Towards the end of 2017, we finally got confirmation of the marriage we had long been waiting for. No, not Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but BNP Paribas Real Estate and Strutt & Parker.

It was a flirtation that had been talked about at several MIPIMs but always denied. But in August last year, the two companies finally confirmed that they were indeed merging, that BNP Paribas Real Estate UK boss John Slade was stepping down and that Strutt & Parker’s Andy Martin, who had been preparing to follow partnership rules and retire, would lead the merged company.

But while Slade had an office to himself while trying to grow the French bank-backed firm, Martin shares his with deputy chief executive and Frenchman (although you won’t necessarily know it from his accent) Etienne Prongue.

Could buying a traditionally British partnership and physically sitting an Englishman and a Frenchman together be the solution to BNP Paribas Real Estate’s long held dreams of finally cracking the UK?

Listen in to find out more and pick up EG on 24 February to read the interview

 

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Sergo’s chief executive David Sleath talks to EG’s head of news & finance, David Hatcher, following the company’s full year results and explains why the company has been unable to proceed with major Heathrow development, how it is still accessing the land market despite the toppy prices being paid and how it has seen Amazon and other e-tailers evolve in the past year.

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In this episode of TechTalk Radio, Samantha McClary and Emily Wright talk to Laura Acklandiene and Bronny Wilson of building services platform Equiem about their ambitious global expansion plans and the roll out of their platform at International Quarter London. They also touch on issues including the power of women in tech.

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John Forrester, global president of Cushman & Wakefield, reflects on more than three decades in real estate, lessons learnt from booms and busts, diversity and what he expects from the next generation.

In a conversation with EG, Forrester says: “I felt at home in this industry wherever it’s been in the world. It doesn’t matter where that door is – Shanghai or Tokyo or Newcastle – I always feel at home. I feel comfortable. I feel safe.”

But he says Cushman & Wakefield – and property more broadly – are on a journey to extend that to everyone. The industry needs more diversity, Forrester says, and it is up to today’s leaders to make it so.

“The leaders are responsible. We define the roadway within which the organisation has to operate. If we don’t set stretching targets, if we don’t ensure that our environment is welcoming and safe – that people are allowed to fail and be themselves – then that’s our fault.”

He goes on to reveal his advice for those, like his son, who have just started in property and gives us a glimpse into “John the person”: his love of authors named James or Elroy, his funeral playlist, thumbs up emojis and the teacher who made the biggest difference in his life.

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Knight Frank's central London briefing this year focused on market myths versus reality.

Lee Elliott, head of comercial research and Abby Brown, partner, central London leasing each select their top 3 perceived myths and tell us what they think is really happening. 

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In this episode of TechTalk Radio, Samantha McClary and Emily Wright talk to Alex Hill and Joe Warren of energy management system ZTP about the power real time data, the challenges of hiring a team and building a business and much,much more. And they ask you the listener to send in your questions for our future guests. 

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In the first epidode of On the Case - a new regular podcast series offering expert analysis of important property law decisions - Jess Harrold joins Tim Reid, senior associate at Hogan Lovells, to discuss the Court of Appeal judgment in Mundy v Trustees of Sloane Stanley Estate [2018] EWCA Civ 35; [2018] PLSCS 12.

The high-profile case involved an unsuccessful challenge to the conventional method of valuing the premiums to be paid for lease extensions and collective enfranchisements.

Tim explains the issues raised, and the Court of Appeal's decision - as well as offering his thoughts on how the complex valuation problem may be resolved going forwards.

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Today marks the 100 year anniversary of when (some) women got the right to vote in the UK. In this special podcast, Emily Wright and Samantha McClary speak to a collection of women from across the industry and business about how far we have come in 100 years, what lessons we still have to learn and how progress is coming. A long listen featuring British Land’s Juliette Morgan, Enterprise Alumni’s Emma Sinclair, Dr Pippa Malmgren, Built ID’s Savannah de Savary, International Well Buildings Institute’s Victoria Lockhart and Cushman & Wakefield’s Despina Katsikakis.

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After four months in post, Deborah Cadman speaks to EG about being the first chief executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority, the region’s £8bn, 30-year investment programme and what she wants to see the private sector deliver. She also explains why she believes Channel 4 will relocate to Birmingham.

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In this week’s Tech Talk Radio hosted by EG’s Emily Wright and Samantha McClary, leasing platform VTS’s co-founder Ryan Masiello braves the rain to discuss why it takes a certain type of person to make it in the tech sector. The chief revenue officer of the New York-based company left a role in corporate real estate at JLL to set up VTS in 2013. He explains how difficult the transition can be given how many tech businesses are “just not set up for success” and delves into the growing importance of the role of chief technology officers (CTOs) in major property firms.

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