Leader

  • Liz Hamson
    Insight

    Are we witnessing the rebirth of the high street?

    2018-02-09T00:00:00Z

    It wasn’t so long ago that we were repeatedly being told of the demise of the high street – and the reports of its death were not an exaggeration, as anyone who lives in a town whose lifeblood was sucked out seemingly overnight by a new out-of-town shopping centre knows ...

  • Liz Hamson
    Insight

    Where does the industry go from here?

    2018-02-02T07:43:00Z

    I think it’s safe to say that we have all been shocked by the revelations about the Presidents Club.

  • Liz Hamson
    Insight

    All the Presidents men

    2018-01-26T12:40:00Z

    Last weekend, I went to see the Oscar nominated film The Post , which tells the story of how the New York Times and Washington Post published the Pentagon Papers .

  • Guy Montague-Jones
    Insight

    Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to M&A

    2018-01-26T00:00:00Z

    In the fanfare of M A announcements, executives talk enthusiastically about lucrative new markets, multi-million-pound cost synergies and rapid profit growth. However, the much-vaunted benefits of corporate deals don’t always materialise.

  • Liz Hamson
    Insight

    If it wasn’t for Carillion’s misfortune…

    2018-01-19T00:00:00Z

    Mondays don’t get much bluer than this one was for Carillion, do they? And let’s not delude ourselves otherwise: the fall-out will not be confined to the construction and service sectors. 

  • David parsley wide
    Insight

    Government should make housing its Big Idea

    2018-01-12T00:00:00Z

    A little over six months ago we got a new housing minister, Alok Sharma. 

  • Liz Hamson
    Insight

    2018 preview: another year of living dangerously

    2018-01-05T00:00:00Z

    So what’s it going to be? A year of limbo as we await further clarity on Brexit, with everyone sitting on their hands, fingers crossed that come 2019 the deadline doesn’t pass without a trade deal, sending investors and occupiers running for the (foreign) hills?

  • Liz Hamson
    Insight

    That was the year that was

    2017-12-15T00:00:00Z

    No, sadly I cannot predict the future. When I asked in last week’s leader ‘Who’s next on the shopping list after Intu?’, I did not suspect for a second that we would have an answer just days later in Unibail-Rodamco’s proposed £18.5bn takeover of Westfield to create an even bigger ...

  • Liz Hamson
    Insight

    Who’s next on the shopping list after Intu?

    2017-12-08T00:00:00Z

    Whoa. A few people might have thought something was afoot in June when it emerged that John Whittaker’s Peel Holdings had built up a 4.6% stake in Hammerson, but nobody gave it too much thought.

  • Liz Hamson
    Insight

    Black Friday? More like Black November

    2017-12-01T01:00:00Z

    Don’t you just hanker for the days when you panic bought your Christmas presents at full price with just hours to spare and then offered them up nervously on the big day in the full knowledge they would be returned on Boxing Day and re-bought at half price or just ...