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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 2018

Branson on Thames Valley February 2018 Issue 59
The whole of the UK can draw comfort from the current strength of the market in the Thames Valley because this is a vital area for high tech companies.

With the arrival of the Elizabeth Line it has been given a boost which will show later this year when the first phase opens.

It already has a better train service because of the rebuilding of Reading station.

What is important is the broadly ...

December 2017

Branson on the North West Issue 82 December 2017
All the numbers add up for vibrant regional economy and property industry which is transforming so many towns and cities.

At the heart of it is the Manchester city centre office market which is turning in consistently high levels of take-up and attracting major global companies (such as Amazon, now pushing hard in the North West).

However, this is only part of the picture. There is a new entrepreneuria...

November 2017

Branson on Kent Surrey and Sussex November 2017 issue 54
For those wallowing in the gloom of a Brexit led slowing of the UK economy, a trip through the three south east counties could prove to be a rewarding experience.

That is because many local authorities and businesses are not accepting the bleak future and are building new commercial and residential facilities, notably in Ashford.

What is the key to the changes? One of them is transport with a number of...

October 2017

Branson on South Coast Central October 2017 Issue 36
There are a number of solid reasons why the region is doing so well and has the promise of future growth.

The first is that transport improvements now on the cards will free up a number of key routes.

Several of these are aimed at eradicating the bottlenecks on the A27/M27, such as the new bypass around Arundel.

There is also the upgrading of the M3 to a smart motorway and a number of small ...

Branson on Thames Valley October 2017 Issue 58
Faced with so many question marks about the future it is rewarding to contemplate the buoyancy of the Thames Valley.

It is not merely that the existing towns are in rude health but also the dynamic of the business parks in many places, particularly Oxford.

The conventional view is that all the high tech and science parks are around Cambridge but Oxfordshire belies that image.

At the home of ...

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