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CERT is a Manchester based property developer, investment manager and property management company, with a focus on residential and commercial property. We believe property is more than just physical. Our aim is to shape the communities of the future by creating the built environments of tomorrow, whether urban or suburban. What’s next, starts here. 

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Join us for Season 2 of The No Bullsh*t Property Podcast! We’re kicking off a new season with a new set and a whole host of new topics, starting with a dive deep into architectural heritage on none other than World Heritage Day.In this episode Howard and Paul examine the changing perspectives on architectural heritage, reflecting on how buildings once seen as eyesores have come to be appreciated for their unique design elements. They share stories from their own experiences with heritage...
The No Bullsh*t Property Podcast is back with its 15th episode! This time we’re joined by Ben Hall, Managing Director of LOFT.Ben shares his journey of starting Loft in 2003 with a student loan and how his experience studying in the United States inspired him to create better quality accommodation for students in Manchester.Howard and Paul discuss with Ben how the rental market is changing the landscape of interior design. They discuss expectations of how student renters are spearheading...
In this month’s episode Howard and Paul caught up with our very own Head of Construction, Nigel Pearce, as we navigate the complexities of the construction landscape. Nigel sheds light on the challenges of maintaining a budget across the entire product lifecycle, from inception to maintenance and highlights the importance of innovation in overcoming obstacles within the sector. We explore the high costs of acquisition, the worker shortage, and the need to add value to the entire build pr...
In this episode of The No Bullsh*t Property Podcast, Howard and Paul are joined by fellow developer Harry Dhaliwal, Managing Director of Step Places. Similar to CERT, innovation and sustainability are at the forefront of their approach, with Harry featuring alongside Howard on Insider Media’s 2021 ‘Property Disruptors’ list, which showcases the individuals ripping up the rulebook in the property industry.A self-confessed design junkie, Harry prides himself on only delivering developments he w...
It’s The No Bullsh*t Property Podcast’s 12th episode! And what better way to celebrate that we're 12 months into our podcasts, than to be talking all things planning with CERT’s favourite planning consultant, Matt Dixon. Matt is one of the founders of Enabl, a specialist planning, cost management and project management consultancy based in Manchester. CERT have worked with Enabl on a number of projects, making Matt the ideal guest to talk all things planning. Howard and Paul want to know...
Community is one of our core values here at CERT, a value shared by today’s guests Josh & Ruben, owners of the F45 fitness studio, not a gym but a community offering life-changing team training in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Paul & Howard are regulars of the 45 min cardio and resistance classes and have seen firsthand the community that Josh and Ruben have built. The guys have had their fair share of challenges on their journey, coming from Australia and navigating the London ...
For the milestone 10th episode of #TheNoBullshitPropertyPodcast, we are joined by a very special guest and a friend of CERT. If you work in property in Manchester, this man needs no introduction. His motto is ‘love what you do’ - a phrase he epitomises in everything he does; today's guest is Atul Bansal of Sheila Bird. In this episode, Atul shares with us the history of Sheila Bird, his thoughts on the future of the office space, and his love of happy endings… as well as what loving...
For the final episode of 2022, Howard & Paul reflect on the year past and look forward to the year ahead.They discuss the key things we saw in 2022, from the Autumn mini-budget to rising rents and energy bills, and predict what 2023 will mean for the UK residential and commercial property markets. 2022 definitely threw us a few curveballs - after emerging from the shocks of covid, we ran straight into the spillover from the war in Europe, and the impact of the cost of living crisis. ...
This month, Howard & Paul are joined by Ben & Alex of Liverpool Arts Bar (@liverpoolartsbar) to discuss the hospitality industry from a property perspective and what operators are looking for from their landlords and the properties that they occupy. Ben and Alex, along with Jordan and Tom, set up the Arts Bar in the heart of Liverpool’s iconic Hope Street to connect creatives and support emerging artists in the city.The creative entrepreneurs have had quite the journey, from prov...
The cost of living crisis is something that's becoming increasingly hard to ignore. A massive 91% of adults have reported an increase in their living costs compared with a year ago, while 73% say that costs have become more expensive in the last month alone (ONS). Whether it's increasing interest rates, rising rents, or escalating energy bills, the cost of living crisis will affect us all in some way. Some of us will be faced with the choice of returning to the office in a bid to re...
To continue the theme of equality and inclusivity, this month Howard and Paul are joined by Helen Spencer, Executive Director of Growth at Great Places, a profit-for-purpose housing association. Helen is one of a fairly limited number of women in senior leadership roles in the property development sector and shares with us her insight on the challenges faced by women in senior roles and how to ensure fair representation at decision-making stages.Howard, Paul and Helen also discuss their ...
Inclusivity and equality are engrained into our core values here at CERT, and this month’s guest is perfectly placed to discuss how we can all create a more inclusive culture within our communities.Howard and Paul are joined by CERT’s marketing executive Johnny V to discuss unconscious bias, accurate representation in senior positions, and challenging the norm. Johnny also talks about his New Normal exhibition supported by CERT - a trail of art, music and performance showcasing queer art...
In this episode, we celebrate #SocialWellnessMonth and embark on a journey to understand how building human connections within the spaces we occupy contribute to our overall feeling of belonging. Howard and Paul are joined by wife-and-wife duo Kiera and Aimie Lawlor-Skillen, Founders of the Feel Good Club, who have made incredible strides in building an authentic and community-led wellbeing café and events space in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Discover how their excitement and passion for m...
To continue the #WorldEnvironmentDay theme, hosts Howard Lord and Paul Shakeshaft caught up with CERT's Head of Design, Chris Hosty, about the property industry's environmental impact, the responsibility of property developers, and how new construction methods are shaping the property market's future.We would love your feedback! If you are interested in helping to shape the future of living, please complete the survey on the link below. 👇https://forms.gle/fCECJeJf98942xgLA
Welcome to CERT's No Bullsh*t Property Podcast!In our debut episode, meet our founder and Managing Director Howard Lord and Head of Property Management Paul Shakeshaft as they talk about where CERT started, our vision for the future and #wavelength.Find out who are we, what we do and what makes us different, plus an insight of what's to come on the CERT podcast.
🎙️The No Bullsh*t Property Podcast is back for 2024! 🎙️Tune in to the first episode of the year as we navigate the thriving creative hubs that are revitalising urban spaces in Liverpool. Joining Howard and Paul as the first guest of the year is Lynn Haime, CEO of Baltic Creative. Lynn discusses Baltic Creative's approach that creates flourishing ecosystems where profits circle back to nurture a community of digital and creative talents in Liverpool. In the conversation, Howard and ...
🎙️That's a wrap on The No Bullsh*t Property Podcast for 2023!🎙️Join Paul and Howard in the final episode of the year as they navigate the challenges and trends of the 2023 property landscape, with a focus on the cost of living increases affecting the industry. Paul and Howard discuss the rising rents in the residential market and the shift in commercial leases towards energy-conscious decisions. Energy costs have been a hot topic, and they predict they'll remain a central concern in 2024 as w...
🎙️Episode 18 is out now!🎙️Join Howard and Paul for the newest episode of The No Bullsh*t Property Podcast with guest Rebecca Coley, Head of Planning and Development at Trafford Council. Together they explore her journey and passion for planning as we unravel the world of urban planning and development.Howard and Paul discuss with Rebecca the challenges of urban planning and development, and the need for collaboration between developers and local authorities to deliver high-quality design that...
Our latest episode of the No Bullshit Property Podcast is now live! 🎙️Howard and Paul, are joined by our very own Head of Innovation and Ventures, George Konstantakopoulos. Join us as we dive deep into the dynamic landscape of innovation and business in Manchester.In this episode, George discusses his path to CERT and his approach to innovation. He shares his perspective on how innovation can occur at all levels and sometimes, the simplest changes can be the most impactful.We delve into the c...
In this episode Howard and Paul are joined by guest Ged McPartlin, from Ascend Property, as we discuss the rise of the suburban build-to-rent landscape. He provides us with a perspective on the momentum of this sector, the transition from traditional buy-to-let properties, and the unique edge these suburban locations offer.Ged discusses the intricacies of property management within urban properties versus suburban houses, highlighting the different expectations of tenants and the associated c...
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