What's new this week?

July 2020

We are pleased to see more businesses are able to re-open.

We are supporting our tenants and clients who have businesses that are re-opening this month.

Daisy B’s Kitchen – 31 The Square, Titchfield are offering a takeaway service in the meantime.  Check out her Facebook page for more details.

Heidi’s Swiss Patisserie are re-opening 5 of their 7 branches this month with the remaining ones to be re-opening in August.  Check out their site for more details.

Cafe Beautiful will be reopening by Tuesday 21st July with nails and tanning to begin with, and then 1st August for the remaining services.

All very good news and let’s support local where we can.

29th June 2020

We are pleased to share one of our latest reviews received from a client that we undertook a valuation for.

If you are in need of a valuation – for any purposes (apart from loan security) do ask us. We are RICS Registered Valuers and following the RICS Valuation Global Standards 2020.

Vital for consistency, professional & quality of reporting.

Contact us on 01983 210 335 or email

Shout out to China Gardens – one of our tenants in a property we manage – who has updated their website to cope with takeaway food orders.
Give your support to a local small business!! Based in Shanklin, IOW, support local.
At Wheeler and Lai Chartered Surveyors, our client successes mean our tenants successes too.
We like to be different, and like to be there to support & shout about our tenants too.

15th June 2020

With lockdown easing for some businesses and people now feeling more able to take action, we have been receiving several enquiries for 20 West Street, Portchester.  We hope to have this one under offer shortly.  Watch this space.

We are also pleased to announce that 31a The Square is effectively let, with the lease due for completion shortly. 

This is a great result for our client, who was concerned that the Covid-19 pandemic would have a longer effect on the void period.  Luckily, this was a pre-lock-down interest that came back.

Adapting to the new way of business, we are suitably social distanced on viewings and inspections, with face coverings and gloves. 

Client and Staff safety is vital.  But we are keen to share with you how we do business and what it looks like. 

Sau-Wan has been busy in week 2 lock-down easing, carrying out viewings of the shops we have available to let, and inspections of properties for valuations – such as for estate purposes or SIPP purposes.

If you have something on your mind about property, ask us, we’ll try to help.

Week 1 post-lock down easing and back into the new normal business mode.

Inspection carried out in Gosport and Valuation carried out in Weymouth, for a Lease renewal and for a potential purchase.

We have had new enquiries come through for market appraisals, lettings and lease negotiations.

1st June 2020

Lock-down has eased with a structured set of dates for business that have been closed, to re-open.

We are pleased to advise that we will be able to carry out property inspections and viewings now, but following guidelines and risk assessments.

Our team have been busy with agreeing a letting on 31a The Square, coming to an agreement with a lease renewal on industrial space in Portsmouth, and also concluding a Lease Extension Valuation negotiation process.

24th March – Following the latest government notice – it is advised that everyone should remain at home – and only going out for essential food and items, and not to go out to work if possible.

With this in mind, we are sad to say that our team will be only working from home and not carrying out any further inspections or viewings until this ban is lifted.

we hope all our clients, tenants, friends and connections stay positive and safe at this time.  Our hearts go to to all the businesses that are affected, the many livelihoods that may close as a result, and the dreams that we hope are only temporarily dampened down.

Stay positive, we can all get through this, with a little patience, consideration and kindness, as well as a sense of humour.

Budget 2020

Business Rates – 100% relief for retailers for 1 financial year!👍

Following the Chancellor’s delivery of his first budget, it was good to hear that business rates for retailers, including restaurants, cinemas & music venues in England with a rateable value below £51,000 are receiving 100% exemption for a year.🙌

This tax break will save businesses thousands, and with the world affected by Coronavirus, we hope this saving will also save some businesses going out of business👛🛍️

With regard to pubs (rateable value below £100,000), the government had previously committed to introducing a £1,000 business rate discount, this will now increase to £5,000. 🙌

Due to new government guidance on restricting non-essential meetings, we decided to postpone some meetings.

However, I thought to myself, I might not be able to visit but I can still give them a shout-out. Support & Sharing in these difficult times I hope, will get us through this. I met Monique U. at ZW Coworking run by Sarah Hall & knew of Enable Ability as a LinkedIn Local Portsmouth nominated charity a few events back by Ian Gribble & Carl Hewitt.

I arranged to visit their office to find out more, alas this is being postponed.

But I still want you all to know of the good work this charity in Portsmouth is doing. Their office in Copnor Road, their Children’s Services, their adult services.

“We are established as an independent charity for care, welfare and advancement of disabled people in Portsmouth and the surrounding area”.

In these unusual & uncertain times, let’s give thoughts and more consideration to others, especially the vulnerable. Although limiting face to face meetings, it is still business usual here.

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Portsmouth Property Association – Centenary Dinner

We were delighted to be invited to the annual dinner by Melanie Palfrey of Biscoes, and we were honoured to share the evening celebrating 100 years of the PPA.

Such history, passion and humour in the PPA and guest speaker Kevin Keegan OBE.

It was special to be part of these 100 years.  We are pleased to be in a proud profession and supporting local businesses.

We were pleased to join Sarah Hall for her 1 year business birthday at ZW Connect.

It has been a privilege to be part of Sarah’s journey and we were pleased to be initially on hand for her to sound out her premises and the lease terms offered by her landlord.

Here to support local business and build relationships.  Here’s to more years to come.

It was a day of celebrations as we also celebrated the 4th huddle-versary of Crimson Crab’s networking event F2 Huddle.

Wendy and Robert Briggs have worked tirelessly to bring about networking with a purpose with ethical and compliant companies joining their events, it’s wonderful to be part of this business journey.

Here’s to more years of networking and business relationships.

Check out where we have been - across our social media platform for more info.

We were delighted to be guests on My CRM’s Business and Technology show recently.

Rebecca and Sau-Wan enjoyed speaking with Alistair Dickinson and Poppy Osman.

Supporting and promoting local Isle of Wight Businesses, a weekly live streamed show – every Wednesday at 2.30pm (UK).

They are always looking for guests, so do subscribe to their channel (as well as ours) and don’t miss out!

Cafe Beautiful is now fully open at 27 The Square, Titchfield.

We are pleased that Natalie has opened her premises so that she can serve her existing and new clients in Nails and Beauty treatments.

We acted for the landlord in letting this property and continue as Managing Agents.

If you have a property that needs a tenant or you require a property manager, do contact us.

Second Wednesday or every month is Hampshire Property Network, in Solent Spa Hotel, Whiteley.

We attend as a service provider, on hand to answer any commercial property queries.

There is a wealth of experience and knowledge at this event for all those interested in property.

Interested to find out more? Look up Hampshire Property Network or contact us.

Giant Connect 4 and LDV Connect 8

We were pleased to sponsor LDV Connect #8 at the Emporium Bar Southsea for another vibrant and interesting business networking opportunity.

We like to champion local businesses and getting to know people.  We are help to help landlords or tenants with any commercial property matter. 

Looking forward to our 3rd sponsorship in March, tickets on sale now at Eventbrite.

ZW Connect Februry winner of draw and presentation by Sau-Wan Lai

ZW Connect is a great co-working space with meeting rooms, and offers great networking events and workshops too.

We were pleased to be sponsors of the February 2020 business card draw and as it fell on Valentine’s day, we gave all attendees a little gift too.


Well done Dan Heelan of Heelan Associates for winning the prize.  It was a great event and being able to speak to the attendees about how we can help was nerve-racking but fun.  So business spaces …we’re your aces!

Our stand at the Shaping Portsmouth Conference was well received and we had an enjoyable time at the event.

It was such a positive and inspiring conference showcasing the amazing initiatives and people within the city of Portsmouth.

We can’t wait for next year – 29 Jan 2021.

We had a prize draw at the Conference and we were pleased to announce winner no.1 this week, was Sam Ingram of Havant  & South Downs College.

Next week will be winner no.2 announcement..look out for it.

£20 Gift vouchers were the two prizes for The Parade Tea Rooms,  wonderful local independent restaurant/tea room.

We are excited and looking forward to being exhibitors at LDV Connect 8 – Tuesday 4th February.

Preparations are well under way and plans are coming together.

Look out for the photos of the event, come and join thriving businesses in an evening of networking with a twist.

27 The Square Titchfield successful deal, letting sale and management by Wheeler and Lai

We are pleased to say that the letting of 27 The Square successfully completed this week.  We have a happy client with a new tenant, looking to open for business on the 1st February 2020.

We are pleased to be able to handle the letting following the completion of the sale to our new client, and now we are also the managing agents.

Do contact us to see how we can help you with your property assets and queries.


We are pleased to have raised funds and awareness of the two charities: Cycling without age Portsmouth and Ability Dogs 4 Young People in December.

We had great support from our network, thank you very much everyone.

Attended the inaugural South Coast Commercial Property Show this week, and it was an informative, useful and smoothly run event.

Definitely will be in our calendar for next year.

Look out for our Banners at an exhibition or Event happening soon. 

We are pleased with the final finish and were happy to use one of our contacts for the job.

Wise Marketing Limited at Portsmouth based company and we highly recommend speaking with them.

Success Story - Lease Renewal

Pleased to have secured Ladbrokes on a property for the Landlord on another fixed term.

Through great negotiation by Rebecca Wheeler, we arrived at a mutually agreeable position for both Landlord and Tenant Ladbrokes.

Lease Renewals take time to negotiate, but with a reliable, professional advisor like us, we make sure you are kept advised and make the most out of your assets.

Job completed, security and peace of mind for both parties.


Thank you for our clients, contacts and network as we mark our first anniversary in business in October 2019, and Rebecca & Sau-Wan have been pleased to have been able to assist clients with their properties.

With over 40 properties inspected this year, and over 500 contacts made, it is certainly something to celebrate.

We look forward to helping you with your business space, and use our first-hand experience as business owners and property advisors to have you with your business, to enable you to make sound decisions.

Between us we have over 30 years experience to bring to the table, and you have our guidance & support to empower you to make the decisions you need to in relation to your commercial assets.

Thank you for visiting our page and thank you for considering using our service.

Property Update - What's still available and what is under offer?

We are delighted to advise that we are now introducing agents for the Knight & Lee Building in Southsea.  Do ask us about it.

19 Mengham Road has been let and so has 27 The Square.  Both shops opened in February 2020.

We are also excited to say that we will be bringing to the market 2a The Hard, Portsmouth.

First floor office space, overlooking the Historic Dockyard, The Hard, and Gunwharf.

We are also instructed to market 7a The Square, Petersfield, which is in the historic market town and is a ground floor retail unit that overlooks The Square.

Go to our property search for details.

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Nitrates in the Solent affecting Planning Application Approval across Hampshire

Recent press coverage has brought to the public attention that some Councils have put on hold the granting of planning permission for additional dwellings or developments that are tourism-related.  This could mean that mixed-use plan you had for your commercial unit could be put on hold whilst the council and Natural England come to a Nitrate Neutralising Plan.

It is the raising nitrate levels, that are released into the waters of the Solent, that are having a big impact on the public, and private water supplies, as well as marine environment.   The high levels of nitrates has caused the excessive growth of green algae which is having a detrimental impact upon protected habitats as well as migrating bird species that fly over the Solent region.

Natural England’s advice has been taken on board by five councils in this region, which advises that “planning permission should not be granted” unless developments are “nitrate neutral”. 

Havant Borough Council has since been the first council to change their position with an “approved Position Statement” with Natural England to implement a plan of action. 


This is a promising change in stance and could mean the need to re-assess plans.  It would be crucial to monitor this situation and see how the other councils are able to do the same, nitrate neutrality is essential.

If you have a concern about the potential impact on your commercial property development plans, do speak to either Rebecca or Sau-Wan and we can see how we can be of assistance.