Exclusive tie-up for bank and surveyor

FAST-GROWING surveyor and property management firm Johnson Tucker has signed for an exclusive tie-up with business bank Allied Irish Bank (GB) in Newcastle.

FAST-GROWING surveyor and property management firm Johnson Tucker has signed for an exclusive tie-up with business bank Allied Irish Bank (GB) in Newcastle.

The move will see the bank providing business banking services and client funding packages to Johnson Tucker, who have recently moved to new offices in Brewery Court on Sandyford Road.

The company only began life last September, when it was founded by partners David Johnson and Andrew Tucker when national chartered surveyor and property consultant Gerald Eve closed its Newcastle office.

The pair have since won business from such profile names as the Co-operative Group, ATS, Nationwide, Whitbread and Travis Perkins. The firm now employs six property experts in its 1,500sq ft of office, with still more space to accommodate expansion.

Recent deals include assisting Tait Walker in acquiring extra office space at Regent Centre in Gosforth, some disposals for ATS, and some rent reviews for Travis Perkins and the Co-op.

Mr Johnson said: “Allied Irish Bank (GB) in Newcastle is a great bank for commercial surveyors because they really understand property issues and what we’re trying to achieve.

“We have an excellent relationship with them, and having a direct line of contact with senior staff is very important in giving us access to the latest advice and expertise.”

Allied Irish Bank (GB) corporate business manager Martin Rankin said: “Johnson Tucker has come a long way in a short time.

“We want to provide the best support to help them meet their goals and we look forward to continuing to provide this as Johnson Tucker grows over the next few years and secures a position as one of the major players in the region’s commercial property sector.”

Mr Johnson set up the Newcastle office of Gerald Eve in 1998 after working at property agent Chesterton in Newcastle and a brief stint with his own practice. Mr Tucker previously worked at Chesterton with Mr Johnson and before joining Gerald Eve worked for Newcastle residential landlord Grainger Trust on its commercial property portfolio.

Johnson Tucker moved to Sandyford Road after starting out in Gerald Eve’s former home on Shakespeare Street in the city centre.

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