Looking back at six years of being in the 42 under 42 alumni
8th October 2018 – As the new class of Insider’s 42 under 42 celebrate tonight at an exclusive dinner, with successful entrants including Neil Higson of Wildbrook – a commercial real estate consultancy we helped to launch last year – CEO Mark Hawthorn looks back at six years since he entered the 42 under 42 hall of fame in 2012.
Where was your business at when you were entered into 42 under 42 six years ago?
When we were entered into 42 under 42 in 2012, we were targeting a profit of £1m for 2013 and actually achieved £1.2m. This year our portfolio will clear £50m and we’re targeting £100m within the next 18 months.
What’s changed since then?
We have grown our portfolio massively, we’ve also become an FCA authorised fund manager, developed and sold aesthetics business (ThermaVein) and have almost £1bn sum insured. In 2017 we launched Landmark Development Solutions which we feel is market changing in its ability to allow developers to get on site and create more housing supply – it’s certainly been a busy few years!
Any words of wisdom for the class of 2018?
Be brutally honest with yourself – a lot of people get caught up with a bit of success and hubris creeps in and then it’s all downhill from there.