There has arguably never been a more exciting time for the North of England. The Northern Powerhouse agenda continues to grow in force and importance in the light of the BREXIT decision and the recent confirmation of the HS2 routes shows how its momentum is set to create change and opportunity in the years ahead.

In this issue of Perspective, we look at how the retail sector is changing and linking ever more closely with leisure. A review of the central Leeds market highlights the opportunities of the South Bank area and we look at the burgeoning Build to Rent (PRS) sector. Our specialist markets teams highlight the strength in their sectors and we consider the supply shortage in the industrial and logistics market in the region. There is also a focus on the Sheffield City Region and a look at the impact of the rating revaluation and construction cost changes.

There is little doubt that 2016 has been a year of surprise decisions and 2017 will be the year when we begin to see their effect. We believe it will be a year of opportunity in our regional property market, if you know where to look, and we look forward to working with you to secure a positive and prosperous year for us all.