Pound steady as Article 50 trigger date approaches

Although we’re now only days away from the long-awaited activation of Article 50, the pound is proving resilient and its best levels of the week could be yet to come. For more details from Currency Direct click here.

London house prices hit record high despite imminent Article 50 trigger

Average asking prices in London have hit a record high of £650,000, with price growth driven by rising demand in the outer boroughs. To read the full article from Homes & Property click here.

Modernising the Home Moving Process – Feedback sought

On the 3rd April 2017, BAR Company Secretary, Paul Swindon, will be attending a panel session at The Conveyancing Association Annual General Meeting at the House of Commons, to represent and discuss the challenges and frustrations that Removers might face as part of the wider home moving process.

This is in response to a White Paper published by the Conveyancing Association titled ‘Modernising the Home Moving Process  which sets out their suggestions for ‘completion certainty’ for the consumer.

Members are invited to share their opinions, ideas and suggestions within the BAR Members forum of the same title, or by emailing paul.swindon@bar.co.uk, for consideration at the forthcoming CA panel session.

Please note that the Conveyancing Association will be attending the BAR Conference 2017 in Cardiff on Friday 19th May to share their findings.

UK home asking prices rise 1.3% on-month in March, says Rightmove

Prices sought by sellers of UK homes rose 1.3% month-on-month in March 2017, according to the latest house price index published on Monday (20 March) by Rightmove, the UK online real estate portal and property website. To read more click here.

Multi-million pound major road improvements unlock thousands of homes and jobs

Multi-million pound road improvement schemes announced today by Highways England are set to help create almost 11,000 jobs unlock the development of more than 4,000 homes. To read the full article from .GOV.UK click here.

UK economy will grow more strongly than expected, says BCC

According to The Guardian, robust consumer spending and a brighter outlook for trade and investment will mean the UK’s economic slowdown this year is less severe than previously feared, the British Chambers of Commerce has predicted. To read more click here.

Rents set to jump by 20% in next five years – Zoopla

By comparison, house prices are expected to climb at a slightly slower rate of 18% over the same period, says RICS. To read more click here.

CMotY 2017 – Certificate of Merit and Finalists

Many congratulations go to the following 3 Members who BAR are delighted to announce as CMotY 2017 finalists:

• Universal Commercial Relocation Ltd
• Maidmans Moving & Storage Ltd
• BCL

Certificate of Merit was achieved by the following companies:

• J A Steel and Son Ltd
• Harrow Green
• Company Moves and Storage Ltd
• Ede’s (UK) Ltd
• Russell Fewins Ltd
• JT & Sons Relocations Ltd
• Pickfords Business Solutions
• Specialised Movers Ltd

BAR would like to thank all those who entered the competition and wish the finalists the best of luck for the remainder of the competition.

DMotY 2017 – Shortlist

The first round of scoring for this year’s competition was carried out by a panel of independent judges, from various organisations, who separately judged different elements of the entries without access to the other judges scores. This year has seen a comprehensive first round of judging, using more independent judges, and more judges with specific expertise in areas such as website analysis and the whole customer experience. Following this robust round of judging we are delighted to advise that the following companies have been shortlisted, in no particular order:

• Squab Group
• Kilmarnock Removals
• Maidmans Moving & Storage
• Andrews of Kent
• Clarks of Amersham
• Richard Healey Removals

Congratulations to those shortlisted. With regard to stage 2, those shortlisted will now need to submit a list of 6 recent customers (within the last 4 months) to membershipservices@bar.co.uk on or by the 8th March 2017.

Change to the penalties of using a mobile phone behind the wheel

From tomorrow, Wednesday 01 March 2017,  ALL motorists, in England, Scotland and Wales found using a handheld mobile phone will get six points on their licence and face a £200 fine.

Motorists who are caught for the first time using their phone illegally, will no longer be able to choose to take a remedial course instead of receiving points on their licence. Drivers caught breaking the law for a second time are potentially facing a £1,000 fine and a six-month driving ban.

Newly qualified motorists face revocation of their driving licence the first time they are caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel.

If you require any further information, please call 01254 828300 and ask to speak to a member of the regulatory team or email enquiries@backhouses.co.uk to request a telephone call BACK.