Illuminating Investments Ltd was established in 2016 by John and Michael McDonnell. David Aspland joined the company as a Director in 2017 and since then the company has been directly involved in over £50 million of property related transactions.
The scope of deals has ranged from direct purchases, funding arrangements, promotion agreements, joint ventures and direct development, always working with carefully chosen partners and the very best professionals and contractors to deliver the best outcomes.
Illuminating Investments Ltd are always interested in the next deal and willing to look at deals across any sector.
David has over 20 years’ experience in the commercial, residential development and investment property market having worked for Donaldsons, Unite PLC and latterly as a partner for Savills and Carter Jonas where he headed up the northern commercial division. Illuminating Investments Ltd provides the ideal platform for David and the team to partake directly rather than supply advice on development and investment opportunities.
The ability to purchase property directly from cash funds, from 3rd parties or enter into joint ventures with development partners provides the flexibility to ensure Illuminating Investments Ltd can consider the full spectrum of opportunities both on and off the market.
John McDonnell and Michael McDonnell founded Harvard Engineering Ltd in 1993. The business specialised in electronic power supplies and wireless controls for the commercial, industrial, retail display and public lighting sectors. They built it into a business employing over 400 people in the UK and Internationally with a turnover of £46M which they sold to private equity in 2013 and subsequently exited in 2015.
Wishing to start second careers they became founding partners in Illuminating Investments Ltd in 2014.
John is also closely involved with Connect Yorkshire, a not for profit business which exists to help Yorkshire businesses grow, and chairs the Connect Leaders Forum, which helps business owners help each other through group mentoring and issue processing.
Michael has over 20 years’ business experience leading dynamic and energetic teams as Sales and Marketing Director, Operations Director and Commercial Director.