In the Media: North West Business Insider features us as a heritage firm in our 25th year

Andy Williams North West Business Insider spoke to Andy Williams about the firm's steadfast resilience and innovation in its anniversary year. Click here to view the publication, or read the article below.

Building consultancy Powell Williams is celebrating its 25th year in business with a new office and plans for further expansion in 2016. Established in Chester in 1990 by founding partner Andy Williams, the company now has offices in London, Birmingham and Leeds. It has grown from two surveyors and a secretary to a team of 30 people serving clients across the UK.

Williams recalls: "I was asked if I was mad, setting up a building consultancy just as the early 1990s recession hit, but in my youthful enthusiasm I figured that a combination of hard work, prompt service and quality advice would create plenty of opportunities and get us through the tough times. In the end that's what happened, in that recession and the more recent crash which took its toll on this industry.

"Having been through it once before, we drew on our collective experience and looked for alternative uses for our skills. For example, where there was a dearth of development or investment transactions, there was instead an increased requirement for advice on dilapidations and enhancement of existing stock as owners and occupiers moved or sought to renegotiate existing lease terms.

"Clearly, knowing your stuff is the most important element in the success of any business, but it goes hand-inhand with really listening to your clients and understanding their individual priorities and approach to cost and risk."

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