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Over 150 guests joined Brown & Co Barfords at its official launch event at Wyboston Lakes Resort on Monday 29th January; to celebrate the November 2017 merger of two of the region’s best known Chartered Surveying firms.

Property & Business Consultants Brown & Co and St Neots based Barford + Co joined forces at the end of last year to create a major presence and expand on the services offered to clients.

The Brown & Co Barfords team, based in central St Neots, hosted the launch event along with colleagues from the wider Brown & Co team. A large number of clients and professional stakeholders joined Brown & Co Barfords at the event; demonstrating the strong, long standing relationships they hold across the local and regional business community.Guests also included representatives from local Councils, the Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Welcoming guests at the event, Charles Whitaker, Managing Partner at Brown & Co said:“Barford + Co’s practice’s longevity, credibility and high quality of service in the local property market has been clear over the last forty years. Their approach and their ethos very much fits with that of Brown & Co across the country. They were a natural fit for us to expand our regional service offering to include Commercial and Planning & Architectural from our existing Huntingdon based Agricultural team. We aim to bring the Huntingdon & St Neots businesses together under a single roof to accommodate our combined team of circa 35 staff to seek to deliver value in services and expertise across our core strengths.”

Sheila Smyth, a long standing employee of the original Barford + Co for 27 years, joined the newly merged business as Partner. Speaking at the launch event, Sheila said: “We are hugely passionate about the work we do, the role we have and the people we serve in the provision of Property and Surveyor services. I am proud to lead this expert team and look forward to showcasing our further strengthened practice as a result of this merger, in our new future as Brown & Co Barfords.”

Managing Partner, Charles will be basing himself in the region for part of his time to lead and grow the Agricultural consultancy team services to an expanding client base of land owners and farmers. Charles additionally said: “Ensuring our clients are ‘Brexit ready’ is a key goal for us over the next two years. I look forward to anchoring what will be a significant central office for our business along with the team we are proud to employ within Brown & Co Barfords and my fellow partners based there; Chris Purllant and Sheila Smyth.”

Brown & Co employs over 240 staff and operates from 12 UK offices, largely in East Anglia and the East Midlands. As part of the wider Brown & Co portfolio, the St Neots office now benefits from the addition of architectural services, residential agency, agricultural land agency, auctions and advice on renewables.

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