Do big-brand developments sell faster?
In a bid to win the hearts and minds of buyers and renters, developers are collaborating with big names in the design world.
Insta-famous interior designers in exchange for insta-kudos, insta-style and (hopefully) insta-coin. But are people swayed by names? Can a sprinkling of luvviness add zeros to the price tag?
Well, yes. According to the ineffably affable Phil Spencer, just giving a house a name could boost its value by £5,000. Apparently, regal-sounding monikers, like Crown Cottage and Clarence Estate, appeal to people’s inner Little Lord Fauntleroy. …
Inspiration from Britain’s leading entrepreneurs
We’re back with more industrious insights from a plethora of pinnacle-topping entrepreneurs.
Where Part I explores the importance of timing, tenacity and big thinking, this edition focusses on trust, teams and self-belief.
By the end of the article, we hope you feel a little lighter on your feet, a little better informed and a little more optimistic about what you can achieve.
Swedish fashion tycoon and uber-luxury property developer, Michael Adam Alibhai, recently sold a 14,000sq ft mansion on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah for around £25,000,000. It was the most expensive home sale in the city — and one of the most hotly anticipated.
This wasn’t your usual Million Dollar Listing extravagance. This was a fully furnished, fully art-curated, fully champagne-stocked, Ferrari-festooned force of nature. And in case you’re wondering, the Ferrari (599 GTO) shared the driveway with a Rolls Royce Wraith. The champagne was Cristal and Dom Pérignon. And there was even a vodka bar dripping with ice-cold magnums of Stoli and…
Over the past few days, we’ve immersed ourselves in emissions-reduction pledges, multilateral environmental agreements, stats on human-induced climate change — the lot. And it struck us just how fragmented and impenetrable it all is. Some of it even seems a bit…puny. Morgan Freeman’s bee sanctuary? Meh. Suzi Amis Cameron’s CO2-busting plant-based diet? Been there, done that, bought the Linda McCartney t-shirt.
We’re not being sneery when we say this. But when you look at the brutal realities of environmental ruin — melting glaciers, plastic-choked oceans, soil infertility, rampant deforestation — we struggle to see how the global community has failed…
In the blink of an eye, the UK Build to Rent (BTR) sector has shot from embryo to foetus to rampaging toddler.
Though still in its infancy — compared, say, with our broad-shouldered American cousins — there are several British BTR developers who have emerged from this nationwide growth spurt fully fledged, bearded, and leading the pack.
What makes a BTR development stand head and shoulders above the rest?
It’s simple(ish): A friendly and hardworking management team. State-of-the-art facilities. Great value for money. Cracking location. And — here’s where we come in — intelligent and beautiful design.
To compromise on…
“The problem with the French is that they don’t have a word for entrepreneur”.
George. W. Bush
Bof! Besides making fun of George Doubleyah, the joke also underscores people’s misconceptions about what makes an entrepreneur. If the French don’t cut it, allegedly, who does?
The word itself conjures up many images — from the shrewd and sharp-suited judges on Dragons’ Den to hippie tech billionaires performing sun salutations at Burning Man.
It’s a mercurial mix, which doubtless adds to the mystique. But what separates entrepreneurs from regular 9-to-5ers? Are they uniquely gifted? Rabidly ambitious? Slavishly hard working? Impervious…