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Ian Worboys is indulging in a bit of well-deserved dolphin spotting. The chief executive of P3 Logistic Parks is speaking to Property Week from a boat off the coast of the Maldives, days after his company was acquired by GIC from TPG and Ivanhoé Cambridge in one of the biggest real estate deals of 2016.
It isn’t often that a chief executive of seven years’ standing - and one, moreover, who has worked for their company for 25 years - decides to jack it in and start again. But that is exactly what Howard Phillips did four-and-a-half years ago when he quit retirement living housebuilder McCarthy & Stone to set up a rival.
In 2013, Killian Hurley, co-founder and chief executive of London developer Mount Anvil, stated that his ambition was to build an average of 500 homes a year. Any more than that and he would worry about losing control.
Professional and legal features
While many employers are aware of the potential risks of the annual Christmas party and will prepare accordingly, they would do well to remember that while the party season may be over, there will inevitably be other external work-related alcohol-fuelled events during the course of the year. Indeed, for the property sector, Mipim is just around the corner.
In theory, housebuilders developing smaller sites don’t have to make affordable housing contributions. There is, after all, a written ministerial statement (WMS) saying as much, and local plans are supposed to fall in line with national policy.
In a move resisted by many business groups, the government has announced plans to encourage equal pay by introducing compulsory gender pay gap reporting for companies operating in the UK that employ 250 or more people.
The first Movers & Shakers event of 2017 featured the first-ever 20/20 presentations covering 20 slides with 20 seconds for each.
Dear chancellor, the stamp duty regime is hurting the housing market and damaging the economy. If you really want to tackle the housing crisis, you need to Call Off Duty. Here’s how…
Word to the wise - if you find yourself in British Land’s West End head office any time soon, don’t mention the words ‘shopping centre’ or ‘retail park’. And if you do slip up, don’t be surprised if you get a quizzical look from British Land employees.
The limp room-service sarnie and soggy breakfast buffet - long the bane of the business traveller - may at last be about to be consigned to history.
Property market features
It is more than 20 years since the cult movie Pulp Fiction introduced audiences to the concept of premium milkshakes. In a pivotal scene set in a retro diner, Uma Thurman’s character orders a $5 (£4) shake, much to the astonishment of her date.
Tony Kitous came to London on holiday from Algeria in 1988 at the age of 18 with just £70 in his pocket and nowhere to stay. He never left.
Southern Railway did not have a great reputation for reliability to begin with, but the long-running dispute with the RMT and ASLEF unions over the roles of conductors and drivers has shredded what little reputation it had.
The public sector has never had it so tough. Swingeing central government funding cuts over the past few years have seen many local authorities slash services to the bone.