Gloucestershire chartered surveyors celebrate 30th anniversary
By James Young | 14th March 2019
Plenty has changed in the property sector since 1989 - although there has been one constant on the Gloucestershire scene: ASH Chartered Surveyors.
Founded in Gloucester in 1989 as ASH & Co, the company is now celebrating 30 years of providing expert property advice to clients across the county and South West.
ASH were started by founding partners Catherine Alexander, Christopher Sloane and Pollyane Herring - with the first letter of the trio's surnames becoming the company's brand.
The ASH name is still going strong 30years on, despite the business growing - to include the acquisition of Cheltenham-based practices Horsleys and SPA in 2013 and 2017 respectively.
That led to an expansion in to the town, and they now have offices Cheltenham offices in Kew Place to go alongside their Pullman Court home in Gloucester.
Gloucestershire born and bred, Pollyane Herring was the firm's agency, development and investment partner at the start and is still there 30-years later as one of four partners.
Now working under her married name of Schreuder, she is part of a top table team that includes partners Simon McKeag, Alastair Mylechreest and Bruce Fenley.
But while the names of those involved may have changed, just as the technology by which they do their work has altered - the ethos of the company hasn't.
Schreuder said: "We provide a partner led service to our clients with a high level of expertise overseeing our individual instructions.
McKeag, who joined ASH as a graduate surveyor in 2000 and became a partner nine-years later added: "At ASH we have always strived to maintain the local service and in-depth knowledge that we feel gives us an advantage over competitors."
Mylechreet and Fenley became partners in 2015, utilising their expert knowledge in valuations, rent reviews and other key facets of the business.
"Changes in the commercial property market have seen shorter leases and a growth in local pension fund investors," Mylechreest, who joined first joined ASH in 1996, said.
"ASH has changed with the market and grown the management department in response to this."
Fenley added: "Specialist local knowledge is key to the provision of accurate expert advice."
Since foundation, ASH have survived the recession of the mid 1990s and the credit crunch of 2008 which saw the number of small practices diminish.
The 2008 crunch saw fewer graduates entering the profession so the company are all too aware of the need to retain the talent they have.
The partners are proud of their reputation for providing opportunities to graduates - indeed one of them is someone who joined as one - as they know the importance of having fresh talent coming through to continue growing the business.
Schreuder said: "Our success over 30 years follows a commitment to provide a professional, personal service to clients, ensuring the advice is appropriate to their needs.
"We are looking forward to sustaining our position as one of the key commercial surveying practices in the county and taking ASH into the next era."
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