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Leading commercial property agent is optimistic following 2015 recruitment.

Leading commercial property agent Lisney is looking ahead to 2016 with optimism following significant investment during 2015 to further strengthening its team.

The Belfast-based agency, which specialises in office, retail, leisure and industrial property acquisition, disposal and investment, expanded its workforce by over 30% during 2015, with eight new recruits boosting the total staffing level to 31.

All eight of Lisney’s new appointments are aged 35 or below, bringing a fresh dynamic to an experienced agency team which managed several of Northern Ireland’s largest commercial deals in the last 12 months.

Declan Flynn, Managing Director of Lisney Belfast, said:

“Lisney is cautiously optimistic about the outlook for the Northern Ireland commercial property market in 2016 and, as such, invested significantly in recruitment throughout 2015 to expand our team.”

“This has ensured that we are well positioned to meet the increasing needs of our extensive client base across the range of services which we provide, as well as being equipped to offer new services in the ever changing NI commercial property market.”

“Experience is crucial to the success of any leading commercial property agency and our personnel have stellar pedigrees and expertise in their fields. However, an influx of younger members can provide a major boost to any team and we are reaping the benefits of that.”

Not all the new starts during the year were unfamiliar faces as Stephen Chambers, a Surveyor at Lisney back in 2008, returned to fulfil an appointment as Associate Director
in the Investment Department while his contemporary, Andrew Knox, having completed his student placement with Lisney, returned as a Graduate Surveyor.

Andrew and Stephen strengthen a team which transacted in excess of £150m in 2015 - more than 30% of Northern Ireland’s annual investment transactions, and oversaw the recent £54.5m acquisition of Bloomfield Shopping Centre by Ellandi.

Looking ahead to 2016, Nicky Finnieston, Director of Retail and Investment said:

“The acquisition of Bloomfield Shopping Centre represents a hugely positive note on which to start 2016 and heralds a very exciting period for everyone at Lisney.”

“This is particularly the case within the retail and office sectors where increased confidence is having a significant impact on demand and pricing and I’m delighted that we’re growing to meet the needs of our clients.”

In the General Agency Department, Surveyors Lynn Taylor and Olivia Martin bolstered Lisney’s growing FCR department during 2015 with their arrival within weeks of one and other. They were then joined in late 2015 by Surveyor Kelly Porter.

As the number of female surveyors at Lisney reaches an all- time high, this could be a sign that the ongoing RICS drive to encourage more women into the industry is indeed working.

Lisney’s 2015 recruitment wasn’t just about surveyors either. Chris Campbell’s appointment to a new role as Lisney’s first Design & Marketing Executive results in Lisney now providing dedicated, in-house, design and marketing services.

In the Accounting Department the trend for growth in recruitment has also been echoed with the appointment of Sarah Crothers and Natalie Fisher in newly- created Account Support roles.

Commenting on the new roles created in 2015 Declan Flynn, MD at Lisney, went on:

“It’s important that we not only concentrate on developing our core business but also are aware of the importance of support services and new opportunities. The new roles created allow us to stay competitive and ensure our standards of excellence don’t slip as the market changes.”

For more information about commercial property opportunities in Northern Ireland, please contact Lisney Belfast on +44 (0)28 90 501501.

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