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Ashford for

28 November 2016

Stafford Perkins Chartered Surveyors has been set up in Ashford by Richard Stafford.

Richard has provided a range of commercial property services for the past 30 years and has earned plaudits in Kent and nationally for his achievements – the highly regarded commercial property magazine Estates Gazette recognised him as a top deal maker in Kent for four years running from 2012 to 2015.

Richard, a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, has worked in Kent since 1985, first with Geering & Colyer, then Colyer Commercial and, for the past decade, as a Director with Ashford-based Taylor Riley Stafford.

Speaking of his decision to launch Stafford Perkins, Richard says:

“The time was right for me to set out my own vision of what a modern commercial property consultancy should be. My established clients have responded very positively and I’m looking forward to delivering a highly personalised service which is tailored to their own individual needs.
“There was never a doubt that I would choose Ashford as the home of my new business. It’s a dynamic and fast growing town that is ideally suited to my own aspirations to expand my services to clients both old and new,” adds Richard.

Richard has particular expertise in working with agricultural and rural business clients, assisting landowners to maximise their business interests across rural Ashford, Romney Marsh and surrounding districts. He is also a former chairman of the Ashford Chamber of Commerce.

His skills honed over three decades of working with clients in Kent include lettings, valuation, real estate development, property management, rent reviews and lease renewals, land acquisition and contract negotiations. Richard has been involved in transactions spanning a range of values, from small standalone retail units to large multi-let industrial estates.

A strong interest in planning also allows Richard to advise on local planning matters and make planning applications for basic change of use on behalf of clients.

Stafford Perkins is a letting agent for the first phase of the Commercial Quarter in Ashford, a multi-million-pound town centre office and retail scheme from Kent-based property development company Quinn Estates.

Congratulating Richard on his new venture, Director Mark Quinn says:

“Having known him for more than 20 years, I’ve been happy to instruct Richard to market the Commercial Quarter scheme in Ashford along with other properties. Richard impresses with his in-depth knowledge and professionalism and I wish Stafford Perkins nothing but success in the future.”
Richard, who lives in Stowting with his wife Jane, has a 10-year-old daughter and is a fan of the great outdoors – when he’s not out shooting or fishing, he has enjoyed navigating the deserts of Iceland and Morocco in his beloved 1972 Land Rover (which is currently off the road for repairs, says Richard mournfully).

Born in Bangor, North Wales, he was educated at the Turriff Academy in Aberdeenshire, and graduated from Southampton Institute of Higher Education in 1987.