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Secretary of State praises Bluewater

in creating tens of thousands of jobs and training significant numbers of people from North Kent and the wider region. The Secretary of State said:

“The Learning Shop at Bluewater is a great example of the private and public sector working together to deliver significant and long-lasting benefits to a region. I congratulate them for what they’re doing.” During his visit to the

On a visit to Bluewater’s Learning Shop, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, paid tribute to Bluewater for its role

centre, the Secretary of State also received an overview of the proposed extension to Bluewater’s West Village, which will create up to 2,300 additional jobs, the majority of which will be made available via The Learning Shop.

British Land breaks records for BHF

British Land’s 36 retail assets across the UK raised £115,000 for the British Heart Foundation’s Great British Bag-athon Challenge. As part of the challenge, donation bags were handed out to retailers and shoppers who were encouraged to fill them with clothes, CDs, DVDs and books. Bags were then donated to local British Heart Foundation shops with each full bag being worth an average of £20. For the third consecutive

year, British Land was the largest landlord donor with a contribution of 5,496 bags equating to a total of £114,931 raised including cash contributions.

Jo Hammond, charity and

volunteering executive for British Land, said: “As the UK’s largest listed landlord, we are delighted to partici`pate in the Great British


Bag-athon again this year and to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause. We are committed to ensuring our head office and centre management teams support good causes and look forward to working with the British Heart Foundation again next year.”

This month’s moves . . .

BRITISH LAND has promoted BEN GROSE to head of Europe and head of the Hercules Unit Trust. RICHARD WISE will become head of UK retail asset management and development. And in the investment division, DARREN RICHARDS has been appointed as head of investment, ANDREW SMITH head of investment portfolio management and NICOLA THOMAS head of property performance, analysis and valuation.

REALM has appointed NOLAN HEADLEY as the new centre manager for Freeport Braintree outlet shopping village. He was previously managing director at Bags etc, the luggage and handbag retailer as well as holding senior commercial roles at Debenhams, Greenwich Group and First Quench.

INSITE ASSET MANAGEMENT has appointed BEVERLY PARKER as asset manager. She will play a leading role across key accounts including Metquarter Liverpool. She spent over seven years with CBRE Global Investors, servicing the Britannica and Lionbrook Property Funds at asset manager level.

The NOTTINGHAM BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT has appointed ALISON FARRELL in the newly created role of operations manager. She will be responsible for all operational services, including line managing the BID’s street ambassadors team and coordinating the business crime reduction initiatives. She was previously contract manager for the Octavian Group security business.


EMEA retail at Jones Lang LaSalle has been appointed chair of the INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF SHOPPING CENTERS European Retail Asset Management Committee. He takes over from Martyn Chase of Stanhope.

KARL NORMAN has joined CBRE from the niche practice Harvey Spack Field. He will be responsible for leading CBRE’s out of town retail agency business alongside Matthew McCue.

BRITISH LAND has appointed NICKY LOVELL as business development director in its retail team. She will work across British Land’s £9.8bn portfolio to enable the 196 individual properties to continue to remain attractive to both retailers and consumers in a rapidly evolving market. She joins from Capital Shopping Centres. Prior to that she worked at McArthurGlen for 13 years.

LUNSON MITCHENALL has appointed RICHARD HARWOOD as the newest member of its investment team. He joins as an investment analyst from Citi-Inc and will focus predominantly on the shopping centre and high street markets.

TOWN CENTRE SECURITIES has appointed SUSAN MENDOZA as the new centre manager at the Merrion Centre in Leeds city centre. She was previously centre manager at Trinity Walk in Wakefield where she opened the centre in May 2011. She has also held positions at the original Bull Ring shopping centre in Birmingham, the Clock Towers shopping centre in Rugby and Airedale shopping centre in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

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