Well-known property professionals head up new office for agency

James Keeton and Matthew Smith

Two prominent East Midlands commercial property professionals have left JLL to set up a new office of M1 Agency.

Matthew Smith and James Keeton will head up the agency’s new East Midlands presence, and say they have a pipeline of schemes that will deliver over 4m sq ft of space in to the East Midlands markets and in the North.

M1 Agency’s new East Midlands office, based in Nottingham city centre, will operate across a range of commercial sectors with key instructions within industrial and logistics, including HBD’s 39-acre Nottingham, New Horizon scheme and Verdant Regeneration’s 200-acre New Stanton site at J25, of the M1, as well as advising on major office schemes including CEG’s 180,000 sq ft East West offices (formerly CityGate) and CSB’s No.1 Great Central Square development in Leicester, with further schemes to be announced in due course.

M1 in Nottingham will also support student and strategic development.

Smith has left his role as head of the JLL Nottingham office. Hewas behind many of the region’s key deals including Nottingham’s HMRC Unity Square acquisition, and Imperial Tobacco site sale.

Keeton was a director in JLL’s agency team worked on major schemes and developments such as Markham Vale, J29a M1, Bildurn’s 11 Station Street, Nottingham, No1 Great Central, Leicester and the sale of Nottingham’s Chapel Quarter.

Smith said: “We’re thrilled to be joining M1 at such a pivotal time for the business, launching a new office to enhance and expand the strength of advice the agency is known for.

“This is a really exciting new venture for James and I. M1 Agency is a recognised agency and consultancy practice, with an excellent client base. They bring together a powerful brand and team that we are delighted to now be part of.”

Keeton added: “With a focus on leasing, development funding and investment agency, M1 Agency are a highly successful and agile business that deliver both the platform and expertise to grow, combining our respective clients bases to create a new and successful East Midlands office. Having worked together for over 15 years, Matt and I are now raring to go on this next career chapter and already actively looking to expand the team.”

Richard Moffitt, partner at M1 Agency, added: “We have been looking to expand the operational coverage and expertise within the East Midlands and further North following a period of highly successful growth.

“Matthew and James are two of the highest profile agents with a proven track record within that market place. With the opening of a new office now it will give us the ideal platform to strengthen our position and drive forward our continued growth within these markets.”