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Firm expands with deal for Cambs offices

PUBLISHED: 14:37 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:31 04 December 2017

Charles Whitaker, managing partner of Brown & Co, and Sheila Smith, director of Barford + Co, which has been acquired by Brown & Co. Picture: Brown & Co.

Charles Whitaker, managing partner of Brown & Co, and Sheila Smith, director of Barford + Co, which has been acquired by Brown & Co. Picture: Brown & Co.

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A Norfolk-based property consultancy has bolstered its team with an acquisition.

A Norfolk-based property consultancy has bolstered its team with an acquisition.

A firm of property and business consultants has extended its presence to the west of the region with an acquisition in Cambridgeshire.

Brown & Co has joined forces with Barford + Co in St Neots in a move which it says will increase the range of services it can offer to clients.

Barford + Co operates throughout Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, and into Hertfordshire to the south, and Northamptonshire to the west.

It was established in 1974 and has particular focus around the A1 and A14 corridors, providing agency, planning and professional services to corporate and private clients, local authorities and developers.

Charles Whitaker, managing partner at Brown & Co said: “This merger gives us a major presence throughout the Cambridge, Peterborough and Bedford triangle. Our intention in due course will be to amalgamate the St Neots and Huntingdon offices together, which fits with our strategy to develop larger centres of excellence, offering our full range of services to create and add value to our client base spanning agriculture, land, commercial and residential property.”

As part of the deal, director Sheila Smyth will become a partner in the Brown & Co business.

She said: “All the team here in St Neots are pleased to be joining Brown & Co. We have an enormous amount in common and I believe that all our clients can only benefit from such a friendly and professional merger.”

Brown & Co employs 220 people and will now be operating from 13 UK offices from the Humber to the Thames, and overseas offices in Poland, Romania and the Caribbean.

Barford + Co is the second acquisition for the company this year, after it announced a deal with chartered surveyors Cockertons in Holt.

At the time, Mr Whitaker said the deal would help to answer clients’ growing demand for a wider range of services, such as agricultural businesses seeking advice on how to generate new revenue streams. When that acquisition was revealed, on the first morning of the Royal Norfolk Show, Mr Whitaker said others were already in the pipeline.

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