Does it have to take so long to resolve a

Disputes take too long to resolve.  We often blame the other side.  It’s usually them…….awkward, difficult, dragging their heels etc. Personally, I believe many problems emanate from managing agents seeking to act as a barrier (or protection) to their clients, even when faced with a clear and undeniable issue.  So, yes, I am blaming the…

6 Tips for Property Cost Control

We may have the very best lease audit and administration teams in place but if the terms are poor, there is only so much that you can do. Some basic requirements when signing up for a new lease (aside of the hard commercial details around rent that are usually fairly well dealt with) are as…

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…