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Thursday, 15 August 2013

A few words from our satisfied movers

Here at Dolphin Movers we pride ourselves on delivering the best service we can. We all know how stressful a move can be,so naturally we want to make sure your possessions are returned to you safe and sound. 

For more then 22 years now we have proudly offered our reliable and cost effective services to many who have either traveled abroad or simply relocated within the country. And from these, we have received the kindest words through positive feedback. Due to the high volume of responses I would like to share with you all just a few. Also would like to thank all those who took the time to write to us. Knowing you are happy with the service we provided is the main foundation of our company, and what makes Dolphin Movers the success it is today. 

  "From  beginning to end the service you all provided was organised, efficient, friendly and reassuring and definitely to be recommended. Please convey my thanks to everyone concerned. its is so nice to have our 'home' back with us." -  Catherine Healey 28thAugust 1996 Sultanate of Oman
"I have already recommended your company to a young friend in Australia and friends who have to move to China... Thank you, it is a pleasure doing business with your company." - Jean Baine June 17th 1998 Canada
"Thank you all for making a tedious chore a painless process... Moving & shipping personal stuff that is :-) ." - Modinat Ogun 3rd March 2002 North Carolina
 "I know it is not every day you get to hear when you have done everything right... So i felt it only fair to tell you that you have created a very satisfied customer."- Alex Macleod 27th January 2004 Brasil.
"Everyone that we dealt with from your company was professional, courteous and knowledgeable... We have moved many times recently and we want to underline how easy our move has been with your company. We are possibly moving to Australia next year and wouldn't hesitate to book with you." - Helen James 17th September 2009 Battersea
 "Thank you for all your help so far and to also compliment the professionalism and courtesy we have seen from your company... The guys turned up in plenty time and were a pleasure to deal with and made what you know is a very stressful process less stressful. I am really impressed with everything we have seen so far from Dolphin and look forward to recommending you in the future to others." - David Katz 11th April 2007 

"Many thanks for your help. The company were very helpful and efficient. We were very impressed with your service and for being so helpful. Everything was in excellent condition. Thank you!! We would certainly recommend your company very highly!" - Loraine and Michael Sydney 18th November 2011
"Thank you for your help... Great example of good old fashioned customer service :-)" - Matt Mealings 27th April 2012
"Been delivered and all perfect. No breakages... I have recommended your service to a number of people and will continue to do so as I thought the service was EXCELLENT."- Rachel King 27th August 2012 Israel
"I can honestly say that your service was outstanding... The fact you had done this many times before and were reassuring in your responses made the process so much easier. The customer service level of all the companies I dealt with in the UK was fantastic. I would definitely do it again and would certainly use Dolphin." - Chris Georgiadis 7th August 2013 

So Once again thank you all who took the time to write to us. These are just a few examples of the feedback we have received over the years. It is overwhelming to know we have satisfied so many through the difficulties of relocating. 

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Beam Park Dagenham for Re-Development

Boris Johnson brings 70-acre site to the market
By Nick Whitten | Residential | 06-03-2012 | 14:30 | Estates Gazette
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has brought east London's largest brownfield site to the market for redevelopment.
Beam Park Area

The 70-acre Beam Park site in Dagenham was formerly part of the former Ford car plant, which ceased manufacturing in 2002.

Johnson has also rubber-stamped a final new planning framework for Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea which will see 16,000 homes and up to 25,000 jobs created.

The mayor said: "These two prime locations have the potential for great returns for investors as well as supporting thousands of jobs and driving growth across the capital.

"We have already seen how major investment in our infrastructure from the 2012 Games has transformed east London, and is already attracting great interest from investors from around the world."

Monday, 27 February 2012

Business Rates Hike to Hit Hard

Retailers urge Osborne to reconsider rates
By Samantha McClary | Estates Gazette | 27-02-2012 | 13:25 |

Business Rates Increase: More Pressure on Overheads?
A group of Britain's leading retailers and landlords have written to chancellor George Osborne demanding he reconsider the government's 5.6% hike in business rates - the highest rise in more than 20 years.

Retailer and landlord body BCSC, acting on the group's behalf, is calling on the government to increase rates in line with Bank of England's consumer price index inflation target of 2% and not September's RPI of 5.6%, which fell to 3.9% by January this year.

The letter has been signed by Land Securities, JD Sports, Capital Shopping Centres, Kingfisher, Primark, British Land and Boots, among others.

BCSC warns that the proposed rise poses a "clear risk of more retail insolvencies" leading to higher unemployment and more empty shops blighting our high streets as companies look to cut operating costs to ensure their survival.

Chief executive Michael Green said: "While the government is giving people a helping hand by encouraging local authorities to freeze council tax, it seems to think businesses are a bottomless source of cash. But hiking business rates will have wider social consequences than simply causing retailers to take a hit on their profit margin.

"The chancellor should be under no illusion that jobs will be lost and consumers will be hit in the pocket if this unprecedented rise goes ahead."

Retailers pay around £6bn a year to the Treasury and many report their margins are under huge pressure, with operating costs for the sector and especially small and medium sized firms at a historic high as a proportion of their overall turnover.

BCSC President Peter Drummond added: "To increase business rates by the highest level in 20 years at a time when retailers are facing the toughest struggle in a generation is madness. This government has shown it recognises the challenges faced by commissioning the Portas review. Now it's time to back up those words with action.

"Business rates are a tax on high streets, hitting retailers who invest in our towns and cities hard in comparison to online-only retailers."

Friday, 24 February 2012

Hammerson to dispose of All Office Investments

By Joanna Bourke | Office | 24-02-2012 | 08:31 | Estates Gazette
Hammerson has announced it will sell all of its office investments in order to focus on being a specialist retail REIT in the UK and France.
99 Bishopsgate

The REIT today said in its results for the year ended 31 December: "Our standing office investments will be sold over the medium term in order to maximise value, with capital redeployed to retail assets, increasing our focus and scale."

David Atkins, chief executive of Hammerson, said: "We will focus on being the best owner-manager and developer of retail property within Europe. We now intend to sell our standing office investments over the medium term to maximise returns, redeploying capital into the retail sector to exploit our expertise and build on our existing scale. This will create efficiencies that lead to further cost savings and income growth from our portfolio."

The £600m London offices portfolio includes 99 Bishopsgate, EC2, which it acquired for £100m in July 2011, and 125 Old Broad Street.

The strategy is intended to attract further JV capital for specialist retail projects.

Hammerson's results also revealed that net asset value per share rose 7.1% to 530p in 2011, and net rental income climbed to £296m from £284.7m the previous year.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Foreign Payment Specialist Payment Providers dissects the UK's Import and Export figures from 2011

What are the top products imported and who are the UK's leading trading partners.

Here at Payment Providers  import and export plays a major role in our business and future expansion and growth plans. So when the Guardian alongside HMRC published these figures of what is imported and exported from and to the UK it was a great insight for us. Looking at the latest figures the automotive industry showed a decline in UK car sales. They also shone a light on the UK's third biggest export - eight out of 10 cars built in the UK are exported. HM Revenue and Customs releases monthly figures for UK trade and we watch these figures like a hawk. 

According to the latest figures, the UK's biggest export in the year to date was nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances (including parts thereof). Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation, bituminous substances and mineral waxes followed in second place, although incidentally it was also the most highly imported product in 2011 rising by 46% on the year.

Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof ranked as both third highest import and export. In the year to date (October 2011) the UK exported £23bn worth and spent £32bn on importing these items.
The United States received the most British export goods last year, followed by Germany and France. The top trade partner for imports was Germany, followed by the United States and China. The UK exported £31.7bn worth of products to the US.
Check out the tables below for top trading partners or download the spreadsheet for the full data on the UK's top exported and imported goods year on year.

Top UK export countries

Year to date 2011 (£m)
Year to date 2010 (£m)
% Change
1UNITED STATES31,71230,8942.7
5IRISH REPUBLIC14,06313,3075.7
14HONG KONG4,1203,46418.9
22SOUTH AFRICA2,8362,20128.9
24SAUDI ARABIA2,5542,4404.7

Top UK import countries

Year to date 2011 (£m)
Year to date 2010 (£m)
% Change
2UNITED STATES25,07625,574-2
9IRISH REPUBLIC10,43610,4210.1
15HONG KONG6,1196,141-0.4
22CZECH REPUBLIC3,5103,2797.1
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