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A make-or-break Budget for the Tories

17 November 2017

This Budget really is make or break for the current Conservative government. What seems like an endless series of gaffes and mishaps has left it clinging to the rafters - with the small matter of Brexit still to deal with

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When it comes to workspaces, the future's flexible

17 November 2017

Chaos theory states that “something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon half way around the world”. Less dramatically put, one cause can have many effects.

Jessie Basra

Sexual harassment must not be swept under the carpet

17 November 2017

The laws prohibiting sexual harassment have been around for some time. However, the recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein and other public figures have focused the spotlight on this area of law again.

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'Uncomfortable' Brexit issues must be faced head on

17 November 2017

I was amazed to read recently that a school district in Mississippi had removed To Kill a Mockingbird from its pupils’ reading list because the book was making children “uncomfortable”.

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Liz Hamson, editor of Property Week

Retirement and retail at critical junctures

17 November 2017

Retirement living used to be synonymous with care homes - and its prospects were seen as about as enticing as being sent to one. Not anymore.

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Harnessing the spend of the baby boomer generation

16 November 2017

Groundhog Day - sorry, the Budget - is upon us again. Far from freeing up the green belt, turning up borrowing for social housing or seed-funding modular factories, we’re likely to see more pointless demand-side levers or the training of more brickies (a bit like shuffling the deckchairs on the Titanic).

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Ban on letting fees is unlikely to help anyone

8 November 2017

Having spent time since the general election deliberating over how best to help first-time buyers, it was nice to see the government finally returning its attention to renters this week with its draft Tenant Fees Bill.

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Ashford Commercial Quarter – open for business

20 October 2017

As a place for business and lifestyle opportunities, Ashford has it all – from fast transport connections, millions of pounds in inward investment and growth, to culture and lifestyle.

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