Past Events in 2017

12th July Lunch

Robert Bond of Bristows kindly updated us at our first lunchtime event on “Smart properties, data protection & cyber reservoirs” – Our thanks to the lovely people at Herman Miller for their hosted lunch at their showroom.

5th July Dinner

Andrew Waller, Partner at Remit Consulting led the group in the fascinating insight into a research conducted in conjunction with the RICS on AI and the future of property. to read more and access their paper click on the following link.

22nd June Breakfast

David Short, former sustainability director at GE Capital Real Estate and co-founder of Building4Health addressed our breakfast meeting on “Integrating Health and Wellbeing into Commercial Real Estate Strategy”

18th May Breakfast

Alex Low, Director of Social Selling at Digital Leadership Associates addressed the group on “Three out of four B2B buyers rely on social media to engage with peers about buying decisions. In a recent B2B buyers survey, 53% of the respondents reported that social media plays a role in assessing tools and technologies, and when making a final selection.” We discovered how CRE can leverage Social & Digital to make sure that they are front of mind in the buying decision.

27th April Breakfast

John Hayward of Remit Consulting, addressed the group on “What you need to know about IT, and what you don’t!”
For those who missed this engaging discussion John kindly gave us the following summarising points.

1. Understand the difference between ‘Data’ and ‘Information’; data + context = Information, data without context or provenance is quite
2. Effective IT requires solid sponsorship and continuous nurture
3. IT is at best an enabler and only used correctly will create value in your organisation

Past Events in 2016

13th December Christmas Drinks

We had a reserved area at Davy’s St. James for our Christmas drinks. This event was kindly sponsored by Federation Corporate Members Remit Consulting.

30th November Seminar – Infinity and beyond… well 5 years hence anyway!

Our Seminar was hosted at Bristows LLP and we had some forward looking addresses from our great speakers. For access to presentations check our publications tab above. Read a review in the Dec/Jan copy of Facilities Management Journal
Link to FMJ article Here

21st July Breakfast

Breakfast was hosted at Bristows LLP when Chris Holder, presented on commercial real estate and robotics. Covered were; the term ‘robot’, the applications of this technology in relation to buildings and some of the legal issues arising

29th June Bloomsbury Walk

Our thanks to Andrew Warde of Capita Property who put his blue badge guiding skills to great effect on our walk around Bloomsbury. The rain held off and we enjoyed hearing about some of the Bloomsbury set and the philanthrophic beginnings of some of the hospitals in the area amongst other facts. The evening ended up with a few less than swift pints at the Marlborough. Thanks to all who attended and to Andrew for his expert knowledge. Our next walk will take place later this year.

16th June Breakfast

Our thanks to Tony Hargrave , Director of Tunnels, water and environment at Capita who spoke on “The Hong Kong Tunnel”

27th April Dinner

Our thanks to Professor Nick French of Brookes University, Oxford who addressed us on why “The Corporate Real Estate profession is different to the rest of the real estate profession, and how that affects managing talent”

22nd March AGM & Keynote Speach

Our AGM was hosted by Cushman & Wakefield and Bob Thompson addressed us on “Real Estate & Potential Brexit” you can get access to his presentations at the publications tab above.

10th February Seminar

If you missed our recent seminar hosted by Charles Russell Speechly on “The new age of Hospitable Buildings” you can get access to the presentations materials at the publications tab above.

6th January Evening Networking at Shampers

Our first get together in the new year, thanks to those who attended

Past Events in 2015

19th November Breakfast

Teresa Edmund & Ed Glass of Bristows LLP briefed us on
‘MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards)- thinking ahead’

Our thanks to Teresa & Ed for their informative update. The PDF of the presentation is available from the publications tab above

Tuesday 10th November Dinner

John Brandler – “Pictures for Pleasure & Profit”

Our thanks to John for an enertaining topioc for dinner. Here is an extract from a comment by an attendee:
” Fascinating insights as well into how ‘names’ and reputations are made – or not – by clever marketing and PR. We also noted your plea for walls – places on buildings inside or out – on which to display art where it can give pleasure to occupants and users of the building and to passers by as well. Listen up property people! “

Thursday 15th October

Antony Slumbers of Estates Today “Ten Technology changes impacting Real EstateGoing”

Our thanks to Antony for his engaging talk. The PDF of the presentation is available from the publications tab above

Thursday 17th September

Suzanne Hooks of Bristows LLP “Going GAGA over lease guarantees’ – a walk through the latest position on lease guarantees on the grant and assignment of leases”

Our thanks to Suzanne for her engaging talk. The PDF of the presentation is available from the publications tab above

18th June Breakfast

Bob Thompson of Remit Consulting ” The Future of Industrial Property & Connectivity”

What do Jaguar, Batman and a zero-energy cost business park in Wigan have in common? They were all topics of Bob Thompson’s talk at the FCRE’s breakfast meeting on Thursday hosted by Trilogie CRE. Engaging as always, Bob managed to draw attention away from the pastries, taking us on a tour of global connectivity, featuring the robots who build Jaguar cars, 3D printers and the future of industrial design and functionality. Bob warned of the end of the ‘mega-shed’ as a result of the circular economy, the comeuppance of robotics and automated production lines and how they will revolutionise the, ‘way in which stuff is made’ and how they will in-turn redefine the industrial real estate market.

Bob touched on the impact of the Energy Act 2011’s regulations and their consequences come 2018 as well as alerting the audience to additional legislative requirements that will affect the market further down the line.

Our thanks to Bob for his engaging talk. The PDF of his presentation is available from the publications tab above.

2nd June Summer Guided Walk

Our publicity noted – A Leisurely Summer Guided Walk – to discover the Roman City with our expert guide, and Federation friend Andrew Warde of Capita, followed by drinks at a local watering hole. Join us for this great networking opportunity.

Well this is precisely what we got in early June, perhaps with the exception of the summer weather! The walk passed by sites with Roman interest, so we heard about Shakespeare’s plays, and the discovery of the Bard’s signature on a statement for a legal case from when he lodged in Silver Street- only 6 examples of his signature are known. We traced visible remnants of the City wall built by the Romans from St Alphage Garden to Noble Street and discovered the answer to the mystery about why it was built with such odd changes of direction. Many on the walk were particularly interested in the Memorial of heroic self-sacrifice at Postman’s Park, created by GF Watts and inspired by the sad end of Alice Ayres. The walk finished with suitable refreshments at a pub in Smithfield.

Our thanks to Andrew Warde for his expert attention. In his other life Andrew is Director of Rating at Capita, so feel free to get in touch

Download the walk PDF Here

28th April Spring Seminar

8.30am at Hogan Lovells LLP

Property in Politics
Link to the seminar documents

Thursday 16th April Member Breakfast

8.30am at Savile Row offices of Trilogie CRE

Charles Longbottom presented on “Brand Building “
Link to the presentation given by Charles

Thursday 19th March Member Breakfast

8.30am at Savile Row offices of Trilogie CRE

Antony Slumbers presented on ” 2015 The Year of How & Why”
Link to the presentation given by Antony

4th March AGM & Wine Tasting

8.30am at GVA, Gresham Street

We conducted our AGM and then Ricardo Rodrigues of The Portuguese Story conducted a wine tasting

Thursday 19th February Member Breakfast

8.30am at Savile Row offices of Trilogie CRE

Rob Harris presented on “The changing workplace & future office”

Link to the presentation given by Rob

Thursday 15th January Member Breakfast

8.30am at Savile Row offices of Trilogie CRE

Bridget Hardy started us off with “”New Year Resolution #1: Spend less time in the office!”
Are co-working spaces a realistic alternative for 2015?

Link to the presentation given by Bridget

Past Events in 2014

Wine Tasting & Networking 4th December
A good ttendance at this event where Charles Waud of the Waud Wine Club was:
“Pleased to be present a French ‘Tour du Vin’ for our next tasting on the 4th December. We will be showing representative wines from the fantastic wine regions of Rhone, Bordeaux, Languedoc, Pyrenees and Madiran. You may recognise some of the iconic wines on the night – Mas de Daumas Gassac from the Languedoc, Delas from Rhone and Michel Gassier from Costieres de Nimes”

18th November Dinner
Katie Kopec of JLL on the emerging markets of “New London Villages?”

Breakfast on 23rd October

” Is London getting too expensive for Corporate Occupiers?”

An excellent Breakfast Bites debate took place at Capita, prompted by FCRE Chairman Jeremy Day role-playing a CFO facing a 2018 Central London lease renewal, threatened by rising rents, a changing workforce and challenged margins.

A knowledgeable group, including Central Government, CRE, Office Agency and Tech sector representatives, concluded after much discussion that the CFO needs to act fast to properly understand his business and its staff and stakeholders, define its space requirements and agree a new occupational strategy, quite possibly incorporating a reduced Central London presence and a decentralised approach, with serviced offices and working from home definitely in the mix.

The consensus was that London will remain the dominant force it is today despite rising rents and supply shortfall, but this will drive a continued polarisation of higher margin businesses in Central London, and a continuing swing out of Central London and to the UK Regions (on cost, talent and quality of life grounds), for all but the highest margin corporations.

Alastair Mant, Head of Sustainability at GVA lead the debate on the implications for CRE of minimum EPC ratings by 2018 for all rental properties and the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

Breakfast on July 9th
Nick Mc Calmont-Woods looked back, and envisaged the future at Canary Wharf

30th April- Spring Seminar
What will the second revolution mean for CRE?

In spite of the tube strike we had a great turnout at our technology seminar. Thanks to our hosts Speechly Bircham for their fine facilities, to our presentation partners Remit Consulting and to our speakers, moderators and attendees.
Our panel of speakers and moderators. From left Magnus Svantegård, Tim Litherland, Matthew Hopkinson, Lorna Landells, Mark Bailey, BobThompson, Bridget Hardy, Stuart Ladds, Nick Sicklen, Andrew Waller

Access Seminar Docs Here

Here are the Top 10 things that delegates took away with them:

1. In future, the penalty for failing to comply with data acts might be 5% of global revenue
2. New “jobs for life” to be created – protected employees with minimum 4 year term
3. This is the first time in history when we can centrally and automatically gather, analyse and feed back information to improve the way things work
4. More data can mean more inactivity – need to filter data effectively
5. Collection, cleaning and presentation of data is increasingly being done by specialist, non-property firms.
6. Complex data collection, review and checking can result in the information being very out of date at the point of use, so concentrate on the essential to keep it current
7. The more data you have, the better your reporting and analytic tools need to be to make sense of it all
8. Don’t forget there’s a cost to data collection – still need to envisage what the likely benefits will be
9. Spend time thinking about how to present all this data – otherwise it’s just noise
10. What is needed are “actionable insights” i.e. effective analysis, not just more data

Lorna Landells, DTZ
‘Data analysis is the last cot saving opportunity for CRE’
‘There’s too much data out there and we’re not using it properly’

Anthony Slumbers, Estates Today
‘There’s no such thing is data overload, just filter failure’

Matthew Hopkinson, Local Data Company
‘Surveyors need to know what their role is’

Access Seminar Docs Here

Wednesday 26th March

Stewart Sharp, Head of Resilience, Group Property at Lloyds Banking Group was on hand to lead the debate around CRE resilience, covering a variety of topics including; reputational risk, regulator expectations as well as issues / solutions and trends.

Wednesday 19th March

Our thanks to Lorna Landells, Director, CREM, Global Occupier Services at DTZ
This event was well attended, in the words of one of our members

“It was a really lively debate; well prepared; good venue with almost all attendees participating.
As with most Breakfast Bite Topics – its stimulated thought; encouraged debate and presented several avenues where an answer may lie to the question raised.” (Andrew Ellingworth | Director | Gleeds Building Surveying Ltd)

Thanks to those who joined us on 25th February for our AGM reports and the opportunity to network over a wine tasting conducted by Charles Waud. Our thanks also to our hosts JJL, organised by Jeremy Day and hosted on the night by Jan Thompson who provided great central facilities and a lovely curry fork supper which kept all our members happy.

We thanked departing committee members Howard Cooke and Edward Saunders and we welcome our new committee members; Simon Benison of GVA and Andrew Ellingworth of Gleeds.

February Breakfast Bite Review by FCRE Chair Bridget Hardy

This Breakfast Bite was held in true Smart Working style in a cafe. Bridget, Steven, Gary, Max, Richard, Ali, Andrew and Melita enjoyed coffee and breakfast thanks to Richard Bennett of MCProjects, while discussing a wide range of topics relating to Smart Working. From incorporating technological innovations into listed buildings, to managing email, to exploiting cloud MI systems and coping with information overload, to the opportunities offered by managed office solutions, to risk management, data security and behavioural issues it was surprising how much was covered in the hour – and a measure of the liveliness of the discussion. Bridget referenced a new Smart Working Guide being produced by Cabinet Office, and The Way We Work programme which is supporting modernisation of the Civil Service. Attendees not only had a good breakfast, expanded their knowledge – but importantly made a bunch of new connections for the future. Do come to the next one on March 19th

Member & Guest Dinner 22nd January
Can investment in the workplace offer greater opportunity for profit?
Steve Wright, Projects Director for The Thomas Saunders Partnership Ltd facilitated the debate on how RE has the opportunity to demonstrate its value within an organisation as we see the shoots of financial recovery. Contact Steve Wright

Past Events in 2013

FCRE/RICS Seminar on Leases and Leasing Strategy 10th December – Our winter seminar was an update on all matters critical to the CRE manager in relation to lease management. We ran the event in partnership with teh RICS and our event was kindly hosted at Hogan Lovells.

Power of 7 – Speakers:
Nicholas Cheffings Global Chair, Hogan Lovells.
Howard Cooke Corporate Occupier Real Estate Consulting. Research on the Corporate Real Estate Portfolio’s of the FTSE350Corporate Occupier Real Estate Consulting.
Adam Foster Surplus Property Solutions. The scale of Surplus Property and the issues for Corporate Occupiers
Mike Evans National Director, Jones Lang LaSalle Corporate Finance. Lease Accounting
Ed John Senior Associate, Hogan Lovell. Break Clauses from Occupiers Perspective
Johnny Dunford & Ken Creighton Global Commercial Director, and Director of Professional Standards, RICS. International Property Measurement Standards

Networking & Wine Tasting 3rd December
Our Friends at Portuguese Story delivered an experience about the Portuguese wine regions, the history of wines, the producers and their stories, accompanied by the tasting of the selected wines.

Member & Guest Dinner 22nd October
Dr Lee Elliott, Head of EMEA Research at JLL discussed the results of Global Corporate Real Estate Trends for 2013. Contact Lee Elliott

FCRE Member Edward Mackaness at Allen & Overy on 11th July looked at the forces that shape the way law will be practiced in the future – Globalisation, demographics and technology and what this meant for lawyers? What changes might occur to the supply side.

Occupiers as Stakeholders in Property Development 21 May 2013
Our Spring seminar in May focussed on the influence that occupiers have, or deserve to have, in defining the direction of commercial property development. The influence that pre-let tenants have initiating redevelopment programmes as illustrated by Google’s relationship with Argent at the King’s Cross scheme, and by UBS’s involvement in British Land’s redevelopment of part of Broadgate.

The role of owner-occupier is also hugely influential, as evidenced by Bloomberg and by Goldman Sachs in the City. Added to this are occupier-developer projects, such as BNP Paribas at King’s Cross, linking development management with subsequent sale-and-lease-back.

In the current investment and development environment, occupier involvement can change the face of our towns and cities. Our event was very well attended and the debate intitiated by our speakers engaged our delegates. Our thanks to:

Our Key Speakers:
Peter Rees Chief Planning Officer for the City of London.
David Partridge Joint Chief Executive of Argent Estates, responsible for the regeneration of King’s Cross Central.
Jan Thompson Chairman – Midlands Region at Jones Lang LaSalle.
Robert Houston Principal of fund management company, St Bride’s Managers, and formerly Global Chairman & CEO of ING Real Estate.
Mark Smith Our FCRE Committee Member and host at Speechly Bircham.

Dinner on 21st March
Betty Albon FRICS (Registered Valuer)
Corporate Property Officer
West Suffolk Property Services

Our joint FCRE/FPS Flexible Working Report has been be published. Through 8 case studies from the private and public sectors the report looked at what organisations hope to achieve through workplace transformation and how successful they’ve been. One of the case study contributors Betty Albon whose project at St Edmundsbury featured in the Report talked about how two local Councils got together to develop and share space showing how extensive management of transition to a new workspace can be done effectively, and at the same time save money.

Breakfast Bite#6 Feb 2013 This event started our day by finding out: What was on our Client’s Mind?

Knowledge is power: understanding what is on your client’s mind is an effective way to shape your proposals and ensure that you help them address their real problems. Karen Topp of Karen Topp Consulting provided pointers to better understand our client’s ‘big picture’, and how you fit into it.

Our thanks to Karen for a thought provoking session, and our hosts at Shor Associates for the venue and organisation.

What’s on your client’s mind – View Slides


This event was kindly hosted for us by Richard Bennett at Shor Associates on 5th February 2013.

The AGM will start at 5.00pm and will be followed by networking drinks on site. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Minutes will be available w/c 11th February.

Breakfast Bite#5
At our FCRE breakfast meeting on Thursday 10th January Rob Harris an independent consultant for almost ten years shared his New Year Resolutions Breakfast, which outlined his insight into running a successful small independent consultancy business

#1 Stick to Plan A. If it works do not veer from it by one degree!
#2 Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing
#3 Never decline a new invitation and always follow up meetings
#4 Create at least two new opportunities from scratch
#5 Always grab and opportunity to gain new knowledge or skills
# 6 Consider whether the potential client is right for you
#7 Enrich your networks
#8 Remind clients that contracts work both ways – deadlines are deadlines on both sides
#9 Always be in complete control of finances and cash flow
#10 ‘In-source’ good governance to maximise fee-earning

Quote of the day “There’s no substitute for authority”

• Read widely and make sure you know what you’re talking about
• Privacy and discretion are vital
• Reputation is everything
We thanks Rob for his great start to the year.

Past Events in 2012
At our November dinner:
Rob Harris of Ramidus Consulting was on hand to tell us more about about this work commisioned by the Mayor’s Office of the Greater London Authority. The LOPR is a strategic examination of the London office market and informs London Plan policy making. The wide-ranging 2012 report examines London’s recent past and prospects, and sets out to ask whether, at a strategic level, London has sufficient land and development to support its role as a global city.

Breakfast Bite#3
People say that the Cloud is about saving money, simplifying IT and freeing up office space. But it’s not. It’s far more disruptive than that….. Antony Slumbers of Estates Today was on hand to explain how.

Our thanks to Antony for an enlightening trip to the stratosphere and back! This was a Member only event; if you’d like to attend such an event in the future and are not a member contact our Federation secretary Yvonne Waller or call 07801 639934 now.

Special thanks to Shor Associates for hosting our breakfast bites on the 2nd Thursday of each month.
If you are not already a member and would like to join and attend this breakfast contact:
Yvonne Waller, FCRE Secretary

Breakfast Bite#1
In September our newest initiative got off the ground, and we hosted the first of a series of Bridget’s Breakfast Bites at Shor Associates’ offices in the City. Over a light breakfast a select group of FCRE members were engaged by a presentation by our Dutch counterparts, Leon van Leersum and Paul Stotesbury from REDEPT on property leasing issues in the Netherlands.

Attendees will receive a link to the presetation materials alternatively you can contact the Federation to request a copy. If you would like the opportunity to receive targetted Breakfast Bite input at one of our monthly Bites, you will need to join the Federation.

If you would like further information, please contact our Federation secretary Yvonne Waller or call 07801 639934 now.

Special thanks to Shor Associates for hosting this meeting and providing breakfast. The next event will be on October 11th.


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