Getting Clear on Legionella Risk – Webinars for Landlords & Letting Agents from No Letting Go

No Letting Go is hosting a series of free webinars to help landlords and letting agents get to grips with the legalities and praticalities of assessing legionella risk in residential rental properties.

Legionella-Risk-Webinars-NoLettingGoFollowing the launch of its Legionella risk reporting service earlier in the year, Gary Claven, No Letting Go’s operations manager said, “We were surprised at how much confusion there was in the market place about compliance and the whole risk assessment process. We decided that a series of interactive webinars would be a good way for people to get concise and accurate information first hand.

Karen Morris, Lettings Manager for Hunters in Wokingham said, “I now have a thorough understanding of exactly what our obligations are around Legionella risk; the webinar really clarified things for me.”

Stacey George, Lettings Manager of Hunters, St Leonards on Sea added, “I’ve been able to put together a really good document for the team, we can now confidently answer any questions surrounding Legionella. We know exactly what we need to do and what records need to be kept.  It was also good to get an understanding of what is involved in the assessment process, how risk is calculated and reported.”

Potentially fatal, around 550 cases of Legionella are reported each year. It’s thought that the numbers could be as high as 180,000; detection levels are low as it is not usually tested for and the disease presents with pneumonia-like symptoms.

For more information and to register for the webinar programme please contact Gary Claven direct on 07475 526111, email garyclaven@nolettinggo.co.uk or visit www.nolettinggo.co.uk

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Top Safety Accreditation for No Letting Go

We’re happy to announce that we have been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for our commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

The company’s application for Safecontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

Nick-Lyons-NoLettingGo “No Letting Go understands the importance of taking risk management seriously with regard to our clients, their clients and our personnel. We are constantly striving to continuously improve the standards of property reporting and ensure the health & safety of all our stakeholders”, said Nick Lyons, No Letting Go’s CEO.

Safecontractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

Safecontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contracted services.

Safecontractor-Accreditation-NoLettingGoJohn Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”

More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that No Letting Go has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.

Safecontractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.

Client-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over 210 major, nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.

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London – Brighton Bike Ride for the British Heart Foundation

The London to Brighton Bike Ride on 21st June meant that No Letting Go could showcase our finest athletes’ talents over the gruelling 54 mile charity event, which saw us raise an impressive £1000 for the British Heart Foundation.

London-Brighton-bike-ride-NLG-FinishNick, Jennie, Gary (Head Office), and Satinder (Docklands) all joined the other 22,000 cyclists on the ride from Clapham Common down to Brighton sea front, being led by foundation ambassador Pippa Middleton in order to help the British Heart Foundation fund its research into coronary heart disease. This is one of the UK’s biggest killer diseases and just makes the efforts put in by the team all the more heroic.

London-Brighton-bike-ride-NLG-FamilyThe team started at separate points of the race, with Satinder unfortunately being the “lone wolf” of the four, but all were reunited at the end to be greeted by their children. No doubt they have all made their families very proud. The amount of money raised means we need to give the team members tremendous congratulations on their selfless fundraising activities, well done!

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Franchisee Focus: Meet David Pulford from the North Liverpool Branch

David Pulford is one of our newest franchisees. Having spent some time with Tony Mundella and going out on a few jobs with Phil Harris in the Black Country, David took the plunge and joined No Letting Go.

David_Liverpool-North_NoLettingGo-2A highly self motivated and resourceful individual, David has past experience of running his own business. He has been self employed since 1992 and in that time has owned his own restaurant as well as white goods company with three shops. In addition to this, David has rented out the apartments on his shops as well as a HMO house which provides a relevant background for his next adventure with No Letting Go.

Liverpool_Pier_Head_from_ALbert_DockDavid has said that he learnt as much from his failures as his successes with regard to previous businesses and it excited to put these lessons to use with his latest venture. The last 18 months have been geared towards finding a viable franchise that could become a real success in the coming years and much deliberation led David to us. With changes to pension regulations, the property market is set to go from strength to strength in the coming years which was one of the factors that swung David’s decision to kick start his own No Letting Go business.

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Infographic: Is Property Investment a Retirement Option?

Over 1/3 of the UK’s 1.4 million private landlords are ready to use buy-to-let portfolio to support their retirement. Select Property Group produced this infographic to learn more about this option.

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Garry Lockwood joins No Letting Go in Sutton & Merton

We’re delighted to welcome Garry Lockwood to the No Letting Go family as our newest franchisee who will be developing his business across Sutton and Merton. He first came across NLG having bought and renovated some rental properties in Kent. He used No Letting Go in Gillingham to inventory those properties and was so impressed with the service he decided to investigate taking out a franchise for himself.

NoLettingGo-Garry-Lockwood-Sutton-&-MertonGarry said,”I was looking for a fresh challenge and having taken the step into property, the inventory business interested me and was a natural extension of that.” Garry originally had a career in the field of PR having worked within some of the largest London agencies. He set up his own company a few years ago supporting European tech companies before getting into rental property.

Having grown up in Hull and attending University in Wales, Garry has gradually migrated south. Father to a son aged 14, he lives in Sutton with his partner. His guilty pleasure is diving including cave diving; he’s not long returned from a three week trip to Mexico indulging this passion.

NoLettingGo-Garry-Lockwood-Sutton-&-Merton-2On joining NLG Garry said, “I have been very impressed with the training I have received and before that, when I met Tony and spoke with other franchisees, I got an extremely positive overall impression of the company. I’m very pleased with the level of support, everyone seems very helpful. Sutton particularly has a lot of flats and rental property so I’m hoping I’m going to be kept busy.

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Franchisee Focus: Meet Fiona James from the Leeds North-West Branch

How did you first hear about NLG? What was it that appealed to you about them?

The NLG franchise was on a business website called Daltons which I came by in late December 2014. Initially it was the name that appealed to me as it’s a double negative which is usually a marketing faux pas. I liked the fact that it was counter intuitive so thought the company would be original and open to input from a range of different people and ideas. I’ve also done property development on a small scale since 2002, so have experience and knowledge of how the sector works.

Fiona-James-NoLettingGo-Leeds-North-West-2Have you owned your own business before?

Yes. I’ve had a bakery and two retail shops in the early 90s. More recently, over the last 15 years, I’ve worked as a self employed business consultant and project manager. I’ve been involved in a range of things from sourcing products for TV shopping channels to helping to set up a local branch of Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food. In the last four years I’ve worked on the launch and promotion of luxury Alpaca and Mohair coats and jackets from Steiff Schulte in Germany, under the Teddy Bear Coats brand.

Obviously taking the plunge into self employment is a big risk, what made you do it?

This actually didn’t pose a huge risk for me, having been self employed for a long time and working from my own office at home since 1999. Most of my work has been customer facing and service orientated so I have a wide ranging skill set which is transferable across different industries. You need to be self motivated and self reliant with an attention to detail. It’s not just being able to do the job; you need to be able to talk to people when you’re out selling yourself and your business. Then there’s the back office function, carrying out administrative duties and accounts. I guess you could say I’m a Jill of all trades!

Leeds-NoLettingGoWhat have been the biggest lifestyle changes you have noticed since becoming a franchisee?

Having been self employed for such a long time, the changes to my lifestyle haven’t been wholesale. My working week has changed as I will be working at weekends but it is important to be flexible when you work for yourself, especially in the initial stages. I intend to develop the business to the point where I can employ people to work for me so that I can concentrate on expanding my operation. I prefer to be an entrepreneur rather than simply ‘self employed’. There are no plans though to take over the world (yet!), the Yorkshire region is plenty to keep me busy for now!

Is there any particular way you are going about things or is it just a case of hard work and perseverance?

It’s a mix of both really. The key thing is local marketing; it’s all about networking and this can turn on the smallest thing. A phone call, chance meeting, someone leaving and moving to a new company can all generate a lead with the power to transform your business. Businesses like to deal with local suppliers who they feel know their area so this should always be considered a USP of ours. It’s a relationship building exercise and that’s where the perseverance comes in. It is important to not take a knock back as a rejection as you never know where work will come from again in the future. In my own experience, work can come from the most unlikely source. You never know the person’s situation that you are talking to; while you may think they don’t want to know about you, they may just be having a bad day. I don’t take it personally, it’s business not a popularity contest after all!

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Head Office Staff Profile: Meet Debbie Chapman

This month we would like to introduce you to Debbie Chapman who works with Lisa and Lorraine in Quality Control & Training. We are not sure how much of an introduction Debbie needs, given that she has been around as long as we have!

Debbie was already working with Nick Lyons at the time No Letting Go was formed, so we have to cast our minds back quite a distance for life before the partnership. However, there was certainly life before No Letting Go and Debbie says a highlight was the seven years which she worked at the Brands Hatch Racing Circuit.

Debbie-Chapman-NoLettingGo-BlogWe’re used to seeing Debbie hard at work every day in the office so she could be excused for enjoying a bit of slow paced relaxation in her own time. As it is, this is very much not the case and instead, Debbie enjoys motorbiking, and gardening as well as working on and holidaying at the Spanish villa which was built five years ago and she has been heavily involved in designing.

We asked Debbie if she won the lottery, what is the first thing she would buy? It came as little surprise that her first choice wasn’t your typical response as she would begin by investing in a new cement mixer for the villa!

Debbie has given blood a remarkable 53 times and also had the glamorous task of managing the winners’ podium at Brands Hatch, which included organising the champagne and trophies!

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No Letting Go Scores a Hat-Trick in the Manchester Area with Three New Franchisees

We’re pleased to announce that we have signed up three new regional franchisees in the Manchester area. Dominic Baines and Dominic Ogbologu have established franchises in South and North Manchester, and Dave Keogh has taken on the franchise for Stockport and Tameside having run a successful publishing business in the property sector based in the States.  Encouraged to return to the UK by his three daughters, who all live in Manchester, Dave said, “I see huge potential for NLG’s services in the Stockport area. Being back amongst my daughters and the prospect of building this business, I couldn’t be more excited about life right now.”

Dominic Baines who has taken on the franchise for Manchester South worked in banking then following a redundancy he secured a job within Manchester University’s Accommodation team and started to explore franchising. His work experience whetted his appetite for a business in the property sector giving him an understanding solving problems from both a tenant and landlord’s perspectives.

Manchester-NoLettingGo-FranchiseAnd last but not least, Dominic Ogbologu joins the No Letting Go network with a franchise in North Manchester.  Dominic came to the UK almost 10 years ago with a background in surveying and architecture.  Following further studies he worked in consultancy and property valuations.  Dominic said, “I love the property sector and taking on my own business venture I feel that I am more able to drive my own future and fulfill my potential.”

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