Monthly Archives: June 2011

Changes to change of use?

Mike was a representative of the British Chambers of Commerce at a round-table discussion with the Department of Communities and Local Government on a proposed review of the change of use regime in the planning system, part of the Government’s ‘Plan for Growth’ agenda with the aim of helping business by removing ‘unnecessary burdens’. The […]
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High Speed Rail

  Mike was supporting the High Speed Rail 2 proposal for Manchester-London today on behalf of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. He was captured by BBC TV North West Tonight in Piccadilly Gardens and interviewed on local radio. Seen here fourth from the right, talking to Baroness Hughes.
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The importance of joining places together

  We visited the new Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. It is a very interesting, innovative building and the exhibits give an excellent insight into Barbara Hepworth’s work and life. It is a very interesting site, as the building is next to, and partly in, the River Calder. Unfortunately the signage to the gallery and its […]
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Good news for the Development Industry

The Government has announced a presumption in favour of sustainable development, to be included in its forthcoming National Planning Framework, as part of its commitment to ensure that the planning system does everything it can to support long term, sustainable economic growth. This means that where a local plan is silent, absent or out-of-date, the […]
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Unproductive meetings

During my career I have been involved in far too many boring, unproductive meetings. When I talk to other fellow professionals they nod and agree with me. TIP 1 – do we need a meeting at all? Is it just in the diary because we always have one at that time. Connectivity can work with […]
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Protected: Linked In Presentation

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Useful application for Task Management

Remember the Milk is an excellent application for managing tasks. It is clear and easy to use. Typing the task and date is intuitive. It will link to a smart phone and send you reminders if you set a time. Try it yourself Remember the Milk
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Good Employers allow social networking

I found an interesting article on the use of Social Networking sites which shows that many of the employers who rank high on their list are happy to allow employees to use Facebook and Twitter for personal use during breaks. Some companies use Facebook and LinkedIn groups to disseminate information to their employees. However, there […]
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