Welcome to the Spring 2015 edition of IN_business.

With the renaissance of UK regional cities, there are strong performance prospects for property outside London. Articles in this edition on regional investment across the commercial real estate sectors, and the sunny prospects for UK regional hotels, provide encouraging evidence for those broadening their asset mix in the country’s investment landscape.

We also investigate two key issues for those investing anywhere in the UK market: the government’s upcoming review of Business Rates, and property occupiers’ changing attitudes to sustainability.

Manchester’s emergence as a Northern powerhouse is confirmed by our IN_terview with Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council providing some exclusive insights on devolution and the Council’s vision for the future of the city.

In Birmingham we hear about the Paradise scheme, the city centre’s first major speculative office development for over seven years and look at the management challenges of the nearby Cube project.

And finally, we feature the CBRE Women’s Network as it celebrates its tenth anniversary and ten years of progress towards gender equality in the property industry.