27 June 2014 – 2:30 pm


Firmdale Hotels opens a new site in London’s Soho. With just over 90 rooms, the development features shops, cafe, bar and restaurant. Ham Yard Hotel in Ham Yard Village has an urban New York feel.

Gates Open to the Anti Ordinary

15 June 2014 – 10:30 am


This weekend Yorkshire success story, Twisted Automotive, launches its new HQ in Thirsk north of Harrogate. Exporting around the world, the team has been one of UK manufacturing’s positive stories over the last few years.

Taking the well known workhorse Landrover Defender, Twisted fully modifies inside and out to the client’s specification. Sending complete vehicles to all corners of the globe.

A recent step to increase marketing saw the company sponsor amongst others a Ginetta, under the Twisted Team Parker moniker. See picture above.

Tesla Model S

8 June 2014 – 8:07 am


Launching this weekend in London, US electric vehicle firm Tesla, sees California based founder Elon Musk visit The Crystal in Docklands. The site of the UK’s first Tesla Supercharger. Elon rose to the stage and handed over the first five right hand drive UK spec four door all electric cars to a cross section of new owners.




Grand Depart

25 May 2014 – 3:12 pm


The 2014 Tour de France will be starting this year in Yorkshire. Locals have used yellow to signify their support for the race and to welcome the thousands of expected visitors. Yellow painted bicycles align the route across the region. In Harrogate and other centres, the council has planted yellow bulbs to continue the theme. The event is expected to generate £100 million for the region.



Corporate Sponsorship

25 May 2014 – 3:03 pm


The 3M Buckley Innovation Centre is the result of a £12 million investment and is a wholly owned subsiduary of Huddersfield University. Boasting well appointed laboratories, the centre aims to attract business from across the UK and overseas, including China. Housing specialists in such areas as arms and armour authentication it aims to be a leader in the field of measurement and analysis, while creating an eco-system for science innovation.



Public Events

25 May 2014 – 10:54 am


The World Snooker Championship has recently been wrapped up in Sheffield. A northern City synonymous with steel, music and wider sports including snooker, the World Student Games and football. Large scale events such as the snooker, require plenty of upfront funding to secure, but have a long-tail effect which can bring visitors and investment to the Sheffield City Region for several preceding years.


Charging Ahead

6 April 2014 – 7:34 am

RA 1

It is nearly twenty years since the Royal Armouries previously housed and stored at the Tower of London, moved to a purpose built fort like building on Clarence Dock, Leeds. Master plans are often muted, but until there is a critical mass of decent available property stock, the people will not follow.

Once the Armouries was an island in a former industrial wasteland, nestled between a declining brewery and empty Victorian factories. People visiting and driving off. It could have been based anywhere, as the connection to the city was minimal.

Of late, much development has been carried out in the area and it is now starting to thrive. Slightly cut off from the rest of Leeds, it suffers from some very fashionable places across the canal taking and retaining business. However it is a question of time, as home-wise the area on a dreary Monday looked well populated. If people come and stay, trade will follow.

RA 2

Bloomberg Place

29 March 2014 – 8:46 am


The gaping hole in the ground near Cannon Street Station is starting to give up its structure with the concrete cores for the new Bloomberg Place HQ emerging skywards. The ten floor towers will be linked by sky bridges and initial drawings of the scheme show a high degree of planting and ‘green walls’.

Built atop a 2000 year old Roman Temple, the new HQ will consolidate local operations currently based further north in the City and provide a new home for further elements of the Bloomberg empire.

It is going to be interesting to see how this new construction fits with the nearby historic buildings which include, the Bank of England, Mansion House and Royal Exchange. Due to competition from London’s Canary Wharf and Frankfurt, the City has relaxed some of its stringent planning requirements of old, enabling the construction of new large sites such as Bloomberg Place.


HS2 to Increase Property Values

23 March 2014 – 6:21 pm

Manchester 1

Manchester 2

After much will they won’t they it finally looks like HS2 (High Speed 2) will be given the green signal. Linking the north of England and eventually Scotland to the Capital. Recent announcements have outlined an updated proposal, where the Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds hubs are joined and then connected in a final link to London and the South East. HS2 in England is timetabled for final completion around 2032.

Opinions are divided on whether this type of economic investment which will run to billions, is actually worthwhile. By the time HS2 is fully operational, there may be more efficient modes of transport. Developments in Asia, would point to this old tech soon being superseded. It is after all a 200 year old invention, whose principles have largely not progressed much beyond efficiency, speed and passenger comfort. The horse to the motor driven vehicle was a much greater evolution in this context.

With the exiting rail network, road links and several regional airports, the northern hubs of Leeds and Manchester are growing again after a prolonged downturn, which was particularly cruel to the former industrial cities and pretty much everywhere outside the South East. Construction is up and property transactions growing again to levels not seen for five years.

Whatever the critics’ thoughts and impact to the countryside, there is no doubt good infrastructure helps economic development. So it is perceived business should welcome HS2.

Leeds City Centre

London Property Values to Benefit

23 March 2014 – 2:08 pm

More London

This weekend’s Telegraph newspaper reports a new wave of money washing in to London’s real estate sector.

This time instability in the Ukraine and Crimea regions has forced wealthy investors to increase spend in one of the perceived safe capitals of global real estate, namely London.

The bulge bracket deals with domestic and international money have continued with gusto. The More London development by London Bridge, pictured, changing hands three months ago for a reported £1.7 billion. Located on the site of a former coach park across the River Thames from the Tower of London, it shows with investment what can be done with a well located but under used site.

The new Kuwaiti owner has inherited a spread of well known tenants and good covenants in this highly successful development which is designed for 21st Century use, with underground parking and services, an open ornamental style stream and river views from several of the offices. Comprising also City Hall, it would seem the Mayor of London likes the area too!