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Embracing the young in 2021

2020 is edging towards a close. At the end of what has surely been one of the most disruptive years for real estate on record, it seems fitting that we use these final couple of working weeks to envisage the positive change we want to see for the sector in the year ahead. Of...

Black women in real estate

You can’t be what you can’t see! It is a simple and powerful message. Why? Because it is true; there are only five ethnic minority and seven female chief executives of FTSE 100 companies since 2017. So if we are not seeing enough women, let alone black women, in leadership positions within real estate,...

Why MAPIC reminds us all to go #Phygital

Normally right about now, I would have been climbing aboard the evening BA flight in Nice, shattered, homeward bound to London. Every November for the last 23 years I’ve been in Cannes for MAPIC, and it’s never disappointed. OK, last year’s torrential storm that cut the electricity in the middle of my Innovation Session...

A new experience with MAPIC Digital

With Covid-19 making physical gatherings impossible, there are plenty of examples of how digital has brought people together in recent months. Since April alone, we have seen a 2,000% increase in virtual events globally. The most recent one, MAPIC, the leading global event in the retail industry, was held on the 17-18 November and...

Sympathy for the devil: how cynical behaviour from businesses is unfair both on landlords and on society

Each week living with the Covid-19 pandemic brings a fresh wave of high street casualties as the economic reality takes hold. Yet, for every genuine business failure for which the impact of Covid has proven too much to bear, there is another using current events as a smokescreen to run from liabilities and invoke...

If you’re NOT producing original content – what ARE you doing?

Even before Covid struck, we knew that this new era of working required both agility and adaptability. But now, when evaluating not only how to make the right business decisions, but also how to communicate effectively in this brave digital-first world,​ we need to adapt our strategy towards modern, integrated campaigns. Now the world has gone digital-first, what makes a business stand out? And what is it that makes them attractive to potential clients (both today and in the...

£2 billion and counting . . .

Two weeks on from the moratorium on evictions being extended until the end of the year, we find ourselves at the latest flashpoint for relations between occupiers and landlords. Tuesday marked the latest quarter day, when the vast majority of rents become due, and the collection reports issued by managing agents to retail landlords...