Can the night-time economy really switch the lights back on for our high streets?
The London mayor has announced plans to create three Night Time Enterprise Zones to help revive the capital’s high streets after 6pm. In the new zones boroughs will work with businesses and local communities to develop ideas to make their high streets more accessible, inclusive and welcoming at night with £500,000 of funding committed by the mayor. Walthamstow has been selected to take part in the pilot. This podcast will investigate what impact a night-time economy across London might have in bringing the high streets back to life. What role could redundant buildings play in this agenda and how can we make sure that an after-dark environment is not a dangerous environment?
Chief executive, Night Time Industries Association
As CEO of the NTIA, Kill has become a figurehead for the UK’s night-time industries, a role that’s proven especially significant in the wake of Covid-19. Throughout this period, he has relentlessly pushed for recognition and stability for the night-time economy, challenging government policy and lobbying for long-term reform while supporting businesses. He has experience within the independent, corporate and public sectors, with senior roles at Luminar Leisure, the Drinks Group and University of East Anglia, mediating with stakeholders, authorities and communities on national and international levels. He is relentless in seeking a voice for industry operators and creatives.
Chief executive, Heart of London Business Alliance
Morgan is the chief executive of Heart of London Business Alliance. With more than 20 years’ experience in delivering successful destinations, she is a leading spokesperson for London’s West End. In 2022, Morgan secured HOLBA another five-year mandate, with 99% of businesses voting in support, making it the first BID to achieve five simultaneous ballot wins. She is co-chair of the London Workplace Recovery Board, a night-time commissioner for the Greater London Authority and a member of the New London Sounding Board. She’s dedicated to securing the future of London’s West End as a vibrant and economically sustainable world-class destination.
Chief executive, Croydon Business Improvement District
Sims has more than 10 years’ experience in delivering place management services and initiatives, overseeing a business improvement district that represents some 500 large-scale businesses. He works with the private, public and voluntary sectors to create valuable partnerships that support the growth and prosperity of towns and cities, advocating for their needs.
London life sciences
Delivering on dramatic demand
Demand for life science space in London is outweighing supply – despite intense interest from the real estate community to develop and repurpose swathes of space across the capital. While VC investment in life sciences start-ups may be waning, the lack of available space means there’s still plenty of growth to come in the capital. With several clusters already in place and new ones being established, this podcast will look at where is hot (and not) for life sciences in the capital and where should be, how to accelerate the delivery of space and what investors, developers and landlords really need to know about delivering space for such a tenant.
Life sciences programme director, Barts Life Sciences
Bunn is the life sciences programme director for Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London. He is responsible for the development and delivery of the Barts Life Sciences programme, a set of research, education and commercial development activities which aims to accelerate the adoption of health care innovation. In this role he works with a wide range of government, commercial and community partners. Bunn is experienced in operational and strategic health services management, and the delivery of large organisational development programmes. He has a master’s degree in health management.
Investor & Developer Lead, Life Sciences, JLL
Fitter is the investor and developer lead for JLL’s UK Life Science business, focusing on science, technology, and innovation. He works across the UK markets with a wide range of organisations, including academic and research institutions, local authorities, private equity and institutional capital firms, family offices, and specialist life science developers and operators. Fitter is responsible for providing strategic recommendations on a range of development and investment opportunities that include development consultancy, land sourcing, transactional advice and the delivery of bespoke partnership solutions.
Head, Clusters Development, MedCity London
Poparic is head of Clusters Development at MedCity in London, the world-leading health and life sciences sector, where she leads a team supporting the development of new life sciences infrastructure to attract more inward investment and research. Poparic has extensive scientific and commercial expertise and leadership across the innovation pathway for drugs, devices, and digital technologies. Following a PhD in human genetics, her experience includes academic research, technology transfer, clinical research management, investment, and business development.
Managing director, UK & Ireland, Kadans Science Partner
Sheppard is the managing director for the UK & Ireland at Kadans Science Partner where he is responsible for growing the UK platform. He joined Kadans from Cushman & Wakefield, where he was head of life sciences. Sheppard has significant life sciences experience, having worked on some of Europe’s largest and most advanced centres for scientific innovation such as The Francis Crick Institute and Imperial College’s White City Campus. He has supported many organisations, both public and private, in the development of their science and innovation strategy, and brings this extensive knowledge to Kadans to deliver new projects and support its tenants.
Property over politics
While UK politics remains in a state of flux, the need to spread opportunity more evenly and equally across the UK remains vital. Real estate has a very real, powerful, unique and multi-pronged role to play in levelling up the country. In this special EG podcast to launch our UK Cities Investor Guide, we will take a look at the many routes to levelling up where real estate has a key role to play, from providing sustainable environments, creating communities where big brands and smart thinkers want to work, enabling technologies that deliver and establishing the infrastructure that connects every corner of the country.
Deborah Gordon Brown
Deborah Gordon Brown is a real estate partner in Shoosmiths’ Nottingham office and has extensive experience advising on complex transactions and portfolio acquisitions and disposals, and regularly acting for major UK property funds, landlords, portfolio holders and occupiers. Listed in the Legal 500’s Hall of Fame, her experience includes the sale and transfer of major property portfolios, refinances and development agreements across the UK. She serves on Shoosmiths’ strategic body, the partnership council, as well as its inclusion group and community investment committee.
Head of ESG research, Savills
With more than 20 years’ international experience as a researcher, consultant and lecturer, Martindale has worked across several built environment sectors in private practice, academia, government and the third sector, in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. She trained as an architect and urban designer before moving into research, specialising in multi-disciplinary working models and researching informed design. She also works in housing, social and environmental sustainability, post-occupancy evaluation, master planning, planning policy, community engagement and events.
McCabe is a surveyor with more than 20 years’ experience in the property industry. He heads up the group’s property development and investment business throughout the UK. Prior to joining Scarborough Group International, McCabe spent a number of years working for a private quantity surveying firm, a national development company and had a short stint as a professional footballer.
Director, Urban Strategy. Co-author Broken Homes
Sadek has more than 30 years’ experience in property, specialising in public-private sector partnerships, working with local authorities and investors. From 2014 to 2016 she was a full-time specialist adviser to the government on urban regeneration, and continues to work for DLUHC, DIT and DfT on an advisory basis. Sadek was founder and chief operating officer of UK Regeneration, which achieved a planning consent for 1,500 homes in a garden settlement in Bedfordshire, in partnership with Homes England. She now runs Urban Strategy, a bespoke urban regeneration consultancy. Sadek was a member of Grimsey Review team on the future of the high street, reporting in 2013, 2018 and 2020. Sadek is the co-author of Broken Homes, a book on the housing crisis written with former EG editor Peter Bill, which was published in October 2020.