Heat Network (Meter & Billing)

If you are involved in the supply of heating, cooling and hot water to another end user – that might be your Tenant or Sub Tenant, then you need to have registered your interests by 31 Dec 2015 and have meters or sub-meters installed by 31 December 2016 unless that is not cost effective or…

Speed Reading – Efficiency and Accuracy

The team have just completed speed reading with an expert in the field.  Some have increased their pace of reading by 50% in a very short space of time and the intake & comprehension is stronger. Some fascinating features to the exercise. Tip – Try reading a passage of text and see how long it…

Solar Energy – Opportunity or not?

I have been liaising with another ‘cost saving’ consultancy company on a number of matters. They have flagged up an opportunity related to solar energy. Having discussed ‘solar’ with a number of our clients over the past 2-3 years, I have been left with the clear impression that there is not a lot to be…

Assure Annual Seminar – 7 October,

We’ll be sending out our invites this week, building on last years event and focussing on occupiers best interests & getting value for money from property outgoings. Arrivals from 4.15pm, Starts 4.30 pm. Seminar Close 6.00 pm. Followed by Drinks.

British Land leading the way on Transparency

Having spent my property career on the occupier side, the absence of complete transparency (with Landlords passing on their ‘rechargeable’ costs) has been a constant challenge. I suspect it will remain so for the remainder of my career……….but progress is being made, by some. In their latest insurance summaries, British Land clearly state their own…

UK v Ireland Centres

When it comes to Transparency and Value for Money in the service charge world, the UK outscores Ireland. That’s the verdict when comparing the Assure Survey with the recently published Retail Excellence in Ireland – Shopping Centre Review. The majority of those surveyed for the REI review indicated that the approach to service charge management…

Solving Retail Gridlock

Why are Retail/Leisure Developments experiencing increasing gridlock? Based on some personal experience, feedback from clients and a quick google search, the answer seems clear.  The original park is developed with reasonable infrastructure and then they squeeze more retail space (and other commercial enterprises) on the site.  This has the dual effect of attracting more customers…

Why Pay More for Less?

I needed to buy some anti-inflammatory tablets yesterday.  I went in to a well known & reputable high street retailer.  My choices were a well known brand £1.99 (in prime position on the shelves), the own brand £0.49 and an unknown brand £0.35.  All for the same 16 pack of 200mg tablets.  For those that…

Insurance Overlaps

With an increasing number of commercial properties changing hands, occupiers need to make sure that they pursue insurance rebates for overlapping periods.  If you are charged by one landlord and then another for the same (or partly overlapping) period then there is a rebate or return premium due.  These are not feeding through quickly, if…

Service Charge Concern – Retail/Leisure

We have now completed the Assure Index for all service charge budgets issued in the past quarter. The trend of increasing service charges on retail parks has continued and things are not getting any better. These exceptional increases, that will bite this year, are due to a combination of factors including deferred works, ‘enhanced’ specification of…