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On The Move

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On The Move

Jonathan Simpson and Andrew Wilkinson strengthen Connect Property North East.

Newly formed Connect Property North East (CPNE) has strengthened its team.

Directors Jonathan Simpson and Andrew Wilkinson have joined forces with company founder Tim Carter to create the largest specialist Niche commercial Agency Practice to serve the Tees Valley, County Durham and North Yorkshire.

Andrew joins Connect Property having spent 18 years at Sanderson Weatherall as Partner heading up the Retail and Investment departments in the Teesside office transacting over £100m of investment sales & acquisitions in his career to date.

Andrew has advised on most of the regional Shopping Centres and undertaken high street lettings for clients including the significant retail regeneration projects at the Pavilion Shopping Centre, Thornaby and most recently Billingham Town Centre. His local, regional and national expertise in the retail sector has guided many landlords to securing new tenants on existing and new build projects.

Jonathan joins having spent 8 years with Sanderson Weatherall, as partner heading up the commercial agency division in Teesside.  Previously Jonathan was an Associate Partner working at GVA in the National Industrial and logistics division.

Jonathan has been instrumental in some of the region’s largest industrial transactions over the last 10 years and brings with him an unrivalled knowledge of the Tees Valleys Industrial and Logistics sectors, having provided advice to clients on all the major industrial estates and business parks across the Tees Valley, County Durham and North Yorkshire.

The three Chartered Surveyors with over 45 years combined experience between them already boasts an enviable list of clients that include City & Northern, M7, UK Land Estates, St Modwen, LaSalle Investment Management, Dunedin, Opus Land, South Street Capital and Mandale.

Connect Property North East have most recently been instructed by new owner Clearbell on the £25m Lingfield  mixed use scheme in Darlington where they will provide occupational and agency advice. Other key Instructions include, Newton Aycliffe Business Park on behalf of M7, Teesside Industrial Estate on Behalf UK Land Estates, St Modwen on Billingham Town centre recently acquired from Stockland UK, Morton Palms office Park in Darlington and Belasis Business Park on behalf of Norwood.

Simpson commented “I am excited to be a part of this new venture as my ambition has always been to be the master of my own destiny. To be able to do this with two long terms friends and colleagues makes this extra special. I believe that the timing is perfect and the three of us have complementary skills to enable Connect Property North East to offer an unrivalled service in the Industrial, Office, Retail and Investment sectors.

Wilkinson added, “I take great comfort from the fact that the three of us have survived one of the toughest recessionary periods by continually adapting to market condition and delivering sound property advice derived from our personal experiences.  I am “fired up” by the opportunities which lie ahead and am confident that our rounded team approach will allow us to continue to provide a first rate and professional service through Connect Property North East. (CPNE.co.uk)