July 16, 2018
George F. White has nearly been in the Arch 2 office in Newcastle for a whole year. Remind us of your immediate priorities?
We moved into our newest office with the view to expand on the existing client base of George F. White. The new office added further credibility to the work we already do in our commercial, energy and planning and development sectors, by having a presence in Newcastle city centre, where many other professional services expect to see consultants based.
Has business at the office started the way that you hoped?
It always takes time to break into new markets but the George F. White offering has been well received across Tyne and Wear. As a result of our presence and ongoing business development, we have secured work that we would not otherwise have been considered for, including working on projects for a seven-storey tower block in Newcastle, as well as city centre commercial properties, red book valuations and large scale urban regeneration projects. Almost without exception, everyone we have talked to has been surprised as to how much of a specialist offering we already have and how that aligns to client needs. Being in Newcastle has allowed more people to realise that.
We hear that you’re recruiting?
Yes! We are always on the lookout for good people. At the moment our key areas of search are for commercial surveyors and building surveyors to work out of the city centre office.
What is your most memorable experience since opening the office?
Refining the George F. White pitch to people in the city centre and seeing the reaction of people, many of whom we have been doing business with for many years, when they realise the truly specialist nature of what we do. Aside from that, managing four bacon sandwich breakfast meetings and three evening drinks events in the same week (but I’m not complaining).
Business aside, working in the city must have its advantages?
The Newcastle culture is great. We should be extremely proud of the city, in particular the evolving food and social scene, as well as the Great Exhibition of the North. There’s always an excellent choice of places to go, whether that is for a staff social, a client meeting or just to grab a quick bite for lunch. We are particular fans of our neighbours, The Herb Garden – what better way is there to celebrate a great week than with one of its amazing pizzas?
You mentioned the evolving Newcastle culture. What about that is driving an evolution in regards to business?
Newcastle is a fantastic focus point for innovation within not just the region, but also nationally; there is apparent leadership and political will to promote global investment in the North East. Moving to Newcastle has been great and well received, I have to say we have been assisted by the support network from the business community and we have formed some fantastic relationships. There seems to be a real momentum in the North East, capitalising on a real entrepreneurial spirit and desire to come out ahead at a time of significant change.