Category Archives: Property

A Levy, Some Rates and the Grimsey Report

I quite enjoy the flight to Singapore (which is where I was much of last week) as it gives me time to read and catch up on a few things; once I’ve landed things get more hectic with wall to … Continue reading

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The Poll Tax and Business Rates

This week is the Mary and Bill show – fast turning in to the retail version of Punch and Judy – and no doubt we will return to the rival (?) visions of the high street after I’ve had chance … Continue reading

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Righting the Tesco Supertanker?

Well a few days have now passed since the Tesco figures and the dust has settled some what. Much of the attention of course has fallen on the withdrawal from the USA and the attempts to be made to sell … Continue reading

Posted in Banks, International Retailing, Internet shopping, Market Shares, Online Retailing, Property, Tesco | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

Losing Heart? Re-imagining our town and city centres

The current debates and reviews into town centres and the plight of the high street is, at so many levels, a debate about the importance and meaning of place.  It is no surprise therefore that the most recent issue of … Continue reading

Posted in BIDS, Government, High Streets, Historic Shops, Local Retailers, Places, Property, Public Realm, Retail Policy, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Start-ups, Town Centre Review, Town Centres | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

New Worlds and Old Cities?

“There is a real danger that Edinburgh, with its obsession with heritage, is retreating into a psychology of isolation and will become an introspective museum-piece” So wrote Bill Jamieson in this weekend’s Scotland on Sunday (March 3rd 2013, p22), in … Continue reading

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Made in Stirling

Over the last year I have increasingly argued that with the withdrawal of many multiple retailers from many high streets we are entering a period a major structural change in consumer behaviour and retail opportunities. This will not necessarily be … Continue reading

Posted in High Streets, Independents, Localisation, Places, Pop-Up Shops, Property, Regeneration, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Start-ups, Town Centres | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Rates relief

The rating system and retailing seem to be on something of a collision path at the moment, with no one really liking what is going on. The whole issue is generating a lot of noise, but little positive outcome and … Continue reading

Posted in Charity Shops, Government, Places, Property, Rates, Town Centres, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment