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Can anyone help the boomerang generation?

26 May 2017

At last, after 35 years of undersupply, the major parties have woken up to the crisis in the residential property market.

James Townsend

A platform for personality to trump conformity

26 May 2017

Finally, real estate is changing. An industry steeped in traditional views and operating methods is starting to attract the talented recruits who have previously either ignored it or placed it in the reject pile of possible career options.

James Morris-Manuel

Tech should be cornerstone of post-Brexit success

26 May 2017

The historic triggering of Article 50 was marked on 29 March. The virtually ceremonial handover of the official letter to start the process of removing us from the EU means that, as a country, we have entered a period of uncertainty. However, I believe that this also signals opportunity.

Heerema 90 North

Ramadan and real estate

26 May 2017

Today marks the start of the holy month of Ramadan in the Muslim calendar.

Marks & Spencer Food to Order

Will Marks & Spencer’s online food offering be simply delicious?

25 May 2017

Marks & Spencer is considering whether to launch an online grocery service. This is a key moment in the evolution of online shopping in Britain.

"Planning proposal approved"

Don’t gamble with the planning process

25 May 2017

One thing is certain. The planning process is a gamble with a binary outcome - either developers achieve planning permission or they don’t.

Buns and Buns

Ghost restaurants – dining out on delivery

24 May 2017

In recent years, the UK’s insatiable appetite for gourmet takeaway has seen the delivery market boom.  With the dining delivery industry worth £3.6bn in 2016 – 50% more than in 2008 -  brands are looking to be reactive and take a slice of the pie.


Digital era brings growth

24 May 2017

The digital era has transformed both the expectations of consumers and the demands on retailers and distributors as people expect faster delivery and greater variety, all of which has had a profound impact on the property market.

Liz Hamson, editor of Propety Week

Are we doing enough to stop the terrorists?

26 May 2017

We all expected it, we all dreaded it and this week we all discovered that despite recent attacks at Westminster and in multiple locations across Europe, we have not yet become desensitised to the horror - some atrocities are simply too shocking.

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Garden Bridge

Garden Bridge - a bridge too far

24 May 2017

The residents of Pooley Bridge know what a bridge is for.  When their one was destroyed by Storm Desmond, the community was literally divided. 

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