In addition to keeping you updated about all the great things that are going on at The Clubhouse, we thought we would turn the tables and put the focus on all the exciting things our fantastic members are achieving!
For this month’s ‘Member in the Spotlight’ feature we spoke to William Forster, Director, Valore Real Estate
1. Tell us about your company and how it started.
Valore Real Estate is a multi-disciplinary real estate consultancy that aims to maximise value for stakeholders through investment, development and asset management. In January 2017, we launched Valore Capital Partners (VCP). VCP specialises in the design and delivery of mixed use developments in London and the South East, leveraging Valore Real Estate’s expertise in sourcing, capital structuring, design, architecture and development to deliver maximum returns.
2. What has been your biggest success to date?
Our Development Consultancy has had the most consistent success. We have delivered a wide range of projects from multi-unit residential developments in and around London to ofce, retail and industrial refurbishments. Most recently our head of development, David Daly, managed the design and build refurbishment of Workspace Group’s headquarters in London. The project involved the conversion of a large Victorian industrial building into a modern ofce space. This has ultimately led to the formation of Valore Capital Partners, whereby we act as principle developer on our own schemes. Our most recent acquisition was in Wimbledon Village where we are converting an old Victorian House into eight luxury apartments.
3. What project are you most excited about right now?
As much as it may sound like a cliché, we are most excited about growth. After four years we now have a solid platform and a great team to build on past success. We are also speaking to some interesting high-profle investors and potential non-exec directors who can help us build our profle and tackle new opportunities.
4. How has being a member of The Clubhouse contributed to the success of your business?
The Clubhouse has been incredible for us. The St James’s and Mayfair locations work well and our clients are constantly impressed with the facilities. The ﬂexibility works and is important since we are regularly on site. I think the most enjoyable aspect, however, has been the people that we have met from so many diﬀerent industries.
5. Where can members find you?
We are usually working in central London mid-week. Due to the nature of our business and the large amount of property companies based in Mayfair, we mainly work out of The Clubhouse, Mayfair.
Quick Fire Round:
Favourite place to go in London?
Roka on Charlotte Street has to be up there .
Who inspires you and why?
Roger Federer. To be at the top of your game for so long, winning two grand slams this year with two sets of twins has to be admired….
Best bit of advice you’ve been given?
When we were starting out, we were advised to very much focus on fewer things done well and it’s been our focus ever since.
If you were on a desert island, what would you bring?
A fishing rod
Which super power would you like to have?
On the basis the previous month’s member in the spotlight said ‘to see in the future’ I would go with the ability to change a bad decision!
What is the worst business ‘faux-pas’ you’ve committed?
I think I may have turned up to a meeting in a black-tie from the night before with a Subbuteo set I won in the rafe under my arm. Wasn’t my fnest moment. My client never lets me live it down; that said we still do a lot of work together, so it can’t be all bad