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EP49: Joao Botelho – Casa Botelho, creating beauty and harmony

“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;

Find out more at: www.casabotelho.com

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EP48: Katie Smith, multi-award winning bricklayer on a mission

“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: www.gofundme.com/f/the-female-factory.

#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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EP47: Graeme Alfillie-Cook – Securing millions in an otherwise lacklustre property market

A good news story in an otherwise lacklustre property market. Graeme Alfillie-Cook, consultant, Apex Airspaces

In this podcast we discussed what it was that sets Apex Airspaces apart and how they’ve grown from a standing start to now a company with a heft delivery pipeline and millions of development funding.

Graeme is a senior real estate banker now working on a consultancy basis for Apex Airspace. He has helped the company put in place a £9m development financing with Homes England and more recently a £10m revolving development financing with the GLA to deliver 500 units across London.

Graeme formerly headed Lloyds Bank’s Developers team providing innovative client centric debt finance solutions and in turn helping customers deliver complex development projects. He has extensive real estate and structured finance experience having worked with Lloyds’ major real estate clients closing numerous high profile debt transactions as well as being active in the structured credit and securitisation markets. Graeme joined Lloyds Bank from the University of Exeter where he studied Economic and Political Development. He is married with two children, lives in Central London, and sits on the Executive Committee of Wasps FC.

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EP46: Adrian Cormican – Financing over £750m of property

“How do you get your investors? We just ask.” Adrian Cormican

In this podcast Adrian discusses:

– His unique property financing offering;
– Getting over his fear of public speaking;
– Being called a LinkedIn guru; and
– Turning around a development that starts going wrong.

Adrian has worked in the property industry since 2001. Initially starting in banking before setting up a property brokerage in 2010, Hallcroft Finance. Since then the business has assisted with the finance of over £750,000,000 worth of property to the market.

The business has grown alongside its clients into a lending business in its own right with both a second charge lending business and a joint venture arm which has been built on strong relationships created over the years.

For more information see: www.linkedin.com/in/adrian-cormican-80198a11/

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EP45: Gita Trevorrow-Seymour – neuroscience geek and founder of High Definition You

High Definition You is the brain child of Gita Trevorrow-Seymour. Her love affair with human behaviour began at age 6 when she attended her first play. Who, she wondered, couldn’t be fascinated with the inner workings of the human being and how we portray ourselves and how we are perceived?! Understanding what makes humans tick and what forms ‘character’ developed over the decades from a fascination to an occupation. An unexpected passion and current study into applied neuroscience now deeply informs the approach we take at High Definition You and our focus on how we can transform the mindset and ‘confidence’ of our clients.

We love inspiring a-ha moments but we live to empower our clients to take action.

Having sat through too many dull trainings in her corporate career, Gita is determined to equip our clients with a toolkit full of practical techniques that are not only easy to remember and implement but also have a huge impact on their personal and professional happiness, motivation, engagement and success.

Before qualifying as a coach, Gita’s 15-year career spanned psychology, acting, banking, recruitment and sales, so she is uniquely placed to combine science-backed research with an innovative approach to business in an inspiring, engaging and empowering way. Drawing on her own leadership journey, she brings a compelling combination of creative, commercial and cognitive to the personal and professional development space.

Whether giving a keynote speech or working with participants over several days, Gita and her team facilitate change on a deep and sustainable level. Clients report meaningful shifts that unlock not only their individual hidden potential but also boost the company’s effectiveness in a myriad of ways.

To find out. more about Gitanjali see www.highdefinitionyou.com or Instagram www.instagram.com/gitanjali_hdyou/

Let me know what you think in the comments below and do reach out if you have any questions or suggestions, always happy to hear from you!

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EP44: Martine Bridge – founder of property PR firm, Bridging London

Martine is the driving force behind Bridging London, her charisma and professionalism have enabled her to build one of the most significant networks in the Property PR industry. Martine and her skilled team have leveraged their considerable experience to create long lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships for all in her network.

Before starting Bridging London in 2013, Martine had a varied and extensive career in property and lifestyle communications, including five years with luxury developer Candy & Candy, where she has worked on iconic developments such as One Hyde Park, Chelsea Barracks and Fitzroy Place. Martine has also worked for luxury interior design firm Lawson Robb and branding and design agency Heavenly, on prestigious projects such as The Lancaster’s and Somerset Place at the Royal Crescent, in Bath.podcast propertyrealestatebusinessentrepreneurpublicrelationsPR

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EP43: Marina Conway-Gordon – Creative Producer, The Real Life of Brands

‘We won’t mention what the short comedy is about…!’ Marina Conway-Gordon, producer of short comedy Get Notted

Marina Conway-Gordon is a media strategist and producer. Joining East Eight in 2016, she helped develop the East Eight story which attracted over £6.4m in equity crowdfunding over 18 months. Marina is a firm advocate of storytelling over advertising; attraction versus promotion in business.

‘It’s only going to get louder out there, and what differentiates you is story.’

Marina is also a scriptwriter and at the time of this podcast was getting ready to launch her latest short comedy, Get Notted! funded entirely on Kickstarter. It’s now been made and going through festivals. But we won’t mention what it’s about…

In this podcast:

– The importance of story and messaging
– Being a creative in business
– Bringing a sense of humour and the ‘real’ to media strategy

Now creative producer at her own production company The Real Life of Brands – launching 1 May, the focus is on real feel storytelling in and behind brands. She works with social media teams, trainers, coaches and entrepreneurs in delivering a powerful story which builds a thriving online community.

To find out. more about Marina follow her on Instagram @marinavision

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EP42: Mo and Angelos – Your Success Podcast Part 2

– NEW PODCAST –

“If you have a book within you, you should do it.” – Your Success Podcast

Mo and Angelos are the always fun duo behind Your Success Podcast, a podcast celebrating well, success! It’s all about actionable insight and stories behind real life success.

Each week, Mo and Angelos try and understand what contributes towards successful people and businesses.They are interviewing people from a wide range of industries and professions, including property, law, sports, acting and modelling often featuring interviews with world record holders and globally recognised personalities.
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It is yet another time where I have the pleasure to join forces with the best Your Success Podcast team, this time to deliver a very special, two-part series focusing on Podcasting and Publishing of course. | PART 2

In this podcast:

-how to start writing?
-everything you need to know about publishing;
-how to guide to an unforgettable book launch;

Find out more at: www.yousuccesspodcast.com

Let me know what you think in the comments below and do reach out if you have any questions or suggestions, always happy to hear from you!

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EP41: Mo and Angelos – “You have to have something to share, something you want to say.” – Your Success Podcast Part 1

“You have to have something to share, something you want to say.” – Your Success Podcast

Mo and Angelos are the always fun duo behind Your Success Podcast, a podcast celebrating well, success! It’s all about actionable insight and stories behind real life success.

Each week, Mo and Angelos try and understand what contributes towards successful people and businesses.They are interviewing people from a wide range of industries and professions, including property, law, sports, acting and modelling often featuring interviews with world record holders and globally recognised personalities.
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It is yet another time where I have the pleasure to join forces with the best Your Success Podcast team, this time to deliver a very special, 3-part series focusing on three p’s, Podcasting, Publishing and Property of course. | PART 1

In this podcast:
-how to start a podcast?
-all you need to know about podcasting;
-Your Success Podcast top podcasting tips;

Find out more at: www.yousuccesspodcast.com

Let me know what you think in the comments below and do reach out if you have any questions or suggestions, always happy to hear from you!

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EP40: Edward Benyon – Property investing since the 1600s

“This long term attitude has enabled us to do things which a shorter term trader developer company might not be able to do.” Edward Benyon

Not many people can trace the start of their property portfolio to the 1600s. Yet his family initially bought a farm in the 1640s which then covered Islington, De Beauvoir and into Kings Cross.

By the 1930s the estate owned just about every freehold in the 1930s. Since then the estate has shrunk thanks to bombing, leaseholder reform, compulsory purchase, and, most significantly, death duties.

In this podcast we discuss:

– The history of the De Beauvoir and Benyon families;
– The rise and fall of Hackney’s fortunes;
– Investing for the long term; 
– Rental reform and so much more.

Horses were an early passion in life and Edward briefly considered a career in eventing and show jumping before quickly realising that it was a challenging way to make ends meet. Instead, he turned his mind to property.

His first job was in Connaught Square, W2, working for the Irish property investor and former Olympic equestrian, Alfred Buller – who went on to invest heavily in Clerkenwell, on the fringe of the City, not far from De Beauvoir Town. Edward then set up an offshoot of the firm that focussed on rural property from an office in Hungerford, Berkshire.

Later on, Edward ran a property department for a small finance house in St James putting together deals until the family and its trustees decided that The Benyon Estate could no longer be property managed and required asset managing. Edward was brought in to lead the team as Estate Manager in 2007.

“So, my wife and I moved from Peckham to De Beauvoir Town to oversee this change,” explains Edward. “It’s been an amazing experience – somewhat nail-biting at times as we’ve invested a lot of money into the Estate – but I am pleased with what we have started in terms of bettering the Estate with community in mind and I am determined to keep it going. Both the family and trustees have been, and continue to be, extremely supportive of what we are doing here which is about looking after our tenants and really understanding this area and its needs.”

For more information see thebenyonestate.com

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