Matthews & Goodman, the property consultancy with offices in Liverpool and Manchester, is strengthening its services across the Northern Powerhouse region with the launch of a new office in Leeds. 

The firm’s expansion meets the growing demand from clients for support across the North and sees Ben Dewhirst appointed to spearhead the new office. 

Dewhirst, an experienced Trading Valuation and Agency Advisory Surveyor, was previously with Colliers International. Based in Leeds, he advised trading operators, lenders and investors across the North of England and Midlands on issues such as the valuation, sale, letting and the acquisition of all types of licensed and leisure property – ranging from hotels, public houses and restaurants, to live music concert halls, garden centres, cinemas, casinos and ice rinks.

Prior to that, Dewhirst was an Acquisition and Asset Management Surveyor with Yorkshire based Trade Park Ltd, a Director of a residential property research company Real Hub Limited and spent over five years with Leeds based corporate recovery specialists Sanderson Weatherall LLP.

Commenting on Dewhirst’s appointment James Hewetson, Head of Matthews & Goodman’s National Valuation Team, said: “Two major factors influenced our thinking about expanding our footprint and opening an office in Leeds. 

“Ben’s considerable trading valuation expertise, giving a broad corporate and business acumen with knowledge of the Northern Powerhouse region means he can become an integral part of a multi-disciplined team – capable of working collaboratively and seamlessly with colleagues from other disciplines”

Ben Dewhirst, Associate, added: “It’s a really exciting time to join Matthews & Goodman and to be part of a concerted drive to further develop our business across the Northern Powerhouse region.” 

“Although I will be primarily focussed on growing our licensed, leisure and specialist market sector business, the chance to work closely with colleagues to build our business in Leeds, and across the Northern Powerhouse region is an opportunity I just could not pass up.” 

Outside work Ben is a prolific sportsman citing cricket, golf and competing in the Great North Run – in four consecutive years – as proof.