Dawsons Property continued their longstanding sponsorship of the ever-popular Cracker Sevens at Mumbles RFC this year.
As always, the 3-day festival of rugby took place over the Bank Holiday weekend, August 24-26, in Underhill Park, Mumbles.
The Dawsons loyal sponsorship spans more than two decades and partner James Dawson has been associated with the tournament for many years, having played in the event in his youth and continuing as a sponsor.
“Being a player in the Cracker Sevens and to then go on to sponsor the event year on year is a privilege,” said James. “The event is an annual must for the Dawsons partners, their families, our employees and our business associates. It really is a thoroughly enjoyable event come rain or shine… but we were extremely lucky this year to have a scorcher!”
CRACKER 7’s 2019 Matches
Friday 23rd August – 1st XV .v. Swansea Uplands.
Saturday 24th August – U16’s .v. Swansea Uplands
Youth-friendly .v. Swansea Uplands
Charity game organised by Huw Evans and Stephen Hughes.
The Sweet William Invitation XV managed by Wales International Paul Moriarty vs. Rockefeller Rugby XV managed by former Wales Head Coach Mike Ruddock. Many former players on the pitch!
Our Llanelli and Mumbles branches along with our marketing team have been busy during August with sponsoring two prestigious local events: the 2nd annual Burry Port Raft Race and the 30th annual Crackers 7’s rugby tournament.
Earlier in the month our Llanelli office took to the water in the raft race while the marketing team manned the guess the balloons car, and even though the event had to be postponed from the Saturday to the Sunday due to poor weather conditions, there was a fantastic turn out for the day with all proceeds raised going to the RNLI and Afia Banjul Football Academy.
Further into the month our staff and customers enjoyed a Bank Holiday Sunday full of rugby, family entertainment, a new bar and an evening of music. For some years now Dawsons have sponsored the Crackers 7’s, bank holiday event in Underhill Park, hosting a hospitality tent, Hog Roast and some great company with a pitchside view of the day. The sun has shone for many years, but this year the rain certainly didn’t dampen the spirits.
If you are looking for sponsorship for 2019, please get in touch with Naomi from our marketing team by email:
As many of us will now know on August 2nd the Bank of England raised the base rate from 0.5% to 0.75% – only the second rise in over a decade
The base rate is the Bank of England’s official borrowing rate – i.e., what it charges other banks and lenders when they borrow money – and it influences what borrowers pay and savers earn.
What does this mean in real terms to those of us who currently have a mortgage and those looking to get on the property ladder and take out their first mortgage?
For current homeowners with a mortgage now is the time to check the status of your current mortgage, if you are linked to base rate you can look to re-mortgage to a fixed deal.
If you are a first-time buyer you will now benefit from some great deals on offer, our in-house mortgage advisors can offer deals fixed for 2 or 5 years with rates starting from 1.89% on a 90% LTV and 3.17% on a 95% LTV.
Despite this slight increase all is still positive within the property market, current mortgage lenders will no doubt continue to offer very good fixed deals, for further information contact your nearest Dawsons team and book your appointment now with one of our Mortgage Advisors.
Our in-house mortgage advisors are: James Boland, David Treharne and Shaun Sturgess
“Top Tips” for Buyers & Tenants
CHOOSING THE RIGHT AREA
Local amenities, schools and transport links can be the top priority when choosing your perfect location. Make a list of your specific requirements. Speak to a member of staff, who will be able to offer local advice and suggest the right area for your needs.
Seafront properties, funeral directors to executive apartments, we have it all this Auction! Block viewings are underway and registrations are open for our next auction which will take place at the Marriot Hotel Swansea on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at 3pm.
Get in touch today on 01792 646060.
Sam Partner achieved her Relocation Agent Network accreditation this month, so our Llanelli sales team are now ALL fully accredited agents, alongside Danielle Thomas, sales administrator within our Mumbles office. So if you need to relocate and are considering moving to or from the Swansea area, make sure you speak to the Dawsons team who are the exclusive RAN agents for this area.
Please join us in saying a big congratulations to Danielle Thomas from Dawsons in Mumbles and Sam Partner from Dawsons in Llanelli who are both celebrating after becoming accredited Relocation Agent Specialists.
The accreditation is awarded by the Relocation Agent Network and is achieved by completing a comprehensive online training programme, entitled, ‘The Importance of Service’.
A national network of independent estate agents (of which Dawsons is a selected member), entitled the “Relocation Agent Network” introduced the training programme to ensure each of their members provides the very highest customer service to those relocating around the UK.
To be successfully accredited, participants must complete three phases of learning, which begins with four training sessions on the importance of customer service. This is followed by three online seminars covering the Relocation Agent Network Referral Process and how best to help customers who are relocating around the UK. Finally, participants must convert their theoretical learning into a practical skill set by delivering assistance to three relocating customers.
By working with fellow members across England, Scotland and Wales, Relocation Agent Network members provide an exclusive relocation referral service to customers. For those relocating to Mumbles and Gower, Dawsons guides their customers through the daunting task of moving to an unfamiliar location. This includes local area information on schools and amenities, popular neighbourhoods and (of course) finding the right property for them. The introduction of a Relocation Agent Specialist to the Dawsons team, ensures that this process is made even smoother.
Dawsons Chris Hope said, “We take staff development very seriously and Danielle’s Relocation Agent Network accreditation is a great example of what can be achieved when staff are supported properly to improve their skill set. Of course, having a Relocation Agent Specialist in the team is also great for our relocating customers.”
Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said, “Selected by us as the best independent estate agent to represent the Network in Mumbles, Dawsons have proved themselves as the area’s Local Expert. So with the addition of an in-house Relocation Agent Specialist, they have gone one step further to provide relocating buyers and sellers with the very best customer service.”
We hope that you are having an amazing Summer and that the slight drop in temperature this week has not affected your plans! As you know, we had the Raft Race in Burry Port last weekend, and it was postponed from Saturday to Sunday, which caused us some last minute panic, but all turned out perfect in the end.
We had so many people say what a fabulous time they had and our team of ‘Paradise Bananas’ stayed afloat and managed a very respectable 6th place. We were raising funds for the Burry Port RNLI and Afia Children’s Football Academy Foundation, so we are waiting on the final tally, but from the turn-out, we hope they have done well. It is always amazing when staff happily turn up and volunteer for out of business activities in the name of community spirit, so huge thanks to our Dawsons team: Callum Joe, Matthew, Ian, Kim & Aimee in the raft and Naomi for all the organisation – Top Bananas indeed!
You can see the Burry Port Raft Race gallery of pics at the bottom of the page. Hope they make you smile as much as they did us!
So what is coming up next weekend for your entertainment…?
THE MUMBLES RUGBY CLUB CRACKERS’ 7’S WEEKEND
Preparations are in full swing for the 30th annual legendary rugby festival The Crackers’ 7’s over the August Bank Holiday in Underhill Park, Mumbles. The schedule is as follows:
Friday 24th August from 6pm
Mumbles Youth .v. Swansea Uplands Youth
Tom Pugh Memorial Game – Mumbles XV .v. Swansea Uplands XV
In memory of Swansea Uplands player Tom Pugh who tragically passed away at such a young age. Proceeds of Programme sales on the night will go to the chosen charity of Tom’s family
Saturday 25th August from 9.30am
Mumbles RFC Junior Section morning of rugby fun & games
Mumbles RFC Youth hosting a 7’s Tournament k.o. 12.00 Noon
Sunday 26th August from 11am
Crackers’ 7’s with the Men’s and Women’s tournaments running in parallel during the day.
Live entertainment from 7pm from local band ‘The Contenders’ in the Premier Marquee
There will be a beer tent and BBQ on all 3 Days plus loads of family entertainment including a bouncy castle, giant children’s slide and (wait for it….) zumba classes with Sion throughout the day
We at Dawsons are, again, so proud to be headline sponsors of this event and our director James Dawson explains why
“Having sponsored this event for many years as a company, and I myself playing in the tournament many times over the years, never successfully I might add, we understand the importance of the annual event to those living locally and those who travel from further afield to take part. The Crackers’ 7’s is a firm date in our calendar, for which we are proud to be the principal sponsor. The work that the rugby club do for the local community and for various charities is second to none and that is why we look forward to supporting MIND, this year’s chosen charity, to raise both awareness and much-needed funds for the work they do.’
Please try to come along if you are local, and share this with your friends as you wouldn’t want to miss such a great event!
In our usual fashion, we like to give you something to keep the children amused over the coming week, and this colouring pic is for the toddlers, or those who may have over-indulged in the Crackers’ 7s beer tent! Happy colouring
Dawsons Property is supporting a week-long campaign to collect items for Swansea Foodbank next month.
The special collection, which is part of Relocation Agent Network’s national fundraising event called #OneThousandItemsofFood, will take place between June 14 and 21 in conjunction with the Trussell Trust.
During the week there will be collection points in all of Dawsons’ branches across Swansea & Llanelli with special bins to be provided by their Dawsons’ reward card partner Exall & Jones.
The foodbank has become part of the social landscape of society with one in five people living below the poverty line in the UK.
“We are very grateful to Dawsons to their commitment to this food collection campaign,” said Kristina Williams, Assistant Manager at Swansea Foodbank.
“We tend to have a lot of contributions around Christmas time and harvest festival, but contributions tend to tail off a bit during the spring and summer so Dawsons’ commitment is both timely and welcome.”
Swansea Foodbank, which provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis, is open in several locations around the city on different days and times.
Swansea Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust’s national foodbank network and is supported by churches across the city to help people in times of crisis.
Dawsons is asking customers and staff to donate two items each of non-perishable food such as tins and packet food.
Chris Hope, Senior Partner at Dawsons, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be part of this campaign as part of the Relocation Agent Network which is running #OneThousandItemsofFood throughout the UK.
Unfortunately, we live in times when foodbanks have become a necessity for a part of our society, so we are determined to make this campaign as successful as possible, therefore all our branches will be collecting items between June 14 and 21.”
To find your local foodbank visit www.trusselltrust.org. Find out what supplies they are currently in need of and what items they have enough of. Foodbanks also accept essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products. They also accept clothes and toys.
Dawsons Estate agents is delighted to have been named as sole agent for a prestigious forthcoming residential apartment development in Mumbles.
Along with the proposed Marks & Spencer store on the site of the old British Legion building in Newton Road, nine luxury apartments are being built above with the whole development expected to be completed in early 2019.
Not only are these spacious high spec properties situated right in the heart of Mumbles but they will enjoy a section of the beautiful 180 degree panoramic views over Oystermouth Castle, the sweep of Mumbles Bay and around to Mumbles Pier.
“Having been involved in this unique development since close to the start, it is with great excitement that we now see it becoming a reality, with pre-building activity already on site” said Tim Kostromin, Partner with Dawsons Land & New Homes.
“This is a spectacular opportunity for people to own a private luxury apartment, set just off the hustle and bustle of a vibrant village of Mumbles, which is continually improving with its eclectic mix of shops, eateries, and bars.
“Located above the Marks & Spencer store will be the nine luxury apartments, all of which will boast sea and/or castle views, and all having the distinct advantage of parking.”
The construction company Andrew Scott has just begun on site with the main building works to continue right through 2018, with an anticipated completion date of March 2019.
The spacious nine apartments of varying size, some of which will be duplex, will be built to a high specification.
It is anticipated that the official launch will be Summer 2018 however, Dawsons will be releasing information to all database clients when prices are confirmed.
Tim added: “Anyone wishing to register their interest to be informed with more specific detail and prices when launched, is advised to contact either myself, or our Land and New Homes staff, based in our Marina Office on 01792 653100, and we will be pleased to keep them updated.”
Dawsons Estate Agent is delighted to be continuing their longstanding sponsorship of the ever-popular Cracker Sevens at Mumbles RFC this year.
As always the three-day festival of rugby takes place over the Bank Holiday from August 25-27 in Underhill Park, Mumbles.
Organiser Martin Rodwell of Mumbles RFC has seen Dawsons loyal sponsorship span more than two decades, and feels Dawsons has played a key role in helping to make the event flourish year on year.
James Dawsons, a Partner at Dawsons, has been associated with the tournament for many years, having played in the event in his youth and as a sponsor.
“Being a player in the Cracker Sevens and to then go on to sponsor the event year on year is a privilege,” said James.
“The event is an annual must for my family and our business associates alike, and is a thoroughly enjoyable event come rain or shine.”
New Mumbles RFC Chairman Simon Evans, who is pictured with Dawsons’ Mumbles Branch Manager Emma Bolton and Tom Hope of Dawsons’ Fine and Country Department.
Simon said: “The Cracker Sevens has become an integral part of the Mumbles social fabric for 28 years and like Martin all at the club are really grateful for Dawsons’ sponsorship and input again this year.”
The actual Cracker Sevens tournament begins at noon on Sunday, August 27 with a cash prize for both the ladies and men’s tournament. That is after a junior and mini’s tournament and family fun day on Saturday.
There will be a barbeque and beer tent at Underhill and a live music playing after the rugby.
Caption: L-R Dawsons’ Mumbles Branch Manager Emma Bolton, Mumbles RFC Chairman Simon Evans, and Tom Hope of Dawsons’ Fine and Country Department
Emma Bolton, the manager of Dawsons Branch in Mumbles, is celebrating after becoming an accredited Relocation Agent Specialist.
The accreditation was awarded by Relocation Agent Network (RAN) and is achieved by completing a comprehensive online training programme, The Importance of Service.
RAN is a national network of independent estate agents (of which Dawsons is a member), and introduced the training programme to ensure each of their members provides the very highest customer service to those relocating around the UK.
Dawsons Senior Partner, Chris Hope said: “We take staff development very seriously and Emma’s Relocation Agent Network accreditation is a great example of what can be achieved when staff are supported properly to improve their skill set. Of course, having a Relocation Agent Specialist in the team is also great for our relocating customers.”
To be successfully accredited, participants must complete three phases of learning, which begins with four training sessions on the importance of customer service.
This is followed by three online seminars covering the Relocation Agent Network Referral Process and how best to help customers who are relocating around the UK. Finally, participants must convert their theoretical learning into a practical skill set by delivering assistance to three relocating customers.
By working with fellow members across England, Scotland and Wales, Relocation Agent Network members provide an exclusive relocation referral service to customers.
For those relocating to Mumbles and Gower, Dawsons guides their customers through the daunting task of moving to an unfamiliar location. This includes local area information on schools and amenities, popular neighbourhoods and (of course) finding the right property for them.
The introduction of a Relocation Agent Specialist to the Dawsons team, ensures that this process is made even smoother.
Relocation Agent Network’s Managing Director, Richard Tucker said: “Selected by us as the best independent estate agent to represent the Network in Mumbles and Gower, Dawsons have proved themselves as the area’s Local Expert. So with the addition of an in-house Relocation Agent Specialist, they have gone one step further to provide relocating buyers and sellers with the very best customer service.”
Dawsons has been selected by the Land and New Homes Network (LNHN) as the leading estate agent continues to develop its expertise in the booming land and new homes sector.
The Land and New Homes Network (LNHN) is a UK-wide organisation which brings leading estate agents together to offer developers, property investors and home buyers an unparalleled service based on knowledge, experience and integrity.
Dawsons was selected for their: “professionalism, experience and their focus on delivering results for clients”, and by being chosen by LNHN it has strengthened the firm’s position in order to provide land and development consultancy to clients and a specialised new homes sales service.
“We are very pleased to be selected as the LNHN’s agent for Swansea, Carmarthenshire, and the surrounding areas,” said Tim Kostromin, Partner with Dawsons.
“Being in our 11th year as a dedicated department, we are already well-established as the area’s only land and new homes specialist, however this selection means we can deliver even better results for our clients.
“The Government has made addressing the housing shortage a priority so with thousands of new homes needed we’ve been proactive to ensure our clients will benefit from the best advice and coverage available.
“The network’s national coverage means we have relationships with builders, developers, investors and estate agents from across the UK. This is good for anyone selling land or new homes with us, as it increases the amount of potential buyers enormously.
“And it means more choice and better quality for local people looking to buy a new home.”
Ian Stratford, Land and New Homes Network’s Managing Director, said: “We are really looking forward to working together.
“Dawsons is exactly the type of agency we want as part of the network. They were selected for their professionalism, experience and their focus on delivering results for clients.”
If you own land or a property that you think might have development potential please call Dawsons’ Land & New Homes team on 01792 653100 for a confidential conversation.
CAPTION: Tim Kostromin, Partner with Dawsons, with the Land and New Homes team, Viv Jones, Janey Harris and Lisa Davies at the award-winning Bethany Lane development in Mumbles by Hale Homes.
Dawsons has announced the appointment of six experienced members of staff as the leading South Wales estate agency shows continued expansion.
The growth in the business has seen the need for the recruitment of Joanne Roberts, Kimberley Jones, Lauren Peschmann, Charlotte Waddell, Angelique Deias and Katie Scott in their Marina, Mumbles and Llanelli branches.
“These six appointments highlight our continued expansion and the continued appointment of experienced staff at all levels as we continue the high customer service standards we set ourselves,” said Ricky Purdy, Dawsons Director of Residential Lettings.
“New staff like this will help us in what is expected to be another busy 12 months for us.”
Joanne joins Dawsons’ Llanelli office as a residential lettings administrator having had previous experience within the industry, while Kimberley joins the Marina office also as a residential letting negotiator. This is a new role created as a result of recent success within our department and the need to expand our team.
Lauren, who hails from South Africa and previously worked on various roles on cruise ships, has been appointed our Mumbles branch as residential negotiator, to support an already and well established and strong team.
Charlotte joins the company as a property inspector, working out of both the Llanelli and Mumbles offices. Charlotte’s role requires a high standard in both administrative and customer services levels. Angelique will be working out of Mumbles as a property maintenance coordinator for both Mumbles and Llanelli offices. Angelique comes with several years’ experience within the industry, while Katie has been recruited as an administrator within the Mumbles branch.
Kimberley said: “It’s such a great opportunity for me and it’s great to join such an established firm as Dawsons.”
Lauren said: “I am so glad to have got this role at Dawsons. The people are very friendly and the work is different from day to day.”
Katie said: “The Mumbles branch is such a lovely office and a really friendly atmosphere. I definitely made the right move in joining Dawsons.
Angelique said: “I used to work for Dawsons a couple of years ago and I’m just so glad to be rejoining them. It’s great to be back!”
Charlotte said: “I am very impressed how professional and organized Dawsons are and just delighted to joined a company with so many friendly people.”
Joanne said: “I am absolutely loving working for Dawsons – the people are so friendly and I’m really enjoying my new role.”
CAPTION: L-R Joanne Roberts, Charlotte Waddell, Lauren Peschmann, Kimberley Jones, Katie Scott, and Angelique Deias