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One of the greatest challenges of owning a yacht – aside from the eye-watering fuel costs and purchase price that would make Jeff Bezos wince – is finding a crew that you would entrust to look after your pride and joy.

Similarly, the glamour, sun and open seas attract thousands each year to the prospect of working on a yacht. Recruitment agencies come to the rescue offering the perfect platform for owners to be paired with spritely crew workers looking to travel the world, and work on luxury yachts as they do it. Below we explore some of the best crew recruitment agencies around.

19 London

19 London is an international recruitment agency, specialising in the placement of Personal and Executive Assistants, Private Household Staff and International Super Yacht Crew to clients around the world.

Based in London, with satellite locations internationally, their Yacht Crew division provides the highest calibre crew for the industry’s most prestigious super yachts. Their dedicated team of consultants each have a global network of contacts and decades of industry knowledge.

19 London provides fully qualified and vetted crew members for roles ranging from captains, officers and deckhands to chefs, beauty therapists and security. Needless to say, they have everything covered for you.

Quay Crew

Based out of Antibes and Poole, Quay Crew boasts an impressive 28 years of combined experience in the superyacht and recruitment industries. Offering accessible advice to prospective crew members and tailored recruitment for employers, Quay Crew utilise extensive industry knowledge to ensure that the right crew is matched to the right boat.

SuperYacht Crew Agency

SuperYacht Crew Agency helps Captains, Management Companies and Superyacht Owners connect with amazing crew. Their website provides a Yacht section with access to a salary guide and how to find a crew whilst their Crew section hosts a job board advertising the latest superyacht jobs, crew training academies and blogs with helpful advice and tips.

The Professional Yacht Crew Recruitment Agency is currently located in six different countries around the world with their HQ based here, in London.

Wilsonhalligan

A recruitment agency offering the latest jobs across all yacht departments. Whether you are looking for a head chef for your 110m Feadship or aspire to be a masseuse based out of South Africa, Wilsonhalligan offers a unique consultancy experience blending an understanding of the needs of owners and life onboard superyachts.

Camper & Nicholsons

Camper & Nicholsons is one of the global leaders in all luxury yachting activities. Their Placement Division has vast industry contacts as well as a comprehensive database of qualified crew.
Candidates are carefully screened according to the customer’s exact criteria, ensuring that they have the correct tickets, visas, and skills. Whether you are looking for a long-term addition to the team or a relief worker to get you out of a jam, Camper & Nicholsons can help.

By personally interviewing every one of their candidates, checking no less than three references and compiling all certificates, menus, and relevant documents the team always deliver high standards and have a loyalty community that trusts and always returns to the brand.

Bluewater

Whether you are looking for a crew or looking for work, Bluewater have you covered with their “exceptional database of over 100,000+ registered yacht crew”. Situated in the stylish yachting hubs of Antibes, Fort Lauderdale and Palma, Bluewater are not just one of the largest and most successful recruitment agencies in the industry, but they also provide chartering services, training courses and for a cool €17,950,000 will sell you a 46.5m Admiral Yacht named Entourage.

Viking

Dedicated to providing a “partnership” approach, Viking are proud to have been delivering “an exceptional level of experience and expertise” since 1988. Specialising in the recruitment of high-quality crew members, the Viking team’s knowledge and experience has expanded in recent years, allowing them to implement a ‘Full Crew Management Facility’. This service allows yacht overs to hand over the burden of maintaining an offshore payroll, medical policy, employee welfare and administration.

So, whether you are looking to provide silver service on the high seas or equip your new super-yacht with a multi-talented crew, get in touch with our team today to find out how we can help promote your recruitment agency. You never know we may just float your boat.

The super yacht recruitment agencies making waves

The North East of England is a hotspot for new deals and entrepreneurialism right now. Even though the area has seen some economic downturn since the 1970s, when its traditional industries began to disappear, there have always been some who knew how to weather a storm.

Tenacity, drive and ambition for growth defines entrepreneurialism in the region – and makes North Easteners a force to be reckoned with as they ride the upswing of 2020.

Isabella West, Hirestreet

Isabella is a founder with a mission to provide customers with an alternative to ‘fast fashion’. She set up her business, Hirestreet, in April 2018 to enable women to feel confident in clothes they haven’t worn before but give them the sustainable option of renting them instead of buying a new outfit for one-time wear.

A relatively young company, Hirestreet has taken the fashion e-commerce industry on in strides. After securing syndicated funding last year, Isabella acquired Manchester-based firm ‘Hire That Look’ and is in the process of consolidation, so that both her businesses will operate under the Hirestreet brand.
Isabella has a background in investment banking but has always been passionate about sustainability and supporting women in the workplace. With Hirestreet she’ll be sure to do both in the coming years.

Gary Trotter, Ocucon

Gary Trotter is the founder of Ocucon, the world’s first Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) system, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Ocucon is Gary’s second venture, as he’s also the co-founder of Hadrian Technology – a CCTV design, supply and installation company.

He’s been amply recognised for this, having been named the most influential installer in the UK security industry by IFSEC Global in 2017 and having his companies ranked in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 and the FT 100.

A lot of his success is down to his tenacity and perseverance with innovation: Ocucon offers unlimited cloud storage for surveillance systems and aims to make video surveillance an accessible security option for every business. It is the product of a journey Gary and his co-founder Stuart Ferguson have been on since Hadrian Technology; a story about not giving up and packing it in when the going gets tough and the belief in innovation above all else.

Adam Jacobs, Bloom Procurement

Adam Jacobs set up Bloom Procurement in 2012 to do professional services procurement differently. By giving its clients an overview of every step taken to secure a deal, Bloom offers a more transparent procurement process that gives public sector buyers access to more choice between suppliers, and suppliers more profile and opportunities.

Adam is an entrepreneur with a background in consulting, starting his career at PwC before setting up his first business and working as a procurement advisor for a number of city councils. Under his leadership, Bloom saw exponential growth in the past year, with turnover increasing 87% in the past two years and headcount more than doubling in 2019.

And all that has not come at the expense of integrity. Bloom was awarded level two of the Social Value Certificate – accredited by Social Value UK – a first for any procurement organisation.

Ryan Maughan, AVID Technology

Ryan Maughan is the founder of AVID Technology, a manufacturer and supplier of the technology for electric vehicles. Coming from an engineering background, Ryan set the company up in 2004 after working in the motor racing industry. Seeing the impact racing and cars had on the environment and quality of the air, he set out to develop new technology that would reduce emissions and fuel consumption of vehicles through improved control.

His journey with AVID Technology includes a number of milestones beyond its phenomenal growth. In 2010, AVID developed parts for the Ecotricity Nemesis supercar, which went on to break the UK landspeed record for electric vehicles.

After securing £7m VC-backing last year, AVID is now shortlisted for Business Leader’s ScaleUp awards – and more growth is sure to be in store.

Martyn Cuthbert, OnTrac

Martyn is the managing director of OnTrac and founded the business in 2008. A serial entrepreneur, OnTrac is his fourth venture – and that’s not counting the ones he’s invested in! He’s passionate about technology and the impact it has on businesses, industries and people’s lives.

OnTrac supports the digitalisation of Britain’s railways and offers products and innovations to drive a predictive approach to infrastructure maintenance, communication and collaboration. The aim is to use data to create smarter and safer railways, with products its customers can access from any of their digital devices.

The company has been recognised in the FT 100 and the Sunday Times Tech Track 100. Martyn says that for him, the “greatest thrill in business is setting yourself a challenge to create something that has never existed” – a motto that’s sure to keep him innovating for years to come!

From the industrial sector to tech and fashion, the North East is brimming with innovation and great minds that are driving the business agenda.

If you take pride in your work and would like PR support to get your achievements noticed on a national level, please get in touch with our team today.

Charging ahead – five founders in the North East who are unstoppable right now

Franchising is not new to the business world and with fast-food giants such as KFC, McDonald’s, Costa Coffee, and Starbucks dominating the high street, it seems to show no sign of waning.

However, along with these global giants there are lots of lesser known home-grown firms outside of the FMCG market who are successfully expanding around the UK. Part of the appeal of franchising is that it’s a less expensive form of expansion. Nevertheless, don’t underestimate the significant time and investment required from business owners.

If you think your business has what it takes to start a franchise, there are a few things to consider before you take the leap. We’ve picked six successful brands that are thriving within the franchise world for you take some tips from.

Wiltshire Farms Foods

Wilshire Farm Foods cook and deliver frozen meals for consumers to enjoy whenever they like. With over 300 dishes to choose from, consumers can place their order online and receive their goods hand-delivered by a reliable, local driver for free.

The company targets the over 65-year old’s who may find it difficult to leave their home regularly, and with over nine million in the UK, the need for a food delivery service is on the rise.

As BFA 2019 Winner for Social Enterprise and two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, buying a Wiltshire Farm Foods franchise provides a proven return. All territories come with an established customer base and turnover, allowing franchisees to make money from day one.

Wilshire Farm Foods is embedded in the heart of each local community, where franchisees can provide a service that supports the customer’s independence, enabling them to live in their own homes.

énergie Fitness

With over 100 clubs across the UK and Ireland, énergie Fitness seeks to empower people to transform their lives through fitness.

When owning a franchise with énergie Fitness you’ll benefit from one of the most comprehensive franchise support packages from business planning and property acquisition through to ongoing marketing and operational support.

Franchisees will become part of a growing industry where all clubs operate in the low-cost fitness sector, which accounts for 38% of the total private sector and is equivalent to 3.7% of the UK population. Best of all, you don’t need to have a previous interest in health and fitness to be a success.

Radfield Home Care

Radfield Home Care is a family-owned company involving three generations. Operating for over 35 years within the healthcare industry and established by brother and sister team Dr Hannah MacKechnie an experienced GP, and Alex Green an active community ambassador. The siblings grew up in the family run Radfield Care Home, so have had a lifetime of caring for others and understanding the unique needs of people as they grow older.

Awarded the British Franchise Association’s HSBC Emerging Franchisor of the Year 2019, Radfield Home Care started as a small and dedicated team of carers to today’s thriving business with 10 franchise partners.

A Radfield Home Care franchise offers a recession resistant business providing vital services to the elderly care market for which demand is outstripping supply. As a result, Radfield Home Care franchise partners operate a proven business model that enhances their local community in a compassionate, yet profitable industry.

Window to the Womb

Window to the Womb offers expectant parents the opportunity to check that their pregnancy is developing normally in comfortable, private clinics with the ability to see pictures and movies of their baby in 4D using the latest in ultrasound technology.

Since being established in 2003 they have expanded the range of baby scans to offer a wide variety of gender scans and 4D ultrasound scans with all clients beginning their scan with a diagnostic well-being check.

Window to the Womb has 40 UK territories that allows franchise partners the opportunity to open their initial studio, establish their business with absolutely no pressure from potential lack of population and then provides franchisees with the opportunity to open a further studio within their territory, if they so choose.

Since humble beginnings in 2003 Window to the Womb has opened 36 franchised clinics with seven of their partners securing multiple territories.

Driver Hire

The first Driver Hire office opened in West Yorkshire in 1983 and since then has grown to become the UK’s largest specialist logistics recruiter, providing temporary drivers to customers, who have their own fleet of vehicles. Customers range from international haulers and major retailers to builders’ merchants, to local authorities and parcel delivery companies.

The original Driver Hire concept was so successful that in 1987 the company started to offer franchise opportunities, with the first franchised office opening in Newcastle later that year. The business then grew rapidly, and today has a nationwide network of over 100 Driver Hire offices, with the vast majority of these owned and operated by franchisee business partners.

OSCAR Pet Foods

OSCAR Pet Foods delivers pet food to consumer’s door across the UK for free. As the UK’s largest pet food home delivery service, their national network of local Nutritional Advisors, coupled with a comprehensive range of products to suit all breeds and lifestyles, provides an unrivalled level of service.

The OSCAR franchise package provides flexibility and choice in accordance with your own level of expertise and skill set. Commencing with the fundamental necessities to launch an OSCAR franchise, the package is designed to provide a cross section of additional business development services that you can tailor to suit your needs providing a personal and flexible experience.

Interested in hearing how we can help promote your franchise business? With years of experience working with brands including RED Driving School, Bounce and Fantastic Services we’re perfectly placed to help you out. Speak to a member of the team.

Award-winning UK franchises

Tell us about your experience to date and your background

My interest in public relations budded when I was exposed to the industry during a university internship at the head quarters of luxury clothier, Brooks Brothers in New York City. After I graduated, I pursued a role with a firm where I focused on clients across the luxury and fashion industries. After two years in Manhattan, I decided to move back to Canada, where I went to university, and worked for an agency in Toronto that similarly specialised in luxury and lifestyle clients. I had the opportunity to work across a broad range of well-known brands including Charlotte Tilbury, Ted Baker and Thomas Sabo.

After several years in Toronto I decided that a trip over to Europe would be an exciting adventure and touched down in London three years ago. After extensive research into the UK PR agency landscape, I knew that The PHA Group would be a great fit and I eagerly accepted the opportunity.

What was it about The PHA Group that enticed you over other agencies?

What attracted me to The PHA Group is the entrepreneurial spirit and journalist approach that lays a clear foundation for the company. Previously in my career I had the pleasure of working for several British brands, but I was less familiar with the specific media landscape in the UK. I felt the best way to kick-start my career here would be to learn directly from colleagues who have worked as industry leading journalists and I was excited to be a part of a firm that had so many names from the national media outlets.

It has provided an environment to learn and grow from those with outstanding talent and expertise.

What do you find most compelling about the clients you work with?

I find the diversity of clients I work with and their dedication to improving their industries the most exciting aspect of my job.

For example, my current client SharkNinja, a leading home technology brand, has a customer centred approach to their product development unique to the industry. They have over 125 real consumers test and provide feedback on their products during the design phase before anything is put on the market. This ensures that every item they launch is a solution for real problems people face in their homes. They are also doing something innovative for the home tech industry this year which I cannot wait to share with the press and their readership!

If you had to choose two of your favourite projects you’ve worked on during your time at The PHA Group, which ones would they be?

Every year, Path to Success the charity that supports female Paralympic athletes hosts a Wheelchair Basketball Tournament to raise the crucial funds needed to cover the cost of coaching, training, travel, equipment and specialised sports wheelchairs for the sponsored athletes. I had the pleasure of competing in last year’s competition for the charity and cannot wait for the 2020 event which will support the charity’s Path to Tokyo campaign. This campaign supports their aspiring athletes with eyes on the Tokyo 2020 games in four major disability sports: Para Powerlifting, Para Badminton, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis.

I am also very proud of my work with a luxury yacht charter to launch their new app. The yachting industry has not adopted technology as quickly as other industries have and our client was keen to work with us to show the benefits of their app to both the owner and the person requesting the charter. We arranged a press trip for six journalists aboard a superyacht to show them firsthand how our client was making yacht charter easier and more accessible. This successfully garnered them positive media coverage in national newspapers, luxury magazines, and industry media titles.

The project is a great example of The PHA Group’s excellence in experience management.

How do you measure your PR impact for clients?

I love taking a bespoke and tailored approach to measure impact with all clients. At our initial brand immersion meeting, discussing goals and agreeing on what the client is trying to achieve is at the top of the agenda. This is different for every client and should reflect the specific needs of the business, so we ensure goals are then quantified and monitored regularly.

Project goals can include general brand awareness, driving traffic to the brand website, investor relations, sales generation, thought leadership, brand profiling and coverage within and out of the client’s industry. At the heart, we always measure success based on the specific goal the brand is trying to achieve at any given time.

How does working at The PHA Group differ to other agencies?

Along with the variety of clients within my department, the internal culture is unique at The PHA Group. I feel continuously encouraged to challenge, improve and develop my own career, as well as the team surrounding me.

I’m in a privileged position where I can learn from the best and embrace my entrepreneurial spirit. The PHA Group provides an environment filled with passionate and enthusiastic individuals I get to work alongside every day.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

I love working with start-up companies and entrepreneurs and providing them with the brand recognition they deserve. It is rewarding to see the clients I work with advancing within their industries and giving them the credibility to voice their passions and values.

If you would like to find out how PR can connect you with the right audience for your business then please get in touch with us today.

Meet our people; Alyssa Owens

What is it you like most about working with property sector clients?

The great thing about working in property is that it’s an ever-changing sector – a real hub for original thought. When we get a new client in the field, we always get the chance to learn about a brand-new concept – whether it’s pop-up homes, innovative ways of financing or completely novice PropTech platforms. Looking back, no two clients have ever been the same and that’s something I love.

The UK remains a popular place for property start-ups to set up shop. Why do you think this is?

Startups launch to either solve a problem or change the way we think. The UK has been in the grips of a housing crisis for decades now, creating the perfect incubator for these brave entrepreneurs to challenge the property status quo.

London is an obvious melting pot where ‘generation rent’ seems to have borne the brunt of these challenges but there is always the north vs south divide and the cost of living in our commuter towns to consider. As a result, talented entrepreneurs will continue coming to the fore to help fix our broken housing model which makes for an especially exciting time in property PR.

You’ve been involved in working on some great accounts in the past, is their one particular highlight?

A personal highlight for me is Vivahouse. Founded by two strong women in property, I felt an immediate attachment to them and the concept.

Rajdeep Gahir and Dara Huang came up with the idea of flatpack modular homes that could be easily installed into disused commercial spaces. We worked on an exciting launch campaign and event which saw the startup featured heavily in the likes of the FT, Evening Standard, Metro and the Telegraph. It was an incredible concept which made for very happy journalists!

What can The PHA Group offer startups who are interested in investing in a PR strategy over other agencies?

I think as a startup, the important thing to have in a PR agency is a trusted extension of your team, a one-stop of expertise with the right contacts and even a shoulder to cry on. We’ve seen it all and we love every minute of it.

We may be a large agency, but we work incredibly closely with our clients from the offset, so you’d be getting the skills of an experienced large firm in property, but the attention of a boutique agency. It’s kind of a win-win for startups in the space.

Finally, as an experienced PR professional, what advice would you give to any budding PR professionals beginning their career?

‘Don’t run before you can walk’ might be a cliché, but this is a great piece of advice in PR. Achieving coverage is a huge part of what we do and when you’ve smashed delivery on an account, its easy to get carried away and think you can immediately do everything else. You should enjoy the ride, perfect every skill before you jump to the next milestone and soak in all the experience as you go.

If you would like to find out how PR can connect you with the right audience for your offering then please get in touch with us today.

Meet our people; Umika Verma

It’s part two of our PHA Proptech series and as we move around our property board, we begin to look at the stand out businesses innovating the industry and making it easier to buy a property in the UK.

From online platforms that help potential buyers determine what they can afford compared to other buyers looking in the area, to a startup that guarantees to sell your property in 90 days, or they’ll provide the funds to make the homeowner’s next purchase interest-free.

Here are our six favourite Proptech startups supporting the property buying process.

emoov

In less than a decade, Emoov has sold over £5bn worth of property and in the process saved sellers over £30m in fees. Emoov are the online estate agents who are ready to guide you through the whole process, whether that’s the initial valuation to arranging viewings or exchanging contracts.

With no commission costs and just one flat fee that comes in at under £1000, your package includes professional adverts that reach over 10 million buyers from major portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla. Emoov will help get you the best price for your property.

But don’t just take our word for it, they’ve been voted the UK’s No 1 Hybrid Estate Agent for customer service, three years in a row.

Settled

Did you know that a third of home sales fall through? And if that wasn’t bad enough the one which does complete, takes on average an excruciating 19 weeks to get there? Settled are trying to make this a thing of the past.

You should think of Settled as your own personal expert guide every step of the way, from sending a professional photographer to listing your property on sites such as Rightmove and Zoopla. Think personal planner for your property purchasing.

Nested

In just three simple steps innovative startup Nested give you the power to move when you want to. The process begins with their agents using local data to give you an accurate valuation whilst finding the right buyer for your home.

Step 2 is where the fun really begins, Nested allows you to house hunt chain free, giving you access to a cash advance meaning you’re in a powerful position to negotiate a better price for your new home.

So far in their short business career, Nested has helped 400 people move home, where many of the customers were made chain-free thanks to their advance offering.

We’re tipping 2020 to be a breakthrough year for Nested, so if you’re looking to move properties soon, make sure to check them out!

Hipla

A property tech platform that scores buyers based on their ‘buying position’ and provides better data to agents, sellers as well as the buyers themselves.

Hipla services third party estate agents who can access the data and draw their own conclusions about a buyers purchasing position, whilst allowing the buyer to see for themselves firsthand how their ‘buying position’, compares to other buyers looking in the same area.

Hipla are also on hand to offer free advice and help on how buyers can position themselves better to make sure they get on an agent’s ‘hot’ lists. So, when a dream home does come available, buyers can be ready to move fast and have more chance of their offer being accepted.

REalyse

A tech real estate firm that focuses on making sure real estate professionals stay ahead of the game.

REalyse pronounced as ‘realise’ specialise in providing enterprise businesses with smart, reliable and accurate data, so it becomes faster, easier and more efficient for UK residential property professionals to determine where, when and what to build.

Invite Agents

A new online platform who has made it their mission to not only find you the right estate agent to sell your home, but they’ll do it completely free of charge.

Simply enter a few brief details about you and your home, if there are any specific estate agents, you’d like a quote from and what factors are most important to you you can state from the offset.

Invite Agents will then set to work and contact each of your local agents to request a personalised fee quotation, and once all the quotes have been received, you’ll be able to compare all the variants you need such as agent fees, property valuations and even Trust Pilot scores if you require.

Invite Agents who are currently crowdfunding are hoping to innovate the industry and make it a more transparent place to be.

 

Tune in next week to find out our next unveil on the PHA property board. If you would like to find out more about how public relations could elevate your business to the next level, get in touch today.

Businesses helping you buy or sell a home

Since the emergence of PropTech, the UK has played an integral role in the development of the industry, an unissu report earlier this year suggested that 771 PropTech companies and counting, reside in the UK.

One of the contributing factors for the development of PropTech in the UK is due to the sharp rise in the percentage of households who possess a smart phone. Last year saw a whopping 95% of households in the UK own a smart device; but what does this have to do with PropTech?

Well to keep up with an ever-evolving society, Proptech is fast becoming a millennial dominated market place. Millennials use smartphones for checking available properties, finding a free carpark space and tracking down the next handyman. The property world is changing and millennials are the driving force behind it.

To celebrate cutting-edge innovation in the UK, we’ve created the PHA PropTech series, where over the next few weeks we’ll celebrate a selection of the top PropTech businesses who are leading the way in the industry.

To kick things off we take a look at the businesses renovating the rental market.

The Collective

The Collective mission is to build and create spaces that foster human connection and enable people to lead more fulfilling lives. The Collective is putting an alternative spin on co-living that is so much more than just shared spaces.

The accommodation combines bespoke designed private space with personalised amenities and ground-breaking experiences. Stay for a few nights or a year and pay in just one seamless bill.

But the Collective isn’t just for co-living, it’s also for co-working. So, whether it’s the middle of the day or the night and you’re an entrepreneur who needs to set up shop and work, head to The Collective and they’ll be able to find you the perfect space for your needs.

Appears Here

Appear Here allows landlords to link in with retailers to help find the best spaces available on a short-term basis for their businesses. Spaces range from your typical shop to large scale shopping centres.

Not only does Appear Here allow landlords to find short-term tenants for their space so they don’t miss out on business having an empty space but also allows businesses and retailers to search for an interim dream space – perfect for your next seasonal pop-up.

In their short time as a business, Appear Here have gone global with spaces available in Paris and New York, as well as 1000 locations in the UK.

Watch this space for 2020, because if you see a pop-up shop, chances are Appears Here could have helped grow that relationship.

HubbleHQ

HubbleHQ is the only office rental marketplace to combine industry-leading technology, data insights and market expertise to match businesses with the right workplace to succeed.

HubbleHQ delivers an unrivalled search experience for businesses of all sizes, across flexible, managed and leased options – supercharged by the largest, real-time dataset on the office rental market.

Having already worked with some of the UK’s most forward-thinking companies – including Monzo, Trussle, and Citymapper – HubbleHQ is trusted by businesses large and small, with a Google rating of 4.9 stars.

The Plum Guide

If you’re constantly on the move for business and travelling from city to city, the thought of stepping inside yet another hotel lobby is probably one which fills you with despair. If the thought of staying in a home which doesn’t live up to expectation either is a risk you’re not willing to take, what do you do?

The Plum Guide is establishing themselves as the first globally recognised mark of quality in the homestay sector.

The Plum’s 150 point ‘Plum Test’ is gruelling, in fact, the toughest in the world, only the top 1% are accepted, in other words for every home accepted into the Plum’s guide collection, 99 aren’t.

So far just over 1,200 homes across London, Paris, New York and Milan have been accepted into the Plum Guide, so if you’re after renting a home that you know will deliver exactly what you need, then look no further.

Canopy

Aiming to make renting better for everyone is Canopy. The start-up created in 2016 has simplified the rental application process, using innovative technology, tenants are now provided with a ‘rent passport’ that tracks their rental history and allows them to build their credit score.

Canopy believes that sharing a Rent Passport with a landlord or agent will put you ahead of other applicants who are still using traditional forms of renting and may make it more likely that you’ll land your perfect property. The Rent Tracking also allows for rent payments to be tracked to help build a positive credit history which in turn will help to build your creditworthiness and take the next step towards ownership.

Canopy is currently on the App store and Google Play, so why not download today and start helping your future.

Fizzy Living

Raising the bar in renting standards across London with their hassle-free approach to renting is Fizzy Living. Different to other rental organisations, landlords put residents at the heart of everything they do, which includes no agents and no surprise fees to be wary of.

Then there’s ‘Bob’, your on-site property manager who keeps things running smoothly on a day to day basis.

So, from pet-friendly landlords, to flexible rolling leases and super-fast broadband what’s not to love! Fizzy currently has seven locations in London including Lewisham and Canning Town.

Home Made

Meet London’s largest hybrid agency. Noticing that the traditional letting agency model doesn’t work anymore, Home Made is a new more efficient way to serve both landlords and tenants.

Home Made is a property-technology company that connects landlords to tenants for a one-off fee with no admin or renewal fees. Their fee which comes in under a £1000 if you exclude VAT is estimated to be 30-90% cheaper compared to traditional high-street agencies.

Using data analytics and technology Home Made are able to offer a better quality of service and greater efficiencies than most other agencies around on the market.

Watch out for Home Made in 2020, as we predict it’s going to be a big year for this startup.

 

Tune in next week to find out our next unveil on the PHA property board. If you would like to find out more about how public relations could elevate your business to the next level, get in touch today.

The renting start-ups that are making the property ladder that much easier

The purpose of a corporation is to improve society, look out for employees, care for the environment and deal ethically, not to make the most money for shareholders. That at least, has last month been decided by the largest US business group, Business Roundtable, which includes 181 CEOs of some of the world’s biggest companies, including JPMorgan, Ford, and Johnson & Johnson.

The impact businesses are having on the world can no longer be ignored. Customers don’t think so either. A recent study by Nielsen emphasised the growing concern amongst consumers about the sustainability of the products and services they use, with 81% of respondents saying they wanted companies to do more to help improve the environment.

It’s in businesses’ interest to be more sustainable – so we’ve looked at five CEOs who are leading the charge with theirs.

 

Solveiga Pakstaite, Founder of ‘Mimica’

The idea for Mimica came to founder Solveiga Pakstaite while doing a project with The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Noticing that visually impaired people often had no method of monitoring the expiry date of their food, Pakstaite’s concern grew over the impact processed foods could have on their health.

Her solution, Mimica Touch, uses chemical technology to provide a physical indicator for when food is no longer fresh – and is more accurate than the “Use By” date printed on the product, too. Mimica Touch cuts the UK’s product waste and leads the way in sustainability and social innovation.

 

Mojca Zupan, CEO of ‘PlanetCare Limited’

PlanetCare produces filters for washing machines that prevent microplastics from synthetic clothing from entering the water stream and polluting the ocean. Zupan has a background in business consulting and founded PlanetCare in 2017 as she found herself growing passionate about the planet and with a mission to save the environment.

Her one-of-a-kind solution can be applied to domestic and industrial washing machines and effectively tackles the 35% of microplastics our clothing releases with every wash – and ongoing research will take her no doubt far further.

 

Mark Jankovich, CEO of ‘Delphis Eco’

Delphis Eco product cleaning products free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which are chemicals with a high health-risk for humans if we’re exposed to them for too long. For professional cleaners who use them, the effect is said to be as bad as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.

Jankovich turned down a job offer from Goldman Sachs when he set up Delphis Eco in 2007 with the aim of creating a fully sustainable product. Now, everything from the product to the label printed with vegetable ink is 100% recycled and recyclable – a UK first for the packaging.

 

Cyndi Rhoades, CEO of ‘Worn Again Technologies’

Rhoades set up Worn Again Technologies in 2005 to tackle waste issues in the fashion industry, initially by upcycling unwanted scraps into fresh fashion items. To take her business to a grander scale, she partnered with chemist Dr Adam Walker, and together they designed a process that recycles textiles at a molecular level, turning clothes back into raw textile material from which point they can be fully reused.

Already partnering with H&M, Rhoades is becoming an influential name in the sustainable fashion industry after she co-founded the Re:Fashion Awards, the world’s first ethical fashion award.

 

Fiona Howarth, CEO of ‘Octopus Electric Vehicles’

Fiona recognised the potential for electric vehicles early on in her career, when she worked on hydrogen fuel cells at BMC in 2003. After several years spent at a management consultancy, Fiona joined Octopus Electric Vehicles (OEV) as CEO in 2017 to lead the charge with electric technology on the road.

OEV is currently engaging in pioneering work in Vehicle to Grid technology to allow customers to sell off any excess energy created. They have also set out to change perceptions about electric vehicles, allowing prospective customers the chance to test out the tech for themselves at their Drive Days on tour throughout the country. With her combination of passion and extensive experience, Fiona is the perfect person to lead the company in the exciting years ahead.

 

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Five CEOs leading the way in sustainability

With over 200 travel tech business attracting £2.5billion of funding in 2016 and with over 1.4billion global travellers in 2018, the travel industry is booming. In fact, since 2010 tourism has been one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK with online bookings rising to an all-time high.

Against this backdrop, travel tech is evolving at a rapid pace with entrepreneurs exploring new niche markets in the industry. From programmes that democratise air travel to end-to-end booking platforms, the potential for real-life applications that can transform the way we travel and see the world are endless.

With innovations revolutionising the way in which we travel, here is a list of five of the most promising companies to watch.

Stratajet

Founded in 2011 by pilot turned computer scientist and entrepreneur Jonathan Nicol, Stratajet was developed to democratise flying by private jet.

Frustrated by the out-dated and inefficient process to book a private jet, Jonathan developed an algorithm that connects flyers to available aircrafts. The programme, which took him five years to develop, finds the best deals, maximising capacity and cutting out the need for a broker between the airline and consumer.

Today, Stratajet partners with international aircraft operators to deliver its service to customers across forty-four countries in Europe and the US. By enabling consumers to search, compare and book a private jet at the best price in minutes, Stratajet provides a seamless and reliable booking process, opening up luxury travel to the masses.

TalkTalkBnb

Established in 2015 TalkTalkBnb is a collaborative platform that connects people who want to travel with those who want to improve their language skills. Free for both parties to use, it provides a way for travellers to enjoy free accommodation by connecting with their host and talking in their native language.

With travellers increasingly drawn to local experiences rather than package tours or hotels, TalkTalkBnb is one of the few companies offering a way to access a truly unique and authentic experience alongside a way to exchange value.

Since 2017 the platform has also opened up to businesses, demonstrating how the sharing economy can have a profound impact on business travel as well. By creating your business circle on TalkTalkBnb you can bring all your company’s employees together from across the world in one place. This can open the door to job swaps and even provide access to an ‘internal air bnb’ whereby colleagues can stay with each other, rather than in hotels when travelling on business.

 Live2Leave

Live2Leave is a travel app that allows users to record their favourite hotels, restaurants and activities, and see recommendations from a community of friends and local experts, providing a more interactive and exciting experience whilst travelling.

Launched in May 2017 by Celeste Owen-Jones, a former journalist turned entrepreneur, the app targets tech-savvy travellers and it already has over 11,000+ recommendations across 2,800 cities. With travellers increasingly booking their trips online, the app is soon to expand to include additional planning and booking features. This will enable individuals to manage their entire trip on one app, transforming the ease at which we can plan a holiday.

Srprs.me

Designed with today’s time-strapped individuals in mind, srprs.me takes all the hassle and stress out of researching a trip and plans it all for you, even answering the question of where to go.

The online platform allows you to tailor your trip down to every last detail from dates, departing airport and accommodation type, however, your exact destination will remain a surprise until you arrive at the airport.

With over 100,000 travellers using the digital platform to design their holidays, the idea is still very much centred on making the process of planning a trip quick, simple and hassle-free. With no planning ahead, travellers using srprs.me have no set expectations and can, therefore, enjoy every moment of their holiday.

The Booking Factory

Founded in 2014 by husband and wife team Tikky and Evan Davies, The Booking Factory is an all in one hotel management and marketing platform that helps independent hotels manage their business and master the guest experience.

Inspired by Evan’s parents who ran a hotel in Wales for more than forty years, they built and launched the platform because they needed a simple tool to manage the business online and increase direct bookings. The platform does this through providing access to software that can help users build a website, automate repetitive tasks, generate online bookings and implement online check-in.

With 74% of travellers now planning their trips online and increasingly turning to independent hotels for a more unique experience, companies such as The Booking Factory are crucial to ensure these boutique hotels remain visible and competitive within a market dominated by hotel chains.

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The top five companies innovating travel tourism

London and iconic buildings are something that go together like well, brick and mortar. From St. Paul’s Cathedral to The Shard, the capital is full of buildings bursting with character. But away from landmark tourist attractions, who are the architecture firms who are constructing modern properties that will survive the test of time? We look at London’s most innovative architecture firms around.

3DREID

3DREID go against usual industry practices in their approach to design by putting the user at the centre and delivering architecture that is responsive to the needs of its user. 3DREID are always looking for ways to push boundaries. Their best work is achieved through a nurtured culture of open discussion and collaboration with their clients.

Their track record and experience on projects is almost as high as the aforementioned Shard, with standout work including The Emirates Arena & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the showpiece for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games which helped to inspire a nation.

With offices in London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester 3DREID are a major UK architecture firm you can depend on to not only achieve your expectation but exceed it.

Alan Camp architects

Meet the award-winning practice that specialises in residential and bespoke design solutions. The firm has extensive experience in all stages of project development from initial designs to post-completion, delivering that sense of security of being there every step of the project. From private housing in Putney, to establishing communities in Woolwich to creating a new Nando’s in Lewisham, Alan Clarke architects are your go-to residential architects in Greater London.

MATT Architecture

With a vibrant design hub based in the heart of London’s sparkling West End, Leicester Square and another office in Krakow, Poland. The firm is known for their projects such as Bodyworlds London which is situated opposite Piccadilly Circus tube station.

With only nine weeks to kit out a seven-floor building, MATT decided to strip back the interior space of the building like the Bodyworlds exhibition to reveal the skeleton of the building to visitors.

They went on to create displays and desking which were shaped like human bones using machined plywood which reflected a unique design symmetry with the exhibition. Always pushing the boundaries of design MATT Architecture are your go-to for unique, standout concepts for your next project.

RCKa

Taking a fascinating approach to buildings and development is RCKa. They take an active and innovative approach to securing new projects of real relevance to the local community. Another of the firm’s core values is that they are incredibly passionate about producing architecture that will contribute to the welfare of others. RCKa aim to create beautiful buildings that respond and resonate with people and places.

Square Feet Architects

Providing a holistic approach to designing, Square Feet Architects look to undertake a variety of work which includes but not limited to, residential, education and refurbishment.

Through a wealth of experience, they have become the experts in designing spaces where we work, rest or play. Though they always make sure to come back to their core values of making a design cost-effective, realistic and most importantly a workable solution that will maximise value for money.

It’s worth looking through their portfolio of work and checking out some of the stunning new build concepts they have created.

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