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