Market Comment November 2018

Court Guinness resurrects an old column he used to write in which he takes an opinionated and sometimes irreverent view of what he sees in the market place.

In this issue he looks back on the month of October 2018.

I can say with some certainty that October 2018 has been one of business Octobers in business. Not only were there lots of opportunities to speak with readers of this magazine and advertisers old and new, there were also a number of things to get excited about. In addition there was for me a home and office move from Surrey to Warwickshire.

The first thing to talk about this month is retail. Physical retail is going so badly wrong on so many levels. I blame some  landlords for intransigent and not helping their tenants by sticking to the letter of the contract, some flexibility will go along a way. I blame some landlords for being too quick to go for a residential conversation. At the end of the day if a high street goes so does a community. Now that is a shame. I have written elsewhere about making retail an experience. I think retail  as a business wants to do this however I do not believe they have buy in from the property people or the finance people! If retail can change for the better then it is better for everyone.

While we talk about getting people through doors, pub landlords must stand up and take some stick from me this month. News has been reaching me of some hideous and in some cases unjustifiable rent increases recently. Again is a part of a community as much as a retail unit. Pubs have had a tough time in recent years we can see this by the number of closures of pubs. Give your tenants a break! It will be worth it in the long run! The odd percentage point here or there, yes but 20% +? Computer says no!

I now move on to freelancers and independent contractors who are foaming at the mouth after the budget announcement that the tax system of off payroll working (IR35) will not be extended to the private sector just yet.

For many years IT contracting was my trade. That aside this industry has had since 1999 to clean up its act, to change its modus operandi and to move with the times. Writing this one day after the Autumn 2018 budget I have already seen so many contractors bleating on email and social media about this. The problem is that the industry does not want to change. This is a bad thing for projects up and down the country and some need to shape up or ship out!

Aside of this negativity this October has been a lovely month aside of the negativity above. Its lovely to see the property development guys being so active in the run up to the festive season, deals regularly being struck and plans made revitalise properties previously unusable. I note a great deal valour going into these projects too with some developers clearly unafraid to push the boundaries—in a good way!  I hope we see more this sense of adventure in years to come. It is actually a good thing for business as a whole and an excellent thing for the sector itself.

Ins pite of daylight hours drawing in November does look like it will be an excellent month for dealmaking with many people looking to get a large number of deal before  the Christmas party and festive season starts with aplomb.

I look forward to speaking with you all again next month!

Happy dealmaking !

Warmest regards


You can read Market Comment in The Trade House Magazine November 2018 edition.

An interactive version is below.

Update :: The Weekly Deals Free Sheet 15/06/2018

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A new free magazine will be published in June 2016. Publication will revert to a monthly format. I am unable currently unable to support a weekly publishing regime. The new monthly magazine will have a new name and a slightly tweaked format.

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The Weekly Deals Free Sheet Issue

It is with regret that I announce that there will be no issue of The Weekly Deals Free Sheet For tomorrow 08/05/2018. This is to allow some elements of the magazine to be reconfigured in the light of The Weekly Deals Free Sheet being amalgamated into The Trade House. These actions will allow for a much better reader experience.

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The Weekly Deals Free Sheet 02/05/2018

Firstly I would like to thank the 1813 recorded readers of the last public issue of The  Weekly Deals Free Sheet for reading. This is a record in terms of unique readership of Weekly Deals and I am pleased  to be consistently getting a readership of over 1,000 so early in 2018. There is a straight line average increase of 18.2 % in readership of every issue.

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