RNLI docks at Quartz Point

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is making a splash in Solihull by becoming the most recent tenant to take space at Quartz Point, SPREFS new £9 million office development. 

The RNLI has signed a new ten-year lease on unit eight, totaling 3,127 sq ft/290 sq m, at a rent of £19.00 per sq ft.

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UK to clamp down on bribery and corporate fraud

With strict new measures to crack down on the use of bribes, kickbacks, gifts and other forms of financial advantage set to be introduced in the UK, Birmingham advisers are warning companies to be prepared or risk tough penalties, including unlimited fines and a maximum ten year custodial sentence.

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Office rents in Brum are stabilising, says CBRE report

Headline rents on prime office space in Birmingham are now more competitive than Manchester, according to new research from CB Richard Ellis.

The property consultancy’s Rents and Yields Market View shows that prime rents in the city now average £27-£28 per sq ft. 

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Retailers report like-for-like sales during Christmas

The vast majority of retailers (85 per cent) reported positive like-for-like sales figures for the Christmas 2009 trading period, according to analysis by business advisory firm Deloitte. 

On average, the retailers surveyed by Deloitte reported like-for-like increases of 5.9 per cent, with clothing and footwear retailers posting the strongest figures, increasing sales by 10.3 per cent. 

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One thousand miles for one million pounds

In just over 100 days, four people from Deloitte’s Birmingham office will take to the roads of Britain as part of a cycling team bidding to raise £1m for ParalympicsGB over the next four years.

On June 12 2010, more than 100 cyclists from the firm will embark on a 1,000 mile ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End as part of the Deloitte ‘Ride Across Britain’. Continue reading

Technology to turn cement green

Technology is set to become even more environmentally friendly this year as companies pursue a green agenda, according to research from business advisory firm Deloitte.

In 2010, technology’s contribution to CO2 reduction could result in electric cars, more efficient aeroplanes and greener data centres. Continue reading