Work is expected to start
soon on former Manchester City footballer Vincent Kompany’s mixed use property
development in Ancoats, Manchester.
Contractor Artez has signed
a deal to build the scheme with a completion date set for summer 2021, Place
North West reports.
The development will
comprise around 24,000 sq ft of offices on the ground floor, with 23 one bed,
47 two bed and five three bed apartments on the upper floors.
The scheme is being
progressed through M4nchester Two Limited, a development company owned by!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
ID checking app Thirdfort
has raised a seed round of £700,000 led by Mishcon de Reya, personal investment
from Chris Marks, CEO of NatWest Markets, and support from existing investors
including Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman and Lawyer Checker.
Thirdfort is a web and
mobile app which combines document scanning and facial recognition technology
with Open Banking to streamline identity and source of funds checks carried out
by lawyers in property transactions. It brings the company’s total investment
raised to £1.3m.
Property entrepreneur Jon
Hunt’s investment and development company Ocubis has reported sales growth and
continues to be confident in the London
commercial market a report says.
The Evening Standard
reports that turnover grew 5% to £19.7m last year and occupancy rates increased
across its London
office portfolio, although pre-tax profits fell slightly to £5.7m.
Matt Gresham, COO at Ocubis told the Evening Standard the sale of some sites this year, including a proposed hotel site in Shoreditch, was done in order “to!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
ZapFloorHQ has raised €1m (about £0.89m) to develop its co-working space
management platform. The investment has been provided by the LeanSquare
investment fund and Stefan Grosjean.
ZapFloorHQ is a platform
for co-working spaces and multi-user office buildings that not only handles back-end
administration for building managers and building occupants with its SaaS (Software
as a Service) platform but also helps develop them into genuine communities.
Thomas Celen, co-founder
and CEO of ZapFloorHQ,!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
President Donald Trump has
dropped down the latest Forbes 400 Rich List, and is now only the 275th richest
person in America
– 119 places lower than before he became president.
Forbes estimates that Donald Trump is still worth $3.1bn, but that this is the second straight year his fortune has remained flat in their rankings, in times when many of his billionaire peers have become richer.
The report explains that
while some of Trump’s real estate investments have gained in value this year,
and he has added $10m to!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
A planning application has
been made to develop a 15 acre surfing centre on a site at Coleshill just to
the east of Birmingham.
The application has been
made by Emerge Surf Birmingham who are proposing to invest £25m in a 5.4 acre
surf lagoon utilising artificial wave technology, plus an outdoor heated
swimming pool, electric skateboard track and related leisure facilities.
The scheme is designed to exploit the growing popularity of surfing in a central England location which has poor access to the sea and aims to!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
Cazoo, the used car
retailing website being set up by Zoopla and Lovefilm founder Alex Chesterman,
has raised another £25m funding.
The latest funding round
was led by existing investors including dmg ventures, Stride.VC, Octopus
Ventures and Entrée Capital and will be used to grow the team and invest in
marketing operations reports say.
Alex Chesterman founder
and CEO said: “We are delighted to have closed this further funding round,
giving us significant firepower to fuel our growth after we launch later this
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,
although Phillips has!-->!-->!-->…
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.