We Built This City / Manc 15: Chris Oglesby - Creating Cities That Thrive

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He built this city. Chris Oglesby is the CEO of Bruntwood with a £1billion investment portfolio across the UK. He tells Lisa Morton of the values, passion and drive it takes to building thriving cities - including his home one: Manchester.

We Built This City is a series of conversations with some of the amazing Mancunians - born, bred or adopted – who put the heart into modern Manchester. A celebration of the human grit, determination and love found throughout the city, these episodes will lift you up, make you laugh and inspire you to leave our city in a better place.

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Michael Oglesby, Chris’ father, set up Bruntwood in 1976. His first ever acquisition was a gas meter factory in Farnworth. Never did he think his business would achieve the successes it’s celebrated for today.
 
Four decades on, and Chris and the Bruntwood team are managing £1bn worth of assets across the UK, including Circle Square, Manchester Science Park and Alderley Park, but he’s never forgotten the values that his dad instilled in him from a young age – values of hard work, integrity and respect. 
 
Chris’ mission is to create thriving cities, and his ethos has never failed him: “Culture beats strategy every time.”
 
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Your host, Lisa Morton, started PR company Roland Dransfield in 1996, one month after the fateful IRA bomb that tore apart the city centre. From that point, the business, and its team members, have been involved in helping to support the creation of Modern Manchester – across regeneration, business, charity, leisure and hospitality, sport and culture. 
 
To celebrate the 24 years that Roland Dransfield has spent creating these bonds, Lisa is gathering together some of her Mancunian ‘family’ and will be exploring how they have created their own purposeful relationships with the best city in the world.

Connect with Lisa and Roland Dransfield:
Via Phone: 01612361122
Via their website
On Instagram
On Twitter 
On Spotify 
 
Connect with Chris:
Via their website
On LinkedIn