Lisa Evans

So, we have reached the annual halfway point with many in the commercial property sector still waiting for something to happen; some sort of movement. Their request has been answered, albeit movement in the wrong direction!

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That's right on Friday 24th July we witnessed three evictions. With referendum votes counted Great Britain vacated the EU; Prime Minister David Cameron left Number 10 and Natalie bid farewell to the Big Brother house. It’s with no surprise that commercial property, amongst many things, will be affected by the referendum.

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Pop up retail units have been around for a while and are particularly popular in the U.S. They have started appearing more frequently in recent years - quite literally popping up throughout the UK, especially over seasonal trading periods. Recent statistics have found that the pop up retail unit industry generated a staggering £2.3 billion in turnover in 2015 for the UK alone – equating to 10,500 pop up shops and employing roughly 26,200 people. Although practical and effective as a retail unit – they also have several business advantages for tenants and landlords alike.

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Tepid Tories approach to Business Rates

By Lisa Evans at 00:00

It’s widely acknowledged that the current business rates system requires a dramatic overhaul, and there has been various pre and post election claims in respect of changes that will be made. The Government is dipping its toes in the waters of change but will it take the plunge and overhaul this system in a truly radical way?

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We have waited with baited breath; first came the election and now the eagerly anticipated Summer Budget announcement. How will the cuts and spends affect SMEs? SMEs will undoubtedly feel the pinch of the 'New Living Wage' and it appears the loss will not be counteracted by the extension in the 'employment allowance', nor will it be recouped through changes to Corporation Tax as many businesses are just too small to reap the rewards of the latter. Will we experience an adverse affect on the 'Buy British' efforts as many businesses could opt to outsource labour? What would Mary Portas have to say about that!

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