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Commendation


for brokers Birmingham-based specialist finance brokers Finance 4 Business has been commended by the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB), following an audit in February. The audit described Finance


4 Business as a ‘highly professional, well-established brokerage’. The NACFB also commended Finance 4 Business’s ‘robust compliance monitoring programme”, as well as its ‘excellent training and competence scheme’ and ‘comprehensive policies and procedures’. The NACFB represents more


than 1,600 commercial finance brokers across the UK and ensures that its members are maintaining high standards. Melanie Johnson (pictured),


Finance 4 Business’s operations director, said: “The excellent results we’ve received following the NACFB audit further highlight our commitment to offering clients and lenders the highest level of support that’s befitting of the reputation we’re renowned for.”


A virtual tour of the round room at Birmingham Museum


Visit museums from home


While the doors to the nine Birmingham Museums Trust venues across Birmingham are closed, the organisation has established a variety of ways people can experience its vast collections. The organisation has set up virtual tours, an


extensive image database and spotlight videos for individuals to view while the venues are closed. Janine Eason, director of engagement at Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “Our doors may be closed for now, but we are still there for our visitors. Art and culture can help us make sense of the world and often gives us an escape. We are lucky to have some excellent online resources so that people and families can explore the collection and continue to engage with us.


“We hope we can bring some joy and distraction to


everyone who needs it during this concerning time.” Birmingham Museums is an independent charity that


cares for the city’s collection of over a million objects on behalf of Birmingham City Council, which includes everything from steam trains and planes, to fashion and fine art. The Trust shares these objects with visitors at nine venues, including Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG), Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, and Aston Hall.


Here’s how you can explore the collection and engage with it online: • Thousands of images from the city’s collection are freely available to view, download, and use creatively. The online resource launched last year, and new out-


of-copyright images continue to be added. The database spans a range of areas from Pre-Raphaelite drawings and prints to historical views of Birmingham and the Midlands. Visit online at dams.birminghammuseums.org.uk


• Take a virtual tour of BMAG at tinyurl.com/bmagvirtualtour With thanks to ScanTech Digital, the 3D tour gives you the opportunity to visit the permanent galleries of the museum from the comfort of your own home.


• Visit the Birmingham Museums YouTube channel. A series of new object spotlight videos will be released over the coming weeks so you can learn more about some of the fascinating artworks on display. There is also an archive of past videos about displays and exhibitions. Visit the Museum’s YouTube channel or see social media for the latest videos.


• Step back in time and learn about the discovery of the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found via the Staffordshire Hoard website www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk


• Over 250 images from Birmingham’s collection are also available to download via Unsplash unsplash.com/@birminghammuseumstrust. Images can also be found on the museum’s Flickr and Pinterest social media sites. Oil paintings from the collection can be seen on Art UK’s website.


Property firm launches virtual viewings


Residential property firm Centrick has unlocked the key to success after launching virtual viewings in the wake of Covid-19. Within three weeks of offering renters and buyers the chance to see


properties via their screen, the estate agent has secured 42 new tenancies. As the UK headed into lockdown, Centrick rolled out a new ‘virtual


viewings’ service. Centrick has more than 140 properties in its portfolio including those to rent and to buy.


‘Covid-19 gave us the push that we needed to extend the service and make personal virtual viewings across our portfolio fast’


Chairman James Ackrill said the firm was determined to keep the market


moving despite the disruption caused by the global pandemic. He said: “The team is always looking at ways to innovate and improve


customer service, so we already had virtual tours for our larger high end properties, but Covid-19 gave us the push that we needed to extend the service and make personal virtual viewings across our portfolio fast. “We anticipated lockdown a few weeks prior and knew that, while


thrown into uncertainty, there would likely still be demand for house moves - especially those of key workers whose circumstances meant that they needed to be closer to work or away from families, to keep vulnerable members safe.” The video walkthrough tours are hosted on Centrick’s website, as well as major property portals.


28 CHAMBERLINK May 2020 Viewers are guided virtually through the property, using WhatsApp or


FaceTime, and can have their questions answered in real time. Family-run Centrick, which is headquartered in Birmingham and has five


offices, has also devised a contactless way of completing the key handover and move-in process. Majid Sayani, an NHS Pharmacist who moved into a property in Birmingham’s city centre, said: “The virtual viewings were a great idea. “While everyone is working remotely and futures are uncertain, it's great to have the ability to ensure my next home is secure.”


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