Building Surveys

The unemployment rate has fallen below two million for the first time in nearly six years, according to new figures.

The Office for National Statistics said that number of people out of work dropped by 154,000 to 1.97million in the three months to the end of August.

It's the lowest since the end of 2008 and means the unemployment rate is just 6 %.

In another boost, Sir Ben Ainslie has announced the first jobs at his America's Cup sailing base in Portsmouth.

What are you up to this weekend?
If you are househunting, then the good news is that interest rates have been kept at their record low of 0.5 %.
There's speculation that they make go up slightly next spring to 0.75 % although some economic experts say a rise could come as early as the new year.
So, now is a good time if you are looking to move or remortgage.
As we celebrate our 25th anniversary year, we've seen demand rocket for our surveys and property related services.

New figures show a double boost for the economy and the property market.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has placed Britain in the fast lane with economic growth forecast at 3.2 % this year and 2.7 % next year. That's faster than any other developed nation.
It augers well for the future as we move forward to put the worst recession in living memory behind us.
Also, annual house price figures from the Halifax show an increase of 9.6 % in the year to the end of September.

It's been a landmark week for us after we welcomed Veness Chartered Surveyors to the McAndrew Martin fold.
We're looking forward to a successful future growing the business and providing an even greater range of support and customer service for our many clients and prospective customers across Hampshire, Sussex and the South.
It is particularly timely as we see a continuing demand for our services - including surveys and architecture - and as the property market continues to strengthen.

Today's the day - we welcome Veness Chartered Surveyors to McAndrew Martin.
We announced the acquisition of Cosham-based Veness at our 25th anniversary celebration at the Spinnaker Tower in early September.
Now, as of October 1, the acquisition has officially taken effect - and we're delighted to welcome all at Veness on board.
Veness was founded in 1973 and has clients throughout Hampshire and Sussex.
This merger of our two well-established and like-minded companies will create one of the leading practices in the Portsmouth area.

How much is your house worth?

New figures are out today from the Land Registry showing movement in the property market in August - with Portsmouth and Hampshire stable with steady increases compared to other parts of the country.

Nationally, annual house price growth accelerated by 8.4% compared with last year - the highest annual increase for August for nearly seven years. There was also an increase of 1% compared with July - making the average price of a home nationally £177,824

Interesting article on The Entrepreneur website about achieving lasting success - something we know about after 25 years in business.
The piece is called Ten Ways Entrepreneurs Think Differently - and hammers home the importance of positive thinking and innovation.
Pointers include seeing challenges as opportunities and rivals as research subjects to gain valuable information rather than as threats. It also stresses the importance of hard work and discipline.

We're in the News!

Coverage of our exciting 25th anniversary party at the Spinnaker Tower - and our acquisition of Veness Chartered Surveyors - has made the Portsmouth News.

The paper carries details about our fantastic '25 years at the top' celebration at the landmark as well as more about the merger with Veness.

It's the icing on the cake after such a superb event. Many thanks to all at the News for carrying the story!

We are delighted to be making our second acquisition of the year by joining forces with Veness Chartered Surveyors.

Our directors announced the major deal at our super 25th anniversary party at the top of the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

Nearly 200 guests attended our silver celebration at the iconic landmark, including staff, their families, friends, suppliers, clients, business associates and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Steven Wylie.

The merger was the icing on the cake at the end of a fantastic evening.

Tonight's the big night - our silver anniversary celebration at the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.
We've invited 200 guests to the special gala event to mark our 25 years in business - and also to say thanks to past and present staff, family, friends, clients, suppliers, contacts and associates in the business community for all of their support over the years.
It promises to be a great night - at one of the iconic venues on the South Coast.
There will be entertainment as well as a raffle for our dedicated charity for the evening, Help for Heroes.


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