Knight Frank Accelerates Rural Expansion Drive With New Offices and Key Hires

Posted by Knight Frank Newcastle on 30th April 2024 -


Strategic investment in Rural Consultancy 

At the end of the second financial year of our strategic initiative to grow our Rural Estate Management offering, we reflect on the growth plans as we continue our ambitious expansion across the country. Paving the way to success, we've welcomed 14 new Partner hires and 6 new office openings over the last 2 years. Today, we can officially announce that we will be further adding to our expansion plans, with an additional new office opening in Cheshire later this year.

We've provided consultancy advice to estate owners and farmers for many decades. In 2021, our Group Executive Board decided to invest in this aspect of the business, embarking on an ambitious plan for growth.

Delivering strong leadership and developing growth 

James Farrell joined Knight Frank as a Proprietary Partner and Head of Rural Consultancy and has since overseen unprecedented growth of the Rural team. Under Farrell's leadership, the focus has been on attracting great people, establishing partner-led teams dedicated to the service of others, delivering 'turnaround performance' for estate businesses, as well as transforming the lived experience of estate ownership. In a new era for the countryside, the team supports estate owners creating relevant, resilient, sustainable, thriving estate businesses fit for this century and the next.

To achieve this goal, we've grown our Rural Consultancy offering rapidly, with new teams and offices now spread across the length and breadth of the country, including Sussex, Kent, Oxfordshire, Yorkshire, Cambridge, Leicestershire, and Cheshire, which is coming soon. The business has successfully established a national platform to advise landowners across the UK, a prime target which was set two years ago. With a clear focus on estate management, the team also provides consultancy advice to help clients meet the challenges of the new era in which rural business must now operate, including strategic reviews, natural capital assessments, placemaking and viticulture, access to grants and other funding mechanisms, the agricultural transition and regenerative farming.

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Knight Frank Newcastle is recognised as one of the most progressive and dynamic commercial property estate agent in the region and North East.

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