300,000 is the magic number, but how do we reach our new homes target?

Lack of supply. Affordability squeeze. Generation rent. Britain is in the midst of a housing crisis, which the government believes will be solved by building at least 300,000 new homes a year. The unenviable task of delivering these new homes has been bestowed upon Homes England. Yet as a country, we haven’t built anywhere nearRead more

Brexit: The one year countdown begins. What do you need to be looking out for over the next 12 months?

It’s exactly one year until the UK officially leaves the EU. Many are saying we are further along than expected. The EU agreed to move onto phase two of the negotiations back in December, and this month we saw the UK secure a provisional deal on transition. But before we get too carried away, what’sRead more

Carilion’s collapse: 60 days later – our recommendations to businesses

A continuing crisis   The pace at which things continue to develop around Carillion’s collapse is rapid, as is – rightly – the response from those organisations it concerns. Whatever their reaction, the fallout is set to fundamentally change the relationship between the public and private sector in the commissioning of contracts, with reforms andRead more

Theresa May’s Brexit roadmap: What does it actually mean?

A hallmark of Theresa May’s government to date has been the creation of policy vacuums which allow others, usually her opponents, to shape the political narrative. In this context, today’s speech from the Prime Minister on Brexit was essential to regain the initiative – from those both in Europe and domestically who have a differentRead more

Made of sticks or bricks? UK housing policy in 2018

Last year was housing policy’s coming of age. Before 2017, it was always on the radar yet in peripheral view, never quite attracting the political attention many within the industry believed it deserved. All this changed, however, when last year Theresa May declared solving the UK’s housing crisis as her “mission”, moving housing confidently upRead more

The rural economy: beyond farms and cattle?

While many of us wish we could trade our grey metropolis office for a stunning countryside view, the practicalities of doing so have always seemed out of reach. The traditional perception of the rural economy is one dominated by farming and forestry; an avenue for higher productivity, innovation and investment into a diverse range ofRead more

Forever in your debt

The bitter Phil 1.4 per cent in 2018, 1.3 in 2019, and 1.3 again for 2020. The uninspiring growth forecasts announced by the Chancellor at the Autumn Budget have left many pessimistic about the outlook for the economy, and the search for any markets showing signs of growth within the gloom even more acute. AndRead more

Industrial Strategy: big vision and Grand Challenges but does the policy match the ambition?

It was long (nearly 250 pages), at times repetitive and much of the content was either announced at the Budget or is a restatement of existing policies or strategies. But the Government’s long awaited Industrial Strategy was nevertheless one of the most significant documents published by Theresa May’s Government to date. This is, first andRead more