All articles by Liz Hamson

  • 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.

  • Diversity
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    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
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    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.

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    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.

  • Pub closed sign
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    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. 

  • Roger Wade
    Insight

    View from the top: Roger Wade, founder of Boxpark

    2020-06-26T00:00:00Z

    The charismatic Boxpark founder tells Property Week why he believes the retail and hospitality sectors face Armageddon if landlords, tenants and the government cannot work together to resolve the rent crisis.

  • 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.

  • 100LiverpoolStreet
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    British Land’s Simon Carter on putting sustainability first

    2020-06-18T00:00:00Z

    The company has streamlined the sustainability targets in its 2030 strategy to focus on two key areas.

  • 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 ...

  • 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
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    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.

  • David Sleath
    Insight

    David and the industrial Goliath

    2020-05-15T00:00:00Z

    As SEGRO turns 100, chief executive David Sleath talks to Property Week about how it became an industrial powerhouse, the challenges Covid-19 poses and what the business plans to do next.

  • 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.

  • Liz Hamson
    News

    The long road to recovery

    2020-05-01T00:00:00Z

    You can see why conspiracy theorists are having a field day over Covid-19. None of the global health crises of the past century or so have turned into global economic ones. Why this one? Some sinister force must be at work.

  • Liz Hamson
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    The battle for survival

    2020-04-17T00:00:00Z

    Normally, it is a case of survival of the fittest. Not this time. With the Office for Budget Responsibility forecasting that the economy could shrink 35% by June and the International Monetary Fund starkly warning that the global economy faces its biggest downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s, ...