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Private Wealth

The key legal documents you need to protect yourself in every area of life

In this blog, we take you through the documentation you need and some of the things you need to think about the give yourself and your loved ones every advantage in life. You may think that these things only apply to older people, or maybe that you will never need them. Sadly, it is not until someb....

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Will Labour’s VAT plans threaten independent schools?

With the UK’s next general election fast approaching, the Conservative and Labour parties are beginning to ramp up their promises and pledges for Britain’s future as they commence their battle for the public’s vote. One such pledge from Labour poses a serious threat to the independent scho....

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Hertfordshire – the new global business hub?

We’ve been publishing our Private Wealth Guide to Hertfordshire and Essex for many years now – and yet, every single year we find new examples of what an excellent home these two counties make for thousands of local businesses. In January 2024, for example, multinational tech giant Google re....

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The highest-earning neighbourhoods near you

In 2022, the average salary for full-time employees in Hertfordshire and Essex was £41,423 (3.27% up on 2021) and £38,021 (4.8% up), respectively. This is according to data from statistics provider Varbes. Whilst these figures hover just above or around the average mark for the United Kingdom,....

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Essex leads the way in British wine production

Wine has featured heavily in our Private Wealth Guide as an up-and-coming alternative investment for many years now. Frequently featuring in Knight Frank’s own Wealth Report as one of the most profitable luxury investments, it has long been a stalwart of alternative investment portfolios. Now,....

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The places where house prices just keep on rising

Buying a property is the most expensive purchase that most people will ever make. For most homeowners, however, it’s been well worth it. Over the last few decades, property buyers have seen an excellent return on investment, with the price of an average home increasing by a staggering 207% in the....

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Luxury goods – a ‘safe haven’ investment?

Last year, as the UK economy continued to struggle and inflation soared, Investors Chronicleran an article about luxury goods and their potential to weather economic storms in comparison to more ‘traditional’ investments like stocks and shares. It was an article that resonated with us at the....

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Wealth in the age of social media

The ways in which people can accumulate and grow their wealth are forever expanding and evolving. In our Private Wealth Guide for 2022-23, for example, we featured a number of social media stars across Hertfordshire and Essex who had risen to fame – and fortune – on social media websites such a....

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Who are the South East’s richest people?

In our Private Wealth Guide for 2022/23, we featured celebrities hailing from Hertfordshire and Essex who have used their fame to amass significant fortunes. In this article, we decided to go one step further and focus on the wealthy heirs and businesspeople who have reached the very highest echelo....

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Quirky – the name of 2022’s property game

In our Private Wealth Guide for 2022/23, we talked about a new property trend revealed by a survey conducted by TalkTalk. Many more British people appear to be searching for ‘quirky’ homes, with 37% saying they were on the lookout for unique features and unusual shaped spaces. Even more respond....

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The contribution of private schools to the UK’s scientific and economic wealth

In our Private Wealth Guide to Hertfordshire and Essex for 2022/23, we featured some of the UK’s best private schools for excellence in sport and the dramatic arts. One of the characteristics that sets independent schools apart from their state counterparts is the facilities available to the stud....

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Wealthy pastimes through the ages

In our 2021-22 Private Wealth Guide, we explored some of the top leisure pursuits regularly enjoyed by wealthy residents of Hertfordshire and Essex. Based on data from Wealth X’s 2020 Billionaire Census, which listed sports, aviation and outdoor pursuits among the favourite pastimes of the super-....

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Getting better with age – fine wine investment in Hertfordshire and Essex

In our Private Wealth Guide for 2021-22, we looked into some of the top luxury items the world’s wealthy are investing in to diversify their traditional investment portfolios. At the time of writing, Hermès designer handbags topped the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (KFLII) – but a recen....

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This year’s fastest-growing salaries – and how to secure one

In this year’s Private Wealth Guide, we looked at the educational pathways leading to the highest salaries following graduation. It’s always interesting to see which careers are commanding high salaries at any one moment, as it tends to offer a snapshot of the skills and qualifications that are....

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Property in Hertfordshire and Essex: an excellent investment

Despite all the odds, our Private Wealth Guide for 2021/22 painted an extremely positive picture of Hertfordshire and Essex’s booming property markets. In Essex, searches for properties in popular hotspots such as Saffron Walden and Walton-on-the-Naze nearly doubled in 2020, while seaside destina....

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Hertfordshire and Essex: centres for investment and innovation

In our Private Wealth Guide for 2021/22, we featured some of Hertfordshire and Essex’s best and brightest businesses – those that were bucking the downward economic trend and achieving impressive things despite the odds.  In recent years, both counties have attracted significant regiona....

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A picture of strength and resilience: Hertfordshire, Essex and COVID-19

In September, we published the third edition of our annual Private Wealth Guide, fully updated for 2021-22 and, as usual, full of facts, figures and statistics outlining the very best that Hertfordshire and Essex have to offer to high-net-worth individuals. This year, however, has been somewhat ....

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How walking can keep our heritage alive during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen hundreds of heritage sites, including stately homes across the country, close their doors to the public. With successive lockdowns attempting to stem the spread of the disease, these houses – which serve as such important reminders of our country’s ....

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London prime property market set for recovery

With the capital in lockdown for the majority of 2020 and many wealthy individuals fleeing the capital in favour of luxurious country houses in which to while away lockdown, it has been a mixed year for the prime London property market. While annual price growth across Greater London reached around....

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How the pandemic reshaped the luxury property market

We’ve all heard a great deal about the mass exodus from cities sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, as millions of people sold up their urban homes in favour of the fresh air, open space and tranquillity of the countryside. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the luxury property market, wi....

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