Innes England is celebrating after scooping a prestigious industry award. The firm has been named ‘Most Active Agent’ for Derbyshire and Leicestershire in the Estates Gazette East Midlands – Most Active Agent 2014 competition for its work over the last 12 months.
The competition is an independent survey conducted by the EGi research team, which covers office, industrial and retail transactions between April 2013 and March 2014. Innes England completed more deals than anyone else in both Derbyshire and Leicestershire.
Peter Doleman, director at Innes England heads up the agency and development group for the firm. He said: “We have completed a considerable number of deals across the East Midlands during the past 12 months which, set against a backdrop of challenging market conditions, is testament to the hard work put in by the teams.
“To be named Most Active Agent in both Derbyshire and Leicestershire by the Estates Gazette is fantastic for us. It follows on from our success in the national competition back in March, which saw us named top agent in the East Midlands for the seventh year in a row.”
In Derbyshire, Innes England was responsible for a number of key deals including the biggest deal in the Midlands, securing a deal for a 632,000 sq ft warehouse for Kuene + Nagel for Heineken at Derby Commercial Park. The firm completed a series of further deals in the city, including a 200,000 sq ft letting to Ceva to support its distribution contract with Rolls-Royce, and a further 80,000 sq ft letting to Morrisons at Derby Distribution Centre. In Leicestershire, the firm was responsible of for one of the highest profile office lettings, as Shakespeares took 13,000 sq ft of space at Colton Square following the merger with Harvey Ingram LLP as well as the letting of 22,000 sq ft in Wellesley House to De Montfort University.
Peter added: “Across the East Midlands as a whole we have seen an increase in investment activity, as well as improvements at the smaller end of the market in all sectors – including land sales, which is a sign of returning confidence.
“We firmly believe that our local market knowledge, which has been recognised through this award, and tenacity will ensure we continue in our market-leading performance in the year to come.”