TWO major North East commercial property players have joined forces to increase their offering to clients and grow their workforce.
Gateshead-based Robertson Simpson Limited has merged with North East Commercial in a bid to support each other’s future growth ambitions.
North East Commercial, which specialises in the sales and letting of commercial property, will continue to trade under its existing name as part of the Robertson Simpson group.
Robertson Simpson, which offers building consultancy and property valuation services, has brought North East Commercial onboard to strengthen its office lettings team.
Founder and managing director Mark Robertson said the merger was key to the firm’s ambitions to develop new offices in key locations, expand existing departments and launch new services.
He said: “Bringing together Robertson Simpson and North East Commercial will have significant benefits for both companies’ respective client bases as well as enable us to grow our operation.
“The services and experience offered by each party is renowned in the market, and this collaboration will enable the teams to concentrate their efforts in their specialist fields whilst now being able to offer their existing client base additional areas of expertise.”
The merger sees four additional members of staff join the Robertson Simpson’s 24-strong team. Directors Richard Fenwick and Richard Finney have been joined by Catherine Fenwick, senior negotiator and negotiator Joy Ferguson.
Robertson Simpson has also recently been boosted by five key new appointments.
At the firm’s head office in Gateshead, Mark Learmonth has been appointed to drive forward project monitoring and to help establish the health and safety consultancy which includes CDM co-ordination.
Paul Northey has been recruited from DTZ to head up the building surveying team and he has been joined by graduate building surveyor Stephen Wrack. Valuation surveyor Matthew Clarke has joined from Sanderson Weatherall LLP to manage the firm’s Sunderland office and establish its new Teesside office in early 2013. Joining him is graduate surveyor, Daniel Nicholson to assist with agency instructions in Wearside, County Durham and the A19 corridor. Robertson added: “While much of the property market continues to struggle, we have seen strong growth across all areas of the business in recent months. We are looking to further increase our staff numbers and are currently recruiting for additional team members in property management, architectural services, estate agency, valuation services and building surveying.”
Robertson Simpson was established by Mark Robertson in 2002 and is one of the leading independent surveying practices in the North East.
It employs 24 staff across its two offices in Gateshead and Sunderland and offers a range of commercial and residential property services including building consultancy, general practice, architectural design services and energy assessment.