Associate editor of Investors Chronicle magazine, and contributor to Property Week, FT Money and BBC Radio 4's You & Yours programme.
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Recent months have seen a slew of UK retailers including Thorntons, Mothercare, Comet, Dixons and announcing plans to abandon high street stores, often in favour of out-of-town retail parks.
With Mary Portas on the case to save our nation’s high streets, there is already a lot of defeatist talk in the property and retail industries about what her report can meaningfully achieve. But the naysayers who claim the high street is beyond redemption should check out their local corner shop. Paypoint, the company that provides the technology to let you pay your gas bill and top up your phone in your local newsagents, has a new service. It thinks it can tap in to the internet shopping ...
The rise of “austerity retailing” is one of the most compelling themes for retailers, and property landlords.
Last week, the bi-annual shopping centres survey from Trevor Wood Associates proved what many suspected – namely that value brands are filling the gaps in UK malls.
If you’re one of Facebook’s 500 million users, chances are you’ve noticed ever-growing numbers of businesses who want you to “like” them. At first, only pop stars and film stars had fan pages on Facebook, but now all the major retail brands want to be your friend.
From John Lewis (over 30,400 fans) to cult teen brand Hollister (which has 4.6 million), people in property might disregard this as a passing fad. But here’s why they’d be wrong to do so.
The business of pawnbroking has been going on since the Thirteenth Century, but the current economic climate means the trade is finally throwing off its seedy image, and expanding like there’s no tomorrow.
One of the few groups of high street retailers to have significant national expansion plans, two things are driving this trend. Number one, the rocketing gold price. And two, the reluctance of high street banks to give credit to their more lowly customers.
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Well I had a meeting with economist Dr Angus McIntosh at King Sturge today, and he was sporting a lovely tie covered in chickens - thus embracing the colour and "eco friendly" trends in one fell swoop!
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