Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out his spending plans to tackle the economic costs arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Corporation tax hikes, more support measures for businesses and new levelling-up investments were among the key takeaways. But has the Budget addressed real estate’s needs and will it foster investment? And what’s in store for the UK’s landlords, as the biggest tax burden since the 1960s looms on the horizon?

EG’s news editor Pui-Guan Man spoke to Melanie Leech, chief executive of the British Property Federation, and Walter Boettcher, UK chief economist at Colliers International, about where more clarity is needed on the positives of the Budget, whether the role of real estate was recognised in the levelling-up agenda, and the missed opportunities this time around.

March 2, 2021

How to win an EG Award

This year the EG Awards are back with a vengeance. With the light at the end of Covid lockdown tunnels looking ever brighter, the team at EG are increasingly hopeful that we will be celebrating the very many and deserving winners of this years awards with you, face-to-face at the Grosvenor House hotel on 28 October. Contingency plans are always in place, however.

But before we can celebrate the winners, entries need to be collected and judges need to judge.

To help you submit the very best entry for any one of 21 categories EG will be celebrating in October, we’ve brought together some of our judges to find out exactly what they will be looking for.

In this special episode of the EG Property Podcast, EG editor Samantha McClary talks with Kirsten Hewson from Shoosmiths, Richard Rees from Savills and William Beardmore-Gray from Knight Frank about what they will be looking for from three of this year’s categories – UK Company, Global Company and a new category for 2021, City of the Year.

Editor Sam McClary and deputy editor Tim Burke join Jess Harrold to round up the week, beginning with an in-depth discussion of the results of EG's latest LGBTQ+ in real estate survey. The findings offer a mix of positive steps forward, disappointments and some depressing stories that highlight exactly how far real estate needs to go to be a truly diverse and inclusive industry.

In addition, Burke digs into his news highlights and is put to the test in the quiz of the week.


In another Future of Real Estate podcast, Damian Wild speaks to UK Hospitality’s CEO Kate Nicholls about the impact on the sector of a third lockdown, and how recovery is some way off despite good news on the vaccine front.

Nicholls warns that much of the sector will collapse without help from government and support from landlords. And she says that landlords hoping to recover all the rent they have lost from hospitality businesses are being unrealistic.

More than that though, Nicholls says that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will be felt by urban centres nationwide. What’s needed is nothing less than a Marshall plan for town centres to ensure their survival.

Fresh changes are likely to be ahead for the UK's real estate investment trusts. Treasury consultations on asset holding companies and the broader UK fund regime include various proposals, large and small, for altering how REITs are managed and treated.

The hope is that these changes will encourage more funds to set up shop in the UK, bolstering the industry, creating jobs and encouraging investment. But could some of the proposals risk damaging the “kitemark” of quality that the UK REIT regime has developed over the years?

To discuss this, EG deputy editor Tim Burke is joined on this podcast by:

  • Roger Clarke, head of capital markets at the IPSX stock exchange
  • Rachel Kelly, assistant director of finance policy at the British Property Federation
  • Stephen Silvester, chief financial officer at Palace Capital


In this episode of EG’s TechTalk Radio, EG editor Samantha McClary sits down with founder of Appear Here Ross Bailey and its lead data scientist Alex Nussbacher to talk about data driven decisions and how the industry needs to embrace tech to build a new future, particularly for retail.

Leaning on learnings from Appear Here’s recently published report, How Landlords Can Help Save the Street, Bailey and Nussbacher explain how embracing technology and data, being flexible and listening are some of the greatest tools of survival.

While a tale of retail’s demise is easy to tell, particularly in these Covid times, the Appear Here team are adamant that Covid will not define this decade. And that how we rest and rebuild will.

Listen in to hear more about how to use tech as a tool to deliver on bigger goals, how being the best doesn’t mean you always get it right first time, and how the 2020s should be about technology democratising rather than technology dictating.

This week's Bricks & Mortar sees series host Sarah Jackman return to the virtual studio for the second instalment in the careers trilogy with Nick Carman, Partnership Director at Macdonald & Company, a specialist recruitment consultancy for the real estate and built environment sectors.

In this episode, they discuss the value of using online platforms to aid the job search and focus on how to extract maximum value from LinkedIn, before exploring the rise of the video CV. 

Carman has tips on how to make your LinkedIn page look impactful, the importance of buzz words and phrases and why utilising the follow button effectively can provide useful introductions to industry people and organisations. 

He also introduces listeners to the video CV - a medium which has increased significantly since the onset of the pandemic and looks set to stay as both candidates and employers reap the benefits. He gives practical advice on how to present yourself on screen and how video might be incorporated as part of a LinkedIn profile.

Tune in next time for a look at interview technique.

EG editor Sam McClary stars in the latest episode of EG Like Sunday Morning, joining Jess Harrold to discuss her week. McClary expands on her latest leader, explaining why she feels London needs a bit of love - and gives her view on the "Marble Arch Mound".

Then, how will she fare in the first EG Like Sunday Morning quiz of the week?

Plus more on what's been keeping McClary busy.

In the second episode of the Resi Talks podcast, EG's residential editor Emma Rosser is back with L&Q’s new chief executive Fiona Fletcher-Smith.

Fletcher-Smith was previously development director and has this year taken the helm, following the departure of David Montague after 33 years at the housing association. 

A month into her new role, the pair discuss Fletcher-Smith’s views on diversity in the industry, her own experiences climbing the ladder, cladding and development and Fabric club nights.

Also read: Lockdown diaries: L&Q’s Fiona Fletcher Smith


In this episode of the EG Property Podcast, EG editor Samantha McClary talks to Homes England chief executive Nick Walkley to talk about the impact he has had at the government agency and what happens next.

In it Walkley talks about why he doesn’t want to be labelled a great leader and why his greatest legacy will be other members of the team leaving the business to spread at little bit of Homes England magic throughout the real estate sector.

The conversation covers everything from enabling housing delivery, to understanding the importance of listening and support, to creating diverse and powerful teams and what kind of music Walkley is convinced Urban Splash’s Tom Bloxham has pumping out of his stereo at home.

Listen in here, read online or pick up the latest issue of EG to read the interview in full.

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