An influential public sector body has issued a call for new measures to boost house building.
The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged the government to allow councils to resume their ‘historic role’ as housebuilders to supply desperately needed homes.
It wants the Government to let councils borrow money to invest in housing, keep all the money received from the sale of homes through the Right to Buy scheme and to use this and other funding to build through spin-off housing companies.

New figures have shown that economic growth was stronger than expected in the second quarter of this year.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK economy grew by 0.6% in the three months to the end of June.
The ONS said that GDP growth was stronger than expected – and up from 0.4% in the first quarter of the year from January to March.
Strong growth across services, particularly in the beleaguered retail sector, car production and pharmaceuticals all played major roles.

We’re stepping up our recruitment drive as we continue to expand across Portsmouth, Hampshire, London and the South.
As one of the leading firms of chartered surveyors on the South Coast, we’re seen demand continue to rise for our wide range of professional services.
We’ve recently welcomed new employees, from talented and promising trainees to skilled professionals with many years of expert experience.
We’re still looking to appoint more recruits of the highest calibre as we seek to move the business into its next phase of growth.

So farewell Mr Cameron and a warm welcome to Mrs May. We've reached another watershed moment in a momentous month for Great Britain – and Europe and the World.
Mr Cameron was given a standing ovation by Conservative MPs at his final Prime Minister's Questions today before Mrs May formally took the office of Prime Minister.
He told the Commons that he would ‘miss the roar of the crowd’ and that he intended to stay in public life.

The Brexit vote has created opportunities as well as challenges for the UK economy and property and construction sector.
Homebuyers and investors may feel buoyed by some of the most competitive mortgage rates in history beginning to emerge.

There’s an interesting article on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) website with advice for a successful surveying career.
It includes a ‘top five tips’, such as striving for technical excellence, gaining support from your employer and seizing opportunities. Other nuggets including raising your profile in the industry and pushing yourself forward.
All good advice – at McAndrew Martin we recognise the importance of nurturing employees and supporting them to fulfil their potential whatever position they are in.

Our new Director of Operations Sam Rix is in the Property section of the Portsmouth News today.
The page two article, with a picture, tells of Sam’s new appointment to help us move into the next phase of our growth.
It follows similar features in the media about Sam’s new specially-created role with us.
Many thanks to the Portsmouth News for the story.

We're set to move into the next phase of our growth with Sam Rix as our new director of operations.
Sam has been appointed in the newly created role to drive growth across Hampshire, London and the South.
He is our latest recruit as demand grows for our expert range of surveys, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, architectural design and property related services.
Our director Ian Lee said: “Our strategy is to recruit the very best professionals so we are very pleased to welcome Sam to the business.

The second of our new series of Surveying the Scene columns has appeared in the Portsmouth News today.
It is the latest view from our director Ian Lee about life as a surveyor, including expert advice and useful tips for property owners.
As a leading firm in the Portsmouth, London and the south we pride ourselves on our professional advice and personal service; and Ian’s column is just one way of sharing our expertise.

Read the latest 'Surveying the Scene' below from our director Ian Lee

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