Alison Mills, HBOS (House Beautiful Online Shopping) on How To Build Your Beautiful Home

Monkey Puzzle Developments’

Alison Mills explores House Beautiful Online Shopping’s ‘the flat-pack home revolution, and changing times for home improvements’.


Alison Mills, founder of Monkey Puzzle Developments, has aligned her support for HBOS (House Beautiful Online Shopping, or simply House Beautiful) – the home improvement company, looking to make big waves in the property field – as well as backing ‘kit homes’.


People have searched for years for expert and accessible information on how to build, maintain and furnish a dream, beautiful home. Monkey Puzzle Developments – a turnkey property investment solution company based in the Cotswolds – has aligned itself, for that reason, with House Beautiful’s output and the housing evolution of pre-fabricated houses.


House Beautiful works closely with property development companies to source the best ideas for home improvement in the field. The company prides itself on delivering stylish inspiration and practical ideas to people who love their home and who want to maximize their living space.


“I love their work, as it ties-in nicely with the work Monkey Puzzle Developments aims to do,” says Alison Mills.

“We have found that people are constantly searching for ways to improve their property’s eco-friendliness, functionality and appearance. We are finding that Kit Homes are also becoming a revolutionary movement in the market,” she adds.

Kit Homes are like flat-pack homes; a structure that comprises prefabricated mechanisms, usually assembled by a contractor. House Beautiful calls them cutting-edge and the stylish alternative to customary home building techniques.

“These installations have frequently featured at the UK’s Ideal Home Exhibition. They stand as a modern example of flexible and practical homes in the 21st Century,” Alison Mills adds.

German-based-firm Huf Haus has made it their mission to bring sophisticated kit homes to the market: designed with precision, with top quality products. This firm, along with Futureform and UK-based Multi-Generation Home, has created a modern conveyor-belt to bring these kits to market quickly and cost-effectively. Starting in the factory, the components are tailored and polished before being hauled as large, giant panels and constructed by skilled builders. Not only are corporate jet service sector taking notice but the wider market itself.

“Subject to popular belief,” says Alison Mills, “these ‘flat-pack’ homes are a world away from being poor quality or somewhat make shift. Pre-fabricated homes could be the future solution to creating your beautiful, perfect home…before it has even been built.”

House Beautiful highlights that most building specialists will arrange professional design briefings in order for an individual to voice their exact specifications. This way, your home can be fitted with all your requirements; with insulation installed and even with the walls fully assembled. “Bespoke housing could be the future” says the Monkey Puzzle Developments boss. “And, according to the National Self Build and Renovation Centre, they needn’t cost the earth.”

The price depends upon your requirements. As a guide, general prices begin at around £1,300 per square metre. “This means that for an average sized home, people can pay less than £100,000.

“Obviously they will need to factor-in the cost of planning permission and land, but this is a very decent starting price for creating your own beautiful home,” says the Monkey Puzzle Developments Head.

Alison Mills says that her company would consider the future prospect of using such methods to fund innovative housing development projects for the 21st Century. “I think the unique selling point here, is that people can really build a bespoke home. That’s a very appealing and attractive prospect in a market that is competitive and where buyers often outweigh supply.”

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Robin Southwell: Airbus holding company in name change re-launch success

Robin Southwell Airbus EADS

The name change of one of world’s leading jet and aerospace companies gives Airbus’ image significant lift, says Robin Southwell – CEO of EADS

EADS – one of the world’s leading jet and aerospace contractors – has officially changed its name to Airbus Group after announcing a rebrand last summer.

“The recent name change of the company, which was officially signed-off in 2013, has been deemed a significant lift for the Airbus brand around the world. We are happy to be reading reports that it has changed the way the European plane making and weapons industry is being viewed,” says Robin Southwell.

“The rebrand came last May as EADS wanted to improve its corporate image and offer the world a strong name that is recognized and globally reputable. Our new name now fits with our company’s legal title to our flagship product, brand and commercial aviation arm – Airbus.”

The CEO says it is already having a positive impact in the industry. The chairman of Airbus Group Allan McArtor said in a recent interview with the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum held in Atlanta US that Washington DC has even given the nod.
The head says that EADS was struggling with global identification, adding that it was difficult to build consumer, investor and client confidence in that brand because it was a hard-to-understand concept.

Airbus’ new brand will help the company tell a better story, agrees Robin Southwell. “Our rebranding of Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence, both in our military units, has aided the image of defence operations. We want to create and maintain brand confidence by our government customers across all products.

“Our Chairman is looking to continue with the brand’s expansion, as is to be expected. We are looking to expand our share of the US defence market in the coming years. We propose to do this by selling helicopters and other products such as explosive detection technology over the pond.”

Boeing Co. is a direct competitor of Airbus in its sales of planes across the world. Airbus is creating waves in the USA, with big orders coming from commercial carriers including Delta, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines and JetBlue.

Airbus is now concentrating on building its first assembly line in America – namely, in Alabama. “This production line will predominantly be for the A320 aircraft family, and is expected to have a workforce of around 1000 people. We want to deliver our first plane to JetBlue by 2016,” says the aerospace boss.

The new plant to be built in the city of Mobile will likely produce four planes each month by 2017. Ramped-up production lines under the Airbus name will push it to reach the 8-plane mark soon after.

“A demand for seats on our carriers is growing. Demand for jobs at our plants is also growing. We recently received 2,400 applications for 25 roles open in Mobile. Our decisions at the moment are incredibly market driven,” says Robin Southwell.
Carrier airlines are predominantly opting to buy A321 models from Airbus, which carries around 185 passengers – around 40 seats more than the A320 model. Demand for larger aircraft is growing in the US and the new Airbus brand is looking set to deliver.

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