Thames Tap has welcomed three new sponsors in recent weeks – and we would like to introduce them.

While Covid-19 continues affect the property world, we have continued to attract interest from widely-varied specialists in the industry and you can see them now among the Valley Voices on the front page of the Thames Tap newsletter and their brands join the our other sponsors on the website.

The new partners are Swindon-based law firm Clark Holt, Reading-based estate agent Haslams and Wokingham-based office design specialist Mobius which uses state-of-the-art visualisation technology.  

We asked each of them to offer an introduction and tell us how they have fared in lockdown.

Karron Whitter, partner, real estate at Clark Holt, said: “We are a specialist commercial practice.

“We chose Swindon as our base 25 years ago because of its great transport links to all major business centres in the UK and its innovative and thriving business community.

“We work as a team with the emphasis on providing the commercial equivalent of a ‘cradle to grave’ service – from start-up to sell on.

“When we collaborate with our clients, having the right expertise is a given – the emphasis is on sound commercial advice, all at the right price.

“Our Real Estate team is ranked by Legal 500 [‘he team never fails to deliver’] and is specialist in all forms of investment transactions, landlord and tenant work (including complex pre-lets), as well as development, site assembly, land promotion, options and joint ventures.

“We also advise on secure lending and support the mergers and acquisition work of our very highly regarded corporate department (Chambers ranked as ‘nothing short of exceptional’).”

Clark Holt associate solicitor Renata Lovat Short has provided us a first-hand account of lockdown at the firm and explains how Swindon could now rise in prominence as firms in areas such as London and Reading may now seek to move west.

Steve Woodford, managing director of Haslams, said: “Haslams has been synonymous with the Reading property market since 1838.

“Today Haslams Estate Agents is still the leading local agent for residential sales and lettings whilst our New Homes offering is recognised by developers and fund managers as one of the very best anywhere in the UK.

“Our offices are open and or market analysts are helping us keep a very close eye on the market as it helps us and our clients remain responsive and agile to any threats or opportunities that may arise.

“Sales and lettings are incredibly resilient, but we are conscious that the market is in a state of flux.”

Kevin Lancaster, managing director for Mobius, said: “The team here at Mobius has always put immersive technology at the heart of everything we do for one simple reason – to enhance and ease our customers’ experience.

“We are looking forward to working with Matthew and the team at UK Property Forums to bring our exciting technology to the forefront of the property market and to show how the use of immersive experiences, BIM and digital twins (where an exact replica of a physical item is reproduced digitally) can increase return on investment, save time and increase collaboration across the globe.

“Throughout lockdown we continued to run two projects in Europe using this established virtual capability. With our VR suite in Wokingham we are looking forward to hosting local companies who wish to learn more.”

Image (l-r): Karron Whitter, Kevin Lancaster, Steve Woodford.

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