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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 2021

Branson on South Coast Central June 2021 issue 43
Given the problems of pandemic and shutting down of a large part of the economy, the performance of the south coast has been exceptional.

It is easy to say, with hindsight, that the recovery could be expected but the pace and extent of the bounce back is surely greater than even the optimists could have expected.

What it says is that the region has considerable resilience and a wellbalanced economy. Ce...

December 2020

Branson on South Coast Central November 2020 Issue 42
In a time of so much doom and despair it is uplifting to see the resilience of the south coast in the face of considerable national panic.

While the region has certain natural advantages, such as significant ports, it still is home to an industry that has been hard hit by the virus, the cruise liner business where Southampton is the home port for some serious ships.

On the other hand the region has its...

March 2020

Branson on Kent Surrey and Sussex March 2020 issue 60
Will local authorities in the towns of the south east arrest, and even reverse, the decline of their centres by providing new cultural facilities? That is the question faced by many councillors as well as retailers and landlords. At a time when a percentage of shoppers have chosen online retailing, there is a real challenge for local authorities to take the initiative in underpinning their centres’ activities.


Branson on Thames Valley February 2020 Issue 65
Having endured a lengthy period of slow growth, the mood has lightened considerably in the region with forecasts of increased activity and rising rents.

The positive signs are now well spread throughout the region, with several areas clearly making significant progress. Oxford is certainly one of those with the rapid expansion of the technology sector and record topping rental increases.

Here again the...

November 2019

Branson on Thames Valley November 2019 Issue 64
This is a trying time for the Thames Valley as the market in most locations, though not all, slows because of Brexit’s malign influence on confidence and the economy.

Towns like Bracknell have had a good run and now are pushing against shortages of prime buildings.

Others, such as Slough, have overcome the problems and are doing well.

Looming over the region is the prospect of the huge trans...


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