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  • House of Fraser

    Retail investors must be more hands-on with assets

    2018-04-26T05:37:00+01:00

    For the past five years, the real estate industry has debated the plight of retail. The threat of online has proved real and today we are at a critical point where it is affecting retail presence and the global retail market.

  • Construction

    Labour’s proposals would make our housing crisis worse

    2018-04-26T05:29:00+01:00By Carl Dyer (Irwin Mitchell)

    In 1977, Olivia Newton John sang a love song, Making a Good Thing Better. Forty years later, Labour has just published its own version: a green paper that could be subtitled ‘Making a Bad Thing Worse’.

  • SEAT store Jodie Kidd

    In-mall car showrooms step up a gear

    2018-04-24T16:19:00+01:00By Emel Ahmet

    In contrast to the struggling fortunes of several retailers, a growing number of car brands are opening showrooms in shopping centres – and getting great results.

  • Marks & Spencer

    ‘Healthy’ buildings should be the norm in retail

    2018-04-24T07:59:00+01:00By Vicky Cotton

    There has been much talk in recent months on the importance of factoring wellbeing into office workplace design but less on how essential supporting the health and wellbeing of shoppers and workers in the retail space is. Going forward, this should be at the forefront of developer and landlord minds.

  • Instant group flexible offices

    The time has come for flexible office spaces

    2018-04-11T08:49:00+01:00

    To those of us who work within the flexible workspace sector, increasing landlord interest in our market was inevitable. The question was not ‘if’ but ‘when’. And Richard Williams’ recent piece shows, the time is definitely now.

  • Amazon

    Don’t hit online retail with rates hike

    2018-04-11T11:11:00+01:00

    So one of Anthony Ratcliffe’s solutions to the so-called problem of tax-evading online retailers is to hike the rates that the likes of Amazon pay on their warehouses on the grounds that “a company selling directly to the public from a warehouse is not warehousing but retailing” and thus the ...

  • Gender pay gap newsletter

    Name and shame pay gap offenders

    2018-04-11T11:29:00+01:00

    I just wanted to write to you and say thanks for highlighting the gender pay gap in property and keeping it on your daily news feeds.

  • Purplebricks

    Reality bites for Purplebricks

    2018-04-10T06:01:00+01:00By Anthony Lorenz

    The share slump in Purplebricks, leader in the online ‘sell your own home’ market, doesn’t surprise me, nor does its previous meteoric rise.

  • Fred Bristol

    Pay gap leaves women with less money to invest

    2018-04-04T12:23:00+01:00By Fred Bristol

    Many studies have shown that women are paid less than men and the reporting of gender pay figures has further emphasised this.

  • Barratt homes

    Hard work needed to close pay gap

    2018-04-04T12:19:00+01:00

    While the headline figure used in the gender pay gap article is technically correct, it is only for a very small part of our business – our group support function under the title Barratt Developments Plc.

  • Gender pay gap

    GPG reporting is worth the hassle

    2018-04-04T12:16:00+01:00

    No doubt many employers view gender pay gap (GPG) reporting as an administrative headache – a box-ticking exercise and potentially damaging too. And with no financial sanctions for non-compliance, some organisations may even question whether it’s worth the hassle.

  • Eddington university of cambridge

    Placemaking for the present as well as the future

    2018-03-29T11:14:00+01:00

    Building a new town, city or district is about so much more than constructing buildings. It should be about creating an inspiring community that provides for its very first residents and visitors, as well as those in years to come.

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