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A guide to your office fit-out and relocation

You’ve found the ideal office space – it’s in the perfect location, has ideal facilities and is exactly the right size for your business. Now, all you need to do is turn it from a blank canvas into a welcoming office. So, the office fit out process begins.

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5 striking commercial properties in Merseyside

Merseyside is a rising star in the commercial world. Its largest city, Liverpool, was once a key port city that played a starring role in the 19th century industrial revolution.

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A guide to securing planning permission for land development projects

Getting the inside track on the planning process can help you turn undeveloped land into a high value investment. Investing in and developing land can be one of the riskiest yet most rewarding endeavours in the commercial property space. If you get it right, land is one of the most lucrative commodities to be in.

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6 important questions to ask when buying land real estate

Every piece of land differs, and real-estate transactions will vary based on different locations, property uses and individual buyer and seller circumstances. Here’s a checklist of six really useful questions to ask a seller or land agent that will help paint a clear picture.

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A guide to renting an office in London

The professional appeal of having a London address outweighs the many constraints like high cost and lack of space associated with the city. In addition to the general things you need to consider before renting office space anywhere, there are a number of things to consider when renting an office in London specifically.

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5 spacious offices in West London

West London spans the area from the artistic West End to the edge of the Greater London boundary in the borough of Hillingdon. It includes exclusive districts like Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Belgravia alongside more affordable locations like Hounslow, Hillingdon and Harrow.

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Top 7 tips for buying a leisure property

Before you take that next big step and invest in any leisure property – whether it’s a pub, restaurant, gym or concert hall – take a breath. There are a few searching questions that need to be asked before you buy.

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Top 7 tips when taking on leisure premises

Whether you’re after a restaurant, pub, gym or hotel, when it comes to renting commercial leisure property, it’s advisable to familiarise yourself with as much knowledge as possible before sealing the deal.

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Office move checklist: Things to consider when moving office

However exciting an office move is for your business, it can also be incredibly overwhelming and stressful.That’s why we’ve put together this simple ten-step guide on things to consider when moving office - so that you can kick back and relax while the difficult planning work is done for you.

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The benefits of a serviced office vs. a traditional lease

Looking for a new office space is never easy. Deciding whether you need a bigger space, a furnished space, a serviced office or a traditional lease is always going to be a challenge. Luckily for you, we’ve listed the benefits of serviced offices and traditional leases to help you make up your mind.

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What are the most common types of commercial leases in the UK

If you’re looking to move office, the commercial lease jargon can feel overwhelming and confusing. For example, what on earth is the difference between a percentage lease and a triple net lease? However, it’s important that you have a good understanding of the different types of lease so you know exactly what you’re signing up for.

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Commercial property area guide: Elephant & Castle – London

Elephant and Castle is a vibrant central London area just south of the River Thames. It’s known for having an ethnically diverse population, with a particularly high percentage of Latin American residents and an excellent arts scene thanks to its close proximity to London South Bank University.

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What are the different types of commercial leases?

Securing your business a base of operations takes a lot of time and effort. Whether you are moving to a bigger space to facilitate growth or you are finally moving out of your home office, there is a long checklist to work through. So, after scouting out the right area, researching the local area and looking at what exactly you need from a commercial property, you are ready to start putting some offers on the table.

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What you need to know before investing in land

When most people think about investment property, they usually visualise commercial buildings or multi-unit rental properties – an investment that's already built. However, buying land can be an attractive investment, especially where there’s the possibility to develop property on the site or otherwise improve it to increase its value.

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Is it better to lease or buy commercial property?

You've found the ideal location for your new office space, but now what? Do you rent the space or buy it? Both decisions will entail a substantial financial commitment, but which is the right choice for your business?

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5 stylish commercial properties in Hackney

Hackney is a vibrant borough in east London, just up from central areas like the City of London. There are so many places to visit in the vibrant district, from Victoria Park to Broadway Market to London Fields Lido, making it an excellent place to live and work. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to after-work drinks, from unique café/bar Dalston Superstore over on Kingsland High Street to games bar Loading Dalston.

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Key terms investors need to know when evaluating investment opportunities

If you’re considering investing in commercial property, there are some key investment terms that you may come across, which are well worth being familiar with. Notable ones are ‘cap rate’, ‘cash flow’ and ‘cash-on-cash return’. These are analytics that investors use to calculate if a potential commercial property is worth investing in.

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Commercial property area guide: Clerkenwell - London

You’ll find Clerkenwell north of the City of London, between Farringdon, Saint Pancras, Angel and Hoxton. Its fairly central location has made it a key place for over 100 years. It once housed the headquarters of the Monastic Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John Jerusalem and later became a fashionable residential area with spas, tea gardens and theatres. During the industrial revolution, it rose as a hub for printing, brewing, distilling and clock repairs.

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5 appealing commercial properties in Fulham

Fulham is a vibrant area in the heart of central London that’s bordered by the affluent districts of Hammersmith, Kensington & Chelsea and Belgravia. Its southern edge hugs the River Thames, offering exceptional views across the water towards Battersea and Wandsworth Park, as well as easy access to South London across Putney Bridge.

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Market overview including rent guide – Silicon Roundabout - London's Old Street

Silicon Roundabout, or as it’s more officially known, East London Tech City, is the government initiative that’s become Europe’s answer to Silicon Valley in California. The region is brimming with a diverse range of high-tech companies forming a concentrated technology cluster. There’s everything from small start-up businesses striving for innovation, to some of the biggest companies in the world.

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Top 7 steps to a profitable rental commercial property

Commercial real estate as an investment opportunity is an interesting proposition. However, before you embark on a property search, there are several things to think about – from the type of commercial building you want to invest in to whether you want to make the purchase solely as an investor, or as an owner-tenant. Other important considerations are location, condition of the property and flexibility for potential change of use.

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Commercial property area guide: Wirral - England

Wirral is a metropolitan borough in Merseyside. It is sandwiched between the River Mersey and the River Dee, which separate it from Liverpool and North Wales respectively. Lots of people know it as ‘The Wirral’.

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Commercial property area guide: Clapham - London

Clapham is one of London’s most popular residential districts, and businesses have flocked to the area to make the most of its vibrant scene. It’s situated south of the Thames, between Battersea, Stockwell and Brixton, with areas in both the Borough of Lambeth and the Borough of Wandsworth.

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Market overview including rent guide – South London

As a region that has undergone – and is still undergoing – numerous regeneration projects, South London is often regarded as an ‘up and coming’ area. Here, property buyers can make a good return on their investment and benefit from the region’s rich history and diverse range of pubs, bars and restaurants. Nearby landmarks include the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Palace, the O2 Arena, the Shard, the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

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5 beautiful commercial properties in Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia lies in the heart of Central London and spans from the political centre of Westminster in the west to the lively borough of Camden to its east. It’s an attractive place to live and work, thanks to its large number of shops in places like Oxford Street and endless places to head for after-work drinks and dinner.

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