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Adapting to Climate Changes in More Ways than One

George F. White has announced today that in the last twelve months it has increased its work force by 32%, opened two new offices and is looking to recruit further.

Managing Partner Hugh Fell

Hugh Fell

With the region likely to be hard hit over the next three years by severe cuts in public sector spending and the suspension of job creation schemes, George F. White is at the forefront of building a more balanced regional economy that is less dependent on the public sector.

This story is particularly positive given that latest employment statistics show that six unemployed people are fighting for every North East job vacancy. Positions created during the past year have included senior strategists, project managers, qualified surveyors and administrative support. The continued expansion is testament to a progressive firm which is adapting its services to meet changing client needs particularly in new 21st century business sectors such as renewable energy.

The latest employment data analysed by the Northern Trade Union Congress shows a widening gap between the region and the South. When it comes to available posts, there are 83,227 people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in the region, but only 13,633 vacancies to go round.

Already with a workforce in excess of 80, George F. White currently has a further 10 vacancies on offer including a Director of Renewables, 2 Renewables Project Coordinators, a planning assistant, graduate researcher, graduate rural surveyors, a RICS qualified Rural Surveyor, and secretarial support.

Commenting Managing Partner Hugh Fell says: “To be successful you have to adapt to a changing climate whether it be the weather or the economy while maintaining your core values. Our key premise at George F. White is to maximise value for our clients and never is this more true than in tough economic times. By adapting to the changing needs of our clients, we have continued to provide valuable advice and services. As a firm we have a clearly defined growth strategy and are always looking to recruit new talent.”

One of the company’s most successful growth areas of late has been in renewables where it has seized the chance for “the North East to build a new economic era with a greener economy,” a strategy that was firmly advocated by regional think tank ippr North earlier this month.

Since launching their specialist subsidiary gfw-Renewables this Spring, George F. White has been inundated with enquiries. The sector is very new and the company’s strength is its ability to offer independent advice as landowners seek to get a clearer picture on the potential opportunities offered by renewable energy projects. George F. White is already involved in numerous projects across the region from wind turbines to solar and anaerobic digestion to hydro power.

The company has expanded its work force and its offices and now has six branches across the North East ranging from Alnwick in Northumberland to Shiptonthorpe in East Yorkshire. These new vacancies will be distributed across the various branches and full details are available on the company website

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