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Announcing the UK’s most active regional agents of 2016

  • Industrial
  • Investments
  • Leisure & Hotels
  • Retail
  • Office

CBRE has written a piece of company history with its debut appearance at the top of EGi’s annual ranking of deals volumes. The US giant finished narrowly ahead in an extremely tight top three, making it EGi’s most active agent for the first time since records began at the start of the millennium.

The rankings present a detailed breakdown by both sector and region to show which companies transacted the most deals in 2016. The results offer intriguing evidence of just how significantly property changed in what was a tumultuous year of national and global events.

In essence, CBRE weathered the storm of 2016 more effectively than did its rivals. Its table-topping combined number of deals was down more than 25% on the figure that Cushman & Wakefield notched up to finish first in 2015 and would only have been good enough for fifth place in that year.

Nevertheless, it was an impressive display from CBRE which saw it haul C&W back into the pack after just one year of deals dominance following its merger with DTZ. The previous merger on a comparable scale was between JLL and King Sturge in 2011 and that created a four year spell in which JLL ruled the roost as the UK’s most active agent.

CBRE won overall by finishing top in offices, retail and investment and it also did more deals in London than anyone else. Pushing it close, however, was Lambert Smith Hampton whose exceptional performances in the industrial sector nationally and across nearly all sectors in the South East were almost enough to enable it to reclaim the title it called its own throughout the Noughties.

C&W’s slip to third was an extremely close-run thing but the key battleground proved to be the retail sector: it completely eclipsed the rest of the market in 2015 but was pegged back into second place last year as conditions deteriorated.

Also making its own bit of history is Fleurets, which for the first time has overtaken Christie + Co to become the most active agent in the leisure and hotels sector. Meanwhile, Cooke & Arkwright has claimed the top spot in Wales from LSH, meaning that of 12 geographic areas across the UK there are seven in which a regional player is the most active agent.

Many thanks to all companies who submitted deals.

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Regions include:

  • East of England
  • North
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • East Midlands
  • North West
  • South East
  • West Midlands
  • London
  • Northern Ireland
  • South West
  • Yorkshire

Categories include:

Investments, retail, industrial, leisure & hotels and offices.


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