Meet Mark Convery. Mark is a surveyor and works in our agency team, based in our Newcastle office.
What was your first ever job?
Worked at Asda in the provisions department, generating a reputation as the store milkman.
What is your favourite building in the North East, and why?
My favourite building without a shadow of doubt would have to be St James’ Park. I am an avid Newcastle United supporter and season ticket holder.
The stadium is one of the only Football Stadiums within a major City Centre and is a key focal point in Newcastle. The ability to host 52,000 fans each week and generate an atmosphere that is second to none is the main reason why this building stands out at the top of my list.
What is the biggest project that you have been involved in?
The sale of the iconic City Hall within Newcastle City Centre.
Unique opportunity to work with a building that is well known throughout the North East. This was a political hot potato so we had to make sure our advice to Newcastle Council (Client) was on point.
What does the future look like in the North East property market?
It is still evident that there is a lot of uncertainty in the North East property market particularly since Brexit. The ‘out’ vote has inevitably had an impact on all property sectors and despite enquiries coming through thick and fast, it has been more difficult to get deals over the line.
Hopefully in the new year investors will have greater confidence to acquire suitable opportunities in which they would have expressed an interest in previously. Currently there seems to be a lack of supply in both industrial and office sectors, which will need remedying in the near future, this further development in the North East will also encourage increased growth and provide greater employment opportunities.
What one thing would you change to influence the future of the North East property market?
Business rates have had a major impact on non-domestic properties since the turn of the recession. In order to reduce vacancy levels and provide new businesses with an opportunity to flourish I would cut all commercial ratepayers liability by 50% in order to give operators the confidence to expand or start a new business.
If you could give one piece of business advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Take time to develop good contacts and increase personal reputation as well as the profile of the company. After all, good things come to those who wait!
Name three people, dead or alive, that you would pick to work in your team.
1.Alan Shearer – From an agency point of view you always need a leader to control/manage the team. Shearer can do this with his eyes closed and even better he can finish deals.
2.Margot Robbie – Extremely talented and motivated individual… enough said!
3.Conor McGregor – Most confident individual I have ever come across. Knows what he wants and goes and gets it. Could compare him to Marmite – as you either love him or hate him!