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Rural chartered surveyors and property consultants YoungsRPS are marking the start of 2018 in style with the official opening of their new office in Scotland.  Headed by YoungsRPS Director Tom Oates, it is located in Thornhill, Dumfriesshire.

Concentrating on the core rural services of farm sales, farm and estate management, landlord and tenant negotiations and farm finance, the YoungsRPS team in the Dumfriesshire office will include new recruit, Mike Halliday, who takes up the position of Farm Consultant.  A graduate in Agriculture from Aberdeen University, Mike is the third generation of his family to farm in the Thornhill area.

For the past three years Mike has been working as a Farm Consultant with the Scottish Agricultural Colleges (SAC), while also retaining hands on involvement in the family farm located just outside of Thornhill. During his career to date he has not only farmed in Scotland but also worked abroad.  As a winner of a 2014 Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) Travel Scholarship he visited Australia and has also spent time working on a dairy unit in New Zealand and carried out a research project on livestock holdings in Belgium. He is a probationer with the Scottish Association of Agricultural Valuers (SAAVA) and working towards full membership. He is a FACTS qualified advisor.

Scottish heritage is strong throughout the YoungsRPS Scottish office team. Youngs previously had an office in Forfar which was the base for one of the current directors, Graeme Bruce, while Tom Oates, who comes from a Borders farming family, has spent extensive time practising throughout Scotland.  This is however the first Scottish office for the amalgamated company of YoungsRPS.

Says office head Tom Oates, “this is an exciting move for the company as well as for Mike and myself. Over recent years at YoungsRPS we have built a significant client base throughout Scotland, including a large following in the Isles. We believe the time is now right to offer these clients an enhanced service by opening a dedicated rural office in Scotland.  By bringing in Mike, with his considerable practical knowledge, experience of the tenanted sector, management skills and extensive knowledge of the Scottish environmental and grants system, we can offer a wider range of services to a greater number of clients in Scotland. A Scottish base will also enable us to expand the farm and land sales and purchase side of the business within Scotland.”

Says Mike Halliday “I’m delighted to be joining such a well respected company as YoungsRPS in what is an exciting new venture for them. The company has a strong reputation for its core rural work and for offering down to earth practical advice to farmers and landowners alike. This suits my skill set well, and I look forward to adding my expertise to their existing capabilities and working with the rest of the team who, between them, have great strength and depth of knowledge in rural property disciplines across the board.”

A long-established multi disciplined property business, but with specialism in the rural sector, YoungsRPS already has a large team of fully qualified chartered surveyors operating from offices throughout the North East of England, Yorkshire, Cumbria and now Scotland.

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