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We recognise there is a fundamental need to secure your business critical assets, from vacant land, development sites and compounds, to plant, materials and fuel. As a leading provider of sustainable security, we are perfectly positioned to secure, monitor and protect your valuable assets.

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Protecting Construction Sites Over Christmas

Over Christmas, when a construction site is vacant, the best gift a site manager or developer can receive is peace of mind that their valuable assets are safe, by having effective security systems and processes in place. The festive season typically sees construction sites closed and vacated for up to two weeks, giving thieves and…

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How effective are body temperature detection systems?

HOW DO BODY TEMPERATURE DETECTION CAMERAS WORK? Any object with a temperature above absolute zero will emit a detectable amount of thermal radiation as infrared. A thermal camera converts infrared radiation into grayscale values and matches those grayscale values, through an algorithm, to temperature values. These readings are overlaid onto live video and displayed on…

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The Christmas Shut Down: How to successfully protect your construction site

As we begin to draw close to the end of a rollercoaster of a year, construction companies are only a few weeks away from the annual Christmas shutdown that typically lasts a couple of weeks. This time of year should be a relaxing one, and give our construction workers a well-earned break. However, leaving a…

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Issa brothers – takeover offer for Nero cafés

Caffè Nero’s company voluntary arrangement was in doubt today after the coffee shop chain received a surprise takeover bid from the billionaire brothers who are acquiring Asda. Under the mooted takeover by Mohsin and Zuber Issa, landlords would be paid in full for the rent arrears built up by the chain during the pandemic, compared to 30p…

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Will Turnover Leases be the future?

Turnover leases have always comprised a small section of retail and leisure leases. Previously, however, they have generally been combined with an element of a base rent; a traditional 10-year lease, say, with a five-year break clause. These leases were very much geared in the landlord’s favour, guaranteeing a rental payment even if a store…

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What does the government say about COVID cleaning?

As 2020 comes to a close, it is challenging to try and quantify the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on UK businesses. From office blocks to construction sites, restaurants to retailers, the impact on every type of business is substantial. One of the critical controls to safeguard your workforce and protect your visitors is, of…

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How much does a security system cost?

One of the most common questions we’re asked with regards to security systems is ‘how much will a security system cost for my business?’ The difficulty in answering this is that it very much depends on the type of system you need, what services you require, and the risks that your business or property faces…

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Emergency Boarding Up Costs

When you have broken windows, damaged doors, or irreparable locks, time is the most crucial factor in preventing further damage. Leaving visible signs of illegal entry exposes your property to further intrusions, leaves assets vulnerable to theft and presents a building open to trespassers or squatters. Moving swiftly to board up your windows and doors…

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What will happen when the payment holidays end?

A report from the financial reporter has suggested that 60% of people will struggling to repay after payment holidays end in the UK following the Coronavirus Pandemic. Of the 3.7 million households in the UK granted a bill ‘payment holiday’, over 6 in 10 are already facing financial difficulties and will struggle to repay their…

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Commercial Landlords facing biggest crunch since 2008

THE TIMES REPORTS THAT REMOTE WORKING LEAVES OFFICE LANDLORDS FACING WORST CRUNCH SINCE 2008. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic London office vacancy rates are forecast to hit their highest level since the financial crisis as companies look to shrink their headquarters and focus on remote working. The Times has reported that vacancies are…

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How are Sniffer Dogs and Security Dogs Trained?

There are a number of standards and accreditations, such as the National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU) to regulate the usage of dogs in security environments.  Below, we take a look at the training that sniffer dogs and security dogs undergo before they’re free for use in the field. A female K-9 security professional with…

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What does the Met Police advise for protecting empty commercial premises?

As empty properties remain extremely vulnerable to illegal entry, theft and damage, the Metropolitan Police has released an 8 point safeguarding guide to help property owners better understand how to reduce the risks. Following this advice should help reduce cost, stress and time involved in dealing with a break-in. Overall, the advice boils down to…

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Energy Market Alert

Following weeks of increased volatility and news this week that British Gas will not be providing contracts for customers over 10GWhs, panic has been felt across the Energy Market with short term supply for Winter 22 still a concern. Markets have shot up with a record trading price of £900p/MWh being seen for November 22…

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How a Security Guard’s Role Has Changed Post-Pandemic

Throughout the UK, security guards are a familiar sight and provide vital services across public, commercial and residential facilities.  Along with significant changes to the ways we travel, live, shop and work, the Coronavirus crisis has also had an extraordinary impact on the role and demand for qualified security personnel. The roles of security guards…

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The best and worst sides of human nature

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”.  Dickens’ famous introduction to the Tale of Two Cities could eerily be describing Britain and the wider world in 2020, rather than only London and Paris in 1789. The country is in turmoil. We continue to see examples of incredible selflessness amongst our…

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How much do security guards cost to hire?

So how much does it cost to hire a security guard? The exact cost of a security guard hire service depends on a number of considerations, however, as an indication, the typical cost of a security guard in the UK can vary widely between £25 to £150 an hour. Some firms will charge hourly rates,…

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How Effective Are Body Temperature Detection Cameras for COVID-19?

Since the world began dealing with the effects of coronavirus on everyday life, there’s been a lot of hype from the media, manufacturers and suppliers about body temperature detection cameras for coronavirus detection. We’re all guilty, to some degree, because these systems can play a significant role in both conveying a sense of security and…

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‘Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink’

Businesses such as large offices, dental practices, hairdressers, beauty salons, offices, pubs, gyms and hotels really need to take action before reopening their premises in order to avoid spreading the Legionella bacteria, says PHE. The guidance says there should be ‘regular flushing’ of water systems to stop bacterial growth, and premises should undertake a detailed…

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INTU administration

Even commercial landlords are struggling from the effects of COVID-19. Intu, the group owning a number of large shopping centres, including the Trafford Centre in Manchester, entered into administration at the end of June. Intu’s financial difficulties were documented long before COVID-19 (with £4.5m of debt last year) , but it is apparent that the…

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Total Rent Shortfall for March Quarter estimated at more than £1.5bn

A report by Property Week has indicated that property investors and institutions have suffered a shortfall of more than £1.5bn in rental income that was due to be collected for the second quarter. Almost a fifth of rent that was due at the March quarter rent day had not been collected 90 days later, according…

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June Quarter Day Commercial Rent Arrears: UPDATE

Amendments to Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) that came into force 24 June until 30 September 2020. Here is what you need to know: Rent and service charges are often paid on the usual Quarter Days in advance. For example the rent due on 24th June is for the period from 24th June to 28th…

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Shoppers line streets as stores reopen

Are you a shop, large business or store owner and have recently opened your doors both the public and employees again?  With lockdown finally being lifted on consumers stores such as top high street brands, queues began snaking around some of Britain’s best-known stores this morning as shoppers sought to take advantage of discounted stock…

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Government confirms: Ban on evictions to be extended by 2 months

All evictions from social, private and commercial landlords save for trespass claims in England and Wales remain suspended until 23 August 2020. KEY POINTS Suspension of evictions from social or private rented accommodation extended by 2 months. New court rules will ensure vulnerable renters will be protected when the suspension of evictions ends. Government committed…

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Unlocking Lockdown – getting business back to normal

Wary, apprehensive, relieved, delighted, distressed, opposed… the views of both business and the public span the spectrum as the country emerges slowly from strange weeks of almost complete hibernation in one of the sunniest and warmest springs in memory and the driest on record. Key workers have obviously been keeping calm and carrying on magnificently…

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New government code of practice relating to commercial tenancies during the COVID-19 pandemic

Extended restrictions relating to commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new government code of practice relating to commercial tenancies during the COVID-19 pandemic has been put in place, find out more here. The government announced on Friday 19th June that the protection from forfeiture given to relevant business tenants under s82 of the Coronavirus…

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Landlords face a gaping hole in their finances

The Times have reported that it is likely that landlords are facing a gaping in hole in their finances when furlough comes to an end. Many buy-to-let landlords across the UK, including in London, have experienced average rents increased in the early months of 2020, with tenants paying £959 a month on average in March,…

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UK Government – Restructuring and Insolvency Law Reforms

On May 20, 2020, the UK Government published its much anticipated draft legislation (the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill) which aims to provide greater opportunities for company survival and better returns for creditors during and after the COVID-19 emergency. The Government intends to ask Parliament to expedite progress of the Bill. If enacted in its…

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Lockdown results in a massive increase in fly-tipping incidents

As lockdown forced many councils to close community household waste recycling centres, incidents of fly-tipping have seen a massive spike in numbers. Just one example, in Wigan, Greater Manchester, a 51% increase in fly-tipping was recorded during the lockdown. In 2019 there were more than a million reports of fly-tipping across the UK, costing UK…

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Government announces roadmap task-forces

The Government have announced that they are putting task-forces in place to plan how closed sectors can reopen safely. The report had advised that five new ministerial-led task-forces have been set up to develop plans for how and when closed sectors can reopen safely, following publication of the UK’s roadmap to rebuild Britain. Businesses and shops…

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Landlords facing 75% fall in retail rent

A report from The Times has suggested that one of Britain’s biggest landlords is preparing for rental payments from retailers to fall by as much as 75% in the next year as tenants default on their dues, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Land Securities has a national portfolio of shopping centres, offices and leisure complexes….

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5 Ways to protect your construction site during lockdown

There is an estimated loss of over £800 million in the UK construction industry from common crime including theft and vandalism every year. These figures are only from those cases that are reported, meaning numbers are most likely higher from unreported thefts and vandalism. The Chartered Institute of Building conducted a survey where 92% of…

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Business rates revaluation postponed

A REVALUATION OF BUSINESS RATES WILL NO LONGER TAKE PLACE IN 2021 TO HELP REDUCE UNCERTAINTY FOR FIRMS AFFECTED BY THE IMPACTS OF CORONAVIRUS. Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has announced that the revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021 to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by the…

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Ryanair: Recovery in air travel

An article in the Financial Times has reported that Ryanair will not return to flying if middle-seats must be kept empty. The low-cost airline have warned that it would not return too flying if the government insisted that planes leave their middle seat empty when travel restrictions are lifted following the coronavirus pandemic in the United…

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Over 500,000+ UK Companies in Financial Distress

A recent survey from redflaghalert has suggest that there has been a significant increase in businesses experiencing critical distress; 2,289 companies are now in this category. Between Q4 2019 and Q1 2020, the increases in certain sectors have been dramatic: Bars and restaurants: +37% Real estate and property: +21% Construction: +11% Retail: +8% Manufacturing: +8%…

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Travelling caravans and illegal encampments – not in my back yard

With so many unused car parks, pubs, retail sites and abandoned areas of open land, the incidents of illegal encampments continue to grow across the UK. Since the country has been in lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, a rise in the number of unauthorised sites, particularly on authority-owned land, has been reported. As many…

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The Taking Control of Goods and (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 – CRAR Update

THE GOVERNMENT HAVE AMENDED THE TAKING CONTROL OF GOODS AND (AMENDMENT) (CORONAVIRUS) REGULATIONS 2020 AND CAME INTO FORCE FROM THE 25TH APRIL AND WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE DURATION OF THE CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS. The Government is increasing the minimum amount of rent that must be due before CRAR may be used, to provide businesses…

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Key services available from Clearway under COVID-19

During this time of unprecedented disruption, Clearway remain available to act across both debt and property service requirements. Below is a quick summary of where we can provide support and guidance. COMMERCIAL RENT ARREARS RECOVERY (CRAR) Can I instruct Clearway? Yes Clearway Comment On 23/4 the government announced they will be introducing new legislation to…

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A detailed picture of COVID-19’s affect on rent collection

According to a recent survey by Remit Consulting, reported exclusively by Property Week, less than half the rent due on March quarter day was paid on the day. Just 48% of rent due was paid on March quarter day in comparison to last year’s 79%, increasing to 57% seven days later versus 90% in March…

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Coronavirus lockdown sees huge rise in fly-tipping across UK

An ITV report has found that there has been a huge spike in fly-tipping in some parts of the UK during the coronavirus lockdown. The Countryside Alliance reports a 300% rise in fly-tipping in some areas after local authorities closed recycling centres amid the Covid-19 crisis leaving people taking this time to clear out unwanted items and having nowhere…

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Clearway Coronavirus Plan

WE KNOW THAT OUR CLIENTS WILL BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND HOW THIS WILL IMPACT ON UK BUSINESSES. Start the process today with our experienced Recovery Account Managers provide industry leading advice to landlords and property agents across the UK. For example, we are aware that the press is reporting that…

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Thieves and vandals are targeting temporarily closed business properties across the UK during the Coronavirus lockdown

As businesses around the country follow new lockdown rules and close for the foreseeable future, the risk to owners of all unoccupied properties grows greater day by day. We thought it might happen but, when it did, the rapid closures were sudden and caught most retailers and hospitality outlets on the hop. Having to shut-up…

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Body Temperature Detection System

With Coronavirus spreading like wildfire, how do you test large numbers of people for heightened body temperature as an indicator of the likelihood of infection?  Businesses are creaking under the strain of unprecedented restrictions on the movement of people since Coronavirus changed everything about the way we live and work. However, many companies and organisations…

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Void and Vacant Property Checklist

A GROWING PROTECTION NEED With the current COVID-19 crisis increasing its grip and the inevitable and the consequences for normal daily life and the economy we continue to see a growing number of business closures and movement to remote working. In turn this is resulting in an increasing number of temporarily vacant or void properties….

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Burglars target shops and pubs in ghost town centres

Your options for protecting void and vacant properties. One of the unfortunate consequences of the current COVID-19 outbreak is that, either due to commercial realities or instruction from the government, many companies have had to permanently or temporarily close their doors to business. This creates even more potential headaches for both business owners and landlords…

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March Quarter Rents Action Alert

A RAPIDLY DECLINING OUTLOOK More than half a million UK companies were in financial distress before the coronavirus crisis began. Distressed companies increased 3% to 506,946 in the first quarter of this year, according to figures from Begbies Taylor. The property sector is most at risk of insolvency, with a 15% year-on-year increase. Sports and…

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Commercial Rents March Quarter Day: Business As Usual?

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? Though we are in unprecedented times and many businesses are likely to suffer significant financial pressures in the short term whilst the government rolls out its planned support measures, we are all faced with trying to maintain normality as best we can in the circumstances. We might reasonably expect that by…

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Commercial Rent Arrears

In these unprecedented and challenging times the health and wellbeing of us all is rightly everyone’s key concern. However, set against this is the inevitable need to maintain a level of commercial focus and plot a way through the various pieces of guidance that are currently being issued and, in some cases, creating a level…

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Metal Theft – what you don’t know

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 was meant to solve the widespread problem of metal theft from buildings. For a while, it did. Now metal theft is massively on the increase again. Metal thieves have caused misery to property owners whether it’s through stolen lead from roofs, stolen railway cable causing delays and cancellations, or…

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What is the Tort (Interference with Goods) Act 1977?

Landlords must act in accordance with the Tort (Interference with Goods) Act 1977 when dealing with any goods left behind by tenants. Any landlords that dispose of or sell goods left behind by a tenant without following the correct procedure as laid out by the Tort Act 1977 could find themselves liable for damages. As…

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Clearway Sponsors Westerham Under 7s Football Club

We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to provide two complete new sets of kit for Westerham JFC under 7s Wolves. Being able to support the club’s excellent work was too good an opportunity to pass up and we are very happy to be involved. Myself, Gary and everyone else at Westerham JFC,…

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What is forfeiture of lease by peaceable re-entry?

IF a COMMERCIAL TENANT STOPS PAYING RENT, THEN YOU MAY BE ABLE TO FORFEIT THEIR LEASE BY PEACEABLE RE-ENTRY. Commercial tenants who stop paying rent can cost landlords dearly if not dealt with swiftly and efficiently. A landlord’s right to re-enter a commercial property and forfeit the lease offers them some security as it allows…

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What are tenant trace investigations?

If your tenant has vanished into thin air whilst still owing rent, then a trace investigation may be able to help to locate them. A disappearing tenant can cause a landlord all kinds of problems. Not only can it leave the landlord faced with outstanding debts, the tenant is also still the legal occupant of…

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How to handle a service charge dispute

Service charge disputes can be costly and time-consuming if not handled efficiently. Landlords have a responsibility to maintain the condition of all their residential and commercial properties. They may be able to recoup some of the costs of doing so by issuing tenants with service charges. There are however several rules and regulations surrounding what…

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What is bad debt mediation?

Before taking a debtor to court over an outstanding payment, you may wish to consider bad debt mediation. Businesses that struggle to collect payments from their debtors can find themselves at risk of running into serious financial difficulties. Unfortunately, in today’s uncertain financial climate, many businesses are finding themselves facing cash flow problems due to…

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SMEs waited double as long to be paid in 2019 compared to 2018

SMEs were left waiting up to 23 days longer than agreed for invoices to be paid in 2019, compared to just 12 days later in 2018, according to a report by MarketFinance Insights. The UK’s small businesses are being put under huge financial strain as debtors leave them waiting longer and longer for invoices to…

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Is the debt owed to you substantial enough to take to court?

When deciding what action to take against a non-paying customer, it’s important to consider the size of the debt. Late payments and bad debts cause headaches for businesses of all shapes and sizes. As well as being time-consuming and frustrating to chase, late and non-paying customers can also cause businesses serious cash flow problems. If…

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