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Videoconferencing Could Drastically Reduce Government Travel Costs

Much of the high level of waste revealed in retail tycoon Sir Philip Green’s recent spending review of government departments, could be drastically reduced by using videoconferencing equipment to attend meetings, rather than travelling to attend, claims Avanta Managed Offices. “It’s time that the government adopted the 21st century technology …

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Avanta Hanover Square Serviced Offices Closed for Cross Rail Project

Serviced Office operator Avanta has lost one of its prize Mayfair business centres due to ongoing preparations for London’s Cross Rail Project.   The Government has compulsory purchased Avanta’s centre at 18 Hanover Square, however the operator continues to manage the grade II listed business centre at nearby number 20 …

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Empty Property Rates Extension A Remarkable Result for the BCA

Extensive lobbying by the BCA has paid off as the Chancellor announced in the pre-budget report that the empty property rate relief is to be extended until 2011, with the rateable value threshold raised from ~15,000 to ~18,000 rateable value (RV).   BCA Lobbied Government to Rethink Empty Property Rates …

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BCA Urges Government to Retain RV Threshold on Empty Property Rates

Anne Corstorphine, Managing Director of City Spirit St Paul’s and Board Member of the Business Centre Association (BCA) joined fellow members to host a reception at the House of Common’s last week.   The BCA are trying to encourage cross-party MPs to retain the ~15,000 Rateable Value (RV) threshold on …

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Commercial Office Space Empty Rates Campaign Gets Boris Johnson Support

The British Property Federation has continued to gain support for their campaign for the abolition of the government’s ever-unpopular empty rates tax this week having gained signatures from some 120 further politicians including London Major Boris Johnson.   The empty rates tax has created havoc in the property industry since …

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Bad News for Office Commuters as Government Scraps Transport Schemes

Bad news for London Office commuters as Transport for London scraps several schemes in a bid to save ~2.4bn over 10 years.  Projects including the Thames Gateway Bridge, DLR extension to Dagenham Dock and a number of Street Trams proposals have been rejected as part of the money saving initiative. Hundreds of …

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Empty Rates Tax Row Continues as BPF Campaign Rallies Further Support

The saga behind the ever-unpopular Empty Rates Tax continues this month as the British Property Federation-led campaign for the abolition of the legislation has gained further support from major UK and international corporations and MPs. On the 10th August this year the British Property Federation set up a campaign page …

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