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

CLIVE BRANSON CURRICULUM VITAE

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

February 2017

Branson on the Midlands February 2017 issue 76
There is a healthy look to the Midlands market with its outstanding location for the logistics industry and reviving manufacturing.

However, the key to the performance is the growing confidence of the local government and the impetus for genuine change that will restore the region to its global importance.

This, it should be noted, is coming in a variety of ways notably including advance manufacturing....

Branson on Thames Valley February 2017 issue 56
Perhaps the most important point about the current market in the region is that the steady performance is widely spread across different towns.

For example, Basingstoke is now more active with lettings and development within the context of the M3 corridor. The defining moment for some towns, such as Maidenhead, Slough and Reading will come with the opening of Crosssrail’s The Elizabeth Line.

This will ...

December 2016

Branson on the North West Issue 78 December 2016
For a host of economic reasons, Manchester continues to improve its international standing.

Apart from a number of natural advantages, the city keeps the promotion pace going, whether it be lobbying Parliament or an expanded presence at MIPIM.

It simply does not relax its efforts to grow.

We have seen that in the past with the Metrolink system and the refusal to slow its expansion despite go...

November 2016

Branson on Yorkshire November 2016 Issue 52
There is a solidity to the performance of the commercial property market in the region with early indications of it shrugging off the effect of the Brexit vote.

To be fair, it is early days yet for the trauma of leaving the EU with negotiations spread over a number of years (how many?). All the same, Yorkshire has the ability to makes its own decisions and think outside the box. That may come from a real pride in...

October 2016

Branson on South Coast Central October 2016 issue 34
All we can hope is that the impact of Brexit if there is a hard-nosed departure from the EU will not dent the economy of the south coast with its ambitions and array of technology and scientific businesses.

The region has the requirements to grow, except that at the moment there is a shortage of prime accommodation. That can be put right and, indeed, there are now substantial speculative schemes. The airports sho...

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