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Colliers appoints Alistair Bews as director in its Retail Lease Advisory team

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Colliers has strengthened its retail offering in London with the appointment of Alistair Bews as a director in its Retail Lease Advisory team. He joins from JLL where he was head of its Central London Retail lease advisory business for five-years.

Alistair has over 18-years’ experience in providing lease restructuring advice, rent reviews, and lease renewals on prime retail and leisure properties across the capital. His clients include Grosvenor; Lazari Investments; Oxford Properties; Frogmore; City of London Corporation; AXA and Freshwater.

Matthew Hobbs, Head of Retail Lease Advisory at Colliers commented: “Alistair has an in-depth understanding of the retail landscape and it’s fantastic to have him on board. In his new role, Alistair will advise on all lease and rent related opportunities for clients in pitches across Central London, ensuring that we continue to grow our market share in this competitive and fast moving sector.”

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Matthew Hobbs

Head of Retail - Lease Advisory

Retail - Lease Advisory

London - West End

Having worked in the Lease Advisory side for over 30 years, Matthew is a specialist in high value retail / leisure rent reviews, lease renewals and lease negotiations.

This includes luxury shops, bars, restaurants and gyms in London along with other large retail stores (particularly supermarkets / department stores) and flagship shops throughout the UK for both landlords and tenants. Occupational advice and due diligence on supermarket investment acquisitions is a particular expertise and he is regularly approached by investors and brokers alike to provide specialist advice in this area. 

His team of five full time professional surveyors and two consultants deal with retail / leisure rent reviews, lease renewals and regears for landlords and occupiers in all of the major towns and cities in the UK. He also works closely with the agency and investment teams in asset management initiatives, lease restructuring and investment acquisitions and sales.

He is on the RICS panel of independent experts and is regularly called upon to act as third party on high value rent reviews in Central London and throughout the country.

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Hannah Zitren

Associate Director

Marketing & Communications


I am responsible for media relations and generating coverage in top tier broadcast and print media. I work across a range of Colliers’ UK & Pan-EMEA business lines advising on their strategic and tactical PR needs.

My role includes:

·         Developing and executing PR plans for the various business lines to help promote their key messages across all aspects of the media - print, broadcast and social.

·          Media evaluation and reporting objectives, targets and successes across the business.

·         Reputation management and crisis management.

·         Media training.

·         Media engagement: setting up meetings with top tier media and various internal spokespeople to continuously expand and build a presence with property and vertical media network.

·         Consistently delivering service excellence, meeting with business heads of a regular basis and trying to influence the research as much as possible to ensure our content has a strong enough news hook.

·         Key campaigns that I work on include MIPIM; MAPIC; REVO; Midsummer Retail Report; IHIF; Cities of Influence in addition to a host of all alternative property sector research reports.

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