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Darlington's Smiths Gore branch grows its headcount amid rising demand

Jamie Chalmers head shotThe Darlington office of Smiths Gore has expanded its workforce on the back of growing demand from the recovering property market.

The property and surveying firm has recruited graduate rural surveyor Jamie Chalmers as it gears up for a year of ongoing growth in 2014.

Jamie, who holds a masters in rural surveying and spatial planning from Aberdeen University, joins Smiths Gore’s 25-strong Darlington team.

The new recruit, who also plays for Darlington Rugby Club, said: “Smiths Gore is a leading firm in land management which will allow me to gain experience in the fundamentals of the business and pave the way for a successful career in the sector.

“Ever since the crash of 2008 the housing market has continued to quietly tick away, however 2013 has seen the long awaited signs of revival after the return of first-time buyers. Considering this, it is the hope that the market will further improve through the introduction of the Help to Buy Mortgage scheme.”

Patrick Moseley, associate at Smiths Gore, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jamie into the team ahead of what is shaping up to be a busy period next year. We’ve seen a marked upturn in a number of our core markets in recent months and we expect this trend to continue throughout 2014.”

Smiths Gore is a rural property consultancy of chartered surveyors which turns over around £1.4m annually from its base in Darlington.

The firm, which this year celebrated the 150th anniversary of its Darlington office, acts for clients with total landholdings in excess of 134,000 acres. For more information visit www.smithsgore.co.uk.

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