The H&H Group PLC has announced the appointment of a Managing Director for its growing land agency business, H&H Land & Property Ltd.  James Murphy who joined the business last October to open a new office and establish a team in the Scottish Borders at Newtown St Boswells, took over as MD from the 3rd of April.

James joined H&H Land and Property in the newly created role of Principal Director (Scotland) following the Group’s acquisition of Newtown St. Boswells Auction Mart.  He now assumes responsibility for overseeing the company’s growth and performance across the North of England and Southern Scotland from its four main offices at Carlisle, Durham, Kendal and St. Boswells.

A member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), and RICS Registered Valuer before joining H&H Land and Property, James was Head of Estates for the ANM Group.  Previously he worked in private practice in Scotland as a Senior Land Agent. 

Describing the breadth of the company’s work and his aims going forward James says:

“At the moment the farming economy is reasonably positive but it will soon have to address the inevitable consequences of Brexit which will mean big changes for farmers.  I know that as a company with a very strong team, offering an extensive of range of professional agricultural and rural services, we are ideally positioned to advise our customers on whatever the eventual replacement is for the Common Agricultural Policy and what the implications on their business might be.

“To support H&H Land and Property’s ongoing expansion, I will be working closely with all of our Land Agency and Estate Agency offices ensuring that I have an in depth understanding of our customers across all industry sectors and geographical areas.”

H&H Land and Property provides clients with extensive coverage across the North of England, Southern and Central Scotland. The business has increased its turnover, now some 50% higher than 5 years ago, with significant potential for income growth from Newtown St. Boswells and Kendal, alongside the longer established branches at Carlisle and Durham.

Brian Richardson, Chief Executive Officer of H&H Group PLC, explains: “James has a clear remit to build on the highly qualified team we have within the business to ensure that we support farmers and the wider community across the areas in which we operate.  Since he joined the company he has been busy establishing the Newtown St. Boswells office, which held its formal opening at the end of March, marking the completion of a four office network with its hub at Carlisle.

“As a Group we are working to significantly grow all our businesses in the coming years and are looking forward to the future with confidence and build upon the excellent base with strong teams in each of our four offices.”

H&H Land and Property has also established a network of Estate Agents across Cumbria, with the H&H King and Michael CL Hodgson brands. These branches at Carlisle, Penrith, Kendal and Grange-over-Sands are gaining an increasingly significant market share in the Cumbrian property market.

The Group took over Newtown St. Boswells and Wooler Auction Marts when it acquired John Swan PLC last year.  This created the UK’s biggest livestock auction mart business and increased the Group’s presence in Southern Scotland and Northumberland.