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PPA salutes business excellence

Monday, February 18th, 2013.

Simply the best. Mystery shopping specialist Douglas Stafford Mystery Shopping has been named the winner of the PPA-sponsored Team of the Year in the The News’ Business Excellence Awards 2013.

Barry King, PPA chairman and a category judge, said: “Douglas Stafford showed how the firm has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty to deliver for clients. Teamwork – exemplified by our own 140 members – is the bedrock of good business.”

For example, the Field Scheduling team at Douglas Stafford, headquartered at Lakeside North Harbour in Portsmouth, gave an impeccable level of service to Audi UK, helping the car firm ensure it was giving its customers the best possible service levels in every one of its 129 approved used car centres.

The team’s approach was so successful and to such a high standard that another car dealer has asked for a similar programme to be carried out.

More than 200 people attended the regional daily newspaper’s black-tie event at The Guildhall in Portsmouth last Friday night (February 15th), presented by TV personality Fred Dinenage.

The category runner-up was community charity Pompey in the Community, based at Pompey Study Centre in Rodney Road, with Tiger Tiger, the entertainment venue at Gunwharf Quays, highly commended.

Mark Waldron, Editor, The News, said: “The News would like to extend its thanks and gratitude to the PPA for sponsoring the Team of the Year award and, in particular, Barry King for taking the time to be one of the judges for this category.”The overall Business of the Year was named as Farlington-based

Members: Neil Hawkins, Peter Chandler

Property on the agenda

Nearly 100 people booked places at a keynote property convention held by Portsmouth Property Association (PPA).The annual event, in association with Portsmouth City Council, took place on Wednesday, March 20, at Langstone Technology Park, Havant, from 8.30am to 2.30pm.

PPA chairman Barry King, a legal executive with regional law firm Glanvilles LLP, said: “This is always a welcome opportunity to hear from a range of highly knowledgeable speakers on a range of property issues – the fact that the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivers his Budget on the day will add timely resonance to what is being discussed.”He added: “The construction industry could well do with a shot-in-the-arm following the latest official government figures. These show that output in the UK fell by 10.2% between last November and this January because of a lack of new-build projects.

“Fasset, which operates Langstone Technology Park, is sponsoring the event, which counts towards 3.5 hours of continuing professional development – CPD as it is known – and includes a question-and-answer session.Topics include the £1 billion investment vision for the city of Portsmouth, along with latest planning and building controls, legal matters, lending issues and regulations.”

Gary Jeffries, the managing director of regional commercial property consultancy Hughes Ellard, will also update PPA members on the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.With 140 members and dating back to 1920, the PPA is the main voice for property-related professionals in and around Portsmouth.

Members include estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, solicitors and bankers.

PPA members must comply to a strict code of conduct, with emphasis on quality of service, local knowledge and expertise.

Branches in: Fareham, Havant
Members: Gareth Maddern, Lorna Newnham, Mark Watson, Samantha Marsh

PPA heads for heights with Olympic diver Peter

BADGES OF HONOUR: From left, Portsmouth Property Association (PPA) chairman Barry King, Southampton Property Association chairman David McGougan, PPA chairwoman-elect Louisa Fairhall and guest speaker Peter Waterfield, British diver and Olympic silver medallist. They are pictured at The Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth for the PPA’s 93rd annual charity dinner.

More than £1,000 has been raised for Hounds for Heroes in the 93rd annual charity dinner by Portsmouth Property Association (PPA). The event, attended by 100 business professionals at The Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth, saw donations come in thick and fast for the charity, which provides specially-trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled people from the Armed Forces.

Barry King, PPA Chairman and chartered legal executive at regional solicitors Glanvilles LLP, said: “PPA members were once again generous to a fault. It is fitting, given this awe-inspiring military venue, that people who served Queen and Contry will benefit from the great work Hounds for Heroes is doing.” Meanwhile, in the event programme, Barry paid tribute to the “resilience” of the local property industry for its agility in responding to fice years of economic challenges, with the worst behind.

Peter Waterfield, the British Olympic diver who won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens in the synchronised 10-metre platform, was guest speaker. Raising gales of laughter, he wore his Union Jack swimming trunks over his tuxedo to feel more at home while talking everyone through his career!

Peter, who lives in Southampton, recounted how grit and determination, and being able to endure hitting the water at 35mph, with face-bending twists of up to 4Gs, helped him get to the pinnacle of his sport.

The diver was among a number of top-table guests, including Mark Waldren, the editor of The News, which was event partner, and Alan Cufley, the regeneration chief at Portsmouth City Council, who spoke of how the city is being transformed.David McGougan, an associate director at regional commercial property consultancy Hughes Ellard, attended in his role as the new chairman of Southampton Property Association.

Louisa Fairhall, who runs lettings and property management specialist Fairhalls – www.fairhalls.co.uk – in Gosport, officially takes over from Barry at the association’s AGM on April 8.The PPA is also hosting its annual property conference at Langstone Technology Park, Havant, on March 20.

Neil Hawkins, PPA secretary and a chartered surveyor with Chandler Hawkins in Portsmouth, officially thanked guests with a time-honoured toast.With 140 members and dating back to 1920, the PPA is the main voice for property-related professionals in and around Portsmouth.Members include estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, solicitors and bankers.PPA members must comply to a strict code of conduct, with emphasis on quality of service, local knowledge and expertise.

Branches in: Fareham, Havant
Members: Gareth Maddern, Lorna Newnham, Mark Watson, Samantha Marsh