Surveys

A story about our expansion plans for 2015 have gone in the Southern Daily Echo.
It tells of our record-breaking 2014 - our silver anniversary year - and our ambitions for the next 12 months.
Our thanks to all at the Echo for highlighting our successes and plans.
We're aiming for an even better 2015 to offer even higher quality of advice and customer service but also recruit more expert staff and expand our reach across the South.

We're stepping up expansion plans after our record-breaking 25th anniversary year.
As a leading company in the area with chartered surveyors, engineers and architectural design services, we are setting our sights on further growth over the next 12 months.
It comes after a series of successes in 2014, which included the addition of Brunel Design Services and Veness Chartered Surveyors, the launch of a land and new homes division and a 40% increase in demand for residential surveys and valuations.

Interest rates look set to stay at their record low for longer after inflation continued to fall.
Inflation fell to 0.5% in December, which is the lowest since May 2000, according to new figures.
Plummeting oil prices - and the knock-on effect at the petrol pump - has played a large role in the sharp drop as well as such factors as supermarket price wars.
Some commentators believe this means that record low interest rates will be kept on hold by the Bank of England for much longer than previously thought - even into the end of this year and into 2016.

A story about Veness Chartered Surveyors joining McAndrew Martin has gone in the Portsmouth News today.
Our acquisition of the well-established and highly-respected firm has completed, and we've hit the ground running for 2015.
The experienced Veness team have relocated to our offices at the Fairway Business Centre in Portsmouth in a smooth transition.
This merger of our expert and likeminded companies make us one of the leading practices in the area as we look forward to an exciting 2015.

More good news on the economy as the unemployment rate fell again in Portsmouth and across the country.
The number of people without work has fallen by 63,000 to 1.96 million across the country to a jobless rate of 6% - matching its lowest level in six years.
According to the Portsmouth News, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Portsmouth fell by 96 in the last month.
In October, 2,815 people claimed the out-of-work benefit in the city, compared to 2,719 in November.

We're pleased to have had another busy week as we approach Christmas in our record-breaking, 25th anniversary year.
Demand is still continuing from our many clients for our property related services, including our surveys for homebuyers.
Many househunters will be out and about this weekend, especially after the Chancellor's overhaul of stamp duty last week.
There's also plenty to do out and about for those wanting to soak up the festive atmosphere; whether you're Christmas shopping, attending seasonal events or socialising with family and friends.

A new survey has suggested that some bricklayers are now being paid £1,000 a week as the construction industry builds on strong demand.
According to Manpower's research, prospects in the industry are at their strongest level since 2007 with a shortage of suitably skilled workers blamed on the recession.
Apparently, the profession became less attractive for newcomers during the downturn, which was compounded by an ageing workforce, bricklayers deserting the sector in search of better pay and developments being placed on ice.

In a second boost for the property market this week, interest rates have been kept at their record low.
The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has held them at 0.5% for another month, continuing a run which goes back to March 2009.
It is another lift for the market after the Chancellor George Osborne announced a shake-up of stamp duty in his Autumn Statement earlier in the week.
Many commentators think that interest rates won't now rise until later next year, probably after the general election in May.

A long overdue shake-up of stamp duty has been announced in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement today.
George Osborne said that the tax will be cut for 98% of homebuyers when he made the annual statement to the House of Commons.
It is a major boost for homebuyers, househunters and the property market - and is due to come into effect from midnight tonight.
The current system - with amounts owed jumping at each threshold level - will be replaced by a graduated rate, or sliding scale.

Bargain hunters have been hitting the streets today on 'black Friday'.
It's an American import, apparently, named for the Friday after Thanksgiving when shops finally go into the black after being in the red for most of the year.
In effect, for many people it's the starting shot for festive shopping as many retailers - on the high street and online - heavily discount goods.
There have been queues across the country as shoppers compete for the best offers.

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