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Gavin Pringle, COO VPSitex

16,000 empty homes and between 10% and 20% of retail shops lying empty in Ireland, managing and looking after vacant properties is an important topic

"Managing vacant property" IPFMA Skillnet Seminar October 22nd, National College of Ireland, Dublin.

* Moves to larger venue as interest spikes *

“Today there are more options for securing vacant or remote properties than ever before, from the traditional guarding options through to time and cost-saving technological solutions”

Gavin Pringle, Chief Operating Officer of VPSitex, joins Michael McNamee at the IPFMA event, National College or Ireland.

Gavin Pringle, the COO of VPSitex, Ireland’s leading vacant property specialist, has been invited to speak at IPFMA, the Irish Property and Facilities Management Association, who are running a Skillnet seminar at the National College of Ireland, Dublin, on October 22nd.

The seminar “Managing vacant property” picks up on the practical, legal and insurance compliance issues dealing with vacant properties, and has had to request a larger venue from the National College as interest in the seminar rises.

“With over 16,000 empty homes and between 10% and 20% of retail shops lying empty in Ireland, managing and looking after vacant properties is an important topic today.” Says Mr. Pringle. “If these assets are looked after well, and maintained, protected and secured against water damage and acts of vandalism or theft, they will provide new homes for tenants and entrepreneurs much more quickly than if they are neglected.”

“Any property would be damaged by a burst water pipe or a leaking roof, but vacant sites are particularly vulnerable because if such events are not detected early, they can cause far more damage with catastrophic costs to repair.”
Mr Pringle, who has been a Director at FTSE 500 companies such as Tarmac and Biffa Waste Management, also explains “Today there are more options for securing vacant or remote properties than ever before, from the traditional guarding options through to time and cost-saving technological solutions. Our innovation centre, for example, have developed the Veriflow, a clever device that can detect not only changes to water flow in a pipe, but whether there is an attempt to cut the pipe. Sad to say, but with metal theft rife these days, it’s a necessary precaution.”

This is a free-to-attend event for IPFMA Members but also to qualifying jobseekers, as part of the Skillnet learning opportunity, and qualifies for three hours CPD.

VPSitexis part of Europe’s largest vacant property specialists, VPS, and every year almost 20,000 empty homes and commercial units that have been looked after by the company are re-let to new tenants or sold to new owners.

The Irish Property and Facility Management Association (IPFMA) is the leading professional body for the property management and facility management profession in the Republic of Ireland.

Both Mr Pringle and the VPSitex Business development Manager, Michael McNamee, will speak at the afternoon event alongside speakers from Savills, Matheson and Corporate Risk. Attendance will cost €25 to non-members of IPFMA. Contact professionaldevelopment@ipfma.com for more information.

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Editor’s Notes

For media enquiries or for an interview with Gavin Pringle or Michael McNamee:
+353 (0) 1867 1188
ireland@vpsitex.ie

About vacant properties in Ireland:

One in five shops lying empty as retail crisis deepens: 25th March 2013 http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/one-in-five-shops-l...

Department of Environment - Housing Agency: National Housing Development Survey November 2012
http://www.environ.ie/en/Publications/DevelopmentandHousing/...

About VPSitex

VPSitex are specialists in securing, maintaining and managing vacant properties across a wide range of customer and industry sectors the world over.

Core services cover the complete property lifecycle from an initial risk assessment, to security, monitoring, clearing, cleaning, maintenance and preparation. These services protect properties against unauthorised access and a variety of hazards such as arson, theft, squatting and unauthorised occupation.

Our extensive range of services provide customers with the peace of mind that vacant property is safe and secure, and most importantly, helping to retain its value.
For more information visit http://www.vpsitex.ie/

For media enquiries or for an interview with Gavin Pringle or Michael McNamee:
+353 (0) 1867 1188
ireland@vpsitex.ie

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