The island in Plymouth Sound
from which Sir Francis Drake set sail to circumnavigate the globe in 1577 has
been sold to the boss of a local specialist construction company, a local press
The 2.6 ha Drake’s Island has been on the market since late 2018 with an
asking price of £6m, although the eventual selling price has not been
disclosed. The island has been bought by Morgan Phillips of Guardian Industrial
UK (GIUK). It currently has planning permission for use as a hotel and spa,
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Proptech company Flatfair
has raised $11m in a funding round led by Index Ventures, and which will be
used to help expand its deposit-free renting platform.
Flatfair says the funding
will help it to scale ‘far and wide’ in order to bring deposit-free renting to
everyone, while it is also planning a major recruitment drive to expand its
team from 25 to 100.
Franz Doerr, Flatfair CEO, spoke to Dealmakerz recently about his ambitions for Flatfair.
Commenting on the deal Martin
Mignot at Index Ventures, which has a!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
Property moguls David and Simon Reuben seem to be engaged on something of a buying spree in Majorca, having bought up several prime parcels of land there this year.
The Reubens' latest purchase is a 214 ha plot near Cala Mesquida in the Capdepera municipality in the north east of the island, reports say. The plot includes two villas and a 1.3km sea frontage.
The brothers are said to
have bought two further separate seafront plots in January and February this
year, in the Manacor and Arta districts, and the latest!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
EG Group, the business founded and run by property moguls Mohsin and Zuber Issa, has agreed to buy US company Cumberland Farms which operates 600 fuel stations and convenience stores across seven US states.
The acquisition maintains
EG Group’s position as the world’s leading independent fuel station and
convenience retailer, operating around 5,000 sites across 8 countries including
the US and Europe with annual revenue around $20bn.
Mohsin Issa, Founder and
Co-CEO, EG Group said: “Whilst we believe EG can add a!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
The used car business being set up by one-time Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman is one of the upcoming motor retail and mobility start-ups to watch, so says AM Online, a motor industry website.
Tom Seymour of AM Online
says that forward-thinking automotive retailers are looking at mobility
services and new ways to evolve the customer journey over the next decade and a
number of new start ups are vying to dominate the market of which Chesterman’s
new venture is one.
Cazoo, which is expected
to launch later in 2019, will!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
GuestReady, the global short
term rental management company, has been listed at number 9 in the UK’s
top 100 Startups index of new disruptive businesses launched in the last five
years. It was the only hospitality/travel startup that made the top 10 beating
off stiff competition, including from
its direct competitors and companies like Airsorted and Hostmaker.
GuestReady offers premium property management services to property investors, homeowners and Airbnb hosts to boost the success of their properties on the!-->!-->!-->…
John Whittaker, Executive
Chairman of The Peel Group, is liquidating his stakes in Peel Ports and Liverpool Airport, The Times newspaper claims.
The newspaper says that
Whittaker is taking this action as his “finances have been stretched” by the
“plummeting value” of shopping centre owner Intu Properties due to the current
“retail bloodbath”. Peel Group owns 27.3% of Intu and its share price has
declined by around 70% in three years.
Whittaker, ranked 77th in the latest Sunday Times Rich List with a fortune!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
US President Donald Trump used the British Royal family to ‘gin up’ publicity for his property developments for a number of years, CNN claim.
The report alleges that between 1981 and 1995 multiple claims that members of the Royal family were joining Trump properties, which likely originated from Trump himself, appeared in New York tabloids and national papers. These included a 1983 claim that Prince Charles and Princess Diana were planning to buy a $5m apartment in the then newly launched Trump Tower in New York.
Property tycoon Vincent
Tchenguiz’s latest investment outside the property world is in biotechnology,
it is reported.
Tchenguiz is said to be
investing $7 million (about £5.5m) in BioProtect Ltd. Israel-based BioProtect
has developed a proprietary technology platform for biodegradable balloons
which can be used to protect healthy tissue from radiotherapy during the
treatment of prostate cancer.
With the product already
launched in Europe it is reported that this latest funding round will help
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Property tycoon Robert
Tchenguiz has told a newspaper that he is supportive of a campaign to remove the
current board of bus and rail operators First Group Plc.
Tchnengiz has bought 0.5% of
the shares of First Group recently and has apparently told the newspaper that he
supports the activities of its biggest investor, Coast Capital, who are trying
to install their own choice of directors. He explained to the newspaper: “Coast
is not trying to take control of this company, all they're trying to do is
Cazoo, the used car buying platform being set up by Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman, has made three high profile appointments, all with extensive experience in the sector.
Former Auto Trader UK
Sales Director Kevin Harding has been appointed as Pricing Director. Tesla’s
former General Manager Remarketing will become Operations Director, while Manheim's
former Vehicle Solutions Director Bryan Stringer will join as Head of
Cazoo’s Chief Commercial Officer
Paul Whitehead says: “We’re delighted to welcome!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
London’s Mayfair is the ‘best
part of the best capital in the world’ from a property development point of
view, according to mobile phone and property tycoon John Caudwell.
Speaking to Spears
Magazine as his own ultra-luxury Mayfair development progresses Caudwell
suggests that Mayfair holds this lofty status
as demand for high end property there exceeds the supply of developable space. He
also suggests that Brexit will not affect the development potential in Mayfair, although any future Jeremy Corbyn government
Not every boardroom or senior property industry executive wants to or can stay at the top for good.
The pressures of internal politics, ambitious targets and a volatile housing market persuade many to look for job satisfaction away from the hurly burly of corporate life.
But where to? The most recent example is Graham Lock, the former managing director of estate agency giant The Property Franchise Group (TPFG), who revealed last week that he was establishing a trade body.
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Property tycoon Nick Candy
is facing a £1.5bn legal claim, it is reported.
A story in the Daily Mail says
that the claim is being made by company director Michael Brown who was involved
with a prospective sale of Candy’s £160m penthouse at One Hyde Park, London.
The property is said to be the most expensive flat in Britain. Candy took out a £80m mortgage on it last year, thought to be one of Britain’s largest ever residential mortgages.
The report says that a
spokesman for Nick Candy denies the claim and believes!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…