The Bribery Act 2010 comes into force on 1st July 2011. For the first time, a company is liable for any failures to prevent bribery which has been carried out on its behalf. This liability extends to any illegal acts by company employees and also to contractors, suppliers and agents acting on behalf of the company, in the UK or internationally. In contrast with US foreign bribery law, the UK definition of bribery includes small bribes paid to facilitate routine Government action – often called “facilitation payments”.
On a warm spring London evening representatives from our industry and beyond, congregated at the Institute of Directors on London’s Pall Mall, for the sell out Re:Locate awards. The dinner has quickly become an important date in the relocation calendar and the ARP is proud to continue to be a supporter. The awards give valuable PR to our wider industry and to nominated ARP members in particular. Re:Locate’s managing editor welcomed guests to the event.
In the run up to our 25th Anniversary, we are asking some of our members who have been with us from the start, to tell us about their journeys in the relocation industry. In this edition, Nicholas Beaumont and Douglas Fensome look at the changes that 25 years have brought.
We felt that the 25 years of the ARP (previously the ARA) should be celebrated by writing about several people who have contributed extensively to the relocation industry and who have influenced growth and innovation over this period of time and two others whose more recent contributions are worth reading about in the 21st century.
Though international investors are not new to a credit crunch ravaged UK property market, in recent months, we’ve seen increasing numbers securing central London properties. In the last 12 months, recent published data confirms that about half of sales in London valued at £2million and above and two thirds of properties valued at £5million and above were sold to non-UK buyers.
Having had an opportunity to talk to a variety of people in the industry recently, I am sure there are businesses embarking on interesting shifts in the way they deliver services to our clients. Obviously this relates to the fact that we are all constrained by price but at the end of all this, I can only envisage a huge improvement that will embrace having to handle a totally different generation of people relocating or going somewhere on assignment!
196 Bishopsgate Serviced Apartments has rejoined ARP this month as an associate member. The property offers 48 fully serviced apartments in the heart of London’s financial district. Popular with both relocation and project work clients, the building offers 6 day a week maid service, 24hr reception, and wireless broadband (at no extra charge). 196 works closely with many relocation companies and is keen to grow on this via membership of the association. For more details on the property please contact Tel: 020 7621 8788 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ARP members get a 10% discount off the published rates.
Focus on Affiliates
Milford & Dormer
Founded by William Forward, who qualified 1869/70, the Firm has spread from its original office in Axminster, Devon to a number of offices in Devon and Somerset, although dealing with clients not only there but throughout the Country and beyond.
The Firm has a very wide range of legal and financial services, being one of the few to have an in-house independent financial services department. We offer a bespoke service for those taking early retirement or relocation to the Nest Country, with links to estate and property agents.
With over 35 years international relocation experience, Iain has worked on both sides of the industry fence. Before dipping his toe into relocation in the early 90’s (marketing short-let properties and home search services to the corporate sector in London), he spent 15 years overseas working for Angus Fire Armour, the world’s largest manufacture of Fire Fighting Equipment, exporting selling fire engines, fire hose, pumps and foam (that’s the white fluffy stuff that extinguishes oil and aircraft fires) throughout Africa and Asia.