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  • Online shopping

    New retail opportunities beckon


    Retail has been through a challenging period and many are predicting continuing doom and gloom in the coming months. Yet despite the uncertain political backdrop, I firmly believe retail is entering a new and dynamic era.

  • The Record Hall, Farringdon, London

    Sustainability from the inside out


    Change is afoot. The property industry has long considered investment in sustainability to be important, but often at odds with the profit-driven pressures many real estate companies face.

  • Workplace tech

    The time to tap into data is now


    You’ve heard the phrase ‘data is the new oil’ and seen the headlines waxing lyrical about its transformational power and future-proofing potential. However, the industry’s focus on the future is having an impact on its ability to act today.

  • Mipim 2019

    Nervousness did not equal inaction at Mipim 2019


    It would be remiss not to begin this column in the aftermath of Cannes 2019 without commenting on my own personal views from Mipim. Glorious sunshine for the three days I was in Cannes masked what has generally been a pretty nervous real estate industry. Whether the nervousness is around ...

  • London skyline

    Russian money is diversifying


    Two years ago, if you’d have said that Russian investors would be chasing serviced apartments, sheds and science parks, you’d probably have been laughed out of Mayfair. But it’s happening. 

  • Boxpark Wembley Park

    Retail's evolution into other dimensions


    It is no secret that retail has been having a hard time. The perfect storm of online competition, business rates and changing consumer habits has conspired to make the high street a tough place to compete. Part of the issue has been the historic focus on three-dimensional physical space; part ...

  • Store sale

    Finance is key to retail survival


    EY’s latest profit warnings data shows that firms in the FTSE General Retailers Index issued 36 profit warnings in 2018, the highest annual total since 2011 and 50% more than in 2017.

  • Regent Street

    Politicians crush confidence


    The stoicism of the British shopper has been reaffirmed since the EU referendum. Putting rabid remainers and leavers to one side – people who frankly deserve each other (Jacob Rees-Mogg and Anna Soubry should help the nation by eloping and going somewhere else) – despite the wearing political chaos, folks ...

  • Work space

    SMEs want their name in lights


    Competitive markets, the war to recruit the best talent and high expectations from employees mean there’s a lot for businesses to contend with when it comes to achieving their ambitions. Workplace cultures are evolving and businesses are having to adapt to accommodate these changing demands.

  • Las Vegas

    Tech lessons from Las Vegas


    Across the commercial real estate landscape, a human-centric design ethos is emerging. For technology to play an important part, it will need to show how it can add value to an office space and do it at scale.