30th October 2017
Gemma, who advises on all types of property dispute, gave her inaugural address to fellow members of the SN Action for Property group (SNAP) at its October meeting.
SNAP brings together property professionals from across the region with a view to encouraging collaboration and strategic activity in the sector within Swindon and Wiltshire.
“Swindon is home to a large number of global household brands and has good road and rail links to London and the south,” said Gemma, who specialises in commercial landlord and tenant matters, property portfolio and asset management, and property leaseholder disputes.
“The town also offers a skilled workforce and competitive property rates for both businesses and residents. There is much to attract businesses here.
“There do, however, remain barriers to growth. More needs to be done to free-up development land and cut red tape which frustrates the planning process. There has historically been a general perception of a lack of progress with the regeneration of the town centre, which could impact upon the ability to fully realise property opportunities in Swindon and Wiltshire, and attract individuals and businesses here.
“Hopefully, as we are now seeing more phases commenced and completed, this will trigger a new positivity about the town.”
Gemma wants to open up the SNAP’s quarterly breakfast meetings to companies more generally, particularly those looking to relocate or do business in Swindon.
“Our meetings provide a great opportunity for property professionals and other businesses to promote their companies, establish and maintain valuable contacts and work together to develop exciting new business opportunities,” she added.
“The aim is to update attendees on property and land initiatives, discuss and explore common barriers in planning and development, share market knowledge and to promote the many opportunities that Wiltshire has to offer to both existing businesses and those further afield.
“I want to ensure that our events are relevant, fresh and that SNAP remains a credible forum for property professionals to engage in and influence debate.”