May 1st, 2013
Would you buy a house without a solicitor? Or carry out your own building survey? Probably not. When acquiring the biggest asset you are ever likely to purchase, whether it be a house for yourself or for business, sound advice on what you should be paying and the terms of the deal are essential.
If leasing a property, do you know about the 1954 Act? Or what alienation provisions you may have within the lease? Or how your rent review might be geared? As educational property agents we can give concise advice on the market in which you are looking so you pay the right price, and on the right terms. Call us today.
January 24th, 2013
About a year ago, I went to a talk by Sir Tim Smit, the man responsible for the atonishing Eden Project.
Here are three remarkable things he said which have remained with me. (I wrote them down at the time.)
Tim has kindly allowed me to quote him.
1. “Research shows companies with ’strategies’ perform less well than companies without strategies. Strategies force you to stay on a path which is useless, to save face. Better to stay flexible.”
2. “Research shows people with untidy desks are more intellectually organised than people with tidy desks. The latter forget about the things they have in files or piles.”
3. “At the end of your life say ‘I’m glad I did – not I wish I had.’ “
January 22nd, 2013
More parents than ever would choose to educate their child at an independent school if they could afford it, according to the latest Populus Survey.
Research amongst 2057 adults found that nearly six out of ten – 57% – favour an independent education. (Only 25% would not.)
What were the reasons for this startling finding?
1. Better standards of education. (59%)
2. Better university and employment prospects. (70%)
These results confirm, yet again, that independent schools have a strong future. As a long-term investment, they are without parallel.
And who is silly enough to think short-term these days?
January 8th, 2013
The Coalition’s mid-term review indicates that they are seriously considering giving parents a £2,000 tax allowance against the costs of nurseries and childminders.
At the same time, the ridiculous and time-consuming red tape of the ‘voucher’ system would go.
This would be really good news all round. Now, the government just needs to look carefully at what its ‘free funding’ costs private nurseries.
For more information, read the article by Catherine Gaunt in January 7th issue of Nursery World.
January 8th, 2013
Peers Carter does not have a Twitter account. Nor does The School Transfer Company. We never, ever use social media. Our company is a confidential brokerage – not a gossip shop.
We are being targetted again by our Internet Troll. We know exactly who this is, having had positive identifications when previous social media troll work was taken down. He is impersonating me under the false ID of @PeersCarterMD.
This time we are taking action as the posts are not just childish but libellous and intended to do as much damage as possible to our personal and corporate reputation.