Vacant Space Management

Providing Solutions for Your Empty Buildings

About

Vacant Space Management (VSM) provide ethical and cost effective solutions to both mitigate holding costs and create income on empty buildings.

Since 2010 VSM have been providing solutions for empty buildings to major UK Institutions, property companies and private landlords dealing with over 25m sq ft of commercial property.

The company specialises in the ethical and legal temporary occupation of commercial property without interference to landlord’s medium and long term objectives.

The team behind VSM combine entrepreneurialism with professionalism in their approach. Their direct experience over a broad spectrum of commercial property sectors enables them to have empathy with and understanding of property owners requirements.

Our services have most catered to 

  • Asset managers looking to improve the bottom line on balance sheets by reducing void costs such as Empty Property Rates.
  • Property developers concerned with the laborious nature of managing vacant sites that are at prime risk to squatters and delays in development.
  • Landlords and investors looking for new income streams from their properties, taking a longer view at life.

Should you require information please contact one of our TEAM.

Empty Property Rates
24/7 Security
Squatter Damage
Building Decay
Ongoing Maintenance Charges
CIL Liability

are just some of the issues and costs our clients face and need our help in managing, reducing and avoiding entirely.

How it Works

Holding and managing vacant buildings is a costly and labourious task to many property owners, VSM take away the stress.

VSM arrange ethical and practical occupations of properties to alleviate property owners concerns.

  • VSM firstly provide a strategy, detailing how through its network an occupation will take place and be managed.
  • VSM handle all paperwork and ensure effective liaising with the Local Authorities and interested parties is done to a reputable and professional standard.
  • A full in house logistics team execute at the final stage.

Our expertise and strong network allow us to execute strategies with immediate effect.

Depending on the property, clients of VSM can expect a strategy covering everything from basic cost savings to near market levels of income.

We also offer a traditional service for clients via our trusted partners, offering services such as appeals, revaluations and audits as well as our empty rates mitigation services.

Click here to download our Landlord Overview or Contact us for a personal explanation of our services.

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Sports Traider

Sports Traider

Nationally recognised retailing charity enabling children to play sports around the country.

Over 20 locations around the country.

Centric Community Projects

Centric Community Projects

Centric Community Projects provides space free of charge to charities and non profit organisations.

Over 350 locations around the country provided by VSM.

Atelier Art

Atelier Art

Atelier Art are specialist suppliers of affordable art to hundreds of businesses.

100s of showrooms have been opened across the UK with the help of VSM.

Curated Workspace

Curated Workspace

In identified areas VSM will work with its preferred partners to establish workspace centres enabling meanwhile income from otherwise vacant properties.

Artist Studios

Artist Studios

With little capital investment from landlords VSM can identify opportunities for its clients to establish an income producing artist studio space on meanwhile space.

VSM believe that Knowledge is Power.

Knowledge of the industry of the past and present helps us guide our clients to the future. This is our main USP to our clients.

Business Rates Recovery

Choosing VSM as your business rates audit partner will give you the best opportunity to secure the largest possible rebate from your historic business rates liabilities.

A VSM rating audit is a unique service that delivers refunds through the forensic analysis of historic rates bills held by councils (NOT your in-house records and documents). It is completely different to a conventional rates appeal.

We examine rates liabilities going back as far as the 1990’s and look for errors that have gone undetected.

Our market intelligence and extensive rating knowledge gained over the past decade, from working in the complex rating audit environment, makes VSM Business Rates Recovery the perfect choice of partner for your rating audit.

Contact: Ian Broomhall, Associate Director, Business Rates Recovery Division

t: 01908 660 552 m: 07585 647660 e: i.b@vacantspace.com

Team

Tony Rosenberg

Managing Director

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Richard Artus

Director

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Tom Parrish

Director

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Maizie Zeng

Financial Controller

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Madhuri Landge

Assistant Financial Controller

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Serina Jewell

Project Manager

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Zoe Bennett

Sales Support Manager

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Harry Artus

Logisitics & Building Management

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Jon Sellers

Logistics Coordinator

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Josh Artus

Consultant - Creative & Income based projects

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Ian Broomhall

Associate Director, Head of Business Rates Recovery

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Sarah Ealey

Business Development Executive

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Tony Rosenberg

Managing Director

After foundation accountancy training, Tony entered the property industry in 1981 as an independent developer and partner in Verschoyle Fleming investment agency and Park Securities. In 1993 he entered the leisure industry, launching a ground-breaking music venue, later to grow into a company subsequently floated on The London Stock Exchange, encompassing the operation of night clubs, American pool bars and ten pin bowling. In 2001 the company was subject to a reverse take over and Tony returned to the property business.

Following the change in empty rates legislation he identified the requirement for a specialist consultancy to deal with mitigating clients empty property costs and liabilities, joining with Richard Artus to create Vacant Space Management along with their own development and investment vehicles.

In his spare time you can find Tony trying to improve his golf swing, questioning his beloved Chelsea FC over and over again, and at home with his loving family.

 

Richard Artus

Director

Richard Artus has a reputation for innovation. With a career in property dating back to 1969 he has been both a successful estate agent and principal. Following an apprenticeship in the Central London office market with DE+J Levy and Ian Scott he became a partner in the nationwide chain Ellis & Co. Working as a developer throughout the 1980’s he then with a handful of other visionaries saw a gap in the market and in the early 1990’s created London’s first loft agency Urban Spaces. The agency spearheaded the commercial to residential revolution in London’s city fringes.

With a creative outlook in the property industry Richard, at the turn of the century, built up Amazing Space to be the foremost film location agency in the UK and in 2011 founded VSM with Tony.

Richard spends most of his spare time being his alter ego ‘Howling Dick‘, being frustrated by Arsenal, with whom he helped regenerate the Highbury Studios complex, exploring his love of creating art, or with his family and walking his dog Django.

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Tom Parrish

Director

In October 2012, Tom accepted directorship at VSM. With it he brings 15 years of property experience to the role. He is a Chartered Surveyor, having worked in both the Sydney and London markets, although predominantly the latter, during which time he worked for leading consultancy firms, CB Richard Ellis and Cluttons LLP.

In 2008, Tom founded Arc Partners, a London based property consultancy, specialising in the UK Telecommunications Sector by providing professional advice and for Landlords.

At Arc he has built an impressive client base, with the combined objective of maximising income and safeguarding the firm’s clients. This draws on many similarities between the two businesses of specialism and numerous shared clients.

Tom spends his spare time with his loving and growing family.

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Maizie Zeng

Financial Controller

Maizie joined VSM in 2013 and quickly became irreplaceable as Financial Controller, responsible for all the companies financial functions. Her attention to detail and organisational skill ensure that operations run effortlessly for both VSM and its clients.

Before joining VSM, Maizie obtained her degree at Renmin University, China and subsequently worked in Beijing, Venezuela and India before settling in Bedford with her family, who she often coaxes into visiting various museums and stately homes, getting the most out of her National Trust membership.

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Madhuri Landge

Assistant Financial Controller

Madhuri joined Vacant Space Management in October 2016 to support Maizie Zeng. Madhuri’s experience and attention to detail benefits the company greatly, as does her fantastic cooking skills which are regularly enjoyed by the rest of the VSM team, especially after Madhuri has entertained at home over the weekend!

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Serina Jewell

Project Manager

Serina joined the team in August 2014 and whilst initially was Accounts Assistant, is now Project Manager and responsible for administrating all VSM’s processes. Serina’s attention to detail and enthusiasm are greatly valued by the team.

Serina’s full time job is looking after her two beautiful children but also manages to be a wine connoisseur on the side.

Tel: 01908 660 552

Zoe Bennett

Sales Support Manager

Zoë has experience in managing a portfolio of residential properties and since joining VSM in 2018, she has been able to use her background in sales and lettings to support the team, establishing herself as the office anchor. Her will to be flexible and excellent work ethic have made Zoë an invaluable member of the VSM Family.

Zoë has previously worked in a Day Nursery, where she held a managerial role and specialised in Special Educational Needs.

In her spare time, Zoë runs Bee’s Cottage, a small business selling handmade home accessories.

Tel: 01908 660 552

Harry Artus

Logisitics & Building Management

Harry completes the family affair by operating the Logistics & Building Management side of VSM. His no-nonsense approach to matters ensures that logistics run as planned.

Harry is forever across the UK ensuring that everything in reality is as they were said in the boardroom.

In his spare time Harry is also a successful Drum&Bass DJ regularly playing at nightclubs across the UK to 1000s of revellers at ungodly times in the morning.

Tel: 01908 660552

Jon Sellers

Logistics Coordinator

Jon joined the team in 2018 as part of the logistics team. He graduated from the University of Northampton in 2011 with a degree in History. He has a keen interest in the subject, often “entertaining” his colleagues with interesting facts.

In his spare time he enjoys utilising his English Heritage membership and is also often found at the cinema watching the latest films.

Josh Artus

Consultant - Creative & Income based projects

Josh has always been fascinated by property and architecture. Since leaving Art School, studying sculpture and installation, in 2008, at the time the world fell apart, he has forged a career in connecting creatives to the commercial property market. From 2008 Josh worked at and then run the film & event location library AmazingSpace.co.uk until its sale in 2012. Josh then joined successful start up ‘Appear Here’ as employee no.1 and helping it rise from scratch to now be an international company. Now Josh runs PlaceArts.com which is the force behind all creative projects taking place within the VSM offering.

Josh brings to VSM new methods of occupying empty space and tools with which to create income streams for landlords.

Josh recently sat on the GLA Open Workspace Provider Group helping as part of team advise on the future of workspace in London for SMEs. Josh is also a director of The Centric Lab, a research lab for the built environment, where he works with cognitive scientists, architects and researchers in providing insights to human behaviour and experience of the built environment.

In his spare time Josh is either joining his father in being frustrated by Arsenal, snapping pictures of London’s architecture, and delving into new restaurants in London.

Tel: 07872 600170

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Ian Broomhall

Associate Director, Head of Business Rates Recovery

Ian joined VSM to head up the Business Rates Recovery (BRR) department. Ian was previously with CVS and more recently ran a successful consultancy business himself, but soon saw an opportunity to work with VSM and grow the BRR division with us.

In his ‘down time’ Ian enjoys running (having competed in The London Marathon) and is also a qualified rescue diver, although he struggles to put this to use in Milton Keynes.

Tel: 01908 660552

Sarah Ealey

Business Development Executive

Sarah joined the BRR team in April 2018 where she has continued to utilise her abilities to converse with her clients and prospects alike, continually striving to maximise opportunities and excel targets.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time as a newlywed with her husband and their four cats, whilst carrying out home improvements to their recently purchased 3 bed house.

Tel: 01908 533176

Get In Touch

Please feel free to pick up the phone and call to speak directly with one of the partners or with the senior management team.

Vacant Space Management

Vacant Space Management Ltd

335 South Row
Milton Keynes
Bucks
MK9 2FY

Tel: 01908 660552

Email: info@vacantspace.com