Commercial Property Market Review – November 2021

Business rates boost for hospitality and leisure The Autumn Budget provided good news for badly hit shops, restaurants, bars and gyms, with a temporary 50% cut in business rates in England announced by the Chancellor. These sectors, which suffered particularly badly during the pandemic, will be able to claim a 50% discount on their bills … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – November 2021”

Commercial Property Market Review – October 2021

Strong recovery for UK flex market According to Workthere research, the flexible office sector regained momentum in H1 2021 following its pandemic-induced slump, with renewed appetite for flex space in both enquires (+30% on pre-pandemic levels) and transactions (+36%). Flexible workplaces – a catchall term encompassing anything from serviced offices to fitted plug and play … Continue reading “Commercial Property Market Review – October 2021”

Pandemic leads to growing ESG awareness

The inclusion of ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues within mainstream investment strategies has been gaining in prominence during the pandemic, according to new research – and it’s a trend that’s set to continue. The global rise of ESG – a megatrend here to stay ESG investment has been increasingly catching the interest of investors … Continue reading “Pandemic leads to growing ESG awareness”

Socially responsible investing predicted to double in 2021

Nine out of 10 investors are beginning to move their capital into ‘greener’ investments in response to the threat of climate change – and are increasingly avoiding assets with a big environmental impact. There’s nothing investors like to see more than a steadily rising line on a graph – unless, that is, the graph is … Continue reading “Socially responsible investing predicted to double in 2021”

ESG – investor interest piqued?

According to recent figures1, UK-based ESG funds saw record inflows between March and July this year. In July, £362m was invested. Investing according to environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles has been a fast growth area, but you may be left wondering – what does it all mean?  ESG refers to three factors used by … Continue reading “ESG – investor interest piqued?”

Financial decisions are hardest – but are women better at them?

Research by UCL and Barclays has confirmed that people struggle most of all with financial decisions. But while some women are emerging as more confident investors with the rewards to show for it, others are being left behind. Believe it or not, people agonise more over where to invest their money than they do over … Continue reading “Financial decisions are hardest – but are women better at them?”

Managing your money in Brexit Britain

Well, we’re out. Except, not quite. Though the UK’s official departure from the EU was marked at 11pm local time on 31 January, very little has in fact changed yet. Over the next 11 months the UK will continue to follow EU rules and regulations (though it will no longer have a say in them), … Continue reading “Managing your money in Brexit Britain”

Investors take steps to protect against a downturn

Fears of a global downturn and other pressures such as Brexit are prompting UK investors to take a defensive stance. Higher-growth equities are being ditched in favour of more stable bonds and gold, which are seeing extraordinary demand. The US-China ‘trade war’, economic slowdown in Germany and worries about a no-deal Brexit have given the … Continue reading “Investors take steps to protect against a downturn”

Does your Portfolio need a New Year makeover?

If it’s been a while since you looked at your investment portfolio, now could be a good time to stage a review. A regular assessment of your investments will help ensure that you know whether they are on track to meet your financial objectives. The New Year presents the perfect opportunity to take stock. It’s … Continue reading “Does your Portfolio need a New Year makeover?”