Property industry trade body adds to firepower

The trade body representing the commercial property industry has made two senior hires as it ­attempts to improve the image of the industry in Westminster.

The British Property Federation (BPF) has appointed Social Market Foundation researcher Kurt ­Mueller as its new public ­affairs manager. He starts on 14 ­November and will report to comms ­director Andrew Panting.

The BPF has also brought in Pozitiv Communications acc­ount manager Patrick Brown. He started this week, taking the title of senior policy officer and focusing on sustainability, planning and rege­neration issues.

Director of communications Chris Carter is leaving in Dec­ember for ‘personal reasons’, ­according to a spokesman. The BPF claims it persuaded the Government to scrap plans for a new tax, the planning-gain supplement. Last year, it hel­ped set up the All Party Parliamen­tary Urban Development Group.

The commercial property industry is more than twice the size of the oil industry, according to the BPF.

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