Zoopla share prices dip after Ofgem probe

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first_imgShares in The Zoopla Property Group (ZPG), which recently acquired energy provider comparison site uSwitch, dropped by 15.9p to 258.7p at the tail end of last week, following an Ofgem investigation into whether two or more companies providing a supporting service for the energy industry breached competition law.Following shareholder and FCA approval, ZPG last week completed its acquisition of uSwitch, the comparison website and lead generation engine for energy and communications switching. But while ZPG said that the deal was designed to reaffirmthe company’s mission to be the most useful resource for consumers and most effective marketing partner for professionals operating within the property industry, the acquisition may actually prove to have been badly timed.The concern for ZPG is that uSwitch, along with MoneySupermarket, has been asked by Ofgem to provide information in relation to an investigation over whether companies supporting the energy industry have broken any rules.Despite the pending investigation, the enlarged ZPG group is now working on developing products which will directly benefit ZPG members by allowing them to source the best gas, electricity, broadband, TV and phone deals in the market and earn fees whilst saving money for their clients.The aim is that over the coming months, ZPG members will benefit from further investments in product and marketing, enhanced consumer engagement and greater insight into their property requirements, a further differentiated and expanded audience and opportunities to generate revenues from saving their clients money.Reflecting on the deal to acquire uSwitch, Alex Chesterman (left), Founder & CEO of ZPG described it as “another important milestone” in his company’s journey to create the “ultimate property market resource, and in the evolution of the property portal.”He added, “Being able to help consumers both find their next home and save money on their household bills is a great fit and we are excited about the new products that we are working on and which will create revenue opportunities for our members.”Despite the controversy, members of ZPG who purchased discounted shares in ZPG as part of the exclusive Member Offer in last June’s Initial public offering (IPO), which have since seen a rather impressive return of over 55 per cent on their investment, are now being offered the opportunity to purchase the same amount of shares on the upcoming IPO anniversary date. The shares are available at the same fixed price of £1.76 per share, which would allow them to score a significant instant profit, based on the current ZPG share price.Mr Chesterman added, “At the time of our IPO last year we were happy to be able to offer our agent members the opportunity to buy shares at a discounted price and become shareholders and were delighted with the take up by our members. Those who took us up on the offer have made a healthy profit and over 90 per cent of them remain members today and are eligible to buy more shares at £1.76 as part of the anniversary offer. It is great that we have been able to reward these members for their loyalty with over £5.5 million over the last year.”Ofgem portals share prices energy and communications switching uSwitch Zoopla ZPG June 11, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Zoopla share prices dip after Ofgem probe previous nextRegulation & LawZoopla share prices dip after Ofgem probeZoopla’s £160 million acquisition of uSwitch, which was only completed last week, may have caused investor concern.11th June 20150558 Viewslast_img read more


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first_imgLast year, almost 3,500 people worked for the University ofGeorgia for 102,810 hours and never drew paychecks. They are allmembers of the Georgia Master Gardener Program’s volunteer force.The Master Gardener program is volunteer training for peoplewho love gardening and community service.An Ever-Growing Volunteer Force”Our program trains volunteers who want to work in theircounty extension office assisting with horticulture projects,”said Bob Westerfield, who manages Georgia’s program with the helpof part-time assistant Krissy Slagle.Westerfield is an Extension Service consumer horticulturistwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.”The hidden motive to become a Master Gardener,”he said, “shouldn’t be to learn gardening information. Youhave to want to be a volunteer.”The international program originated in Washington State. “Alongwith Texas, Georgia is considered a leader in the Master Gardenerprogram,” Westerfield said.How Do I Join?To become a Master Gardener, you have to:* Apply and be accepted.* Complete three months of training.* Volunteer for at least 50 hours within one year of the training.”Most of our Master Gardeners either don’t work outsidethe home or are retired,” Westerfield said. “You haveto have a flexible schedule.”Everything You Need to Know About HorticultureThe program costs around $75, which covers the textbook, visualand hands-on training and a 500-page manual. The training is taughtby county agents, UGA extension specialists and greenhouse ornursery operators.”We want good volunteers first. We can teach them horticultureskills,” Westerfield said. “It actually helps us ifthey don’t know a lot about gardening because we have to teachthe university’s research-based recommendations.”The course isn’t just about planting flowers and vegetables.”It’s about plant selection, design, pathology, nuisancewildlife — the whole gamut,” he said.Why train volunteers so thoroughly?”Many of our Master Gardeners represent the county agentwhen people call county offices,” Westerfield said. “Theyhave to know how to answer a consumer’s question correctly.”Helping Agents in the Office and in theCommunityMaster Gardeners are often asked to answer phone calls ande-mails at county extension offices, especially in metro areas.”In Atlanta, county agents get 150 to 170 horticulture callsper day,” Westerfield said. “They often need two orthree Master Gardeners to answer calls so the agents can focuson their other responsibilities.”Master Gardeners work with county agents on community serviceprojects, too, such as composting demonstrations, beautificationprograms and horticulture therapy gardens.”In one county, our Master Gardeners visit a hospice centerto provide horticulture therapy,” he said. “They alsowork with the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens to present ‘Rootsand Shoots,’ an educational program for school children.”Whether they were writing articles for the newspaper, makingpresentations to civic clubs or presenting garden clinics, GeorgiaMaster Gardeners made more than 220,000 contacts in 1999.Westerfield says the volunteers are dedicated. “Some ofour most active Master Gardeners are from the first class backin 1979 when the Georgia program began,” he said. “Theyhave continued to give at least 25 hours of their time each yearto remain active volunteers.”The program also includes advanced training to provide updatedand in-depth information.115 County Programs and GrowingEven though the program is more than 20 years old, its popularitycontinues to grow. “We had 593 Master Gardeners join theprogram in 1999,” Westerfield said. “Each new year seemsto shatter the old record.”Of Georgia’s 159 counties, 115 offer the Master Gardeners program.”The agents coordinate the programs and decide whether theyneed Master Gardeners in their counties,” Westerfield said.”In the Atlanta area, the program is extremely competitive,with more people applying than openings each year. We really getthe cream of the crop in the metro areas.”To apply to the Master Gardeners Program, contact your countyextension office. To learn more about the Georgia program, checktheir Web site at www.ces.uga.edu/Agriculture/horticulture/horthome.htm.last_img read more


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first_img January 22, 2018 Efficiency,  Press Release,  Prison Reform,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the number of inmates in the Pennsylvania state prison system dropped for the fourth consecutive calendar year, according to new statistics released by the Department of Corrections (DOC).In 2017, the total DOC inmate population dropped from 49,301 to 48,438, a decrease of 863 inmates or 1.8 percent over 2016.“The 2017 calendar year reduction represents the single largest year-over-year decrease of inmate population on record,” Governor Wolf said. “I am pleased that our efforts and initiatives are making a measurable difference in improving our prison population numbers, while reducing crime, supporting those reentering our communities, and lowering costs.”After decades of growth that more than doubled the number of prisons in Pennsylvania, the inmate population has declined by 6.4 percent, or 3,319 inmates, since June 2012, allowing for the 2017 closure of SCI Pittsburgh and accompanying significant cost savings.“This latest reduction in the inmate population, combined with the crime rate decline, indicates that a broad range of bi-partisan criminal justice initiatives being undertaken across Pennsylvania are working for our citizens,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “We believe further reductions in the inmate population, lower agency costs and decreases in the crime rate, are possible moving forward as part of the consolidation with the Board of Probation and Parole and the second round of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.”Wetzel said legislation proposed under the initiative would also expand victims’ rights to require police officers to provide victim services information at the scene of a crime, require prosecutors to notify the Victim Advocate on behalf of personal injury crime victims and increase compensation for crime victims.In the decade before the first Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) began in 2012, the DOC population was increasing by an average of 1,262 inmates per year. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative is aimed at reducing the prison population through criminal justice reform and directing the savings to help counties enhance public safety which also further sustains prison population reductions.Better coordination between the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and DOC has played a key role in driving the reduction, along with the invalidation by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2015 of many mandatory minimum sentencing penalties, said Bret Bucklen, the department’s director of planning, research, and statistics.Luis Rosa, deputy secretary of reentry, credited interagency cooperation and said technology has improved parole processes.“The use of electronic information sharing, enhances our abilities to apply data driven, outcome focused principles, which are the centerpiece of evidence based practice applications,” said Rosa. “Not only was the prison population reduced, but our case management quality was improved through the use of staff reentry trainings.”Christian Stephens, deputy secretary of field supervision, said several recent initiatives have allowed field operations to safely increase the number of reentrants it can manage leading to more efficient and expedited release process.“We are utilizing proven evidence-based practices, which preserve public safety, such as lowering the caseload ratios by hiring over 150 new agents in the past 18 months, increasing use of GPS, and fully implementing the use of the contact report, which assists our agents in the prioritization of their work,” said Stephens.Among the legislative proposals under the second phase of Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI2) are the introduction of “presumptive parole,” where short-term, non-violent offenders are automatically paroled upon completion of their minimum sentence, the expansion of the State Intermediate Punishment (SIP) program, which offers shorter sentences for drug offenders, combined with substance use disorder treatment and enacting a short sanctioning option for technical parole violators, such as the Swift, Certain, and Fair (SCF) approach.The main driver of the population decrease in 2017 was a large reduction in parole violator admissions, which dropped by 10.2 percent in 2017, said Bucklen. And further inmate population reductions and additional cost savings are possible if the continued reforms are implemented.“If we move forward with these proposals, we are projecting a reduction of another roughly 2,500 inmates over the next 5 years, and a cost savings of approximately $91.7 million,” said Bucklen. Governor Wolf Announces Prison Inmate Population Drops for Fourth Consecutive Year After Record Reductioncenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more