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Buy to Let & Brexit

Brexit has caused uncertainty across many industries including the Buy to Let Investment Sector. Up to a third of property investors have not invested since 2017 when the official Brexit negotiations started.

The survey from Censuswide found that 60% of property investors have continued to invest since the 2016 Brexit referendum, others are thinking of investing and 17.1% are waiting until after Brexit before they invest again.

Most of the investors who took the survey think that the buy to let market will recover strongly over the next 3-5 years.

However, there are opportunities to be found now.  The uncertainty has created new below-market deals and although there is speculation as to what will happen to prices in the market with Brexit (or no Brexit) if you buy at the right price your investment should be protected.

As soon as the market starts to pick up finding those below market value investments can be made more difficult.

No-one knows whether Brexit will happen next month or not so the question for investors is how long are you planning to keep your investment for?

If you’re looking at 5-10 years on your buy to let investment, then why not invest now and start delivering returns?

We have some great deals and investments.  Check out our latest blogs for great investments in Sheffield and Bradford. 

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Great Central Development, Sheffield

Fantastic Investment Opportunity in Sheffield!

Knight Knox’s latest development, located at the strategic heart of the country in South Yorkshire. Sheffield is known nationally and internationally for its highly skilled workforce and quickly-growing business sector.

Sheffield is at the heart of the Sheffield City Region – the UK’s most centrally located region – and is one of the UK’s core cities which helps to drive the national economy.

More than 2.1 million people live within a 60-minute commute of Sheffield and provide a highly skilled workforce for the city’s world-class businesses and industries.

The Development

The 131 apartments at Great Central are spread over eight storeys and wrapped around a large landscaped courtyard. Private car parking is available on selected apartments and all residents will have access to secure bicycle storage.

Every apartment is designed to be bright and airy, and the large living spaces really set Great Central apart. Residents will benefit from a state of the art fitted kitchen and a modern bathroom, with some apartments also enjoying large balconies.

With a mixture of studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, Great Central is sure to be in high demand with renters. Each apartment will be fully furnished with a stylish finish. With Sheffield’s renaissance in full swing, Great Central is sure to be popular with the many people looking for high-quality accommodation in the city.

  • 131 apartments split into studio, one, two and three-bedroom.
  • Balconies with city views
  • Private landscaped courtyard for residents
  • Secure cycle storage and 20 parking spaces
  • Located next to the trendy Kelham Island District
  • Prices from £90,000
  • 25% on exchange plus 50% furniture, 10% 6 months after exchange (remaining 50% of furniture), remaining balance payable on completion
  • Developed by Qualis Developments, and managed by Intus Lettings

The Figures – Rent & Sale

  • Studios: £425 – £500 pcm (Update: Studios SOLD OUT)
  • One bed: £500 – £600 pcm
  • Two beds: £650 – £750 pcm
  • Three beds: £850+ pcm
  • Studios: £90,000 (Update: Studios SOLD OUT)
  • One bed: £95,000 – £120,000
  • Two beds: £150,000
  • Three beds: £250,000 – £280,000

Great Central – where is it?

  • 8-minute drive/15 minute walk to Sheffield city centre. Approximately 0.7 miles
  • Just a 5-minute walk from the Kelham Island area
  • Located opposite a charming waterside pub!

Less than a mile from Sheffield’s lively city centre and next to the vibrant Kelham Island, the city’s residential hub for young professionals, Great Central’s location is unrivalled and will offer tenants a high-end urban lifestyle near the banks of the River Don. There is a great range of amenities close to the development, as well as a popular local riverside pub and restaurant opposite, which offers stunning waterside views.


  • The proposed Sheffield Devolution Deal would give the region £1.3bn to spend within the region to improve infrastructure, transport, housing, skills and other drivers of the local business growth which powers the economy.
  • The Sichuan Guodong Construction Group (China) has committed to investing £1bn into Sheffield over the coming decades in a bid to change the face of the city centre.
  • The Olympic Legacy Park will provide a place for approximately 3,000 people to work, learn and research.
  • Development of a new Retail Quarter. This £480m development will create significant amounts of retail and office space, including regional headquarters for HSBC which is the anchor tenant for the scheme.

The Construction

A great development and opportunity for investors. There has been a lot of interest in this development.

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Sheffield, one of the UK’s fastest-growing and most exciting cities with an ever-growing need for private rental property.

The city is comparable to how Manchester was a few years back and has some amazing new investments, projects and figures to make this one of the investment hotspots in the UK.

More than £2.5BN is being invested in Sheffield over the next decade to continue the development of the city centre. A city which is already extraordinarily popular with businesses and young people will only continue to grow and become more vibrant.

It’s Advanced Manufacturing Park alone is home to more than 40 World Class Companies and the city is also home to household names such as Mclaren Automotive and Boeing UK.

Sheffield’s population is predicted to grow by almost 15% by 2035 and a link to HS2 has been proposed.

This growth in the city is expected to increase rents up to 22% over the next 5 years and to date, house prices have increased by nearly 30% in the last 5 years.

Invest Leeds see Sheffield as one the UK’s biggest investment hotspots and we have some exciting investment opportunities coming up.

Keep an eye out! Below is some more background and detail on this wonderful city and its investment potential.

Thanks for reading.

Jo Fox, Founder Invest Leeds.

St. Pauls Place

Sheffield, Facts, Stats and Interesting Things!

  • The UK’s most centrally located city region – at the hub of key road and rail networks.
  • 2.1 million people live within a 60-minute commute of the region making it England’s third-largest metropolitan region.
  • The population of the city itself is expected to increase by more than 75,000 in the next 25 years, an increase of almost 15%
  • Core sector strengths include advanced manufacturing, creative and digital industries, business services, logistics, low-carbon industries and healthcare technologies – much like Manchester
  • Home to world-leading manufacturing and engineering companies, including Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Tata Steel, Siemens VAI, Koyo Bearings, Bridon International, Pegler Group and Outokumpu.
  • Home to the strategic operations of major organisations such as HSBC, B Braun, Aviva, DLA, Polestar, Sandvik, IKEA, Amazon and ASOS.
  • Proximity to major UK business centres in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham – and only two hours by train from London.
  • Britain’s most concentrated and popular higher education destination outside London, with 12 universities less than an hour away providing more than 313,000 students and 92,000 graduates per year.
  • Hosts engineering, technology and materials research centres of excellence at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Sheffield is the only UK city to have a national park within its boundary – and is home to the UK’s largest theatre complex outside London.
  • Highest ratio of trees to people of any city in Europe!
Sheffield City Tram

Chinese Investment

Last year the Chinese announced a £1bn investment into Sheffield which aimed to “change the face of the city”.

This is a 60-year commitment which is set to create “hundreds if not thousands of jobs” over that timeframe. An initial £220m will pay for four or five city-centre projects in the next few years and the work will go on from there.

The deal is between Sheffield City Council and Sichuan Guodong Construction Group, one of China’s largest developers.

They were drawn to Sheffield because of the strong university links the city has with China and the outstanding future potential. Sheffield steel and manufacturing is well known to the Chinese.

*Source Guardian

HS2 – Sheffield is a major stop on the HS2 route which will now run into the city centre on the way to Leeds. This will reduce journey times, encourage business and help drive growth.

*Source Star

Devolution – The devolution deal for Sheffield City Region has provided £1.3bn to be spent over the next 30 years on infrastructure, housing, transport, skills and other drivers of business growth.

Another aim of the deal is to create 70,000 jobs over the next decade.

*Source Sheffield-Devolution.org

Sheffield City

Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District – Sheffield knows itself as the city of makers and is reinventing its industries for the 21st century.

This new advanced manufacturing park is their equivalent of MediaCityUK and has similarly massive global tenants such as Rolls Royce, Boeing, McLaren, Toshiba, Tata Steel and Sheffield Forgemasters (see big companies section below for more info on some of the recent investments made by these companies). This Innovation District was built in partnership with the city’s two universities and is home to world-leading research and manufacturing in areas as diverse as aerospace, defence, transportation, nuclear, oil, gas and healthcare.

This district is based around the 200 acre Sheffield business park which has been seeing big investment over the last ten years and is a major driver of growth across the region and the North as a whole.

Enterprise zone – Sheffield has an enterprise zone on the M1 corridor which offers business rates relief, simplified planning conditions and a range of financial and infrastructure support from the council.

*Source – Welcome to Sheffield

Sheffield Retail Quarter – This is a world-class quarter being built in the city centre which will open up a huge amount of space for business. Construction is due to start soon and is set to be completed in 2019.

*Source – Sheffield Retail Quarter

Olympic Legacy Park – This is part of the Innovation District and will be home to internationally recognised research in health and education. When finished, it will provide a place for approximately 3,000 people to work, learn and research. This is being done by a partnership between the universities, the NHS and the City Council.

This is a £55m investment which covers 35 acres and is set to be finished in 2017. It took its inspiration from the Advanced Manufacturing District, much like how lots of things in Manchester have taken inspiration from MediaCityUK

*Source Olympic Legacy Park

Big companies which have invested in Sheffield recently

McLaren Automotive – McLaren has invested £100m into Composites Technology Centre, reshoring jobs in the UK in partnership with the universities which will create 200 jobs. Building their supercar chassis here. Part of the previously mentioned Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District.

*Source – SheffieldACUK

Boeing – Sheffield has been chosen as the site of Boeing’s first factory in Britain and will be investing £20m in a 25,000 sqft factory in the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District. Parts for 737s and 777s will be made there when it opens in 2018. Boeing currently employs more than 2,300 staff in the UK so expansion of their manufacturing arm is likely and Sheffield will continue to benefit.

*Source – Telegraph

Sky Betting and Gaming – Recently pledged a further £3.5m investment in Sheffield which will create 160 jobs. Sky has extended its Sheffield premises three times since their office in Sheffield first opened which goes to show how good the city is for businesses

*Source – Insider Media

Jaywing – Jaywing is an international media company which is headquartered in Sheffield. A new HQ was built and opened this year called Albert Works which has kickstarted a wave of regeneration in the local area.

*Source – Insider Media

HSBC – HSBC has invested millions into Sheffield’s New Retail Quarter and is the anchor tenant for the scheme. The 15-year lease on a 140,000 sqft office indicates the confidence which the bank has in the city.

*Source – Welcome to Sheffield

Sheffield Forgemasters – This is a 177-year-old family-owned company which helped make Sheffield Steel famous around the world. They still have a big presence in the city and have recently made a £6.5m investment in a new precision machining centre in the city. As cheap steel from China and elsewhere gets dumped and pushes prices down, places like Forgemasters which do precision engineering are the only sort of heavy industry which will survive in this country. It is the type of business which is part of the fabric of the city.

*Source – Insider Media & the FT

Property in Sheffield

The average increase of property in Sheffield is 4% a year, confirmed by Rightmove.

Sheffield is one of the UK’s top ten most affordable cities to live in and is therefore extremely attractive to tenants looking to move away from more expensive cities like London, Manchester and Leeds.

*Source Estate Agent Today

Sheffield City Council has been applauded for its innovative approach towards building. The Sheffield Housing Company – a public and private collaboration – is building a lot of houses in areas which were previously run down which is helping to regenerate the city as a whole.

*Source The Guardian & Sheffield Housing Company

Invest Leeds see Sheffield as one the UK’s biggest investment hotspots and we have some exciting investment opportunities coming up.

Sheffield Apartment Development

If you need any further information about Sheffield or investing in property please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Bradford Investment Opportunity

Modern Student Apartments

All apartments in the project are spacious, with the clever use of natural and electrical lighting, the apartments are light and airy, providing truly special homes. Communal areas will be provided, including a games room, common room, lounge and gym.

Apartments are available for just £49,000

The first stage of apartments are now completed and the remainder will be ready by October. Due to being a conversion, everything is new and covered by warranty, therefore no maintenance issues are expected.

The University

As well as a world-renowned university, Bradford campus also has a college, student village, Fieldhead Business Centre and Listerhills Science Park.

Bradford University enrolls 11,000 students annually and there is a shortage of good quality student accommodation in the area.

Bradford University is ranked 7th in the UK for Graduates Employment, many of these students chose to remain living in the city. As well as the broadcasting industry, the University has strong links with local business and offers courses which lead directly to qualification in a job, such as healthcare courses.                       

The Area

Bradford is a city of 350,000 and is situated in West Yorkshire, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Bradford has several major employers, with many national companies making the city their home; including Morrisons, Yorkshire Building Society, Yorkshire Water, Santander Bank, JCT600, Safestyle UK, Hallmark Cards, Provident Financial and Seabrook Crisps.

Bradford is home to 2 FTSE companies, more than any other Yorkshire City.

The City is served by the M62 and M606 motorway, along with 2 City Centre Train Stations and a bus interchange linking Bradford to other parts of West Yorkshire and beyond. Leeds-Bradford International Airport lies to the north east of the city, giving international air links, as well as being home to Jet2 Airline.

Bradford has experienced great gentrification, with £75 million being awarded to the town, a number of City Centre iconic Buildings have been restored, the central £25 million “Bradford City Park” attracts visitors from across Yorkshire, the National Science and Media Museum brings visitors from across the UK and beyond.

The economy in Bradford is strong; once an industrial powerhouse now experiencing growth as part of the Northern Powerhouse, the economy is worth £9.5 billion, the 2nd largest in West Yorkshire, after Leeds. The economy in the wider Yorkshire region grew by 3.03% in the 12 months of Q2 2018 – Q2 2019.

The Numbers

Apartments are available for purchase at £49,000. They will rent out at £100 per week.

Expected yields are between 8-10%. No sourcing fees!

A great investment opportunity.

If you would like more information, please contact us here.

Rent Protection from Invest Leeds.

What is Rent Protection or Rent Guarantee?

Landlord’s Rent Protection Insurance also referred to as rent guarantee insurance, guarantees you receive your rent should your tenants be unable to pay.  It helps when the unexpected occurs.

Rent Protection Insurance covers missed rental payments, cost of eviction, void periods, post-eviction and includes cover for Legal Expenses. 

If you’re a landlord who depends on the monthly rental income to pay the mortgage on your properties, or for other reasons, this type of insurance can be useful. 

Do I need Invest Leeds Rent Protection?

Rent Protection with us can give you peace of mind once you have let your property to a tenant. It has been designed to provide you with some added protection when you are renting out your properties to tenants.

Why should I join Invest Leeds Rent Protection?

Even the best tenants can have their circumstances suddenly change, resulting in them no longer being able to pay the rent. 

Whether you’re relying on the rent to cover the cost of the mortgage on your buy-to-let property or you’re letting to new tenants, Rent Guarantee ensures you can still receive your rental income.

We make sure all tenants pass Invest Leeds Referencing.

Referencing is required for each tenant named on the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement and for the full rent outlined in the agreement.

How do I qualify for Invest Leeds Rent Protection?

Our Rent Protection is available on properties we manage. Simply place your property with us and we can offer you our exclusive Rent Protection.

*Invest Leeds Rent Protection is not available as a stand-alone product.

Get in touch & protect your investments https://www.investleeds.co.uk/contactus/

Jo Fox

Founder – Invest Leeds

Property Investor Show 2019

Jo will be speaking! 

Join her at 12.20pm on Friday October 4th in Room 6.  

She will be taking you through the benefits of investing in Leeds and the surrounding areas where yields of 10% and ROI’s of 25% are common place.

This is the most comprehensive exhibition of UK & International residential property and services.

About The Show

The UK’s premier property expo is the “MUST ATTEND” event for anyone serious about making money from property investment. As always the show is FREE to enter.

It is the ideal place for networking, obtaining reliable and up to date property market information and, of course, property to buy. It is designed to cater for all levels of property experience – everyone from the novice to the seasoned investor will find an answer to their questions.

With 125+ exhibitors expected and approximately 75 seminars, presentations and panel debates scheduled, you can identify the expertise and advice you need to make the right decisions on your specific area of investment interest.

Approximately 25% of the floor space will be dedicated to International property and provides the opportunity to compare established overseas markets such as USA, Cyprus & Portugal with emerging/newer/long-haul locations e.g. New Zealand, India, Dubai, Cape Verde, The Gambia & Nigeria. International agents and developers will be present alongside specialists who can advise on the process of buying, selling, and even moving overseas.

Show highlights will include …

Residency thru Investment

At last count, 23 countries from Cyprus to Singapore offered some kind of investment residency or citizenship scheme and more are being created with similar programmes proliferating across Europe. Almost half of all EU member states now offer some form of investment residency or citizenship programme – and of course, the USA offers its EB-5 programme.

Landlord Live

Every year since 2002, this show has witnessed the largest single gathering of Landlords at ANY property event staged in the UK – creating, by default, the ultimate Landlord forum. The typical visitor owns 4+ properties (35% own 10+ properties).

Mortgage, Lending & Finance

Veteran and novice investors can discuss a range of purchase, bridging and refurb’ loans from a broad range of ‘High Street’ and specialist lenders – including several crowdfunders.

Innovation … What’s New?

A rapidly emerging sector in the Technology space, the methods by which property is handled, managed and experienced are undergoing something of a revolution.  And it’s not just the
mushrooming of online estate agency – many other aspects are ripe for a technological overhaul.

Property Development Finance

The last 2 years has witnessed a marked increase in development amongst BTL investors. Projects may vary in scale from cosmetic refurbs to complex re-builds … but most require finance. Meet the specialists at this show.

Direct from the Developer                                                                  

As the name suggests this show feature offers a unique opportunity to meet and negotiate directly with a range of leading developers. The list includes several big names from the North & South of England.


HMO investments – and the high net rental yield potential they offer – have been rapidly growing in popularity among investors in recent years. This year’s show will include representation from several of the UK’s HMO experts.

Nigeria Invest

The ONLY UK showcase of property from a selection of African countries presented in the UK this year will present a mix of residential and BTL property from a selection of leading developers and agents.