Eddisons acquires business transfer agent

Eddisons acquires business transfer agent

Eddisons has announced the acquisition of Ernest Wilson, a market leading business transfer agent.

Based in West Yorkshire and operating across the UK, Ernest Wilson was established in 1956 and has been owned for the past 50 years by Robert Williamson and more recently managed by his son Paul. The business has 24 employees and is led by an experienced and well-regarded management team, who will join Eddisons and be responsible for the ongoing management and development of the business.

In the last financial year Ernest Wilson sold 370 businesses ranging from food outlets and convenience stores to care homes, restaurants and hotels.

Anthony Spencer, Managing Partner at Eddisons, said: “I am delighted to welcome the Ernest Wilson team to Eddisons. The acquisition strengthens our offering to clients and enables us uniquely to support commercial clients in sales of businesses, property and assets on a national basis. This is the third acquisition for Eddisons in the current year and complements the organic growth we have seen in recent years.”

Paul Williamson, Managing Director at Ernest Wilson, commented: “Through our team of talented people who place our clients’ interests at the forefront of everything we do, Ernest Wilson has developed a market leading reputation for selling a wide range of businesses. We are excited to be joining the Eddisons team and we look forward to developing the business as part of the broader Eddisons group.”

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Building & Project Consultancy Expansion

Building & Project Consultancy Expansion

Eddisons welcomes a new team based in the Cambridge area.

Gary Benn Heads up the new team alongside colleagues Andrew Kent and Ryan Lambert. All 3 were previously at Ingleton Wood.

The team builds upon the continued successes in the education and wider public sector as our reputation, service offering and geographical coverage increases.

Ian Harrington, Partner and National Head of Building & Project Consultancy commented;

“These are exciting times for the team as we expand our scope of offering and geographical coverage into an industry leading service line with national coverage which will provide further leverage into both public and private sector markets as opportunities increase due to our expertise, client base and wider strength of the growing Eddisons business.”

Jenny Fram, Head of Business Development commented;

“Gary and his team bring a wealth of experience and will enable us to develop new clients and regions from East Anglia and the South East”

Eddisons colleague prepares for 500km cycle route to raise £14,000 for charity

Gearing up for Bloodwise UK – London to Paris

Joseph Fitzsimmons, Associate Director at Eddisons, part of the Building & Project Consultancy team, is preparing for his next cycling challenge.

Hosted by Everlast Group, a valued partner of Eddisons, Joseph will join six seasoned cyclists on the four-day ride which will commence on 19th September 2019.

Fighting for a cause close to his heart – Joe lost his father-in-law to cancer one month ago – he is embarking on this gruelling journey to raise money for Bloodwise UK, the UK’s leading blood cancer research charity.

The physically demanding route requires months of preparation as it will test the body for physical endurance and require patience as the riders soar through the cobbled streets of London and through the iconic Parisian landmark of the Champs-Élysées.

Joseph said: “I’m expecting my biggest challenge over the four days to be the terrain variances as we ride over the bumpy hills of Dover and across the flat land in Paris.

“As I’ll be cycling as part of a peloton, the average speed is 14 mph, so this will be a challenge to maintain in unfamiliar territory, but I intend to cycle until the finish line.”

In preparation for the event which will see the riders cycle over 100km a day, Joseph has taken up an extended cycling route to work made up of over 30 miles.

He added: “To train my body for the physical pressure, I’ve been cycling 100 miles a week, scaling the hills of Yorkshire in preparation for the event.

“The ambitious goal of cycling to Paris will be an unforgettable and worthwhile experience as we aim to raise £14,000 to fight the third biggest cancer killer through Bloodwise”.

Good luck to Joseph Fitzsimmons and all involved.

To support the 500km cycling challenge and make a donation to Bloodwise UK, previously known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, visit the Just Giving fundraising page.

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Huntingdon surveyor is ‘outstanding’ in his field

Huntingdon surveyor is ‘outstanding’ in his field

A surveyor in the Huntingdon office of Barker Storey Matthews – now part of Eddisons – has been recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and rewarded for his outstanding achievement on graduating this summer.

Matthew Hunt, the former trainee and now graduate surveyor at the property agency’s Huntingdon office, was awarded first class honours in Real Estate by Birmingham City University and won the RICS – the industry’s professional body – prize for ‘Outstanding Achievement at Undergraduate Level’ for attaining the highest overall mark on the degree course for his work, which included a dissertation on the upgrading of the A14 trunk road and its effect on the local commercial property market.

Matthew joined Barker Storey Matthews in 2014 and has successfully combined his degree studies, part time, with full time employment as a trainee surveyor at the firm’s Huntingdon office.

Commenting on Matthew’s graduation, Richard Adam, Director and Head of Agency at Barker Storey Matthews’ Huntingdon office, said, “To combine part time study so successfully with the demands of full time employment is an achievement in itself and for this Matthew is to be commended.

“However, to also achieve recognition from the RICS at this stage of his career is a testament to Matthew’s talents in his chosen professional field.

“Undoubtedly, Matthew’s hands-on commercial knowledge of the Huntingdon area fed in to his studies and his dissertation.  In turn, his dissertation about the strategic importance of the A14 improvements and the business opportunities for the Huntingdon area gives academic insight, adding value to the services we offer to our clients.

“We are proud of all Matthew’s achievements since he joined Barker Storey Matthews and he is an asset to the firm.”

Matthew will continue to study and train towards the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), a globally recognised qualification which is acknowledged as a marque of excellence and professional competence in the property sector.

Eddisons triathlon team raise £5,000 for Yorkshire mental health charity

Eddisons triathlon team raise £5,000 for Yorkshire mental health charity

The building and project consultancy team at Eddisons has raised over £5,000 for the charity Leeds Mind.

The 13 strong team, headed by director Ian Harrington, all completed the 420m swim, 24km cycle and 4.6km run in terrific  times at the Harrogate Triathlon on 11 May, after a training programme that involved lunchtime and after?work group training sessions over several weeks.

Ian Harrington said: “It was fantastic to see everyone coming together from across our Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester offices for such a great cause. Our day jobs are all about managing detailed building and fit?out projects for clients so this was a really different challenge.

“Leeds Mind does terrific work in raising awareness of mental health and supporting people with mental health issues . They have strong links with employers and peer groups within the region and are a fantastic resource for those needing dedicated help’’

It has been particularly poignant to our team mate, colleague and friend Joseph Fitzsimmons who sadly lost his sister last year and as a result wanted to raise money for mental health awareness.

He added: “We were all proud of ourselves that we finished in such a respectable time but even prouder that we have been able to raise £5,000 for this fantastic charity. Mental health is something that we all need to think more about and the sooner we can remove the stigma that has always surrounded it the better.”

Eddisons triathlon team raise £5,000 for Yorkshire mental health charity

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Growing fire safety business relocates to new Wakefield offices

Growing fire safety business relocates to new Wakefield offices

Orange Fire Protection, which provides fire sprinklers, extinguishers and alarms for commercial and residential properties, has relocated to new, 6,500 sq ft offices at Queens Court in Wakefield.

The business, which launched in 2016 with eight staff, has more than tripled in size over three years and now has a workforce of 26. A heightened awareness of fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017 has led to a number of new contracts for the business.

Orange Fire Protection director Lewis Klimo said: “The fire protection industry is in much higher demand at present and we are receiving large numbers of enquiries about the services we offer, including high-tech sprinkler systems and water mist fire suppression systems, for various building types.

“Only last month we were awarded contracts to install our systems in three further projects, including designing and installing a wet and dry riser system to protect a new 18-storey high-end residential development in London.”

Property agent Eddisons acted on behalf of Harrogate-based landlord Westcourt Group to secure the new Queens Court offices for Orange Fire protection. Eddisons head of agency Steven Jones said: “Orange Fire Protection works in the crucially important area of making our buildings safer and it was rewarding to be able to help them relocate to great new premises that will accommodate their growing team.”

He added: “A shortage of quality office space is pushing up rents in Wakefield and there are certainly signs that demand for premium space is growing in the town.”

Eddisons is a multi-disciplinary firm of chartered surveyors. Established in 1844, it operates across the UK and has a head office in Leeds. Harvey Burns & Co acted as joint agent on the deal.

Written by: Steven Jones on Wednesday 17/04/2019

Eddisons Exhibiting at Tube and Steel Fair in Turkey

Eddisons Exhibiting at Tube and Steel Fair in Turkey

Today the Eddisons’ Machinery and Business Assets team are attending the Tube and Steel Fair in Istanbul, Turkey.

Charles Moses, Director of our Plant and Machinery Assets business, will be meeting our global manufacturing clients face to face, to discuss their asset valuation and disposal needs.

The Tube and Steel Fair in Turkey is a Global Steel Exhibition, including over 80 countries with industries like construction, food processing, aerospace and energy as key attendees.

Eddisons’ stand is in Hall 2, which focuses on Tube and Profile Manufacturers.

Eddisons secures £20m to improve 48 schools across UK

Eddisons secures £20m to improve 48 schools across UK


Property consultant Eddisons has secured a total of £20m in funding to improve buildings at 48 schools across the UK. The capital funding, obtained via the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) programme, will be used to enhance school and sixth form college buildings and improve safety and energy efficiency.

The CIF is an annual bidding scheme that enables academy schools and colleges to apply for funding for the upkeep of their buildings, and to fund expansion projects for schools that have been rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.

Eddisons’ Leeds, Newcastle, and Manchester-based project consultancy division specialises in securing CIF funding for schools and has seen a £5m increase in successful bids for 2019, up from £15m in 2018. The team has also been appointed to design and project manage the safe delivery of all the successful applications.

Ian Harrington, who heads Eddisons building and project consultancy team, said: “We are really proud of our success rate for this year’s round of CIF bids, announced just last week, with 55 successful bids in total across the UK.

“Education is a key sector for us at Eddisons and one where we are seeing growing demand for our services. We are continuing to expand our team and are focused on doing the best job we can for our school and college clients.

He added: “It is tremendously rewarding to be able to guide schools through the maze of the CIF bidding process and as we are involved throughout the process we see the tremendous difference that these improvements can make to a whole school community.”

Eddisons has also secured £1m in Urgent Capital Support funding for UK schools in need of emergency repair projects this year. The firm is also working with schools and colleges to help them secure funding from the £25m Salix fund for projects that improve energy efficiency.

Eddisons has secured a total of £20m in funding to improve buildings at 48 schools across the UK.

Written by: Ian Harrington on Tuesday 09/04/2019

Eddisons expands across Eastern England with acquisition of BSM

Eddisons expands across Eastern England with acquisition of BSM


Leading national property consultancy, Eddisons, has today confirmed the acquisition of Barker Storey Matthews (BSM) one of the largest independent chartered surveying firms in Eastern England.

BSM was recently ranked the overall winner for Eastern England in the EG Deals Competition 2018 (‘EG’) for commercial property agents and acquisition will see the experienced 38-strong team integrate with the current Eddisons team.

Eddisons will also expand its national office network to 20 by incorporating BSM’s premises in Cambridge, Huntingdon, Peterborough and Bury St Edmunds, further strengthening the company’s ability to deliver specialist property services on nationally.

BSM is a multi-disciplinary practice and delivers services consistent with those offered by the existing Eddisons business, including commercial property agency, property management, building consultancy, professional services (including valuations) and planning services.

Eddisons Partner, Anthony Spencer, said: “I am very pleased to welcome the BSM team into Eddisons; it widens our geographical coverage to twenty offices around the UK and increases the number of clients. This is our fifth Eddisons acquisition since we joined the Group and we continue to seek opportunities for further growth, both organically and by strategic acquisition.”

Steve Hawkins, Managing Director at BSM, commented: “Through our talented team of people, Barker Storey Matthews has developed a market leading reputation for delivering quality property advice across the Eastern region.

“We are excited to be joining the Eddisons team as there is a natural overlap with the services we offer and an opportunity to work with like minded individuals. This strengthens our proposition to our dedicated client base and we look forward to developing the opportunities the deal presents. Not only will we be able to offer a greater spread of professional services but we will be able to do so on a UK wide basis.”

This marks the second acquisition of 2019 for Eddisons, having bought transport and planning consultancy Croft earlier this year. The firm has also acquired industrial auctioneers CJM Asset Management, real estate and business valuers Taylors, and leading property auction business Pugh & Co.

The BSM deal marks the second acquisition of 2019 for Eddisons.

Written by: Anthony Spencer on Friday 05/04/2019

Eddisons Appointed for Fire Safety Works – Lincoln Castle Academy

Eddisons Appointed for Fire Safety Works – Lincoln Castle Academy

Eddisons were appointed by Lincoln Castle Academy to produce an Urgent Capital Support ( UCS ) funding bid following a fire safety audit undertaken by Lincolnshire fire authority under the Regulatory Reform ( Fire Safety ) Order 2005.

The proposed life safety works include for the installation of new fire doors, fire compartmentation within ceiling voids and a new fire alarm system with emergency lighting.

The project will also include for the removal of localised asbestos containing materials that have been identified as part of the works.

Eddisons Building and Project team will be Project Managing the scheme on behalf of the academy ensuring that the works are safely delivered whilst causing minimum disruption to the operation of the school.

UCS funding is available to non Schools Capital Allocation (SCA) funded academies who can demonstrate urgent health and safety issues, structural problems, asbestos concerns and mechanical & electrical issues within their school estate.

Eddisons Education Team have the technical knowledge and expertise needed to submit and deliver successful UCS bids for non SCA academies.

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