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The UK continues to demonstrate strong investor attraction in the commercial property sector, with new data placing the nation as the top investment destination anywhere in the world.

New research published by BrickVest has highlighted a significant upturn in positivity surrounding the UK market during the final quarter of 2017, with the nation overtaking Germany as the top destination for commercial property investors at present.

The research showed how 29 per cent of the more than 3,000 global commercial property investors that took part in the study are now active in the UK market. This compared to the previous top spot-holder, Germany, which saw its popularity fall from 32 to 23 per cent in the final three months of last year.

BrickVest chief executive officer Emmanuel Lumineau commented: “Our latest barometer reveals that Germany is no longer the favoured destination for commercial real estate investment, contrary to its position in the third quarter of 2017. Rather, the UK has once again become the most popular region for our investors.”

He added that a growing hunt for high income yields has been a major factor in the UK’s rise to the number one position, while a shift in focus from capitals to secondary cities has also helped to bolster the UK’s attractiveness.

Indeed, cities including Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham are now increasingly witnessing improved investor sentiment that has helped shift much of the focus away from London in the UK.

Further research published by Shawbrook Bank revealed one of the main drivers of this change has been growing confidence in the UK’s lending market, with 78 per cent of commercial finance brokers believing 2018 will see renewed confidence across the sector.

Responding to the research, Karen Bennett, managing director for commercial mortgages at Shawbrook Bank, stated: “It is encouraging to see so much positivity in the commercial mortgage broker market when looking at the year ahead.”