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  • Shuttered shop

    Chancellor must extend rates holiday

    2021-01-13T15:35:00+00:00By Martin Davenport

    Editor: Since March 2020, the financial support offered to retail and leisure businesses by the government has been commendable. Only last week, the chancellor offered further grants on top of the monthly £3,000 grants offered back in November.

  • Student

    PBSA remains resilient despite Brexit

    2021-01-13T15:21:00+00:00By Richard Ward

    Editor: There are no signs that Brexit will negatively impact international student figures.

  • Brexit

    With the Brexit deal done, prospects are looking up

    2021-01-07T00:00:00+00:00By Paresh Raja

    Editor: When faced with uncertainty, there is a tendency for people to focus on worst-case scenarios. This has certainly been the case when discussing Brexit.

  • Proptech

    Tech will be key to success for BTR

    2020-12-16T11:30:00+00:00By Elisabeth Kohlbach

    Editor: The pandemic has put BTR in the spotlight and reaffirmed the appeal of renting as a lifestyle choice. In an ever-more saturated rental market, technology will be the crucial point of difference.

  • Workspace

    Time to join up the dots for flexspace

    2020-12-16T11:46:00+00:00By Mark Kass

    Editor: Flexible workspaces aren’t just offices, they’re hospitality hubs, too. Jonathan Goldstein’s ‘Room Service’ comment on the trials and tribulations of hotel brand loyalty opens up a debate as to what this might mean for the flexible workspace industry.

  • Smart sensors

    Sensor tech can save space and Co2

    2020-12-10T00:00:00+00:00

    Editor: Net-zero or zero-carbon is a bold but necessary ambition for us all if we are going to safeguard our environment for future generations (‘London office construction plummets 50%’).

  • Climate change

    We can turn green vision into action

    2020-12-10T00:00:00+00:00

    Editor: The prime minister’s ambition to deliver a ‘green industrial revolution’ should be welcomed by all in the property industry.

  • Modern office

    Decentralised offices are the future

    2020-12-03T00:00:00+00:00

    Editor: It is shocking but sadly unsurprising to see the extent to which some employees are dissatisfied with the culture of working from home.

  • Boris Johnson

    The ‘Ten Point Plan’ needs finessing

    2020-12-03T00:00:00+00:00

    Editor: At first glance, the prime minister’s highly anticipated ‘Ten Point Plan’ contains much for the green industries to be positive about. The plan includes several ambitious proposals and further reiterates the government’s commitment to mobilising investment in this area.

  • Flats

    Pandemic puts BTR in the spotlight

    2020-11-25T15:20:00+00:00By Rebecca Taylor

    Editor: The coronavirus pandemic has raised a number of fundamental questions about our economy. On an individual level, it has also forced us to adapt the way we live and work (‘72% of employers want to retain home working after the pandemic’). For many of us, our home has become ...

  • Old people covid

    Retirement living sector can help to beat loneliness

    2020-11-25T15:42:00+00:00By Nick Sanderson

    Editor: The UK residential property market, understandably, was buffeted at the start of the first lockdown. But during this second lockdown, early indicators are looking good, with the stamp duty holiday undoubtedly helping.

  • Generic Office

    Workplaces must adapt to survive

    2020-11-18T13:54:00+00:00By Dave McLeod

    Editor: M&G Real Estate’s Global Outlook Report highlights the uncertainty in the office market and the need for investors to carefully consider where to deploy capital (‘There is a future for the office, says M&G’). I agree with M&G’s Richard Gwilliam; the focus should be on the ‘right kinds of ...

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