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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

October 2018

Branson on the North West Issue 85 October 2018
It is conventional wisdom to bemoan the existence of the north/south divide and what damage it causes to the economy.

But another way of looking at this subject at the moment is to examine the existence of optimism in the major northern cities that are less infl uenced by the wave of media gloom and political agitation found in London and the south.

Were this not true, how is it that Manchester could b...

Branson on Thames Valley Issue 61 October 2018
Wherever we look the commercial property market the Thames Valley appears to be in good health, There are many fundamental reasons for this, not least being a recent study by a cities research organisation that local economies gain from being near dynamic cities. In the case of the Thames Valley it is not so much a city, as a string of vibrant towns such as Slough, Reading, Maidenhead and others-all linked by a good transpo...

June 2018

Branson on the North West Issue 84 June 2018
Manchester has a long history of independent thinking that has made it such a strong business centre - from the free traders such as John Bright through to the suffragettes and the Pankhurst family.

This deep perception of their strength continues to play a vital role in the performance of the city and the North West which is amply shown by so many sectors, such as sport and music apart from business and finance....

Branson on Kent Surrey and Sussex June 2018 issue 56
At the heart of many of the property-related problems in the three counties is the pressure on resources.

Time and again we see the familiar arguments. Too much employment land is going for residential property, not to mention the conversion of office buildings for a similar end use.

The local population in many areas are protesting about this because their services, such as schools and medical centres...

Branson on Thames Valley June 2018 Issue 60
It could be argued that we are emphasising the importance of Crossrail for the property industry too much but this would be to misjudge the situation.

For a start developers and agents inevitably refer to the imminent presence of a new Crossrail station as an important factor in a location, as we are seeing in the Thames Valley from Reading to West London.

Due to the overwhelming presence of London, th...


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