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Welcome to Place 100, the first comprehensive ranking of private sector power and influence in the property and regeneration worlds of the North West.
The elite of the region's property people are ranked from 1 to 30 in order of power and current success, as gauged by our judges. This is a timely list about the outcomes of 2009 and the top 30 reflects who has had the best year as much as their enduring power.
Rules of engagement: We could have had an interesting Place 250 or Place 500 but we have been ruthless in our first Place power list and whittled it down to 100. Here's how…
Firstly, the few hard-and-fast rules: strictly private sector, no civil servants, no politicians, be based in the region or extremely prominent and dedicated to doing business here, no public-private partnership quangocrats, and no more than one person per organisation, which means the boss or regional director.
Compiling such lists is not a science or an art and we will no doubt face criticism – and hopefully some praise – for our choices. An informal panel of judges was consulted from a cross-section of disciplines and it was agreed a criteria would be devised along a 'food chain' theory about where projects originate. Developers, banks and landowners are at the top of the chain, then there are the surveyors/agents whose influence on the occupier market and identifying development and investment opportunities, introducing parties on both sides and site assembly is crucial. We have the top property lawyers from Manchester and Liverpool as identified in Legal 500, as well as the region's big architects, who literally shape the world around us. Influential planning consultants, whose brains and hard work are responsible for the all-important consents, are here too. The leading contractors, who get to build the region's largest developments, and in turn feed so much work to sub-contractors, are included.
However, on this basis, sadly many other suppliers and consultants that are wealth generators and large companies in their own right didn't get much of a look in this year.
Beyond the 'food chain' fundamental, power was felt by the judges to be lots of things: wealth, asset size and quality, ability to move markets, impact on the 'face' of the North West, employment levels, rent rolls, current activity,…
Not surprisingly there are very few financers and even fewer house-builders on the list this year. But the resilience of those that do feature is testament to the quality of the property community in the region, which deserves to be mapped and recognised in this way.
I hope you enjoy the list and the stories contained within.
Paul Unger, Editor