Shropgeek is proud to present our biggest Rebellion event to date!
Join us for our (almost) Christmas party on the 21st November!
We've invited some of the digital industries leading talent to come along, share skills and present earth-shattering ideas. So why not join us for some food and drink and maybe even a cocktail or two - it will be (almost) Christmas after all.
Held at The Alb, Shrewsbury - 6.30pm til late - First talk starts at 7pm-ish.
Tickets are only £10 and are limited so don't miss out!
Full details about the evening can be found on our website: shropgeek-rebellion.co.uk
Ten top tips for tidier type.
In this talk we’ll take a look at a number of things that even the most design-challenged people (like myself) can do to enhance and improve the quality and appearance of their typography online. As well as some practical tips, we’ll also learn a little about the quirks and reasons behind many typographic rules and nuances.
Swimming in a sea of shit, standing out in a crowded market place.
In this talk I will take a look at three leading brands, and how they stand out in a crowded market place, and are able to charge much more than their competitors for a similar product and still make them happy. But be able to do this on a large scale and be in the mainstream.
Web Performance Improvements In Less Than One Hour
With performance on the internet ever important, Ben gives an introduction to performance improvements you can make in just one hour, along with pointers on where to look to next to understand and implement good performance techniques on your client's websites.
Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased at: shropgeek-rebellion.co.uk
Ticket prices cover the costs incurred when running an event of this nature. All of our speakers are generously donating their time to make this event a success. However, we do pay for their travel and accommodation. Any money left over after costs have been covered will be donated to a bar tab on the night. There is no VAT Applied to the ticket price.
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The Web Orchard, one of the region’s leading website developers who are based in Shrewsbury, have recently been delivering support to their growing number of international clients.
A project funded by the World Bank targeting Women in Iraq, is amongst the latest organisations to benefit from The Web Orchards managed hosting, aiming to solve any technical issues and user support requests.
Speaking in regards to the Nina-Iraq website, Pete White says “Nina-Iraq represents the heart of enterprise and the spirit of Iraq. It is great for us to be able to share our technical abilities and expand our services, into other countries from our operating base in the heart of Shrewsbury.”
Website hosting and ongoing technical support are just two areas where The Web Orchard excel in supporting numerous renowned companies.
There are still many opportunities to be had in the UK property market, assures Manish Chande, Clearbell Senior Partner and experienced investment expert.
Amid reports of overheating in the south-east, he advocates that the smart thing to do is look further afield. He explains that the UK property market may be pausing for breath after the sustained period of recovery following the global financial crisis. However, he notes that the continued under supply of properties in many rental markets, particularly outside London, is likely be experienced for some time.
Chande is an authoritative voice on these matters. Alongside his current role with Clearbell Capital was previously a board director at Land Securities.
There’s a clear regional element to consider in the current UK market, he explains. On one hand, a softening in the market may bring forward mispriced opportunities in London. Meanwhile, the yield spread between prime and secondary in the regions remains three times the levels in the six years preceding the 2008 crisis.
The north of England is likely to be a key growth area, believes Chande. Rather than writing off real estate across Britain, smart investors will be looking for opportunities across the country’s regions. The north is fertile ground for this, with attractive valuations that he believes have a good upside potential. Government funding continues to flow in for transport and infrastructure, and this should soon translate to significant improvements.
With this in mind Chande advises investors to look to the past for future growth. As transport links with London, and other cities in the north improve, he expects to see the number of companies moving to the regions increase. Now is the time to plan for this growth, snapping up well-located office space to cater for new businesses and their staff.
The area’s industrial heritage, particularly warehouses, are ripe for regeneration. Following the mould of successful projects outside of city centres such as Salford Quays and Liverpool Docks, large industrial buildings can bring significant opportunities. The combination of large square footage and their easy commuting distance from population centres make them particularly attractive.
Under Chande's leadership, Clearbell’s approach is to capitalise on these types of untapped pockets of real estate with clear potential. Its current investments are varied in nature and include offices, warehouses, residential property, industrial facilities, retail outlets and hotels. Chande advocates an intense approach to asset management, where the goal is to unlock value throughout the life of the investment.
And it seems the investment vehicle is an attractive prospect. Clearbell’s recent launch of a real estate fund brought of £400 million in equity and £100 million in co-invest, mostly from pension funds, endowments and high net worth individuals. Chande notes the spread of investors in this fund was particularly diverse, bringing interest from the US, Australia, South Africa, the UK and mainland Europe.
This highlights a new phenomenon says the expert, as institutional investors continue to focus on real estate. This is mainly because they are being fastidious about their choices and favouring experienced fund managers with a long track record. With three decades of successful projects and an impressive return under his belt, Chande would seem an obvious choice.
Find out more about Manish Chande below.
When someone slips and falls on your property, the law usually goes by “premises liability.” However, in cases involving trespassing, things can quickly get complex. Although it’s rare that a trespasser who gets hurt on another’s property can recover for their injuries, there are exceptions. If you are a property owner, knowing what those exceptions are is imperative so that you don’t leave yourself vulnerable.
The general rule is that if someone is on your property and they do not have permission to be there, then you hold no responsibility if they are hurt. The exceptions are:
- If you have acted either aggressively or violently toward them and those actions end in their injury.
- If you have been egregiously negligent and expected that trespassers might enter your property, and have done nothing to make sure that conditions are safe. An example would be if you knew that there was a serious hazard on a property you owned and that someone could easily gain access, but you didn’t put up signs to warn anyone who came onto your property. Not alerting people that your property is highly dangerous means that you could be found liable for their injuries.
If you are chasing an intruder from your property, that does not make you liable for any injuries they sustain. Also, if you use a “reasonable” amount of force to get them off your property, then you likewise won’t be found liable for any injuries. If you use deadly force, however, or you use the threat of bodily harm, then that might be grounds for liability.
Special cases - like undocumented immigrants who trespass and are injured
In states like Texas where there is a large undocumented immigration population, trespassing is very common. In 2014, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of property owners when it came to liability when their properties were trespassed on by immigrants who got hurt. The specific case involved three undocumented immigrants who were trying to escape border control; they trespassed onto someone’s property and were killed.
The court ruled that the property owner was not liable for the trespassers’ deaths if the deaths were self-inflicted. Also, since the trespassers were engaging in illegal activities at the time, they forfeited their rights. Committing criminal acts, like smuggling drugs, meant that they gave up any rights they had, and the property owner could not be held liable for their deaths.
Do you need to put up a no-trespassing sign?
If you own property where hazards may or may not exist it is always a good idea to post a no- trespassing sign to warn individuals that they can be hurt if they come onto your property. That way people understand that it is private property and that if they pass over the boundaries, they are trespassing onto your private land. In some instances, you can protect yourself from premises liability simply because you gave written or verbal warning not to be on your property.
If you don’t have a fence around your property, then it’s a good idea to post signs to set boundaries. If it is a normal traveling route, then marking it, either through posting signs or putting marking on trees, will indicate to those who are crossing over onto private property that they do not have consent and are trespassing. If you have any specific hazards on the property then, yes, it is always a good idea to put up warning signs to protect yourself and to limit your liability.
If someone is injured while on your property, your liability will be determined by the specifics related to their injuries. One factor that will greatly affect if you are liable for a person’s slip and fall injury is whether or not you gave consent for them to be on your property.
Even if they were trespassing and didn’t have your permission, there is still a chance that you might be held liable for their injuries, which is why you want to have a slip and fall lawyers in your corner to ensure that you know what your rights and responsibilities are as a property owner.