Ex-TushMoore trio launch Metis

The retail and leisure agency launched by five former members of Tushingham Moore will be called Metis Real Estate Advisors and based at 53 King Street, Manchester.

Founded by Stephen Tregenza, Dan Davies and Paul Jones, Metis will offer expertise and advice throughout the UK, working with owners of leading retail and leisure destinations, as well as some of the best-known brands in the industry. Joining the three founding directors are Jon Phillips, who joins as a director, and Suzanne Hilditch, associate director. Between them, the Metis team has worked with some of the most highly regarded owners, developers, investors and brands in the retail and leisure industry.

Dan Davies said: "We value strongly our independence and the ability this affords the business to provide expert, balanced and, most importantly, impartial advice to clients. We are confident the quality of the team we have assembled at Metis creates a great platform for clients."

Metis has already been appointed by Grosvenor on Liverpool ONE, Aviva on Corn Exchange, Manchester, and Wykeland on Flemingate in Beverley.

A key element of Metis' offer will be investment agency, with the team operating across the UK and having a proven track record of transacting deal volumes consistently in excess of national rivals. Transactional experience includes over 20 shopping centres to £157m; over 120 foodstores to £27m; high street shop investments to £43m and numerous retail park and leisure investments.

Paul Jones, head of investment at Metis, said: "We believe major investment instructions require highly experienced senior level resourcing, together with the very best supporting occupational expertise, to obtain the strongest results for clients. Metis' two investment Directors continue to work side-by-side with the highest quality leasing advisors to achieve this aim."

Tushingham Moore was acquired by Lambert Smith Hampton last month but it later emerged Tushingham Moore did not employee all advisors directly and was effectively an umbrella brand used by arm's length consultancies including ones operated by the Metis founders, who chose to go it alone rather than move to LSH.

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