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Zoopla’s most viewed homes for sale: From a clifftop home to a gatehouse

The most popular properties for sale online at the beginning of 2022 have been revealed, and they include some unique homes.

The top 10 most viewed homes on Zoopla include a former brewery and pub, a Grade II listed Georgian gatehouse, and a Victorian mansion on the Isle of Bute.

Top of the list is a remote property above the Whaligoe Steps, a man-made stairway of 365 steps that descent to a former harbour between two sea cliffs in Scotland.

The top 10 most viewed homes on Zoopla have been revealed and including this Grade II listed Georgian gatehouse in North Yorkshire (scroll down for more details)

The top 10 most viewed homes on Zoopla have been revealed and including this Grade II listed Georgian gatehouse in North Yorkshire (scroll down for more details)

This stunning five-bedroom property on the Isle of Bute is among the most viewed homes for sale (scroll down for more details)

This stunning five-bedroom property on the Isle of Bute is among the most viewed homes for sale (scroll down for more details)

The most viewed property dates back to 1860 and has breathtaking views of the sea and rugged coastline, as well as a large garden.

Second on the list is a former brewery and pub in Glamorgan in Wales, with a large games room that has enough space to accommodate a full-sized snooker table.

Also included in the top 10 list is a Grade II listed Georgian gatehouse in North Yorkshire. The compact property is on the edge of the Grimston Park Estate, which has visited by the British monarchy and also appeared in the Doomsday Book.

Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘There are truly some spectacular homes currently for sale across the country – with everything on offer in locations ranging from the rolling countryside to rugged cliffsides and coastal towns, there’s something for every type of buyer.’

Most popular homes for sale…

1. Five-bed house, Whaligoe, Scotland, £325k

The most viewed home for sale on Zoopla is this detached house perched on top of the cliffs in Whaligoe, Scotland, which is on the market for £325,000

The most viewed home for sale on Zoopla is this detached house perched on top of the cliffs in Whaligoe, Scotland, which is on the market for £325,000

The five-bedroom house is above the Whaligoe Steps, a man-made stairway of 365 steps that descent to a former harbour between two sea cliffs in Scotland

The five-bedroom house is above the Whaligoe Steps, a man-made stairway of 365 steps that descent to a former harbour between two sea cliffs in Scotland

The remote detached property dates back to 1860 and is on the market for £325,000 via estate agents Young Robertson

The remote detached property dates back to 1860 and is on the market for £325,000 via estate agents Young Robertson

The most popular property for sale on Zoopla is a five-bedroom house in Whaligoe, Scotland.

It is above the Whaligoe Steps, a man-made stairway of 365 steps that descent to a former harbour between two sea cliffs in Scotland.

The detached property dates back to 1860 and is for sale via estate agents Young Robertson for £325,000.

2. Four-bed house, Ammanford, Wales, £700k

The second most viewed property for sale in Britain is a former brewery and pub in Glamorgan in Wales and is on the market for £700,000

The second most viewed property for sale in Britain is a former brewery and pub in Glamorgan in Wales and is on the market for £700,000

The property boasts a nine metre long cathedral-style games room, with space to accommodate a full sized snooker table

The property boasts a nine metre long cathedral-style games room, with space to accommodate a full sized snooker table

The second most viewed property for sale in Britain is a former brewery and pub in Glamorgan in Wales.

It boasts a nine metre long cathedral of a games room and gym, with the space able to accommodate a full sized snooker table.

The four-bedroom property is on the market for £700,000 via estate agents Smiths Sales & Lettings.

3. Five-bed house, Dunfries, Scotland, £270k

This period property in Dunfries is semi-detached and is on the market for £270,000 via Braidwoods estate agents

This period property in Dunfries is semi-detached and is on the market for £270,000 via Braidwoods estate agents

Income potential: The five-bedroom property has the potential to be a bed & breakfast due to the four en-suite bedrooms

Income potential: The five-bedroom property has the potential to be a bed & breakfast due to the four en-suite bedrooms

This five-bedroom property in Dunfries is semi-detached and has plenty of period features, including bay windows and high ceilings.

It is on the market for £270,000 and is being sold by Braidwoods estate agents, which explains in the property’s marketing literature that it has ‘great bed & breakfast potential’ due to the four en-suite bedrooms.

4. Four-bed house in Reynoldston, Wales, £475k

This village property near Swansea is called Beaufort Cottage and is for sale via Dawsons estate agents for £475,000

This village property near Swansea is called Beaufort Cottage and is for sale via Dawsons estate agents for £475,000

The house has four bedrooms, a double garage and is within easy reach of award-winning beaches at Three Cliffs and Rhossili

The house has four bedrooms, a double garage and is within easy reach of award-winning beaches at Three Cliffs and Rhossili

This village property near Swansea boasts a sun terrace in the large garden and countryside views.

It also has four bedrooms, a double garage and is within easy reach of award-winning beaches at Three Cliffs and Rhossili.

The property is called Beaufort Cottage and is for sale via Dawsons estate agents for £475,000.

5. One-bed house, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, £225k

This unusual Grade II listed Georgian gate house sits at the entrance to Grimston Park Estate in North Yorkshire

This unusual Grade II listed Georgian gate house sits at the entrance to Grimston Park Estate in North Yorkshire

The property has one bedroom, extends across two floors and is for sale for £225,000 via Hunters estate agents

The property has one bedroom, extends across two floors and is for sale for £225,000 via Hunters estate agents

This Grade II listed Georgian gate house sits at the entrance to Grimston Park Estate in North Yorkshire.

The estate has been visited by many British monarchy ever since the 1800’s and first appeared in the Doomsday Book in 1086.

It has one bedroom and spreads across two floors, with a conservatory on the ground level. It is for sale for £225,000 via Hunters estate agents.

6. Three-bed house, Llanelli, Wales £549,950

This equestrian smallholding in Llanelli, Wales, boasts a three-bedroom detached house and five acres of land, and is for sale for £549,950 via estate agents John Francis

This equestrian smallholding in Llanelli, Wales, boasts a three-bedroom detached house and five acres of land, and is for sale for £549,950 via estate agents John Francis

The property includes an equestrian exercise area, a range of outbuildings - including two stable blocks - a hay barn, and an agricultural barn

The property includes an equestrian exercise area, a range of outbuildings – including two stable blocks – a hay barn, and an agricultural barn

This equestrian smallholding in Llanelli, Wales, boasts a three-bedroom detached house and five acres of land.

There is also an equestrian exercise area, a range of outbuildings – including two stable blocks – a hay barn, and an agricultural barn. The property is on the market for £549,950 via estate agents John Francis.

7. Four-bed house, Port Talbot, £400k

The four-bedroom detached home in Port Talbot includes a garage and an outbuilding that is currently being used as a gym

The four-bedroom detached home in Port Talbot includes a garage and an outbuilding that is currently being used as a gym

The Welsh property has an open-plan living space and is being sold via eXp World UK estate agents with an asking price of £400,000

The Welsh property has an open-plan living space and is being sold via eXp World UK estate agents with an asking price of £400,000

This four-bedroom detached home includes a garage and an outbuilding that is currently being used as a gym.

The Welsh property is being sold via eXp World UK estate agents with an asking price of £400,000.

8. Five-bed house, Ascog, Isle of Bute, £699k

This five-bedroom property on the Isle of Bute is called Ascog Hall and is on the market via Robb Residential estate agents for £699,000

This five-bedroom property on the Isle of Bute is called Ascog Hall and is on the market via Robb Residential estate agents for £699,000

The property is a coastal home that dates back to 1844 and includes a Victorian glass canopy Fernery

The property is a coastal home that dates back to 1844 and includes a Victorian glass canopy Fernery

This five-bedroom property on the Isle of Bute is called Ascog Hall and is a coastal home that dates back to 1844.

It sits in about three acres and includes a Victorian glass canopy Fernery. The property is on the market via Robb Residential estate agents for £699,000.

9. Six-bed house, Triminham, Norwich, £600k

Coastal investment: This six-bedroom Victorian house in Triminham, Norwich, sits in almost two acres of land with sea views

Coastal investment: This six-bedroom Victorian house in Triminham, Norwich, sits in almost two acres of land with sea views

The property is currently being run as a successful holiday let business, and is being sold for £600,000 via Coast and Country estate agents

The property is currently being run as a successful holiday let business, and is being sold for £600,000 via Coast and Country estate agents

This six-bedroom Victorian house in Triminham, Norwich, sits in almost two acres of land with sea views.

It is currently being run as a successful holiday let business, and is being sold for £600,000 via Coast and Country estate agents.

10. Three-bed house, South Norwood, London £200k

The last property on the list is a three-bedroom house in London with a guide price of £200,000, which is being sold via Auction House

The last property on the list is a three-bedroom house in London with a guide price of £200,000, which is being sold via Auction House

The last property on the list is a three-bedroom house in London with a guide price of £200,000.

It is semi-detached and is being sold at auction – via Auction House London – where properties tend to sell for more than the original guide price.

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Folkestone dubbed the new Whitstable after undergoing a dramatic transformation

Every year around this time we hear of plans to regenerate run-down seaside towns and dreary resorts, from Margate to Morecambe. 

Yet none could match the dramatic transformation of Folkestone on Kent’s south coast.

Just ten years ago, Folkestone was on the slide. ‘I moved here in 2015 from Gran Canaria to work in a hotel and parts of the town, notably the harbour area, were scary — so I moved on to Canterbury,’ says Alex Rodriguez, 31, now a freelancer working in corporate communications.

Turning the tide: The Kent seaside town’s once off-limits harbour is now an enticing location

Turning the tide: The Kent seaside town’s once off-limits harbour is now an enticing location

‘Then I heard about the changes going on, so in 2020 I moved back here with my husband and picked up a three-bedroom Victorian end-terrace house for £240,000. 

I have never regretted it — Folkestone nowadays has a really cool vibe and beautiful scenery.’

It is difficult to imagine the Folkestone that Alex found back in 2015. Much of the harbour and seafront was occupied by railway sidings, a squalid fairground and a flea market. The Old Town area was, to put it bluntly, a slum.

It took the ambition of Sir Roger De Haan to create the Folkestone of today. He bought the town’s harbour in 2004 with a view to regenerating it.

‘My parents started [travel company] Saga and when I sold the company in 2004 [for £1.35 billion] I was still only in my late 50s and I needed to carry on working,’ Sir Roger told me. ‘I decided on four strands of regeneration: education, buildings, the arts and sport.’

These areas were in desperate need of attention. Folkestone had one of the five least academically successful secondary schools in England. 

With an investment of £34 million, Sir Roger had architect Norman Foster design a replacement and it is now judged ‘good’ by Ofsted. 

Sir Roger also helped set up performance venues and ploughed money into a variety of sports facilities.

But the flagship of the new-look Folkestone is a development of 84 apartments on the sea-front. Set on shingle at the top of the beach, it is built of glistening white, glazed bricks. 

Broad balconies give the exterior a Gaudi-esque look, while inside the curvature of the tall windows means rooms are bathed in light. Materials of wood and pebble echo the seaside theme.

Prices range from £430,000 for a one-bedroom flat to £2.2 million for a penthouse. Six more blocks are planned, totalling 1,000 units (shorelinefolkestone.co.uk).

Nearby is the restored Harbour Arm, with its champagne bar, food stalls. Stroll south along the seafront and you pass brightly painted beach huts and a landscaped coastal path.

The revamped Old High Street is now bursting with independent shops and studios — not unlike popular and chi-chi Whitstable on the north Kent coast.

‘It has a really cosmopolitan atmosphere,’ says Alex. ‘There are lots of freelancers and we meet in a coffee shop twice a week, which gives a real sense of community.’

There’s a lot to attract newcomers, with London’s St Pancras just an hour away. So, with so many seaside towns looking to re-invent themselves, what’s the secret of a successful regeneration?

‘In areas where the economy is broken, it is not enough to just fix the buildings,’ said Sir Roger. ‘You have to give the town a whole new economic purpose … there must be one over-arching grand ambition.’

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Majority of Businesses (82%) Set to Boost R&D Funding in the Next Three Years

Businesses And R&D Funding

More than 78% of R&D professionals believe that an enhanced 50% R&D tax credit will incentivise green tech development

A recent report by the Industry Research and Development Group (IRDG) and KPMG sheds light on the state of Research and Development (R&D), highlighting the urgent need for increased funding to keep pace with other leading innovation-driven nations. Titled ‘Ireland’s Innovation Index,’ the report presents insights gathered from a survey of 394 respondents representing various sectors, including engineering, technology, medical, and software.

Growing Ambitions for R&D Investment

The findings of the report reveal that a significant majority (80%) of respondents plan to boost their R&D expenditure in the next three years, while 67% have already increased their R&D budgets over the past three years. Encouragingly, only a mere 4% anticipate a decrease in future R&D spending. This heightened commitment to R&D investment underscores its critical role in driving economic growth and competitiveness.

R&D Landscape

Ireland has demonstrated commendable performance in the realm of R&D, with a substantial proportion (69%) of multinational companies considering Irish R&D grants and tax supports on par with or even superior to those offered by other countries. Only 31% expressed a less favorable opinion. Moreover, 64% of the survey respondents have taken advantage of the Research and Development Tax Credit (RDTC), while 53% have availed themselves of semi-state grant supports. These figures indicate the value that companies place on government incentives to support their innovation endeavors.

The Need for Increased Funding

Despite the positive strides made, the report highlights the pressing need for Ireland to bolster its R&D funding to match the levels seen in leading innovation-driven nations. According to the IRDG, an additional €2 billion in funding is required to bridge this gap effectively.

Embracing Sustainability and Digitalization

The report also emphasizes the potential of enhanced R&D funding in promoting green tech development. An overwhelming 78% of R&D professionals believe that an improved 50% R&D tax credit would serve as a powerful incentive to drive innovation in sustainable technologies. This highlights the need to align R&D investment with the challenges of sustainability and digitalization, ensuring continued economic prosperity and positioning Ireland as a global leader in these areas.

The Importance of Support for SMEs and FDI

Dermot Casey, CEO at IRDG, underscores the significance of increased investment in innovation, particularly in supporting innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to create the next generation of Irish success stories, akin to industry leaders like Kingspan and Fexco. Additionally, such investment is crucial to bolster the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) sector. Businesses are poised to invest, but they require robust support to overcome challenges related to accessing skills, talent, and administrative burdens.

Competition in the Global Landscape

Ken Hardy, head of KPMG’s R&D incentives practice, draws attention to the intense competition among European jurisdictions, including neighboring countries like the UK, which are actively vying to attract R&D activities. In light of this landscape, Ireland must fortify its support systems and allocate a more substantial budget to maintain its competitiveness. Hardy commends the positive sentiment among over two-thirds of Irish RD&I professionals who view Ireland’s support systems as comparable to those of other countries.

Charting the Path Forward

The report underscores the urgent need for Ireland to bolster its investment in R&D, both to stimulate innovation and to address the challenges presented by sustainability and digitalization.

By increasing funding and providing comprehensive support to innovative companies, Ireland can seize opportunities for economic growth and maintain its position as a global hub for research and development. The collective efforts of industry, government, and academia will be instrumental in driving Ireland’s innovation agenda and securing a prosperous future.


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Ways Small & Medium-Sized Businesses Can Hire Big Tech Talent

In response to mounting financial concerns, tech giants like Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet (Google’s parent company) have recently implemented significant staff cuts. This has prompted industry leaders to reevaluate their hiring practices, recognizing the limitations of Big Tech’s ability to weather challenging economic times.

While the tech industry’s overall stability is assured, the combination of a declining economy and a previous surge in hiring has resulted in substantial job losses. However, this situation also presents an opportunity for small businesses and start-ups to tap into a pool of available tech experts.

To capitalize on this unique scenario, small and medium-sized business (SMB) owners must act swiftly to gain a competitive advantage over larger companies and attract highly skilled candidates.

In this article, John Elf, Technology Contributor at ‘Voice of EU’ and Head of Marketing at Vibertron Technologies, provides insights into some simple but effective strategies for attracting talent in a candidate-heavy market.

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can leverage consulting services to attract the best talent, just like big tech companies do. Here’s how SMBs can make use of consulting services to enhance their talent acquisition efforts:

1. Talent Acquisition Strategy Development: SMBs can engage consulting firms specializing in talent acquisition and HR strategies to help them develop a comprehensive talent acquisition strategy. These consultants can assess the organization’s needs, identify talent gaps, and devise effective recruitment and sourcing strategies tailored to the SMB’s specific industry and requirements. This strategic approach ensures that the SMB is targeting the right candidates and maximizing its resources.

2. Employer Branding and Positioning: Consulting firms experienced in employer branding can assist SMBs in developing a strong employer brand that resonates with their target talent pool. They can help SMBs articulate their unique value proposition, culture, and growth opportunities, ensuring that the organization stands out as an attractive employer. These consultants can also provide guidance on how to effectively communicate the employer brand across various channels to attract the best talent.

3. Recruitment Process Optimization: Recruitment service provider can help SMBs, same as LCEs, optimize their recruitment processes, making them more efficient and effective. Consultants can review and streamline the entire hiring process, from job postings and candidate screening to interview techniques and selection methodologies. By improving the candidate experience and ensuring a smooth and timely process, SMBs can enhance their reputation as an employer of choice.

4. Candidate Sourcing and Evaluation: Consulting firms specializing in talent acquisition can assist SMBs in sourcing and evaluating candidates. They can leverage their networks and resources to identify top talent and conduct thorough assessments, including skill evaluations, cultural fit analysis, and background checks. By leveraging external expertise, SMBs can access a broader candidate pool and make well-informed hiring decisions.

5. Compensation and Benefits Consulting: Attracting and retaining top talent often requires competitive compensation and benefits packages. SMBs can engage consulting firms that specialize in compensation and benefits to ensure their offerings align with industry standards and meet the expectations of high-caliber candidates. These consultants can provide insights into market trends, salary benchmarks, and innovative benefit options, enabling SMBs to remain competitive in talent acquisition.

6. Training and Development Programs: SMBs can leverage consulting services to design and implement training and development programs. These programs not only help attract talent but also contribute to employee retention and growth.

Consultants can identify skill gaps, design customized training modules, and provide guidance on employee development initiatives, ensuring that SMBs create a culture of continuous learning and professional advancement.

By utilizing consulting services in talent acquisition, SMBs can access specialized expertise, best practices, and industry insights that are typically associated with larger companies. This approach enables SMBs to compete for top talent on a more level playing field, enhancing their ability to attract and retain the best candidates.


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John Elf is Head of Marketing at Vibertron Technologies, and an Honorary Contributor at ‘Voice of EU’. A version of this article has already been published.


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