James Bailey, Managing Partner of National Chartered Surveyor firm, Bruton Knowles, has proven he has the business acumen and passion to lead the firm, despite the extremely difficult operating conditions experienced by the property industry this year.
Early December, James, who has worked for Bruton Knowles for 22 years was confirmed to continue leading the national property firm, securing his position as Managing Partner for the next three years.
After joining the business in 1998, James has been a key part of the growth of its utility, infrastructure, public sector and commercial teams. Responsible for leading the Nottingham office since 2006, James has showcased his management skills in growing and expanding his team and was instrumental in opening Bruton Knowles’ Manchester office in 2010.
On becoming Managing Partner back in 2017, James shared his vision – to build on the successes of the firm whilst instilling its values of integrity and professionalism. Now, having been re-elected following a challenging year, James comments on his new approach to business growth:
“We’ve used this year to review our current strategy and create a new approach to drive the business forward. Areas of potential profit growth have been identified and we’ve launched a new National Valuations team alongside a Utilities and Infrastructure (U&I) team to capitalise on these opportunities.
“In addition, we’ve acquired a strong rural surveying practice with an excellent reputation and established client base in The West Midlands, with significant scope to expand into new areas for the business.
“My approach has always been to utilise the skill set within the firm to identify growth revenues, whilst working closely with our clients to deliver an honest, transparent and expert service, showcased by the number of industry leading and longstanding clients we serve – National Grid, Network Rail, Scottish Power and HS2 to name a few.
“Looking ahead to 2021, I am delighted to have been re-elected as Manging Partner. I will be focused on the further development of our strategic post lockdown strategy, whilst handling any yet to be seen implications from Brexit. We remain positive in that we can continue to do what we do best – deliver high quality consultancy advice for a wide range of clients – ultimately supporting the economic recovery of the country.”