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Private Wealth

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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The local businesses that flourished during lockdown

In our Private Wealth Guide this year, we profiled some of the most up and coming start-ups that had made a name for themselves in the previous year. An ecological toothbrush company, a fledgling design agency and an equine veterinary business all made our list of prize-winning start-ups across Her....

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Philanthropy and the legacy of great estates

Back in their heyday, Britain’s great estates were integral to the economies of the local communities in which they were based. Not only were they huge employers for those living in nearby towns and villages, but they were also massive supporters of local businesses, which thrived from supplying ....

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Escape to the country?

As the months have ticked by, the coronavirus pandemic has led to some profound shifts in the UK’s attitudes to various aspects of life – including aspiring buyers’ property preferences. Rightmove reported a 126% increase in buyer enquiries about village properties in June and July this year[....

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Recent study confirms benefits of private schooling

According to research from the Bridge Group, 53% of partners at leading City law firms attended independent schools, with the figure standing at 47% for the wider associate, senior associate and partner population[1]. This data coincides with the findings in our latest Private Wealth Guide to Hertf....

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Commuter villages proposed

Hertfordshire and Essex could see the creation of dozens of commuter villages, if the ideas in a top academic’s report for an urban policy think-tank are eventually adopted by the government. The report suggests that these new communities should be developed on land, green belt in many cases, clo....

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