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  • Corbyn

    Brexit isn’t the real market threat


    2019: it’s the year of living dangerously, not least for forecasters. I aimed to do a ‘year ahead’ piece in January, but the politicians kept moving the goalposts. Forget trying to predict how the year will unfold; writing even a week ahead of publication threatens serious pratfalls.

  • Brexit

    Collaboration is key to success


    The Brexit saga has many more twists and turns to come and highlights how politics and business are two linked but very different worlds.

  • clippers quay

    PRS can boost UK’s productivity


    Since the global financial crisis, Britain’s GDP has lagged perilously behind that of the other G7 economies. Despite working more hours than the US, Germany and France, Britain falls significantly short when compared with their productivity levels. Brexit aside, I believe this is our biggest issue

  • Houses in London

    Alternatives join the mainstream


    Late-cycle market conditions and uncertainty in the face of Brexit are driving more institutions to reconsider their investment options. For real estate investors, this is compounded by the headwinds faced by specific sectors, such as the well-publicised plight of high street retail.

  • Shoppers

    It will be a year of fight not flight


    When I was asked to join Revo’s board more than two years ago, no one could have predicted the year we have just had. And as we start this year and I step up to be president, no one believes 2019 will be any better.

  • Terraced houses

    Death of cul-de-sac long overdue


    For decades, the UK has not been building enough homes. What is less widely recognised is that the vast majority of homes delivered have been of a poor design and build quality. Swathes of the UK are blighted by uninspiring housing estates that do not encourage social mobility and the creation of

  • Bullring Birmingham

    Big bad wolf will blow REITs down


    REITs are like the fable of the three little pigs who built three houses of straw, sticks and bricks. The big bad wolf was only unable to destroy the house made of bricks. For straw, read shopping centres. For sticks, read offices. For bricks, read the alternatives of ‘beds (student housing, PRS),

  • Regents Crescent

    Can tech preserve the future?


    In Britain, you cannot escape heritage. From Norman castles to Georgian townhouses, we are surrounded by history.

  • Laptops flex working

    Flexible offices head out of town


    Reading Property Week’s annual start-of-the-year feature last week, it was striking how highly retail as well as the challenges from the  political environment figured.

  • Oxford Street

    Politicians dash high-street hopes


    These are interesting times for the British consumer. Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe stated that the British were behaving as if they were in the midst of a recession. Yet consumers are living in a period with economic conditions most chancellors of the exchequer would die for.