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Series 3

Take 10 with Colliers | Talking Zero Carbon is a 10-minute podcast featuring trail blazers of ESG. Throughout the series, our host Holly Brown, Head of Client Services EMEA, will be chatting to a variety of experts across the commercial real estate industry about the impact of sustainability, as well as discussing their approach to making meaningful change to the environment.

 

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13 May 2021

Beyond the carbon footprint

In the third episode of Series Three, Lee-Leston Jones, Structural Partner at Cundall, discusses how a focus on ESG at a local level leads to real impact on their projects, and how they think holistically, moving beyond Carbon Zero on projects such as Salford Crescent Masterplan to create real sustainable living environments for communities.
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29 Apr 2021

Net Zero; changing promises into pathways

In the second episode of Series Three, Sophie Carruth, Head of European Sustainability at LaSalle IM, discusses the change in sentiment across the real estate industry towards ESG and how it is being driven from the bottom up.
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21 Apr 2021

Collaboration; the key to success for Sustainability

In the first episode of Series Three, Matt Flood, Head of Occupier Markets at Landsec, discusses how as a pioneering sustainable developer, ESG is embedded throughout their entire decision making process.
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Series 2


 

In this podcast series our host Georgie Griffiths, Senior Surveyor in our Retail Capital Markets team, interviews industry trail blazers and influencers across different commercial real estate sectors in quick 10 minute sessions. You will learn about the latest trends, insights, research and developments from those who know the industry best.

Georgie Griffiths, Associate Director from Colliers UK talks to Lucy Puddle, Project Director at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland. Lucy takes us through the masterplan approved by Westminster City Council for the South Molton Triangle, with the aim to inject new life into the area whilst keeping Mayfair’s character preserved.

 

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Meet Sam Gidley, who is part of our Business Support team in the Manchester office. Sam joined Colliers UK in 2004 as a Senior Secretary and has been recently promoted to Senior Business Support after 22 years of continued service.


Georgie Griffiths, now promoted to Associate Director, talks to Kenneth MacKenzie, Founder and Chief Executive at Target Fund Managers, who are a specialist investor and provider of property-management services in the UK healthcare sector.

 

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that the UK has hit a milestone of 10 million people having now been vaccinated, Kenneth discusses how the type of real estate purchased helped cope with the challenges of the pandemic and care homes being a priority for the vaccine roll out.

 

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We have a bonus podcast episode for you! We've gone behind the scenes so you can hear from some of the great people who work at Colliers UK. Meet Mitesh Mistry, who is part of our Design team (Marketing & Communications).

 

Mitesh joined in 2015 and over 5 years has been promoted to the senior role. His main duties include the creation of marketing collateral and mentoring his junior colleagues.


Georgie Griffiths, Senior Surveyor, talks to our Head of Research and Economics, Dr Walter Boettcher.

 

We look at the year to date as well as predictions for property investment in 2021. The UK has saved over £1 billion in 2020 and figures indicate that people are starting to spend. Consumer confidence in the market points to a recovery in 2021 being faster and stronger than expected.


This week we share a short bonus episode, where we go behind the scenes and meet some of the great people who work at Colliers UK.

 

Meet Danielle Taylor, who is part of the Operations team. Danielle joined Colliers UK in May 2015 as an administrator for our National Offices team and has progressed through the business to the role of Project Manager. This role ensures that the systems and processes we use work for everyone in the business and we can work productively and efficiently.


Georgie Griffiths, Senior Surveyor, talks to Julian Tollast, Head of Masterplanning and Design at Quintain he takes us through the evolution of Wembley Park.

 

He explains some of the underlying principles to the Wembley Park masterplan and how those principles have been guiding the course of the development of the growing community in and around the park.


We're going behind the scenes for a short bonus episode, where you get to meet some of the great people who work at Colliers UK. Meet Raminta Kymantas (Minta), who is part of our Human Resources team.

 

Minta joined Colliers UK in August 2018 as a Learning & Development Consultant. As an advocate for lifelong learning, Minta accelerates the capability and performance of Colliers UK staff.


The UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) is an increasing priority for real estate investors around the world.

 

Georgie Griffiths, Senior Surveyor, talks to Edward Dixon, Head of ESG at Aviva Investors about the climate crisis, the challenges facing us ahead and the huge future opportunities that exist when we put ESG at the heart of real estate.

Series 1


 

In this podcast series Colliers real estate experts interview a host of industry leaders from various sectors including retail, hotels, industrial, leisure, offices and more.


Andrew Hallissey, Executive Managing Director of EMEA Occupier Services talks to Neil Jones, Director of Property, Corporate & Shared Services, Finance and Commercial at Bupa Global and UK.

 

They discuss how the company has chartered their course during COVID-19 and how staff members rallied together for each other and their communities.


As the UK Government announce that gyms can reopen from 25 July, this episode looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on wellness.

 

Ross Kirton, Colliers’ Head of Leisure Agency talks to Geoff Bamber, CEO and Founder of Digme Fitness, about the importance of mental and physical wellbeing, not just for individuals, but for the nation and the economy. They also discuss how the gym sector has evolved to virtual and ‘on-demand’ fitness and what lies ahead for the sector post-lockdown.


Following Super Saturday where pubs and bars reopened, James Shorthouse, our Head of Alternative Markets and licensed and leisure expert, speaks to Mark Davies, the CEO of Hawthorn and CFO of New River.

 

They discuss what measures pubs have been putting in place for the grand reopening, while also looking at the impact that lockdown has had on the sector, how recovery might look, and if government measures such as a temporary cut in VAT is enough.


Speaking during the run up to the 4 July when restaurants, pubs and hotels can re-open for business our head of hospitality asset management, Ben Godon, talks to Mark Kingston, the Managing Director of Topland Group and Ben Danielsen, the General Manager of the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath.

 

They discuss the impact of lockdown on their respective businesses from a landlord and an operator perspective; and provide their insights on the longer-term future of the sector.


In our first episode you can listen to our Head of Retail Agency London, Paul Souber, speaking to Jace Tyrrell, CEO of the New West End Company.


Speaking during the week that non-essential shops reopened after three months of COVID-19 lockdown, they discuss the community spirit that has emerged and how the West End plans to attract UK residents back to the area over the summer and into the new year. They also touch on the longer term strategic aims for the area.

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