Rising Commercial Property Prices

commercial property

Following the collapse of the financial services sector in 2007, office blocks across the land became empty as businesses closed. Simultaneously the demand for homes became a major agenda item for the Conservative Party. Changes to Permitted Development Rights (PDR) were considered necessary to deal with unused office space and assist with providing residential opportunities … Read more

How Amazon, China and the HMRC are erasing the British High Street

Is there such thing as a level playing field in business anymore? The announcement in June that Amazon has increased its turnover and global profitability, but reduced the tiny amount in tax previously paid to the UK’s HMRC annually still further, comes as no surprise. This international behemoth does not believe in contributing to the … Read more

Negative Steps in the UK Housing Market

biz4Biz Co-Founder & Chairman Adrian Hawkins gives us his thoughts on the UK housing market, and why we need new settlements in the style of Hertfordshire towns like Stevenage.

Responding to a direct question raised by local MP Bim Afolami in Parliament, Alok Sharma MP and DCLG Minister stated, “The Homes and Community Agency will expand to become Homes England… (with) a clear remit to facilitate delivery of sufficient new homes… and deliver a sustained improvement in affordability.” The main issue here though is the reference to affordability.

The Government has produced a white paper on the UK housing market which appears to attempt to support the belief that in areas of high average house prices (calculated by dividing the value of the average wage into the value of the average house locally) they will increase the volume of homes built by a set factor to ensure a reduction in local house price value. My concern is that the average house price is linked to the real value of the average person’s wealth, and in many ways underpins the essence of our consumer-driven economy.

Read moreNegative Steps in the UK Housing Market

Please follow and like us:

Hertfordshire is one of the best for prosperity and inclusion

The Government has decided that in 2020, business rates, currently valued at £23bn nationally, will be paid to local authorities rather than delivered to central government as they are now.  Written by Adrian Hawkins, Co-founder & Chairman biz4Biz, Chairman Weldability Sif (established 1925), Director & Trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation, Main Board Member Herts … Read more

The UK is now even more attractive to migrant workers

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended the Government uses higher salary thresholds to prioritise higher value, skilled migrants within the Tier 2 visa immigration route written by Adrian Hawkins, Co-Founder & Chairman biz4Biz, Chairman Weldability Sif (established 1925), Director and Trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation, Main Board Member Herts LEP, Chair of the … Read more

A Sense of Injustice

Budget 2015

Paying their fair share of Corporation tax …… written by Adrian Hawkins, Co-Founder & Chairman, biz4Biz, Chairman Weldability Sif (established 1925), Director and Trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation, Main Board Member Herts LEP, Chair of the Skills and Employment Board, Chairman and Trustee of the Hart Schools Trust. Sadly the large American conglomerates are … Read more

Devolution Now

A real opportunity to take advantage of current central Government thinking … written by Adrian Hawkins, Co-founder and Chairman of biz4Biz, Chairman, Weldability Sif (established 1925), Director and Trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation, Main Board Member, Herts LEP, Chair of the Skills and Employment Board, Chairman and Trustee of the Hart Schools Trust. 2016 … Read more

No to Heathrow Expansion?

Written by Adrian Hawkins, Co-founder & Chairman biz4Biz, Chairman Weldability Sif established 1925, Herts LEP Main Board, Director and Trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation, Chairman of the Hart Schools Trust. The marketing team from Stansted Airport recently attended the “A10/M11 Growth Area Corridor” event staged by the Hertfordshire LEP and advised those present that … Read more

The private sector to the rescue

Science in Hertfordshire

Written by Adrian Hawkins, Co-Founder and Chairman biz4Biz, Chairman Weldability Sif, Director and Trustee of the Weldability Sif Foundation, Herts LEP Main Board Director, Chairman of the North Herts Studio Schools Trust and Director of the North Herts College. The Private sector is credited with creating 2.1 million new jobs in the past 5 years … Read more