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Shed Club Heaven: What occupiers really want

June 15, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

In a race for space, rents have soared as the market’s most active occupiers desperately seek to expand their supply chains and shorten delivery times to customers.

But with those leasing space paying more, they are also demanding more as their businesses become ever larger and more sophisticated.

In React News’ next edition of its Shed Club Heaven webinar series, in partnership with Eversheds Sutherland, join David Hatcher and our all-star panel, who will be exploring what investors and developers need to do to help take their tenants to the next level.

The webinar will cover:
• Finding and retaining employees – the rise of wellness and the competition for staff
• Evolving supply chains – how to get things moving even faster
• Affordability – how far can rents be pushed?
• Sector dig down – what’s going on in the world of e-commerce, 3PLs, automotive and food?


Angus Ford

Angus Ford

Partner at Eversheds Sutherland

Angus is a partner in the Global Real Estate Practice Group. He specialises in sophisticated investment and development work predominantly for private sector clients and is one of our leading lawyers in the Logistics market. Angus has considerable experience of large-scale portfolio purchases, sale and leaseback transactions, securitisations and commercial property acquisitions and provides clients with a managed real estate service across key locations domestically and internationally, coordinated out of London. He acts as a single point of contact to ensure that investors, developers and occupiers receive advice tailored to their long-term business goals and achieve significant market savings. Angus has been involved with transactions in Central Eastern Europe, UAE and China. His current work includes advising foreign companies on property investments in the City of London.


Christopher Webb

Christopher Webb

Founding Partner, London at Firethorn Trust

Firethorn is a dedicated investor and developer, delivering midbox logistics warehousing spaces. Firethorn has recently announced several schemes in the sector including a 354,000 sq ft development, near Northampton, where work has just started on site. Firethorn is currently delivering c.1m sq ft of speculative logistics units across the UK.

An executive board Director, Chris co-leads on strategic direction and decision-making. With 20 years’ experience in asset acquisition, asset & fund management, development, and financing, Chris is responsible for the management of Firethorn’s asset and investment portfolio and its finance operations. Forward-thinking and focused on sustainable high-quality developments, Chris drives his teams to deliver strong asset performance and optimal financial outcomes.

Before setting up Firethorn, Chris was Head of UK and Ireland, Asset & Portfolio Management at Tristan Capital Partners, managing its UK portfolio of over £2bn. Chris has also worked at Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP and Cushman & Wakefield.

Charlie Howard

Charlie Howard

Managing Director, UK at Logicor

Charlie Howard joined Logicor in October 2013 and is Managing Director, UK. With over 20 years of logistics property experience, his responsibilities include the management and operation of Logicor’s platform in the UK totalling 32 million square feet across 176 high-quality distribution locations.

Prior to joining Logicor, Mr Howard worked at Anglesea Capital where he assisted Blackstone in establishing their presence in the UK logistics property market. Having worked in the UK logistics property market for 23 years, Mr Howard initially trained at Savills plc where after eight years he left to establish the South East Agency team at leading niche practice M3 Agency, joining as an Equity Partner.

Following the acquisition of M3 Agency by CBRE, Mr Howard worked as a Senior Partner within their Industrial Agency Team. Mr Howard holds an honours degree in Psychology, Management and Economics from Durham University along with a Master’s Degree in Land Management from the University of Reading.

Ben Wiley

Ben Wiley

Head of Industrial & Logistics Agency at BNP Paribas Real Estate

Ben advises on all stages of leasing, acquisitions, development and disposals of industrial and logistics property across the UK from site identification and negotiation through to completion. Working closely with occupiers, developers and investors, delivering detailed commercial viability assessments and effective marketing strategies to ensure a seamless experience for both owners and occupiers.

Ben has operated in the specialist “Industrial” market for the past 16 years and has advised on opportunities across the country. Within the development market Ben has significant experience in advising on scheme density, layout, configuration and specification. Ben has also acted for occupier clients across the country.

Ben has recently ended his tenure as Chairman of the Industrial Agents Society, which represents the interests of the industrial sector across the UK, developing their access to markets and providing educational and CPD events.


June 15, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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David Hatcher – React News editorial director