LEADING LOCAL PROPERTY FIRMS MERGE
05 February 2015
L to R: Paul Henry, Frank Cassidy and Martin McDowell
Leading commercial property firms, Ardmore Commercial and Osborne King, are joining forces. Specialist advisory practice Ardmore bring a very complementary skill set to Osborne King, Northern Ireland’s largest independent property consultancy. The merger represents the consolidation of two of the longest-established, independent, indigenous businesses which will compete with both national and international property firms through the quality of their advice, depth of regional knowledge and continue to provide property solutions to a diverse client base across the UK and Ireland.
Martin McDowell, Managing Director of Osborne King, stressed that the merger with Ardmore Commercial was a positive step forward for both companies and mutually beneficial in terms of achieving greater efficiencies, and sharing best practice. He stated that the main impetus for coming together was to offer clients truly independent advice that was not driven by globally-vested interests. He explained, “To use a simple analogy, you can buy a burger from any multi-national chain, but usually the best burgers are home-cooked! In a world of ever-increasing corporate banality, we have found that our clients actually appreciate a flexible approach and depth of local expertise that independence such as ours guarantees. The merger with Ardmore gives us additional resources to deliver a premium level service to our clients".
Frank Cassidy, Managing Director of Ardmore Commercial added: “In Osborne King I found a likeminded ethos of providing clients with quality advice as opposed to quick and easy solutions. Their experience and history fit very comfortably with our own client profile and I am very much looking forward to further developing our business together”. The merger takes immediate effect and the newly-merged company will trade under the Osborne King brand, operating from the latter’s Donegall Square offices in Belfast city centre.