Locate in Kent partners at the head of their field

Three of Locate in Kent’s commercial partners have been recognised as among the leading planning consultants in the country.

Barton Willmore, Peter Brett Associates and DHA Planning all ranked highly in Planning Magazine’s 2011survey of chartered town planners, with Barton Willmore, which has a regional office at Ebbsfleet in Thames Gateway Kent, being recognised as the industry’s leading employer in the UK, employing 134 chartered planners around the country.

Peter Brett Associates, which has offices in Ashford, was ranked joint 18th employing 31 chartered planners in the UK, while DHA Planning from Maidstone was joint 31st with 14, all in Kent.

In another key indicator, Barton Willmore was placed fifth in the table of Highest Earning UK Planning Consultancies for the year with a fee income of £18.5million, with Peter Brett Associates 12th with earnings of £9.6million.

“It is always encouraging to see our partners doing well, particularly so in the planning sector,” said Paul Wookey, Chief Executive of Locate in Kent. “It is proof that, despite the tough economic environment, there is still confidence in the market and movement on key developments.

“The fact that we have three such successful firms of consultants can only be good for the Kent economy as they will naturally cause others to look favourably on the county as a good place to do business.

“Barton Willmore and Peter Brett Associates are located in two of our key development areas and their success in the last year reinforces the messages that the Thames Gateway Kent and Ashford, with their High Speed rail links to London, really are prime business locations, while DHA’s inclusion is a great reflection of what Maidstone, the County Town, has to offer businesses.

“We are sure all three companies will fare even better in the year ahead.”

For more information on how Locate in Kent can help you find the right location in the county for your business, call 01732 520700, or visit locateinkent.com where an interactive property search is available at www.locateinkent.com/propertysearch

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