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.
The remit of sustainability has changed. For business, it bleeds into relationships with the natural environment, multiple facets of society and even, its relationship with itself.
No longer a nice-to-have but more essentially acore business issue, this letter is recognitionthat embracing the opportunities of sustainable business can positively improve your bottom line and achieve long-term value...
Edward Cooke, Acting Chief Executive, BCSC commented:
“Today’s announcement that the rescue bid to save BHS has collapsed, serves to demonstrate how essential it is for retailers to adapt in pace with the changes in the way consumers shop, in order to survive and thrive.
“Now that administrators have been instructed to sell BHS’ 163 stores, I think we will see a lot of interest from a range of retail occupiers as well as leisure operators and even ...
Edward Cooke, Director of Policy and Public Affairs BCSC, said:
"We are still of the opinion that annual uprating of business ratesdoesn’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 urgencyspeaks louder than words – as does the fact ...
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 ...
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 Specialgroup 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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Following engagement with our members and speaking for wider industry, BCSC will lead the call for more flexibility on Sunday trading hours – with the small changes promising to unlock sizeable benefits for local shoppers, communities and retailers – in terms of the freedom to shop when they choose and giving a boost to local businesses and economies.
We believe in local decision-making, more parity between physical and online retail and equal rights between different retailers ...
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Reducing carbon emission remains a key priority for any responsible business,
despite the gaze of the media being squarely on the unstable global economic
conditions of the past three years. Critically, with volatility in the price of oil
and issues around the security of supply as oil producing nations are affected
by significant civil unrest, organisations ...
Description: MARCH 2015
The Energy Saving
Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
BCSC Guidance Note 94
This guidance note highlights the benefits of
complying with Energy Saving Opportunity
Scheme (ESOS). It outlines the consequences
of failing to comply and provides best practice
guidance on how to meet its requirements.
ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme
which has been introduced under the EU Energy
Efficiency Directive. It applies to all large undertakings
in the UK and is targeted at the ...
Description: Keeping shopping centre malls
free from anti-social behaviour
BCSC Guidance Note 92 – (Applicable in England and Wales only)
This guidance note will begin by introducing
the concept of anti-social behaviour (ASB).
It will then provide guidance on how to
prepare for instances of ASB, outline what
to do in these instances and provide
information on the measures adopted by
police and local authorities.
Please note that this guidance note replaces
BCSC guidance note 44 ...
Description: Energy Performance Certificates
BCSC Guidance Note 84
Guidance note on EPC ratings and implications
resulting from changing legislation
Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)
The requirement of an Energy Performance Certificate
(EPC) originated from the EU EPBD which was approved on
16 December 2002 and brought into force on 4 January 2003.
The principle objective of the Directive is to promote
the improvement of the energy performance of buildings
Description: GHG Reporting Signposting
BCSC Guidance Note 83
The Climate Change Act 2008 1 stipulated the
Government must introduce Greenhouse Gas
(GHG) Reporting by April 2012 or present to
Parliament why it is has not. The delayed
announcement in April 2013 saw GHG
From 1 October 2013 the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic
Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 20132 will require
all UK quoted companies to report on their GHG emissions
as part of ...
Description: The Private Security Industry Act 2001 –
Where are we now?
BCSC Guidance Note 82
The private security industry comprises a
number of different sectors including the
provision of manned guarding, door supervisors
or vehicle immobilisers. It is estimated that the
industry employs more than 400,000 people in
the United Kingdom. The public and private
sectors combined spend is approximately
£4 billion a year on private security.
In 2001, the Government ...
Description: The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC)
Energy Efficiency Scheme: Implementation
BCSC Guidance Note 79 (updated Guidance Note 65)
How the process works
Note: This is the fourth in a series of updated guidance
notes on the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy
Efficiency Scheme. This article describes the operation of
the scheme post Government Spending Review and the
subsequent consultation and simplification.
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is built upon
Description: Sustainability for retail fitout –
Signposting guide to best practice
BCSC Guidance Note 77
In 2010, the BCSC commissioned a team to
produce an update to the existing retail shopfit
design guide. This revised document described the
processes that both landlord and tenant should
follow to manage and co-ordinate the occupiers’
shopfit with the centres design and process
requirements. The report focussed on process and
design guidance however, the guide ...
Description: Achieving Performance in Retail Fit Outs
Over recent years the sustainability agenda has
been gathering momentum, particularly in this
current economic climate where one thing is
guaranteed; that the price of energy – whether
gas or electricity – is set to increase. It is just a
question of by how much and when.
As energy prices are constantly rising, the efficiency with which we utilise
our resources and reduce our carbon footprint are naturally becoming more
Description: December 2012
(previously published as Guidance note 29)
GUIDANCE NOTE 73
Reflecting on the Woolf Reforms and looking forward to Jackson
In 1999 the Woolf Reforms were implemented by bringing into force
the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR). This represented a radical change
to the litigation system in England and Wales. The Reforms were
intended to reduce litigation costs and improve access to the
Courts by speeding up cases using active case management.
More than a ...
Description: September 2012
SUSTAINABILITY AND PART L
GUIDANCE NOTE 69
Retail is a comparatively unique environment in which to promote
sustainability. Retailers can be part of large multi-tenanted
schemes, individuals on a common high street, large independent
stores, out-of-town warehouses, etc. The variety of trading modes,
scales of demise and operational methods vary significantly. Three
mechanisms exist around energy efficiencies and sustainability
against which both retailers and ...
Description: CIRIA C710
Addressing crime and disorder
in public places through
planning and design
L Clarke and A Gilbertson, CIRIA
Addressing crime and disorder in public places through planning and design
Dealing with crime (including terrorism) and disorder in public places is high on the public’s
agenda. However, consideration of the complex issues involved may only start when construction
is complete and operation begins. At that point, many issues will be considered ...
his Charter outlines the core commitments that managers of
shopping centres and managed retail properties can make to address
their sustainability impacts. It covers 4 key issues:
Energy (and climate change)
While sustainability covers a much wider set of issues, these four are
chosen due to their significance, and the need to make the Charter
immediately relevant and accessible to all BCSC members, including
those for whom ...
Description: Guidance 66_final
DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
– AN INCREASINGLY CERTAIN ENVIRONMENT?
GUIDANCE NOTE 66
It is widely accepted that development involving public sector
bodies, typically a retail scheme involving local authority land,
may trigger a public procurement process. What has caused much
consternation is the uncertainty surrounding the application of the
procurement rules. The recent "Valencia" opinion has brought
procurement issues back into focus ...
Description: BCSC SuStainaBility Charter
a review 2010
oCCuPier anD lanDlorD
- the cost of being sustainable
- the role of the retailer
- retailer cost savings
- the role of the landlord and potential cost savings
overview oF reSPonSeS to PoliCy QueStionS
the role oF Small anD meDium SizeD BuSineSSeS
next StePS For the BCSC SuStainaBility Charter
aPPenDix - DetaileD analySiS oF PoliCy reSPonSeS
it has been three years since BCSC launched its ...
healthcheck for high
streets and town centres
HEALTHY HIGH STREET?
Healthy High Street?
How to use this guide
Not necessarily signs of decline
Next Steps once the warning signs are there
Healthy High Street?
High streets play a crucial role at the heart of ...
Description: The Carbon
A guide for landlords and tenants
The purpose of this guide
Section 1: what is the CRC?
Penalties for non-compliance
Will the CRC apply to my organisation?
Organisations that own both tenanted buildings and buildings for their own use
What is the timetable for the introduction of the CRC?
Key steps for landlords in implementing the CRC
Stage 1: set up CRC responsibility chains
Stage 2: 1 April ...
Description: August 2009
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS
(Original guidance note 15 published October 1993,
updated November 2000 (guidance note 31))
GUIDANCE NOTE 62
It is a statutory requirement to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment
(EIA) for certain specified developments. It is likely to be necessary for retail
development where the area of the development exceeds 0.5 hectare
(5,000m2) or is in a sensitive area. The characteristics of a development
(e.g. size, cumulation with other ...
Description: May 2009
THE COMMUNITY SAFETY ACCREDITATION SCHEME ITS APPLICATION IN A RETAIL ENVIRONMENT
(ENGLAND AND WALES ONLY)
GUIDANCE NOTE 60
The aims of this guidance note are to:
bring the scheme to the attention of BCSC members
highlight the pros and cons of the scheme in the retail environment
promote discussion within BCSC
This guidance note will not make a recommendation as to whether particular
shopping centres, retail parks or stand-alone shops ...
Description: April 2009
FIRE SAFETY ORDER:
WHAT IT MEANS FOR SHOPPING CENTRES
GUIDANCE NOTE 59
Fire Safety Order
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into effect on 1 October 2006.
This legislation applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales. The law
applies to you if you are an employer, or responsible for business premises
(i.e. shop manager) or premises for a charitable or voluntary organisation, or any
person who has some control over part of the premises.
Description: Guidance Note 58 (3)
GUIDANCE NOTE 58
THE CARBON REDUCTION
COMMITMENT (CRC): AN OVERVIEW
Note: This is the first in a series of guidance notes on the Carbon Reduction
Commitment (CRC). This article provides a general description of the programme. The
next paper will examine specific issues regarding implementation from the point of view
of landlord and tenant.
he first few months of 2009 will usher in a new and farreaching scheme: the Carbon Reduction ...
Description: November 2008
THE TRIBUNALS, COURTS AND
GUIDANCE NOTE 57
'Distress' - the procedure whereby a bailiff can seize goods for non
payment of rent - has always been a contentious issue. The right to
distrain arises from centuries on common law and is often felt to be
complex, archaic and confusing. Government has therefore sought
CRAR and principal changes
To which leases does
within the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.
In 2000, ...
Description: January 2008
EPCs AND DECs: A GUIDE TO NEW
GUIDANCE NOTE 53
(REVISED APRIL 2OO8)
Beginning in October 2008, all buildings that are built, sold or rented will
require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)1. The certificates assess
the property’s energy efficiency and estimated running costs. Buildings will
be given an energy rating (from ‘A’ to ‘G’) and will be provided with
recommendations for improving performance. EPCs are valid for ten years.
Description: ‘PLANNING EXPRESSO’
Planning – 6 Killer Facts
Currently assisting on 10m sq ft of retail/mixed use development in the UK.
Work for both private and public sector.
Working on approximately 8,000 homes across the residential schemes we
Engaged in both town centre and out of centre markets.
We have some sites measured in square km, not hectares!
We are commercial planners, not academic anoraks!
CBRE | ...
Description: December 2007
NATIONAL NON-DOMESTIC RATING
– CHANGES IN VOID RATING
GUIDANCE NOTE 52
In the budget of March 2007, the Chancellor of the Exchequer
announced significant reforms to the existing void rating legislation
in England and Wales.
Current liability for a void rating
The aforementioned changes were contained within the Rating (Empty
Properties) Act 2007, which received Royal Assent on 19 July 2007. This
enactment established the overall parameters ...
Description: September 2007
SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL
DESIGN APPROACH CONSIDERATIONS FOR
GUIDANCE NOTE 51
Building Regulations Part L Conservation of fuel and power
This guidance note has been kindly undertaken by WSP on behalf of the
Technical Affairs Committee. Its aim is to provide clear guidance on building
regulations Part L with particularly reference to shopping places.
There are a range of factors that contribute to the energy efficiency performance
of a ...
Description: March 2007
GUIDANCE NOTE NO 49
Written by the BCSC ASSET AND CENTRE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
This paper has been prepared to update and replace Guidance Note
30 on Shopping Centre Management Regulations and to offer the
shopping centre industry assistance in preparing an occupiers
handbook, but not the implementation or operation thereof.
An occupier’s handbook is a tool to inspire and inform, and this guidance note has been
written as a ...
Description: GUIDANCE NOTE No. 45
Licensing Act 2003
The provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 will have implications
in managing shopping centres, retail and leisure parks where
entertainment is provided and that entertainment falls within
the definition of ‘regulated entertainment’.
This note is intended to raise awareness of the Act to enable
Shopping Centre Managers to consider the implications for
entertainment provided within ...
Description: GUIDANCE NOTE No. 44
A Guide to Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (“Asbo”), Acceptable
Behaviour Contracts (“Abc”) and Other Control Methods
ASBOs were introduced by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (“the Act”) which
came into force in April 1999. ASBOs are part of the Government’s agenda to tackle
crime and anti-social behaviour and improve the quality of life in local communities.
They provide an alternative to criminal ...
Description: GUIDANCE NOTE No. 42
A Green Travel Plan (GTP) will be required to be submitted alongside
planning applications which are likely to have significant transport
implications as noted in PPG13 (paragraph 87).
Under certain circumstances some or all of a travel plan may be made
binding either through conditions attached to a planning permission or
through related planning obligations (e.g. Section 106 agreement).
Description: GUIDANCE NOTE No. 41
The Private Security
Industry Act 2001
(England and Wales)
and The Security Industry Authority
UPDATED JUNE 2004
AT A GLANCE:
q The Act introduces a system for the
The private security industry comprises a number of different sectors
including provision of manned guarding, wheel-clamping, door supervisors,
private investigators and security consultants.
The origins of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 were set out in
Guidance Note No.38 since ...
Description: GUIDANCE NOTE No. 40
The new Code of
for Commercial Leases in England and Wales
In 2002, at the request of the then Department for Transport, Local
Government and the Regions, the Commercial Leases Working
Group published a new “Code of Practice for Commercial Leases
in England and Wales”. This code has
implications for all owners and occupiers as
well as their agents and advisers. For those
who have not yet seen details of the ...
Description: GUIDANCE NOTE No. 39
(Update and Review of Guidance Note 21)
In October 1997 the BCSC Technical Affairs Committee released
Guidance Note 21 The Disability Discrimination Act (1995).
1.0 The Act – A brief overview of
The Disability Discrimination Act
The document sought to inform the membership of the Act’s
2.0 Timescales and Obligations
– An illustration of the key
programme dates ...
Description: GUIDANCE NOTE No. 38
THE PRIVATE SECURITY
INDUSTRY ACT 2001
(England and Wales)
The private security industry comprises a number of different sectors including
provision of manned guarding, wheel-clamping, door supervisors, private
investigators and security consultants.
Although a large portion of the industry is seen as responsible and adopting
high standards in its recruitment and other procedures, concerns have long
been expressed over the activities ...
Description: GUIDANCE NOTE No. 37
This Guidance Note has been prepared for the benefit of BCSC members with
responsibilities for security in shopping centres. The information provided can
be issued to relevant people in your own organisation. Circulation of the
information provided should be restricted in order to avoid misuse of its
content; the guidance note is not intended for public display.
The latest quarterly Security Update (including advice of the ...
Description: GUIDANCE NOTE No. 32
Specific environmental legislation to date really only addresses
industrial processes and only the waste disposal aspects of the
Environmental Protection Act impinge directly on the day to day
management of shopping centres in a mandatory way. There is
however a growing awareness of environmental issues worldwide and
many directives, recommendations and standards exist which seek to
regulate our activities in order to ...
Description: A guide to the Data Protection Act 1998
Customer and other Personal Data
Market Research: individuals have a right under
the Act to object to direct marketing. Any market
research forms, including competition entries,
used for gathering personal data of customers
should contain a tick box for individuals to request
that they do not receive direct marketing
information. There should also be appropriate
wording to advise the individual of the purposes
for which the personal data are being ...
Description: GUIDANCE NOTE No.29
the impact of the woolf reforms
The Overriding Objective
Overview of Reforms
The Civil Procedure Rules (“CPR”) came into force on 26 April
1999 and apply to ALL Court proceedings whether current or
commenced after that date. It therefore applies to lease
renewal proceedings as much as other litigation. The aim of
CPR is to encourage any Solicitors and Courts to take a more
pro-active role in dealing ...
Description: GUIDANCE NOTE No. 26
Crime and Disorder Act 1998
A summary of the general crime and disorder elements only
“The Act requires police and local authorities to work in
partnership, and with others (including shopping centre
owners, retailers and managers), to reduce crime and
Crime and Disorder Strategy
disorder at a local level.”
Role of The Partnership
Delivering the Strategy
1 The Act places a statutory duty on Chief Police ...
Description: GUIDANCE NOTE No. 25 April 1999 (replaces Guidance Note 3)
Bomb Threats: Search, Evacuation
and Recovery Procedures
The overriding consideration must always be the safety
of the general public, members of centre staff, other occupiers of the shopping centre and retailers‘ staffs and precautionary steps should be taken to ensure that:
1.1 Centre management, retailers, other occupiers such as creches,
Description: GUIDANCE NOTE No. 21
The Disability Discrimination Act
he Disability Discrimination Act introduces new laws
and measures aimed at ending the discrimination
which many disabled people face. Over time, the Act will
give disabled people new rights in the areas of:
Definition of Disability
q access to goods and services
The effects of the Act
q buying or renting land or property
ln addition, amongst other requirements, the Act:
q allows the Government to set ...
Description: BCSC Guidance Note 101
and the design of retail developments
Regulations — what do they cover?
Insurance and property protection
Useful design guidance
Differences between the Scottish Technical Handbook
and BS 9999
This guidance note provides an overview of the regulations
for fire safety in the design of shopping centres and retail
environments, together with useful guidance regarding ...
Description: BCSC Guidance Note 102
The newly revised EU Tobacco Products Directive proposes to
regulate e-cigarettes as a tobacco related product. These new
rules set to be implemented across EU Member States will specify
how tobacco related products (included e-cigarettes) can be sold,
presented and manufactured. The new Directive will come into
force on the 20th May 2016. However, this legislation regulates
the manufacture of the devices and ...
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
funds, corporate landlords, residential landlords, as well as all those ...
Data Report 2015
This document sets out key facts about commercial property,
a sector that makes up a major part of the UK economy in its
own right. Commercial property is the physical platform for
virtually all the UK’s other major industries and enterprises, as
well as providing places in which people can work, shop and
enjoy leisure activities. Similar in size to banking and larger
than the telecommunications and transport sectors ...
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Yesterday was a reminder that Budget statements are more about politics than they are
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 ...
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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.
Director of Policy and Public Affairs
Raids on pensions and ...
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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 ...
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