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Stuart Cole

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Spear’s speaks to Stuart Cole fresh from what seemed a rather alarming holiday doing the Cresta Run. ‘I’ve got bruises all over my body and I can’t raise my right arm – but I feel invigorated,’ he says. Less invigorating is the property market. ‘Our viewings are up 60 per cent on the previous year and yet our trades are down. We have buyers interested, circling, watching… There’s the possibility of doing 12 months’ business in six months,’ he says. But Cole – who is also Knight Frank’s ambassador to China – reserves his main fire for stamp duty. ‘I sold a large house to a Russian and the stamp duty bothered him. He said, “I can afford it but I just don’t want to!”