Building a fresh approach

April 2, 2019

In 2017, George F. White opened its first urban office in Newcastle city centre, adding to its portfolio of five offices across the North. Since then, the team haven’t looked back and they have continued to bolster their presence, services and dynamic approach to the marketplace

Arch 2, on Westgate Road, Newcastle, is a thriving hub of multi-disciplined teams at George F. White’s first urban office. Teams include commercial property, building surveying, energy, planning and development and the residential lettings arm of the business, GFW Letting.

Leading the team is partner Sally Hart. Her keen eye and strategic direction has allowed the business to diversify from their traditionally rural roots to embrace opportunities and service a wide client base within Tyne and Wear.

She says: “The heart of our business model is innovation through investment in our people and services; we’ve made fantastic progress over the past two years in Newcastle and our team has doubled.

“Alongside professional and personal development, we continue to cultivate our service offering. Last year, we launched our Building Surveying service, which is headed up by experienced building surveyor, James Cullen. James has been a fantastic addition to our growing team and has added another layer of diversity to our services.”

Sally continues: “There’s a great support and education network among North East businesses, allowing young people to achieve and build upon their careers locally. We’re proud to use our forty years of experience to nurture young talent, develop skills and inevitably improve our overall offering to clients. I firmly believe that education is a two-way street and our graduates and apprentices are using their fresh approach to help us shape the future of our business.

“Newcastle is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and with the North of Tyne devolution deal bringing in £600 million into the area, the economy can only get stronger. We’ve already begun to experience the benefits of this ‘golden era’ with core strategies being implemented, including the review of neighbourhood plans, an area with which our planning teams have been particularly busy.

“Regarding commercial property, despite concerns regarding the political and economic climate of the UK, there has been a healthy level of demand within the region. Improved transport links alongside strategic economic investments into the region’s economy will continue to improve the market.

“Our residential lettings team has grown from strength to strength since moving from Kenton to the City Centre and have significantly grown the number of properties we manage for landlords, as well as being able to now offer block management.

“I’m excited by the progress we’ve made and the opportunities we’ve grasped in such a short period of time. With Newcastle being the economic centre of the North East, I can only see our services developing further. It’s a very exciting time for George F. White and we’re looking forward to working with other North East firms to contribute towards economic success for the city.”

On Thursday May 2, George F. White will be hosting a drinks party at its Arch 2 office from 5.30pm. For more information or to RSVP, contact Emma Gillespie-Payne on emmagillespiepayne@georgefwhite.co.uk

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