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The Commercial Property Register Blog has regular regional updates of news and comment from industry expert Clive Branson.


1998 - 2013
Freelance journalist
Editor: Commercial Property Register (regional property magazines)
Contributor: EuroProperty Meridian Line International Property Editor The City
1992 - 1998
Property editor, European
1991 - 1992
Founder and managing director, EuroProperty
1983 - 1991
Editorial director of RICS Journals, Builder Group Responsible for four magazines including Chartered Surveyors Weekly (now Property Week)
1979 - 1983
Freelance financial journalist Sunday Standard, Sunday Times
1973 - 1979
Co-owner Investors Review
Pre 1973
Financial journalist Daily Mail AP Dow Jones Daily Sketch (city editor) Financial Times

June 2017

Branson on Kent Surrey and Sussex issue 53
It may not be spectacular but the three counties are making steady progress and in some cases adding new commercial space but the central problem of so much disappearing into residential use continues and the figures for Brighton & Hove are, in many ways, startling.

No town or city in the UK can have a worthwhile economic future if it has no cheap rental space for new companies. That is a fact of life.

Branson on the North West Issue 80 June 2017
Confidence oozes throughout the North West as the long economic recovery continues and in many places, widens out.

Terrorist attacks have not dented the city in the past, nor is the latest outrage having an impact on the confidence of the city. As much as anything it is the quality of the changes that matter.

The dynamics of the science and technology companies, allied to the strength of the universiti...

Branson on Thames Valley June 2017 Issue 57
The encouraging factor for the region, as well as the broader UK economy, is the strength of demand for industrial property.

Coming at a time when the pressure for a national industrial policy is growing, this will be encouraging for the politicians.

Part of this process is the development of science parks in Oxfordshire, indicating the developers’ (such as MEPC at Milton Park) desire and ability to bu...

March 2017

Branson on the North West Issue 79 March 2017
Through boom and bust, Manchester continues to perform as it follows the long settled path of being a world-class city to match its soccer teams and music scene.

The ambition is being stepped up at MIPIM with an enlarged corporate participation in a pavilion on the Croissete. The market is also holding up in all areas with the city centre notching up a big take up figure again and steady performances in Warringto...

Branson on Kent Surrey and Sussex issue 52
There are many favourable points about the market in the three counties with the shining message that confidence is pushing activity, notably in the regeneration schemes.

In the case of Croydon, there is now a push to capitalise on the spate of major new developments by improving the urban landscape (a message that appears to be growing throughout the UK).

With many new homes and offices, Croydon wants...


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