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Nick Reynolds

Questions To Ask Before You Rent  A Property

Questions To Ask Before You Rent A Property

While a property on face value may look perfect, there can be elements which aren’t identified at a single viewing which may impact on how you enjoy your home.By asking the right questions before you commit to a tenancy, you can ensure that your new home will be your perfect property.

Looking After Your Mental Health as a Small Business Owner

Looking After Your Mental Health as a Small Business Owner

While for many, the thrill of entrepreneurship gives them drive and motivation, for others the day to day stresses and unique challenges of starting a business can have a negative impact on their mental and even physical health. 

A Commercial Property Guide to Soho

A Commercial Property Guide to Soho

If you’re searching for the perfect place to run your business, Soho might be the location for you. Here’s more information.

The Pearl & Coutts guide to office refurbishment

The Pearl & Coutts guide to office refurbishment

Refurbishing an office is a great way to breathe new life into your premises. Done well, it can represent your business much more effectively.

Experts predict a renaissance in bricks-and-mortar retail. Here’s why

Experts predict a renaissance in bricks-and-mortar retail. Here’s why

Innovating retailers have realised that physical shops are beginning to be more competitive with online stores. Read more.

Despite Brexit, office take-up in London is the strongest in six years. What’s behind it?

Despite Brexit, office take-up in London is the strongest in six years. What’s behind it?

So far, 2019 has seen the strongest take-up of office space in six years. Let’s examine the situation further.

Digital skills every workplace needs in 2019

Digital skills every workplace needs in 2019

Digital skills boost productivity, drive sales and give you a competitive edge. If you need to know which digital skills your team should have, read our guide.

How to view an office

How to view an office

Leasing an office is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a business owner. As such, it’s imperative to view premises in the right way.

A Commercial Property Guide to Bloomsbury

A Commercial Property Guide to Bloomsbury

If you’re searching for the perfect place to run your business, Bloomsbury might be the location for you. Here’s more information.

Some important commercial property stories for Q1 2019

Some important commercial property stories for Q1 2019

If you’d like to brush up your knowledge, here’s a handy guide of what’s been happening in the first quarter of 2019.

The ultimate office viewing checklist for 2019

The ultimate office viewing checklist for 2019

Looking to upgrade to a new office or to relocate your business to a better location? Use this handy 29-point checklist to cut down on time and money.

10 essential tips for improving sustainability in your shop

10 essential tips for improving sustainability in your shop

Sustainability is becoming a priority for UK customers. Here are a few simple changes you can make to improve your sustainability and impress them.

How London’s top retail brands use physical space to foster a connection with their customers

How London’s top retail brands use physical space to foster a connection with their customers

London’s top brands are fighting growing online competition by using their physical space to offer something fresh and different for their customers.

Pearl & Coutts’ role in the development of London

Pearl & Coutts’ role in the development of London

Pearl and Coutts have been at the heart of the action for decades. Here’s some more information about our role in London’s transformation.

Relocating your office efficiently: the ultimate guide for 2019

Relocating your office efficiently: the ultimate guide for 2019

Some companies are daunted by relocation – but don’t worry, with the right planning and organisation, it can be a smooth, stress-free experience.

Expanding to bigger offices? Here’s what you need to consider

Expanding to bigger offices? Here’s what you need to consider

Moving to a larger office is an exciting process, but it can be stressful if you don’t plan first. Here’s what you should consider before you move.

What will be the top retail trends of 2019?

What will be the top retail trends of 2019?

The country’s retailers are adapting to change with dynamic, exciting new approaches. Here are some ideas you can implement in your own business.

When is the right time to move on from serviced offices?

When is the right time to move on from serviced offices?

Serviced offices are a good option for start-up businesses, but there will come a time when you require something more permanent.

Why 2019 will be the year of sustainability in retail

Why 2019 will be the year of sustainability in retail

Sustainability is something that benefits us all, and if it’s not yet a priority for retail, it should be. Here’s more information.

7 ways to automate your small business

7 ways to automate your small business

Two things small business owners never have enough of: time and resources. That's why automation can be essential to the growth of your business.

A small business guide to the Old Street Partnership

A small business guide to the Old Street Partnership

Old Street is transforming, and that presents an appealing opportunity for local businesses. Here's a guide to the scheme and its partners.

Decline of the high street? Actually, it’s never been a better time to be an indie retailer

Decline of the high street? Actually, it’s never been a better time to be an indie retailer

Despite the media's doom and gloom, many retailers across the country claim that there are plenty of opportunities for independent shops to thrive.

Keeping it in the community: how councils are investing in high street retail

Keeping it in the community: how councils are investing in high street retail

With a forward-thinking approach from the local council, many cities and towns are successfully regenerating their retail zones.

Where will the biggest commercial property hotspots be in 2019?

Where will the biggest commercial property hotspots be in 2019?

While London’s still top for commercial property, businesses are also looking beyond the capital. Here’s where we see some of the hotspots in 2019.

How was 2018 for commercial property?

How was 2018 for commercial property?

With 2018 drawing to a close, here’s a round-up of how the UK commercial property market performed throughout the year. 

Reinventing the boardroom

Reinventing the boardroom

The boardroom is where ideas are born, where projects come to fruition, where problems are resolved. So why is it often the dreariest part of the office?

What do business rates pay for?

What do business rates pay for?

If you run a business in the UK, chances are that you’ll be paying business rates. But do you know what they actually pay for? Find out here.

The rebirth of King’s Cross

The rebirth of King’s Cross

Eighteen years in the works, the redevelopment of King's Cross has turned a previously shabby part of London into an impressive new postcode area – N1C.

What did the Autumn Budget do for small businesses?

What did the Autumn Budget do for small businesses?

Many organisations lobbied the Chancellor to focus on small businesses in his Autumn Budget this year. So how did he do? We look at the facts.

What trends will drive office design in 2019?

What trends will drive office design in 2019?

The trends in 2019 seek to resolve problems caused by lack of contentment in the workplace, including lack of motivation and poor staff retention.

Commercial property news update: October 2018

Commercial property news update: October 2018

The commercial property markets continue to look strong despite Brexit uncertainty, especially in the regions. Here are the latest stories.

When do I need planning permission to change use class?

When do I need planning permission to change use class?

If you’ve leased premises and you want to change its class (e.g. from a shop to a restaurant), you should know what requires planning permission.

You’re a tech startup. Where do you set up your office in 2019?

You’re a tech startup. Where do you set up your office in 2019?

If you’re a tech start-up and you’re not sure where to set up your office, here’s a handy guide to help you.

What are the North London commercial property hotspots?

What are the North London commercial property hotspots?

If you haven’t considered North London before – you really should. This well-connected location has so much to offer. Learn more.

8 ways to increase productivity through office design

8 ways to increase productivity through office design

One of the most overlooked reasons for a slump in productivity is the office itself. Thankfully, it’s easy to make a few tweaks to set things right.

5G rollout: when, where and why it’s good for London business

5G rollout: when, where and why it’s good for London business

You might have heard about the arrival of 5G connectivity in London. Here’s some information about the rollout and its implications for the capital.

Changes of Use Not Requiring Planning Permission

Changes of Use Not Requiring Planning Permission

There are instances where you can get away with not applying for planning permission. Here’s a brief explanation of how it works.

What is LEN and Why Does it Matter to Shoreditch?

What is LEN and Why Does it Matter to Shoreditch?

Starting in July, the LEN (Low Emission Neighbourhood) scheme comes into effect in Shoreditch. Here's more information.

Soho’s Alphabet is being revived in Islington! Here’s a history of the famous bar

Soho’s Alphabet is being revived in Islington! Here’s a history of the famous bar

After closing in 2013, most Soho residents and workers thought they’d seen the end of the Alphabet. However, plans are afoot to re-open it; this time in a brand-new location. 

Old Street Masterplan in Shoreditch: What You Need to Know

Old Street Masterplan in Shoreditch: What You Need to Know

Here’s further information about the project, and what you can expect to see when it’s completed.

Is Brexit Affecting Office Take-Up in the West End?

Is Brexit Affecting Office Take-Up in the West End?

If you’re thinking of investing in commercial property in London or renting premises in this area, here’s more information about office take-up after Brexit. 

The Best Architecture Events Around London

The Best Architecture Events Around London

If you’re in the capital and looking to brush up on your architectural knowledge, here’s some of the best events happening over the next few months.

Making Space: How Hackney developers are turning commercial premises into flats and houses

Making Space: How Hackney developers are turning commercial premises into flats and houses

Here are just a few of the best converted properties in the Hackney area to inspire you.

Dalston homeowners near Crossrail 2 could start paying a new property tax

Dalston homeowners near Crossrail 2 could start paying a new property tax

Do you live in the Dalston area? If so, there’s a chance that you may have to pay additional tax in the future, thanks to the forthcoming arrival of Crossrail 2. Here’s further information.

Who are the Guardians of the Arches and why are they Campaigning?

Who are the Guardians of the Arches and why are they Campaigning?

Guardians of the Arches, who started off as a collective of business owners / tenants in Hackney, are on a mission to stop this from happening. Here’s more information. 

Arsene Wenger in Islington: Looking Back

Arsene Wenger in Islington: Looking Back

What did Wenger and Arsenal FC do for the people of Islington? Here’s a brief overview.

Art Shoreditch: The latest galleries, exhibitions and openings

Art Shoreditch: The latest galleries, exhibitions and openings

If you’re eager to find out more about Shoreditch’s art scene, here’s our guide to the latest things happening in the area. 

London Festival of Architecture: what's on in the last week

London Festival of Architecture: what's on in the last week

The month-long event is coming to a close, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, you’ve got one week left to get involved.

Good news Shoreditch

Good news Shoreditch

Here’s a run-through of the best stories from Shoreditch recently, all of them guaranteed to put a smile on your face. 

What is the Dalston Quarter? Everything you need to know about Hackney Council’s proposals

What is the Dalston Quarter? Everything you need to know about Hackney Council’s proposals

If you’re keen to learn more about the proposed plans for Dalston, read on. 

Good news Soho

Good news Soho

Soho has so much to celebrate, from inventive additions to the city’s nightlife to new music, food and art. Here’s a roundup of some of Soho’s more positive, smile-inducing, recent news.

What Old Street roundabout could be replaced by next year

What Old Street roundabout could be replaced by next year

Old Street Roundabout is one of London’s most famous icons, but get your selfies in while you can, because it won’t be around much longer. Here’s more information about the submitted ideas. 

Hackney Wick: What is the creative enterprise zone?

Hackney Wick: What is the creative enterprise zone?

The Creative Enterprise Zone, introduced by the Mayor in 2017, is a bid to support creative and artistic endeavours throughout Hackney. Here's more information about the potential changes to the area.

Plans are afoot to transform Oxford Street. Here’s what businesses need to know

Plans are afoot to transform Oxford Street. Here’s what businesses need to know

The Mayor of London, in conjunction with Westminster City Council, has been developing plans to eliminate vehicles in the area, creating an entirely pedestrianised zone. Here’s more information.

Ultra low emission zones in Hackney and Islington: What you need to know

Ultra low emission zones in Hackney and Islington: What you need to know

What do the proposed changes mean for traffic, businesses, and more? Here’s what you need to know. 

Good news Hackney

Good news Hackney

Here’s a regular feature rounding-up all the feel-good news stories from our local areas. This week: Hackney.

Commercial property news round-up: March 2018

Commercial property news round-up: March 2018

Here’s some insight into the key commercial property news this March.

Commercial news round-up: February 2018

Commercial news round-up: February 2018

Here’s some insight into the key commercial property news this February.

Why invest in a leased office?

Why invest in a leased office?

If you’re starting out, leasing is the recommended option. Here’s a quick run-through of the reasons why. 

Brexit: How is it affecting London’s commercial property?

Brexit: How is it affecting London’s commercial property?

Here’s a brief overview of how London’s commercial property has fared over the last year since the Brexit announcement.

How office prices have changed in Clerkenwell

How office prices have changed in Clerkenwell

Despite its growing appeal, office prices in Clerkenwell remain far more reasonable than other parts of the capital. Here’s more information.

How to update your small business for 2018

How to update your small business for 2018

If you’re an SME, keen to update your business for the forthcoming year, here are a few tips to help you.

New to Renting an Office? Here’s What You Need to Know

New to Renting an Office? Here’s What You Need to Know

Renting an office marks an exciting step forward for your company, as you prepare yourself for future growth. Our useful guide details the main things you need to consider.

A Commercial Property Guide to Hackney

A Commercial Property Guide to Hackney

Hackney is a great place for your company to call home. Once one of London’s most undesirable areas, significant regeneration has transformed it into a dynamic business hub.

Our biggest commercial property predictions for 2018

Our biggest commercial property predictions for 2018

The commercial property market is going through some seismic changes. What do we see in the future for this industry?

Supporting mental health at your business

Supporting mental health at your business

If you're serious about addressing mental health issues in the workplace, our guide may be useful.

How to: improve automation in your small business

How to: improve automation in your small business

Have you ever felt there aren’t enough hours in the day? If so, you should focus on the role of automation in your business.

10 ways to make your small business more green

10 ways to make your small business more green

With more consumers stating that they’d rather buy from greener companies, it’s now more important than ever to develop your eco-credentials.

How to improve wellbeing in the workplace

How to improve wellbeing in the workplace

Mental health issues have a serious impact on productivity, morale and staff turnover, yet they’re seldom addressed in the workplace. 

The secrets to a successful start-up

The secrets to a successful start-up

If you start your business the savvy way, you’re far more likely to succeed. 

5 ways to enhance your workplace with graphics

5 ways to enhance your workplace with graphics

Graphics can boost morale, impress clients, reinforce your brand, and communicate your message, but it’s important to choose the right ones.

Improving cybersecurity in your small business office

Improving cybersecurity in your small business office

Ensuring the online security of your business should be a top priority. Here’s a useful checklist, detailing vital steps to take to protect your company.

How Brexit might affect small businesses

How Brexit might affect small businesses

The upcoming Brexit negotiations are causing anxiety for small businesses across the UK. We delve deeper into the potential impact on British SMEs.

How digital is increasingly influencing office design

How digital is increasingly influencing office design

Read on to find out how digital technology can improve office design – and how you can utilise it in your own business premises.

Establishing a Creative Business in Hackney – Everything You Need to Know

Establishing a Creative Business in Hackney – Everything You Need to Know

Everything you need to know about launching a creative business in Hackney and the help that’s on offer to get you started. 

2017’s most fashionable UK areas for start-ups

2017’s most fashionable UK areas for start-ups

If you’re working out where to establish your new startup outside the capital, here’s a guide to help you.

 

Who are the highest-growth companies based in small town centres?

Who are the highest-growth companies based in small town centres?

It’s possible to achieve serious business success beyond the capital. Check out these inspiring high-growth businesses based in small town centres.

What is “placemaking” and how does it affect you?

What is “placemaking” and how does it affect you?

Placemaking is becoming an integral part of commercial property planning – particularly if the property will be for residential use. Find out more.

9 ways a small business can use office space more effectively

9 ways a small business can use office space more effectively

If you need to squeeze all the usefulness out of your resources, a change in your office space can impact productivity, creativity & the talent you attract.

The Quest To Save London's Blue Plaques

The Quest To Save London's Blue Plaques

Did you know that London's famous blue plaques scheme, celebrating its 150th anniversary, was almost scrapped a few years ago? Here’s the full story.

Brexit's Impact On Commercial Property: Why The Market Should Recover

Brexit's Impact On Commercial Property: Why The Market Should Recover

Six weeks on from Brexit, there’s much to be concerned about for the commercial property market. But there’s also plenty to be hopeful about.

London's Coolest Offices

London's Coolest Offices

Take some inspiration from London’s coolest offices! Featuring rowing boats, gold toilets and football zones.

Crossrail 2: What It Might Mean For Commercial Property?

Crossrail 2: What It Might Mean For Commercial Property?

Scheduled to open in the early 2030s, Crossrail 2 will have big implications for London commercial property. How might it affect you?

Going digital in Shoreditch

Going digital in Shoreditch

It’s one of the coolest places in London. Here’s a quick look at why this district has become one of the most significant digital regions in the UK.

International Businesses That Have Set Up in London in the Last Two Years

International Businesses That Have Set Up in London in the Last Two Years

London's still the front runner for large-scale enterprises. Here’s a run-through of some big international companies that have moved to London recently.

Canary Wharf, the most popular offices in London

Canary Wharf, the most popular offices in London

Canary Wharf is seeing the fastest-growing office rental prices in central London. We get deep behind the numbers to explain why it's so popular.

8 Property People You Need To Follow On Twitter Right Now

8 Property People You Need To Follow On Twitter Right Now

We love property, which means we love reading about property on the web. If you love property, you need to get on Twitter just to follow these people.

Choosing the perfect student accommodation

Choosing the perfect student accommodation

As any seasoned student will testify, finding the right place to live while studying is actually harder than it seems - so here are a few things to think about if you want to rent private accommodation.

REPORT: How healthy is the UK small business market?

REPORT: How healthy is the UK small business market?

A report on the small business market by Pearl & Coutts. Get a detailed breakdown of the current state of affairs using the most reliable sources.

Chinese investment in London commercial property

Chinese investment in London commercial property

China has made significant investment into London in recent years. This is an outline of China's presence in the London commercial property market.

The Insider

The Insider

Welcome to The Insider, the commercial property magazine for business people. It's your regular dose of news and insight from the core of the commercial world.

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