Spear’s 500 2022

Delighted to receive confirmation I feature in the 2022 Spears Property Advisors Index. Humbled I’ve been recognised as one of the top 500 in my chosen field for the last 5 years now.


SKIPIM was something organised by Adapt, alongside Albatross Capital and Medianett Publishing, as a UK alternative to MIPIM, an annual event in Cannes attended by hundreds of the Specialist Finance industry. Not quite knowing what the lockdown or travel rules would be leading up to the event, we created an alternative on home turf and it went ahead on the … Read More


Every year many of the specialist finance industry migrate to Cannes in the South of France to attend an event called MIPIM, labelled as the world’s leading real estate event. For the last 30 or so years, many have made the trip to attend the exhibitions, see guest speakers and attend networking events. But nothing was exempt from Covid and … Read More

New Year, New Resolutions…

It’s usually a diet, stop smoking, drinking or something else you’ll never maintain. But for me, it’s really positive! The pandemic and subsequent restrictions on social interaction, travel etc, meant the Adapt office was locked down and we had to get used to working from home. It was great at first, but as a people person it soon wore off, … Read More

All In A Day’s Work…

Arranging funding of any property is exciting, but probably will never get bigger and more high profile than one of our recent completions. Aptly named ‘Manchester Tower’, this 35 storey property will contain 327 apartments and rank as one of the city’s tallest buildings. The former mill in Deansgate, is the last prime central Manchester development site with full residential … Read More

Back Out In The Real World

I openly admit becoming a bit of a hermit since the very first lockdown last year. People raved about Zoom, Microsoft Teams and the like for enabling face to face conversation and keeping in touch with business contacts and indeed loved ones. But as soon as it was announced we could mingle once more, those things have been tossed aside … Read More

A New Addition To The Family

This weekend saw my third grandchild into the world – say hi to Ethan James. Weighing just 8 lbs 10 ounces, with a relatively straightforward labour, he joins the current flock of two girls. Christmas just got (more) expensive!

Maiden Voyage

Everyone has one. Well, everyone except me! – what? – an electric mountain bike of course… So, alongside my new healthy eating regime, I decided I needed to get off the couch. I’m no good at running and still being heavy, it’s not great for my knees. I’ve not pedalled a bike for over a decade and the thought of … Read More

Time To Get Off The Couch

I’ve found the last year or so quite tough. Being very much at my best around people, lockdown was something I was never going to get used to. Working from home may work well for some, but albeit quite fun at first, the novelty wore off pretty quickly. Don’t get me wrong, I put as much effort into my business … Read More

Biking Staycation

Every year, a bunch of friends and I cock our legs over our motorbikes and head off, usually somewhere warm like France or Spain. Now, although we’re all double jabbed, we didn’t relish the potential problems crossing borders, so decided to stay in the UK. The decision was the West Coast of Ireland. We watched the weather closely and it … Read More