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16 March 2021

COFFEE BREAK with… Charles Jones, Associate Director

Coffee Break with… is a Christie & Co series showcasing the brilliance, expertise, and diversity of our network of over 200 employees.

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When did you join Christie & Co?

2 November 2020.

Where were you when you accepted your role at Christie & Co?
Working from home due to COVID-19 pandemic. Note* I previously worked at Christie & Co from August 2014 to April 2019.

What was your first job?
Location planning consultant at CACI in London – feasibility studies and demographic analysis for locations that leisure operators are considering.

In a couple of sentences, can you tell us a bit about your job at Christie & Co?
I currently work within the Hospitality Team based out of Christie & Co's Birmingham office, providing disposal and acquisition advice to independent and corporate clients on single assets and portfolios, as well as advising on hotel development and operator selection projects.

What’s your favourite thing about Christie & Co?
The experience of the team and the learning opportunity this provides.

If you had to pick a favourite project that you’ve worked on at Christie & Co so far, what would it be?
Wyevale Garden Centres:
145 Garden Centres
Freehold and leasehold sites
Project team across the country managing the process

What’s been the biggest challenge of your career so far?
Juggling the purchase of a new house, a global pandemic/work and the arrival of a newborn baby all at once.

What’s been a highlight of your career so far?
Finalist for Birmingham Young Professional of the Year – Property & Construction category

How has the industry changed since you started at Christie & Co?
Pubs /Restaurants:
  • Pop up concepts
  • Street food
  • Drive towards individual brands / operators and away from corporate chains
  • Social media presence / the opportunity for operators to use this – Instagram pictures of food, drink and venues
  • New entertainment within venues
  • Movement away from nightclubs towards restaurants with bars and live music 
Hotels:
  • Technology within rooms
  • New brands to enter the market
  • Appetite for this sector from buyers who previously specialised in a different area
Tell us a bit about your life outside work – what are your hobbies?
I recently became a new dad. Harry was born March 2020 (Lockdown baby). He’s change my view on life and what’s important. Also love dog walks – Two dogs – French bulldog and a Pug, playing golf, and football – Aston Villa fan.

What’s your hometown? Where do you live now?
Birmingham.

Where’s the best place you’ve been on holiday?
Barbados.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People who over promise and under deliver.

If you could live and work in any city, where would you go?
Barcelona - great food, culture, weather, beaches and close enough to UK to fly back to family.

What would be your desert island meal?
Starter – Calamari and drinking a mojito.
Main – Filet Steak with Peppercorn sauce, with a Peroni.
Desert – Chocolate cake with warm chocolate sauce and ice cream.

What’s your favourite film?
A star is born.

What is your biggest fear?
Swimming in the ocean due to a shark encounter as a child.

What is one thing on your bucket list?
To overcome my fear above by cage diving with great whites in Australia.

What news source do you read every day?
Sky news.

What’s your social media platform of choice?
Instagram.