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Guide to renting commercial property in South East England

South East England is known for its beautiful green hills, vibrant coastal towns and educational institutions. It has the UK’s second largest regional economy following London and is quickly becoming one of the country’s leading areas in the technology industry, particularly around the M3 in Surrey, M4 corridor in Berkshire and its county town Reading.

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How to use the underwriting process when investing in commercial property

Whether you're a shiny new commercial property investor or a seasoned pro, you want to do your due diligence before moving forward with an investment. Some of the questions you may have might be about the property's condition, its current cash flow and value, and the potential income.

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The hidden costs of managing an office space

Signing a lease on a new office is a major milestone. Perhaps you've found a space that you hope will be your company's home for many years. Or, you may be expanding into new cities and opening regional offices – either way, it's a cause for celebration. Michael Hershfield of WeWork explains the importance of understanding both the short and long-term expenses.

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Office fit out guide

You’ve found the ideal office space – it’s in the perfect location, has ideal facilities and is exactly the right size for your business. Now, all you need to do is turn it from a blank canvas into a welcoming office. So, the office fit out process begins.

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A guide to securing planning permission for land development projects

Getting the inside track on the planning process can help you turn undeveloped land into a high value investment. Investing in and developing land can be one of the riskiest yet most rewarding endeavours in the commercial property space. If you get it right, land is one of the most lucrative commodities to be in.

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6 important questions to ask when buying land real estate

Every piece of land differs, and real-estate transactions will vary based on different locations, property uses and individual buyer and seller circumstances. Here’s a checklist of six really useful questions to ask a seller or land agent that will help paint a clear picture.

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A guide to renting an office in London

The professional appeal of having a London address outweighs the many constraints like high cost and lack of space associated with the city. In addition to the general things you need to consider before renting office space anywhere, there are a number of things to consider when renting an office in London specifically.

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Top tips for buying a leisure property

Before you take that next big step and invest in any leisure property – whether it’s a pub, restaurant, gym or concert hall – take a breath. There are a few searching questions that need to be asked before you buy.

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Top tips when taking on leisure premises

Whether you’re after a restaurant, pub, gym or hotel, when it comes to renting commercial leisure property, it’s advisable to familiarise yourself with as much knowledge as possible before sealing the deal.

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10 Things to Consider When Moving Office

However exciting an office move is for your business, it can also be incredibly overwhelming and stressful.That’s why we’ve put together this simple ten-step guide on things to consider when moving office - so that you can kick back and relax while the difficult planning work is done for you.

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The Benefits of a Serviced Office vs. A Traditional Lease

Looking for a new office space is never easy. Deciding whether you need a bigger space, a furnished space, a serviced office or a traditional lease is always going to be a challenge. Luckily for you, we’ve listed the benefits of serviced offices and traditional leases to help you make up your mind.

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A Guide to the Common Types of Commercial Leases in the UK

If you’re looking to move office, the commercial lease jargon can feel overwhelming and confusing. For example, what on earth is the difference between a percentage lease and a triple net lease? However, it’s important that you have a good understanding of the different types of lease so you know exactly what you’re signing up for.

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What Are the Different Types of Commercial 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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Is it better to lease or buy commercial property?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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