Spotlight

Adapting to the past year’s challenges in UK Construction

When Covid-19 first hit UK shores, the initial impact on the construction supply chain was severe, demanding an immediate and continuing need for adjustment. CREFCE’s Construction Sector Snap-shot Webinar, which I spoke on a couple of weeks ago (alongside Emma Anderson, Bill Sexton, and Miles Flynn) did an excellent job of unpacking the many challenges faced by...

Birmingham is booming with finance and tech leading the way

Widely regarded as the UK’s ‘second city’, Birmingham is living up to its reputation following an acceleration of investment over the last year, notably within the finance and technology industries. The Government’s Levelling Up initiative is gaining momentum with the substantial regional differences in economic performance being addressed – and as a consequence, Birmingham is...

Leading the New Narrative.

Twelve months ago, the narrative - the way we would talk about real estate – was to change forever. The phrase “adapt or die” never seemed so timely and appropriate. But ‘die’ was exactly what some doomsayers were predicting, as the pandemic-enforced changes in our personal and professional habits, led rise to questions being asked...

Here comes the sun? Preparations underway for roadmap ‘Step 2’

While the UK bathed in some much-awaited sunshine this week and passed the first checkpoint on the roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions, the government revealed further details concerning the reopening of the UK’s retail sector on 12th April, marking Step 2. From next month, non-essential shops in England will be permitted to open for extended...

Missed opportunity for Government’s Interim Business Rates Report?

This week the government published its much anticipated 33-page interim report on a ‘fundamental review of business rates’ in England. There have long been calls for a serious review and reform of business rates and the interim report had a “wide spectrum” of responses from 487 respondents, covering topics such as whether an online...

UK landlords urge government to ease their pandemic pain

In a continued attempt to be seen as supportive and flexible during the ongoing pandemic, the UK government took the property industry by surprise last week when it announced an extension to the moratorium on commercial property evictions and hinted at the imposition of ongoing clemency thereafter. On the face of it, this would seem like a...

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,...