Neil Hawkins

Business shares fortunes with Portsmouth FC

Loyal businesses in and around Portsmouth have showed their support for Pompey by buying shares in the community soccer club.

Members of Portsmouth Property Association (PPA) kicked off their financial investment in the League Two side by acquiring two shares worth £1,000 each.

In a historic first for the PPA, the 94-year-old association formed two 10-people syndicates, with members contributing £100.

PPA secretary Neil Hawkins said: “A number of us here at the PPA are steadfast season ticket holders and, as part of the community, we’ve stood with Pompey in good times and bad.

“It seems only right that we show our unwavering support for the largest fan-owned football club in England by investing in its future with money and helping with sustainable growth.”

Neil, a chartered surveyor at Chandler Hawkins in Portsmouth, added: “It’s a welcome relief to see Portsmouth FC, which won the FA Cup in 2008 and 1939 and the English league in 1949 and 1950, back on an even keel following three relegations, two administrations and five different owners.

“The best return we can get on our outlay is for Pompey to return to top-flight form, underpinned by exemplary financial management. Our shareholding is very much a vote of confidence in the club’s future.”

Shares in the community club, of which the Pompey Supporters Trust (PST) is the principal shareholder, entitles the PPA to attend shareholder meetings and exercise voting rights.

The soccer club’s roots date back to 1898. In September 2014 the club announced that all legacy debts, taken on as part of its exit from administration in April, were fully settled, two years ahead of schedule.

Pompey’s chief executive, Mark Catlin, said: “Our focus is very much on looking forward and we can do that with the incredible backing of the supporters, including members of the PPA.

“The backing of fans, such as the PPA, is like having a 12th man on the field at Fratton Park as we rebuild this wonderful club.”

As of November 10th, Pompey is laying ninth in Sky Bet League Two, with Wycombe heading up the table and Hartlepool propping up the bottom.

PPA members who contributed: Chandler Hawkins; commercial property consultancy Hughes Ellard in Fareham; estate agency Pearsons in Fareham and Southsea; estate agent Fairhalls in Gosport; Lloyds Bank in Portsmouth; estate agency Chinneck Shaw; estate agency Brewers in Cosham; legal firm Coffin Mew in Portsmouth; Handelsbanken bank; commercial law firm Graeme Quar & Co in Fareham; property management firm Dack; Carnelian Property Services in Portsmouth; NatWest bank in Fareham and solicitors Churchers Bolitho Way in Portsmouth.

Members of the PPA include estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, accountants, solicitors and bankers.

The organisation was established in 1920, when King George V reigned, Lloyd George was Prime Minister and the body of The Unknown Warrior from the First World War arrived from France for symbolic burial in Westminster Abbey.

ON THE BALL: Portsmouth Property Association (PPA), with 140-plus members, has bought £2,000 worth of community shares in the trust which runs Portsmouth FC. Pictured at the club’s
home ground of Fratton Park, to mark the transaction, are members of the PPA with Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin, front left. With him, from the far left, are Martin Grouse of Dack Property
Management, Peter Chandler of chartered surveyors Chandler Hawkins, Ian Sedgley of surveyor Langham Knight, Steve Sprake of estate agency Pearsons (behind Mark’s right shoulder), Steve Cripps of NatWest, Neil Hawkins of Chandler Hawkins and PPA secretary (wearing a Portsmouth FC jacket), Neil Shaw of estate agency Chinneck Shaw, Greg Jerram of Handelsbanken and Ruth Wallis of legal firm Coffin Mew.

Portsmouth FC : PPA at Fratton Park
Members: Neil Hawkins, Peter Chandler

Catches of the day

A Hampshire centre for adults with learning difficulties will receive a financial boost thanks to the support of property professionals in and around Portsmouth.

Around £5,000 was set to be raised by Portsmouth Property Association (PPA), which has a record 150 members, including estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, developers, accountants, solicitors and bankers.

The fundraising highlight was the annual charity dinner held by the PPA at the city’s The Royal Maritime Club, with 230 guests attending.

Monies from a grand auction and raffle will go to New Blendworth Centre in Horndean – the charity is the one chosen by PPA Steve Cripps and provides work placements in horticulture.

Afterwards, Steve said: “We were overwhelmed by the generosity and backing of PPA members – our annual charity dinner continues to be one of the highlights of the business community’s calendar.”

He added: “It would also be important to say that all of us have a part to play in the regeneration of the city.”

Steve, who works for NatWest in Fareham as the SME relationship manager, is the first high street banker to hold the position of PPA chairman since the organisation was formed 96 years ago. He is to be chairman for a second consecutive year.

The event was sponsored by Portsmouth legal firm Verisona Law and The News in Portsmouth, with the city’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Jonas, a top-table guest. PPA made a £250 donation to his charity fund.

Also backing the evening were Chandler Hawkins, NatWest, Clive Emson Auctioneers, Biscoes and Nesbits.

Guest speaker Geoff Miller OBE, who played 34 test matches and 25 one-day internationals for England before becoming National Selector for the England team from 2008 to 2013, brought the house down with humorous stories about his professional career.

In one anecdote, he recalled how his own father, fearing for Geoff’s safety, admitted shutting his eyes in terror as he watched his son at home on TV face a near-100mph ball in the then-youngster’s Test batting debut for England against the West Indies in August 1976.

“It must be hereditary,” joked Geoff, to gales of laughter.

The grand auction, carried out by auctioneer and keen PPA supporter Clive Emson, the founder and chairman of regional land and property auctioneers Clive Emson, raised £2,140.

One of the nine lots, donated by the PPA, for a petrol-head ride in a super-car, attracted the highest bid of the night at £340.

Other lots, from signed soccer memorabilia to a tour and Champagne lunch at the Royal Albert Hall in London, were donated by the PPA, Ralph Evans of Hayling Island, Tigertiger, Property Search Group, Rob Paul Studios and The News.

Further money was raised with the raffle following prize donations by QualitySolicitors Large & Gibson, Glanvilles, Clive Emson, Cheese & Cheers, Tigertiger, Roko health clubs, Oonasdivers (specialist diving holidays), Lloyds Bank, Pearsons, Belcher Frost, Chandler Hawkins and Fairhalls.

The annual charity dinner took place on Friday evening.

PPA : Catches of the day : Portsmouth Property Association

Members: Neil Hawkins, Peter Chandler

Fundraising on cue with Portsmouth Property Association

ON CUE: From left, PPA chairman Danny Smith, former world snooker champion Dennis Taylor and Lorraine Blackburn from the Ickle Pickles charity. More than £6,000 has been raised for charity as the voice of property in the Portsmouth region marked its 90th anniversary in style.

Money raised from Portsmouth Property Association’s (PPA) annual charity dinner at Fratton Park, which attracted 240 members and guests, goes to Ickle Pickles.

The charity helps fund specialised equipment, such as incubators and ventilators, for premature babies in intensive care neonatal units.

PPA chairman Danny Smith, who hands over the ceremonial chain to vice-chairman Steve Cripps later this month, nominated Ickle Pickles as the chosen charity for his year-long tenure.

Money raised on the night included £600 paid in auction for an original match-day programme and rosette from the World Cup Final between England West Germany in 1966.

Hilarious storytelling by guest speaker Dennis Taylor, a BBC snooker commentator and former world champion, was the main highlight.

He famously beat Steve Davis from behind in 1985 on the last black after a 17:17-frame nail-biter, with 18.5 million people glued to their TVs into the early hours to watch the 86-minute decider at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

Rob Marchant, event organiser and a former PPA chairman, said: “We all had a great night – Dennis was simply an outstanding speaker who brought the house down with his anecdotes. People had tears of laughter rolling down their cheeks.

“Money being raised from our event, including the auction and raffle, for Ickle Pickles is still coming in – it is currently at £6,000.”

Neonatal staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth – the PPA invited ten of them along as VIP guests – were also treated to a huge round of applause.

Poignantly, the event last Friday evening (February 27th) was graced by Waterlooville mother Lorraine Blackburn, who has raised more than £200,000 to date in the South for Ickle Pickles.

Lorraine’s son Owen lost his fight for life after three months in September 2009, having been born at 26 weeks and weighing just 1Ib 10oz – equivalent to a bag of sugar.

She said: “The generosity and kindness shown by PPA members, and from Dennis, will always be appreciated by us here at Ickle Pickles. They are helping little babies who are very poorly and need all the medical help they can to live.”

Toasts were given by Lord Mayor Councillor Steven Wylie, Danny and Steve, with renowned charity auctioneer Clive Emson, of Clive Emson Auctioneers, doing the honours for the event auction.

PPA has more than 140 members, including estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, developers, accountants, solicitors and bankers.

The PPA was established in 1920, when King George V reigned, Lloyd George was Prime Minister and the body of The Unknown Warrior from the First World War arrived from France for symbolic burial in Westminster Abbey.

Danny is the co-founder of Southsea-based ADN Financial Solutions, Rob is the local auctioneer for Clive Emson, the regional land and property auctioneers, and Steve works for NatWest Bank.

Members: Neil Hawkins, Peter Chandler

Plans to professionalise estate agency market welcomed by PPA

New government plans to regulate the residential estate agency sector have been welcomed by Portsmouth Property Association (PPA).

Among a raft of measures, estate agents will be required to hold a professional qualification and be transparent about the fees they receive for referring clients to solicitors, surveyors and mortgage brokers.

Tom Holloway, in his second year as chairman, said: “Whilst our members already adhere to our association’s high standards, there is a general feeling here that a level playing field can only be a good thing.

“The selling process already has mandatory qualifications for conveyancers, mortgage advisers, solicitors and surveyors, so the reform of estate agency may be considered long overdue.

“It is a logical step for the government to bring residential estate agents, including online operators, into line with a nationally recognised and obligatory professional qualification before they can do business.”

Currently there is no mandatory regulation of estate agents. With no barriers to entry, anyone can in theory set up without evidencing professional competence.

There is the reassurance of the National Association of Estate Agents Propertymark; the voluntary scheme by the professional body means customers are guaranteed to be consulting with a professional agent providing latest advice and guidance.

Mr Holloway, a commercial property agent and registered Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors valuer, said: “House buyers and sellers are rightly demanding best practice, transparency and accountability.

“A formal professional qualification should deter rogue operators who let the industry down and can’t compensate customers who experience malpractice.”

“We welcome the measures, which followed an eight-week consultation period.”

He added: “There is a counter-argument that bringing in a professional qualification, which is as yet unspecified, will drive up costs and generate red tape for what is in essence a selling role but what matters is what buyers want – and it appears that licensed regulation is the wish.”

PPA has 150 members, including estate agents, auctioneers, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, developers, accountants, solicitors and bankers.

The umbrella group, established 98 years ago, promotes and maintains the highest professional ethics and integrity amongst its members.

According to the government, measures to “professionalise” house buying and estate agency will include:

  • Insisting sales agents and letting agents hold a professional qualification and be transparent about the fees they receive for referring clients to solicitors, surveyors and mortgage brokers.
  • Encouraging the use of voluntary reservation agreements to help prevent sales falling through and crack down on gazumping, a practice where a new buyer steps in to outbid the current buyer.
  • Setting a timeline for local authority searches so buyers get the information they need within 10 days.
  • Requiring managing agents and freeholders to provide up-to-date lease information for a set fee and to an agreed timetable which will “end the current situation where leaseholders are at the mercy of freeholders and their agents”.
  • Strengthening the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team so it can carry out more enforcement activity, which includes banning agents.
  • Publishing guides on ‘How to Buy’ and ‘How to Sell’ to ensure customers are better informed of the process and know what questions they should be asking.
  • Working with consumer groups and industry to develop a “consistent set of performance metrics for conveyancers” so consumers can make a more informed choice.

Announcing the measures, the then Housing Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Buying a home is one of the biggest and most important purchases someone will make in their life. But for far too long buyers and sellers have been trapped in a stressful system full of delays and uncertainty.”

“So we’re going to put the consumers back in the driving seat. We will require estate agents to hold a qualification so that people are no longer at risk from a minority of rogue agents and can trust the process when buying or selling their home.”

The government, looking to “increase confidence in the buying chain”, says its proposals will professionalise the sector, creating a more trustworthy and reliable industry better held to account.

According to the government, there are around 20,000 estate agent businesses across the country, and currently, anyone can practice as an estate agent.

“The changes set out will professionalise the sector, creating a more trustworthy and reliable industry who will be better held to account,” the reform announcement stated.

Official figures show that one million homes are bought and sold in England each year but around a quarter of sales fall through, wasting hundreds of millions of pounds.

Consumer protection regulations are already in place to deter estate agents from unfair or misleading trading practices – criminal breaches can lead to fines or imprisonment.

There are also three compulsory redress schemes following government action – the Property Ombudsman, Property Redress Scheme and, until later this year, Ombudsman Services Property.

In a related development, the government says a working group will be set up to bring industry and partners, such as HM Land Registry, together to look at developing innovative digital solutions to speed up the home buying and selling process.

Portsmouth Property Association links with former Lord Mayor for charity boost

Dozen charities to benefit from link-up
Twelve charities are to benefit from a link-up between Portsmouth Property Association (PPA) and the city’s former Lord Mayor.
For the PPA has linked with Cllr Frank Jonas, whose term of office ended on May 17, to continue his charity work.
Cllr Jonas had a list of almost 30 Portsmouth-based charities and voluntary groups for whom he was fundraising.
He said rather than support a large, well-known charity he would spread the net wide and aim to make a £1,000 donation to a swathe of smaller, local charities.
PPA chairman Steve Cripps said “Cllr Jonas did fantastically well, but unfortunately, he ran out of time to give a boost to every good cause on his long list.
“That’s where we stepped in because the PPA had already also decided on the idea of supporting several small charities across the city during my second year in office,” added Steve, of the NatWest Bank in Fareham.
The PPA, which has collected upwards of £80,000 for local charities in just the past 11 years, is now picking up Cllr Jonas’ list with the aim of raising at least £500 for each of 12 worthy causes this year through a number of fundraising events.
The charities are: Portsmouth Area Talking News; Groundlings Theatre; Tonic Music for Mental Health; Hilsea Lido Trust; Portsmouth Autism Support Network; Friends Without Borders; Horizon Angling Club; Portsmouth Family Welfare Association; Charter Academy Parent Council; South East Hampshire Community Outlook, QAH Portsmouth Neonatal Unit and St Cuthbert’s Helping Hands.
Cllr Jonas, who ran a hardware shop in Hilsea, for 16 years and was first elected to Portsmouth City Council in May 2006, said: “It is heartening to think that these good causes will still benefit and my thanks go to the PPA for continuing the good work.”
New Lord Mayor, Portsmouth-born Cllr David Fuller, will be supporting three charities of his own during his year in office: The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity; NHS Trust Oncology and Haematology and Help 4 Special Children.
The PPA will also be stepping up its growing close ties with the city council during 2016 to promote its role as the go-to expert organisation with regard to all property matters in Portsmouth, including another of its successful Property Information Shows.
Steve, presiding over a record PPA membership of around 170 people and the first banker to be chairman, added: “We will do all we can to boost the city’s buoyant property market still further and help the city council promote Portsmouth to the world.”

Portsmouth Property Association chairman Steve Cripps, left, meeting the then Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Frank Jonas at the Portsmouth Guildhall (Photo The News)

PPA – ‘RYDER CUP’ 2014

Following the success of Rory McIlroy at the Open, golfers from Portsmouth Property Association (PPA) met at Petersfield Golf Club on 21st July 2014 for their annual ‘Ryder Cup’ challenge.

Professional courtesy was put to one side as a team of estate agents and surveyors led by Neil Hawkins of Chandler Hawkins competed against a team of lawyers and bankers under the captaincy of Chris Upfield of Coffin Mew LLP.

Bright sunshine and perfect conditions greeted the players as they posed for the camera in front of the 18th green before hostilities commenced.

The event is in its 21st year and competition is fierce with the format comprising 6 morning greensome matches and 12 afternoon singles encounters.

As with previous years, the agents and surveyors displayed better teamwork and won the greensomes by 3½ points to 2½.  Refreshed by a hearty lunch and couple of pints (orange juice of course) players went head-to-head in the afternoon singles.  Early successes for the lawyers looked to be decisive but following a late rally, winning 3 of the last 4 matches, victory went to the agents and surveyors by the narrowest of margins.  The final score was 9½ – 8½.

At the evening presentation dinner, the trophy was presented to winning captain, Neil Hawkins by Hywel Small, Director of Portsmouth News who sponsored the event.  Team members were presented with individual gold medals. 

Chris Upfield and his team received silver medals and were congratulated on the exciting finish to the match. 

The agents and surveyors now lead 13 – 8 in the series of matches, emphasising their superiority over lawyers and bankers … at least at golf!

Neil A Hawkins

PPA Golf Secretary

Members: Neil Hawkins, Peter Chandler

PPA – Cricket v SPA Report

Under the enthusiastic captaincy of Andy Hellier and well supported by the experience of Rob Marchant and Sean Kanavan, the PPA cricket team were victorious in the annual challenge against Southampton Property Association at Bath Lane, Fareham. 

PPA batted first and posted an impressive total of 168 in the allocated 18 overs.  There were good contributions from Neil Richardson (before he retired hurt to spend the evening at QA), Sean Kanavan and Charlie Barnes together with a couple of lusty late blows from Rob Marchant. 

Pushing back the years and recalling their school days, Nigel Strutt opened the bowling and was ably assisted on the cover boundary by Andrew Prismall.  Tom Foster bowled a very tidy spell and John Alexander resembled Matt Prior behind the stumps.  Without doubt, the highlight was the towering catch taken by John Saulet at mid off.  He is still doing media interviews now!

A win by 29 runs – bragging rights restored and the cup sits proudly on Andy Hellier’s desk.

Members: Neil Hawkins, Peter Chandler

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

PPA to raise money for premature babies

GUEST SPEAKER: Lorraine Blackburn with premature-born son Owen, whose short life inspired husband Chris and herself to raise £182,000 to date in Owen’s memory for the Ickle Pickles charity. Lorraine will give a poignant talk to members of Portsmouth Property Association at their annual lunch on October 17 at the Brookfield Hotel, Emsworth, near Portsmouth.

Scores of property-related professionals are set to attend the annual autumn lunch being held by Portsmouth Property Association (PPA) next month.

The event takes place from 12.30pm on Friday, October 17, at the Brookfield Hotel, Emsworth, and includes a charity focus.

Money will be raised for Ickle Pickles, a charity which helps fund specialised equipment, such as incubators and ventilators, for premature babies in intensive care neonatal units.

Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth is among the units across the country benefiting from Ickle Pickles, which was established in 2009 by Rachael Marsh and husband Andy after their son Charlie was born prematurely.

Charlie, who was delivered 12 weeks before his due date, spent three months in a neonatal unit and is today a healthy and happy little boy “who charms everyone he meets”.

A poignant talk will be given by Lorraine Blackburn, whose son Owen lost his fight for life after three months in September 2009, having been born at 26 weeks and weighing just 1Ib 10oz – equivalent to a bag of sugar.

Lorraine, from Waterlooville, will pay tribute to the doctors and nurses who cared for Owen, who was delivered by emergency caesarean.

Owen made local history when he became the first baby to arrive on the new intensive care baby unit at Queen Alexandra, an event captured by local TV and other news media.

Through Lorraine, Ickle Pickles is currently raising money for £10,000 for 10 milk warmers at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, and a £17,000 incubator at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester.

Southampton General Hospital is in the process of updating its wish list for the charity.

To date Lorraine and husband Chris have raised £182,000 to date in Owen’s memory for Ickle Pickles.

PPA chairman Danny Smith said: “Our autumn lunch is one of the highlights of the PPA calendar and it will provide a chance to raise the profile of Ickle Pickles and the sterling work the charity does in purchasing equipment for poorly premature babies, such as Charlie and Owen.”

Danny, co-founder of Southsea-based ADN Financial Solutions, is the 2014-15 PPA chairman. He succeeded Louisa Fairhall, who runs Gosport-based estate agency and lettings company Fairhalls.

PPA has more than 140 members, including estate, lettings and property management agents, commercial property agents, chartered surveyors, accountants, solicitors and bankers.

The organisation was established in 1920, when King George V reigned, Lloyd George was Prime Minister and the body of The Unknown Warrior from the First World War arrived from France for symbolic burial in Westminster Abbey.

Members: Neil Hawkins, Peter Chandler

PPA v SPA Cricket Challenge – 29 June 2016 at 6 pm

This year’s cricket match with SPA will be held at Bath Lane, Fareham on Wednesday 29th June with a 6 pm prompt start.

Team manager, Andrew Prismall, would appreciate your support because we are keen to re-gain the cup.

Please respond direct to Andrew on and it would help if you could indicate if you are a batsman, bowler, all-rounder etc.

Support for the team would also be appreciated. A bar will be available and there will be a barbeque after the match hopefully to celebrate our win!

Neil Hawkins