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Issue:- 14 August 2014

Southport estate agent shows others they way to quicker sales...

THE Quickest Property Sales on Hill Street is one of the latest modern Estate Agents based in Southport. Established by husband and wife team, Neil and Michelle Ellis, they offer a service that is getting quite a reputation as the quickest estate agent in Town, hence the name!

"We are selling a high percentage of our properties within a few weeks"
says Neil. Before opening we carried out our market research and asked hundreds of local home owners what they thought would make the best estate agent. We honed our skills and tailored it to meet the local market. We offer a vast knowledge of buying and selling properties quickly, some within only a few days!

By opening the marketing funnel as wide as possible, we aim to give the seller as much exposure as possible to give their property the interest required to sell quickly.

"With accurate valuations, photography which is second to none, and a caring team that know all our vendors and buyers on first name terms, we truly believe we can offer a better service than the surrounding larger established agents. Our main aim is to complete a sale as quickly as we can, with minimum fuss and hassle, whilst giving our customers services they deserve. We keep things simple for our clients and use technology to maximise this process. We have a huge database of buyers ready to buy property and specialist programs to match the property to potential clients. We also use technology to keep our clients informed of every step of the transaction, using plain English not jargon, and arrange viewings by pre-qualified, buyers which are suitable for the property." said Michelle.

So what are your views on the use of technology and why don't other businesses in Southport embrace it as Quickest  Property Sales have? If it helps with getting sales, why are so many businesses in the UK slow to react to the changing business landscape? As with this business, the use of the internet can and clearly does result in better sales, and it is not just in the estate agents marketplace that UK business is slow or sceptical about the internet. One thing is for certain, the advantages of using new technology are now becoming clearer, as Quickest Property Sales are demonstrating to their customers each day. So please do let us know your views about the digital revolution and its effects on small business by emailing us to:- Are you one of those leading the new charge or are you one who thinks we should hold back? Let us know!

"Outrage as HMS Plymouth 'stolen'" says UKIP

LIVERPOOL Docks owners, Peel Holdings have sent HMS Plymouth on its final journey to be scrapped in a foreign port.

On 20 August 2014, the former Royal Navy frigate where the Argentinians formally surrendered their garrison after invading South Georgia, during the Falklands War, sailed on the morning tide from the river Mersey, leaving her berth for the open seas for the last time. It is thought that She is now heading for a port in Turkey where she will be scrapped, despite a quarter century long fight since it was decommissioned in 1988. Sadly campaigners had fallen short of the £5000 target desperately needed to fund legal action to prevent the frigate being towed away from Merseyside at the end of this month.

Peel told the media that they are:- "very sympathetic to the historical significance of the vessel, but sadly as no public or private body has come forward with a feasible plan to maintain, restore or remove Her during the past 7 years. For that reason, we have been left with no other practical choice, but to dispose of her responsibly."

On hearing this news UKIP, whose Wirral branch has long supported the campaigners, came up with the missing cash and the protest group now plans to apply to have the ship "arrested". UKIP in a press release said:- "A day before they were due to regardless of an interim order that it should not be moved, it has sailed away. Peel Ports intend an ignominious end for the Type 12 frigate; the last in her class; by having her towed away from Birkenhead Docks to be recycled at a Turkish scrap yard."

Phil Griffiths, chairman of Wirral UKIP and North West president, said:- "As soon as we heard the fund was so near, but so far from its target we immediately leapt in to help. This ship is part of our maritime history and was the star attraction in the historic warship exhibition in the East Float Dock. I appreciate it obviously does not have the technology of modern warships, but it could still be used for cadet training and as a tourist attraction. It should be preserved as a memorial for future generations, to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. This country does not seem to care about its heritage and appears to want to forget about it, unlike the USA which looks after its heritage. The fight is far from over, but UKIP will continue to closely monitor the situation and do all we can to assist. Our government wastes millions on failed IT systems, but will not invest in an integral part of our history."

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A quick background:- The ship was the last Rothesay Class Type 12 Frigate afloat, launched on 20 July 1959, at Devonport Dockyard by Nancy, Viscount Astor. The 2,150 ton vessel was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 11 May 1961, after undergoing after sea trials and being fitting out. Her historic role was to come after surviving in the Far East, when She was sent over to participate in the Falklands War, in 1982, sailing to South Georgia with Royal Marines and SAS aboard. During that engagement, HMS Plymouth's crew provided naval gunfire support, and the Argentinian garrison at Grytviken then surrendered, Lieutenant Commander Alfredo Astiz signing the surrender document on Her. She also provided cover for the aircraft carriers and amphibious vessels and was the first vessel to enter San Carlos Water. In July 1982 She returning to Rosyth for repairs after being attacked and damaged within San Carlos Water after being fired on by 5 Mirage Fighter Jets. By the end, this amazing ship had steamed 34,000 miles around the World. She had also fired over 900 4.5" shells and destroyed 5 enemy aircraft as well. Sadly things did not go that well their after, once retired from service Historic Warships Preservation Trust took her over, renting a berth within the East Float, Birkenhead from the then Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, in 1990. Sadly 6 years on, in 2006, the Trust went into liquidation, HMS Plymouth became, by default, the legal responsibility of Peel Ports. Then in 2007 Plymouth City Council attempted to acquire the vessel and display Her within the City's docks. Sadly this plan failed as no suitable berth could be found and the project was abandoned. A group of campaigners then tried to save Her, but had fallen short by the deadline set by Peel Ports.

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