July 28, 2014
It won’t surprise anyone who has noticed the high number of property shows on TV, but a new survey by furniture retailer Made.com reveals that our obsession with other people’s homes shows no sign of abating. One in every ten of us admits to having viewed a property with no intention of buying it…and surprise, surprise, the practice is most common in the London market.
Some 19% of Londoners have posed as a ‘potential buyer’ in the capital, in order to take a peek around a property; one in 20 of us has even used binoculars or a camera to see inside a neighbour’s house, the survey has found. Many admit they have walked the ‘long way home’ just so they can look through a window, whilst others have snooped around a neighbour’s home or garden without their knowledge. For those aged between 16 and 24, however, there are other opportunities to look around a neighbour’s home without them knowing: some 35% of that age group take unofficial tours during a party or when they are meant to be looking after a pet. The survey polled 1,000 people age 16-24. (Source: Metro London July 2014).
July 18, 2014
We’re delighted that the BBQ we sponsored at this year’s Manby Lodge Infant School Summer Fair was such a success. As you can see from the photos, Mums and Dads had great fun flipping burgers on the stall, which raised a fantastic amount of money for the school’s PTA. Our Weybridge office is located just further along the Queens Road and we enjoyed seeing plenty of parents walking to the fair with their children to support their school.
July 14, 2014
Sue Hobson presents David Parris with the ICS membership plaque.
Our London offices of Jackson-Stops & Staff are delighted to have become the only current firm of Estate Agents to take up membership with the Institute of Customer Service (ICS).
David Parris, our Group Operations Director, says of the membership: ‘We have always placed the delivery of excellent customer service at the top of our agenda. In addition to our values, I believe it is our commitment to this area of our business that is a principal reason for our enduring success. By taking up membership of the Institute, alongside the likes of Waitrose , Marks & Spencer and Unilever, we have pledged to undertake the necessary internal audits and staff training to attain accreditation from this highly regarded organisation.’
David met with Sue Hobson, our ICS Account Director, last week, along with David Williams, our Group Head of Sales, and Tracey Cumming, our Group Head of Lettings; the meeting provided a chance to gain further insight into the organisation, as well as an opportunity to be presented with our membership plaques, which will feature in all of our London offices. Membership of the Institute provides the opportunity to benchmark against other organisations in a range of sectors; opportunities to share with and learn from other members within the extensive network; access to our research and insight; and the opportunity to drive service professionalism, through customer service qualifications programmes. We are looking forward to getting started.
Sue Hobson of the ICS with Tracey Cumming and David Williams.
We are delighted that Issue 3 of our homepage magazine is out this week, featuring research news and a selection of beautiful properties from our Mayfair, Chelsea, Holland Park, Pimlico and Wimbledon offices.
Do take a look through and if you would like your own copy please do not hesitate to contact your local office, where our staff will be delighted to post one out to you.
July 8, 2014
We were delighted that Marcus Green’s Hampton Court Flower Show garden that we sponsored, entitled, ‘Envy – The Grass is Always Greener’, went on to win a silver medal at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show earlier this month.
Our Chief Executive, Nick Butterworth, congratulates Marcus Green on receiving a silver medal for his ‘Envy – The Grass Is Always Greener’ garden.
July 7, 2014
We are delighted that the garden we are sponsoring at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, Marcus Green’s ‘The Grass Is Always Greener’, is now complete and awaiting judgment! Naturally we will keep you informed of progress.
This beautiful annual event begins with a preview evening today, Monday 7th July; members of staff from across our network of offices will be positioned by the garden throughout the duration of the show, please do come and say hello if you are attending this week.
July 4, 2014
Our Weybridge office is delighted to be sponsoring the BBQ once again at this year’s Manby Lodge Infant School Fair, which is being held on July 12th from 12 noon until 2pm.
The burgers will be supplied by fantastic local Oatlands Village butcher, Maurice Jones, and members of the PTA will be on hand to flip them on the day.
Do pop along to support this fantastic primary school and grab yourself a burger from our sponsored stall!
July 1, 2014
We are delighted to announce that the London offices of Jackson-Stops & Staff have joined the Institute of Customer Service, with our membership of the organisation commencing from today, Tuesday 1st July 2014.
David Parris, our Group Operations Director, says of the membership: ‘We have always placed the delivery of excellent customer service at the top of our agenda. In addition to our values, I believe it is our commitment to this area of our business that is a principal reason for our enduring success. By taking up membership of the Institute, alongside the likes of Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Unilever, we have pledged to undertake the necessary internal audits and staff training to attain accreditation from this highly regarded organisation.’
Membership of the Institute provides the opportunity to benchmark against other organisations in a range of sectors; opportunities to share with and learn from other members within the extensive network; access to our research and insight; and the opportunity to drive service professionalism, through customer service qualifications programmes.
We are looking forward to getting started!
June 30, 2014
We were delighted to receive a copy of this wonderfully evocative photograph from a local resident, who has kindly provided us with a truly fascinating insight into the history of our Chelsea office on Cadogan Street. The image is of our neighbour’s father-in-law and his grandparents standing outside their shop; it reminds us of one of our Jackson-Stops & Staff advertising campaigns: ‘Times change, standards endure.’
June 24, 2014
Jackson-Stops & Staff was extremely proud to sponsor one of the seven concept gardens at the 2014 Hampton Court Flower Show, which opened with a preview evening on the 7th July, ahead of the main show opening to the public on 8th July.
The theme for the concept gardens this year was the seven deadly sins and Jackson-Stops & Staff were sponsoring Marcus Green’s garden, representing envy, which was entitled The Grass Is Always Greener.
The garden depicted a beautiful unmown meadow with wild flowers and grasses. At its centre was the perfect lawn so many gardens envy, but perfection comes as a price and the perfect neatly clipped lawn protected by a Perspex box was in fact made of artificial grass. The artificial lawn demonstrated how true perfection can never be achieved; many visitors who saw the garden told our staff who were manning our stand that they considered true beauty to be in the natural meadow planting, as opposed to the idea of a perfect lawn.
We were absolutely delighted when Marcus Green achieved a silver medal for his design.
June 16, 2014
Last night saw the start of the greatly anticipated World Cup, with the host nation Brazil beating Croatia
To celebrate this momentous occasion, Teddington High Street is lined with the flags of all the nations taking part…we have the flag of Iraq above the office odds on 2500/1 to win.
Our local Teddington Arms pub will be showing all the matches if you are looking for somewhere atmospheric to watch the games
If you want to be totally on top of the action we at Jackson-Stops & Staff are pleased to present to the market a spacious two bedroom apartment above the Teddington Arms, giving you the excuse to watch every match! For more information, please contact our Teddington Lettings Department, on 020 8943 9955 or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 10, 2014
Tim Firth, our Associate Director of Sales in the Weybridge office, was delighted to receive an email from one of his happy clients this morning, with this beautiful photo attached. The cake was commissioned for a party to celebrate completion of our clients’ new home; we wish them every happiness!
June 9, 2014
Nicholas Austin and Camilla Molyneux from our Mayfair office were happy to take up the kind invitation from Mayfair Magazine to attend Polo in the Park this weekend, which was held at the Hurlingham Club. As you can see from the photo, ‘Pudding’ the JSS mascot also enjoyed the day hugely.
May 15, 2014
On the way to a valuation in St James’s this morning, our Lettings Manager, Camilla Molyneux, stumbled upon an entrance passage called ‘Pickering Place’ which leads to one of London’s smallest squares, where the original gaslights, unspoilt Georgian architecture and quiet seclusion take you straight back to Georgian times. In the 18th Century this seclusion was one of the reasons that Pickering Place was notorious for its gambling dens, bear baiting and duels! Today is it one of the few places in London still lit by gaslight. A hidden gem indeed!
May 12, 2014
Our Teddington team enjoyed a fantastic night out at the Teddington Rugby Club’s annual dinner dance, which was held at St Mary’s College on Strawberry Hill Road on Saturday night.
The Teddington team
The event kicked off with a champagne reception, followed by dinner and some great news about the successes of the club this season. It is clear that all the members have enjoyed some real highs (results) and lows (severe flooding of the pitches at the start of the year) and also that the women are doing particularly well at the moment – congratulations, ladies!
As main sponsors of the Teddington Minis, we are always keen to hear updates about how the boys are doing. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and once again it reinforced what a well-supported local club it is, full of local members who are passionate about their teams!
Go the Minis!
May 1, 2014
Leading London Estate Agents, Frank Harris & Company, are proud part sponsors of this year’s London Legal Walk on the 19th May.
The event will be the tenth of its kind and is a 10km walk around the City, predominantly for members of the legal profession, to raise funds to provide free legal advice for those who are unable to afford it.
Last year’s walk raised over half a million pounds with over 7,500 participants and it is hoped this year will exceed those numbers on both counts.
Tina Evans, Director of Frank Harris & Co which will be fielding its own team, commented:
“We are a local independent firm and strongly believe in putting back into the community which has supported our business over the course of 30 years. The Legal Walk is an excellent example of our integration with the legal community and the funds raised will go towards assisting those who need them most.”
As part of its sponsorship, Frank Harris & Company is providing a photo booth for triumphant but, no doubt, slightly exhausted walkers to record their evening; there will also be an airstream photobooth that will allow participants to publish photos on social media instantly. The event will be followed by a street party in Carey Street and Bell Yard.
For further information about the walk, please click on the following link: http://londonlegalsupporttrust.org.uk/our-events/london-legal-walk-2014/sponsors-of-the-london-legal-walk/ and for live updates on the day, follow @frankharris_uk #legalwalk
April 15, 2014
At Jackson-Stops and Staff we are aware that keeping our staff members hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the work day. As a result, we decided to invest in water coolers from AquAid – our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our company the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
Our decision to install a water cooler from AquAid means that for each of the machines that we have, we have donated £20 per year per cooler to The Africa Trust. Through our contributions to The Africa Trust, an ‘Elephant Pump’ is being installed in Africa on our behalf. This pump will bring much needed, clean, fresh drinking water and improve the quality of life of those who will have access to our well.
Our company’s name will be displayed proudly on our well and we look forward to adding some photos and letters of thanks from the villages to our site in the near future.
AquAid, along with their sister company PerfectPrinter Cartridges http://www.perfectprintercartridges.co.uk/ have to date donated over 6 Million Pounds to Charity.
April 14, 2014
Our Teddington office is the proud main sponsor of the Teddington Rugby Minis and we love to keep up to date with their matches and hear how they’re getting on. The Minis had their tour to Somerset last weekend and the U12 won a hard fought win 10-9 against Nailsea (their old Chairman’s current club as his family decamped to the West country last year). Last Thursday the U12s went off to Toulon for their “Coming of Age Tour,” which is the highlight of their time in the Minis as they will be progressing to Juniors next season.
In the meantime, the club has been working extremely hard to raise funds for the rebuild of their fantastic new clubhouse. Take a look to see how they’ve been getting on:
Go the Minis!
Image courtesy of www.halcyongallery.com
The beautiful sculptures and installations by the talented Dale Chihuly have found homes in some of London’s most iconic spaces, including The Victoria & Albert Museum and The Botanical Garden’s at Kew.
After studying Interior Design at the University of Washington, Chihuly learnt the art of glass blowing at the Venini Glass Factory in Venice. Following his time in Italy he went on to become a founder of the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State which has been central to the international appreciation for the use of glass as a medium in Fine Art. His work has been included in over 200 hundred museum collections worldwide, as well as installing a series of sculptures en plein air in different destinations, notably in 1995 with pieces hung over the canals of Venice as a homage to his ‘education’ there.
Mayfair has provided a home to Chihuly’s work since 2012 with his stunning ‘Torchlight Chandelier’ positioned outside the main entrance to The Dorchester Hotel.
The Halcyon Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition: Dale Chihuly, Beyond the Object. The exhibition has welcomed more than 21,000 visitors to date and the Gallery has extended its period of occupancy enabling more people to enjoy the gallery space transformed by his magnificent work.
From 3rd April 2014, Mayfair’s Berkeley Square will be home to a 14 foot installation called ‘The Sun’ courtesy of The Halcyon Gallery. Consisting of over 1,300 hand blown glass elements, the sculpture weighs in at nearly 2000kg and will be illuminated daily at nightfall. The exhibition is open until the 21st April and admission is free.
Why not do a quick tour of Chihuly in Mayfair on your lunchbreak? Walk from the Halcyon Gallery on New Bond Street, through to see ‘The Sun’ on Berkeley Square, stop in at our Mayfair Office to discuss all of your property needs and after all that pop into the Dorchester, admiring the ‘Torchlight Chandelier’ as you go!
March 24, 2014
An Englishman’s home is his castle and this ‘castle’ is often accompanied by grounds, or in the case of most people, a garden. In many city centres, London being no exception, homes with gardens are extremely hard to find; a window box with a half-alive basil plant is as close as many of us get to anything vaguely horticultural.
Parks provide a garden for many, vast green spaces such as Hyde Park offer Londoners a place to relax, run and breathe in cleaner air than the usual pavement side smog. Certain parts of London, particularly within the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea are home to many ‘communal gardens’. As Hugh Grant explained in that film, communal gardens or garden squares were created as a private amenity to be enjoyed by residents of the square. There are different rules in place as to who can use the gardens depending on the square in question- for one square in Holland Park, you need to live within 100 metres of the square, for another you actually need to be able to see the square from your property in order to gain access. Some squares have a long list of people waiting to be granted a key; rumour has it the waiting time for a key for Ladbroke Square Garden is two years!!
Mayfair is home to something even more special: secret gardens which are not visible from maps or street level, secret gardens to which access is not even guaranteed if you live around the garden itself. Green Street, South Street and South Audley Street are home to these treasured corners of green in the heart of W1. So few people know about these hidden gems tucked away in central Mayfair, they only add to the appeal of the already highly desirable postcode.
The Mayfair Office of Jackson-Stops & Staff is proud to introduce you to a fabulous property on Green Street. A gorgeous split-level property which has large bay windows in both the living room and the bedroom, facing southwards onto the beautiful gardens. Properties so rarely come on with outlooks like this that early viewings are certainly recommended: