Spain celebrates record-breaking number of Blue Flag beaches

Spain celebrates record-breaking number of Blue Flag beaches

  • Spain leads the world with 590 Blue Flag beaches in 2018 (ADEAC)
  • Homes by Blue Flag beaches popular with buyers of all ages (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Beachside living provides both mental and physical health benefits (Taylor Wimpey España)

If there’s one thing Spain does well, it’s beaches. Of course, there’s also the bountiful sunshine, outstanding cuisine, championship-quality golf courses, fascinating history and rich culture… but when it comes to beaches, Spain leads the world.

The latest Blue Flag awards from the Association for Environmental Education and the Consumer (ADEAC) have seen Spain receive a global record-breaking 590 Blue Flags.

The Valencia region alone is home to 132 Blue Flag beaches, while Andalucía boasts 97. The coveted Blue Flag status is awarded based on a range of factors, including accessibility, health and safety, lifeguard provision and cleanliness.

Leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España is celebrating Spain’s continued position as the world number one for the quality of its beaches. With 60 years of experience in residential homes across Spain and its islands, the company is extremely familiar with the attractions of beachside living. Indeed, many of its homes are just metres from some of the Blue Flag beaches recognised in this year’s awards.

Seeing so many of the beaches that are home to our properties being awarded Blue Flags is a fantastic confirmation that we’re offering the top locations to Spanish property buyers. Spain’s beaches really are world-class and it’s great to see so many of these outstanding areas getting the recognition they deserve.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España

Taylor Wimpey España’s Blue Flag beachside offerings include the stylish, last remaining key-ready apartments of La Vila Paradis on the Costa Blanca, which boast direct access to Paradis beach. Priced from €269,000 + VAT, the two- and three-bedroom apartments enjoy exceptional coastal views, while residents benefit from swimming pools, private parking and beautiful gardens. Available from €449,000 + VAT.

Just along the coast, Arenal Dream also offers, as the name suggests, dreamy beachside living a mere 300 metres from the Blue Flag L’Arenal beach. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, available from €334,000 +VAT and which come complete with communal pool and delightful, landscaped gardens, boast high end interiors and ample terraces, as well as private underground parking spaces.

For those who prefer the Spanish islands, Royal Blue is sited just 200 metres from Cala Mesquida beach – another Blue Flag recipient. The large, elegant apartments boast fantastic views over the crystalline waters. Complete with Taylor Wimpey España’s signature combination of pool and gardens, the exclusive development of just 17 homes from €322,000 + VAT offers direct beach access for residents.

“Whether for family holidays, romantic getaways or happier, healthier retirements, beachside living offers a wide range of benefits. Being near the sea can have a marked impact on mental and physical health, which is one of the reasons that properties by the beach are so popular – and with a record number of Blue Flag beaches in Spain, homebuyers really are spoiled for choice.” 

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España


For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Surrenden Invest partners with David Phillips to offer residents and property investors a superior living experience

Surrenden Invest partners with David Phillips to offer residents and property investors a superior living experience

United Kingdom
  • Investment properties offering added extras now have the edge (Surrenden Invest)
  • Bespoke furnishings benefit investors and residents alike (Surrenden Invest)
  • “We are tasked with not only providing your furniture but augmenting your environment and lifestyle through award-winning services” (David Phillips)


As the UK’s residential property market matures, leading developers and agents are forming new partnerships in order to drive up standards for both residents and investors.

“Investors used to be happy to purchase unfurnished apartments, but we’re seeing a maturation of investor interest. Properties that make being an investor/landlord easier have the edge over those that don’t. At the same time, those properties need to offer something exciting and fresh to tenants to make them stand out. These considerations are driving developers to innovate not just in the design and facilities of their buildings, but also in terms of the additional extras.”

 Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest


Furnishings are the perfect example. There was a time, not so long ago, when investing in a property meant buying an apartment, then arranging how to furnish it in order to appeal to tenants while not spending any more than was necessary. Now, increasingly, developers are connecting with professional furniture companies in order to offer investors (and tenants) a more complete package.

The Tannery in Liverpool is one such example. Apartments within the new luxury development are available with David Phillips furniture packages. The bespoke furniture packs have been created to suit the particular style, location and aspirational image of The Tannery, setting a tone that perfectly suits the property and those who will live there.

“As the UK’s largest and most design-led furniture provider, David Phillips are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with Surrenden Invest. We have put together an exclusive furniture collection completely bespoke to The Tannery development. We are tasked with not only providing your furniture but augmenting your environment and lifestyle through award-winning services, honed through nearly two decades of experience.”

Alistair Dickson, Head of Residential Sales (North), David Phillips

It’s a winning situation for all concerned. The property is less hassle for investors who can purchase turnkey, ready-to-rent properties meanwhile residents can enjoy living in a professionally styled home from the moment they move in.

As the rental market comes of age, the nature of furniture packs is also changing. Standards are being raised, with packages including far more than just the essentials. Framed prints, mirrors, luxury linens and kitchen packs are all becoming increasingly common.

Contemporary residents are often sold on the idea of the show home at new build developments and an increasing number of them expect to enjoy a similar standard of furnishing in their own apartment.

“The days of landlords furnishing their rental apartments with odd bits of furniture that they no longer have a use for in their main residence are long gone. Investors and tenants are both seeking a complete package now – and that includes premium furniture and soft furnishings. That’s why partnerships with companies such as David Phillips have become essential for those developers who are looking to remain at the forefront of the market.”

Jonathan Stephens, MD, Surrenden Invest


For more information visit or call 0203 3726 499

It’s time to hit the beach! Key ready properties in high demand from British buyers this summer

It’s time to hit the beach! Key ready properties in high demand from British buyers this summer

  • Home purchases by Brits in Spain at highest level for 10 years (Spanish Registrars)
  • Families seeking out key ready properties for summer use (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Maximum day temperatures of 25/26°C typical by end of May (Holiday Weather)


The English climate has certainly provided plenty to talk about so far this year. After the ‘Beast from the East,’ April’s mini heatwave was a welcome relief. However, the unseasonable cold and pouring rain that followed it has driven many to look overseas for a more certain prospect of sunshine, with Spain being one of the main beneficiaries.

From family holidays to sun-kissed second homes, Spain is a perennial favourite with Brits looking for beautiful beaches, delicious cuisine and a welcoming atmosphere. The widespread availability of affordable flights means that visiting even for just a long weekend is a realistic and largely hassle-free process. This has played a significant role in Spain’s continuing popularity with those looking to buy property abroad.

Despite the Brexit process, Brits still have a healthy appetite for Spanish property. During the last quarter of 2017, they accounted for 15% of all purchases by expats. That’s the highest proportion for more than a decade! So far in 2018, we’re continuing to see strong demand from British families. Many are seeking out key ready properties that they can begin using straight away, either as a holiday home or as a main residence.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director, Taylor Wimpey España


Figures from the Spanish Registrar’s Association show that expat demand is doing much to bolster the Spanish property market. There were more than 110,000 sales during the last three months of 2017 – the highest number for that period for three years. Of those, 2,384 were home purchases made by Brits. Over the course of the full year, British buyers purchased 9,114 Spanish properties.

Key-ready homes are particularly attractive to buyers with children at this time of year, according to leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España, as they can be used straight away for family holidays. The company is currently offering a range of key ready homes that are attuned to British buyers’ preferences.

On the Costa del Sol, La Floresta Sur offers the perfect blend of beach and golf access, backed by impressive mountain views. Meanwhile, over on the Costa Blanca, La Recoleta III and La Vila Paradis provide stylish, beachfront apartments with private terraces for soaking up the sun. All three sites offer generously sized pools and tranquil communal gardens, which are ideal for family holidays.

Nor is it just the Spanish mainland where demand is building for Taylor Wimpey España’s stylish homes.

“Mallorca is seeing a strong growth in interest from British buyers so far this year. Again, families are buying with this summer in mind, meaning that key ready homes are particularly sought after at present.”

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España


At Cala Murada, four exclusive, key ready townhouses sit just 150m from the stunning beach, surrounded by native plants and trees. Meanwhile, golf lovers will adore the last few available units at Marina Golf, where views over the superb course are complemented by an outdoor pool, large solarium and landscaped gardens, with beaches, shops, restaurants and the elegant Puerto Adriano marina all just 1.5km away. Not only that but until the end of June 2018, furniture will also be included in the price with selected properties!

With Spain (Malaga) enjoying average temperatures of 19°C during the day in May, with average maximum temperatures of 25/26°C typical by the end of the month, according to Holiday Weather, it’s no wonder that this consistent, reliable climate calls out so strongly to British buyers at this time of year. Forget the April showers – it’s time to hit the beach!

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Spain still top spot for Brits retiring to Europe

Spain still top spot for Brits retiring to Europe

  • Spain confirmed as “most desirable location” by new ONS data
  • Retirees charmed by sunshine, swimming and golf, along with Mediterranean diet (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • 41% of Brits in Spain aged 65 and above (ONS)

New figures from the Office for National Statistics have confirmed that Spain retains the top spot when it comes to Brits’ choice of European countries to which to move. Spain accounted for an impressive 37% of all British citizens living in the EU (excluding those in the UK and Ireland) as at 1 January 2017, according to the newly released figures.

“Spain continues to be the most desirable location for the three-quarters of a million Brits living in the EU.”

 Jay Lindop, Deputy Director of Migration Statistics, Office for National Statistics


While two thirds of Brits living in the EU are aged 15 to 64, Spain attracts an older demographic, with 41% of British expats there aged 65 and above. The high proportion reflects Spain’s appeal to those in their golden years – something which leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España recognises well. The company’s stylish, thoughtfully designed homes have been popular with older buyers for decades and remain so to this day.

Spain has so much to offer those who are retired or approaching retirement. The Mediterranean climate and diet are well suited to those looking for a healthy lifestyle, while the medical system here is also superb. Wellbeing is a key issue and one that we build into all of our developments, from their on-site pools for exercise and relaxation, to homes on golf courses for those looking to enjoy the benefits of regular activity as they age.”

 Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España


A study by the University of Pittsburgh, University of Nevada and University of California on the effect of exercise on the brain as we age found that elderly adults who regularly walk longer distances suffer 50% less cognitive impairment than those who are less active. As such, the combination of world-class golf courses and plentiful sunshine that Spain offers is certainly conducive to a healthy lifestyle.

At Le Caprice, in Benhavis, Marbella, residents can enjoy the natural light and beautiful views over the Westin La Quinta Golf Resort and Spa. The spacious, ground floor homes with gardens and deluxe penthouses are set within a gated community, providing a sense of serenity and security that Taylor Wimpey España has found suits older residents extremely well. The lush gardens and sizeable communal pool provide the ideal setting for a happy, healthy lifestyle, while the apartments themselves offer tasteful accommodation with plenty of room for visiting family members.

Meanwhile, keen golfers of all ages will be delighted by the bright, airy homes at the Costa del Sol’s Green Golf. With panoramic views over Estepona Golf to the sea, few locations in Spain offer such an idyllic setting. The 48 houses all feature three bedrooms and three bathrooms, along with spacious terraces. Landscaped communal gardens and pools complete the impressive offering.

“We design our homes to appeal to residents of all ages, from families with young children to retirees living alone or as couples. Generously proportioned terraces and spacious living areas mean that residents can enjoy the space as they wish, adapting its use to suit their particular lifestyle. We also take care to locate our developments appropriately, with the proximity of shops, health centres, schools and other amenities factored in at an early stage.

 “As Spain remains the top choice in Europe for Brits living overseas, it’s important to provide accommodation that suits their preferences and budgets.”

 Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España


In total, some 293,500 British citizens live in Spain, according to the ONS figures. As the country maintains its popularity – with working-age Brits as well as with retirees – so too will leading companies like Taylor Wimpey España continue to provide the services that the British community in Spain demands.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Delighted off-plan buyers in Turkey eye up another  resort property

Delighted off-plan buyers in Turkey eye up another resort property


Buying a holiday home on Turkey’s Aegean Coast worked out so well for David Morris and his partner Sibel that two years after getting the keys to their villa the couple have plans for a second purchase in the same resort.

David, from Manchester, and Turkish-born Sibel own a three-bedroom semi-detached villa on a gated complex near the resort of Kusadasi. They were one of the first people to invest off-plan in their development, paying a deposit of approximately £22,000 in 2015. Their property took just nine months to complete and in summer 2016 David paid the final balance, using a mortgage from the London branch of Turkish Isbank, and collected the keys.

“From the moment we first met in Kusadasi until completion and beyond, the developers made us feel completely at ease,” said David, a structural engineer. “Being one of the first investors committing to their project helped us negotiate a good price. Our property cost us TRY195,000 and we paid an extra TRY25,000 for a furniture package, which included everything from kitchen appliances to mattresses and bed linen. Even outdoor furniture for the terrace was included. Overall, I have been very impressed with the deal, not to mention the build quality of our property.”

David and Sibel chose to buy in Kusadasi as it’s where Sibel’s family also own a second home. Having their own property in the resort means the couple and their two young children can spend summers there with their relatives.

“It’s great that the children are able to spend quality time somewhere nice with their Turkish family,” continued David. “We treat the property as a second home so we don’t rent it out. We’re planning to purchase another villa at the development in a couple of years, which we could let to friends and family. When I retire a few years down the line I’d like to spend half the year out there.”

David and Sibel’s property is on a development just outside the village of Davutlar, located 15 minutes south of Kusadasi and close to Paradise Beach and the Dilek Peninsula National Park. Their villa includes upstairs and downstairs bathrooms and balconies off each of the bedrooms, while outside they have a large covered terrace. With 24-hour security, communal facilities there include three swimming pools, some with water slides, landscaped gardens, play areas, and tennis and volleyball courts.

Surrounded by fruit trees and in the shadow of the Dilek Mountains, unspoilt Davutlar is famous for its natural thermal springs and clean air. Historically a popular second home destination with Turkish city dwellers, the small complexes of semi-detached houses and villas being built there are beginning to attract foreigners.

“It’s a lovely place to spend time,” concluded David. “Eating out is especially good value and enjoyable. Right now there is a wave of artisan-style restaurants opening up, where fresh meat and produce from local farmers are cooked over open coals. One has just opened five minutes’ walk from our villa – four of us recently ate there and the total bill, including wine, came to just £27.”

Spot Blue International Property has a range of property for sale in the Kusadasi area, including villas in the same development as David and Sibel’s.


For further information about buying or selling property in Turkey through Spot Blue, please contact:
Spot Blue International Property
Tel: +44 (0)20 8339 6036

About Spot Blue International Property
Spot Blue International Property is one of the UK’s leading Turkish property agencies, with hundreds of properties regularly listed and updated on its website, As well as helping developers promote their projects to the UK and other foreign markets, features properties for sale by private individuals. Spot Blue only promotes property of developers that pass its due diligence assessment. It also specialises in matching buyers with suitable properties and operates in all major resorts in Turkey. The company’s high profile in the UK means it is regularly quoted in the national press and invited to appear on panels at leading seminars and exhibitions.

Open season for Hampstead homes as London’s green spaces prepare for summer rush

Open season for Hampstead homes as London’s green spaces prepare for summer rush

United Kingdom
  • New Four5Two development designed to suit Hampstead buyers’ every whim (Bellis Homes)
  • Local market remains strong and steady, despite wider wobbles (Glentree Estates)
  • Hampstead homeowners looking to blend access to London with country-style greenery (Bellis Homes)

The lush greenery of Hampstead Heath comes alive at this time of year, with buds on flowers, bushes and trees all adding their scents to the air. It’s also that time of year when Hampstead’s property market springs back into action, with busy season running from April to August, according to local residential property agency Glentree Estates and family-run housebuilder Bellis Homes.

“Hampstead offers a fantastic environment for family life, as it offers the perfect blend of serene, outdoor space and proximity to central London and the West End. The spring and summer months are particularly busy, with professionals and families looking to purchase superior quality homes in this delightful area.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes


The Glentree team reports that properties up to the £1.5 million mark are currently the most sought after in Hampstead. Priced from £1.1 million, Bellis Homes’ new Four5Two development certainly fits the bill. The 13 apartments offer contemporary luxury within walking distance of Hampstead Heath, complete with floor to ceiling windows, high ceilings and balconies for blending outdoor living with warm, spacious interiors.

While the Hampstead market has softened, in line with prices evening out or falling across the capital, demand from residential buyers remains strong, with Glentree pointing out that local purchasers are seeking out homes, rather than investment properties. Local down-sizers, young professionals (both singles and couples) and small families seeking to move into the catchment area of the excellent local schools are driving the market. This means that price drops are rare in the Hampstead area, as demand continues apace.

According to Glentree, buyers are looking for two and three-bedroom apartments set across one floor, with good security and outside access, such as balconies or garden areas. New build homes are particularly popular – hence Bellis Homes’ focus on delivering its exquisitely designed Four4Two development within walking distance of Hampstead Heath and Golders Hill Park. The apartments also feature views over Elm Park from their well-appointed balconies.

“Our market research showed strong demand for two and three-bedroom apartments near the Heath, so we were keen to meet that demand by ensuring that Four5Two had the perfect location. With professionals driving the market, we also wanted to deliver an exceptionally high quality finish that would match the aspirational family lifestyle vibe that is so intrinsic to this area of London.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes


Hampstead buyers are drawn to the latest designs and specifications that new build homes offer, along with the convenience of the Hampstead location for local amenities and easy access to London’s shops, restaurants and theatres. Views over the greenery of local parkland are particularly sought after.

The high specification new build homes at Four5Two are particularly attractive to Hampstead buyers thanks to their fabulously high ceilings, park views, outside access and use of the latest technology throughout, including Miele appliances, fitted wardrobes, comfort cooling and underfloor heating.

The building also boasts an impressive entrance, security and a hotel-style concierge, affording residents the comfort and peace of mind that comes with a luxury lifestyle. Secure underground parking comes with lifts to all floors, which is a real asset in light of the local shortage of parking, let alone underground parking.

Based on their expert, local market information on Hampstead, both Glentree Estates and Bellis Homes are confident in the future of the local property market. Glentree points out that buyers are becoming accustomed to the recent Stamp Duty Land Tax and that demand has remained strong locally.

“Hampstead buyers are looking for high end homes that they can enjoy for years to come, so any slight wobbles in the market don’t hugely phase them. This is particularly true of new build homes, where buyers are looking to settle for a number of years in order to be close to the plentiful employment opportunities, high achieving schools and outstanding outdoors lifestyle that Hampstead can provide.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes


To purchase an apartment off plan or for all other enquiries please contact Bellis Homes on 01279 424 733 or via or their sole agents Glentree on 0208 731 9500.

Collegiate and Veuve Clicquot nurture future female leaders at 2018 Business Woman Awards

Collegiate and Veuve Clicquot nurture future female leaders at 2018 Business Woman Awards

United Kingdom
  • 2 Collegiate competition winners to attend prestigious awards event in May
  • Just 21% of UK SMEs led by women (House of Commons briefing)
  • Veuve Clicquot awards competition recognises future female talent at Collegiate


Just 21% of the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises are led by women, according to the December 2017 House of Commons Business Statistics briefing. The figure for female board members of FTSE100 companies is marginally better, but still sits at only 28%. The statistics, coupled with recent revelations about gender pay gaps across a vast range of UK industries, confirm that the country may have enshrined gender equality in law, but certainly not in practice yet.

Aspirations and expectations are set at a young age, including those relating to employment. However, it’s never too late to break the cycle and inspire women towards greater success in business. Innovative student accommodation and lifestyle provider Collegiate is working to prove just that. After firmly establishing its position as a market leader in the provision of purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) in the UK, Collegiate is now at the forefront of developing world-class student residences in Spain and Portugal.

With its new accommodation considered to be some of the leading student residences in the world, Collegiate enjoys a unique position in terms of inspiring its female residents to know no limits in relation to their employment prospects. In that vein, Melanie Cuanalo, Director of Collegiate, was personally invited, along with two young, talented and entrepreneurial females, to attend the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards in May.

The awards champion the qualities of courage, enterprise and determination in businesswomen around the world. They were created in 1972 to honour Madame Clicquot, who single-handedly took on her husband’s champagne business when he passed away in 1805, and went on to pioneer a number of industry innovations.

To nurture future female leaders, Collegiate launched a competition for the two tickets to the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards. The entrants were tasked with describing what makes them a future female leader.

Winners Kamakshi Palli and Laura Blackshaw will accompany Collegiate’s owner and director, Melanie Cuanalo, to the event. Kamakshi is a final year design student at London College of Fashion. She won as a result of her detailed start-up plans for her own fashion brand, as well as her confidence in combining innovative designs with cotemporary technology and traditional techniques in order to conceive new ideas.

Laura Blackshaw, an apprentice at the Collegiate head office, won her place at the Veuve Clicquot event as a result of her appreciation for what it takes to be a successful female leader and her understanding of how professional networks are built and how to include inspiring (female) individuals within those circles for the benefit of all.

“We are delighted to be further building on our strong relationship with Veuve Clicquot by supporting the 2018 Business Woman Awards. We’re also thrilled to have the opportunity to recognise the achievements of two of Collegiate’s future female leaders – Kamakshi and Laura – and to nurture their professional development in this way.”

 Melanie Cuanalo, Director, Collegiate


For more information about purpose built student accommodation in university towns and cities across the UK and Europe, contact Collegiate on +44 1235 250 140 or visit

Homes fit for royalty as new routes launch to Puerto Banus

Homes fit for royalty as new routes launch to Puerto Banus

  • Royal Banus Marbella providing homes to be seen in at Puerto Banus (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • 30% of 18-24 year olds inspired by celebs when choosing travel destinations (FCO)
  • New flights launching from London, Birmingham & Manchester to Malaga (Primera Air)


According to new research from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 30% of 18-24 year olds draw inspiration from celebrities when it comes to choosing their holiday destinations.

Crowded as it is with A-listers, it is hardly surprising then that Puerto Banus draws in hordes of visitors intent on holidaying like the stars. Now, however, holidaymakers can live like their icons too, thanks to the stunning new Royal Banus Marbella resort from leading Spanish home builder Taylor Wimpey España.

“Puerto Banus is one of the world’s most fascinating locations for star-spotting, so we wanted to create a development that was reflective of the area’s charms. Royalty, superstars and billionaires aplenty grace Puerto Banus with their presence each year, so we decided to build homes that were fit for royalty – hence Royal Banus Marbella.”

 Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España


Built in 1970 by local property developer José Banús, the marina and upscale shopping complex of Puerto Banus is one of the glitziest destinations on Spain’s Costa del Sol. Superyachts and high end cars cruise through the area each summer, inspiring varying degrees of envy in those who view them.

Interestingly, despite its luxury image, Puerto Banus doesn’t have to cost the earth, either as a holiday destination or as a location for a second home. Primera Air is launching a €35 budget route from Manchester to Malaga later this year, having already launched routes there from London Stansted and Birmingham in March 2018. Malaga has been the airline’s most in demand destination, reflecting the area’s ongoing appeal.

For those who want more than a few days of celeb-spotting in the sun, the exquisite homes at Royal Banus Marbella will certain hit the spot. Available from €490,000 + VAT, the six exclusive penthouses and 18 contemporary apartments will feature designer kitchens, large terraces and spacious living areas. The penthouses will also include private solariums.

A central pool, surrounded by wooden decking, is ideal for soaking up the Spanish sunshine and achieving that star-worthy suntan. The development also features interior gardens created around modern, sophisticated designs. Marble tiling, floor to ceiling windows and designer kitchen appliances ensure that the interiors are as glamorous as the exteriors.

“Part of buying a property in Puerto Banus is ensuring that it’s a home that’s fit to be seen in. We’ve included signature Taylor Wimpey España elements in the site design to ensure that owners can enjoy a range of luxuries at a surprisingly affordable price. These are stylish Puerto Banus residences, just without the eye-watering price tag that means only movie stars and Sheikhs can afford them!”

 Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España


For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit If you reside outside of the UK you will need to call 00 34 971 706 972.

Students’ business potential bright as Fusion Students launch inspirational new ‘Be Inspired’ events this May

Students’ business potential bright as Fusion Students launch inspirational new ‘Be Inspired’ events this May

United Kingdom
  • Famed motivational speaker Pete Cohen to run workshops with Fusion Students’ residents starting 10th May
  • Cohen’s clients include Ellen MacArthur, Roger Black and Arsenal FC
  • Nationwide event delivery to address North/South divide in business distribution

Leading student accommodation and lifestyle provider Fusion Students, is working in partnership to develop the potential of the UK’s future businesspeople. Fusion Students’ are committed to the principle of not only providing an amazing place for students to live, but to also provide them with an opportunity to achieve their goals and succeed after University too.

Business opportunities vary significantly across the UK. According to the House of Commons’ December 2017 Business Statistics briefing paper, the number of businesses per 10,000 residents in London was more than double that for the North East, at 1,519 and 657 businesses respectively.

Fusion Students has arranged for business motivational speaker/coach Pete Cohen to speak at the first in the series of the events at four of their properties starting 10th May 2018. This incredible series is available for every single resident, plus their friends.

Pete is one of the world’s leading keynote speakers, as well as a mentor for celebrities who appears regularly on television. He will be delivering motivational workshops with Fusion residents as part of the companies’ ‘Be Inspired’ series.

Pete’s experience includes working with world class sporting stars and teams to help them reach their peak performance, with clients including Sally Gunnell, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ellen MacArthur, Roger Black, the England cricket team and Arsenal football team.

“At Fusion Students, we provide the best opportunity for students to succeed. We want to ensure that our residents not only get the most out of their university years by living in outstanding accommodation, but also that they are as well prepared as possible for life after graduation. The Be Inspired events will give our residents the chance to think about their future potential in new ways and feel inspired to achieve their goals. We’re delighted that Pete Cohen will be a part of that inspiration.”

 Warren Rosenberg, CEO, Fusion Students


The workshops have been designed to develop students’ self-confidence and provide them with the tools to stay motivated during stressful times, from sitting their exams to engaging with the business world.

Running during May, the events will launch at Nova in Nottingham. The tour will then take in the North East (at Plummer House in Newcastle) and the stunning Eclipse student accommodation in Cardiff. The final workshop will be presented at the flagship Fusion Tower in Bristol.

All four sites encapsulate the innovation and luxury for which Fusion Students have become so well known. Student wellbeing is a core priority, as is the overall lifestyle experience. It is these commitments that have led to the planning of the Be Inspired initiative, which will allow residents to make the most of the university experience.

For more information please call 0117 405 7852 or visit Students interested in attending can click here to sign up for the events.

Landlords up their game to Be the best at attracting long-term tenants

Landlords up their game to Be the best at attracting long-term tenants

United Kingdom
  • Contemporary service design needs to attract loyal tenants (be:here Hayes)
  • Renters increasingly looking for wide-ranging services and amenities
  • Pet-friendly homes with no fees, 3-year tenancies & on-site concierge shaping the future of rental sector in London


With private renters outnumbering homeowners in London, competition is fierce from landlords looking to attract loyal tenants. The average age of a first-time buyer is now 30, according to Halifax, with property prices in the capital meaning that many of those who rent there may well be much older than this before they can afford to get a foot onto the first rung of the housing ladder. As such, there is an unprecedented opportunity for rental developments to shape their services to attract and maintain long-term tenants.

be:here Hayes is a shining example of this. The company’s 119 homes, just 300 yards from Hayes & Harlington station (a Crossrail station from 2019), provide a host of benefits that are turning renters’ heads and causing them to view The Gatefold Building as the model for future rental homes.

The company starts by appealing to renters’ wallets, with no agency, admin or referencing fees and lower deposits (just one month’s rent – in London!). It also includes free, super-fast 30 mbps broadband for all tenants.

Everything at Gatefold is managed start to finish by the local Hayes team.  The on-site concierge and management team are available to assist residents with a range of matters, from shopping deliveries, booking taxis through to maintenance and repairs.

Be have invested for the long term and want their residents to do the same.  They offer flexible long term tenancies, initially up to 3 years.

Security comes next with 3-year tenancies now available at the multi award-winning development offering residents peace of mind. Followed by services

Next, be:here Hayes takes care of the social aspect. The sharer-friendly accommodation provides regular events in order to enable residents to get to know one another. With the Campaign to End Loneliness reporting that loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26% as we age, life at the Gatefold Buildings embraces all that community life has to offer.

“As the number of renters continues to increase, landlords must evolve their offering if they are to provide developments that are viable over the longer term. Modern tenants expect far more than those of years gone by – they want superb homes with good services and additional amenities that enable them to live a modern, urban lifestyle.”

Hayley Wills, Area Manager, be:here Hayes


Renting from a build-to-rent provider like be:here Hayes, rather than an old-fashioned private landlord, comes with other benefits too. The company’s apartments are furnished by Habitat and pet-friendly, for example – a long way from the shabby, second hand furnishings and ‘no pets’ rules that old-school rental accommodation still tries to get away with.

Developers must continually up their game if they are to remain competitive. At the Gatefold Building, for example, the on-site team is in the process of installing Laundry Republic lockers. Tenants will be able to have their dry cleaning taken care of without being home for the collection or delivery times – and without having to set foot inside a dry cleaner’s.

“The face of rental accommodation is changing. Old-fashioned landlord practices and attitudes have no place in the modern marketplace. Landlords that don’t appreciate that fact will soon find themselves left behind.”

Hayley Wills, Area Manager, be:here Hayes


Spacious apartments at be:here Hayes are available from £1270 pcm for one bedroom and from £1,450 for two. Either a garden or a balcony is provided with every home.

For the latest availability and any questions, please contact the be:here Hayes team directly on 0203 845 4796 or visit