CENTRICK MOVES IN TO COMMERCIAL PROPERTY SECTOR WITH ACQUISITION OF ANDREW GRANT COMMERCIAL

The region’s leading residential property expert, Centrick, is making a home for itself in the commercial property sector with its buyout of Andrew Grant Commercial. Creating a new branch of the business operating under the title Centrick Commercial, the team will oversee an extensive portfolio of property lettings and sales instructions, alongside numerous rent reviews, lease renewals, and Red Book Valuations. Following the introduction of the deal by Ben Ackrill at Strava Consulting, Centrick acquired Andrew Grant Commercial, a division bought out of the Andrew Grant LLP, which entered administration in June. The deal sees its full team move across to Centrick Commercial, including three chartered surveyors and commercial property consultant with a combined 120

IDENTITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS COMPANY KIS GLOBAL™ GMBH MAKES WORLDWIDE DEBUT

Uniting cutting-edge processes, a combined century of experience, and a presence in six continents, today KIS Global launches into the market, establishing itself as one of the largest players in the digital identity credential industry. Pioneering print technologies that are rooted in years of expertise, KIS Global is setting out on a mission to revolutionise the card personalisation and identity management solutions industry, supported by quality Japanese engineering and a knowledgeable team of industry experts. Headquartered in Germany, but with a base in both the UK and Japan already, KIS Global is intent on bringing security and efficiency to businesses

POST-LOCKDOWN PROPERTY INDUSTRY: HOW DO WE UNLOCK THE NEW NORMAL?

Centrick - The New Normal for Property post-lockdown

With the latest government guidance signalling that the property industry can start transitioning into the next phase of operating during Covid-19, residential property expert Centrick has started to build what the ‘new normal’ looks like. Putting the focus on the safety of its customers and its employees, Centrick is instigating a way of working that it hopes will keep the market moving. Ensuring that the members of its team that can work remotely remain at home, this latest move will see the likes of site inspection staff and estate agents transition back to work. Phasing this in by allowing by-appointment-only

LIVING WELL UK LAUNCHES MENTAL HEALTH LIVE CHAT

Living Well UK - Live chat Mental Health Support

With social distancing and self-isolating now forming our new norm, so too are meetings over Zoom, hangouts on HouseParty, and FaceTime chats with family. However, whilst this provides us with ways to stay connected, it’s presenting a rising challenge in the form of ‘phone anxiety’. Recognising this as a barrier preventing people from asking for help, Living Well UK has today debuted its first live chat function: connecting people to trained therapists via instant messenger. The chat box – which has been funded by the Tesco Bags of Help grant, administered by Groundwork UK – can be found on the

ESPRESSO-DELIVERY: EVOLVE LAUNCHES COFFEE DOOR-DROP SERVICE

Evolve Delivers - Coffee to your door Birmingham

Having seen normal life grind to a halt almost five weeks ago, the UK is missing many things: family gatherings; get-togethers with friends; and shop-bought coffee being just three of them. However, social enterprise café Evolve is aiming to address the latte, with the launch of ‘Evolve Delivers’: an at-home drop-off service that will bring coffee beans direct to your door. Brewing the idea since the city went into isolation, Evolve has now brought its deliveries to life, offering three hamper options. Filled to the brim with the bestsellers from its Digbeth and Selly Park sites, each aims to bring

TIPS ON TAKING CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING LOCKDOWN

Living Well UK - Mental Health Tips

As the country prepares for at least another two weeks of lockdown, there’s never been a more important time to focus on not just our general health, but our mental health and well-being, too. Being shut inside our homes and unable to spend time with our family and friends, alongside worries about the future might be starting to take their toll, so it’s key that we carry out and utilise exercises and key tools to maintain a positive state of mind during these uncertain times. Qualified in integrative psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, Holly Beedon, clinical lead at Living Well

PERFECT THE ART OF WORKING FROM HOME WITH TIPS FROM OXBRIDGE

Matt Jones - Oxbridge Home Learning

In a time where distance and digital learning has never been more important due to the on-going effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oxbridge is continuing to pave the way in remote education by turning any room into a classroom and giving learners the chance to retrain, educate and upskill during these uncertain times. With years of experience in honing the power of the internet to unlock potential, the distance learning college is sharing its key tips to help others reap the benefits of remote working. While the college continues to run its wide variety of courses that people can learn

VIRTUAL VIEWINGS ARE THE KEY TO SUCCESS AT CENTRICK

Centrick Virtual Viewings

Residential property expert, Centrick, has unlocked the key to success after launching virtual viewings in the wake of Covid-19. Just three weeks after offering renters and buyers the chance to see properties via their screen, the estate agent has already secured 42 new tenancies through the service. As the UK headed into lockdown, Centrick mobilised its team to roll-out a brand-new ‘virtual viewings’ service, just in time for stricter social distancing and self-isolation measures. Covering over 140 properties in its portfolio – including both those to rent and to buy – initial success has seen Centrick convert 100% of virtual

LIVING WELL UK LAUNCHES DEDICATED CRISIS CALL-LINE FOR KEY WORKERS

Living Well UK - Helpline - Key Workers Mental Health Call Line

With key workers across the country continuing to work around the clock to save lives of those affected by Covid-19, West Midlands charity Living Well UK has rolled-out a new initiative to ensure that their mental health needs are supported at this crucial time. The charity has launched a free call-line, offering access to trained counsellors and talking therapists and, in more severe cases, immediate mental health triage support exclusively for those on the frontline. Creating a safe and full-supported space for key workers to turn to in times of need, Living Well UK has partnered with the Birmingham and

EVOLVE APPOINTS TAYLOR BARRETT AS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE LEAD

Evolve Social Enterprise Lead Taylor Barrett

Evolve has created its first Social Enterprise Lead role and is welcoming long-serving team member, Taylor Barrett, into the position. With two cafés, three years and numerous awards to its name, the social enterprise is entering a new dawn with Taylor at the helm, which it hopes will see a period of tremendous growth… and even another venue. Since opening its doors in 2017, Evolve has helped provide young people facing barriers to employment with training, qualifications and job opportunities. Created by addiction support charity Aquarius, Evolve has since gone on to help 28 young people, offering over 1,000 hours