Quite a year!

My busiest year yet...

When I set Blackstar up four years ago, I didn't really give much thought to a business plan (still don't have one) - I carried on doing what I have always done - looking after clients. What I do is below the radar and confidential, but the deals below are in the public domain now.

I'm not a huge fan of those looking back posts. But this has been an amazing year in the business so I'll make an exception -some highlights....

  • Sold 27 acres for Boots in Nottingham to Keepmoat Homes - in just short of 6 weeks (after the collapse of my deal with Ilke Homes)
  • Relocated Geldards Nottingham office to Cubo - and acquired their Derby office for Cubo with a back to back re-gear of part.
  • Acquired Bell Fruit land for Nottingham University Hospitals (NHS Trust)
  • Acquired the first unit in the market for Little Caesars Pizza franchise in Top Valley Nottingham. 
  • completed 14 lease renewals
  • Settled 6 'messy' dilapidations claims, reducing each significantly from the landlords original claim.
  • In June alone completed 9 valuation reports with a combined value of £115,284,000.
  • Worked in Derby, Buxton, Exeter, Wakefield, Chichester, Norwich, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, Belfast, Manchester and Nottingham

Roll on 2024, we already have some great projects in progress. 


Having worked in businesses where the award season was part of the essential of marketing, when I set up Blackstar it was my intention to step away from this. I would always be happy with any client winning an award for a project or scheme. It is great to see their successes.

I was in New York in the summer and took a call from David Smith, Chairman of the East Midlands Property Dinner, asking if I would be his guest of honour. It was some time since I attended the dinner, but he was quite insistent!

To cut a long story short, I did go and was surprised and humbled to be given a Lifetime Achievement Award. I have said elsewhere that the 15 year old, Punk, me would not have believed this. The kid who left school with an O Level. 

I have to thank BWB for sponsoring it and Insider Media for the event. It was a humbling experience. And, despite my own 'rules' I'll accept graciously.

September 2022



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