23 April 2018
In the former textile quarter of the southern German city of Augsburg, Matthew Robinson, a 35-year-old school teacher, his wife Karoline and their two toddler daughters live in a three-room flat with a balcony that runs almost the entire length. It looks out over former brick factories-turned-flats, a park and a stream, along which Matthew cycles to work. The monthly rent for the 80 sq metre space is €1,090 (£948), made up of €780 in net “cold” rent, €200 for all the amenities, €60...Read More
18 April 2018
We are once again shortlisted for the following 2018:
To be divided into two categories: UK and Europe Rest of World and Global
16 April 2018
Economic confidence among UK business leaders has risen to its highest level since the government formally triggered the Article 50 process to leave the EU, according to a recent survey.
The Institute of Directors (IoD) survey of 700 company directors revealed that post-Brexit trade was not among their main three concerns for the first time since Brexit withdrawal negotiations started a year ago. Now, economic conditions, skills shortages and compliance with government regulations occupy the top spots.
Almost half of respondents were confident about prospects for their own companies and there was a narrow balance of one per...Read More
09 April 2018
The number of buy-to-let investors in the UK has hit a record high of 2.5 million in the latest tax year showing the continued popularity of the sector – up 5 per cent in a year, shows research by ludlowthompson, London’s estate agent.
The number of landlords has increased 27 per cent in the past five years, up from 1.97 million in 2011-12. Landlords now own an average of 1.8 buy-to-let properties each – rising for the fifth consecutive year.
ludlowthompson explains that investors and landlords continue to see residential property, especially in London, as a strong investment. Long-term landlords with ludlowthompson...Read More
06 April 2018
The UK motor industry’s fears over its post-Brexit future have diminished in the wake of an announcement by Vauxhall’s French parent company PSA that it is to make an investment of at least £100 million in its Luton plant.
The decision, which secures 1,400 jobs at the plant until at least 2030, will see the next generation of Vivaro vans built in Luton, boosting the factory’s output from about 70,000 vehicles a year to 100,000.
PSA said it had decided to go ahead with the investment, which includes £9 million of pump-priming cash from the government, “despite Brexit uncertainties”.
Business Secretary Greg Clark...Read More
05 April 2018
In reality, London is a collection of neighbourhoods and villages stitched together by buses, trains, trams, and of course, the Underground.
N postcodes include a wide variety of nice areas and only a few not-so-nice ones. Most areas have a somewhat suburban feel. Great for families, not so great for nightlife.
Money no object: Highgate. Money to spare: Crouch End. On a budget: Finsbury Park. Be careful about: South Tottenham, Seven Sisters, and Edmonton.
E postcodes generally contain areas that were not very desirable until recently. This is a good thing as it means prices tend be lower than elsewhere. However, it also means there are...Read More
04 April 2018
Here are their top tips for city living.
When you get tired of London, its crowds and its noise, talk a walk across Waterloo Bridge – preferably in the winter when the Southbank is sparkly with fairy lights – and remind yourself what keeps you here. Victoria Briggs
Find a park that’s close to you, and go and familiarise yourself with it. Especially if you work in central London and will be forgetting what grass looks like sometime soon! Laura Evans
Take the number 38 across London, from Clapton Pond to Victoria, and soak it all up. Melanie Miller
Visit all the...
03 April 2018
More than half of London’s small businesses have seen their revenues increase since the Brexit vote, beating the rest of the UK in spite of jitters over investment and fundraising, according to a survey to be published today.
Some 58 per cent of the capital’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have grown revenues since the EU referendum in June 2016, according to a survey of more than 1,000 UK firms by serviced office firm Citibase.
The figures show a marked improvement from a year ago, when the same survey found only 21 per cent of smaller firms reporting a revenue rise.
The figures...Read More
28 March 2018
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today committed a further £1.2m to Games London in support of the capital’s burgeoning games industry. The funding from the Greater London Authority guarantees a three-year programme of events and activities – including the annual London Games Festival – committed to generating revenue, supporting businesses, creating jobs and boosting skills and training.
The global games industry is worth over £100 billion per annum and the UK is the 5th largest video games market in terms of consumer revenues. UK games sales in 2017 generated a record £3.35bn, increasing 9.6 per cent on the previous year, and there...Read More