Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa, Nominated as World’s Leading Beach Resort 2017

Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa, Nominated as Worlds Leading Beach Resort 2017

Resort in Los Cabos nominated as World’s Leading Beach Resort.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, September 22, 2017 –(– Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Resort & Spa, a five-star resort in Cabo San Lucas, is proud to announce that it is competing to become World’s Leading Beach Resort for 2017. The World Awards are the top tier of the World Travel Awards program and nominees have a proven pedigree of being the world’s best.

Voting for this top tier is open for travel industry specialists as well as the general public until October 30th, 2017 and winners will be announced on the night of the Grand Final Gala Ceremony, which will take place on Sunday 10th December 2017 in Vietnam at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa – with government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media in attendance.

World Travel Awards (WTA), in its 24st year, is considered the Oscars of the Travel Industry. The annual program is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry. The honorable recipients of a WTA have undergone rigorous independent examination, proven their excellence and have raised industry standards.

Casa Dorada can include this World Travel Award 2017 nomination among its many accolades. The Resort has previously been nominated as a World Travel Awards finalist for Mexico & Central America’s Leading Luxury Resort in previous years as well as Leading Spa Resort in 2013. It was also a recent winner of the Golden Apple Awards granted by Apple Vacations for excellent service and quality.

Public can submit their vote on the following link:

About Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Resort & Spa
With an incomparable location on Medano Beach, the best swimmable beach of Los Cabos, Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Resort & Spa is just steps away from world-class shopping malls, dining, entertainment, and the marina. Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Resort & Spa offers an upscale service and family-friendly features to the Cabo San Lucas area. Boasting unobstructed vistas of land’s end and the famous Arch, the resort is located just 30 minutes away from Los Cabos International Airport. All of the 150 spacious one, two and three bedroom suites and penthouses, open up to Los Cabos most dazzling ocean view, while the luminous and contemporary interiors ensure comfort and satisfaction.

Forum Group – Ultra-Luxury Mega Project Nearing Completion with Half of Units Already Sold / Ultra-Luxury Mega Project to be Completed on Time

Forum Group – Ultra-Luxury Mega Project Nearing Completion with Half of Units Already Sold / Ultra-Luxury Mega Project to be Completed on Time

Resort-style residential development to welcome first residents at beginning of 2018; Number of villas to be finished ahead of schedule.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 21, 2017 –(– Dubai-based ultra-luxury property developer, Forum Group, has announced it is on course to complete its first residential project, XXII Carat, on time, with a number of villas due to be completed ahead of schedule.

The AED 1.3 billion ($355 million) project, Forum Group’s first in the region, will officially open its doors in January 2018 with the first villas due to be finished ahead of schedule in October 2017. Fifty per cent of the villas have already been sold and the remaining properties are on the market for between AED 39m ($11m) and AED 91.7m ($25m).

Located on The Palm Jumeirah’s West Crescent, the one-of-a-kind ultra-luxury mega project comprises 22 ultra-luxury villas of different styles and architecture – Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire. The Mediterranean architectural inspired seven-bedroom villas range from 8,000 to 13,000 square feet and are in a private beachfront gated community.

“We spend a great deal of time on the interiors of the villas making sure every detail is exactly how it is supposed to be. Construction wise, we move pretty quickly and that is something we are proud of,” said Anton Yachmenev, Managing Director of Forum Group.

“This project has been delivered ahead of time, on budget and we are excited to welcome our first residents in the very near future.”

Residents will enjoy a luxury hotel-inspired lifestyle offering spacious accommodation with the convenience of 24-hour, 7-day a week concierge and exclusive access to a private beachfront spanning 720 ft. with 360° views of Dubai Marina and the Arabian Gulf. Some of the villas will also feature AED 3.6m ($1m) bathtubs made by Italian specialist Baldi, which are hand carved from 10-ton Amazonian crystal.

Responsibility, efficiency and build quality, Mr Yachmenev says, are what set Forum Group apart from other developers.

“Setbacks are always a possibility, and we have to be realistic and prepare for every eventuality, but it is important to stay focused and always stay one step ahead,” he said.

“To be successful in this business you need three qualities: vision, determination and courage. It is not an easy road, but once you see your vision come to life, brick by brick, tile by tile, it is incredibly inspiring.

“Construction on the project began in August 2015 with the company primarily targeting High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) from the GCC as well as Russia, India and Europe.

Mr Yachmenev is keen to complete the project as promptly as possible so as not to keep existing customers waiting.

He added, “The completion of XXII Carat marks the opening of our first project in Dubai and indeed, the region, and is an important milestone in our growth in the region.”

About Forum Group
Forum Group oversees the full cycle of real estate development, from site selection to construction to management. Innovation and integration are key: each Forum Group project aims to embrace changing trends in real estate, with a focus on meeting, and indeed exceeding, client and user needs. The result is internationally renowned, high-end residential, commercial and office estates.

Forum Group is based in Dubai and plans to operate in several key segments of the real estate sector: affordable housing and elite mixed use projects; residential and serviced apartments and villas. Construction of XXII Carat began in July 2015 and is due for completion in the last quarter of 2017.

About Alston & Clayden
Aston & Clayden is a Dubai-based strategic communications agency specialising in luxury. Drawing on decades of experience in strategy, marketing, public relations, communications and events, we deliver innovative and impactful integrated solutions for clients in the property, fashion, automotive, lifestyle, finance and hospitality sectors. Alston & Clayden has been mandated to support Forum Group and XXII Carat project with a national, GCC and international media relations campaign, digital and event management.

Attuned to the unique challenges and intricacies of the luxury industry, we truly understand the value of return on investment, engagement and growth.

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AD1 Global Purchases Another Hotel Near Disney Orlando

Hollywood, FL, September 20, 2017 –(– AD1 Global, a hotel investment, acquisition and development company announced today the purchase of the Quality Inn Royale Parc Suites Orlando by Choice Hotels, located at 5876 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy in Kissimmee, Florida.

“This investment presented a unique opportunity to acquire another hotel in a fantastic location,” said Daniel Berman, AD1 Global President. “The property has many of the attributes that appeals to the demand-drivers’ specific to this market.”

Orlando welcomed 68 million visitors in 2016, which was a record, and Florida governor Rick Scott recently announced that the state was on track to break all previous visitor records in 2017.

“Orlando is booming right now,” said Berman. “The magic of Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World and the other attractions brings people and their families back year after year.”

This is AD1 Global’s third acquisition of 2017 and their fourth hotel to operate in the Orlando market. They also purchased a Candlewood Suites in Ft. Myers-Sanibel, and a Holiday Inn in historic Savannah, GA this year. The company also owns or is developing hotels in Palm Beach Gardens, Viera-Melbourne, Palm Bay, Dania Beach and Tamarac, Florida.

“Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, we deliver quality rooms in strategic locations at unbeatable values,” added Berman. “Our secret to success is really not a secret. It’s all about finding the right place at the right price at the right time. And then hiring friendly and knowledgeable staff that provide stellar service to guests.”

AD1 Global will seek to implement their vision and execute their business plan as soon as possible, with the goal of generating an attractive return on investment and enhancing long-term value as Disney and other theme parks continue to make significant investment in their parks; most notably with the planned addition of Star Wars Land.

“We think we are well positioned to perform favorably in this high demand hotel market.”

This most recent acquisition is an excellent illustration of AD1 Global’s investment strategy to enhance return by focusing on middle-market assets that offer the potential to achieve greater yields through the execution of traditional value-add strategies.

“We believe that the property, just minutes away from Disneyland, has a strong value-add component in one of the best performing hotel markets in the country. It is the latest addition to our portfolio that leverages deep industry knowledge and relationships to help generate attractive potential returns.”

The Royale Parc features 1- and 2-bedroom suites with French Quarter-style furnishings. All suites have separate living areas, kitchenettes (with microwaves, dishwashers and coffeemakers) and flat-screen TVs.

Amenities and services include cooked breakfast, Wi-Fi, and shuttle service to Disney World®, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld. There are several dining options, including a pizzeria, a poolside bar and a cafe. Other amenities include an outdoor atrium pool with a bar and a hot tub, an exercise room, a playground and a game room.

About AD1 Global:
AD1Global is a hospitality development and management company located in Hollywood, Florida. The company excels in all facets of the hospitality industry, ranging from the acquisition of existing hotels, new developments, renovations, daily operations and management contracts.

AD1 Global offers complete and comprehensive hotel solutions tailored to the specific needs of each individual property. The company’s goal is to continuously improve the work-process resulting in highly profitable hotels.

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Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental Adds SWM Motorcycles to Its Adventure-Ready Fleet

New options for motorcyclists wanting to get off the beaten path in the biking paradise.

Quito, Ecuador, September 20, 2017 –(– Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental, the most experienced motorcycle tour operator in Ecuador and provider of the most extensive fleet of rental motorcycles in South America, announced today that it is adding four new motorcycles from the Italian manufacturer SWM to its fleet. The two models selected – the RS 650R and the Gran Milano 440 – will add even more riding options for those seeking that rare combination of off-road / on-road excitement that has put Ecuador on the adventure-riding map.

“Ecuador is one of the most exciting places in the world to ride a motorcycle and these new bikes from SWM add more possibilities for unforgettable adventure,” stated Court Rand, Co-Owner and Lead Guide at Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental. “We anticipate that the addition of the Gran Milano and RS 650R to our fleet will generate even more excitement in the adventure-motorcycling community and contribute to our continued growth.”

The Gran Milano is the first café racer in the company’s fleet which has been generally more focused on dual-sport adventure bike options. With thousands of miles of freshly paved roads, Ecuador has the highest per-capita investment rate in road infrastructure in the Americas. Now, the Italian retro bike will allow visitors to enjoy South America’s most exciting paved roads and historic cities in style. It will appeal to new and younger riders and to those who prefer a bike with a shorter seat height.

The RS 650R is essentially a Husqvarna TE630 – a bike that was a successful part of Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental’s fleet back in 2011. The TE630 was a reliable and capable machine that was abandoned by KTM when it acquired Husqvarna from BMW. It was resurrected by SWM as the RS 650R in 2014 and, after a few tweaks here and there, is today rolling off the assembly line in Lombardia, Italy. “We’re thrilled to have this lightweight, versatile bike back into our fleet. It has the agility of a small enduro bike yet the power of a 650. It is a bike that can definitely take anything Ecuador throws at it,” explained Sylvain Gallea, co-owner of the Quito-based motorcycle tour operator.

Like all of Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental’s motorcycles, the Italian-made bikes will be fitted with accessories and extras that will make them an outstanding choice for riding in one of the world’s most bio-diverse countries. The bikes are equipped to enable customers to explore the country on their own self-guided tour or as part of one of the many guided tours provided by Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental.

About Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental
Winner of the 2017 “Motorcycle Tour Operator of the Year” award from Luxury Travel Guide, Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental is the country’s first motorcycle tour operator. Working with local, professional guides they design and outfit tours for adventure enthusiasts who wish to explore Ecuador on two wheels. They are open 7 days a week and provide full-service rentals of mountain bikes, motor scooters, and motorcycles at reasonable daily and weekly rates.

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BlueHive Strategic Environments Announces Acquisition of Award Winning Marketing Agency

BlueHive Strategic Environments Announces Acquisition of Award Winning Marketing Agency

Shared vision, creative synergies, and significate resources will redefine what it means to be a full-service creative agency in todays digital environment.

Worcester, MA, September 19, 2017 –(– BlueHive Strategic Environments, an industry leader in trade show exhibits, events, and corporate interiors, announced today the acquisition of Paris Marketing LLC, a digital marketing agency specializing in brand management for B2B organizations. The combination of each organization’s strengths and resources means they can now offer clients innovations and solutions that are not available elsewhere in their respective markets. The acquisition agreement was closed September 1, 2017.

For BlueHive President Paul Hanlon, embracing forward thinking is standard operating procedure when it comes to growing his company. To illustrate this point, Hanlon, in response to the financial recession of 2009, acquired Continental Woodcraft, a high-end custom milling company. The ability to physically build customized booths onsite and on demand allowed BlueHive to streamline their work process and leverage an economy of scale that remains unmatched in its industry. Building on the success of this model, in 2016, Hanlon brought in video and social media services to support its trade and exhibit clients. Although no one knew it at the time, this decision would form the basis for the future acquisition of Paris Marketing. In 2017, Paul Hanlon was formally recognized for these achievements and was awarded the Worcester Business Journal’s 2017 Business Leader: Innovator of the Year Award.

As Hanlon considered how to best support “physical” trade and exhibit clients in a “digital” environment, he saw a trend wherein more clients were turning to BlueHive for services he considered outside the realm of traditional event activities. The reasoning made sense; BlueHive intimately knew the client’s brand and its industry, and because trade shows make up a significant investment of a company’s annual marketing budget – there is no room for error. For clients working with outside creative agencies, there was always an additional layer of communication and time needed for both parties to get in alignment. If an agency could be brought in sooner, or be a more integral part of the pre- and post-exhibit process, then customers would naturally enjoy a deeper, more seamless experience with the company’s brand at every touch point.

“When our clients came looking for marketing services, we either had to turn them away or refer them to other agencies, it wasn’t our strong suit at the time. Now, clients from any industry can receive top-level marketing and brand services in a more cohesive and, we believe, effective way. It’s very exciting to be able to offer consumers an alternative solution to a creative challenge that didn’t exist before.” – Paul Hanlon

Once the decision was made, Hanlon started his search for a marketing agency that shared BlueHive’s ability to balance form and function from beginning to end. He soon landed on Paris Marketing, a Worcester-based digital agency focused in professional service industries. The organizations began what would become a yearlong strategic partnership before deciding to merge into one holistic company.

Prior to launching Paris Marketing in 2012, Lisa Woodford was the Director of Marketing for a national litigation firm and was at the peak of her career in the legal marketing industry. Building and managing brands in highly-regulated and risk averse industries taught Lisa the value of developing variable scenarios and outcomes to help her clients successfully navigate their complex marketing landscapes. This experience also gave Lisa the resilience and agility to see opportunity, where many others saw barriers.

It was this well-balanced perspective that Lisa drew upon when two Achilles tendon injuries forced her to consider a transition in her career. Rather than seeing her injury as a setback, she used it as creative inspiration to name her endeavor Paris Marketing after the Trojan prince of the same name who fatally wounded the Greek hero Achilles. Lisa believed there was something very honest about the idea that even the strongest warrior could be overthrown by something as small as an arrow. She wove this theme into the organizational culture, which ultimately led to the agency’s “Creative Brand Warrior” philosophy. The belief in creative accountability means that everyone at the agency is responsible for bringing good ideas to the table, empowering them to become a champion for their clients.

Lisa attributed the agency’s value-based approach to client service and high creative standards as a main driver of the significant growth that enabled the agency to get on the radar of the larger BlueHive company.

“As I see it, our companies each bring something different, but equally valuable to the table. Combining our strengths and resources was a very natural way for us to continue to provide our clients with the best-in-class services they have come to expect from each of us and to deliver those services in ways that are deeper and more valuable at every touch point.” – Lisa Woodford

Whatever the reason, both Paul Hanlon and Lisa Woodford quickly recognized that the vision, culture, and values of their respective organizations were almost perfectly aligned. And what originally presented itself as a serendipitous opportunity to collaborate, rapidly evolved into what BlueHive and its new affiliates saw as another way to deliver an industry game changer.

About BlueHive
Formed in January 2005 as an exhibit and design firm focused on revamping and revitalizing the exhibit world, BlueHive transitioned from merely creating static spaces to focusing on developing the complete trade show environment. Today, it is a bold creative force that embraces and influences the entire brand experience, dedicated to ensuring that its clients achieve the most from their programs and campaigns. Headquartered in a 160,000+ sq. ft. facility in Worcester, MA, BlueHive also has satellite offices located in Portsmouth, NH; Long Island, NY; Salt Lake City, UT; and Las Vegas, NV.

About Paris Marketing
Based in Worcester, MA, Paris Marketing, an affiliate of BlueHive, is home to a nimble tribe of Creative Brand Warriors, who believe that marketing isn’t accidental, but rather the result of intentional choices based on experience and insight. Paris uses a battle-tested approach to provide a complete range of marketing services to clients across industries. Their digital marketing services include brand strategy, website design, visual design, social media, video, media production, SEO, and PPC. Paris Marketing is the recipient of the 2017 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Reader Rankings Award for Best Website Design.

If A Job's Worth eSigning, It's Worth eSigning Well…

Press Release

Zylpha’s Free eSignature Management Guide Advocates A Best-Practice Only Approach.

A free eSignature Management Guide, from Zylpha (, is advocating that law firms pursue only Best Practice approaches when introducing the technology. The Guide highlights both the benefits of a full professional approach compared to the many pitfalls of attempting to cut corners.

Zylpha Management Guide

The Management Guide identifies the main reasons for using eSignatures and provides an overview of how to choose which system is ideal for a particular practice’s needs. Also covered are the risk, compliance and reputational issues at stake; along with key aspects that should be considered when future proofing system investments.

Commenting on the guide, David Chapman Marketing Manager of Zylpha added, “Taking a chance on a half-hearted, lightweight approach is just not an option for many businesses who only want to use the very best, lowest-risk technology. These are systems that both stand the test of time and boost a practice’s reputation. However, in some cases a sheer lack of information is responsible for some organisations heading down the wrong road entirely, with disastrous consequences. In such cases, what sometimes looks like a cheaper option can ultimately prove to be an extremely costly error!

“This guide, therefore, endeavours to counter this ‘information gap’ and to point practices in the right direction. We are confident that it will prove extremely useful in itself but we are also happy to answer follow-up questions by email too.”

Commenting on the new guide, Jenny Ho, Sr. Product Marketing Manager of leading eSignature company Adobe noted, “It’s important that practices have all the key information when deciding on how to approach such a significant technology area. Zylpha’s Management Guide certainly covers some of the key questions and will no doubt assist in this process greatly.”

The Management Guide can be downloaded at

Ends About Zylpha
Headquartered in Southampton Zylpha is an innovative specialist offering tools for the legal profession including:

  • Secure electronic document production and delivery.
  • Court Bundling.
  • Integration with the MOJ Portal.
  • Links to agencies for AML and Identity Verification.

The company, which was founded by Tim Long its CEO, has won widespread acclaim in both the legal and local government sectors for its systems that transform secure communications for court and case management bundles. For more information, please contact:
Tim Long

Zylpha Ltd.
T: 01962 658881


Leigh Richards
The Right Image
T: 0844 / 561 7586

M: 07758 372527

Zylpha's New Letterhead Software Chosen by Tickle Hall Cross Solicitors

Press Release

Letterhead software from Zylpha ( has been chosen by solicitors Tickle Hall Cross for use with its SolCase case management software. The newly available solution enables the practice to automatically add the correct legal letterhead to word document based correspondence.

As a leading practice in the St Helens and Prescot areas, Tickle Hall Cross supplies a wide range of services including: Conveyancing, Family Law, Business Services, Wills and Probate. With many different departments across different locations, there is a need to make sure that copies of correspondence and other file documents carry the correct letterhead. The new system saves a significant amount of administrative time and cost over manually changing headed paper in the printer trays and printing out letters with the required office address, which is then subsequently rescanned back into the system to create a PDF version of the document.

Tim Long, CEO Zylpha

Commenting on the new system, Janet Smith, Practice Manager of Tickle Hall Cross said, “This software works very well for us as it cuts down the significant administrative burden of manually ensuring that the correct letterhead is applied and we can email it out as a .pdf file instantly. Historically, most correspondence and other legal documents are normally stored on un-headed word documents in SolCase and then printed out on the correct letterhead. This has proved extremely time consuming. In automating the processes involved, Zylpha’s new letterhead feature solves this problem. Understandably we have had a very positive response from staff, who are naturally very keen to exploit the efficiencies available. This software will certainly more than pay for itself on the many standard letters and forms that we use in areas such as conveyancing.”

For his part, Tim Long CEO of Zylpha welcomed Janet’s comments adding, “This is one of those anachronistic areas of practice administration where historically technology had left everyday processes untouched. In helping to pioneer this new solution Tickle Hall Cross has benefitted the staff of practices across the country. We are extremely keen to hear from other practices where this software can make a similarly significant difference.”


buy fincar australia no prescription About Zylpha
Headquartered in Southampton Zylpha is an innovative specialist offering tools for the legal profession including:

*Secure electronic document production and delivery.
*Court Bundling.
*Integration with the MOJ Portal.
*Links to agencies for AML and Identity Verification.

The company, which was founded by Tim Long its CEO, has won widespread acclaim in both the legal and local government sectors for its systems that transform secure communications for court and case management bundles.

For more information, please contact:
Tim Long
Zylpha Ltd.
T: 01962 658881


Leigh Richards
The Right Image
T: 0844 / 561 7586
M: 07758 372527

New ADLV Team Eyes Evolving Opportunities Including GDPR

Press Release

Several new faces have joined the Association for Driving Licence Verification ( board. The changes, made in accordance with the Association’s founding charter, see Licence Check’s Terry Hiles elected as Deputy Chair to support the existing Chair, Malcolm Maycock of Licence Bureau. Chris Thornton of DriveTech joins as Treasurer and Mark Sugden of GBG takes over as Secretary and Head of Marketing. Kevin Curtis of Driving Monitor remains as Technical Director. The new team will set about building on the successes of the ADLV’s first 3 years and tackling future opportunities, including upcoming issues such as GDPR. Within this, the association will continue to raise fleet data access issues with the DVLA and seek to promote awareness of its widely acclaimed quality standards with sector procurement managers.

Commenting on the new line up, Terry Hiles the ADLV’s new Deputy Chair outlined both the challenges and opportunities facing the new team, noting: “The next few years will be extremely challenging and exciting for our members as the market is experiencing strong growth. On one hand, this is being driven by changes in legislation and sentencing guidelines, requiring improved driver risk assessment. On the other hand, there is the widespread inclusion of licence checking as an integral feature in new driver related software applications and recommended operating standards. We also face the introduction of the most significant and far reaching changes in the law relating to the management and processing of personal data in the past twenty years: GDPR. Guiding our members through these changes and looking at opportunities to expand our membership will dominate our agenda for the foreseeable future.”

Terry Hiles

Malcolm Maycock the ADLV’s Chair welcomed Terry’s comments adding: “The new volunteer committee will renew our impetus and provide an exciting new chapter for the ADLV. The successes of the original board cannot be underestimated as a great deal has happened since our inception. Projects completed to date include the initial ADLV setup at the DVLA’s behest, the delivery of eConsent, the inclusion of CPC data, the smooth on boarding of suppliers to ADD & the DVLA annual fee review.”

“Naturally, the new board is extremely ambitious and is now working on behalf of the membership across major issues such as: DVLA contracts, GDPR, online processing for DVANI and the extension of CPC data. In the long term, there will be a greater amount of real-time data available which will provide huge benefits for Road Safety and the good of all. The new board is extremely dynamic with 5 companies representing a group of intermediaries who undertake over 85% of the online checks at DVLA in that sector. That is why compliant fleets choose ADLV members.”


Note To Editors: About the ADLV (
The Association for Driving License Verification has been established to promote and encourage best practice within the industry for the initial and continued validation of driver entitlement for responsible employers and road safety.

The association’s remit is:

  • to represent the interests of its members to the DVLA on policy, legislative and regulatory matters within a strict code of conduct.
  • to act as the conduit in any consultation or similar exercise that is likely to affect Members.
  • to represent Member and industry concerns to the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency and Department for Transport (“DVLA/DfT”).
  • to encourage wider take-up of driving licence checking by organisations and the introduction of regular and appropriate re-checks thereafter.
  • to exercise professional supervision over Members through the formulation of agreed minimum standards of good practice for the industry ensuring Members meet and maintain minimum acceptable standards of security in relation to the handling and safeguarding of personal data.

The current membership of the ADLV is as follows:

Admin Business Solutions
DriverCheck Ltd
Driving Monitor
eDriving Ltd
Fleet Claims Administration Ltd
GB Group plc
Jaama Ltd
Licence Bureau Ltd
Licence Check Ltd
Pinewood Technologies plc

For further information, please contact:
Mark Sugden
M +44 (0) 7976 538554


Leigh Richards
The Right Image
M 07758 372527

Former Home Office Finance Director Appointed As Joint MD of Aareon UK and 1st Touch

Nigel Rees has been appointed as Joint UK MD of Aareon ( and 1st Touch (, a role he will share with current Aareon MD Steve Makin. In his new role, Rees will seek to exploit and drive the significant benefits available from the close collaboration between the two Aareon Group companies in the social housing technology marketplace.

Rees, who qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, joins from The Home Office, where for over 18 months as a Director of Finance, supported the digital transformation of the public sector. Prior to this, he worked for over 4 years as MD of Kelvin Connect a mobile and digital transformation solutions innovator with an impressive client list including Surrey Police. Previously, Rees also held a number of senior operational and financial roles in the retail and wholesale sectors.

Nigel Rees is the new Joint UK MD of Aareon

Commenting on his appointment, Aareon’s Steve Makin noted, “Nigel brings with him an unrivalled level of experience in Digital Transformation and Mobile technology at the highest level. The clarity of vision he has gained by working on digital transformation projects within the public sector is unrivalled and will certainly prove to be invaluable. And with the tremendous market success that we are currently enjoying, his appointment to our management team is extremely timely and I look forward to working closely with him.”

Former 1st Touch MD Greg Johns, recently promoted to spearhead Group Product Strategy at the Aareon Group, welcomed Nigel Rees to the role, noting; “With 1st Touch increasingly becoming the digital development arm of the Aareon Group, the benefits of closer collaboration and fusion are clear. Nigel has exactly the right skill sets to spearhead this integration and I welcome him aboard.”

For his part, Nigel Rees welcomed Steve and Greg‘s comments adding, “It’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining. Both Aareon and 1st Touch are class leaders and with our excellent product pipeline and development investment, we are ideally placed to secure our position as the market leading vendor. I look forward to making a start and heading an extremely successful team of people who have an immense understanding of the market and our customers.”


Note to Editors:
About 1st Touch
Southampton based 1st Touch, a subsidiary of Aareon AG (, has enabled dozens of field workforce-based organisations to embrace new mobile technologies and so achieve significant savings, greater productivity and more cost-effective use of resources. 1st Touch Mobile delivers clear and unique benefits: These include the system’s acclaimed ‘Smart Airtime’ feature where ‘airtime’ is minimised and the system is always available with or without ‘airtime’. The system’s flexibility through simple customer control over forms creation and amendment is also widely acclaimed. There is Integration to multiple back office and other enterprise software applications, so that data is entered only once.

With its widely acclaimed mobile technology, 1st Touch has a clear focus on the Social Housing and Local Government markets. Many social housing providers and local authorities, at large, now benefit from the fast and tangible, best of breed benefits that 1st Touch mobile technology delivers to the enterprise.

To date, over 50% of the social housing market, which has deployed mobile technology, has chosen to implement 1st Touch. In local government, 1st Touch has already been adopted for a wide range of mobile workforce uses. Ready to use applications for local authority organisations include: Public Buildings, Highways/Street Services, Environmental/Waste Management, Revenues and Benefits, together with Planning Control and Trading Standards.

1st Touch software is available on a wide variety of platforms including: Windows Mobile, Apple and Android.

About Aareon (
Aareon is the leading European Software Company providing IT solutions to the Social Housing Sector. With many years of industry specific knowledge, our position as a profitable, growing and innovative organisation enables us to set the standard for business processes in the housing sector both today and into the future.

The Aareon Product Suite provides housing providers with an enterprise-wide solution.

Aareon QL Housing, Aareon QL Financials, Aareon QL CRM, Aareon QL Asset Management, Aareon QL Personnel & Payroll, Aareon 1st Touch Mobile, Aareon 360, Aareon QL Reporting Service, Aareon QL Task Centre Alerts & EDRM.

For further information on 1st Touch please contact:
Emma Page
Aareon UK
02476 323723


Leigh Richards
The Right Image PR & Marketing Group
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