Being one of the UK's largest retail landowners there's always things going on across our portfolio. Team Ellandi also have an opinion or two and we are not normally shy about sharing them. 

 

Here's some of the recent goings on that we hope you find of interest.

 

Please feel free to chip in your view, whether you agree with us or not we'd love to hear from you please join the debate.

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Jonathan Cole wins Revo Gold Rising Star Award

Posted by Ellandi on 7th Dec 2017

We're delighted to announce that Jonathan Cole, Ellandi's Head of Investment Management won the first ever #RevoGolds Rising Star award.

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RETAIL MATTERS : SAFIA'S STORY

Posted by Ellandi on 31st Oct 2017

Meet Safia Khalid, the managing director of Safia's Barber & Safia's Beauty Bar. Since 2009 Safia has opened 14 beauty outlets across the country, 7 of which are in Ellandi schemes. As part of Revo Retail Matters week,...

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Good Shopping Centre Managers Are Worth the Price

Posted by Estates Gazette on 20th Oct 2017

Shopping centre management is a people business and good managers are worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, according to Ellandi investment director Mark Robinson.

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The Octagon’s Car Park Goes the Extra Green Mile

Posted by Ellandi on 20th Oct 2017

The Octagon Shopping Centre will be the location for the first electric vehicle (EV) charging points in Burton Town Centre. The points of which there are two are installed and fully operational now.

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Case Study of Kris Weeks journey to Grays Shopping Centre Manager

Posted by Ellandi on 13th Oct 2017

In 2005 I was given the opportunity to work at my local shopping centre as a member of the security team. Being so close to home and having a young family I jumped at the chance, as this meant I would spend more time with my family and...

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Ellandi LEDs the way

Posted by Shopping Centre Magazine on 12th Oct 2017

Ellandi lights the way to a greener future by relamping two of its community malls.

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Bloomfield store brings new jobs for JD Sports

25th Sep 2017

JD Sports, which is relocating its Bangor store to within the Bloomfield Shopping Centre, will create 10 new jobs.

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Ellandi Supports Revo & Bira in Free Space Competition Offering Start-ups Free Retail Space

Posted by Property Week on 21st Sep 2017

Free Space+ will enable businesses from across the UK to apply for free space in centres including Westfield Stratford, The Bullring in Birmingham, and Meadowhall in Sheffield as well as smaller-scale local shopping centres.

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Landlords and Occupiers Get to Grips with an Evolving Retail Landscape

Posted by Estates Gazette on 8th Sep 2017

Finding your place in the new retail reality

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Six sign at Bristol’s Yate Shopping Centre

Posted by Property Week on 16th Aug 2017

Ellandi and the Trustees of the Yate Shopping Centre Unit Trust have secured six new retailers at the Yate Shopping Centre near Bristol.

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Flood of New Lettings at the Howgate Shopping Centre, Falkirk

Posted by Ellandi on 4th Aug 2017

The tide has been rising over the last 12 months at the Howgate Shopping Centre in Falkirk. The Ellandi owned shopping centre saw an inundation of retailers in 2016 with Watt Brothers, Eurochange and Warren James all opening their first...

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Ellandi Puts the Colour Back into Grays

Posted by Ellandi on 18th Jul 2017

Over the last 12 months, Grays Shopping Centre has completed a string of notable lettings to national multiples.

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Value Retailers Increase Store Count by 5000 Since 2009

Posted by Retail Gazette on 17th Jul 2017

An increasing consumer focus on affordability and convenience has seen value and discount retailers increase their UK store count by more than 5000 since 2009, according to new research.

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Ellandi Retail Rocks 2017 : Press Round Up

6th Jul 2017

On Thursday 6th July, exactly 9,400 hours since our last retail property conference, Ellandi hosted Retail Rocks. As always, the event was well attended by members of the retail property industry.

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Rise of Community Shopping Centres as 78% of Shoppers Visit at least Weekly

27th Jun 2017

Community shopping centres are playing an increasingly important role in the overall retail experience, according to a new report from Savills and Ellandi, with 78% of shoppers visiting one at least weekly and 92% at least monthly. Retail...

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Making shopping centres accessible to all – introducing ‘SENSORY SHOPPING DAYS’

Posted by Ellandi on 6th Jun 2017

For the majority of us, shopping is a way of relaxing and socialising. However, for people with sensory processing conditions, a visit to a busy shopping centre can be just the opposite. Workman Retail and Ellandi shopping centre teams...

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Third Time Lucky for the Octagon Shopping Centre

Posted by Ellandi on 31st May 2017

Ellandi has achieved planning permission to convert the entire first floor of the Octagon Shopping Centre, Burton on Trent into a gym.

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Sefton Borough Council has completed its purchase of The Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle

Posted by Ellandi on 2nd May 2017

Ellandi and Avenue Capital sell the Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle to Sefton Borough Council.

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Project Dirt: funding community projects

Posted by Property Week on 25th Apr 2017

Often appearing to be detached, shopping centre owners and operators can be unwelcome in their communities. Project Dirt is an initiative that helps counter this impression by funding social projects.

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Positive outcome of The Parkway Neighbourhood Fund

Posted by Ellandi on 31st Mar 2017

In January 2016, Tim & Jaya from Ellandi along with Zoe from The Parkway Shopping Centre, James from Project Dirt and few other local stakeholders sat down for the judging of the Parkway Neighbourhood Fund. The fund was set up with the...

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New plus-size fashion store to open at Yate Shopping Centre

Posted by The Gazette on 27th Mar 2017

A NEW plus-size fashion retailer will open at Yate Shopping Centre next month. The new Yours Clothing shop will be located between the Card Factory and Halfords Metro and will offer clothes in sizes 16-32.

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Blaydon Races Ahead

Posted by Ellandi on 22nd Mar 2017

Occupancy and footfall up after grocery anchor introduced

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Business Rates Reform is Overdue

Posted by Estates Gazette on 3rd Mar 2017

Ellandi's Jonathan Cole shares his opinion with the Estates Gazette.

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Ellandi puts its stamp on the Marlands Centre

Posted by Shopping Centre Magazine on 2nd Mar 2017

It’s been just over 2 years since community shopping centre investor Ellandi tamed the Tiger and bought Southampton’s Marlands Shopping Centre in a joint venture with Lonestar.

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Luck of the Irish

Posted by Retail Week on 24th Feb 2017

As the US gets to grips with its new president and the UK moves closer to invoking Article 50, Caroline Parry talks to Ellandi's Richard Hutchinson about the impact all this will have on the Emerald Isle.

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Ellandi Announces Partner of the Year 2017

Posted by Ellandi on 6th Feb 2017

Richard Mills, Director and Co-Founder of Jamieson Mills was announced as our Partner of the year for 2016 at the annual Ellandi Centre Managers Conference that took place on Thursday 2nd February.

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Curse of the CVA mars strong start for retail

Posted by Estates Gazette on 27th Jan 2017

Once again the CVA procedure is being used to cut rents while other creditors are paid in full.

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Ellandi Signs Off #Indi2016 With BIRA Tie Up to Boost Independent Retailers

Posted by Ellandi on 25th Jan 2017

To mark the end of their successful #Indi2016 initiative, leading Community Shopping Centre Investor Ellandi has teamed up with The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA).

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Green light for Chelmsley Wood Revamp

Posted by Insider Media Limited on 11th Jan 2017

Community Shopping Centre Investor, Ellandi's plans to revamp Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre have been approved by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

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New team at Newlands

Posted by Shopping Centre Magazine on 10th Jan 2017

Ellandi appoints new commercialisation operator in its Kettering based community shopping centre.

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Bunting becomes Revo president & Mark Robinson announced as junior vice president

Posted by Property Week on 8th Dec 2016

Giulia Bunting was installed as Revo president at last night’s Revo Annual Dinner and Gold Awards presentation whilst community shopping centre investor Ellandi's Mark Robinson was announced as junior vice president, taking up the role...

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Ellandi and Workman go back to their Indi’s Floors

Posted by Ellandi on 7th Dec 2016

Community shopping centre investor Ellandi & property manager Workman went back to the shop floor to help their Independent retailers through the busy Christmas period.

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Local Councils Hit The Shops

Posted by Mark Robinson in Estates Gazette on 3rd Dec 2016

Mark Robinson's piece in this week's Estates Gazette is focused on local authorities using shopping centre purchases to fight government budget costs.

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Ellandi poaches Ruth Duffield as asset manager

Posted by Property Week on 25th Nov 2016

Community shopping centre investor Ellandi has poached Ruth Duffield from Sovereign Centros for its asset management team.

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Traps for the Unwary Asset Manager – A Nabarro Masterclass

Posted by Mark Robinson on 24th Nov 2016

Mark Robinson was invited onto a panel discussion at an event hosted by REVO and Nabarro. Here is his roundup of the event.

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Ellandi Make’s Space To Xercise4Less

Posted by Ellandi on 23rd Nov 2016

Community Shopping Centre Investors Ellandi have signed a 15-year lease with Xersise4Less at Middleton Shopping Centre, Middleton.

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We're Supporting the Great British High Street Awards!

1st Nov 2016

We are proud sponsors of the Great British High Street Awards Local Centre category.

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Ellandi Leads Community Response to Rates Revaluation

Posted by Ellandi on 19th Oct 2016

The UK’s leading Community Shopping Centre investor Ellandi has taken an unprecedented step of not only liaising with tenants across their portfolio in response to government proposals but other local business within the towns in which...

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Estates Gazette: Northern Ireland leads on revaluation

Posted by Estates Gazette on 24th Sep 2016

With the new draft rating list due next week, Jonathan Cole hopes the government will learn from Northern Ireland's example so retail can reap the rewards of revaluation.

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H&M to open in the Swan Centre in Eastleigh

Posted by The Daily Echo on 15th Sep 2016

A new high street fashion shop will open in the Swan Shopping Centre, Eastleigh next month.

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Leading International Retailer to Anchor Newlands Centre Refurbishment

Posted by Ellandi on 28th Jul 2016

The UK’s leading Community Shopping Centre investor, Ellandi, has completed a milestone deal to bring international fashion retailer, H&M, into the Newlands Shopping Centre, Kettering.

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Morgan Garfield writes for Estates Gazette: A brighter side of Brexit uncertainty

Posted by Estates Gazette on 16th Jul 2016

Investor demand for income-generating assets could bring rapid recovery in real estate.

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Property Week: Ellandi signs 19 deals post-Brexit

Posted by Property Week on 11th Jul 2016

Retail investor Ellandi says it has signed 19 leasing deals since the Brexit vote, totalling over 71,000 sq ft.

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Shopping Centre Magazine: Community shopping centres stay steady

Posted by Shopping Centre Magazine on 11th Jul 2016

Need trumps uncertainty in wake of Brexit

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Greggs refit at Blaydon Shopping Centre

Posted by Ellandi on 27th May 2016

We're delighted with the newly refurbished Greggs store which opened this morning in Blaydon Shopping Centre today!

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Estates Gazette: Blood Brothers

Posted by Estates Gazette on 14th May 2016

Text Reads:  When it comes to duos who know how to make the most out of business ventures, let's hope that Ellandi's Morgan Garfield and Mark Robinson's efforts...

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Shopping Centre Magazine: State of Independents

Posted by Shopping Centre Magazine on 6th May 2016

Is it possible that retailing's latest 'perfect strorm' for just once might be to benefit of the shopping centre industry? asks Sean Kelly

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Purple Apple Award for Ladysmith's Super Star!

Posted by Ellandi on 6th May 2016

Congratulations to our Super Star Purple Apple Personal Achievement Award Winner Lyn Williams.

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Small-Town Heroes

Posted by Estates Gazette on 30th Apr 2016

Who would invest in tertiary shopping centres in a churning retail sector? Ellandi, that's who. Amber Rolt talks to directors Mark Robinson and Morgan Garfield to find out why.

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Property Awards 2016: Property Entrepreneur of the Year

Posted by Property Week on 22nd Apr 2016

Winner: Morgan Garfield and Mark Robinson – Ellandi

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Morgan Garfield writes for Estates Gazette : CVAs are not always a cure

Posted by Estates Gazette on 22nd Apr 2016

BHS has successfully completed a company voluntary arrangement processes that its management team hopes will allow the business to be turned around.

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Plans for major expansion of Parkway Shopping Centre that could create scores of retail jobs

Posted by Gazette Live on 19th Apr 2016

Proposals have been unveiled that would see a new development built on part of an existing car park and the former Job Centre.

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BCSC shows support for Ellandi’s #Indi2016 campaign

Posted by Ellandi on 18th Apr 2016

Ellandi launched its #Indi2016 social media campaign recognising the independent retailers within its portfolio of 29 Shopping centres earlier this year.

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Focus on food & beverage

Posted by Shopping Centre Magazine on 14th Apr 2016

Continuous innovation and a speedy service are key to a successful food and beverage provision in shopping centres, say experts in this field.

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Bootle's Strand Centre commits to apprenticeship programme

Posted by Liverpool Echo on 4th Apr 2016

Retail Path puts youngsters on course for career in retail industry

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Property Week: Syzygy Renewables appoints non-exec director

Posted by Property Week on 9th Mar 2016

Mark Robinson has been officially appointed as a non-executive director at real estate energy consultancy Syzygy Renewables.

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Property Week: Tristan Capital Partners buys Bangor shopping centre

Posted by Property Week on 8th Mar 2016

Tristan Capital Partners & Ellandi have bought the Bloomfield Shopping Centre in Bangor, Northern Ireland, for £54.5m.

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Morgan Garfield writes for Estates Gazette: Behind The Numbers

Posted by Estates Gazette on 27th Feb 2016

It is clear that no one really knows the correlation between China, falling oil prices and UK real estate, with the result that investors are more nervous and less confident.

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Jewellers shine in Aberdeen

Posted by Shopping Centre Magazine on 20th Feb 2016

Ellandi adds two jewellery brands to the Trinity Centre.

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Ellandi Announces Partner of the Year

Posted by Ellandi on 17th Feb 2016

The UK’s leading community Shopping Centre investors, Ellandi has announced Sasha Armstrong, Senior Associate at Workman LLP as its Partner of the Year for 2015.

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Daily Mail: Sainsbury’s snaps up Argos in £1.3bn deal: Takeover hopes to make both businesses compete with online retailers... but will see 200 stores close across Britain

Posted by Daily Mail on 3rd Feb 2016

Sainsbury’s has struck a £1.3billion deal to buy Argos owner Home Retail Group that will see it close around 200 shops across Britain.

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Shopping Centre Magazine: One Budding Entrepreneur recieves a Kick Start to Launch their Business At Pentagon Shopping Centre

Posted by Shopping Centre Magazine on 27th Jan 2016

“Phil’s Retro Stuff” has opened at Pentagon Shopping Centre after entering a competition to win 6 month’s rent free trading at the Centre.

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Shopping Centre Magazine: Ellandi goes back to the shop floor

Posted by Shopping Centre Magazine on 13th Jan 2016

In the run-up to Christmas, Ellandi and Workman joined together to send 51 members of staff to work in retail outlets across 10 of Ellandi's shopping centres. The project is a key part of their commitment to engaging with the local...

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Christmas trade strong at Ellandi’s community shopping centres

Posted by Ellandi on 8th Jan 2016

Leading community shopping centre investor Ellandi has reported much improved footfall and trading from its £1bn portfolio that covers 29 shopping centres across the UK, with major improvements in footfall in the final run up to...

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#Indi2016 - Ellandi Pledges to 365 Days of Independent Retailers

Posted by Ellandi on 8th Jan 2016

We've all heard of national campaigns in support of Independent retailers such as “Independents Day” organised by The Independent Retailers Confederation and “Small Business Saturday” – both of which run for a single day each year.

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#Indi2016 - Supporting a different independent retailer everyday in 2016

Posted by Ellandi on 7th Jan 2016

Its been a week since we pledged to support a different independent retailer every day in 2016.

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H & M Entertains in Eastleigh

Posted by Ellandi on 7th Jan 2016

Community Shopping Centre investors Ellandi have completed a landmark deal to bring leading international fashion retailer H & M to the Swan Shopping Centre, Eastleigh. The tenant has entered into a 15 year lease for a new anchor store...

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Property Week: Trading places: Ellandi staff on the shop floor

Posted by Property Week on 11th Dec 2015

Earlier this month, Ellandi staff took to the floors of stores in the company’s assets across the UK.

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We Turn Failure on its Head

Posted by CBRE In_vestment on 1st Dec 2015

Some of the retail and leisure property sector's top guns in turnaround and active asset management have carved out impressive niches, writes Sean Kelly. While they may all have different approaches, they all believe there's still...

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Wave of Lettings Washes Over Great Yarmouth

Posted by Ellandi on 26th Nov 2015

Ellandi have secured over 11,500 sq ft of new lettings at Great Yarmouth’s Market Gates Shopping Centre. Deals include a renewal, two relocations, the addition of four new retailers to the town and the occupation of four previously vacant...

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Morgan Garfield writes for Estates Gazette : Financial Comment

Posted by Estates Gazette on 24th Nov 2015

Financial comment: Real estate is one of, it not the most capital-intensive of industries. Even average projects require millions of pounds of capital, both equity and debt, to come to fruition

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Devolution of business rates could lead to a high street war between towns, warn experts

Posted by This is Money on 22nd Nov 2015

The devolution of business rates could lead to a high street war between towns, experts have warned. Empty shops have plagued some UK high streets with nearly 10,000 shops labelled as ‘long-term vacant’.

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Ellandi Flushed with Champions League Success

Posted by Ellandi on 19th Nov 2015

Shopping centre investor Ellandi can now add The Loo of the Year Champions League award to its list of accolades. The Community Shopping Centre specialists have won ten individual Loo of the Year Awards across its portfolio of centres, all...

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One Great Day Cheque Presentation

Posted by Ellandi on 13th Nov 2015

On Friday 13th November, Ellandi went along with One Great Day to present a cheque of £50,000 to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. The money was raised during the One Great Day event in June 2015 and consisted of £21,000 raised by...

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Crown Glass Shopping named as one of Britain's best high streets

Posted by Ellandi on 1st Oct 2015

The Crown Glass Shopping Centre and High Street has, today, been named as one of the country’s best high streets in the annual Great British High Street competition.

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Dartford Valley Rugby Club and beekeepers among those helped by the Priory Shopping Centre in Dartford

Posted by KM Kent Online on 30th Sep 2015

It is a good time for beekeepers, dancers, and rugby players in Dartford as a shopping centre has promised a cash injection for a variety of community causes.Eight local organisations will receive a boost of up to £2,000 thanks to a...

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The Drapers Interview: Adrian Mountford on Pep&Co's '50 stores in 50 days'

Posted by Drapers on 4th Sep 2015

Value fashion chain chief explains how he is following supermarkets’ lead and how 50 stores could become 900

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The Changing Face of UK High Streets

Posted by BBC News on 3rd Sep 2015

The Ellandi & Tristan Capital Partners owned Newlands Shopping Centre was featured on BBC Lunchtime News - almost all of the 14 vacant units have now been let

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On the move: Susan Mendoza

Posted by Shopping Centre Weekly on 20th Aug 2015

Middleton Shopping Centre is celebrating a big change this month as it welcomes Susan Mendoza as its new Centre Manager

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Shopping centre owners insist market is stabilising

Posted by Drapers on 4th Aug 2015

The owners of some of the UK’s largest shopping centres have painted a positive picture of trade over the past few months despite the wider trend of declining footfall.

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Ellandi and Bridges target community shopping centres

Posted by Property Week on 31st Jul 2015

Retail specialist Ellandi and sustainable investor Bridges Ventures have formed a joint venture to invest in community shopping centres across the UK.

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Ellandi & Bridges Ventures team up for new community shopping centre investment platform

Posted by Ellandi on 30th Jul 2015

Specialist investors Bridges and Ellandi have formed a joint venture to invest in community shopping centres in the UK.Their first acquisition is the Parkway Shopping Centre in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, for £12.2m.

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Ellandi secures first deal for Bootle scheme

Posted by Property Week on 21st Jul 2015

Shopping centre developer and manager Ellandi has signed a contract with retailer TJ Hughes at its Bootle scheme, The Strand.

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TJ Hughes Letting Kickstarts Bootle Masterplan

Posted by Ellandi on 21st Jul 2015

Just nine months after purchasing the Strand Shopping Centre, Ellandi can announce that they have completed the first stage of their Bootle masterplan.

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Ellandi’s Summer of Love – The transparent line between love & hate

Posted by Ellandi on 8th Jul 2015

On Thursday 2nd July, Ellandi hosted it’s 4th annual Retail Rocks Conference at the Geological Society titled “Summer of Love – It’s a thin line between love & hate”. The conference, which has quickly become seen as the leading...

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Ellandi’s One Great Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge

Posted by Ellandi on 8th Jul 2015

It started with a mad idea in Kettering and ended with a massive puzzle as the Ellandi centre managers descended to London, jigsaw pieces in hand.

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"Many think we're mad - but we'll open 50 shops in as many days"

Posted by Mail on Sunday on 28th Jun 2015

It's being billed as 50 stores in 50 days and such a feat has never been achieved before from a standing start and in such a short space of time. The very first Pep & Co store is due to open this Wednesday at the Ellandi owned...

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First look inside debut Pep&Co store in Kettering

Posted by Retail Week on 25th Jun 2015

Pep&Co, the Andy Bond-led value retailer, is poised to open its first store next week. Here is a sneak peek inside the Kettering branch.

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Young Achiever of the year award for Ellandi Centre Manager

Posted by Ellandi on 24th Jun 2015

Ellandi is delighted to announce that Chloe O'Donnell, Centre Manager of Idlewells Shopping Centre, Sutton in Ashfield won the Young Achiever of the year award at last night's SCEPTRE Awards.

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Ellandi joins F&C REIT in support for One Great Day

Posted by Shopping Centre Magazine on 22nd Jun 2015

Ellandi will be supporting One Great Day – the charity established by F&C REIT last year – as part of its #RetailRocks conference next week.

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#Retail Rocks set to be One Great Day

Posted by Ellandi on 18th Jun 2015

Thursday 2nd July marks the date for the annual Ellandi #RetailRocks conference. In its fourth year, the conference has rapidly become established as a leading shopping centre property conference, uniquely embracing a wide spectrum of...

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The Race for Space

Posted by Ellandi on 11th Jun 2015

On Thursday 9th June, Ellandi Director Jonathan Robson took the stage alongside BCSC President and CEO of Hammerson, David Atkins in a debate over the provision of Shopping Centre retail space and whether it represents a considerable “...

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One Great Day for Ellandi Centres

Posted by Ellandi on 8th Jun 2015

On Saturday 27th June, nine Ellandi Shopping Centres will be taking part in the “One Great Day – Fun Raising for Children” Charity Day.

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Strand Shopping Centre launches competition to win a shop

Posted by Southport Visiter on 1st Jun 2015

Budding entrepreneurs are being invited to enter a competition - to win a shop! The Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle is launching the opportunity to enable one winner to run a retail unit for a year within the complex - with rent, rates...

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Tristan and Ellandi shop in Northern Ireland

Posted by Property Week on 27th May 2015

A fund advised by Tristan Capital Partners in a joint venture with Ellandi has acquired the Erneside Shopping Centre in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, for around £34m.

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London investment firms snap up Erneside for £34.25m

Posted by Belfast Telegraph on 27th May 2015

Co Fermanagh's main shopping centre Erneside has been sold to two London property investment companies for £34.25m.

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Swan Centre app scoops Purple Apple Awards

Posted by Ellandi on 8th May 2015

Ellandi & Tristan Capital Partners owned Swan Centre received a BCSC Purple Apple Merit award at the ceremony held last week for its Smart Rewards Loyalty App.

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South East, Dartford Shopping Centre bought in £33m debt deal

Posted by Property Mall on 23rd Apr 2015

The Curzon Capital Partners III (CCP III) core plus fund, advised by Tristan Capital Partners, has purchased The Priory Centre, a convenience led shopping centre in Dartford town centre, from the Co-operative Bank for £33 million.

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Shopping centre specialist Ellandi further invests in St Austell

Posted by Western Morning News on 17th Apr 2015

A shopping centre specialist has strengthened its presence in the Westcountry after announcing further investment in St Austell.

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Ellandi’s Bouverie Place, Folkestone Fully Let After Poundland And Deichmann Deals

Posted by Ellandi on 24th Feb 2015

Ellandi and Tristan Capital Partners have fully let their Bouverie Place shopping centre in Folkestone after completing lettings to Poundland and Deichmann.

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Entrepreneurs can #winsahop because #retailmatters

Posted by Ellandi on 6th Feb 2015

Ellandi supports BCSC's #Retailmatters campaign with Nailsea based #Winashop Competition.

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Hot on the Tiger's Tail Ellandi Acquires a Trio

Posted by Ellandi on 19th Jan 2015

Following the acquisition of 11 shopping centres in 2014, Community Shopping Centre Investment Manager Ellandi is delighted to announce three new appointments.

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Ellandi Tames The Tiger

Posted by Ellandi on 22nd Dec 2014

Community Shopping Centre Investment Manager, Ellandi has purchased the Tiger Portfolio from Rockspring Property Investment Managers’ (“Rockspring”) UK Value 1 Fund (“UK Value 1” or the “Fund”) in a joint venture with global private equity...

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Ellandi Retail Fund Completes Third Acquisition

Posted by Ellandi on 1st Dec 2014

Specialist shopping centre investor and asset manager, Ellandi has now acquired The Idlewells Shopping Centre in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

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Dinner at The Gherkin with Irwin Mitchell

27th Nov 2014

On Wednesday 26th November, the Ellandi Directors joined Irwin Mitchell & eighty of the law firm's top property clients at the "Gherkin" tower in London. <br/>

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Ellandi & Development Securities sells Colston Tower

Posted by Ellandi on 24th Nov 2014

Colston Tower, an 89,000 sq ft office building & iconic feature of Bristol’s sky line has been sold for £12.3 million.

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Community Vision

Posted by IN_Grocery_Autumn_2014 on 12th Nov 2014

What a difference 18 months makes. In spring 2012, grocery markets still appeared to be performing strongly. Tesco’s share price was about to tick back up towards 400. The ‘death of the high street’ was still purportedly nigh and you could...

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Ellandi submits pre-planning application for £18m Old Vicarage Place development in St Austell

Posted by Cornish Guardian on 29th Oct 2014

A SCHEME to expand and enhance the retail provision in St Austell town centre has taken a step forward this week.

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Step forward for retail scheme

Posted by Business Cornwall on 28th Oct 2014

A scheme to expand the retail provision in St Austell town centre has taken a step forward this week with a pre-planning application submission to Cornwall Council.

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Ellandi completes on 12th Community Shopping Centre

Posted by Ellandi on 20th Oct 2014

Ellandi, the UK’s leading specialist shopping centre investor and asset manager focusing on Community Shopping Centres, has acquired The Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle.

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History shapes the future as Middleton Shopping Centre prepares for rebrand

Posted by Ellandi on 7th Oct 2014

The Middleton Shopping Centre which was bought by new owners Ellandi in February this year, will soon be receiving a new logo as part of a host of improvement works planned for the scheme.

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Everyone loves a football analogy, apart from grocers....

Posted by Red Robbo on 27th Sep 2014

A number of business columns have wryly noted the similarity between the fin de ciel handovers of the reigns at Tesco and Manchester by their knighted and benighted leviathans to their inadequate successors (neither of which are still ...

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Five Minutes with Morgan Garfield

Posted by Property Week on 5th Sep 2014

The Ellandi Partner on how he would change the industry and why he is not a car fiend.

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Comprehensive plans for Nailsea town centre announced

Posted by Ellandi on 5th Sep 2014

Co-ordinated plans to improve Nailsea town centre are set to move forward this autumn. Ellandi, owners of the Crown Glass Shopping Centre have been working with a number of stakeholders to finalise a comprehensive scheme that will see nine...

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Ellandi breathes new lease of life into Middleton Shopping Centre

Posted by Jaya on 20th Aug 2014

Ellandi breathes new lease of life into to Middleton Shopping Centre The future is bright for the Middleton Shopping Centre following a number of new lettings. The Centre which was purchased by the specialist Community Shopping Centre...

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Family fun in Stockton

Posted by Darlington & Stockton Times on 19th Aug 2014

More than 150 families gathered together for a day of family fun in Stockton.

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New Retailer “pounds” into Chatham

Posted by Jaya on 5th Aug 2014

Poundworld opened a 5,900 sq ft unit on the High Street in Chatham on the 31st July.

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Beacons and augmented reality: Retail's future

Posted by CNBC on 15th Jul 2014

Contactless payments, click and collect and 3D printing are just some examples of how the retail industry is embracing the latest technology in the hope of stopping the decline of traditional bricks-and-mortar stores.

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Chenavari debt fund targets European market

Posted by Property Week on 4th Jul 2014

Private credit fund manager Chenavari Investment Managers is to launch its second debt fund to target the UK and European market.

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High street help - Property Week Reports on #Retail Rocks

Posted by Property Week on 27th Jun 2014

Retail Rocks discussed how to adapt community shopping centres. Felicity Francis attended the debates.

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Retail Rocks Roundup

Posted by Jaya on 23rd Jun 2014

On Thursday 19th June, Ellandi hosted its third annual retail conference. Almost 130 of the UK’s most influential retail professionals rocked up at The Geological Society, Piccadilly for an afternoon of facts, figures and debate with a...

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Bespoke Scent Specialists Equivalenza opens store in Ellandi owned Newlands Shopping Centre

Posted by Jaya on 17th Jun 2014

The company which already has 500 stores in mainland Europe and four outlets in the UK opened the unit in the Newlands Centre on Saturday.

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Ellandi #Winashop Winner makes awards shortlist

Posted by Jaya on 10th Jun 2014

The Ewe Knit 20 shop at the Crown Glass Shopping Centre has been shortlist for two prestigious Awards – The 2014 Bristol Post Business Awards, sponsored by the University of the West of England, and Shopping Centres Magazine’s SCEPTRE...

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Retail Leases - Defusing A Time Bomb?

Posted by FM Event on 14th May 2014

Many long leases signed by retailers in the 80's and 90's will come to an end over the next two years. Could changing retail habits lead to a dramatic increase in vacancy rates. A round-table organised by Incentive FM met to...

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Ellandi eggs on tenants

Posted by Shopping Centre Magazine on 25th Apr 2014

Shopping Centre owner Ellandi invited 350 stores in nine of its centres to create an "Egg Shop" design for its Egg Cup Facebook Challenge to boost social media interaction with retailers.

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In vs Out

Posted by Property Week Retail & Leisure Supplement on 25th Apr 2014

With little development taking place over recent years, the in-town verses out-of-town retail debate has been in abeyance. Now, economic recovery has prompted developers to begin removing their schemes from mothballs, and the issue once...

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Retail Plans Held up by Politics

Posted by Property Week on 17th Apr 2014

Could Cornwall Council, a unitary authority for the entire county, move its St Austell staff into an empty shop with offices above in White River Place?

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Is Two Years a Lifetime in Retail Property?

Posted by Mark Robinson on 16th Apr 2014

Harold Wilson reportedly said that “A week is a long time in politics” and certainly two years is a long time in the dynamic, fast moving world of retail; which is why I love my...

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Smart Rewards InfoGraphic

Posted by Ellandi on 11th Apr 2014

The data geeks at TagPoints, the company that developed our Smart Rewards App threw together an infographic. I think you'd agree the figures speak for themselves!

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Smart Rewards App shortlisted in Loyalty Awards

Posted by Ellandi on 10th Apr 2014

Just two months after its launch, the Smart Rewards app, pioneered by the Ellandi owned Swan Centre in Eastleigh, has been shortlisted for The Loyalty Awards.

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Bringing home the beacons

Posted by Internet Retailing on 24th Mar 2014

The Swan Centre in Eastleigh has gained yet more recognition for "beating Apple to the punchin the UK" and becoming the first shopping centre to deploy bluetooth beacons.

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Window shopping for Technology

Posted by Marketing Week on 20th Mar 2014

Will the resurgence in location-based marketing technology such as beacons and wearable gadgets make the tactic more effective? Morag Cuddeford-Jones finds out.

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"The Retail Lease Time Bomb"

Posted by Jaya on 18th Mar 2014

This year’s retail roundtable was hosted by Incentive FM Group. The topic discussed was the concern that many traditional long leases signed by retailers in the 80s and 90s are due to come to an end within the next 2 years. Figures from...

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Ellandi Owned Shopping Centre First To Use Beacon Technology

Posted by Ellandi on 14th Mar 2014

The Swan Centre in Eastleigh has become the first in the UK to use beacon technology.

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Eastleigh shopping centre rolls out beacon technology

Posted by Retail Week on 14th Mar 2014

A south coast shopping centre has become first in the UK to use beacon technology, which enables retailers to contact shoppers via their mobile phones.

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UK retailers adopt Beacons technology in shopping centre first

Posted by Marketing Week on 14th Mar 2014

A shopping centre on the south coast has become the first in the UK to adopt the proximity-based marketing tool Beacons, offering retailers the opportunity to target customers with messages in-store by sending push notifications to their...

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Ecommerce: Beacon app signals greater interaction

Posted by Drapers on 14th Mar 2014

Eastleigh mall uses Bluetooth tech to send offers to shoppers.

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Geofencing tipped as hot trend for 2014

Posted by Retail Week on 7th Mar 2014

Geofencing is poised to be a major mobile trend of 2014 as retailers use location-based technology to deliver highly targeted advertising and promotions.

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Westrock shops for £300m of regional assets

Posted by Property Week on 28th Feb 2014

Westrock has launched an ambitious new drive to build a portfolio of regional value-add assets, with a target portfolio size of up to £300m.

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See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil...

Posted by Ellandi on 12th Feb 2014

Just because we now manage 11 shopping centres and have a portfolio worth £300 million, doesn't mean we take life seriously all the time. 

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IPOs float investors’ boat as confidence in property returns

Posted by Property Week on 7th Feb 2014

More property companies could follow Kennedy Wilson’s decision to float, as real estate sector is back in vogue. David Hatcher reports

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Ellandi Launches Innovative Geo-Location Mobile App at Swan Centre, Eastleigh

Posted by Ellandi on 27th Jan 2014

The Swan Shopping Centre, Eastleigh is pioneering new technology with a customer reward programme that pushes incentive points to their smartphones every time a shopper visits the Centre.

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St Austell Prezzo deal signed

Posted by Business Cornwall on 20th Jan 2014

A deal which will see national Italian restaurant chain Prezzo opening a new branch in St Austell has now been formally signed.

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A "post-Coytal" Thought

Posted by Mark on 19th Jan 2014

Last Thursday was a massive day for St Austell, Cornwall and a key day for how the NPPF is interpreted by councils up and down the country.

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‘Post–internet High Street’ Under Threat from Retail Park Plan

Posted by The Daily Telegraph on 7th Jan 2014

A vision of a modern high street – one that can co–exist with online shopping – is under threat from a planned out–of town retail park, just a mile up the road.

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New Centre Manager appointed at White River Place

9th Dec 2013

A new Centre Manager has been appointed at White River Place shopping centre, St Austell. Richard Hurst will be taking up the post from the start of January 2014, bringing over 20 years of experience in retail and customer services.

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New Manager Announced for Nailsea Shopping Centre

Posted by Jaya on 21st Nov 2013

Owners of the Crown Glass Shopping Centre have revealed that Charlotte Jarrett will be starting in the role on 25th November and is taking over from long standing Nailsea stalwart, James Lucas, who left at the end of October.

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Market Gates Shopping Centre bought for £28m

Posted by BBC on 8th Nov 2013

A shopping centre which went into administration last year has been bought for £28m by an asset management company.

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Nailsea's Partysmartys is the place to go to get your Party Rocking

Posted by Bristol Post on 8th Nov 2013

Fran Hunt, one of the winners from the Nailsea WINASHOP competition was featured in this week's Bristol Post. This great article sums up exactly why she was chosen as a winner!

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Ellandi Retail Fund debuts with Great Yarmouth mall

Posted by CoStar on 1st Nov 2013

Specialist asset manager Ellandi has established the Ellandi Retail Fund and confirmed its first acquisition, contracting to buy the Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth.

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Ellandi Retail Fund makes debut acquisition in Great Yarmouth

Posted by Ellandi on 1st Nov 2013

Specialist asset manager Ellandi has established the Ellandi Retail Fund and made its debut acquisition, contracting to buy the Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth.

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Ellandi fund’s Great Yarmouth debut

Posted by Property Week on 1st Nov 2013

Mark Robinson and Morgan Garfield’s Ellandi has raised its own fund with the capacity to invest around £130m into distressed retail properties and has now bought its first asset.

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Three new shops open in time for Christmas

Posted by North Somerset Times on 23rd Oct 2013

Three new shops have opened their doors in Nailsea giving the town centre a huge boost. Pete Waring opened the Occasions shop in the former Clinton Cards store in Colliers walk and Felicity Ralfs opened her independent...

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MP meets Nailsea Win a Shop winners

Posted by Nailsea People on 30th Sep 2013

MP Liam Fox met the winners of the Nailsea Win a Shop competition at the weekend to discuss their plans for new shops in the Crown Glass Shopping Centre.

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BCSC Showcase: "Don’t Rule Out Secondary, The Picture Is Rosier Than You Think"

Posted by Jaya on 13th Sep 2013

There is a clear trend that secondary shopping centres are now being seen as an income asset - people are not buying on the premise of redevelopment/extension and rental growth, rather buying off a sustainable yield (8-10%), gearing...

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Property Week: Bill and Mary Save the High Street

Posted by Property Week on 13th Sep 2013

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Property Week: Meet the Upstarts

Posted by Mark on 13th Sep 2013

We are delighted and honoured to have been selected as PW as one of the UK's 10 property companies that have "have not only survived the crisis, but have taken full advantage of Britain’s changing economy."

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Who won the Nailsea Win a Shop competition? Fran and Emily!

Posted by Nailsea People on 6th Sep 2013

Judges of the competition to Win a Shop in the Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea have announced two winners.

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Centre's New Owners Promise Good News

Posted by Folkeston Herald on 4th Jul 2013

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Boost for town centre as new stores open - including Sports Direct

Posted by Thurrock Gazette on 4th Jul 2013

Grays town centre is to get a big boost with a string of new stores set to open – including big name retailer Sports Direct.

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Bouverie Place bought for rumoured £22 million

Posted by Folkestone Herald on 27th Jun 2013

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre has been bought for an undisclosed sum by a Pan-European real estate fund manager.

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Tristan and Ellandi buy £22m Folkestone mall

Posted by Property Week on 26th Jun 2013

Tristan Capital Partners and Ellandi have bought the Bouverie Place shopping centre in Folkestone for a price understood to be around £22m.

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Ellandi Launches #WINASHOP

Posted by Jaya on 25th Jun 2013

Innovative £25,000 competition launched at Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea

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Landlords: reform archaic 1954 act

Posted by Property Week on 14th Jun 2013

Property owners call for reform to aid innovative and dynamic retail sector. Kat Spybey reports

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#Retail Rocks - It really does

11th Jun 2013

On Thursday 6th June, Ellandi hosted its second annual retail conference. Almost 150 of the UK's most influential property professionals rocked up at The Geological Society, Piccadilly for an afternoon of facts, figures and debate with...

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Retail Rocks: Insane? I'm totally rational, honest....

Posted by Property Week on 5th Jun 2013

Who in their right mind would buy a shopping centre in a secondary town or the third shopping centre in a bigger city today?

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There is a world beyond London

Posted by Morgan on 5th Jun 2013

We have been saying for sometime that a vast number of institutional investors are ignoring the world beyond London. There is £350bn of commercial real estate outside of London and not all of it is a lost cause. It is nice to...

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DW Sports kicks off with new Chatham store

Posted by Alex on 24th May 2013

DW Sports, the national retailer owned by Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan is set to open up shop at the Pentagon Centre, Chatham.

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Because Retail truly Rocks: Thursday 6th June 2013

22nd May 2013

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99P in Nailsea Makes it a Full House for Ellandi

Posted by Nina on 15th Apr 2013

We have just completed a letting to 99p in Nailsea which means that this burgeoning national retailer is now a tenant in all six Ellandi schemes.

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Retail Property Rocks

Posted by Jaya on 11th Apr 2013

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Tristan and Ellandi complete £35m Eastleigh purchase

Posted by Property Week on 4th Apr 2013

Tristan Capital Partners and Ellandi have completed the purchase of the Swan Centre in Eastleigh, Hampshire, for around £35m.

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Tristan, Ellandi acquire UK mall

Posted by Property EU on 25th Mar 2013

Pan-European real estate fund manager Tristan Capital Partners and Ellandi, a niche investment manager, have jointly acquired the Swan Centre in the English town of Eastleigh.

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Tristan/Ellandi Coalition Triumph in Eastleigh

22nd Mar 2013

CCP III, a fund advised by Tristan Capital Partners, has acquire the Swan Centre in Eastleigh, Hampshire, from PRUPIM. Ellandi will partner Tristan again on what will be its third UK shopping centre acquisition for the fund.

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Works starts on Walnuts retail and leisure extension

Posted by Property Week on 21st Mar 2013

Ellandi and Miller Developments have started work on a 50,000 sq ft extension to the Walnuts Shopping Centre in Orpington.

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M&S – the next Woolworths?

Posted by Morgan on 6th Mar 2013

It is continuously quoted that retail is a dynamic and competitive industry and that every brand has to invest and evolve to maintain its success.<br/><br/>Equally it is a well-rehearsed argument that most of the retail...

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Demolition of Orpington job centre marks the start of £10 million upgrade of The Walnuts

21st Feb 2013

The start of February saw the first stage of The Walnuts upgrade begin with the demolition of the former Orpington Job Centre at Crown House. The Walnuts Centre which is owned by Ellandi, Miller Developments and Metropolitan Estates was...

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Operation New Dawn

Posted by Alex Brooker on 13th Feb 2013

Despite approaching the half century milestone, I still sought that buzz you get from the chase and kill, even if the heart now tends to beat faster than it should. As an avid follower of Jack Reacher,...

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Case for Out of Town is Out of Proportion

Posted by Mark on 25th Jan 2013

In the latest instalment of our battle against inappropriate OOT development Ellandi responded to Accessible Retail's open letter to Property Week

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Children of Chatham

Posted by Jaya on 18th Jan 2013

Property Week acknowledges Ellandi's emotional connection to new asset management appointment.

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Diginius Opens Development Office in Ellandi owned Colston Tower, Bristol

18th Jan 2013

London based Diginius opens a development and client services office in Colston Tower

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St Actually-Quite-Nice

Posted by Jaya on 15th Jan 2013

Ten reasons to love St Austell, home to Ellandi's White River Place shopping centre.  Local resident Sarah Drew provides 10 excellent reasons why St Austell is a great place to live. She includes Live Music at the Eden Cafe,...

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Cheap Parking gets Shoppers Flocking

Posted by Jaya on 15th Jan 2013

Ellandi judgement call on St Austell car park charges sees November vehicle numbers increase by 32 per cent on the previous years.

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Out of Town Deserves Better

Posted by Mark on 12th Jan 2013

Accessible Retail have written an open letter to Property Week (11/1/13) in response to our missive in conjunction with 9 other town centre investors, the letter in full below, a response to come!

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In Town v Out of Town Redux

Posted by Mark on 30th Dec 2012

We are involved in a number of high profile battles with out of town developers and it is always the same main arguments that come up.

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Pickles calls in plans for vast out-of-town retail development

Posted by Property Week on 21st Dec 2012

The Secretary of State Eric Pickles has called in a controversial planning application for a 465,000 sq ft out-of-town retail and leisure development at Rushden Lakes, in Northamptonshire.

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Pudsey scales dizzying heights of BT Tower

Posted by Property Week on 21st Dec 2012

Around 80 property and retail experts enjoyed a high-altitude charitable flourish this week, involving a plastic Harley Davidson, acrobatic flights and spas – all lots in an auction, all in the company of a cuddly yellow bear.

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Social Wall Wows Retail Property Investors

Posted by Global Banking & Finance on 11th Dec 2012

London-based digital communications agency D2 Interactive (http://d2i.co/) introduces an innovative online tool for harnessing the power of the social media in commercial property portfolio management. Dan Drogman, the company’s...

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Social Media Wall Wows Retail Property Investors

11th Dec 2012

Ellandi's innovative "Social Wall" gains recognition!

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Why I fecking love this job (sometimes)

Posted by Mark on 11th Dec 2012

Can I introduce you to Sheila? She’s a Nailsea local who is passionate about arts and crafts.   She approached us a couple of years ago to ask if she could use a couple of our...

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Brand specialists 'Reach' for the stars

Posted by Jaya on 4th Dec 2012

CBRE lets 2000sq ft of office space at the Ellandi owned Colston Tower.

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We Look After our Shoppers

Posted by Mike Wimble on 4th Dec 2012

We have just completed a total refurbishment of the public toilet facilities at the Grays Shopping Centre. The toilets had not been updated since the shopping centre originally opened over 25 years ago! They have been completely...

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Out of town and out of control

Posted by Jaya on 3rd Dec 2012

Landlords hit back at developers on their doorsteps.

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£10m Nailsea Town Centre Facelift Revealed

Posted by Jaya on 28th Nov 2012

Ellandi is proud to announce that the Nailsea based Crown Glass Place will soon be benefiting from a £10m revamp.<br/>

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Ellandi doubles up with Kent shopping centre buy

Posted by CoStar on 28th Nov 2012

A consortium of Ellandi, Miller Developments and a group of Middle Eastern investors advised by WW Advisors, has bought the Walnuts Shopping Centre in Orpington, Kent, for £20m - an 8% yield.

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New Retailer Selects Kettering

Posted by Jaya on 13th Nov 2012

National Fashion brand Select is to open in Kettering in time for Christmas

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King Canute is alive and well in the Property Market

Posted by Morgan on 9th Nov 2012

The tide may be more powerful than market forces but vendors and banks have to accept that they can not dictate or change market prices. Overcoming this denial is a critical step to returning to a normalised market.

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Kettering Welcomes Comtemporary Art Pop Up

Posted by Jaya on 9th Nov 2012

Inside Out sets up Pop Up Store in Kettering’s Newland Centre

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Petty Party Politics Trumps Portas?

8th Nov 2012

In a bizarre twist of fate, Team Ellandi where in the House of Commons, as Peter Bone, MP for East Northamptonshire leapt to his feet like an excited schoolboy....... OK, there's a bi-election in Corby, that the government is...

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Stargazing

Posted by Ben on 7th Nov 2012

A first look at 2013

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Review: Mother Mash

Posted by Jaya on 6th Nov 2012

Ellandi's resident foodie reviews local restaurants perfect for Business Lunches.

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"Politicians' fears for high streets are just hollow words" - Simon Jenkins

Posted by Morgan on 31st Oct 2012

Somewhat strange for an owner and operator of Shopping Centres to sympathise with an anti-shopping centre article but Simon Jenkins writing in the Evening Standard last night makes some good points

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Colston Tower Marks the Spot

Posted by Ellandi on 31st Oct 2012

Ellandi is pleased to announce that it has completed on a five year lease with Atlas Services Group at the Bristol based Colston Tower office block.

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Distressed Town Centre Task Force

Posted by Morgan on 29th Oct 2012

Another committee has been established to try and tackle the decline of town centres in the UK. Although this is to be welcomed, surely it would be more constructive if the Government also implementing the recommendations of the Mary...

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We Select Our Favourite Shop Fit

22nd Oct 2012

We're delighted with the number of our retailers who have continued to re-invest in their portfolio despite the difficult times, but we believe Select have taken it to a whole new level in Grays.

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View From The Top

11th Oct 2012

Ric Lewis gives his own view of why the world probably isn't going to come to an end and the joys of working with Ellandi!

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Ellandi's High Street Heros

Posted by Mark on 10th Oct 2012

The death of the High Street makes headline grabbing and grim reading; it certainly reflects the most challenging leasing environmentssince the early 90's, but is it all doom and gloom.....?

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Problems Funding Our Latest Acquisition

Posted by Mark on 4th Oct 2012

Despite Morgan's market leading ability to raise debt finance on almost any asset we fancy, he has been struggling with the latest shopping centre Mike and I see merit in acquiring. Revisiting the photographs I took...

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St Austell Leading by Example

Posted by Morgan on 3rd Oct 2012

Last week I was invited to speak at a seminar hosted by the National Retail Planning Forum and Action for Market Towns. The topic was Making Small Beautiful. Basically, how can small town and communities that make up the fabric of British...

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Is planning going back to the future?

Posted by Morgan on 3rd Oct 2012

I am not a town planner but I respect the aims of planning laws – so why aren’t they being applied? If the rules go out of the window what does the future hold?

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Radio Cornwall Coverage of Our Car Park Charge "Bonanza"

2nd Oct 2012

Being desperately keen to get the message out about us slashing the parking charges in St Austell, Ellandi's resident rent-a-gob was interview by BBC Radio Cornwall.  Despite being described as sounding on the radio like "...

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We Halved the Cost of Parking In St Austell- Will The Public Respond?

1st Oct 2012

The cost of parking is a very emotive issue in all town centres and has been consistently sighted as a major reason for many of the problems of St Austell town centre. So we've put our money where our mouth is and as soon as was...

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When perception becomes more important than price

Posted by Morgan on 12th Sep 2012

We are in funny old times in the Commercial Property Market. Conventional wisdom dictates that any active investor is a buyer at the right price. Rational economic theory says that if an investment will yield an acceptable return for...

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New Toilets and Breastfeeding Lounge for Newlands

Posted by Jaya on 12th Sep 2012

We are pleased to announce the comprehensive redevelopment of the toilets and surrounding area within the Newlands Shopping Centre, Kettering.  The project which is due to commence shortly by local firm Wrightmans Construction,...

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Winners and Losers

Posted by Morgan on 6th Sep 2012

Followers of the Ellandi blog (there are a few of you) will know that we have said a number of times that the tough retail environment is exposing those with the weakest businesses rather than crippling all retailers in the same way.

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Colston Tower Union Flag

Posted by Mark on 3rd Sep 2012

There has been an understandable furore around the removal of a large Union Flag that was erected on Colston Tower. Our official comment is as follows: "We were not aware of the story involving the Union Flag until it...

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Ahead in The Cloud

Posted by Mark on 31st Aug 2012

We are genuinely delighted that in conjunction with The Cloud (www.thecloud.net) that we are bringing completely free WiFi to Nailsea, Grays, Kettering, St Austell and Orpington.  Yes, that's...

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Politics and Property III

Posted by Mark on 30th Aug 2012

Many thanks to Henry "Tory Boy" Godsall for highlighting the legendary Steven "Shagger" Norris, former MP, Property Week columnist and, appropriately enough, Chairman of Soho Estates.  Steven wins a bonus point for having a son who is a...

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Politics and Property II

Posted by Mark on 24th Aug 2012

Thanks to Matt, we now have increased the regular blog follwers by 33%!So to celebrate, I have peeled myself of a very hot sunlounger (45 c) to write a follow-up to my last post.Whilst writing the last one, it did...

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Politics and Property

Posted by Mark on 16th Aug 2012

As all three of the regular followers of this blog will have noted, that, as a callow youth (and to be fair far more recently,) I had certain left-wing leaning persuasions.Oh hell, lets be frank, I was a member of the Labour...

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Fame at Last For Stuart and Neil (Kettering's Odd Couple)

Posted by Mark on 15th Aug 2012

Our partnership with www.My-Loyalty-Card.com in Kettering recently received great coverage from BBC local news.www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-19096332Stuart toned down his usual shirt tie combination...

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Olympic Picnic With Strutt and Parker

Posted by Mark Robinson on 14th Aug 2012

Fueled by the Olympic spirit, lobster and a not inconsiderable amount of rose, guests at Strutt and Parker’s annual picnic staged an impromptu javelin competition.

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Olympic Picnic With Strutt and Parker

Posted by Mark on 4th Aug 2012

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Ellandi Value and Convenience Conference

7th Jul 2012

It’s been a couple of weeks since we hosted our inaugural conference and cocktail party; it was attended by over 130 of the country’s leading players in the retail property market at RIBA in Central London.

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Ellandi Poaches Westfield (*) Head of Finance

Posted by Mark on 5th Jul 2012

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Head of Finance (20120702_ellandi_press-release_ben-truman2).Ben...

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Lone Star sells £45m Project Royal loan to Tristan and Ellandi

Posted by CoStar Finance on 22nd Jun 2012

Lone Star has sold a nominally-valued £44.6m Project Royal loan secured by a retail-led mixed-use scheme in Cornwall to a Tristan Capital and Ellandi joint venture, reflecting a wholesale-to-retail loan portfolio unwinding strategy.

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Ellandi’s White River raft

Posted by Property Week on 22nd Jun 2012

Ellandi and Tristan Capital Partners have completed one of the first significant purchases from the £900m loan portfolio sold by Lloyds Banking Group last December.

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Superdroop?

Posted by Mark on 9th Jun 2012

We recently hosted one of our 6 monthly agents lunches with our most trusted, if not necessarily most trust-worthy, advisors. We always take a “hostage to fortune” poll to see what the...

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Superdroop?

Posted by Mark Robinson on 9th Jun 2012

We recently hosted one of our 6 monthly agents lunches with our most trusted, if not necessarily most trust-worthy, advisors.

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Retailers see value and convenience in attending Ellandi conference

Posted by Property Week on 1st Jun 2012

Property conferences are a fairly common occurrence these days, but one event later this month is likely to be better attended than most, given the current state of the retail sector.

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Ellandi Retail Conference - 25th June

Posted by Mark on 28th May 2012

We're delighted to announce a superb line up for the the inaugural Ellandi Retail Conference and Cocktail Party at RIBA in Central London in late June.The focus is unashamedly on the positive news around Value and Convenience...

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Loyalty Card Launch in Grays

Posted by Mark on 28th May 2012

In line with our schemes in Kettering and Orpington we are delighted to announce the successful launch of the Grays loyalty card. Its all about keeping it local.

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Loyalty Card Launch in Grays

28th May 2012

In line with our schemes in Kettering and Orpington we are delighted to announce the successful launch of the Grays loyalty card.

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Ellandi Retail Conference – 25th June

28th May 2012

We’re delighted to announce a superb line up for the the inaugural Ellandi Retail Conference and Cocktail Party at RIBA in Central London in late June.

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More Banker Al Bashar(ing)

Posted by Mark on 25th May 2012

I was delighted to read over my Cheerios that according to De Montford University (Leicester Poly to most,) the 

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British Land's - mucky little secret?

Posted by Morgan on 22nd May 2012

Since his arrival at BL Chris Griggs has been very vocal in explaining that BL owns "prime" real estate. Their results yesterday, continued on this...

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Retailing: Today There Are Winners Too

Posted by Mark on 14th May 2012

Mike and I spent a pleasant day in Scotland last week, trying to spread the gospel that not all secondary retail property is tertiary and that the secret (OK hardly secret) to making decent returns in retail property over the medium term...

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Mark Comes Out as a Twit(errer)

Posted by Mark on 12th May 2012

Despite being largely hopeless at managing to keep on top of the blog, I have joined the growing army of twats twitterers (@ellandi_mark).  The reason given to Mrs R is that I needs to...

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Mark Comes Out as a Twit(errer)

Posted by Mark on 12th May 2012

Despite being largely hopeless at managing to keep on top of the blog, I have joined the growing army of twats twitterers (@ellandi_mark).  The reason given to Mrs R is that I needs to...

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Location, Luck and Timing

Posted by Mark on 15th Mar 2012

As I have blogged before, the above triptych is more relevant than location, location, location when it comes to the most important three things in assessing a property opportunity.In respect of Timing, I read a couple of...

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Honest View of NewBuy Scheme

Posted by Mark on 13th Mar 2012

For a satirical website, the Daily Mash do economics well.

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Bright Spark at Grays

Posted by Mark on 28th Feb 2012

Doing our bit for society and the environment, Grays is the first of our shopping centre's to set the sparks flying and install solar panels.

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Bill Gross seems to agree with me....

Posted by Morgan on 7th Feb 2012

Followers of the Blog may have read that I am fearful of little or no market activity, a side effect of QE and ultra-low interest rates. Reading Bill Gross of PIMCO, demi-god amongst fixed income investors in this morning's FT, he seems to...

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Team Kettering is a 'cut' above the rest....

Posted by Morgan on 1st Feb 2012

Ellandi hosted a, belated (and slightly alternative), celebration of acquiring the Newlands Centre in Kettering at the Ginger Pig Butchers.Should you trust a group of surveyors, lawyers and general property...

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A willing buyer and a willing seller?

Posted by Morgan on 1st Feb 2012

The whole basis of the capitalist economic system is that there will be willing buyers and willing sellers. Demand and supply will see prices adjust until a price equilibrium is reached at which point buyers and seller...

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A new year, a new addition

Posted by Morgan on 1st Feb 2012

We are delighted to be building the Ellandi team further with the addition of Jaya Sabnani.\r\nJaya graduated from The University of Westminster in 2008 with a BSc in Urban Estate Management. She has...

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Part II (read Part I first)

Posted by Mark on 20th Jan 2012

In 1994 Thomas Neal's Yard Shopping Centre in Covent Garden was pretty much completely vacant, save for a restaurant in the basement.I hired the entire shopping centre for my 23rd birthday party one saturday night....

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life... (Part I)

Posted by Mark on 18th Jan 2012

One of the few advantages of being middle aged is that you are old enough to know stuff, but not too old to start forgetting it (despite the havoc that a property lifestyle can have on your brain cells.)So as matters lurch from...

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Happy 2012

Posted by Morgan on 1st Jan 2012

Happy New Year from all at Ellandi\r\n

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2012 Reasons to Be Cheerful

Posted by Mark on 31st Dec 2011

Well obviously not two thousand and twelve reasons to be cheerful, as due to my black, misanthropic, heart and frankly the need to look after the kids, I will limit my musing to just twelve sunshine-filled, positive thoughts for the New...

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If only banks were run like football clubs? (Surely some mistake?!)

Posted by Mark on 30th Nov 2011

At long last the powers that be have taken decisive action to head of a certain catastrophe.No I don't mean the co-ordinated actions of the central banks to provide unlimited dollar liquidity silly, no, Sunderland have sacked...

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Rugby

Posted by Morgan on 17th Oct 2011

I don't really want to talk about it!All the genuine messages of support and condolence from the English are nice but can you all stop mentioning it now, please.Front page of the Western Mail sum's it up perfectly.

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Ex-Banker Turns Bank-Basher

Posted by Mark on 14th Oct 2011

Not for the first time Morgan has today been described as punchy.However this was not in respect of an altercation late at a rugby dinner, but in respect of his pulls-no-punches article in

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Average Height of Ellandi Increased. Considerably.

Posted by Mark on 11th Oct 2011

We are genuinely delighted to welcome Mike Wimble to the team who is joining us from Cushman and Wakefiled Investors.  He has a lifetime of retail property experience that started agency, like Mark he is one of a select few who worked for...

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Nailsea Bucks the Retail Trend

Posted by Mark on 8th Oct 2011

Look Mervyn it's not all doom and gloom out there we've just concluded our 17th letting/lease renewal in Nailsea, and its a good one too.We have managed to secure a letting to WH Smiths to the town that will help lift the town...

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Ellandi and Miller Developments buy £20m Kent mall with development play

Posted by Property Week on 28th Sep 2011

Ellandi has teamed up with Miller Developments and Middle Eastern investors advised by WW Advisors, to buy the Walnuts Shopping Centre in Orpington, Kent, for a price thought to be around £20m.

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Ellandi Opinions Go National

Posted by Mark on 25th Sep 2011

My seven year old daughter was sooooooo impressed that Daddy was in a national newspaper, for the right reasons this time:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/store-wars-high-street-shops-call-for-...

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Tristan teams up with Ellandi

Posted by Proeprty Week on 23rd Sep 2011

Duo form £150m venture to invest in secondary malls

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Ellandi/Curzon buy Newlands shopping centre

Posted by CoStar on 22nd Sep 2011

A joint venture between Ellandi Property and Curzon Capital Partners III, a fund managed by Tristan Capital Partners, has completed on the purchase of the Newlands Shopping Centre in Kettering for £32.5m – a net initial yield of 8.5%.

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Ellandi tuck into Special K

Posted by Morgan on 21st Sep 2011

Ellandi and Curzon Capital Partners III, a fund managed by Tristan Capital Partners have acquired the Newlands Shopping Centre in Kettering.\r\nThe acquisition is the first acquisition...

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Postcards from the edge

Posted by Mark on 19th Sep 2011

I've just come back from a spot of credit crunch tourism in the former hedge fund better known as Iceland. Despite effectively going bankrupt in 2008 with debts that reached a staggering 850%...

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When failure is a good thing....

Posted by Morgan on 8th Aug 2011

An amusing retail anecdote, not many of these around these days.Best Buy - the American electronic giant intending to take the UK by storm. They are rolling out their own distinctive store format of a huge blue box with a...

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I'll Drink to That, Or Maybe Not

Posted by Mark on 26th Jul 2011

We've clearly have been a little remiss in respect of blogging, frankly we've been a bit busy. As a result though, in the next few days Ellandi should exchange contracts on a couple of more deals which will take our tally in a couple of...

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DevSecs/Ellandi buys in Bristol

Posted by CoStar on 21st Jun 2011

Development Securities and Ellandi have bought Colston Tower in Bristol for £7.6m, a 10.08% yield.

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DevSecs and Ellandi buy Bristol office tower

Posted by Property Week on 21st Jun 2011

Development Securities and Ellandi have bought a Bristol office tower for £7.6m, a 10% yield.

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A Brace With DevSec

Posted by Mark on 4th Jun 2011

We're delighted to announce that we have exchanged contracts this week to acquire a landmark, mixed-use, building in Bristol in a second deal with our partners Development Securities plc.Colston Tower is a building well known...

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Imported Inflation?

Posted by Mark on 9th Apr 2011

I am a glorified retail agent, Mervyn King is a lauded central banker.Inflation in the UK is temporary and beyond our control, according to one of us.However, Sterling has fallen by over 25% against its trade...

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One Morgan Garfield, There's Only One Morgan Garfield*...

Posted by Mark on 30th Mar 2011

As I have previously referenced, retail is detail and I can assure you that hours were spent getting the shopping bag design of our ellandi-have-moved flyer meticulously correct.

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A Good Face For Radio

Posted by Mark on 26th Mar 2011

I fear that I may have been drunk at 7.15 on Thursday morning.  Frankly its the way I can rationalise the fact that George Osborne seemed to come across quite well on Radio 5.  That being said, its usually the sight of the smug, chinless,...

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20 Days To Do What Exactly?

Posted by Mark on 21st Mar 2011

There is a distinct danger that I may never do another deal again at this rate, but at the risk of further alienating the honourable and esteemed investment agency constituency, here goes...."Exchange to take place 20 days from...

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Agency is Urgency

Posted by Mark on 16th Mar 2011

Or so I was always told, another good one is "Retail is detail."I've got a new one:"Agents forwarding information when you're in the middle of a deal without proffering an opinion on the content or more often, I...

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If it's good enough for the Tchenguiz boys

Posted by Morgan on 16th Mar 2011

So Mark has gone and got himself arrested.... Based on the 'same' events last week at Chez Tchenguiz, I will expect a media barrage followed by the administration of several Ellandi businesses.Robbo, at least Vincent and Robbie...

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They'll Never Take Me Alive!!!!

Posted by Mark on 16th Mar 2011

My name has now been entered into the records as a wanton criminal, a legacy of Mr Blair's police state.For the crime of very slowly moving through a red light (far slower than a pedestrian), a fraction before it turns green,...

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MIPIM2011

Posted by Mark on 9th Feb 2011

Please bookmark this page for further news on the live blog we will be running this year from Cannes.

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Nailsea: HSBC to move next door

Posted by Mark on 12th Jan 2011

We're pleased to announce that HSBC today received planning permission for their proposed relocation within Colliers Walk. Not only will this result in their new premises being 50% lager, which shows their commitment to the town, but...

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Ringing the Changes for New Year

Posted by Mark on 3rd Jan 2011

The start of the new year will be a busy one for Ellandi.Having shared an office with Briant Champion Long for over two years, we have agreed a lease on our own office space from the Crown Estate. Our new address is 2nd Floor, 3...

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Grays: Hard as Nails?

Posted by Mark on 24th Dec 2010

Well the ladies of Essex certainly like pampering themselves, which has enable our local nail-bar operator to take a second unit only yards away from his existing unit. Go on, treat yourselves, because you're worth it.

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Nailsea: Christmas Cheer In Nailsea

Posted by Mark on 20th Dec 2010

We are please to announce that the country's favourite pub chain JD Weatherspoons have completed an agreement to lease to take a refurbishment of the former Glasshouse pub which has been vacant for some time.We have already...

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Doddery old Tory "Is Not Nostalgic" shocker!

Posted by Mark on 27th Nov 2010

An Old Etonian prime minister, Democrats in power in the States, the ruling elite telling the little people "You've never had it so good"; no wonder Lord Young has no need to hark back to the 1950's, it's almost like they never went away!

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Grays: Poundworld Opens

Posted by Mark on 20th Nov 2010

We're delighted to annonce the successful opening of Poundworld in the vacant premises that were previously the rear of the former Woolworths in the South Mall.  This is fills the only major void within the scheme and has already...

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Distressing Research

Posted by Mark on 3rd Nov 2010

Today's FT has picked up on the fact that we working up some detailed research in respect of the amount of potentially defaulting debt secured against...

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Grays: From kiosk to permanent unit, next world domination?

Posted by Mark on 2nd Nov 2010

We're pleased to confirm that we have relocated a local tenant,who previously traded as a computer sales and repair unit, from a kiosk in the South Mall to 20b West Mall.  From little acorns do oak trees grow;  after all Tom...

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Grays: What a Gray day!

Posted by Mark on 19th Oct 2010

Ellandi is pleased to confirm that we have exchanged contracts to purchase Grays Shopping Centre in Essex in partnership with Rockspring (http://www.rockspringpim.com/main.asp). This latest purchase continues to build on our...

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To ease or not to ease? Is no longer a question.

Posted by Mark on 8th Oct 2010

In anticipation of Messrs Bernanke and King cracking up the printing presses almost all asset classes are rallying.-Gold is up as a hedge against the "enevitable" ensuing hyper inflation.-Bonds are up as we will in...

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It's not just A levels that appear to be getting easier.

Posted by Mark on 1st Oct 2010

In July the CES published the results of exhaustive stress test designed to put investors minds at rest that Europe's banking industry was ready to withstand the slings and arrows of further outrageous fortune, and thus end them, to dream...

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We would have got away with it if it wasn't for those pesky kids....

Posted by Mark on 29th Sep 2010

Is a refrain I hear on a daily basis, largely due to my three year old son's addiction to Scooby Doo.\r\nHowever the Irish finance minister Brian Lenihan is quoted in an interview with FT as saying that their priapic property boom was...

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Nailsea: Neighbours, Everybody Needs Good Neighbours...

Posted by Mark on 23rd Sep 2010

We are delighted to welcome Waitrose to the former Somerfield unit that fronts onto Somerset Square n Nailsea.  First impressions are that the refurbishment has been a great success and that this premier retailer can only help us attract...

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Another Winter of Discontent?

Posted by Mark on 19th Jul 2010

I am sure I'm not the only one who feels like we are living in a period of phoney war?The ConDems have done the best to convey a feeling of impending doom; that plague and pestilence will follow this Autumn's spending review,...

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Nailsea: Store 21 Agreed in Record Time

Posted by Mark on 5th Jun 2010

We are pleased to announce that teenage fashion chain, Store 21, have agreed to take a new lease in the prime section of Somerset Square.  This fell vacant due to Ethel Austin entering into administration and we are delighted to re-let it...

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From Shropshire to Ibiza, How the BoE got Inflation Wrong

Posted by Mark on 20th May 2010

For most of my adult life I had assumed that stagflation was the process by which everyone of your friends stag do's had to be more lavish and excessive than the last; 10 years ago paintballing in Shropshire would suffice, now it's a long...

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To blog or not to blog?

Posted by Mark on 26th Apr 2010

Is not actually the question I am often asked, but "Why do you bother?"  is.The corporate answer is that when we set up our blog, Morgan and I wanted to to have a forum to interact with our various partners in a dynamic manner...

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There's no such thing as bad publicity....

Posted by Mark on 10th Mar 2010

We were fortunate enough to be the subject of a major feature in property week....http://www.propertyweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=36&storycode=3158905It initially focuses a little too much on the advisory side...

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It's not at all like 2006

Posted by Mark on 28th Feb 2010

I, like many other people, have remarked over the last couple of months, that the market feels very much like the last days of the Roman Empire, sorry, 2006 with higher and higher prices...

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Catalan Customs

Posted by Mark on 28th Feb 2010

Over the last week or so we have had number of meetings with our funding partners.  They have ranged from wizened old UK industrial investors, to fresh faced US opportunity funds, both of which suggested that the current liquidity problem...

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European Distressed Real Estate Forum

Posted by Morgan on 22nd Feb 2010

This rather grandly titled event takes place on the 25th and 26th March. Mark and I will be speaking. If that does not put you off and you have an interest in this sort of thing then take a look at the attached brochure

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Ellandi complete restructuring

Posted by Morgan on 5th Feb 2010

Having worked solidly on a financial restructuring since the autumn, we are delighted to have successfully closed a financial restructuring on behalf of the Soroya Family.Ellandi worked very closely with the family, its...

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The War on Prop(erty) Trading?

Posted by Mark on 25th Jan 2010

We live in strange days.The most left wing American president in my lifetime lurches so for to the left that he declares open warfare on the banks; the reaction from our labour government is appeasement, George Osborne agrees...

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Still not sure if you are a banker....

Posted by Morgan on 15th Dec 2009

It seems that my blog following the PBR was spot on. The Treasury is struggling to define who is a banker and, thus, who are the lucky punters that get to pay a bit more tax to HMRC.Dylan Lobo on Citywire has a good article...

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Tax the bankers! But who are the bankers?

Posted by Morgan on 9th Dec 2009

Alistair Darling's pre-budget report was never going to please people as he had a series of very tough decisions that has to be made - tax more and spend less. His contribution to the festive cheer was a bit more banker...

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If the Tories don't get in I'm leaving the country

Posted by Mark on 1st Dec 2009

Anyone who has read the Ellandi blog will know that I am pretty left of centre for a property chap, heck I'll even admit to the fact that I was actually a card carrying member of the Labour Party until well into my 30's.Which...

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The Problem With PE

Posted by Mark on 18th Nov 2009

For most of my adult life any mention of PE, brought back the horrors of Physical Education classes of my youth, in particular a lesson in 1977 after my mother had packed me off to primary school without my kit.  Having to do a class of...

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Listen Very Carefully- Rising house prices is not a good thing

Posted by Mark on 31st Oct 2009

At the danger of being stoned to death the next time I go into a bar in Mayfair, or getting banned from even more dinner parties in South West London, can I state a few facts, as I see them:A housing market that rises much in...

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PG Tips

Posted by Mark on 5th Oct 2009

It would appear that Anglo Irish are to start calling in Personal Guarantees (http://www.propertyweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=297&storycode=...

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The Property X Factor

Posted by Mark on 29th Sep 2009

John Maynard Keynes likened making investment decisions to the difficulty of deciding who will win a beauty contest.  In this circumstance beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, rather,the determination of what is beautiful will be...

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When €23bn is probably not enough...

Posted by Morgan on 17th Sep 2009

The Irish Government have announced that NAMA will acquire real estate loan with a face value of €77bn for €54bn, report Property Week....

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Loan to own’ gets Nailsea centre

Posted by Property Week on 11th Sep 2009

Australian and UK property company Stockland is beginning its exit from the UK with the sale of its Crown Glass Shopping Centre in Nailsea, Somerset, to Development Securities and Ellandi

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Bank Lending?

Posted by Morgan on 13th Aug 2009

You won't often see us talking up Robert Peston but he makes some very good observations in his recent blog on why Quantitative Easing is not leading to more bank lending.

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Got any Guru Josh?

Posted by Mark on 5th Aug 2009

Those who follow the "hit parade" may have heard the worldwide smash hit single Guru Josh Project Infinity 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9KnuJZkBjg.  Older "cheesy quavers"...

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Debt Acquisition

Posted by Morgan on 5th Aug 2009

We are pleased to report that we have closed the acquisition of a senior loan in partnership with Development Securities. Given there are various confidentiality issues associated to this, I will simply quote the stock...

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What's Wrong With Being One of the Boys?

Posted by Mark on 28th Jul 2009

Warning: The following blog may offend half of the population.Now I don't have anything against women, after all I married one, every other of my parents is one and my daughter will grown into one in time too, but not too soon,...

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Leading From the Front

Posted by Mark on 22nd Jul 2009

Whilst I have no truck for self help books, I do enjoy reading the odd business biography or books on the psychology of investing.It's fair to say that Gerald Ronson's autobiography, with the above title, will never rival ...

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The Wisdom of Gore Vidal

Posted by Mark on 17th Jun 2009

The great wit once said "Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little."I was therefore looking forward to the potential restorative powers of seeing financial disaster unfold in my very own living room, as I sat down with a...

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Is inflation wwweally good for property?

Posted by Mark on 9th Jun 2009

Like many active buyers with cash, we too have recently fallen victim to "free valuation" scam, being perpetrated by certain vendors who feel quite content to let you do a number of weeks detailed work on a purchase only to be coquettishly...

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Alan Shearer Is Not the Messiah, He's a Very Naught Boy.....

Posted by Mark on 27th May 2009

"Newcastle United needs to be filled with people who love this club”, so spoke, Alan Shrearer, yesterday.For any right minded follower of football, and at this stage I must declare an interest as a life long Sunderland fan,...

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Dunbar Asset Management Mandate

Posted by Mark on 26th May 2009

We are delighted to have been asked to help Aitcheson Raffety, who have been appointed as receiver by Dunbar Bank plc, with asset managing of a retail development site.

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Would you invest on a stag weekend?

Posted by Morgan on 18th May 2009

It seems that when unprecedented economic events occur commentators reach for metaphors to try and rationalise what can not be readily explained using logical economic arguments. Thus, we regularly read about "Black Swans," "Five stages of...

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The politics of envy and very fat cats

Posted by Mark on 14th May 2009

Being a closet communist, as some friends and associates would have you believe, you would not be surprised to learn that I wholly endorse the new upper rate tax band for people earning wages over £150k.At least now we have a...

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In Defence of Journalists

Posted by Mark on 14th Apr 2009

To provide a bit of balance to my last post criticising a certain elements of the property press, I would like to commend Daniel Thomas' editorial in the FT this morning(

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Ronson v Cahill, I know who my money's on.....

Posted by Mark on 9th Apr 2009

I've been more than a little remiss in posting recently, but I'm happy to say that it's a reflection of how hard we have been working; I'm quite confident that the volume of opportunities we're now working on will lead to some very...

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Government Asset Protection Scheme, Explained....

Posted by Mark on 21st Mar 2009

At Ellandi, we always strive to make the most of our intellectual capital and bring incisive market insight to the market in these...

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Planning in the nick of time

Posted by Mark on 21st Mar 2009

We have recently obtained planning in respect of the Victorian police station in Beckenham.   We now have consent to partially demolish the ground floor and then extend it to provide a restaurant unit of 2,200 sqft and an adjacent retail...

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A cautionary tale

Posted by Morgan on 4th Mar 2009

In April 2008 Blackstone bought a package of leveraged loans from my old muckers at Deutsche Bank. This was one of the early distressed sales and Blackstone were buying at a significant discount to par. At the time discounted debt was...

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Defending the indefensible...

Posted by Morgan on 27th Feb 2009

The blog has been a bit quiet of late, Mark and I have both been on holiday and we have actually done some work as well. But we are back...Let's start with the topical Sir Fred Goodwin, ex-boss of RBS. Now its hard to feel...

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A billion here, a billion there, soon it will add up to serious money....

Posted by Mark on 29th Jan 2009

Well it looks like in the case of losses on commercial property loans it does.I've known John Fraser-Andrews for about 15 years, and I hope he would not be too offended to hear me say that he was a pretty average agent and a...

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Prew on Prozac

Posted by Mark on 7th Jan 2009

If you're feeling down in the dumps, sat at your desk thinking that 2009 looks a bit bleak, Mike Prew, Nomura's real estate analysis has some seasonal cheer for you.His latest Panglossian missive on the UK REIT sector is...

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Prew on Prozac

Posted by Mark on 7th Jan 2009

If you're feeling down in the dumps, sat at your desk thinking that 2009 looks a bit bleak, Mike Prew, Nomura's real estate analysis has some seasonal cheer for you.His latest Panglossian missive on the UK REIT sector is...

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Christmas Card Competition

Posted by Morgan on 16th Dec 2008

We wanted to wish you a very Happy Christmas from all at Ellandi.(Please click on the image to enlarge)

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Xmas Cards, in all shapes and sizes

Posted by Morgan on 16th Dec 2008

Hopefully you have received your Ellandi Xmas card. (If not its on the Ellandi Christmas Card page.) We felt that light hearted banter was the way to deliver a little festive cheer after a fairly depressing 2008. But there are...

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Its not the disclosure but the leverage that we should worry about.

Posted by Morgan on 11th Dec 2008

David Ross is this week the most talked about business man in the UK and the press seem to have taken a certain degree of pleasure in destroying his previously golden image.Mr Ross was a pin up for entrepreneurial Britain,...

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Our Next Development

Posted by Mark on 2nd Dec 2008

We're delighted to announce that we have agreed terms with Next plc, to work with them on redeveloping their existing store in Bury St Edmunds.In Spring 2009, Next will be relocating into The Arc Shopping Centre and vacating...

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Gordon Brown- Downfall

Posted by Mark on 1st Dec 2008

I know that this clip has been plagiarised to death, the Ozzie Olympic one is very good, but this did make me chuckle on this cold winter's morning...http://uk.youtube.com/...

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No common view at Restructuring Lunch

Posted by Morgan on 25th Nov 2008

Ellandi and K&L Gates hosted a restructuring lunch on 20th November. The objective was to create a forum for discussion in regards to how banks should approach distressed property loans. We were delighted to be joined by...

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How deep is your L,U,V.

Posted by Mark on 21st Nov 2008

No, not the classic Bee Gees hit from 1977, masterfully reworked by Take That in 1996, but a question of how deep and what shape will the recession be?Will we bounce in and out, the classic "V" shape, as most economists predict?...

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Ellandi Undercover with The SAS

Posted by Mark on 15th Nov 2008

Despite growing up in Measteg, not even Morgan is hard enough to join the real SAS, but Ellandi has been pleased to once again sponsor the Shop Agents Society annual dinner.Mark's luxury Ibizan villa (availableto rent next year...

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Ellandi Completes Cashflow Review for Residential Developer

Posted by Morgan on 10th Nov 2008

Ellandi has completed a financial review of a major developer that operates in the high end residential market.The business, with assets of £180m, brought in Ellandi as a consultant to undertake an emergency analysis of its...

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Downshifting In a Downturn

Posted by Mark on 5th Nov 2008

The press is now full of articles extolling the virtues of the simple life and how "The Credit Crunch Brings Career Changes":http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/...

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Regulation and The Law of Unintended Consequences

Posted by Mark on 31st Oct 2008

It would seem that the political consensus is that only further regulation can save us form the savage beast that is laying to waste the financial markets.  I think at best it is likely that politicians will end quixotically tilting at...

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The Cliches of Tomorrow

Posted by Mark on 24th Oct 2008

Gallows humour is getting better, as the world gets worse; expect to hear these trotted out over the coming months and years:"A rolling loan, gathers no loss." (Courtesy of those bright guys at Goldman's)"Their...

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On our bike...

Posted by Morgan on 20th Oct 2008

Ellandi has been covering a lot of miles of late. We have been assisting an international bank in reviewing its exposure to the UK residential market and specifically a number of mid size regional builders.Having made numerous...

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And now for something different, irrational optimism.

Posted by Mark on 14th Oct 2008

It's 6.00am. May 14th 2010.Our hero awakes, slightly hungover following his 39th birthday.  Still, he thinks, not too shabby, as he looks down at his six pack, running his fingers through his still thick, luxurious, curly hair.

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Your a professional, take some responsibility...

Posted by Morgan on 10th Oct 2008

If you are a local government treasurer and you got caught with a load of cash in Landesbanki, Kaupthing or any other Icelandic Bank then you deserve no sympathy. In fact you should be flogged by your local tax payers.You were...

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Sympathy for Mr Tchenguiz

Posted by Morgan on 10th Oct 2008

Robert Tchenguiz was widely reported to have lost a £1bn in 24 hours, earlier this week, as he was forced to crystalize his loss making stakes in M&B and Sainsbury's. These stakes have been loss making for quite sometime but he was...

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Debretts Update Please

Posted by Mark on 9th Oct 2008

Unfortunately neither Morgan or I went to the right sort of school, so our manners sometimes leave something to be desired; we don't eat with our mouths open, but elbows are usually on the table.Having said that, there is one...

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Darling, maybee I could come to love you?

Posted by Morgan on 8th Oct 2008

I have not had a great deal of respect for Alistair Darling since I met him in early 2007. He had breakfast with a group of bankers, of which I was one, and openly invited questions from the room. When I asked the Chancelor how he would...

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Crazy fact of the day...

Posted by Morgan on 8th Oct 2008

The FT reports this morning that the cost of buying insurance against the defualt of a US government bond is now higher that the cost of the same insurance against McDonalds. i.e. people think there is a higher likelihood that the United...

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Nevermind short selling, ban Robert Peston...

Posted by Mark on 7th Oct 2008

As regular readers (both of you) will have picked up, I am no great fan of Robert Peston and it would appear that I am in good company.My previous criticisms were more to do with style than substance and, for example, I...

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The North-South divide

Posted by Morgan on 23rd Sep 2008

Alistair Darling, our Scottish chancellor, has been quite categoric that the blame for the current financial crisis should be attributed to The City.So Northerners should blame their greedy Southern cousins! Just a...

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The week that was... or should I say the era that was?

Posted by Morgan on 22nd Sep 2008

If you went on holiday last week, a cursory glance at the FTSE 100 could persuade you that you did not miss much. The market opened last Monday at 5,238 and closed on Friday at 5,335. A modest gain of 1.8%, so you probably didn't miss much....

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You get a lot for £54bn these days

Posted by Mark on 18th Sep 2008

About 12 months ago, the RBS led consortium paid the market rate for ABN Amro, outbidding Barclays in the process.Barclays have now paid £1bn for Lehmans US investment banking arm, catapulting them into the big league at a...

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He's back into the market, he thinks it's all over.... oh it's not.

Posted by Mark on 12th Sep 2008

It would appear that most people are now back and like truffle pigs are digging around in the mire looking for green shoots of recovery.I am doing my bit; sprinkling Prozac on my Cheerios every morning and only reading Anatole...

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Giraffe Completes Brighton Lineup

Posted by Mark on 9th Sep 2008

The letting of the last remaining unit in the Jubilee Street development Brighton has now completed to Giraffe.Giraffe will make a welcome addition to a tenant line-up that already includes Carluccios, Tesco, Yo Sushi,...

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Hello, Hello: Good to be Back

Posted by Mark on 2nd Sep 2008

Well not if you're Gary Glitter or for that matter anyone in the property industry returning from holiday hoping that things were going to be different in September.  I've just got back from the ususal short, restfull break in...

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Ellandi - What's in a name?

Posted by Morgan on 15th Aug 2008

We are continuously asked, what does Ellandi mean? So I thought I would finally dispel the myth that it has anything to do with Leeds United.In searching for a name we decided to go for something metaphorical. Poncey,...

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The Banker's Dilemma

Posted by Mark on 11th Aug 2008

“Developers haven’t turned bad overnight” was an expression I heard twice in...

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Sir Phillip You Are Wrong

Posted by Mark on 4th Aug 2008

It takes a brave man to say that, especially one who has worked in retail property for 15 years and has a career of at least that long again in front of him, hopefully.  I still bare the emotional scars of having done a deal with the then...

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Ellandi Restructuring

Posted by Morgan on 4th Aug 2008

We are delighted to have launched Ellandi Restructuring. This is a dedicated business focused on finding solutions to stressed loans and investments in UK real estate.Ellandi Restructuring will partner with banks and property...

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Now That's What I Call Whinging

Posted by Mark on 2nd Aug 2008

Richard Lander on Citywire rightly feels that housebuilders should stop complaining about their current predicament and demanding state aid.

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Are You Grieving For Last Years Market?

Posted by Mark on 1st Aug 2008

There is a defined process of grieving that was first identified by the Swiss doctor Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, who worked with the terminally ill (John Kay FT 14/11/07).There are four main stages:-Shock and Denial; "...

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The Credit Crunch Cliché

Posted by Mark on 29th Jul 2008

In a recent article (FT 29/7/08), Gideon Rackman, argued that clichés are in effect truisms, based upon the received wisdom of crowds; or to put it another way, you are more likely to get the right answer asking the audience than phoning a...

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The Dawn(ay) of a New Day?

Posted by Morgan on 18th Jul 2008

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Organic Finance?

Posted by Morgan on 24th Jun 2008

It’s amazing how things have changed in my kitchen. My fridge is full of products made especially for me by my friends - Rachel sends me lovely organic Yoghurt from West Wales, a farmer called Geoff grows my potatoes and my milk comes from...

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Fame At Last

Posted by Mark on 24th Jun 2008

Having initially avoided overt publicity of our new venture, we decided to dip our toes in the water of celebrity culture and give an interview to Estates Gazette Capital.Despite harbouring concerns that we would be stitched up...

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The Anti-Book Review

Posted by Morgan on 18th Jun 2008

For any of you, who's idea of a good holiday is not reading books on economic theory and the origins of the credit crisis. I imagine that covers 99% of the population...Rather than follow up on Mark's reading tips, in his book...

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Essential Holiday Reading

Posted by Mark on 17th Jun 2008

I have suspicions that my wife suffers from SAD (Seasonal Effective Disorder) which means that during the dark winter nights (which do not fly-by at Chez Robinson) she gets on the Internet and books up lots of holidays during spring.

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Prisoners Dilemma

Posted by Morgan on 10th Jun 2008

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Bought In the Nick of Time

Posted by Mark on 7th Jun 2008

Advised by Savills, we have recently acquired the former police station in Beckenham.This impressive Victorian building will, we hope, lend itself to conversion into two restaurant units with eight luxury flats above.

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Welcome Message

Posted by Morgan on 1st Jun 2008

Welcome to our blog.Many people are still unsure what a blog is and a proper explanation can be found here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog.However simply put it is a very flexible and cost effective...

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