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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No Letting Go Staff Profile: Meet Kelly Ives

image002Today we get to know better Kelly Ives,  the CRM Assistant here at No Letting Go, who joined the team in August 2014. She works closely alongside Jenny, our Account Manager, helping with the job booking in the central area, dealing with bookings and answering queries from clients. It’s a highly versatile role and the two work brilliantly as a team to deliver on all manner of requests.

Prior to working with us, Kelly worked as the Academy secretary for Gillingham Football Club. Hardly a life-long fan, Kelly didn’t even know there was a football club in Gillingham until going for a job near her hometown of Walderslade!

She spent six years with the club until choosing to move closer to London with her boyfriend and seven year old son, Lucas. Gillingham’s loss was our gain as this brought Kelly into contact with No Letting Go, where she has added a lot of fun and strength to our team.

gillingham-fc_NoLettingGo-BlogNo longer needing to support Gillingham, and outright refusing to accompany her Millwall boyfriend’s trips to the Den(!), Kelly and her family enjoy making the most of local farms and zoos with Lucas and plenty of gigs and music festivals on the odd occasion that they are off parent duty.

Fun fact:

Kelly was with Gillingham on their victorious Wembley trip as they pushed for promotion in 2009. ‘It was all down to me’ Kelly assures us!

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Franchisee Focus: Meet Dave Keogh – from the Stockport & Tameside Branch

We’re delighted to welcome Dave Keogh who joined No Letting Go in January; one of three new franchisees in the North-west in recent months. Dave returned to the UK two years ago having run a successful publishing business in the property sector based for 15 years in California and Florida for the last five. Encouraged to return by his three daughters, who all live in Manchester Dave was initially hoping to secure a business management role.


“I was applying for positions and it was while I was in the Job Centre that I came across a leaflet about Franchise Works, an organisation that helps people raise finance to start a franchise business. I went along to some of the seminars and looked at the kinds of opportunities that were available. No Letting Go was in my top three, given my connections and interest in property and once I learned more about the brand and saw the potential for business in the north-west it was a no-brainer. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I’m not afraid of business having come from a business background and 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.”


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No Letting Go Breaks New Ground with the Launch of New Inventory Tablet Technology

No Letting Go will launch its new tablet technology Kaptur, at this month’s ARLA Conference and Exhibition; the first inventory management services provider to have developed its own tablet software.

Kaptur-NoLettingGo-1Nick Lyons No Letting Go’s CEO said, ‘Developing our own system ensures that the technology is the perfect fit for our clients’ business needs now and in the future. It was the next logical step after developing our user-friendly online Property Inventory Management Software (PIMS). Designed to give complete control over the inventory management process in real-time, I believe it is yet another differentiator that sets No Letting Go apart from other suppliers of inventory management services and is in keeping with our ‘leaders in the field’ philosophy.”

It is easy, simple and does exactly what it is supposed to do but, most importantly, it is integrated into No Letting Go’s PIMS platform. Voice files, photographs, text, disclaimers, signatures are all fully integrated to make life easier. No Letting Go is also making the software available to Agents who want to carry out their own inventories in-house with a white labelling option.

Combining services improves efficiency and adds great value for Landlords; Kaptur has features that enable other reporting services to be included, such as No Letting Go’s recently launched Legionella Risk Assessment Reporting.

Kaptur will be on show at the ARLA Conference & Exhibition. FInd out more about Kaptur and No Letting Go’s other services by visiting Stand 15 on Tuesday 31 March at the Hilton London Metropole, Edgware Road, London W2 1 JU.

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Millionaire Masterclass: How to Take Your Business to the Next Level

We have had some time now to reflect on what was a spectacular day to be involved with; months of hard work and planning paid off with the delivery of our Millionaire Masterclass on 18th March.

Franchise-MasterclassFirstly, we must say thank you to the experts who gave us their time to present on Keys to Success, Business Planning & Strategy, Social Marketing & Outreach and fascinating human resource insights. The idea behind the day was to help boost our top franchisees and allow them to take their businesses to the next level, something we hope we have achieved.

The day was enjoyed in the beautiful grounds of Warren House and we were delighted with the amount of people who made the effort to come along. The opening key note not only outlined the four factors that will help you achieve success, but how those can be accessed. From tips on identifying the type of person you are communicating with and what they respond best to, to how to ensure you keep a positive mindset throughout, the opening speech could not have created a more motivational and inspirational setting for those who followed.

Franchisee-Masterclass-NoLettingGo-BlogHopefully our franchisees are all brimming with ideas on how to plan out the coming years of their business, how they will drive interest to their business and raise the brand profile as well as how best to sell once these leads come in.

We are incredibly excited to see the difference this will make to franchisees across the country and can’t wait to find out if they have kept their spot as one of our top franchisees for next year’s conference or, whether their invitation has been directed to another franchise who has chosen 2015 as the year to step up their game.

The sky really is the limit for any of our entrepreneurs with lofty ambitions, hopefully this will have helped them to realise their potential.

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