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Preparing for GDPR at urbanbubble

The General Data Protection Regulation will affect almost every business in Britain: urbanbubble is no exception. The EU-led legislation will be enforced on 25th May 2018, transforming the way in which organisations control and process data held on European citizens.Read more…

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Five Minutes With… Andrea Thornhill

We have a chat with Business Change Manager, Andrea Thornhill, to learn about how urbanbubble manage growth and change in the organisation.   Tell us about your role at urbanbubble As the Business Change Manager, I lead a small teamRead more…

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What Do Your BSA and BSM Do?

In 2010, we took a careful look at our operations and decided that there must be a better way of managing buildings than assigning cleaners, caretakers, facility managers and property managers to juggle apartment scheme responsibilities. It seemed to usRead more…

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DCLG Consultation On Industry Regulations And Qualifications: Our Response

This October, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) launched a much-anticipated consultation on the regulations and qualifications of residential property and block managers. Announced at the ARMA Conference, the initiative has sweeping implications for regulation of the industry,Read more…

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Five Minutes With… Alma Volk, Assistant Property Manager

We take time out with Assistant Property Manager, Alma Volk, to learn about her journey at urbanbubble so far.   Tell us about your role at urbanbubble As an Assistant Property Manager, I’m the initial point of contact for residents,Read more…

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The Rise Of Build To Rent: A Spotlight On The Slate Yard

Tower blocks have always been the most efficient means of bringing accommodation to the masses. However, the nature of city centre apartment schemes has changed considerably over the years. Once a cost-effective stop-gap for city workers – often young professionalsRead more…

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Maintaining Safety & Security At Our Properties

The safety and security of our buildings and occupants is of utmost priority at urbanbubble, particularly in autumn and winter when seasonal changes can cause a number of issues. One of the most prevalent relates to homelessness in Manchester cityRead more…

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How To Handle A Leak In Your Property

At urbanbubble, we deal with leaks on a daily basis. They are extremely common in apartment schemes, especially older managed builds that have deteriorated over time. There are all sorts of sources from which leaks can occur, from communal pipework,Read more…

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Pitfalls To Avoid When Selling Your Leasehold Property

 When the time comes to sell your leasehold property, the last thing you want is a long, drawn-out process. And yet, all too often, we see leaseholders waiting weeks – or even months – to complete their sale due toRead more…

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Five Minutes With… Gill Laws, HR Co-Ordinator

 We sit down for a chat with Gill Laws, our HR Co-Ordinator, to learn about her role at urbanbubble, how it’s evolved and what makes her tick.   Tell us about your role at urbanbubble As the company’s HR Co-Ordinator,Read more…

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Managing insurance on your apartment scheme

In most cases, the freeholder has the authority to place buildings insurance on behalf of all owners within an apartment scheme. This typically includes buildings cover plus terrorism (now mandatory), but not contents for the fixtures, fittings and belongings ofRead more…

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Fire Prevention

Since the Grenfell Tower disaster urbanbubble have communicated to all Residents and Leaseholders to confirm what the fire policy is for each of the blocks that urbanbubble manage.  Our Director of Property Management attended a meeting with the Mayor ofRead more…

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urbanbubble team members participate in Worsley’s sleepout

As a company urbanbubble has recently become all too aware of the increase in homelessness in Manchester. A number of our residents have raised concerns about the levels of homelessness and as our office is in the city centre weRead more…

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Manchester’s Private Rented Sector

Manchester, a thriving city with an estimated population growth of 20% by 2025 has been voted the best place to live in the UK for the second year running by the Global Livability Survey. Bursting with young professionals, Manchester hasRead more…

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Private Rented Communities by urbanbubble

Check out our Private Rented Communities by urbanbubble Place North West keynote that was presented by urbanbubble MD and Founder, Michael Howard.   Private Rented Communities by urbanbubble

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A message from HOME

Meet urbanbubble Thanks for supporting us from day 1! Our valued supporters, urbanbubble, who joined us back in May 2015, were founded by Michael Howard in 2008 and are a Manchester based, multi-award winning Residential Property Management company, Private Rented SectorRead more…

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Help end Manchester’s homelessness crisis!

We love our city and we know you do too! The Manchester Homelessness crisis is getting worse and worse and so we want to try to help and you can do too. Our head of finance, Debbie Yarrow, will beRead more…

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WHO’S THE BEST GOLFER IN MANCHESTER?

MANCHESTER … ARE YOU UP FOR A CHALLENGE? We recently tweeted about Spinningfields’ latest mini golf venture … and it got us thinking… #ManchesterNine hole mini golf course and sports bar to open in @Spinningfields next month pic.twitter.com/mzNpmPGnc0 — urbanbubble (@urbanbubbleUK) March 30,Read more…

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urbanbubble launches sales & lettings arm and wins first major development

January 2016, urbanbubble launched the sales & lettings arm to provide an unrivalled holistic service to our customers. At urbanbubble sales & lettings, we believe we can deliver a unique customer experience as we have an award winning background, aRead more…

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THREE WINS, TWO MONTHS INTO 2016

2016 has already kicked off with a bang for urbanbubble; a duo of new development appointments; The Crescent, a PRS scheme in Salford and Ironworks, a multi-purpose development in Leeds (plus many more in the pipeline), and a major win; Residential ManagementRead more…

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PRS thought leader, urbanbubble, invited to present research findings

On 16th December 2015, Michael Howard, MD of urbanbubble, was invited by Build Environment Networking (BEN) to present; his findings on the PRS market in New York and Philadelphia, his journey to becoming a PRS thought leader in Manchester andRead more…

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We’ve moved!

urbanbubble have officially moved and we love our new home! Planning on visiting us? Here’s what you’ll need to know… Location We are located in the city centre in Sevendale House, 1st Floor, 7 Dale Street, Manchester. Our postcode is:Read more…

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urbanbubble nominated for Insider Residential Award

We are proud to announce that urbanbubble are not only sponsoring the ‘Personality of the Year’ award at the prestigious Insider Awards, but we have also been shortlisted for ‘Residential Management Agent of the Year’. With urbanbubble’s team growth ofRead more…

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URBANBUBBLE TALKS PRS

With the recent appointment of Fred Done’s PRS Trinity Scheme and the forecast of Manchester’s population exceeding 600,000 by 2030 creating a need to provide 55,000 homes over the next 15 years, urbanbubble MD, Michael Howard talks about PRS and how residential property managementRead more…

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Ian Chatburn Appointed As Director

Ian Chatburn, former Braemar Estates director of 9 years joins urbanbubble as a Director. Ian has joined to help develop our business’ strategy and service offer for Private Rented Sector (PRS) schemes. “I am delighted to join urbanbubble at a significant period for the growth of theRead more…

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WE’RE MOVING…

We’ve just signed a ten year lease for a 5,900 sq ft office on the first floor of Sevendale House in Manchester’s Northern Quarter! We will be moving from our current location at Swan Square, Tib Street to accommodate our ever growing office basedRead more…

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#Help4Humphrey Campaign

Shaping Cloud has set up a ‘Trade it up’ campaign; #Help4Humphrey, to help Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital continue the incredible work they do with the patients and their families. Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital provide care for 200,000 patients a year andRead more…

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URBANBUBBLE TO MANAGE FRED DONE’S TRINITY

urbanbubble has recently been appointed by FICM, Fred Done’s development company, to provide the management of his new private rented sector (PRS) development in Salford. The development will comprise of 380 apartments and seven townhouses at the junction of Trinity Way andRead more…

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URBANBUBBLE BECOME CORPORATE SPONSORS OF HOME

We are proud to announce that we are one of the sponsors for the opening of HOME, the new centre for theatre, arts and cinema created by merging the Cornerhouse and Library Theatre into a brand new venue at First Street. TheRead more…

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PRIVATE RENTED SECTOR

I’m proud of the journey we’ve been on to position ourselves as one of Manchester’s leading Property Management Companies and I’d go as far as to say that we are one of the best in our field at what weRead more…

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URBANBUBBLE BECOME CORPORATE SPONSORS OF MIF

On February 5, 2015, urbanbubble proudly became corporate sponsors of the world’s only festival of original new work; Manchester International Festival (MIF). MIF15 has over 100 corporate and individuals supporting so far, with more still likely to support in theRead more…

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HEAD OF OPERATIONS AND DIGITAL & MARKETING MANAGER ROLES APPOINTED

Today Manchester based residential property management company urbanbubble announced it has made two key appointments – Debbie Yarrow as head of operations and Farah Bahsoon as digital and marketing manager. Debbie, who lives in Sale, joins urbanbubble with a wealthRead more…

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1 Night, 2 Awards, 3 miles apart & 4 Nominations ……

We’re just about all warmed up into 2014 and the first round of the City’s award celebrations are upon us, with Downtown in Business COMBA (City of Manchester Business Awards) 2014 at Manchester Cathedral and Talk of Manchester ‘Grafters’ AwardsRead more…

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Getting Leaner, Fitter and Better for Business – Hello 2014!

Happy New Year Everyone….and no, this isn’t a blog about joining or going to the Gym! The Christmas and New Year Break is often one of the best for us at urbanbubble as whilst we still have a job toRead more…

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North West Property Entrepreneur of 2013

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve written a blog and most who know me will probably joke and say it’s because your’e always away on holiday! Well, as it happens, I write this at Terminal B, New YorkRead more…

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URBANBUBBLE AND THE GRADUATES: ONLINE AND ON FIRE

With the younger generation the most affected by unemployment in today’s difficult economic climate, an internship is a great way to gain valuable experience. Whilst often criticised for offering little more than tea making duties, there are some in theRead more…

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Speaking at the Liverpool Engage Conference

I was asked by News on the Block whether I would like to speak at the Liverpool Engage conference which I took a little time to look into. Quick google here and twitter there and, well, wow! What a greatRead more…

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Made In Manchester Property Professional is..

Yes we really, really had no idea but the pro.manchester inaugural professional services awards were held on 7th February and I (Michael Howard here) won the award for Property Professional of 2013.   There were 7 shortlisted in the category,Read more…

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Insider 42 under 42 Blog on Growth

I was asked to write a blog for Insider NW, a fantastic business magazine which I am part of their current 42 Under 42 – a group of 42 business owners and leaders typically from Small businesses across all sectors.

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We Are Managing Agent of the Year 2012 for an RMC / RTM!

Christmas has come early for everyone at urbanbubble as we exceeded our most optimistic expectations and won Managing Agent of the Year for RMC’s/RTM’s at the News on the Block Property Management Awards in London.

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