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We're in the News! The Portsmouth News has carried a story about our super charity golf day headlined 'Businesses raise thousands with day on the fairway'.
Our great thanks to all at the News for carrying the story. It's good to gain recognition for all of those fellow businesses who took part or supported the day in any way at all.
It also raises awareness about our two very worth beneficiaries, Help for Heroes and the Ickle Pickles charity for premature and seriously ill babies.

The property market is looking in good shape, according to new figures out today from the Land Registry.
They show an annual increase of 6.7% nationwide, which takes the average property value in England and Wales to £179,492.
Prices in January of this year rose by 1.3% nationwide compared to December 2014. In the South East region the rise was 1.2%. The increase compared with January 2014 was 9.4%.

New figures show the country's construction sector lifted in January following a dip in December.
An influential industry survey revealed the rise in activity, largely due to residential housebuilding but also helped by growth in commercial construction and civil engineering.
The boost came in the Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI). It rose by more than expected to 59.1 in January ,from 57.6 in December. Any score above 50 represents growth.

New figures have delivered a fresh boost at the start of 2015.
They show that the economy grew by 2.6% last year - its fastest rate of growth since 2007 and up by 1.7% from 2013.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also revealed that the economy grew by 0.5% in the last three months of the year.
It's great news as we hit the ground running in 2015 with inflation down to 0.5%, interest rates set to remain at their 300-year historic low and plunging fuel prices helping businesses and consumers across the board.

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.

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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