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Date: 15 February 2024

Author: Rachel Bartlett

We have teamed up with The Business Magazine to launch a regular property podcast for the South Coast.

Aimed at industry professionals, The Business Magazine Property Podcast is designed to offer expert insight and knowledge about market trends, challenges and opportunities in the region.

Each month, presenter Stephen Emerson, Managing Editor of The Business Magazine, hosts a studio discussion with an MSP Capital director and other industry guests.

The first broadcast, now live, features Adam Tovey, our Risk and Underwriting Director, Nigel Price, Chairman of Residential at independent estate agent Goadsby, and James Kidner, Partner at law firm Trethowans and a specialist in residential development.

In his introduction, Stephen says the aim of the podcast is “to offer a fresh perspective from key figures in the property industry in the South of England and explore the challenges and, more importantly, the opportunities that are present within the market”.

Episode 1 launched on 15 Feb

The first half-hour edition covers a range of subjects. These include interest rates, Build to Rent, the impact of working from home on property demand in the South and the importance of SME developers in driving residential development.

All interviewees highlighted how well property professionals collaborate in the region, particularly in the face of recent economic challenges and pressure points in the planning system.

On the rationale for the podcast, Adam says:

“MSP Capital has over four decades of experience in the industry. We feel that the best way to be successful in property is to share knowledge, share ideas and share experiences.

“This new partnership will allow us to shine a light on the leading minds from the property industry across the South Coast. I look forward to meeting more guests in the future.”

Asked about the lending side, Adam signals optimism about the funding landscape in 2024 and stresses our focus on relationship-led lending.

He added “Over the last twelve to 18 months, more traditional sources of high street lending have pulled back further. This obviously creates opportunities for others. We continue to lend. Support is there if you are building the right type of product and you have a good project and location.”


Sharing their hopes for the year in the first podcast episode, both Nigel and James are upbeat.

Discussing the drop in fixed-rate mortgage rates in January, Nigel says: “The start to the year was not what we were expecting, in a positive way. The cuts took people by surprise and bode well for the market this year. We’ve had pent-up demand – now, people just want to get on.”

James says: “After what was a challenging year, there are elements of good news in the mortgage market, with rates more under control. Positivity in the mortgage market is going to bolster enthusiasm for the year ahead.”

Looking ahead to the whole property podcast series, Rachel Bartlett, Head of Marketing, says:

“There is a lot of industry knowledge within MSP Capital that we’ve been sharing through our Brunch & Learn events, and now through the podcast.

I’m excited to see what topics we can bring to the forefront. With his 20 years of experience in journalism and keen interest in property, corporate finance and technology, Stephen was a perfect person to host the podcast and guide guests through the discussion.”

Richard Thompson, CEO of The Business Magazine, said:

“For over 30 years The Business Magazine has championed the property sector in the South through our magazine and property awards in the Thames Valley and the Solent.

“We felt launching a property podcast was a natural progression of our coverage and builds on our core offering which is about bringing people together to share interesting ideas.

“There is nothing like the dynamism that comes when you get property people in a room together and this comes across in the first episode.”

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