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How 2016 showed Manchester’s international way forward

Posted by Joe Averill

Posted 18 January, 2017 OBI BLOG

So, that was 2016. A notable, and for Manchester, productive year. The city can look back with its head held high. Amongst uncertainty and instability, Manchester’s resilience has shone through stro...

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The fight for talent & how Real Estate strategy is winning the battle

Posted by Joe Averill

Posted 15 December, 2016 OBI BLOG

Space Innovators Long gone are the days of Frederik Taylor and his scientific management theory – the scrutiny and micro management of employees are a thing of the past. As leaders of the busines...

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Setting the stall out

Posted by Will Lewis

Posted 22 November, 2016 OBI BLOG

We’re now over a week into what’s become an annual ritual in Manchester – the Christmas markets. Such has been the success of the market that over the years it has sprawled out from the main act...

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The rise and rise of MediaCityUK

Posted by Joe Averill

Posted 18 November, 2016 OBI BLOG

All eyes turned to MediaCityUK recently after its £1bn expansion plans were granted planning permission. Owners Peel Land and Property and Legal & General Capital have been given the go-ahead to ...

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Smaller space for serious businesses

Posted by Will Lewis

Posted 25 October, 2016 OBI BLOG

Does the property industry overlook those businesses seeking smaller spaces?  In some places, it might, and the industry press headlines certainly tend to focus on large deals. But it’s our belief ...

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Orange is The New Book

Posted by James Bostock

Posted 24 October, 2016 OBI BLOG

One day in October 2015, social media was ablaze with the question “Where’s my hoverboard?” – the day in question being the date travelled to in the 1980s film Back to the Future 2, during whi...

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OBI – Evolving and Engaging

Posted by Andrew Cowell

Posted 24 October, 2016 OBI BLOG

How has leasing or selling a property changed over the last 30 years? The answer in truth is very little. At OBI we may be too young to remember the property industry as it was back then, but we’ve ...

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Adapt… or die

Posted by Joe Averill

Posted 18 October, 2016 OBI BLOG

As the famous Charles Darwin saying goes…it is not the strongest of the species that survives nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one most adaptable to change. Darwin’s saying has st...

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Manchester presses “Play” not “Pause”

Posted by Joe Averill

Posted 13 October, 2016 OBI BLOG

  The decision, by 52% to 48% of the British people that they’d prefer life outside the European Union, continues to divide opinion. The EU, it’s fair to say, has a lot of critics but on t...

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Life after ‘Brexit’

Posted by Andrew Cowell

Posted 12 September, 2016 OBI BLOG

Following the referendum, we read the headlines and waited to see the impact on the Manchester real estate market.  Manchester has a history of resilience and it was only eight days prior to the refe...

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