There’s a new face – but the same tried and trusted service – at Whitman & Co’s commercial department
Not only does the team at Whitman & Co specialise in Chiswick’s property market, the individual members don’t change that often. There’s always a good chance that you’ll deal with a familiar friendly face, however long it has been since you last used their services.
So, the recent retirement of Commercial Director Andrew Clark after 18 years is worthy of note. His place has been taken by Jeremy Day and, in classic Whitman style, he is a W4 local, having lived in Grove Park for 29 years.
A chartered surveyor, Jeremy has spent the past 30 years working with major firms. ‘I’m delighted to have joined the business. My responsibility is for all non-residential properties – shops, offices, industrial sites, new developments – and I’m looking forward to working with owners and occupiers, landlords and tenants, offering them a straightforward, market-aware service.’
The number of empty shop premises on the High Road is indicative of the challenges facing retailers. ‘We are in a period of re-adjustment and commercial rents must be reasonable,’ says Jeremy. ‘We find that our landlord clients are pragmatic – an occupied shop is better than a void one. We also work with occupier clients to ensure rents, rates and service charges are affordable. In Chiswick, we’re lucky that we still enjoy a thriving retail sector.’
The local industrial sector is performing strongly. ‘One reason for this is that many buildings have been removed from the supply chain and converted to residential properties,’ explains Jeremy. ‘Of course, in Chiswick we benefit from being close to the West End and City, Heathrow and the Thames Valley; these geographical advantages have also contributed to keeping the W4 office market healthy.
‘As a Commercial department we follow the approach that has made Whitman & Co Chiswick’s leading sales and lettings agent. We’re transparent, we don’t put clients under pressure and we try to solve problems, whether it’s a dispute with a neighbour, an issue with compulsory purchase or negotiating a lease or rent. We like to build relationships – longevity is at the core of what we do.’
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