Artist impression of planned Glasgow Lifestyle Outlet

Plans approved for £100m Glasgow Harbour retail and leisure scheme

A new £100m development in Glasgow Harbour has secured planning approval from Glasgow City Council. Lifestyle Outlets, part of John Whittaker’s Peel Land and Property, will bring forward the scheme, which offers a mix of retail, food and drink, leisure, a multiplex cinema, and public spaces for events. It is expected to take 36-months to build and discussions are being launched with prospective retailers and leisure occupiers. Plans include some 215,278 sq ft of retail, 107,639 sq ft of leisure, and 43,055 sq ft for restaurants and pubs. .The developer…

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Battersea Power Station (under development).Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash

Property as fourth asset class: UK REITs outperform stock market

Jonathon Curtis, Investment Analyst, looks at the pros and cons of investing in property and examines the role it can play in a portfolio. In the second of this four-part series we’ll lift the lid on investing in property. Please note that this article is not personal advice and if you’re unsure that an investment is right for you, seek advice. All investments fall as well as rise in value, so you could get back less than you invest. Yields are variable, not guaranteed, nor a reliable indicator of future…

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World retail report examines sustainability, tech and consumer fears

Every year, retailers look for new ways to increase customer engagement and efficiency throughout the shopping experience. Fast and reliable shipping, an efficient checkout process, and an overall-enjoyable shopping experience are no longer nice-to-haves for retailers – they are obligations to the customer. Customer expectations increase every year thanks to “liquidation of demand” (essentially, the expectation that all companies offer a similar level of technology in their consumer experience – such as Uber’s real-time, to-the-minute location tracking or Starbucks’ ability to remember and prepare your usual order in advance of…

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