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Month: May 2016


How much paper have we saved in the digital revolution?


It would be lovely to know, since we started doing everything online, how much this has contributed towards protecting the environment. It’s said that 40% of people say that they are “paper people”, preferring to see something in front of them on paper, instead of looking at a screen. However, according to the ONS (Office for National Statistics), consumption of paper and cardboard in the UK began to decline in 2001.

It is uncertain exactly how much paper has been saved in recent years in comparison to the times when computers were just big calculators. In this day and age, there seems to be an app or an online method for doing everything we’ve always done on paper, like getting our news, reading our books and even keeping track of our finances etc, with banks offering online statements instead of monthly paper statements in the post. Even weekly and monthly fashion magazines are available on your smartphone. A number of clothing stores have eliminated paper receipts for online orders, too, providing an e-receipt instead.

Here at Davidson Estates, we do our best for the environment. We send all of our waste paperwork to a paper shredding company, who then recycle the paper once shredded. We also encourage paper-saving when it comes to tenancy paperwork. Before a tenancy commences, we instruct inventory specialists, Skribes, to carry out the inventory and schedule of condition. This is then shared with us via email as a PDF, and we then share the report with our tenants. They can then use the PDF viewer on their phone/tablet/laptop to make any comments necessary and even sign the document. Inventory reports, depending on the size of the property, can sometimes be quite sizeable documents, so giving out paper copies of these would obviously be a waste when they can be shared online. There are some documents that do need to be signed with a handwritten signature, however, such as tenancy agreements. But, we have no doubt that these will one day be in digital form, too!


Park Regis Hotel


On 29th March this year, a luxurious new hotel located at the very top of Broad Street opened its doors to the public. The Park Regis Hotel, at 160 Broad Street, is the company’s first Europe hotel and has provided Birmingham with a fabulous new 4 star experience featuring the 1565 restaurant, bar and terrace on the 4th floor (open to the public), and the Birmingham’s second rooftop bar and restaurant – the Rofuto Japanese restaurant and the Kurabu cocktail lounge, both located on the 16th floor of the building – the first being the Marco Pierre White restaurant at the top of The Cube.

The Rofuto restaurant operates a strict pre-booking policy, and the Kurabu cocktail bar is only accessible for hotel guests. However, we were lucky enough to visit the bar on its opening night, Tuesday 26th April, to sample their delicious cocktails (we recommend the Midnight Geisha) and admire the city from a bird’s eye view.

From the comfort of your seat, you can look out across the majority of leafy Edgbaston, you can see the BT Tower, and you can even see as far as the West Bromwich Albion football ground. The staff were very welcoming and attentive, providing smiley table service and ensuring our empty glasses weren’t empty for long. It’s safe to say that it won’t be our last visit to the hotel and its bars & restaurants!