Kasmira Jefford covers retail, consumer and property news at City A.M.
Koovs' share price leapt this morning after the Indian-focused online retailer said sales almost tripled last year to hit £10m for the first time. The company, which was founded four years ago by former Asos chairman Lord Waheed Alli, said sales jumped by 189 per cent to 981m Indian rupee (£10m) in the year to 31 March. Visitors to [...]
The developers behind City skyscraper 22 Bishopsgate have won a controversial battle with neighbouring landlords over the scheme blocking their "rights to light" after City planners used special powers to override opposition. Members of the City of London Corporation Planning & Transportation committee this morning voted overwhelmingly in favour of temporarily acquiring the site under a Section 237 agreement, so [...]
Firefighters were rushed into the City this morning after an engine in a passing van caught fire at Cornhill. Roads leading to Cornhill were closed in both directions to pedestrians and traffic as the London Fire Brigade were called in to deal with the engine fire. We've dealt with a van fire on Cornhill in the [...]
More than one in four older Londoners feel there is a lack of homes to downsize to despite more than a third considering a move, a new study released yesterday has found. The poll, which was conducted by YouGov on behalf of retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone, showed that 32 per cent of adults aged [...]
An online property platform aiming to shake-up the traditional estate agency model by encouraging landlords take control of their own sales has launched a £1m funding round, after winning the backing of one of the UK's leading tech investors. Settled was launched last year by brother and sister team Gemma and Paul Young, who wanted to create an online business that put aspiring homeowners directly [...]
The Qatari owners of the US Embassy in London’s Grosvenor Square have unveiled plans to turn the Grade II-listed landmark into a five star hotel as the US government prepares for its move to Nine Elms next year. Qatari Diar, a subsidiary of sovereign wealth fund the Qatar Investment Authority, will launch a public exhibition next Monday before submitting plans to Westminster [...]
Pets Corner, the high street retailer dedicated to furry and scaly critters, has bought rival business PamPurred Pets for £6m to create the UK's second biggest pet chain. The Sussex-based company was founded by husband and wife team Mark and Sandra Richmond in 1968 and has since grown to 110 stores across the UK. The acquisition will add another [...]
Belvoir Lettings, the Aim-listed agency business which runs a network of franchises across the UK, said revenues jumped by 19 per cent to £6.9m over the year, boosted by acquisitions. Shares in the company, which counts ex-City workers and former servicemen among its franchisees, have surged by more than 13 per cent after posting a 25 per cent jump in profits to £2.2m, [...]
The owners of the East Village residential neighbourhood on the Olympic site and the first phase of redevelopment at Elephant & Castle town centre have agreed to merge the schemes to create a vast £1.4bn private rented sector estate. Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, Delancey’s flagship client fund, DV4, and the Dutch pension fund asset manager, APG, [...]
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