Historic department store in Porthmadog to be reopened

Historic department store in Porthmadog to be reopened


Kerfoots, the historic department store in Porthmadog, ceased trading earlier this year but now looks set to be given a new lease of life.

Portmeirion Shops secured the troubled Kerfoots site at the recent Pugh property auction, and have announced they plan to re-open the much-loved store.

Liquidators were called into the business in August, shortly before the shop closed its doors, despite trading for over 140 years.

Plans by the group are to reopen the site next year.

Robin Llywelyn, Managing Director at Portmeirion said: “The directors of Portmeirion Shops Ltd today confirmed that the company had bought Kerfoots, Stryd Fawr, Porthmadog. The shop will be opened in spring 2019 as a ground floor retail unit and first floor cafe.”

He added that “New job opportunities will be created as a result of this development”.

The store sold at the Pugh Auction held at the AJ Bell stadium for £325,000.

Paul Thompson, Managing Director at Pugh Auctions said: “This store has been at the heart of the community here since 1874, so it gives great satisfaction to know it will be reopened and be given a new lease of life, bringing with it a series of new job opportunities.”

Established 26 years ago, Pugh is the largest auctioneer outside of London and was acquired by property consultant Eddisons in 2016. The firm’s next property auctions will take place at Leeds United’s Elland Road football ground in Leeds on 4 December and at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester on 6 December.

For more information on our property auctions or to see the current available auction lots, please go to www.pugh-auctions.com


Written by: Paul Thompson on Friday 02/11/2018


Newcastle surveyor shortlisted for prestigious award

Newcastle surveyor shortlisted for prestigious award

Adam Finch, Associate Director at Eddisons’ Newcastle office, has been shortlisted for the prestigious RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year award.

Adam was initially nominated by a client for his stellar work and exceptional service levels, and his selection for the shortlist in the Building Surveying category comes off the back of a strong year for him and his colleagues, where a number of new commissions were secured.

The awards recognise and celebrate the most inspirational young surveying professionals in the UK. There are eight categories for the award, to denote the range of specialisms.

Judges will be looking for outstanding role models who work to the highest standards of professionalism and act as advocates for the profession.

Adam said: “I am absolutely delighted to be shortlisted by RICS and recognised by my fellow surveyors for my contribution towards the Building Surveying profession in the North East”.

“However, I am grateful for the advice, guidance and assistance from colleagues past and present who have assisted me over the past 10 years. I will attend the award ceremony hopeful of winning, but to be shortlisted by RICS and representing Eddisons at such a prestigious event is something I am extremely proud of.”

The winners of each of the eight categories will be announced at a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony in London on Friday 30th November, with the ultimate accolade of RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year 2018 awarded to one of the category winners.

The building and project consultancy team secured over £15m of Government funding for building and improvement projects in schools across the UK, and the firm recently won a place on the Homes England property services panel. For more information on the range of services offered by the team, please click here.


Written by: Ian Harrington on Tuesday 30/10/2018


Eddisons boosts Leeds operation with five new recruits

Eddisons boosts Leeds operation with five new recruits


Property consultant Eddisons has expanded its Leeds head office as the firm rolls out a series of new hires across its building and project consultancy, agency and valuations teams.

Tim Kirman has joined Eddisons’ building and property consultancy team in Leeds as an associate director from global property and construction consultancy Gleeds. He was previously an associate director at Dunlop Heywood, and a senior surveyor at Edward Symmons. Tim’s experience includes Development Monitoring, Quality Monitoring, Dilapidations, Condition Surveys and Due Diligence and he has worked with national and international clients which in recent years has included pre-acquisition surveys in Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg.

William Triner has joined the firm from Sanderson Weatherall as a graduate surveyor. Oxford graduate William also holds a masters degree in real estate and will be involved in a range of surveying work across Eddisons’ growing building and project consultancy division.

Eddisons’ building and project consultancy team recently secured £15m of Government funding for building and improvement projects in schools across the UK, and the firm recently won a place on the Homes England property services panel.

Meanwhile, Charles O’Hara joins the agency team as an agency surveyor. He will be based in the Leeds office alongside Steven Jones focusing on acquiring, selling and letting a wide variety of commercial property across the region.

Also joining Eddisons are two junior surveyors on placement from their undergraduate studies. Archie Ingham joins the valuations team from his surveying course at Northumbria University, while Angus Ellwood joins the building and project consultancy team before continuing his building surveying degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

Ian Harrington, national head of building and property consultancy at Eddisons said: “Both the valuations and the building and project consultancy divisions are forging ahead in 2018, with significant new business wins and an appetite for growth. We are really pleased to be adding yet more new recruits to our Leeds office and it is great to have such talented young people on board at Eddisons.”


Written by: on Thursday 27/09/2018


Join Eddisons at the Education Estates Exhibition 2018

Join Eddisons at the Education Estates Exhibition 2018

The Building & Projects Consultancy team from leading surveying firm Eddisons, are pleased to be exhibiting at Education Estates 2018 on the 16th & 17th October at Manchester Central.

A team of experts will be in attendance over the two days including National Head of Building & Projects Consultancy, Ian Harrington, and Associate Directors’ Joseph Fitzsimmons and Thomas Weinmann.

Located at Stand G4, the team will be on hand to offer advice on all property related projects and ways to access funding. There will also be a free draw at the stand to win £250 worth of book vouchers.

On the Wednesday of the exhibition, Associate Director Joseph Fitzsimmons will be presenting on “funding opportunities available to Academies and best practice in Estate Management” in the Good Estates management Theatre at 14.40 – 15.05. The presentation will provide an overview of funding streams that are available to schools, together with advice for effectively managing your estate and making best use of resources.

Joseph Fitzsimmons, Associate Director, said: “We’re really excited to be exhibiting at this years Education Estates.

“The exhibition will enable us to hear first-hand about the issues that matter most to people across the education sector, and we can learn from business managers and other staff the challenges they face that we can ultimately help them with.”


Written by: Joseph Fitzsimmons on Tuesday 25/09/2018



Eddisons and Aspinall Verdi joint venture successfully appointed to Homes England Property Framework

Eddisons and Aspinall Verdi joint venture successfully appointed to Homes England Property Framework


A joint venture between Eddisons and specialist regeneration and development consultants AspinallVerdi has successfully been appointed to the Homes England Property Professional Services Framework.

The Homes England Framework provides councils and other public bodies with European procurement compliant access to a broader range of technical and design services to help with the delivery of new homes, while helping public bodies to dispose of their land more quickly.

The Framework will be used to commission £150m worth of property related services including: development consultancy, agency (site disposals and acquisitions), estate management, valuation, viability appraisal, financial services and project management.

A launch event for the Property Panel was held yesterday at the RICS head office in Central London, and featured key individuals from Homes England outlining the strategic aims and policy objectives the panel firms will need to address.

Eddisons Partner, Richard Roe, said: “Together, Eddisons and AspinallVerdi have successfully demonstrated our combined capability and competitiveness to deliver services through the Homes England tender process.”

“It’s an exciting time to be involved with helping the government deliver against its housing objectives and we’re naturally thrilled to have been awarded a place on the property framework panel.”

Ben Aspinall, Managing Director at AspinallVerdi, said: “We’re delighted to have been appointed on the new framework with Eddisons.

“This continues AspinallVerdi’s existing relationship with Homes England. Recently we have been working with Homes England and local authorities across the country, advising on all aspects of housing delivery including the masterplanning and disposal of development sites and the viability of planning applications.”

“By building on our experience of working with Homes England and combining with the agency and property management expertise of Eddisons, we can provide local authorities and other public sector clients with expert advice across the full range of property services.

Homes England (formerly the Homes and Communities Agency) is the government’s national housing agency responsible for the delivery of sufficient new homes and to deliver a sustained improvement in affordability. Alongside building new homes, Homes England also invests in creating employment floorspace and other infrastructure across the country.



Written by: Richard Roe on Thursday 06/09/2018


Loos with a view and former bank included in Pugh’s September auction listing

Loos with a view and former bank included in Pugh’s September auction listing

A public toilet block set in countryside close to Haworth and a former NatWest Bank building near Doncaster will feature among over 30 lots at Pugh’s next Yorkshire property auction at Elland Road Stadium in Leeds on 4 September.

The hill?top single?storey former toilet block at Penistone Hill Country Park near Haworth, one of the area’s most picturesque locations, has views over the surrounding moorland and is being auctioned with a guide price of £10,000 at the property auction. Bradford Council is disposing of the building, which has been closed since 2015.

Also included in the auction is a former NatWest Bank property in the market town of Bawtry, near Doncaster. The 2,400 sq ft building, which has a guide price of £270,000, was shut down in May this year. NatWest said an increase in mobile and online banking had triggered its programme of branch closures, including its Bawtry branch.

Paul Thompson, managing director of Pugh auction house, said: “We are seeing the ongoing closure of many high street branches as our banking clients continue to evolve the way they deliver their services in the digital age. Bawtry is a busy market town and the property is well located for potential commercial redevelopment.”

He added: “We have also seen a great deal of interest in the toilet block which is in a stunning rural location in the heart of Brontë country that attracts a high number of visitors and could make an ideal café or shop with an imaginative redevelopment.”

Pugh’s next Yorkshire & North East Property auction will take place at Elland Road football ground in Leeds on 4 September and their North West Property Auction will take place on 6 September at Manchester’s AJ Bell Stadium.


Written by: Paul Thompson on Friday 31/08/2018



Gin Festival Stock Goes Under The Hammer

Gin Festival Stock Goes Under The Hammer

More than 1,200 bottles of gin and 7,000 bottles of tonic are to be sold off at a rare auction in North Lincolnshire on Monday 13th August.

Fans of the juniper berry spirit are expected to snap up cut?price cases as branded bottles including Tinker, Kuro, Aduro, Slingsby, Dingle, Santamania, Black Tomato Gin and PJ fall under the hammer in the unusual lot. The sale also includes outdoor festival bar equipment including strobe lights, speakers, a mixing console and optics.

The administrators of West Yorkshire?based Gin Festival Limited, instructed the Scunthorpe office of Eddisons CJM to auction off the stock after the events firm fell into administration last month.

20 planned festivals across the UK were cancelled and 27 members of staff of Gin Festival Limited were made redundant leaving the huge volume of gin behind.

Quarterly combined sales of gin in UK supermarkets, shops, pubs, bars and restaurant have increased by over 40% according to a recent report* by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

In the year ending 31 March 2018, UK gin sales rose by 28% in volume and by 33% in value to reach £1.5 billion, meaning that sales have more than doubled in value in five years (£696m y/e March 2013). The WSTA has predicted that gin will be a £2 billion industry by the end of this year.

Paul Cooper, director in the Scunthorpe office of Eddisons CJM, said: “It is rare to find this level of volume and wide range of gin brands on sale at auction anywhere in the UK and we are pleased to have been selected to put it to auction in Scunthorpe.

“Gin has become somewhat of a trendy drink during the past couple of years so I expect bidders to be a mix of consumers and those in the trade.”

Physical viewing takes place on Friday 10th August (1pm – 4:30pm) at Eddisons CJM on Dunlop Way in Scunthorpe. The auction takes place online and will be concluded at 6pm on 13 August.

*Source: Wine and Spirit Trade Association Report:


Rare medal and autographs feature in memorabilia sale

Rare medal and autographs feature in memorabilia sale


A rare medal and a collection of autographs featuring screen icons John Wayne and Laurence Olivier, plus football legends George Best, Sir Tom Finney and Sir Geoff Hurst, is expected to attract widespread collector interest when it goes under the hammer in a specialist auction of autographs and sporting memorabilia in Scunthorpe next week.

The rare medal was used as a good luck charm on a gold bracelet for decades, however the ‘good luck charm’ is in fact a rare piece of pre-war footballing memorabilia – a gold winners medal for the 1932-33 season final of the Durham Football Association’s Senior Professional Cup, a long defunct competition for the top teams in the North East.

The competition that year was won by Sunderland FC and the medal was awarded to Cyril Beach, who played as an inside forward in the game. It has been entered into the auction by a member of the family who discovered it – attached to the bracelet – amongst jewellery inherited from Cyril’s wife Vera a number of years ago.

Howard himself died in Brigg in 1994, just weeks short of his 85th birthday, after a spectacularly interesting career that took in not only football but also the film industry. After a season at Hounslow Town, a non-league club, he joined Second Division Charlton Athletic, before being signed by First Division Sunderland for the 1932-33 season. It was to prove a step too far. He made just a handful of first team appearances but he did play in the Durham Senior Professional Final and win the medal.

After that it was back to non-league football and the other career options that even the top football players of the time had to consider when their playing days (£10 a week maximum) were over. In Howard’s case it was the British film industry in which he would work as a camera operator.

That second career has produced another interesting entry in the auction, a collection of a dozen signed portraits of the famous film stars of the post-war years with whom he worked. They include Laurence Olivier, Margaret Lockwood, Greer Garson, Robert Montgomery, Richard Greene, Constance Cummings, Valerie Hobson and others.

The auction next Wednesday (15th August) also includes signed photographs by John Wayne and Bing Crosby that have been entered by another collector.

Meanwhile back on the topic of football, the sale also includes the best Grimsby Town-related autograph collection we’ve ever seen. Half a century in the making, it started back in December 1956 when a four-year-old boy was taken to see Grimsby Town play Bristol Rovers in the old Second Division. The mariners won 3-2 and the boy was hooked, starting collecting autographs soon afterwards and continuing until 2007 when his own son, another fan and collector, joined the army.

However not only do the hundreds of autographs cover the players of that period but they even managed to get the signatures of some of the members of pre-war teams including Max Holmes who played in the side that came 5th in the First Division in 1935. (Who later became the collector’s sports teacher at Hereford School.)

There are also the autographs of many of the greats of the game that were collected at various events including Sir Stanley Matthews, Sir Tom Finney, Nat Lofthouse, Sir Geoff Hurst, George Best and others.

The sale also includes an impressive collection of limited edition aviation prints including a number by Robert Taylor, the world’s leading aviation artist, almost all of them signed by pilots and squadron members.

Revenue and profits up at Eddisons

Revenue and profits up at Eddisons

Leading Chartered Surveying practice Eddisons has reported growth in both revenue and profit in the year ending 30 April 2018.

Revenue for the Leeds-based firm increased by over 5% to £14.2m while profits increased by almost 7% to £3.1m, up £0.2m on the previous year. The firm also reported operating margins had increased to 22.1% (from 21.6% in 2017).

Richard Roe, Managing Director at Eddisons, said: “These results have been achieved through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisition.

“Within this financial year we have invested in our real estate and commercial valuation teams through the recruitment of experienced surveyors, and in our building consultancy capability, where we have experienced increased levels of instructions.

“Alongside this, we have also strengthened our machinery and business asset expertise through the acquisition of industrial plant and machinery asset specialists CJM Asset Management. This acquisition was completed in February and complements our existing operations, enhancing our capability to sell complex and high value assets internationally.

“This last year has also seen us recruit a new team in Liverpool, boosting the firm’s valuation and agency services across that region.”

Eddisons is headquartered in Leeds and employs 182 staff – up from 170 at the start of the previous financial year – and has been an established business for over 174 years.


Written by: Richard Roe on Wednesday 11/07/2018



Eddisons boosts Newcastle office with two building surveyor hires

Eddisons boosts Newcastle office with two building surveyor hires

Property consultant Eddisons has recruited two new building surveyors to boost the building and project consultancy division at its Newcastle office.

Richard Steedman joins the firm from national building consultancy AA Projects, bringing design and project management experience, particularly in the education sector. He has worked in contract administration roles on a number of improvement projects for academy trusts across the North East, including at New Seaham Academy primary school in County Durham.

Richard is joined by Jonathan Reeder Scott who will work with Eddisons for 18 months as an assistant building surveyor before returning to Northumbria University to undertake the final year of his degree in building surveying. A mature student, Jonathan had eight years’ specialist experience in the asbestos industry before retraining.

Both Richard and Jonathan will work alongside associate director and chartered building surveyor Adam Finch, who launched the firm’s Newcastle office in January last year, and colleague Mike McGoldrick – who joined the team in July 2017.

Eddisons has seen a surge in demand for its building surveying services, following the successful appointment on a number of property frameworks along with increased demand from academy schools and further education colleges that have secured funding for buildings and facilities improvements via the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency.

In the latest round of Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) bids, Eddisons secured almost £15m of capital funding for schools in the North East and across the UK, to improve facilities including dining rooms, playgrounds, changing facilities and sports pitches.

Adam Finch said: “We are really pleased to welcome Richard and Jonathan to the Eddisons team, as their skills compliment the existing team and they will both play vital roles in delivering an increased number of professional surveys and building projects – most notably for our clients in the education sector.”

“Richard is highly experienced in working in close professional partnership with schools and this is invaluable to the careful and successful management of projects in the ‘live environment’ of a school or college.”

“Education is a highly rewarding sector to work in and, as a key area of growth for us, we are continuing to build our in-house expertise and will be making further appointments through 2018.”

Eddisons is a multi-disciplinary firm of chartered surveyors that was established in 1844 and operates across the UK.


Written by: Adam Finch on Tuesday 26/06/2018