60 SECONDS WITH JEREMY MONTAGU-WILLIAMS, SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR
How did you get into property?
I’ve always had a fascination in property, a seed planted by my father who always encouraged my siblings and I to take an interest in buildings, look up at the architecture and appreciate their history and changing uses over time. After a stint in car manufacturing, my break came in the form of an advert in the Birmingham Post to become an estate agent!
What do you like most about your job?
There is much to like, but ultimately its the variety that you get with our projects, the challenge and the accomplishment gained from seeing plans develop and fulfilled; and of course the people I work with. There is an entrepreneurial ‘can do’ spirit that runs deep through Montreaux and is reflected in the people who work here; its incredibly refreshing.
What challenges do you face?
It won’t come as any surprise that the most obvious challenge right now is the virus and the way its forcing the industry to rethink. 2020 got off to a great start – it felt like the market was really up and running, however, life on the crest of the wave was relatively short lived. A year on and it finally feels like there is light at the end of the tunnel now, and the industry can respond by building what the market desires. Homes that reflect how people wish to live their lives and crucially breathing fresh life into towns and cities across the country.
What do you think will change in the property sector in the coming year?
The last year has been challenging for everyone – the speed of change in people’s lives has been accelerated where otherwise the gradual pace would have allowed for gradual adaptation. Who could have thought that working from home would have become ‘the norm’ so fast, what will happen to those under-used office buildings; how can we assist in the revival of retail and hospitality? We’ve heard so much about the ‘flight’ to the suburbs and countryside, but in the coming months the real challenge will be how the cities and towns respond and attract investment and innovation, encouraging people back into businesses and how to get the high street thriving. If the greenbelts are the nations lungs, these are the beating hearts. Its time for developers and builders to step up.
Here at Montreaux, we have some truly exciting urban regeneration projects that will make a huge difference to cities, towns and communities, individually delivering 25 – 2,000+ new homes, new public green spaces and facilities and multiple thousands of square feet of commercial and retail space creating hundreds of jobs.
We are also about to embark on an ambitious new move into Build to Rent, providing well located and innovative places not only where tenants want to live; but spaces that add to their wellbeing and lifestyles.
What are you most proud of?
This sounds like a cliche but working for a company like Montreaux – genuinely entrepreneurial, exciting, empowering.
Who are your influencers?
I don’t really look towards any influencers in the newest ‘Twitter/Instagram’ sense. I’d like to think I take small pieces from the different people I meet, whoever they may be.
Oh, and in the past year definitely Winston Churchill – KBO!
What are you looking forward to?
That’s simple; getting back to normality, seeing loved ones, a pint at the Swan in Staines and a haircut!