IPSX Podcasts
IPSX Podcasts
Apr 20, 2020
London Versus the Regions
Play • 32 min

In this episode we are looking at whether you should be putting your CRE investments into London, or looking further afield and placing your cash in the regions. Our host Roger Clarke (IPSX), and our moderator Paul Shearer, are joined over the internet by Mat Oakley (Savills) and Neil Sinclair (Palace Capital Plc) to discuss the issue.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Mat gives an overview of commercial real estate in London versus the regions, and where the market was at the start of the year.
  • The differences between real estate in London and outside of Greater London.
  • The developments in commercial real estate in the regions, and the rise of international interest in the area.
  • The promising future of investment performance in the regions.
  • The impact of infrastructure investments on the regions.
  • What is hampering investment in the regions at the moment?
  • How can talking to a mayor become a keystone of investing in a city?
  • Inward versus outward investment in the regions.
  • How do you introduce people to the regions as places to invest in commercial real estate?


Roger Clarke

Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets, Roger Clarke, has been a Senior Advisor to IPSX Group since January 2019. He now joins the business full time. Roger has extensive experience in corporate transactions, particularly in equity capital markets but also in M&A and restructuring, with a specific sector focus on Real Estate. https://www.ipsx.com/

Paul Shearer

Paul Shearer has worked extensively in both Television and Radio in front of and behind the camera as an actor, writer and presenter and script editor. He has also worked for over thirty years in the corporate communications sector for many of the UK’s blue chip companies producing internal videos on a wide variety of subjects. As a journalist he has written for both The Times and The Financial Times on residential property. He has written and presented video work on commercial property for consulting real estate agents GVA Bilfinger as well as Capita Real Estate.


Mat Oakley

Mat Oakley is head of UK & European commercial property research at Savills. His primary areas of expertise relate to office, retail and leisure real estate, and he regularly advises investors and developers on opportunities and risks across these and other markets. Mat has been researching, analysing and occasionally correctly forecasting the commercial property market since the late 1980’s.


Neil Sinclair

Neil has over 50 years’ experience in the property sector. He was a founder of Sinclair Goldsmith Chartered Surveyors which was admitted to the Official List in 1987 and subsequently merged with Conrad Ritblat in 1993, when he became Executive Deputy Chairman. Neil was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Baker Lorenz, surveyors in 1999 and which was sold to Hercules Property Services plc in 2001. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Tops Estates plc, a fully listed company, in 2003 and remained so until it was sold to Land Securities plc in 2005. He was one of the founders of Mission Capital plc, now Watchstone Group plc, which was admitted to AIM in 2005, and was Executive Chairman until February 2008. He was also featured in ‘Top 100 Property People in Property Week’ in 2003. https://www.palacecapitalplc.com/

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