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PHM takes on the challenge of the Challengers Quiz

Last week, we temporarily lowered our PR and marketing tools for the evening and pooled together our collective intellect to take on a new challenge – Challengers Battle of the Businesses 2016.

Every year, Challengers – one of the local charities PHM supports – holds a fun and exciting quiz evening for Guildford businesses to raise money for the charity, which provides inclusive play and leisure time for disabled children and young people.

This year, the event was held at The Mandolay Hotel, on London Road, which not only provided the venue for the night but also a delicious dinner of chicken and halloumi kebabs followed by – in our case – a rather large portion of chocolate eclairs.

With a total of 166 participants spread across 16 teams, we knew the upcoming battle of wits would be hard-fought. However, after a strong start in the Geography round we really hit our stride in the ‘say as you see’ picture round. Sounds easy? Here’s one riddle we managed to swiftly solve:

arctic circle

Can you work it out? Hint: You might want to bring your coat! Tweet us your answer to @House_Group.

 

We’re proud to say we finished at a very respectable fourth place – so not all that far from the podium. It was a fantastic evening and over £8,900 was raised for Challengers. A big well done to all who took part.

Challengers’ children visit CowParade’s Glorious Guildford

Children from local disability charity Challengers paid a visit to Guildford Castle on Saturday to meet beautiful bovine Glorious Guildford, a member of the Surrey Hills CowParade public art event.

The children and their families enjoyed the sights of the grounds and took photographs with the cow. Glorious Guildford is being sponsored by local PR and marketing firm Property House Marketing, with proceeds going to Challengers.

Challengers is an independent children’s charity based in Guildford, which for more than 30 years, has developed and delivered inclusive play and leisure for disabled children and young people across Surrey, Hampshire and surrounding areas. In 2015, Challengers dedicated 132,235 hours to 1,400 disabled children and young people. These services were delivered at Challengers Guildford and Farnham Centres as well as schemes based at schools and community youth centres all through the year.

Property House Marketing managing director, Nikki Ackerley, said: “CowParade is a great concept, it’s so much fun to see art around our towns and countryside. More importantly, the money raised by the beautiful Glorious Guildford will support an important local charity that needs as much support as possible.”

Nathalie Bellamy, whose son Sam (8) goes to Challengers, said: “Challengers is a lifeline for us, not just for Sam but for our abled-bodied children too. Being able to drop Sam off to play with friends and be looked after in such a safe, caring and stimulating environment enables me to spend time with my other son and daughter. It’s so important they have my time too.”

Amanda Matthews, Head of Finance at Challengers, said: “The children have really enjoyed meeting Glorious Guildford. The backing from local businesses like Property House Marketing, and from initiatives like CowParade, means that Challengers is able to offer services to more children across the county and beyond. Our work is reliant on the help of our community and we’re very grateful to anyone able to offer their support.”

Property House Marketing is also running a selfie competition for visitors to Glorious Guildford. The person who takes the best photo with the cow will win a meal for two at CAU Guildford, up to the value of £100. Entrants need to upload their selfies to Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn using #GloriousGuildford, before the end of the competition on 31st July.

Glorious Guildford will remain at the Guildford Castle Grounds until the end of August when the cows will be gathered for their final public appearance at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink & Music Festival at Coverwood Farm on 3 September, after which they will go to auction.

For more information about how to find all the CowParade cows around Surrey and the auction later this year, visit: www.cowparadesurreyhills.com and watch Glorious Guildford come to life in the time-lapse video:  https://vimeo.com/168337980.

Wonderful ‘wunderlust’ show home opens at Prime Place, Sevenoaks

A superb two-bedroom show home has opened at Prime Place, Sevenoaks, a new luxury development of apartments close to Sevenoaks station.

Following the opening of the sales and marketing suite last month, the show home is the latest milestone in this outstanding development, which is totally transforming the former office building, Tubs Hill House.

Mark Ottley, senior sales manager at Prime Place, comments: “We are pleased to have a show apartment now open to showcase the exceptional quality of these apartments. They are already proving very popular locally, particularly with commuters who appreciate the proximity of Sevenoaks station and quick journey time into London, and more than a third of the homes have already been reserved.”

Prime Place, Sevenoaks offers a style of living more usually found in London, with a hotel-style foyer, dedicated concierge service, business suite, courtyard gardens and private parking.

The beautifully-designed show home is inspired by the concept of ‘wunderlust’ as Paul Dawson, design director at Honky, explains: “Wunderlust means ‘a strong desire to travel’ and our design echoes the dream of travelling the world. We’ve used an eclectic mix of furnishings, fabrics and furniture, some sourced from Scandinavia and Morocco, to create a sophisticated style that will appeal to a wide range of potential buyers.”

The homes at Prime Place, Sevenoaks are finished to the high specification synonymous with Prime Place, including its trademark ceiling heights, which are higher than usual, and fully-tiled bathrooms. Many of the apartments have Juliette balconies, and some on the upper levels enjoy far-reaching views over the North Downs.

Sevenoaks station is just 200 metres away and regular services take less than 30 minutes to London Bridge. An added benefit is the extension of the Oyster system to Sevenoaks from 2018, which will cut the cost of travelling into London.

Prices start from £399,995 for a two-bedroom apartment. The homes will be ready for occupation early next year.

For more information, contact sales agent Hamptons International on 01732 451000 or visit www.primeplace.co.uk.

Take a selfie with #GloriousGuildford to win a meal for two at CAU

When we ‘herd’ CowParade was coming to Surrey, we jumped on board to take up the chance to sponsor a cow in support of one of our favourite charities – Challengers. In our recent blogs, we have documented the arrival of our cow at our talented Ockham-based artist Colette Clegg’s studio, the decoration process and her debut at the Surrey County Show.

If you keep up to date with the local ‘moos’, you might have spotted Glorious Guildford in Guildford’s Castle Grounds. Glorious Guildford is lucky enough to be spending her summer enjoying the beautifully landscaped gardens, and acting as a point of conversation for the many tourists and local residents who enjoy spending time here. 

We are currently running a selfie competition. The person who takes the ‘moost mootiful’ or ‘amoosing’ photo with Glorious Guildford will win a meal for two at CAU Guildford, up to the value of £100. To be in with a chance, all you have to do is upload your selfie to either Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn – make sure to use #GloriousGuildford! So pay Glorious Guildford a visit at Guildford’s Castle Grounds and don’t forget to post, tweet and share!

The deadline for the selfie competition is 31st July, so make use of the hot weather while you still can. You can find Glorious Guildford in Guildford Castle Grounds until the morning of the 30th July, when she’ll be temporarily moved to nearby the cafe at Newlands Corner for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle event.

After the cycle event, Glorious Guildford will remain at the Guildford Castle Grounds until the end of August when the cows will be gathered up for their final public appearance at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink & Music Festival at Coverwood Farm on September 3rd, after which they will go to auction.

We will continue to ‘milk it’ by documenting the journey of our cow, so make sure you stay tuned to our blogFacebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for more ‘udderly’ exciting updates!

As she celebrates a career in property spanning a quarter of a century, Property House Marketing founder Nikki Ackerley looks back at the last 25 years

This is an important year for me, with June marking 25 years since my very first property page was published in The Surrey Advertiser (and coincidentally, my son Tom’s first birthday). In that time, house prices have dropped and risen again, as prime ministers have come and gone and economies changed. I’ve seen and written about it all!

While my career in PR began in the 1980s with a Promotions Executive role at IPC Magazines, it was after a break when my sons were born that I began writing for the Woking News and Mail. In 1991, I was appointed property correspondent at The Surrey Advertiser, with my first page published on 13 June that year. In my 15 years at the paper, I covered property of all shapes, sizes, budgets and builds, and enjoyed visiting some of Surrey’s most beautiful homes. In that time I also saw new estate agents open, and sadly some old ones close.

My property PR career began just after a year into my tenure at The Surrey Advertiser, when I undertook some work for local estate agent Burns & Webber and for developer Michael Wilson Restorations, and Property House Marketing was founded.

Our own property history is as wide-ranging as the clients we collaborate with; our first office was a partitioned section of the children’s playroom at my house! As our client base grew, so did our need for space and staff (Louise, the company’s second employee, is still a member of the PHM team). In Guildford, we’ve been based on North Street and High Path Road, and we are now settled in Bury Fields having practised what we preached and bought our own office. In its previous life, this office was the library of the Guildford School of Acting, and with our hard hats on we’ve replaced bookshelves and ladders with a set of stairs, an extra floor and a kitchen.

A quarter of a century since that first article, we work with a wide portfolio of clients in the housing and building industries to build profile, promote brand and establish relationships with key audiences. We very much look forward to seeing what the next 25 years will bring.

To find out what Property House Marketing can do for you, please call 01483 561119.

Ecoled’s had a makeover

One of the newest editions to our growing client portfolio, Ecoled, has undergone a makeover to reflect the sophisticated and unique luminaires it offers – cutting edge in design, quality and finish.

Ecoled was one of the first luminaire companies in the UK to specialise in manufacturing LED lights, and our first lighting client. You can catch up on what they’ve been up to on our Ecoled blog page here but in this blog we’re more interested in showing you its future.

When the company was first formed, LED technology was in the early stages of development and was a new concept in the marketplace. Many consumers were not aware of its benefits, which is why the company established its brand name as Ecoled – to reflect the economic benefits of the product.

Today, the benefits go far beyond this and Ecoled’s range of discreet, original and highly-modular luminaires can be used to create a fantastic lighting effect in any environment.

The company soon realised that its branding needed to evolve with its success, reflecting the premium range of products and services it offers today. But the rebranding is not just cosmetic. The company has also invested heavily in its digital strategy and launched a new, highly intuitive website incorporating two unique features: a Light Builder and Project Builder tool, which are leading the way into the future of specifying architectural lights.

 Fancy having a go with the new tools? Head over to its new website: ecoledlight.co.uk

‘Glorious Guildford’ spotted in Surrey Advertiser

CowParade is one of the world’s most popular public art events, so when we ‘herd’ it was coming to Surrey, we jumped on board to take up the chance to sponsor a cow in support of one of our favourite charities – Challengers.

If you keep up to date with the local ‘moos’, you might have spotted Glorious Guildford in The Surrey Advertiser today. Alongside her is our managing director, Nikki Ackerley, Challengers chief executive, Laura Sercombe and the artist who painted our cow, Colette Clegg.

Glorious Guildford is the perfect name for our cow,” comments Nikki. “It encapsulates our design exactly. What’s made it even better is she incorporated not just our love of Guildford but also our love of Challengers.”

Glorious Guildford was one of fifteen cows to make their debut at the Surrey County Show on spring bank holiday (30th May) as part of the CowParade initiative.

Don’t worry if you missed the county show as the cows are to be mooved to various locations throughout Guildford – Glorious Guildford is lucky enough to spend her summer enjoying the beautifully landscaped gardens of the Guildford Castle Grounds, and hopefully acting as a point of conversation for the many tourists and local residents who enjoy spending time here. She’s on location now, so go and pay her a visit when you get the chance!

Glorious Guildford will remain at the Guildford Castle Grounds until the end of August when the cows will be gathered up for their final public appearance at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink & Music Festival at Coverwood Farm on September 3rd, after which they will go to auction.

We will continue to ‘milk it’ by documenting the journey of our cow, so make sure you stay tuned to our blogFacebook, and Twitter for more ‘udderly’ exciting updates!

Help to Buy now available on fantastic four-bedroom homes at Woodbridge in Frimley, Surrey

It costs around £45,000 to upgrade a second-hand home to the same standard as a new build, according to research from the Home Builders Federation, so second steppers wanting to spend their money wisely should look no further than the new high-specification, four-bedroom houses at Woodbridge in Frimley which are now available with Help to Buy, meaning a deposit of only £24,750 is required – much less than what is needed to refurbish a second-hand home.

Furthermore, the setting of the superb collection of new houses at Woodbridge is outstanding. The homes are situated opposite Waitrose and near Frimley train station which has frequent links to London Waterloo in little over an hour.

Kush Rawal, sales & marketing director for the development, says: “Frimley’s a great place to live. Our new houses have an excellent specification and are in a brilliant location, close to the shops and station. There are excellent schools in the area, making the homes very attractive to families. All this, including the availability of Help to Buy, adds up to a very appealing proposition – especially for those who wish to move into a high-quality home without the need for any refurbishment.”

Woodbridge is on a site once occupied by Frimley Children’s Centre, formerly the cottage hospital. The new houses are set in beautiful mature landscaped grounds set around the locally-listed former hospital, built in 1908, is being retained as an attractive centrepiece to the development and is also being converted into apartments, which will be released for sale later this year.

Perfect for modern living, the houses feature a designer kitchen equipped with the latest integrated appliances, smart wood-effect flooring in the living areas, an elegant bathroom and generously-sized master bedroom complete with a fitted wardrobe and en suite shower room. Bi-fold doors open out from the living area onto a patio and private rear garden, which is a perfect place for those looking for serenity after work, or keen gardeners who will enjoy cultivating this beautiful space. Each home has two private parking spaces.

Transport links are excellent. Commuters will appreciate the short walk to Frimley train station which is less than a quarter of a mile away, and there is a bus stop directly outside Woodbridge with frequent services to Deepcut, Camberley and Farnborough. Camberley is within three miles and the nearby Portsmouth Road gives easy access to the M3.

Prices start from £495,000 for a four-bedroom house. Help to Buy means that a deposit of only 5% (£24,750) is needed to secure one of these properties. The Government lends you up to 20% of the cost of your newly built home, so you’ll only need to arrange a mortgage for the remaining 75%. You won’t be charged interest on the 20% loan for the first five years of owning your home.

For more information, please contact the Woodbridge sales team on 01276 538991, or email woodbridgefrimley@tvha.co.uk. Also visit www.woodbridgehomes.co.uk.

‘Glorious Guildford’ to trot at the Surrey County Show

CowParade is one of the world’s most popular public art events, so when we ‘herd’ it was coming to Surrey, we jumped on board to take up the chance to sponsor a cow in support of one of our favourite charities – Challengers.

Did you see our time-lapse video of Colette Clegg decorating Glorious Guildford on our social media? If you missed it you can watch the video here.

Now that the decoration of Glorious Guildford is complete, you’ll be able to make your introductions at the Surrey County Show this upcoming Bank Holiday Monday, 30th May. The annual Surrey County Show is a family day out that combines entertainment, award-winning livestock and horses (not all decorated unfortunately!), local food and crafts, games and competitions, and much more. The show is held at Stoke Park, just outside Guildford town centre, so try you make it down for a fantastic family day out and your chance to meet Glorious Guildford! Nikki and Harriet from the PHM team will be in attendance also, sizing up the competition no doubt. You can buy tickets here.

After the Surrey County Show, the cows will be mooved to various locations throughout Guildford – Glorious Guildford will be lucky enough to spend her summer enjoying the beautifully landscaped gardens of the Guildford Castle Grounds, and hopefully acting as a point of conversation for the many tourists and local residents who enjoy spending time here.

Glorious Guildford will remain at the Guildford Castle Grounds until the end of August when the cows will be gathered up for their final public appearance at the Surrey Hills Food, Drink & Music Festival at Coverwood Farm on September 3rd, after which they will go to auction.

We will continue to document the journey of our cow from conception to auction, so make sure you stay tuned to our blog page, Facebook, and twitter for more udderly exciting updates!

Be part of the remarkable regeneration of Nine Elms: Purchase a new apartment at Nine Elms Point with a deposit of as little as £5,688

Nine Elms is one of Europe’s biggest regeneration zones and, when complete, will deliver a vibrant and ultra-modern destination in Central London. With average prices of a one-bedroom apartment now reaching £546,271, many aspiring homeowners might have dismissed the idea of living in Central London. However, through shared ownership, owning a home in this desirable area is much more achievable.

Leading affordable housing provider, Affinity Sutton, has launched a collection of contemporary one-bedroom apartments at Nine Elms Point, which require a deposit of as little as £5,688 when bought through shared ownership. A selection of two and three-bedroom apartments will also be available soon.

The development will comprise 52 apartments available to purchase through shared ownership whereby buyers purchase a share of the property (25 to 75%) and pay a reduced rent to Affinity Sutton on the remainder. Residents have the opportunity to buy more shares – a process known as staircasing – at a later stage, until they own 100 per cent of their home.

Each apartment has been designed to suit a range of buyers from singles or couples to young families. All of the homes feature private outside space and residents can also enjoy a communal ‘podium’ garden.

Combining culture and convenience, Nine Elms is already home to a range of amenities with more shops, bars, restaurants and art galleries to come. Battersea Park is a 20-minute walk away and there will also be a new public linear park – influenced by New York’s High Line – which will stretch from one end of the regeneration district to the other.

Vauxhall Station is just a five-minute walk away, and, for those travelling further afield, Heathrow and London City airport can be reached in under an hour by car.

The future Nine Elms underground station is due to be complete in 2020 along with a flagship Sainsbury’s store which will be right on the doorstep of Nine Elms Point.

For families, London offers some of the best schools in the world including three top universities which are located within a 3.2-mile radius of Nine Elms Point – London School of Economics, Imperial College and King’s College London.

Prices for a one-bedroom apartment start from £113,750 for a 25% share (full market value £455,000) with a required deposit £5,688.

Prices for the two-bedroom apartments will start from £161,250 for a 25% share (full market value £645,000) with a required deposit of £8,063. Three-bedroom apartments will start from £225,000 for a 25% share (full market value £900,000) with a required deposit of £11,250.

For more information please contact Affinity Sutton on 0300 100 0303 or email: sales@affinitysutton.com. Information on all Affinity Sutton developments is available on the website: www.affinitysutton.com.

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