A PROPERTY company has celebrated 20 years of trading by recruiting another valuer and agency surveyor.
Hanson Chartered Surveyors has bucked the still-gloomy trend by appointing Phil Deakin, formerly of Eddisons.
The move reputedly means the firm now has more individual years experience in commercial and industrial property advice that any other based in Kirklees.
Hanson Chartered Surveyors was formed in October, 1999, at Queensgate, Huddersfield, and within a year had moved to its existing offices at New North Road.
Mark Hanson, who has more than 30 years experience himself, started the firm because he was convinced that clients were – and still are – looking for personal expertise and personal service.
The firm moved further ahead two years ago with the appointment of Jason Metcalfe as a director and investment in the best available computer systems to opening up many new avenues of work.
Said Mr Hanson: “Companies confident and serious about their future have to continue to invest and not when it is necessarily most convenient to do so.
“New challenges present new opportunities and some of the difficulties of the last two years are not new. It’s just that many companies haven’t experienced what a downturn and loss of credit feels like.
“They need help and advice from those who have that experience and expertise to assist
“We try to make the dark art of property advice as simple as possible. Obfuscation and jargon are everywhere. We try to cut them wherever possible.”
Clients include substantial public limited companies, banks, trusts, pension funds and public bodies as well as private companies and individuals.
The firm manages a substantial portfolio of property for clients including office blocks, shopping parades, industrial estates and trade parks.
Work also includes the valuation, acquisition or sales/letting of all commercial property types and assessment of rental values for negotiation of rent reviews and lease renewals. Appealing business rates is also an area of expertise which is offered.
“The reassessment of rateable values for the 2010 Rating List should be a matter of interest to all companies,” said Mr Hanson.
“Settlement of the new rateable values for the next five years could have a marked effect on costs year-on-year and should be considered and – in many cases – appealed.”