One of Birmingham’s top industrial agents has left the corporate world to set up his own independent company.
Kenny Allan, former head of CBRE’s industrial agency department, says newly-formed KGA Chartered Surveyors will offer a niche service, focusing purely on the shed market.
He has been joined by another of the city’s shed specialists, Richard James-Moore, a surveyor in LSH’s industrial agency department for five years, who has taken on the role of director.
KGA officially launched the business yesterday, at new offices in 65 Church Street.
Mr Allan, 34, has spent all of his working life in the shed market, since first being employed when a student of Paisley University, by Lochaber Limited in 1996, to assist with the industrial agency team within the Highlands and Islands Development Agency as part of his degree course.
This was followed by three years working for Scotland’s leading industrial practice, James Barr, as a graduate surveyor – qualifying in 1998 – covering the whole of Scotland from the firm’s Glasgow office.
Since 2000, up to last year, he was with CBRE, in Birmingham including, from November 2005, employed as the head of the Birmingham industrial agency department.
Prime instructions included XL240 Swadlincote, Rivet Coventry and Tempus 10 Walsall. He is also a member of the West Midlands Industrial Agency Society committee.
He said: “KGA is a niche company, purely looking at all aspects of the shed market, new and old, big and small, and no other activities, which means we can concentrate on identifying and preparing for changes in the market.
“Working for myself will allow me to achieve the best possible results for our clients, unhindered by the politics and corporate red-tape of a large company.
“When appointing KGA, a client will have either myself or Richard, or both of us, working on the instruction – we won’t pass instructions down the line to junior members of staff, so clients will have seniority of service at all times.”
He added: “I am really looking forward to the challenge, especially as there are some signs of a recovery in the market, and I am excited about the prospects ahead.”
Prior to his appointment with KGA, Richard James-Moore, 28, had worked exclusively for LHS, first as a graduate surveyor, primarily in the industrial agency department, but also in asset management and valuation, before qualifying in 2006.
During his time with LHS he acted on schemes such as Acanthus Park (Graftongate), Lakeside Industrial Estate (SWIP), South Moons Industrial Estate (British Steel Pension Fund) and Anchorbrook Industrial Estate (Hortons Estates).
He disposed of units within Kwik Fit and A Plant’s property portfolios, as well as a 30,000 sq ft unit on behalf of SWIP; acquired units on behalf of Atkins, totalling 50,000 sq ft; and won an instruction to dispose of a 114,657 sq ft unit in Rupert St, on behalf of European Steel Sheets Ltd.
He said: ”This is a fresh challenge for the both of us, and the chance to put our combined years of experience and contacts to good use. As a small company, we will be able to offer flexibility and competitive fees. We will also be looking to work with clients in a mutually beneficial way, in order to grow our respective businesses.”