CEO reveals why he said goodbye to three well-known estate agency brands

first_imgThe recently-arrived CEO of a large northern property company has revealed why he decided to rebrand all his estate agency businesses under one roof, leading to the loss of several well-known names including 30-year-old firm Smeatons.Richard Rankin, boss of Carlisle-based rural business giant the H&H Group, replaced Brian Richardson last year as CEO.The firm turns over £14.7 million a year and recently announced that its property business had been restructured around nine branches.But this included the loss of three estate agency brands; Smeatons, H&H King and Michael CL Hodgson, which have all been rebranded as H&H Land and Estates.Originally a farm stock auctioneer, H&H Group now includes half a dozen different businesses including land, printing, surveying, insurance and estate agency.RestructureRankin, who arrived at the company in July 2018 to take the top job, says he wants to bring all the company’s different activities closer together and has now restructured the business, starting with its property operation.“You no longer find an estate agency over here and a land agency over there – each of our offices is now a hub, a one-stop-shop,” he told local media.“We’ve brought all the teams together and up-skilled everybody so customers now have a full breadth of experience. It has been about creating consistency, a feeling people can come to us and we’ll sort it.”Rankin remains positive about the future despite today’s challenging trading conditions, with uncertainty about the impact of Brexit set to hit the group’s financial results, which are due out soon.Last year the company had an operating profit of £940,000 on a turnover of £14.71 million.Read more about H&H Group.   H&H Group Smeatons Richard Rankin October 15, 2019Nigel 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 Home » News » Agencies & People » CEO reveals why he said goodbye to three well-known estate agency brands previous nextAgencies & PeopleCEO reveals why he said goodbye to three well-known estate agency brandsNorthern property and auctions giant the H&H Group’s boss Richard Rankin explains why the business had to be restructured.Nigel Lewis15th October 20190878 Viewslast_img read more

Disc Jam Music Festival Announces 2018 Artist Lineup

first_imgThe 8th annual edition of Disc Jam Music Festival has announced the lineup for their 2018 event, set to take place from June 7th – 10th at Gardner‘s Farm in Stephentown, NY, minutes from the Massachusetts border. The music-filled weekend will feature over 80 artists, along with disc golf tournaments, Flow Tribe dancers, craft vending, yoga workshops and much more.The 2018 artist lineup includes a heavy dose of national and regional funk and jam artists, in addition to collaborations, side projects, and other unique pairings only found at the festival. Headliners include Lotus, Beats Antique, Galactic, The Motet, Electron (feat. members of Lotus and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Disco Biscuits guitarist Jon ‘The Barber’ Gutwillig (solo acoustic set), DJ Logic and Friends (feat. members of The Disco Biscuits, Dopapod and Turkuaz), Gubbulidis (Twiddle side project), Kung Fu, Moon Hooch, Aqueous, Ghost Note (Snarky Puppy side project) Tom Marshall’s Amfibian All-Stars, Ghost Light (Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling project), and many more.As festival owner and founder Tony Scavone says of this year’s lineup, “We’ve spent the entire off-season trying to come up with a festival experience that could one-up the magic we conjured last year. I think what we have in store for 2018 will set the bar so high for next year, I’m already getting nervous thinking about how we’ll top this in 2019.” In their 4th consecutive year at Gardner’s Farm, after moving the festival from central Massachusetts, where it began in 2011, Disc Jam has found a venue that feels like home. Scavone explains, “I truly believe that we have been blessed with the perfect festival grounds, beautiful grass beneath our feet, surrounded by rolling hills with picturesque views in all directions.”As the name Disc Jam indicates, this 4-day event features a disc golf element. Festival grounds hold a 27-hole disc golf course, and tournaments for men and women are held throughout the weekend, with cash and prizes from Innova Disc Golf going to the top finishers.Going in style is easy, as VIP packages include options for either hotel or condo style rooms at the beautiful Jiminy Peak Ski Resort just 5 minutes from the venue. On top of the off-site accommodations, the event offers VIP camping areas and a VIP lounge sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company, which includes complimentary beer to anyone 21 years or older.The festival features twin Main stages, ensuring nonstop music well into the night. It also features a massive Tent Stage and a Woods Stage which hosts nightly takeovers by NV Concepts, Rezinate, Sermon, and The Rust featuring some of the top names in bass and house music, as well as a nightly Silent Disco hosted by The Wook of Wall Street.You can see the full initial lineup below. Tickets are on sale now. Head to the festival website to grab yours today.Disc Jam 2018 Music Festival Initial LineupLotus • Beats Antique • Galactic • The Motet • Electron • Jon ‘The Barber’ Gutwillig (Acoustic Set) • DJ Logic and Friends (feat. members of The Disco Biscuits, Dopapod and Turkuaz) • Gubbulidis • Kung Fu • Moon Hooch• Aqueous • Tom Marshall’s Amfibian All-Stars • Ghost Light • Jo Jo Mayer / Nerve Ghost-Note • Consider The Source • The Nth Power • Yes Darling • Wolf! • Soule Monde • The TAZ Band • Bella’s Bartok • Marbin • Compa/Gantzer • Ryan Dempsey Solo • Big Mean Sound Machine • West End Blend • Dub Apocalypse • The Funky Dawgs Brass Band • Strange Machines • Space Bacon • Escaper • G-Nome Project • The A Beez • Root Shock • Bearly Dead • Formula 5 • Goose • Shwizz • Funktional Flow • Mammal Dap • Floodwood • Blind Owl Band • Swimmer • Of Clocks and Clouds • Cousin Earth • Space Carnival • Of Tomorrow • Harsh Armadillo • Fake Flowers Real Dirt • The Clock Reads • The Wiley Griffin Band • The Mushroom Cloud • Catullus• Lord Electro • Dizgo • Dewpoint • Let’s Be Leonard • CypherDisc Jam 2017 Official Recap Video:[Video: Disc Jam Music Festival]last_img read more

Year born may determine obesity risk

first_imgInvestigators working to unravel the impact of genetics versus environment on traits such as obesity may also need to consider a new factor: when individuals were born.In the current issue of PNAS Early Edition a multi-institutional research team reports finding that the impact of a variant in the FTO gene that previous research has linked to obesity risk largely depends on birth year, with no correlation between gene variant and obesity in study participants born in earlier years and a far stronger correlation than previously reported for those born in later years.“Looking at participants in the Framingham Heart Study, we found that the correlation between the best known obesity-associated gene variant and body mass index increased significantly as the year of birth of participants increased,” says Harvard Medical School instructor James Niels Rosenquist of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Psychiatry, lead author of the report. “These results — to our knowledge the first of their kind — suggest that this and perhaps other correlations between gene variants and physical traits may vary significantly depending on when individuals were born, even for those born into the same families.”The authors note that most studies of interactions between genes and the environment have looked at differences within specific birth cohorts —groups born during a particular span of years — which would not account for changes in the larger environment that take place over time. To investigate whether different conditions experienced by different age groups might alter the impact of a gene variant, they analyzed data from participants in the Framingham Offspring Study (which follows the children of participants in the original study) gathered between 1971, when participants ranged in age from 27 to 63, and 2008.Looking at the relationships between participants’ body mass index (BMI), as measured eight times during the study period, the FTO variants they had inherited and when they were born revealed that the previously reported association between a specific FTO variant and BMI was seen, on average, only in participants born in later years. While there was no correlation between the obesity-risk variant and BMI for those born before 1942, in participants born after 1942 the correlation was twice as strong as reported in previous studies. While this study was not able to identify the environmental differences that combine with FTO variant to increase the risk of obesity, the authors note that post-World War II factors such as increased reliance on technology rather than physical labor and the availability of high-calorie processed foods are likely contributors.“We know that environment plays a huge role in the expression of genes, and the fact that our effect can be seen even among siblings born during different years implies that global environmental factors such as trends in food products and workplace activity, not just those found within families, may impact genetic traits,” says Rosenquist. “Our results underscore the importance of interpreting any genetic studies with a grain of salt and leave open the possibility that new genetic risk factors may be seen in the future due to different genetically driven responses to our ever-changing environment.”last_img read more

Cricket News Sydney Test – A day of Pink, Jane McGrath day and raising Breast Cancer Awareness

first_imgNew Delhi: In Australia, the last two Tests of the international summer have massive significance. The Decmber 26-30 period is considered the Boxing Day Test and it is one of the marquee events of the sporting calendar Down Under. The Sydney Test is considered the New Year’s Test which is played in the first week of January every New Year. However, the Sydney Test has an added significance. It is also the Pink Test. It is a day when the entire SCG, along with all the cricketing equipments is decked in Pink and spectators, along with other prominent personalities dress in pink and raise funds for breast cancer awareness and aid. The Test is dedicated to Jane McGrath, the wife of Australia’s legendary pacer Glenn McGrath, who took 563 wickets for Australia.On day 2 of the ongoing Test between India and Australia, the Pink Day was celebrated in grand style. Past breast cancer survivors caught up with nurses who had treated them. Their encounters resulted in some wonderful stories on social media. Jane was also honoured with a massive pink banner at the SCG and there were appeals to raise close to AUD 2.1 million towards the end of the Test. Read More | India vs Australia, live cricket score: Jadeja and Shami wreck hostsEven the Indian community in Sydney played their part to perfection. Many volunteers from the Pink Sari INC, an Indian organisation in Sydney, spread their message about breast cancer awareness by wearing pink saris. Their main aim this time was to improve the rates of breast screening of Indian and Sri Lankan women which are traditionally low in New South Wales.Read More | Tim Paine answers reporter’s phone during press conference The first time the SCG hosted the Pink Test was back in 2009 when Australia played South Africa. The McGrath foundation was started in 2005, following McGrath’s first wife Jane’s initial diagnosis with breast and bone cancer. She went into remission, but the cancer returned and she died in 2008, aged 42. Showing his solidarity for the noble cause, India skipper Virat Kohli had added a dash of pink to his batting gear – gloves and pads. So touching to see the #indiancricketteam being not just amazing on field, but also off. Fantastic supporters,” McGrath Foundation wrote on its twitter handle. The McGrath Foundation is seeking to raise as much funds as possible before stumps on day five of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia. McGrath also received the baggy pink caps from Tim Paine and his Australian team on the Jane McGrath day at the Sydney Cricket Ground.  “The touching moment when the Aussies handover their Baggy Pinks to the McGrath family,” the foundation tweeted. “Together, we can make a difference’ couldn’t be any more appropriate! Thank you @CricketAus for what will be another amazing Jane McGrath Day!” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more