The Scotland division of Bidwells property consultancy, which has offices in Perth, Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William, has recorded a successful 2016 despite many strategic markets being in a post-Brexit state of flux and contending with the uncertainties surrounding Scottish land reform.
Key sectors which enjoyed substantial fee growth last year include estate management, client accounting, planning and forestry which contributed to an overall Scotland divisional fee growth of over 12% in the year to December 2016.
Scotland Managing Partner Finlay Clark said:
“This growth reflects our unique ability to offer clients knowledge of, and access to, some of the most interesting land and property markets with the highest growth potential in the UK. Alongside our specialist services of planning and client accounting, our teams have worked hard to bring us into 2017 in a very healthy position.
“2016 was a very exciting year for Bidwells as we launched our new brand but it was also a year of economic uncertainty in the UK; despite this, our teams once again delivered exceptional results for our clients.”
The firm, which employs 500 people in the UK, also recently announced several promotions for its Scotland-based staff as well as new appointments.
In January, Ralph Peters (Rural) who is based in the firm’s Perth office was promoted to Group Partner and Darren Hirst (Rural), also based in Perth, was promoted to Divisional Partner. Corinne MacDougall who is the consultancy’s principal planner in Scotland was promoted to Associate.
In February, Bidwells appointed Ian Stewart as its forestry consultant in Fort William, taking over from Kate Sheppard who moves to Perth to strengthen the existing forestry team there.
“These are busy and exciting times for the timber industry with increasing amounts of activity and Government commitment to encouraging and expanding this important part of the rural economy,” continued Finlay.
“Our forestry team has been involved in a wide range of strategic management, consultancy and agency projects with clients over many years and it is our firm intention to continue delivering a high standard of customer service well into the future.”
Also in February, Alan Chalmers joined the firm as Head of Client Accounting Services, Scotland. Alan comes to Bidwells having previously held senior positions within the banking and agri-business sectors and will be managing the team responsible for providing accounting support to clients across a range of sectors, from commercial and residential to rural.
Bidwells’ renewables team is also in the process of recruiting an additional member of staff.