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Move Commercial 10th Anniversary: a decade of transformation

Move Commercial 10th Anniversary: a decade of transformation

Ten years ago Move Commercial’s very first issue was released into the North West’s commercial property and business community. To celebrate, we take a look at how our publication, the region and the industries we cover have grown and evolved.

Words by Natasha Young

For the North West, 2007 was a year of ground-breaking development which would go on to change the face of the region.

As Liverpool’s milestone 2008 European Capital of Culture year loomed, a brand new arena and Liverpool ONE leisure and retail complex were being prepared in time for the occasion.

And in Salford construction began on Peel’s transformational MediaCityUK, creating a new northern home for media heavyweights including the BBC and ITV, as well as an environment for the sector’s start-up businesses to thrive.

It was also the year that Move Commercial was born – a publication which would closely follow the North West’s commercial property and business sectors to reflect their achievements, key changes and developments, needs and importance to the region’s overall success.


10th Anniversary: Move Commercial celebrates a decade

L to R: The MediaCityUK vision; Bruntwood CEO, Chris Oglesby; Early Liverpool Waters plans


During the past decade, Move Commercial has been on hand to track the progress of some of the area’s most prominent and important schemes. From St Paul’s Square at the heart of Liverpool’s commercial district and the birth of Peel’s ambitious Liverpool Waters and Wirral Waters visions, to new facilities supporting Manchester’s pioneering Graphene discovery and the city’s major mixed-use NOMA project.

Plus there’s been widespread regeneration throughout the region’s boroughs, and historic landmarks like the Royal Liver Building and the India Buildings are among the many to have been revitalised.

We’ve also interviewed a long list of key industry figures from the North West and beyond, including tech leader Sarah Wood, whose business Unruly was acquired by News Corp in a deal worth up to £114 million; and a global entrepreneur who needs little introduction – Sir Richard Branson.

> Related | Scaling new heights: Unruly’s Sarah Wood

Meanwhile prominent property names who have continued to oversee their companies’ growth in the region throughout the past 10 years have graced the pages of some of the earliest issues of Move Commercial.

Downing chairman George Downing, Bruntwood CEO Chris Oglesby, and Tom Bloxham, chairman and co-founder of Urban Splash are just a few of our past profile stars.


10th Anniversary: Move Commercial celebrates a decade

L to R: Sir Richard Branson; Unruly’s Sarah Wood; Liverpool ONE


It’s been a decade of change for the North West, with business’ demands for commercial space shifting to different geographical areas and evolving styles and concepts. New sectors have also been rising to the forefront bringing huge growth potential for the region, such as digital/tech and energy; while the likes of high street retailers have been forced to adapt to consumers’ changing demands in a world where everything is available at the touch of a button.

Alongside this, the arrival of the Northern Powerhouse concept cast a wider spotlight on the key North West cities and, as is the case nationwide, Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has shaken up politics and left businesses of all sectors questioning what the future holds.

More recently we’ve shone the spotlight on the legacy of long-standing Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein, who led the city through decades of transformation before retiring from the role. And we’ve caught up with Professor Janet Beer, the vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool who is also chair of the board of Knowledge Quarter Liverpool – a £2 billion vision which is gathering momentum to create a world-class destination for innovation.

> Related | Sir Howard Bernstein: Legacy of Manchester’s white knight


10th Anniversary: Move Commercial celebrates a decade

L to R: Professor Janet Beer; Sir Howard Bernstein; The first edition of Move Commercial (2007)


> Related | Interview with Prof Janet Beer, vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool

With help from experts throughout the industry Move Commercial has been here to cover it all, but not without addressing its own need to grow and evolve over the years too.

What started out as a quarterly print publication can now be picked up more frequently by the North West’s business community, and has an ever-growing online presence at and @MoveCommercial on Twitter. In addition, our daily mailouts keep subscribers up to date with news and features sent directly to inboxes.

And aside from hosting Move Commercial events and debates, and covering the highlights of your industry calendar, we’ve also brought you rolling coverage from key industry exhibitions and conferences including Liverpool’s International Festival for Business and London’s MIPIM UK.

As Move Commercial’s milestone 10th anniversary has given us the perfect opportunity to reflect on our success and yours, we look forward to bringing you more news, in-depth analysis, events and big interviews in print and online during the years ahead.