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Office leasing guide: Basingstoke

Basingstoke is a large, thriving town situated in the county of Hampshire in south-central England. It started off as an old market town but later expanded to become an important economic hub during the second half of the 20th Century.

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Office leasing guide: Basildon

Basildon is the largest growing economy in Essex and a significant regional and national growth driver. The town's commercial base has increased rapidly in recent years, and the borough is now home to almost 8,000 thriving businesses. Many of these businesses specialise in the digital, creative, technology, and advanced manufacturing fields.

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Office leasing guide: Salford

Salford is a city in the Greater Manchester area of northern England. It’s an exciting place to live and work, with major professional hubs including Liverpool and Manchester within easy reach. There’s also a large pool of talent here, as it’s home to more than 100,000 residents and the University of Salford.

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The future of high street retail

It’s no secret that the high street has suffered in recent years. The rise in online shopping has led well-known brands to close stores up and down the country. But as one store closes, another opportunity opens. For many, digital shopping is creating more pathways to success. New entrants are taking market share, and social media is enabling some brands to develop strong brand loyalty with their customers.

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Office leasing guide: Slough

Slough is an economic powerhouse and regarded as one of the United Kingdom’s most attractive and lucrative places to both live and do business. The area is home to the highest number of UK-based headquarters of global companies outside of London, with many distinguished names in the manufacturing, technology, pharmaceuticals, and automotive industries based in the area.

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Office leasing guide: Huddersfield

Huddersfield is a large and well-established town situated halfway between Manchester and Leeds in West Yorkshire. It's been a market town since Anglo-Saxon times and is known for its important role in the Industrial Revolution.

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Office leasing guide: Hammersmith

Hammersmith offers the best of both worlds. A lively town centre on the doorstep of central London, with a tranquil riverside setting on the banks of the Thames. A key part of Hammersmith’s appeal lies in its flourishing arts and culture scene.

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Office leasing guide: Belgravia

Belgravia is one of London’s most desirable areas. This centrally-located destination is home to exclusive retail brands, upmarket boutiques, world-famous eateries and the finest hotels; as such, it’s where you’ll find some of the capital’s wealthiest residents. Located between Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Westminster, Belgravia’s central location means it’s a great place if you’re looking to be close to central districts.

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Office Leasing Guide: Croydon

Croydon's main industries are technology, construction and retail. Technology, in particular, is a growing sector, with the borough named the fastest growing UK' tech city'. But with one of the largest commercial areas outside Central London — packed with shops, law offices, banks, and restaurants — Croydon is better known for its growing number of small and medium-sized businesses and startups.

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Where are London’s top industry clusters?

Many of the capital’s most prominent industries have put their stamp on specific locations within London. Now, people from across the country, and even the world, know about Canary Wharf’s connection to financial services or Fleet Street’s (former) reputation as a press hub. It’s not something that’s unique to London either; California’s Silicon Valley and Hollywood are just two other notable examples.

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Office leasing guide: Sunderland

A cosmopolitan cocktail of city, coast and countryside, Sunderland has all the buzz of the big city combined with the quiet charm of both the country and seaside. Keen to learn more about living and working in Sunderland? We have everything you need to know. 

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Office Leasing Guide: Enfield

The birthplace of the first light bulb, colour television, mass-produced dishwasher and ATM machine, Enfield has a history of industrial excellence and business innovation. It’s London’s most northern borough, sitting above Barnet, Haringey and Waltham Forest, and below Epping Forest and Hertfordshire.

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Office Leasing Guide: Middlesbrough

Famous for its striking Transporter Bridge, which uses a suspended ‘gondola’ to take vehicles across the River Tees, Middlesbrough has long been known for its history of industrial activity. More recently, Middlesbrough has benefitted from billions of pounds of investment into its infrastructure, creating thousands of new jobs, homes and business and educational facilities.

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Office leasing guide: Southend-on-Sea

Southend-on-Sea is a well-known seaside town situated on the north side of the Thames Estuary, less than an hour from London. It has a rich history dating back to the 7th Century, when the Saxons first settled at the village of Prittlewell.

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Investing in mixed-use development – pros and cons

If you’re considering property investment opportunities, you might be interested in exploring mixed-use developments. When managed effectively, they can provide a greater level of security and income than other properties.

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Office leasing guide: Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes is the largest town in the county of Buckinghamshire. It’s just 50 miles north-west of the capital, meaning you’ll be close to London without the chaos of the big city, and is surrounded by lush countryside, so you get the best of both worlds. The town was developed extensively in the years following WWII, and its streets were designed in the popular American grid-style for ease of navigation.

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Office leasing guide: Swansea

Wales’s second city, Swansea, can be found on the south coast, roughly an hour’s drive west from the capital, Cardiff. It has a little bit of everything, thanks to the picturesque Gower Peninsula coastline, buzzing city centre and beautiful surrounding countryside. If you’re looking for a new base in south wales, Swansea might just fit the bill.

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Office leasing guide: Norwich

Norwich combines its medieval heritage with a thriving business district, ground-breaking scientific innovation and bustling social scene. And, as the only city in England to be located in a National Park, Norwich offers access to beautiful scenery and wildlife too.

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Everything you need to know about REITs

Always wanted to invest in the world of real estate, but don’t want the hassle that comes with it? A Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) could be the ideal solution. You’ll get to enjoy the historically steady returns that real estate could potentially generate without the drawn-out purchase process and ongoing upkeep. Here’s everything you need to know about REITs.

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Office leasing guide: Swindon

In 2020, the town hosted the inaugural Tech Swindon Summit, promoting local technology businesses and talent. Tourism is also important. With its restored railway village, historic canals, museums and proximity to Avebury, Stonehenge and the Cotswolds, Swindon is fast becoming popular with British and foreign visitors.

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Office leasing guide: Aberdeen

Historically, Aberdeen was known as a key centre for fishing, paper making, ship building and textiles. But since huge reserves of North Sea crude oil were discovered off the coast in the 1970s, Aberdeen has transformed into one of the world’s offshore oil capitals. You’ll find one of the world’s busiest commercial heliports here and the city’s seaport handles thousands of tonnes of goods every day.

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Office leasing guide: Bolton

The town was once a major centre for textile production, including cotton and wool weaving. In the 1920s, there were more than 200 cotton mills and 26 dyeing works in Bolton, making it one of the world’s busiest cotton producers. By the 1980s this trade had all but disappeared, but the town has reinvented itself as a service-based hub, with professional services, high-tech and transportation businesses now occupying Bolton instead.

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Office leasing guide: Wolverhampton

The city of Wolverhampton has an interesting history. What was once a modest market town specialising in wool trade is today a vibrant city with a population of 260,000. According to the City of Wolverhampton Council, the city is among the top ten growing economies in the UK.

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Office leasing guide: Luton

You’ll find Luton in the south east of England, just 30 miles north of central London. It offers the best of both worlds to its residents: an abundance of green space and riverside strolls are just a short distance from the bustling town centre.

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Office Post-Pandemic: How the World of Work May Change Forever

It’s tricky to predict just how much the typical office environment will need to change by the time we return to normal. But what will it look like once the Covid-19 pandemic is over? Here’s our take on what the post-pandemic office could look like.

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