Investment banks to cash in if £31bn Glencore opts for a London listing

first_img THE world’s biggest commodities trader, Glencore, is said to be planning a float for next year that could be the largest ever seen on the London Stock Exchange if the firm opts to list in the UK. However, it might instead choose to float in Hong Kong to gain access to faster-growing emerging markets, or to float part of the business in each location.A full float could be as large as £31bn according to broker estimates and would be likely to generate one to two per cent, or £310m-£620m, in advisory fees. The minerals trader is said to have appointed Morgan Stanely, Citigroup and Credit Suisse to advise on the deal. Other options for the firm’s expansion include a buy-out of FTSE 100 mining firm Xstrata, of which it already owns a third. The company has benefited from the commodities boom of the past few months with half-year revenues this year reaching $70bn, up from $45bn last year. In addition to trading commodities, it also owns mining facilities all over the world.Its founder, Marc Rich, was prosecuted in 1983 for tax evasion but was pardoned in 2001 by former US president Bill Clinton. If the float does take place on the LSE next year, it could mark the end to a fallow period for initial public offerings.Coming alongside a planned float of a fifth of Santander UK, estimated at £4bn-£5bn, it could make 2011 a blockbusting year for advisory fees. Glencore refused to comment. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodaySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldHealthyGem”My 600-lb Life” Star Dropped 420 Pounds, See Her NowHealthyGem Investment banks to cash in if £31bn Glencore opts for a London listing Sunday 5 December 2010 11:26 pm whatsapp Read This NextFresh Fruit Sushi: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCreamy Pumpkin Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily Proof’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofA Once in 17 Years Cicada Event in Princeton, New JerseyFamily Proofcenter_img Share KCS-content whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

In Wisconsin, voters have a choice

first_imgWWP members and friends in Milwaukee,July 2016.Poor and working people in Wisconsin will have a choice in November to vote for socialist Presidential candidate Monica Moorehead and her Vice Presidential running mate Lamont Lilly of Workers World Party. The candidates were certified to be on the ballot by the Wisconsin Elections Commission as of Aug. 25.Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton represent the people — both candidates and their parties are pro-war, anti-immigrant, anti-Black, anti-lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer, anti-woman and anti-worker.What a refreshing and much-needed contrast to have Moorehead as a choice, the only Black revolutionary socialist woman running for president. The candidate will be visiting the Midwest in September, making stops in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.Moorehead and Lilly’s campaign is in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement; defends the Milwaukee Rebellion against cops murdering Black and Brown people; supports unions, other workers’ organizations, the LGBTQ community and women’s liberation; and fights for a socialist system that puts people before profits and nurtures the environment.There is a climate in Wisconsin of unrelenting racist austerity created by Wall Street forces and their political servants, such as Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Many gains that working-class and oppressed peoples won over the past 100 years have been eviscerated.It was in this climate that members and friends of Workers World Party conducted a signature-gathering blitz from June 30 to July 10 in Milwaukee, Madison and other areas of the state.Activists gathered over 3,700 signatures in working-class and oppressed communities, where they received warm responses to the Moorehead-Lilly 10-point program. Two thousand valid signatures are required to obtain ballot status for presidential candidates in Wisconsin. During the blitz, WWP members and others from organizations such as the Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement, also supported a community conversation event where Lilly spoke; a protest at the right-wing Bradley Foundation; and a Red, Black and Queer slideshow at the LGBTQ community center.The WWP candidates are also on the ballot in Utah and New Jersey.WWP members and friends are now organizing for a Midwest tour by Moorehead that will include stops in Detroit and other Michigan cities, Sept. 8-13; Chicago, Sept. 15; Milwaukee. Sept. 16; and Madison, Sept. 17. All events are free and open to the public.Detroit: Saturday, Sept. 10, 5-8 p.m., candidate’s forum at 5920 Second Ave.Chicago: Visit Friday, Sept. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the African American Women’s Center (formerly Carpenters’ union hall), 3020 W. Vliet St.Madison: Saturday, Sept. 17, 1-3 p.m. at the Villager Mall, Room A, 2312 S. Park St.For more information:,, thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

#CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries

first_img Help by sharing this information News March 13, 2020 #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries June 8, 2021 Find out more They include China, where the human rights website, Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch, also known by the Chinese name Minsheng Guancha, has been blocked by the government since shortly after its creation in 2006. Its founder, Liu Feiyue was sentenced in 2019 to five years in prison on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” and “publishing articles that opposed the socialist system.” Thanks to Operation Collateral Freedom, around 230,000 visitors have been able to access the independent Burundian news website Iwacu since December 2019. Unblocked by RSF in 2018, Iwacu is one of Burundi’s few remaining independent media outlets. Operation #CollateralFreedom circumvents Internet censorship by means of a technique in which “mirrors” or duplicates of the censored websites are created on international servers belonging to the world’s Internet giants located around the world. If a country wants to block access to the mirrors, it must also deprive itself of access to all the sites and services hosted on these servers, which would inflict significant “collateral damage” on its own economy, hence the operation’s name. Saudi ArabiaBahrainBurundiChinaDjiboutiEgyptUnited Arab EmiratesIranPakistanPhilippinesTurkmenistanVietnamMiddle East – North Africa AfricaAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms InternetFreedom of expressionPredators RSF_en >>> See the RSF website in Egypt <<< RSF’s own website, which publishes information in several languages including Arabic about press freedom violations around the world, is one of the more than 500 news sites that have been blocked in Egypt without reference to the courts, for no clear reason, during the past three years. The RSF site,, has been blocked within Egypt since August 2017. Operation Collateral Freedom is enabling Egyptian Internet users to access it again. News Organisation Operation Collateral Freedom is also now unblocking the website of La Voix de Djibouti, a radio station that is Djibouti’s only independent media outlet. Created  in 2010, it is one of the few spaces for free speech and information and, without it, Djibouti would become a news and information black hole. To escape persecution, the radio station is based in Paris from where it broadcasts by satellite and on its website, which is blocked by the authorities. June 11, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaBahrainBurundiChinaDjiboutiEgyptUnited Arab EmiratesIranPakistanPhilippinesTurkmenistanVietnamMiddle East - North Africa AfricaAsia - PacificEurope - Central Asia Online freedoms InternetFreedom of expressionPredators center_img News How and why does RSF circumvent the censorship? In what is the sixth year of “Operation Collateral Freedom,” RSF is adding four more sites to the list of those it is already unblocking by means of a technique known as website mirroring, under which “mirrors” or copies of the sites are placed on international servers beyond the reach of censors. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 to go further News Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Receive email alerts RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance >>> See the list of websites unblocked by RSF <<< June 9, 2021 Find out more To mark World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, celebrated on 12 March, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announces that its “Operation Collateral Freedom” is now providing alternative online access to a total of 21 news websites that are blocked in their own countries. Follow the news on Middle East - North Africa All of these websites are blocked in their own countries – a total of 12 countries – by authoritarian or dictatorial regimes that are increasingly blocking access to independent news sites.last_img read more

A Fond Farewell: Shakespeare Club’s 63rd Annual Tournament of Roses Luncheon

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * “Inspiring Stories” was the theme of the Tournament of Roses Parade this year and members of The Shakespeare Club were truly inspired by the Tournament of Roses Queen and her Royal Court when they came to visit them for their 63rd Annual Royal Court Luncheon on February 3rd.The Club Members welcomed the entire Royal Court and many of the Chairpersons of the Tournament to their Clubhouse on Grand Avenue in Pasadena for a “social hour” where all could chat and enjoy appetizers prior to the luncheon. The 2014-2015 Tournament President, Richard Chinen and his wife Kim attended as well as the 2015-2016 Tournament President, Mike Matthiessen who is the son of Shakespeare Club Member, Ginny Matthiessen.The lovely Queen and Princesses put roses on the lapels of the guests and posed for pictures during the social hour which was followed by a delicious luncheon, prepared by caterer Cynthia Brooks of Pasadena.The program was officiated by Club Member, Jeanette Parker. She introduced J.T Parker, her gifted grandson who entertained all with a beautiful solo. She also presented the Royal Court with gifts from the Shakespeare Club; a beautiful rose charm.2014-2015 Tournament President, Richard Chenin spoke of the highlights of his year and the special moments leading up to and including the day of the Rose Parade. Chenin took the opportunity to thank his wife, Kim, then yielded the floor to Mark Leavens, Queen and Court Chairman, who introduced the exiting Queen and her Court.Each of the young women were such eloquent speakers as they shared their most “inspiring stories” from the past year as well as their hopes and dreams for the future; further education, college and careers. The girls have become very close and were a little emotional as this luncheon is the last “official” event of the 150 events they have attended as a group.To close, Mike Matthiessen made the exciting announcement: the theme for the 2016 Rose Parade! Next year’s theme, “Find Your Adventure”, was formed from a unique partnership between the Tournament of Roses and the U.S. National Park Service that will help highlight the centennial celebration of our nation’s national parks at the 2016 Rose Parade.The Queen and Court luncheon, held yearly at the Club, has been a tradition since 1952. One of the oldest traditions of The Shakespeare Club is their association with the Tournament of Roses. In 1897 they contributed towards prizes and served picnic lunches to visitors. They entered their first float, a decorated carriage in 1906 and had four prize winning floats in 1929-1932.The Shakespeare Club is proud of their philanthropic involvement and cultural traditions within the Pasadena Community. The Club consists of a diverse group of energetic women who enjoy the many social, philanthropic and theatrical opportunities that this organization has to offer.Another of the Club’s traditions is presenting Broadway Musicals to the community. In keeping with that tradition, the Benefit/Drama department of the Club will be presenting Dan Goggin’s musical comedy, “Nunsense: The Mega-Musical Version” on March 6th, 7th and 8th at their clubhouse on Grand Ave. in Pasadena. This Production of “Nunsense – The Mega Musical Version” will feature a pre-theatre party with food, raffles and silent auction for each of the performances.Tickets are “sold out” at this time and the net proceeds will fund the scholarship program for graduating seniors in the Pasadena Unified School District and on-going programs of the Shakespeare Club.The Club accepts new members year-round and encourages those who may be interested in joining to contact Membership Chairman, Rebecca Harris at (626) 375-0759.For more information about the Shakespeare Club’s philanthropic endeavors, events, membership and past productions, please visit their Community News HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Gatherings A Fond Farewell: Shakespeare Club’s 63rd Annual Tournament of Roses Luncheon The Shakespeare Club celebrates the 2015 parade’s success and says goodbye to the exiting Queen and her Court STAFF REPORTS | Photography Shirley Bone, Shakespeare Club Publicity Chairman Published on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | 1:31 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Make a comment Business News Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

Limerick medical card holders wrongly charged for blood tests

first_imgFacebook Previous articleLimerick men urged to mind their mental healthNext articleSisters, swing out to Limerick City Big Band Alan Jacques Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Advertisement Linkedin NewsLocal NewsLimerick medical card holders wrongly charged for blood testsBy Alan Jacques – December 12, 2015 922 TAGSblood testsCllr Maurice QuinlivanHSElimerickmedical cardsSinn Fein center_img Cllr Maurice Quinlivanby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Maurice QuinlivanA NUMBER of medical card holders in Limerick are being charged for blood tests by their GPs despite the fact they are entitled to this free service as part of existing service contracts with the HSE.People have contacted Sinn Féin General Election candidate for Limerick City, Cllr Maurice Quinlivan, in the last couple of weeks to express their confusion at being charged despite being eligible for free general medical services.Describing the charge as “absolutely unacceptable”, Cllr Quinlivan has advised those who had been charged that they are entitled to a full refund from the HSE.“A number of medical card holders have made contact with me to seek clarification and advice after being charged for blood tests. This is absolutely unacceptable as blood tests are free of charge to medical card holders as part of existing service contracts with the HSE and under the 1970 Health Act,” he explained.“I am quite shocked that this has been happening as I am aware that the HSE has written to contract holders a few times to clarify that the position with regards to phlebotomy services. That being said, I have also heard stories of posters being put up in some GP surgeries notifying all medical card patients that they will be charged €15 for blood tests from January 1 next.”Cllr Quinlivan insists that it is extremely important that the HSE communicates the position regarding provision of such services to contract holders.“This may have to be done more forcefully or with more clarity as it is clear that the message is not getting through in some cases. It has to be made very clear to all GPs that this not allowable or acceptable.“My foremost concern is for the welfare of medical card holder who are obviously not in a position to absorb the cost of such payments. Our GPs are a vital part of our communities. The vast majority have a very good understanding of their contractual obligations. However, it is clear that some, whatever the reasons may be, are not sticking to the terms of their contracts”, Cllr Quinlivan concluded.In response, the HSE told the Limerick Post that it has been made aware of instances where GPs have charged General Medical Services (GMS) patients inappropriately for phlebotomy (drawing blood) services. They have written to GP contract holders and clarified the position in relation to charging for phlebotomy.“A GP is expected to provide patients who hold a medical card or GP visit card with all proper and necessary treatment of a kind generally undertaken by a GP and not requiring special skill or experience of a degree or kind which GPs cannot reasonably be expected to possess.“A medical practitioner should not charge for these services or for travelling or for other expenses, premises, equipment or instruments in making the services available. In circumstances where the taking of blood is necessary, the GP may not charge that patient if they are eligible for free GMS services”.Medical card patients who feel they have been inappropriately charged for phlebotomy services can email [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Printlast_img read more

[COVID-19] Plea In Calcutta HC Challenges Reopening Of Religious Places ; Says ‘Non Essential Activities Must Be Discouraged’

first_imgNews Updates[COVID-19] Plea In Calcutta HC Challenges Reopening Of Religious Places ; Says ‘Non Essential Activities Must Be Discouraged’ LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 Jun 2020 7:15 AMShare This – xQuestioning the rationale of the Ministry of Home Affairs allowing the reopening of religious places of worship with effect from June 8, a Public Interest Litigation petition has been filed in the Calcutta High Court.Filed by lawyer Priyanka Tibrewal, the petition stated that decision is “unnecessary, arbitrary and against the maintenance of public order and health”The petitioner states that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginQuestioning the rationale of the Ministry of Home Affairs allowing the reopening of religious places of worship with effect from June 8, a Public Interest Litigation petition has been filed in the Calcutta High Court.Filed by lawyer Priyanka Tibrewal, the petition stated that decision is “unnecessary, arbitrary and against the maintenance of public order and health”The petitioner states that the closure of religious places to contain COVID-19 spread was a regulatory measure justifiable under “public order and health” grounds under Article 25. However, when the COVID-19 cases are on rise, the MHA and the West Bengal government have allowed the re-opening of places of worship, stated the petitioner”The only way to prevent the spread of the virus is social distancing. Under such circumstances, non-essential activities such as opening of places of worship should be strongly discouraged”, the plea read.In addition, the petitioner also sought a direction that children below 12 years of age be exempted from attending school physically till a medicine to cure the disease or a vaccine is developed The petitioner stated that children below the age of 12 years are susceptible to COVID-19 and should be exempted from going to school till a vaccine or a cure for the disease is found.As per the “Unlock” guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on March 30, a decision on re-opening of schools and colleges will be taken based on a review of COVID-19 situation.On Thursday, a bench comprising Chief Justice T B Radhakrishnan and Arijit  Banerjee said the matter will be taken up for hearing on June 19 and asked the state and central governments to be represented by their lawyers.Click here to download the petitionNext Storylast_img read more

Rescue 118 extends thanks following night vision goggle training

first_img Google+ Google+ Facebook Rescue 118 has confirmed they have been training with night vision goggles for the last few months.They have been carrying out numerous flights around the various landing pads at Letterkenny, Sligo and Mayo University hospitals and around Strandhill.The crew of Rescue 118 have thanked all the crews of the Inishbofin Ferry, the Arranmore Ferry and the security at all the hospital pads who facilitate them.They also extended thanks to the air traffic controllers and fire service of Sligo Airport as they keep members safe and refuel Rescue 118 when they land at any time and their engineers who keep two helicopters in the air. Previous articlePremier Division Review: Defeat for Harps as Derry City earn late drawNext articleDonegal leave it late to beat Roscommon in league opener News Highland By News Highland – May 9, 2021 Twitter Facebook WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Rescue 118 extends thanks following night vision goggle training Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

Hurricane Beryl takes aim at eastern Caribbean, could miss Puerto Rico

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Beryl is churning in the Atlantic on Saturday morning and taking aim at the small islands that make up the eastern Caribbean. It appears, based on the current track, the storm will skirt just south of Puerto Rico, portions of which remain in the dark nine months after Hurricane Maria.Beryl is currently a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.It is located about 865 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west at 14 mph.It is projected to cross the islands late Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane and then weaken as it enters the Caribbean Sea.A hurricane watch is in effect for Dominica, and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. Additional watch areas may be required for other islands later on Saturday.Hurricane Beryl is expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rain through Sunday across the southern Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands.Tropical depressionTropical Depression 3 is located 195 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Saturday morning and is moving north-northwest at 6 mph.Maximum sustained winds are currently 30 mph.Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and while it is expected to reach Category 1 hurricane strength by Tuesday, the track remains offshore. However, this still does raise rip-current and rough-surf risks through the end of next week for the mid-Atlantic coastline.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Glacio-chemical study spanning the past 2 kyr on three ice cores from Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica: 2. Seasonally resolved chemical records

first_imgThe ammonium, calcium, and sodium concentrations from three intermediate depth ice cores drilled in the area of Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica, have been investigated. Since all measurements were performed by a high-resolution Continuous Flow Analysis system, for the first time seasonal signals of chemical trace species could be obtained from the interior of central Antarctica over a period of approximately 2 millennia. Although the elevation as well as the accumulation rate differ between the drilling sites, similar values were obtained by comparing mean concentrations spanning the last 900 years. However, a distinct lack of intersite correlation was found on decadal timescales. Despite a noticeable accumulation change, apparent in one core, no significant concentration change of all three species has occurred. All the measured ions show clear seasonal signals over the whole records. While the sea-salt-related component sodium peaks simultaneously with calcium, the maximum ammonium concentration occurs in the snow with a time lag of 2 months after the sea-salt peak. More than 60% of the calcium concentration can be attributed to an ocean source. Elevated sodium concentrations were found within this millennium compared to mean values of the whole records, but the spatially varying shape of the increase suggests that a possible climatic signal is biased by local deposition effects.last_img read more

Metropix celebrates its seven-millionth floor plan

first_imgHome » News » Metropix celebrates its seven-millionth floor plan previous nextProducts & ServicesMetropix celebrates its seven-millionth floor planMetropix has reached a significant milestone within its tenth anniversary year with the creation of its seven-millionth floor plan.PROPERTYdrum8th April 20150830 Views Metropix, one of the leading suppliers of floor plan based products to the residential estate agency market, has reached a major milestone within its tenth anniversary year with the creation of is seven-millionth floor plan.The floor plan was produced by Fergus Lindsay, Senior Valuer of Scotland-based agents Slater Hogg & Howison, which has 25 branches across the country.On completing the floor plan, which is for a two-bedroom loft-style apartment on the prestigious Ingram Street in Glasgow, the team at Metropix contacted the agent’s Candleriggs office to discover that the seven millionth planwas produced by Fergus Lindsay (right). To celebrate the milestone, a giant cookie was delivered to Lindsay and his colleagues to enjoy.Talking about the creation of the seven millionth plan, Brian Farrell, Director of Metropix, said, “When I set up Metropix ten years ago, I knew the market was ready to embrace floor plans as a mainstream marketing tool for selling houses. The appetite was there, however at the time, the only way you could produce such plans was via specialist CAD tools which were expensive and not easy to use. We therefore created Metropix to fill the gap and, here we are ten years later celebrating the fact that seven million plans have now been produced! It’s a great achievement and I would like to thank all our customers, including the team at Slater Hogg & Howison, for their continued support.”Floor plans remain a vital marketing tool to help agents sell and let more homes, with 84 per cent of estate agency professionals polled by Metropix last year confirming that offering floor plans helped their agency to secure new instructions, while a further 89 per cent confirmed that including floor plans on portals encouraged buyers to view their agency’s properties.When asked what their number one reason was for including floor plans, 48 per cent said they believed they give a better representation of the property, while 44 per cent were responding to consumer demand, suggesting that it is what buyers or prospective tenants want or ask for. A significant 94 per cent confirmed it would have a negative impact on their business if they were to stop using floor plans.When it comes to the type of floor plans that agents are using, 56.9 per cent continue to use black and white 2D floor plans, while 21 per cent prefer to use 3D plans on their property.“Most people just want some idea of layout and room sizes,” said Vivienne Harris of Heathgate estate agents. “We find that 2D floorplans work just as well as 3D plans.”Mandy Stevenette of Stevenette & Company says that floor plans are quite simply “essential” when it comes to marketing a property for sale or to let.“They allow applicants to very quickly understand the layout of a property, how the space flows and the relationship or proximity of one room to another,” she said.Metropix portals floor plan April 8, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more