Proptech & Property News: LettsPay appoints Gary Barker, Ontix and TCM IP tie-up for next-gen connectivity

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LettsPay appoints Gary Barker as Non-Executive Director

LettsPay, an automated client accounting engine, has announced today that senior proptech figure, Gary Barker has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director (NED) of the business. While Barker is now based in South Africa working as the CEO of the Technology arm of BetterHome, the country’s largest mortgage broking company, he will be offering strategic support to the LettsPay team here in the UK.

Garrett Foxon, Founder of LettsPay, says: “We are delighted to have Gary join the business as a NED. His wealth of knowledge within the proptech sector will be an asset to the business as we continue to grow and develop our service offering. As the first automated end-to-end client accounting engine to utilise digital accounts, LettsPay has the potential to revolutionise the lettings sector when it comes to rental collection and landlord payments. We believe our automated lettings management platform is a pioneering proptech tool, with Gary’s input and expertise, we will continue to look at ways that we can push innovation and further enhance our offering to the sector.”

Working within the proptech sector for over 20 years, Barker was responsible for driving vision, overall direction and strategy of The Reapit Group, a property software provider of CRM and property management specialising in the residential property sector. As a member of the management team since 2007, Barker’s leadership and insight helped Reapit to become the market-leading platform that it is today. Since Reapit, Barker continues to be a key player within the proptech sector, assisting many businesses at a strategic level to accelerate development. He is also an NED at nurtur.group, working within the Accelerator Programme team, an arm of the organisation looking to invest in proptech products such as LettsPay, benefitting both the innovators creating the products, as well as the network of agents within the group.

Gary Barker, NED of nurtur.group, says “I am delighted to be joining the board of LettsPay supporting the investment that the Accelerator has made in this necessary technology.  The CMP and legislative requirements are ever increasing and LettsPay ensures that agents can stay fully compliant, automate their processes, and allow them to carry out value added services.  I am keen to help LettsPay integrate with the current industry CRM providers and grow their customer base to provide a seamless payment solution for agents.”

According to Foxon, Barker has already been instrumental in the business’ growth, selecting LettsPay as the first investment deal concluded through the Accelerator Programme established by nurtur.group.

Barker adds: “As part of the team heading the Accelerator Programme, I saw first-hand the amazing technology solutions that LettsPay are providing to agents within the lettings sector. I am glad that the partnership with nurtur.group has already been so beneficial to the business, and I am excited about taking my involvement with the LettsPay to the next level.”




Ontix and TCM IP Services Partner to Deliver a New Era of In-Building Mobile Cellular Connectivity

Ontix and TCM IP Services are working to redefine the process of efficiently and affordably deploying 4G/5G-ready, fully JOTs-compliant, neutral host, in-building connectivity for multi-tenant properties

London, UK Tuesday 6th September 2022 – Ontix, the company delivering Next-Generation Wireless Infrastructure-as-a-Service, and TCM IP Services, a leading IT and physical infrastructure solutions provider, today announced that they have partnered to deliver an innovative solution for in-building connectivity in the UK. Ontix’ specialist indoor team will deliver a full turnkey solution, including site survey and design, with TCM IP Services building out the solution, working with building owners and developers to install infrastructure and provide ongoing service. The two companies have already proven the model through successful pilot programs in prominent buildings across Central London.

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Designed and delivered by Ontix, the new process will see the delivery of efficient and affordable Open RAN (O-RAN), indoor multi-operator mobile signal services for entire buildings, with the provision of carrier-grade 4G voice and data coverage for all UK mobile operators. TCM IP Services are contracted as a leading UK partner to deliver these exciting new services.

The innovative service model will see multi-operator indoor mobile services made available to all tenants, whatever the building, with the economies of scale delivered by the building-wide deployment offering significant improvements to tenants. The deployment will use small cell technology to provide comprehensive coverage throughout buildings, delivering unrivalled 4G performance with a clear upgrade path to 5G.

“As the world returns to the office following two years of remote working…it is imperative that everyone can get a mobile phone signal wherever they are in a building and whenever they need it.”

Patrick Bradd, CEO at Ontix

“As the world returns to the office following two years of remote working – and in many cases using mobile devices as a sole point of contact – it is imperative that everyone can get a mobile phone signal wherever they are in a building and whenever they need it,” said Patrick Bradd, CEO at Ontix. “Having excellent connectivity lies at the heart of the modern office, and we’re delighted to be at the forefront of delivering a new era of high-quality indoor coverage buildings alongside TCM and a roster of market-leading partners.”

“London is booming with ground-breaking property developments, pushing the boundaries of modern architecture and the smart technology that is embedded throughout their infrastructure,” said Thomas McAuley, Director at TCM IP Services. “We’re delighted to be working with Ontix to deliver this innovative and cost-effective connectivity solution providing the highest quality 4G coverage and future-proof infrastructure to also deliver 5G.”

Andrew Stanton is the founder of Proptech-PR, a consultancy for Founders of Proptechs looking to grow and exit, using his influence from decades of industry experience. Separately he is a consultant to some of the biggest names in global real estate, advising on sales and acquisitions, market positioning, and operations. He is also the founder of Proptech-X Proptech & Property News, where his insights, connections and detailed analysis and commentary on proptech and real estate are second to none.

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