It’s hard to know what to expect when you put 50 of the most influential property developers, civic and business leaders in one room together. However, the standout from our first Power in Property event last Thursday was much less about ego or power but instead the strong sense of community and collaboration that shone through from the Northwest property sector.
We wanted to create an initiative with a difference. One which celebrates the top 50 influential players driving regeneration and development in the Northwest, without a sit-down meal, a black-tie dress code and a lengthy award ceremony, just a quirky venue, a celebratory screening and causal drinks.
Amongst the attendees were Ian Simpson and Rachel Haugh of SimpsonHaugh, Howard Lord of Cert Property, Gary Jackson of DeTrafford, Alex and Vicky Russell of Property Alliance Group and Tom Bloxham of Urban Splash to name a few.
It’s hard not to admire the scale of development in cities across the Northwest, from Manchester to Merseyside, Stockport to Salford, Bolton to Bury, but what’s often overlooked is that behind every new resi tower, office block, street scene or industrial park are real people making it happen.
The list is a celebration of the decision makers, the risk takers and the visionaries driving our region forward. A unique generation of property developers, civic and business leaders reshaping the region at a relentless pace, often in the face of fierce economic headwinds.
The event saw Bruntwood chief executive, Chris Oglesby, named the overall winner of our first Scene Power in Property Award.
‘Oglesby’s award follows a year in which Bruntwood demonstrated a level of leadership and responsibility to its customers and communities that has always been central to the firm and was needed more than ever as towns, cities and businesses struggled with successive lockdowns. Now effectively operating as two separate businesses, Bruntwood Works – offices, retail and leisure – and Bruntwood SciTech – a joint venture with Legal & General – the company has continued to seek new opportunities and set trends for others to follow.’ Place North West
Oglesby claimed his award and went on to say a few words about how exciting the development of the Northwest is and there’s so much more to come.
See the full Scene Power in Property List of 50 people profiled here. The list is a celebration of the unique generation of property developers, civic and business leaders reshaping the region at a relentless pace, often in the face of fierce economic headwinds.
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