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New Non-Executive Director appointed at PFK

December 2018 News Group

Penrith Farmers and Kidd’s PLC are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Non-Executive Director. Stephen Dunn will join the board from November 2018. Stephen is a…

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New Non-Executive Director appointed at PFK

December 2018 Group

Penrith Farmers and Kidd’s PLC are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Non-Executive Director. Stephen Dunn will join the board from November 2018. Stephen is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Wealth Manager.

Originally from Preston, Stephen joined the audit practice of KPMG in 1976 (which was then Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co) and, after a two-year secondment in London, he became a partner in Preston at the age of 34. In March 2016, he left KPMG after a long and varied career.

While at KPMG, he developed a flair for corporate transactions and quickly gained experience on many acquisitions, flotations and disposals as a founder of Corporate Finance within KPMG in the North West.  During his time as Corporate Finance Partner, he worked on some of the region’s larger transactions and a myriad of project fundraising exercises.

Since leaving KPMG, he now works as financial consultant, and holds a number of non-executive appointments

Stephen commented:

“I am pleased to be asked to join the board at PFK at an exciting time in the company’s development.’’

In addition to this, Jeanette Brown is standing down as chairman of PFK, with John Rowlands taking her place. John joined us in July 2015 as a non-executive director and, being a valued asset to PFK, he was a natural choice for our new chairman.

PFK’s Managing Director, Stephen Lancaster, had the following comment to make:

“I am very excited that Stephen Dunn has chosen to come on the PFK board as our business continues to evolve. Stephen has had a very successful career at KPMG and brings an exceptional depth of knowledge and experience to the PFK board.

I am also pleased that John Rowlands who has been a board member since 2015 has accepted the role of Chairman of the PFK board and I look forward to continuing to work with him closely.

John Rowlands succeeds Jeanette Brown who is stepping down after 11 years of excellent service on the PFK board. I would like to thank Jeanette from the Company and personally for her diligence and guidance whilst at PFK.’’

As one of the largest property and land service groups in Cumbria, PFK have over a 140 years of successful trading history. Stretching back to 1876, PFK have a long Cumbrian heritage with strong community relationships and extensive knowledge of the local property market. PFK offers a broad range of services, from buying or selling land and property, to planning assistance and valuations.

New Website

December 2018 News Group

After a lot of work behind the scenes in recent months, PFK are proud to unveil our brand-new website. It's an exciting time for us, and our shiny…

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New Website

December 2018 Group

After a lot of work behind the scenes in recent months, PFK are proud to unveil our brand-new website. It’s an exciting time for us, and our shiny new site is just a part of that.

Why the new site?

As technology moves forward and systems change, an old website can get slow and inefficient. To avoid this, a website should be updated every two to three years, which meant ours was due a makeover! When we reviewed our old website in the early stages of the revamp, customer feedback suggested that it wasn’t particularly user friendly or easy to navigate, so we took this opinion into consideration as we were keen to improve our clients’ experience when using our site. We also found that the age of the website was indeed slowing it down.

Our rebranding was introduced at the start of 2018, with new colours, fonts and logo. Our online presence is a massive part of our brand, so it was the perfect time for a new website with our new branding.

What is different?

The site branding has been updated to match our rebranding, and the design is also much more user friendly. The search function is now a lot easier to operate and everything else is a lot more information based, so you can find out much more than you could previously.

The ‘book a valuation’ button on our home page makes it even easier to arrange appointments online, which is a modern and useful alternative to ringing us up. Of course, we are still here at the end of the phone for anyone who would rather give us a call!

Each department now has their own mini-site – Estate Agency, Land Agency, Surveys, Planning Media Services and Investors. Each service having a separate area makes it much more straightforward for people to find exactly what they are looking for, while still having our services linked under the proverbial PFK umbrella.

The Investors’ site gives an insight into the corporate side, something our old website didn’t have at all. Using this to display things like information on shares, management frameworks and the year in review makes it easier for both current and potential investors to have essential information at their fingertips within seconds.

Who’s behind the change?

Over the last six months we have been closely working with Bert, an award winning, independently owned branding agency with studios in London, Madrid and Manchester. Each department has a representative who has worked alongside Bert to ensure the new website design works equally well for each different service we offer. From workshops in Manchester to meetings here in Penrith, our marketing team, department representatives and contacts at Bert have all been beavering away behind the scenes for a long time to get the new site off the ground and into the internet!

Land at Fort Putnam - Successful Auction 19th November 2018

November 2018 News

On the afternoon of Monday 19th November 2018, PFK Land Agency  sold land at Fort Putnam which was being offered for sale by long standing PFK clients. Lot 1 extended…

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Land at Fort Putnam - Successful Auction 19th November 2018

November 2018

On the afternoon of Monday 19th November 2018, PFK Land Agency  sold land at Fort Putnam which was being offered for sale by long standing PFK clients.

Lot 1 extended to 13.07 acres (5.29 ha) of good quality grazing and mowing land located on the outskirts of the village of Greystoke.  Adjacent to this was Lot 2 extending to 17.77 acres (7.19 ha) also of good quality grazing and mowing land with this Lot having the benefit of a steel portal framed agricultural building and a storage container.

Auctioneer, Richard Morris, faced a full auction room of interested parties and PFK had had many enquiries in the run up to the auction.

Bidding got underway with Mr Morris offering the land for sale in its separate lots with Lot 1 eventually ceasing at £110,000. He then offered Lot 2 which after a steady start soon shot away and settled at £162,000.  The land was then offered as a whole and it was soon evident that the interest in the land lay here with it being knocked down to a local purchaser for the sum of £285,000 (£9,241/acre).

This was an extremely well attended auction and PFK were very pleased  with the good price made for what was top quality agricultural land for the area, given the current uncertain agricultural climate we find ourselves in.

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RPA confirms BPS 2018 payment rates

November 2018 News

The RPA announced the BPS 2018 payment rates on 6th November, with the rate of deduction for Financial Discipline to be announced later this month. The 2018 payment rates will…

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RPA confirms BPS 2018 payment rates

November 2018

The RPA announced the BPS 2018 payment rates on 6th November, with the rate of deduction for Financial Discipline to be announced later this month.

The 2018 payment rates will be as follows: –

Region

2018

2017

Non-severely disadvantages areas

 

€259.52

€258.15

Severely disadvantaged areas

 

€257.53

€255.82

 

Moorland

 

€70.23

€70.95

The exchange rate is set at €1 = £0.89281 which is slightly less than that of 2017.

Payment rates will rise slightly for non-severely disadvantaged areas and severely disadvantaged areas. The outcome for non-severely disadvantaged and severely disadvantaged land is a slightly better payment per entitlement. The moorland payment rate has dropped slightly from 2017.

Payments should start arrving in bank accounts from 3rd December.

For further information on grants and subsides, speak to Jo Edwards on 01768 866611.

Lake District Livestock Judging Evening

November 2018 News

Thursday 15th November 2018 at 6:30pm PFK Land Agency are pleased to have been involved as sponsors for this very successful event.  Everyone enjoyed the night and a grand…

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Lake District Livestock Judging Evening

November 2018

Thursday 15th November 2018 at 6:30pm

PFK Land Agency are pleased to have been involved as sponsors for this very successful event.  Everyone enjoyed the night and a grand total of £2200 was raised to go to Carlisle and North Lakeland Hospice!

 

Behind the Scenes on a Drone Shoot, with Allen Williams

November 2018 Blog Media Services

Here at PFK, we’re proud to have our very own in-house UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) pilot, Allen Williams, who provides us and others in Cumbria with fabulous media…

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Behind the Scenes on a Drone Shoot, with Allen Williams

November 2018 Media Services

Here at PFK, we’re proud to have our very own in-house UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) pilot, Allen Williams, who provides us and others in Cumbria with fabulous media services. We sat down with him the other day and quizzed him on the ins and outs of a drone shoot, and all the other bits in between.

What things do you have to have in place before a drone shoot?

When a job comes in, the first thing to do is online research on the area to make sure it is legal and safe to fly. This involves a lot of searches on Google Images and Google Earth. I then check with the local ATC (Air Traffic Control) and also check if there have been any NOTAMS (Notice To Air Men) issued. These alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a location that could affect the safety of the flight.

How do you set up the drone shoot?

The first thing I do is a visual inspection of the drone to make sure there has been no damage in transit. I pay close attention to the delicate parts such as propellers, gimbal (which keeps the camera steady and level) and of course the camera.

Then I power up the drone to make sure all the vitals are working, such as the GPS lock, the IMU (inertial measurement unit) calibration and all the other sensors that aid the drone.

Once everything is fine, my spotter will have one final look around to make sure flight is safe. My spotter is usually the client, but sometimes a colleague will accompany me to a shoot and act as my spotter.

Then I will take off at low level to check all the controls are working as they should. You always remember your first commercial shoot, checking everything three times as the clients watches your every move!

How do you fly the drone?

The main flight controls, which are the yaw (which turns the drone on the spot), left-right, up-down and forward-backwards, are done via a handheld controller. All the other settings are done via an iPad, such as drone camera settings, gimbal settings and flight characteristics.

Sometimes the drone is flying one way and filming in another, so I have two live feeds on my iPad screen. One shows what the recording camera sees, and the other shows which way the drone is flying.

Do you have more than one drone?

Yes, I have two drones – which I have named Harry and Steve! I need two as they are used for different things. Harry, the main one, is better for general aerial photography and videography. Steve is a smaller drone, used for roof surveys as he can get into tight spaces.

How long does a typical drone shoot take?

I spend one to two hours in the office researching the area first. Then I will usually be on site for an hour if the client is just wanting still images, but video footage takes considerably longer. I then spend around one hour editing the images back in the office.

What type of drone shoots do you do?

As a licenced drone pilot, I do all sorts, from property photography, property film, aerial photography. I work alongside an award-winning wedding videographer and also conduct roof surveys for charted surveyors. There are a number of applications that drones can be used for! There is never a common drone shoot, as it can be different from day to day.

What is your favourite thing to shoot?

Weddings are my favourite shoots, as they are usually in stunning locations with breathtaking views, and these really add to the final wedding video I create. I love getting the opportunity to create an aerial film of someone’s special day.

Where is your favourite place to fly the drone?

Definitely anywhere with a view of the lakes! The Lake District is a beautiful place and I love photographing it from the sky.

How did you get into drone work?

From the age of 12 I was building and flying model aircrafts, and as technology evolved and cameras got smaller, I started attaching them to the undercarriage. Then I moved on to building multirotors (drones) which were able to carry larger payloads and were a lot more stable in flight than a traditional model helicopter.

I then started making drone film YouTube videos as a hobby, and started working commercially in 2013.

Do you have any advice for would be drone pilots?

It is an exciting profession to get into. If you enjoy photography and videography then being a UAV pilot is excellent. However, there are a lot of restrictions that the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) impose if you plan on using a drone commercially, which includes a flight exam and a written exam, and there is also a detailed operations manual that each commercial flight has to adhere to. But it’s well worth it!

Are drones safe?

The short answer is yes! If you’re following your operations manual there should be very little that can go wrong. Even in the unlikely event that the drone drops out of the sky, the damage is always limited as we never fly over built-up areas, roads, train lines or large groups of people.

Also, today’s drones are very sophisticated and have lots of built-in failsafes. These include sensors that can detect objects to prevent collisions, dual batteries just in case one fails, a return-to-home feature where, in the event of signal loss, the drone will fly back and land exactly where it took off from!

Check out the Allen Williams Media Services Instagram account @pfkmedia for stunning aerial photography and aerial videography of Cumbria and the Lake District, and exclusive behind the scenes clips.

Meet Ice

November 2018 News Estate Agency

Eden Animal Rescue are based in Newbiggin, near Temple Sowerby, and have been caring for animals since 1995. Each year the number of animals they take in gets higher, and…

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Meet Ice

November 2018 Estate Agency

Eden Animal Rescue are based in Newbiggin, near Temple Sowerby, and have been caring for animals since 1995. Each year the number of animals they take in gets higher, and their animals need you to help them be able to care for them, and find them new homes. PFK are supporting Eden Animal Rescue in the great work that they do, by funding an animal’s care until they find their new forever home. Nicola Hadfield and Harriet Simpson from PFK have been along to Eden Animal Rescue to catch up with Vicki and Jon who kindly showed them around, and we can introduce to you….

This is Ice, a most gorgeous Saluki Lurcher. He is a ten-month-old male, and has a super nature with people and other dogs.

Ice needs a new home……can you help? Whether renting or buying, PFK can help you find your new home too. Do get in touch for a friendly chat.
Eden Animal Rescue – 01931 716 114 PFK – 01768 862135

First Photo Credit: Jeff Ashton

New Graduate Planner appointed at PFK

October 2018 News Planning

Penrith Farmers and Kidd’s PLC are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Graduate Planner. Naomi Howard joined the company at the beginning of September. Born in Cockermouth,…

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New Graduate Planner appointed at PFK

October 2018 Planning

Penrith Farmers and Kidd’s PLC are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Graduate Planner. Naomi Howard joined the company at the beginning of September.

Born in Cockermouth, Naomi grew up in Carlisle and studied at the Richard Rose Central Academy. She studied for her BA (Hons) degree in geography at Edge Hill University before going on to the University of Liverpool to do her MCD (Master of Civic Design) degree in Town and Regional Planning. Naomi studied for her Masters part-time, whilst working full-time at Lancashire County Council as a Graduate Planner in both the City Deal Delivery team and the Planning Policy team.

Her interest in planning first started with her Geography degree. She found that she preferred the modules which looked at the human aspects of Geography, and her dissertation involved looking at issues to do with sustainable communities and second homes in the Lake District National Park. This included evaluating the success of local planning policies.

Naomi enjoys travelling to new places and understanding what it is that contributes to the character of a place, and she believes planning is all about creating better and more sustainable environments.

Naomi said, “Joining the Planning team at PFK was a really exciting opportunity for me to gain invaluable experience from two professional planners who have extensive knowledge and experience of both local government and private practice. After finishing my Town and Regional Planning degree, I was ready for a new challenge and to find out which part of the planning profession I am most suited to.”

Outside of work, Naomi loves walking and hiking, particularly in the Lake District and North Pennines. She also really likes to attend dance classes, go to concerts, eat out and spend time with her friends.

PFK Director and Head of Planning, Rachel Lightfoot, commented, “We were really pleased to be able to give a graduate from the local area their first step on the career ladder, especially as Naomi is so eager to learn and start making planning applications as soon as possible. This gives us a great way to expand our successful team and we are very excited to support Naomi in her professional progression”.

Land Auction - Land at Matterdale & Ulcat Row

October 2018 News Land agency

On the afternoon of Tuesday 23rd October 2018, PFK Land Agency were pleased to offer for sale two lots of land: one extending to 31.22 acres of upland grazing…

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Land Auction - Land at Matterdale & Ulcat Row

October 2018 Land agency

On the afternoon of Tuesday 23rd October 2018, PFK Land Agency were pleased to offer for sale two lots of land: one extending to 31.22 acres of upland grazing land at Ulcat Row and the other being 19.37 acres of land at Matterdale together with an agricultural building.

The land attracted a pleasing amount of interest from mainly local purchasers and when PFK Auctioneer, Richard Morris, offered the land at Old Parks, after some fairly rapid bidding the land settled at a sale price of £98,000 (£3,139.01/acre).

He then turned his attention to the land at Matterdale and after a slightly hesitant start the land sold for a price of £120,000 (£6,198.35/acre).

The interest in both lots of land lay with local farmers and PFK Land Agency were extremely pleased to see a well attended auction with good results for both vendors in this uncertain agricultural climate we find ourselves in.

PFK currently have a broad range of agricultural properties on the market and would be very pleased to help anyone looking to either buy or sell a property.

 

If you wish to discuss any of the above please speak to Jo Edwards at PFK Land Agency on 01768 866611.

Whitehaven team resolve customer's challenging sale

October 2018 Case study Estate Agency

The owners initially chose a different agent to market their property as they had sold some similar properties nearby. They promised excellent communication, regular feedback and marketing meetings – in short,…

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Whitehaven team resolve customer's challenging sale

October 2018 Estate Agency

The owners initially chose a different agent to market their property as they had sold some similar properties nearby. They promised excellent communication, regular feedback and marketing meetings – in short, all the things you would expect from an agent.

Dr A recalls, “They were absolutely dreadful. After two months I had to call up the owner of the company to come and see us because we had no communication from them at all, even after viewings. After the contractual tie-in period with them, we went straight away to get our property marketed with PFK”

Our Whitehaven team got everything up and running quickly, matching the property out to potential buyers by making phone calls and sending out emails to generate as much interest as possible in the first few days of marketing. After pro-active marketing online and in the local press the decision was made to reduce the price. A price reduction is always part of a wider discussion with the owners after our team has looked carefully at the market conditions and the likely demand. Unlike many agents, we don’t over-value to gain your business then spend the next 6 weeks asking you for a price reduction. All our valuations are put together by experienced, senior members of staff who use recent comparable sold prices, our internal database of potential buyers and their expert, local knowledge to recommend a sensible asking price.

“All the Whitehaven staff were excellent, however Lisa Murphy stood out. She took our property on and made it her personal mission to get it sold. We were constantly kept in the loop and informed about everything that was going on.”

Despite the complication of the buyer offering through the original estate agent (as they had originally viewed the property through them), Lisa worked incredibly hard to get the sale agreed and negotiated with the owner of the previous agent to reach an agreement where the offer could be accepted and the sale progressed. Unfortunately, on this occasion the progression of the sale was prolonged and difficult, with various issues which had to be resolved along the way. Finally, the buyer pulled out of the sale the day before exchange and completion after the owners had given most of their furniture to charity and arranged a rental property in a different area. In short, everything we don’t want to happen, happened, causing a lot of stress for our clients.

“Luckily this nightmare came to a resolution two weeks after we had moved out when the buyer came through, again helped greatly by Lisa continuing to work on our behalf. We cannot recommend them highly enough both on a personal and professional level and Lisa Murphy was definitely our hero.”

Amy McKinlay, Area Manager, comments, “When the progression of a sale becomes difficult, stress levels and emotions can run high – it’s absolutely crucial to have an agent who can negotiate this potentially rocky path on your behalf to ensure a good outcome. Many agents only offer the bare minimum of a sales progression service; often the ones with a temptingly low upfront fee have very little motivation to resolve issues at this stage as they have already been paid for the sale of your property. At PFK, we believe sales progression is a hugely important part of our service and we have a dedicated sales progression team to ensure your sale is seen through to completion – all included as part of our fee.”

At PFK, we believe in making property simple. Estate Agency is a people business and we put people at the heart of everything we do – not just our clients, but our people as well. We are proud to have people like Lisa, and we know all of our teams strive to go the extra mile for our clients. Buying and selling can be stressful, which is one of the reasons we think it’s important to have a physical office where you can talk to one of our knowledgeable local experts. Our small, friendly teams are made up of people you can get to know, and there’s not a call centre in sight.

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