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  • Debenhams Oxford Street
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    Retail CVAs could limit local funding

    2019-05-22T11:38:00Z

    Editor: Now that Debenhams’ CVA plans have been approved by its creditors , the struggling retailer will eventually be able to close a third of its 166 UK stores to continue trading.

  • Silicon Valley
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    Lessons from the Valley

    2019-05-22T09:16:00Z

    Silicon Valley, the high-tech hub of the Bay Area, is not just a place – it is a brand synonymous with innovation. Countless household tech companies have been founded, ballooned in size and sold for eye-watering sums within its zip code.

  • WeWork London
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    We ignore WeWork at our peril

    2019-05-16T23:00:00Z

    Liz Hamson’s piece last week on great places to work reminded me of a conversation I had recently with a group of industry colleagues about WeWork. Was it likely to IPO at a huge price or was it actually bound to crash and burn? Frankly my dear, I don’t give ...

  • Diversity inclusion hands
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    Protecting mental health in construction

    2019-05-16T15:31:00Z

    This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, an opportunity for all of us to show solidarity with our colleagues, friends and family who may be struggling with mental health problems, and to consider ways we can help them.

  • High street
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    Let’s reimagine our high streets

    2019-05-15T23:00:00Z

    Debenhams has joined the ever-growing list of retailers that have fallen prey to the long, slow death of Britain’s high streets.

  • Construction
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    Development as a force for good

    2019-05-15T23:00:00Z

    At Newcore, we are out twisting the arms of the wealthy and generous of Oxford and the South East to raise £3m of extra funds to regenerate a church, crèche, café, drugs outreach and community centre in one of the poorest parts of Oxford.

  • Parkway Community Bus
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    Retail therapy aids mental health

    2019-05-15T23:00:00Z

    This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week and this Monday Ellandi, working with Knight Frank, published its latest annual research into community shopping centres, titled Beyond Retail. 

  • Brexit
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    Brexit calls for landlord flexibility

    2019-05-13T14:56:00Z

    Brexit is having an impact in the rental as well as the for-sale market. Concerns are growing over changes to regulation; dips in property value; possible interest rate hikes meaning rents will have to increase, affecting affordability for tenants; and the ambiguity around having EU nationals as tenants.

  • High street
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    The store is not dead, but we need new metrics to judge its success

    2019-05-13T11:21:00Z

    It’s hard to avoid headlines decrying the death of the high street. It’s true that sales from shops are declining, but cursing the growth of online for killing the retail store is missing the point.

  • Wirral Waters
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    Something stirs in Wirral Waters

    2019-05-09T23:00:00Z

    Something stirs in the long-still Wirral Waters. Dutch pension fund APG is close to taking a punt on John Whittaker’s Peel Holdings’ plan (pictured) to regenerate 500 acres of Birkenhead docks, aka Wirral Waters – far more mellifluous.