JLL Crossrail tool shows effect on house prices

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Crossrail will become fully operational in late-2019. The east to west cross-London line will increase capacity by around 10% on the Capital’s tube and train network, but new research by JLL Residential forecasts how much house prices and rents are projected to rise over the next six years as well as identifying the locations that […]

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Bold ECB move impresses markets. How effective will it be in restarting economic growth?

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Last Thursday, the European Central Bank announced its long-anticipated quantitative easing (QE) programme, involving asset purchases of €60bn a month from March. This was slightly higher than initial expectations and the immediate market impact has been positive.  The euro has fallen to an 11 year low, broadly as expected. Stock prices rose in Europe and […]

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New parking zone initiative a cause for concern to Bristol office occupiers

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Following a regular quarterly office agency catch up I recently became aware of a local issue in Bristol which could have significant implications for office occupiers. The issue in question, which could shape the Bristol office market in 2014 will be the Residents’ Parking Zone initiative aimed at banning commuter parking around the centre of […]

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2014: A time of action for occupiers?

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Moved into new home in October (after many months waiting in a housing chain..).  Enjoying doing it up and unleashing my ideas on interior design. There is only one thing that obviously lets it down now in my opinion – the kitchen (which only loosely meets the definition of the word).  Obviously for me as […]

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What’s in a generalization?

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Those architects of BritPop, Blur, once recorded an album entitled ‘Modern Life is Rubbish’. It is not a sentiment I support. In fact when it comes to modern living and working my glass is most certainly three quarters full. To me technology, so often criticised as taking society to the abyss, has an empowering quality. […]

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Big data in the ascendency

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The level of information available today is of a magnitude never encountered before.  A recent article in the FT estimates there are currently 5bn connected devices in the world gathering and creating data and this is expected to rise to 20bn by 2020. Our connectedness and easy access to data is a double-edged sword. We […]

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Challenging times for UK Insurance Sector

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Many of us are far more adroit at managing our personal finances and outgoings than ever before. As our earnings have had to stretch further,   so we have educated ourselves to make discerning, cost saving choices, to plan ahead to take advantage of better deals and offers.  The carefree pre-financial crisis good old days are […]

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Standing room only… a fad or a future trend?

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When a colleague recently told me of the latest space saving office trend – to provide workers with ‘standing desks’, my first thought was that he had to be joking…!  The thought of rows of employees standing at their desks seemed too far-fetched and quite removed from my own experience of the work-place. Surely more […]

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Is flexible / remote working good for business?

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This debate has recently become a hot topic after Yahoo’s chief executive officer (CEO) Marissa Mayer announced a ban of employees working from home. Since the global downturn began many companies opted to increase the use of flexible or remote working.  There were a range of drivers.  First, given the inability to offer increases in […]

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