Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Man Behind Expansion of Property Business in City Retires; RETIREMENT

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Man Behind Expansion of Property Business in City Retires; RETIREMENT

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Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE partner who spearheaded Knight Frank's rapid expansion in the North East has spoken of his pride at driving the business forward as he retires from the rm.

Tim Evans has been at Knight Frank for 20 years, establishing the Newcastle o ce in October 1994 with a team of three, and overseeing its growth to a head count of more than 80 people covering the North East.

Over the last two decades the o ce has become one of the leading commercial rms in the region, and Mr Evans said the business has proved how property creates jobs and drives the region's economy.

Mr Evans said: "Knight Frank has changed tremendously over time, and we now have more than 80 people. Part of our role is as a facilitator of jobs - it's so critical.

"We have a very real duty to create jobs - they create the economy - and I'm very proud of some of the key developments we have been involved in, such as Doxford Park, which have done just that.

"'e rst 20 years have seen Knight Frank grow to be one of the region's leading real estate consultants, delivered through a team approach and shared passion with our clients for the North East and its success.

"'is passion includes the public sector as part of a seamless team with the interests of the region at heart. 'ere is true vitality here with all working as one for the good of all. It is very special."

'e rm originally started out in Newcastle's Grey Street - the rm's rst o ce in the North East - but moved to the Quayside 15 years ago.

He said: "Looking back 20 years the region was already in the process of change. In no order of priority I would say the Development Corporations were pivotal in that both the Teesside and Tyne & Wear regeneration initiatives swept aside large areas of redundant properties to bring forward developments that were farsighted in their concepts and which have stood the test of time. …

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