Purplebricks confirms ‘no more launches’ and prepares to park its tanks on Zoopla’s front lawn

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks confirms ‘no more launches’ and prepares to park its tanks on Zoopla’s front lawn previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks confirms ‘no more launches’ and prepares to park its tanks on Zoopla’s front lawnHybrid agency also confirms it is on the hunt for fellow European businesses to buy, and will soon launch a household bills dashboard.Nigel Lewis24th July 201804,272 Views Purplebricks has confirmed that it is not planning to launch any more businesses from scratch and will instead focus on buying up existing agents in Europe.“We’d be more interested at this stage in an acquisition than putting some troops on the ground,” founder Michael Bruce told Reuters yesterday.“We’re not directly touting, but it’s clear that people know us and the brand and what we’re trying to achieve,” he said.“We know who’s doing OK in these markets and we’re observing them.”The most successful online and hybrid sales and letting agents in Europe at the moment include SeLoger.com and CyberPret.com in France, Maklaro.de and Nestpick.com in Germany and Spotahome in Spain.Purplebricks also revealed that the business will now focus on ‘bedding down’ its existing overseas operations in the US and Australia and increasing its UK market share from 7% to 10%.Purplebricks PlusThe company is also planning to launch a service called Purplebricks Plus which will enable home owners to see all their household bills on one dashboard, heralding the company’s first activity outside house sales and lettings, and parking its tanks on the front lawn of Zoopla.Bruce says the service is being prepared for launch next April and claims it will enable Purplebricks to stay “front of mind” during the long stretches in between each home move.These latest developments didn’t impress City investors. Purplebricks’ share price dropped by 4.5% yesterday to £2.97, a long way off its £5.13p share price a year ago.purpelbricks SeLoger.com Maklaro.de Purplebricks Plus europe European Union July 24, 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

French banks to be required to stop lending to coal projects

first_imgFrench banks to be required to stop lending to coal projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):France will force its financial institutions to stop financing coal mines and coal-fired power stations if they do not stop that kind of lending voluntarily.Bruno Le Maire told a climate conference in Paris that he would meet banks, insurers and asset managers in the coming weeks and ask them to undertake new commitments to end the financing of highly polluting industries such as coal. These commitments would be checked and the results made public, he said in a speech at the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative 2018 roundtable. If they are not met, they will be made binding.Friends of the Earth France on Nov. 26 published a report criticizing the major French lenders —BNP Paribas SA, Société Générale SA, Natixis and Crédit Agricole SA— for financing companies developing coal projects. It said the four banks have provided more than €10 billion to companies involved in coal and coal-fired power station projects since the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, a 52% increase compared to the three years prior to the accord.Nevertheless, French banks are widely regarded as having taken the lead among European lenders to combat climate change. A ranking by ShareAction in November 2017 had BNP Paribas as the leader in managing climate-related risks, with Crédit Agricole and SocGen among the top five.In 2015, Natixis said it would end the financing of coal-fired power stations and thermal coal mining projects worldwide. BNP Paribas, SocGen and Crédit Agricole have also said they would end their financing of coal mining projects.More ($): France to force banks to end coal financing if they do not stop voluntarilylast_img read more

Preparation hit by lack of match practice, says Francis

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Newly-appointed Sunshine Girls head coach, Connie Francis, has expressed concern about the lack of international match practice ahead of next month’s Nations Cup in England.The veteran coach said the squad, yet to be announced, had been training well but the lack of actual court time had been the obvious flaw in the side’s preparation.“It’s a challenging task because the other countries have already been in match mode and we are in preparation mode,” Francis told the Gleaner newspaper here.“But, I am quite confident that they will do their best because they have been doing their best in training.”She added: “They have been improving, but our only shortcoming is that we have not gotten any international matches. But we have been practising against a male team and it is work in progress.”The Sunshine Girls will clash with the top-ranked likes of world champions New Zealand, England and South Africa in the tournament which runs from January 19 to 26 in Nottingham, Birmingham and London.They open their campaign against South Africa at Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham on January 19 before taking on the Silver Ferns in Birmingham three days later.Jamaica face England in their final game on January 25 at the Copper Box Arena in London.The outing will be the country’s first since their disappointing campaign at the World Cup last July also in England when they finished fifth.Francis, who was appointed head coach last October after Netball Jamaica sacked Marvette Anderson in the wake of the World Cup results, said her side was in a race against time to get fully prepared for the competition.Of importance, she pointed out, were improving fitness level and working on tactical approaches.“Our fitness has to improve and our fitness trainer has been working tirelessly with them,” Francis explained.“Exams are out of the way now and so they can be at training more often because the exams were really drawback for us and so now we can work on our tactical plays.”“We will be going up against three good teams and I have to do all the video analyses ahead of the series.”She added: “I have been encouraging them to look at the games that these teams have been playing and I’m certain I will come up with my plans to see how best we can go up against them.”last_img read more