Mass Exodus of Londoners Seeking Property Outside Capital

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Capital Residents Leave London for More Space

As London companies adopt remote working practices, is there any need to stay in the capital all week round?

Covid-19 and the weeks of lockdown and remote working have changed the perception of our living arrangements, not least for Londoners it seems. Capital residents have long been happy by being in the thick of the things, and having the best of both worlds when it comes to job prospects and a wealth of entertainment options. However, there’s nothing like a global pandemic to change the way you view your surroundings. And the latest data says that Londoners are looking to leave!

Jobs outside of the city

Escape the City, a careers advisory service for jobseekers looking outside of London, has seen more than double the amount of enquiries, compared to the same period of 2019. Of course, this doesn’t account for the large number of Londoners who would be able to keep their current jobs, in a remote working capacity, whilst living outside of the city. As London companies make significant changes to their flexible working policies, or give up their city premises entirely, this opens up a breadth of opportunities for people looking to leave the capital.

What are London buyers looking for outside of the capital?

Middle class Londoners have often needed to make some sacrifices to live in the city, where the cost of property is known to be astronomically high. With miniscule gardens, and 1 bed apartments that cost the same as five-bedroom country residences, it’s understandable that capital dwellers are looking for more space at a time where space can save lives. An estate agents Romford team explains that buyers at the moment are looking for properties with space for a quiet home office as well as larger gardens. If you’ve been unlucky enough to have no garden space during lockdown, then this will be high on your priority list, whilst those with a small roof terrace will also be keen to stretch their legs a bit.

Where are buyers moving to?

Whilst some Londoners will take the opportunity to spread their wings and fly to far-flung corners of the country, others are favouring the balance that the home counties have to offer. This is particularly true for those who know or expect that they will still need to commute into the capital periodically. Tandridge in Surrey, which is 22 times less packed than London, is one of the destinations recording the largest surge in interest, whilst Medway in Kent is also popular. Essex is another region reporting increased buyer registrations, with people who want access to the coast and rural life, whilst taking advantage of the fast commute into the city when needed.

Moving before a second wave

With the pandemic far from over, some Londoners believe now is the right time to take flight. Although London’s rate of infection seems to be under control for now, there’s no telling what could happen during the autumn or winter months, when it is predicted that the coronavirus will thrive once again during the colder climate. With London’s crowds and packed public transport, these have been identified as key risk factors of viral contagion by leading epidemiologists. Getting out of London before the second wave takes hold seems like a sensible plan.


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Outdoor Events Management

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Tips to Make Your Event a Success

A well-run outdoor event is something that everyone remembers. Make sure yours is memorable for all the right reasons.

Taking control of an event of any kind demands strategic thinking and great organisational skills. When it’s taking place in the great outdoors, there is even more to think about, particularly in the autumn and winter. Human nature is such that if the event is a success, there’s a reasonable chance that people will remember it. If it’s a failure, there is no doubt whatsoever. Here are some top tips for ensuring your event leaves you feeling elated, not deflated.

Get expert help where you need it

The biggest obstacle to success is if you try to take everything on by yourself. Before you do anything else, mark of various categories of tasks to be completed, for example security, power supply, catering and so on. Some things, such as power supply, are ones that need expert assistance, so appoint a generator hire company sooner rather than later, and that is one responsibility off your shoulders.

Check the regulations

Events require different types of permits and licences, depending on a whole range of factors. These include the type of entertainment, the location of the venue, the number of attendees, how late the event will finish, whether you are serving alcohol, whether there is live music, and a whole lot of other questions.

Clearly, it is impossible to provide definitive advice here on what you need, so one of your first telephone calls should be to the local council. Keep them informed from the outset, and they will be on your side, which is exactly where you want them.

Be ready for the weather

Even if you are planning in advance for an event next summer, there are no guarantees as far as the British climate is concerned, so you need to be ready for anything. Having a tent or marquee is obviously a wise move, as it will provide shelter from the wind and rain if the weather is bad, or shade from the sun if your event is blessed with beautiful summery conditions.

Preparing for the weather runs deeper, however. Think about the ground surface – if it is covered in grass, it’s likely to turn into a muddy bog if there is sustained rain. And how will that affect parking? Even the most experienced event organisers can be caught out. In 2000, for example, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone moved from its usual July slot to April. The result? Thousands of racegoers found themselves stuck in a quagmire as they tried to exit the acres of parking, and the event descended into chaos.

Choose your caterers with care

Outdoor catering is a specialist skill, so take some time to shortlist potential caterers and choose one with experience in outdoor events of the type and size that you are planning. Remember, as long as the food and drink tastes good and keeps flowing, attendees have a tendency to be far more forgiving of any other minor hiccups that might occur. Several smaller food stands is often better than one large one too, as this provides more options and lessens bottlenecks.

Ultimately, there is nothing quite like an outdoor event. Whether yours is next month or next year, it is never too soon to start planning. Good luck!

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Build A Stronger Team In 2018

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What Challenges Does Your Organisation Face This Year?

Common problems that companies have when it comes to employee retention. Find out how to improve engagement and communication in 2018.

Are the managers in your organisation too busy with meetings and conference calls to spend time with their staff? Are you struggling to retain employees and have noticed a loss in productivity as a result? If you have any concerns about the individuals that make up your teams, or the collaboration between different departments, then 2018 is the year to introduce some positive changes to strengthen your teams and improve engagement for your employees.

It Starts At The Top

The annual Job Exodus Survey of 2018 conducted by Investors in People (IIP) has revealed that 47% of employees in the UK intend to search for a new role this year. 49% of those looking to leave are doing so because of poor management in their current role, 43% believe that they could earn a better salary elsewhere and 29% don’t consider that their skills are valued in their existing job.

Leaders who don’t have time for their staff can’t expect much to get out of them. Managers should take time to have regular discussions with their team members, giving them clear goals to work towards and talking about internal career possibilities. Failure to take an interest in the individual worker can result in employees feeling that they’re not valued within the organisation and that they don’t have a future there in terms of promotional prospects.

Conversely, managers who take the time to get to know the individuals within their team, will be able to relate to them better and guide them to work with their colleagues, bringing out the best in everyone.

The Challenges Of Remote Working

Of course, the rise in remote workers has created its own challenges for managers. Recent estimates suggest that half of the UK workforce will be working remotely to some extent by as early as 2020. This flexible way of working has proven popular with employees and is thought to be a great motivator, giving people the opportunity to cut their commute and achieve a better work-life balance. But unfortunately, although there are undoubtedly significant benefits for employers, there are also challenges when it comes to team management. It can be hard to maintain excellent communication between remote employees, particularly if they’re operating in different time zones. The camaraderie that is built up naturally in an office, can be missing in remote work, and team relationships can suffer as a result.

However, it is entirely possible to improve communication between remote workers, with the help of a little technology. Schedule regular team conference calls and make it mandatory for these to be video format only. The chance for a face-to-face meeting goes a long way in building relationships between your team members. You can also utilise communication apps such as Slack which allow employees to send real-time messages to various departmental channels, so that all staff members can be kept in the loop as to what’s happening.

Team Building Activities

One way to bring together your remote workers as well as providing an opportunity for your managers to work alongside their staff, is to get everyone in your organisation participating in some bonding activities. Zing Events team building company run events either in the office or at an external location, where employees at all levels get the chance to work together, improving their communication, leadership and problem-solving skills. But by enjoying activities such as the ‘It’s A Knockout’ tournament or participating in a Crime Scene Investigation, participants don’t really realise they’re working and focus only on the fun that they’re having outside of the office environment.

If your teams could do with a boost this year, then it’s time to brainstorm some ways to strengthen relations and book a team-building event to get your employees working better together in 2018.


Don’t Let Brexit Stop You Moving House

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When It’s Time To Move On, Don’t Let Politics Hold You Back

A feasible solution for those who want to move house but have become trapped by a sluggish sales period in the post-Brexit property industry.

Whether you need to relocate due to a change in job, are getting married, divorced or are simply outgrowing your existing family home, there are many scenarios in which your personal circumstances need to be prioritised ahead of what’s going on in the political world. The aftermath of Brexit has left the property market in a bit of a slump, with sluggish sales activity being reported consistently during the months that have followed since the vote to leave Europe in June 2016. But there is a solution in which you can remain unaffected by politics and move house if the time is right for you.

Rent Out Your Home

If you’ve been finding it hard to sell your home due to a lack of buyers, then why not capitalise on the increase in rental activity? If your current home is located in an area with a strong and steady market such as London and the South-East, then this is a great option. You’ll have no shortage of potential tenants who are interested in moving into your property, and at the same time the chances are that your home will rise in value over the long-term even if there is a current dip.

Talking To Your Mortgage Company

Before signing a tenancy agreement on the dotted line, you will need to speak to your mortgage company to find out whether your specific lending product allows you to let out your home. Some may allow you to rent it for up to a year, while others have a clause which permits you letting your property out so long as you’re intending on returning at some point. However, in many cases the mortgage company may require you to switch to one of their Buy-to-Let mortgages.

Becoming A Landlord

If you’re welcoming tenants into your home, then this puts you in the starring role of ‘landlord’. Some landlords relish this job and like to take a hands-on approach, meeting and vetting the tenants themselves and visiting the property regularly to deal with any issues such as a faulty boiler. However, there are many others who consider the responsibilities of a landlord to be a headache. For the majority, a property management service is an excellent alternative, where you can be sure that you’ve left your home in good hands – you will be kept fully informed about any issues at your property, but all will be taken care of by a team of rental professionals.

Becoming A Tenant

Of course, the question is, where will you live once you’ve been displaced from your current home? The answer being, you can rent a property of your own in whatever location is best for you – whether it’s within a specific school catchment area, nearer to your new place of work or just in a more appealing neighbourhood. By choosing to rent, you can open up the opportunity of living in a wider range of properties that are perhaps larger, with extra bedrooms, a bigger garden and that simply offers more than your current accommodation.

If you want added stability and would prefer to commit to an accommodation rental for at least a couple of years, then many landlords are happy with the promise of guaranteed income and are often willing to negotiate a lengthier term where appropriate for both parties.

If you feel that moving out and renting a new home is the right solution for you, then be sure to consult with the best services in property management Chelmsford has to offer. You’ll find it easy to let out your home while moving on to bigger and better places in post-Brexit times.

Using CV templates

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Are you trying to land that job you came across the other day? Sure, sending a CV based on a template is quick and easy to do. Most people will go for it because why bother creating your own CV when you can just fill out a template with a bunch of information and hope for the best. Here is why nine out of ten times that will not work!

You are sabotaging yourself!

By sending a CV based on a template to an employer, you are sending them a message and not a good one. Employers and recruiters can smell CV templates from miles away. Every second or third paper they go through is a mirror of a basic and boring template and it ends up in the trash bin. To get a chance to be invited to an interview, you need to capture the employer’s attention in the first five to ten seconds of viewing the CV. If they notice the CV was made using a temple, they wont bother reading any further as they will get the impression that you don’t care enough to get that job. Using a CV template makes you look like you are too lazy to put your own effort and creativity into applying to that position. You don’t want that, do you?

You are not standing out!

Recruiters receive tons of CV’s daily, making them experts for recognizing templates. For some reason, many people advertise using CV templates as a quick and easy way to apply for the job, they don’t tell you whether you have a chance to get it or not. So, naturally, people opt for what is being advertised and use CV templates all the time. That’s why employers have their hands full of boring template copies that all look the same. What are your chances of getting that job if you blend with the crowd of 100 or more people? That’s right. None. The chances are none. Therefore, ditch the CV templates and write your own CV that’s going to look different and stand out among others.

What to do?

If we have finally convinced you that using CV templates is probably not gonna get you that job, here is what you can do. Search for written CV’s in your field of work and save some of them to you computer. Try to find CV’s that were written by people who don’t use templates. Once you have a few of them, read them thoroughly and pick up the style and the language used. When you get the idea of what your CV should sound like, delete all those files and start your own from scratch. That way you wont be copying their CV’s and using them as templates but you will be inspired enough by their work to create your own original CV.

Therefore, quit looking at those templates and get to work! Creating your original content will increase your chances of getting that interview and the job itself!

Which career is right for you?

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Choosing a career is a very challenging part of our lives. How do you know which career is the right one for you? There are plenty of opportunities waiting for you at every corner, but it is up to you to decide where to take a turn. Unlike choosing a job, choosing a career is a decision that is going to follow you for the rest of your life. So, how can you be sure you are making the right choice?

According to many studies, human beings are exceptionally bad at predicting how they  will feel about something in the future. That is why many people regret their choices later in life and find themselves unhappy with their careers. Choosing a life long path based on how you feel in a certain moment is a giant mistake. Humans often experience temporary happiness and joy when doing a specific job. However, if you look at the long term picture, that satisfaction may not last for very long. That may be the consequence of choosing a job you have no room to improve in. You may already be experienced in a certain field enough to do that job efficiently. While you can always learn more and improve your skills, that might not be too relevant for your position. Those kind of jobs are therefore meant to remain jobs only. A career should challenge you every day to work hard to achieve your goals. You shouldn’t by any means keep standing in one spot and call it a “career”. You will most likely find it boring and you wont be motivated enough to work every day.

So, how do you know which career is the right one for you? Instead of taking BuzzFeed career quizzes, take some time to think about it yourself. Consider the four important aspects that should lead you in the right direction, which are your skills, interest, style and values. Knowing your skill range is important when choosing a career, since obviously you want to be able to work properly and efficiently. If those skills match your interest, and in most cases they do, you are lucky enough to be on the right track to finding your career path. Style is another crucial part of your decision, since the majority of it depends on how you prefer to work. Whether you prefer communicating with people and working in teams or you’re more comfortable with working on your own, it will be a major factor in making your final choice. Go over the values you want your future career to have and try to find a way to match them with your interests.

Last but not least, choose what you’re passionate about. They say if you love what you do, you wont have to work a single day in your life. However, we believe it is completely opposite. If you are passionate about your career, you will work hard on it and strive to achieve the maximum. So, to sum it all up, choosing the right career is all about combining your skills and interest with your style and desired values and being passionate about your choice!

Skills health check – fill your gaps

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Getting a skills health check every now and then is recommended to stay on track with how much you’re improving. Besides that, it can help you fill the gaps in your CV as well. A CV filled with gaps such as unemployment for a period of time or lack of experience is likely not going to be considered for the job. Therefore, to increase your chances of getting that job, working on your skills and getting a check is mandatory.

What is a skills health check? 

There are plenty of skills health check tools that are available for you online, which makes them easy to access and complete. These tools are usually a series of questions that will tell you where you stand with the skills you own. A detailed report you get from these tools helps you understand and keep track of your improvement, or the lack of it. After the check, you might find that you need to work on a certain skill or you may even want to try to gain a completely new skill. These tools can also help you figure out which job you are good for and what to look for next. You will get the idea of what motivates you the best and in which environments you work most efficiently. Understanding your style of work and the motivators is crucial for finding the right job.

What you can do with it?

Besides the fact that a skill check will put you in a better position in terms of understanding what you can do and how well you can do it, it can help you in other ways as well. There comes a period when you are temporarily unemployed and that is completely normal. Don’t feel discouraged when not having a job for some time because there are still things you can do to improve and increase your chances on landing the next job. One of those things is getting a skills check. It is easy to understand why recruiters don’t find CV’s with gaps interesting enough to review. Being temporary unemployed for a period of few months is easy to overlook. However, those periods can sometimes stretch form a year to two or even more. That creates a gap in your CV that recruiters don’t want to see. You need to fill your gaps with information on what you have been doing during that period of time and how you effectively used it. Getting a skills check can help you fill the gap by letting the employer know you worked on improving your skills or even gaining a new skill. As long as you didn’t spend that time laying on the couch with a bag of chips, you are good to go.


Now that you understand why getting a skills health check and filling your gaps is important, you should proceed to get a check yourself and get some insight on how you can improve quickly. If you are currently looking for a job, the skills check report will help you create a good CV and impress the employer.