Robert Nichols: Portico 60 Second Interview

Welcome to 60 Second Interviews – here you can find lots and lots of interesting and fun facts about some of the industry’s most successful agents, suppliers and property professionals. We’ve added a little twist with this one though, each interviewee must nominate another person in their industry (or related industry) to answer the same questions.

Today we have Robert Nichols, Managing Director of one of the leading London estate agents Portico.

What does it say on your business card?

I don’t carry business cards, never have.  Having dug one out of the bottom of my drawer it says ‘Managing Director’.

What was your first job?

My first job was as a qualified ski instructor at the age of 16.  It was a weekend and summer job and then my next job was with Edmund Cude (now Portico).  That was also supposed to be a Summer job but over a decade later I’m still here!

What is your greatest personal achievement?

Solo climbing around the Everest area and solo cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats for charity.

What is your greatest business achievement?

Buying my first business at the age of 24.

If you weren’t in your current role what would you be doing?

Having done an Mechanical Engineering Degree, I would probably be an Engineer!

Any advice for your previous boss?

I learnt an amazing amount from her so no, I can’t fault her.

How many hours do you work per week?

Anywhere from 50-70 hours a week depending on what projects are running at the time!

Which business person do you admire most?

Difficult to name just one, but from the UK it would be James Dyson.

Which of your competitors do you admire most?

It would be unfair to name just one!  I’m sure they are all good.

What skill do you value most?

Thinking and analytical skills.

What are you passionate?


What’s your favourite gadget?

My Kenwood mixer!

What’s on your desk?

Not a lot.  A computer and a bottle of water.

What car do you drive?

I use public transport and don’t own a car.

What’s your favourite London restaurant?

Sketch (The Lecture Room and Library).

Please nominate one person you would like to answer these questions.

Becky Fatemi.

Carol Lewis

Carol Lewis is a respected property journalist with an enthusiasm for anything to do with property. She is the senior member of the Estate Agents London News journalist team but also writes for other respected magazines and newspapers. Her background is in property, investments and video production. Carol has worked on publicity campaigns for a large number of organisations but now runs this not-for-profit blog. Her main aims are to educate the public and drive up standards in estate agency.

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