In 2013, CBRE took on eleven apprentices in a new industry initiative. Those apprentices have now qualified as surveyors – among them Nick Jones, a then 18 year old with a passion for property. Unsure of going to university, the apprenticeship was for him the perfect entry point into the profession.

In this episode of Bricks and Mortar, he talks to EG about why it was the right move for him, how the scheme works in practice, the support he received to balance the practical day-to-day demands of the job with studying and how he found his way into his current position within the firm.

Most importantly, he gives his thoughts on the advantages of the apprenticeship scheme over the graduate route and provides practical advice to all those considering applying for it.

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Yes, we talk touch upon Brexit. But in this episode EG editor Damian Wild and deputy editor Sam McClary focus on Google’s ambitions to build a city from the internet up, a bad week for WeWork and the shopping centre on sale for a pound. Meanwhile Wired Score and start-up co-working space Runway East tell us how landlords need to change with the times.

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"It is hard to explain the future." So says Dan Doctoroff, chief executive of Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet. 

And he should know. Explaining the future is something he is asked to do a lot these days following the launch of Sidewalk Labs in 2015 and current plans to build a city "from the internet up" on an 800 acre site in Toronto.

Previously, the CEO and president of Bloomberg and deputy mayor for economic development, Doctoroff also led New York City's bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics.  

During his first term as deputy mayor, Doctoroff oversaw 289 separate projects and initiatives, including the rezoning of 6,000 city blocks, the creation of 130 million square feet of residential and commercial space, and 2,400 acres of new parks.

Here he reveals his plans to deliver a digital district in Toronto based on the company mantra of “reimagining cities to improve quality of life”, talks about the hurdles he has faced and will continue to face along the way and insists that traditional real estate developers will be crucial to the ultimate delivery of our future cities. 

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EG's deputy legal editor, Jess Harrold, talks you through the major battlegrounds in the courtroom showdown between Canary Wharf and its £13m-a-year tenant, the European Medicines Agency, in a major case that raises the key question: will Brexit "frustrate" the EMA's lease, allowing it to walk away from its obligations.

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The Future of Real Estate podcast looks at the events, the people and the issues that are changing real estate. In this first episode Damian Wild is joined by Revo president Mark Robinson as well as EG deputy editor Samantha McClary and retail correspondent Pui Guan Man. Should there be relief or recriminations after this week’s retail trading updates? And is the industry finally making progress on diversity?

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Joining us in EG’s first Bricks & Mortar of 2019 is someone who needs little introduction: Susan Freeman, partner at Mishcon de Reya.

Susan has amassed over 10,000 followers on Twitter and is active on other social media platforms including LinkedIn. Here, she gives her thoughts on how to make the most of the opportunities afforded by social media, how to build a contact base and the best ways to integrate social media activity into the working day.

She stresses the need to always act professionally, to avoid simply retweeting content and to comment on things that are interesting. She reflects on how being active on social media has ultimately led to business and how as a skill it can effectively be balanced to form part of an overall personal marketing plan.

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The RICS is due to implement a new professional statement - Service Charges in Commercial Property - in April 2019, which supersedes earlier service charge codes of practice.

All those involved in the management and administration of service charges need to understand it and ensure that they are compliant with it. What can be done now to prepare for its implementation?

Join James Daglish, partner at city law firm Goodman Derrick and Guy Cochrane, senior associate partner at Daniel Watney, as they discuss the rationale behind the changes, what they entail and, crucially, how to gear up for implementation.

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The West Midlands was one of real estate’s best-performing regions in 2018. But with Channel opting for Leeds for its regional HQ will 2019 be so successful? EG asks West Midlands Combined Authority chief executive Deborah Cadman what’s in store.

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EG's legal & professional team, Sarah Jackman and Jess Harrold, count down the most significant property law decisions of the year - from key landlord & tenant disputes, to major rating decisions, to fraud, misrepresentation and more.

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University of Reading real estate undergraduate student, Aurora Barrett, is the guest on this latest episode of Bricks & Mortar.

She talks about her initial exposure to the property industry through the University of Reading scheme Pathways to Property, how that enthused her to pursue a career in the industry and why schemes such as this are invaluable in opening people's eyes to a career in the field.

She highlights the importance of networking - including at undergraduate level, discusses the need to build up relevant work experience and gives her top tips for those thinking about developing a career in the industry.

 

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