The first event of 2020 got under way as ever with a few words from MD Jason Roper who was delighted to run through a few pieces of news supplied my our partners including UHY Hacker Young, Landmark Development Solutions, Watts, Purple Bricks, Fiona McKay and Assetz Capital.
Next up was one our founding partners and ever continued supporter Clive Gawthorpe, Tax Partner at UHY Hacker Young in Manchester to provide a very brief view on what could be expected when the Budget is revealed in March, the first since leaving the EU.
The points Clive thinks may be relevant are, Inheritance Tax and some potential changes which have been earmarked and Entrepreneur Relief, it has been highly speculated that this could change or be reduced, if that is the case you don’t have much time left to look at alternatives, but as we all know nothing is certain as it may well remain unchanged come the Budget.
Various other changes have also been suggested, many of which are radical with only a month left for you to make changesso if you have any concerns from either a personal or business perspective it could be worth getting in touch with Clive or a member of his team for their view:-firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next was to our guest speaker, introduced by Jason and given a warm welcome was the Founder and Owner of Artez Group Mike Banton.
Mikestarted by giving a refreshing open and honest account of the early days when he first started Artez back in November 2010, some of the hurdles he’s had to overcome, from doing the small extension jobs no one in construction really wanted to securing contracts upwards of £35m.
Trading his prized 3 Series BMW in for a pick up truck back in 2010 Mike gave an insight into the risks he initially had to take recalling times working on projects away from home where he even slept in that same truck to save money.
Setting up in a time where the market was trying to find it’s feet post-recessionArtez was able to gradually grow by picking up larger jobs and making the most of contacts built up over may years working in the industry as an employee of others to eventually becoming the employer of around 40 staff as it stands today.
Arteznow work with many larger and well established developers including Urban Splash and Peel for whom they undertake projects not only in the North West but also nationally, project ranging from refurbs to full builds and everything imaginable in between.
A subject close to Mike’s heart he wished to discuss was way we can all help to try and get young people into the industry, especially with skilled trades. Something all the other developers in the room could relate to is the constant battle to find skilled worker in the construction industry so he really is keen to get involved and ensure apprenticeships and similar options remain open to allow these skilled trades to get the recognition they deserve.
The winner of the Champagne in February sponsored by Landmark Development Solutionswas Mark Geaneywith the meal for 2 at Alberts going toRoger Dean.
MPG Race Day – Wednesday 6th May 2020
It’s Boodles Ladies Day at Chester Races and MPG will be running a trip for Members and Partners, places will be on a first come basis. The price will be £100 per person which includes transport to and from Chester, lunch and drinks in Chester pre Races and Concourse entry.
Please contact Chris to secure your place:- Chris@mpg-nw.com
Our next event is taking place on Thursday 5thMarch at Albert’s Chop House, Manchester when our main speaker with be Clive Gawthrope who has offered to do a Q & A type session based around the Budget and post Brexit changes to look out for.
If you are not a member but are interested to get involved with MPG please contact us today email@example.com and we would be more than happy to provide information on our membership options and upcoming vents.
We look forward to seeing you at March’s Event!!!
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