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The Internet of Things is transforming the way business premises are managed

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we live our lives, automating everything from housework and energy efficiency to security. According to trend forecasters and tech experts, the connectivity of IoT devices will have a significant impact on the commercial real estate industry, empowering property owners and managers with all the benefits this state-of-the-art technology can bring.

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Market overview including rent guide – For East London

For many years, East London has been the younger, cooler and shabbier side of London. The last three decades have seen creative people pouring into areas like Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, Hackney and Stratford. The area is known for having some of the longest running and most well-established markets in the capital, as well as great bars, world-famous street food and restaurants.

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Commercial property area guide: Canary Wharf - London

Canary Wharf is one of London’s financial and business hubs, located on the northern edge of the Isle of Dogs in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets. It’s currently home to leading names in the international financial services, legal and business sectors. The UK’s second tallest building, One Canada Square, can be found in Canary Wharf, only beaten by The Shard.

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Inspirations

5 inviting commercial properties in Clerkenwell

Clerkenwell is an area of London that’s steeped in history. It was once a destination of immorality in the capital – containing a notorious brothel quarter during the Elizabethan period. The area is now known instead for its convenient central location, excellent coffee shops thanks to its high population of Italian-heritage Londoners and status as part of the East London Tech City (also known as Silicon Roundabout).

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8 solutions to open-plan office issues

Noise. Lack of privacy. No sense of personal space. No ability to focus. Funny smells. Messy colleagues and their trinkets. Colleagues with quirky tendencies. Trending viral videos. Headphones and Slack. Open-plan offices have been getting a bad rap these days, as public opinion and sensationalised news stories emphasise negative aspects of the design.

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Should you renovate or relocate?

Is your business outgrowing the space it occupies? If so, it may be time to think about a new work environment. One option is to refresh and expand your existing location to accommodate your business’s current and future needs. Alternatively, you could take the plunge and move to a brand-new space.

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Should you hire an architect or interior designer to sort out your new office space?

When purchasing or leasing a space long term – whether for investment or for your own business – it's likely you'll need to make some modifications. This will involve hiring an expert or two, but who do you need? An architect? An interior designer? Both? Who is best qualified to lead your renovation project?

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Enhance your kerb appeal

If your courtyard, outdoor space and car park are poorly designed and badly maintained, it substantially diminishes a building's appeal to potential renters and customers. Experts agree that outdoor landscaping should be just as much of a concern as the architecture of the building and the design of its interior.

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Market overview including rent guide – for Midtown, London

Since early 2010, the areas of south Bloomsbury, St Giles, Farringdon, Clerkenwell and Holborn have been undergoing a rebrand. Now known by some as Midtown, the area is an established hub for centrally located offices.

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Commercial property area guide: Bloomsbury - London

Famous for its desirable and fashionable residential areas as well numerous cultural and tourist destinations, Bloomsbury is located in the West End of London. Its location puts it right in the middle of one the world’s most vibrant cities, with Covent Garden to the south and Regent’s Park and St. Pancras to the north.

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Five attractive commercial properties in Clapham

Clapham is just 30 minutes from central London and has excellent transport links. It is home to Europe’s busiest railway station, Clapham Junction, where trains arrive as frequently as every 13 seconds and has three underground stations, making it easy to travel across the city and country.

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The evolution of the break-out space

As the open-plan office continues to become popular, while at the same time workers demand better-than-ever amenities from their employers, multi-function staff rooms are being designed with more care and creativity. Stodgy conference rooms are being replaced by huddle rooms, games areas, outdoor enclaves and cleverly-furnished pods.

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How to choose the best location for your business

It's probably the most recognised saying in commercial real estate: location, location, location. But does location really matter that much? Yes – but not always. For some businesses, location is critical. For others, it doesn't matter as much as you might think. The determining factors have to do with what business you are in, how you reach your customers, and how you interact with your team of employees.

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5 tips for start-ups seeking office space

Most entrepreneurs, start-ups, or young companies searching for a work space for the first time may not know where to start looking – and have plenty of questions that need answering. What are the rent prices in their market? How important is location? What are the basic needs for an office?

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Commercial property area guide: Blackwall - London

Blackwall played a vital role in the development of London’s historic East End docklands area. Its place by the side of the Thames has made it an important entry point to London for centuries, but it was in the early 19th century when the British Empire’s presence in Asia was emerging and an area of Blackwall was developed for the East India Company that it really took off. 

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Should you lease an office or go down the co-working route?

It’s not just start-ups and microbusinesses that are attracted to the idea of co-working. Corporations are moving towards it too. The growing need for greater workplace flexibility and agility is leading more corporate companies to use co-working spaces for some of their space needs.

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Market overview including rent Guide – for the West End of London

The West End of London, known as the West End, is a region of Central London. Located west of the City of London and north of the River Thames, the area has long been one of the capital’s major tourist destinations and its main entertainment and commercial hub.

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Five charming commercial properties to let in Chelsea

Chelsea is one of London’s most famous areas, known for its affluence and celebrated high-end stores and restaurants. Over the years, it has become a centre for culture with the likes of the Royal Court Theatre, Saatchi Gallery and annual flower show.

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New on the market: New commercial properties to let in Fulham

Fulham lends itself to businesses wanting to be close to the centre but in a quieter area. You’ll find plenty of stylish offices, retail and leisure units in its charming, period properties.

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New on the market: New commercial properties to let in Fitzrovia

A number of media, advertising and architectural companies have based themselves in Fitzrovia, no doubt enjoying its central location and close proximity to Kings Cross station. Check full list of new-to-market commercial properties in Fitzrovia.

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5 unique commercial properties in Charing Cross

Charing Cross is one of London’s busiest areas, located on Strand and just a few minutes walk from Trafalgar Square. Retail outlets and bars occupy ground floor residences, while offices workers look on from corporate suites above. Surrounded by London landmarks and the city’s theatre district, the streets are not only filled with city professionals, the area also draws huge crowds of global tourists.

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New on the market: New commercial properties to let in Plymouth

It’s not just its history that makes Plymouth what it is today. Recent investment has been poured into the city, seeing the regeneration of derelict buildings and public spaces for locals and visitors to enjoy. This has accelerated a booming economy, making the city one of the UK’s most populous areas for professionals and students.

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New on the market: New commercial properties to let in Finsbury Park

Located towards the edge of Northern London, you’ll find the vibrant area of Finsbury Park. Having recently experienced bouts of gentrification with trendy bars and cafes, Finsbury Park is a residential destination drawing a good mix of professionals, young graduates and families.

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Commercial property area guide: Blackfriars - London

Proudly boasting the majestic dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, Blackfriars is one of the most prominent and ancient districts of London. The area has been a crucial and inimitable part of London’s cultural and economic life for centuries, and has constantly reinvented itself over this time, welcoming new commercial developments and businesses among the grand old buildings.

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Tips to Negotiate a Favourable Retail Lease

This is a tricky business, especially if you’re new to the commercial property game. There are far more nuances and technicalities than in a residential lease, and a lot more at stake. There are some key things to bear in mind if you’re going to get favourable terms, which we’ve laid out in this essential guide.

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