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London developers: “improve town planning” to treat Brexit pain

The London development industry is unconvinced that the latest Brexit extension will help solve the current impasse in the House of Commons. According to the spring 2019 edition of the bi-annual London Development Barometer (LDB) survey by M3 Consulting – taken in mid-April to provide a snapshot of market sentiment just after the announcement of the latest Brexit extension – 48% of respondents do not believe it will lead to a better deal while only 36% do. Meanwhile, 16% said they did not know what impact the latest Brexit delay…

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Business leaders agree, UK high streets must change to meet social needs

The FT City Network is a forum of more than 50 financiers, business people and policymakers. This month, members were asked for their views on the collapse of Debenhams and how the crisis on the high street should be addressed. Questions posed included: What is the problem — online competition, overleveraged private equity ownership structures, or anachronistic business rates and tax rules? Should our high streets be saved and if so, how? Below is a transcript of the responses from those who contributed. Colette Bowe, BSB The story of Debenhams…

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