Property firm expands across the North East

Leading North East property firm BH Group is celebrating significant expansion across the North East.

The company, which announced its aggressive growth strategy last year, has employed a dozen new team members while also promoting existing staff to further strengthen the company’s commercial and residential operations as well as its separate mortgage and finance arms.

The BH Group head office, which is based on Hood Street, Newcastle has benefitted from the promotion of Catherine Affleck, who has been made operations director after re-joining the firm. She now oversees the running of the organisation as well as continuing her role in property management.

The property management team is now further supported by chartered surveyor Rachel Farrier, who joins the team with 10 years of experience in the property industry, while the accounts team welcomes accounts clerk Paul Simpson.

Building surveyor Ricki Hutchinson joins associate director Henry Scott to oversee building surveying from the head office.

Students Daniel Simons, who is based in the Newcastle office and Callum Armstrong, who is based in the Durham office, join the team as assistant surveyors during their placement year at University. They will both provide key support with commercial property.

BH Financial welcomes commercial mortgage expert Phill Barker, while BH Mortgages welcomes experienced mortgage advisor Samantha Smith.

Residential operations are also going from strength to strength, with the relocation and expansion of the company’s Morpeth office now complete. The office has moved to larger premises on Newgate street to meet demand in the area. The estate agency arm is also set to open a base Sunderland in the autumn of 2017.

To meet demand in Morpeth the firm has employed property executive Jessica Wilce and graduate valuer Oliver Hindle, who has been employed full time following a successful placement year at the firm.

The Gosforth operation gained area valuer, Liz Humphreys, who oversees home sales across the North East from her base in the popular Newcastle suburb.

The company’s Durham operation has also gained new manager Danny Miles, who has over a decade of experience in the residential property industry. Property executive Gabrielle McKenna, who provides assistance with general clerical support, viewings, marketing properties and customer services also joins the team.

BH Group director Neil Hart said: “We’re thrilled to have hired a collection of talented staff as we look to continue our growth strategy across all of our operations. Activity across all services and arms of the company is stronger than ever, and these key appointments will assist us in providing the high quality services we have become known for in recent years.

“We are also pleased to welcome new placement students who will provide us with vital support. We have always been committed to growing the next generation of property experts and many of our senior members of staff and directors started with the company as placements. We hope to replicate this success with our new recruits.”

The appointments add to another successful year of growth and expansion. The team is currently undergoing growth from 35 to 50 people across its residential and commercial offices.

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