Demand for commercial property increases

Stourbridge News: Alan Knight, Head of Commercial at Walton and Hipkiss, Stourbridge.

12:00pm Tuesday 4th June 2013

Following a more positive month in the commercial market across our area and the greater West Midlands, the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) quarterly report for Q1 states that demand for commercial property in the West Midlands rose strongly during the first three months of the year.

Will luke-warm budget have any effect?

Stourbridge News: Alan K Knight FRICS, Head Of Commercial, Walton & Hipkiss, Stourbridge.

8:00am Friday 22nd March 2013

I AM writing this on the morning following the 2013 Budget and it seems the Chancellor has done very little to help businesses especially no further relief in Business Rates and the payment of rates on empty properties.

On the way up

Stourbridge News: JOHN ANDREWS, of Doolittle & Dalley, Kidderminster

10:34am Thursday 21st March 2013

Despite the gloomy news on the economy which we are still seeing in the Press and talk of a sluggish recovery, when looking around the Wyre Forest area, there are now clear signs of better economic prosperity.

Budget is 'small beer'

Stourbridge News: John Truslove.

10:29am Thursday 21st March 2013

A REDDITCH business property consultant said the Chancellor was attempting to “shut the curtains on the recession” with yesterday's Budget statement.

Flurry of deals leaves just one site vacant at South Moons Moat

11:54am Friday 1st March 2013

NATIONAL property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has announced the successful conclusion of transactions totaling over 100,000 sq ft of industrial space at a popular estate in Worcestershire.

Deal done in just five days

Stourbridge News: Ian Parker, of John TrusloveBusiness Property Consutants.

5:08pm Wednesday 20th February 2013

The offices were the perfect solution … for expanding Redditch employment agency Perfect Personnel.

In the heart of bustling town

Stourbridge News: Arden Business Centre in Alcester.

9:41am Tuesday 12th February 2013

Where there’s a will there’s a warehouse … property agent CPBigwood is marketing Units 17 and 17A Arden Business Centre in Alcester at an asking rent of £29,750 a year.

Commercial property: 2012 finishes with a surprise

Stourbridge News: JOHN ANDREWS, of Doolittle & Dalley, Kidderminster

10:06am Tuesday 29th January 2013

THIS time last year the outlook for commercial property looked rather bleak, and although the Wyre Forest area seemed to be faring better than some other areas in the Midlands, it looked like a year when commercial property in the district was not going to perform very well.

Industry the key to Redditch property market

Stourbridge News: Ben Truslove: "Successful expanding local businesses through to big regionals and international companies are looking to utilise the dedicated and skilled workforce that is available in the Midlands.

11:09am Wednesday 28th November 2012

Industrial demand in Redditch remains strong as its position in the centre of the country continues to attract technology firms and manufacturers, according to property agents John Truslove.

Economoic recovery aided by construction

Stourbridge News: JOHN ANDREWS, of Doolittle & Dalley, Kidderminster

7:00am Tuesday 23rd October 2012

There has been much national publicity lately regarding the lack of new housing, and the long waiting list for social housing, and rented accommodation.

Tractors from 1930s to 1970s

Stourbridge News: A David Brown 900 which is up for auction.

9:11am Tuesday 16th October 2012

Auctioneers Halls are assembling a strong vintage section to their next collective auction of agricultural implements and machinery at Stone, near Kidderminster on Friday, October 26.

Feelgood factor holding on

Stourbridge News: Alan K Knight FRICS, Head Of Commercial, Walton & Hipkiss, Stourbridge.

6:50am Tuesday 25th September 2012

I have just returned from seven weeks absence following an operation and it's good to have a fresh perspective of the market. The Olympics and Jubilee are still ringing in our ears and our national pride has ever seemed so good

Merger of commercial property consultancies

Stourbridge News: Merger of commercial property consultancies

3:26pm Thursday 20th September 2012

Two leading independent Worcestershire commercial property consultancies have merged to form a new firm of chartered surveyors, which will offer clients a comprehensive property service, and unrivalled geographical coverage, throughout Worcestershire and along the M5 and A38 corridors.

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Stourbridge News: JOHN ANDREWS, of Doolittle & Dalley, Kidderminster

9:00am Thursday 20th September 2012

Despite the national media reporting that times are still very difficult for industry and businesses; over the last month the number of companies we have registered with us indicates that either the Governments’ prediction is right, in that 2013 will see an improvement or they are companies which have already started to grow and expand.

Life in the property jungle

Stourbridge News: NEIL THWAITES, of Westfields Property.

7:00am Wednesday 19th September 2012

So there we were, my mate Dave and I, enjoying a coffee as we sometimes do.

Time of great opportunity

Stourbridge News: David Jones, managing partner at Allan Morris & Jones.

12:40pm Monday 17th September 2012

David Jones of Wyre Forest estate agents Allan Morris & Jones assesses the property market this autumn and reflects on a surprisingly busy summer of activity.

Get ready for the renaissance of the region

Stourbridge News: SONYA TAYLOR, chartered surveyor and valuer, Walton & Hipkiss, Stourbridge

9:30am Friday 31st August 2012

I am sure we have all enjoyed the Olympics and the excellent performance from Team GB, there is always going to be a lot of speculation and debate about the cost but the Olympics and the Jubilee means the UK has been seen around the world in a very positive light. There is always the debate about it only benefiting London, Well here is some news for all you sceptics.

Surge in warehouse deals may result in Redditch shed drought

Stourbridge News: Ian Parker (left) and Ben Truslove of John Truslove.

9:10am Friday 31st August 2012

A surge of warehouse deals could potentially leave Redditch short of quality stock, according to agents John Truslove.

Rejuvenation of Kidderminster town centre needs to be high priority

Stourbridge News: JOHN ANDREWS, of Doolittle & Dalley, Kidderminster

9:03am Friday 31st August 2012

A newly-formed Town Team intends to deal with the retail areas of Kidderminster town centre which have suffered with shops either closing or relocating.

Rejuvenation of Kidderminster town centre needs to be high priority

Stourbridge News: JOHN ANDREWS, of Doolittle & Dalley, Kidderminster

8:57am Friday 31st August 2012

A newly-formed Town Team intends to deal with the retail areas of Kidderminster town centre which have suffered with shops either closing or relocating.

On your marks . . . get set . . . go!

Stourbridge News: David Jones, managing partner at Allan Morris & Jones.

11:19am Friday 10th August 2012

AS one of the greatest ever British sporting occasions has just drawn to a close, some of us will be concentrating on matters of even greater personal significance a little closer to home this summer. David Jones of Allan Morris & Jones puts things into perspective.

Optimism continues as market stabilises

Stourbridge News: Alan K Knight FRICS, Head Of Commercial, Walton & Hipkiss, Stourbridge.

7:00am Thursday 26th July 2012

 AGAIN we see on a national stage headlines such as: “Activity stabilises and confidence turns less negative.”

New confidence needed

4:52pm Tuesday 24th July 2012

The last few weeks have seen another slowdown in relation to business confidence which is either due to the further bad publicity that the banks are receiving or perhaps as business starts to slow down for the summer holidays.

Ambition is fine, but greed is a different matter

Stourbridge News: David Jones, managing partner at Allan Morris & Jones.

4:52pm Friday 20th July 2012

David Jones of Allan Morris & Jones takes a look at how personal ambitions the property market go round.

£250,000 price tag for former dairy farm

11:00am Friday 29th June 2012

A former dairy farm on the edge of the busy Shropshire border market town of Cleobury Mortimer sold for £250,000 at auction last week.

Celebrations galore and a sense of opportunity

Stourbridge News: Alan K Knight FRICS, Head Of Commercial, Walton & Hipkiss, Stourbridge.

6:50am Friday 29th June 2012

Both the Bank of England and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors report a mixed month in the wake of the Jubilee Celebration and the run-up to London 2012.

Surge in office space inquiries prompts renewed confidence

Stourbridge News: John Truslove.

2:40pm Tuesday 26th June 2012

A surprise surge in office demand may be the sign of better times to come, Redditch commercial property agent John Truslove has suggested.

Good times, bad times, present times....

Stourbridge News: David Jones, managing partner at Allan Morris & Jones.

9:50am Friday 15th June 2012

The media is full of economic woe but David Jones of Allan Morris & Jones finds that the UK property market is anything but downbeat at the moment.

Dairy farm and cottage for auction

Stourbridge News: Redthorne Dairy Farm which is up for auction.

11:51am Wednesday 13th June 2012

A former dairy farm and cottage on the edge of the busy Shropshire border market town of Cleobury Mortimer are to go under the auctioneer’s hammer later this month.

McCartney's back new inter-hunt competition

11:13am Monday 11th June 2012

ESTATE agent and auctioneer McCartney’s, the agricultural industry specialist, has sponsored a new sector of the Three Counties Show, which starts on Friday.

Smile and a steady hand

Stourbridge News: Alan K Knight FRICS, Head Of Commercial, Walton & Hipkiss, Stourbridge.

4:30pm Wednesday 30th May 2012

The regeneration of Stourbridge Town Centre keeps a pace with size of the project there for all to see – a very large hole in our town centre. The weather is on the turn and we are all looking forward to a summer of sport and celebration and a reason to smile. The property market also shows a sense of relief too. Although the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) UK Commercial Market Survey for the first quarter of 2012 shows “there was little change in overall activity during the first quarter. As such, there was a small improvement in the rental outlook; rent expectations remain negative, but less so than in the previous quarter. Surveyors in many parts of the country are continuing to suggest that occupiers are remaining cautious with regards to new letting activity.”

Encouraging signs on commercial property scene

Stourbridge News: JOHN ANDREWS, of Doolittle & Dalley, Kidderminster

7:20am Monday 28th May 2012

FOLLOWING an encouraging time during the early spring, there are signs that the recovery in relation to the commercial property market are being sustained.

Government guilty of ‘whitewash politics’

Stourbridge News: John Truslove

4:22pm Thursday 24th May 2012

The Government has been accused of “whitewash politics” by Redditch property consultant John Truslove.

Offices to homes

Stourbridge News: JOHN ANDREWS, of Doolittle & Dalley, Kidderminster

7:20am Wednesday 25th April 2012

Over the last week there has been much publicity with regard to the housing shortage in the West Midlands and judging by the volume of rented accommodation that Doolittle & Dalley have let so far this year, the demand for rented accommodation seems to be unprecedented. With reports that house prices are equivalent to nine times average earnings, then it is not surprising that many people who years ago would have been purchasing their own property are now having to rent rather than buy.

Market upturn - let's get real

Stourbridge News: Alan K Knight FRICS, Head Of Commercial, Walton & Hipkiss, Stourbridge.

8:20am Tuesday 24th April 2012

At the time of writing this it is a wet and cold Wednesday afternoon in mid-April – not much to get excited about. Well, think again. In Stourbridge the Tesco regeneration has started with a bang – at last!

Records fall at Stone machinery auction

Stourbridge News: Some of the lots at Friday’s collective auction.

10:07am Tuesday 17th April 2012

Auctioneers Halls’ March collective machinery auction at The Gallops, Stanklyn Lane, Stone, near Kidderminster was a record breaker.

Arable land sells for £10,670 per acre

1:21pm Friday 13th April 2012

Brightwells Auctioneers had a very successful sale of 17.45 acres of arable accommodation land off Porchbrook Road, Rock, Kidderminster sold by public auction on Thursday, April 12 at Hundred House Hotel.

Planning for the future

Stourbridge News: David Jones, managing partner at Allan Morris & Jones.

11:49am Tuesday 10th April 2012

Following the recent government announcements on planning reform, estate agent David Jones, managing director of Allan Morris & Jones, suggests it is time for a fresh vision of our town centres.

More uncertainty - or a sign of further improvement?

Stourbridge News: Alan K Knight FRICS, Head Of Commercial, Walton & Hipkiss, Stourbridge.

7:40am Thursday 29th March 2012

Well it’s Spring – budget time and the end of the first quarter with an avalanche of reports and statistics to digest – the Bank of England’s summary of business conditions, which we contribute too, shows confirmed continued growth in Consumer demand and further signs of improvement in the housing market. Manufacturing and the industrial sector are improving, we are experiencing an increase in enquiries for industrial and commercial property and for the first time in a few years we are looking for new accommodation for manufacturing / workshops including new build or design and build opportunities. These are in our area and a clear sign of companies looking to expand and consolidate their property requirements.

Worcestershire market set for 2012 take-off

Stourbridge News: Confident: John Dillon, of JP Dillon Commercial Property Consultants

6:40am Monday 26th March 2012

The Worcestershire office market is set to take off in 2012, following the largest office letting in the county for five years, according to a leading Worcestershire commercial property consultant.

Regeneration - the way forward

Stourbridge News: JOHN ANDREWS, of Doolittle & Dalley, Kidderminster

7:10am Thursday 22nd March 2012

Despite there being some good economic news in the last three months, where manufacturing output has increased and, in some places in the country, unemployment seems to be reducing. It is our experience that this is not the case in the Wyre Forest Area. It was recently reported that the unemployment in this area is one of the highest in the West Midlands, yet we have found levels of enquiry for manufacturing or warehouse units and small retail shops to be better than the corresponding period last year.

Less pessimistic over house prices

Stourbridge News: NEIL THWAITES, of Westfields Property.

7:20am Wednesday 21st March 2012

“Gonna take a sentimental journey, gonna set my heart at ease, gotta take that sentimental journey, sentimental journey home”.

Make it an easy commute to Studley Point

Stourbridge News: Make it an easy commute to Studley Point

10:50am Wednesday 14th March 2012

Avoid the costs of city commuting and make a smarter move to office suites with the latest IT connectivity at Studley Point.

Tractor sold at auction for £9,000

7:30am Tuesday 13th March 2012

A large crowd enjoyed the winter sunshine as 1,900 lots went under the hammer at Halls’ successful monthly collective machinery auction at The Gallops, Stanklyn Lane, Stone, near Kidderminster.

Top price of £9,000 for tractor

Stourbridge News: Some of the lots lined up for Stone sale on Friday.

9:28am Wednesday 29th February 2012

A large crowd enjoyed the winter sunshine as 1,900 lots went under the hammer at Halls’ successful monthly collective machinery auction at The Gallops, Stanklyn Lane, Stone, near Kidderminster on Friday.

Commercial/industrial scene: Nervous or just cautious?

Stourbridge News: JOHN ANDREWS, of Doolittle & Dalley, Kidderminster

6:50am Thursday 23rd February 2012

Over the last month Doolittle & Dalley have noticed a marked increased in enquiry for all types of commercial or industrial property in and around the Wyre Forest area.

Stourbridge Big Bang in the spring

Stourbridge News: Alan K Knight FRICS, Head of Commercial, Walton & Hipkiss, Stourbridge

7:20am Tuesday 21st February 2012

It was with a deep intake of breath that we saw in the New Year. As Head of Commercial I was and am regularly asked what will happen in 2012 and my response has been “the same as 2011, but let’s see what happens within the first few months”.

Auction of farm machinery

10:39am Monday 20th February 2012

Implements and machinery from a genuine local farm dispersal are included in auctioneers Halls’ next collective auction at Stone, near Kidderminster on Friday, February 24.

Do your homework on solar panels

Stourbridge News: Photograph of the Author

6:40am Friday 17th February 2012

Companies need to beware cutting corners when installing solar panels, an expert has warned.

Someone on your side who values you

Stourbridge News: David Jones of Kidderminster estate agents Allan Morris & Jones.

7:10am Wednesday 15th February 2012

With Valentine’s Day hopefully reminding most of us of the qualities we value so highly in our partners, David Jones of Allan Morris & Jones takes a look at some of the qualities we might consider when choosing an estate agent.



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