Three-pronged expansion for Dunlop Heywood

COMMERCIAL property consultancy Dunlop Heywood has acquired a business in the North East, opened a new office in Liverpool and launched a new division.

The Manchester-based firm has bought six-strong Newcastle-based chartered surveying practice Bissett Kenning and Newiss for an undisclosed sum.

All employees will form part of the new Dunlop Heywood team and remain based at the Bissett Kenning offices in Newcastle Business Park.

The second office to be established under the Dunlop Heywood banner is based at Princes Dock, Liverpool, and will help its rating and property & asset management teams service national clients such as Peel Holdings, the Port of Liverpool and Speedy Hire.

The offices now brings the number of Dunlop Heywood bases to seven, including its head office in King Street, Manchester.

The final element of its growth plan has been to launch a Licensed Trade, Leisure & Hotel division at its London office. The new venture is led by Philip Booth, a former head of LTLH, both at GVA Grimley and Grant Thornton, as well as having run his own practice.

Mr Booth’s team is based at  new offices in Berkeley House, Berkeley Square. Clients include: Barclay Capital, Deloitte, Marstons, McManus Taverns and Greene King.

The team will work on sales and acquisitions of pubs, restaurants, hotels, wine bars, nightclubs and health clubs.

Stuart Hicks, managing director of Dunlop Heywood said: “Since we launched Dunlop Heywood in 2008 we have pursued a strategy of organic growth, boosted by timely acquisitions and new service lines.

“Each acquisition or new service line has brought with it a wealth of opportunity that has helped Dunlop Heywood defy the tough markets and prove that an ambitious based primarily across the North has the drive, talent and experience to win national clients.”