The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), introduced by the EU to bring data protection legislation into line with new, previously unforeseen ways that data is now used, will apply from May 25th. The current legislation was enacted before the internet and cloud technology created new ways of exploiting data, and the GDPR seeks to address that.
By strengthening data protection legislation and introducing tougher enforcement measures, the EU hopes to improve trust in the emerging digital economy. The GDPR will apply in all EU member states from 25 May 2018. Ultimately, the arrival of GDPR will put the control of personal data back into the hands of the individual, allowing a number of rights including access to their data and the ability to withdraw it. It also means that organisations cannot simply gather data without good reason and must prove that they are doing all they can to protect the data they do hold. The law applies to any company that is targeting consumers in the European Union and holding or transporting data relating to them, meaning it has the potential to impact companies globally.
Locale are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated for the ‘PropTech Company of the Year’ in the Property Wire Awards 2018!
The Property Wire Awards give recognition to companies embracing changes in the property industry, not just coming to grips with innovation and transition, but also making the future in terms of pushing the boundaries in a professional manner. It is a chance for individuals and businesses to shine, to show off what they are doing and to be acknowledged for their achievements in the industry.
At a time when the real estate industry in the UK is growing and changing so dramatically, the Property Wire Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the hard work that has been going on throughout the industry and reward excellence in all areas – from Developer of the Year, to Crowd Funding Platform of the Year.
As the vote is open to the public, we’d be delighted if you could vote for us here, if you think that we deserve the title of ‘PropTech Company of the Year’!
Good luck to everyone that has been nominated!
Locale is excited to announce that we have joined the RICS Tech Affiliate Program (TAP).
RICS created the program in order to increase awareness and the adoption of technology within Real Estate and the Built Environment. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are a global professional body, promoting and enforcing the highest international standard in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.
We are extremely proud to be a member of this world-renowned body.
Guy Windsor-Lewis, CEO and Founder of Locale, commented – “In the property industry, technology has become an integral part of our lives, and we are proud to have been at the forefront of this revolution for over ten years. Our participation in this program is testament to our commitment to promoting the very highest standards of practice, as well as adhering to such expectations.”
You can visit the official RICS website here, to find out more about the Tech Affiliate Program.
Locale is pleased to announce that we will be attending MIPIM in Cannes, France from the 13th to the 16th of March 2018.
MIPIM, the premier real estate event, gathers the most influential players from all sectors of the international property industry for four days of networking, learning and transaction through premium events, conferences and dedicated exhibition zones. You can visit their website to find out more about the event itself.
If you want to get in contact with us, or arrange a meeting, you can email either Guy W-L or Guy A, or alternatively, you can call the office on 0845 603 25 77. We look forward to seeing some of you in Cannes!
Love is in the air, once again, here in the office! Hannah, one of our Project Managers, returned from the festive break with the fabulous news that she and her boyfriend, Jack, had got engaged!
The pair had been away to Venice together over New Years, and he proposed on their first day in the city. While they don’t have a specific date set yet, they hope to tie the knot in 2019.
We are so, so happy for the pair, and would like to wish them both all the best wishes for their future together!
Hannah’s engagement is the third in the Locale office in the last year – surely, there must be something in the water?!
The judges have made their final decisions for this year’s Facilities Management Awards hosted by BUILD Magazine, and we are delighted to announce that Locale has been successful for the second year in a row, winning Best FM Solutions Specialists – South England.
When asked by the judges why he believes that Locale is the best possible option for clients, Guy Windsor Lewis, CEO and Founder commented:
“We’re trusted, respected, knowledgeable, agile, cost effective and we offer first-class customer service. He went on to add: “with clients that include 4 out of 5 of the leading management agents; Locale’s cutting edge portals are used by some of the most iconic, high profile developments and management companies in Europe and are always looking to innovate and improve our offering to our clients. We are currently working on projects with a practical completion date of 2040! Locale work closely with clients to find out what their needs are and offer solutions as these evolve. For instance, having recognised that there was a need for a system that could streamline and simplify operations for multiple properties, earlier this year we launched a unique solution that allows managers to manage multiple properties in real-time. We are also launching a specific product solution for residential associations as well as an app. Other technologies and partnerships that we are excited to be working with are Artificial Intelligence, key and asset tracking, sensors and facial recognition”
Scott Craig, Head of Client Services added:
“We are a small, fun and friendly company – our staff are driven and passionate about what we do. Management are really supportive and reward individuals with days out, attendance to key industry events as well as incentives, rewards (such as Employee of the Month/Employee of the Quarter) and frequent social events. It’s a great place to work!”
Heather Ryan, Awards Coordinator, stated in their press release:
“Our awards are dedicated to recognising those hidden heroes within the Facilities Management role for their excellence and dedication to the profession. It has been a real pleasure to showcase the hard work and dedication, and I would like to wish each and every one of our winners the very best of luck in the future!”
You can view our feature within the supplement, and see a full list of winners at BUILD.
2017 has been a great year for Locale, and we are thrilled to have been recognised by our peers and clients for all the great work we do. We’ve sponsored awards, and received two awards of our own including an SME Greater London Business Award.
Here’s to a wonderful, and hopefully just as successful, 2018…
After months of deliberation, the shortlist for the prestigious London Planning Awards 2018 has finally been released. Here at Locale, we were thrilled to read that some of our clients have been nominated!
The London Planning Awards have been recognising and rewarding various elements of planning in the capital since 2003, ranging from The Best Place to Work to The Mayor’s Award for Innovation in Planning. The final award of the night, The Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence, is chosen from the evening’s winners.
Dollar Bay, submitted by Mount Anvil, has been nominated for The Best New Iconic Building or Scheme, as well as The Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Planning. The first commends those contributing to ‘London’s World City Status’. The second aims to reward developments that demonstrate exemplary standards of developmental planning and sustainability.
Lexicon, the second submission for Mount Anvil, has also been nominated for The Best New Place to Live. This seeks to recognise the creation of desirable housing that is diverse in range, while also providing access to shops, schools and public transport.
St James’s Market has been submitted by The Crown Estate in the category for Best Place to Work, which seeks to recognise developments that are well-designed, energy efficient, encourage environmentally-friendly access but also have good access to a range of facilities and amenities.
The Shard has also been nominated by REM, for The Best Project Five Years On, an award that recognises projects that have “stood the test of time” and created a high-quality environment.
The awards are set to take place at Whitehall Palace, Banqueting House on Thursday January 18th 2018. Congratulations once again to all of the nominees. We wish everyone the very best of luck!
Friday the 15th of December was a big day for us here in the office – the date of our annual Christmas Party! We were all very much in the festive spirit having decorated the office the week before and celebrated Christmas Jumper Day. We swapped our festive woollies for our best ‘black tie’ attire and headed to the venue, which was kept a secret in the run-up to the night and only revealed an hour before the party. This year we celebrated at the prestigious Macdonald Randolph Hotel.
On arrival, we were met with glasses of champagne, which were continually filled throughout the night. Speeches were made before we all sat down to eat, recognising just how much the company has grown in the last twelve months and how many new additions there have been to the team. Awards were handed, with Frances being awarded Employee of the Year for 2017, having previously won the first ever Employee of the Quarter. Scott came a close second, and was awarded this year’s runner-up. An award was also handed to Jade for ‘Longest Running Office Joke’, which had the whole group laughing for way too long!
The final ‘gifts’ of the night were given to Jonathan and Andy (who was unfortunately unable to attend as he was busy getting married!) our office ‘BFG’s’ or ‘Bug Fixing Geniuses’ and their biggest fans, Eszter and Frances, our fantastic support team. We expect to see them all sporting their personalised t-shirts in the office at least once a week!
We sat down to our starters and main courses, before a break for a very grown-up game of Pass The Parcel, the handing out of Secret Santa gifts and the Annual Christmas Party Quiz! Copious amounts of champagne and wine throughout the night led to lots of giggles, many silly selfies and even a few disagreements about the names of Santa’s Reindeer. One thing that we could agree on, was that a fabulous night was had by all! Here’s to a wonderful and hopefully even more successful 2018…
As many people will be aware, December 15th is Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save The Children! Here at Locale, we are already very much in the festive spirit after decorating the office last week. We were super excited to don our festive knitwear and flaunt our festive woollies, made even better by the fact that it was in aid of charity…!
The office was, for the day, manned by the big man himself Santa Claus alongside multiple ‘Mini Me’s! We also had a sequinned Reindeer and Beagle, an Elf, a Snowman – as well as a very confusing at first, ‘No L’ hoodie worn by Jonathan in the far left of the picture above…
The team each paid a contribution of £2, of which all the money goes to charity, to take part in two sweepstakes with prizes for the winners – having to guess which Christmas song James Corden was ‘listening to’ and which festive item was ‘being held’ by Jon Snow! Scott actually managed to guess both the song and the item correctly with the answers being ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ and ‘Christmas Ties’, but was kind enough to give his prize to the newest member of the team, Andi.
The team raised around £30 in aid of Save The Children which goes towards supporting children in various ways, such as providing food, bringing essential healthcare and educating them all over the world. We all very much enjoyed the chance to be festive yet again, especially Eszter who as we all know, loves Christmas! We hope to support Christmas Jumper Day 2018 as well…
The Employee of the Quarter October to December 2017 has been decided – and the winner is, Hannah! Hannah was the runner-up last Quarter, so she is a very deserving winner this time around. Hannah takes the crown from Scott, who won last Employee of the Quarter!
Hannah is one of our Project Managers, and has been with Locale for almost two years! She’s been super smiley, positive and hardworking for the last few months and is very deserving of the award this time around.
We also announced the runner-up for this quarter which was, yet again, Jael! Jael also tied with Hannah as runners-up last Quarter.
Employee of the Quarter is always peer-voted, and the reappearance of both Hannah and Jael proves just how important they are, and how much they are both valued. Congratulations to our final winner and runner-up of the year!