Strutt & Parker bought by French bank

first_imgStrutt & Parker, one of the UK’s oldest and most venerable estate agencies has been bought by French bank BNP Paribas.The acquisition, which is still under way, will see BNP Paribas’ UK operation with head quarters off the Marylebone Road in London merge with Strutt & Parker, which is based in Mayfair (pictured, right) and has 60 branches around the UK.Two years ago Strutt & Parker bought two estate agent rivals in Surrey and Berkshire, making it the biggest player in the rural market and third largest in residential.Strutt & Parker was founded in 1885 and operates largely in the London prime markets as well as rural markets including country estates and agricultural where it manages some 1.5 miles acres of land, but also commercial including logistics and offices.The move gives BNP Paribas a presence in almost all of the UK’s property market’s different sectors including development, investment management, property management and residential and commercial sales and lettings.Opportunity for growthStrutt & Parker’s statement about the merger suggest that the company sees its absorption into BNP Paribas as an opportunity for growth, giving it access to the bank’s huge UK and international contacts and client database.Strutt & Parker turned over £107.7 million in 2016, its latest accounts show, down from the previous year’s £111.4 million, while profits before taxation also dropped from £28.4 million to £18.3 million over the same period.“I am very keen on the idea of uniting our brand with the strength of BNP Paribas Real Estate,” says Andy Martin (pictured, left) a Senior Partner at Strutt & Parker.“It gives us a distinguishing feature and a new impetus in a constantly-evolving global market. I have been impressed by the respect that they have shown for our values, and by their emphasis on the relationship with employees and clients across all our business sectors.“This merger not only creates attractive commercial real estate opportunities, but also opens up new prospects in the rural and residential sectors thanks to the size and strength of the group that we are creating together.”Thierry Laroue-Pont (pictured, right), the CEO of Paribas Real Estate, says: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to create a new major real estate player that combines the skills of our two companies.“This combination will enable us to offer our clients, all over the world, a broadened and deeper expertise as well as new, even more innovative services and solutions.“In this new stage of development, we shall carefully take into consideration the expectations of both groups’ employees and clients.”   Strutt & Parker andy martin bnp paribas August 1, 2017Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Strutt & Parker bought by French bank previous nextAgencies & PeopleStrutt & Parker bought by French bankOne of the UK’s oldest and most established estate agents will soon be part of BNP Paribas.Nigel Lewis1st August 201702,021 Viewslast_img read more

Paul McCartney “Misremembers” Writing ‘In My Life’, According To New Study

first_img“Consider the Lennon song, ‘Help!’” Glickman explained. “It basically goes, ‘When I was younger, so much younger than today,’ where the pitch doesn’t change very much. It stays at the same note repeatedly, and only changes in short steps. Whereas with Paul McCartney, you take a song like ‘Michelle’. In terms of pitch, it’s all over the place.”McCartney’s spokesperson said the legendary rockstar will not be responding to the results of the study.It’s alright, Sir Paul, things get foggy sometimes, and you’ve contributed immeasurably to the canon of modern pop music either way. “In My Life” is an undeniable classic, no matter who wrote what…[H/T NME] In a recent study led by a Harvard and Dalhousie University professors, the two mathematicians claim to have determined that The Beatles’ 1965 hit, “In My Life”, was actually written by John Lennon, contrary to Sir Paul McCartney’s memory. By going back and comparing the two Beatles’ unique approaches to songwriting, Mark Glickman and Jason Brown illustrate that the song far more closely resembles John Lennon’s work stylistically. This leads them to the conclusion that Paul McCartney most likely “misremembers” writing the Rubber Soul classic.The Beatles–”In My Life”[Video: The Beatles]Authorship for the track has been a long, ongoing debate, though as with all their collaborative material, the track is credited to both Lennon and McCartney. Months before his death, John Lennon claimed that McCartney only wrote the middle-eight and harmonies to “In My Life”, explaining (via BeatlesInterviews.org).It was the first song I wrote that was consciously about my life. [Sings] ‘There are places I’ll remember/ All my life though some have changed…’ Before, we were just writing songs a la Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly — pop songs with no more thought to them than that. The words were almost irrelevant. ‘In My Life’ started out as a bus journey from my house at 250 Menlove Avenue to town, mentioning every place I could remember. I wrote it all down and it was ridiculous… it was the most boring sort of ‘What I Did On My Holiday’s Bus Trip’ song and it wasn’t working at all. But then I laid back and these lyrics started coming to me about the places I remember. Paul helped with the middle-eight. It was, I think, my first real major piece of work.This contradicts a statement McCartney made a decade later, in which he claimed, “Those were the words John wrote, and I wrote the tune to it. That was a great one.” According to BeatlesInterviews.org, McCartney once noted,I think I wrote the tune to that; that’s the one we slightly dispute. John either forgot or didn’t think I wrote the tune. I remember he had the words, like a poem… sort of about faces he remembered. I recall going off for half an hour and sitting with a Mellotron he had, writing the tune…Why would Sir Paul not be able to remember a song of his own? Glickman and Brown note that McCartney and Lennon have very different songwriting styles. McCartney’s writing was very complex and featured varied arrangements, while Lennon’s work throughout his career stayed very consistent, with little change in pitch and tone.Furthermore, Dr. Glickman claims,We wondered whether you could use data analysis techniques to try to figure out what was going on in the song to distinguish whether it was by one or the other,” Dr Glickman said of the purpose of the study, which analysed such features as frequency of chords, chord transitions and melodic notes from Beatles songs which were written between 1962 and 1966.The basic idea is to convert a song into a set of different data structures that are amenable for establishing a signature of a song using a quantitative approach. Think of decomposing a colour into its constituent components of red, green and blue with different weights attached. The probability that ‘In My Life’ was written by McCartney is .018. Which basically means it’s pretty convincingly a Lennon song. McCartney misremembers.As Glickman and Brown note, the deciding factor in regards to their conclusion came from the fact that the majority of Paul McCartney’s contributions to The Beatles’ catalog are very different from anything John Lennon’s ever written.last_img read more

Brisbane Touch Championships

first_imgThe Brisbane Touch Championships, previously known as the South East Queensland Touch League (SEQTL), has undergone a change of format in 2009 with the inclusion of Under 18 and senior divisions, as well as a later start in the year.Tap-Off times: 6:30pm, 7:20pm, 8:10pm & 9:00pm.The 2009 Championships will see a number of Australian Open and Youth representatives competing for various clubs after their recent Trans Tasman success in New Zealand in January and Wollongong in April.The BTC will consist of 45 teams – an increase from last year – contest the toughest competition in Brisbane. Together with an increase in teams, Eagles T.F.C. (five teams) and First Contact (three teams) join the competition for the first time, as well as single teams from Hoodz, Sheldon College, Redcliffe United, Lazers & Sharks.Due to the increase in teams in 2009, the format has been changed with Men’s & Women’s Open playing three double header rounds, Men’s Division Two being split into two pools for finals and Women’s Division Two, consisting of Division Two, Over 27’s and Under 18’s teams, being split into three pools.The Brisbane Touch Championships Final will be held on Saturday, 21 November 2009 at Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association.For more information, please contact Brisbane City Cobras on 0432 386 477 or [email protected]last_img read more