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Vanessa Penn

About Vanessa Penn

Vanessa Penn was formerly Director of Commercial Agency for Countrywide Commercial, Bradford & Bingley and Douglas Duff part of Erinaceous Plc. Vanessa now runs her own agency Penn Commercial located in Ipswich, Suffolk www.penncommercial.co.uk. Penn Commercial boasts a number of local, regional and national clients and has formed an excellent and loyal client base.

Unintended consequences of shops’ business rates relief – June 2017

We’re not alone in believing that the business rates relief on offer to high street charity shops, and the threshold below which business rates are not paid, is distorting the commercial property market. It’s a story that we hear from … Continue reading

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When derelict buildings go to blazes – May 2017

The first May Bank Holiday weekend saw a major fire on the outskirts of Ipswich. The crews of four fire engines fought a 14-hour battle to get a blaze under control in what is a built-up area off Hadleigh Road. … Continue reading

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New plans for Ipswich’s Cornhill unveiled April 2017

Plans for the regeneration of the hub of Ipswich’s town centre – the Cornhill – have now been revealed. Following a long consultation process, the views of the public and the experts have been taken into account and a new … Continue reading

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World class architects lined up to design Ipswich bridges – March 2017

The architectural practice headed by Sir Norman Foster, creator of some of the world’s most highly acclaimed modern buildings, has been appointed to design three bridges over the river Orwell in Ipswich. It’s not the team’s first foray into the … Continue reading

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Small business rate relief is a game changer – December 2016

Every five years or so, the Government adjusts the value of business rates to reflect changes in the property market. It’s due to happen again in 2017 in England, Scotland and Wales. (There are no plans for Northern Ireland yet.) … Continue reading

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As energy efficiency standards deadline approaches: are you ready? – October 2016

We don’t like to scaremonger but… If the property you own isn’t very energy efficient, then time is very definitely running out for you to sort it out! The Energy Act of 2011 set out the demands: by April 2018 … Continue reading

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Priory House, Friars Bridge Rd, Ipswich: 5 storey office building to let/for sale – August 2016

An attractive and modern building, offering 5 floors of accommodation plus onsite car parking, in the heart of Ipswich’s commercial district is to let from £7.50 per sq ft or for sale through Penn Commercial. No 2 Friars Bridge Road, … Continue reading

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Brexit: I wasn’t expecting that… July 2016

The news we woke up to on June 24th was not what most expected. It means that the summer of 2016 will be the subject of history books and analysis for years to come. Whatever the outcome, whatever our personal … Continue reading

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Ipswich: a town for all seasons – June 2016

Let it be said, first and foremost, that I like Ipswich. Fair enough, many people complain about its lack of decent shops, a lack of joined up thinking about connecting town centre with waterfront, and the disastrous thinking of the … Continue reading

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Ipswich’s Mint Quarter is no longer flavour of the decade(s) February 2016

The Cloisters, the Mint Quarter, call it what you will. Plans for a massive redevelopment of the area of Ipswich bounded by Upper Brook Street, Carr Street and Tacket Street are now dead as the dodo. It must be 20 … Continue reading

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