David Mann, Tuffin Ferraby Taylor - Revo Radar.
Want to know what you should be looking out for in 2018? We've been talking to industry figures on what the future holds!
David Mann, Partner at Tuffin Ferraby Taylor and co-founder of the LGBT real estate group Freehold has his say...
What will be the biggest challenge for our industry over the next 12 months?
To repeat the most over used word in 2017 - ‘UNCERTAINTY’. I wish the news media would stop being purveyors of doom. We are where we are, and we all need to ‘Keep Calm and Get Over Brexit’. London is over 1000 years old and gone through many changes, including being destroyed a couple of times – we will survive and will be stronger for it!
What do you think are the biggest opportunities for the next 12 months?
I’m always optimistic. As I said, we will survive and be stronger for it! Our status as a World City (not just European) is now more important than ever. Just look around, we have so much young talent, trusted experience and entrepreneurial flare. We just need to believe in UK plc.
What is the one major challenge facing retailers in 2018?
Lack of imagination to keep customers engaged and loyal.
What piece of tech do you think will make an impact in 2018?
My ‘Fitbit Ionic’ watch that I hope to get from Father Christmas this year! I’m running the Paris Marathon in April for LandAid and need to train harder.
Who do you admire in politics currently and why?
Unfortunately, no one at moment.
Do you have a saying or piece of wisdom which inspires you? If so, what is it?
‘Stop faffing and just get on with it!’. This especially applies to those tasks you don’t like doing.
Who’s your mentor or someone you’d always seek advice from?
David Tuffin, TFT’s retired Managing Partner. He’s generally ‘been there, done it, brought the hardhat’ and great for bouncing ideas off over a nice lunch.
Where would your ideal holiday be to this year?
I’m 50 in June and hoping for a surprise!