CoStar UK, ‘Dragons’ Den star James Caan & Movers & Shakers launch charity appeal for disadvantaged youngsters’


Dragons’ Den star, James Caan, has urged hog-lovers to dig deep in support of a charity that gives training and job opportunities to disadvantaged youngsters.

The entrepreneur today launched the auction of “Fat Bob”, a specially customised Harley-Davidson, in support of LandAid – the Property Industry charity that helps fund youth agencies around the country.

Speaking about the important work of the charity, as economic data this week showed more than 1m young people were out of work, Caan said: “LandAid is a fantastic organisation that provides some valuable facilities and projects in the UK for young people and I am delighted to be able to support this appeal.  The latest unemployment figures reinforces how vital it is for the private sector, government and other organisations to invest in our young people and provide them with the essential skills they need to get back into work.”

Bidding on the Harley, a 2010 FXDF Dyna, which is the only one of its kind in Europe and valued at over £20,000, started today through the website of the Property Industry’s Networking Forum, Movers & Shakers ( It was donated by Harley Davidson with the support of Caan and private equity company Hamilton Bradshaw.

It will be sold to the highest bidder at the Movers & Shakers Annual Dinner, held at The Dorchester on 7 December, with all proceeds going to LandAid.

Mike Slade, chief executive of property firm Helical Bar and President of LandAid, said: “We are delighted that Harley-Davidson have made such a generous donation and for the support of James Caan.  We have no doubt that this very special bike will raise a significant sum of money to help the young and disadvantaged through LandAid.”

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Movers & Shakers is the UK’s Number One Property and Construction Networking Forum.  With over 300 member companies, from the top organisations across the Industry.  Movers & Shakers has over sixteen years’ experience in bringing together senior executives in the Marketplace and generating opportunities. Breakfast forums at The Dorchester regularly attract c. 500 key players.  Speakers are of the highest calibre and include leaders from both the Private and Public Sectors: Mayor Boris Johnson, Lord Sugar, Francis Salway, Tony Pidgely, Francis Maude, Gerald Ronson, James Caan etc. [see:]

LandAid is the charity of the UK property industry. It helps the young and disadvantaged access the facilities, skills and opportunities to achieve their potential by making the most effective and innovative use of the property industry’s resources, expertise and influence. LandAid works with leading youth agencies around the country to provide specialist assistance where the property industry can make the most difference.

Hamilton Bradshaw – James Caan is the CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw Private Equity based in London’s Mayfair, which specialises in buyouts, venture capital, real estate and manages a portfolio of over 40 companies.  Hamilton Bradshaw’s property arm, HB Real Estate, forms joint ventures with real estate management teams looking to start new initiatives within the sector.  HB Real Estate seeks JVs in the student housing, bridging finance, mezzanine finance, prime London development, property management, and agency subsectors.