Is that spare room the solution to isolation and loneliness in the over 50s? Suzanne Noble believes so #57

Feelings of loneliness and isolation are a devastating side effect of the current lockdown measures. Even before this, finding somewhere to live as a person over 50 was a difficult process. Suzanne Noble recognised this predicament when her partner tried to find a flatshare in Camden and toured a series of unsuitable students digs. Suzanne set out to change that with Silver Sharers.

Silver Sharers (new name TBA) is a platform that allows those who are over 50 to rent our spare room to suitable lodgers. Suzanne has attracted a lot of interest from the Proptech industry and talks about fundraising as an over 50s woman as well as grant applications. We also had an interesting chat about whether or not the word ‘silver’ to describe an older person is offensive.

On this podcast, we discuss all of this as well as her social enterprise, Startup School for Seniors, a social enterprise for those over 50 who want to start their own businesses. Join us in this informative podcast and please do like, share, and subscribe.

About :
Suzanne is a serial entrepreneur currently working on a solution to help homeowners over 50 ‘age in place’ and reduce social isolation by matching them with compatible long-term lodgers called Silver Sharers.

On the side, she runs a social enterprise called Advantages of Age helping over 50s to access a pro-aging community of like-minded people and host events on behalf of the Soho House Group. Currently working on Startup School for Seniors. Funded by the London Community Response, this 8-week course has been designed for anyone unemployed and over 50 who wants to run a business but doesn’t know where to start.

Phone: +4479 5737 1840
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Is it important to have ethnic diversity in the workplace? If so, how? #56

EP#57: I confess that I couldn’t sleep before recording this podcast. It was the toughest discussion I’ve ever broached; that of ethnic diversity and inclusion.

As a white woman how do you approach it? What language do you even use? Is black socially acceptable for a white person? Is the word black or Black? What about white or White? Or BAME? And what is it about grouping everyone “non-white” into one label like that?

I needn’t have worried because CJ of @urbanistplatform is an expert. And specifically relating to the built environment. Together we discussed the big issues of language, tokenism, meritocracy versus inclusion and the cost to corporates of not having a policy of diversity. 

In this episode, CJ helps us answer and understand one of the industry’s posing issues on the importance of ethnic diversity in the workplace. He also delves into the most important bits of the Urbanist Platform and shares how this company act on the issues of diversity. 

About CJ : 
Cj Obi has a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning Design and Management and he’s also got a Masters in Science of European Property Development both at UCL. He was listed as one of the Property Week’s residential trailblazers. He’s also an experienced consultant, demonstrated with a history of advising planners, surveyors, and other built environment professionals on the important career moves within the industry and also supporting companies with their expansion decisions

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My podcast is back! I answer your questions on crowdfunding, JVs, and more #55

It’s been a while coming but we’re back bigger and better than ever. We’re now streamed live across LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube every Thursday at 13:00 and then later available as a podcast. Join us live to have your questions answered live or listen later.

This one is a pretty unique episode since I myself was the guest in order to test the tech and answer some of the bigger questions I get asked across my socials. Stick around and let’s chat about joint ventures, crowdfunding and more.

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How Cheryl Laidlaw can build your website on day #54

“The word ‘authentic’ has become a buzzword and a bit of a joke. Really, we want to be a bit more real and we can do that with video.” Cheryl Laidlaw

When website developer Cheryl Laidlaw told friends she was going to build websites in a single day they laughed. But Cheryl has done just that for years, and successfully with a waiting list that keeps getting longer. 

During lockdown we spoke about the initial panic that things would completely shut down to the bounce in motivation as people realised now was a time they could reshape their businesses. What this means for Cheryl is many of her clients requiring shiny new websites.

We also discussed Social Media World 2020 she was lucky enough to attend in San Diageo just before the world shut down including her key learnings. Although, she’s still digesting them.  

Then we switch over to a previous podcast I recorded with Cheryl in September 2019 but was never published. Enjoy and as always, I welcome your feedback. 


Cheryl Laidlaw, or London Web Girl, is a digital marketer specialising in website creation for business growth. She has a big passion in making web design not only interesting, but accessible to all, she prides herself on her Website In A Day service that leaves her clients not only with a with a fantastic website, but having had a great day learning new skills and new-earned confidence using their website to grow their business. 






The views and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. The view and opinions of the guest speakers do not represent that of the host. Always do your own research. 

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Is there a future for care homes post Covid-19? #53

“Care homes still have a place in our society but it’s about finding a halfway point in retirement housing.” Andrew Fyfe

With the backdrop of the covid-19 pandemic and numerous tragic fatalities in care homes I interviewed independent living strategist, Andrew Fyfe. We discussed the role of care homes and retirement living for today’s society and the way our approach needs to change if we are going to meet increased demand for suitable property. With 8.6 million more people reaching age 65 over the coming decades, demand for suitable accommodation is only going to increase. The vast burden of meeting demand is going to rest on housebuilders. It’s a subsector of this industry which could be very interesting for those quick to adapt their strategy and take specialist advice.

ABOUT GUEST Founded in 2019, Sovereign Property Partnership is the brainchild of two top University of Aberdeen Real Estate Masters Graduates. Through their academic studies and with a foot in the industry, they saw the gap in the market and recognised the difficulties facing retirees, developers, regulators and providers. They endeavoured to protect the independence of retirees, to fight for their right to remain sovereign. They reached out to the industry, formed partnerships with top universities and gathered a board of advisers with experience and insight. Most importantly, they included the very people they wished to help – retirees.

DISCLAIMER The views and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. The view and opinions of the guest speakers do not represent that of the host. Always do your own research.

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What to do if your business is student lets and universities shut down? #52

“This is a huge experiment we’re all living through. How do you feel when you’re stuck inside?” Philippa Charrier

What do you do when your business is student lets and universities shut down? This is the problem facing Philippa and Tom Charrier of FAT Properties. Late last year I had the opportunity to interview Philippa for my podcast. It wasn’t published at that time so we caught up a couple of weeks ago to discuss what’s changed now we’re in lockdown and the rapid adjustments they’ve had to make in their business.

Philippa Charrier trained as an architect and urban designer and has 10 years experience working in the public and private sectors facilitating high profile urban regeneration projects throughout the UK and Australia. She understands the impact that the built environment has on people’s behaviour, mood and mental wellbeing. Six years ago she co-founded FAT Properties with her husband Tom alongside their busy family life as they saw a gap in the market to provide high quality student co-living with a focus on customer experience and wellbeing. Every year they are over subscribed with students and have a waiting list of investors wanting to work with them. They have been featured in the UK’s leading property magazines and podcasts.

FAT Properties are leading the way in promoting wellbeing in student co-living through great design and customer experience. They are currently undertaking ground breaking new research across multiple UK universities investigating the link between student accommodation and wellbeing over time.

Their book ‘Designed for Wellbeing’ will be published in the next few months.

Twitter: @fatproperties, @_philippa
Facebook: @fatproperties
Instagram: @fatproperties, @philippacharrier

DISCLAIMER The views and opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. The view and opinions of the guest speakers do not represent that of the host. Always do your own research.

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Jamil Qureshi, sports psychologist, on quick adaptation to change #51

“The most successful people I have worked with have a really good level of self awareness.” Jamil Qureshi

And Jamil would know. He’s Jamil has helped six people, yes six, sports people get to number one in the world.

In 2006, he was appointed as the first-ever official psychologist to work with the European Ryder Cup team. They made history in winning by a record-equalling margin.

Jamil has worked with 22 golfers inside the top 50 in the world, including two world number 1s.

His clients have included Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson, Paul McGinley, Graeme McDowell, Paul Casey, Thomas Bjorn, Sergio Garcia,

Ranked among the most influential figures in British sport in 2009, Jamil was voted in the top 100 most powerful men in golf 2008 by his international peers.

He has worked successfully with three English Premiership football clubs, one of which reaching a record position from its halfway point in the season.

He has worked with footballers from Manchester United FC, Manchester City FC, Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC

Jamil has worked with Fomula 1 drivers David Coulthard and Eddie Irvine and 2009 England Ashes winning cricketers. 

And guess what? Jamil agreed to speak with me not once but twice. Listen to the two podcasts back to back now. 

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Longevity and health especially in lockdown with GP Louise Wiseman #50

Dr Louise Wiseman MBBS BSc(Hons) DRCOG MRCGP is a mother, former GP, now health writer and motivational speaker. After working 15 years in the NHS, Louise has written her first book Your Best Life – A Doctor’s Secret Guide to Radiant Health Over 40 (release September 28th 2020), working with experts from all fields of medicine to uncover evidence-based secrets to improve health and maximise longevity.  Within the book you can also find the stories of many prolific women who will tell you whether you can really have it all. Louise is also a medical editor and writer for and a medical writer for instagram and twitter @drlouisewrites

If you’d prefer to watch the video the link is here.

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Joao Botelho founder of Casa Botelho on creating beauty and harmony #49

“How can I accomplish something beautiful within the budget that I have?” – Joao Botelho

Before founding Casa Botelho, João Botelho enjoyed a 22 year career in global luxury retail, beginning his journey in sales for a prestigious Brazilian brand Belo Horizonte. With the ambition to explore the world, he decided to move to Europe in 1994, making London his new home. Since then he has worked for Harvey Nichols, Nicole Farhi and Jasper Conran, opening Jasper Conran’s flagship Mayfair store in 2004. He joined Donna Karan New York in 2000 and has held several senior positions including Director of Retail.

Having worked with iconic homeware designers and travelled around the globe, he has experienced style at its best, learned exquisite architectures and gained interiors’ knowhow, inspiring him to explore different sides of his creative personality through the redesign of a space.

Joao’s obsession for homeware and passion for styling has led him to discover his desire for interiors. During the journey he was able to design furnishings, doors, windows and customise kitchen, TV console, vanity unit, walk-in wardrobe as well as concrete floating shelves and sink, collaborating with Waind Gohil Architects.

In this podcast:

-fashion vs interior design;
-how to accomplish perfect harmony in any room?
-Joao’s top interior design tips;

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Katie Smith – Multi-award-winning bricklayer on a mission #48

“My mission is to let others see just how construction can change lives and lead you down a different path.” Katie Smith, bricklayer

My name is Katie Smith, I am 30 years old and I’m a multi-award-winning Bricklayer. I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for the world. My mission is to let others see just how construction can change lives and lead you down a different path. I believe there’s something for everyone and I think for people with backgrounds like me. Construction is the answer.

While working in construction I quickly realised that there’s a gap in the market for Womens workwear. So I did something about it and designed a range especially for the increasing number of women entering the industry. You can get involved over at my gofundme page here:

#thelifeofafemalebricky #togetherwecanmakeadifference

I have an Instagram account @the_female_factory_lc feel free to follow my journey and watch my love for bricklaying and helping others.

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