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Regions looking forward to welcoming tourism and the return of dining out


Following the Government’s announcement that pubs, restaurants, hotels, social clubs and galleries will be able to reopen on July 4, 2020, our head of offices across England have shared their anticipation for the regions. 

“Manchester is just not used to being a quiet place,” said Peter Gallagher, Head of Collier’s Manchester office. “Our vibrant hospitality sector is tightly bound to the fabric of the city. We are known throughout the world for our unique offering of big national chains alongside independent local entrepreneurs who create a day and night time economy for all tastes. In the region as a whole the visitor economy is worth over £8billion and supports over 100,000 jobs locally, so its restart is crucial to stimulating a much-anticipated awakening of wider commercial activity

“Reducing the social distancing measures to 1m+ is going to significantly help those businesses who feared running at a loss with 2m measures in place. Now businesses have a real chance to get their staff back to work and make up for the lost time of the past three months.”

Head of our Birmingham office, James Cubitt added: “Boris Johnson’s latest announcement regarding the opening up of the leisure and hospitality sector from 4th July and the reduction in the social distancing requirement to 1 metre+ is an extremely welcome step both socially and economically as it increases the potential for social interaction – which is the thing that people have missed most throughout this crisis. 

“The direct benefits to the leisure and hospitality sector are significant and it will be great to see bars around Brindley place and other leisure districts in the vicinity thriving again. In addition, the opening up of amenities such as restaurants, bars and pubs will also have a very positive impact on other sectors, such as offices. The ability to socialise with colleagues and clients in bars and restaurants is a key driver for companies to be based in city centres and returning to the workplace is likely to be a far more appealing prospect for staff now these are open for business. 

“However, public health remains the key concern and it is essential for operators to implement the suggested measures correctly. Consumer confidence is key at this time and failure to take on board Government health and safety procedures is likely to damage customer trust and have a reverse effect on business.”

Jo Edwards, Head of our South West office in Bristol said: “After many weeks of uncertainty this is a welcome relief for businesses that they are able to reopen ahead of the peak summer season. The local economies of Devon, Cornwall, The Cotswolds and Dorset rely heavily on tourism, while Bristol and Bath’s hospitality sector will be significantly boosted by the reduction of social distancing measures to 1m+, helping to make reopening a more viable prospect. 

“With many people looking to enjoy a staycation rather than a holiday abroad this year, we expect there will be many looking to visit this beautiful part of the country and provide a vital boost to the local economy – we must all ensure that measures are in place to protect staff and customers so we’re ready to welcome visitors again from July 4.”


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Peter Gallagher


National Offices


Head of the Manchester Office and a Director in the Manchester city centre based National Offices Team with over 40 years experience. Currently working on over 10m sq.ft.  of commercial development and agency projects and consultancies covering a broad range of mixed-use commercial property but retaining a specialism in high-value offices.

Peter has built a highly respected reputation advising on the complexities of pre-build development consultancy and pre-let agency, acting for both occupiers and owners. Peter is a highly respected member of the Manchester business community and a trusted advisor to clients, having played instrumental roles in transformative projects such as Spinningfields that have helped shape Manchester into the truly cosmopolitan city it is today, From his involvement in rebuilding parts of Manchester after the 1996 bombing, through to his current work providing leasing and marketing advice on the major mixed-use redevelopment scheme at the likes of NOMA and the emerging plans for the Royal London campus in South Manchester - his knowledge and understanding is invaluable.

His personal clients include prominent private as well as public sector bodies.Career highlights include:

Peter joined the National Office Team at Colliers in Feb 2014 and was appointed Director Head of Colliers Manchester Office in February 2019.

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James Cubitt

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James joined Colliers in 2006 and is Head of the Birmingham Office and a Director of Valuation and Advisory Services. He began his career with Chesterton PLC in Birmingham in 1999 before moving to D&P Holt Limited in Coventry in 2001. 

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Jo Edwards

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I have in excess of 24 years of experience in Property & Asset Management on behalf of Institutional Investors, Property Companies, Developers and Individuals. I work across all property types and sectors delivering clients outstanding results.


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Hannah Zitren

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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:

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

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·         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.

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I'm a communications professional who has previously worked as a journalist for eight years covering a broad range of topics including politics, crime, health and housing in north London. In recent years I have worked in corporate communications for local authorities across London  and joined Colliers in October 2019, initially providing maternity leave cover.

I provide strategic public relations advice to various business lines within the UK organisation to secure recognition for their work in the property press as well as key target media, and work with our experts to produce thought leadership pieces which are of interest to our clients and colleagues within the commercial real estate sector. In addition, alongside colleagues in the PR and wider communications team, I provide media and social media training for our in-house experts to prepare them for media opportunities and raise their personal brand within the sector.

As well as supporting various teams within the UK business, I also I curate and edit regular content for the blog, which drives credible business leads to our experts.


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