One of the largest real estate companies in the UAE is currently recruiting people from Greater Manchester to sell homes in Dubai.
And you don’t even need any experience to get started.
Tech-driven real estate agency Allsopp & Allsopp was founded in 2008 in Dubai, and has since gone from strength to strength to develop into one of the best real estate companies the country has to offer.
The reason for Allsopp & Allsopp’s continued success has admittedly been put down to “a lot of hard work”, according to CEO Lewis Allsopp, who says he is looking for “serial winners with a competitive edge” that are comfortable being in front of the camera, and most importantly, have “a willingness to learn”.
This is why the company is heading to Manchester city centre next week to see if they can find the next “superstars” to join the team.
“When you see Dubai, probably whilst scrolling through influencer profiles on social media, you may see it as a playground for those with an endless supply of money,” explained Allsopp & Allsopp co-founder, Lewis Allsopp.
“Sure, it has an element of luxury and attracts the rich and famous, but Dubai is also home to many motivated and opportunistic expats looking for a change from their ‘normal’ 9-5 jobs – this was me 15 years ago when I moved to Dubai in 2006 at the age of 21 and slept on my friend’s sofa for a few weeks until I made enough money to start renting a room and the rest was history.
“The real estate market is booming, and we are looking for the next superstars who want to change their life.
“The Allsopp & Allsopp Group is an innovative, forward-thinking company, and we are always one step ahead.”
Why is Allsopp & Allsopp looking for Mancs?
Allsopp & Allsopp is heading towards the next phase of its development.
The company is in an exciting growth phase, having recently opened a brand-new, high tech office to house the next up-and-coming real estate stars, and now needs a strong team to ensure they can continue to invest more money in tech, lead generation, marketing, and not just remain “at the top of the game”, but also “lead the game”.
Is it really for people with no experience?
“We have hired many people from an array of backgrounds,” Lewis revealed.
“Estate agency being one, but also plumbers, car sales executives, painters and decorators, supermarket managers, and many more as what we have realised over the years, is that experience doesn’t make you successful, but a serious drive and passion to make money definitely will.”
What does the job actually involve, and how much can you earn?
Ultimately, Lewis admits that the job of a real estate agent in Dubai is “not for the faint hearted”.
“You have to work hard at all hours of the day to make it worthwhile, and there are days where you will feel defeated, but the good days are so good that the bad days don’t seem so bad.
“The hours are long, but the rewards for those who are successful are life changing.”
When it comes to the topic of money, which is often one of the biggest questions the company gets, Lewis revealed that some of the top earners in Allsopp & Allsopp originally came from salaried jobs in the UK where they took home no more than £50,000 each year, and they now earn more than £1,000,000, with the average agent taking home £500,000 annually.
He says it “shows earning this amount of money can be done”.
Lewis continued: “The average basic house is £500,000, we charge 4% to facilitate the sale, each sale is £20,000 to the company and the agent gets a 50% split, so if you sell three houses a month, you make £30,000 tax free.”
What is the working environment like?
The Allsopp & Allsopp offices are said to be “vibrant and full of energy”, with a DJ stand and barista to keep you fueled through the rollercoaster days of being a real estate agent.
Lewis revealed that the working environment they have created mirrors the energy and positivity that’s needed to excel in the role, not just as a real estate agent, but in all aspects of the business that the Allsopp & Allsopp Group stands for.
The company has its own onboarding team with a proven track record of success in the market, as well as producing multiple millionaires, and their role is to provide new recruits with an extensive training programme that gets them kitted-out with all the tools that are needed to start making money.
“It would sound bullish to say we know what we’re doing when it comes to being successful and making money, but we do,” Lewis said.
How can I get involved?
If you think the role of a real estate agent in Dubai may be something you’d like to explore, or you’re just curious to find out more information, then Allsopp & Allsopp is hosting a recruitment event at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester city centre next week on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 March from 5pm to 9pm.
At the event, not only will people have an opportunity to learn, ask questions, share experiences, and hear case studies of people on the ground working in Dubai for the Allsopp & Allsopp Group, but the team also finds the experience just as valuable as the attendees, as they get to spend more time with an individual than they would if they were interviewing via video call.
“We see huge value in the events, and we’re proud to be visiting Manchester to see what talent we can attract,” Lewis concludes.
You can register to attend the event on the Allsopp & Allsopp website here.
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Craig David announces huge outdoor gig at Barton Aerodrome in Manchester
Craig David is bringing his legendary TS5 party to Manchester for a massive outdoor summer show.
The legendary singer, songwriter and DJ will be taking over City Airport in Manchester, also known as Barton Aerodrome.
The special show will combine old school anthems with R&B, garage, and bashment, alongside plenty of contemporary hits.
Craig David, who rocketed to fame in the late 1990s, first launched his TS5 parties, where he sings, MCs and DJs, as an exclusive pre-party at his own penthouse in Miami.
Initially, Craig used them as a way to play his favourite music to the people he loved the most – but it proved such a hit that he started to take it on the road.
Guaranteed to be a great night out, Craig David Presents TS5 is now heading to Manchester for a summer show.
The star has sold more than 15 million albums, secured more than 10 top 10 hits, and achieved multi-platinum status in more than 20 countries around the world.
His TS5 shows now sell out at prestigious venues across the globe, and he’s even taken it to the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.
The unique live concert will take place at City Airport in Manchester on Friday 14 July, just outside the city – the huge space surrounded by lush green fields will be transformed with epic light and sound productions.
You can expect a night of sing-along hits, good time grooves and Craig David classics.
Tickets will go on sale from 9am on Friday 31 March with Skiddle.
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The award-winning cocktail bar hidden beneath the old Coronation Street cobbles
Unbeknownst to many, there is an award-winning cocktail bar hidden beneath Coronation Street‘s original cobbles serving up some of the best drinks in the city.
Recently named ‘one to watch’ at the UK’s Top 50 Bar awards 2023, Project Halcyon has also just won the Best New Bar award – voted for by a community of some 17,000 hospitality staff at this month’s Manchester Bar Awards (MBAs).
Brought to Manchester by the team behind Zymogorium distillery, it originally opened in early 2020 – launching just weeks before the Covid 19 pandemic hit.
Like many other operators, the secret speakeasy – which is connected to the working distillery for Manchester gin makers Zymogorium – closed its doors during lockdown, then quietly relaunched in late October last year beneath Old Granada Studios.
Since reopening, it’s been flooded with accolades. General Manager Adam has just been named amongst the UK’s top 100 bartenders by World Class UK, whilst house bartender Reah Owen recently won the Rising Star award at the MBAs.
And yet, somehow, it’s still managing to fly under the radar as one of Manchester’s best-kept secrets – although, considering all the awards the team is winning, we expect this won’t remain the case for long.
The bar is something of a labyrinth with numerous corners to explore within its underground warren. As well as housing a large bar at its entrance, it’s also home to a dedicated absinthe parlour, Salon Vert, which has been painted to look like a woodland scene and features vintage crystal absinthe fountains.
Elsewhere, there’s a still room and laboratory where the team uses chemistry equipment to create all the insane ingredients that go into their cocktails.
Add to this a self-playing grand piano and a rare collection of expensive spirits, and it’s safe to say Project Halcyon is very much up there with the city centre’s best cocktail bars.
As for its current drinks menu, open it up and you’ll discover that each signature cocktail is accompanied by a stunning illustration of a rare bird.
Choices include ‘Fourteen Days’, a long, tart drink that nods to the Halcyon days of Ancient Greece, and ‘Phoenix Down’, a smoky combination of smoky, nutty bourbon with bitter back notes that symbolises rebirth and eternal life.
Elsewhere on the list, you’ll find the brilliantly-named cocktails ‘Act of Vanity’, a combination of melon liqueur, blueberry and Veuve Cliquot champagne, and ‘Murder of Crows’, a moody and short mix of spiced spirits that promises to be both dark and funky.
The bar also serves up a list of six house classics, all of which are prebatched, prediluted and kept at -14 degrees ready to be poured at your table. Interestingly, though, because the drinks are already kept at the right temperature they aren’t diluted with water but rather with a variety of house-made concoctions.
General Manager Adam told The Manc that the most famous of these is the house vodka martini, made with Boatyard vodka, Cocchi Americano vermouth and clarified banana juice as the dilute.
“It makes for this insanely creamy, flavourful martini that’s classic but approachable,” he said, adding: “Our approach to the bar is that the science is for us to worry about, the hospitality is for the guests.
“We don’t put all this crazy techy stuff at the forefront of what we do. We prioritise good, classic, personal hospitality first and foremost.”
The bar also boasts a vast collection of rare and expensive spirits – and amongst the usual suspects, such as Louis XIII cognac, sit some interesting pieces like the latest seasonal release from Nc’nean and Elena Wright, the latter a close friend of the bar and an award-winning Manchester bartender.
It also serves up a strong selection of wines and beers, not to mention a cracking gin and tonic. Of course, being run by one of Manchester’s original craft gin distilleries, we’d expect nothing less.