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Gemma is an Senior Associate in our Corporate Property Management department, based in Milton Keynes and currently focuses on providing a comprehensive Asset Management Service for Whitbread Group.
Gemma has full responsibility for the ‘Restaurants portfolio’ of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants which includes all properties occupied by Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Table Table, Taybarns and their associated Premier Inns. This role also includes the management of the sub let portfolio where she looks for opportunities to maximise value and income from non operational assets and surplus accommodation be it through sub let or gold brick development opportunities.
The main body of the day to day work includes a wide ranging remit including rent reviews, advising cost control (rent, rates, service charge, insurance), asset protection (lease renewal, lease re-gearing, boundary disputes etc) and disposal management including due diligence and strategic advice on valuation and disposal.
She also advises Whitbread with regard to refurbishment and rejuvenation and obtaining landlords consents where necessary to support the clients’ operational objectives. Part of the role involves working closely with the Project Growth team by helping to identify potential sites to enable extensions to the hotels and restaurants in helping to facilitate Whitbread’s operational requirements and assisting in the necessary due diligence.
Gemma had recently completed the Landlords consents for the rebranding of just under 150 Brewers Fayre sites which was undertaken in a very tight time scale of 6 months. This included providing advice on the ‘Building Enhancement program’ which was improving the visibility of the sites and undertaking the necessary negotiations with neighbours, Landlords and the Local Authorities to allow Whitbread to undertake their necessary program of works. She is now preparing for the forthcoming rebranding of Beefeater amongst various other projects.