Company Car Man: Big Brother is clever TV, but it's not for me
Peter Woodthorpe is a director at Readings Property Group in Granby Street, Leicester. He drives a Jaguar XF.
QHow do you think Leicestershire's property market fared in 2012 and what's the outlook for 2013?
AI think last year pretty much held its own on the whole. Volumes did not increase dramatically but prices just about held up. Lettings were quite buoyant and we are seeing an increase in rental values. People do want to buy but are being cautious – they just need the confidence.
QYou're based in Granby Street. What needs to be done to bring some life to that end of town?
AIt should have some potential because it's a very busy street – practically everyone heading to the city centre who gets off a train walks down it. It's never going to be a strong retail area but needs an identity that will make businesses go there so that customers follow.
QProfits at clothes chain Next are set to hit £611m. What do you think is the secret of their success?
AI think a long time ago Next established quite a strong brand as a stylish place to buy clothes and homewares at very competitive prices. These days people still want quality and style, but maybe don't want to pay as much as the premium brands are charging.
QCelebrity Big Brother. Big yes, or big no?
AI never watch it, but I think it's very clever TV. The producers are brilliant to make mass TV with C and D-list celebrities.
QWith rail fares rocketing, is it time to re-privatise the railways?
AI think we've got it all wrong in this country. Practically every other European country has cheaper fares because their governments have recognised the long-term benefits of rail travel. I think the railways should almost be in the same category as the NHS, which means the country has to pay for it.
QWill LCFC go up this year?
ATo totally alienate myself, can I say no, they won't go up? I come from Burton-on-Trent and enjoyed Burton Albion beating Leicester in the League Cup last year.