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Sales Manager Becomes British Dragan Champion

May 31, 2012

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By Michael Hoppitt

Breaking News…..

Following on from our recent story in April, Motorbike Sales Manager Phil Byerley has realized his dream of becoming the Dragan Challenge Sprint champion, beating all-comers from across the country, and even going up against legendary strongman Mariusz Pudzianowski.

On the 19th of May 2012, Phil completed his 2 year journey to become British champion, earning the title of Britain’s Fastest Endurance Lifter, competing on the main stage in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the NEC Body Power event in Birmingham, a 2 day international fitness bonanza. 

For the Dragan Challenge Sprint competition, competitors must lift a 20kg dumbbell from having their arms straight down by their sides, curling it up to their shoulder, then finally pressing it up over their head until their arms are straight, doing one arm after the other, for a lung and muscle busting 100 reps.  

To win the overall championship, Phil had to endure two grueling rounds of this with just 30 minutes rest in-between, against the best fellow lifters in the country and guest athletes trying to test their mettle.

Phil won the semi final in an amazing 3 minutes 24 seconds, dashing the dreams of four other regional champions. In the final, he was pitted against 3 of Britain’s best lifters Nuno Barretto , Mick Swickbank and Kurt Hoffman, both Mick and Kurt former team British Champions for the North of England and Nuno the star of Southern Britain in 2011.

In an adrenaline filled effort, and roared on by the strong Midlands contingent in the crowd Phil pulled ahead in the final last few reps hanging on to win the British Finals in an awe-inspiring 3 minutes 14 seconds, and was elated to have finally realized his dream.

Five-time Worlds Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski came on stage to congratulate Phil and present him with his prizes, including a generous £500 worth of Maximuscle products.

Phil say’s “my adrenaline was pumping all day and then to win was absolutely amazing, I felt so much pride and it was such a great honour to receive my prizes from Marius and then lift against him”

The crowd was then delighted and cheering when Phil and Mariusz picked up the dumbells for an encore and lifted for another 30 reps or so.

When asked what his next challenge will be, Phil said “it’s time to relax for the time being after the intense training over the past few months, and wait and see what challenges come along next. I’d also like to say a big thank-you to everyone who’s helped and supported me, all my family and friends, and everyone at CIA.

Watch this space for Sales Manager Phil Byerley’s next great physical feat!

 

 

Here is a small piece from the Dragan Challenge website…

Mens SPRINT finals 2012

Men’s elite 20kg sprint (100 reps) was the first time that athletes were required to get through a semi – final before completing another 100 reps for their GRAND FINAL, meaning that both endurance and power would be tested to their max. Winner Phil Byerley smashed out a winning time of 3min 14 to not only beat all his competitors, but also beat all previous best times set at LA Fitness clubs across the country in 2012!

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Thinking about becoming a landlord? Consider where to buy property in the UK

March 15, 2012

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Have you thought about the best areas in the UK to become a landlord?

Renting property is very popular and has been for a while with mortgage deposits being too high there seems to be no let up in the rental market.

Have you considered buying property near Universities?

Have you considered buying property near Universities?

Have you considered key places in the country to buy and let out property?

  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Cities ie London, Manchester and Birmingham

A postcode survey has taken place and it has shown the unlikely places to be the most popular for landlords.

The contenders for most popular place…

  • Blackpool – Listed as one of the best for landlords as it has low property value and high rent
  • Wigan
  • Romford
  • Uxbridge
  • Cleveland
  • Luton

Website hip-consultant.co.uk have found a similar survey that lists London as one place with the biggest demand for rental properties in this country.

Listed after London are…

  • Luton
  • Cambridge
  • Milton Keynes
  • Portsmouth
The Borough's in Luton

The Borough's in Luton

These towns and cities are so popular, property is let almost straight after the property has been advertised. This is mainly due to people moving to these places for word and not wanting to commute and because of good schools and Universities being in a certain area.

Always think carefully about becoming a landlord, it isn’t always down to where you let, it’s also who you let to. Consider your landlord insurance policy after you have found where you would like to buy property.

Consider everything before letting out property, Where you buy and who you let to

Consider everything before letting out property, Where you buy and who you let to

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West Midlands property business praised for energy saving scheme

November 9, 2011

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Stewardson Properties are among the first private landlords to have solar panels fitted onto their properties

A property business in the West Midlands are to be praised in Parliament as a ‘fantastic’ example of innovation.

The property business, which is in Cradley Heath near Birmingham, is run by Phillip and Mark Stewardson. Stewardson Properties are among the first private landlords to have solar panels fitted onto the properties they rent out, which then makes fuel costs cheaper for the tenants who work there.

A converted pub in Birmingham, which has been turned into the companies offices and four flats, have recently had panels fitted. A 16 panel installation was rolled out and had saved an estimated £400-a-year in costs.

Phillip and Mark are now planning to extend the scheme to as many of their properties as possible. Their money-saving scheme has been commended by James Morris, West Midlands MP.

Mr Morris, who represents Halesowen and Rowley Regis, said: “It is fantastic that a local company is leading the way in making the benefits of solar power available to their tenants, having seen how much the company saved from having panels on their own offices.

“Support from Government means that homeowners and landlords get paid for the electricity that their solar panels generate, whilst tenants benefit from cheaper electricity bills.

“I will be raising this in Parliament as a fantastic example of local landlords taking innovative action to help their tenants and the environment.”

Phillip Stewardson, 47, has said that this is a “win-win” plan after Government backing, but not all of their properties will get the solar panels installed. He said: “As a businessman it makes perfect sense. Not only do the tenants get the benefit of cheaper electricity, but we get paid by the Government for installing the panels.

“It’s win-win. It’s a green initiative and we’re reducing the carbon footprint of all out properties, plus it adds between one and two percent to our annual yield.

“We won’t be able to install them on every property we own because not every roof is suitable and some of our buildings are listed. But we will be doing surveys and putting them in where the survey is favourable and the tenants want the installation.”

The ‘Feed In Tariff’, which was launched by the Government last  year, will give people who are generating their own electricity with solar panels and other energy-saving products a payout.

Users of these products will be paid for the power they produce, the Governments are calling this a ‘sweetener’ for installing the energy-saving products. All additional electric is sent back to the National Grid.

 

Source- Landlord & Buy-to-let

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