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Inclusive design – why it’s important we create accessible environments

Published on: 15th February 2019 So just how important is it to be inclusive for your customers? Stephen Richardson, partner in our in-house architecture team comments: Well, to answer that question, you may want to ask yourself how important it is to you to immediately be able to do what you want to do when you want to do it? Especially in today’s world where people are so used to getting what they want when they want it - being inclusive is a huge plus. Your customers need to have the confidence that you can be depended on and that the environment you have created does not create an unnecessary level of stress or anxiety for them as they go about their day to day lives. How can inclusivity define the customer experience? Customers place a lot of value on being able to go about their lives without the unnecessary obstacles of poorly designed spaces. With an increasingly competitive market it is easier to lose a customer (or customers) than gain new customers. A bad customer experience can spread like wild fire and can result in poor reviews and decreased customer satisfaction.

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Small Business Rates Relief extension and the benefits to the licensed trade

Published on: 14th February 2019 A new business rates relief package is due to take effect from April 2019 and follows the difficulties experienced in the retail and leisure sectors and estimations that two pubs were being forced to close a day across the country. Industry bodies within both the retail and licensed trade sector called for business rates reforms and during Phillip Hammond’s Autumn 2018 budget the chancellor obliged in part. Over the next two years retailers with rateable values below £51,000 will benefit from a reduction in their rates bills of a third, irrespective of whether they have one property or form part of a national chain. It has been estimated that the measure will benefit 90% of independent, shops, pubs and restaurants; cutting their bills by up to £8,000 and totalling over £900million in business rates relief.

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Machinery and business asset team strengthened by appointment of duo in Manchester

Published on: 13th February 2019 We have recently strengthened our national machinery and business assets team with the appointment of Mark Rowlands and Emily Higginbottom in our Manchester office. The appointments follow a bumper year for our specialist machinery and business assets who have successfully completed 40 online auctions, realising over £11million in sales.

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Leeds team celebrate offices first birthday!

Published on: 12th February 2019 Today we are celebrating the 1st birthday of our office at Central Square in Leeds City Centre. We relocated our team of 80 property experts to the sixth floor of the Grade A office building in February 2018 and the office relocation not only saw us move in to a brand new £100m development, but it also allowed us to invest in new technology and working practices that meet the corporate requirements of our increasing client base.

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Restaurant building for sale in the heart of Wakefield’s leisure quarter

Published on: 12th February 2019 Our Leeds agency team has been appointed to sell the freehold interest of the former Bollywood Lounge, a large restaurant centrally located in Wakefield’s leisure and entertainment district. The circa 4,000 sq ft property is currently in a semi-shell state with an open plan layout that would provide potential occupiers with a blank canvas to really make the space their own.

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Work on £35m ‘prestigious development’ in York city centre set to begin

Published on: 11th February 2019 Development of a mixed-use scheme in York city centre comprising of 127 apartments and 34,500 sq ft of office space, is to begin this month after Yorkshire-headquartered Caddick Construction were awarded the contract. For all office enquiries please contact our Leeds agency team, or joint agents JLL.

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Glamping: introducing a new demographic to the market

Published on: 8th February 2019 Glamping, or luxury camping, is more popular than ever and with tree houses, pods, bell tents, yurts, shepherd’s huts and even converted London buses on offer, there’s plenty of variety for consumers to choose from in this ever-growing market. The recent recession, coupled with the increasing trend for the ‘staycation’ has helped to make holidaying in the UK a much more popular choice amongst UK tourists. As ever holiday businesses have been forward thinking to embrace the new demand, creating and developing many new forms of accommodation to appeal to different customers, one of the most notable, the rise of glamping.

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go? – Lease Renewals in the Licensed Sector

Published on: 7th February 2019 If, like many other licensees, you lease your premises, you will no doubt have experienced the stresses and strains of a rent review or the lease renewal process, and if you haven’t, then you probably will soon! A business lease can be a complicated document and if you take nothing else away from this article, always remember the value of timely advice, both from your solicitor and your surveyor, as both these professionals could have a vital role to play in any negotiations you undertake.The processes around lease renewals are heavily regulated and there can be some very hard and fast deadlines, which, if you miss them, can have devastating consequences for your business. So, it is vital that you act proactively and take the front foot or if your landlord acts first, you respond in a timely manner.

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New inquiry launched into the impact of Business Rates on business

Published on: 6th February 2019 With an estimated 10,000 UK shops due to close this year the Treasury Committee has launched a new inquiry into Business Rates to scrutinize how Government policy has impacted business.

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