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European elections 2014

Date: 03/09/2015 15:09

The Enemy Within

Date: 03/09/2015 15:38

Surplus retail space can support new housing plan

Date: 07/02/2017
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The Government has today published a white paper, setting out plans ‘to fix the broken housing market and build more homes across England’. 

Edward Cooke, Chief Executive said: 

“As the lead organisation on the Government’s High Streets Restructuring Working Group we’re actively promoting, on behalf of our diverse community, housing as one of the ways to support the repositioning of our towns, cities and urban areas.

“We believe in many locations ...

New and improved BID Industry Criteria & Guidance launches

Date: 17/01/2017
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A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area. 

Through contribution of a BID levy, ...

2017: a few thoughts

Date: 13/01/2017
Description:

So we’re off again. Back at the races, and hoping for fewer upsets this year. Although I have no doubt that it will be full of excitement, opportunity and of course the most overused word of the moment, uncertainty. 

Inflation is the macro issue most commentators are ...

Black Friday predictions: footfall to decline by 2.8% y-o-y as retailers extend promotions

Date: 24/11/2016
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With an estimated £5bn of sales expected to be made over Black Friday weekend (spanning Thursday 24 November through to Cyber Monday, 28th November), this year is set to see a decline in shopper traffic on the High Street, as retailers extend their promotional strategies.  

This 2.8% drop in 2016 Black Friday footfall follows a decline in shopper traffic of 4.05% year-on-year on Black Friday 2015.  

 

Edward Cooke, Chief Executive of Revo, the retail property body, said: ...

BCSC announces 'Regen Platform' for Conference

Date: 16/08/2016
Description:

‘The Regeneration Platform’, a major new initiative to promote local authority regeneration projects and public - private partnerships in the UK, is set to be launched at BCSC 2016 in Manchester on 14-15 September

With a supporting report and a new website, the Platform will showcase UK-wide developments opportunities which encompass regeneration, mixed use and retail space.

Sponsored by UK property consultancy, Carter Jonas, the Platform reflects the kind of strategic ...

Political Insight | 11

Date: 01/08/2016
Description:

Discover what we've been up to in the political realm during June by viewing our latest Political Insight newsletter.

 

Find out more about BCSC membership here or join us today.

BCSC and Cushman & Wakefield: 'Retailers well-placed to weather Brexit'

Date: 29/07/2016
Description:

Retail and retail property is in a healthier position to deal with potential changes to tariffs in the medium to long term, supply chains and currency volatility as a result of Brexit, than they were to deal with the financial crisis in 2008 – according to the ‘Brexit: Retail Outlook’

Published by BCSC and Cushman & Wakefield, the Outlook is an analysis of the UK retail and retail property market fundamentals in light of the UK’s recent vote to leave the ...

Brexit: Retail Outlook

Date: 27/07/2016
Description:

A lot has happened in the four weeks since the UK decided to vote to leave the European Union.

Politics, financial markets, the economy and the media have all reacted and responded in different ways. And volatility abounds.

Working with Cushman & Wakefield we believed there was a need for some sensible analysis of the retail and retail property market fundamentals, to understand how we are placed to tackle whatever challenges arise as the process of leaving the EU begins.

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BCSC reacts to business rates appeals reform

Date: 07/07/2016
Description:

The government has announced plans for businesses to benefit from a quicker and more efficient service when checking and challenging their business rates bills.

Following a period of consultation, the government is to streamline the appeals system in England through a new ‘check challenge appeal’ process.

The process is designed to help prevent speculative appeals and make sure genuine disputes are settled more quickly for all involved.

At present, the vast majority of cases do ...

Political Insight Newsletter | 10

Date: 27/06/2016
Description:

Discover what we've been up to in the political realm during May by viewing our latest Political Insight newsletter.

 

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EU Referendum: BCSC's Response

Date: 24/06/2016
Description:

The outcome of the EU referendum is already having a significant impact on the retail and retail property markets.

But as the Prime Minister stated earlier today we must remember the fundamentals of our economy are strong, and we must be careful not to talk down our sector, or over inflate the economic, social and political challenges ahead, however real they are.

The impact of today's EU referendum result for our economy, local communities and our political system will become clearer as ...

BCSC reacts to DCLG report on Business Rates

Date: 13/06/2016
Description:

 

The Government must address a range of issues, including problems with appeals and withdrawing Revenue Support Grant (RSG), before bringing in 100 per cent business rates retention for councils – the Communities and Local Government Committee (DCLG) has said in a new report.

 

Edward Cooke, Acting Chief Executive of BCSC said: 

“We welcome this report, and in particular the points it makes on the need for Government to invest in improving transparency in the ...

Political Insight Newsletter | 09

Date: 27/05/2016
Description:

 

Discover what we've been up to in the political realm during May by viewing our latest Political Insight newsletter.

 

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New councillors must lead on regen and high streets

Date: 06/05/2016
Description:

 

New councillors must take the lead and collaborate with private sector investors and developers to drive city and town-centre regeneration schemes and protect high streets 

Edward Cooke, Acting Chief Executive said:  

Newly-elected councillors must take up leadership positions and collaborate with private sector investors and developers to regenerate town centres and protect high streets – and ultimately serve local communities and act as a catalyst for ...

Political Insight Newsletter | 08

Date: 29/04/2016
Description:

 

Discover what we've been up to in the political realm during April by viewing our latest Political Insight newsletter.

 

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Political Insight Newsletter | 07

Date: 30/03/2016
Description:

Discover what we've been up to in the political realm during March by viewing our latest Political Insight newsletter.

 

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Security Update Post Brussels

Date: 23/03/2016
Description:

Following horrific attacks in Brussels we have been engaging with the security services to ascertain any changes in the current threat levels and advice for retail property asset ownersoperators and managers.   

Although the threat level remains the same, police forces across the U.K have been deployed in larger numbers in crowded places, and will therefore be more visible to your customers.

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BCSC Budget Reaction: Business rates reform too weak and too slow

Date: 16/03/2016
Description:

 

 

Edward Cooke, Director of Policy and Public Affairs BCSC, said:

"We are still of the opinion that annual uprating of business rates doesn’t reflect the way other businesses tax rates are determined and therefore puts businesses heavily reliant on the use of property to sell goods and services at a distinct disadvantage.   

“The Chancellor talked positively about retail in his speech, but the lack of urgency speaks louder than words – as does the fact ...

BCSC Reation: MPs failure to reform Sunday trading is farcical

Date: 09/03/2016
Description:

SNP’s block on reform is inconsistent given the flexibility North of the Border - Communities don’t exist on a single day of the week

BCSC is highly disappointed that MPs have failed to back the relaxation of Sunday trading legislation in Parliament.

 

Edward Cooke, Director of Policy and Public Affairs BCSC, said:

“This whole reform process has been farcical and the SNP blocking changes to a system driven by a desire to localise decision making is the cherry on ...

BCSC Urges MPs to Back Sunday Trading Reforms on Wednesday

Date: 08/03/2016
Description:

British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) – the authoritative voice of the retail property industry with over 2,500 members – urges MPs to back the relaxation of Sunday trading legislation when the plan goes before parliament on Wednesday.

The call comes as the government faces a rebellion by its MPs over its plan to extend Sunday trading, with the proposal already opposed by Labour and the SNP pledged to oppose it.

John Coyne, Chief Executive, BCSC, said: “MPs must back ...

Political Insight Newsletter | 06

Date: 02/03/2016
Description:

Discover what we've been up to in the political realm during February by viewing our latest Political Insight newsletter.

 

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BCSC rejects 'Keep Sunday Special' campaign action

Date: 26/02/2016
Description:

British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) – the authoritative voice of the retail property industry – urges ministers to stand firm on the relaxation of Sunday trading legislation in the face of legal action and a call for a mass lobby of parliament.

The Keep Sunday Special group has launched a legal challenge to plans to relax trading laws, issuing a ‘letter before action’ to Government setting out plans for a future Judicial Review. It is also calling on retailers ...

Extended Sunday trading hours will put consumers first and level the playfield for physical retail

Date: 09/02/2016
Description:

John Coyne, Chief Executive, British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) said: 

BCSC welcomes today’s announcement on the extension of Sunday trading hours as a welcome step towards improving the parity between physical stores on the high street and online retail giants

The current laws were introduced when online shopping did not exist and shoppers’ habits and lifestyles have changed significantly since then. Our own monthly member access footfall monitor shows ...

Did You Know? | We help you stay informed

Date: 08/02/2016
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Stay informed about the industry and what we are doing to benefit your career and organisation.

 

You can update your interests on your MyBCSC profile to receive content tailored specially for you, or you can sign up to our updates here by clicking the links:

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Sunday trading move puts consumers first and helps high streets

Date: 03/02/2016
Description:

Opponents of Sunday trading are living in the past

Yesterday the Government revived plans to amend Sunday trading laws - a move which, the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) argues will improve consumer choice and increase parity between physical stores on the high street and online retail giants.

BCSC, the authoritative voice of the retail property industry with over 2,500 members, says that opponents to the relaxation of Sunday trading are living in the past

John Coyne, ...

BCSC Calls for a Level Playing Field with Online Retailers

Date: 28/01/2016
Description:

 

With the Government facing further questions over the ‘Google tax deal’, amid calls for greater transparency about how the £130m settlement was reached, online retailer Amazon is set to report its results and heavy investment in its web services business. 

Edward Cooke, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC), said: 

"Clearly physical stores face an unfair playing field when it comes to competition from tech giants ...

#BCSCbigtrend | What did you miss?

Date: 18/01/2016
Description:

  

Over the past two weeks we have had handpicked industry leaders reveal their #BCSCbigtrend for 2016. 


Want a quick round-up? Read John Coyne, Chief Executive's blog post here.


Here's what predictions you may have missed out on...

Politics and policy - Ed Cooke, BCSC

Superior asset management - David Atkins, Hammerson

An investor's perspective - John Duxbury, M&G Real Estate

Eating our way to cultural change - Camilla Topham, Davis Coffer Lyons

Come the ...

#BCSCbigtrend | John Coyne, BCSC

Date: 15/01/2016
Description:

  

We have handpicked 10 of our leading industry experts to tell us their #BCSCbigtrend for 2016.



A momentous year ahead - John Coyne

John Coyne is the Chief Executive of BCSC.

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Join the debate

Let us know what you think of these trends and even keep everyone else in the know with some of your own, through the hashtag #BCSCbigtrend.

 

 

#BCSCbigtrend | Helen Dickinson OBE, BRC

Date: 14/01/2016
Description:

  

We have handpicked 10 of our leading industry experts to tell us their #BCSCbigtrend for 2016.



A momentous year ahead  - Helen Dickinson OBE

Helen Dickinson OBE is the Chief Executive at British Retail Consortium.

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#BCSCbigtrend | Karen Telling, Waterman Group

Date: 13/01/2016
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We have handpicked 10 of our leading industry experts to tell us their #BCSCbigtrend for 2016.



What does 2016 hold for retail through an engineering consultants eyes?  - Karen Telling

Karen Telling is a Director at Waterman Structures.

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#BCSCbigtrend | Giulia Bunting, GL Hearn

Date: 12/01/2016
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We have handpicked 10 of our leading industry experts to tell us their #BCSCbigtrend for 2016.




Three Key Themes - Giulia Bunting

Giulia Bunting is the Planning Director at GL Hearn.

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#BCSCbigtrend | Marcus Jones MP

Date: 11/01/2016
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We have handpicked 10 of our leading industry experts to tell us their #BCSCbigtrend for 2016.




Resi-led regeneration can drive the resurgence of our town centres 
- Marcus Jones MP

Mark Jones MP is the Member of Parliament for Nuneaton and is Parliamentary Under Secretrary of State.

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#BCSCbigtrend Week One Roundup

Date: 09/01/2016
Description:

  

Over the past week we have had handpicked industry leaders reveal their #BCSCbigtrend for 2016. 




Here's what this week's predictions are...

Politics and Policy - Ed Cooke, BCSC

Superior Asset Management - David Atkins, Hammerson

An Investor's Perspective - John Duxbury, M&G Real Estate

Eating Our Way to Cultural Change - Camilla Topham, Davis Coffer Lyons

Come the Revaluation! - Mark Bourgeois, Capital and Regional

  

Coming next week...

Predictions ...

#BCSCbigtrend | Mark Bourgeois, Capital and Regional

Date: 08/01/2016
Description:

  

We have handpicked 10 of our leading industry experts to tell us their #BCSCbigtrend for 2016.



Come the revaluation! - Mark Bourgeois

Mark Bourgeois is the Executive Director of Capital and Regional and is 2016 BCSC President.

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#BCSCbigtrend | Camilla Topham, Davis Coffer Lyons

Date: 07/01/2016
Description:

  

We have handpicked 10 of our leading industry experts to tell us their #BCSCbigtrend for 2016.



Eating our way to Cultural Change - Camilla Topham

Camilla Topham is Director in the Development and London Estates Leasing Team at Davis Coffer Lyons.

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#BCSCbigtrend | John Duxbury, M&G Real Estate

Date: 06/01/2016
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We have handpicked 10 of our leading industry experts to tell us their #BCSCbigtrend for 2016.



An Investor's Perspective - John Duxbury

John Duxbury is the Head of Retail of M&G Real Estate.

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#BCSCbigtrend | David Atkins, Hammerson

Date: 05/01/2016
Description:

 

We have handpicked 10 of our leading industry experts to tell us their #BCSCbigtrend for 2016.

 



"Superior asset management will drive rental growth in 2016" - David Atkins

David Atkins is the Chief Executive of Hammerson was 2015 BCSC President.

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#BCSCbigtrend | Ed Cooke, BCSC

Date: 04/01/2016
Description:

 

We have handpicked 10 of our leading industry experts to tell us their #BCSCbigtrend for 2016.

 

 

What does this year have in store?

Hear from the likes of Capital & RegionalDavis Coffer Lyons, GL Hearn, HammersonM&G Real EstateUrban FoodFest, a BCSC Big Trend debut from Marcus Jones MP and more!

 

How will it work?

Over the next two weeks we will be discussing the hottest issues ...

Business Rates | Who Pays and Why it Matters

Date: 10/12/2015
Description:

 

 

This report, produced by the BCSC in partnership with the BPF and BCO, establishes who pays business rates; owner or occupier?

The evidence independently produced and wider ranging than anything published before has far reaching consequences for policy makers.

Using this evidence, and in partnership with other campaign groups, we will continue to lobby for changes to the business rates system.

 

 

Click here to view the report.

BusinessRates_WhoPays

PRESS RELEASE | BCSC on Spending Review and Autumn Statement: "Lots of Talk But No Action On Business Rates"

Date: 25/11/2015
Description:

 

The British Council of Shopping Centres (“BCSC”) responds to UK Chancellor George Osborne’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.

Edward Cooke, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BCSC: “Business rates continue to be the elephant in the room with lots of talk but no action from government to address the major issues of this outdated tax

“All we have heard is that, having failed to tackle the issue, government is now proceeding to gradually ...

PRESS RELEASE | Industry Unites to Reject Antagonistic and Costly Business Rates Appeals Change

Date: 24/11/2015
Description:

 

Lobbying for change

The retail and property industries have joined forces to lobby for a change to the Enterprise Bill, being debated in the House of Lords on 25 November, which is set to reverse promises made by government on reforming the dysfunctional business rates appeals system.

In an open letter to the High Streets Minister, Marcus Jones MP, the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC), the British Retail Consortium, the British Property Federation (“BPF”), the ...

PRESS RELEASE | BCSC Calls for More Council Action to Support High Streets

Date: 12/11/2015
Description:

 

Local councils must do more to support their local high streets through initiatives such as free car parking during the critical Christmas trading period – according to the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC).

BCSC makes the call as figures released by the charity Business in the Community (BITC) suggest that the £9.4m ‘Healthy High Streets’ scheme, lunched a year ago and backed by leading retailers, has resulted in a 5% drop in the number of empty shop ...

PRESS RELEASE | BCSC Urges Sunday Trading Reform Amid Political Opposition

Date: 11/11/2015
Description:

With the UK Government’s plans to extend Sunday trading laws in England and Wales under threat, following an announcement from the SNP that it will join Labour in opposing the proposal, the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) urges policy-makers to stand firm and put the consumer first.

BCSC, the authoritative voice of the retail property industry with over 2,500 members – including developers, retailers, agents, consultants and public sector managers – has been ...

PRESS RELEASE | BCSC: Business Rates Plan will see councils sink or swim

Date: 05/10/2015
Description:

 

BCSC questions how approach will work in practice

Chancellor George Osborne has told the Conservative Party Conference that the Government plans a ‘devolution revolution’ and the revitalisation of Britain’s high streets by allowing councils to keep all the money they raise from business rates.

In what the Chancellor described as the biggest transfer of power to local government in living memory, Mr Osborne said that all of the £26 billion raised from business ...

NEWS RELEASE

Date: 05/08/2015
Description:

GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION:
VOICE OF RETAIL PROPERTY CALLS FOR RELAXED SUNDAY TRADING

 

With the Government having today launched consultation on Sunday trading, the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC), the authoritative voice of the retail property industry with over 2,500 members – including developers, retailers, agents, consultants and public sector managers – announces its support for the relaxation of Sunday trading laws.

The Government plans to devolve Sunday ...

BCSC Writes to New Ministers Asking for Swift Action on Infrastructure, Skills and Business Rates

Date: 14/05/2015
Description:

The British Council of Shopping Centres (“BCSC”) has written to Ministers taking on new areas of responsibility in David Cameron’s overall majority government.

In a letter to the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark MP, BCSC outlines the need for government to quickly create the conditions necessary to ensure “vibrant and thriving town centres.”

Edward Cooke, Director of Policy & Public Affairs, BCSC, said:

“It is ...

BCSC Comments on Launch of the Government's Business Rates Review

Date: 18/03/2015
Description:

COMMENT

 

In connection with today’s launch of the Government’s review of business rates, please see below a comment from David Atkins, President, British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC). 

 

David Atkins, President, British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) said: 

 

“We welcome today’s launch of the government’s business rates review and hope it leads to a new system which is internationally competitive and more responsive to ...

Post Budget Comment from British Council of Shopping Centres BCSC

Date: 18/03/2015
Description:

Edward Cooke, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BCSC commented:


“It’s been a good week for business. Today the Chancellor has pushed ahead with ‘rates for the regions’; Manchester and Cambridge will keep 100 per cent of their business rates growth. And we can expect others to push at that door too.


“The government is offering ‘goodies not gimmicks’ in its final pre-election Budget, but we must keep focus on the real news for the retail property ...

BCSC President Writes to Chancellor

Date: 17/02/2015
Description:

 

Hammerson chief executive David Atkins has written to the Chancellor to argue the business rates system is “no longer fit for purpose”. 

 

David Atkins has written to George Osborne on behalf of BCSC to describe business rates as “anachronistic, opaque and only able to function with a large number of inefficient exemptions and reliefs”.


Letter to the Chancellor

 

 

 

NPPF Offers Insufficient Protection for Town Centres

Date: 16/12/2014
Description:

PRESS RELEASE | 16/12/2014 

 

NEWS RELEASE
NPPF OFFERS INSUFFICIENT PROTECTION FOR TOWN CENTRES

 

BCSC comments on Select Committee Report into the Operation of the National Planning Policy Framework

 

Local councils that don’t provide strategic visions to support ‘Town Centre First’ planning policy have only themselves to blame when retail development is proposed out of town, according to the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC).


Commenting ...

Pre-Autumn Statement build up: BBC Wiltshire mention BCSC

Date: 12/12/2014
Description:

BCSC mentioned as part of the pre-Autumn Statement build up on business rates.

BCSC Response to the Autumn Statement

Date: 03/12/2014
Description:

Edward Cooke, Director of Policy and Public Affairs  

 

Edward Cooke, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at BCSC:

 

At last, some sense of a commitment to review the structural inadequacies of the business rates system. The devil will be in the detail of course, but we'll be working closely with Treasury Ministers and officials to make sure we get a fair deal for retail and retail property companies."

 

It’s such a pleasure to see that the ...

Last Ditch Attempt at Reform for "Archaic" Business Rates System

Date: 28/11/2014
Description:

PRESS RELEASE | 28/11/2014 

 

UK RETAIL PROPERTY INDUSTRY MAKES LAST DITCH ATTEMPT AT REFORM FOR “ARCHAIC” BUSINESS RATES SYSTEM


The UK retail and property sectors are poised to hear whether the Chancellor will use his final chance to make meaningful reforms to the business rates burden in his Autumn Statement, according to the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC).

 

The retail property trade body, which counts a wide range of FTSE listed property ...

Thousands of Small Shops Across the Country Getting New Tax Breaks

Date: 11/09/2014
Description:

Press release

 

Thousands of small shops across the country getting new tax breaks

 

From:Department for Communities and Local Government and Penny Mordaunt MP History:Published 11 September 2014  Part of:Improving high streets and town centres and UK economy ...

 

Around 300,000 retail premises are getting our new £1,000 business rates discount.
In her first major speech new High Streets Minister Penny Mordaunt tells retailers that business rates support is now ...

Easter Retail Trading

Date: 22/04/2014
Description:

Originally published 22 April 2014.

Edward Cooke, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at BCSC, interviewed on BBC Radio 5 about retail trading levels over the Easter Bank Holiday.

£8million Technology Boost for UK High Streets

Date: 10/01/2014
Description:

New initative announced 

 

A brand new, £8m initiative, designed to re-invigorate UK high streets, has been announced by Science and Universities Minister, David Willetts, today. 

 

The initiative, a funding competition run by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board,  will allow businesses to compete for funding awards, in order to trial innovative ways of addressing the challenges facing UK high streets.

 

BCSC has issued comment ...

Devolving Sunday Trading Rules - BCSC Response

Date: 25/09/2015
Description: Government consultation on devolving Sunday trading rules: BCSC response BCSC is the membership body for retail property. We represent around 450 companies and campaign for sustainable urban retail. Our members are major Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) such as Westfield, Hammerson, Land Securities and intu, real estate fund managers including Aviva, Aberdeen, Hermes Investment Management and M&G Real Estate, asset managers including Ellandi and Hark Group, property consultants such as ...

Political Insight 01

Date: 25/09/2015
Description: View in browser Follow us: #BCSCinsight This is the first of our new monthly government relations newsletter which replaces BCSCFifteen, the communication you received in the run up to May’s General Election. This update will contain lots of information on latest policy developments and the impact on our industry, what we are doing to represent your interests, some political insight and maybe even a touch of gossip…. It’s good to talk, so drop me a line if you have any comments, and ...

Business Rates Review - BPF BCSC Response

Date: 12/06/2015
Description:                                                                                                                                               To:  businessrates.review@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk   Date:  12  June  2015   Business  rates  review:  terms  of  reference  and  discussion  paper   Introduction   This  submission  is  made  on  behalf  of  the  British  Council  of  Shopping  Centres ...

CentreNews Issue 04 | Autumn 2015

Date: 12/10/2015
Description: CENTRE NEWS | ISSUE 4 CENTRE NEWS AUTUMN 2015 | ISSUE 4 Welcome to the Autumn edition of Centre News! management perspective. Margery Rose is 92 years old and works at the Mall Maidstone. I would think Margery must be the oldest shopping centre employee in the UK – but I could be wrong ….. have you an older employee at your centre? In this issue, the focus shifts to the work of our Commercialisation Committee, chaired by Richard Isom of Land Securities Group PLC. The committee works ...

Enterprise Bill 2015 Cl 22 and 23FINAL

Date: 13/10/2015
Description: Enterprise Bill: Clauses 22 and 23 BCSC / BPF paper on rating appeals in England Prepared with the support of rating specialist Gerald Eve BCSC is the representative body for all aspects of retail property investment, development and operation, our membership includes major occupiers and owners of retail real estate. BPF is a membership organisation devoted to representing the interests of all those involved in real estate ownership and investment. Summary of BCSC / BPF position 1. Business ...

Political Insight 02

Date: 20/10/2015
Description: View in browser Follow us: #BCSCinsight We're back with your monthly dose of thought-provoking insight (well, we like to think so anyway) to update you on what BCSC has been doing to represent your interests to key political decision makers. It has been party conferences galore over the past few weeks, so now it's time to review and share the highs and lows of each. It’s good to talk, so drop me a line if you have any comments, or are willing to share any of your own political ...

Response to: Reforming the Business Energy Efficiency Tax Landscape

Date: 09/11/2015
Description: A British Property Federation and BCSC response to: Reforming the Business Energy Efficiency Tax Landscape 9th November 2015 Section A: Background this response is jointly supported by: BRITISH PROPERTY FEDERATION (BPF) The BPF represents companies owning, managing and investing in property. This includes a broad range of businesses comprising commercial property owners, the financial institutions and pension Date funds, corporate landlords, residential landlords, as well as all those ...

Letter to Marcus Jones MP 20/11/15

Date: 20/11/2015
Description: Marcus Jones MP Minister for Local Government, Department for Communities and Local Government, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF 24 November 2015 Dear Minister, The new business rates appeals regime We are writing to you as business groups representing a range of property owners and occupiers to raise our concerns over the proposed changes to the business rates appeals system. Last year we welcomed the government’s decision to reconsider its consultation on the business ...

Political Insight 03

Date: 30/11/2015
Description: view in browser Follow us: #BCSCinsight Following George Osborne's Spending Review and Autumn Statement speech last week, we thought we'd drop you a note on what we've been doing to represent and voice your interests to political decision makers on key policy issues. It’s good to talk, so drop me a line if you have any comments, or are willing to share any of your own political intelligence. Ed Cooke, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, @BCSCEdCooke Not a BCSC member? Find out more ...

Business Rates: Who Pays and Why it Matters

Date: 10/12/2015
Description: Business Rates: Who Pays and Why it Matters A Report by Regeneris Consulting Business rates: Who Pays and Why it Matters? Business rates: Who Pays and Why it Matters? British Property Federation, British Council for Offices, British Council of Shopping Centres Business Rates: Who Pays and Why it Matters December 2015 Regeneris Consulting Ltd www.regeneris.co.uk Business rates: Who Pays and Why it Matters? Contents Page Executive Summary i 1. Study Purpose and Objectives 3 2. The Policy ...

Political Insight 04

Date: 18/12/2015
Description: view in browser Follow us: #BCSCinsight Now that the festive period is in full swing and we are getting perilously close to Christmas, I'm sure that you are ready to take a well deserved rest and quite possibly hibernate until at least early Spring. As an early Christmas gift (we know you put this on your list, don't deny it) until we all arrive back at our desks in the New Year, here's what we've been up to this month . It’s good to talk, so drop me a line if you have any comments, or are ...

BCSC Membership Prospectus

Date: 04/01/2016
Description: BCSC MEMBERSHIP PROSPECTUS The UK’s largest professional retail property membership body WWW.BCSC.ORG.UK BCSC | Charter House | 13-15 Carteret Street | Westminster | London | SW1H 9DJ Copyright © 2015 BCSC 02 Our members 03 What we do 05 Member benefits 08 NextGen 09 Fees and categories 12 How to join “For more than 30 years BCSC has been the most influential membership body in the retail property sector. It fulfils a crucial role in delivering business and career development ...

Political Insight 05

Date: 29/01/2016
Description: view in browser Follow us: #BCSCinsight After a long, cold, dark and wet month (not that I was expecting shorts and sandals weather, although I definitely wouldn't complain if that were to happen) it's time for you to expel the January blues and mentally prepare yourself for this enlightening, uplifting and inspiring newsletter about what we've been doing for you in the realm of politics this month. Happy Friday! It’s good to talk, so drop me a line if you have any comments, or are willing ...

BCSC Strategy 2020

Date: 25/02/2016
Description: BCSC Strategy 2020 Copyright © 2016 BCSC The need for change 01 02 03 05 06 The need for change BCSC Strategic Model What we’ll be doing What will this mean for you, your business and your industry? How we will measure and report performance Over the last few years we have all experienced the significant change in the retail market, driven by technological advances and changes in the way consumers purchase goods and communicate with businesses and one another. Retail property companies ...

Enterprise Bill: Commons Committee Scrutiny, BCSC Briefing on Sunday Trading

Date: 29/02/2016
Description: Enterprise Bill: Commons Committee Scrutiny NC21 BCSC briefing on Sunday trading BCSC is the membership body for retail property. We represent around 450 companies and campaign for sustainable urban retail. Our members are major Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) such as Westfield, Hammerson, Land Securities and intu, real estate fund managers including Aviva, Aberdeen, Hermes Investment Management and M&G Real Estate, asset managers including Ellandi and Hark Group, property consultants ...

Enterprise Bill 2015 Clause 25 and 26

Date: 02/03/2016
Description: Enterprise Bill: Commons Committee Stage Clauses 25 and 26 BCSC / BPF briefing paper and suggested amendment This submission is made on behalf of the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) and the British Property Federation (BPF). BCSC is the representative body for all aspects of retail property investment, development and operation, our membership includes major occupiers and owners of retail real estate. The BPF represents businesses owning, managing and investing in property. This ...

Political Insight 06

Date: 02/03/2016
Description: view in browser Follow us: #BCSCinsight After 12 months of cathartic reflection we were delighted last week to release our 2020 strategy to reinforce and enhance our position as the most respected, dynamic, authoritative and inclusive professional membership body for all British retail property. If that wasn't enough excitement for you, take a look at what we've been getting up to over the last four weeks in the political realm. It’s good to talk, so drop me a line if you have any ...

BCSC Budget 2016 Comment

Date: 17/03/2016
Description: view in browser Follow us: #BCSCinsight #Budget2016 Yesterday was a reminder that Budget statements are more about politics than they are economics. Given the current rocky relationships within the Conservative party and the Chancellor’s ever closer date with leadership destiny, yesterday was always going to support this theory. Raids on pensions and increases in fuel duty were no goes, wrestling schools from the manipulative clutches of local education authorities and supporting small ...

Political Insight 07

Date: 30/03/2016
Description: view in browser Follow us: #BCSCinsight I hope you had a wonderful bank holiday weekend and that you managed to hold on tight to all your spoils from Easter during the extreme winds of Storm Katie ! Here's what we've been doing during the past month for the benefit of our membership. It’s good to talk, so drop me a line if you have any comments, or are willing to share any of your own political intelligence. Ed Cooke Director of Policy and Public Affairs @BCSCEdCooke Raids on pensions and ...

Political Insight 08

Date: 29/04/2016
Description: view in browser Follow us: #BCSCinsight BHS RESPONSIBLE EU HIGH LOCAL ADMINISTRATION BUSINESS WEEK REFERENDUM STREETS POLITICS Welcome to your latest edition of Political Insight from BCSC. We hope you are enjoying the unpredictable Spring weather! Fingers crossed warmer climes are to come very soon... This month has been an eventful one for the sector with both BHS and Austin Reed going into administration. In the political domain, much energy and time is being channelled into the upcoming ...

Political Insight 09

Date: 27/05/2016
Description: view in browser Follow us: #BCSCinsight NEW MAYOR OF LONDON EU REFERENDUM BUSINESS RATES TOWN & CITY CENTRES RETAIL PROPERTY RELATED POLICY I’m pretending that summer has arrived, dreaming that the red clay of Roland Garros is searing in the Paris sun and I’m finally contemplating wearing an outfit that isn’t all black. This month I am once again ruling the Political Insight waves and would like to point you in the direction of political highlights of the month, some interesting policy ...

Political Insight 10

Date: 28/06/2016
Description: view in browser Follow us: #BCSCinsight BREXIT REACTION SUSTAINABILITY IS TAKING OFF BUSINESS RATES RETAIL MATTERS WEEK Hi Laura, We now reside in challenging times and as the dust settles, be sure that BCSC will keep you informed of any policy impacts relevant to retail property arising from the referendum outcome. You can read our CEO’s note to members regarding the Brexit fallout . The latest information we have in regards to the Conservative Leadership timetable indicates nominations ...

Brexit: Retail Outlook

Date: 26/07/2016
Description: BREXIT: RETAIL OUTLOOK Brexit: Retail Outlook A lot has happened in the month since the majority of the UK voted to leave the European Union. Politics, financial markets, the economy and the media have all reacted and responded in different ways. And volatility abounds. However, working with Cushman & Wakefield we believed there was a need for some sensible analysis of the retail and retail property market fundamentals to understand how we are placed to weather whatever storms are on the ...

Political Insight 11

Date: 01/08/2016
Description: view in browser Follow us: #BCSCinsight CLIMATE CHANGE & BREXIT HIGH STREETS & STARTER HOMES RETAIL MATTERS WEEK ESG ISSUES As you have no doubt noticed the political landscape has undergone significant changes and continues to be in a state of flux . We’re closely monitoring the developments and have our ear firmly to the ground, to ensure favourable outcomes for our retail property industry. Samantha Sen Policy Advisor BREXIT: RETAIL OUTLOOK Working with Cushman & Wakefield we believed ...

Check, challenge, appeal – Consultation on statutory implementation

Date: 26/09/2016
Description: September 21, 2016 Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Department of Communities and Local Government Fry Building 2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF Cc: Marcus Jones MP, Minister for Local Government Jane Ellison MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury Dear Secretary of State, Check, challenge, appeal – consultation on statutory implementation We are writing to you as trade associations representing a range of businesses 1 to raise our concerns ...

Investing in the UK Retail Market: a Global Opportunity

Date: 18/01/2017
Description: Investing in the UK retail market A global opportunity Researched and written by: Neil Saunders, Conlumino 441 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017 +1 718 708 1476 conlumino-usa.com Sponsors: Revo Charter House 13-15 Carteret Street Westminster London, SW1H 9DJ +44 (0)20 7222 1122 revocommunity.org intu 40 Broadway London, SW1H 0BT +44 (0)20 7960 1200 intugroup.co.uk © Revo and intu (2017) Acknowledgements The Steering Group which provided oversight on the study and recommendations included ...

The 2017 Industry Criteria & Guidance

Date: 17/01/2017
Description: THE 2017 INDUSTRY CRITERIA & GUIDANCE FOR DEVELOPING AND RENEWING BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS (BIDS) On behalf of association of town & city management PRODUCED BY 2 FOREWORD FROM THE PARTNERS With over 260 BIDs at the start of 2017, and more to be developed and renewed during the year, there has never been a more important time to refresh our annual BID Industry Criteria & Guidance to those bringing forward BID Proposals. There is now over 10 years’ experience of BID ballots, in which ...

Investing in the UK Retail Market: a Global Opportunity - Report Highlights

Date: 20/01/2017
Description: Investing in the UK retail market: A global opportunity Report highlights Executive summary Retail is one of the UK’s success stories: a vibrant and innovative sector generating £326 billion in sales each year and directly employing around 3 million people. Given its status, it is hardly surprising that many international retailers have made, and continue to make the UK a key target for their expansion activity. It is easy to take this success for granted and to assume that the UK is ...