Manchester-based commercial property consultancy Dunlop Heywood has expanded its UK operations with a business acquisition, two new offices and the launch of a licensed trade, leisure & hotel division.
The second office to be established under the Dunlop Heywood banner will open at Princes Dock, Liverpool, on Monday.
It will help the rating and property & asset management teams service national clients such as Peel Holdings, Port of Liverpool and Speedy Hire.
This office now brings the number of Dunlop Heywood bases to seven including its head office in King Street, Manchester.
The Liverpool office will be managed by John Valentine as part of his responsibilities as the head of the North West region for Dunlop Heywood.
Three people will work full time in the office initially, with plans to have a 10-strong team in Liverpool within 18 months.
Staff working from the Liverpool office will include Sophie Attwood and Steve Brittle.
In Newcastle, Dunlop Heywood has acquired chartered surveyors Bissett Kenning and Newiss for an undisclosed sum.
The six existing employees will form part of the new Dunlop Heywood team and remain based at the Bissett Kenning offices in Newcastle Business Park.
They will continue to offer rating services, asset & property management, agency & investment, project & building and landlord & tenant services.
The final element of the strategic expansion is the establishment of a new LTLH Division in London, led by Philip Booth.
Booth is former head of LTLH, both at GVA Grimley and Grant Thornton, as well as having run his own successful specialised LTLH Practice in the capital.
Already up and running, the team is based out of new offices in Berkeley House, Berkeley Square.
Dunlop Heywood managing director Stuart Hicks said the new openings are part of a belief that the property market has turned a corner and that new opportunities are now available to grow the business's involvement in agency and transactional matters.