GOVERNMENT LAYS DOWN 20 PER CENT INCREASE IN PLANNING FEES

An increase of 20 per cent will be applied to all existing planning application fees as a result of new regulations brought in earlier this month. The House of Lords approved the regulations that introduce the fee increase, along with other changes to the fees regime, in December. The changes came into force across England on January 17th 2018. Olivia Morris of Harris Lamb’s Planning te...

ALL HAIL COVENTRY: UK CITY OF CULTURE 2021

David Walton, born-and-bred Coventrian and Head of Retail, on the news that his home city  has been named UK City of Culture 2017       Tonight saw something monumental happen for Coventry; something that will boost its economy, aid tourism to the city and create jobs, kudos and pride for us. We became the UK City of Culture 2021. This is massive. Over 1m people visited ...

THE GIFT OF GIVING  

This Christmas, Harris Lamb is pledging its support to Birmingham Christmas Shelter to help ensure that the homeless, vulnerable and lonely people of the city can enjoy the festive season.  Having been operating for more than 30 years, Birmingham Christmas Shelter became a registered charity in 1991, and provides its guests with companionship, food, warmth and entertainment at a time when many...

IT’S A START…

Andrew Hulbert, Director, Business Rates Many will have welcomed Philip Hammond’s efforts in today’s Budget to address concerns from retailers, licensees and business owners around their bills, but not quite enough has been done by the Chancellor to alleviate them completely. Most notably, the switch from the retail prices index (RPI) to the consumer prices index (CPI) has been brought f...

WE’VE GOT IT COVERED

We recently sat down to map out where the team had done business in the last 12 months - and it looks like we have the UK covered. From Inverness to Truro, our company cars have travelled 500,000 this year - and we've notched up a fair few air-miles and hours on the train too!        ...