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Agent P

Agent P: He's back...with ideas

2020-05-22T00:00:00+01:00

8.30am, 22 May, an East Kent Ford dealership. Guess who’s back from Mexico? My mate Ivan. He scuttled off to some place named after a dog in 2009 with a few million, after HMRC came knocking. Wife’s rich uncle provided a bolthole. Chihuahua was it? No matter.

Spin class

Spin class: long live the office

2020-05-29T00:00:00+01:00

Following our appointment by Divoc, a start-up flex-space company using the strapline ‘turning office space on its head’, I’m now an expert on office space.

olympic_park_pr_supplied

This week in… 2008

The developer formerly known as Lend Lease and the Olympic Delivery Authority announced that construction work had started on the London 2012 Athletes’ Village in east London.

Marks & Spencer

This week in… 2002

Marks & Spencer announced plans to expand following a 31% increase in operating profits to £629m.

Fosse Park, Leicester

This week in… 2014

A portfolio of eight shopping centres known as Project Swallowtail was put up for sale by Abbey Group and Foyleside Group for £710m.

City Tower Manchester Schroder

This week in… 2014

A trio of Schroder funds bought Bruntwood’s City Tower in Manchester for £132m. The deal reflected a net initial yield of 7%.

Rent signs

This week in… 2008

The National Landlords Association’s (NLA) raised concerns about the rental sector becoming commercialised.

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