“Richard made a mistake, for which he apologised both swiftly and unreservedly. All too often, external organisations or individuals try to exert pressure, when they are not privy to facts of cases. “I work on an on-going basis with the Premier League, both as CEO of one of its member clubs and as part of its legal advisory group. I have never encountered any discrimination based on my gender and in my regular dealings with Richard he has always acted in a professional manner.” Scudamore has now promised to hold a series of meetings across football to reassure people of his commitment to promote women in the game. Ouseley added: “It is incumbent now on the chief executive of the Premier League to establish trust and confidence among the many people in football who believe that there is one rule for them, and another one for those that run the game.” The 17 Premier League clubs – not including the three that were relegated – decided against any further disciplinary action against Scudamore after hearing he had apologised for sending sexist emails. Brady said: “Obviously myself and the clubs are disappointed at what they have seen and heard, but no more so than Richard himself. “He has served not only the Premier League, but the wider game over the last 17 years and very few have done more, in my opinion, to open up football, to support women in the game and take the whole anti-discrimination agenda forward. “I have known Richard for 20 years and he is categorically not sexist. “We have unanimously accepted his apology and contrition at face value, and now we move on to ensuring more is delivered under Richard’s tenure going forward.” Sunderland’s chief executive Margaret Byrne also made clear her support for him, but the head of anti-discrimination group Kick It Out, Lord Herman Ouseley, claimed the Premier League’s process in dealing with Scudamore was “flawed”. Ouseley said: “Richard Scudamore is one of the most successful and powerful men in world football. The outcome of today’s proceedings into the revealed emails and their contents leaves the status quo intact. “The process adopted by the Premier League is a flawed one and there was only ever going to be one outcome. It is incumbent on the Premier League to put in place a proper, objective, fair and independent process for dealing with such important matters in future.” Byrne said Scudamore had always dealt with her in a professional manner. She said: “I wholeheartedly endorse the decision made today and I am delighted that common sense has prevailed. Press Association West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has insisted that Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore “is categorically not sexist” – but that she was disappointed to learn of the emails he had sent.
Rightmove has released a new tool that enables tenants to booking viewings directly through its website following a pilot last year with a small group of agents.Called Viewings Manager, the portal is now inviting member agents to sign up to the programme which it claims, following extensive testing, helps agents more easily schedule viewing appointments, cut down on tenant no-shows, pre-qualify applicants and receive feedback on properties.Available to anyone with a standard membership package for free, there are already over 200 agents using the tool.AppointmentsThe tech asks prospective tenants to choose three potential appointment dates and times between 9am and 7pm and identify their employment status, credit history and confirm the minimum household income needed to rent the property.Once booked, they are sent email and text reminders about the viewing, but are able to use a one-click cancellation button.East Riding of Yorkshire agent Jon Myers of Quick & Clarke in Yorkshire says the tool has almost halved the number of tenant no-shows, as he says tenants are more likely to cancel if they can just click a button rather than having to call them, saving them time and improving the quality of tenant leads they receive.Rightmove says the tool can’t integrate yet with estate agency CRM suites but an upgrade due next year will enable it to put bookings into agent’s diaries/calendars.The system also works in tandem with Rightmove’s referencing service, which comes from Van Mildert, which it acquired in July last year.Visit the Rightmove page.viewings manager Jon Myers Quick & Clarke Rightmove November 13, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 16th November 2020 at 2:00 pmZillow’s pivot in September when it cut agents out of the loop and went for a Zillow agent centric model is as I have been commenting on a warning to all that real estate is changing.My thoughts on Rightmove and their booking tool is that they have not developed the sophisticated solution that will overcome the multiple agents needs/diaries, and the MVP they have announced is more a sound bite to make them look as though they are evolving their 20 year old one dimensional model than anything else.Homehere.co with Lou Quinn and John Curley are to quote a celebrity ‘the real deal’ when it comes to a solution that books appointments and has a digital applicant box mentality which can accurately qualify property and rental buyers.Log in to Replyjohn curley, homehere homehere 14th November 2020 at 5:31 amGlad to see that RM has woken up to the need to automate viewing and applicant qualification, we have a much deeper and better solution that agents have been using for some time that allows you to automate engagement, qualification and booking of not only RM, but ZPG, OTM and even you website enquiries!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » More than a portal? Rightmove launches online bookings service for viewings previous nextProptechMore than a portal? Rightmove launches online bookings service for viewingsRightmove says its new ‘Book a viewing’ service on its website pre-qualifies tenants and prevents annoying no-shows.Nigel Lewis13th November 20202 Comments1,409 Views