Corporate News

Mark Williams chairs Working Group to transform Northumberland Street in Newcastle

Local businesses are being invited to hear from Newcastle City Council and partner NE1 Ltd as they outline their approach to transform Northumberland Street and its surrounding areas into a vibrant outdoor shopping destination to rival that of other European regional cities.


England Rugby Star hosts show in New Shop

An England legend has met 10 of Bristol's unsung heroes.

Matt Dawson hosted a special awards ceremony last night, which was held to celebrate a new menswear shop opening in the Galleries.


Mark Williams appointed Junior Vice President of BCSC

British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) has announced their new executive team at their Annual Dinner and Gold Awards.


Govt promises to give business rates revenue to local authorities

Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans to give local authorities complete control over business rates in a move that has been welcomed by the industry with reservations until the finer details emerge.


Mark Williams joins BCSC Executive Board

BCSC, the voice of the retail property industry, has announced that Claire Barber, Head of Retail Assets (London, South East & Meadowhall), British Land and Mark Williams, Director, The Hark Group have been elected to its Executive Board.


How Maidenhead became a showpiece of high street regeneration

Leaders from some of the UK's largest businesses recently visited Maidenhead to discuss the challenges facing the UK's high streets and how Business in the Community is tackling these problems.


More than 100 companies call for overhaul of business rates

Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's, Boots, Whitbread, and General Motors sign open letter warning that business rates are "critical problem" for UK

More than 100 of Britain's biggest companies have called for business rates to be overhauled and called the controversial tax a "critical problem" in an open letter that marks the most vocal intervention in the debate so far.

Companies including Tesco, Marks & Spencer and General Motors have signed an open letter, published in The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday, that says business rates are "no longer fit for purpose for the 21st century" and must be revamped in order to "unleash investment".


BCSC: Change must be driven locally, says high streets minister

Government support to boost the UK's high streets must happen at a local level, high streets minister Penny Mordaunt told delegates at BCSC.

In her first public address as under secretary of state for communities and local government, Mordaunt highlighted successes achieved through funding to boost high streets and the need for local authorities to be encouraged to do more.

"Government's priority is to keep high streets at the heart of communities; they need to be more than just places to shop," she said.


David Basson Joins Hark

Hark Group is pleased to announce the recruitment of David Basson as the new Financial Analyst to join the Group. David was previously at Henderson Global Investors where he was part of the Shopping Centre Fund team working on performance analysis, acquisitions and research.


Letter to the Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister

Distressed Retail Property Taskforce – Beyond Retail

When you instigated an urgent review of the High Street in May 2011, you talked about the importance of High Streets as the very heart of every community; bringing people together, providing essential services and creating jobs and investment. 

We share your passion for creating thriving towns and cities that are fit for purpose for the future needs of consumers and businesses. One of Mary’s key recommendations, as you know, was for the establishment of an Industry Taskforce to address the property related issues surrounding our Town Centres. I was grateful that Grant Shapps accepted this suggestion, and I was subsequently pleased to accept the invitation to chair the Taskforce.