It’s clear that coronavirus has impacted all our lives, with employees working from home where possible and lots of people already in self-isolation. But what does this mean for property transactions?

Industry Backs Global Lifting Awareness Day, #GLAD2020

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) is driving Global Lifting Awareness Day on 9 July 2020.

LEEA members and the wider lifting community, from manufacturers to end users, have taken to social media to spread the word about raising standards throughout the industry and at the point of use, using the #GLAD2020 hashtag.

DANGEROUS DIY: THOUSANDS of Brits Are Turning to THESE Tasks During Lockdown

  • Brits’ favourite DIY project, with 62,310 searchesevery month, is building their own tables
  • 71%are aiming to complete DIY projects during lockdown, with 32% having already begun
  • Reupholstery is the second most popularDIY task with over 49,000 searches
  • 36% of Brits have had a DIY disaster, with the most common injury from contact with a power tool

Yourkeys Helps Housebuilders During Crisis, with Free Digital Sales System

Yourkeys have just closed their latest funding round of £2.9Mbringing the total investment to £6.3M in three years. Their real-time transactional and data platform is used by housebuilders and estate agents to rapidly accelerate the property sales process whilst giving all stakeholders visibility of the transaction in real-time.  They recently hit the headlines for both achieving the UK’s first fully digital transaction and then a stream of sales reaching exchange of contracts in just 7 days.

Transformer Replacement Epitomizes Reynolds’ Use of Hydra-Slide Fleet

Reynolds Transfer and Storage used Hydra-Slide hydraulic skidding equipment to complete the removal and replacement of a transformer at a utility company in its home city of Madison, Wisconsin recently.

The multifaceted project involved removal of the existing 237,000-lb. (118.5-ton) transformer, which was installed by Reynolds in 1984, and installation of a 170,000-lb. (85-ton) replacement, which was redundant but in working order at another site. Integral to safe completion were a 300-ton capacity HT300 heavy track hydraulic skidding system and a 10 ft. x 10 ft., 500-ton capacity turntable, both chosen for their lightweight and suitability to the substation environment. A telehandler was utilized for moving equipment around the site.


  • Inquiries for extensions, home offices, garden rooms and granny annexes soar by a fifth as consumers working from home realise they need more space
  • Modular home-builder Built & Spaces reports surge in demand from parents worried about trying to work while their children are off school 


As a result of the Prime Minister’s instruction that only ‘essential’ services be kept open for business, individual brick manufacturers across the UK are responding quickly to ensure manufacturing facilities are temporarily closed in a safe and orderly manner.

Lookers Group Reveals United Kingdom and Ireland’s 27 Most Idyllic Road Trips

Lookers Group, one of the leading UK motor retail and aftersales service groups, has revealed the 27 most idyllic road trips in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

We scoured the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland to bring you the most scenic, adventure-seeking and family-friendly routes. We even factored in how much it will cost you for fuel.

SMART Balustrades launches into residential sector

Staffordshire-based SMART Balustrades has announced that it has expanded its services into the residential sector – following the continued growth of the business, that has to date operated in the commercial market.The company, which is part of the Unitech Group, has taken this step due to business growth and the increased demand from both private homeowners and commercial house builders.

SMART Balustrades provides a range of bespoke glass and stainless-steel balustrades as well as glass Juliet balconies, which are manufactured at its Burntwood, Staffordshire production facility. The firm has extensive experience in the fit-out sector and works heavily in the hotel and leisure markets.