Place North West first began publishing 10 years ago, in August 2007, when the early signs of the financial crisis started hitting the headlines. To coincide with our 10th birthday, we are publishing a series of articles throughout August, looking back over the past decade at how business and property have changed. Find the articles below:
Paul Smith, now managing director of Strategic Land Group, reflects on turning from land buyer to seller
Jason Print of Gerald Eve reviews the evolution of the North West logistics market and its adaptation to the internet retail shift
David Rainford of Cowgill Holloway looks at the changes in the development funding market
Gary Halman of HOW Planning looks at how Cheshire has developed and what we can expect for its future
Alex Vogt of Curtins reviews the evolution of Greater Manchester’s transport system, 10 years after the congestion charge was proposed
Former Insider editor, now external affairs adviser to the vice-chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University, reflects on the rhetoric around the financial crash
Mark Canning, director of Canning O’Neill, looks at how the office market in Manchester has changed over the past 10 years, and why resi development has helped
Jonathan Murphy, chief executive of Assura, reviews the policy shifts for primary care property
Mark Hawthorn, chief executive of Landmark Investments, recalls his experience of the tumultuous times during the 2007/08 market collapse
Caroline Kingsley, director of recruitment firm Kingsley, recounts the challenge of starting a business in 2007, and the legacy of the recession on skills supply
Broadway Malyan director Danny Crump discusses the changing resi market in Manchester and the rise of placemaking over the past decade
Main board director of contractor Mcgoff Group, Chris McGoff, gives his view on the difficulties experienced a decade ago, and the art of diversifying
In 2007, I lived in a one-bedroom apartment, wasn’t married, had no kids, no pets, was an outright retail planner working almost exclusively on a range of Tesco projects, and had a respectable hairline, says Sebastian Tibenham.
It was my first big bank run since Nicaragua in 2000. As the FT’s Central America correspondent, I wrote about the lines of desperate customers – many small-scale coffee farmers – lining up outside the shuttered branches of Interbank after it ran out of money.
Kevin Horton, architect director at K2, looks over a decade of the changing machinery of policy and decision-making, making way for the rise of new and engaged smaller businesses.
Researcher Ed Howe remembers 10 years ago, watching with wide-eyed adolescent enthusiasm as Manchester’s cityscape transformed. Excitement and optimism were in the air, jostling for space amongst the cranes which littered the city’s skyline at the time.
Duane McEwan, founder and owner of Verde Ceramica, remembers the difficulty of the recession and his “enough is enough” moment
Lauren Newby, associate director of Regeneris reviews the cluster policy in the North West and its shifting incarnations
Hugh Anderson, director and head of LSH hotels, North West, looks at the changes on the hospitality scene