JSA Services recognised for “Excellence in Umbrella & Payroll Services” in the M&A 2015 Awards

August 6th, 2015, posted in Latest News

JSA1The 2015 Mergers & Acquisitions Awards Guide celebrates the achievements of dealmakers, management teams, financiers and professional advisors who, over the past 12 months, have demonstrated excellence. In the past year JSA has completed three deals, renewed it Customer Service Excellence Accreditation, and its membership of the FCSA ...

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Robinson College harnesses the ‪#‎powerof657‬ for The Muscle Help Foundation

August 4th, 2015, posted in Latest News

Robinson College is teaming up with national charity The Muscle Help Foundation (MHF) to host the #powerof657 Charity Dinner at 7:00pm on Wednesday 30th September 2015; an exceptional evening of fine dining in the heart of Cambridge.

Guests will look forward to a sumptuous three-course dinner with matching wines and a special auction full of luxurious prizes, the proceeds of which will go directly to MHF. This gala evening precedes clic+2015 which takes place at the college the following day.

MHF is a multi-award winning family charity (with national reach) delivering transformational experiences in the UK called ‘Muscle Dreams’ for children and young people with the muscle wasting disease, Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and allied neuromuscular conditions – the disease affects some 70,000 people across the UK. Whether interviewing global movie icon Al Pacino, spending time in the great outdoors with Ray Mears or hanging out with racing driver Lewis Hamilton, the charity works tirelessly to make these highly personalised ‘Muscle Dream’ experiences a reality....

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The International Business Times – London rents crisis: Even property guardians are being gentrified

July 30th, 2015, posted in Latest News

gol4Over the past six years in London, Rex Duis has lived in an old school, a science lab, disused council offices and a former mental asylum. At the moment, he lives in an old police station in Bermondsey, south London. Why? Because he is a property guardian.

"All the services that are getting shut down, we end up living in those buildings," Duis, 34 and from New Zealand, tells IBTimes UK.

Property guardians occupy disused buildings on behalf of their owners in a licensing arrangement brokered by agencies. So their "rent" is actually a licence fee to live in the property, which is usually inclusive of utility bills – and much cheaper than in the private rental market.

Many guardians are refugees from London's housing market having been priced out by the sharp increase in rents. Between 2011 and 2015, London rents have risen 25.6% between 2011 and 2015 to hit a median of £1,350, according to Valuation Office Agency data. The median rent of a room alone has rocketed has by 23.53% to £525.

"Many of our guardians are key workers, such as doctors, teachers and firefighters, and guardianship can be a way for them to live near to their place of work much more cheaply," says Gavin Handman, head of operations at the Guardians of London agency.

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Guardians of London: 20 to 45 year olds want the Government to do more with empty homes

July 30th, 2015, posted in Latest News

gol3In a ‘Generation Rent’ report published recently, 40,000 20-45 year olds were surveyed, along with 4,000 parents with children aged between 20-45 years old.

The survey found that while the majority of them backed the Conservative housing policy overall, the most popular policy promised in the run-up to the general election last month was a Liberal Democrat policy to tackle empty housing stock.

Overwhelmingly, young people want the government to focus on increasing the supply of housing – whether through building new housing stock or by allowing local communities to refurbish empty homes and get them back on the market or making them available for rent.

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The Muscle Help Foundation won the ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ Award at the Inspiring Hertfordshire awards.

July 30th, 2015, posted in Latest News

mhf3Michael McGrath (pictured above in red jacket, together with the other winners), CEO and founder of Herts-based charity, the Muscle Help Foundation (MHF), was surprised and delighted to win the ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ Award at last Thursday night’s Inspiring Hertfordshire awards, a glittering black tie gala dinner, attended by over 350 Hertfordshire businessmen and women.

The awards took place at the state-of-the-art Porsche Centre Hatfield, one of the headline sponsors that also included LV= and headline media partner Hertfordshire Mercury. Other award sponsors included Ocado, Veolia and Aldwyck Housing Association. Patrons of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce include Ashbourne Insurance, PwC, Affinity Water and Pitney Bowes.

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