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Shepherd duo bag double Dealmaker of the Year Award

Shepherd duo bag double Dealmaker of the Year Award

Two surveyors at Shepherd Chartered Surveyors have been named Dealmaker of the Year in the commercial property bible Estates Gazettes’ prestigious competition.

Steven Clarke, commercial agency surveyor at Shepherd Chartered Surveyors, has been named Edinburgh Dealmaker of the Year for the second year running while Dunfermline-based Bilal Ashraf won the East of Scotland Dealmaker of the Year accolade.

Commenting on his accolade, Clarke said: “Awards such as this are welcome recognition for the entire commercial agency team in Edinburgh, which continues to develop our agency services throughout the Lothians.

“2018 has once again shown the strength of the Edinburgh commercial market, particularly well established secondary retail parades, which have seen a steady increase in rental levels resulting in low investment yields. The focus now turns to new instructions and, hopefully, an influx of new stock to allow us to hit the ground running in 2019.”

Ashraf added: “This success has been down to great team work throughout the department, which has worked hard to secure occupiers and new instructions. We now look forward to taking this success into 2019.

“The East of Scotland property market has seen the industrial sector remain robust in 2018 with increased rental growth given the lack of availability. This is particularly the case for prime, well-established locations. The retail sector is still adjusting to changing shopping traditions and remains challenging, whilst the office market has seen a slower take up in Fife.”

George Brewster, Senior Partner at Shepherd, said: “I am delighted that Steven and Bilal’s deal-making achievements have been recognised. Our commercial offering continues to grow, and this most recent award is a further reflection of the great progress the division is making across the country.”

Shepherd’s commercial offices offer a multi-disciplinary property service that includes: valuation; commercial agency; corporate recovery and restructuring; building surveying; lease advising; rent reviews; development investment consultancy; rating and property management.

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For further information please contact George Brewster on 0131 225 1234.

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