Yearly Archives - 2019

RETAIL BUS-INESS

Here’s a tip if you and a group of friends can’t decide whose turn it is to buy a round: compare your personal Uber ratings, and whoever has the lowest has to head to the bar. Not only does it neatly solve an age-old problem, but it also encourages more courteous behaviour towards –...

Three films: Seven Dials Market, London

In PR and marketing keeping your finger firmly on the pulse is one thing, but living, breathing and understanding the sector is another. In order to articulate success, you need to experience the hottest retail and real estate concepts it first-hand. This week we took a trip to @Shaftesburyplc ‘s  #SevenDialsMarket near Covent Garden, the latest addition...

That’s #RevoLiverpool2019 wrapped up

The stands are packed away.  The business cards are all exchanged. The great and the good in property and retail have left Liverpool and returned to normality. Revo 2019 is over. It’s not all just branded yo-yos and free chocolate. Year-on-year there is a surfeit of insightful content in the conference programme with topics...

After the Afterparty – Revo, Liverpool.

What happens next for Retail? Bankers, Analysts, Fund managers and Landlords are all scratching their heads, juggling yields, bond markets, and of course the dreaded political risk – as general global economic “disappointment” has caused something of a paralysis across markets. However, interest rates are causing something of a cause of hope, and opening...

What if the best property investment was PBSA?

Nothing to do with anxiety disorders, PBSA – more commonly known as Purpose Built Student Accommodation  – is basically the new student halls of today. And despite Brexit and fears of other political uncertainties, global investors are continuing to invest in PBSA in the UK. Why? Mostly because it offers stable income with strong...

Occupying the centre ground

    Remember the Kirkcaldy shopping centre that was being auctioned off for £1? While this might be most notable as an excellent piece of marketing by the auctioneers – the eventual sale price was £310,000 – those with keener memories will recall that many of those parties interested in bidding saw it as...

Could Swedish robots be the answer to the housing crisis?

This week we were given a glimpse into the technological (very near) future thanks to #IKEA’s latest product innovation: #robotic furniture. The Swedish #retail giant has announced the launch of a new robotic system called Rognan, developed in collaboration with American furniture start-up Ori Living.   As #cities are becoming more and more crowded,...

“AND SO IT BEGINS . . .”

These words were the response of real estate journalist David Hatcher, tweeted out on Wednesday, to the news that three shopping centres owned by Oaktree Capital had breached their loan-to-value covenants.   The Kingsgate Shopping Centre in Dunfermline, The Rushes in Loughborough and The Vancouver Centre in King’s Lynn have between them lost £19...