A grown-up and authoritative response

I attended my last meeting of the Commercial Property Forum yesterday. This is the group that sits between the Department for Communities and Local Government and the British Property Federation to discuss areas where the government can work with the property industry to support growth in homes and jobs. There is always the danger that […]

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Encouraging signs at the LGA conference

One of the first national events to be staged post-EU referendum was the Local Government Association conference, held in Bournemouth from 5 to 7 July. Several hundred local council leaders from up and down our great nation descended on the south coast. And both the setting as well as the weather, although perhaps not the […]

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Mrs May gives reason to be cheerful

Further to Monday’s blog post of optimism, I find more reasons for the property industry to be cheerful this week. Well, I reckon it is a choice. We either put our best foot forward and make things work in this weird new world, or we collapse and slide into recession. And I choose the former! […]

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Encouraging signs from our new-look government

Despite the enormity of other news over the weekend, my last post received a lot of attention. To be honest, I was inundated. I received masses of messages in all bewildering forms of media, both from within and from outside government. All universally kind. Thank you everyone. And it has been a simply superb experience […]

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The end of an era: it’s been an honour

In a strict technical sense, I ceased to be a civil servant last night. Belonging, as I did, to the extended ministerial office of Greg Clark, my tenure was entirely linked to his. And when he ceased to be secretary of state for communities and local government, my role in the CLG EMO was made […]

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Working to engage hearts and minds

So… Estates Gazette forecasts a 5% fall in commercial property values next year and that 100,000 jobs could leave Britain in the wake of the referendum result (I cannot bring myself to coin the revolting term “Brexit”. Please can we abandon it? It trivialises what is a massive constitutional crisis). Those of us committed to […]

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The question now, is what next?

Technically I am a civil servant. And I will remain as such, until I leave HMG to return to UKR at the end of July (more of what comes next for Sadek in future blogs, naturally). And, as a civil servant, I am bound by the Civil Service Code, which means it is my duty […]

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I’ve been to a marvellous party…

Soooo… The MOST amazing party last night to celebrate Sir Stuart Lipton’s 50 years in the industry. The MOST elegant affair in the National Gallery. The MOST glittering array of guests.  The MOST extraordinary up swell of good will and bonhomie. What a wonderful and uplifting occasion. And what a terrific idea. We just do […]

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The Daddy steels himself for the Tees Valley

Lord Heseltine (The Daddy) has published rather an upbeat report to support inward investment in the Tees Valley, following the closure of the steel plants last year.  It is seriously worth a read.  And those of you out there in the market who pride yourselves on being the early bird who catches the worm should […]

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A boost for the venerable GVA name

Like most of us in the industry, I am rather a fan of GVA (see blog 11 September 2014). And I am fervently hoping that this week’s announcement that private equity player EQT has acquired the venerable real estate firm will land well for the practice, with its serious regional network (850 fee earners in […]

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