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Event Details




Date: Wed 7 Mar, 6pm

Venue: Colliers International, 50 George Street, London W1U 7GA

Cost: TMA Members: FREE, Sponsors: £40.00 (after allocated free places),
Non-Members: £40.00

The future for Automotive and Car Dealerships

TMA UK are delighted to welcome John Roberts Head of Automotive & Roadside - and James Shorthouse – Head of Alternative Markets as our guest speakers for the evening.

Our topic for the evening is: The future for Automotive and Car Dealerships

About our speakers

John Roberts – Head of Automotive John Roberts

John has worked within this niche sector for many years and has been a member of the Colliers International Automotive and Roadside Team for over 15 years. His specialist areas of expertise include motor dealerships, car supermarkets, after sales retail networks including motorist centres, trade counter and roadside retail properties. He acts on behalf of some of the lead investors, developers and occupiers within these sectors including Arnold Clark, Listers Group, Formula One Autocentres, IM Properties, Evans Property Group, Volkswagen Group and Peel.



James Shorthouse – Head of Alternative Markets

James is one of the UK's leading advisers in Pub, Bar, Restaurant and Leisure sectors. He has worked in the sector for over 25 years, a period during which the sector has undergone enormous changes in its operational, ownership and regulatory structures. James Shorthouse

Acting on behalf of major operators, investors and banks on portfolios and high value single assets, James' operator clients include Greene King, ei group, Casual Dining Group, and Novus. On the investor side, for many years he advised Nomura and Terra Firma, worked closely with Cerberus European Capital on all of its leisure sector investments and has recently advised Patron Capital, Stellex and NewRiver.

Within Colliers International, James heads up the UK Licensed & Leisure team and also runs the businesses Alternative Markets Division which encompasses Hotels, Automotive, Healthcare, and other specialist Leisure teams.

Throughout his career James has advised major UK and International lenders, both on new lending and on developing and executing exit strategies for distressed lending positions. His team have worked with a number of F&B operators to rationalise their portfolios and have advised landlords on how to preserve value and retain tenants in difficult times.


Following our guest speakers we welcome Lee Hemmings

Lee HemmingsLee is the founder and Managing Director of Player LENS. Prior to his entrepreneurial journey, Lee worked in investment banking for 20 years, predominantly in Asia, working for Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers, he managed the equity sales and trading division for the Asian Region. Seeing first hand how market places were disrupted by digital advancements, Lee looked across industries to see what other markets were ripe for change and in need of efficiency and formed Player LENS to challenge the status quo of the football transfer market. Lee holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool specialising in the Football Industry.



This event is very kindly hosted and sponsored by


Colliers International is a global leader in real estate services with more than 15,000 professionals operating in 68 countries. It is a subsidiary of Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI), providing clients with accountability and enterprising real estate solutions. In the UK, Colliers International has over 800 staff across 13 offices.


Colliers International
50 George Street

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