‘Discrete’ property portal for prime London goes live

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » ‘Discrete’ property portal for prime London goes live previous nextMarketing‘Discrete’ property portal for prime London goes has ten agents signed up and is the brainchild of Utsav Goenka who married into the Indian Mittal steel dynasty in 2011.Nigel Lewis13th May 201902,904 Views  The UK has a new property sales and rental portal following the official launch of, the latest business venture of Utsav Goenka who rose to fame in 2011 when he married a member of the Mittal steel dynasty.Vyomm has been in development since at least January and is designed specifically to serve London’s high-end prime property market. It has signed up ten agents so far including the Mayfair branch of Carter Jonas, Mark Tunstall Property, Hanover Residential, Napier Watt, Machards and Beauchamp Estates. It has also engaged former eMoov CEO Russell Quirk as a consultant.Goenka says his new website and app are unusual because as well as listings it offers a password-protected ‘off-market’ zone and charges agents only when a home sells via its platform rather than monthly fees.“We like the Vyomm product a lot,” says Tim Macpherson of Carter Jonas (left). “Much of what we are instructed upon is predicated upon discretion and therefore off-market.“The Vyomm platform allows a clever means of discretely showcasing those homes to selected buyers and makes for a faster, more effective and secure way for us to do business.”The platform enables landlords and vendors to upload details of their properties and creates valuations for them before then offering the listings to the ‘most suitable’ agents who can bid to ‘win’ the instruction.Vyomm is the sandscrit word for ‘universe’ and is Geonka’s second digital business.Second portalIn 2014 he launched HomeHapp with his wife Vartika Mittal-Goenka as a director, a portal that hoped to ‘leverage the power of social media and storytelling to transform how homes are presented’. Its web address now redirects to“Our short-term goal has been to recruit the best and most prominent estate agents in London as users, and the most experienced advisors spanning both the traditional and digital property sectors,” says Goenka (pictured, top).Mark Tunstall Property Hanover Residential Napier Watt Machards Beauchamp Estates Russell Quirk Carter Jonas Utsav Goenka Vyomm May 13, 2019Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

OCHS Surf Team Collecting Clothing for Fundraiser

first_imgAnybody interested in cleaning out closets this spring can help the Ocean City High School surf team raise money for its trip to nationals next month in California.The team’s boosters are sponsoring a clothing drive for charity and receives a donation based on the number of pounds collected.WHEN: Friday, May 29 through Monday, June 1WHERE: Ocean City Fire House, Fifth Street and West Avenue.  Just look for the surf team trailer.HOW: Just drive up and drop off your donation. (Please place clothing, linens/towels, and shoes into separate bags.)WHAT WILL BE COLLECTED:Wearable, usable clothing: men’s, women’s and children’sLinens and TowelsShoesStuffed AnimalsBelts, bags & tiesCall for your free pick up 609-457-2939 and ask for Christine.last_img read more

City Council Proposes Ending Term Limits for Board, Commission Members

first_imgCity Hall, 861 Asbury Ave. By Donald WittkowskiOcean City has a series of government boards, authorities and commissions that oversee everything from zoning, planning, the municipal airport, public housing, the library, tourism – and more.One board, the Shade Tree Committee, is involved with the “regulation, planting, planning and care of shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery on any public street, park or property in Ocean City.”However, finding enough volunteers to fill all of those boards has become what one city councilman bluntly calls “a real problem.”City Council is taking steps to overcome the shortage of volunteers by introducing an ordinance that would repeal the term limits for the members who serve on the boards and commissions. The measure is up for a public hearing and final vote at Council’s Dec. 13 meeting.“I think it’s good. It keeps good people who have done a good job on these boards,” Council President Peter Madden said of the ordinance in an interview Monday.Madden said it is particularly critical to retain qualified board members who deal with complex issues.During a discussion at the Nov. 29 Council meeting, city officials said it has become increasingly difficult to find replacements when the existing members leave after their terms expire.City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson told Council that in some cases, “it leaves us short” when members step down.Councilman Bob Barr noted, for instance, that at least two or three of the city’s boards, authorities or commissions have trouble getting enough members for a quorum at their meetings. He serves as the Council representative on one of those boards, the Utility Advisory Commission, which oversees electric, gas, water, sewer and cable television service.“It’s a real problem,” Barr said of some boards not having a quorum.City Council has scheduled a public hearing and final vote on the ordinance for its Dec. 13 meeting.At the Nov. 29 Council meeting, some members of the public questioned whether the city would find it more difficult to attract “new blood” to sit on all of the boards if there were no term limits.Councilwoman Karen Bergman assured the public that the city still intends to recruit new volunteers and will not settle for “stale” membership on the boards.City Council and Mayor Jay Gillian will continue following the same process for recruiting and appointing board members. They will also retain the same power to remove board members who are substandard or have poor attendance, Councilmen Antwan McClellan and Keith Hartzell said.Council has included a “sunset provision” that would end the ordinance after three years. The sunset provision would allow the governing body to revisit the issue after three years to see whether or not having term limits has worked. “It’s a safety valve. That’s what it is,” said Councilman Michael DeVlieger, who proposed the sunset provision.Madden, though, stressed that Council has the power to repeal or change local laws at any time, so it wouldn’t necessarily need to wait for three years.“Our job is to have a living, breathing system with everything we do,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgBaker Tonia Stimpson lost her battle against breast cancer on 18 May, aged 36. Terry Miller of La Fornaia writes that Tonia was La Fornaia’s development baker and had been with the supplier for over four years. She worked in the industry for over 20 years starting at Abingdon’s Cottage Bakery, moving to Northern Foods and on to to La Fornaia. Tonia was a popular member of staff at La Fornaia with a great love for Brentford FC – she used to travel around the country to watch them. She was an inspiration to us all and will be sadly missed by family, friends and work colleagues.last_img read more

International activity

first_imgFuerst Day Lawson (FDL), supplier of seeds and natural ingredients to the baking industry, can now supply sesame seeds processed in India.This is the result of a partnership with Amira Tanna Industries. “This partnership will blend the operating and origination experience of our Indian partners and the extensive coverage of the European customer base by FDL,” said Frank Horan, divisional director of FDL’s Seeds and Natural Products Division. “It gives FDL full control of the supply of sesame seeds from the origin to the customer.”FDL has agreed to take an equity interest in Amira Tanna’s sesame processing business, giving it exclusive rights to the output of the Ahmedabad plant, which can process 6,000 tonnes of sesame seeds a year using the newest technology. This includes a Buhler Sortex Z3 optical colour sorting machine.Seeds will be supplied direct from Ahmedabad or go through FDL’s processing and packing plant at Little Walden near Cambridge in the UK, depending on the market.”All through the process, the seed is controlled to the most exacting standards,” said Horan. “We see this investment as a further commitment by FDL to sourcing and shipping the raw materials needed by our expanding customer base.”He added: “It follows on from our investment in a state-of-the-art cleaning and blending facility for speciality seeds at our Little Walden plant. FDL can supply sesame seeds with a guarantee of quality.”last_img read more

Doughnut Week targets £40k as bakers rally to the cause

first_imgMore than 700 bakers and businesses took part in the recent National Doughnut Week, sponsored by BakeMark UK. Money is still being collected, but it is hoped to raise up to £40,000 in total.Campbell’s bakery of Crieff, in the Scottish Highlands, was one of the bakeries which joined in the event from 5-12 May.The firm held a doughnut eating competition at its local market, which raised over £200 for Doughnut Week charity the Children’s Trust. This provides specialist care and rehabilitation for children with multiple disabilities.The winner, Craig Copeland, munched an impressive five and a half doughnuts in five minutes.Ian Campbell, manager of the bakery, said: “At first we were going to have a competition to see if people could eat a doughnut without licking their lips. Instead we went for the doughnut eating competition. It’s funny because Craig is also Campbell’s pie eating Champion, after he won an event held in October.”Campbell said that every one who attended the event had a great time. It also received publicity in the local newspaper.last_img read more

Puerto Rico benefits from Harvard’s living lab

first_imgA plan designed by a team of Harvard University students to create a reliable source of renewable, affordable electricity for a Puerto Rican community hammered in 2017 by Hurricane Maria has moved a step closer to reality.The community group Unidos por Utuado has won $100,000 in seed funding from the Puerto Rico Big Ideas Challenge to implement the plan by students enrolled in Harvard’s “Climate Solutions Living Lab” course.The proposal calls for revitalizing three nearby, long-neglected hydroelectric units to generate inexpensive, reliable electricity that emits virtually no greenhouse gases. The students’ vision is that a community-based electric cooperative would own the power facility and ensure that local residents control new jobs and other benefits created by the project.“The seed funding will allow the community to form the cooperative and hire people to help them move the concept forward,” said Wendy Jacobs, the faculty leader of the course and the Emmett Clinical Professor of Environmental Law and director of the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School (HLS).The project began in January 2018 when Jacobs dispatched one of six students on the team, Alyssa Curran, M.U.P. ’18, to the island. Curran toured Puerto Rico, including the storm-ravaged inland community of Utuado, and observed the destruction of homes and commercial buildings, roads, and electric infrastructure. She also connected with Unidos por Utuado, one of many community groups mobilizing disaster relief on the island. At the time, “Climate Solutions Living Lab” was considering several projects in Puerto Rico, and Curran, in consultation with Jacobs, decided one of those should focus on Utuado because of the barriers it faced to storm recovery.Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico. A Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study found that the number of deaths related to the September 2017 storm was much larger than the official estimates, and there were 4,645 additional deaths in the three-month period following the storm, which is believed to have caused more than $90 billion in damage. Electric service was only recently restored to the entire island. In Utuado, an isolated mountain community of approximately 30,000, about 30 percent of households were without electricity and safe running water seven months after the storm struck.,Back at Harvard, the students participating in the spring 2018 class who were assigned to the Utuado project proposed that rather than build a new power source for the community, they would recycle an old one.The plan was this: Utuado would create an electric cooperative to acquire and refurbish three legacy hydroelectric units on lakes Dos Bocas and Caonillas and install a pumped solar system. In addition to providing reliable energy, the facility would save money. Puerto Rican’s electric bills are the highest in the U.S. next to Hawaii, the students’ research found, and they believed that adopting their plan could slash electric rates to about 8 cents per kWh, compared with the approximately 20 cents per kWh they now pay.The benefits to the climate were also clear, according to the students. Currently, 98 percent of Puerto Rico’s electricity is generated by fossil fuels. However, the students estimated the hydroelectric plants would generate approximately 26.5 megawatts of clean energy, with a potential offset of about 115,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents in year one and an average of 105,000 tons of offsets per year over a 20-year time period. Reducing that amount of emissions annually is equivalent to taking more than 22,000 vehicles off the road, or the average energy use of more than 11,000 homes.The Puerto Rico project is one of nine projects developed in the course since its 2017 launch, as part of Harvard’s ambitious climate action goals and Living Lab initiative.The innovative course is a partnership between the Office for Sustainability and Harvard Law School and was developed to engage multidisciplinary teams of graduate students in working together to test innovative solutions or renewable energy investments — such as the Puerto Rico project — that achieve actual emissions reductions beyond the Harvard campus while also achieving other social, economic, and health benefits.Under Jacobs’ leadership, the Climate Solutions Living Lab engages with senior faculty experts from across Harvard’s professional Schools as well as outside experts, and operates like a professional project development team. The teams of six students are comprised of master’s and doctoral students from Harvard Business School (HBS), Harvard Chan School, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Law School, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Graduate School of Design, and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.In addition to Curran, the Puerto Rico team included: Ethan Hughes, Harvard Chan School; Leticia Rojas, HKS; Bridger Ruyle, SEAS; Max Tenney, HLS; and Isabella Wechsler, HKS and HBS.,Because the students are addressing a real problem, Jacobs said, their proposals have to work in the real world.“The real problem we’re addressing is climate change,” Jacobs said. “The task before the students is to develop projects that will accomplish quantifiable greenhouse gas emissions reductions, as well as quantifiable public health benefits.”The proposals also have to be innovative, replicable, scalable and most of all, feasible. They must be “implementable for a large organization or business that has set an aggressive climate goal and is looking to offset its emissions,” Jacobs said.Curran, who now works for a planning and development firm in New York, called the course “a perfect combination of research and implementation” that prepared her for life after Harvard. The Puerto Rico team had to work collaboratively to find the solutions to each legal, engineering, design, and public health problem on the fly, just as they would have in the real world.The multidisciplinary team approach turned out to be key to arriving at the implementation plan. The team required the expertise of all of the students, Curran said, to recognize the potential of the underused hydroelectric assets, lay out the steps to revitalize them, and create the electric cooperative to operate the assets.Even though the semester is over, the project continues. Curran has taken a seat on the board of Unidos por Utuado and Jacobs’ Environmental Law & Policy Clinic is continuing to perform research and provide advice to the community to help move the project forward.Unidos por Utuado will be responsible for raising funds to develop and implement the students’ ideas. Executive Director C.P. Smith praised the Living Lab model and the Puerto Rico team’s work. He said the project team’s research, financial analysis, and business case for the electric cooperative and its power assets laid the critical groundwork.“It’s vital for us getting out of the gate, with a message that is not only compelling but has sufficient research behind it to allow other stakeholders and supporters to go in with confidence,” Smith said.last_img read more

Riot aftermath: Still-shaken lawmakers, troops stand guard

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — On Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol was besieged by supporters of Donald Trump who were angered by the then-president’s election loss. While lawmakers inside the building were voting to affirm Democrat Joe Biden’s win, Trump loyalists were marching to Capitol Hill and breaking in. Five people died in the violent melee, including a police officer. Trump’s impeachment trial begins Tuesday on a charge that he incited the riot. The toll of the siege is still being tallied, from the growing number of people charged with crimes to the continued presence of National Guard troops in the nation’s capital.last_img read more

Timberline Interactive and CommerceV3 announce merger

first_imgFast-growing e-commerce platform provider CommerceV3 and leading online marketing agency Timberline Interactive of Middlebury today announced a merger. The combined company will unite a proven online store platform with a vast array of e-commerce marketing services.”Our team was already working in the CommerceV3 environment to grow orders and sales for many of our clients,” says Bud Reed, founder of Timberline. “In many ways, this merger was driven by our focus on the customers. It gives them even more technology options and streamlines website launch and development processes.”Reed, who launched Timberline Interactive ten years ago, is retiring from day-to-day operational duties but will continue in an advisory role to provide strategic direction for the combined companies.CommerceV3 president Nathan Focht rarely gets excited, but he recognizes a new and unique opportunity for merchants. “The CV3 platform has always had a strong feature set to help customers grow their sales, but this merger puts us way ahead of the curve. Tom Funk and the rest of the team at Timberline are masters at tuning web stores for maximum growth. They have a huge playbook for making money online.”Blake Ellis, who co-founded CommerceV3 with Nathan, will serve as the new president of Timberline. Ellis is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in several Internet start-ups over the years, including CommerceV3, Rails Machine and “Timberline brings a wealth of experience to the table, especially their work launching sophisticated sites and growing revenue for large merchants with complex needs. CommerceV3 provides a strong, affordable technical foundation. Together we offer a high octane growth solution to merchants large and small — a combination you can’t find anywhere else in our industry.”Tom Funk will serve as VP of Marketing for the new organization. Funk has been with Timberline for three years and before that worked as Web Manager for the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, where he managed sites doing $46 million a year in e-commerce sales. He is a frequent speaker at Internet Retailer, and other industry events and is the author of the book Web 2.0 and Beyond: Understanding the New Online Business Models, Trends, and Technologies.”Today, businesses need to take advantage of every online revenue source: paid search, SEO, email and more. But their success also depends on the features and flexibility of their e-commerce platforms,” says Funk. “This deal brings together two leading e-commerce companies who can now offer both pieces: the online marketing services to drive traffic and the online store technology to convert it to sales.””CommerceV3 meets even complex customer requirements straight out of the box,” says Deb Brisson, Timberline’s VP of Software Development. “And when we need to go further, we utilize TI Commerce.” TI Commerce is an entirely customizable commerce platform built using the Microsoft .NET programming environment. “With CV3 and TI Commerce, we have more technical flexibility than any other provider in the industry, period.””This is big news in multi-channel and direct marketing circles,” says Scott Weaver of Atlanta-based Colinear Systems, a software firm specializing in order management software for large retailers. “Anybody who has searched for products on Google and shopped online has probably encountered the work of these two firms without knowing it. They’re the folks behind the scenes who make finding products and ordering online a smooth and easy process. This is a great opportunity for their existing customers as well as any merchants who want to thrive on the web.”About Timberline InteractiveTimberline Interactive is a leading online marketing and development company specializing in e-commerce solutions for direct marketers and catalogers. They are experts in all aspects of online marketing, including search engine optimization (SEO), paid search campaign management, e-mail campaign management and site usability optimization. Timberline’s clients include Wine of the Month Club, Dinn Trophies, Lake Champlain Chocolates, American Meadows, Terry Precision Bicycles and others.About CommerceV3CommerceV3 (CV3) is a web-based system that allows users to create, populate, customize, maintain and track e-commerce storefronts. It makes selling online as easy as possible, without sacrificing real power. Designed from the ground up for direct-mail merchants, CV3 is PCI-compliant and features integration with order management packages as well as tools to customize pages, drive traffic, manage online inventory availability, process orders, and track revenue. CommerceV3 powers hundreds of storefronts for merchants across the U.S. and Canada.Source: Timberline. Middlebury, VT, USA – September 10, 2009 – ###last_img read more

Governor to sign energy bill at commissioning of the 150 kw solar array in South Burlington

first_imgVermont Governor Peter Shumlin will sign into law a bill promoting renewable energy development and clean energy jobs in Vermont on May 25 in South Burlington.  H.56, The Vermont Energy Act of 2011 continues Vermont’s efforts to promote a green economy and energy independence. It expands and improves Vermont’s successful net metering program which allows Vermont ratepayers to generate their own energy with renewable systems and run their meter backwards when producing excess power. Recognizing the peak power savings of net metered solar, the new bill creates a financial incentive to catalyze more net metered solar by requiring utilities to offer a 20¢ credit to solar net metering customers for the energy they produce.Governor, Peter Shumlin is slated to sign the bill on May 25 at the commissioning of a 150kW solar array at the Farm at South Village in South Burlington developed by Burlington-based Encore Redevelopment and installed by Montpelier’s Alteris Renewables. The array will provide carbon-free electricity for 100% of the Farm at South Village and South Village Community’s energy consumption needs. The array will also provide clean energy to the City of South Burlington for the City’s traffic lights. Martha Staskus, Chair of the Board of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), the organization that supported and promoted this legislation says the bill helps keep Vermont on the map as a leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency. ‘The bill will spur the development of new local renewable energy, produce economic growth, and continue to grow clean jobs.’The bill also prevents a gap in funding for the successful Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF). This fund makes it more affordable for Vermont homeowners and businesses to install small-scale renewable energy systems. The bill includes expansions Vermont’s existing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) districts, a program that allows towns to offer loans to homeowners looking to make energy efficiency retrofits. Other provisions provide incentives for consumers looking to install high efficiency biomass heating systems. It also establishes low sulfur and biofuel mandates for heating oil sold in Vermont, timed to match implementation by surrounding states.  Date: May 25, 2011 Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pmLocation: South Village Communities, 130 Allen Road East, S. Burlington, VT. About Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), is external)  REV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing nearly 300 businesses, individuals, colleges and others committed to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of energy in Vermont. REV works as the only advocacy organization dedicated solely to advancing renewable energy and efficiency in the state.last_img read more