A welcome return to government

As trailed in my blog of 22 July, I have re-joined Her Majesty’s Government, in a somewhat more senior and empowered role than before, and needless to say I am very excited about it all. Things have taken a little while to settle down (and apparently this is par for the course in a change […]

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A global powerhouse is brewing in Britain

Fantastic! First we had the northern powerhouse and now we learn that Britain has become a global “brewing powerhouse”. Straight up. At the Great British Beer Festival last week Marcus Jones who, among his many other job titles, also rejoices in the role of “community pubs minister”, announced that a new brewery is opening in […]

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What we owe to our amazing “landlords”

I’ve been remiss.  While I was thanking Gill Marshall last Monday (as the most staunch of custodians of the UKR mission and our values) I must also today put in a word of thanks to our “landlords”, Nigel Hugill and Robin Butler of Urban & Civic. Blimey! There aren’t many start-up companies that can boast […]

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How’s that for a team of big-hitters?

Excitement in Nottingham this week hasn’t merely been restricted to the cricket.  Although even I (a perfect willow dyslexic) found it totally riveting. Oh no! The senior politicians in our sector were hunting in a pack yesterday in the East Midlands, as communities secretary Greg Clark, together with Marcus Jones, local government minister AND The […]

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Still the best bet for Sandfields

I haven’t blogged for some time about UK Regeneration. But that doesn’t mean that we’ve been idle. Oh no! At the end of May I left Her Majesty’s Government  (after my exciting year at the Cabinet Office and then my three months at UK Trade and Investment, being EVER so important) and I have been […]

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MoD scheme gives tenants a fighting chance

“Generation Rent” becomes further enshrined as a way of life, as the Ministry of Defence launches a scheme that allows defence personnel to apply for a loan to meet the cost of a deposit for a rental property. In recognition that moving home within the private rented sector is very competitive and can be expensive, […]

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Digby’s a prize catch all right

My wonderful photo today shows Digby Flower, the new UK chairman of the newly combined DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield conglomerate, displaying just one of the results of his recent fishing expedition.  Proving that at least one of the head honchos of the new “big beast” global real estate company can do more than fish for […]

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NHS trust with a possible housing cure

As our new government grapples with the challenges facing the housing market (no, I don’t have any answers), understandably there is renewed pressure to release more public land. Having been in and around this debate for more years than I care to mention, and having been wrestling with it in Whitehall over the past year, […]

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Minister’s decisive start in the bid to hype up our high streets

As we freewheel into parliamentary recess, and the fogs begin to clear on my role in the new administration (more of this when it is settled, I promise), I find I am truly very impressed indeed by the decisive start that Marcus Jones, the new minister for the high street, has made with his portfolio […]

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Devolution: Cornwall is the cream of the crop

The eagle eyed among you will have most diverted by the inclusion in the Budget last week of “an historic devolution deal” which has been done with… Cornwall. And when you think about it, it is big news indeed. This is the first devolution deal to be done with a county. And with the most […]

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