Gosia Furmanik

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Tenant guide to different type of 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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Buy vs rent: what's the right choice for your business?

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 – For Silicon Roundabout

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 Items to Look for in an Investment 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 – for 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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Commercial property area guide: Chelsea - London

Chelsea has been home to members of English nobility since the 16th century, when King Henry VIII bought a manor in the area to house his wives. It was largely a market garden until the 19th century and was once described as ‘a village of palaces’ due to the large, ornately constructed houses in the area.

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Market overview including rent guide – North London

North London is typically defined as the area from Finsbury and Clerkenwell, above the City, up to Greater London’s boundary with neighbouring Hertfordshire. It comprises districts like Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Islington, Camden, Finsbury and Clerkenwell, but sometimes stretches further to the east to include Waltham Forest. Like many of London’s other areas, it’s quite loosely defined, but these boroughs are most commonly cited as the ‘North’.

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5 irresistible commercial properties in Finsbury

Finsbury’s central location and close proximity to London’s most creative areas like Shoreditch and Covent Garden, and financial centre The City makes it a highly desirable place to base your business. Retail properties in the area will benefit from high footfall, both from tourists and the high number of workers in Central London and there are plenty of great places to eat, drink and relax after the working day is done.

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A guide to understanding operational expenditure

Capital expenditure (Capex) and operational expenditure (Opex) both refer to money being paid out of your company. However, this happens in completely different ways. Capex relates to expenses your business incurs now in order to generate profit in the future – for example, investing in a new building, computers or vehicles to transport goods. Opex refers to the cost of the day-to-day running of your business – wages, utilities, rent, along with general and administrative expenses.

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6 ways to reduce energy costs for your industrial space

Modern warehouses are changing. Driven by new consumer shopping trends, today's warehouses have transformed into sophisticated operations with robots and lightning-fast product turnover. What’s more, demand for warehouse space has escalated with the rise of e-commerce, while supply is limited due to a variety of factors including increased construction costs and scarcity of land, especially in last-mile locations situated close to high-density population centres.

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Market overview including rent guide –  The City

More than 300,000 people work in the district, with around 75% of them in the financial, legal, professional and associated business service sectors. Despite the uncertainty of Brexit, which has driven some companies to set-up additional offices in Europe, London City firmly remains at the centre of the financial world.

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Commercial property area guide: Charing Cross - London

Trafalgar Square, the Strand, Whitehall and the Mall all meet at Charing Cross junction. It’s a prestigious area home to the National Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Banqueting House and Benjamin Franklin House. Businesses based in the area are within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, Leicester Square and Embankment.

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Commercial property area guide: Fife - Scotland

Fife is a peninsula, most of which is accessible from surrounding regions by one of four bridges. You’ll find St Andrews to the far east and Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline along the southern coastline. The north is known for its rugged landscape while the south has a distinctive semi-industrial character, as a result of the 19th century revolution.

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5 attractive commercial properties in Elephant and Castle

Elephant and Castle’s bustling nightlife scene and position on London’s thriving South Bank makes it an attractive part of the capital. It is home to nightlife hubs like the Ministry of Sound and tourist attractions such as the Imperial War Museum, but it’s also an excellent place for businesses to base themselves, as Westminster, the City and Covent Garden are all situated just across the river.

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How modern distribution centres need to adapt to the needs of e-commerce

Demand for ‘big box’ retail space is waning as consumers shift toward online shopping, but logistic real estate – warehouses, distribution facilities and fulfilment centres – is on the rise. Given the need for quicker delivery times and lower transportation costs, fulfilment facilities in close proximity to higher-density population centres will be in greater demand and will command higher net rental rates.

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Strategies for making your building greener

These days, making your building greener is not just a matter of complying with environmental or energy efficiency rules and regulations. By ensuring a building is eco-friendly and energy efficient, owners and business managers not only make the space more attractive to tenants, they can also save on costs, reduce the need for extensive future upgrades and demonstrate they’re doing their bit to help the planet.

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Biophilic design brings the outdoors into the office

Thirty years ago, elements of biophilic design – a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment – were little more than impractical afterthoughts. From an extravagant water feature in an office lobby to a miniature ‘jungle’ as a shopping centre’s focal point, building managers and landscape contractors alike struggled to maintain these features.

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