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Positive planning legislation aids Rural Solutions’ rapid expansion

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Rural Solutions’ detailed knowledge of rural development and planning has seen the business transform during the past five years with an average growth of 67 per cent year on year.

Despite the recession and building/ housing crisis, the business has seized the new opportunities brought about by the Government’s changes in planning legislation and created a thriving nationwide business.

The team of advisors and project managers specialise in understanding land and property and how to unlock its value and potential for clients.

Rapid growth and re-investment has recently prompted a move to new larger open planned offices overlooking the canal in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

William Fry, managing director of Rural Solutions, said:

“We needed a space that offered flexibility and the opportunity for continuous growth.

“The recent changes in planning legislation represent the most positive environment towards development in the past 25 years.

“We are entering a new chapter for our business.

“The investment in new premises is a direct response to the growth of the market and the demands of our clients.

“When we started out in 2009 there were just three of us working flat out, but we had a clear vision.

“Through acquisition, investment in the right people and talent, plus an ambitious plan to introduce new offices nationwide we have grown to a team of twenty plus permanent colleagues and we are currently recruiting for eight new roles.”

From the central hub in Yorkshire the business has pushed South with the opening of two offices.

Duncan Hartley, director of planning, manages the South East and Rob Jones Davies manages business development for the South West.

The North and Scotland has also been resourced with the recent appointment of Willy Browne-Swinburne who is spearheading business development across the North of the UK.

Mr Fry added:

“Rural Solutions top 24 per cent of clients account for 80 per cent of our turnover.

“These clients tend to work with us long term and buy at least two or more of the core services we have on offer: Advisory, Planning & Design and Project Management.

“Whilst Rural Estate clients equate to 42 per cent of our business, we have seen a significant increase in work being carried out for corporates, particularly in the North of the UK, accounting for 27 per cent of revenues generated.

“The rural market place is thriving and changing, further liberalisation of planning and improving technologies is making the UK’s countryside a more attractive proposition for business development and diversification.

“We hope that through our ‘sensitive and considered’ approach we will continue to support rural life and make the UK countryside a place where people can choose to live, work and play. ”

William Fry of Rural Solutions
William Fry of Rural Solutions

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