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Our sponsored dog Tilly has now found her forever home - we would now like to introduce Gus!

April 2019 News Estate Agency

We are so happy to announce that our second sponsored dog Tilly has now also found her forever home, and we are all thrilled! We are now sponsoring the care…

Our sponsored dog Tilly has now found her forever home - we would now like to introduce Gus!
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Our sponsored dog Tilly has now found her forever home - we would now like to introduce Gus!

April 2019 Estate Agency

We are so happy to announce that our second sponsored dog Tilly has now also found her forever home, and we are all thrilled!

We are now sponsoring the care of this handsome boy, Gus. Gus is a friendly two-year old American Bulldog/Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross, and is an energetic lad, but is a big softy who loves people and cuddles. He can’t wait to find his forever home.

Gus came to the Eden Animal Rescue centre in 2017 because his owner didn’t have enough time for him. He loves his toys but can get a bit possessive, so we are looking for an adult only home with no other pets. Gus will need an experienced handler; he has been doing some training with the staff and has shown himself to be a very clever lad who loves to learn.

Gus needs a new home, and whether renting or buying, PFK can help you find your new home too. Call us on 01768 862135 for a friendly chat, or contact Eden Animal Rescue on 01931 716114 if Gus could be the dog for you.

 

Bathrooms Made Simple - 5 tips on how to improve your bathroom

April 2019 Blog Estate Agency

1. Draw in some interest! If you have a boring shower curtain, try replacing it with something more colourful to add something interesting to the room. You can even have…

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Bathrooms Made Simple - 5 tips on how to improve your bathroom

April 2019 Estate Agency

1. Draw in some interest! If you have a boring shower curtain, try replacing it with something more colourful to add something interesting to the room. You can even have a couple of different curtains and swap them around to keep things fresh. A shower curtain can be like a piece of hanging art! We love this simple curtain that’s available in a few different colours: https://www.therange.co.uk/bathroom/bathroom-accessories/shower-curtains-and-hooks/waterline-shower-curtain/#156095

 

2. Look after your-shelves! If you have free wall space in the bathroom, why not add some shelves? Then you can have more storage space for all your products, and they won’t collect as much grime as they do when kept on the side of the bath or in the shower. Have a look at this nice freestanding set:https://www.argos.co.uk/product/3146727

 

3. Get a vanity project! Bathroom storage can often be hard to come by, so put a vanity cabinet under the sink. These often fit around the pedestal so are easy to install. If the sink is in reach of the toilet, this is a great place to keep spare toilet rolls, wipes and sanitary products so they’re hidden, but you’re never caught out!

 

4. Get comfortable! There’s nothing worse than relaxing in the bath with a good book or a glass of wine and getting a crick in your neck, so why not get a bath pillow and make bath time that bit more luxurious? This one from The Body Shop has a washable soft waffle outer and suction cups so it stays in place, as well as an inflatable inner so can be easily stored away or taken on your travels: https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/body/view-all/bath-pillow-inflatable/p/p000710

 

5. Relax with ease! A bath caddy is a great addition to the bathroom, because as well as storing your lotions and potions, they can also help you relax by providing somewhere to put your glass of wine, tablet or book and stop them falling accidentally into the water! This one from Dunelm is lovely, and is also extendable!https://www.dunelm.com/product/elements-bamboo-extendable-bath-rack-1000095386

New Kitchens Made Simple - 5 tips on getting a brand new kitchen

April 2019 Blog Estate Agency

1. Give it time! If you’ve just moved into your new home and don’t like the kitchen, live with it for a few months at least before you…

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New Kitchens Made Simple - 5 tips on getting a brand new kitchen

April 2019 Estate Agency

1. Give it time! If you’ve just moved into your new home and don’t like the kitchen, live with it for a few months at least before you get a new kitchen. That way you can get a feel for where you want all the appliances and units to go.

 

2. Shop around! Get at least three quotes from well-known, reliable kitchen companies, preferably from a personal recommendation. You want to make sure you get the best price, without skimping on quality or reliability.

 

3. Don’t rush into it! Take your time to plan the kitchen and don’t be swayed too much by what the experts say to you, after all, it is you that will be using the kitchen, not them! Having said that, be open to their ideas and suggestions as they might have thought of something that you haven’t.

 

4. Be prepared! There will be lots of mess and it may, and possibly will, take longer than they estimate. Set up a small kitchen area in a different room if possible, with the kettle, toaster and microwave, as well as basic cutlery and crockery so you can still get something to eat and drink while the work is going on.

 

5. Go for quality! If you are doing your kitchen up to sell your house, then you don’t need to spend lots on high quality items. However, if you are doing it up to enjoy and use for many years, then pay as much as you can afford. You want good quality fittings, appliances and other electrical items that will last and be enjoyable to use.

 

*Featured image is from the beautiful Cairn Beck Development by Reiver Homes.

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Living Rooms Made Simple - 5 tips on how to improve your living room

March 2019 Blog Estate Agency

1. Get focused! The fireplace is usually the focal point of a living room, but if you don’t have one you can still create a focal point, by hanging…

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Living Rooms Made Simple - 5 tips on how to improve your living room

March 2019 Estate Agency

1. Get focused! The fireplace is usually the focal point of a living room, but if you don’t have one you can still create a focal point, by hanging either a piece of art or a large mirror on the wall. If your living room has a big window then you could make that the focal point, especially if it has a nice view, and hang some floor length curtains to frame it.

 

2. Roll out the (red) carpet! Laying a statement rug down in the living room can give a splash of colour, as well adding as visual interest and a warmer feeling to the room. Getting some complimentary, or even matching scatter cushions for the sofa too will tie your seating area together perfectly. This one has loads of colours in so you can choose your matching cushions easily! https://www.therugshopuk.co.uk/spectrum-samba-multi-rug-fr8103.html

 

3. Light up on time! Putting timers on side lamps is a really good idea; they’re really easy to install, and if you set them to come on just before you get home from work it’ll save you walking into a pitch-black house. It’s also helpful to set them to go on and off at sensible times when you are away, as it’ll make it seem like somebody is at home and deter any possible villains! This one from Argos can be changed according to each day of the week and is only £6.99. https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9822894

 

4. De-clutter! Instead of having lots of ornaments and decorative items out, try having only a few items on display. Not only does it help the room feel less busy and therefore more relaxing, it also will be easier to dust!

 

5. Keep cosy! Keep blankets in a convenient storage unit next to the sofa, then you can easily pull one out if you feel like cosying up. We like these cube ottomans as they can also be used as a handy spare seat if you have a lot of guests! https://www.dunelm.com/product/foldable-grey-cube-ottoman-1000111409

 

*Featured image is from the beautiful Cairn Beck Development by Reiver Homes. Click the link below to view the last one remaining of these stunning homes.

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Storage Made Simple - 5 tips on how to clear that clutter

March 2019 Blog Estate Agency

1. Get hooked! Attach stick-on hooks to the inside of kitchen cupboard doors to hang things such as tea towels, oven gloves or utensils on, and make the most…

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Storage Made Simple - 5 tips on how to clear that clutter

March 2019 Estate Agency

1. Get hooked! Attach stick-on hooks to the inside of kitchen cupboard doors to hang things such as tea towels, oven gloves or utensils on, and make the most of your cupboard space as well as making things easy to grab. These hooks from B&Q are only £3.48: https://www.diy.com/departments/3m-command-white-plastic-hooks-pack-of-2/197509_BQ.prd

 

2. A magnetic attraction! Attach a self-adhesive magnetic strip somewhere in the bathroom (like inside a cupboard or along the bottom of the mirror) and stick all your loose small metal items like tweezers, nail scissors and hair grips to it. It’s so easy to do; you could even do the same in the office for paperclips! Get 3 metres for £4 from Hobbycraft here: https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/stix2-self_adhesive-magnetic-tape-3-metres/606215-1000

 

3. Rack it up! Wire mesh magazine racks in your cupboards is an effective way to store foil, clingfilm, bin bags and other rolls that tend to tumble out of your kitchen cupboards, and the wire mesh make it easy to see exactly what’s in them. Lie them facing out on their long edge to make it even easier to grab what you want in a second! Check out this one from the Post Office Shop for only £3.49: https://www.postofficeshop.co.uk/office-supplies/desk-accessories/magazine-files/q-connect-mesh-magazine-file-black-kf00862/?

 

4. Fill your boots! An over-door shoe rack is a fabulous space saving idea; not only can you store all your shoes so you can easily see them, but it also prevents you tripping over floor-based shoe racks (or is that just me that does that?!) Have a look at this one from Lakeland that holds 24 pairs for £24.99: https://www.lakeland.co.uk/25663/24-Pair-Over-Door-Shoe-Storage-Rack

 

5. Behind closed doors! Buy a simple hanging shower caddy, but hang it on the inside of your wardrobe or cupboard door. It’s perfect for storing things like hairdryers and other medium-sized items you use often. Try this one from Sainsbury’s for just £8: https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/sku-sh-over-shower-basket

Getting Cosy Made Simple - 5 tips on how to get cosy in your home

March 2019 Blog Estate Agency

1. Slip into comfort! Keep your slippers by the front door so you don’t have to make the trip to the bedroom for them. If you pop them on…

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Getting Cosy Made Simple - 5 tips on how to get cosy in your home

March 2019 Estate Agency

1. Slip into comfort! Keep your slippers by the front door so you don’t have to make the trip to the bedroom for them. If you pop them on as soon as you get home, you’ll feel cosy as soon as you walk through the door! Go for the classic ‘bunny slippers’ look with these from New Look for £7: https://www.newlook.com/uk/womens/footwear/shoes/grey-fluffy-bunny-slippers/p/598907304

 

2. Light it down! Get some side lamps to subtly illuminate your living space instead of having the ‘big light’ on! Have a look at this simple, yet elegant lamp from The Range for only £42.99: https://www.therange.co.uk/lighting/table-lamps/table-lamps/olivia-mercury-glass-table-lamp/#151890

 

3. Pop in some cosy colours! Speaking of lamps and warm colours, coloured light bulbs can add a great deal of cosiness to a home. Change your bright harsh ones for some of these warm amber spotlight bulbs, which are also energy saving and are a steal at only £2.95! https://www.thelightbulb.co.uk/r80-60watt-es-e27-screw-cap-amber

 

4. Wrap up! A snuggly blanket is the staple of any cosy home. Whether you prefer fleece, woollen or woven blankets, make sure you have a few around the home so you can cosy up at a moment’s notice. Next have a fabulous selection of throws and blankets from only £12! https://www.next.co.uk/shop/department-homeware-productaffiliation-cushionsandthrows/category-throws#2_1277

 

5. Invest in some eternal flames! LED candles are perfect; they last far longer and it doesn’t matter if you forget to blow them out! Popping a few of these around and your home will feel super cosy within seconds. My living room is home to these £5.99 ones from Dunelm: https://www.dunelm.com/product/led-church-candle-8cm-x-15cm-1000129765

Managing Director Stephen Lancaster has big plans for Eden development

March 2019 News Group

In some ways you can see Stephen Lancaster’s job at the head of PFK as the ultimate dream job and homecoming rolled in to one. Now four years in…

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Managing Director Stephen Lancaster has big plans for Eden development

March 2019 Group

In some ways you can see Stephen Lancaster’s job at the head of PFK as the ultimate dream job and homecoming rolled in to one.

Now four years in to his reign as managing director of broad-based property company probably best known, locally at least, as Penrith Farmers and Kidds, Stephen’s boundless energy and enthusiasm is still evident – and in bucketloads.

Under his leadership, PFK has unquestionably been on a journey – the latest chapter of a distinguished 140-year history – and his vision for the future is both bold and clear.

After all, it is a company he knows well having worked for them in the early 2000s and having been a regular visitor to its auction mart while working on the 300-year-old family farm in Culgaith, near Penrith.

The opportunity to become managing director of the company may have been, in his words “serendipitous”, but from the outside it looks more like his work and life falling neatly in to place.

“I was thinking of coming back to work in Cumbria, and PFK approached me to come back as managing director. I was lucky enough to get the job,” he says, sat in his modern and striking office at Skirsgill Gardens just off junction 40 of the M6.

“With my local connections, background in property development and skills as a land agent, it all fitted together perfectly. It was just right.”

He took no time getting stuck in to freshening up the business, building on the experience he gained during a career which has seen him work for the likes of North West Water, Story Homes and Persimmon Homes – the latter when housebuilding was at its peak before the very sudden crash of 2007; an experience Stephen describes as both a steep learning curve that prepared him for the tough world of business.

The obvious sign of his impact is a refreshed brand – bold PFK lettering against a strong green background – but the changes run much deeper.

“I thought it was important we freshened the business up and made it fit for the future. I’ve spent four years acting really as a management consultant, restructuring the business and how we look at things,” says Stephen.

“My focus has been on energising the teams again, bringing in the best people we can where we need them. I wanted to create an environment where people could, as an individual and an employee, express themselves.

“At PFK, people are individuals, it is my challenge to get them to work together as a team. I think we have achieved that. People are coming here for the right reasons, it is not just about salary. They are coming to a job they believe in.”

PFK employs around 70 people working across its property management, investment and development land, estate agency, consultancy and transaction advisory arms, as well as it auction mart and auction sale room.

It is a broad range of services, but for Stephen how they bind together with one simple goal – to make property as simple as possible.

And there is one clear and huge opportunity for PFK in the shape of Eden Forty One Business Park.

A huge amount of work has already gone in to what is arguably, the biggest commercial property development to take place in Eden for years.

PFK worked with Eden District Council, councillors and the public to bring forward the 18-acre development site, which lies off junction 41.

Stephen says the really hard work is now under way to secure the development, which has planning permission for distribution, manufacturing and office uses.

“This has got to be the best opportunity we currently have for the future,” he says.

“It could also be a platform for us to kick to do other things.”

“And for Eden, this is massive too. The council has said it wants to have business here. Too often people have driven passed Penrith on their way to Carlisle, and to be honest that’s really frustrating. It is frustrating as a businessman and as a resident. We now have this opportunity to say whatever they do in Carlisle, Kendal or Barrow, we can have that in Penrith.”

Confidence in the future of PFK’s other areas of operation is just as high, despite the uncertainty caused by Brexit.

“On the trading side, we believe we have significant opportunities for growth,” says Stephen.

“We’re in a tougher market at the moment because of Brexit, but our teams are resilient and always looking out for new opportunities.

“For example, on the estate agency side, we’re looking at how we improve our digital offer. But we’re always going to be on the high street. We believe in doing business face-to-face.”

That personal touch with clients and the strong team ethic Stephen has built at PFK team is understandable when delving deeper in to Stephen’s love of rugby and his passionate support for Penrith Rugby Club in particular.

The similarities between rugby and businesses is clearly one that he drives in to the PFK team. Work hard during game-time (or office hours), tackle weaknesses head-on, and take a well-earned rest to recharge energy levels and come back stronger for the next game (or working day).

It is an approach he clearly shares with his very famous brother – former England rugby coach, now coach of top Irish side Leinster, Stuart Lancaster.

“It is easier to identify my leadership style in Stuart, because his is played out in public,” says Stephen proudly.

“We have similar values. We’re very proud of our roots, we’re probably a little bit selfless to our own detriment. But we should both be proud of what we have achieved.

“He’s the living embodiment of Cumbrian people. He’s resilient and he’s shown that. He did very well and enjoyed his time at England although we all know how that ended [he was sacked after England’s early exit from the 2015 World Cup]. He’s doing very well at Leinster and he will continue to do so.”

There can be little doubt of success at PFK given Stephen’s determination as he and the PFK team drive for the line.

This article appeared in the March edition of in-Cumbria magazine and has been republished with their permission. To view the e-mag and for the latest business news from Cumbria visit www.in-cumbria.co.uk

Professional services hub ambition for Eden Forty One Business Park

March 2019 News Group

A professional services office hub could be built at the Eden Forty One Business Park on the outskirts of Penrith, in-Cumbria can exclusively reveal. According to PFK, the company…

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Professional services hub ambition for Eden Forty One Business Park

March 2019 Group

A professional services office hub could be built at the Eden Forty One Business Park on the outskirts of Penrith, in-Cumbria can exclusively reveal.

According to PFK, the company behind the plans for the flagship development, there has already been strong interest from office developers, lawyers and accountancy firms to have a base at the site just off junction 41 of the M6.

The company was given outline planning permission for a major distribution logistics facility, large scale industrial or manufacturing operation or a high-tech office development at the 18.65-acre site by Eden District Council last year.

And while there is flexibility over what happens at the site, Stephen Lancaster, managing director of PFK says there is a strong appetite for an office development hosting professional services businesses who are looking to expand their presence in a location that offers strong transport connections by road, rail and, later this Spring, air.

“From the contacts that we’ve made that there’s a very real opportunity for a profession services hub at junction 41,” he told in-Cumbria.

“We’ve had some interest from spec office builders, contact from law and accountancy firms that want to expand. And you can’t rule out opportunities for PFK to be based at that site. When you look at something in isolation for yourself you think, maybe not, but when you go as a collective, as a team, it works well.

“And there’s clearly opportunities to host nuclear supply chain companies given the connection to national transport links but still close to West Cumbria. Decommissioning is still a massive opportunity even if new build is off the table for now.

“Nothing is set up yet, it is in the melting pot at this moment in time. It is exciting. That’s really for me to drive. I would encourage businesses to come and talk to us because it’s a great place to do business.”

Mr Lancaster said that market demand would ultimately drive development at the site – which is being offered for either land sales or design and build opportunities – and that there was the potential for mixed use development.

“At the moment, there’s no employment land left in Penrith and Eden,” he said.

“Gilwilly Industrial Estate has its challenges with access, so we see this as a place where people can expand and we can also capitalise on giving businesses that are maybe looking at Carlisle, the opportunity to be in Eden. We know there are indigenous businesses looking to expand.

“When you go to the market, you have a vision of what you might achieve, but ultimately it has to be market driven. I think we have to look at high value uses, such as offices, because that is a hell of a lot of jobs which doesn’t necessarily take a lot of space.

“But it is possible to have a manufacturing unit or logistics facility, designed correctly, alongside an office. It comes down to good design and I know the council is tuned in to that. We want to explore every opportunity.”

Mr Lancaster praised the support given to the development by Eden District Council, whose planning committee unanimously voted the application through last year, describing it as “a massive vote of confidence”.

The site is a key flagship development by the council, which is eager to bring more businesses and employment opportunities to the district.

Its chief executive, Rose Rouse, said the strong location coupled with the fact that Penrith was running out of employment land because of new businesses moving to the area and existing ones expanding, made E41 an attractive proposition.

“With its strategic location and potential to grow the economy, this is a significant new development site in the Eden District, in terms of the jobs it will create, the opportunities it will provide for existing Eden businesses to expand and the inward investment it will attract,” she said.

“Eden and Penrith are already popular with businesses thanks to our unique position at the centre of a major transport hub. It’s encouraging to see that a local business has taken this positive step to bring their land to the market and we will be providing support to help market the land to bring higher paid jobs to Penrith and Eden.”

As well as connections to the road network via the M6, the site is also close to the West Coast Mainline, which could, in the future be connected to both the Northern Powerhouse Rail Network, which links major cities across the north, and HS2.

It is also within close reach of Carlisle Lake District Airport, which will have links to London Southend, Belfast and Dublin and the onward connections they offer, when commercial flights take off sometime in the spring.

This article appeared in the March edition of in-Cumbria magazine and has been republished with their permission. To view the e-mag and for the latest business news from Cumbria visit www.in-cumbria.co.uk

Decorating Made Simple - 5 tips to decorate your home like a pro

March 2019 Blog Estate Agency

1. Open the door to a new look!  Why not paint an internal door a bright colour to add a summery vibe, a pastel shade for a subtle new look,…

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Decorating Made Simple - 5 tips to decorate your home like a pro

March 2019 Estate Agency

1. Open the door to a new look!  Why not paint an internal door a bright colour to add a summery vibe, a pastel shade for a subtle new look, or a glossy black to appear classy and mysterious?

2. Get reflective! Adding a mirror to a room will instantly make it look bigger and reflect the light, as well as colours and patterns. Adding a large mirror to a slanted ceiling can also add an interesting, angled depth to the room.

3. Don’t skirt around the subject! Paint the skirting boards and door frames a bold colour to add interest to a neutrally decorated room without overwhelming it.

4. Look down! Got a wooden floor that’s seen better days? Get some varnish on it or even paint it to spruce it up.

5. Don’t forget the cabinets! Improve a boring bookcase or cabinet by painting the outside edges an interesting colour and covering the back wall with some patterned wallpaper.

New Head Of Estate Agency appointed at PFK

February 2019 News Estate Agency

Penrith Farmers and Kidd’s PLC are pleased to announce the appointment of the new Head of Estate Agency, Lynne Lancaster. Lynne lives in Carlisle with her husband and two…

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New Head Of Estate Agency appointed at PFK

February 2019 Estate Agency

Penrith Farmers and Kidd’s PLC are pleased to announce the appointment of the new Head of Estate Agency, Lynne Lancaster.

Lynne lives in Carlisle with her husband and two sons. She began her career in estate agency in 1989 at Tiffen King & Nicholson, initially in the commercial department and then the sales department. In 1996 Lynne moved to Nottingham with her husband due to his career and she worked as a valuer for Nottingham Property Services. In 1999 they relocated back to Carlisle and Lynne worked for Cumberland Estate Agents, initially as a valuer then branch manager at their flagship office in Carlisle.

In 2015 Lynne managed the change in business direction of Cumberland Estate Agents and became the sales & lettings manager, overseeing 10 branches, which led to a significant growth in business results.

Lynne joins PFK with a wealth of estate agency experience and has a passion for the business. Lynne commented, “I am excited to be joining PFK as Head of Estate Agency. We have a fantastic team of people whose ethos is to make the buying or renting process as simple as possible, whilst providing a high level of customer service. I have every confidence that we can continue to build on our current success and be the people’s choice as an agent”.

Outside of work Lynne enjoys the gym, travelling, walking and meeting with friends.

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

“I am very pleased Lynne is joining PFK as Head of Estate Agency, her wealth of experience will add significant value and I look forward to working with her as she helps the business and team progress.”

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