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  • Stressed woman
    News

    Back to WFH? WTF?

    2020-09-25T00:00:00Z

    Can you hear it? The loud clattering of wooden wheels accelerating downhill? That is the sound of the handcart we are all going to hell in, that is.

  • Empty Carnaby St
    News

    September brings some setbacks with it

    2020-09-18T00:00:00Z

    It was starting to feel like the end was in sight, wasn’t it? Early September arrived with a distinct back-to-school feeling. (I even saw my neighbour’s teenage son emerge for the first time since March, sporting a crisp-looking uniform.) Footfall was on the up in major cities as the government ...

  • Diversity
    News

    Diversity and the office matter

    2020-09-11T00:00:00Z

    I did not want to write this column. As a mixed-race person (half Trinidadian, half English), I am both black and white, but in the increasingly polarised debate over race, I am seen as neither, someone without enough skin in the game either way, the perennial outsider looking in – ...

  • Coronavirus/working from home/facetime
    News

    Home truths about WFH

    2020-09-04T00:00:00Z

    God, I miss the office. I even miss the four-hour round-trip commute. Yes, things are that bad – and I am one of the lucky ones.

  • optimism_credit_shutterstock_oatawa_524086885
    News

    Reasons to be cheerful

    2020-08-28T00:00:00Z

    Whisper it quietly – are things starting to look up?

  • ChinaRussia flag shutterstock_707059162 Glen Mackenzie
    News

    UK industry on red alert

    2020-08-07T00:00:00Z

    The siege mentality induced by Brexit and exacerbated by Covid-19 has made us fearful of almost everything – returning to work, going to the shops, travelling abroad. It has also made us fearful of almost everyone, especially if they’re not British.

  • Surrey County Council
    News

    Councils count the cost

    2020-07-31T00:00:00Z

    Don’t try to catch a falling knife, the saying goes. Unfortunately, local authorities (LAs) have not heeded the advice, not when it comes to investment in commercial property, anyway.

  • Light at end of tunnel
    News

    Light at the end of a long tunnel

    2020-07-24T00:00:00Z

    Do my eyes deceive me? Is that light I spy at the end of the tunnel? This week, there was cause for cautious optimism on several fronts.

  • Empty row of shops
    News

    It’s do or die time on rent

    2020-07-17T00:00:00Z

    It’s the rent, stupid. Landlords of retail property are in despair across the country, as much of their income dries up. 

  • Pub closed sign
    News

    There’s not much to drink to

    2020-07-10T00:00:00Z

    Super Saturday wasn’t as super as some expected or, rather, hoped. The iffy weather didn’t help, but that wasn’t the real issue.

  • Tony Pidgley
    News

    Winners past and present

    2020-07-03T00:00:00Z

    It has been a week of extraordinary highs and lows.

  • Intu Watford
    News

    Hanged, drawn and quartered

    2020-06-26T00:00:00Z

    It has been a week of decidedly mixed fortunes for the retail and hospitality sectors. 

  • Emma Shone index2
    Insight

    Everything’s changing, but real estate is changing with it

    2020-06-26T00:00:00Z

    In the last issue of Perspectives in March, experts wrote about the importance of Mipim and its networking opportunities. Just over three months later, the concept of rubbing shoulders in Café Roma and drinking rosé in yacht cabins is a distant dream – and just think of all that hand-shaking. ...

  • Liz Hamson
    News

    Start of recovery… or the end?

    2020-06-19T00:00:00Z

    Social distancing? What social distancing? The review of the 2m rule was already looking moot when people started hitting the beaches, attending underground raves and participating in protests.

  • Liz Hamson
    News

    Slow down and fast forward

    2020-06-12T00:00:00Z

    While many of us have adjusted to a slower pace of life in lockdown (walking and cycling instead of taking the car or public transport, cooking with family rather than dining out or eating fast food, doing the gardening ourselves instead of paying someone else to do it or, in ...

  • David Parsley index
    News

    What next for Shaftesbury?

    2020-06-05T00:00:00Z

    It’s as if Samuel Tak Lee is in a rush to sell his property assets or something.

  • Liz Hamson
    News

    The end of the Atkins plan?

    2020-05-28T14:00:00Z

    It had been coming (and critics would say he had it coming). The only surprise is that it did not happen sooner.

  • Liz Hamson
    News

    Going above and beyond

    2020-05-22T00:00:00Z

    Mental Health Awareness Week will have resonated more than usual this year for many of us as we struggle to cope with Covid-19.

  • Liz Hamson
    News

    At a climate crossroads

    2020-05-15T00:00:00Z

    What might have been. In January, 2020 was shaping up to be a transformative year for the climate agenda. Inspired by cataclysmic floods and fires, the Extinction Rebellion and the stirring rhetoric of Greta Thunberg, the industry finally seemed to have woken up to the gravity of the situation and ...

  • Liz Hamson
    News

    The back to work minefield

    2020-05-07T00:00:00Z

    The odds are if you have not been struck down by coronavirus, you will have caught coronaphobia.