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  • Online shopping
    Insight

    New retail opportunities beckon

    2019-04-04T23:00:00Z

    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
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    Sustainability from the inside out

    2019-04-03T23:00:00Z

    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
    Insight

    The time to tap into data is now

    2019-04-03T23:00:00Z

    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
    Insight

    Nervousness did not equal inaction at Mipim 2019

    2019-04-02T14:59:00Z

    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
    Insight

    Russian money is diversifying

    2019-04-02T08:42:00Z

    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
    News

    Retail's evolution into other dimensions

    2019-03-29T16:09:00Z

    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
    Insight

    Finance is key to retail survival

    2019-03-29T00:00:00Z

    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
    Insight

    Politicians crush confidence

    2019-03-29T00:00:00Z

    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
    Insight

    SMEs want their name in lights

    2019-03-28T00:00:00Z

    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
    Insight

    Tech lessons from Las Vegas

    2019-03-28T00:00:00Z

    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.