James Shorthouse

James Shorthouse


Head of Alternative Markets

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Professional Summary

James is one of the UK's leading advisers in Pub, Bar, Restaurant and Leisure sectors. He has worked in the sector for over 25 years, a period during which the sector has undergone enormous changes in its operational, ownership and regulatory structures.

Acting on behalf of major operators, investors and banks on portfolios and high value single assets, James' operator clients include Greene King, ei group, Casual Dining Group, and Novus. On the investor side, for many years he advised Nomura and Terra Firma, worked closely with Cerberus European Capital on all of its leisure sector investments and has recently advised Patron Capital, Stellex and NewRiver.

Within Colliers International, James heads up the UK Licensed & Leisure team and also runs the businesses Alternative Markets Division which encompasses Hotels, Automotive, Healthcare, and other specialist Leisure teams.

Throughout his career James has advised major UK and International lenders, both on new lending and on developing and executing exit strategies for distressed lending positions. His team have worked with a number of F&B operators to rationalise their portfolios and have advised landlords on how to preserve value and retain tenants in difficult times.


James was previously Chair of the East Midlands branch of the RICS Junior Organisation and in 2011 succeeded in a personal ambition by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. He has undertaken fund raising cycle rides and is actively involved with local sports organisations. 


1974 - 1985 Nottingham High School

1985 - 1990 Nottingham Trent University

BSc Urban Estate Surveying

Memberships & Involvements

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors


Punch Pub Company, Spirit Group, Cerberus, Nomura, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, Marstons, Enterprise Inns, Admiral Taverns, Orchid Pubs and Restaurants, Tragus, Mitchells and Butler, Heineken, Ten Pin, Nomura (previous know as Lehman Brother), Lloyds Bank, Santander


“James is a pleasure to work with. He has deep sector knowledge built on experience and effective networking, which he applies practically and usefully for clients. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to interested parties and have done so on many occasions.” Andrew Winning March 5, 2011


Business Brokerage, Disposal Advice, Portfolios, Transaction Services
Service Lines
Valuation & Advisory Services
Property Types
Hotels, Retail
Featured News
20 Mar 2020
Colliers reacts to COVID-19 closures
James Shorthouse, Head of Alternative Markets, comments on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest announcement this afternoon ordering bars, gyms, cafes, restaurants, spas, cinemas and other hospitality and leisure venues to close.
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11 Mar 2020
Budget 2020: Colliers International reacts to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s 2020 Budget
Today, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered his Budget for 2020, setting in stone the Government’s plans for spending and revenue-raising for the year ahead.
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