Yorkshire lettings agency expands into sales, relaunches and claims national aspirations

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Yorkshire lettings agency expands into sales, relaunches and claims national aspirations previous nextAgencies & PeopleYorkshire lettings agency expands into sales, relaunches and claims national aspirationsPriestley Estate Agents now has offices in Leeds and Bradford and says it will double its turnover by 2021 and open branches in Manchester and York.Nigel Lewis5th July 201801,456 Views A lettings agency in Bradford has re-launched itself after moving into sales and, as well as opening a new £1.2 million headquarters in Leeds, says it now has nationwide aspirations.Priestley Lettings, which was established in 2010 and until recently was based on Great Horton Road in Bradford and focussed on student lettings, has become Priestley’s Estate Agents with offices within the group’s large new HQ on Elland Road in Leeds, close to the famous Leeds FC stadium.The expansion has been initiated by the agency’s parent company The Priestley Group, which was founded by former semi-pro rugby player Nathan Priestley. Its other arm, a house builder, currently generates the largest slice of the profits and turnover within the group.Double turnoverPriestley’s Estate Agents now offers properties for sale and to rent and, Nathan hopes, is expected to double its £250,000 turnover by 2021.The Priestley Group also says its new sales and lettings operation has national aspirations and plans to open branches in Manchester and York soon.Over the past eight years Priestley’s lettings team has amassed a management portfolio of 500 residential properties across Leeds and Bradford, and extra staff have now been hired to run the enlarged business.This includes a new branch manager at its Leeds office, a new sales and lettings negotiator and two apprentice administrators.“Following eight years of Priestley Lettings success in the ever-buoyant Yorkshire market, it was only a matter of time before we expanded into sales to continue our growth,” says James Priestley (picture, left), who is Nathan’s brother and runs the residential agency side of the group’s business.The Priestley brothers endured a fraught family episode in 2011 when their father, a Falklands war veteran and lorry driver, disappeared with over £1 million of cash belonging to business associates, sparking a European-wide police hunt and a later court case.Read more about Leeds letting agents. James Priestley Leeds lettings agency Nathan Priestley Priestley’s Estate AGents Bradford The Priestley Group July 5, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

When it is time to pivot and where credit unions can position themselves for continued relevance

first_imgThe world is learning a lot about pivoting recently. COVID-19 has required significant shifts in almost every aspect of life.  We have quickly learned how to move events and entertainment online, although these are nowhere near a replacement for the real thing. Virtual conferences and summits are being brought to life quickly and the government is scrambling to get relief money to industry and individual consumers. Credit unions are no exception to this global pivot, as we have had to figure out a lot of things on short notice: everything from remote work to consumer relief to cybersecurity to financial education and marketing needs to be navigated. Change sometimes happens because of external events, and I have written in the past about how to move through change processes. It is inevitable that some of the changes being made in the way we operate will be permanent, or at least change our procedures and practices significantly on an ongoing basis. COVID-19 recovery will provide an opportunity to evaluate and revisit values and strategic priorities.Unrelated to COVID-19, recent months have also been a time of personal pivot for me. The credit union industry has been good to me. My eight years in the industry have been a time of tremendous growth and learning.  I grew from a role in marketing to leading a small credit union, one that did significant and important work as a CDFI in leveling the playing field toward economic equity. I have enjoyed getting to know industry leaders that think deeply and passionately about how to serve their communities and have seen incredible examples of credit unions that lead the way in access. I have had the opportunity to share my voice and perspective with local trade associations, at industry events, with regulators, and through writing CUInsight articles for the past four years. Finally, I had to wrestle through merger decisions, a challenge faced by many small credit union CEOs. I am grateful for all the lessons this industry has taught me and the ways it has helped me grow.During this time of transition, it is clear we also still have work to do, specifically in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) arena. I am glad to see the conversation beginning on a higher level in the credit union movement. I was thrilled to see CUNA adopt DEI as a cooperative principle. I was excited to be an attendee at the NCUA’s first ever Diversity Equity and Inclusion Summit in November 2019. These actions are an important start. However, one of the critical lessons of COVID-19 is that inequity has real and serious consequences. We are beginning to see racial disparities in the impact of COVID-19, from economic to health impacts. The societal and structural reasons are beyond the scope of this article, but these racial disparities are symptomatic of larger problems. Credit unions have begun efforts toward diversity work, and some are further than others. We should be encouraged that these issues are within our purview, but diversity work is never done. Diversity, equity and inclusion work takes self-examination, humility and willingness to listen, as well as an ability to work through conflict as we hear voices and perspectives that are uncomfortable to the dominant voice. Serving underserved communities is not DEI work, although it can often be the RESULT of sincere DEI efforts. When our outreach to underserved communities happens in order to correct racial and systemic inequities, that is when we know we have begun to engage in DEI efforts. To do that well also takes diverse internal leadership representation. There are good business reasons to serve underserved communities, many of which make financial sense and do provide relief for those that don’t have access to products and services elsewhere. We just need to be careful not to confuse those other motives with DEI work when it is not always that. Our relevance depends on not being blind to issues that on the surface may appear to be beyond the scope of financial services. These issues are very tangible to many who use our services.As for me, I am taking a pause to explore some of these issues more deeply from an academic perspective. I will not be directly employed by a credit union in the immediate future, although I hope to remain tangentially involved. (I can be reached for partnership opportunities through Your Credit Union Partner, a credit union consultancy to which I also owe much of my success).  Thank you to so many of you for what you have taught me over the past few years and continue to keep the credit union mission of ‘people helping people’ at the forefront. It is our identity as an industry and remaining true to our identity is what keeps us authentic and relevant. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall is a consultant in the credit union industry, and can be reached for partnership and speaking opportunities through Your Credit Union Partner. Her background in community development includes … Web: https://yourcupartner.org Detailslast_img read more

Unai Emery driving Arsenal transfer move for Manchester United star Ander Herrera

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Unai Emery driving Arsenal transfer move for Manchester United star Ander Herrera Coral BarryThursday 11 Apr 2019 5:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link370Shares Herrera signed for United in 2014 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are reportedly poised to launch a last-ditch effort to sign Ander Herrera.The Manchester United star is thought to have already signed a pre-contract with Paris Saint-Germain, opting against penning a new deal with the Red Devils.Herrera’s contract expires in the summer and the midfielder is free to talk to foreign clubs about a summer move.That does not apply to United’s direct rivals, but L’Equipe claim Unai Emery is a big fan of Herrera and wants the Gunners to move for the Spaniard.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal v Napoli: Emery and Lacazette press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:37FullscreenArsenal v Napoli: Emery and Lacazette press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-napoli-emery-lacazette-press-conference-1902736/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.PSG are confident they have won the race to snap Herrera up on a free transfer, but neither United or Arsenal are giving up just yet.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnited believe they can still convince Herrera to perform a U-turn and sign an extension with the club, while Emery is pushing for Arsenal to make a move.Arsenal would happily sign Herrera, as the 29-year-old would come without a transfer fee.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Herrera reportedly is keen on a switch to PSG (Picture: Getty)With Arsenal yet to secure Champions League football, Emery is still waiting to find out how much money he will be given in the summer to spend.Arsenal have been linked with a host of United stars in recent months, with centre-back Eric Bailly a reported target for Emery.Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the last United player to move from Old Trafford to the Emirates, a deal which saw Alexis Sanchez going in the opposite direction.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moveslast_img read more

Host Russia is Least Ranked Team to World Cup

first_imgFor the first time since the FIFA ranking began in 1993, the host nation for the World Cup will be the least ranked.The highest ranked country among the 32 jostling for the World Cup is Germany at the topmost position. Russia at number 65 will be the worst ranked team when it hosts the World Cup next summer, marking the first time in history when the host nation has the lowest ranking of all the tournament participants.Russia qualified automatically and even heads Pot 1 which harbours the seven highest ranked countries, including the number one, Germany.The next lowest ranked teams are Saudi Arabia in 63rd, South Korea in 62nd, first-time World Cup participant Panama in 49th and Morocco in 48th.As hosts, Russia was automatically placed into the first seeding pot for the draw, which takes place on December 1. The first pot is reserved for the highest-ranked participants, including Germany which holds top spot and Brazil in second place.If the World Cup was not held in Russia, the country’s team would be in the fourth seeding pot among the weakest teams.The qualification for the international tournament wrapped up on November 16, with Peru becoming the last team to make the 32 finalists that will compete in Russia when it hosts the World Cup from June 14 to July 15 next year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more