Catch up with informative views, discussion pieces, and opinions from our podcast archive.
Spotlight on Tradeswomen
Shannon talks to Hattie Hasan MBE, a plumber with over 30 years experience, who established the first women plumbing franchise, Stopcocks, and last year launched the first UK Register for Tradeswomen.
Hattie speaks candidly about her own experiences growing up in a strict and abusive environment, and how it shaped her journey. She explains how tradeswomen are vital in terms of carrying out repairs in refuges and domestic homes where abuse is taking place, and also as role models to the next generation as an opportunity for independence and empowerment. We also hear stories from her experience on the BBC’s The Big Build, and she also outlines her ambition to create pop-up schools for girls and women looking for a career in the trades.
Guy Butler from Glenbrook talks to Chris Bliss, Co-Founder and Director of Momentum Group, a multi-disciplinary property advisory firm, about his career path from theatre engineer, to project manager, through property manager to co-founder of Momentum. Guy and Chris worked together at Grosvenor on a number of projects, and talk about the development and operation of Liverpool ONE, and how skills and careers can evolve over time.
Mental Health & Property
Our first episode of 2021 discusses the issue of Mental Health.
Chris is joined by Ruth Cooper-Dickson, Managing Director of Champs Consult; a WellBeing consultancy advising businesses large and small on the well-being of their staff. Ruth talks through how her own experiences inspired her to form the business and provides an insight into the type of help they provide.
The pair discuss whether working in the real estate industry has any unique characteristics that puts pressure on its workforce (spoiler alert: it doesn't). Ruth provides some great tips on how to manage enforced working at home and trying to balance working with home schooling.
Sheds, C-Stores and lack of deal celebrations
Chris is joined by Mark Powell and James Kinsler from PK3.
Mark & James talk about setting up their new investment agency business this year; and the challenges that brings during a pandemic!
The trio then discuss the merits of the C-Store investment market,. the continuing stampede for industrial investments and the impact of limited social interactions during the pandemic on the flow of information between agents.
Q&A with Bill Addy, CEO of Liverpool BID Company
Shannon speaks to Bill Addy, CEO of Liverpool BID Company about how the Liverpool BID company is serving businesses through COVID, the real threat of the current stringent lockdowns, and what he would like to see being done differently to reinvigorate the high street. They also discuss Bill’s role as Priest and Church of England Minister and a very special acoustic performance at the Philharmonic Hall!
Managing BTR through Covid
Managing BTR through COVID: The highs, the lows and the future.
Shannon speaks to Matt Smith, Head of BTR Asset Management at Allops, about the practicalities of managing BTR schemes through COVID. They discuss how the asset class has performed in terms of rents, voids and letting up, as well as innovative events that have kept residents feeling connected, and moving forward in terms of design.
Glenbrook Investments has completed the acquisition of two sites in Sandbach
Glenbrook Investments has completed the acquisition of two sites in Sandbach in a sale and lease back with Metal Fabricators Ltd, achieving a Net Initial Yield of 11%.
This deal is the latest in a series of transactions for Glenbrook Investments with the £2.83million acquisition of Eastgate Retail Park in Accrington and the £895,000 disposal of No. 1 Dock Road in Birkenhead, all completed in the last month with further deals in the pipeline.
The sites on Hall Lane and Moston Road total 4.1 acres and comprise 79,000 sq ft of warehouse and manufacturing accommodation supplying small, medium and large engineered components to a number of industries globally, including construction, power generation, rail, nuclear and recycling.
Speaking about the deal, Scott Griffiths, investment director at Glenbrook, commented: “This acquisition has many attractive features including a low rent, unbroken 15-year term and rental growth linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) collared at 2% per annum compounded. We were also impressed by the strength of the management team and the innovative nature of the business, which has been safely operating 24/7 during lockdown servicing new clients with a full order book. We would welcome conversations with other companies seeking to release capital from operationally critical assets.”
OBI represented Glenbrook whilst LSH acted on behalf of the vendor.
The sites were acquired for an undisclosed sum.
Investment sale of No. 1 Dock Road completes
Glenbrook Investments has completed the investment sale of No. 1 Dock Road in Wallasey to a regional private investor at the asking price of £895,000. The deal completed two months after Organica signed up to the 22,505 sq ft unit on a 6.5-year lease.
Glenbrook acquired the property in June last year and, following extensive refurbishment, let the property to Organica, which supplies biodegradable and non-hazardous cleaning products, in a deal which saw the tenant consolidate its operations.
Richard Rees, Investment Director at Glenbrook, commented: “Having successfully let the 22,500 sq ft unit during lockdown, we have completed the disposal of the investment within a 14-month cycle.”
“This was a challenging refurbishment project completed on time and on budget but into the maelstrom of Covid-19. The project therefore demonstrates the demand for well refurbished space that is available for prospective tenants to move into straight away and also the requirement for higher yielding industrial investments at a time when income is harder to find.”
The property is situated on a 1.09 acre site in the Seacombe area of Wallasey on Dock Road (A5139), which connects Birkenhead town centre to Junction 1 of the M53 motorway. The Wirral Waters Development and the East Float Dock runs parallel to Dock Road.
Glenbrook and the purchaser were unrepresented.
No 1 Dock Road, Wallasey, Merseyside
Boomtime for Sheds
Chris is joined by Jason Print and Callum Robertson from Gerald Eve in Manchester. The trio discuss the industrial market in the North West and how it is continue to prosper despite Brexit, Covid-19 and the lockdown.
Interesting stats provided by the lads on the growth of online retailers and how their hunger for more space is driving the market forward.
Generation Z: Getting to know the next generation in the workplace
Can you tell your Generation Y from your Silent Generation? Do Millennials get a bad rap? What can we expect from the generation just about to enter the workplace?
Fiona Dearing, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University share her research on the working habits of each generation and their expectations. We hear what makes Generation Z special, and why we, as employers, should be excited about them.
A Driving Ambition
Glenbrook’s Guy Butler speaks to Sarah-Jane Curtis, Property Director at Bicester Motion – a campus of excellence for all things motive located on an airfield on the edge of Bicester, in Oxfordshire.
With 18 buildings in Manchester currently identified as having dangerous cladding, and another 50 requiring remediation, the disaster at Grenfell Tower is still impacting thousands of people’s lives.
A Positive Podcast!
Chris is joined by Jonathan Mills ( Metis Real Estate), Joanna Gabrilatsou (JLL), Olivia McClea (CBRE) and Neil Mort (CBRE) in our first webinar discussing the changes to the property market after we leave Lockdown.
Ethnic Diversity in the Property Industry
Shannon talks to Chithra Marsh, Associate Director at Buttress Architects.
Chithra talks about her current role and how she chose to make a career in property, a sector which has been under fire for the lack of ethnic diversity.
The Global View
Guy talks to the Global head of research at CBRE, Dr Richard Barkham, about his career path, the changing economy, Multi Family living and life in Boston, MA.
Organica Signs Up to No. 1 Dock Road
Organica UK has signed up to our newly refurbished industrial building on Dock Road, Wallasey.
The company, which produces a wide range of biodegradable and non-hazardous cleaning products, has consolidated its operations from three buildings to one, taking the 22,505 sq ft unit on a 6.5-year lease at £95,000. Organica counts retailers including Marks & Spencers and Wilkinsons among its clients. It has expanded to meet the increased demand from existing contracts and new contracts secured in the UK and overseas, some as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking about the deal, Richard Rees, investment director at Glenbrook, commented: “We are pleased to have completed this letting only a week after finishing the refurbishment works and given the backdrop of COVID-19. It really does go to show that there is still good demand for refurbished industrial units in the North West.”
Mark Diaper, associate director at Legat Owen, joint agents for the scheme with LM6, continued: “Despite the current challenges, the warehouse market is showing resilience with companies such as Organica seeing a significant upturn in demand for its goods. Organica is a success story for the region and we are pleased to provide them with a suitable facility in the same area to support their growth and to secure a tenant with an excellent covenant for our client.”
Situated on a 1.09-acre site, the property is located in the Seacombe area of Wallasey on Dock Road (A5139) which connects Birkenhead town centre to Junction 1 of the M53 motorway. The Wirral Waters Development and the East Float Dock runs parallel to Dock Road.
Organica was unrepresented.
Bramley Moore Dock – EFC
Chris is joined by John. Blain, the Chairman of the Everton FC Shareholders association to discuss Everton's new stadium development at Bramley Moore Dock.
Making a Splash
Guy Butler is joined by his old college friend, Nathan Cornish to talk about life and compare notes as property developers.,
Nathan is Group Board Director at Urban Splash and provides a great insight into his experiences navigating a course through a dip in the property market, not making compromises on design , new construction techniques and forging new strategic partnerships.
Knight Frank & Serviced Offices
Guy talks to the head of Knight Frank's Manchester office, David Porter. After a canter through David;'s journey at Knight Frank, they discuss the office market and specifically the Serviced Office sector; how it has evolved in recent years and where is it heading.
Sheds & Covid-19
Chris is joined by Tony O'Keefe to discuss the early effects of Covid-19 on the industrial market in the North West.
Tony gives a background to his career, an overview of the market up to the Covid-19 outbreak and where demand is now being seen.
20 minutes with Mr Warrington
Chris is joined by Simon Roddam from BE Group. The pair discuss the Warrington property market; the reason's behind it's success.
The phenomenon of Birchwood Park is reviewed , and what Warrington town centre should be doing to attract occupiers.
Sport, Business & Covid-19
Chris is joined by Anthony Howcroft; surveyor at Hallams Commercial by day and head coach at Sale FC Rugby Club by night.
Anthony talks us through his career from professional rugby player to office agent to successful coach. He discusses what lessons can be learnt by the business community from sport generally and, more pertinently, dealing with the current Covid-19 crisis.
Chris Lloyd is joined by Andrew Gardiner for the third time to talk about the current state of the property market.
Lots of questions....Is there still a market?? Will people adapt to home working? What will happen to values? Should the football season be voided?
Build to Rent – Market Snapshot
Guy Butler talks with Alan Bevan from City Residential, Liverpool’s leading residential agency. Following on from his last podcast (Episode 5) about whether there is a rental premium in BTR, Guy talks to Alan about his business, the Liverpool market and what the current themes are now, and likely in the future.”
Selling Digital Manchester
Chris is joined by Martyn Collins from Prolific North, the firm behind Digital City Festival.
The pair discuss how to market and promote a major event in Manchester, why Manchester is the perfect conference location and why the real estate industry should attend.
Build to Rent – Premium Rents debate
Guy speaks to Ian Scott from LSH about the Build to Rent (BTR) market, in particular focusing on whether premium rents for BTR are real or not.
Ian has undertaken a long term study, the results of which he reveals in the podcast.
Chester and North Wales
Chris is joined by Fraser Crewe and Justin Rice-Jones from Chester property consultants; Beresford Adams Commercial.
The trio discuss a variety of topics including the Chester city centre property market sector by sector, why investors should take North Wales more seriously and the miracle of Wrexham industrial estate.
Investment Market – Manchester & NW
Chris is joined by investment agent and Manchester property stalwart, Jonathan Mills, to discuss all things North West property investment.
Jonathan provides an overview of his career and transaction highlights.
Branding Real Estate
Chris is joined by Jon McQuillan & Andy Heggs from Drumbeat to talk all things branding!
We discuss why branding is so important in real estate and other sectors.
Jon and Andy then walk us through the creative process, the ideas they are most proud of, as well as the best ideas that were left on the cutting room floor by their clients.
NW Offices – Part 2
Chris is joined for the second time by Andrew Gardiner.
First up; the pair discuss why rents are increasing at such a pace in Manchester City Centre.
Andrew gives his views on why occupiers in serviced offices find it hard to take the next steps into taking more conventional space and what Landlords should be doing to make it easier.
Placemaking & Pop Ups
This week's episode focusses on the art of placemaking.
Chris is joined by Mark Burgess and Andy Philips from Crowd UK, who provide a fascinating insight into the world of placemaking and pop-up shops.
Guy Butler talks to Alex Phillips, Property Director from GLH Hotels about hotel development. With over 5,000 bedrooms, they are the largest hotel owner operator in London.
The pair discuss how hotels work from a property perspective and Alex's most recent development, the conversion of the Cumberland Hotel to the Hard Rock Hotel on Marble Arch. With nearly 1,000 rooms there is quite a story to tell!
Prop Tech & the Media
Chris is joined by Paul Unger, Publisher and founder of PlaceNorthWest and Place Tech.
Originally intended to discuss the role of new property technology & software in the real estate; Paul, instead, explains his frustrations at how the property media perceives the role of journalists. He provides a guide of what to and not to consider when issuing a press release.
Retail – What Next?
Chris is joined by Des Pheby, owner of Pheby Food Concepts Group (which includes the Wok & Go franchise).
They discuss the current state of the retail market from the viewpoint of Landlord's & Tenants.