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12 SEP 2019

RICS member firm joins the Northern Powerhouse

RICS member firm, Vantage Building Consultancy is the first independent building consultancy to have become a member of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse Programme.

The Northern Powerhouse Programme is an essential part of creating the Northern Powerhouse, and consists of a network of businesses and organisations - all of whom strongly believe in the economic potential of the North. Additionally, they support the need for a combined effort by Government and business to realise and deliver on that potential.

Vantage Building Consultancy is one of over 200 businesses across the North working towards building a Northern Powerhouse in five main areas - connectivity and transport, skills, science and innovation, quality of life and culture, and devolution.

The firm has grown year on year with offices established in Bristol and Newcastle during 2019, and planned growth on the way for its head office in Manchester. The company is also exploring the possibility of hiring students from Northern universities to help them gain hands on experience and technical skills during their degree course.

Paul Wood MRICS, Founder of Vantage & Chair of the RICS Dilapidations roadshow, said: “Having been in business since 2015, we have learnt that collaboration with like-minded companies and clients is the key to success. We will be applying the same approach to our partnership with the Northern Powerhouse program to encourage growth plus devolution in the region.”

He adds: “Our focus is upon bettering the high workmanship standards which have taken us to where we are today. In partnership with the Northern Powerhouse, we are aiming to develop our services further and recruit likeminded staff to help make this happen”.

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RICS member firm Vantage Building Consultancy are lending their weight to the realisation of a thriving Northern economy

The view of RICS and the Northern Powerhouse

Geoff White, RICS Policy Manager, North & Midlands commented: "Surveyors, along with other built environment professionals, will be integral in creating and delivering a thriving Northern economy, so it's great to see that a member firm has become the first independent Building Consultancy to join the Northern Powerhouse Programme.

"As part of our support for the Northern Powerhouse Programme, RICS will be pressing government and all organisations involved to adopt the highest professional standards. This will help ensure all future built projects including our transport systems, homes and offices are safe, sustainable and where possible, have a lasting wider social contribution."

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, the Rt Hon Jake Berry MP said, "It's clear Vantage Building Consultancy is passionate about investing in the Northern property sector and also encouraging young people to develop rewarding careers, so I'm delighted to welcome them to the Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme."

"This network of businesses has a pivotal role in realising the Government's vision for the Northern Powerhouse and I believe Vantage's membership will make a great contribution to our shared ambition to create jobs, level up our regions and boost prosperity everywhere."

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The network of businesses that make up the Northern Powerhouse are committed to furthering the Government's plans to boost prosperity in the area