the best of WorkfloPlus with the expertise that the company has in operations and engineering. Our joint development programme has been underway for many months and having been extensively tested and refined, it is very clear to see the long-term benefits of these real results now being achieved. Designed for the industrial mobile workforce, our joint solution and partnership will deliver significant benefits in productivity for the connected worker, plus enhanced audit reports and savings for the business. Source: Company Press Release The development of ‘WorkfloPlus Oil and Gas’ will further optimise the efficiencies that Petrofac has gained from digitalising maintenance and inspection activity
Home » News » Agencies & People » The Negotiator’s ‘Women in Property’ Power List 2020 previous nextAgencies & PeopleThe Negotiator’s ‘Women in Property’ Power List 2020Who are the women with the greatest influence and top jobs in the UK sales and lettings? Read on.Nigel Lewis8th December 202006,836 Views Yesterday The Negotiator interviewed The Property Twins, two women working in the industry who are hoping to become the new faces of estate agency on TV and beyond.This prompted us to wonder who the other female rising stars and current high-fliers within the property sales and lettings sectors are?We set out to find out. Here is The Negotiator’s Top 20 power list. The agents listed here were either suggested by their peers or colleagues, or have enjoyed a high profile this year.1. Lesley Cairns, HamptonsManaging Director (main pic)Years in property: 32 yearsIn a nutshell: Started her career in lettings at Chestertons before joining Hamptons in 2006 as its lettings chief, rising to the top job in 2016. Hamptons is highly unusual within the industry because it has an all-female executive team including Mary Beeton, Head of Residential Sales and Cat Westerling, Head of Lettings. The company also claims to have the only female country sales chief, who is Joanna Cocking. Hamptons also has five other senior female chiefs, including its public research director, Aneisha Beveridge.First job: Lettings negotiator.2. Jane Cronwright-Brown, SavillsHead of LettingsYears in property: 30 yearsIn a nutshell: Jane is one of the best connected and respected lettings professionals in the UK. She has been President of ARLA Propertymark and is also a fellow of RICS. She heads up the lettings arm of Savills and is on its board.First job: Sales assistant at Harrods.3. Carol Pawsey, KFHGroup Lettings DirectorYears in property: 31 yearsIn a nutshell: Carol has an illustrious career within the property industry working initially at Barnard Marcus and then, after a brief stint at Bradford & Bingley, bagging a job at KFH as an area director. In 2011 she was appointed Group Lettings Director at the London firm. KFH is unusual because Carol is one of six senior women at the firm.First job: Branch manager. 4. Glynis Frew, HuntersChief ExecutiveYears in property: 20 years+In a nutshell: Joined Hunters in 1999, rising through the ranks to lead the company in 2016. Has a high profile; has been featured on TV, government consultations and is often featured in the trade press commentating on industry topics. Hunters recently revealed that is has a 60/40 female/male employee ratio.First job: Worked at United Biscuits and Pepsico before joining Hunters.5. Polly Ogden Duffy, John D WoodManaging DirectorYears in property: 16 yearsIn a nutshell: After a stellar early career at several London agencies, she ended up at Faron Sutaria, which was bought by John D Wood in 2017. After a spell as a regional director at John D Wood, Polly got the top job.First role: Home Consultant at William H Brown. 6. Kates Eales, Strutt & ParkerHead of Regional Residential AGencyYears in property: 20 years+In a nutshell: Always had a focus on lettings, starting at Foxtons, then Chestertons, Hamptons and – in 2015 – Strutt & Parker. Is an ARLA board member.First job: Graduate Trainee at Harrods. 7. Jo Leverett, CluttonsHeads ups International ResidentialYears in profession: 14In a nutshell: Jo is a Partner at Cluttons helping overseas buyers and investors find property in London.First job: Selling Shanghai property to UK investors. 8. Helen Buck, LSLExecutive DirectorYears in property: Nine yearsIn a nutshell: Helen was a management consultant highflier initially at McKinsey & Co before embarking on a career in retail including at M&S and Sainsbury’s before joining LSL as a non-exec direct in 2011. She then joined the company on a more permanent footing in 2017 and had a key role in its recent re-structure.9. Isobel Thomson, SafeagentCEOYears in property: 19 yearsIn a nutshell: Helped establish the lettings industry accreditation and CMP scheme National Approved Lettings Scheme (NALS) in 2001, which changed its name to Safeagent recently. 10. Lucy Morton, JLLHead of ResidentialYears in property: 30 yearsIn a nutshell: Joined and then rose up the ranks at London agency W.A. Ellis which was taken over in 2016 by JLL. Lucy was subsequently made its Head of Residential following the acquisitions.11. Anne-Marie Brown, Love to RentFounderYears in property: 14 yearsIn a nutshell: Worked in marketing for a range of clients at own company Puttock Brown before setting up build to rent platform Love to Rent.First job: Founding Puttock Brown.12. Hannah Marsh, HomeViews.comCo-founder, property development comparison website HomeViews.com.Years in property: two yearsIn a nutshell: After a marketing career, Hannah has set up one of the fastest-growing reviews platform the new-build sector.First job: Management trainee, GlaxoSmithKlein13. Sophie Newman, Fizzy LivingHead of Sales at PRS landlord.Years in property: Five yearsIn a nutshell: Not your usual path to property – after a spell in food hospitality she joined a digital marketing agency before entering the PRS.First job: Co-owned a restaurant in Bristol.14. Sarah McIntyre, Harrods EstatesDirector of Lettings since 2017Years in property: 20 yearsIn a nutshell: Working for Hamptons International for many years in the Home Counties before transferring to central London and rising through the ranks. Later worked at Farrar & Co.First job: Hamptons International.15. Camilla Dell, Black BrickFounderYears in property: 20 years+In a nutshell: Founded buying agency Black Brick in 2007. Before that she worked at Knight Frank as a buying consultant and before that at Foxtons.First job: Account manager, Foxtons.16. Leslie RobertsPartner, AllsopYears in property: 14 yearsIn a nutshell: Leslie is a significant figure in the build to rent management sector, which she specialises in at Allsop which she joined in 2016. She has been President of the sector’s trade association The UKAA since 2018.First job: Communications consultant.17. Nicky Stevenson, Fine & CountryManaging DirectorYears in property: 17 yearsIn a nutshell: Worked in lettings at three independents before joining Chestertons as a senior negotiator. Then left to join The Property Academy as a director prior to a short stint at Keller Williams and then Fine & Country.First job: Lettings negotiator.18. Katie Griffin, Sawdye and HarrisPropertymark board member, Owner of Sawdye and Harris in SW.Years in property: 25 yearsIn a nutshell: Started out in commercial property as a surveyor including a stint at DTZ before moving to SW to set up her own Torquay sales and lettings agency in 2005. Was President of NAEA Propertymark in 2017.First job: Surveyor at Vail Williams in Surrey.19. Sarah Edmundson, Agents TogetherCEOYears in property: Seven yearsIn a nutshell: After initial roles in the holiday accommodation sector, Sarah joined Fine & Country before joining its parent company the Guild as a regional manager in 2016. She then went on to be an industry training expert launching the Allstarts Group in 2017. On top of that she is also CEO of the Bruce brothers’ charity, Agents Together.First job: Worked at outdoor clothing firm.20. Jade Boyles-White, Complete PropertyManaging DirectorYears in property: Nine yearsIn a nutshell: Started out in property management before joining Connells’ local lettings team. Then joined growing local agency Complete, being made its MD in January 2019. She is also involved in the Guild and as a local representative for Rayner Personnel.First job: Service Advisor at property management firm.21. Beth Shaw, HortonsRegional DirectorYears in property: 13 yearsIn a nutshell: After a lucky escape from retail in 2007 (Arcadia) she joined agency Johns German before joining East Midlands firm Newton Fallowell. In 2017 she joined expanding hybrid agency Hortons.First job: Sales Manager, Next Anne-Marie Brow Love to Rent Founder Women in Property Power list Power list Jane Cronwright-Brown Savills Carol Pawsey KFH Kates Eales Strutt & Parker Jo Leverett Cluttons Helen Buck LSL Glynis Frew Hunters John D Wood Lesley Cairns December 8, 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 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
Airbnb hosts tired of waiting for the travel market to pick up have flooded the capital’s traditional private rental market with previously short-let properties.Chestertons reports that December saw an influx of new properties, many of which were previously let with short-term contracts on platforms such as Airbnb.This broader choice partly explains why tenants were unusually motivated to move last month, while lower prices along with some seasonal incentives offered by landlords were also good incentives.Chestertons’ lettings market update for December 2020 shows the number of tenants moving home in London was double that of December 2019 – the agent’s busiest December on record.Price dropIt says price pressure meant about 20% of landlords decided to drop their asking price; flats with no outside space have been hit especially hard, while larger family houses have generally maintained their rental values.With 88% more rental properties available compared to 2019 and with prices substantially lower in many areas, tenants rushed to take advantage of the market conditions and secure a deal before Christmas and the lockdown.Activity was further boosted by a promotion that saw many landlords offer a rent-free period on their property in December; as a result, the agent received 69% more enquiries from tenants, conducted 61% more viewings and processed 63% more offers than December 2019.Head of lettings Richard Davies says: “With fewer Christmas parties and another lockdown on the cards, we had a very busy month and helped a record number of tenants move.“The current lockdown has obviously put the brakes on the market, but once cases get back under control and restrictions ease we expect activity to catch-up pretty quickly and are anticipating a strong Spring market.” Richard Davies airbnb Chestertons January 19, 2021Nigel 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 » Rental market » Former Airbnb landlords flood London lettings market with empty properties previous nextRental marketFormer Airbnb landlords flood London lettings market with empty propertiesChestertons says parlous state of short-lets market for landlords and hosts has forced many back to the PRS.Nigel Lewis19th January 202102,485 Views
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T he Customer Focus Award seeks out the most customer-orientated bakery businesses. It was created in recognition of the craft, industrial and in-store bakery sectors’ constant determination to find new ways to improve levels of customer service.”As a company that strives to provide its customers with the best service possible, BakeMark is aware that for those working in the baking industry, simply meeting customers’ expectations is not enough – we need to surpass them,” says John Lindsay, country manager at BakeMark UK, which once again sponsors the award.The company is looking for like-minded businesses that always look to go one step further in the name of service.”Companies that can expect to do well are those that demonstrate an in-depth understanding of customers’ needs, as well as innovative and swift approaches to solving problems or adapting to issues that might arise,” says Lindsay.According to Lindsay, a combination of a strong heritage and a forward-thinking attitude helps BakeMark in its research and development. “We have well-established Arkady and Craigmillar brands and are also constantly looking at new ways to provide bakery solutions for our customers; updating and developing key lines to move with the market and help our customers stay one step ahead,” he says.”For all those who do the same and would welcome recognition of their efforts, the Baking Industry Awards have long been recognised as the benchmark of excellence in the sector.”All bakery businesses, large or small, may enter this award, and you do not have to be a customer of BakeMark UK to take part. Entrants must be able to show that they provide excellent customer service and work to surpass their customers’ expectations.
Government officials have installed a new underwater system for capturing oil 11 miles off of the coast of Louisiana where a leak has caused crude oil to spill into the ocean for the last 14 years. Taylor Energy Co. owns the site and is responsible for ending the leak, caused when one of its oil platforms fell during a hurricane in 2004. An estimated 10,500 to 29,400 gallons of oil is leaking from the site daily. The Coast Guard has been monitoring efforts to clean up the site and recently reported that the new system is meeting federal containment standards, noting that the once large sheen of oil on the surface of the ocean is now “barely visible.” A 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico has been contained
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are searching for a gunman who shot and wounded a man in Hempstead over the weekend.The 23-year-old victim was walking with his 29-year-old cousin when three suspects confronted them near the corner Washington Street in and Seitz Avenue shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday, police said.One of the trio pulled out a handgun and shot the victim in the left shoulder before the assailants fled on foot, police said.The victim was driven to an area hospital where he is listed in stable condition.The suspects were described as black men in their 20s wearing black clothing. The shooter was 6-feet, 2-inches tall.Third Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous
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“Ultimately we aim to make a vaccine that will not only protect from SARS-CoV-2, but also other related coronaviruses that may spill over from animals to humans.”No vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes COVID-19 has yet been proven clinically effective, though 30 that use a range of technologies are in human trials already.The Cambridge candidate, DIOS-CoVax2, is DNA based. Computer-generated antigen structures are encoded by synthetic genes, which can then re-programme the body’s immune system to produce antibodies against the coronavirus.This DNA vector method has been shown to be safe and effective at stimulating an immune response in other pathogens in early stage trials, the university said. The University of Cambridge is aiming to start clinical trials of its possible coronavirus vaccine in the autumn after it received 1.9 million pounds ($2.5 million) in funding from the British government, the university said on Wednesday.The scientists behind the vaccine said their approach, which uses genetic sequences of all known coronaviruses to hone the immune response, could help avoid the adverse effects of a hyper-inflammatory immune response.”We’re looking for chinks in its armor, crucial pieces of the virus that we can use to construct the vaccine to direct the immune response in the right direction,” Jonathan Heeney, head of the Laboratory of Viral Zoonotics at the University of Cambridge, said. Topics : Although it is operating at a later timetable than some other vaccine candidates, the DIOS-CoVax2 shot would not need to be stored at cold temperatures and could be delivered without needles, possibly making the widespread distribution of the vaccine easier.”This could be a major breakthrough in being able to give a future vaccine to huge numbers of people across the world,” said Saul Faust, Director of the NIHR Southampton Clinical Research Facility.
Smart Approaches to Marijuana – October 2016FULL REPORT https://learnaboutsam.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/SAM-report-on-CO-and-WA-issued-31-Oct-2016.pdfIn the wake of multimillion-dollar political campaigns funded with out-of-state money, Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana in November 2012. Though it would take more than a year to set up retail stores, personal use (in Colorado and Washington) and home cultivation (in Colorado, which includes giving away of up to six plants) were almost immediately legalized after the vote.Using marijuana in public, which remains illegal under these new laws, has increased conspicuously in both states. Also, a brand-new marijuana industry selling candies, cookies, waxes, sodas, and other marijuana items has exploded—and with it a powerful lobby to fight any sensible regulation.Though it is still early—the full effects on mental health and educational outcomes, for example, will take many more years to fully develop—these “experiments” in legalization and commercialization are not succeeding by any measure.Colorado now leads the country in past-month marijuana use by youth, with Washington not much further behind. Other states that have since legalized marijuana occupy 4th place (District of Columbia) and 5th place (Oregon). States with lax “medical marijuana” laws occupy 2nd and 3rd place (Vermont and Rhode Island, respectively).Additionally, as explained in greater detail below, the laws have had significant negative impacts on public health and safety, such as:Rising rates of pot use by minorsIncreasing arrest rates of minors, especially black and Hispanic childrenHigher rates of traffic deaths from driving while highMore marijuana-related poisonings and hospitalizationsA persistent black market that may now involve increased Mexican cartel activity in ColoradoThe federal government, through the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced it would initially take a hands-on approach to state implementation of legalization, instead promising to track eight specific consequences—from youth marijuana use to use on public lands—and determine action later. So far, however, neither the federal nor state authorities have implemented a robust public tracking system for these criteria. This failure led the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to criticize DOJ in 2016 for not appropriately monitoring and documenting legalization outcomes. As of the date of this publication, there has been no word from the Department of Justice about state marijuana program compliance with any of the eight criteria it identified. Quietly, however, state agencies such as the Colorado Department of Public Safety, have released very negative updates on marijuana data and other indicators.In the meantime, the promises of tax revenue windfalls and decreased crime have not materialized. Pot tax revenue comprises a tiny fraction of the Colorado state budget— less than one percent—and after costs of enforcement are subtracted, the remaining revenue is very limited. Colorado schools have not received money for new teachers or smaller class sizes despite pot taxes. And in Washington, half of the marijuana tax money legalization advocates promised for prevention and schools has been siphoned into the state’s general fund.Topics covered in the report:Youth Marijuana Use Since LegalizationBlack Market Activity Since LegalizationA Possible Link To HomelessnessImpact on Businesses and the WorkforceDriving While HighEmergency Marijuana-Related Poison Control Calls in ColoradoEdibles: A Growing Public health problemCrime and MarijuanaTax Revenues