Archive for May, 2014

H3 – Next London property Hotspot ?

H3 is not a new London bus route, but a much undervalued area of North West London. H3 represents Harrow-on-the-Hill station, Harrow & Wealdstone Station and Headstone Lane Station.

The three H3 stations lie in the London Borough of Harrow and form a golden triangle of opportunity for:

  • First time buyers (its affordable compared to virtually all other London boroughs, price per square foot)
  • Buy to let investors (yields of 6% upwards and generous incentives from the local authority)
  • Families with children (plenty of excellent state and independent schools, one of the safest and greenest boroughs in London)
  • Zone one commuters (fastest trains reach Euston and Marylebone in 15 and 20 minutes respectively)
Harrow on the Hill
Harrow & Wealdstone
Headstone Lane

In a nutshell, it is the latter point that is most significant. H3 provides access to an incredible transport hub into central London, out to the London suburbs and further a field to the Chilterns, Midlands and South coast via:

  • Metropolitan Line and Bakerloo Line
  • British Rail stations – Chiltern, Watford DC Line, Southern and London Midland
  • London Overground
  • Integrated bus service
  • M1, M40 and M25 motorways

Over the last three years, London Borough of Harrow has become one of the most improved boroughs in London. Its leadership is driven and has finally woken up to the boroughs potential for explosive growth. It is now rolling out free super fast WiFi in all of Harrow’s busiest public places.

The planned redevelopment of the 57 acres Kodak site by Land Securities lies in the heart of the H3. This will radically transform the corresponding neighbourhoods by integrating residential, leisure, commercial and infrastructure opportunities.

Kodak Site

H3 in the next 10 years will be the catalyst for revitalising this part of London and in the process shake up the reputation of Harrow as a whole. Investors will learn to love H3 as prices start to rise by 20 per cent annum. Could this be the next London property hotspot ?

Waiting for the One Enterprise Website

For the past seven years I’ve been on the road all around the UK with One Enterprise Ltd – my social housing consultancy. Just last week took me to Mile End (East London), Ampthill (Central Bedfordshire) and then onto sunny Elgin (Moray, Scotland). In all that time I have extensively relied on social media, such as LinkedIn and Twitter to promote the wares of the company and maintain contact with an ever growing UK housing network.

Taking on associates and partners to help expand the business in recent times, has finally meant having (or being encouraged) to invest in a website and finally build the One Enterprise Website.

People say “choice” is a good thing. The journey to finding a suitable web design company was compounded by the sheer volume of choice out there – catering for every audience and price tag to boot.

In the end deciding to select eWorx as the right web design team came down to three main factors:

  • Offer of flexibility (meetings took place on FaceTime and in person in our office, favourite coffee shops and eWorx’s offices in Shoreditch;
  • Collaborative working, whereby the technical bods were happy to share learning with luddites (I now understand basic HTLM, indexing – long tail key words, meta tags, search engine optimisation and the need for “ever-green content!); and
  • Afixed price contract and a fixed eight week delivery date (the project came in on time and within budget!).

 However, the real value of developing the One Enterprise Ltd website has been to focus the business on:

  • The enormous about of tools, expertise and products that have been developed over a seven year period, many of which often remain under utilised;
  • The need to be more collaborative with clients, associates and partners to promote best practice;
  • The need to maximise promotion of the brand and ethos of the company; and
  • Having the confidence to really stand up and shout out “we have arrived!”

We welcome all your comments, reviews and suggestions for improving the One Enterprise Ltd website.