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  • Local Authorities need to work more collaboratively to agree and allocate employment space according to need

    25 February 2019 - Rosemary French OBE

  • Has shopping lost its sparkle?

    10 October 2018 - Rosemary French OBE

    I am in buying mode for our new home, which should be enjoyable, yet I am finding it fraught with difficulty.

  • Monkeying around GDPR

    12 June 2018 - Rosemary French OBE

    Like everyone else, my inbox is full to bursting with General Data Protection Regulations opt in requests, better known as GDPR.

  • Future proofing for old age

    23 April 2018 - Rosemary French OBE

    We have built a new home in our back garden! Well, project managed, since it was not a self-build. My husband did the technical stuff and I managed the project and every penny of our budget. Well I am Scottish! I have acquired skills which I am unlikely to ever use again. One local wag even asked me to come and manage their own new house build which I rapidly turned down!

  • Generational Bed Blocking

    05 December 2017 - Rosemary French OBE

    I am a baby boomer. According to Wiki, I am ‘one of a group of the wealthiest and most active which received peak levels of income’. My grant paid me to go to university and I bought my first flat at age 24 benefitting from MIRAS mortgage relief. Admittedly, the interest rate was huge at 15% and to pay it, I had to work several nights in our local pub and take in a lodger.

  • Changing by Degrees

    21 August 2017 - Rosemary French

    The Apprenticeship Levy has resulted in a positive shift in attitudes towards apprenticeships by large employers who want to recover some of this (perceived) skills tax.

  • The Gatwick Diamond: the next three years

    22 June 2017 - Rosemary French

    The Gatwick Diamond is in its 15th year and we are about to agree our Strategic Plan to 2020. The research from both Centre for Cities and Grant Thornton, will provide evidence for our direction over the next three years.

  • ‘Too Busy to Make a Sale?’

    20 June 2017 - Rosemary French

    I remember all too well how hard it is to run a business. I remember what it is like to delay paying a bill, because I knew that my corporate customers would do the same to me.

  • New Industrial Strategy or Groundhog Day?

    01 April 2017 - Rosemary French

    The powers to be have been busy with their White Paper on Housing and their Green Paper on an Industrial Strategy.

  • Local plans

    01 February 2017 - Rosemary French

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