National firm of Chartered Surveyors Eddisons has marked the New Year with a hat trick of significant announcements.
These include the launch of a Licensed, Leisure and Hotels department, the opening of two offices in Ireland and the introduction of a new corporate identity.
Philip Booth (48) most recently Director of Licensed and Leisure at Grant Thornton heads up the new Licensed, Leisure and Hotels department, which will operate from the firm’s head office in Leeds as well as London, Birmingham and Manchester.
The initial team of six is expected to increase to eight by the end of the year.
Nigel McDonald, Managing Director of Eddisons said: ‘I am confident that the specialist team Philip has assembled will complement our existing departments, broaden our client base and further enhance our overall offering.’
Meanwhile Eddisons, which already has eight offices across the country, has extended its coverage into Ireland.
The firm has opened offices in Dublin and Limerick from where it says the initial staff of eight will target banks and insolvency practitioners with services such as valuations, impaired debt strategic advice, plant and machinery and property management.
‘Ireland is a natural extension of our current geographical footprint where we will offer the same director led approach and specialist services to banks and insolvency practitioners as we do from our existing offices.
‘It will also help us to attract and service Irish clients who have property interests in the UK. Similarly UK businesses that have property interests in Ireland will benefit from the fact that we now have dedicated representation in the country offering invaluable local knowledge,’ said Mr McDonald.
Eddisons has also heralded in 2012 with the introduction of a new corporate identity, the first change of branding for over 10 years.
The distinctive new logo is part of a significant rebranding exercise and is being rolled out across all areas of the business including the signage which appears on commercial property sites.
As part of the rebrand Eddisons has carried out a major overhaul of its website, adding a range of features such as enhanced property search functionality.
Mr McDonald commented: ‘The new identity better reflects the current shape and future direction of the business, which has grown and diversified significantly in recent years.’
Richard joined Eddisons in 2003 and has been the Managing Partner since 2012, a role that sees him lead the strategic direction and development of the business under the ownership of Begbies Traynor Group plc. Richard has been instrumental in the growth of the business which has seen turnover more than double since 2008.
In addition to his role as Managing Partner, Richard continues to play a vital role with key clients, particularly in the banking sector, where he is a trusted adviser to major high street clearing banks. Over the last eight years, Richard has been appointed LPA Receiver on many high profile properties and assists in the recovery of distressed loan portfolios.
Prior to joining Eddisons, Richard worked in the real estate division of a 'Big Four' firm where his notable assignments included the privatisation of Saudi Telecom for flotation on the New York Stock Exchange.