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Guthlaxton House, Offers in the region of £210,000 North Kilworth

Ringer’s Spinney, Oadby

A delightful semi detached cottage in the popular suburban village of Evington

New Price £385,000

An exclusive location for a well proportioned detached family home

Picturesque cottage Substantial off road parking Three bedrooms Two receptions Large garden seating area No chain

Village home Three bedroom detached Fully refurbished Kitchen/family room Off road parking space Walled side garden No chain

Evington Lane, Evington

An elegant red brick Edwardian property on an enviable corner plot

Price £595,000 Prestigious location Close to Oadby Five bedrooms Three bathrooms Highly appointed finish Substantial plot and gardens Large driveway No upward chain

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Kimberley Street, Kibworth Stoneygate Road, Stoneygate Freer Close, Houghton On The Hill Guide Price £185,000 Guide Price £320,000 Elegant, spacious, modern living in a period semi detached property

A truly unique elevated townhouse over three storeys

Period semi-detached Original features Refurbished and modernised Open plan breakfast kitchen Three bedrooms Decked seating area Close to village centre

Spacious living room Utility room Contemporary kitchen Two bathrooms Well maintained garden Basement/ integral double garage

New Price £295,000

Unrivalled views over rolling countryside to the south west New price Detached family home Four bedrooms Open plan living Double garage Unrivalled views Large tiered garden Village location

From keeping our clients up to date on every aspect of their sale and marketing, to spending time understanding the needs of potential buyers, we know that talking to people is the most important part of what we do. We continually ensure we listen to sellers, purchasers, property searchers and tenants so that we have a full knowledge of how best to serve our clients and react to the market. This allows us to be accurate and tailor our service to the needs of our vendors. Don’t hesitate to call our office and ask what our clients say about us; and speak with an agent who is committed to delivering service as well as results.

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Hello and welcome back


hat an exciting month it’s been! Fresh from London Fashion Week, The Urban Fox team has taken inspiration from the emerging trends from the SS13 shows, as well as the hottest ways to work this season’s trends. We’ll be bringing you our style-savvy tips over the coming months starting with Military Chic a massive hit with both catwalk designers and high street brands. From fashion to beauty, we take a look at how to create that spa feeling at home. This month I share with you some of my favourite beauty products and I’d love to hear about yours. So light some candles, run the bath, play some tunes and enjoy a 5 star retreat in your own home. Perfect for those winter nights in! If you can tear yourself away from the bathroom, head to the kitchen where our resident food writer Lucy Cufflin shares why her recipes aren’t How Mum Use to Make. And from one great chef to another, Marco Pierre White tells us about his new ventures in Suffolk & Norfolk; what the most poisonous sauce is in a kitchen; as well as how he would like to be remembered. You won’t be disappointed! From me and the team have a great October


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Our Contributors:

Melanie Taylor

The image consultant and Mum of 2 who helps solve your fashion dilemmas.

Lucy Cufflin

Cookery writer, caterer & retailer. Lucy covers all things foodie.

Peter Wyatt

Estate agent keeping you in the picture on the local property market.

other Contributors: Colin Bradley, Chris Sherrard, Chris Sturgess, Matt Lawson, James Brewer, Liz Farmilo, Jake Harvey, Debbie James, Jack Richardson.

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Properties & Interiors


22 Property Jargon Buster Speaking the language

30 Soft Landscaping

Bring order to your garden


Fashion, Beauty & Health

Arts & Entertainment

06 Military Chic

32 What’s On

Make your wardrobe stand to attention

Activities for the whole family

10 Fashion SOS

34 Reviews

14 Home Spa

October’s recommendations

Style dilemmas solved!

Give yourself the 5 star treatment

16 Children’s Health: Eye Examinations


40 Two Sides To Every Car

Wining & Dining

18 Not How Mum Use To Make...

Chance to win Belle et BonBon signature French Fancies.

People & Places



Check out the Hyundai Veloster

Affordable long haul destinations

Marco Pierre White

Win Luxury Lingerie

42 In For The Long Haul?

Delicious hazelnut macaroons

20 The Great White

38 Sports Nutrition

Improve your quality of life

It’s never too early to start!

Motoring & Sport


Business & Finance

47 Don’t Waste Your Money on Marketing

Win Signed Copy Of Keeping Quiet

LCC player Paul Nixon’s amazing autobiography.

Plan, invest, target and prioritise

48 Opportunities For Buy To Let Investors

What are the benefits & risks involved?


Military Chic Victoria Beckham’s AW12 runway was a masterclass in rocking the army vibe, using tough accessories whilst keeping the silhouette ultra-feminine with fitted midi dresses.


oria Beckham. image credit of Vict


Style Tip: Army-style accessories with jewelled embellishments are perfect for softening the look. Military Cap, £20, Next

Khaki Waxed Gilet, £99, Mint Velvet Khaki & Black Dress, £16, Primark

Faux Leather Trousers, £59.99,

Juju Patent Quilted Shopper, £139, Ted Baker

Autograph Military Coat, £129, M&S

Spica Boots, £159, Bertie

Cuff Lace Up Ankle Boots, £25, TU at Sainsbury’s

Glastonbury Boot, £180, Alice Temperley at John Lewis



John Lewis Launch Temperley Range Somerset by Alice Temperley Cocoon Jersey Dress


ast month John Lewis launched new label Somerset by Alice Temperley created exclusively for the department store by leading British designer Alice Temperley, her first ever collection for the UK high street. The 60 piece collection arrived in store on 4th September, with a second phase dedicated mainly to partywear launching this month. The collection, which will also include a full range of accessories, draws inspiration from established Temperley handwriting with accents including

Victoriana, Bohemia, lace, military, embellishment, monochrome, chiffon, animal print and leather. Price points ranging from £29 to £1,000 mark the collection out as accessible whilst retaining high-end detail and design. Alice Temperley, MBE commented “We have spent the last ten years building our lines and Somerset will compliment our existing collections; it is a very accessible product that will take our aesthetic to a wider audience. John Lewis is a great partner as it stands for quality and is a trusted staple in everyone’s lifestyle. Integrity is paramount and as an independent British brand, we are thrilled to work with a trusted British retailer.” Peter Ruis, Brand & Buying Director, John Lewis “This collection marks a new chapter in fashion for John Lewis. This will be one of the most iconic collaborations the UK has ever seen."

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Fashion SOS Q A

I am turning 50 and am worried about wearing clothes that are too young but on the other hand I don’t want to look super-frumpy. Any suggestions? I would advise a classic knee-length shift dress in a bold colour. If you have a slim figure then opt for a bodycon shape, as this will make you look glamorous and youthful, definitely not frumpy.

Diva Saranda Crossover Dress, £110,

Modalu Pippa Grab Handbag, £195,

Kurt Geiger Doll Patent Court Shoes, £240, John Lewis


I’m looking for a casual jacket this season, what would you recommend?

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One of the key fashion pieces for women (& men) this season is the leather jacket. If you have a yellow undertone to your skin, then choose a black one. If your skin is pinkish then go for brown. Team with this season’s embellishment trend for an alternative to the ‘rock’ look.

Limited Collection Leather Biker Jacket, £59, M&S Boutique Embellished Pencil Skirt, £69, M&Co

Hule, £85, Dune


M&S store manager Mark Fruin

Giling & White Bridal Opening

Giling & White Bridal is a lovely new boutique at Stoughton Grange, where brides can really take time to enjoy the experience of finding the perfect dress and accessories for their big day.


M&S Fosse Park revealed a brand new look in-store this month.


ew features at the 85,000 sq ft store include a new Beauty department featuring exclusive brands from around the world and expertly trained consultants on hand to offer advice. A number of changes can be seen across Womenswear, Menswear, Lingerie and Kidswear to clearly segment each clothing range, allowing customers to easily see which brands meet their personal style preferences. The store’s Home department is also dramatically different. Using cuttingedge technology including iPads and interactive product browsing screens, customers can seamlessly view and order the latest M&S ranges to create a living room, kitchen or bathroom that suits them. The in-store Café is now bigger and better with seating for 150 customers. Benefiting from a new location in the middle of the store, shoppers can relax in a stylish and spacious environment whilst enjoying a range of hot and cold refreshments, including Fairtrade tea and coffee served by specially trained Baristas. The store’s Food Hall now features an enhanced layout complete with a huge range of delicious M&S food products.

L-R Sarah Giling, Rachel Simpson and Julia White


n elegant but relaxed surroundings they offer a stunning range of wedding gowns by top designers Sassi Holford, Madeline Isaac-James, Paloma Blanca and Ritva Westenius and shoes by Rachel Simpson. Owner Sarah Giling was delighted to welcome two of their designers to the launch party on Thursday 30 August. Chenca Williams of Ritva Westenius joined them for drinks and canapés and chatted to other guests about her beautiful gowns and her recent award – Best British Bridal Designer 2012. Shoe designer Rachel Simpson also took time out of her busy schedule to come and have a preview of the spacious new boutique. With stunning floral designs by Michelle and Stuart from Knighton Flowers and delicious cupcakes from Kerry and the team at the Vintage House Bakery it

really was an occasion to remember. Two days later at their Open Day, brides-to-be and their families had their first chance to visit the boutique and view the gorgeous gowns and accessories. Sarah was really pleased by the reactions she received, “We knew Giling and White had something special and now our customers know too. Come and see for yourself ”.

Chenca Williams from Ritva Westenius with her ‘Gatsby’ gown and Sarah Giling

To book an appointment call: 0116 319 5656 or email: Appointments are available Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and outside these times by special arrangement.



Sheer Luxury Lingerie Recently launched in September 2012, Sheer Luxury Lingerie ( is a stunning online luxury lingerie boutique, offering exceptional lingerie from ten talented British Design Houses.


he exquisite fabrics in the Sheer Luxury Lingerie boutique are made predominantly from silks, often combined intricately with soft Leavers Lace and beautiful embroideries. Many pieces are also finished with pearls and gold accessories. Most of the designers lovingly

handcraft their work, such as Ayten Gasson who personally sews on the antique buttons to her beautiful garments. Each designer featured on SheerLuxuryLingerie. com; Ayten Gasson, Beaujais, Beautiful Bottoms, Belle et BonBon, Bordelle, Ell&Cee, Fleur of England, Gilda & Pearl, Lascivious and Made by Niki, are based in the UK and redefine the boundaries of luxury and beauty. Based in the beautiful countryside of Leicestershire,

Sophia Teddy by Ayten Gasson

is located in the heart of an area globally renowned for its rich heritage in the British luxury lingerie industry. Tara Blackman, founder, individually selects the lingerie featured in the boutique and says, “This sumptuous lingerie is worn

across the world by those who truly appreciate the detail and imagination that has been invested in designing each and every garment.” You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter A stunning touch of luxury and all Made in England

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Sweet Nothings Balconette Bra & French Knickers by Beaujais


Entry Details: Simply email your name, address and telephone number to inserting ‘Belle et BonBon’ in the subject box. Postal entries should be sent to 2 Princess House, 26 De Montfort Street, Leicester, LE1 7GD. Closing date for entries is 31st October and no cash alternative is available.



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FASHION, BEAUTY & HEALTH Knackered Cow Relaxing Room Candle £30, 235g

Clarins Body Treatment Oil £37, 100ml Boots, Fosse Park

Decléor Relax intense fruit seeds scrub £25, 200ml The Retreat, Oadby Estée Lauder Body Performance Mani/Pedi £20, 200ml Debenhams, Highcross

Rituals Hamman Massage Oil £12.90, 100ml Rituals, Highcross

Home Spa

John Lewis Towelling Robe £45, John Lewis, Highcross

Whilst a day at a luxurious spa does wonders for the body and mind; with a few well-chosen products and a little imagination you can recreate that same sense of indulgence in your own home.

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L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream £67, 50ml L’Occitane, Highcross

Neom Organic Bath & Shower Indulgence Set £19, Linden Aromatics, Stoneygate


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Children’s Health: Eye Examinations We all want the best for our children and the health of their eyes can have a big impact on their day to day lives. That’s why it’s important for them to have regular eye examinations, just as you do.


deally, all children should start having their eyes tested from the age of 3, or earlier if you think that there may be a problem. Although they may not be able to read an eye chart, there are lots of ways that experienced opticians can examine the eyes of young children and babies so it’s never too early. Children’s vision continues to develop until the age of 7, so testing in their early years is vital. Many schools no longer carry out routine eye examinations so you should look out for any signs of poor eyesight. Research shows that one in five school-aged children Liz Farmilo Director and Optometrist Farmilo Optometrists Tel: 0116 270 0044 or 0116 270 9595


have an undetected eye problem. As a result many cannot see well enough to reach their full academic potential. They may also find it difficult to enjoy everyday childhood activities. Children who are short-sighted may have problems at school if they can’t see the board clearly. Those who are longsighted may have problems focussing on books or computer screens.

Undetected sight issues in children also have the potential to cause problems with their schoolwork and concentration levels.

Because children don’t know what “normal” vision is, quite often they are unaware that they have a problem with their eyes and therefore may not complain of poor vision. Typical warning signs of problems are excessive blinking, squinting, peering closely at books or TV, and poor performance at school. However some problems don’t cause any obvious symptoms and can go undetected if you don’t have your child’s eyes tested. It is also important to establish that your child does not have a lazy eye or squint from an early age. Treatment for this is most successful if started very young, so regular testing will ensure that your optician can correct this problem.

Another sight defect which should be tested for at the earliest opportunity is colour vision deficiency (colour blindness). This may affect career choices in later life and making your child’s teacher aware of the condition means that they can make allowances in the classroom. Many eyesight defects can be inherited and so if there is a history of eye problems in your family it is doubly important to have your child’s eyes examined on a regular basis. The NHS pays for sight tests for children under the age of 16, and if your child does need glasses, the NHS will also give you a voucher towards the cost of spectacles.

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Not how mum use to make...

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The Great White The grey Range Rover is cruising comfortably along the A12, heading towards Suffolk and Norfolk.


arco Pierre White is in the passenger seat, a mobile phone almost glued to his right ear, while his Japanese assistant Mr Ishii sits behind the wheel. They say that behind every great man is a great woman, though the chef-turned restaurateur and hotelier has been thrice married. Behind this Great White (as he is known in the restaurant world) there is his devoted assistant, Takanori Ishii. “The people I trust most in this world,” says White, “are myself and Mr Ishii. I call him Mr Ishii because of my incredible respect for him.” At the age of 33, White was Britain’s first chef - and the world’s youngest - to win three Michelin stars. Yet he officially retired from the kitchen in 1999 – he left the exhausting and gritty daily


madness of professional cuisine - and these days he has mellowed. When you’re with him, he is something of a philosopher. During the course of our journey he exclaims “The poisonous sauce in the kitchen is the chef ’s ego” and as we whizz past a forest, the sight prompts him to say, “A tree without roots is just a piece of wood.” Then there is “gastronomy is the greatest therapy to which any misfit can be exposed”. I ask him why he believes that? “Well, going back a few years I was certainly a misfit,” he says. “As a teenager, I was a shy person, didn’t have girlfriends. I didn’t even sit my O levels – just turned up at the Hotel St George in Harrogate and asked if they needed a kitchen apprentice. If I can do one thing then it

proper food, and it can’t be honest if the ingredients aren’t good to start with.” Meanwhile, he is producing his own beer and cider called The Governor. In recent months “I’ve never been a big White, a father of drinker,” he says, “but I do four, has bought love a pint.” a couple of He has also been buying hotels: or rather, elsewhere. In the Cotswolds quaint inns with he has the Pear Tree Inn, the comfortable rooms Horse and Groom, and the and affordable but Black Boy Inn. Meanwhile, delicious food. the stars of Downton Abbey stay at the Carnarvon Arms, In Suffolk he has the Angel White’s inn in Newbury, in Lavenham, a 15th century Berkshire. inn; in Thornham, Norfolk, What drives him on, he has the Lifeboat Inn. what propels him through “It’s all about comfort life? “I want security for my food,” he says. “Wonderful children, Lettie, Luciano, smoked salmon and crab, Marco and Mirabelle.” But roast game or the perfect surely he has amassed a shepherd’s pie, maybe vast fortune, and could Cambridge burnt cream or retire tomorrow (or even Eton Mess to finish. Nothing today)? “What would I do too fussy – just honest, with myself?” he says. “I’d be

is to inspire young people to take up cooking because I have seen how it can change people’s lives for the better.

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bored rigid.” He adds: “I’ve been working since I was a schoolboy; milk rounds, paper rounds, a golf caddy, and then I became a chef. I don’t yearn to go on holidays. Relaxation for me has always been found in the kitchen. A lot of chefs will say the same, even once they’ve retired. We’re all living on adrenaline

and there’s a great rush to be had from service.” We are at the Angel now and White wants to check progress in the kitchen but before he dashes off, I am curious: how would he like to be remembered? He scowls. “I don’t want to be remembered. I can’t imagine anything worse!”

“I want security for my children, Lettie, Luciano, Marco and Mirabelle.” But surely he has amassed a vast fortune, and could retire tomorrow (or even today)? “

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PROPERY JARGON BUSTER The autumn months are an increasingly buoyant period for estate agents.

In 2011 we experienced successive sales record months in September, October and November and even up until Christmas it was busy. So whether you are a buyer or seller, we aim to arm you with the property vernacular you’ll need to make the most of an active few months in the market.


Chain – a situation

where a purchaser needs to sell their own property in order to complete the purchase of another. Some chains may have lots of sales. Look for ‘No Chain’ or ‘Chain Free’ for a smoother sales experience.



– the final stage of the legal process, where ownership passes to the new purchaser.

Peter Wyatt Fothergill Wyatt Estate Agents If you wish me to cover anything specific please feel free to email me at:

Conveyancing Homebuyers – Royal 12 RICS 3of transferring 8 Report (HBR) Institution – the legal process of Chartered – a survey carried out by a property ownership from one person to another. It is important to appoint an experienced conveyancing solicitor to handle this process to ensure a smooth, thorough service.

Deposit – an 4 amount paid by a purchaser to the vendor

on exchange of contracts or sometimes in advance, usually 10% of the purchase price.

5 Energy Performance

Certificate (EPC)

– the colourful graph on all property marketing details, compulsory before advertising. The graph rates the energy performance of a property and the certificate makes recommendations to improve performance.

Exchange – the 6 point at which the

buyer and sellers’ contracts are exchanged together with the deposit to legally commit the agreement at the purchase price.

Freehold – where the land and 7 property are owned entirely

RICS surveyor to note the condition of a building/ property and anything that requires further investigation. This is prepared for the purchaser and is more detailed than a mortgage valuation survey which is prepared solely for the mortgage lender.

Informal Tender – where 9 purchasers submit their

offer on the promise of paying a deposit and where ordinarily the highest bidder wins, similar to a long stop auction. Some tenders may be sealed bids, others open but an offer is accepted on the closing date.



ownership of property for a fixed term but not the land on which the property stand (mainly apartments)

Surveyors – the mark of property professionalism. An agent regulated by RICS adheres to the highest standards in the property industry. RICS members provide a range of services including estate agency, valuation, surveys, building, planning and development advice amongst many other technical expertise. Service 13 Charge – Amount paid by a

leaseholder to the freeholder or management company for the maintenance of leasehold buildings and can also include insurance.

Duty 14 Stamp Land Tax

(SDLT) – tax paid on land or property at purchase. 1% over £125,000, 3% over £250,000, 4% over £500,000, 5% over £1million.

Loan to 11 Value (LTV) – the amount of mortgage

a lender will lend as a percentage of the property value.

by the property owner in title.Ground Rent – the charge paid by a leaseholder to a freeholder for the right to occupy under a leasehold agreement. So whether you are a buyer or seller, we aim to arm you with the property vernacular you’ll need




Hattons: The one-stop curtain shop that comes to you Local curtain makers Hattons are living proof of how modern businesses need to continuously evolve.


esponding to customer demands they are now operating a ‘Shop at Home’ service which allows them to be more flexible, fitting in with customer working-hours and other commitments. Manager Lisa HattonMurden explains, “We all have busy lives and sometimes find it difficult to find time to shop together and make those important decisions regarding our homes. Browsing through magazines and online is great, but sometimes you need a little expert advice and you cannot underestimate the value of seeing the fabrics in your own surroundings and lighting”.

With over 50 years of experience in the curtain trade, Hattons offer the knowledge and advice one would expect from an interior designer, without the ‘designer’ price tag. They have made almost every conceivable type of curtain and accessory you can think of, and those you haven’t - coffin covers! For Lisa, the most rewarding part of the job

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is helping people to create their individual home style and seeing how delighted they are once the curtains are installed. “They can really transform a room” she says, “Curtains and accessories change the look, feel and even the acoustics of a room, truly turning a house into a home”. Hattons’ best recommendation is the amount of repeat business and endorsements they receive. Lisa explains,

The Hattons’ ‘Shop at Home’ service is free of charge and with no obligation to order, why wait? Give them a call!

“We are significantly less expensive than many of our local competitors. All curtains and soft furnishings are made in-house, which enables us to keep a good handle on the quality of the goods we produce and also allows us to control our costs”. Hattons still has a sample room for those customers wishing to see all of their fabrics under one roof, however, Lisa claims that often within a 5 minute telephone conversation, she can grasp what the customer is looking for and arrive armed with a comprehensive range of samples from which they can choose.


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Realise your dreams...

Dewhirst Kitchens are now into their second year of designing and fitting Daval bedrooms.

They are the region’s exclusive supplier and have transformed many rooms into organised and peaceful retreats with a wide range of storage systems. This flexible and fashionable range is loved by their designers, fitters and customers alike. It is now even easier to realise your dreams with a genuine 25% discount. Traditional styles sit alongside modern sleek muted tones, timber effect finishes and acrylic gloss colours. Their experienced designers will help you create a bespoke environment.


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Discount off the normal selling price of Daval Bedroom units.

Made to measure...

Dewhirst kitchens as a member of the KBSA, has a full Consumer Care Plus facility which protects consumers deposits, advance payments and work in progress. It also extends the warranty period for up to 6 years.

For more information about Dewhirst Kitchens telephone 0116 255 5745 or visit the website at

Damian Dewhirst from Dewhirst Kitchens, winners at the kbbreview Awards 2012, receiving his award from host Rory Bremner.


Option-i gives you the freedom to finally have the bedroom of your dreams. Unique to Daval, this incredible technology offers you the ultimate in design flexibility. Dewhirst are able to alter heights, widths and depths to suit each room providing a vast number of options and solutions.



ewhirst Kitchens, based in Leicester, is the winner of the Customer Service award for Kitchens at the national kbbreview Awards 2012. Dewhirst Kitchens impressed the judges with its attention to detail and charming staff. The judges were also happy to see the company’s design service, offering a floor plan and a detailed breakdown of costs, which staff will continue to work on until the customer is completely satisfied. Damian Dewhirst, Managing Director of Dewhirst Kitchens, says: “We at Dewhirst kitchens are all delighted to have won this prestigious kbbreview Customer Service award for kitchens. Customer service and care is as important as ever. A large amount of our business comes

from past customers, recommendations and referrals. This award will demonstrate to future customers that we have a commitment to delivering the highest possible customer service.” Tim Wallace, editor of kbbreview, says: “I would like to wish a well deserved congratulations to Damian

for his success at this year’s kbbreview Awards. Dewhirst Kitchens has worked extremely hard and I look forward to seeing their work in the future. Well done Dewhirst Kitchens!”






Over 100 real wood floors on display in our showroom open to all


hether it’s solid, engineered or a good-quality laminate; wood or woodeffect flooring brings a feeling of warmth into a room. A solid wood floor, if cared for properly, will last for years and adds value to your home. Ultra-modern, contemporary chic, traditional country… whatever your style Ambience hardwood floors will help you to create the perfect mood. Beautiful, real wood floors of the highest quality will set the right tone for the rest of your unique design concept. Ambience is a range of authentic hardwoods, all from carefully managed sources, available in lacquered or uncoated finishes. Elegant and

luxurious, Ambience flooring is also tough and durable and will provide years and years of service. Eight timber species featured in the collection provide a range of textures and colours for you to choose from: Ash, Beech, Cherry, Hevea, Jatoba, Maple, Oak and Walnut. Personality is important, and as every homeowner knows, a house without personality isn’t a home. Ambience Hardwood Flooring provides wooden flooring that offers your home a unique palate of opportunity, style, comfort and personality like no other. With countless styles to choose from, there is certain to be a floor to suits your home.

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Soft Landscaping

This month I’m continuing my guidance on garden design. I’ve covered layout and hard landscaping, now to focus on soft landscaping.


oft landscaping covers anything you plant. Look at it as though you were creating a face; everything has to be in proportion, balanced, have good structure, a purpose and be sympathetic in its surroundings. For the novice gardener this can appear scary, so to make it more digestible I’m going to break it down into the various planting groups. For the purposes of this article I’m going to assume you have good top soil which is PH neutral.


Prunus Serrulata beautiful yellow/orange autumnal leaves

These are the main structure and can be

used as screening from overlooking windows or just to add height and interest. Every garden should have at least 2. Even a small garden can accommodate a couple of small trees, but choose specimens appropriate to your garden.

Specimens to consider: Prunus Serrulata beautiful yellow/orange autumnal leaves Prunus Serrula - stunning smooth burgundy bark Both specimens also provide the added bonus of

Viburnum Opulus – for scent

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hrubs have woody stems, are slow growing so classed as ‘low maintenance’ and can be evergreen or deciduous. Don’t be frightened to prune these each year; it’s hard to kill a shrub through over pruning. Look at trimming back once the first frost comes, that way the plant shuts down for winter and

spectacular blossom come springtime. Acer Crimson King – bright red leaves Acer Drummondii light green leaves with a variegated cream edge Betula (Silver Birch) while some grow tall and fast, the Weeping Birch has a limited height and gorgeous silver white bark Paulownia Tomentosa - the often overlooked Foxglove tree has huge tropical leaves and foxglove like scented flowers. Keep trimmed as left un-pruned it can grow quite large.

Specimens to consider: Photinia Red Robin & Choisya Sundance – for colour Cornus - for damp areas Viburnum Opulus – for scent Buddleia - for attracting wild life Lavender - for edging or low hedging option

you’ll cause it little or no stress. If you can see any So that’s the main structure buds on the shrubs, cut 1” above the bud, that way if the taken care of, tall trees to frost bites into the branch or break up the sky line and give stem it won’t kill the bud but privacy, shrubs for the rear merely freeze dormant wood of the border. I’ll be back in December to discuss how to causing no damage. incorporate perennials, climbers, Shrubs are essential bulbs as well as your own taste to your garden’s overall into your garden design. structure and can be left to grow anywhere between 3’-6’ depending location and placed at the rear of the border to give it height. variety. They are generally

Next issue we will cover Perennials, Herbs, Fruit & Spring / Summer flowering bulbs...


James Brewer Gardens

Your garden is there to be enjoyed, sit in, entertain in, play, relax and use as another room of your home. Designing your garden to best suit your requirements needn’t be a daunting task. I have over 17 years experience in designing contemporary and traditional gardens to suit all budgets. All my projects receive the same passion, professionalism and attention to detail no matter what the size.

4 Haddonian Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 9GD Tel: 01858 464194 Mob: 07775 614676 Web:

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What’s on



Fri 5 October The Guildhall, Leicester Tickets £13 / £10.50 0116 253 2569

Jadis Shadows Productions presents a double bill of two new exciting historical dramas at the Guildhall: The Queens Heads & Affirmations of the Maimed Debauchee. The first a tale of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard both beheaded by Henry VIII on charges of adultery; and the second a fast paced romp through the back alleys and palaces of Charles II’s England with infamous courtier, poet and rake, John Wilmot 2nd Earl of Rochester.


Mon 15 – Sat 20 October The Little Theatre, Leicester Tickets £12.60

Autumn Arts and Crafts Fair

Sun 7 October Barnsdale Gardens, Exton Free with Garden Entry (fee payable)

Ceramics, stained glass, knitwear, jewellery and more; treat yourself to something special from talented local craftspeople, or even get a head start on your Christmas shopping! Then enjoy a stroll around Barnsdale’s 39 gorgeous gardens, and maybe a delicious cream tea in the Tea Room.

Deacon Blue

Fri 12 October De Montfort Hall Tickets £29.50, £34.50


Fun Run. This is a 5k run starting in Abbey Park and ending in the heart of all the action on Victoria Park. The Maza (meaning FUN in hindi) Fun Run has been created to encourage the residents of Leicester to get fit and come together in this fantastic local community event inspired by the legacy of the 2012 London Olympics.

Obama the Mamba Fri 12 – Sat 20 October Curve, Leicester

2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Deacon Blue’s debut album Raintown. To celebrate, the band is reuniting to record a new studio album and head out on a full UK tour, featuring songs from the forthcoming album as well as their Greatest Hits.

never really knew. Whilst one brother made it to the pinnacle of First World power, the other became self-styled Third World President of African’s most lawless slum – Huruma. The stage play is loosely adapted from the autobiography Homeland.

Obama the Mamba

LOROS Maza Fun Run

Fri 12 – Sat 20 October Curve, Leicester Tickets from £7

A true life story of fate, power and destiny. Barack Hussein Obama Snr was the father the two boys

Sun 14 October, from 7.30am Abbey Park Free Event

This year’s Leicester Marathon has seen the introduction of the free to enter LOROS Maza

When teenager Alan Strange commits an act of extreme and horrific violence, he is placed in the care of leading psychiatrist, Martin Dysart. Through a series of difficult meetings, Dysart unravels the anguish which surrounds Alan’s tortured soul. First presented in 1973, this was and remains a controversial and challenging drama. The play contains adult themes, strong language & a brief section of nudity.

Leicester Jazz House: Art Themen

Thu 18 October The Cookie Jar, Leicester Tickets £8 (£5 NUS) www.thecookiejarleicester.

After years in the early London blues scene, playing alongside Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce, Mick Jagger and Chuck Berry; Art Themen fronted the Stan Tracey quartet for

20 years from 1976. A sought after musician, his key influences are Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon but his style is entirely individual.

Half Term Events

Sat 20 - Sat 27 October New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Activities £2.50

Come and enjoy a whole week of children’s activities ranging from making clay dinosaurs to learning how to make an Egyptian book of the dead. Drop in events, fee for activities.

The Secret Garden

Sun 21 October, 2pm Loughborough Town Hall Tickets £8 (£7 concessions) www.loughboroughtownhall.

This well-loved children’s classic is brought to life by critically acclaimed Proteus Theatre Company. Fusing circus, puppetry, film and music, this is a magical journey beyond the door, into the garden of imagination.

The Paradox of Shakespeare Wed 24 October, 6.30pm De Montfort University Free Event

‘Not of an age, but for all time’: Professor Dominic Shellard, will explore the legitimacy of this claim made by Ben Jonson by examining the degree to which Shakespeare was influenced in his writing by contemporaneous political events, theatrical practice & social customs.

Autumn Arts and Crafts Fair Sun 7 October Barnsdale Gardens, Exton


Wed 24 October Cossington St, Leicester Free Event

Dashera commemorates the Hindu story of the battle between Lord Rama and King Ravana, and the victory of good over evil. The towering effigy of King Ravana is burnt as the highlight of Dashera celebrations at Cossington Street Recreation Ground.

Exploring Ottoman links with SE Asia

Fri 26 October Highfields Library, Leicester Free Event

In this illustrative talk, Annabel Gallop of the British Library will

discuss how a recent research project has led to discoveries in archives in Istanbul, which shed new light on diplomatic, artistic and cultural links between the Ottoman lands and Southeast Asia, from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Free admission, booking is essential.

Leicester Jazz House: Art Themen Thu 18 October The Cookie Jar, Leicester

Freaky Friday Fun

Fri 26 October, from 11am Newarke House Museum, Leicester Activities £2.50 0116 225 4980

Come dressed to scare and celebrate Halloween at this fun family event. Join in the Halloween themed craft activities or a ghostly trail around the museum and listen to scary stories.



Film Review Frankenweenie

Classification: 3D / PG Showing: Fri 19 Oct – Thu 1 Nov


eactions to Burton’s last film Dark Shadows were somewhat muted – was he capable of making a film without Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter? What a relief then that his next project sees him back to doing what he does best – utterly imaginative stop-motion animation. Reminiscent of The Nightmare before Christmas and Burton’s previous directorial outing Corpse Bride, the story follows young Victor who decides to use the power of science to bring his dog “Sparky” back to life. Chock-full of references to Universal Horror films and the famous ‘creature-

Chock-full of references to Universal Horror films and the famous ‘creaturefeatures’ of the 30s and 40s features’ of the 30s and 40s, it also echoes last year’s Hugo as a celebration of cinema. Burton has always walked a thin-line between kooky and downright terrifying – what keeps this work just on the right side of creepy is its warmth and

big-heart – this is a film made with love and care, destined to be appreciated for years to come.

book Review


The Yellow Birds

by Kevin Powers is published in hardback by Sceptre, £14.99.


n unforgettable depiction of the psychological impact of war by a young Iraq veteran and poet, The Yellow Birds is already being hailed as a modern classic. Everywhere John looks, he sees Murph. He flinches when cars drive past. His fingers clasp around the rifle he hasn’t held for months. Wideeyed strangers praise him as a hero, but he can feel himself disappearing. Back home in the US after a year

in Iraq, memories swarm around him including the promise he made to a young man’s mother that her son would be brought home safely. With this book, poet and veteran Kevin Powers has composed an unforgettable account of friendship and loss. It vividly captures the desperation and brutality of war, and its

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terrible after-effects. But it is also a story of love, of great courage and of extraordinary human survival. Written with profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on families at home, The Yellow Birds is one of the most haunting, true and powerful novels of our time.

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MUSIC Review The xx - Coexist (Young Turks Records)


nown for a pensive, ambient sound rife with delicate synthesisers and whimsy vocals, The xx’s Coexist is familiarly unfamiliar in comparison to 2009’s self-titled debut xx. The grandiose yet simplistic guitars cut through the middle of the low-end bass and ethereal high-end bliss; crooned, hazy vocals add to the dream-like atmosphere; veiled steel drums exuberance Jamie xx’s influence on the accompanying music, especially on tracks like Reunion; and euphoric pulsations in the music give it an intoxicative quality. The music incorporates features from different elements of music to spur diversity without breaking the mould. Reunion incorporates a throbbing pulse and steel drums, whilst Sunset’s bass-heavy drum sample suggests the hedonism of the 90’s club scene,

albeit at a more relaxed pace. Tides introduces complimentary violins that scrawl along above the revolving bass line. It’s interesting to note, however, that whilst each song is interesting and different to those around it, none stand out against the others. The album seems to be enjoyed best as one pensive piece, strangely diverse yet unified. Whilst not a happy listen, there is something brightening in the dark, emotional depths of the reverb that gives the entire album a haunting glow.

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Summer Sundae

De Montfort Hall celebrated another successful Summer Sundae this year with a fantastic weekend of music and more in the Hall and gardens.


housands of revellers joined together and enjoyed performances from the likes of Katy B, Ocean Colour Scene, Adam Ant and Public Image Limited. With the sun shining all weekend it was a resounding success. This family friendly festival has now been running for 11 years and the kids this year had the added benefit of the festival’s safari theme in which to immerse themselves. With each

stage themed and additional activities for children and families it was fantastic to see festivalgoers throwing themselves into the spirit of it. There was certainly stiff competition for the best fancy dress of the weekend! As always, the atmosphere of this boutique festival is what really set it apart from others. With laid back vibes and a relaxed nature, festivalgoers were treated to music, comedy and much more. That’s not even

If you’re a hardened festivalgoer then why not try something different on your doorstep


mentioning the vast array of tasty food available and the selection of cocktails, real ale and ciders (we had to go easy on a few of those)! The festival will be back in full swing next August, so make sure you block the weekend out in your diary. If you’re a hardened festivalgoer then why not try something different on your doorstep, or if you’re a newbie on the scene then ease yourselves close to home!

As always, the atmosphere of this boutique festival is what really set it apart from others.

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Motoring & Sport Matt Lawson, 1st Team Nutritionist & Community Officer at Notts County FC.


Was it different working with Team GB athletes at Olympic level?

I treat every athlete equally, whatever the level. But of course it was nice to see how someone prepares to win a Gold medal and contributing to that was a real honour. Having involvement in the London 2012 Olympics is the proudest moment of my career so far. Thanks Matt. Do you have any final words for our readers? Yes. Thinking about nutrition can also improve your quality of life, so why not have a go!


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his month we met with Matt Lawson, 1st Team Nutritionist & Community Officer at Notts County FC. He has also coached Team GB Paralympians and Notts County Ladies.

being in the right place at the right time! Give us an example of your typical work day?

There is a huge amount of variation, every day is different! One day you What did you might be working with the do to become coaches and players on the qualified in Nutrition training pitch advising on and Dietetics? nutrition and hydration, A lot of hard work! At and the next in a primary school I had a passion for school. We run a lot of Science, mainly Biology and great community schemes, Chemistry which I went ‘School of the Week’ and ‘A onto study further at the Game of Two Halves’ are University of Nottingham. the ones I’m particularly After deciding to focus passionate about. We have on the human body and won awards for both at nutrition, I completed National level. What do you like a Master of Nutrition best about your qualification with training work? as a hospital Dietitian. How did you come Our supporters are great; to work at Notts they keep the Club going County FC? and are united in their love It was a typical case of for Notts County. We have





a club charity called Lifeline that does brilliant work. Over 2,000 supporters have signed up. Giving £2 a week really makes a difference. What advice do you give to the Notts County players that our readers might benefit from? Eat breakfast and then eat something regularly every 2-3 hours. Aim to have 9 portions of fruit and vegetables per day and drink at least 2 litres of water. Also try to get back to the traditional cooked meal in the evenings. This was commonplace in the UK before convenience food came over from America and the obesity boom started. We recommend splitting the plate into three: 1/3 brown carbohydrates – slow release energy foods; 1/3 lean proteins – repairing foods; 1/3 fruit and vegetables – protection foods.

Having involvement in the London 2012 Olympics is the proudest moment of my career so far.

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design has features that are common with the rest of the Hyundai range of cars and picks up on subtle details, both inside and out. Over the years, Hyundai has consistently offered a coupe with eye catching designs that always stood apart from the competition. The Veloster is no exception and acts as a showcase to the engineering talent that Hyundai possesses. The most obvious feature of this car is the unique door layout; one large door on one side, in this case the driver’s side and 2 doors

on the other side. Hardly unique you might think as there are other cars offering this feature but the key point here is that the same applies irrespective of which “hand drive” the car is built as. So a Veloster sold in any country that drives on the right, will have one door on the driver’s side and 2 on the passenger’s. This means rear seat passengers can alight from the car onto the safety of the pavement. This one feature showcases the depth of engineering and resourcefulness that Hyundai can tap into. It probably

makes no commercial sense but it does show how serious Hyundai is about its cars. As for the car, in the Sport specification on test here, the equipment levels were excellent and also some nice style features such as subtly colour coded alloy wheels added to its overall appeal. A large hatchback rear door made taking bulky objects no problem and considering its swoopy styling, visibility was surprisingly good. The fit and finish was excellent with doors that had a good solid sound on closing. Also a large sunroof helped give the car a nice, airy feel. As for who is going to buy it, well that is my little secret. I want to see if I am any good at matching cars with people!

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rice cuts in far-flung destinations mean that Britain’s long-haul travellers will get even better value for their money this winter than in 2010. Independent research shows that your pound will stretch furthest in the Far East when purchasing 10 holiday essentials such as an evening meal for two with wine, a bottle of water, a beer and that all important sun cream. This year, Kanoo Travel has seen a huge increase in demand from customers for year round destinations such as Malaysia, Dubai and Mauritius. With these destinations becoming more accessible, we have seen popularity rise and prices drop. Sri Lanka has come out as the best value destination for the second year in a row, making this Indian Ocean Island ideal for travellers seeking winter sunshine. As one of the world’s most exotic and beautiful islands, Sri Lanka can offer you mystical ancient cities, thick jungle, miles of palm-fringed beaches and warm, friendly people. Thailand remains extremely affordable with resort prices falling by four percent. Why not combine Bangkok’s impressive temples with a sumptuous beach break on the islands of Koh Samui and Phuket? Alternatively, travel to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand to trek



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Introducing Paul Ferraby Art

Foxton Locks in Autumn Light


roft Wingates Fine Art of Market Harborough is pleased to introduce Leicestershire artist Paul Ferraby. Paul is better known in the area for his photography but also trained at the West Surrey College of Art and Design in fine art painting. After many years running a portrait studio in Kibworth and then Market Harborough he has now set up a

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painting studio in Kibworth. John Snape of Croft Wingates added, “We are delighted to introduce Paul’s original oil paintings into the gallery. The first of his work features the ever popular Foxton Locks and surrounding area. These paintings are very high quality

and I feel would make a great addition to any art collection.” For a closer look, head to Croft Wingates, Wingates Walk, 44a St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough where Paul’s work will be exhibited throughout the autumn.

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Bespoke Salon Opens in St Martins


yle Beasley Hairdressing is a brand new bespoke salon in the heart of the city. With a large team of extremely dedicated stylists they are confident you will leave feeling completely revived. With longer appointment times than your average salon, you can be assured their stylists will attend to your every need. Speaking about his new business venture, Kyle Beasley salon owner

commented, “I love every aspect of hairdressing; it’s not just a job it’s my life! Opening my own salon is a very exciting opportunity for me. What’s more working as part of the GHD style squad is great, as everything we learn I can bring back to my stylists to ensure that we are offering the very latest in hairdressing. I look forward to welcoming your readers soon”.

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Leicestershire business centre welcomes its first tenant

A rural business centre based in Leicestershire has welcomed its first tenant.


usiness consultancy Rambutan has moved into new offices at the Arc Business Centre near Market Harborough. Previously based on St Mary’s Road in Market Harborough, the owners of Rambutan were looking for new premises to accommodate their expanding staff and were attracted by the rural aspect of the Arc.

They are fully equipped to meet any business’s needs with their own fitted kitchens and W.C as well as allocated parking, high speed 40MB broadband, video entry, CCTV, and access to shower and changing room facilities.” For more information on the remaining three offices, contact Andrew Granger & Co on 01858 439 090 or visit

“The Arc offers a lovely setting which we feel complements Rambutan’s culture perfectly,” comments David Scott, one of the Rambutan directors. The Arc Business Centre is owned by Harborough couple Stella and Alec Welton and consists of four architect designed offices. “The Arc Business Centre is a high quality and unusual addition to Leicestershire’s business offering,” comments Joe Welch of letting agents Andrew Granger & Co. “The offices are full of character and have been thoughtfully converted with real attention to detail by the owners who have been hands on throughout.”


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Spring celebrates start-up successes at birthday event


ate Cowan and Kash Khunkhuna are racking up successes when it comes to helping budding entrepreneurs see their business ambitions come to fruition. Their company, Spring to Action, provides support for new

enterprises – including social businesses - in Leicestershire and the East Midlands. “Initially the company was established to enable people from disadvantaged communities to develop enterprising skills, either

to start a business or use in employment but we’ve expanded to include helping anyone get started with their enterprise,” explains Kate. Spring delivers project and programme management; offers business advice, mentoring and consultancy; and organises business events and training. The company has celebrated its sixth year trading with an informal event at Leicester’s City Rooms. “Every year since we began we’ve promised to organise a ‘thank you’ to people who helped us get started. We’ve finally got round it to it,” says Kash. Among the guests were people who have benefited from Spring’s help and established businesses in the county.



o, how much should you spend on marketing? Here’s a radical answer: nothing. Bet that’s got your attention! No, this isn’t about Facebook or Twitter. Make no mistake, anything which takes up your valuable time has a cost. This is about changing your mindset. Because marketing is an investment. And an investment implies a return. An elegant logo, eyecatching advertising and engaging social media campaigns are all very well, but the bottom line is, we’re all in business to make money. And, as that bastion of business strategy, Del Boy Trotter, might say, “you have to speculate to accumulate”. Well, quite. You should plan your marketing investment based on how much you plan to make. Ah yes, plan.

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WE ALL KNOW WE NEED WHETHER YOU’RE a MUMPRENEUR OR THE MD OF A MAJOR A MARKETING PLAN, ORGANISATION, YOU’VE PROBABLY WONDERED AT ONE TIME OR BUT DO YOU HAVE ONE? ANOTHER HOW MUCH YOU SHOULD SPEND ON MARKETING. IF SO, WHEN WAS THE getting a genuine we’ve yet to hear the If it will, go right ahead. LAST TIME YOU REVISITED you’re bargain or wasting your With one caveat: be sure you Not Just Y-Fronts ... ad! IT? REVIEWED IT? money. Joking aside, Successful know who your customer REFINED IT? Your friendly ad sales companies like these plan, A marketing plan is a practical tool for prioritising what you do every day. It puts your marketing investment into the context of how much it will contribute to achieving your goal and prevents shortsighted, penny pinching decisions made on cost alone. So when you’re offered a full page ad in a publication at 75% off rate card, aside wondering why the space is so heavily discounted, your marketing plan is your go-to guide to discover whether

representative can (and should) tell you how many people read their publication, how it is distributed and how this is verified. They can also tell you about their readers so you know whether they sound like your target customers.


really is. Boots has invested heavily to understand that women buy flu remedies made for men. And invested even more to target said women with its Here Come The Girls campaign. M&S knows that women buy their partners’ pants. Though

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUY TO LET INVESTORS Buying a property for letting out is a significant percentage of the overall U.K. mortgage market.


nvestors have two main objectives, firstly rental income to assist with monthly loan repayments and secondly, capital appreciation of the value of the property. It has been reported Colin Bradley Deputy Chief Executive Loughborough Building Society

across England and Wales that the average monthly rental paid by tenants continues to increase but is this a good time to take out a buy to let loan and what are the benefits and risks involved?

Strong demand for buy to let There are good opportunities for existing landlords to add to their property portfolio or for new landlords to enter the buy to let market.

Rentals are rising due to demand from an increasing number of tenants who are unable to buy property.


This may be due to job insecurity, inability to raise a sufficient deposit or for

overall affordability issues. In addition there is a good range of buy to let mortgages now available, with deposits around 25% being typically required. The overall return on the investment compares favourably, for the risks involved, with other assets and with bank base rate stuck at 0.5%. The economic environment is unlikely to change in the short term. Letting rather than buying is the preferred choice for a section of the population, for a range of reasons, and with fewer new properties being built than in more prosperous years, demand would appear to be sustainable.

What are the risks involved? The key risks around a buy to let investment are that

the tenant doesn’t pay or that the property cannot be let out. In addition property is not a readily marketable investment and a quick sale, at the required price, may not be possible in a short timeframe. At the present time, the level of arrears of both tenant rentals and landlord mortgage repayments are rising; this is leading to an increase in the number and percentage of buy to let cases being taken into possession. This reflects the difficult economic climate we are experiencing and shows that buy to let investments are not immune from repayment concerns. In addition, house prices are not rising and therefore landlords are not seeing a capital appreciation in their investment. The combination of lack of capital growth and increased tenant arrears may be discouraging investors at this time.

Summary Buying to let is not a licence to print money. There are many risks involved in this long term investment and the choice and location of property are the key to a successful investment. As with many key decisions, timing is crucial, and there are good reasons for potential investors to enter the market over the next year, but buyers need to understand the risks involved.

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