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Generation Wanderlust: Driving Change in the Hotel Industry

Millennials are a generation using technology to transform the way they live their lives. Rejecting the need to be tied to a set work location or the routine of 9 to 5, they are adopting the freedom to live their lives the way they choose, anywhere in the world. As a result they are transforming the hotel and hospitality industry.

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Selina: A First Mover Advantage

When Selina opened their first hotel in Pedasi, Panama in 2014, its founders had spotted a significant gap in the market and went on to create a totally new hospitality sector that has since captured the attention of holiday makers, financial institutions and investors alike. In just six years they have maximised their first mover advantage, built a defendable infrastructure and formed a streamlined operation. As a result, Selina has created a growth machine with the potential to become an investment Unicorn.

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Going Global: Hotel Investment Helps Investors Beat the Brexit Blues

While the UK equities markets have weathered years of Brexit wrangling and political uncertainty better than many anticipated, it has been a different story for UK property.

Industry stalwarts LandSec and British Land have both seen share prices tank since 2016’s Referendum vote, and the REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) aren’t the only ones suffering. Returns for individual and overseas investors have been pressured by low transaction volumes, falling sales prices and inflated land values. Brexit uncertainty has hit the property market from every angle.

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Let's tour: Selina Chelsea, NYC

Global hospitality chain Selina are revolutionising how we use property. The brand identifies underperforming hotels and transforms them into creative hubs where freelancers, locals and travellers can work, play and stay. Tailored to each location, Selina’s properties feature co-working spaces, entertainment programmes and hotel rooms for all.

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Portugal Hotel Investment: Urban Centres Top Resorts

There’s a reason Portuguese holidays are synonymous with blue seas, sunshine and sandy beaches. The country has invested heavily in its tourism sector over the past two decades, targeting sun seekers and surfers. While instability in competing destinations such as Turkey and Egypt has given the sector a boost, the Algarve and Madeira saw their first decrease in occupancy rates in 2018.

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An Introduction to UK Hotel Investment

The hotel market is booming. This unassuming hero of the property investment sector celebrated a 29% YoY rise in investment in 2018, catapulting the full year investment volume to £7.4bn[1]. Get to grips with one of the UK's most promising alternative asset classes.

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What should you expect from your crowdfunding platform?

Alternative finance, the industry that includes crowdfunding and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, is growing at pace, characterised by automated platforms that allow investors to loan money directly to small businesses and worthy endeavours. In this article, the Cogress team ask, what should you expect from your crowdfunding platform?

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Student Accommodation: A Growing Investment Sector

Despite Brexit uncertainty, the UK Specialist Property sector is performing well. This asset class includes hotel investments, healthcare and student accommodation, and has attracted tens of billions in investment over the last few years. Here the Cogress Market Analysis Team share their insight into the opportunities available to investors in Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the UK.

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The Evolution of Property Investing

The UK Alternative Finance industry is currently valued at £2.6bn. Property crowdfunding is one of its rising stars, and grew by an impressive 200% in 2017. This sector is maturing into the mainstream, but would you be surprised to learn it’s almost as old as the hills? That it was all the rage in the 1380s?

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Cogress Strikes £80m Agreement with Hospitality Brand Selina

20th January 2020

Property investment company Cogress has struck an £80m partnership with Latin-American hospitality brand Selina.

Founded in 2014, the companies have similarities. Cogress was among the first in the UK to open property development investment opportunities to individuals beyond the super-wealthy, while Selina was the first to target a growing younger market seeking remote working experiences.

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Cogress diversifies to offset Brexit jitters

13th January 2020

PROPERTY investment platform Cogress has shifted its focus from development lending to a variety of different partnerships and geographies to cater for Brexit uncertainty among investors.

Tal Orly, chief executive of Cogress, said the platform is now focusing on bigger margins, less risk and more experienced partners. He said of five to 10 deals with UK borrowers, only one may pass the necessary lending requirements.

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Cogress Announced as UKBA19 Finalist

21st August 2019

The UK Business Awards are a major award for British Business, celebrating the individuals and companies that have demonstrated exceptional business performance over the last year. The awards recognise both SMEs and large organisations for their inspiring business innovations, and Cogress is delighted to have been shortlisted in the Insurance, Banking and Financial Services category. 

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Podcast: Tal Orly on founding Cogress

30th May 2019

Co-founding CEO Tal Orly joins Nicole Bremner's podcast to talk all things property, market trends and what it takes to found a business model new to the UK.

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Wine, Art and Property: The Rise of Alternative Investments

28th May 2019

Cogress' Business Development Director, Zac Gazit, shares his insight into alternative investments and the role property, wine and art play in some of the world's most well known investment strategies. Full article in Arts and Collections Magazine.

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