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Expectation vs reality: out with the new, in with the old?

Guest Blogger - Steve Mansour

The UK undeniably faces a housing crisis. It’s not just a political soundbite, it’s affecting lives. New build homes are undoubtedly part of the solution, however, is the consumer perception of reduced quality ‘lego block’ estates stopping people investing, causing them to snub new builds in favour of refurbishment projects?

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You schmooze, you don’t lose

Fiona Russell-Horne

One of the things this industry is so very, very good at is the building and maintaining of solid, worthwhile, profitable business relationships. In many cases those relationships develop into firm, lifelong friendships.

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What’s in the box, Phil?

Fiona Russell-Horne

Finally, it seems housing has risen to the top of this Government’s agenda. At least that’s what it seems like from the talk, whether it was Sajid Javid talking about the Housing White Paper, or Housing Minister Alok Sharma speaking at this year’s BMF Members day event to the man himself, Chancellor Philip Hammond, telling…

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Burying Brexit bad news

Fiona Russell-Horne

The current crop of news stories on what’s going on at Westminster – both now and in the past – brings to mind Jo Moore’s rather unfortunate line in her email to MP Stephen Byers on September 11 2001, that it as a ‘good day to bury bad news’.

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Seeking the industry’s best

Fiona Russell-Horne

One of the first things you learn when you come into this industry, as I did so very, very many years ago, is that behind every successful brand – be it a supplier or merchant brand -  there is a pool of hugely talented people with drive and determination to make their brand, product or…

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