Smart meters have been a part of the energy sector for years, with many households switching to them to make their energy consumption more efficient.

Are you making the most of smart meters in your business?

Smart meters have been a part of the energy sector for years, with many households switching to them to make their energy consumption more efficient. However, are these also beneficial for small businesses? If you want to find out whether a smart meter could help lower costs and save energy at your company building, find out everything you need to know about smart meters from commercial gas leader, Flogas…  How did the smart meter rise in popularity? The history of…

New Build Mortgages from Virgin Money

New Build Mortgages from Virgin Money

Virgin Money has announced the launch of a new range of fixed-rate mortgages for new build homes, which will include a two-year fixed rate up to 90% LTV at 2.19% and a three-year option at 2.44%, both with a £995 product fee and £300 cashback. A five-year fixed deal will also be available at 2.85%. Andrew Montlake, director at adviser firm Coreco, said it’s good to see more lenders coming to the fore in this part of the market: "This…

Springfield Properties Employs 500 People

Springfield Properties Employs 500 People

Springfield Properties is cementing its position as one of Scotland’s leading employers by announcing that it has grown from 206 employees in 2011 to over 500 staff today. Since the start of the year, Springfield has recruited nine office based employees in Larbert and Elgin in positions ranging from IT Systems Administrator to Commercial Manager. “Reaching 500 employees is a key milestone for the company. Springfield is poised to play a significant part in the delivery of the many new…

Aberdeen Standard Investments Launches New Fund

Aberdeen Standard Investments Launches New Fund

Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has launched a new fund that will invest in the residential sector in Europe’s leading cities. The first open-ended property fund of its kind to invest in the residential sector on a pan-European basis, the European Residential Property Fund will focus on the private rented sector (PRS). The fund has received investments in excess of €350 million from eight investors in The Netherlands, Switzerland, and Luxembourg. With further fund-raising planned, the fund is intended to grow…

Raising Money for the Homeless

Raising Money for the Homeless

Almost £3,000 were raised by Perthshire law firm Macnabs and Next Home Estate Agents for local charity Churches Action for the Homeless (CATH), which supports, encourages and promotes the development and delivery of projects to relieve homelessness and poor housing the Perth & Kinross area. “Throughout the month of February, both Macnabs and Next Home each donated £25 to CATH for every successful property offer we were involved in,” said Gillian Ralph, head of the property team at Macnabs. “As…

Glasgow Commercial Property Market

The commercial property market in Glasgow city centre has increased by approximately 145% compared with the same period last year. A range of occupiers fuelled demand into 2018, as reflected by recent deals concluded in the sector. Out of those deals, the most notable agreements included GPU’s 180,000 sq. ft. pre-let at Atlantic Square, serviced office provider, Orega, taking 21,939 sq. ft. at 9 George Square, commercial property agents, GVA, acquiring 4,698 sq. ft. at Sutherland House and HRC Recruitment…

Improve Your Credit Score for a Mortgage

Improve Your Credit Score for a Mortgage

When on the verge of buying a new home, getting credit is a really important factor in that decision. Usually, your credit score is a key indicator of your financial health and it helps lenders decide whether to approve an application or not; therefore having a good credit rating is crucial. The credit reference agency takes into account all relevant information it holds about you, including the amount of credit you already have, your payment history and your used credit…

Why Is Sheffield a Property Hotspot?

Why Is Sheffield a Property Hotspot?

As cities from the North are becoming more and more popular, Sheffield has also turned into one of the UK’s most treasured property investment hotspots. The city has improved various aspects, such as its transport links, it has been subject to regeneration projects and there are more plans for investment and redevelopment. Sheffield’s economy is booming and it keeps developing at a rate of 5% each year. Industries such as engineering, energy, technology, manufacturing, finance and digital media, have helped…

Northern Ireland Is the Strongest Region

Northern Ireland Is the Strongest Region

The Nationwide House Price Index found that Northern Ireland is the strongest performing region, while London remains the weakest because of its falling house prices. Northern Ireland saw acceleration in growth in the first quarter, with annual price growth accelerating from 2.0% to 7.9%. “UK house price growth remained broadly stable in March at 2.1%, little changed from the 2.2% recorded the previous month. House prices fell by 0.2% over the month, after taking account of seasonal factors,” said Robert…

Housing Associations in Greenock Open Local Exhibition

Housing Associations in Greenock Open Local Exhibition

Four local communities in Greenock have put on display their six months’ worth of art work at an exhibition in Auchmountain Community Hall. Director of Cloch Housing Association, Paul McVey, and chief executive of Oak Tree Housing Association, Nick Jardine, opened the colourful display of zen colouring, print work and mosaics to all local people to view. The ArtWorks project, funded by the European Social Fund’s Aspiring Communities Fund, engaged with local housing association tenants in Bowfarm, Maukinhill, Pennyfern and…