Luxury Topping Summer Newsletter
LONDON’S BEST BOUTIQUE HOTELS
It is a well-known fact that Londoners flock to any outdoor space they can get, the moment the sun shines down on the Capital. We thought we’d bring you some respite to this never-ending heatwave and introduce you to three of our top London Boutique Hotels, where you can cool off with a refreshing cocktail.
Have a read of the article here.
RED SOCKS AND POINTY SHOES: WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR ESTATE AGENTS?
The slowdown in the property market and the growth of everything online could possibly lead to the end of the red socks and pointy shoe brigade of estate agents.
London Loves Business, the source of many good stories, reviewed a report from Moore Stephens, the Top 10 Accountancy Firm into the financial health of estate agents. They report that more than 7,000 UK estate agents are currently showing signs of financial distress and 153 have gone insolvent in the last year.
Estate agent failures and more boarded up shops, just leads to more doom and gloom. How can things change and shoppers be encouraged once more to visit their local shopping malls and high streets?
We asked David Bentheim who apart from his work in interior design also has a world-wide reputation for creating amazing exhibiting spaces. He believes we need something different and to turn things on their head… Read more here
DEBORAH VINE: MANAGING DIRECTOR AT GRACE BELGRAVIA
Luxury Topping have enjoyed being members of Grace since Kate Percival had the vision to start a private members club with a primary focus of offering a holistic approach to health.
We asked the Club’s new Managing Director Deborah to share with us an insight into her thoughts for the club:
Grace is a rare club with many facets from health to restaurants to club activities and events. How do you see the strands blending together to the benefit of the members?
Without a doubt it is the team around the members that are pivotal to ensuring they embody the integrity of a club in the service they give members. As the club is spread over 11,500 sq. ft it is essential to ensure that our team of over 100 people integrate and know about the services available to members.
The hospitality and leisure industries have relied on professionals from the EU how do you think this will impact on the business after Brexit?
The issues around Brexit are causing a lot of uncertainty currently and are, of course, causing some concern for us. After Brexit we will just get on with it, I will do what I have always done in challenging situations, focus on my members and train and inspire our team so all continue to feel part of the Grace family.
For the rest of the interview head to LuxuryTopping.
Marketing Firm Director of the Year 2018 – South East England
Carlyle Consultants is a London-based independent communications and marketing agency specialising in commercial, residential and mixed-use property and luxury. We invited Founder and Director Tricia Topping to talk us through how she came to create this dynamic company and how she draws on her corporate experience to lead it to success.
Following a successful career running one of the UK’s leading marketing and communications company, specialising in property which was sold to a major public company, Tricia decided that she had had enough of the big corporate life and took the plunge and went back to starting a much smaller client focused company called Carlyle Consultants. The firm’s subsidiary company, Luxury Topping specialises in the business of luxury, whilst Carlyle Consultants focuses on property, food and all things surrounding the business of luxury. Tricia explores how the firm has leveraged its small size to ensure clients receive the highest possible level of support and service that they can rely upon.
“At Carlyle Consultants we have benefited from working with a small team, in fact one of my current team members, Theresa Riches, was instrumental in helping me build my former business and is now continuing the role of helping us build Carlyle Consultants. Our work in the jewellery sector is continuing to grow and a life-long passion of studying heritage jewellery is turning into opportunities to promote wonderful brands. I have always shared everything with my team, listening and respecting their opinions, as business decisions have to be collaborative.
“Recently we were lucky to be appointed to work with the late Commendatore Antonio Carluccio OBE, known as the Godfather of Italian cooking. His passion and knowledge of the world of food, took my team in a different and very enjoyable direction, working with him on his books, promotions and world tours. Our contacts stretch to great journalists, interesting food production companies and restaurants and we want to continue to use this knowledge to the benefit of other clients. Along the way we learnt a lot about food promotion and how to cook pasta. It was a journey none of us would have missed for the world.”
Alongside her passion for luxury promotion, Tricia is also committed to women’s rights, and as a woman with wide experience across the corporate landscape she understands the challenges that are faced and the obstacles that have already been overcome, insight which she is keen to share with us.
“During my career I have seen immense changes in the role of ‘women in business’, but we still have a long way to go. I feel very strongly that our past defines our future and for this reason it was a team decision to support the recent exhibition held at the Museum of London, to celebrate 100 years of the Suffragette movement. These women were pioneers in fighting for women’s rights and it is inspirational to see across the world the women who are willing to push hard to ensure we have a voice on every platform. We worked with Variety, the Children’s charity on their new initiative, the Catherine Awards, which honours the achievements of inspirational women. I was completely blown away with the women who are out there in big and small companies making big sacrifices to follow their dreams. What is impressive is the majority of those who had children and still found time to support various charitable causes.
“To ensure that women remain supported in business, I believe that there should be more mentoring opportunities for women. I hate to see women making the same mistakes I made when starting a business. It would be wonderful if people could be more open about failure, you learn more from your mistakes and it is better to fail at something than have the fear of failure.”
Specifically within the communications space, Tricia foresees many exciting developments over the coming years which she is keen to take advantage of.
“Ultimately, the communications industry has reached a major turning point; the industry needs to be taken seriously. There has been a number of other companies fail due in part to the fact they have failed to communicate. The odd press release written by an intern is not the way to communicate. Communication starts at the very heart of a company, which is the staff, your customers and stakeholders.
“There are now many different ways of reaching your target audience, who have changed beyond recognition, but the words integrity, respect and truth are still the mantras for communication. The old advertising man and PR girl is a dying breed; they are being replaced with a new brand of communicators, who understand their industry on every level. Major companies are taking communications seriously and I am pleased to see this is happening at board level. Although many industries such as the property industries are still male dominated, this will have to change with the women at board level being paid as much as the men and the old boys network banished into history. However, in the luxury brands, I see more and more women carving a role for themselves and it is inspiring. I look forward to being among them and supporting others in their journey to success.”
Welcome to our Spring newsletter. This edit we are looking at the future of property in the much sought after Mayfair and St James, how safe is it? We step off the pavements of the Kings Road and venture into the tree lined avenues of Camille Pissarro’s much loved Sydenham and speak to the hugely passionate antique jewellery expert, author and presenter John Benjamin.
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In other news we have just won the 2018 the Influential Businesswoman Award for Marketing Firm Director of the Year. Tricia comments “My role has always been to look after my clients, they are without a doubt my top priority. In order to do this you need a dedicated team who share your vision for excellence in customer service. I have been very fortunate to employ and work with creative men and women throughout my career, when I look and see what my former teammates are doing, I am immensely proud of starting them on journeys which have led to their success.”
WHAT’S GONE WRONG WITH THE PRIME AND SUPER PRIME MARKET?
Whilst walking through Mayfair, my client commented, “anyone would think that gold had been discovered under the streets of Mayfair there is so much digging.” The construction work is continuing, glossy shiny buildings are soaring up to the sky, Mayfair townhouses are glowing with their expensive facelifts, but the gold has disappeared.
The Mayfair and St James market has ‘cooled significantly, falling by 25.4% in the second quarter of 2017’ according to Coutts. If you thought that by developing a piece of prime real estate was going to bring you a yacht in the South of France, you have to think again, it is more likely to bring you a visit from the debt collectors as your profits fall. Why has this happened when we have all be told time and time again by the pin-striped super estate agents, that Mayfair and St James property prices are resilient?
Have a read of the full article to find out our predicitons.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN BENJAMIN
John Benjamin is a specialist in antique jewellery, lecturer and author. We had the pleasure of inteviewing him for Luxury Topping.
Was it a stroke of luck that you went to work for the Cameo Corner with their specialists in renaissance and 18th and 19th century jewellery?
It was pure chance, My father, noticed my love of colour duly wrote to Cameo Corner, a celebrated antique jewellery shop located a stone’s throw from the British Museum and I got the job of junior sales assistant which started me on the most amazing journey.
Which period in history would you start collecting now?
Antique jewellery – particularly jewels of 17th and 18th Century origin – are increasingly hard to find today. A charming Georgian ring, a pair of elegant antique earrings or a pretty and wearable Victorian bracelet can still be purchased at an affordable price and will always convey individuality, style and implicit good taste.
Head to LuxuryTopping for the full interview.
John Benjamin has written a number of books and if you wanted to learn more Joanna Hardy’s on-line Jewellery Foundation Course which is available from Learning with Experts.com gives a great overview of collecting and investing in jewellery.
Commendatore Antonio Carluccio OBE 19th April 1937 to 8th November 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce Commendatore Antonio Carluccio OBE sadly passed away Wednesday morning.
Commendatore Antonio Carluccio was an OBE, OMRI and a much loved and respected Italian cookery writer, cook, restaurateur, food expert and loved TV personality, he was regarded as the Godfather of Italian cooking. Raised in the rural North West of Italy, Antonio had a rare and privileged breadth of culinary knowledge.
Antonio was appointed Commendatore by the Italian Government in 1998 for services rendered to Italy, the equivalent of a British knighthood. He also received an OBE from The Queen in 2007 for services to the catering industry.
In 1981 Antonio opened the Neal Street Restaurant in Covent Garden, London, which traded for 26 years. In the same year he also was runner up in the Sunday Times Cook of the Year.
In 1999 Antonio co-founded Carluccio’s and it is his dedication and legacy which has made the restaurant group one of the UK’s most successful and well-known brands.
Antonio was awarded the AA Hospitality Lifetime Achievement award in 2012. Winners of this award are congratulated for making significant contributions to their industry, which have had a notable impact, and have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to progress in their field.
Carlyle Consultants believe in finding different solutions to issues faced by our clients
Taking inspiration from the fashion industry, we produced a ‘Look Book’ for Aquinna Homes’ two new houses in Chiswick to give our audience of journalists and bloggers a complete overview of the well-decorated detached houses.
Another first for the property industry we encouraged our clients, Shape Real Estate to bring their innovative development of 56 apartments in Bermondsey to the heart of the Capital by creating a POP-UP marketing suite. This was based in the centre of Piccadilly Circus – thank you to TfL for helping make this novel idea come to fruition.
Our social media campaign for Commendatore Antonio Carluccio, the icon of Italian cooking, to launch his new book Vegetables , reached a new audience of bloggers who were attracted to Antonio’s philosophy of MOF MOF ‘minimum of fuss, maximum of flavour’. We have re-vamped his website www.antonio-carluccio.com to see our work.
Antonio Carluccio’s 6 Seasons
In one of the largest bio diversity areas in the world, Carluccio learns about Australia’s indigenous history, spanning the culture, art and music of the land and, most importantly, the cuisine. He creates real Aussie food with an Italian twist, based on the six seasons of the Aboriginal calendar and the availability of native and foraged foods at different times of the year.
Along the way, TV presenter Richard Walley introduces Carluccio to local characters who accompany them on their quest as they hunt, fish and gather wild plants and experience the simple pleasures of Aboriginal life.
Producer: CM Films
Commissioned by: SBS Australia