A musical legacy or a refusal to live in the present?

The revelation that The Specials’ Ghost Town has been chosen as the best song out of Coventry has caused something akin to outrage in the Harris Lamb office this week… The Belgrade Theatre launched a campaign to find the favourite song performed by Coventry and Warwickshire artists to help launch its new musical Godiva Rocks, which opens next month and celebrates the city’s musical histor...

THROWING SHAPES AND RAISING MONEY: BRACE YOURSELF FOR THE RETURN OF THE HARRIS LAMB CHARITY BALL

If you know anything about Team HL, you’ll know that we party as hard as we work, and that we love to do our bit to help good causes. That’s why we’ve decided to host our first charity ball in five years this Autumn: to let our hair down, enjoy time with our colleagues, friends and family, and raise money for a fantastic local organisation: Edward’s Trust. On Friday October 13th, we...

IS IT ALREADY TIME TO REFORM THE REFORMED BUSINESS RATES SYSTEM?

By Andrew Hulbert, Director of Business Rates The Valuation Office Agency is having a bad time of it lately, as it comes to light that the new Check, Challenge, Appeal system it now applies to business rates, isn’t going down at all well with rate-payers. Had the VOA taken concerns from both rate-payers and their agents on board prior to introducing the controversial system on April 1...

BLACK COUNTRY AUTHORITIES ISSUE CALL FOR SITES AS CORE STRATEGY REVIEW IS LAUNCHED

Sam Silcocks of Harris Lamb Planning Consultancy on what local authorities in the Black Country are looking for. The Black Country Authorities have issued a Call for Sites alongside its Issues and Options consultation for the Black Country Core Strategy Review. The Core Strategy Review extends the plan period until 2036 and the consultation document outlines the need to identify additional ...

BUSINESS RATES HIKE CLAIMS ITS FIRST PUB TRADE VICTIMS

By Victoria Trafford, Director of Business Rates Well, as we feared, increased business rates have taken their toll on a number of pubs across the UK, resulting in their closure. The Morning Advertiser has reported that the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has cited climbing business rates as a factor in the recent closures, further to its warning the Government for several ...