The early weeks of 2018 have been dominated by training activity with over 350 delegates attending my seven GDPR Explained programmes in London and another sixty plus attending my two Consumer Protection and Money Laundering Regulation programmes, also in London.
The feedback from these programmes has been terrific with delegates obviously valuing my pragmatic, no-nonsense approach to ensuring compliance with these important and challenging pieces of legislation.
As well as open courses, I have had several bookings from individual businesses to train their staff directly and cast an eye over their systems and procedures.
At the time of writing I am part way thrugh a schedule of round table meetings with lettings business leaders looking at the impact of GDPR and the forthcoming tenant fee ban and sharing ideas and market intelligence on the issues, threats and opportunities presented. The sessions are being supported by teclet, an innovative online platform that joins up all of the component parts and suppliers in the lettings process to make business more seamless, more available (24/7), more productive and more profitable.
I continue to work with several clients on a month on month basis, helping them monitor and manage their businesses against agreed objectives and mentoring managers and staff to improve performance and results.
I have, once again, been selected as a judge for the UK’s leading conveyancing awards – the LFS Conveyancing Awards - and I look forward to reviewing the entries from the best conveyancing law firms in the coming weeks. The conference and awards night is in Birmingham in September.
Like buses, invites to be a judge seem to come in pairs and I have also been selected again as a judge for the Property Press Awards 2018 organised by Property4Media. These prestigious awards will be presented to the winners at City Hall in London on May 15th.
I continue to provide several agents with copy for their websites and social media and also manage their social media profiles. I have, this year, produced copy for two new websites – one a new business and another where they were updating their existing web presence.
February also saw me finalise and exchange contracts on negotiations between two partners in a client business which will result in the buy-out of one party’s shareholding interest by the other. The negotiations have been protracted and challenging but have resulted in a “win, win” scenario for both of them. A public announcement will be made towards the end of March.
The first quarter of 2018 will see record levels of revenue for Integra but there is certainly no room for complacency in a challenging market and I am acutely aware of ensuring I deliver high quality, “value add” services to my clients.
If there is anything where you think my 40 plus years of industry experience could be of benefit to you – please make contact and let’s talk. It could be the best call you make.
There are literally hundreds of comments about working with me in the testimonial section of this website – take a look and feel free to speak to any of those who are quoted.
Michael S Day MBA FRICS FNAEA
2018 sees Integra celebarting our 15th anniversary. May 16th is the actual date. More in the next newsletter.