Commercial addition Jayd welcomed at long-standing estate agency
WELCOME: Jackson Green and Preston senior partner Andy Ottley, second left, welcomes Jayd Cowdroy to the firm, flanked by partners Rachel Hobson and Kevin Broadhurst. Below, the refurbished office frontage.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 24 Feb 2017
CHARTERED surveyor Jayd Cowdroy has joined long-established Grimsby estate agent Jackson, Green & Preston as it scales up to deal with the ever-growing commercial valuation department.
She has joined from Engie, where she worked in the delivery partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council.
Jayd brings a wealth of knowledge to the practice, including negotiations on lease renewals, lettings, valuations of all types of commercial property and general commercial property management.
Senior partner Andy Ottley said: "With the growth of our commercial department, through the acquisition of Bacons Property Management, we felt the need to expand our commercial arm, in order to firstly deal with our existing clients but also to expand this side of our business.
"We have always had faith in the local market and know that people in this area like to deal with good honest local professionals and we are sure that Jayd will fit into this mould and become an integral part of JG&P."
Bacons was added in July, immediately swelling the books by a further 250 properties.
Partner Rachel Hobson, surveyor to the Freemen of Grimsby, said: "All our partners are chartered surveyors and we always feel it is important that clients get first class and truly professional service. We know the addition of Jayd will enhance our service to clients both old and new."
Her experience will also aid with the large number of freehold enfranchisements JG&P carries out, acting for both landlords and tenants in negotiations to purchase, as well as lease extensions.
An expert in the field, partner Kevin Broadhurst, said it was a growing market. "There are still a good number of properties within the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and surrounding village areas that are leasehold," he said. "Our strong advice would be to anyone to look into purchasing the freehold interest if at all possible. As you reach the end of the lease, the cost of purchasing the freehold rises dramatically year on year. It is also extremely difficult to sell properties with less than 70 years left on the lease as mortgage finance is virtually impossible to obtain.
"This is a growth area and we now have clients throughout England and Jayd will be an enormous help in dealing with the ever growing number of clients that we see year on year."
Jayd said: "Having lived in Grimsby all of my life, I am delighted to join Jackson, Green & Preston who, I am sure everyone is aware, is the leading firm of chartered surveyors within the area. I feel this is a great opportunity and look forward to being of service to the commercial market not only in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes market but further afield as necessary."
Overhaul of own offices sees 'open all hours' technology added
TECHNO TOUCH: The new external screen.
THE addition comes after a major refurbishment of JG&P's Grimsby town centre office.
Internal and external changes have seen touch screen technology introduced, as well as new signage and light pocket window displays.
The screens will allow passsers-by to view all properties for sale and to let, as well as providing full access to all photographs and floor plans.
Andy Ottley, senior partner said "The response to the touch screens has been fantastic, both from existing vendors and the public. It is interesting to see how many people are using the new service and we are certainly getting excellent results in terms of new business from property sales and viewings on existing properties."
A highly visual display.
Users can also email enquiries to the office out of hours.
Internally, the office has been totally revamped with new desks, and full redecoration.
Partner Rachel Hobson said: "We just felt the time was right to revamp the whole office. It's hard to believe that we have now been here for more than 20 years and with our ever growing number of staff it was necessary to redesign the internal layout to give the best service to customers within a bright new environment which hopefully will give clients a better in office experience."