H&H Land Appoints Principal Director for Scotland

The H&H Group has appointed James Murphy in the new role of principal director (Scotland), for the H&H Land and Property business.

James joins H&H from the ANM Group, where he was Head of Estates. He has also worked in private practice as a Senior Land Agent and trained at the Valuation Office Agency in England before continuing his career in Scotland. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), a RICS Registered Valuer and has now lived and worked in Scotland for over 20 years.

James Murphy

James Murphy

The H&H Group took over Newton 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 significantly increased the Group’s presence in Southern Scotland and Northumberland. In his new position, James will be introducing the services that H&H Land and Property can offer to the agricultural community across these areas, together with opening the new Scottish headquarters at the H&H mart based in Newton St Boswells, where H&H Insurance also has a base.

Commenting on his new role, James said: “I am delighted to be joining one of the UK’s most progressive rural and agricultural businesses, to establish a viable business model for H&H Land and Property in Scotland. Initially I will be heavily involved in raising our profile by engaging with local contacts and offering them information on the high level of service that we can provide within our field of expertise, namely the rural property market and agricultural sector.

“I would like to encourage an open line of communication, consistent with having a qualified and progressive team of property experts who can be trusted to deliver a highly professional service at a reasonable cost.

“In addition, I will be approaching key professionals to introduce ourselves and explain our breadth of experience and to highlight the services that we offer.”

Newtown St Boswells Mart is already making strong inroads into Scotland for the H&H Group. Since becoming part of the business the mart, and Wooler mart in North Northumberland, has contributed to the solid growth of the livestock division. They are expected to increase throughput by around a third.

H&H Group Chief Executive Brian Richardson said: “We’re delighted to welcome someone of James’ calibre to what is an important strategic role for the Group as we grow our business in Scotland.

“James will be integral to the future growth of not just H&H Land and Property, but to the H&H Group as a whole north of the Border.

“We have always operated there, mainly in South West Scotland, but since the acquisition of the John Swan business, we have really strengthened our Scottish presence and James will be key to driving this strategy forward.”

As well as the new St Boswell base, H&H Land and Property covers Northern England and Southern Scotland from offices in Carlisle, Durham City, Kendal, and within the Middleton-in-Teesdale Mart.

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