The housing downturn – An analysis

Posted on: April 28, 2009

Graham Norwood, with whom I co-wrote the book “Media relations in property” (EG Books) a couple of years ago has just had his latest book published. In the book, he sets out the signals that were appearing from 2005 and asks questions about why so few people spoke out as the foundations of the industry […]

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Some good news at last – Accountants ‘best placed’ to benefit from recovery

Posted on: April 22, 2009

Accountancy Age magazine carried the following story yesterday: “PwC says business services sector will emerge in the best shape following the recession Accountants, lawyers and property management companies will be among those to benefit early from an economic recovery, a PricewaterhouseCoopers index has found. Firms in the business services sector, which also includes computer technology, […]

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Social changes – Never weds to outnumber married couples

Posted on: April 8, 2009

Spare a thought for family lawyers. And those in the residential property business. Last year the number of married people fell to less than half the population. The Office for National Statistics has now forecast that by 2031 the ranks of those who have never married will swell to 22.1m (42 % of the adult […]

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The arrival of Generation G (for generosity)

Posted on: April 6, 2009

I have long been interested in generation differences (in addition to personality, cultural and other ones) amongst both the clients and staff of my professional service clients. So I was pleased when one of my former students sent me a fascinating article from about Generation G. Generation G “Captures the growing importance of ‘generosity’ […]

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Professional services index launched

Posted on: March 30, 2009

Last week, the Managing Partners Forum ( – in conjunction with Noble investment bank – launched its professional services index signalling the maturity and importance of the publically listed part of the professional services market and addressing its relative non profile amongst investors and analysts. 70 firms are listed in London in this segment and […]

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