Bruton Knowles has expanded into Bristol and recruited two of the city’s best-known commercial property specialists.
Pictured: left to right, Paul Williams and Paul Matthews outside Bruton Knowles' new Bristol office.
Paul Matthews and Paul Williams have opened the new office in Great George Street, Bristol with plans to grow a small team of specialists.
Patrick Downes, Managing Partner said: “It is exciting to be setting up a new operation in Bristol, enabling us to be fast on our feet and provide a personal service. Bruton Knowles has a long history in the West Country going back to 1862 and the decision to open in Bristol reflects the economic importance of the conurbation to the region.
“We have appointed two senior people with fantastic contacts and knowledge of the Bristol market to launch the new office.”
Paul Matthews has 32 years’ experience of the Bristol market and was formerly head of Chesterton’s Bristol office, helped establish Fuller Peiser in the city and was head of the Bristol Office of BNP Paribas. He will specialise in valuations, lease advisory and business rates issues while also acting as an arbitrator and independent expert in resolving property disputes.
Paul Williams has been appointed head of agency. He has more than 20 years’ experience of the Bristol market working at Lipfriend Dawson, Colliers CRE and Savills.
Said Paul Matthews: “We will be looking to work with occupiers and landlords in and around Bristol on all aspects of property. With the Bruton Knowles headquarters in Gloucester and specialists at our 12 other offices throughout the country we also have strong support for the Bristol team.
“The commercial property market has changed significantly in the last few years due to economic times with shorter leases and more flexible accommodation required to serve current commercial needs. Many businesses in and around Bristol are not making the most of their property assets or are unnecessarily tied into deals made before the recession hit.
“Those are the people we want to speak with and help ensure they benefit from the opportunities that are now available.”