PEDAL POWER: TEAM HL SET TO CYCLE 100 MILES THROUGH THE MIDLANDS AS VÉLO BIRMINGHAM RETURNS

Team HL will be channelling their pedal power this weekend as they take part in Vélo Birmingham and Midlands. A five-strong contingent from the business will take to the saddle on Sunday as they cycle 100 miles from and back to Birmingham, through a host of surrounding and towns and through the 2021 City of Culture. Fiona Mellor, Andrew Groves, Neil Harris, Chris Jones and Andy Smith have ...

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS: RICS SERVICE CHARGES IN COMMERCIAL PROPERTY – PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT EFFECTIVE FROM 1ST APRIL 2019

This week, The RICS Service Charges in Commercial Property, 1st Edition, replaced the existing RICS Service Charge Code. This new mandatory document is a professional statement setting out requirements and core principles that must be followed by landlords and their managing agents. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) new professional statement came into effect on April 1...

IMPROVING ECOLOGICAL VALUE VIA BIODIVERSITY NET GAIN

Miles Haslam, of our Environmental department, on the importance of biodiversity net-gain. Following Chancellor Philip Hammond’s pledge to implement legislation requiring developers to deliver biodiversity net-gain through all projects in his 2019 Spring Statement, our ecologists are attending a series of training events this year. These include the CIEEM Spring Conference 2019 on Biodi...

COULD WE REALLY BE ON THE WAY TO REALISING A REFORM OF THE BUSINESS RATES SYSTEM?

Last week saw something we have been hoping for a long time; an inquiry was launched by the Treasury Committee to look into how the Government’s Business rates policies have affected business. Of course, it’s rather long overdue – Rating professionals throughout the industry have been pleading for such a review for years in the hope that such a step would leave to a complete reform of th...

WET AND WILD(LIFE)

Rob Harrison, Principal Ecologist, on an important ecological event… We’re just a couple of weeks away from a pretty important day in the environmental calendar. World Wetlands Day takes place on Saturday February 2nd February, raising awareness for this vital ecosystem. The global awareness day aims to heighten appreciation of wetlands and the ecosystem services they provide, which inc...