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Seize The Day

The last few months has seen the commercial property market quieten down as well as the domestic market as the uncertainty concerning Brexit begins to bite.  Whether this is a short run thing pending the result of the election in seven days’ time or whether it perpetuates for a while, we will have to wait and see.

But the good news is two-fold; first there are countless episodes of The Sweeney to watch on ITV4 catch-up and second; Huddersfield Town has been promoted to top flight football for the first time for 45 years and will celebrate 110 years in the game next year in style.  Whilst the former has been great to numb the effects of appalling political debate on TV, the latter should not be under-estimated as a catalyst to put Huddersfield well and truly on the map being the sole representative of Premier League football in Yorkshire.

Thanks should go to Ken Davy who rescued sport in Huddersfield when he bought Huddersfield Rugby League and Huddersfield Town when both were in the doldrums as well as Dean Hoyle who, as a life-long Huddersfield fan backed his town and team with foresight and further investment.

Those of us able to promote the benefits of Huddersfield (and I mean Huddersfield unashamedly and not the wider metropolitan area given the ancient name which happens, geographically to be most confusingly in Calderdale) must grasp the marketing opportunity such success will allow.  Huddersfield can puff out its chest.

Perhaps even some commercial schemes which may have been marginal may be looked at afresh.  Thousands will already have got out their atlases (well tapped their multi-map app) to see where Huddersfield is.  They will have discovered that Huddersfield is in the centre (almost) of the Country with great road and rail connections with improvement in the pipeline.  They will discover, when they come, a welcoming people, proud of their heritage (both sport and manufacturing) ready to adapt to the winds of change.  They will see, when they look, a wonderful place to live and work in the heart of the Pennine hills yet within an hour of either the Dales or the Peak District.  They will find Huddersfield representing Yorkshire at many levels other than football with an outward looking attitude hungry to seize any opportunity presented to it.

Those who come to Huddersfield for any reason will not be disappointed and those who represent the town will not, I am sure, be found wanting.

Carpe Diem.


Mark S Hanson FRICS

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