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February 14, 2020

Jeremy outlines commercial property trends at Place North West event

Roundhouse director Jeremy Lefton has taken part in a major discussion on Lancashire’s property and regeneration sector.

Jeremy was invited to be part of the panel discussion for Place North West’s Lancashire Development Update.

The event, at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa near Blackburn, was attended by over 200 property professionals from across the region.

Jeremy was asked about current commercial property trends in Lancashire, commenting that smaller and more flexible spaces where growing increasingly important for SMEs.

Jeremy said: “There’s definitely been a shift in the last few years in how business owners are viewing their property needs. It’s not necessarily a case of living close to work but looking for a place to work that’s close to home.

“Technology and the ability to work from anywhere also means that some occupiers don’t need to double the size of their premises to double the size of their business.

“We’ve seen it with our own office developments that business owners definitely appreciate being close to transport links but also close to residential areas. They also like being part of an SME business community with like-minded people.”

The conference offered an update on economic activity in Lancashire, the key developments, future sites, and policies shaping the area. Other areas discussed included housing, warehouses, offices, and retail.

Other speakers at the event included Preston City Council chief executive Adrian Phillips and Nick Gerrard, growth and prosperity programme director at Blackpool Council. Maple Grove Developments and Nikal were among the other developers represented at the event.

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