The steady (if not to say spectacular!) growth of Home Bargains continues, showing that the public love brands for less. This family owned business recently announcing turnover up to £2.14 billion with retained profits of £202m and NO debt. This financial strength has allowed them to continue expanding their UK store network beyond 500 stores for the first time. Biggart & Co have assisted helping acquire a mixture of freehold stores, development sites and new leases in towns as varied as Milngavie and St Rollox in Glasgow, Johnstone, East Kilbride, Dundee, Montrose, [...]
Sarah-Jane and I have been married for 18 years on 11th November and so, after a recent two weeks away with work for SJ, I thought I would surprise her at the airport with the ‘new look‘ me! Keeping it fresh! She took one look at my newly bearded face and asked who my friend was! After some consideration ‘the friend’ is staying (despite the hair on my head not wanting to). Age comes to us all. Knees-Up! Finally a new knee! I have been struggling with osteo-arthritis in my knee [...]
The annual 'Walton International Property Outing' was fished once again up at Loch Walton near Fintry and ended up in a tie between Scotland and England for the very first time. Dan Gazzard (Morgan Williams) has never been prouder of his Dad as he caught the crucial trout with his very last cast (and I managed to do the right thing and net it, rather than knock it off). Gary Robinson, (Next) did try (somewhat desperately) to claim victory by arguing that he’d caught the prettiest fish...
As you know whilst I love my work I do enjoy mixing 'work' with 'pleasure'. Back in early summer, during that fantastic spell of weather, Biggart & Co. took 9 guests to Crieff for a simulated game shoot... basically shooting huge amounts of cartridges at clays that are fired at you from all directions imitating peasants/partridge flying over your head, set amongst the most wonderful countryside. Unlike traditional 'bird' days, shooting your neighbour's clays is not totally frowned on so, as the day wore on, cries of anguish could be [...]
As some of you will know, the Biggart family fell in love with the Isle of Tiree 14 years ago, when we first set foot on the Island for a holiday with our two young kids. Deserted roads, wild flowers, picture perfect sands, world famous surf and more sunshine than practically anywhere in the UK. It’s little wonder that the tiny Hebridean Island is nick-named the ‘Hawaii of the North’. This year Biggart and Co are sponsoring the Tiree Music Festival (TMF) which takes place the weekend of 13 - [...]
Sarah-Jane and I are delighted to be supporting a charismatic young entrepreneur and his fledgling business. Rossie Stone founded Dekko Comics by accident when studying for his own higher exams. He used cartoons to help him revise and got excellent grades. Rossie struggles with dyslexia and this worked brilliantly. He has done a couple of TED talks on the subject: Communicating through Comics - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeQjio9eBho Some years later he re-discovered that this approach of learning worked for many people and started Dekko Comics. He and his passionate young team have [...]
Home Bargains have announced record turnover, record profits AND confirmed an ongoing requirement for new stores that opened up at the rate of one a week last year in the UK. Exceptional growth. Widely recognised as the “class leader” in their sector, Home Bargains are a real joy to have as a client. If they say they are going to do something, they do it and this means everyone in the property market knows where they stand. Biggart & Co is delighted to confirm recent openings (in a [...]
Aviemore Retail Park has been a huge success, especially working through the economic climate and market challenges we have all been navigating this past 18 – 24 months. The development is now “PC’d” and I’m delighted to say it’s 100% pre-let to Home Bargains, Aldi and Tiso. The “pod units” have also been 100% pre-let to Superdrug, Costa and Speyside Distillers. It was hard work, but this development has ended up will a really attractive mix of retailers that will really add to Aviemore's retail offer. Well done LSI. LSI’s [...]
The annual 'Walton International Property Outing' took place on a very wet and dreich day in August. Unfortunately the Irish were unable to take part this year (grouse shooting!) so it was left to the Scots and English to fight it out. Unlike last year, I’m glad to say that everyone caught fish and despite Gary Robinson cheekily wanting the trophy awarded to the team catching the one and only brown trout (pictured) a draw was called at 6 fish per team... the Scots catching their fish with the very [...]
It has been a fairly wet summer in beautiful Scotland! With a few days away to sunnier climes we still managed some deals in between everyone’s holidays. Doing business at this time of year seems to get increasingly challenging – are we all taking more holidays than before?! Our retail clients T.K. Maxx, Home Bargains and Warren James are still busy expanding their portfolios and have no sign of stopping. Retailers focused on 'brands for less' and those who know how to bring value to the high street are still [...]
Joy of joys, late spring/early summer is a great time of the year! Clients and friends made the trip up to Sutherland in Mid-May to fish Loch Cam and Urigill where Ross managed to safely fly a drone above the Loch to capture the fantastic photo above. Great fishing with over 140 fish being caught… back in June for the peak fishing!! Trips back to Sutherland and the River Test are to come before I will have to hang up my rod to undergo a full knee replacement in late [...]
London & Scottish Developments are making significant progress with projects covering large parts of Scotland. The first of the portfolio of former Tesco sites is now on site in Aviemore (see photo above). Aviemore Retail Park will provide over 50,000 sq ft of new retail space and bar 1,000 sq ft is now either pre-let (Home Bargains and Aldi) or in legals. Muir Constructions are now on site, with handover to the new tenants anticipated in October this year. Planning is anticipated shortly on Paisley, Cowdenbeath, Cupar and Crieff, with [...]
Biggart & Co. recently celebrated its third anniversary and hosted the second WIPO, which involves teams of three property/angling enthusiasts (notice it’s not experts!) enjoying a get together dinner the night before, followed by a day’s fishing at Loch Walton, up in the hills above Fintry. We had super day, although truthfully not a huge amount of trout were actually caught!. I’m pleased to say that Scotland just pipped Ireland to win the trophy (generously presented by last year’s winner Dan Gazzard from England). It goes without saying that Scotland will [...]
Home Bargains Home Bargains have recently opened four new stores: Strabane and Banbridge in Northern Ireland, Chesser Road (Edinburgh) and Musselburgh (Edinburgh). Another Belfast store will be opening at the end of August. Home Bargains remain very active in the market, with further leasehold and freehold deals in the pipeline in both Scotland and Northern Ireland. Please get in touch with Alastair for further details. TK Maxx TK Maxx are expanding as ever in the UK and have recently concluded on a new lease for 10,000 sq ft with an [...]
Alastair manages his work and life balance very well all year round but especially in the Summer! - SJ Duncan receiving the spoon from last year’s victim, Scott Stevenson of TK Maxx Accessible Retail Golf Day Despite no practice and a rapidly increasing handicap, I took part in the Accessible Retail Golf Day at The Forest of Arden. Safe to say that our team didn’t really threaten the silver wear, but we did have the pleasure/regret of watching Duncan McEwan of London and Scottish trying to eat his [...]
Warren James recently opened its twentieth Scottish store in Regent Way Shopping Centre, Hamilton. Alastair Biggart is proud to have represented Warren James in Scotland since the earliest days and the twenty-first store, at Glasgow Fort, is coming soon.
Biggart & Co. are pleased to announce that we have been retained by i-motion gym to advise them in Scotland. For more details, please visit the client page.
Alastair's kids got his Warriors book signed by the players (the big guy Sophie is gazing up to is Al Kellock, last year's skipper)... https://twitter.com/GlasgowWarriors/status/676490996474081280
As part of our website launch and anniversary celebrations we would like you to have the opportunity of winning an iPad Air! To win please answer the following questions: 1. Which Scottish 'Design Wonder' had Alastair's Great Grandfather as Chief Engineer on the design and build? (The answer can be found on this website) 2. Look at the photo above! (A) What Scotland World Cup Rugby Match is Alastair tearing his hair out at and (B) What sports venue was it played in? Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org If there [...]
Biggart & Co. are supporting the charity ROC Scotland this year. ROC works throughout the UK, including Scotland, with the aim of people of goodwill working together for safer, kinder communities. ROC works with local Police and Fire Brigades, in addition to schools, government organisations and local churches to transform communities. Much of their work is to provide a service and help for groups in need in local communities. For example, youth cafes, social hubs for the elderly and other challenged groups. Amazing results have been seen with crime reduced [...]