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Landmark supports local food bank – Urban Outreach

12 December 2017 – Landmark Investments Group are proud of the work that local charity Urban Outreach do and we’re pleased we can offer support.

This Christmas, the group have donated over 500 items to the food bank, offering support and a little more Christmas spirit to local people in need. Learn more about Urban Outreach.

Landmark Investments sent over Christmas puddings and cheese crackers to help bolster the Christmas food parcels, going to disadvantaged families and young people across Bolton.

Urban Outreach is a Christian Charity providing a person-centred approach to support the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and complex adults and young people in Bolton. Established in 1990 our aim is to be the most dependable and inspirational provider of support and care in the town.

 

 


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Landmark supports local food bank – Urban Outreach

12 December 2017 - Landmark Investments Group are proud of [...]

Landmark supports local food bank – Urban Outreach

12 December 2017 – Landmark Investments Group are proud of the work that local charity Urban Outreach do and we’re pleased we can offer support.

This Christmas, the group have donated over 500 items to the food bank, offering support and a little more Christmas spirit to local people in need. Learn more about Urban Outreach.

Landmark Investments sent over Christmas puddings and cheese crackers to help bolster the Christmas food parcels, going to disadvantaged families and young people across Bolton.

Urban Outreach is a Christian Charity providing a person-centred approach to support the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and complex adults and young people in Bolton. Established in 1990 our aim is to be the most dependable and inspirational provider of support and care in the town.

 

 

LDS to sponsor key residential property awards

29 November 2017 - Landmark Development Solutions (LDS) are proud [...]

LDS to sponsor key residential property awards

29 November 2017 – Landmark Development Solutions (LDS) are proud to announce we’re a headline sponsor of the annual Insider North West Residential Property Awards.

Launched in September 2017, LDS is our new and innovative alternative sales channel for developers, offering to remove risk and help retain the rewards associated with speculative development. Learn more.

Since its inaugural event, the awards have grown on an unprecedented scale. Entries are now in for the 12 hotly contested awards, and LDS is sponsoring the award for Small Housing Development Under 100 Units. In January, the team will join six hundred of the North West’s top residential property developers and professionals for an evening of networking and celebration of talent in the North West.

Mark Hawthorn, CEO, said “As we continue to build on the success from the LDS launch, the Insider North West Residential Property Awards is an ideal platform for us to raise our profile”

“The awards is confirmed in our diary as a must attend event and we’re looking forward to making that jump up to sponsor.”

The awards are to be held 25 January 2018 at Event City, Trafford.

 

 

New sales channel could bring tens of millions of pounds of residential projects to site

23 September 2017 - LDS (Landmark Development Solutions) is our new [...]

New sales channel could bring tens of millions of pounds of residential projects to site

23 September 2017 – LDS (Landmark Development Solutions) is our new and innovative alternative sales channel for developers, offering to remove risk and help retain the rewards associated with speculative development.

LDS will contractually underwrite entire housing schemes pre-construction, therefore removing developer’s fears around future pricing and demand. The developer is then free to market and sell its units on the open market. Any sales will offer a profit share for both parties. At the end of the construction and marketing process LDS will acquire any unsold units. This allows the developer and its lender a clean exit.

Well balanced for all parties

Mark Hawthorn, CEO, Landmark Investments Group said:  “We’re proud to finally bring LDS to the market.  We’ve invested a great deal in discussions with developers, lenders, lawyers and specialist advisors to shape the offering so it’s well balanced for all parties.”

“The North West is our initial focus, however we are looking at a national roll out in the near future.  We are predominately looking at housing developments in towns and suburbs, rather than city centres and are in advanced negotiations on several sites, which should contract in the near future. Our research clearly shows there is around £1,000,000,000 of qualifying stock per year in the North West alone. We believe our offering will change the way many developers are able to both fund development and sell their sites.

“Developers are still having a hard time accessing funding, which they don’t expect to change anytime soon. Mainstream lenders, who are the best source of low cost debt, are very cautious of speculative residential development which forces developers down much more expensive channels. LDS simply removes the speculative nature and associated risk of development for lenders and developers. Once those concerns are removed developers are finding that a whole range of lending channels are opening up. We are already working closely with a number of lenders who see the clear benefit of our involvement.”

 

 

Mark Hawthorn supports emerging artists with new Fund

23 November 2017 - Local business owners, including CEO, [...]

Mark Hawthorn supports emerging artists with new Fund

23 November 2017 Local business owners, including CEO, Mark Hawthorn, came together in the newly formed The Manchester Contemporary Art Fund to gift to the city of Manchester three works by emerging artists.

The Manchester Contemporary, announced recently that artists William Mackrell and Emma Price are the first to benefit.

The Fund founders and curators of Manchester Art Gallery chose the two from over 150 artists. To be displayed in the gallery are William’s piece – Aquarius, and Emma’s pieces – Mike I and Mike II.

Speaking at the event Mark said, “It’s exciting to be part of this moment in Manchester’s cultural history and I’m happy we’ve invested in pieces for the future which generations will go on to enjoy.”

Curator of Manchester Art Gallery, Kate Jesson, added: “We are this city’s gallery and our world-famous collection of art belongs to the people of Manchester. The Manchester Contemporary Art Fund has enabled us to continue to add to our collection a contemporary and exciting new piece. The Fund is an excellent innovation, gifting brilliant new pieces to art lovers both here in Manchester and further afield.”

More about the Fund

The Manchester Contemporary is the only UK invitational art fair for critically engaged contemporary art outside London. The Art Fund was created by uniting a set of local business people. These are people who want to encourage Manchester’s business community to emulate the patronage of public institutions which were so prevalent in the city’s industrial heyday.

The founding members of The Manchester Contemporary Art Fund are:

James Eden
Mark Garner
Mark Hawthorn
Thom Hetherington & Sophie Helm
Jeremy & Jane Roberts
Andy Spinoza

 

 

Landmark supports Buy Art Fair in its 10th year

19 September 2017 – Embarking on its 10th year and [...]

Landmark supports Buy Art Fair in its 10th year

19 September 2017 – Embarking on its 10th year and taking on its largest venue to date, the Buy Art Fair Manchester is an event we’re incredibly proud to be a part of. Once again we’re taking on the role of Official Partner supporting this significant fixture in the Manchester cultural event calendar.

Making the leap to Manchester Central from the Old Granada Studios, The Manchester Contemporary expect the Buy Art Fair 2017 to house the biggest collection of exhibiting galleries and artists ever seen outside the capital.

As an official partner, we’re looking forward to exploring the 100+ exhibiting galleries and artists. We’ll be taking part in the masterclasses, talks, events and demonstrations around the event as well as the expansion to a Manchester Fringe.

More about Buy Art Fair 2017

 

7th consecutive year at RESI conference

31 August 2017 – This year’s RESI conference promises to [...]

7th consecutive year at RESI conference

31 August 2017 – This year’s RESI conference promises to be the biggest yet with a line-up from Property Week with some of the biggest names in residential property and politics. We are fascinated to see what the new Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma says in his first major public address since taking up his position. Through the packed agenda we’ll hear how Sharma plans to re-shape UK housing policy, what Brexit means for the sector and the lessons that need to be learned from the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the conference and what a year it’s been. Liz Hamson, Editor at Property Week recognises the last few months have left the industry facing “myriad challenges” and is expecting the waters to get “choppier still over the coming weeks and months”. Her hopes for the event is that some of the answers will come out over these two days.

For Landmark, the RESI conference is a fantastic opportunity to catch up with contacts, colleagues and clients. This year will be our 7th consecutive year attending and we’re spending time with developers, lenders, lawyers and advisors about our development underwriting scheme as well as offering advice creating ground rents. It’s a key event in our calendar we wouldn’t want to miss.

We’re arranging meetings and catch ups for throughout the two days, if you’d like to meet up at some point then get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

More about RESI 2017

RESI 2017 will take place between 13-15 September 2017 at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales.

Firmly established as one of the UK’s premier residential property market conferences, RESI brings together the sector’s leading developers, landlords, house builders, investors and public sector bodies, making it a must-attend networking event.

We’re recruiting a BDM

24 August 2017 – Business development is the creation of [...]

We’re recruiting a BDM

24 August 2017 – Business development is the creation of long-term value for an organisation from customers, markets and relationships. As a business that values our relationships we believe that adding a Business Development Manager to our team, will be integral to our growth over the next few years.

This introduction to the team is a means to create long-term value and we believe it will help us continue to succeed in achieving consistent growth.

Applicants for the position will recognise that successful business development efforts rely on an underlying foundation of strong relationships. And we recognise it’s a complicated and fascinating discipline that deserves a clear understanding, and a specific set of skills.

Business Development Manager

The successful applicant will fill a newly-created role and work at the highest level interacting directly with the CEO, finance director and acquisitions director. They will be responsible for sourcing new acquisitions across the group’s established investment business and also a new offering targeted at residential developers and their lenders. The target markets for our offerings run into many billions of pounds of potential acquisitions each year which will allow substantial earnings potential and the ability to advance within the group.

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CEO Mark Hawthorn named Insider Property Disruptor

MANCHESTER, 27 July 2017 – Today, Mark Hawthorn CEO of [...]

CEO Mark Hawthorn named Insider Property Disruptor

MANCHESTER, 27 July 2017 – Today, Mark Hawthorn CEO of Landmark Investments Group has been announced as one of Insider’s Property Disruptors.

The Insider Property Disruptors are a new generation of entrepreneurial innovators are ripping up the rule book and helping take the North West’s property industry forward. In a new special online feature, Insider is profiling 25 of these “disruptors” across the course of this week, and taking a closer look at the new ideas and concepts which are revolutionising the world of property.

Mark’s Profile

At just 36, Hawthorn has already been in property for 20 years and run Landmark for 17. The group is principally involved in the purchase of commercial and residential ground rents. There are also management and insurance as well as Hawthorn’s newest venture – a residential development underwriting service.

“We follow where we see value and opportunity which is generally in the opposite direction to where the general market is going,” he says. “This contrarian, but ultimately common sense, approach ensured we were well protected during the downturn and have continued to grow year on year.”

The new service Landmark Development Solutions (LDS) removes both the pricing and demand risks for developers and their lenders through an underwriting offer: “As developers are not selling into today’s market but a future one they cannot accurately and confidently predict pricing and demand which creates risk for them and their lenders.

“Whilst we remove all the risk the rewards do not disappear alongside and we leave a large element of the upside available for the developer.”

Hawthorn says this business has the potential to dwarf Landmark’s ground rents operations and will be rolled out nationally going forward. Meanwhile, the ground rents portfolio is expected to clear £50m this year and could reach £85-90m in 2018.

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Landmark Investments Group announce record profits for 2016 financial year of £3.6m

MANCHESTER, 17 July 2017 – Today, Landmark Investments Group announced [...]

Landmark Investments Group announce record profits for 2016 financial year of £3.6m

MANCHESTER, 17 July 2017 – Today, Landmark Investments Group announced that its profits for 2016 exceeded £3.6m, a 24% increase on previous record.

Mark Hawthorn, Group CEO, said: “As an investment company we take a long term view with a focus on longevity and strategy over short term profits. These results are a direct validation of this approach and a result of many years of prior investment coming to maturity. The portfolio is exceptionally robust, continues to grow at a pace and we have substantial funds available to underpin our ambitions going forward”.
Highlights of the year included:

  • Achieved 58% growth in rent roll under management
  • Investment portfolio increased to £35m, targeted £50m in 2017
  • Insurance portfolio value surpassed £750m and will forecast to be in excess £1bn in 2017

Finance Director, Andrew Savage said: “The primary focus of the group is residential and commercial ground rent investment. We conservatively estimate there to be well in excess of £600m of new opportunities coming to market each year. The group is well positioned both financially and operationally to respond swiftly in what is a complex and constantly evolving market. We remain on target with our objectives and fully expect 2017 to comfortably surpass 2016”.

Landmark hires from Wainhomes

Bolton-based Landmark Investments Group has swooped on Wainhomes to hire [...]

Landmark hires from Wainhomes

Bolton-based Landmark Investments Group has swooped on Wainhomes to hire its new group finance director, Andrew Savage. He has spent the last 11 years as finance director at the Birchwood-headquartered housebuilder. Prior to this he worked for Taylor Wimpey.

Landmark has built a reputation in ground rent investment, placing £185m of ground rent deals in solicitors’ hands in the year to September 2016. Savage takes up a newly created role intended to strengthen financial and management controls across the company’s various arms.

Brand New Role to Landmark

The role will also cover Landmark Development Solutions, a new offering being rolled out to residential developers.  LDS will contractually underwrite entire housing schemes pre-construction and take a profit share from sales. At the end of construction and marketing, LDS will acquire any unsold units.

Mark Hawthorn, managing director of he group, said: “Andrew’s expertise will be invaluable as we take LDS forward, not just regionally but nationally. We believe we have a very strong offer to housebuilders, providing a whole new route to financing developments.”

Landmark Investments clears £185m in deals

Landmark Investments announced it has placed £185m of ground rent [...]

Landmark Investments clears £185m in deals

Landmark Investments announced it has placed £185m of ground rent deals into lawyers hands, including its largest ground rent deal of the year being in excess of £70m, to financial year ended 30 September 2016.

Established in 2000, the Bolton-based group’s main area of activity is the acquisition and management ground rents. Both commercial and residential.

The activity covers Landmark’s own growing portfolio as well as deals for a number of retained clients. We estimate the deal haul covers in excess of £7bn worth of land and property.

Landmark Investments own portfolio has now surpassed £35m, up from £25m at the last financial year end and is expected to clear £50m in the next twelve months.

Big opportunities for Landmark Investments

Mark Hawthorn, managing director, Landmark Investments said:

“The past twelve months has seen Landmark Investments continue to grow and lead the market as advisors, investors and managers. We have put almost £300m of stock into lawyers in the last couple of years.

“We continue to see big opportunities for commercial property owners. Mainly around the creation of commercial ground rents on new and existing stock. This year we’ve a number of awarded investment and management mandates from major institutions. We expect to be looking after over 20,000 units within next few months.

“We recently soft launched Landmark Development Solutions (LDS). A new division to the Group which is an innovative and new alternative sales channel for residential developers, offering the removal of risk and the retention of rewards associated with development.”

LDS will contractually underwrite entire housing schemes pre-construction, removing developer’s fears around future pricing and demand.

The developer is then free to market and sell the units as per usual. Any sales will offer a profit share for both parties.

At the end of the construction and marketing process LDS will acquire any unsold units, allowing the developer and its lenders a clean exit.

David Lathwood appointed non-executive chairman

Today Bolton based, Landmark Investments Group announced the appointment of [...]

David Lathwood appointed non-executive chairman

Today Bolton based, Landmark Investments Group announced the appointment of David Lathwood as non-executive chairman.

David joins Landmark Investments Group, the ground rent specialist, to provide strategic advice as the company expands its activity. He’ll look at new opportunities in the residential and commercial sectors.

David is Lead Director of the North West for international commercial property consultancy JLL. There he is responsible for 175 professionals in the region. He is a member of the JLL UK Executive Board, which he joined after the £200m acquisition of King Sturge where he was the Managing Partner of the UK Regions. Over his 30yr+ career he has overseen many major development and regeneration projects in the region. Most recently the Carrington and Alderley Park sales.

Looking forward

David Lathwood said. “I’ve known Mark for quite some time and I have been very impressed with his drive and ambition for Landmark Investments Group. I look forward to lending my knowledge to Mark and his team as they build on the already successful core of the business.”

Mark Hawthorn, director, Landmark Investments Group said: “Having worked with David over the years, his input and integrity have always proved invaluable to us. We advance with a number of projects which will create new parts of the group. We expect to formally announce more later in the year. David brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Landmark. I know he will play an important role in the company as we move forward.”

Established in 2000, Landmark Investments Group main activities are the acquisition and management of residential and commercial ground rents. The activity covers Landmark’s own growing portfolio as well as deals for a number of retained clients.

Landmark completes £5m ground rent purchase

Landmark Investments Group has acquired a commercial ground rent portfolio, [...]

Landmark completes £5m ground rent purchase

Landmark Investments Group has acquired a commercial ground rent portfolio, including two sites in Ellesmere Port, from London-based property company Carmel Southend. Carmel Southend brought to market a diverse portfolio called Primrose, via agent CBRE. Landmark acquired five of the assets in the portfolio. Carmel Southend has now refinanced and retained the rest. The ground rent purchase is spread over five assets: A large multi-let industrial estate, Poole Hall, in Ellesmere Port Two 120-bed BUPA Care Homes in Norfolk Stanney Mill, converted industrial and office space, in Ellesmere Port Shopping Precinct with an Aldi and Poundstretcher in Redcar Mark Hawthorn, director, Landmark Investments Group said: “Having put £101m of ground rent deals in lawyer’s hands to our last financial year end in September, completing on this purchase is a great start to the year. “We continue to lead the market and commercial ground rents are a big growth area for us. We are working closely with vendors, lenders and agents across a range of other opportunities nationwide. The portfolio presents some great asset management angles and we expect it to perform well going forward.” Scott Gemmell, valuation director at JLL Manchester, advised Landmark Investments Group on the deal. JLL has been retained to help find further commercial ground rent opportunities for Landmark. Gemmell said: “These strategic investments will provide both stable returns and some underlying opportunities to add value. Landmark Investments is taking a pioneering approach in the commercial ground rent market and we’re looking forward to working closely with Mark Hawthorn and his team as they continue to build their portfolio.” Established in 2000, Bolton based Landmark Investments Group main area of activity is the acquisition and management of residential and commercial ground rents. The activity covers Landmark’s own growing portfolio as well as deals for a number of retained clients. http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/landmark-completes-5m-ground-rent-purchase/

 

Landmark Investments has placed more than £100million of ground rent deals with lawyers

Landmark Investments Group has placed more than £100million of ground [...]

Landmark Investments has placed more than £100million of ground rent deals with lawyers

Mark

Landmark Investments Group has placed more than £100million of ground rent deals with lawyers in the last 12 months.

It comes as the Bolton company, which acquires and manages residential and commercial ground rents, celebrates 15 years in business.

Managing director Mark Hawthorn said the activity in the 12 months to September 30 2015 covers its own portfolio as well as deals for retained clients.

It is also estimated that the deal haul covers in excess of £2bn worth of land and property.

Mark said: “I’m very proud of what we have achieved over the last 15 years, during which we have seen a lot of changes in the market.

“We continue to grow and innovate and are seen as leaders within the market.

“Our own portfolio has grown to over £25m and targeted to hit £30m by the end of the year. We enjoy low gearing which offers a robust platform for further growth and expansion into other asset classes.”

Ben Ogunby, Acquisitions Director, added: “We are sought out on a daily basis by a host of residential and commercial developers as well as their advisors, lawyers and lenders.

“We are happy to provide free up to the minute advice and guidance on the market to ensure sites are optimised for best value.

“We are confident of being able to add value in almost every situation, which is reflected in our deal volumes.”

 

Landmark Investments Sponsors Academy Juniors Under 13s Football Club

Academy Juniors is a Bolton-based club offering grass roots football [...]

Landmark Investments Sponsors Academy Juniors Under 13s Football Club

Academy Juniors is a Bolton-based club offering grass roots football to hundreds of local girls.

Last year’s U12s team finished runners-up in the league and won the cup and this year they hope to do even better.

Wayne Thompson, Coach, said “The support of Landmark Investments has enabled us to provide vital training gear and equipment. The girls are delighted and very appreciative of Landmark’s support. Women’s football is on a high at the moment after the World Cup and hopefully one or two of the Academy Juniors will go on to great things too”.

Landmark Investments Group Celebrates 15 Years in Business

Celebrating 15 years in business this year, Landmark Investments Group [...]

Landmark Investments Group Celebrates 15 Years in Business

Celebrating 15 years in business this year, Landmark Investments Group is widely the most proactive, accessible and visible of all ground rent investors. Services range through acquisition, collections, insurance and fund management. In the last six months the group has put £67.4m of ground rent acquisitions into lawyers across around £1.2-£1.4 billion of developments.

Mark Hawthorn, director at Landmark Investments presenting the award

Landmark Sponsor the Award for Residential Scheme of the Year

Mark Hawthorn of Landmark Investments Group presenting the award for [...]
Mark Hawthorn, director at Landmark Investments presenting the award

Landmark Sponsor the Award for Residential Scheme of the Year

Mark Hawthorn of Landmark Investments Group presenting the award for Residential Scheme of the Year to Lancaster Moor (P J Livesey) at the Insider North West Property Awards on 14 May 2015 at Manchester Central.

Landmark sponsor the Residential Development of the Year, the event is the premiere property awards in the North West and attended by 1,100 of the industry’s finest

Landmark Investments, proud supporters of the NSPCC

Landmark Investments, proud supporters of the NSPCC, have so far [...]

Landmark Investments, proud supporters of the NSPCC

Landmark Investments, proud supporters of the NSPCC, have so far this year donated a fantastic £27,150.70.

This money will be used to support the NSPCC’s Schools Service and will enable the NSPCC to visit 34 primary schools in the local area, helping over 2,448 children to understand that they have the right to be happy and safe.

Landmark on track to invest £100m in ground rent this year

Bolton-based Landmark Investments Group agreed £67m of ground rent acquisitions [...]

Landmark on track to invest £100m in ground rent this year

Bolton-based Landmark Investments Group agreed £67m of ground rent acquisitions in the past six months, in 77 separate transactions.

Ben Ogunby, acquisitions director, Landmark Investments Group, said: “We have been so busy acquiring ground rents, we weren’t really keeping count, so were pleased when we ran the numbers. We are able to transact across the whole spectrum from very small deals through to large commercial ground rents and national portfolios. We have our own funds and are retained to acquire, advise and manage stock on behalf of a substantial private client. We fully expect to transact in excess of £100m of stock in 2015 with £140m within reach.”

In January, Landmark announced profits for 2014 of £2.9m. The firm has a portfolio approaching 15,000 units.

Mark Hawthorn, managing director, added: “This is a real milestone for us. We have recently moved to new offices, our tenth move in 15 years, which will allow us to further develop and grow. There are a lot of opportunities around in the ground rent and wider property markets at the moment which after the last seven or so years is pleasing to see. We continued to grow throughout the downturn and are looking forward to our next phase of development.”

Landmark’s profits rise to £2.9m

The Bolton-based business completed 171 transactions in 2014, and has [...]

Landmark’s profits rise to £2.9m

The Bolton-based business completed 171 transactions in 2014, and has more than 200 projected for 2015. Landmark Investments Group has unveiled pre-tax profits of £2.9m in the year ending September 2014, up 142 per cent.

The record-breaking performance comes as the firm celebrates 15 years in business.

The business completed 171 transactions in 2014, and has more than 200 projected for 2015.

Deals included the summer 2014 sale of a £6m portfolio at 3 per cent yield and a refinancing package to provide over £10m of capital to invest in ground rents.
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‘SECRETS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP’ REVEALED

A host of North West entrepreneurs have revealed their tips [...]

‘SECRETS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP’ REVEALED

A host of North West entrepreneurs have revealed their tips to success at Insider‘s latest business breakfast.

Nearly 90 people packed into Elliot House in Manchester for the ‘Entrepreneur DNA – What is the secret ingredient?’ event. They heard tips on everything from when to take investment, the challenges of a start-up and being a serial entrepreneur.

David Grimes launched his business – MyParcelDelivery.com – on the back of his frustrations of queuing up at a Post Office and not being able to send items out as quickly as he wanted. In the last year the workforce has grown from 12 to 35 on the back of taking on £1.5m in investment from North West funders Praetura Capital and Seneca Partners.

He said: “Finding the right idea is often the hardest thing in the whole process. However, when you do, you must wholeheartedly believe in it despite what other people may tell you. In my view, if your idea fixes a problem/frustration you have encountered at some point, then it will be all the stronger as you understand why a solution is needed and the benefits it brings.

“It is really important to develop a solid business plan, however, I don’t believe in taking this to excess. You need to prove a market exists, that there is demand for it and especially do your number crunching to make sure it can scale to meet your ambitions. It’s amazing how many business plans I have seen that have unrealistic forecasts in them so you need to be really careful on this part.”

Mark Hawthorn is a director of Bolton-based Landmark Investments Group, which specialises in buying ground rents. The company has grown profits from £1.2m in 2012.13 to £2.9m in 2013/14.

The 35-year-old said there’s no age barrier to being an entrepreneur. “If you have an idea or concept get it down on paper,” he said. “I run an FCA authorised fund which will make us millions over time which started as me scribbling the concept onto a bit of paper.

“Once you have something tangible you can evolve it and shape it to the point where it becomes real. At the same time if it doesn’t materialise it’s still a great practice run and learning experience for when something else does. You will never get anywhere if you are walking around with a head full of ideas and nothing tangible.”

Warren Jacobs is the managing director of digital acquisition agency Active Win, which has been backed by Betfred co-founder Fred Done. It opened two years ago and is set to reach £2m turnover.

Jacobs said Done was inspirational. “Fred has had more success in business than the majority of people in the world,” he said. “The most important lesson I will try to always carry with me is that just because someone has done well and made some cash, you can still be a nice person.

“Fred found me, he saw a glimmer of potential and it’s his belief that placed me in the right place at the right time. For this I will always be grateful.”

Jamil Khalil is the founder and CEO of Manchester-based social sharing platform Wakelet, which is aimed at changing the way the world uses the internet. Chillingo co-founders Chris Byatte and Joe Wee have both invested in the business.

Khalil said: “I’m working around the clock and I love it. I don’t want anything else. When it’s your business it doesn’t feel like work. The potential is limitless. Having good stories like this for Manchester is everything. It’s vital to always think of the one reason why an idea will work. It has to be the reason why it will work. That reason will make you excited because things happen along the way.”

The other speakers were: Jennie Johnson, CEO of Kids Allowed; Vikas Shah, managing director of Swiscot Group and Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship with MIT Sloan; Gavin Wheeldon, CEO of Purple Wifi; Mark Barlow, founder and CEO of digital training company Applearn; and Luke Massie, owner / founder of Vibe Tickets.

A coffee with: Mark Hawthorn, director, Landmark Investments Group

What is your proudest moment in business? I prefer not to [...]

A coffee with: Mark Hawthorn, director, Landmark Investments Group

What is your proudest moment in business?

I prefer not to rest on my laurels, but it would have to be getting to where we are today from how we started. I left school, worked in an estate agents as an office junior for a couple of years, then left at 19 to start up on my own with £500 which was my final salary. We are now into our 15th year of business and are heading towards £20m of stock.

Do you have a motto that guides the way you do business?

We are very straightforward in our dealings, as much because we don’t want to waste our own time as anybody else’s.

Which individual inspired you in business life?

My father. He passed away when I was quite young and at an early age himself, which made me very conscious of our mortality. I don’t think there’s any better inspiration than knowing you may not be here tomorrow so to make the most of your time and opportunities today.

How do you make contacts that are useful in business?

We host joint events with other professional contacts – we will bring 10 to 12 guests, as will they. It’s always very informal with no agenda, aside from food and drinks. I’ve found this works exceptionally well as like minded people tend to quickly find ways to work together. Additionally, I am on the business board of the NSPCC which allows us to meet some really interesting people and attend some great events.

How about your online profile? Do you use Twitter? Facebook?

Linkedin is great for keeping track of my contacts activities and movement. Twitter is good for broadcasting our own progress, requirements and it’s good to get into conversations on there.

If you hadn’t gone down your career path what would you have done?

I didn’t follow a career path as such. I left school with hardly any qualifications and got a job. After a couple of years I set up on my own and the rest is history.

What do you think businesses will do differently in 10 years?

It’s a difficult one to predict, as 10 years ago social media didn’t exist, whereas now it’s an accepted part of our everyday lives. I do think as a society we will become more virtual in our dealings, but this isn’t necessarily a good thing. One of the major reasons we have evolved so much as a species is our ability to communicate with each other to form societies. Crowdfunding is also starting to change industries, but it does appear that a lot of people are using it to avoid more rigorous due diligence involved with traditional options, which is a little worrying.

What do you always have with on you?

As is the case with 95 per cent of the planet, I always have my phone. Also, no matter how hard I try, I will always have at least one dog hair somewhere on me from my dog Smith.

Tell us one tip that would be invaluable in our business life.

Be honest with yourself. If you can’t do this you will never make any real progress in business or life. There are so many people out there trying to be something they aren’t or living up to false ideals – while I enjoy The Apprentice (pictured), it’s a prime example of this. I really believe being happy is far more important than being rich, famous, popular, etc.

What is the most inspirational book you have ever read?

The Slight Edge – it’s basically a pretty simple book about how all the little things make the big differences. I’m a big believer in this and can trace most of our most profitable deals back to the simplest of origins. There is a tendency to look for the silver bullet/shortcut in business, whereas in reality blood, sweat and tears are the real route to success.

Do you prefer to dress up or dress down for work?

I tend to wear a suit, but not always a tie. I believe your attire dictates your mindset and that you should differentiate between social and business. I doubt you would be particularly relaxed wearing a suit at home on a Sunday afternoon or as effective wearing your pyjamas to a board meeting.

What is your biggest business asset?

The ability to quickly adapt to market changes and new opportunities. This allowed us to reposition ourselves as the downturn began, grow throughout and continue to do so.

At what time of day are you most creative or inspired?

I tend to get any intense or difficult items dealt with as early in the day as possible. I have my best ideas and crack problems when I’m walking my dog Smith as it allows me to clear my mind. I find it much easier to be creative/inspired when I am not focused on anything or distracted.

What is your favourite coffee break?

I think the first coffee of the day is always the best one, the rest of them are often just to keep going.

News on the Block Hot 100

We’re proud to have been featured in the News on [...]

News on the Block Hot 100

We’re proud to have been featured in the News on the Block Hot 100 list again this year which lists the most influential people in the residential leasehold sector. To view please click here (page 28)

Landmark raises £10m ‘war chest’

Place North West Landmark Investments Group said it has £10m available [...]

Landmark raises £10m ‘war chest’

Place North West

Landmark Investments Group said it has £10m available for acquisitions of residential and commercial ground rents following a refinance with Royal Bank of Scotland.

Landmark recently sold part of its portfolio for £6m at a 3% yield to an offshore buyer. The proceeds were put towards new bank facilities, arranged by Cowgill Holloway Property & Construction, to secure funding from RBS.

Mark Hawthorn, director of Landmark, said: “The recent sale coupled with the new facility means we now have £10m of stock and the same again for new acquisitions. We are seeing a lot of opportunities around the creation of commercial ground rents and the new facilities will allow us to acquire a lot of stock in a relatively short period of time.

“Raising finance is still a challenge but Dave Rainford from Cowgill Holloway, who worked with me on this, is a former banker with an intricate understanding of the banks and he made the whole process very smooth.”

Dave Rainford, property finance director, Cowgill Holloway, said: “We’ve worked with Mark for several years now and I am very pleased we’ve been able to raise this finance which will help him to grow his business over the next few years. While finance is still tough to come by for a lot of people in the property sector, the deal with RBS shows there’s opportunities out there.”

Bolton-based Landmark was set up 2000 by Mark Hawthorn. The main area of activity is the purchase of residential and commercial ground rents.

Landmark Investments Group has sold a portfolio for just under £6m at a yield of 3%

The Business Desk (North West) BOLTON ground rents firm Landmark Investments [...]

Landmark Investments Group has sold a portfolio for just under £6m at a yield of 3%

The Business Desk (North West)

BOLTON ground rents firm Landmark Investments Group has sold a portfolio for just under £6m at a yield of 3%.

The portfolio comprises of the ground rents for 1,368 properties across 33 sites including Cardiff, Bolton, Stockport, St Albans, Croydon, Plymouth, Hull, Colchester and York.

The identity of the buyer, an offshore investment company, was not disclosed.

It has retained a Landmark division, called Landmark Collections, to manage and advise on the portfolio.

Landmark directort Mark Hawthorn said: “While we are an investment company and we don’t usually sell our stock the opportunity presented the chance to sell part of the portfolio at an attractive price.

“The proceeds will allow us to regear and expand our banking facilities which will help us grow our portfolio. We are looking at a number of interesting scenarios where we can create ground rents on commercial properties and we see a big opportunity in this area.”

Landmark were advised by law firms Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall Solicitors and TLT.

Landmark Investments Group has acquired a 3.5-acre site on Wharf Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

Insider Media Ltd The Bolton-based company has acquired the site through [...]

Landmark Investments Group has acquired a 3.5-acre site on Wharf Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

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The Bolton-based company has acquired the site through a ground rent deal structure and will lease it back to its original owner on a 150-year lease.

The transaction allows the owner to vacate the site for new premises which frees up the land for future development.

TLT acted for Landmark while Layton represented the owner of the land, who has not been named.

Mark Hawthorn, director of Landmark said: “We’ve been developing a new approach to the structure of ground rent deals for some time, particularly on land used commercially, and the site in Ashton is the first time we’ve implemented it at this scale.

“I am very pleased with the smoothness of the transaction and it is clear to me our new deal will open up many more commercial sites for future development.”

Claire Beaumont, partner at Laytons LLP, said: “Importantly it means they are now able to relocate to larger more suitable premises locally and enables them to retain the site for future development.”

Andy Bell, partner at TLT, said: “Mark is an innovative business person and has developed an excellent commercial ground rent scheme that allows land owners to release equity in their property while retaining control, and the ability to raise additional development finance.”

Landmark was founded in 2000.

Landmark Investments Group achieve £1.2 million profit

Manchester Evening News Bolton based Landmark Investments Group today announced it [...]

Landmark Investments Group achieve £1.2 million profit

Manchester Evening News

Bolton based Landmark Investments Group today announced it achieved profits of just under £1.2 million to year end September 2013, up 162% (from £458,000) on the previous year.

Set up in 2000 by, then aged 19, Mark Hawthorn, Landmark Investments Group main area of activity is the purchase of ground rents, also known as the freehold, of residential and commercial properties.

Mark Hawthorn said: “Last year was the most successful yet for Landmark Investments Group, we achieved several major deals including our first commercial ground rent portfolio and diversified outside of property with our ThermaVein operation.”

Highlights of the year included:

  • The purchase of the 42 acre site at Strangeways, Manchester from a private investor.  The first commercial property investment by the company.
  • The portfolio of property increased from £8.5 million to £15 million, with ground rent purchases made on residential schemes across the Northwest and London.
  • A major investment into medically acclaimed aesthetic treatment product ThermaVein, is the first non-property investment for Landmark Group and it is already providing rewards as the treatment sales are expected to top £2 million. ThermaVein is already international across a range of territories with major ongoing demand.

Mark said: “While profit is pleasing we are an investment company and are long term thinkers, our real focus is to grow the portfolio which is now pushing £15m (excluding non-property) and likely to exceed £20 million within the next 12-15 months.

“We are starting to make real progress with the development of a commercial ground rent model which will allow owners to release additional funds from assets whilst retaining them for the long term”

Landmark Investments Group Doing Good is Good for Business

Huddled Business News Business has a growing responsibility to do more, [...]

Landmark Investments Group Doing Good is Good for Business

Huddled Business News

Business has a growing responsibility to do more, give more and share more. That was the key message given by the NSPCC Bolton and Bury business board, at a private event attended by business owners and high-net worth individuals in Manchester and organised by Landmark Investments and Cowgill Holloway.

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