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The Developers Network – Manchester –  Finding Potential Development Opportunities

On Thursday the 14th April we held the second Developers Network Manchester. Although the event was held on the evening before Good Friday, we had a fantastic turn out. Many of those attending had also attended the launch event, together with a good number of new faces, with many enjoying a drink at the bar to get the bank holiday weekend off to a good start.

In addition to giving an overview of how we got into property development, we presented a 360 Virtual Reality tour of the ground floor of our Crofts Bank development to convert a large Victorian building into 16 luxury apartments. In this initial VR tour, we presented the grounds and ground floor of the property. We will continue with the VR tours at future events to show and update everyone on the progression of the development. In addition, we have plans to offer opportunities to visit the site during the development, to see in the flesh how the development is progressing.

We then went on to discuss various methods of finding potential development opportunities, through online portals; agents; councils; auctions; sourcers; professional teams; whilst out and about and utilising online tools. 

The facilitated networking session was a huge success, helping everyone to make valuable connections. Followed by a demonstration to enable them to quickly connect on LinkedIn using its QR scan feature.

After the break, we introduced our sponsors: Roma Finance and Dunore Utility Connections, along with our most recent sponsor SearchLand, and we were delighted to have Hugh Gibbs as our guest speaker for the evening to demonstrate this fantastic online tool which helps you quickly identify and secure potential development sites. Hugh took us through the various ways to use the many facilities on SearchLand, and demonstrated how effective and efficient it can be. 

After announcing the winner of our prize draw for a free place at a Whitebox Discovery Day, we rounded off the evening with more informal networking and drinks at the bar.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our next event with more networking and education. Updates and talking you through more of our plans for our Crofts Bank development with 360 VR visuals. The remainder of the evening wiil focus funding developments.


Thursday 19th May

6.30pm – Welcome & Networking
7.00 – 9.00pm – Main Event – Speakers
9.00 – 10.00pm – Networking

Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Manchester, M28 2QT

Funding Your Developments

Alice Williams – Pilot Fish
Scott Marshall – Roma Finance

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Roma Finance
Offer a wide range of competitive lending solutions from bridging and development through to BTL finance with a bespoke approach to work flexibly with you.

Lending solutions are tailored to your needs and you have direct access to underwriters

Charlotte Rutter and Samantha Williamson

Dunore Utility Connections
Arrange utility connections for your developments. If you’ve ever dealt directly with the complexity of the process you’ll know it can be a nightmare. Dunore Utility Connections does the hard work for you, saving money and time. Jon Newsham

The all-in-one property and planning data platform to help you streamline your workflow and maximise your portfolio. The only off-market site sourcing tool that allows you to contact landowners directly from the platform.

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