Relocation Insights


Relocating talent to the UK in 2018?

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We relocate talent all over the UK, and in our opinion it is one of the greatest and most diverse places to live and work in the world, although this opinion might seem a bit bias as our head office is based here!

There is so much to see and explore and no relocation company knows it quite like we do, so who else would you choose to help relocate your most valuable assets?

CLR have been moving people from all over the world to the UK for years and we’re passionate about what we do. We work as an extension of your HR team supporting you and your assignee every step of the way.

But what about the children?

Relocating children can be difficult, so it’s important to get them settled in to a new school as soon as possible. Now, it’s likely that the schooling system in the UK is different to what you’re used to, and this can throw a bit of a spanner in the works, never fear, CLR are here to help! Our consultants know the UK schooling system like the backs of their hands, as well as the Heads of School in most of the schools, colleges and universities in the UK, so you’ll have insider knowledge of the most suitable place for your children, meaning everyone can get settled as soon as they arrive.

Let us move you…

Because CLR are exclusively a relocation consultancy we help look after the entire moving process.

Our destination services and move management team take care of all the property sourcing and moving needs, including real estate negotiations and the shipping of belongings.

It’s most likely that your employee will require a visa to live and work in the UK, and if they have a family, they’ll need one too. No problem, we’ll help and advise on all the required permits, and with our legal partner we can lease with the relevant authorities on the assignees behalf to make applying for visas is as stress free as it can be!

Supporting HR and beyond

As we said before, think of CLR as an extension of your HR team. We don’t churn people through on a conveyor belt, each client we work with has different needs, and we tailor our offerings to meet them. There’s no wedging of square pegs into round holes here, we are the relocation people that genuinely care and that’s why our clients use us year after year.

We love what we do, helping companies to grow and expand in new territories by moving talent across the globe is, for us, just the best thing! So why not contact us today and talk to the genuine relocation people.

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What will the London property market look like in 2018?

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The UK property market never fails to keep us all on tenterhooks. Market trends and behaviour can swing from one end of the spectrum to the other in the blink of an eye. 2017 saw the property sector standing strong in the face of the uncertainty that is Brexit, first-time buyers rejoiced as stamp duty was axed, and demand for housing took centre-stage in parliament.

So, as we enter 2018 we’ve put together a list of our top housing market predictions for the year.

  1. House building will be a priority

From 2016-2017 housebuilding increased by around 20%, bringing it back to pre-financial crisis numbers. Net migration fell during 2017, with many EU nationals choosing to return to their native countries in the wake of Brexit. This, alongside an uplift in construction of new build homes means 2018 should be the year where supply and demand begin to make serious strides towards balance.

  1. Inflated rents grind to a halt

As well as a ban on agency letting fees (due to take effect later this year), Landlords have found it difficult to justify an increase in rental prices. In London, the average rent fell in 2017, and as Londoners continue to battle against stagnant wages and rising inflation, many foresee no serious price increases in the London or national rental market this coming year.

  1. Stamp duty cut stems property price increase

Last year’s budget saw stamp duty axed for first-time buyers looking to purchase properties of up to £300,000. Although this will save first-time buyers a considerable portion of these upfront fees, it does however mean that overall property prices should increase in 2018. On the flip side the help-to-buy scheme will see a considerable boost from this activity, securing funding for the programme up until 2021.

  1. The only way is up, for the wealthy

Exclusive multi-story apartments will continue to be a favourite amongst London’s wealthiest property clientele in 2018. Properties such as One Nice Elms (56 storeys), in SW8, will be at the top of the list of luxurious London residences, making it the tallest and most exclusive offering for private developments in the city.

  1. Buy-to-let will be in decline

The tougher lending criteria that came into effect last year looks set to continue in 2018. Landlords looking at buy-to-let mortgages will face restrictions imposed by lenders, levelling the playing field with first-time buyers. The Council of Mortgage Lenders predicts buy-to-let property purchases will fall to just under 80,000 in 2018. Down from highs of 120,000 during 2015-2017.

  1. Interest rates will stay low

The current Bank of England base rate sits at 0.5%, a rise last year from 0.25%. Another rise of 0.25% is expected later this year, which could add around £22 to a typical tracker mortgage of £175,000. However, experts predict that even if it does rise, it will hold at that level for quite some time. Those on tracker mortgages will see the effect immediately, but as most homeowners are on fixed repayments, this increase will most likely go unnoticed.

As always, the market can be unpredictable and linked strongly to our current economic and political standing on a day to day basis.

At CLR, we have our fingers firmly on the pulse of the city’s property Newswire. Meaning we can provide our clients the most recent and relevant property statistics to help them make the best decisions about their relocation.

Talk to our consultants today to find out how we can help move your talent.


Why Confidentiality is King in the Relocation Industry

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Confidentiality is absolutely vital when it comes to co-ordinating a move. It doesn’t matter if we’re re-homing a family abroad or relocating an entire team of employees – the relocation experts here at CLR need to make sure that the details of the transfer are not disclosed to anyone else at any point in the process.

We’ve mentioned before that we’re not just in the relocation business, we’re in the people business. As our clients explore global mobility and expand their reach, they expect us to keep up with their demands without getting complacent (and rightly so). They don’t just want us to ‘get the job done’ – they want a comprehensive, fully tailored relocation solution that meets all of their objectives.

A big part of this is ensuring that our assignees are able to relocate quickly, efficiently and discreetly to keep their motives and decisions out of reach of those who could use this knowledge to their advantage.

The steps we take to ensure total confidentiality

When arranging any relocation, we make sure all sensitive data and classified documents are kept away from prying eyes before, during and after your move. We could be dealing with personal information (such as your new address), company files or even precious belongings, but the principle remains the same – everything remains for your eyes only.

This is partly because global laws are placing a stricter hold on the sharing and distribution of data, and we need to ensure due diligence; but on a more personal level, it’s also because we know that you don’t want your rivals or even your peers knowing your business.

Confidentiality contributes towards a stress-free move – and that’s ultimately what our clients want us to achieve for them.

We adopt a diligent approach towards each and every project to minimise risk and deliver complete peace of mind to our assignees. Even if we’re handling a complex international relocation that requires a complete end-to-end solution, we will never disclose the details of your relocation to any third party; everything will remain in our organisation.

Why you should choose CLR for a confidential move

You’ll see from our ethos that we want to go the extra mile for our clients, and this extends to ensuring your complete discretion.

If you’re keen to keep your move under wraps, we’re best placed to handle the finer details. CLR takes client confidentiality extremely seriously and ensuring complete discretion is one of our core values. Anything disclosed to us will be used solely to provide the service you need. Nothing more, nothing less!