The annual live gig event, attended by professionals in the real estate sector, took place at PRYZM nightclub on Thursday 21 November and brought together businesses from across the East Midlands. Individuals from local property and construction firms demonstrated their musical talents and performed to over 800 supporters to raise money for young people in the region.

This year the chosen charity was Switch Up, run by Marcellus Baz BEM, and The Nottingham School of Boxing. Switch Up uses a combination of physical activity, mentoring, counselling and education to empower young people and break the cycle of offending.

As well as the firm being a proud sponsor, Jenny Keen, associate director at the firm’s planning consultancy, Marrons Planning, fully engaged with this year’s ‘throwback Thursday’ theme and took to the stage to perform Toxic by Britney Spears. All of these efforts helped to raise a grand total of £25,000 for Switch Up.

Explaining why the firm decided to become a sponsor, Paul Wakefield, Partner in our planning team, says:

“As a firm, we’re always seeking opportunities to make a positive difference in everything we do. Hot Property always raises much-needed funds for local charities, whilst also allowing property professionals to express themselves musically – something we don’t always get to do in the office!

“We’re proud of our people’s individuality and the interests that make them unique. Given that we have a motto of #beyourself and our commitment is to empower our people and contribute positively to the local community, it was a no brainer to support this year’s event.”

Jenny Keen, our star performer, says:

“I well and truly stepped out of my comfort zone this year in order to help raise money for this amazing charity. Nottingham Hot Property is such a vital annual event as, year on year, it raises a massive amount of much-needed money to support local causes. The encouragement we receive from the industry is phenomenal so I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone for that.

“We truly believe that what Switch Up and The Nottingham School of Boxing is doing for the young people of Nottingham is remarkable. Using boxing alongside mentoring to help vulnerable young people act in a positive way and avoid crime and gang-criminality is so important. We’re delighted to be able to support Marcellus’ vision to make a positive difference and raise awareness of the mounting issues young people face.”

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