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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

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...

February 2017

Branson on London issue 74 February 2017
Branson The balanced performance of so many different parts of London has been impressive for a number of years.

But is the party coming to an end on the rock of the Brexit situation? If the predictions of John Ostroumoff prove to be correct, then many complacent politicians and the business world are in for a real shock. It will underline his case for a powerful push by the Square Mile led by the City of London ...

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 ...

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