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The UK Commercial Property Market in 2023: A Mini-Mid-Year Review

June 8, 2023 | Project Management
A quick dip into the market and some brief thoughts about the remainder of 2023


The UK commercial property market in 2023 is a dynamic landscape, shaped by a mix of economic, social, and regulatory factors. From the rise of remote working to changes in mortgage lending practices, these shifts have significant implications for both owners and occupier businesses. This blog post provides my brief snapshot of the current state of the market, highlighting key trends and offering insights for navigating the rest of the year.

Macroeconomic Landscape

The UK’s economic climate plays a crucial role in shaping the commercial property market. The recent ‘Atlantic declaration’ between the UK and US promises to boost economic security, potentially attracting international investment in commercial property. Of course, the full impact of this agreement remains to be seen. Meanwhile, key economic indicators such as GDP growth, inflation, and unemployment rates continue to influence the market. For instance, continued rising inflation could lead to higher property prices, affecting both owners and occupiers.

Emerging Market Trends

One of the most significant trends in 2023 is the continued rise of remote working. As more companies adopt flexible working policies, the demand for office spaces is evolving. Some businesses are downsizing their office footprint, while others are seeking more flexible, collaborative spaces. In the retail sector, changing consumer habits and the growth of e-commerce are reshaping the landscape. Meanwhile, the industrial property market is seeing increased demand due to the growth of online retail and logistics.

Regulatory Changes and Their Impact

Regulatory and legal changes also have a significant impact on the commercial property market. For instance, changes in mortgage lending practices, such as HSBC’s recent withdrawal of new mortgage deals, could influence investment strategies and property prices.

Looking Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities

Despite the challenges, there are also opportunities for growth and investment in the UK commercial property market. For instance, the shift towards remote working could open up opportunities for the redevelopment of office spaces. Similarly, the growth of e-commerce could drive demand for industrial properties.

In conclusion, the UK commercial property market in 2023 is marked by both challenges and opportunities. By staying informed about key trends and developments, owners and occupier businesses can make strategic decisions to navigate the rest of the year.



  1. “UK and US agree ‘Atlantic Charter’ trade deal”. BBC News. 10 June 2023. Link
  2. “HSBC withdraws ‘cheapest-ever’ mortgage deal”. BBC News. 14 June 2023. Link
  3. “UK asylum laws ‘creating market for people smuggling'”. BBC News. 14 June 2023. Link


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