It’s not easy being green

By Rebecca Coleman Once you get to the top of the hill on London Road, Brentwood you have three options. Dead ahead lies the M25 with vistas of the Shard and the skyline of Canary Wharf in the near distance. Take a left, and you’ll enter a suburban street of 1930s semi-detached houses where the…

What’s next for development as interest rates rise?

By Ben Monteith For the past decade, many of us have inhabited a blissful world in which we never had to talk about interest rates. While they have yet to become water cooler chat, they now come up in virtually every conversation we have. Journalists are asking developers and investors. Developers and investors are asking…

The energy crisis: the £4,266 question

By Douglas Johnson Another day, another story about rising energy prices – this time, Cornwall Insight’s forecast that the energy price cap will reach £4,266 a year in the first three months of 2023. This has understandably provoked calls for the government to help households struggling with the cost of living. It’s also opened a…

More heat and further strikes for Britain’s railways…

By Rachel Groves West Midlands Railway announced today that it has celebrated record breaking numbers on its trains during the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, with over 170 volunteers joining staff, putting in more than 2,500 additional hours. So, how does an industry go from such a show of strength and unity to more planned strikes…

Free and Cheap Ways to Keep the Kids Happy this Summer

By Beth Colmer We can’t move for news of the cost of living being on the rise and inflation at an all-time high. So, what better time for the summer holidays to hit?! Renowned for being the most expensive time of year for families (after Christmas that is), here at SEC Newgate, we have curated…

Pensions Update: Who will be crowned next PM?

By Sara Neidle Summer holidays have finally arrived. What a start, with England Lionesses being crowned Euro 2022 Champions. The next big event heating up is the Conservative Party leadership race. The question remains who will be crowned next PM? Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are nose to nose, with the leadership contest running until…

#TradeTuesday: International Travel

By Tom Haynes As we kick off August and the summer holiday season gets into full swing, we have taken a look at the state of the travel sector. With reports of continued disruption at airports and today’s announcement from airlines over cancelled flights, we want to know how this is affecting international travel. The…

The Sky’s The Limit: The Lionesses 2022 European Championship Win

By Georgina Procter “The Lionesses have brought football home. Now it’s down to the rest of us to make sure it stays here. You think it’s all over? It’s only just begun.” Momentous closing words from legendary sports commentator, Gabby Logan, as she rounded off the European Championship final, with England’s Lionesses crowned Champions of…