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Inspiration is hard to come by, but it is there

Seriously back in the swim now. Have laid waste to the in-tray. But I must say I find I am struggling to find inspiration. You sure can keep your Black Fridays and your Cyber Mondays. What a crock of nonsense. I think I might go back on holiday. And I can’t even BEGIN to deal […]

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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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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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Pride in their alley – and a green inspiration

My hero may be Greg Clark. But Greg Clark himself has a new hero. Or should I say, a new heroine? Greg was speaking at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week. He likes the Chelsea Flower Show. And he loves the RHS, which has  supported him before (notably in his anti-garden-grabbing campaign of 2011).  […]

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Lord Heseltine’s people power proposition

The first meeting of the newly formed Estates Regeneration Advisory Panel was convened last week, on a blustery February morning, in the community hall of the Winstanley estate in Wandsworth, SW11, under the authoritative eye of its chairman, “The Daddy”, Lord Heseltine. You may have picked up that he had made a speech in Leeds […]

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Colchester comes of age

I had a terrific day out in Colchester at the end of last week, courtesy of Hugo Fenwick (what a seriously beautiful new store he is creating out of the old Williams and Griffin department store; a fantastic investment into the future of Colchester) and various stalwart colleagues from Colchester Borough Council, as well representatives […]

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Reasons to be cheerful in 2016

A belated Happy New Year to one and all.  I have a good feeling about 2016 and I hope you do too.  As far as I can see, the market cycle and government policy seem to be in alignment; which is no bad thing.  And that’s before you factor in the sheer weight of both […]

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Some important additions to Team Clark

I feel compelled to remark upon some sparkly appointments recently…. We in Team Clark are very excited about Andy Street joining the department to become our “lead non-executive director”.  Andy is a great mate to all of us in the gang, and to the devolution agenda generally. A proper market-facing person, having been the managing […]

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Inspirational Ipswich is getting so much right

I was rather flattered to be asked to speak at the Ipswich Vision conference a few days ago, run by the very potent Ipswich Central Business Improvement District, which is actively working in partnership with a further six local authorities and agencies concerned with the wellbeing of the town. It is a great success story. […]

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MIPIM UK – a bit of a blur, all of a triumph

Sooooo… MIPIM UK 2015.  Well, it’s all a bit of a blur really… So much HAPPENED! Olympia: well it may not be Cannes, but 2015 proved that 2014 was not a fluke, and it sure does work for us.  The promised protesters were not exactly out in force (perhaps, like in my student days, the […]

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