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Milligan News

May 15, 2020

Milligan joins forces with former L&G Homes CEO

Milligan has today announced that it is joining forces with James Lidgate, the former CEO of Legal and General Homes. James, through his consultancy business Wraxhall, will work with Milligan helping to deliver its strategic business development plans. In his...

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May 08, 2020

Pandemic Transformations: Photo Competition

Milligan has today launched a photo competition asking budding photographers in its network to get creative and submit images from their corner of lockdown, visually narrating where trade, commerce and the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. Covid-19 has changed...

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May 01, 2020

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Rachel Guthrie

EA Rachel Guthrie is next up in our life under lockdown series. What's your working from home set up? My husband has taken over the office (a closed door means “enter at your peril”) so I have been relegated to...

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May 01, 2020

Knowledge Hub: Pandemic Transformations

The pandemic affects our psyches three ways: It influences how we think, how we relate to others and what we value. A challenge of the Covid-19 crisis for businesses such as ourselves, currently trying to plan and make sense of...

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Apr 30, 2020

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Xavi Alemany

Xavi Alemany, Director of Asset Management for Milligan Spain tells us what working life is like under lockdown in Barcelona. What’s your working from home set up? Always working from our bedroom, with my wife. I had to borrow a...

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Apr 29, 2020

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Paul Hanegraaf

At the weekends, Paul and his family have been spending their time cutting patterns and sewing in a surgical gown production line, making PPE for a local NHS trust. But during the week, his working set up looks a lot...

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Apr 27, 2020

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Stuart Harris

Next up in our Life Under Lockdown series, it's our COO. Here's Stuart Harris's experience of life in lockdown. What’s your working from home set up? Home office – with door closed most of the time but frequently interrupted by...

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Apr 23, 2020

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: John Milligan

Whilst NHS heroes and those keeping essential services running manage the front lines, lockdown life looks a lot different for those of us able to work from home. Here's CEO John Milligan's experience so far. What’s your working from home...

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Apr 21, 2020

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Mike Anderson

Next up in our Life Under Lockdown series, it's Chief Investment Officer, Mike Anderson. What’s your working from home set up? I’m lucky enough to have a separate working office, but I drive the family crazy walking around the house...

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Apr 20, 2020

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Melanie Taylor

Milligan Life Under Lockdown provides a unique (if not amusing) insight into each of our team's new normal, working from home. First up, it's Head of Retail and Relations, Melanie Taylor. What’s your working from home set up? Wherever the...

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Apr 02, 2020

How the Covid-19 crisis is unfolding in Spain and its impact on retail and real estate.

Last week, The Spanish Parliament extended the country’s lockdown by a further 15 days and as the Covid-19 death toll continues to rise, our friend and colleague Xavi Alemany, Director of Asset Management Milligan, Spain gives us an initial view...

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Mar 04, 2020

The entertainment experience turning the genre of Cinema on its head

A few weeks ago friends and guests of Milligan were welcomed to Capital Studios in Wandsworth, where the young, creative cinema brand Backyard Cinema has made its home. They started out quite literally in a back yard and grew to...

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Feb 24, 2020

Milligan celebrates its 18th birthday

February 2020, marks our official coming of age as it's 18 years since Milligan first opened its doors. In that time, we've developed retail, leisure, mixed use schemes and urban markets around Europe and evolved our skills and expertise alongside...

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Feb 13, 2020

Back to the Future Part III: What Camden Lock taught us about the future of retail

Paul Hanegraaf discusses our curation and placemaking in the market and how going back to basics can help retail today. “It was chaos when we first got there… a classic example of push retailing - shoving as much stuff  (often...

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Jan 27, 2020
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Capturing our best sides

The Milligan team gathered in a West London studio recently for a photo shoot for our new website. Thanks to Stefan, our patient photographer for capturing our best sides - we decided that the black and white takes were our...

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Jan 23, 2020

Paul Hanegraaf joins the discussion panel at Gleeds event: Changing Places

Local authorities and voices from across the industry gathered at The Postal Museum last night for Gleeds challenge debate, Changing Places. Milligan’s Creative Navigator, Paul Hanegraaf joined the panel for a discussion on what the high street needs to do...

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Jan 06, 2020
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A New Year message from the CEO

"It's with vigour and excitement that the Milligan team is approaching the New Year, seeing it as a welcome watershed to turn insight into action following the dramatic happenings impacting our sector in the late 2010s. "Retail in some quarters...

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Dec 20, 2019

Back To The Future Part II: Camden Lock Market

John Milligan, CEO and Melanie Taylor, Head of Retail and Relations look back at what we set out to achieve and how we managed Camden in the early days - listening to its customers and working within its authentic heart,...

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Milligan joins forces with former L&G Homes CEO

May 15, 2020
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I’m delighted to be working with Milligan to help realise the increasing importance of housing in mixed-use projects. The combination of expertise brought about by this relationship will deliver true value and compelling placemaking.

James Lidgate, Milligan Head of Residential

Milligan has today announced that it is joining forces with James Lidgate, the former CEO of Legal and General Homes. James, through his consultancy business Wraxhall, will work with Milligan helping to deliver its strategic business development plans.

In his previous role, James developed and delivered the business plan for Legal & General Homes, creating the first ever wholly owned housebuilding arm of Legal & General alongside managing the strategic land portfolio. He also was responsible for the £250m equity investment into the Build to Rent joint-venture growing the pipeline from 692 units to almost 3,000, with total available capital of over £1.2bn.

John Milligan, Milligan’s CEO said, “James brings superb residential development expertise to our team. The residential sector will play an important role in the mixed-use solution to revitalising our failing high streets and shopping centres.”

James Lidgate added; “I’m delighted to be working with Milligan to help realise the increasing importance of housing in mixed-use projects. The combination of expertise brought about by this relationship will deliver true value and compelling placemaking.”

This news follows the appointment of Stuart Harris, former director and co-founder of Queensberry Real Estate, as Milligan’s COO in June last year.

James’ residential track record will complement Milligan’s rich history of developing mixed-use projects with inspiring retail and leisure at their heart.

Pandemic Transformations: Photo Competition

May 08, 2020
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In launching this photo competition, we want to highlight and share some of the creative ideas that are bringing products, services and experiences to customers with very changed needs.

John Milligan, CEO

Milligan has today launched a photo competition asking budding photographers in its network to get creative and submit images from their corner of lockdown, visually narrating where trade, commerce and the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well.

Covid-19 has changed our local landscape and the way in which most businesses trade, whilst life continues behind closed doors and bustling on frontlines tackling the virus and keeping essential services running. As the Government prepares to share plans to phase the UK out of lockdown, Milligan has been intrigued by the creativity and agility shown by some brands and businesses looking for new ways to survive under never-before-seen circumstances – from the local restaurants pivoting into takeaways and wine wholesalers to the major brands manufacturing PPE and hand sanitiser.

John Milligan said: “Whilst this is primarily a global, human tragedy, the economy and people’s livelihoods are also under threat. Many businesses sadly won’t make it. For those that do, this really is a time for entrepreneurial thinking. Even the businesses selling essential goods must change their model to ensure their staff and customers are safe and observing social distancing.

“In launching this photo competition, we want to highlight and share some of the creative ideas that are bringing products, services and experiences to customers with very changed needs. In many ways the impacts of the virus have sped up some of the inevitable trends we have been seeing – particularly in the retail sector. It is forcing us to think differently, focus on customer needs and challenge the norm, at pace.”

Entrants will be featured on Milligan’s Instagram page and will have the opportunity to win a case of wine, or a photography voucher.

To enter, simply email your image (no more than 5MB) to tarah@milliganretail.com by Friday 5th June. Please also accompany your image with no more than 150 words detailing what it shows/represents and any relevant information behind the story.

Terms and conditions apply.

 

Terms and conditions
All entries must be emailed to tarah@milliganretail.com and files must not exceed 5MB. Entrants are limited to a maximum of three photo entries.
The promoter is Milligan Ltd, 71 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8AY
Competition is open to all UK residents over the age of 16.
Competition closes at midnight on Friday 5th June 2020 and judging will conclude on Tuesday 9th June 2020.
Judge’s decision is final.
The winner will be notified by Wednesday 10th June 2020 via email and may choose their own prize which is either a case of selected wines up to the value of £250 OR a Jessops Photo Voucher for £250.
There is no cash alternative and prizes are not transferable.
Subject to availability.
All entrants agree to their images being used by Milligan in its marketing material, across social media and its website.
The winner agrees to publicity naming them and their entry. Milligan reserves the right to change the details of this competition at any time.

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Rachel Guthrie

May 01, 2020
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EA Rachel Guthrie is next up in our life under lockdown series.

What’s your working from home set up?

My husband has taken over the office (a closed door means “enter at your peril”) so I have been relegated to dining table… not all bad as it means I can work with a lovely garden view! Lunchtime is 1pm – my daily routine is to make lunch for the family then I take an hour to exercise on my spin bike. My husband or I will also walk with the kids and dog around our village at some stage during the day.

Have you dedicated any lockdown time to learning a new skill?

Not especially, although I’m really enjoying getting lots of time to dedicate to spin classes on my indoor bike – slightly addictive it seems!

What’s the best and most challenging thing about working from home?

The best thing has been the relaxed vibe of working at home, having an admin role means hardly any Zoom/Teams meeting requirements so I can (and have) worked all morning in my pyjamas!

The worst thing for me has been having to act as substitute teacher for my youngest child. It’s become very apparent, very quickly, that teaching is not my forte!

What are you reading at the moment?

My current read is Wild Swans by Jung Chang. However, I’m about to embark on my next book group choice – Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo.

What are you listening to when working from home?

Mostly the children shouting “Mum”!  And also, Absolute 80’s and 90’s on the radio.

What’s your snack and drink of choice?

Drink of choice is copious amount of coffee all day, every day. I really look forward to our Milligan BYO/catch-up meeting at the end of each week where my tipple of choice is either bubbles or a G&T.

Snack-wise – I ordered 1.5kg of fizzy pick & mix sweets as a lockdown family treat. Rather predictably, a week in and they are nearly all gone (a possible downside to setting up base at the dining table – easy access to kitchen cupboards!).

Knowledge Hub: Pandemic Transformations

May 01, 2020
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The pandemic affects our psyches three ways: It influences how we think, how we relate to others and what we value.

A challenge of the Covid-19 crisis for businesses such as ourselves, currently trying to plan and make sense of “what’s next?” is like for many, that navigating the sea of data and content can be overwhelming. Trying to unpick the facts and research from opinion and speculation is a big task.

In the spirit of support and collaboration, we have curated a list of resources from fact-checked sources that we’ve found the most useful in helping guide our own decisions and strategic thinking at this time.

If you think we should include other links here, please do get in touch. Email: tarah@milliganretail.com

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Related: Our friend and colleague Xavi Alemany explains how the coronavirus is affecting retail and real estate in Spain.

Consumer Behaviours and Values

1.0 Business Insider: 3 ways the coronavirus pandemic is changing society.

You might recognise your own thoughts and behaviours in this Business Insider article. Difficult to know whether the changed values described will persist into the future or whether this merely describes our ‘new present’.

https://www.businessinsider.com/3-ways-the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-changing-society-2020-3?r=US&IR=T#1-changed-sense-of-security-1

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2.0 Harvard Business Review: That discomfort you’re feeling is grief

“The loss of normalcy; the fear of economic toll; the loss of connection. This is hitting us and we’re grieving. Collectively.” How is this feeling of what may be lost in our society embodied in the mindsets of consumers?

https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief

© www.hbr.org

3.0 Politico: Coronavirus will change the world permanently. Here’s How

Views on individual, lasting trends from 34 big thinkers.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/03/19/coronavirus-effect-economy-life-society-analysis-covid-135579

© www.politico.com

 4.0 New York Times: We’re Shopping a Ton Online. Let’s Be Conscientious About It

With no choice now but to shop online, this article gives us some key points to think about, making us more personally responsible for our shopping decisions.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/13/technology/coronavirus-ethical-shopping

© www.nytimes.com

 5.0 McKinsey: A global view of how consumer behavior is changing amid COVID-19

Insights on consumer sentiment and what this might do to ‘consumerism’.

https://www.mckinsey.com/uk/our-insights/a-global-view-of-how-consumer-behavior-is-changing-amid-covid-19

© www.mckinsey.com

6.0 Deloitte: Retail Industry Sentiment Survey

Results published here from a weekly sentiment survey from those operating in the retail industry illustrating how market priorities are shifting and evolving.

https://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/pages/consumer-business/articles/retail-industry-sentiment-survey.html

© www.deloitte.com

 

Economic Impacts

1.0 Visual Capitalist: The Hardest Hit Companies of the Covid-19 crisis

The ‘BEACH’ stocks have lost over $332bn over the past month.

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/covid-19-downturn-beach

© www.visualcapitalist.com

2.0 The Guardian: The coronavirus crisis may lead to a new way of economic thinking

Larry Elliot explains why the similarities of this crisis and the second World War, do not extend to the country’s economic situation.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/22/the-coronavirus-is-leading-to-a-whole-new-way-of-economic-thinking?

© www.theguardian.com

3.0 McKinsey & Company: Beyond Coronavirus – The Path to the Next Normal

Rich with insight, as always, this McKinsey briefing urges leaders to look beyond their current survival mode and to the future through a series of stages; Resolve, Resilience, Return, Reimagination, and Reform.

https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/healthcare-systems-and-services/our-insights/beyond-coronavirus-the-path-to-the-next-normal

© www.mckinsey.com

4.0 Drapers Online: Coronavirus tracker: how the industry is reacting

Regular updates on how brands and retailers are responding to the crisis and the steps they are taking to protect their businesses.

https://www.drapersonline.com/news/coronavirus-tracker-how-the-industry-is-reacting/7039837.article

© www.drapersonline.com

 5.0 Visual Capitalist: What are Shoppers Buying Online During COVID-19?

An intriguing visualisation of the eCommerce categories experiencing the highest growth and those in decline during the Covid-19 crisis. Bread makers right up there with disposable gloves…

The Pandemic Economy: What are Shoppers Buying Online During COVID-19?

© www.visualcapitalist.com

6.0 Gardiner & Theobald Market Intelligence: Covid-19 Construction Update

Up to date stats from the construction industry and a useful exec summary detailing how firms are now returning to work on live sites across the UK.

https://marketintel.gardiner.com/bulletins/construction-is-an-ecosystem-whole-supply-chain-needs-to-be-operational-and-collaborative

© Gardiner & Theobald

7.0 McKinsey: Covid-19 implications for business

Essential reading, updated regularly.

http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/risk/our-insights/covid-19-implications-for-business?cid=eml-web

© www.mckinsey.com

8.0 Savills: Central London Retail – Market in Minutes

These short briefings from Savills make a for a good read over a coffee – check out the rest of the Market in Minutes series and other research files on their website too.

https://www.savills.co.uk/research_articles/229130/299818-0

© www.savills.co.uk

New Futures

1.0 City Lab: What a Coronavirus recovery could look like

Urban resilience expert Michael Berkowitz shares ideas about how U.S. cities can come back stronger from the social and economic disruption of coronavirus.

https://www.citylab.com/environment/2020/03/coronavirus-urban-resilience-community-economies-covid-19/608422/

© www.citylab.com

2.0 The Conversation: What the world will be like after Coronavirus – four possible futures

Some predictions based on academic models and research grounded in the fundamentals of the modern economy – global supply chains, wages and productivity.

https://theconversation.com/what-will-the-world-be-like-after-coronavirus-four-possible-futures-134085

© www.theconversation.com

3.0 BBC News: Coronavirus – The good that can come out of an upside-down world

This article explores some of the possible upsides of the situation on education and basic human principles.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52094332

© www.bbc.co.uk

4.0 Axios: The unexpected consequences of the pandemic

Futurist Amy Webb points out that we should not be duped into thinking the future is our new present.

https://www.axios.com/newsletters/axios-future-cd712783-a42b-4369-bdc6-4929927aa8ca.html?chunk=1&utm_term=emshare#story1

© www.axios.com

Marketing and Communications During the Crisis

1.0 Axios: Brands risk losing business if they don’t properly address coronavirus

Some advice on what to say and perhaps more importantly, how to say it.

https://www.axios.com/brands-survey-coronavirus-edelman-307deef2-5ffa-4f6a-93dd-2b8fa4080733.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axiosam&stream=top

© www.axios.com

2.0 BBH: Covid-19 and Marketing – A briefing to Marketing Leaders

Brand consultancy BBH breaks down key strategic phases of planning in this crisis with some useful thoughts around changing customer needs and examples of brands getting it right and wrong.

https://www.bartleboglehegarty.com/thinking

© www.bartleboglehegarty.com

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Xavi Alemany

Apr 30, 2020
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Xavi Alemany, Director of Asset Management for Milligan Spain tells us what working life is like under lockdown in Barcelona.

What’s your working from home set up?

Always working from our bedroom, with my wife. I had to borrow a table from my son’s bedroom, for my laptop although a bigger screen would help! My wife starts work at 8.00am and I start around 9.00am after a walk with the dog. We stop to have lunch at 2.00pm, and I cook. We’re working again from 15.30 until 7.00 or 8.00pm. Then ready for the NHS clapping at 8.00pm, followed by another god walk. We have fixed a working time for the children 11.00am to 1.30pm and then 4.00pm to 6.00pm.

Have you dedicated any lockdown time to learning a new skill?

No, but I’ve connected to quote a few webinars (CBRE, Esade Business School, Broadway Malyan) and some of them have been quite interesting. I’ve tried some new home fitness exercises…

What’s the best and most challenging thing about working from home?

I’m used to working from home, so for me it’s much the same. The challenging thing is homeschooling the children at the same time!

What are you reading at the moment?

Something to Tell You by Hanif Kureishi and enjoying watching The last Dance (Netflix) about Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls.

What are you listening to when working from home?

The radio, news mostly.

What’s your snack and drink of choice?

Simply coffee when working.

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Paul Hanegraaf

Apr 29, 2020
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I feel the world we are headed into will have every possibility of being quite different than the one we left before lockdown. I also feel the first 2-3 years after will be uniquely different than the years thereafter…

Paul Hanegraaf, Creative Navigator

At the weekends, Paul and his family have been spending their time cutting patterns and sewing in a surgical gown production line, making PPE for a local NHS trust. But during the week, his working set up looks a lot like this.

What’s your working from home set up?

When we redid the house some years ago we created workspaces (modest but effective) in each of the kids bedrooms and thus have had very little qualm about excommunicating them, sequestering them and seeing them off to their rooms. We have a large studio that has two workplaces (one photographers) and then in the kitchen dining space we made one for my wife, Cindy… so in a way this is a full on test for what was designed and built during the last recession and it works rather nicely… and having a big garden to enjoy sunshine lunches in helps a great deal.

Have you dedicated any lockdown time to learning a new skill?

Less a new skill and more doing more of what I enjoy. We have a weekly cooking rota so I am cooking a lot more. Sharing more of the domestics… and trying to read more. I spend a bit more time researching new gins too.

What’s the best and most challenging thing about working from home?

Best?…  being able to step out at midday and in about three minutes be along the River Thames for as long a walk as you might wish for. I have also really enjoyed the convening of very bright professionals in two conversational chat groups I have been invited to… they have been exceedingly stimulating.

Challenging?… I would say it is the social restrictions… both business and personal.

What are you reading at the moment?

In a business related sense I feel the world we are headed into will have every possibility of being quite different than the one we left before lockdown. I also feel the first 2-3 years after will be uniquely different than the years thereafter and so have been seining the internet and news feeds to garner insight and thought about those. I find the research process; the questioning and discovery very enjoyable. I also bought three new books about current trends in the makers, creators and craft world before we got sent away and am wading through those as and when.

In casual reading I have just finished and Orange Prize nominated book called Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line – was a fine read. Now wading into The Salt Path.

What are you listening to when working from home?

At the cusp of the morn with first coffee it is generally orchestral classical. During the day I am enjoying working my way through every one of the NPR Tiny Desk concerts. NPR is the US equivalent of Radio 4. They take a producers desk – his workstation, and invite musicians to play three songs. The only audience are NPR staff and it has earned a real cult following. Folks like Tower or Power, Adele and Sting and Harry Styles to the most obscure regional US Indie bands play. It is really lovely. Because of the lockdown, they are doing Tiny Desk Home Concerts with the artists filming and playing from their homes. Lang Lang and Laura Marling were posted this week – really cool.  https://www.npr.org/series/tiny-desk-concerts/

What’s your snack and drink of choice?

I wouldn’t say the drink of choice has changed – coffee am, fruit juice daytime and some form of gin by 5/6pm… however the quality has elevated a bit. Snacking is held to fresh fruits save for when there are mixed nuts or salted cashews in the house!

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Stuart Harris

Apr 27, 2020
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Clearly we are all facing challenges at the moment but nothing like those being faced by NHS staff and key workers.

Stuart Harris, COO

Next up in our Life Under Lockdown series, it’s our COO. Here’s Stuart Harris’s experience of life in lockdown.

What’s your working from home set up?

Home office – with door closed most of the time but frequently interrupted by wife (Sarah), daughter (Abi), and dog (Max) – not all at the same time though!

Have you dedicated any lockdown time to learning a new skill?

Yoga. I do quite a lot of exercise anyway (especially running with Max, a Hungarian Vizsla) but never spend enough time stretching, it always gets missed as I convince myself I never have enough time. I’ve noticed a big difference already so it’s something I will definitely make more time for in the future. Whilst I’ve always enjoyed cooking having more time to try out different recipes has been fun. We get between three and five meals each week from Hello Fresh (you choose your meals from a list that changes every week and they provide the ingredients). We all have a go at cooking one or two of them, we’re all learning new recipes and techniques plus there’s a healthy level of competition!

What’s the best and most challenging thing about working from home?

Clearly we are all facing challenges at the moment but nothing like those being faced by NHS staff and key workers. The best – more family and exercise time, plus more sleep! The most challenging – apart from interruptions, it’s missing human interaction, especially the chance to meet and chat over a pint in the pub or at one of the many, great West End cafes or restaurants we are lucky to have close to our office.

What are you reading at the moment?

Apart from some great info on our knowledge hub I’m flicking between two books: The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz and Last Shop Standing: Whatever happened to Record Shops by Graham Jones (I spent many an hour in record shops in Gloucester and Cheltenham in my youth and still have a large vinyl collection).

What are you listening to when working from home?

A variety depending on the time of day and my mood. I was big in to Punk and Ska when I was younger but my music tastes tend to be a bit more varied now. If I’m working it’ll be nothing or something more chilled like London Grammar, Jack Johnson, or The Stone Roses. At the end of the day or when exercising it could The Specials, ACDC, 90’s Dance Music or Dead Kennedys!

What’s your snack and drink of choice?

Snack – Jaffa Cakes or French Fancies. Drink – coffee and water in the day then an ice cold beer at the end of the day.

 

 

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: John Milligan

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Whilst NHS heroes and those keeping essential services running manage the front lines, lockdown life looks a lot different for those of us able to work from home. Here’s CEO John Milligan’s experience so far.

What’s your working from home set up?

I am so lucky as I have a perfect ‘man cave’ at the top of our house, equipped as an office but also with my library, a big leather armchair, great sound system and giant TV screen. I also have an electric keyboard to mess around on. I never really have to leave apart from occasional raids on the kitchen. I am not missing commuting!

Have you dedicated any lockdown time to learning a new skill?

On day two of the lockdown I bought a piano accordion and I am trying to learn to play it. It is surprisingly loud so the family have limited my practice time to 15 minutes per day! I have a long way to go and I’m still trying to get used to moving the bellows, finding chords with the left hand and not being able to see the keyboard. That said, I am close to mastering Bobby Shaftoe and Skip to my Loo!!

What’s the best and most challenging thing about lockdown?

No commuting, not having to shave and wearing a tracksuit all day.

Not seeing friends, going out to the pub, cinema, theatre, concerts, dinner etc.

What are you reading at the moment?

Two great Biographies – What it Takes by the founder of Blackstone (Milligan’s first financial partner!) Stephen Schwartzman and The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger, the CEO of Walt Disney Company.

Fiction (my current book club book): The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.

What are you listening to when working from home?

Listening to a lot of my old vinyls – Hunky Dory (David Bowie) is still one of my all time favourites along with Van Morrison, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen (another reason my ‘man cave’ is at the top of the house and out of the way!)

Go Go Penguin – great jazz instrumental band.

Always Bob Dylan – his new release ‘Murder most foul’ is growing on me.

What’s your drink/snack of choice?

We have tried not to stock pile with the exception of bottles of Timothy Taylors Landlord Bitter (I have enough for a few more weeks!) accompanied by Walkers cheese and onion crisps in a bowl mixed with some small chunks of mature cheddar cheese… heaven.

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Mike Anderson

Apr 21, 2020
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We’re such a people industry so we’re now relying on tech to maintain, generate and build relationships.

Mike Anderson, Chief Investment Officer

Next up in our Life Under Lockdown series, it’s Chief Investment Officer, Mike Anderson.

What’s your working from home set up?

I’m lucky enough to have a separate working office, but I drive the family crazy walking around the house when I’m on calls. Apparently I’m not very good at staying still!

It’s also nice doing a few calls from the garden when the sun is shining. Wouldn’t the whole lockdown have been so much harder in the rain?

Have you dedicated any lockdown time to learning a new skill?

No new hobbies, but we’re all working on new culinary techniques. Food plays a big part in our house and cooking is definitely one of the things that brings us all together. Eating fresh and local and cutting down on food waste is such a good discipline for us all. This time has definitely made us more sustainably creative.

What’s the best and most challenging thing about working from home?

The best thing about being at home is having more time to spend with the family rather than the commute sitting on the Metropolitan Line. A challenge was getting used to the calls on Teams and Zoom, as well as the mobile, instead of face to face meetings. We’re such a people industry so we’re now relying on tech to maintain, generate and build relationships.

What are you reading at the moment?

From a work perspective there’s no shortage of reading material and all at team Milligan are busy digesting the mountain of information on the pandemic and forming our view of it’s likely implications for our industry going forward. Other than that, I’ve started the History of Surfing by Matt Warshaw. It’s a great read and the definitive book on the subject (but I’ll need a few more weeks in lockdown to get through all 500 pages!)

What are you listening to when working from home?

My Tom Walker playlist is on Spotify at the moment.

What’s your snack and drink of choice?

We’ve been making a few snacks between us. This week was flapjacks. Next week we might even try something healthy! A Gin & Tonic in the sunshine at the end of the day is certainly the household favourite.

To speak to Mike about new new business opportunities drop him a line at mike@milliganretail.com Having mastered multiple communication technologies, we’re very much open for business as usual, even in these challenging times.

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Melanie Taylor

Apr 20, 2020
Apr 20, 2020
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There’s masses of ‘stuff’ to read at the moment – my inbox is inundated with articles on Covid 19 and the ramifications.

Mel Taylor, Head of Retail and Relations

Milligan Life Under Lockdown provides a unique (if not amusing) insight into each of our team’s new normal, working from home. First up, it’s Head of Retail and Relations, Melanie Taylor.

What’s your working from home set up?

Wherever the internet is working best at that moment in time. I’ve been in ‘my office’ – my son’s bedroom/desk, kitchen, sitting room – you name it. Our internet is particularly poor which is not very helpful so I keep dropping out of Zoom, Teams etc. – maybe a good thing! Our internet provider is on it though – could have improved service next week! I am sticking to my usual routine when working from the office – only difference is that my husband, Steve makes me lunch, I can sit outside and I go for a walk every day. So, it’s actually better than office life in that respect!

Have you dedicated any lockdown time to learning a new skill?

No… Not yet. Depends on how long this self-isolation goes on for.

What’s the best and most challenging thing about working from home?

The internet… Surprisingly enough! Steve and I are getting on well – I thought we might be at each other’s throats by now, but apparently not.

What are you reading at the moment?

There’s masses of ‘stuff’ to read at the moment – my inbox is inundated with articles on Covid 19 and the ramifications. Too many to mention. Some of the really decent articles have made there way onto our Knowledge Hub. Then there is the competition as to who can post the funniest/rudest/most moving contribution on WhatsApp – And WhatsApp in general, not just Team Milligan. This is calming down a bit now but was prolific in the early days!

What are you listening to when working from home?

Usually have Radio 4 on – Anna Maxwell Martin is currently reading Mill on the Floss at 10.45!  Or sometimes LBC – quietly.  Steve listens to Talk Sport so a lot of talking goes on in this house.

What’s your snack and drink of choice?

Really trying not to, but if desperate it’s the chocolate hobnobs!  If more desperate, I found a bottle of Berkeley Square gin in the cupboard which is very drinkable over ice… after 5pm of course.

To read more about or get in touch with Melanie Taylor, click here.

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