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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

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...

April 2018

Branson on South Coast Central April 2018 issue 37
It must lift the spirits of many property people in the region that the market has performed so strongly.

It is not a flash in the pan event but has been building for many years and is led by a buoyant industrial market which is setting new records for space developed and rents.

The spread of the new schemes has to be of enormous importance for the economy and the size of the units being built indicate...

Branson on the North West Issue 83
Increasingly Manchester is viewed as the capital of the Northern Powerhouse as the concept gains momentum in transforming the economy of Northern England.

As much as anything else, planning the economy of the north as one major urban area with significant economic centres such as Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Sheffield, Leeds and South Yorkshire, as well as the North East exerts its own influence on growth.

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