When? 20th March 2018
Where? Brooklands PPN
Georg serves as Director for Western Europe at Tesla Motors, where he leads an outstanding team of passionate people focussed on customers, growth, and the company’s mission to accelerate the world’s movement to sustainable transport. He joined the business when the UK had just one store, no service capacity and few people had heard of ‘Telsa’. Things have moved on somewhat…!
Today, Tesla has 20 locations in the UK and 13 across the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. You can find us here: www.teslamotors.com/findus
Prior to Tesla Georg was Fuze VP and General Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), where he was responsible for establishing the business in the region, reporting to the CEO.
Prior to Fuze, he was with Yammer as GM for EMEA, having originally joined as one of three that were “first on the ground” in Europe and subsequently growing the headcount to 85, establishing a permanent HQ in London prior to the acquisition by Microsoft.
In 2016, he was listed in the Debrett’s 500, “People of Influence” for his work at Tesla.
Darren Grigas & Ken Norton
When? 20th February 2018
Where? Brooklands PPN
Darren is an accomplished ultra-endurance athlete who is also a property developer.
Darren describes himself as “I’m a pretty regular guy, a dad of two awesome kids who I adore, they’re my number one purpose for challenging myself to push on and make a difference to myself, them and others, to make them proud and hopefully show them what can be achieved by mortals like us.”
The more you find out about Darren the more you will see that his determination is anything other than regular!!!
LandInsight streamlines the process of finding and assessing off-market land. It brings together the core maps, data and tools needed to source new opportunities and manage them through to completion. Ken Norton describes how this invaluable tool can help you with your due diligence in finding more off-market land opportunities.
When? 18th January 2018
Where? Brooklands PPN
DANIEL PRIESTLEY started out as an entrepreneur at age 21 and built a multi-million-dollar event, marketing and management business before the age of 25.
A successful entrepreneur, international speaker and best-selling author, Daniel has built and sold businesses in Australia, Singapore and the UK. Having a passion for global small business, Daniel is the co-founder of Dent Global which runs world-leading business accelerators and events. Dent has teams in the UK, USA, Singapore and Australia, and they work with over 1000 entrepreneurs and business leaders each year to develop their businesses.
As an active fundraiser, Daniel has helped to raise over £350,000 for various charities, and is connected to some of the world’s most known and celebrated entrepreneurs and leaders. In 2016, he was listed in the Top 25 of the Smith & Williamson Power 100 which shines a spotlight on the influencers who champion and most impact the lives of entrepreneurs. Daniel is the author of three best-selling books Key Person of Influence, Entrepreneur Revolution, and Oversubscribed
What Daniel will be talking about:
· How you can get OVERSUBSCRIBED
· How to become a key person of influence
· How to become a highly valued and paid employee
· The entrepreneur revolution
Jason Tebb – Chief Operating Officer, Go Develop
Lynsey Porter – Business Development Director, Go Develop
When? 14th December 2017
Where? Brooklands PPN
We know you are passionate about commercial Conversions and Developments and we have a real treat in store this month. Joining us this month are Jason Tebb, Chief Operating Officer and Lynsey Kay Porter, Business Development Director, both of Go Develop.
PPN Brooklands is all about the detail – you know that already! So get inspired by learning the answers to the difficult questions that will help equip you to anticipate the challenges to enable you to realise your developments goals.
WARNING: Even by our incredibly high standards, this is not going to be a normal evening so come prepared with questions that you need the answers too and we will do our best to answer them.
Go Develop is a unique 100% funding JV partnership model. We offer full funding for land and build, giving our partners the opportunity to develop out sites that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise due to lack of equity. We are a privately owned and funded business, backed by our Chairman’s family office, with a small board of decision makers meaning we offer fast decisions and can deliver quickly.
Currently, we are working with partners on 22 projects across the country, and have another 12 due to start in the next 6 months.
When? 9th November 2017
Where? Brooklands PPN
Bill qualified as an accountant at Virgin, but was a very bad one. (Accountant, that is, not Virgin)
He then moved into Investment Banking and was shockingly bad at that as well. “They saw through me in 3 days”
He lucked out and sold his business to a Wall Street Bank, retired, and discovered he was bad at that as well.
Bill then set up Angels Den in 2007 with some very clever people and appears to have finally found his niche.
He has been named the most influential figure in Alternative Funding by City AM and perhaps more importantly 92% of all the businesses funded since that fateful day are still growing with the help of 19,000 angels.
AngelsDen.com facilitates over 5000 pitches per year, across 10 countries and there are not many businesses we have not seen pitched badly.
Bill started of thinking it was all about the money but slowly began to realise that the value- add the angels bring, is not their money, but their mentorship.
PROPERTY FUNDING POWERHOUSE
This very special evening focuses on YOUR ability to raise the funding YOU need for your Developments. This includes:
- Engaging Commercial & Development finance with John Kerrigan at Arc and Co, one of the leading brokers in the country
- Raising private investment from property and business angels and high net worth individuals with Ray McLennan
- Understanding how pensions can transform your property strategy with Kevin Whelan of Wealth Builders
John is a director at Arc and Co, who’s added value is in making the right financing solution available to Clients, keeping their specific requirements at the forefront of every stage in the process. An integral part of their methodology is project managing multiple key components that fall outside of our direct mandate, but which need to be in place in order for the financing to happen. Arc and Co draw on their in depth knowledge and experience to ensure that these pieces of the puzzle are not overlooked. This approach keeps the transaction together and ensures that the financing completes.
Ray McLennan is the owner of a number of businesses and property investment projects, and an authority in raising funds to take investible business ventures forward. Ray combines an abundance of energy with extensive business acumen and expertise of finance to successfully match professionals and businesses with angel investment. An avid property enthusiast myself, Ray recognises that conventional funding isn’t always right – or available – for everyone, and as such, he creates win-win relationships by partnering high net worth individuals with exciting investment projects for reciprocal benefit.
Kevin’s business, Wealth builders focuses on wealth building which flows from adding more asset-streams and improving the Return-on-Investment (ROI) on each one. Using an architectural metaphor, we call these asset-streams “Pillars”. It’s simple: the more pillars you have generating cash flow for you, the more certain your financial future becomes.
The blueprint for building wealth-by-design comes from the system Kevin used to create his own financial independence. He’s the proof it works, and it’s a process you can follow too. There are only seven pillars, and there are seven ways to improve your ROI on each. One of Kevin’s areas of expertise is pensions and SIPP/SSAS which he will be sharing his knowledge with us.
When? 14th September 2017
Where? Brooklands PPN
Intimate discussion with Mark Homer on Commercial Conversion Development…
I’m Mark Homer, and I have a few things to share with you.
You’ve probably heard a million different ideas surrounding business, investing and finance. However, my latest release ‘Uncommon Sense’ will change the way you think, live and learn from the offset.
So, you might be wondering a little about my background?
You might think you’ve heard it all before, but I can guarantee you have never seen it done like this.
During my decade of dedication to property I’ve learned so much, and in 2006 I partnered with Rob Moore to create Progressive Property. We are the United Kingdom’s largest and most personal property investment education company, but now I want to give something back to the public.
With over 700 properties between us it’s safe to say we’ve been there, done that, and now we’re bringing you the knowledge that we have found.
However, my background involves far more than just property, as I’m sure you learned when reading my earlier release Low Cost, High Life.
Some people -sadly- are drawn in by the media. Although many people share their misconceptions of these matters, it doesn’t mean YOU should. The question is; Are you investing your time and money in all the wrong places? If so we can change that today.
You might be making everyday decisions based on the public perception of what should be done. However, with a simple change of your thought process, you’ll find yourself unlocking more business potential, wealth and freedom than you ever thought possible.
I only regret not taking the plunge sooner. This, however, is your chance to make a change today.
Simple Equity & John Corey
When? 10th August 2017
Where? Brooklands PPN
Simple Equity – Davin, Atuksha & Jane
Co-Founder, Simple Backing and Simple Equity – Property Crowdfunding
In 2013, Davin and Atuksha Poonwassie set up Simple Backing. In May 2015 Davin became a full time entrepreneur, focusing on Simple Backing. Davin is also an international business and property coach, a keen property investor and an NLP Master Practitioner. Davin enjoys helping people explore what they really want out of life and then helping them achieve it through support and coaching.
Atuksha’s background is in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and data analytics. She has helped businesses, across many industries build and maintain a loyal customer base through her consulting business Focus 2020. Her book, ‘Cave to Castle, How to transform any property business using Customer Relationship Management’ hit the Amazon #1 bestseller spot (in the business skills category) in 2015. Atuksha is a firm believer in the importance of building a long-standing community and raving fan base; something that is well suited to both CRM and crowdfunding.
Davin and Atuksha are also the co-authors of ‘Simple Crowdfunding, Learn the Secrets to Crowdfunding Success’ that was published in 2015.
On the 25th November 2016, Simple Backing became fully approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as a Peer-to-Peer Lending platform. This has taken a year from when the paperwork was submitted, we are very proud of this. Some other platforms have been working on their applications for over 2 years now and are still in the process.
As a fully authorised platform, we have been approved by the HMRC for ISA fund management. This means that from 2017, investors will be able to invest their ISA pots and allowances into property projects through Simple Backing. Peer-to-Peer platforms that are on Interim Permission cannot offer this to investors – so we are in a really good place!
The platforms have funded projects from Wales to Doncaster to Mayfair and Kensington, with raises from £26,000 to £1.4 million.
Since its launch in August our Equity platform www.SimpleEquity.co.uk, has raised £5.7M in property funding for projects on our site. We raised £1M in just 4.5 hours! These figures are correct as of May 2017.
The platforms connect Investors with Fundraisers / Borrowers through smart property projects. The team are property investors, successful business owners and business coaches. They are passionate about what they do and love to see property companies grow and succeed and investors benefit from taking part.
Atuksha is also a Director of the UK Crowdfunding Association, a trade association that represents crowdfunding platforms with operations in the UK.
Register at www.SimpleEquity.co.uk and www.SimpleBacking.co.uk for the next round of projects and announcements coming in 2017.
Jane is Investor Relations Manager with East Eight & London Central Development.
Combining her passion for people, networking and property, Jane works as Investor Relations Manager alongside Nicole Bremner at East Eight and London Central Developments.
Jane started her property career in 2005 helping the founder establish a AIM-listed European commercial property fund before moving into business development within estate planning and tax structuring for property investors.
East Eight began to look at alternative ways to finance their property developments in Autumn 2016 and decided to launch an equity crowdfunding campaign for an £8 million GDV project in Dalston, Hackney. Four more projects have since followed and to date we’ve raised a total of £5.68m through the www.SimpleEquity.co.uk crowdfunding platform.
John is a multi-national landlord, 30+ years of experience with a focus on two countries. He has property from Hawaii to Bradford. Lots of ocean so reasonable to manage. He started his IT career in Silicon Valley and has worked directly for Steve Jobs. While in Silicon Valley, he started his real estate journey. The move to London had him switching from the Valley to working at the investment bank, Swiss Bank Corp. Today you would know them as UBS. Having researched the process for setting up a UK based REIT, John dove deep into the FCA regulations for financial promotions.
When? 13thJuly 2017
Where? Brooklands PPN
Juswant Rai is an entrepeneur, investor, landlord and mentor. He is the co-founder of the UKs biggest independent network meeting the “Berkshire Property Meet” and HMO investor, sharing 10 years of networking success and how it drove his success in property.
Juswant will talk about how he went a from a complete NON worker, to having a simple system to allow him to be an effective networker. His aim is to give you some simple tips that you can implement straight away and use to network your way to property success.
More here >>> http://www.berkshirepropertymeet.com/about-us/juswant-rai/
When? 8th June 2017
Where? Brooklands PPN
“If you don’t risk anything, you risk everything”
Rob Moore is a triple best- selling Property Author, public speaker, entrepreneur, and multi-million- pound Property Investor.
It wasn’t always that way, in 2005 he was struggling to make ends meet as an Artist, selling his work for less than it was worth. He built up debt of over £50,000 after leaving University, and had become frustrated and reclusive, feeling that he was missing something and there was more to life than money worries and unhappiness.
He co-founded the UK’s biggest property education company Progressive Property in 2006 with Mark Homer and has since helped over 100,000 entrepreneurs towards achieving the same, including consulting for many established Multi-millionaires and keynoting at some of the UK’s most important business events.
Lord Alan Sugar at a recent Progressive Property event was heard to lament, “While I was messing around with the F.A these young property guys were making a fortune, it was a waste of my time and talent”.
The one word that gets used to describe Rob over and over is Disruptive. Rob’s ‘Disruptive Entrepreneur’ is the UKs biggest business podcast with 400,000+ subscribers in 174 countries and Qantas airlines fliers. He has interviewed many successful business guests and says,”there are hundreds of other podcasts who will pump the same old spiel about entrepreneurship and property investments but I want prospective entrepreneurs to know that by being ‘Disruptive, (striving for more, questioning everything, continually learning, shaking things up and pushing the boundaries of convention). they can be bigger and greater, as an entrepreneur and businessperson; he has over 100,000 entrepreneurs who are testament to this.
Rob is a die-hard, passionate ‘work(play)-a-holic,’ and a family man who believes if you crave new, want to prove the sceptics wrong and give a real meaning and legacy to your life, “then get informed. Ignorance isn’t bliss, it’s ignorance” – Rob Moore
When? 11th May 2017
Where? Brooklands PPN
Topic: How to raise £20m for your property business in 2 years
Nick loves property! It’s often been said that if he were chopped in half, property would run through him like a stick of rock. From the moment he stepped out of school and onto a building site, at the age of 16, he was enraptured with every element of the building process, from the actual building works, the budgeting and surveying through to the deals themselves.
Having seen his father work hard all his life only to get a tiny pension at the end of it, Nick believed that investing in property offered a better alternative. He has since proved this youthful suspicion right, buying his first house aged just 19 in 1993 and then continuing to buy, build, and invest into property in every year since then. Nick’s portfolio now ranges from buy to let properties, HMO’s, developments, a care home and a rapidly expanding group of hotels.
The ability to raise finance has been crucial to Nick’s success, having raised over £20 million in the last 2 years alone. Proving the mantra that ‘When the deal is good enough, the money is easy to find’, Nick will share his secrets and systems for raising finance and how you can replicate these to grow your own property business.
When he’s not investing in, looking at or writing about property, Nick loves to warm up for the Great North Run, which he completes each year for charity. He has also completed the London Marathon, scaled the three peaks and climbed Mont Blanc.
Chris Madelin & Oliver Mason (Magna Group)
When? 13th April 2017
Where? Brooklands PPN
The Co-founders Chris Madelin and Oliver Mason would like to present Magna Group, a real estate development organisation formed from individual companies within the Magna brand. Magna are focussed on delivering a high quality residential product that is not only affordable for the end user, but also highly profitable for the equity partners who help fund Magna’s growing portfolio of development projects.Magna’s development zone is within the Greater London area and typically no further than a 45 minute commute into a central London station. As affordability for the average buyer in more central zones becomes more difficult, Magna’s solution for living in a beautiful and luxurious space, whilst still within a reasonable commute is a fantastic option. Magna targets undervalued and run down assets and either converts or rebuilds these into a high specification, cleverly designed living space, usually within a very short walk to a transport infrastructure connection into central London.
Magna’s vision is the regeneration of tired buildings and suburban space, turning them into quality, high spec and affordable homes that the market is falling short of each year. Magna realise that the way forward will be vertical living and architecturally pleasing vertical towns built in and around greater London, this will be where Magna will ultimately grow. The population of greater London is set to increase by a further two million people in the next decade and we know that as buyers are priced out of more central locations, the Magna product will be the first place to live and will ultimately become a solid investment.
Magna’s wealth of knowledge and experience underpins the foundations of our business. Magna prides itself on having the infrastructure and technical expertise to deliver ingeniously designed, and beautifully finished, living environments which make a positive impact on people’s lives and the surrounding areas.
- Magna Asset Management is the core business in the group of companies.
- Deals with land and acquisitions, development feasibility and viability, sales and marketing and/or renting and asset management.
- The core team operate within this part of the group of companies.
- Current acquisition target range £10m – £50m GDV.
- Development target zone Greater London 45 minute commute to London mainline stations.
- Close proximity to transport infrastructure connection into central London.
- Delivering ultra-high spec, affordable luxury apartments and homes.
- Compact and cleverly designed flats, secure, gated and prestigious developments.
- Spec includes: Marble bathrooms, designer branded sanitary ware, hi-spec electrical and AV installations, quartz kitchen work tops and hardwood flooring to name just a few items that make the Magna living experience far outweigh the market average.
- Full warranties and CML compliance.
Martin Skinner – Chief Executive, Inspired Homes and Inspired Asset Management
When? 9th March 2017
Where? Brooklands PPN
Specialising in the delivery of high tech, high spec affordable private homes in Greater London, Martin is Founder and Chief Executive of multi-award winning homebuilder Inspired Homes and property investment and development company Inspired Asset Management.
Delivering affordable private housing, his companies boast a completed and pipeline GDV of over £500m with developments in Croydon, Sutton, Epsom, Crawley, Chertsey and Manchester. He is very experienced in buying property at auctions in London and by the age of 30 had amassed a portfolio comprising hundreds of HMOs and thousands of tenants.
Martin is a regular speaker at real estate conferences, including MIPIM UK and RESI, and featured prominently in the BAFTA award winning BBC series The Tower. He is also a regular commentator in Property Week and Estates Gazette as well as in national media including the FT and BBC Radio.
As an advocate of micro living and leader in his field, Martin has been campaigning for the relaxation of the nationally described space standard to enable micro-apartments to be delivered in towns and cities throughout the UK. He has also asked the government for a new ‘co-living’ model within the Sui Generis category to make it easier to rent student-style shared living accommodation to non-students.
- Inspired boasts a completed and pipeline GDV of over £500m
- Very experienced buyer at auctions in London
- By the age of 30 he had 100s of HMOs and 1,000s of tenants
- Regular commentator in the media
- Regular speaker at Real Estate Conferences & Forums
- Campaigned for relaxation of the nationally described space standard and co-living for non-students.
When? 9th February 2017
Where? Brooklands PPN
Topic: Property Investment Perfected.
Matthew graduated with an economics degree from the University of Manchester in 1999. After completing his degree, he worked in finance for three years as a qualified investment manager. At the age of 27, Matthew co-founded a company called Kin, which traced missing heirs to unclaimed inheritance all over the world.
Matthew bought his first property in 2005 but more notably, he bought an apartment from Barratt who were struggling to sell stock due to the credit crisis in December 2008. Everyone around him said he would lose his money since the market was very unstable, but Matthew saw the low confidence in the market as an opportunity and went back and bought another. Both deals completed in Feb 2009 which went down in history as the bottom of the market.
Two years later Matthew’s equity in both apartments had tripled and he began to think about the potential of having his own property business. By this time the team at Kin had grown to over 40 researchers and ex-policemen but the increased efficiency of the Internet made the work too easy and too competitive. With all the inheritance that was due to be paid to their clients over the proceeding years, they had a valuable debtors book and a steady source of capital, and so Matthew founded Opulen and began buying property with a JV partner in 2012.
Matthew targeted Reading and built a substantial HMO portfolio over an 18-month period, finishing by refurbishing a new home for each partner. The end value of these projects was £14m.
In 2014, following the announcement to extend Crossrail, Reading became very popular and the portfolio delivered capital gains as well as good yields – something that’s usually very difficult to combine. The portfolio was sold in March 2016 as Opulen’s focus shifted towards property development in London. This timing exploited a 3-month peak to trough opportunity between the start of the 3% stamp duty surcharge on March 30th and London house prices bottoming due to the Brexit referendum on June 23rd – Matthew sold at the top of the market and just 3 months later bought back in again at the bottom and was nominated for the award for Property Investor of the Year at the Property Investor Awards 2016.
Today Opulen’s immediate team consists of 7 people including Head of Investments, an in-house lawyer, an Investor Relations Manager and an acquisitions team that benefits greatly from Matthew’s tracing skills that help the company find fantastic off-market opportunities, aiming to buy for £1m – £4m and sell for £2m – £8m.