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Humberts in discussions with several new franchisees as it eyes expansion

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Humberts in discussions with several new franchisees as it eyes expansion previous nextAgencies & PeopleHumberts in discussions with several new franchisees as it eyes expansionA month after the four existing franchisees bought the directly-controlled sister business out of administration, its directors are looking for new blood.Nigel Lewis19th February 20200596 Views The company behind the Humberts estate agency brand has told The Negotiator that it is in discussions with several independent estate agents about taking on one of its franchises.Duncan Ley (pictured, below), who operates its Cornish franchise based in Truro, says nothing has been finalised yet but that there has been a good response from potential franchisees during initial talks.He is one of the four directors of Humberts Group Limited which last month bought the directly-operated part of Humberts out of administration for an undisclosed sum.This part of the company including its goodwill, trading name, lettings book, and the intellectual property of the brand were all purchased and the overall business is now looking to expand.As well as the ongoing discussions, Humberts is now actively looking for more franchisees and has launched a page on its website offering an opportunity for entrepreneurs to open their own office in selected strategic locations, and run their own businesses trading as Humberts.“We are seeking agents, with ambition to expand and link in with our existing offices across the country,” it says.“Whether your discipline is residential sales, lettings, commercial, farm or land management, or undertaking professional valuations, we would like to talk to you.”The franchises are being offered initially as licences to operate in a chosen area as Humberts and then, after up to five years, purchase the area ‘in perpetuity’.Humberts already has franchises operating in Sussex, Devon, Suffolk, Norfolk, Kent, Yorkshire and Somerset/Wiltshire.Find out more.   Duncan Ley Humberts Group Limited Humberts February 19, 2020Nigel 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

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PPE finalists suffer déjà vu amidst university error

first_imgFinalists sitting a Sociological Theory examination yesterday were “surprised” when they were presented with a paper nearly identical to the one sat the previous year, as a result of a “clerical error”. One student, who wished to remain anonymous, told Cherwell, “The paper was identical to that of last year, strangely enough with the exception of one question. I noticed this a few minutes into the exam and asked to speak to the examiner, who told me ‘I wouldn’t know’. A second year at Wadham told Cherwell, “This situation is entirely unfair, given that certain students may be put at an advantage over others because they have essentially seen the paper before. It also shows the examiners to be highly incompetent – I can’t believe they would be so lax.” The papers are identical except for the third question, which reads “Can social norms change over time?” in yesterday’s paper, compared with “To what extent do social norms serve a rational purpose?” which was asked last year. “20 minutes in I still felt uneasy with the situation so asked to speak to him again, at which point he said there had been a ‘clerical error’ but it had been decided we should just proceed. There was no public announcement made, so the other students weren’t told anything.” PPE Administrator, Wendy Wilkin, was unavailable for comment when contacted by Cherwell on Thursday night. OUSU Vice-President for Access & Academic Affairs, David Messling, told Cherwell, “In an examination system as huge and complex as Oxford’s, errors will crop up from time to time, but a major oversight of this kind should never occur – it undermines the examination and is unfair on students who have spent months working towards these papers. [mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%7612%%[/mm-hide-text]The two question papers are identical, with the exception of the third question.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%7615%%[/mm-hide-text] The student speaking to Cherwell continued, “My main feeling is one of surprise. The whole exam progress seems very meticulously organised so I don’t see how something like this would have slipped through. I’m also surprised more decisive action wasn’t taken during the exam, the confusion they left us in wasn’t exactly helpful. Other finalists noticed the similarities between the papers, with one commenting, “Didn’t think Finals was gonna get any more exciting.” One tutor reportedly called the situation a “serious error”, but reassured students that the exam board would “decide what to do”. “I have contacted my Senior Tutor who has assured me it will be looked into and I’m confident they will find out what happened and deal with it, although I’m not sure how they can ever mark this in a fair way, considering some would have practised these questions or even discussed them in revision classes.” “We trust that the University will investigate this issue and take steps to ensure it does not occur again. With the ever increasing technology available to examiners, it seems highly unlikely that a comparison of past and current papers cannot be built into the process.”last_img read more

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