Testimonials

JK are delighted to refer to testimonials from our satisfied clients:

 

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"Technip Offshore Wind opened a new office in Newcastle upon Tyne and appointed JK Property Consultants to advise on the acquisition.

Their market knowledge of availability and terms quickly produced a long list from which we were able to make our preferred choice. Solicitors were instructed within three weeks of appointing JK and the lease completed within five weeks.
 
JK’s skill and expertise saved us a considerable amount of management time. The team made introductions and provided support during discussions with the local council economic development department, as well as during the interior design and fit out, which also saved time and reduced costs.

The skills, market knowledge and expertise of JK delivered real value for money and we highly recommend their services to others".

- David Hodkinson, Technip Offshore Wind Limited

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"Kevan Carrick is a consummate professional and has for many years been the recognised authoritative Property voice in the North East.  I am aware that Kevan has worked for and gained the respect of a wide range of clients from the Public, Private and Charitable sectors over many years.  The property industry is indebted to Kevan both during his time at Storeys and JK Property Consultants for the significant contribution that he has made towards the strategic planning of schemes throughout the region not least in advising Tyne & Wear Development Corporation throughout its 11 year existence in numerous roles in addition to playing a key role in the delivery of schemes of national and international repute including Newcastle Quayside.  More recently Kevan has been advising the North Eastern Local Enterprise Partnership on property related matters.  Kevan has also been the North East spokesman for the RICS for many years and has commanded the respect from all disciplines.  I have personally commissioned Kevan on many occasions and would have no hesitation in recommending him in an individual capacity or as part of a multi-disciplinary team."

- John Holmes, Durham Cathedral

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"We have been here for a number of years and provide a high quality service that depends on word of mouth and repeat business. As such, we perceive our continued presence on Pink Lane as an integral part of our success going forward.

The proposed rate rise was therefore potentially disastrous for us. Thankfully, by taking expert advice we have been able to secure a deal to suit. I am pleased with the way the renewal has been managed and how JK kept me informed throughout the process. I felt they were in control every step of the way, which made me feel at ease and I was happy to leave them to look after my best interests and take their advice.

I really appreciate all of your help and definitely would not have got the same result without JK. I will definitely recommend JK to other people who have rent reviews."

- Elizabeth Harrigan, MEH Flooring

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“In the past 20 years I have worked with Kevan Carrick on a wide range of development projects in the north east and always been very impressed with his professional approach and clear insights into the region’s property market.

So when I needed to review my property portfolio there was no doubt in my mind that Kevan was the ‘go-to’ person. After selling my business I retained my office building to generate income, but a challenging situation with a ‘rogue’ tenant led to a decision to dispose of the asset and seek better capital growth elsewhere.

Kevan’s advice and impressive negotiating skills through what became quite a complex transaction were absolutely invaluable, as was the fact that he is so well connected. He can pick the up the phone to just about anybody and smooth things over or get things moving – whatever is required. He was always readily available to consult, explain and reassure, inspiring confidence with his straightforward advice which was always firmly routed in reality. Simply the best in the business.”

- Jackie Gentle, 8 Diamond Court

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“I’ve valued your advice and support during the last year and a half, you’ve been insightful and ultra professional at all times that we’ve worked together” 
 
- Peter O’Brien, North East LEP

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"JK Property Consultants provided me with a confidential property search as part of our  initial location considerations. This subsequently developed into a detailed review of the planning issues related to our site as part of the ensuing disposal strategy. The advice and guidance obtained enabled us to achieve a very successful disposal against a challenging timetable to meet our corporate objective."

- Ian Christie, EEF

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"EEF Ltd is a national trade body serving the interests of engineering & manufacturing in the UK. J K Property Consultants were engaged by EEF in spring 2009 to assist in the search for suitable new offices in the Tyneside area.

Kevan Carrick, as the lead partner of J K Property Consultants, took up this project & gave it his dedicated attention from around April 2009 to completion of the purchase of new premises in July 2010.

Kevan is a very experienced commercial property surveyor. He has outstanding knowledge of the commercial property market. His attention to detail is exemplary &, in our experience, he goes out of his way to understand customer requirements, to develop a good business relationship with the customer & to then deliver a solid result.

The work undertaken required skill & judgement & an ability to negotiate with commercial property agents & the vendors of property. Kevan knows his way around this market that we not only secured a satisfactory deal at the end of the day but we also felt that we were working with an experienced professional.

On behalf of EEF, I have no difficulty in recommending Kevan to others. I can say no better than we intend to use Kevan again for a similar exercise which we are conducting in the Yorkshire area."

- Alan J Hall, EEF Ltd

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“We instructed JK Property Consultants LLP as an Expert Witness to present our case to Court following a long and unsuccessful negotiation with the tenant and its agent. JK’s report encapsulated the present position and as landlords we readily accepted the fact that this was, because of the fall in demand, somewhat of a tenants market. However, arising out of that report JK entered negotiations on our behalf and fairly quickly concluded a deal which we considered to be fair and reasonable for both sides. The process for us has been long, drawn-out and expensive because of the reluctance or recalcitrance of the tenant. We are however very happy with the result and manner in which JK Property Consultants approached and concluded a fair and effective deal which protected the worth of our investment for the next several years.

When we have further professional work requiring expert reports we would instruct JK Property Consultants again.”

- Richard A Sayer BSc FRICS, Rook Matthews Sayer

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“I was introduced to JK Property Consultants LLP in April 2009 when it became apparent that I needed help in renewing our lease. Kevan promptly called out to visit me and clearly discussed the options available. As it turned out the negotiations did not go swiftly due to the landlord and his agents delaying tactics. Although it took well over a year, the team at JK property Consultants LLP perused them vigorously until we finally got the result. They kept in touch with me throughout the procedure with email, letters and phone calls. I have no doubt that we will be using JK in the future negotiations and have no hesitation in recommending them to other businesses.”

- Alan Guthrie, Bagnall and Kirkwood

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“I'd only ever used a solicitor and an accountant to help run my business but when it came to a property issue, someone told me that I should contact a firm of chartered surveyors. JK Property Consultants LLP came highly recommended and I'm sure Kevan Carrick won't mind me saying that the firm has a great blend of youth and experience. The quality of service is excellent, they not only dealt with my contract issues quickly and efficiently but also saved me a great deal of money. Don't look on their fee as a cost - it's an investment. Best of all, it meant I could concentrate on running the business rather than get sidetracked into things that, quite frankly, JK Property Consultants can do much better.”

- Christine Pearson, Newcastle Drum Centre

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"After attending a Business Link funded property seminar held by JK Property Consultants, I was convinced that they were the Chartered Surveyors I needed to advise on property issues, prior to Indigo making a purchase decision on a city centre business premises. Their extensive knowledge and experience produced a comprehensive report in a refreshing clarity which not only enabled me to present to the board without translation, but give me answers to questions I didn't (but should of) asked!

Their services proved to be invaluable and I would encourage anyone to employ their assistance prior to making any financial commitment within todays increasingly confusing property arena.”

- Glen Burdis, Indigo Multimedia Limited  

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“I am writing to formally thank Kevan and yourself for the intensive support you gave us during our recent office move.  From the very start of the process, you took our requirements into account and were very aware of our financial limitations, as we are a local charity.  You sent us a range of information about potential sites, accompanied me on visits and then spent a lot of time negotiating a good deal for our organisation.
As a ‘property virgin’, I felt you were always on my side and managed to get us an excellent deal in our new premises.  You spent a lot of time on the phone, in emails and chasing up the landlord, his agent and his solicitor in order to hammer out all the detail and achieve a good result for us.

You always responded extremely quickly, picked up points of specific query, gave me excellent, clear advice and provided a full, professional service.
John Lloyd, my Chairman, would also like to thank you and Kevan for your generosity and support to a local charity.  We provide services to people with learning disabilities, so every pound saved on supporting our infrastructure, can be spent on the people who need and use our services.

Once again, many thanks for your invaluable support.”

- Sally Young, Edward Lloyd Trust

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