Category: News

Property Investment & UK General Election 2019 – Preview

Property Investment & UK General Election 2019 – Preview As the UK heads to the polls, we preview where the main parties stand on key housing issues – and what property investors need to know. On Thursday 12th December 2019, the UK will hold a general election. For the second time in two and a half years, the British public will cast their vote... Read more »

Manchester to Shanghai Direct Flight Route Announced

A Juneyao Air plane taking off from a runway. The airline has just announced the opening of a new direct flight route between Shanghai and Manchester, which city leaders hope will help to drive economic growth in Manchester and the North of England.

The new route, launched by Juneyao Air, is hailed by business leaders as a huge economic boost for Manchester and the north of England. Summary: For the first time, a new direct flight route between Manchester and Shanghai has been announced Starting from March 2020, Juneyao Air will operate three flights a week between China’s… Read more »

Affinity Living Embankment West Wins Big at National Property Awards

Gareth Marshall, Kristen Lee-Mottershead and Giles Beswick from Select Property Group holding the award for Residential High-rise Development UK at the 19/20 UK Property Awards. They are holding the award in front of the official UK Property Awards signage at the ceremony held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 25th October 2019. The award was given to Select Property Group's Affinity Living Embankment West project in Manchester. Select Property Group's project in Manchester city centre scooped the Residential High-rise Development UK prize at the 2019/20 UK Property Awards at a prestigious ceremony in central London. The project forms part of a wider neighbourhood of regeneration located on the former site of Manchester Exchange station. The Embankment neighbourhood will become the gateway to... Read more »

Manchester Economic Growth Larger Than UK and European Union

Aerial view looking down on Spinningfields and Deansgate in Manchester city centre. The shot captures some of the main financial glass buildings in Spinningfields, as well as looking down Deansgate towards the north of the city.

New research highlights the pace of growth in Manchester amid surging demand for real estate in the city from investors around the world. Summary: Annual GVA growth levels in the UK and European Union are being recorded in Manchester every quarter It’s just one of several findings in new economic research for the city, which… Read more »

Manchester City Centre Population Has Increased 185% in 15 Years

Market Street in Manchester city, busy with people shopping. The population of Manchester continues to rise.

The population of Manchester is also expected to rise to 600,000 in the next two years, as the city’s council outlines a range of economic statistics and projections in its annual State of the City report. Summary: Over 19,000 more people live in Manchester’s two most central city centre wards today compared with 2004 The… Read more »

Vita Student in £600 Million Institutional Sale

Exterior of Vita Student Edinburgh. This was one of the residences purchased by asset management fund DWS as part of a £600 million deal. The deal, struck with asset management fund DWS, underlines the strength of the UK’s leading PBSA brand, and is also a huge vote of confidence in the UK’s student property sector.   Vita Group, Select Property Group’s sister company, has completed the sale of eight Vita Student residences to asset management fund DWS Group for... Read more »

UK Student Property: Visa Reforms Reversed for International Students

Student graduation ceremony at a UK university. Overseas students are now permitted to remain in the UK for up to two years following the completion of their studies, with the new proposals praised for helping to support the development of the world's brightest talent and the positive impact on the UK economy.

Overseas students are now permitted to remain in the UK for up to two years following the completion of their studies, with the new proposals praised for helping to support the development of the world’s brightest talent and the positive impact on the UK economy.   Summary: The Home Office has reversed 2012 reforms to… Read more »

Manchester Once Again Ranked UK’s Number One City to Live In

Aerial view over Manchester city centre. Manchester has been rated as the UK's best city to live in on the 2019 Global Liveability Survey.

For another year, Manchester is the highest-ranking UK city on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Global Liveability Survey, once more outperforming London. It underlines the continued demand to live and work in Manchester city centre. Summary: Manchester was 38th on the 2019 Global Liveability Survey, the highest-ranking city in the UK The worldwide research rates… Read more »