Corporate Social Responsibilities

Corporate Social Responsibilities.

Communities.

GCW are committed to:

Fundraising
  • Setting an annual target of £50,000, achieved by: GCW sponsored events and challenges for our team and clients such as ‘Three Peaks’ and ‘Coast to Coast'
  • Supporting individual initiatives
  • Direct donations to team nominated causes
Giving Time
  • Contribute a minimum of 300 hours to community improvement initiatives
  • Organisation of industry recognised charity event, ELIFAR raising between £50,000-£60,000 pa, the charity’s single largest fundraising event
  • Encourage our team to take part in community enhancing activities outside of the workplace and providing support and time for them to do so

Workplace.

Culture

GCW strives for a culture that is open, respectful and inclusive, encouraging diversity, personal growth and fulfilment for individuals to work together to make a difference as a team.

Mentorship

GCW supports the Reading Real Estate Foundation which is a unique and forward-thinking educational charity, established to support real estate and planning education at the University of Reading.

We engage and support students to help them achieve their full potential and become the best in the industry. We continue to engage and connect with students as alumni through taking part in fundraising and networking events that help to support the aims of the charity.

Diversity

We contribute to The Pathways to Property initiative, which, supported by the Sutton Trust is a programme for students aged 16+ in state schools and colleges focusing on those with no prior family university experience. The programme seeks to encourage diversity in the property industry.

Our support includes:

  • Financial assistance
  • Promoting the scheme in schools and colleges
  • Work experience placements
  • E-mentoring

Economic Responsibility.

GCW are committed to:

  • Acting ethically
  • Managing conflics of interest openly and transparently
  • Operating with integrity
  • Approaching all work with diligence
  • Providing clients with solution that to add value to their business
  • Exceeding minimum legal requirement for mitigating money laundering activity

Environment.

GCW work hard to ensure that any negative impact our business has on the environment is minimised by:

Smart Sourcing
  • Aiming to maximise sustainability in the procurement of all services and supplies
Reducing Waste
  • Striving to replace consumption of all non-recyclable materials with sustainable / biodegradable materials across the business by 2021
Smaller Footprint
  • Encouraging and promoting the use of sustainable transport modes both for commuting and business travel

What our clients say.

“Elmbridge have used the services of GCW on a number of occasions over the years.  Their knowledge is second to none and they always give clear honest advice.  We trust them in all they do for us.”

Stuart La Frenais, Property Portfolio Manager
Elmbridge Borough Council

"GCW have been my principal retail adviser for over 25 years. I have always found them to be knowledgeable and, crucially, commercially astute. The advice I have sought has more recently morphed from finding tenants to full re-positioning strategies and they have given me an excellent service every time."

John Heller, CEO
London & Associated Properties Plc

"Over the years GCW have helped KFC and their franchise partners build their varied and flexible restaurant portfolio.  This has covered acquisitions across out of town, edge of town, roadside and town centre locations, from the smaller in town formats to traditional drive thru restaurants.  Their market knowledge and boots on the ground approach has proved invaluable to us, given our desire to grow the brand."

Paul Stokes, Head of Franchise Development
KFC UKI

"These are challenging times for the retail property market.  Under those circumstances you need a consultant that understands the structural changes taking place. The GCW team have become trusted advisers to us who can tap into a broad range of skill sets and experiences beyond retail to assist in identifying opportunities to help drive performance of retail assets."

Rupert Wood, Property Director, Asset Management
St Modwen Plc

"Many town centres are experiencing structural change, where very often traditional shopping is no longer the single dominant activity. This requires stakeholders and investors to think more creatively about their retail assets and their future roles.  GCW have become trusted advisers to Benson Elliot on projects such as Vicarage Field, Barking and Quedam Centre, Yeovil, where we will be delivering mixed use urban regeneration projects over the next few years."

Peter Cornforth, Director
Benson Elliot Capital Management LLP

"We welcome GCW’s expertise at this important phase of the company’s evolution and development. Concessions are an important part of the customer experience and we look forward to working with GCW to ensure we partner with the best retail and leisure brands in the business."

Nick Burrows, Chief Executive Officer
Notcutts

"GCW have worked with CBRE Global Investors for over 15 years and have always provided honest, straightforward advice whether acting on a sale, advising on a purchase, undertaking a letting or negotiating a lease re-gear. They will identify and highlight potential issues in a transaction and endeavour to find solutions to enable it to proceed, where appropriate."

Alex Mills, Senior Director
CBRE Global Investors

"GCW work closely with us on one of our key town centre assets.  We value the breadth of experience they bring to the project and the forthright and candid nature of the advice they provide."

Jonathan Gregory, Principal Investment Surveyor
Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

"GCW has been an excellent advisor to UBS providing us with detailed, balanced and importantly very honest advice."

Oliver Abram, Director
UBS Asset Management (UK) Ltd

"We have worked with GCW for many years and regard them as one of our trusted advisors. They have been instrumental in buying and selling key assets on our behalf and provide an invaluable leasing service in respect to several of our shopping centre projects."

Caitriona Hunter, Director
CBRE Global Investors

"UK Estates has been working with GCW for several years. They have been involved in the very successful sale of a number of our properties, as well as offering a broad range of professional services. In providing these, they have demonstrated an intimate and comprehensive knowledge of the locations in particular and the market in general, and a commitment to achieving the best results for us as a client."

David Gradel, Chairman
UK Estates Limited

"O2 appointed GCW because the people who pitched are the people who will do the job.  That team sit and work closely together and they will get out and see the stores which they are involved with. I am confident that they will provide best in class advice and achieve savings across our portfolio. Since I started working with GCW, they have already achieved a number of positive outcomes."

Nicole Young, Estates Manager
Telefonica UK Limited