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Finding the right premises and effectively managing property are important for businesses of all sizes. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing news and guidance.

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The unknown unknown
How commercial property tenants can protect themselves from costs arising from inherent defects.

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SME guide to energy efficiency
Advice from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to help your business become more energy efficient, with ideas, case studies and tips to start reducing bills today. Topics covered include heating, lighting, office equipment and production equipment.

Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

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Disclaimer: These articles from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.


Briefings are four-page guides from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Buying premises


Buying freehold or long leasehold business premises gives you control over one of your major financial investments. As an owner-occupier, you can stay in the premises for as long as you wish. If need be, you can raise money through selling, taking out an additional mortgage or letting part of the premises.

Find premises for your business


Choosing the right premises is a major decision for many businesses. The right location can be critical for attracting customers and employees, while the premises themselves can significantly influence productivity.

Find the right premises for growth


If you expect your business to grow quickly, it can be difficult to get suitable premises for your needs. Though you may not need much space now, the situation could be very different in 12 or 18 months' time.

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Online articles

The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. This resource is available to ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

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Opinion: Talk of land price rises is 'hogwash'

Stephen Carr reports on a downward trend in farmland prices. Most likely causes are the potential for a loss of access to the EU's internal food market, adverse trade tariffs on UK food exports, and a decreased level of UK farm subsidy once Britain has left the EU. But, as he explains, there are other less obvious factors.

Keep the tourists coming

Global tourism continues to have a powerful economic impact on US outlet shopping centres, which use a variety of marketing techniques and incentives to attract big-spending international shoppers.

REIT industry has lackluster board diversity

New report finds the real estate investment trust (REIT) industry is lagging behind in improving gender diversity on UK and US boards.

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Useful links

British Property Federation (BPF) 
The professional body representing the UK property industry provides information for commercial landlords and investors, including the BPF IPD Annual Lease Review report.

Small business property hub (RICS) 
Guidance from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) covering a wide range of topics, including planning permission, business rates and valuations.

Code for Leasing Business Premises 
The Code for Leasing Business Premises in England and Wales 2007 represents owners and occupiers, particularly in small business. Resources on the website include an Occupier Guide, Model Heads of Terms and supplemental briefing notes on environmental good practice.

An independent website providing businesses with free information, guides, calculators and checklists for a successful office move.

A non-departmental public body (NDPB) providing free advice on the law affecting residential leasehold property in England and Wales. Includes a practitioners directory and guides on the core issues that affect leasehold property, written by professional legal advisers.

Renting a business property: tenant responsibilities 
GOV.UK government guidance on the health and safety responsibilities of companies renting business properties.

Small Business Retail Lease 
An example short-term lease for high street retail property produced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). A sample Heads of Terms document and guides for tenants and advisors are also available.

SME guide to energy efficiency
Advice from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to help your business become more energy efficient. Topics covered include heating, lighting, office equipment and production equipment, with case studies from businesses which used these methods to save money.

Articles and books in the Library collection

Click on the links below to see our catalogue record and holdings for each book or article. To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please contact us or see our guide to book loans.

Negotiating a tax-efficient new lease 
Tips and Advice - Tax, 23 January 2014. p.3
Looks at some tax-efficient options for tenants wanting to renew or sign a new commercial property lease.

Commercial property 
(College of Law, 2016)
A comprehensive and systematic guide to the principles of landlord and tenant law.

Capital allowances for business property: a guide for owners 
(Claritax, 2013)
The aim of this book is to help proprietors and their managers to understand the key points they need to know about capital allowances. Reflects the changes introduced in 2012 and those that are expected to apply from 2014.

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