As usual the event was kicked off by our MD Jason Roper commenting yet again on what a fantastic turnout with standing room only at the back of the room.
Jason’s subject of choice this month was the planning application process born off not only his own experience of the process but the experiences and difficulties which some of his clients are encountering on a weekly basis.
As Jason elaborated more he posed the question of how the planning process can be improved for the better, how can developers work closer with the planning officers and local authorities in order to reduce the time in which it takes to get a planning application through.
Many options were touched on, mostly common sense, however, Jason will be updating us throughout 2019 as he himself will be lobbying for change by speaking to the local authorities to see how everyone can work together and hopefully look to implement some much-needed changes in the near future. Jason did close by saying this is not the same across the country and indeed some local authorities lead by example, however its consistency we need.
Next up was a short video message from MPG Director Fiona McKay who is currently busy working on a project out in Dubai.
Fiona talks of International Women’s day and her #FEEDBACKFIRSTCAMPAIGN. (see video below)
Our first guest speaker this month was Craig Jones of Energy Gain UK.
Craig provided some very interesting statistics relating to Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy market growth, Carbon Reduction, Energy Wastage and Renewable Energy.
More interesting reasoning also showed why energy pricing are currently increasing at the rate of 6% per annum, these include wholesale & transportation costs, government taxes, exchange rates and changing weather such as the beast from the east which produced a 10 year high in UK energy prices.
Craig also discussed the Feed in Tariff which was a government backed incentive to install solar photovoltaics and other green technologies which ends in March 2019.
Despite this scheme coming to an end it’s far from being the end. For example, from a landlord’s perspective installing solar photovoltaics can have many benefits including a revenue stream by selling the generated power to the tenants at market value, capital allowance benefits, increased energy performance as well as creating great CRS and marketing opportunities.
Please visit their web address for more details on the variety of services Energy Gain UK have to offer - https://energygain.co.uk/
Second to take to the floor was Michelle Thorniley of the LK Group.
Michelle got straight to the point, she explained the definition of contaminated land and the impact and potential costs implications it can have for a developer if they fail to carry out the correct DD from day one.
The basic theme was that paying out for a concise Preliminary Risk Assessments and Site Investigations can be incredibly beneficial and account for huge costs savings when it comes to the remediation process and the ultimate validation of that remediation.
For a full idea of the service which Michelle and the LK Group can offer please visit their website: - http://www.thelkgroup.com
The winner of this month’s champagne draw sponsored by Landmark Development Solutions was Wayne Radcliffe, with the meal for two at Albert’s going to Tony Houlihan, FC Developments.
We look forward to seeing you all at our next event taking place on Thursday 4th April when we will hear from Cllr Bill Fairfoull, Deputy Leader of Tameside TMBC for the latest on the Spatial Framework.
We will also be hearing from our very own Clive Gawthorpe who will update us on Brexit, VAT and significance of the Chancellors recent speech.
If you are not a member but are interested to get involved with MPG please contact us today firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be more than happy to provide information on our membership options and upcoming events.
We look forward to seeing you all in April!!!
One thing that has been guaranteed with MPG events over the last 12 months is a full house and yet again it was standing room only for February’s event as we were joined by many new members and guests.
Proceedings were kicked off by our ever-vocal MD Jason Roper with his trademark take on recent events in the market.
The first piece of exciting news was the announcement that Purple bricks have now joined MPG as the latest in a long list of high-profile partners offering evermore ranging services to our members. Although only seven years old Purple bricks have already grown to become the largest and probably also the most recognised Estate Agency in the Country and have recently expanded to both the US and Australia with an ever-growing positive reputation.
One of the newest additions to the Purple bricks business in the UK is the New Homes team which was set up just 18 months ago to provide a bespoke and professional service dealing directly with property developers. The team is headed up by Directors Stuart Richards and Adam Docwra who will also be speaking at an MPG event in the coming months to explain how they are hoping to revolutionise the way developers sell new homes with potentially huge cost savings.
Opening the main proceedings this month was MPG Ambassador Bill Fairfoull, Deputy Executive Leader of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, who provided us with a brief update on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Consultation (GMSF) which ends on 18th March 2019.
Bill explained for those unaware, that GMSF was launched as a plan to provide the right homes in the right place for people across the Greater Manchester Region as well as at the same time improving infrastructure to ensure the future prosperity of Greater Manchester.
The plan is focused om making the most of Greater Manchester’s brownfield sites to address the housing crisis with a minimum target of 50,000 additional affordable homes (30,000 which are to be social).
The consultation period ends on 18th March 2019 so you don’t have long left, but should you wish to get involved please follow this web address:
Bill will be joining us again in April to provide a more detailed update once the GMSF consultation period has ended and he hopes to be able to highlight some of the news which has by then began to filter out.
Next up was our guest speaker, Stuart Law, Founder and CEO of Assetz Group.
As well as being the Founder of Assetz Group which includes Assetz Capital and Assetz Property, Stuart is also one of the UK’s leading economists his opinions can be found in numerous publications including the finance section of the Guardian.
Stuart gave a very interesting insight into his background and how he came from wanting a career writing computer codes to be the founder of one of the UK’s leading Peer-to-Peer lending businesses.
Hitting some very important points along the way, Stuart talked of the economic cycle, the traditional tell-tale signs and how and other leading UK economists saw the last recession hit from 2007 in such a fashion.
Talking on the subject of peer-to-peer lending, Stuart explained the difference between banks and peer-to-peer lenders and for property developers the main points being the peer-to-peer lenders flexibility in terms offered, as opposed to traditional high street banks.
Our MD Jason Roper also works for Assetz Capital and if you require development finance please get in touch with him on Jason.email@example.com for a fast and flexible approach to funding.
We look forward to seeing you all at our next evet taking place on Thursday 7th March when we will hear from Michelle Thorniley from LK Group talking about all development issues from contaminated land, Flood Risk plus much more a topic never touched on at MPG before, so it’s sure to be informative.
We will also be hearing from Energy Gain UK giving us the final roll call for solar panel with the ever-looming Feed-it Tariff (FIT) closing on 31st March 2019
If you are not a member but are interested to get involved with MPG please contact us today firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be more than happy to provide information on our membership options and upcoming vents.
We look forward to seeing you all in March!!!
Check out this article about MPG Ambassador Fiona McKay from The Business Desk.com about the continued success of Lightbulb Leadership Solutions, and its expansion plans for the coming year...
MPG ambassador, Carl Lomas MBE blogs,UHY Hacker Young property guru Clive Gawthorpe opening the MPG 2019 January event to a full house, all seats taken and folk standing at the back. In what has become the property networking must attend event for developers in Manchester, who want to talk shop with fellows in a no sell environment, that exchanges vision from new build to refurb. January was an exceptional turn out, toad in the hole to finish after a headline run through 2019 budget for property and a full trade secrets showcase of the property insurance brokerages. All that and champagne prizes supported by Landmark Investments!
Clive Gawthorpe from UHY Hacker Young explained budget updates focused on property in a condensed master class of key titles. Capital Allowance to increase from 200k to 1 milion. 'Give something, take it away.' Clawing back some tax relief, it's an end to 100% allowance for products on the energy technology list. Passing on sub-contractors VAT will be a new challenge. Moving to letting relief reform and property tax for overseas landlords. Clive to a healthy set of questions from the floor, brexit had to come up, 'My prediction is a no deal.'
The MPG group has become renowned for advice inside the box. The full house January meeting talked property insurance. Carl Abbott of LIFT Insurance spoke frankly, brokers work on fee or commission, if they didn't ask for a fee they are receiving in the thirty per-cent ball park of commission. 'Tips on the best deal for you, choose a broker by reputation, ask around.' With a full house of property developers MPG events a perfect measure. Back to nuisiness, 'let me explain, don't ask two brokers to compete from the same insurer, as a broker if I press my favourite insurer for a best deal for you I can negotiate, the minute a second broker places the request to the same insurer, the price is fixed. If you do shop between brokers as them for quotes identifying specific insurers, leave your negotiation open for maximum discount. Think about the optional extras, NIG offer kitchen or bathroom pods at the property after a fire, keep them serviceable and let. Cyber is an option, extortion and even media liabilty. When you place the business be sure to explain what you do. Don't just tell them you are a builder. If working at heights or depths, this is often excluded, if its excluded, you have not told them, then you are not covered and your policy is money spent for no cover. When you are negotiating, try to get the insurer in the room, ask the broker to get the insurer in the room, if the insurer sees you as a low risk the premium is going to be better. Don't go too far, if you ask the World then the broker may walk away. My final advice, cheapest is not always best, ask your broker for the cheapest deal and then ask for the deal your broker recommends.
Next MPG event is February 7th, clear your diary!
Here comes that time of year when not only are we jolly but our diaries are busier than ever ahead of the Christmas break so thank you once again for taking the time to join us at this months Manchester Property Group.
As always we heard from our enthusiastic MD Jason Roper who covered hot property topics including the UKs acute affordable housing shortage and Manchester's outstanding housing profit performance.
Manchester is now considered in the Top 10 Global Destinations for Investment and dubbed the 'London of the North' what a time to be in business in this fantastic city!
2018 has given us many memories to take with into 2019. We have celebrated the centenary year of the Vote for Women, endured the Beast from the East which stopped us in our tracks and not forgetting that we almost brought it home....
Here at MPG we have been privileged to host and hear from many fantastic Guest Speakers over the past 12 months educating us on everything from Feedback in the Workplace to properties of Political Inspiration right here in Manchester!
And this months guest did not disappoint...we were joined by serial entrepreneur Brendan Flood, Chairman of Edge Real Estate, University College of Football Business (UCFB) and Director of Burnley Football Club.
Brendan opened up with his best but also worst time of his career, May 2009.
This month signifies when Burnley played and won against Sheffield in the Championship playoff but also saw Brendan's property Development company Modus Ventures go into administration not 4 days later.
Brendan then shared his path of discovery and re-invention that followed and what he believes important to be successful in business.
We heard next about Brendan's time in the boardroom, here he explained that 'there's nothing wrong with a good argument as long as it ends in peace. If you want to achieve, have a go. Set your intentions and it will happen'.
A worthwhile daily mantra from a well versed businessman.
Next we heard about UCFB Burnley and it's students. Brendan explained that he focused ons creating an environment where students would thrive and love learning about sport with an ambitious goal of want to have a student in every stadium and regulatory body in the next 10 years.
Read more about UCFB here:
With ongoing property developments across the country Brendan has got a lot to look forward to in 2019 and no doubt we will see more of this established businessman as his empire grows.
If you would like to know more about Brendan's journey you can purchase his book Big Club, Small Town and Me here:
From the beginning we have heard regularly from MPG ambassador Terry Flanagan and his involvement in the revolutionary company Tootoot.
Tootoot have created the only App in the world that allows safe reporting for victims of bullying.
Tootoot is now live across the country in numerous schools, sport clubs and is now expanding into the work place with big companies such as AO.com<http://ao.com/> and Morrison's keen to sign up.
If you'd like to support or install this amazing application in your workplace visit their website and find out how here:
For the past 12 months we have supported the amazing youth charity Mahdlo https://www.mahdloyz.org/
MD Jason spotlighted an upcoming event for the charity, a business breakfast with Sir Norman Stoller, not to be missed! If you'd like to attend follow the link below to book your place:
Thank you to this month's champagne sponsor Landmark Development Solutions.
Winners of our monthly business card draw were Austin Hornsby and Carl Abbot.
We look forward to seeing you at January's event on 10/01 when we will hear from Carl Abbot at LIFT - Insurance.
Don't forget MPG are ready to help and support so if you would like information on how we can help you and your business get in touch with the team today at:
Another successful event followed by much festivity enjoyed by all.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here at MPG!
Unbelievably this month marks MPGs 4th birthday - time flies when your having fun! It is also 12 months since MPG became a paid members event, an amazing milestone only made possible by YOU joining us month on month so thank you.
We asked members past, present and new to come and join us to help celebrate not only our birthday but to help support our chosen charity Mahdlo too. Here’s a reminder of the amazing work Mahdlo do :
This month also revealed the results of our fundraising event Man Vs Machine. Who did you place your bet on? Two of our very own MPG members went head to head in a race across Manchester in morning peak time traffic. Man (Roger Dean on his bicycle) V Machine (Matt Gibbons in his Aston Martin sports car).
And the winner is.........
MAN Roger Dean!!!
So far we have raised over £1000! Thank you so much for your support so far. There’s still time to donate, head over to our just giving page here:
The celebration continued into the evening over drinks and great conversation. Another fantastic MPG event enjoyed by all.
Do not fear we will be back to business next month where we will hear from our key note speaker, Brendan Flood Burnley FC Director and Real Estate Entrepreneur. As always we are here to help and support so if you would like information on how MPG can help you and your business get in touch with the team today at :
We look forward to seeing you all at Decembers event on Wednesday 5th December.
MPG Ambasador Carl Lomas MBE talks networking, clean air cycling and Aston Martin challenges from furniture stores at the MPG network
November's MPG event had a charity focus with fast cars and fresh air, big on informal networking between property developers, service providers, professional accountants and lawyers. MPG guru Jason Roper showcased a recent MPG challenge raising funds for the Mahdlo charity.
Labelled Man v Machine, an Aston martin against a race cycle, from Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield at prime rush hour to the Albert Square Chop House venue of the MPG group. Bubbles of champaign on success and choice, the clean air cycle smasshed the time by over ten minutes, may have been need for a shower mind! Big applause all round and loads of money raised for the charity.
Meanwhile the MPG group has gained an enviable reputation for informal network and the opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas, as diverse as dealing with rates on listed buildings to planning application between commercial and residential split, help to buy deals on interest rates and values that make sales work. Dealing with the best solutions as a developer, that's the network mix that makes MPG a magic spot to exchange ideas.
An all female line up at this month’s event inspired by Emmeline Pankhurst and the centenary year for the vote for women.
The event was opened up by enthusiastic MD Jason Roper who spoke about the recent change to HMO licensing and what those changes mean for the property sector.
In short the changes have been made to assist the Government in helping to raise safety standards in privately rented properties.
These changes are being welcomed by tenants who privately rent however the changes do bring added pressure for private landlords.
To make sure you are up to speed with the changes to HMO and other mandatory or additional licences checkout latest information at Gov.Uk link:
Jason then introduced the first of our two guest speakers, our very own MPG Partner Fiona McKay, owner of Lightbulb Leadership Solutions and FionaMcKay.com.
Inspired by Emmeline Pankhurst and the fight for gender equality Fiona has just launched a new and refreshing training programme called ‘Feedback First’.
This programme has been developed to tackle the negative differences between the types of feedback given to men and women in the workplace. The detriment it is currently having on women specifically and how businesses can look to change the way they and there people feedback to women for the better.
Fiona has been conducting research for this programme for over ten years and this has been done in a wide variety of workplaces spanning the globe.
If you would like to learn more about Feedback First and what the training programme could do for your business please see the link below which will allow you to download a complimentary e-book of Fiona’s research:
Up next was our second guest speaker Bex Schindler, Fundraising and Development Manager for the Pankhurst Trust.
The Pankhurst Trust merged with Manchester’s Women’s Aid in 2014 so in addition to a museum showing the history of the suffragette movement the centre is also a women’s only activity space providing vital support to women suffering domestic abuse and violence.
Bex talked proudly of Manchester’s very own heroine Emmeline Pankhurst, who unbeknown to some of the room was born and raised in Manchester’s Moss Side.
The trust is based just outside Manchester’s city centre at 60-62 Nelson Street. This was the home of Emmeline Pankhurst and the birthplace of the suffragette movement.
The centre has recently been listed in the top 20 places to go in the world for Political Inspiration, what an amazing destination we have right on our door step.
However, due to the trust being reliant solely on donations funds for property repairs etc are low. Bex explained the trust has applied for a grant from the Heritage Lottery fund to renovate and re-create the buildings which if granted would allow the centre to become and support so much more than they do currently.
One catch with the grant is that they must contribute a minimum of 10% and with the grant being £3.96 million that’s some target!
Bex is looking for support from everyone who is willing to help hit the centres ambitious target so if you would like to get involved or contribute check out the website at:
Our next event in November will see the results of Man V Machine, a fundraising event in support of our chosen charity Mahdlo.
Two of our very own MPG members will be going head to head in a race across Manchester in morning peak time traffic.
Man (Roger Dean on his bicycle) V Machine (Matt Gibbons in his Aston Martin sports car).
The race will take place on 16th October starting at 8am from Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield ending at Alberts Chop House, Manchester. Please feel free to join us at the finish line to welcome both Man and Machine over the finish line.
Please get in involved and make a bet in support of this amazing charity:
In addition to this, November’s event marks MPG’s 1st Members Birthday! How time flies when your having fun. So along with an invite to celebrate with us we also have some fantastic renewal offers coming soon so watch your inboxes!
Thank you to this months champagne sponsor NRL Refrigeration – John Hartley - http://www.nrlrefrigeration.co.uk/
The winner of our monthly business card draw Michelle Thornley.
A fitting end to another fantastic MPG event.
If you would like information on how MPG can help you and your business get in touch with the team today at :
We look forward to seeing you next month on 1st November where we will be having our 1st Members birthday event along with finding out who won Man v Machine!!
An honest reality check from MD Jason Roper to open this months event.
With standing room only Septembers event was eagerly anticipated by members and guests.
Jason continued to open the event with an eye opening talk about the UKs growing Peer to Peer (P2P) lending market. With over 300 companies in the sector competition is tough.
Did you know that 88% of Commercial loan applications that are declined by High Street banks, 56% of these loan applications aren’t taken elsewhere?
This is purely down to businesses not knowing where to go, if this sounds like something you have experienced talk to one of our team today to see how we can help:
Our first guest speaker this month was Michelle Dale, VAT specialist and manager from MPG partner UHY Hacker Young.
Michelle started off with Making Tax Digital.
Making Tax Digital is a key part of the government’s plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right and keep on top of their affairs - meaning the end of the annual tax return for millions.
Michelle explained that over £11.4 Billion is lost each year through avoidable errors and fraud.
There are exemptions from the rules however these are few and far between!
Businesses will not be mandated to use the Making Tax Digital for Business system until April 2019 and then only to meet their VAT obligations. This will apply to businesses who have a turnover above the VAT threshold - £85,000 per 12 month rolling period. Smaller businesses will not be required to use the system, although they can choose to do so voluntarily.
If you would like to hear how UHY Hacker Young can help you and your business contact Michelle today:
Up next was our 2nd guest speaker Pavitar Mann, Head of Local and Devolved Government at Newington.
Pavitar has worked as a political consultant for over six years and specialises in the planning, development and devolution sectors with a focus on mixed-use schemes, the private rented sector and education.
And that’s not all boasting an impressive CV Pavitar is also a Labour councillor having been elected for her third term in 2015.
Pavitar spoke intelligently about the political impact of building schemes across the country and although the Government definitely wants development it is dependent on how local councils, who have a high level of autonomy, apply the national plans and policies.
Each council has a planning committee which is made up with various individuals who may or may not have much experience in the sector and depending on who has political control the composition of the committee and its goals can change quite considerably.
Given the above we are advised to try not to submit planning applications around election time if possible.
‘Political Intelligence is your friend!’
If you want to hear more from Pavitar about how Newingtons can help your business get in contact today:
Followed by a Q&A this months event concluded with our prize draw!
This month winners were guests:
Paul O’Shea who chose the meal for two at Alberts Chop House
Dean Gormley who took home the bottle of Champagne
Our next event is set for 04/10 where we will hear from MPG Partner Fiona McKay and Becky Shindler The Pankhurst Trust.
We look forward to seeing you there.
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Author Sarah Peel, Marketing Director
This month saw enthusiastic MD Jason Roper along with MPG Partners and Ambassadors come together with members old and new to celebrate the last 12 months.
Once again the event was fit to bursting with Manchester Property folk and professionals. MPG continues to be the place to be for great business and conversation.
As we cast our minds back we relived great memories of new relationships, exciting business and inspirational people, keeping up with hot topics month to month highlighting what to watch for and how we can help.
We have been privileged to host top speakers such as Tom Bloxam MBE Chairman of Urban Splash, Jon Wilkins England Rugby League player, David Russell, Property Alliance Group and Tony Lloyd former Manchester Mayor to name just a few, each bringing their passion for property and vast wealth of experience with them to share with us.
Not only is MPG continuing to provide a diverse and dynamic platform in which to meet and do business with like-minded people but it is also offering a raw and unscripted insight into Manchester’s driving force - it’s people!
Along with this, our members are privy to a steady flow of property and land opportunity as MPG is pathing the way for investors offering priority purchasing to its members.
Looking to build? We can help there too! MPG boasts a black book of property must have contacts from top lenders to tax specialists.
For more information on what investment opportunities MPG currently have available please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why not talk to us today to see how WE can help YOU and your business!!
Our next event is on the 6th September and we hope to see you all there, please sign up now to avoid disappointment.
Guest blog by Sarah Peel.
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