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Kirstie and Phil's House Hunter App PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 17:14

Well they are now on your ipod and ipads. Yes you heard us right, the dynamic duo of Kirstie and Phil are back to their money making ways. Check out this video about their new app. Don't forget to take Phil and Kirstie with you next time you go house-hunting.

Kevin McCloud - build houses that make people happy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 16:05

Five years ago Kevin Mcleod set  up a company called Hab (Happiness Architecture Beauty) in order to "build houses that make people happy". The recession has slowed its progress, but its first creation, a 42-home development in Swindon called the Triangle, is now complete. Next month, Channel 4 is screening Kevin's Grand Design, a two-part documentary about the project, which was achieved in partnership with the housing association, GreenSquare Group. When it is suggested that the attention these programmes will attract will be a double-edged sword, he says: "It will be a one-edged sword with the blade laid across my throat."

Learn more about this project in this well written article by Rowan Moore, The Guardian
Knowing me, Knowing you: Sarah Beeny and Graham Swift PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 15:53

Knowing me, Knowing you: Sarah Beeny and Graham Swift. A relationship under the microscope. In this article published on the independent website we learn a little more about Sarah Beeny and her husband Graham Swift. How they met and their life together.
On the couch with Kirstie Allsopp: What should you do if you want to marry but your partner doesn't? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 15:44

Kirstie Allsopp, 40, co-presenter of Location, Location, Location, lives with partner Ben Andersen in London. They have two sons Bay Atlas, five, and Oscar Hercules, two. Ben has two sons from his previous marriage.

Ben and Kirstie have been together for seven years, but have no plans to marry, although she's publicly said she'd like to.

Clinical psychologist Linda Blair advises on how she can best live with this situation...

Kirstie, you've made your desire to be married clear on more than one occasion. Indeed, during an interview in December 2008, your interviewer noticed a ring on your engagement finger. When she asked if this meant you were soon to marry, you replied: 'No, sadly not. 'I have a series of rings, all of which Ben has given me, that I wear on my engagement finger. And that's the deal — we are not engaged, but I get to wear rings on my engagement finger.'

Kirstie Allsopp shares her financial thoughts with the Telegraph. PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 November 2011 06:31

This is a fascinating article published in the Telegraph, November 2011. Kirstie Allsopp shares her financial thoughts with the Telegraph. She talks about her financial decisions, work ethic and attitude to money.


Kirstie Allsopp, 40, is the popular television presenter of shows such as Location, Location, Location and author of several books, including her newest release, Kirstie Allsopp Craft. She splits her time between London and her cottage in Devon with her partner Ben and their two children, who are five and three.

Property expert Sarah Beeny under fire over restoration project PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 November 2011 04:00

Sarah Beeny, the television property expert, has been criticised by a local councillor for carrying out major renovations on her Grade II listed mansion without planning permission.

The presenter's struggle to restore 97-room Rise Hall, near Skirlaugh, East Yorks, and convert it into a wedding venue has been the subject of a television documentary, Beeny's Restoration Nightmare.

Sarah Beeny's dating site is for sale PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 November 2011 03:07

My Single Friend, an online dating website founded by the television presenter Sarah Beeny, has been put up for sale for up to £15m.

Its major shareholders – Ms Beeny and the technology company Telecom Express – have hired the accountancy firm BDO to handle a sale of the company this summer.

First-round bids of between £10m and £15m were submitted earlier this month, primarily by rival online dating businesses, but some private equity firms are also interested. BDO declined to comment, while My Single Friend and Telecom Express did not return calls.

Ms Beeny, who hosts Channel 4's Property Ladder programme, owns about 40 per cent of My Single Friend, which she co-founded with her friend Amanda Christie in 2004.

The site is unique in that subscribers must nominate a friend who will write a description of them – which, unlike other dating sites, means that a user's profile features both their own words and those of their friend.

Looking for romance on the internet has lost much of its stigma, analysts say. There was 25 per cent spike in traffic to UK dating websites in July – the highest peak in visits for three years, according to Hitwise.

Last month, internet dating accounted for one in every 160 online visits made by computer users in Britain.

While the shareholders are looking to sell My Single Friend, it is understood they would consider selling a minority stake to help launch the website overseas.

A source said: "The real opportunity is international expansion because no one else in the world does this [friend recommendation] and it works really well. The site is very sticky."

My Single Friend attracts 9,000 new singles a month from across the UK. It is on track to make underlying profits of about £1.5m this year.

At least one private equity firm has bid for My Single Friend, but the main interest is from rival internet dating players. While it is unclear if they have submitted first rounds bids for My Single Friend, its suitors could include IAC, which owns Match, and the US company eHarmony.

Telecom Express, which provides online and mobile services for media companies, bought its stake in My Single Friend last year. The company also runs dating sites for newspapers and the Classic FM radio station.

Ms Beeny says her own attempts at match-making gave her the idea for a website where people could describe their friends. She also co-founded the website Tepilo, which helps users to buy, sell or let their properties with no charges or commission.


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