Author - Andrew Smith

How does the 2021 Budget Announcement affect you?

The Budget Announcement is invariably met with mixed sentiment, but this year the Chancellor’s declaration of planned public expenditure felt different; more tense - and for the many businesses caught up in what Rishi Sunak referred to as the “acute” damage to the UK economy caused by Covid-19, potentially critical for survival. On the whole,...

The UK industrial boom: short-lived or just beginning?

No one can deny the challenges for a pandemic-driven retail environment in 2020 were unparalleled. A stronger than forecast increase in ecommerce saw seven years growth in nine months, and such change in retail has exposed existing weaknesses, accelerated emerging trends and forced structural change. A clear bi-product of this has been the emergence of...

Unconscious Tokenism in the ‘C’ Suite

 Guilty or not Guilty? That is the question… In a recent article, I made the case for Fairness-based Inclusion Solutions Fairness-based Inclusion Solutions as opposed to Guilt-driven Inclusion Initiatives. The difference in these two approaches can appear to be subtle but the difference in their impact is huge. In an understandable bid to right...

Signs of life: London offices still hot-property for major corporations

Much of the UK property industry has been struggling to cope with tighter local restrictions announced by the government this month. However, despite Tier-2 alert status taking hold in the UK capital, an exception to the general downturn in new lettings and acquisitions has emerged in the London office market, which is showing signs...

Supermarkets lead on COVID-19 response

  While the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, governments are in overdrive to mitigate the potential risks to public health, wellbeing and world markets of what is undoubtedly the most significant global event to occur in a lifetime. Financial markets have experienced sharp and sudden shifts, with Bank of England cutting the UK base...

Co-op and Amazon plan for grocery growth

With our own aspirations for personal development in mind after the festive period, two growth stories of grocery chains grabbed our attention in Week 1 of 2019. Both Amazon’s Whole Foods and UK based-grocery chain Co-op announced plans for growth this week, with the former planning to increase its store count in US suburban...

The intelligence behind Amazon’s ‘4-Star’

This week, @amazon launched its first general store in Soho, New York City. Aptly named ‘4 Star’, the store is stocked solely with Amazon’s 4-star + rated products. Contrary to the traditional retail model, where inventory is decided by buyers following market research and a fair number of assumptions, 4 Star’s collections are curated based on a rich pool of customer feedback. It’s perhaps...

The technological truth about Farfetch

The ease of shopping on Farfetch has no doubt contributed to its mass appeal amongst millennials seeking convenient retail therapy. The same can be said for its vast network of brand partnerships with both established luxury names and up-and-coming designers. However, it’d be far too easy to package up Farfetch’s success and, its recent move...

Redefining the future of real estate with more ‘flexibility’

This week, Property Investor Europe spoke with New York-based flexible office company Knotel; one of an increasing number of office providers whose “funky and functional spaces” across Europe and the U.S offer the short-term lease options that more and more occupiers are demanding in today’s market. Knotel ensures that their spaces are clean, functional and adaptable to their clients’ needs –...