" The Northern property market is strong and demand for the right space is high."
Robert Smith, Managing Director
With more than 15 years’ experience in the sector, Tom has been appointed as Towngate’s Property Manager. He comes on board following a decade at Knight Frank, where he was Partner in the Leeds-based industrial and logistics department. Before that he spent five years at banking and financial services giant BNP Paribas.
Tom’s new role will see him overseeing Towngate’s growing portfolio of property lets in Yorkshire and the North West. Managing everything from 1000sqft space for start-ups through to vast 300,000sqft industrial sites, he will also be on the hunt for new acquisitions – including land and premises ripe for refurbishment and redevelopment.
Commenting on Tom’s appointment, Towngate’s Managing Director, Robert Smith, stated: “The Northern property market is strong and demand for the right space is high. We’ve therefore got a real appetite to capitalise on the opportunities becoming available throughout the region, and hope to increase our total portfolio of assets by up to 20% by the end of 2017.
“The key goal for Tom is to source, procure and manage a variety of different assets that offer clients a breadth of choice. We’re looking for everything from good quality secondary industrial properties that are ready to let, through to larger properties in need of refurbishment.”
Now in its 55th year of business, Towngate is a 16-strong team, run by brothers and joint managing directors Alan and Robert Smith. Their father – Towngate’s founder David Smith – remains chairman of the company.