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Rob Hailstone, CEO of Hipag Services, has been appointed as a member of the Department of Communities and Local Government’s HIPs Consultative Committee. As a member of the HIP Providers Sub-Group, Hailstone helps provide industry feedback as the DCLG implements Government policy on the introduction of Home Information Packs on 1 June.

Says Rob Hailstone, ‘I’m pleased to have been invited to join the committee because I know the Government is listening to people who, like myself, have worked at the sharp end of property sales for many, and have a practical working interest in the issues and in
seeing HIPs HIPs implemented effectively.’

Estate Agents and Solicitors can learn more about the benefits of joining Hipag by visiting the website at or contacting Hipag direct on 020 7556 3985


About Hipag Services Ltd.

Hipag Services Ltd ( has been formed to assist independent estate agents and high street solicitor practices in England and Wales produce HIPs quickly and efficiently. Hipag currently has over 3,000 registered members, from Cornwall to Cumbria, who it will work in partnership with to produce HIPs rapidly, enabling property sales to proceed without delay.

Hipag’s membership includes local independent estate agents, high street solicitors practices, Home Inspectors and Domestic Energy Assessors who will prepare the Home Condition Reports or the Energy Performance Certificate.

Hipag Services has the financial backing of the OyezStraker Group, the UK's leading independent office products and business services company with 1,500 staff and £170m turnover.

Hipag Services believes its HIP will deliver more benefits than other HIPs for two main reasons. Firstly, because it will provide to the seller and the estate agent a HIP quickly that complies with legislation so that the property can be marketed without delay. Secondly, by working with its member firms it will ensure the HIP becomes comprehensive while the property is being marketed, and not after a buyer has been found, thereby providing a smoother, less stressful transaction and a quicker exchange of contracts.

Hipag can achieve these goals because its members -- solicitors, estate agents and home inspectors – will be local to the property being sold and will be working closely together. Their local knowledge and easy accessibility will make it easier for the property seller to meet and discuss potential problems with the professionals who will be working for them.

This local approach contrasts with that of many large HIP providers who plan to offer a service based on large centralised “call centre”-style HIP factories to prepare packs.

About The OyezStraker Group Ltd.

The OyezStraker Group Ltd ( is the UK's leading independent office products and business services company with 1,500 staff and £170m turnover.

The Group was formed in 1997 through the merger of Oyez and Straker, two well-known companies with strong brands in the office products and stationery market. Companies in the Group consist of: OyezStraker, Stat Plus, Lynch McQueen and Whitegrove. The Oyez brand name is synonymous with the supply legal office supplies, legal software, forms publishing, speech solutions, document production and company formations.

For further information:-

Kelly DeSilva,Oyez Straker Tel:+44 020 8774 3411

Jacqui Green, JGMpr Tel: +44 020 7808 0113

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