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  • Care home
    Online

    The retirement communities sector – rising to the challenge

    2020-12-21T12:44:00Z

    This has been a year defined by the global, social and economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. As an increasingly important part of the UK’s social care provision, the spotlight has shone on the retirement communities sector like never before. 

  • high street -
    Online

    Sir Philip is no good guy, but he’s not the only one to blame for the High Street apocalypse

    2020-12-04T08:37:00Z

    We have all missed something about this devastation strewn across our High Streets this week, and for the past few years for that matter. 

  • John Lewis Oxford street 2020
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    Time to restore trust in valuers

    2020-10-22T00:00:00Z

    In July, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) directed four big accountants to set apart their audit arms by 2024.

  • Working from coffeeshop
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    The self-employed deserve support during this crisis

    2020-10-22T00:00:00Z

    There is clearly a real appetite for government and business to work closely together to limit the damage Covid-19 has done to the UK economy, and that is encouraging.

  • Co-living generic
    Insight

    The co-living sector is here to stay

    2020-10-22T00:00:00Z

    Last October, we launched the world’s first large-scale, global, co-living fund with a focus on quality, convenience and Community. We aimed to provide flexible, inspiring space where people felt they belonged. We believed people wanted more from the place they called home.

  • Legislation
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    A new agent fee model is required

    2020-10-22T00:00:00Z

    The fees that leasing agents get from landlords are linked to transactions and most of these transactions are linked to the granting of new leases. Increase the number of new leases and you increase your fee revenue. Simple.

  • London offices
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    An outlook on the office market: we are seeing positive signs

    2020-10-19T13:06:00Z

    Can we be optimistic about the future of the office, when homeworking continues to be our modus operandi with currently no end in sight? We have seen impactful, unprecedented and rapid change in the last six months, including the recent government u-turn after initially encouraging staff back to work, and ...

  • Funky office
    Online

    NewFlex launches new ‘Hybrid Office’ model

    2020-10-02T00:00:00Z

    Flexible office operator, NewFlex has added a new offering to its portfolio. The ‘Hybrid Office’ will allow businesses to maintain their own managed smaller head office for team collaboration, in addition to regional and suburban micro-hubs, all on a needs-basis, which will help accommodate a blend of working from home ...

  • Finance generic
    Online

    Every downturn ends in recovery – this one will be no different

    2020-09-03T10:35:00Z

    The danger of writing a piece like this is the temptation to sound wise after the event, or to attempt to predict the future. As the Nobel prize-winning, behavioural economist Daniel Kahneman observed, “we are prone to overestimate how much we understand about the world and to underestimate the role ...

  • Working from home
    Online

    WFH doesn't work for everyone

    2020-08-18T11:26:00Z

    The Covid-19 pandemic has caused disruption on a global scale, radically altering our lives and moving us rapidly into a ‘new normal’, which we’re still coming to terms with.

  • Boris Johnson
    Insight

    A long road to recovery

    2020-07-02T00:00:00Z

    The tectonic plates are moving – and not before time.

  • Online shopping
    Insight

    Digital must pay its way

    2020-06-25T00:00:00Z

    Shopkeepers in Britain have been brutalised by circumstance. The last 18 months have seen the feckless Theresa May government, the Brexit saga, the December 2019 general election and then, to top everything off, Covid-19.

  • Generic office space
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    Interaction is key to creativity

    2020-06-25T00:00:00Z

    Speculation that the Covid-19 crisis will herald the end of the office makes me think of Mark Twain’s quip that reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated. Just like Twain in 1897, the office has not died in 2020.

  • Smart building
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    It’s time for buildings to get smart

    2020-06-25T00:00:00Z

    Long gone are the days of cubicles and typewriters, smoke-filled offices and the nine-to-five. 

  • BTR
    Insight

    The BTR sector is primed for success

    2020-06-25T00:00:00Z

    Institutional property investment in the UK has historically given residential a wide berth. 

  • Brandenburg Gate lockdown
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    Covid-19: the lessons we can learn from Germany

    2020-06-25T00:00:00Z

    Many public figures have described the current situation as the War Against The Coronavirus and with a military background, I appreciate and understand the importance of preparing for any eventuality.

  • Legal news new
    Online

    Service charge challenge serves as a warning

    2020-06-22T09:25:00Z

    The High Court has upheld a decision of a deputy master refusing to grant summary judgment for a landlord in a service charge dispute. 

  • Finance
    Online

    Empathy between occupiers and landlords essential ahead of June quarter

    2020-06-18T16:21:00Z

    The government’s recent announcement that it intends to publish a code of practice imminently for commercial landlords and occupiers to adopt when discussing rental payments is certainly to be welcomed.

  • Construction
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    It’s time to redefine our industry

    2020-06-18T00:00:00Z

    There’s never a dull moment in the property sector, but the past year has had plenty of twists and turns with Brexit, a general election and Covid-19. Last July, I had the honour of being appointed as president of the British Property Federation (BPF) and as I reach the end ...

  • Modular housing
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    Modular homes are the future

    2020-06-18T00:00:00Z

    Just over a month before much of the world went into lockdown, at the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos, session after session was devoted to tackling the climate crisis.