How much pocket money do you give your children?
A new survey from the Halifax – best known for its house price index, of course – shows that youngsters aged eight to 15 get an average of £6.54 a week.
And interestingly there was quite a gender divide with boys receiving an average of £6.93 a week compared with £6.16 for girls.
That means boys get 13% more than girls – with the gender gap increasing by 2% on last year.

What are you up to this bank holiday weekend? Watching the football on TV, househunting, shopping, or getting out and about?
We’ve had another busy week with demand for professional services continuing to grow. We hit the ground running in January and have gained pace as the year’s progressed.
Although the EU referendum seems to have caused uncertainty in some quarters, in our experience we've found that our business in the property and construction sectors remains strong.

What are you up to this weekend? If you’re out and about, you may want to pop down to see Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR yacht racing headquarters at the Camber.
The base has been newly crowned as the South East overall Project of the Year by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
It scooped the prestigious honour at the organisation’s awards ceremony in Brighton last night and now goes through to the national finals.
It beat off rivals from Hampshire, Berks, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex and Kent to claim the sought-after title.

How old is too old for a mortgage? Well, the upper age limit to pay off a mortgage is now 85, according to the Nationwide.
The building society has raised the ceiling by 10 years due to ‘increasing demand’.
With many homeowners traditionally taking out a 25 year capital repayment mortgage, this means a new applicant could successfully apply for a home loan at the age of 60.
Meanwhile, the Halifax has lifted the cap to 80.

It’s all systems go for this year’s America’s Cup World Series with organisers announcing the latest attractions to accompany the racing.
Ben Ainslie and sail aces in the home team will be hitting the water off Southsea over the weekend of July 22 to 24.
Meanwhile, the thrills and spills off the water – and in the sky – will include crack teams of aerobatics including the Red Arrows, the Blades Display Team and the Red Bull Matadors.

A story about our Consultant Ken Veness has hit the headlines in the Portsmouth News today.
It tells how Ken was recently honoured with Lifetime Membership of the Portsmouth Property Association (PPA) in recognition of his dedication and long service.
Ken is widely respected in the industry. As well as being a former Chairman of the PPA, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).
Our Managing Director Bill McAndrew, Director Ian Lee and Chartered Surveyor Alf Wimshurst also all hold the prestigious RICS Fellowship status.

As a registered company with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), we’ve been asked to join in a new consultation about business rates.
Business rates have been one of the most contentious issues for SMEs – particularly retailers – for many years now. Of course, the issue of business rates has many knock-on effects for the wider property market and economy; not least on the health of the high street.
In its March Budget the Government announced the release of its long awaited review into the tax – and invited comments.

As a new member of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce (, we’re now linked into its many businesses across the county.
Membership also means that we’re part of the nationwide network of chambers accredited to the British Chambers of Commerce (
That not only helps from a commercial point of view it also means we’re in touch with likeminded businesses and can gain valuable economic insights.

The second set of property market data for the first quarter of 2016 is out – this time from the Halifax.
Its figures for house prices for the year to March show an increase of 10.1% compared with a year earlier – making the average home nationwide worth £214,811.
This compared with the national average of £200,251 pinpointed by the Nationwide in its figures earlier in the week.

Our Consultant Ken Veness has hit the headlines with a story about his recent award making the news.
He was recently honoured with Lifetime Membership of the Portsmouth Property Association (PPA) in recognition of his dedication and long service.
And news of his accolade has started to appeared in the media – including the Portsmouth News, Portsmouth Town Talk, Commercial News Media and The Business Magazine.
The article appeared in the Property section of the Portsmouth today – it is great to see Ken the recognition he so richly deserves


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