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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Things to Consider Before Renting Retail Space

There are specific aspects to be thinking about when it comes to renting retail space, compared to other forms of commercial property. Some of these are to do with the building itself, and the location, others are in the details of the leasing, the negotiations before you sign a lease, and the specific nature of the market.

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Guide to renting commercial property

Whether you’re a retailer looking for a store, or a professional service needing new or expanded office space, renting commercial property is a complex business. As with most things, planning and preparation are the vital factors.

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What to look for when renting office space

There can be much more to renting an office than meets the eye, especially if you’re taking the plunge into leasing for the first time. The decisions you make now will affect the future course of your business in numerous ways not all immediately obvious at the start.

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Six tips when renting your first office space

If you’ve never rented an office before, your experience of the property market is probably all based on renting or buying a house. While there are some similarities between the residential and commercial markets, there is more that separates them, and much more to get your head around when you’re starting out on this journey.

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Tenant guide: How much is rent for an office space?

The UK economy is both highly diverse and essentially monocentric at the same time. London isn’t just the capital, it is by far the largest city, and has a hugely magnetic effect on the rest of the country economically, politically and culturally.

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Renting an office space checklist

Finding the perfect office is a complicated business. Besides the big things like location, size of office, and local amenities, there are lots of details that can easily be overlooked when you’re being shown round a property, and questions you might wished you’d asked while you were there.

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The Pros and Cons of Leasing vs. Buying Office Space

One of the first decisions you need to make before you find your business premises is whether to rent or take the plunge and buy.

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Do You Need to Rent Office Space as a Freelancer?

Research from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) shows a steady increase in the number of people working for themselves, with 4.8 million British people now officially self-employed.

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