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The future of parking

Connected drivers, vehicles and car parks The parking market has historically seen little new technology since the introduction of the pay and display machine in the 1930’s. Now, nearly a century later, the future of parking is finally changing, facilitated by the internet and the adoption of smart technology by both motorists and car manufacturers. Cars, their…

Business Rates Budget Revaluation Town Centres

Business Rates winners & losers

Why are so many commentators currently getting hot and bothered about Business Rates?  With bills now landing on doorsteps showing some massive changes and the Budget providing a chance to smooth ruffled feathers, here’s a beginner’s guide to Business Rates and the winners and losers from current changes.   Preparing this blog has revealed to me…

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Innovation & the regeneration ‘journey’

The street scenes greeting me outside Swansea and Cambridge stations at either end of my regeneration ‘journey’ last week, raised questions for me about the links between regeneration and innovation. At Cambridge cranes reach skywards to signal further additions to a scene that already hosts the offices of Microsoft’s European research base and expensive apartments well-placed for…