How often should commercial fire alarms be tested?
Employers, businesses, and commercial property owners have several legal obligations related to fire safety, many of which were introduced as part of The Fire Safety Act 2005. How often should commercial fire alarms be tested? Fire alarms in any commercial building should be tested weekly. The regulations say that a company should appoint somebody as…Read more
What is keyholding?
Keyholding means just that – your contracted security provider holds keys to your property, including any alarm codes or entry fobs required to gain access if there is an emergency, such as a security alarm, fire alarm or attempted intrusion. Clearway keyholding ensures that a trained, reliable team of security personnel can address issues, respond…Read more
How to secure a wind farm
As the government looks for new ways to reduce carbon emissions and secure energy reliance from Russia and other countries, wind farms have begun to spring up around the British countryside. This renewable energy source is perfectly suited to remote rural areas, particularly where flatter land and higher rates of natural wind allow for convenient,…Read more
What is manned guarding?
Manned guarding is a blanket term that describes having certified security guards physically present at your site or premises – although that can cover a broad range of duties, responsibilities and security activities. The visible presence of uniformed security guards is an extremely effective way of safeguarding your business or property from theft or damage,…Read more
What is a property inspection?
Property inspections are a valuable yet cost-effective way to retain a regular oversight of empty, vacant and void units and buildings. With the right empty property security provisions in place, many empty properties may not require continued on-site surveillance, particularly if you have robust security screens and alarm monitoring that preclude any criminal intrusions from…Read more
Types of Concrete Barrier Explained
Concrete barriers are an effective solution for owners and managers of land, work sites, commercial properties, vacant buildings, and industrial units who need to ensure there are no unsupervised vehicular entry points. But what are the different types of concrete barriers and how is each type used? Concrete barriers can be used in a variety…Read more
How Much Do Concrete Barriers Weigh?
Concrete barrier blocks are a versatile, straightforward physical safety and security measure available in various configurations. Our concrete barriers weigh anything from 1200kg to 2500kg per block and are capable of withstanding heavy impacts, including traffic collisions. The weight and strength of dense interlocked or stacked concrete blocks mean they cannot be moved or shifted…Read more
A surge in demand for manned guards – can technology help?
The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has warned of a critical shortage of licensed security officers, with 62,000 new professionals required within the next year to cater to increasing demand to protect businesses, organisations and sites. Experienced, trained security personnel are essential to thousands of companies and public sector property managers, providing an integral part of…Read more
Getting Smart About Your Security – Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Physical Security
Artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t confined to digital ecosystems and online security; it is a valuable asset in physical security protocols. It can transform how businesses and site owners monitor, control and safeguard their sites and properties. Security systems can become faster, responsive and more intelligent, with cost-efficiencies gained by integrating digital solutions that detect and…Read more
The Rise in Solar Panels Thefts – Protecting Your Solar Farm
Renewable energy is a trending topic at present, driven partially by the need for sustainable, environmentally-friendly energy production but also by soaring energy prices that have made conventional utilities prohibitively expensive. Solar panels, outdoor wind farms and hydroelectric plants are becoming increasingly popular. The larger the facility, the greater the efficiencies and green credentials, with…Read more
The Rising Costs of Construction: And How Clearway Can Help
It will come as no surprise to contractors, developers and construction site managers that costs are rising – and the recent report in Construction News bears this out. Among the headline statistics, material costs have risen to a 40-year high over the last 24 months, structural steel is 26% more expensive, and further increases of 2.5% and…Read more
Arbitration ends and forfeiture in Wales returns to normal.
We can confirm that the government restrictions during the pandemic period have now ended. Arbitration ended midnight 23rd September 2022. If you did not use the arbitration process: If you have not taken advantage of the arbitration process to recover ‘ringfenced rent arrears’ accrued during the pandemic, the deadline to do so has now passed…Read more
Petrol Theft Increases: How to Protect Your Outdoor Spaces, Car Parks and Machinery
Prices at the pump have continued to remain high after the fuel crisis earlier in the summer of 2022. Added to the current cost of living crisis, reports of surges in fuel-related thefts, illegal entry and damage to outdoor facilities, as well as thefts from parking areas and industrial machinery continue to cause concern. The Office…Read more
Analysing Retail Sales & Managing Voids
UK retail sales returned to growth in July, following 3 months of consecutive declines. The strong summer sunshine over the month, peaking in the mid-month heatwave gave demand a boost, led both Food and Non-Food to see growth for the first time since December to 2.3%. Vacancy rates continued to travel in the right direction,…Read more
Is crime rising in the UK? Is it time to rethink your security strategy?
As is true to recent form in the UK, crime rates are on the rise according to several high profile reports. The Office for National Statistics reported that “overall, 6.7 million crimes were recorded in the year ending September 2023 compared with 6.6 million in the year ending September 2022.” So are crime rates rising?…Read more
Protection for all with new PPE detection solution from Clearway Technology
Clearway Technology, with partner Loci-Labs, has developed a new automated AI powered edge and cloud-based PPE detection service which can be deployed with its range of rapidly deployable Technology Towers or via clients’ existing IP CCTV systems. Understand Health and Safety breaches and detect risks with real-time detection and notification to Clearway’s cloud-based analytics platform…Read more
Clearway Technology wins Transport Technology category at LCRIG Innovation Festival
Clearway Technology has won the Transport Technology category at the inaugural Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) Innovation Festival and will now receive support to develop the technology further and facilitate a trial of its range of operative wearable safety recording devices on a local authority network. As a new provider to the highways sector…Read more
Clearway helps Forest Traffic Services secure high profile site in Wokingham for Milestone Infrastructure
Clearway, an experienced UK-wide security services provider, was recently engaged through Forest Traffic Services Ltd to secure a high profile site in the Wokingham Borough for Milestone Infrastructure. The site was the £6.8 million project at Winnersh Triangle Park and Ride, Bracknell. The works included increasing the number of parking spaces by a hundred to…Read more
How to Secure an Abandoned Building
An abandoned building is a substantial risk to a community – and is a more serious consideration than vacant or unoccupied premises that remain under the owner’s control. Where there isn’t a specified owner and a building has been left to decay, the threat of infestations, criminal activity and fly-tipping amplifies many times over. In…Read more
UK Industry 2019 – 2022
The hospitality and retail sectors bore the brunt of lockdown: restrictions on table sizes, social distancing rules and cancelled sports events threatened its survival. A severe reduction in international tourism accelerated this impending crisis for many hotels and retail shops. However, data supplied by the Local Data Company shows that the leisure sector remained resilient…Read more
Vacant Rental Units: UK Government Commits to New Scheme
The UK government has announced a controversial new scheme – and although it’s only a draft proposal at the moment, it’s a potential game-changer for commercial landlords with empty units. The idea, part of the Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill, was published last month and includes a rental auction system whereby property owners with unoccupied retail…Read more
What Exactly is a Derelict Building?
Empty buildings that have fallen into disrepair are often sold at extremely competitive prices, usually at property auctions, and can be an attractive renovation project or investment asset. There are countless reasons a building might be deemed derelict, but the specific conditions matter when you need to find appropriate insurance coverage. If you’re interested in…Read more
Unoccupied properties vs vacant properties – what is the difference?
Although we might use the terms ‘vacant’ and ‘unoccupied’ interchangeably, they are not the same from an insurance perspective – and you need to know the difference if you own or manage any empty building! In this article we look at the difference between an unoccupied property and a vacant property for landlords and insurance…Read more
Which City Has The Most Vacant Properties?
A recent insurance survey has reported the staggering number of empty homes in London – equal to nearly 90,000 unoccupied sites, worth £130 billion to the owners. Although the capital has the most vacant homes of any location in the UK, this statistic isn’t limited to London. Hundreds of thousands of sites without tenants pose…Read more
The Clearway Group appoints Ronnie Coutts as UK Managing Director
The Clearway Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Ronnie Coutts MBE MA as UK Managing Director. The UK Group is formed of three business units – Clearway Services, Clearway Technology and Clearway Debt Squared with headquarters in London. Clearway is a leading commercial security services provider specialising in securing vulnerable properties, sites and assets….Read more
Vacancy Rates by Location
All Locations See Vacancy Improvements according to a report from The Local Data Company. While in Q4 no shopping locations saw an increase in vacancy rates since the start of the pandemic, Q1 2022 saw a decrease in vacancy rates for each location. Retail Parks continue to record the strongest results, not only in terms…Read more
Material Delays Increasing Demand for Security Measures
Vacant property security has always been crucial, with the risks of materials theft, illegal trespass, vandalism and squatters an ever-present threat to empty dwellings. However, extreme material shortages have put further pressure on property owners and commercial landlords and construction projects, resulting in huge price rises and a corresponding spike in thefts. There is widespread…Read more
The Clearway Group is delighted to announce the acquisition of Sitewatch Fire and Surveillance Ltd
The Clearway Group enhances its service capability through the addition of specialist fire and security technology business. Headquartered in London, Clearway is a leading commercial security services provider specialising in securing vulnerable properties, sites and assets. The Group delivers solutions that are tailored to their customers’ needs, utilising an extensive range of specialist services…Read more
The Clearway Group appoints Simon Waterfall as General Manager for its new Highways Division
The Clearway Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Waterfall as General Manager (Highways), who will take overall responsibility for the company’s development in the highways sector. Mr Waterfall joins Clearway after spending the last few years with highways and transport solutions provider Clearview Intelligence where he held the position of Client Relationship…Read more
Empty Commercial Property – Things to Consider
The volume of unoccupied business premises in the UK has risen sharply, primarily due to companies relocating or switching to a remote work structure following the pandemic. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to retain your site value and preserve the integrity of the structure, whilst preparing it for a new tenant or…Read more
Utilities and Water Rates on Empty Properties
With ever-increasing energy prices, it’s essential for landlords, commercial owners and investors to keep up to speed with the costs of paying for utilities for their empty properties. As the vacant property experts, the Clearway team has compiled this short guide to recap everything you need to know, with a few pointers about avoiding unnecessary…Read more
Securing Self-Storage: How to Secure Your Storage Units
A recent update from the Self-Storage Association indicates that organised crime groups are targeting self-storage facilities, particularly those without adequate security, leaving valuables exposed to theft. This guide includes advice for all self-storage companies, highlighting the key threats you should safeguard against and the best security features available to protect your customers, staff, property, business…Read more
Buying a vacant property checklist
If you’re a property developer and you’re planning on buying a vacant property to renovate, there are a couple of things you’ll need to bear in mind before making the purchase. Unlike buying a property that is already occupied or ready to be occupied, a vacant property will require lots of work, renovation and financial…Read more
Landlord guides: What is an empty home premium?
If you’re currently the owner of an empty house, you might be wondering if you’re still supposed to pay council tax on your property. Not only do you have to pay council tax, but you’ll be liable for what’s known as an ‘empty house premium’ alongside your regular council tax bill. While the premium varies…Read more
How to find the owner of an abandoned empty property? 5 Ways
If you’re a landlord looking to invest in an empty or abandoned property, one of the most difficult parts of the process might be finding the initial property owner. In this article, we explain some of the most trusted methods you should try for finding the owner of abandoned property. The faster you find the…Read more
Does a landlord have to pay business rates on an empty property?
If you own commercial property that is currently sitting empty, you might be asking yourself – do I have to pay business rates on an empty property? Unfortunately for UK property owners, having your commercial property empty will not make you exempt from paying business rates. You’ll be liable for business rates within the first…Read more
Does a landlord have to pay council tax on an empty property?
If you’re the owner or landlord of a residential property which is currently empty, you might be wondering – do you have to pay council tax on an empty property? Despite a few exceptions, most landlords will be liable for the council tax on empty properties. In this article, we’ll explain the government regulations on…Read more
The Clearway Group appoints a new Group Sales Director
The Clearway Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Revell to UK Group Sales Director, taking overall responsibility for the growth leadership of all of its UK business units. Clearway operates as a market leader in vacant property services and asset protection including security, CCTV, monitoring and debt management and recovery via Clearway…Read more
What is the definition of a vacant property?
If you’re considering buying an empty property to invest in, or if you own a second home that you’re not occupying, knowing what constitutes a “vacant property” is important when it comes to aspects like insurance and tax. In this article, we outline what constitutes a vacant property, the difference between vacant property and unoccupied…Read more
What is a risk assessment in construction?
Construction risk assessments are all about identifying potential workplace hazards, assigning responsibility, and assessing the correct steps to mitigate or remove those risks. Building sites have a unique set of potential hazards. A comprehensive risk assessment is crucial, ensuring the workforce can go about their daily tasks without any undue exposure to injury or accident….Read more
What should I do with utilities when a house or commercial property is vacant?
Knowing the right way to manage utilities serving a vacant property isn’t always obvious. It might be inconvenient (and expensive) to disconnect essential services if you’re unsure when the property will be required or when a new tenant will move in. Firstly, leaving utilities on is sometimes better than turning them off if you’re looking…Read more
Dome Vs Bullet Cameras – which are better?
Protecting your business, especially empty sites and premises, is vital to reduce common risks such as plant theft, break ins, fly-tipping and vandalism. These security breaches can be particularly costly for your business. One of the best ways to have eyes on your business around the clock is by installing commercial cctv cameras on and…Read more
Manned Guarding Vs Technology – Which is more effective?
A construction site presents numerous opportunities for costly criminal activity. The building or refurbishment of a property requires a considerable number of resources for any given site – and with increased resources comes a high number of risks such as theft, trespassing and vandalism to name just a few. Additionally, the duration and complexity of…Read more
Do security cameras deter crime?
No matter where you run your business, security is vital. If your business premises are located in an urban area or somewhere with a high crime rate, you will ideally want to deter potential criminals. Even in rural areas, certain crimes may go unnoticed without effective security. The best-case scenario is crime prevention. However, if…Read more
How many vacant properties are there in the UK?
The UK housing crisis continues to worsen, as widely reported in the media. Yet, a baffling correlation exists between the volume of vacant properties and increasing housing demand that has spurred the government to call on private developers to help. One of the key frustrations is that so many empty homes could be repurposed with…Read more
Benefits of employing a property management service
Keeping up-to-date with legislation Rental properties are subject to an increasing amount of legislation and as a landlord you have responsibilities towards your tenants that you simply can’t afford to ignore. As well as gas safety checks, electrical systems checks, fire safety regulations, Legionnaire’s Disease checks and legislation, maintenance and repairs, your tenants’ deposits must…Read more
The benefits of professional property management
Professional management will optimise property assets to deliver maximum performance and return on investment. have you heard of our all encompassing property management service? If you are thinking about investing into property, or are already the landlord of a commercial or residential premises or portfolio, you may be wondering whether you should engage the services…Read more
How to protect a vacant property – combining physical and technical solutions
Vacant properties are regular targets for criminal activity, whether it’s an empty residential rental or a commercial unit between tenants. The presence of valuable raw materials and running utilities combined with easy access can cost landlords and property owners thousands in repairing vandalism, evicting squatters and replacing stolen fixtures, roof tiles and copper piping. Fortunately, there…Read more
Options for Landlords following lifting of moratorium
Following the lifting of this years’ moratorium on forfeiture for commercial rent arrears, many landlords are once again able to use various methods in order either regain possession or recoup what they owe from tenants. Whilst many landlords may be eager to press ahead with their chosen strategy, it is important to note that the…Read more
Is fuel theft set to rise following the ban on Red Diesel?
For most companies, the usage of red diesel will be a thing of the past come April 2022 should they want to avoid incurring fines. The rules are changing meaning that the use of red diesel will be limited to: Vehicles in the agricultural sector Those powering non-commercial heating systems Vehicles used in the railway…Read more
Shop Vacancy Rates Update
UK shop vacancy rate declined to 14.4% in the final quarter of 2020. This was the first time that the number of shuttered shops fell since the start of 2018. According to the figures from the British Retail Consortium and Local Data Company, this was 0.1 percentage points below the third quarter level and 0.7…Read more
What Is A PTZ Camera?
Protecting your commercial premises is essential in order to keep your business and its assets secure. Theft and vandalism are two threats faced every day that cause significant inconvenience and financial loss. Therefore, it is of the highest priority to have in place a robust security system to watch over your business at all times,…Read more
What are break clauses in leases?
If a tenant wishes to bring a lease to a premature end, one option is to exercise a break clause which is often contained in both commercial and residential leases. Break clauses serve as crucial provisions in lease agreements, offering flexibility for both landlords and tenants in the UK property market. Whether circumstances change or…Read more
Minimum EPC rating set to rise in 2025
Minimum EPC rating set to rise in 2025 – what do landlords need to know? Much has been said about carbon emissions and achieving net-zero as of late, with the Government proposing new EPC regulations that will change the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in 2025. The changes demonstrate the direction of travel regarding energy performance…Read more