Has it really been 10 years?

06/Feb/2014
Blog Author: 
Hilary Grayson

It is the 10th anniversary of National Energy Services’ acquisition of the Surveyors and Valuers Accreditation. Hilary Grayson, Principal Consultant at NES, reminisces on the past 10 years of SAVA working with NES...among other things.

The last 10 years have had their ups (who can forget the wonderful Fast Track courses run in conjunction with the College of Estate Management?) and their downs (probably the less said about the 18th July 2006 the better!) but I am still here and still championing condition reports and surveyor training.

Things are on the up.  It looks as though the housing market has turned a corner at last, and NES’ commitment to the residential surveying profession is going from strength to strength.  The new residential surveyor qualifications have been recognised by RICS and the final details are almost agreed, the number of Home Condition Surveys being lodged is showing a healthy increase and we are working more closely with Bluebox Partners (Phil Parnham, Chris Rispin, Larry Russen and Alan Appleby) to bring quality residential surveyor CPD and training to the market.

NES has changed.  When it acquired SAVA Brian Scannell was the Managing Director and the National Energy Foundation was the major share holder.  10 years on, Brian has left to pursue his original love, Oceanography, and Austin Baggett is now steering us through our next phase of growth and development, and the business is now owned by Kingfisher plc.  I have sat at numerous different desks (we are always having an office move it seems) and am now firmly wedded to my iPad and my iPhone, as well as my laptop.

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NES is also going mobile.  You may have seen on our website that we will be introducing NES Touch in April.  Designed initially for Energy Assessments, it offers an enormous potential to revolutionise how we might collect and collate the information needed for condition reports.  Ok, so I am getting a bit ahead of myself since that development is not quite yet on the programmers roadmap, but who knows? 

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And then there is the condition report itself.  With the support of Kingfisher (strap line “ Better homes – better lives”) who knows where this might go over the next couple of years.

So, are we where I expected to be when I rolled up to Milton Keynes back in November 2003? Well of course not.  I thought we would have armies of Home Inspectors, doing thousands of Home Condition Reports.  But am I optimistic about the next 10 years?  You bet I am!

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