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Thames Path Challenge completed

September 17th, 2014

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On Saturday and Sunday, Gabor participated in the Thames Path Challenge.  Starting in Putney at 8.40 am on Saturday, he walked 100 kilometres along the Thames Path, finishing in Henley at 11.52 am on Sunday.  He says that he has the blisters to prove it!

So far, Gabor has raised more than £1,200 in donations for the Stroke Association.  Many thanks to all who supported Gabor, including staff and clients of Graeme Quar & Co.

In the photograph above, Gabor and his intrepid walking buddy Ozlem Mehmet are approaching the finish line.

If you would like to make a donation, you may still do so on Gabor’s justgiving page.

Newsletter – 4 September 2014

September 4th, 2014

We have just sent out the September 2014 issue of our monthly newsletter, and here it is.

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Determination is the key

One of the things we love doing at Graeme Quar & Co is helping passionate people achieve their goals for their business.

So when we were asked by one of our clients to help a determined group of individuals save a village pub, we couldn’t wait to get started.

We are delighted to be able to say The Fox & Hounds (Denmead) Community Co-Operative Limited has completed its purchase of the 140-year-old Fox & Hounds pub, which has been closed since 2012 and which was almost sold to developers.

Property specialist Robert Harris worked on the deal on behalf of the co-operative group, and said how delighted and proud he was to be able to work on this exciting project, which has such a local aspect to it, and to see an important facility rescued for the benefit of the community. The co-operative group is still raising money to fund the refurbishment of the pub and to have it ready for its first customers in the autumn.

It just goes to show that when people are determined enough, anything is possible. We are, as Robert says, very proud as a firm to have played a small part in this exceptional project.

Gabor hikes a century

A lone figure has been walking the length of the South Downs during the past few months, training hard for an endurance challenge.

Solicitor Gabor Kovacs has 24 hours to hike 100km – 62 miles – from Putney in south west London to Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire as one of hundreds of participants in the Thames Path Challenge.

He is using the challenge to raise money for the Stroke Association and, at the time of writing, the donations at www.justgiving.com/gaborkovacs total £627.

We’re sure you’ll join us in wishing Gabor the best of luck in his challenge and, if possible, help him reach his fundraising target.

…And another deal is done

We call ourselves a gazelle company – a firm that has rapid and sustained growth in revenue and jobs, is focused on the future, and is rapidly moving forward.

There are so many other gazelle businesses in the region that share our vision for their own organisations, and one of those is plumbing trade supplier Williams & Co.

In the last edition of this newsletter I told you how solicitor Richard Barnett handled deals on behalf of the regional company to lease four units at Fareham Industrial Park, creating a new distribution centre and a head office incorporating a trade counter.

However, in true gazelle fashion, Williams & Co will be expanding even further, adding another 23 outlets to its portfolio in the coming few years to reach 50 trade-only outlets across the south. The leases on two of the company’s new units at its Fareham headquarters, have been completed.

We’re expanding

This summer we’ve officially launched a new division that is solely focussing on issues surrounding wills, probate and powers of attorney.

It’s is called Hampshire Probate Services and is based with us in Fareham.

It is being headed up by Michelle Jenkins-Powell, who has been specialising in this area of law for her legal career, and who joined us last year specifically to launch this new division.

Michelle has now officially launched the service with a new website: hampshire-probate-services.co.uk.

We’re sure this new division will both help us reach new private clients, and also better serve our existing clients.

Uphill challenge

Graeme has once again strapped on his walking boots to raise money for charity, this time he is facing the most difficult challenge of his life.

For the first time in his mountain trekking career, raising money for Save A Cow, he was faced with having to use crampons and ice picks to navigate two glaciers to reach the summit of Mount Stanley, which at 17,763 ft above sea level is the third-highest peak in Africa.

The climb was a 10-day trek through Rwenzori Mountains on the Uganda/Congo border, across bogs, through rain forest and then roped together on the glacier.

Graeme  aims to raise as much money as possible for Send A Cow via www.justgiving.com/stanleytrek

Talent spotting

One of the things we believe in is investing in the future, and that includes investing in the next generation of legal talent.

To that end we’re delighted to say we will be launching our recruitment drive in the autumn to find an apprentice to work alongside us here at Orchard House.

We think it is very important to take talented young people and give them practical training and help them see first-hand what working within the legal profession is like, and for the past 11 months we have had an apprentice, Josh, working alongside us.

He’s off to university in the autumn, and we’re looking forward to working with Highbury College in Cosham to find our next valuable addition to the Graeme Quar & co family.

Livanto

A round and balanced coffee, it is a blend from central and south America. The Aribicus is a medium roast, which reveals a round and well-balanced bouquet. It invokes a scent of freshly roasted coffee and combines caramelised and roasted notes.

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l-r: Josh Perryman, Penny Katsis (who baked the cake), Graeme Quar.

Graeme Quar & Co is in the Portsmouth News. Click here to read about our plans to recruit an apprentice and about Josh Perryman, who has just spent 11 months work experience with us.

Josh is about to start his studies for a law degree at the University of Portsmouth.  We wish him every success, and know he’ll do well.